Graphic with the book covers for Michael Ian Black and Meredith Jacobs books for their talk, Raising Better Men at the Jewish Book Fair

Raising Better Men – Michael Ian Black and Meredith Jacobs

Michael Ian Black, actor and author of A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son, discusses parenting sons with Meredith Jacobs, author of Just Between Us: Mother and Son.

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About A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son:
In this thoughtful, inspiring, and deeply personal book, comedian Michael Ian Black shares the letter he wrote to his teenage son before he leaves for college. Part memoir, part advice book, he offers a radical plea for rethinking masculinity and teaching young men to give and receive love, while revealing his own complicated relationship with his father. Black skillfully navigates the complex gender issues of our time and delivers a poignant answer to the urgent question: How can we be, and raise, better men?

Headshot of the author Michael Ian Black

About the Author:
Michael Ian Black is an actor, comedian, writer, and director and has created and starred in many TV shows and iconic movies, such as The State, Vice Variety, Stella, Wet Hot American Summer, and The Baxter. He is the author of several award-winning books for children and adults. As a stand-up comedian, he regularly tours the country and has released many comedy albums and podcasts. Michael currently lives in Connecticut.

About Just Between Us: Mothers and Sons:
This thoughtful keepsake journal by women’s advocate Jacobs and her son, Jules, is the perfect place for a mother and son to share stories and dreams, hopes and fears. Advice guidelines and prompts pave the way to discussing everything exciting and scary about growing up – from friendships and school to positive masculinity.

Headshot of the author Meredith Jacobs

About the Author:
Meredith Jacobs is CEO of JWI, a nonprofit with the mission of empowering women leaders and ending violence against women and girls. She is an award-winning journalist and former editor-in-chief of Washington Jewish Week. She is the co-author, with her daughter Sofie, of Just Between Us, a best-selling series of interactive journals. This is her first book with her son Jules.


Dec 03 2020


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/Los_Angeles
  • Date: Dec 03 2020
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Raising Better Men – Michael Ian Black and Meredith Jacobs