Summer Book Bash

Summer Book Bash

70 Stories for 70 Years!

In celebration of the first and oldest Jewish Book Fair of its kind, the Detroit Jewish Book Fair presents 70 story events beginning August 8, 2021 and culminating at opening night of Book Fair in November, 2022. During the 70th anniversary celebratory year, we will be presenting a mix of virtual and in-person programming infused with Jewish books and the art of Jewish story telling. 

Join us at the JCC in West Bloomfield in the Drake parking lot for an in-person, outdoor celebration of ​the Detroit Jewish Book Fair and the art of Jewish storytelling. This expo-style event will feature Michigan authors, local artists, musicians, and family-friendly activities throughout.

For safety, masks are required for all guests, even outdoors.

Event Schedule:

11am-2pm – Expo featuring Michigan authors, local artists, family-friendly activities, and more
11am-12:30pm – Klezmer band Klezundheit sets the tone with a fun and eclectic mix of music
12:30pm – Local celebrity author Harvey Ovshinsky talks about his new memoir, Scratching the Surface
1:15pm – Meet our Michigan authors
1:30pm-2pm – Book signing with Harvey Ovshinsky

Expo Participants:


Lauren Ranalli
Patty Grund Ceresnie
Donald Levin
Annen Webber
Cindy Frenkel
Mark M. Bello


Gail Kaplan
Janice Charach Gallery Gift Shop

Klezundheit appearance sponsored by Sarah Gottlieb
Harvey Ovshinsky appearance sponsored by Wayne State University Press


About the Speakers


Harvey Ovshinsky

Harvey Ovshinsky is an arts educator and an award-winning. multi-media journalist whose life-long passion for telling Detroit stories was once described by the Metro Times as being “a colorful and fantastic voyage, at times brave and visionary.” Which should be no surprise, considering in his new memoir published by Wayne Statue University Press, Scratching the Surface: Adventures in Storytelling, Harvey recalls his roller coaster adventures growing up with and working for his father, the brilliant, Detroit-based scientist/inventor, Stan Ovshinsky. Above all, Harvey is a serial educator, known for his passionate support of and commitment to mentoring the next generation of urban storytellers.

Summer Book Bash


Aug 08 2021


11:00 am - 2:00 pm


JCC Detroit
6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI, 48214
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