Jewish Book Festival

I had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Alan Alda talk at the Jewish Book Festival Saturday night at the MJCCA. The MJCCA really is a wonderful campus and it was perfect for the event. And Alan Alda was amazing. He spoke about his life and his life-changing near-death experience in Chile and how it caused him to look at his life in a whole new way. People asked him questions about M*A*S*H (of course) and some about West Wing, but mainly he spoke of his life growing up (his dad was in a burlesque show) and lessons that he’s learned. I highly recommend the book, based solely on his talk, and plan on reading it when it comes out in paperback (the line for getting him to sign a copy of the hardback version was just too long).

I also highly recommend the rest of the event, which is going on for the next week and you can still get tickets to the numerous sessions. Of particular note, for me, are Sen. Barbara Boxer speaking next Sunday, Bruce Feiler speaking this Thursday, Mary Doria Russell speaking Wednesday around noon, and Sid Pike/Eric Weiner speaking tonight.

3 Comments so far

  1. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 10:42 am

    I had the pleasure of seeing Alan Alda in NY in the play “Glengarry Glen Ross” earlier this year.

    I wish I had known about his appearance at the Jewish Book Festival so that I could have heard him speak.


  2. Andisheh Nouraee (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 5:14 pm

    Is Alan Alda Jewish? Isn’t his real name Alfonso D’Abruzzo or something?

    Maybe it’s just his book that’s Jewish.


  3. Daniel (unregistered) on November 14th, 2005 @ 5:16 pm

    It turns out that Alda is not Jewish. He was born Catholic but sort of left the faith. His wife is Jewish, however, and I believe they keep a somewhat Jewish home. (I could be wrong about all this, though…)



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