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January 15, 2016  RSS feed

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Upcoming Sip & Skype programs to feature 3 female novelists

Laura Dave Laura Dave Three Tampa Jewish Book Festival programs featuring a Skype discussion with the book’s author are being offered in the coming months.

All the upcoming Sip & Skype programs will be held at Tampa Jewish Community Center on the Cohn Jewish Community Campus and are open to the community. Wine and cheese will be served at each event.

On Sunday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m., Laura Dave will discuss her novel, Eight Hundred Grapes, set in the lush backdrop of Sonoma’s wine country. It is heartbreaking, funny and deeply evocative of love, family, wine and the terrain in which they all intersect.

It has been optioned as a major motion picture. Wines from Sonoma will be available for tasting as part of the program.

On Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m., Kim van Alkemade will discuss Orphan #8. Inspired by the author’s own family history, it is the story of a woman who must choose between revenge and mercy when she encounters the doctor who subjected her as a child to dangerous, life-changing medical experiments in a New York City Jewish orphanage.

Kim van Alkemade Kim van Alkemade The final program will be on Sunday, April 17. Best-selling author Tess Gerritsen will discuss her latest thriller, Playing With Fire. A violinist happens on a curious piece of music while visiting Rome. Back home in the U.S., the music instills a malevolent spell upon her daughter.

Gerritsen, a physician, is the author of more than a dozen novels on which the hit TV series Rissoli & Isles is based.

Cost to attend each program is $5 and tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

The Gemunder Family Foundation is the Jewish Book Festival’s main sponsor. The Tampa Jewish Community Center and Federation are presenters of the festival.

Tess Gerritsen Tess Gerritsen For more information, contact Brandy Gold at (813) 769-4725.

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