Each year, the JCC presents a series of authors and speakers with the mission to educate, enlighten, and enrich the community. 

R.J. Palacio
TH, Oct. 24 | 7pm | JCC

R.J. PalacioThe author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Wonder, comes to the JCC for a discussion and book signing for her latest book, White Bird, a graphic novel about the power of kindness and unrelenting courage in a time of war. Free to attend; all ages welcome.

R. J. Palacio lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, two sons and two dogs (Bear and Beau). Her debut novel, Wonder, has been on the New York Times bestseller list since March, 2012, and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. 

This event is presented with The Twig Book Shop, who will also be providing sales of the book at the event.

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JCC Author & Speaker Series
Books will be available for purchase at each event, or may be purchased in advance at the Twig Book Shop in the Pearl.

ShowclixCarla Naumburg, PhD
TH, Nov. 7 | 7pm | JCC

NaumburgEver lose it with your kid? If so, you’re definitely not alone. Parenting is stressful, children are insane, and you’re only human. How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids is a simple, accessible, and humorous guide to more effective and mindful parenting.

Carla Naumburg, PhD is a writer, speaker, and clinical social worker who previously visited San Antonio in January 2015 to discuss her book, Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters. She’s appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Huffington Post, CNN, and Mindful Magazine, among other places. 

Follow Carla on Instagram, and subscribe to her blog.


TicketsJamie Bernstein
TU, May 12 | 7pm | JCC

BernsteinThe oldest daughter of revered composer Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centenary of his birth - illuminating a man, a city, and an era that defined modern culture - in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir reminiscent of Alexandra Styron’s Reading My Father and Richard Ford’s Between Them.

Jamie Bern­stein is an author, broad­cast­er, film­mak­er and con­cert nar­ra­tor. In addi­tion to writ­ing arti­cles and con­cert nar­ra­tions, Jamie trav­els exten­sive­ly, speak­ing about music as well as about her father, Leonard Bern­stein. Jamie’s film doc­u­men­tary, Crescen­do: the Pow­er of Music, is view­able on iTunes.

Follow Jamie on Twitter.


The JCC's Author & Speaker series is presented through membership to the Jewish Book Council. The Twig Book Shop is the official book vendor for the 2019-20 season.

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