Sen. Al Franken, news icon Dan Rather, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, inventor Joy Mangano and social commentator Reza Aslan are just some of the big names scheduled to appear at this year’s Book Festival of the MJCCA.

The festival, which runs Nov. 4-20, will feature more than 45 authors with most events being held at the Marcus Jewish Community Center, 5342 Tilly Mill Road.

Also slated to appear are former First Daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, author and journalist Walter Isaacson, lifestyle expert Lisa Lillien, NBC investigative reporter Jeff Rossen, bestselling author Nicole Krauss and author and humorist Dave Barry.

Individual tickets are available as well as a series pass for $145 or $120 for members. To see the schedule and buy tickets, visit

“The 26th Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA features everyone from renowned political figures and historians, to award-winning novelists and local luminaries. Book topics range from scientific breakthroughs to fascinating biographies, from untold stories about the Holocaust to World War II epics, from brilliant Jewish humor to unwritten rules for sports fans,” said Book Festival Co-Chair Bea Grossman. “We truly have something for everyone – book lover or not.”

Justice Breyer will headline the opening night event on Nov. 4, discussing his book “The Court and the World,” while Sen. Franken will close this year’s festival on Nov 20 talking about his memoir “Giant of the Senate” with host Bill Nigut.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.