The Lessans Family Annual Book Festival

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November 6-16, 2014

Now in its 45th year, the ten day festival boasts more than 20 author events, book signings and children’s programs with this year’s most sought-after literary talent!

This year’s lineup opens with a jazz performance from Molly Ringwald and includes Joshua Safran, J.B. Bernstein, Eddie Shapiro and David Bezmogis.

Don’t forget to check out our book store to stock up on the latest best sellers and Jewish must-reads for all ages. Our unique store offers hundreds of recently-published books, many are personally selected and reviewed by a volunteer committee of more than 20 community members.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information on making a donation to the book festival or sponsoring an author event, please contact Jennifer Smith at 301-348-3778 or

Tickets can be purchased in three easy ways:

Click Here to Purchase Tickets Online

By Phone: 301-348-3805

In person at our box office: thru 11/6, 11 a.m. -1 p.m  – 11/7-11/16 open extended hours including one hour prior to each event

Click here for the electronic brochure

Book Store Hours

November 7 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
November 9 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
November 10 – 13 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. & 4 – 9 p.m.
November 14 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
November 16 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Questions? Contact Us.

Author Schedule

Thursday, November 6

Friday, November 7

Sunday, November 9

Monday, November 10

Tuesday, November 11

Wednesday, November 12

Thursday, November 13

Friday, November 14

Sunday, November 16

Thursday, December 18

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

We sincerely want to thank our sponsors for their support of our Annual Book Festival!

  • Bruce, Paula and Debra Robinson, Harold and Shirley Robinson Philanthropic Fund
  • Helene Weisz and Richard Lieberman
  • Adele and Roy Igersheim
  • Helen and David Rubin
  • Embassy of Israel
  • Temple Beth Ami
  • Women’s Philanthropy of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
  • Beth El Congregation
  • B’nai Israel Congregation
  • Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
  • Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital
  • Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Friends of Gr. Wash.
  • Shaare Torah
  • Joy and Herb Epstein