The best way to honor your mom? 
Bet you can't compete with Mark Goldman.

We can’t all honor our mothers as spectacularly as Mark Goldman has done in Tillie: A New York City Girl, 1906-2001, but we can all enjoy the marvelous tale he has woven based on Tillie’s life growing up in mid-century New York City – living on Riverside Drive, playing in Central Park, accompanying her father to work in the Garment District in a Willys Jeep, becoming involved in the Spanish Civil War…a colorful facet of the Jewish immigrant experience through the eyes of a fierce woman.

Lushly illustrated with found family photographs, this memoir by award-winning author and historian Mark Goldman is a feast for the eyes and will speak to your soul. 

Although not officially part of the 53rd Annual JCC Book & Arts Fair, the launch of Tillie on at the JCC on the day after Mother’s Day is certainly in the spirit of this notable event. (See more on the JCC Book & Arts Fair below)

Join us on Monday, May 13 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center (Holland Building, 787 Delaware Ave.) for an entertaining talk by Mark Goldman on his experience growing up with Tillie and his father, Charlie, in New York City, how he made his way to Buffalo, and why he wrote his mother’s memoir. Light refreshments, excellent entertainment by pianist Patty Corrin (a friend of Tillie's who "plays the songs of Tillie's era in a way that she would like") and plenty of books to have signed.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to share this event with your friends, visit the Facebook event page

A Walk with Mother Nature

Celebrate Mother's Day with a guided afternoon stroll on the beautiful nature trails of Tifft Nature Preserve. The walk will be followed by an afternoon tea time among the budding signs of spring! 

Advance registration required. 

When: Sunday, May 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $8 per participant (BMS Members save 10%)

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At First Light: Poems and Photography by Wende Essrow

At First Light is a celebration of the natural world, one morning at a time. Mom will love to have it nearby as she cozies up in her favorite chair and soaks in the beauty of a new day. 

Wende Essrow has been walking at the break of day for as long as she can remember. Send mom on an off-trail adventure with Wende as she weaves a tapestry of beauty in words and photographs. This exquisite book reminds us that each day is a new gift to cherish and explore.

Bonus! At First Light just won silver in the gift book category of the Benjamin Franklin Awards! Proving further that it is the perfect gift for Mom!

Get At First Light »

53rd Annual Jewish Book and Arts Festival

This highly popular community-wide event brings together prominent and emerging writers in literature, the arts, philosophy, theology, history and current events to speak during a two-week literary event.
The next event of the twelve on this year's agenda is a Screening and Discussion of Sarah's Key on
Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Find out what else is on this year's schedule here.

Need more bookish content? 

The One Community, One Book initiative, started by the Buffalo & Erie County Library, selected The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World’s Fair by Margaret Creighton as this year's book. 

On Wednesday, May 8 from 6 to 8 p.m., Creighton will speak about how she writes and why the Pan-American Exposition is so intriguing to today’s readers. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing during a reception following the program .

Free, but registration is required.

Learn more about the One Community, One Book initiative here, and learn more about the line-up of events here
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