ARIEL SABAR author   journalist

​    winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 — WASHINGTON, DC 
    Marvin Center, The George Washington University, 7 pm        Ariel talks about his book My Father's Paradise, in a
         free public event sponsored by the GW English
         Department and Jewish Literature Live

Sunday, March 29, 2015 — WESTPORT, CT    
Conservative Synagogue of Westport, 4 pm
Ariel gives talk about My Father’s Paradise,  which was the synagogue's Books B’Yachad community read. Free and open to the public.

Monday, November 17, 2014 — LEXINGTON, KY​
UKAA Auditorium, William T. Young Library, University of Kentucky, 7 pm. Ariel gives a talk about My Father's Paradise as part of the "Year of the Middle East," sponsored by the Peace Studies program at the University of Kentucky.            
Sunday, December 7, 2014 — LAUREL, MD
Oseh Shalom Synagogue, Author Brunch, 10 am    Non-members $10 / Members free. To RSVP or for more information, email

Sunday, May 5, 2013 — WASHINGTON, DC

Eastern Market, North Hall, 11 am - 3 pm Literary Hill BookFest Meet Ariel and other Capitol Hill authors

Thurs., March 29, 2012 — TEANECK, NJ Temple Emeth, 7 pm Ariel and his father, Yona, speak at the culminating event of Northern New Jersey's One Book, One Community program

Sunday, April 29, 2012 — WASHINGTON, DC Temple Micah 10:45 am Ariel gives a free talk about My Father's Paradise

Sunday, May 6, 2012 — WASHINGTON, DC Eastern Market, North Hall, 11 am Book sale, signing and meet the author Literary Hill Book Festival, featuring authors who have made Capitol Hill home

Thurs., June 28, 2012 — LONDON, ENGLAND
Royal Geographical Society, 7pm (Doors open at 6 pm) Ariel and his father, Yona, give a joint talk at a special event on the Jews of Kurdistan sponsored by the London-based Kurdish cultural organization Gulan

Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 — WASHINGTON, DC
Washington DC JCC, 6 pm
Jewish Literary Festival
Meet & greet with Ariel and other DC authors Wine and cheese reception 


Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 — ST. LOUIS, MO St. Louis Jewish Community Center (JCC), 1 pm St. Louis Jewish Book Festival

Tues., Nov. 8, 2011 — ROCKVILLE, MD JCC of Greater Washington, Noon 42nd Annual Jewish Book Fair

Weds., Nov. 9 2011 — DAVIE, FL (FT. LAUDERDALE AREA) David Posnack Jewish Community Center, 7:30 pm 24th Annual Jewish Book Festival

Thurs., Nov. 10, 2011 — SAN DIEGO, CA Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4 pm San Diego Jewish Book Fair 2011

Weds., Nov. 16, 2011 — WEST PALM BEACH, FL Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Cohen Pavilion, 11 am JCC Book Festival Luncheon with Ariel Sabar Sponsored by the JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches

Tues., Jan. 17, 2012 — BOCA RATON, FL Sandler Center for Jewish Life, 2:30 pm A Literary Afternoon with Ariel Sabar

Fri, March, 18, 2011 – ROANOKE, VA Temple Emanuel, 7:30 pm Featured book: My Father's Paradise

Sat., March 19, 2011 — CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA Virginia Festival of the Book Barnes & Noble, Noon:  Short Stories panel, with authors Mary Akers, Ed Falco, and Andrew Wingfield

Village School, 2 pm:  Nice Jewish Kids Gone Wild panel with authors Micah Nathan and Phoebe Potts, and screenwriter Lee Goldberg Featured book: Heart of the City

Weds., April 6, 2011 — NEW YORK CITY Museum of Jewish Heritage, 7 pm Joint appearance with author Jessica Jiji Featured book: My Father's Paradise

Weds., April 27, 2011 — WASHINGTON, DC Northeast Neighborhood Library, 7pm Featured book: Heart of the City

Thurs., April 28, 2011 — ITHACA,NY Cornell University, 4:30 pm Kaufmann Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall Featured book: My Father's Paradise View the event poster here

Sun., May 15, 2011 — WASHINGTON, DC Literary Hill BookFest, 1 pm North Hall, Eastern Market - Ariel will be on hand from 11 am to 3 pm. He gives a talk at 1 pm (after celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn and  before columnist Marguerite Kelly)

Tues., May 24, 2011 – MONTREAL, QUEBEC Jewish Public Library, 7:30 pm Free, but email here to register. Sponsored by the Miriam Schachter  Vineberg Foundation Featured book: My Father's Paradise

Tues., June 28, 2011 — GREAT BARRINGTON, MA Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 7:30 pm Featured book: My Father's Paradise

Thurs., Sept. 22, 2011 — FAIRFAX, VA Fall for the Book Festival, 6 pm George Mason University Ariel joins authors Peter Manseau and Ethelbert Miller for a panel on autobiography & memoir, moderated by critic Marcela Valdes. Sponsored by the National Book Critics Circle.  Student Union Bldg. II, Third Floor, Rms. 3,4,5


Thurs., Feb. 3, 2011 — PROVIDENCE, RI Brown University, 6 pm Brown/RISD Hillel, 80 Brown St. Sponsored by Brown Nonfiction Writing Program

Mon., Feb. 14, 2011 – NEW YORK CITY Borders, Park Ave. & 57th, 7 pm

Tues, Feb. 15, 2011 — NEW YORK CITY Tenement Museum, 6:30 pm Tenement Talks Series

Weds., Feb. 16, 2011 — NEW YORK CITY Strand Book Store, 7 pm

Mon, Feb. 21, 2011 — WASHINGTON, DC Politics & Prose, 7 pm


Tues., April 13, 2010 – WASHINGTON, DC George Washington University, 7 pm Marvin Center Grand Ballroom 800 21st St., NW Jewish Literature Live Author Series

Sat., May 15, 2010 – GAITHERSBURG, MD Gaithersburg Book Festival, 3 pm Dashiell Hammett Pavilion, City Hall grounds Olde Towne Gaithersburg

Thurs., Nov. 4, 2010 – NEWARK, DE University of Delaware, 4 pm "Imagining Global Citizenship" Speaker Series Gore Hall, Room 103


Tues., Sept. 22, 2009 – WASHINGTON, DC Southeast Neighborhood Library, 6:30 pm

Fri, Oct. 16, 2009 – WILMETTE, IL Sponsored by Congregation Sukkat Shalom Location: Community Church of Wilmette, 7:30 pm

Mon., Oct. 19, 2009 – WORCESTER, MA JCC Author Series Congregation Beth Israel, 7:30 pm

Tues., Oct. 20, 2009 – CAMBRIDGE, MA Enormous Room, 7 pm sponsored by Harvard Book Store  with Harvard Hillel and the New Center for Arts & Culture

Weds., Oct. 21, 2009 – PHILADELPHIA AREA Barnes & Noble store #2697, 7 pm Fairless Hills, PA

Thurs., Oct. 22, 2009 – MADISON, CT RJ Julia Booksellers, 7 pm

Fri, Oct. 23, 2009 – RYE, NY Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, 7:30 pm Kickoff talk for a Scholar-in-Residence Weekend featuring Ariel and his father, Prof. Yona Sabar

Sat, Oct. 24, 2009 – RYE, NY Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, 9 am Saturday breakfast and talk by Prof. Yona Sabar for Scholar-in-Residence Weekend

Tues., Oct. 27, 2009 – SEATTLE, WA Elliott Bay Book Co., 7 pm

Weds., Oct. 28, 2009 – BELLINGHAM, WA World Issues Forum, Noon Fairhaven College, Western Washington University

Weds, Oct. 28, 2009 – BELLINGHAM, WA Congregation Beth Israel, 7 pm Co-sponsored with Village Books

Tues, Nov. 3, 2009 – LOS ANGELES NEW LOCATION: UCLA Faculty Club,  in the club's California Room, 7:30 pm Post-talk Q&A with Ariel and his father,  UCLA Professor Yona Sabar Preregistration required: Sponsored by The UCLA Center for Jewish Studies

Weds., Nov. 4, 2009 – SANTA ROSA, CA Congregation Shomrei Torah, 7 pm co-hosted by Copperfield's Books

Thurs., Nov. 5, 2009 – CAPITOLA, CA Capitola Book Café, 7:30 pm

Weds., Nov. 11, 2009 – DENVER, CO 43rd Festival of Jewish Books & Authors  Mizel Arts & Culture Center, 7 pm My Father's Paradise is the festival's "2009 Denver Jewish Community Read"

Sat, Nov. 14, 2009 – MIAMI Miami Book Fair International, 4:30 pm Auditorium Pavillion B (Parking Lot #9) Ariel joins a panel discussion with authors Kati Marton and Sadia Shepard

Tues., NOV 17, 2009 - BALTIMORE Enoch Pratt Free Library, 7 pm Poe Room, Central Library

Thurs., Nov. 19, 2009 – LONG ISLAND "On the Same Page" Author Breakfast Sid Jacobson JCC, East Hills, NY, 10:30am My Father's Paradise is Long Island's 2009 "On the Same Page" Jewish Community Read

Mon., Nov. 23, 2009 – NEW YORK CITY McNally Jackson Books, 7 pm

Weds., Dec. 2, 2009 – SYKESVILLE, M D Fairhaven Retirement Community, 7:30 pm

Weds., Dec. 9, 2009 – POTOMAC, MD Congregation Har Shalom, Noon Daytimers Forum


Weds., Aug. 20, 2008 – NEW YORK CITY The Jewish Week's Literary Summer In conversation with Sadia Shepard, author of The Girl from Foreign Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 pm

Sun., Sept. 7, 2008 – SPENCERTOWN, NY Festival of Books, 2 pm Spencertown Academy Arts Center Paired discussion with Sadia Shepard 

Tues, Sept. 16, 2008 – BEAVERCREEK, OH Books & Co., 7 pm

Thurs., Sept. 18, 2008 - CHICAGO Highland Park Public Library, 7 pm consponsored with The Book Stall Highland Park, Ill.

Tues., Sept. 23, 2008 – WASHINGTON, DC Jewish Literary Festival Washington DC JCC, 7:30 pm

Weds, Sept. 24, 2008 - FAIRFAX, VA Fall for the Book Literary Festival, 3 pm Provident Bank Tent (Outside Johnson Center) George Mason University - Fairfax

Thurs., Sept. 25, 2008 - MIAMI AREA  Books & Books, 8 pm Coral Gables, FL

Thurs., Oct. 2, 2008 - CORTE MADERA, CA Book Passage, 7 pm

Sat., Oct. 4, 2008 – BERKELEY, CA Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1:30 pm

Mon., Oct. 6, 2008 - SONOMA, CA Readers' Books, 7:30 pm

Tues, Oct. 7, 2008 – PALO ALTO, CA Albert L. Schultz JCC, 10 am

Tues., Oct. 7, 2008 - MENLO PARK, CA Kepler's, 7:30 pm

Thurs., Oct. 23, 2008– PROVIDENCE, RI Brown University Bookstore, 4 pm

Sun., Oct. 26, 2008 - WASHINGTON, DC Politics & Prose, 5 pm

Wed., Oct. 29, 2008 – DALLAS, TX Aaron Family JCC, 7 pm

Sat., Nov. 1, 2008 – DOVER, DE  Delaware Book Festival, 1:15 pm  Memoir Panel with Lily Koppel,  author of The Red Leather Diary First State Heritage Park

Sun., Nov. 2, 2008 - PHILADELPHIA AREA One Book, One Jewish Community,  which made My Father's Paradise its 2008-2009 "Community Read" Kickoff Conversation, 7 pm Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El Wynnewood, PA

Thurs., Nov. 6, 2008 – HOUSTON, TX 36th Annual Jewish Book & Arts Fair, 8 pm JCC of Houston

Sun., Nov. 9, 2008 – NEW YORK CITY Culture Shock: Jewish Writing in America On panel with authors Andre Aciman (Out of Egypt) and Dalia Sofer (The Septembers of Shiraz) and  moderator Sara Ivry, of Nextbook.  At 92Y Tribeca, 1:30 pm. For ticket info, click here.

Tues., Nov. 11, 2008 – DETROIT AREA JCC of Metropolitan Detroit, 7 pm 15110 West Ten Mile Rd., Oak Park, MI

Weds., Nov. 12, 2008– DETROIT AREA JCC of Metropolitan Detroit, 10:30 am 6600 West Maple Rd., West Bloomfield, MI 

Thurs., Nov. 13, 2008 – SAN DIEGO San Diego Jewish Book Fair, 9:30 am San Diego Center for Jewish Culture La Jolla, Calif.

Thurs., Nov. 13, 2008 – SAN FRANCISCO BJE Jewish Community Library, 7:30 pm

Sun., Nov. 16, 2008 – ATLANTA Book Festival of the Marcus JCC of Atlanta MJCCA Zaban Park, Dunwoody, 7 pm  Panel discussion with authors Sadia Shepard and Peter Godwin

Tues., Nov. 18, 2008 – SAINT PAUL, MINN. Twin Cities Jewish Book Fair, 7:30 pm The Saint Paul JCC My Father's Paradise is the fair's "Community Read"

Fri., Nov. 21, 2008 – PHILADELPHIA AREA Author-in-Residence Program, 7:30 pm Main Line Reform Temple Wynnewood, PA

Tues., Nov. 25, 2008 – FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT Bethel Public Library, 7 pm

Tues, Dec. 2, 2008 – LOS ANGELES Sinai Temple, Noon

Weds., Dec. 3, 2008 – PASADENA, CA Vroman's Bookstore, 7 pm Ariel's father, UCLA Professor Yona Sabar, on hand after talk to answer questions

Sat., Dec. 6, 2008 – REDONDO BEACH, CA Temple Menorah, 5 pm Please click here for details (pdf)

Sat., Dec. 6, 2008 – PASADENA, CA Jewish Book Festival, 7:30 pm Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center Ariel's father, UCLA Professor Yona Sabar, on hand after talk to answer questions

Weds., Jan. 14, 2009 – WASHINGTON, DC Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 7 pm Got Roots? Genealogy Speaker Series Paired with testimony expert Amelia Klein 

Sun., Jan. 25, 2009 – CHICAGO Spertus Institute, 2 pm Co-sponsored by Nextbook

Weds., Feb. 11, 2009 – WASHINGTON, DC Library of Congress, Noon

Thurs., Feb. 12, 2009 – FAIRFAX, VA 3rd Annual Jewish Book Festival JCC of Northern Virginia, 7:30 pm

Fri., March 20, 2009 – CHARLOTTESVILLE Virginia Festival of the Book Searching for Our Roots: Memoirs, 2 pm Panel Discussion with authors Lise Funderburg (Pig Candy), Martha Frankel (Hats & Eyeglasses), & Randall Kenan (The Fire This Time)

Thurs., March 26, 2009 – PHILADELPHIA Germantown Jewish Centre, 7 pm Panel with Ariel, his father UCLA Professor Yona Sabar & Villanova U. Sociologist Donna Shai

Thurs., April 30, 2009 – NEW YORK CITY The Jewish Museum, 6:30 pm Books in Focus series Joint appearance with Sadia Shepard, author of The Girl from Foreign

Thurs., May 7, 2009 – BALTIMORE Center for Jewish Education, 7 pm Weinberg JCC My Father's Paradise is the 2009 nonfiction "Community Read" for On the Same Page Baltimore

​ Weds, June 10, 2009 – CHERRY HILL, NJ Author Talk, Katz JCC, 7:30 pm