ARIEL SABAR author   journalist

​    winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

PAST SPEAKING APPEARANCES


2019
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 — WASHINGTON, DC
Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Lindner Family Commons (Room 602), 6:30 pm
​Annual Purim & Nowruz Lecture and Celebration featuring Ariel Sabar, who will speak about his family's Kurdish-Jewish heritage and his award-winning book My Father's Paradise. Presented by Sephardic Heritage International (SHIN) DC and the Elliott School of International Affairs.


2018
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 — BOULDER, CO
    Old Main Theater, University of Colorado Boulder, 7 pm 
      An evening with award-winning author and journalist
       Ariel Sabar. Free and open to the public.​

Thursday, March 28, 2018 — LONG BEACH, CA
     Alpert Jewish Community Center, 7:30 pm
         An evening with award-winning author and journalist 
           Ariel Sabar.


2017
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


2015
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.


2014
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 hillarya26@yahoo.com


2013
Sunday, May 5, 2013 — WASHINGTON, DC

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


2012
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 

2011-2012 JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL TOUR
/ HEART OF THE CITY
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


​OTHER 2011 EVENTS
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

HEART OF THE CITY / HARDCOVER TOUR
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
OTHER 2010 EVENTS
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

MY FATHER'S PARADISE / PAPERBACK TOUR (2009)
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: cjsrsvp@humnet.ucla.edu 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

MY FATHER'S PARADISE / HARDCOVER TOUR (2008-9)
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