Date: February 4, 2021Time: 7:30 pm
Location:  Zoom
Contact: Connie Cirillo FreemanPhone: 203.940.3890.Email:

Virtual Book & Author Conversations: Writing Jewish Mystery Characters

What Makes Jewish Protagonists Unique?

Thursday, Feb. 4 • 7:30PM

There are many sub-genres in mystery writing: cozies, noir, historical, hard-boiled detectives, and police procedurals, to name a few. But when the protagonist -- or for that matter, the villain -- is Jewish, how does that change the story, characters, and even the writer’s style?  

Join mystery writers Ann Aptaker, Rabbi Ilene Schneider and A.J. Sidransky to find out.


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About the Panelists: 

Anne Aptaker: 
Native New Yorker Ann Aptaker’s Cantor Gold novels have won the Lambda and Goldie awards. The series explores immigrant themes, the Holocaust, and Jewish ritual.  Her novella A Taco, A T-Bird, A Beretta and One Furious Night, is featured in season two of the Guns & Tacos crime fiction series. Her short stories have appeared in the Fedora II and III anthologies, the Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir anthology, Switchblade magazine, and the online zine Punk Soul Poet. After a thirty year career as an art curator and exhibition specialist, she was a professor of art history, an investigative report writer, and now writes full time.

Rabbi Ilene Schneider:
Rabbi Ilene Schneider is one of the first six women rabbis in the U.S. She is also the author of the award-winning Rabbi Aviva Cohen Mysteries: Chanukah Guilt, Unleavened Dead, and Yom Killer. The fourth, a work-in-progress, is Killah Megillah. She is also the writer of award-winning short stories and the non-fiction Talking Dirty – in Yiddish?; created an on-going website of questions and answers about Chanukah (, and edited Recipes by the Book: Oak Tree Authors Cook.

A.J. Sidransky: 
A.J. Sidransky has published three novels since 2013. The National Jewish Book Awards selected his first novel Forgiving Maximo Rothman as a finalist in Outstanding Debut Fiction in 2013. Next Generation Indie Book Awards selected Stealing a Summer’s Afternoon, his second book, as a finalist for Best Second Novel in 2015. Forgiving Mariela Camacho, his third work, received the David Award, awarded by Deadly Ink! Writer’s Conference for Best Mystery of 2016. His latest works include, The Interpreter (2020) and Forgiving Stephen Redmond (2021), the final chapter in the Forgiving Series


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