The Book Festival of the MJCCA's Pam Morton Gives Her Best Advice

Pam Morton, director of The Book Festival of the MJCCA, is here to give you her best advice about how to hit the books this summer.

Pam Morton


Q: What genre do you recommend people explore?

A: Humor is always fun – I love a book that makes me laugh out loud! Authors such as David Sedaris, Annabelle Gurwitch, Carol Leifer and Chelsea Handler write some of the funniest essays around.

Q: What are your favorite books released this year? 

A: “Blood Will Out” by Walter Kirn, “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd and “Andrew’s Brain” by E.L. Doctorow.

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: That’s like asking a mother which one of her children she loves the most! Two of my all-time favorite  titles are “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson and “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving.

Q: Do you prefer to read physical books or e-books? 

A: I read both physical books and books on my Kindle, iPad and on my iPhone with the Kindle and iBook apps. I read digitally when I am traveling or don’t want to carry around a heavy book.

Q: How do you pick a great book? 

A: There are several excellent blogs and e-newsletters that I read weekly:,,, and I also listen to author interviews on NPR’s “Fresh Air.”

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