Famous Father Girl

DUNWOODY, Ga. — The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta will host Jamie Bernstein, daughter of acclaimed composer and orchestra director Leonard Bernstein, on Saturday, Oct. 26. 

At the Prologue to the MJCCA Book Festival event, Bernstein will discuss her book, “Famous Father Girl.” 

Leonard Bernstein was the composer of “On the Town” and “West Side Story” and chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, making him a celebrity in 20th century America. 

But to his eldest daughter Jamie, he was the man in the scratchy brown bathrobe who smelled of cigarettes, the jokester, the compulsive teacher who enthused about Beethoven and the Beatles, and the insomniac whose 4 a.m. composing breaks involved spooning baby food. 

Jamie Bernstein’s memoir offers a rare intimate look at her father and features an impressive set of characters including the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins and Lauren Bacall

A Prologue to the Book Festival of the MJCCA brings authors to the Atlanta community before the November Book Festival begins. 

Along with A Page from the Book Festival, the events allow the MJCCA to foster a love of reading and enable interaction with renowned authors all year long.

The event is 8 p.m., Oct. 26 at the MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road in Dunwoody. 

Tickets are $18 to $25. To purchase tickets or for information, visit atlantajcc.org/bookfestival or call 678-812-4002.

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