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      OUR AUTHORS        
               
             
      Aaron Goldfarb        
       
      Aaron earned a bachelor's degree in Television and Film from Syracuse University's Newhouse School. After college, Goldfarb relocated to New York City where he found success with two early scripts, "The Good Life" and "Dandy" which won a Slamdance writing competition. During the time, Goldfarb and former writing partner Tim Calpin ("Assassination of a High School President") were hired by Kismet Films to adapt Michael Raccanelli's stage play into what became the feature script "Open and Shut." Writing on his own for the past several years, Goldfarb has produced numerous film, television, and stage works, most notably "The Honey Trap." Shifting to prose in the last few years, Goldfarb started a successful blog (www.theviceblog.com) and began writing short stories, many of which will appear in his upcoming collection "The Cheat Sheet." "How to Fail: The Self Hurt Guide" is his first novel.
               
             
      Jake Ehrenreich        
               
     

When Jake Ehrenreich was growing up in Brownsville in the 1960s, he wanted nothing more than to be an American. But his Yiddish-speaking parents, who failed to understand the game of baseball or make sense of rock music, made it difficult for him to feel part of the mainstream culture. In his new one-man show, "A Jew Grows in Brooklyn," directed by Jon Huberth, Ehrenreich explores how his family history, dominated by the shadow of the Holocaust, shaped the man he turned out to be.

Ehrenreich, 50, has appeared on Broadway in "Dancin", "Barnum" and "They're Playing Our Song." He has also performed Yiddish music in two Off-Broadway productions, "Songs of Paradise" and "The Golden Land.

His father's Hasidic family had been one of the wealthiest in Poland, but during the war both he and his wife ended up in a work camp in Siberia, where one of their daughters was born. After spending time in a displaced persons camp, the family came to America, where they tried to give their children a life free from the taint of victimhood.

But it was not to be. Ehrenreich and his two sisters grew up feeling, as he put it, that existence was "tenuous" and that the "world could end at any moment." Yet he also shares many wonderful memories of his youth, from playing stoop ball to attending Shea Stadium to vacationing in the Catskills, where Ehrenreich began performing in a band at the tender age of 12. Indeed, Ehrenreich tells much of his life story through music; he is backed by four instrumentalists, playing songs ranging from "Brooklyn Roads" to "Doo Wah Diddy." One striking moment in the show occurs when Ehrenreich recalls learning that almost all of his favorite composers were Jewish like him.

"I don't want to bring people too far into the black hole of the Holocaust," Ehrenreich said, noting that his show is mostly upbeat and optimistic. "If people in the audience laugh," he concluded, "it means that they trust me not just to take them to a more serious place, but to bring them out and make them joyous and grateful when they leave."

For Ehrenreich, his show is ultimately a "celebration." He quotes Billy Crystal, who quipped that performing a show about his life was like "a visit with my family every night."

               
             
      Norman Shabel        
               
     

A graduate of Rutgers University Law School, Norman Shabel has vigorously pursued the rights of clients on such legal issues involving murder, fraud, and national class actions. He brings this experience and dedication to each novel he writes. Crafted as a legal writer for many years, he allows readers to experience the trials and tribulations of characters who are admirable yet flawed, earthy and alive.

               
               
             
      Arleen Shabel        
               
     

For most of her life, Arleen has been an essayist, poet, and painter. She brings these great passions to her books, inviting the reader to share in her pursuits of life’s greatest pleasures. With her most recent title, Bogie Sees Paris, a photo essay, she places the spotlight on her beloved Maltese as he romps through the City of Lights. Her love of travel and all things French continues in her upcoming memoir Under Paris Rooftops. Arleen and her husband collaborate to tell the tale of a wide-eyed American couple who realize their dream of living in the romantic European capital.

               
             
                             
   
         
       

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