In the years past, the 46th annual Jewish Community Book Fair has brought writers as differently compelling as Mordecai Richler and Elie Wiesel. In that venerable tradition, this year's book fair – which begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday with Rachel Bergash discussing her book "Half the House: My Life in and Out of Jerusalem" – will again present authors of wildly disparate books that command attention in their own way. At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28, Eyal Press, a 1988 Nichols School graduate, will return to discuss his acclaimed "Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times." And by accident, one of the book fair's most topical programs of all will certainly be CNN meteorologist Bonnie Schneider talking about her book "Extreme Weather: A Guide to Sunny Flash Floods, Tornados, Hurricanes, Heat Waves, Snowstorms, Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters." She will be presented by WIVB-TV meteorologist Don Paul at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Other events include writers Josh Rolnick, Anouk Markovits, the film "Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness," and the return of Elliott Sneider's one-man show "My Brother George: The Life and Music of George Gershwin." All events will be in the Jewish Community Center's Benderson Family Building (2640 North Forest Road, Getzville).

– Jeff Simon