Community members will have the chance to meet Jewish authors and purchase their work at the annual JCC Bookfair that kicks off Monday, Nov. 3.

Community members will have the chance to meet Jewish authors and purchase their work at the annual JCC Bookfair that kicks off Monday, Nov. 3.

The event, which has been going on in Columbus for more than 20 years, will be held in the lobby of the eastside JCC from Nov. 3 to Nov. 18 and will feature more than 1,000 books and audio books for sale.

During that time, both local and national authors will make appearances for lectures and book signings at the fair, which is themed "What's your story?"

Book fair director Melanie Butter said she is most excited for Evan Handler's lecture on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. Handler is most famous for his role as Harry in both the "Sex and the City" TV show and recent movie.

He also wrote "It's Only Temporary: The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive," which will be the focus of the lecture.

Butter said she was unfamiliar with Handler's TV persona but was so struck with his perspective that she and book fair committee members invited him to speak at the annual book fair.

"He has such a wonderful perspective on life and gratitude," she said.

Other authors such as Lily Koppel, author of "The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a life through the Pages of a Lost Journal"; Margot Singer's "The Pale of Settlement"; and Evan Fallenburg's "Light Fell."

Butter said all the proceeds of the JCC Bookfair will go to support future book fairs and the Jewish Book Council.

Those who cannot make the fair or which to purchase books elsewhere can log on to the JCC's Web site and find a link for the books at Amazon.com. A portion of the proceeds from Amazon will also go towards the Jewish Book Council and the local book fair.

Butter, who has been involved with the JCC Bookfair for the last three years, said she is excited for this year's fair because of the way it brings the community together.

"It's very exciting to bring people together cross culturally," she said. "We have a great lineup."

The Bookfair will be open Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the JCC lobby.

Volunteers are also asking patrons to bring with them new or gently used books to benefit he "Lend a Hand, Touch a Heart" Mitzvah Month sponsored by the Columbus Jewish Federation. The books will be donated to a new library collection at the Wexner Heritage Village.