On Thursday, Nov. 3, Hadassah will co-sponsor author Alyson Richman's 7 p.m. lecture at the JCC Jewish Bookfair.

On Thursday, Nov. 3, Hadassah will co-sponsor author Alyson Richman's 7 p.m. lecture at the JCC Jewish Bookfair.

Richman's novel "The Lost Wife" is based on the story of her parents' love and marriage during the Holocaust. As the threat of World War II looms over Prague, a talented young artist and a young medical student fall in love. Hoping to escape to America, they marry and soon find themselves forced to make a decision that will have irrevocable consequences.

From the glamour of pre-war Prague to the ensuing horrors of Nazi Europe and the struggle of refugees adapting to America, Alyson Richman explores the endurance of first love, the resilience of the human spirit and the power of memory.

The novel is based on a true story, with input from Columbus residents.

As it does every year at the JCC Jewish Bookfair, Columbus Hadassah is sponsoring the event in memory of founding member Jennie Roland, who died in 2005 at the age of 103. She is credited with personifying Hadassah's commitment to education, achieving her dreams even when obstacles made it seem impossible.

One of her achievements was earning her degree from OSU at the age of 82. Roland was a Hadassah volunteer and chapter president for many years.

The dinner and lecture are open to the community. The cost of the evening event is $20 ($7 for the lecture only). Check or credit card payment can to the JCC confirms reservations. Mail checks to JCC Jewish Bookfair, 1125 College Ave., Columbus 43209, or call (614) 231-2731 to charge reservation by phone.

For additional information,visit www.columbusjcc.org.