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Speaking Engagements

I have been asked to speak in bookstores, at book festivals, and to synagogue groups in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Rockville, New York City, Cherry Hill, Wilmington DE, Miami Beach, Sarasota, Houston, San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Mexico City. I would love to speak to (and with) your group! For more information, please contact me: mitchell.j.kaplan@mitchelljameskaplan.com.


"The One Book, One Jewish Community program in Philadelphia asked Mitchell James Kaplan to be interviewed on stage and answer questions from an audience of more than 350 guests. Mitchell's answers were fascinating and he connected with his audience very effectively. We have had nothing but positive feedback." – Debbie Leon, One Book, One Jewish Community, Philadelphia
“In Pittsburgh I attended a presentation by Mitchell James Kaplan at the Unitarian Church. I know of other presentations he has made in the city and have learned of reactions to them. He speaks on several levels—about historical fiction, about that form of fiction as an avenue to personal understanding and realization, and about writing as a means of dealing with the fractured experiences of our lives. I found particularly interesting his account of the steps in the creation of his book... Altogether the presentation was most memorable.” – Dale Hershey, Professor of Law at Carnegie-Mellon University and President of the Harvard-Yale-Princeton club

“One could hear a pin drop in the JCC Houston Kaplan Theatre as Mitchell Kaplan quietly and thoughtfully wove his story. We learned about Mitchell, the writer, the husband, and family man. We learned about his dedication and determination to write this book, and we gained greater insight into the nuances of his novel and the historical setting in which it was written.” – Marilyn Hassid, JCC Houston Assistant Executive Director/Director Arts & Culture
"In May, Mitchell James Kaplan spoke and read from his book, BY FIRE, BY WATER at Temple Emanu El. His presentation was gripping. I would recommend him without reservation as a speaker and writer." – Rabbi Joel Mahler, Temple Emanu-El, Pittsburgh, PA

“I heard Mitchell James Kaplan speak at the Brunch With The Author event during the Washington, DC Jewish Book Fair. The audience was enthralled. Mitchell James Kaplan is a dynamic speaker as well as a wonderful writer. I was very touched by his personal stories and especially impressed with the research he has conducted for this very interesting and gripping book.” – Dr. Pnina Peri, University of Maryland

“Our congregants raved about our book discussion with Mitchell Kaplan, who participated by phone. His warmth, openess, sincere interest in hearing, and ability to listen to what people had to say about BY FIRE, BY WATER enabled him to connect immediately and intimately with our group of over 40 people while not even being in the room. – Catherine Fischer, Director of Membership and Programming, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Philadelphia