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WHC’s Religious School and ECCs Present: Jen Spyra

author of Big Time

Sunday April 30, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


WHC’s ECCs and Religious School are teaming up to bring author Jen Spyra to JBSC to discuss her book Big Time.

Sunday, April 30 at 7:00 pm at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center in Potomac, MD

This program is free and open to everyone, but RSVP is required.

Check back soon for RSVP info!

Click here to purchase this book through WHC’s Mitzvah Mall.

About the Book:

Big Time is a laugh-out-loud short sto­ry col­lec­tion that, in the words of Van­i­ty Fair, ​dials its mod­ern sub­jects up to 11…and then blows up the amp.” The sto­ries fea­ture Aabride so des­per­ate to get in shape for her wed­ding that she enrolls in a new kind of work­out pro­gram that promis­es the moon but costs more than she bar­gained for. A snow­man who, on the wish of a child, comes to life in a decid­ed­ly less savory way than the child­hood clas­sic. And in the title sto­ry, a time-hop­ping 1940s star­let tries to claw her way to the top in mod­ern-day Hol­ly­wood, despite being ridicu­lous­ly unwoke.

In this uproar­i­ous, addic­tive debut, Jen Spyra takes a cul­ture that seems almost beyond par­o­dy and holds it up to a fun­house mir­ror, immers­ing the read­er in a world of pre­his­toric influ­encers, wood­land crea­tures plagued by mil­len­ni­al neu­roses, and an all-out birth­day bash deter­mined to be the most lav­ish cel­e­bra­tion of all time, by any means necessary.

About the Author:

Jen Spyra has worked in near­ly every kind of com­e­dy there is: pen­ning sto­ries for The Onion, writ­ing skits and one-lin­ers as a staff writer for The Late Show with Stephen Col­bert, con­tribut­ing pieces to The New York­er and McSweeney’s, and tak­ing the stage for improv at UCB The­atre in Man­hat­tan. Her incred­i­ble range is on dis­play in this uproar­i­ous, addic­tive debut col­lec­tion of short sto­ries that includes a dis­turbing­ly hilar­i­ous tale about how far one woman will go to achieve the per­fect wed­ding body, a sto­ry of the first influ­encer dat­ing back to pre­his­toric times, a reimag­in­ing of a Christ­mas clas­sic in which the snow­man who comes to life turns out to be a real per­vert, and the mem­oir of an up-and-com­ing 1940s star­let who gets trans­plant­ed to mod­ern-day Hol­ly­wood and tries to claw her way back to the top, despite being ridicu­lous­ly unwoke.



Sunday, April 30


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm




Adult Ed, Families with Young Children, Lecture, Religious School


Marsha Humphries