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Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

The St. Louis County Library and the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival present an evening with Mitch Albom, best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. Albom’s books, including Tuesdays with Morrie, have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide and have been turned into successful TV movies. His new novel, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, is the story of the greatest guitar player to ever walk the Earth—and the six lives he changed with his six blue strings.

Takes place at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 63131



Finding Faith

David Gregory

How’s Your Faith?: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey

When David Gregory was a reporter covering the White House, President George W. Bush asked him a question: “Gregory, how’s your faith?” Raised by a Catholic mother and a Jewish dad, David Gregory had a strong sense of Jewish cultural and ethnic identity, but no real belief—not until his marriage to a Protestant woman of strong faith inspired him to explore his spirituality, not just for himself but for the family they would soon start.

How’s Your Faith? is Gregory’s moving journey that ultimately asks us all: Who do we want to be and what do we believe? David Gregory is the former moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press. He previously served as Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News during the Presidency of George W Bush. He traveled with the President on 9-11 and during Mr. Bush’s first visit to Ground Zero after the attacks. From the White House, Gregory covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and earned a reputation as the toughest questioner in the press corps.

Sponsored by Rosalie & Jerry Brasch, Geraldine & Joseph Burstein, Eileen Schnieder Edelman, Kimberly & Steve Goldenberg, Eidelman & Traub DDS, Inc.



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Community MLK Event

Dr. Leah Gunning Francis

Ferguson & Faith: Sparking Leadership & Awakening Community

What happens when St. Louis-area faith leaders step down from the pulpits of their congregations to speak out for justice in our community? When does faith pull people from behind the podium into the streets? These are the themes of a new book by Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, Associate Dean of Eden Theological Seminary. Francis interviewed local clergy members of many faiths in the months after the shooting death of Michael Brown and their responses are collected in Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community.

Dr. Francis will be joined by Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh, Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanuel, and F. Javier Orozco, OFS, PhD, Executive Director of Intercultural and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Rabbi Hersh will discuss her activism on Human Trafficking while Orozco will feature his efforts on Immigration Reform.

This event is in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations.



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Letty Cottin Progrebin

Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate

Feminist icon Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s second novel follows Zach Levy, the left-leaning son of Holocaust survivors who promises his mother that he’ll marry within the tribe. But when Zach falls for Cleo, an African American activist grappling with her own inherited trauma, he must reconcile the family he loves with the woman who might be his soul mate.



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Adam Levin

Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves

Increasingly, identity theft is a fact of life. We might once have hoped to protect ourselves from hackers with airtight passwords and aggressive spam folders, and those are good ideas as far as they go. But the truth is, there are people out there – a lot of them – who treat stealing your identity as a full-time job. Levin is Chairman and founder of Identity Theft 911, Chairman and co-founder of Credit.com and writes a weekly column for Huffington Post and ABCNews.com


This event is sponsored by Webster University.


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Ron Wolfson

The Best Boy in the United States of America

Ron discusses his new memoir of growing up in America’s heartland including his seven years in St. Louis. Hilarious and heartfelt, Wolfson shares stories of his deepest relationships, his mission to preserve Jewish identity and his always spot-on insights about living life to its fullest.

This event is in partnership with Congregation Shaare Emeth and Congregation B’nai Amoona.




A Conversation with Marge Piercy

Interviewed by Gianna Jacobson, Editor/Publisher, december magazine

december magazine and the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival present a conversation with Marge Piercy. Piercy is the author of 20 books of poetry, 17 novels, and numerous books of nonfiction, including Pesach for the Rest of Us and most recently, My Life, My Body. Piercy is the most recent judge for the Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize.


Sponsored by Gianna Jacobson & Todd Siwak




Lisa Lillien

Hungry Girl: Clean & Hungry

Lisa Lillien, creator of the Hungry Girl brand, always battled her weight until one day she decided she was going about dieting all wrong. Rather than give up the junk food that she enjoyed, she realized she could remake such food into more healthy options. Thus began her brand, Hungry Girl. Today, she has more than one million subscribers on her free daily email service in which she sends out recipes, advice and more.

Snacks will be served.


FREE – but event ticket required.

All attendees must have an event ticket, including Premier Pass holders. Event tickets may be requested at the A&E Box Office, by phone at 314-442-3299 or via email.








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