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A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE…
The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival presents literary, media, business, sports and entertainment luminaries to audiences which number more than 20,000 each Fall, the largest attendance of Jewish book festivals and fairs in the United States.
The St. Louis Festival also presents author programs, book-signings & special events, with newly released books on a variety of subjects, and authors of all religions, throughout the calendar year.
For more than 30 years, the Festival has continued to grow and excel in its presentations to the community. Throughout the challenges & tensions in our modern world, Festival events remain a safe and respectful place where people of every race, religion and age gather to hear wonderful speakers and entertainers, share thoughts and express opinions.
Ouraudiences range in size from 200 to 2,000. Author programs run approximately 60-90 minutes…30-40 minutes of prepared remarks by the author or panel, plus 20-40 minutes for an audience question and answer period. Authors speak from a stage, with theatre lighting, sound system & microphones, plus microphones in the audience for the Q&A period. Book signings follow each program. We publicize the Festival sponsored literary events throughout the Bi-State area and book authors for interviews with local media.
Festival events are coordinated by the J’s (Jewish Community Center) Cultural Arts Department, co-sponsored by more than 57 community organizations, and supported by corporate and individual sponsors. Monies raised from the Festival & literary events go to J scholarships and cultural arts programming for all ages.The J is one of the largest United Way partner agencies serving St. Louis, regardless of race or religion.
The Festival’s esteemed group of previous speakers includes: Goldie Hawn, Stephen Sondheim, Martin Fletcher, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Lily Tomlin, Helen Hunt, Michael Bloomberg, Fran Drescher, Neil Simon, Betty Friedan, Elie Wiesel, Marianne Williamson, Richard Dreyfuss, Susie Essman, Henry Winkler, Michael Tucker & Jill Eikenberry, Leonard Nimoy, Kirk Douglas, Jerry Springer, Carl Reiner, Steve & Cokie Roberts, Leon Uris, Ambassador Dennis Ross, Sara Paretsky, Moshe Arens, Faye Kellerman, Michael Feinstein, Marlee Matlin, Alan Dershowitz, William Shatner and many others. Each year the Festival offers a varied group of authors and speakers, covering many topics, including: general fiction, politics, religion, culture, media, world affairs, cooking, entertainment, sports, music, health & wellness…something for everyone!