About the Festival
The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival is an annual celebration of authors, books, and ideas during the first two weeks of November, with additional bookend events year-round. More than 10,000 audience members from all backgrounds come to the Festival each year to learn about a vast array of topics: cooking, economics, family, fiction, history, music, religion, sports, and more. Audience members have the opportunity to meet the author and have a book signed at the conclusion of each event.
Now in its 37th year, the Festival is nationally recognized for its excellence and as one of the largest in the country with audiences ranging in size from 200-1200.
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 premier speakers and share thoughts and opinions.
The esteemed group of previous Festival speakers include: Alan Arkin, Saul Bellow, Theodore Bikel, Wolf Blitzer, Michael Bloomberg, Alan Dershowitz, Richard Dreyfuss, Susie Essman, Betty Friedan, Marlee Matlin, Leonard Nemoy, Carl Reiner, Cokie Roberts, Ambassador Dennis Ross, William Shatner, Neil Simon, Stephen Sondheim, R.L. Stine, Lily Tomlin, Leon Uris, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Elie Wiesel, Henry Winkler, and many others.