Editor’s Note: Unless otherwise noted, events take place at the JCC Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. Visit the festival website (below) or call to verify author event details.


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Sunday, Nov. 1

7 p.m.: Dennis Ross, “Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship From Tuman to Obama”; $40

Monday, Nov. 2

10:30 a.m.: Ilan Stavans “Reclaiming Travel”; $15

1 p.m.: Ronald Balson “Saving Sophie”; $15

7:30 p.m.: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence”; Free

Tuesday, Nov. 3

1 p.m.: Margaret Lazarus Dean “Leaving Orbit: Notes From the Last Days of American Spaceflight”; $15

7:30 p.m.: Brian Abrams “Party Like a President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief from the Oval Office”; $15


Wednesday, Nov. 4

1 p.m.: Christopher Noxon “Plus One”; $15

7:30 p.m.: Leigh Steinberg“The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals and Changing the Game”; $20

Thursday, Nov. 5

10:30 a.m.: Bruce Ferber “Cascade Falls”; $15

1 p.m.: Shulem Deen “All Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir”; $15

6:45 p.m. (food and shopping reception); 7:45 p.m. (program begins): Women’s Special Event, featuring Janice Kaplan  “The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life”; Kerry Cohen “Spent: Exposing Our Complicated Relationships with Shopping”; and Naomi Ragen “The Devil in Jerusalem”; $22. RSVP required for reception.

Friday, Nov. 6

10:30 a.m.: Chef Rossi “The Raging Skillet”; $15

1 p.m.: Aaron Rezny “Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food”; $15

Sunday, Nov. 8

5:30 (group lesson), 7 p.m. concert Concert event in partnership with the St. Louis Symphony: Time to Tango, featuring Cortango Orquesta; Free, no RSVP necessary. Takes place at the 560 Music Center in the University City Loop. Free

Monday, Nov. 9

8 a.m.: Mike Wien “The Specific Edge: How Sustained Effort Wins in Business and Life”; $10

10:30 a.m.:  Elyssa Friedland “Love and Miss Communication”; $15

1 p.m.:  Rebecca Alexander “Not Fade Away”; $15

7:30 p.m.: David Gregory “How’s Your Faith?: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey”; $20

Tuesday, Nov. 10

10:30 a.m.: Ann Israel “Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game”; $15

7:30 p.m.: Community Kristallnacht event Martin Goldsmith “Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Rememberance”; $10

Wednesday, Nov. 11

10:30 a.m.: Home Grown Talent-Missouri’s Own Panel, featuringGail Benick “The Girl Who Was Born That Way”; John Daniels “The Intern”; Dick Weiss & Charles Claggett “Max Starkloff and the Fight for Disability Rights”; $15

1 p.m.: Tess Gerritsen “Playing with Fire”; $15

7:30 p.m.: “A Family Affair with The Kellermans” featuring Jonathan, Faye and Jesse Kellerman; $20

Thursday, Nov. 12

10:30 a.m.: Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz “Does the Soul Survive?: A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives and Living with Purpose”; $15

1 p.m.: Judith Viorst “Wait for Me: And Other Poems About the Irritations and Consolations of a Long Marriage”; $15

7:30 p.m.: Ben Yagoda “The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song”; $15

Sunday, Nov. 15

3 p.m. Saint Louis Ballet performs several works from the company’s repertoire, at the Touhill Performing Arts Center – Lee Theater on the UMSL campus. $18