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St. Louis Jewish Light

Heres the full author lineup for 44th Annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival

Here’s the full author lineup for 44th Annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival

Published August 16, 2022

The St. Louis Jewish Community Center (The J) will host its 44th annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival from November 6-13. The festival features a lineup of bestselling authors, investigative journalists, Netflix stars, nationally known chefs, true crime...

Award-winning chef Michael Twitty coming to St. Louis with new book ‘Koshersoul

Award-winning chef Michael Twitty coming to St. Louis with new book ‘Koshersoul’

CALEB GUEDES-REED, JTA and Jordan PalmerPublished August 12, 2022

You may want to move quickly on getting your tickets for this upcoming event because appearances by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Twitty are known to sell out quickly. Twitty, who released a book of recipes and essays that fuses Jewish and...

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Q&A with Jewish Book Festival director Hilary Gan

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-ChiefPublished July 23, 2021

Hilary Gan, Director of Literary Arts at the Jewish Community Center In one or two sentences, can you explain your job?  I oversee the annual Jewish Book Festival and the Used Book Sale, with the full force of some amazing committees...

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St. Louis Jewish Book Festival plans Spring Virtual Popup

Published April 2, 2021

The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival will hold a Spring Virtual Popup, featuring four nights of author presentations, from April 18-21. Headlining the event is longtime St. Louis Public Radio host and TV news anchor Don Marsh, who will discuss his latest...

Director Barry Sonnenfeld will give the opening keynote talk Nov. 1 at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival.

Before ‘Men in Black,’ filmmaker felt alienated from parents

By Eric Berger , Associate EditorPublished October 21, 2020

If Barry Sonnenfeld, the director of the first three “Men in Black” films, had been able to appear in person at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, he might have gone up the Gateway Arch for the first time. That is as long as he “knew there was...

Filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld will be the keynote speaker at the 2020 St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, which will be held online this year. Photo: Sasha Erwitt

Filmmaker will be keynote speaker for 2020 Jewish Book Festival

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished July 24, 2020

Filmmaker Barry Sonnenfeld will be the keynote speaker for opening night of the 42nd annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival on Sunday, Nov. 1. He will speak about his new book, “Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother: Memoirs of a Neurotic Filmmaker,” which...

Carl Reiner at the 41st Emmy Awards in September 1989. Photo: Alan Light

Carl Reiner was funny, wise and a true mensch

BY ROBERT A. COHN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EMERITUSPublished July 10, 2020

Although legendary funny man Carl Reiner enjoyed a very full life in which he was amazingly successful in every medium, his passing last week at the age of 98 left our already cloudy world even darker. With the COVID-19 pandemic growing worse and with...

Alana Newhouse, editor of “The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List,” is speaking at a St. Louis Jewish Book Festival event on Sunday, Nov. 10, held at the Mirowitz Center at Covenant Place.

A toast to Sweet’N Low and 99 other Jewish foods

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished November 7, 2019

My mother taught me that it was never OK to take something that didn’t belong to you. That was called stealing, and it was wrong. Looking back, the exception seemed to be Sweet’N Low.I can’t remember a time growing up that mom didn’t stuff a few...

“Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution” by Todd-Purdum

Some enchanted reading… about Rodgers & Hammerstein

BY JUDITH NEWMARK, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished November 7, 2019

Todd S. Purdum never saw a Rodgers & Hammerstein show at the Muny.But when he was growing up in Macomb, Ill., he saw lots of other musicals at the Forest Park theater. “We came to the Muny quite often,” recalled Purdum, a staff writer at Vanity...

Art Shamsky will be speaking at the Jewish Book Festival Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.  

University City native Art Shamsky chronicles years after ’69 Miracle Mets

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in Chief EmeritusPublished October 31, 2019

It is hard to get your arms around the fact that it has been a half-century since the 1969 New York Mets evolved from the “Lovable Losers” of Major League Baseball to the “Miracle Mets” who defied all odds to win the World Series of that year....

Isaac Mizrahi will be the keynote speaker at this years Jewish Book Festival. He will speak about his book I.M.: A Memoir on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

The wait is over: 2019 St. Louis Jewish Book Festival starts Nov. 3

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish LightPublished October 31, 2019

Readers eagerly wait for it all year. The 41st annual St. Louis Book Festival takes place Nov. 3-17 at the Jewish Community Center’s Staenberg Family Complex. The festival is one of the nation’s largest, with 25 events in 12 days.This year the opening...

  

Biographer captures complexity of Robin Williams’ personality

Eric Berger, Associate EditorPublished October 31, 2019

The first time that The New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff spoke with Robin Williams, he was surprised not by the iconic performer’s various accents but with how “his voice was so serene and quiet,” Itzkoff recalled. And while Williams...

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