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St. Louis Jewish Book Festival plans Spring Virtual Popup

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 Editor 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, Editor 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 EMERITUS 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, Editor 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 LIGHT 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...

Isaac Mizrahi will be the keynote speaker at this year's Jewish Book Festival. He will speak about his book

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

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light 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 Editor 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...

Yourself Bashir will be speaking at the Jewish Book Festival on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.  

Author credits father’s wisdom for helping him deal with adversity

By Repps Hudson, Special to the Jewish Light October 31, 2019

Simply stated, Yousef Bashir’s memoir “The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine” is worth reading because the attitude of this Palestinian from an old, established Gaza family is not what we might expect, given his experiences during...

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 Emeritus 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....

The cast of  ‘Angels in America’ at The Rep Sept. 4-Oct. 6.  Photo: Peter Wochniak

2019 Fall Arts Guide

Compiled by Jewish Light staff August 29, 2019

Labor Day weekend may signal the official end of summer — though not necessarily the end of hot weather — but it also signals the start of the 2019 Fall Arts Season, with enough performances, concerts and art openings to heat up the landscape. But...

I.M.: A Memoir

Fashionable keynote for Jewish Book Fest, and more

By Ellen Futterman, Editor May 23, 2019

Mizrahi brings his memoir to Jewish Book FestivalIsaac Mizrahi will be the keynote speaker on opening night, Sunday, Nov. 3, at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival. He will discuss his new book, “I.M.: A Memoir,” when he takes the stage at 7 p.m....

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