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2016 St. Louis Jewish Book Festival Schedule

Winter & Spring Bookend Events

Sunday, January 15, 7pm - Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Event with Cynthia Levinson

levinson-cynthia-cover-resized COMMUNITY MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. EVENT
CYNTHIA LEVINSON

Sunday, January 15
7pm | $10

Watch Out for Flying Kids! follows nine teenage troupers in two circuses. The members of Circus Harmony in St. Louis are inner-city and suburban kids. The Galilee Circus in Israel is composed of Jews and Arabs. When they get together, they confront racism in the Midwest and tribalism in the Middle East as they learn to overcome assumptions, animosity, and obstacles that are physical, personal and political. Cynthia Levinson is the acclaimed author of several books of nonfiction including, We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March.mlkcircus2-resized

Members of Circus Harmony will perform.

In partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Michael and Barbara Newmark institute for Human Relations together with the Urban League of Metropolitan St Louis.

2016 Author Appearances

Sunday, September 18 - Al Roker & Deborah Roberts

Roker Roberts Auth Photo cr Deborah FeingoldBEEN THERE, DONE THAT
A CONVERSATION WITH AL ROKER AND DEBORAH ROBERTS

Sunday, September 18
10am | $45

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Life lessons from New York Times bestselling author and Today show personality Al Roker and his wife, globetrotting ABC news journalist Deborah Roberts.

Al Roker and Deborah Roberts have sixteen Emmy Awards between them. They have covered everything from the Olympics and the Gulf War to natural disasters and the AIDS crisis in Africa. Now these two married journalists and parents have collaborated on the most personal and important “story” of their lives.


Been There, Done That
 is a funny, heartfelt, and empowering collection of life lessons, hard-won wisdom, and instructive family anecdotes from Al and Deborah’s lives, from their parents and grandparents, and from dear friends, famous and not. Here, Al and Deborah candidly share childhood obstacles like obesity and growing up in the segregated south; the challenges and blessings that come from raising very different kids; hard-won truths about marriage and career; the illuminating “little things” that adults can learn from children; and the genuine wisdom that the elderly can share with a younger generation.

Thursday, October 6 - Geraldine Brooks

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Thursday, October 6
7:30pm | $25

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With more than two million copies of her novels sold, New York Times bestselling author 9780143109761_TheSecretChord_CVF.inddGeraldine Brooks brings us her rich and absorbing new work of fiction about the life of King David. Brooks has the uncanny ability to transform characters from history and David’s journeys throughout The Secret Chord are a saga of faith, desire, family, ambition, and betrayal. Brooks is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March, People of the Book, Caleb’s Crossing, and Year of Wonders. She has also published three works of nonfiction: Nine Parts of Desire, Foreign Correspondence and The Idea of Home. Brooks and her husband have two sons, two dogs, three alpacas, and a mare.

 

Wednesday, October 19 - Jennifer Weiner

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Wednesday, October 19
7:30pm | $25

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Jennifer Weiner’s books have spent over five years on the New York Times bestseller list with over 11 million copies in print in 36 countries.

She has written more than 15 novels including, In Her Shoes which was turned into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine. Hungry Heart is her first foray into nonfiction where she takes the raw stuff of her personal life and creates a collection of essays on modern womanhood as uproariously funny and moving as the best of Tina Fey, Fran Lebowitz, and Nora Ephron.

Sunday, November 6 - Scott Turow

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Sunday, November 6
7:30pm | $45

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Interviewed by Michael A. Kahn, Award-Winning Mystery Writer and Trial Attorney

Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages and have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. He is the author of ten best-selling works of fiction of which several have become movies and television miniseries. Presumed Innocent (1987) hit the big screen starring Harrison Ford; The Burden of Proof (1990) featured Brian Dennehy; Reversible Errors (2002) co-starred Tom Selleck and William H. Macy.

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Turow graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and continues to work as an attorney in the Chicago office of international firm, Dentons (formerly Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal) while also devoting a substantial amount of time to pro bono matters. In one such case, he represented Alejandro Hernandez in the successful appeal that preceded Hernandez’s release after nearly twelve years in prison, including five on death row, for a murder he did not commit.

His many honors include the Heartland Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, Time Magazine’s Best Work of Fiction, and his appointment as president of the Authors Guild. In addition to his fiction, Turow is the author of two works of non-fiction: One L and Ultimate Punishment.

Mr. Turow is active in a number of charitable causes and performs with the Rock Bottom Remainders, a musical group of best seller authors raising funds for various literacy organizations.

Monday November 7, 10:30am - Steven Gaines

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Monday, November 7
10:30am | $18

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One of These Things First is a poignant reminiscence of a 15-year-old Jewish boy in Brooklyn in the early sixties and his unexpected trajectory from a life behind a rack of dresses in his grandmother’s bra and girdle store to Manhattan’s fabled Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic. Throughout this highly engaging memoir, Gaines unveils a wild cast of characters who subtly changed him in the most unexpected ways; among them is a young psychiatrist who promises to cure Gaines of his homosexuality and give him the normalcy for which he so longs.

Steven Gaines is a best-selling author, journalist, and radio show host with 12 books to his credit.

Monday November 7, 1pm - Ronald Balson

balson-ron-cover-resizedRONALD BALSON

Monday, November 7
1pm | $18

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Just when you think there could not be anything new to ferret out from World War II comes a spellbinding novel by the bestselling author of Once We Were Brothers and Saving SophieKarolina’s Twins is the story of two girls coming of age in a dangerous time, bearers of secrets that only they could share. In this richly woven tale of love, survival and resilience during some of the darkest hours, the unbreakable bond between girlhood friends will have consequences that last into the future.

Sponsored by Booksource, Nancy & Jerry Raskas, Dana & Barry Sandweiss, Marsha & David Soshnik

Thursday, November 10, 7:30pm - Kristallnacht Program with Robert P. Watson

watson-robert-cover-resizedROBERT P. WATSON

Monday, November 7
7:30pm | $18

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Built in 1927, the German ocean liner Cap Arcona was the greatest since the Titanic. When the Nazis seized control of the vessel, she was stripped down for use as a floating barracks and troop transport. But in the Third Reich’s final, desperate days, the ship was mistakenly bombed by the British Air Force, killing the concentration camp prisoners packed aboard. The Nazi Titanic is Watson’s 40th book.

In partnership with the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center – in memory of Gloria M. Goldstein. 

Sponsored by Stan & Jean Margul, The Silk Foundation (Susan Godwin Kofkoff & Richard Kofkoff, Gary Godwin and Deborah Godwin), In Loving Memory of Rubin Feldman by Gloria Feldman & Family

Wednesday, November 9, 10:30am - The Breakfast Queen with Ina Pinkney

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Wednesday, November 9
10:30am | $18

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The beloved restaurateur fed people for more than 30 years. When she closed her restaurant’s doors in 2013, it made headlines across the country. Now, the famous dishes that people came to love at Ina’s are showcased in her new book, Ina’s Kitchen. Interspersed with delicious recipes is a heartfelt memoir of Jewish cooking and hospitality. Pinkney, her restaurant, and her catering company have been featured on the Food Network, CNN and in numerous newspapers and magazines.

Samples will be served!

Sponsored by Margie & Merle Horowitz, Nancy & Al Siwak

Wednesday, November 9, 1pm - Victoria Kelly

kelly-victoria-cover-resizedVICTORIA KELLY

Wednesday, November 9
1pm | $18

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Before escape artist Harry Houdini died, he vowed to find a way to speak to his beloved wife, Bess, from beyond the grave. When his widow begins seeing a secret code in seemingly impossible places, it becomes clear that Harry has an urgent message to convey. Mrs. Houdini is a thrilling novel that takes the interfaith couple from the beaches of Coney Island to the palaces of Budapest to the back lots of Hollywood. Victoria Kelly is a graduate of Harvard University, Trinity College in Dublin and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Thursday, November 10, 10:30am - Neil Abramson

abramson-neil-cover-resizedNEIL ABRAMSON

Thursday, November 10
10:30am | $18

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If you love animals, this is a program not to miss. Neil Abramson is a partner in a Manhattan law firm where he works on a pro bono basis for animal rights. In his new novel, Just Life, Abramson takes his passion for animals and creates a gripping tale you aren’t soon to forget. Veterinarian Samantha Lewis operates a no-kill shelter for abandoned dogs in New York City. When an unidentified, dangerous virus begins spreading through the community, suspicion falls on the dogs as the source. What transpires is a gripping mystery full of political pressure, impassioned advocates, and surprising allies.

Sponsored by Lee Bohm, Ann S. Lux

Thursday, November 10, 1pm - Greg Milner

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Thursday, November 10
1pm | $18

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Interviewed by Christian Greer, Saint Louis Science Center

Milner’s new book, Pinpoint, tells the story of GPS, a scientific marvel that guides us across town, helps land planes, predict weather, grow our food, and more. While GPS has brought us breathtaking advances, the use and potential misuse of GPS data by government and corporations raises disturbing questions about ethics and privacy. Furthermore, a single GPS timing flaw, whether accidental or malicious, could bring down the electrical grid, hijack drones, or halt the world financial system. Milner’s previous book, Perfecting Sound Forever, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Sponsored by the Saint Louis Science Center

Thursday, November 10, 7:30pm - Kenneth Rogoff

rogoff author photo resizedMONEY MATTERS
WITH KENNETH ROGOFF

Thursday, November 10
7:30pm | $25

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rogoff coverInterview by Larry Levin, Publisher, St. Louis Jewish Light

Kenneth Rogoff is the former Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund and was named a Top 15 Most Influential Economist by The Economist Magazine. In his newest book, The Curse of Cash, Rogoff makes a fascinating and persuasive case for phasing out paper money. He reveals that the big problem with currency—large bills in particular—is that in all advanced countries, it’s often used to facilitate tax evasion and criminal activities. Rogoff is the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and the author of the New York Times bestseller, This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly. He holds the life title of international grandmaster of chess.

“A fascinating and important book.”–Ben S. Bernanke

Sponsored by Abeles and Hoffman, P.C.; Brown Smith Wallace, LLC; Capes Sokol; Gail & Louis Glaser; Pulaski Bank – Busey

Friday, November 11, 10:30am - Food Friday with Michael Solomonov & Steven Cook

solomonov-cook-cover-resizedZAHAV: A WORLD OF ISRAELI COOKING
MICHAEL SOLOMONOV & STEVEN COOK

Friday, November 11
10:30am | $18

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Interviewed by Margi Lenga Kahn, Food Columnist & Culinary Educator

Ever since he opened Zahav restaurant in Philadelphia in 2008, chef Michael Solomonov has turned heads with his original interpretations of modern Israeli cuisine. His cookbook, with co-author and restaurateur Steven Cook, earned the James Beard Book of the Year and the Best International Cookbook (2016). Zahav showcases the melting-pot cooking of Israel, especially the influences of the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Eastern Europe.

Samples will be served!

Sponsored by Julie & Leonard Frankel, Harvey Kornblum Foundation

Friday, November 11, 1pm - Food Friday with Lloyd Handwerker

handwerker-lloyd-cover-resizedFAMOUS NATHAN
LLOYD HANDWERKER

Friday, November 11
1pm | $18

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Interviewed by Margi Lenga Kahn, Food Columnist & Culinary Educator

Starting with just five feet of counter space on Coney Island’s undeveloped boardwalk, Nathan Handwerker opened Nathan’s Famous, a business that quickly spanned the globe, launching the hot dog as an American food staple and Nathan himself to national fame. Lloyd Handwerker, grandson of Nathan, had access to hundreds of valuable resources to retell his family’s story in this book, and to direct the 2014 documentary, Famous Nathan. Some clips from the film will accompany this interview.

Samples will be served!

Sponsored by Kuhn Foundation

Saturday, November 12, 7:30pm - Die Laughing with William Novak

novak-bill-cover-resizedDIE LAUGHING: KILLER JOKES FOR NEWLY OLD FOLKS
WITH WILLIAM NOVAK

Saturday, November 12
7:30pm | $18

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From the co-creator of The Big Book of Jewish Humor comes a laugh-out-loud collection of jokes and cartoons about growing older that deals with memory loss, long marriages, medicine, changes in sexuality, the afterlife, and much more. Join us for a fun-filled evening with author and joke collector, William Novak. Novak is also a highly successful ghostwriter contributing to the bestselling memoirs of Lee Iacocca, Tip O’Neill, Nancy Reagan, Oliver North, Magic Johnson, Tim Russert and Natan Sharansky.

“A priest, a minister and a rabbi finally agree: this is one funny book. Geezer-licious!” – Jack Handey, author of DEEP THOUGHTS

Sponsored by Debbie and Mike Lefton

Sunday, November 13, 3pm - Slatkin at the Symphony

slatkin-resizedSLATKIN AT THE SYMPHONY

Sunday, November 13
3pm | Separate ticket required, prices vary

This year we invite you to Powell Hall as Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin returns to conduct Porgy and Bess. Gershwin’s masterpiece is paired with Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite and Barber’s passionate Piano Concerto.

symphony-resizedThis event requires a ticket purchase. Premier Pass holders receive a 20% discount, and must RSVP by November 1 for a post-symphony reception and Q&A with Leonard Slatkin, by calling the J Box Office for the discount code: 314.442.3299. Light food and drink will be served.

Sponsored by The Delmar Gardens Family, Myrtle & Bernard Kornblum’s Changing World Fund, Alan & Sue Wallach

Monday, November 14, 10:30am - Rabbi Ben Kamin

kamin-ben-cover-resizedRABBI BEN KAMIN

Monday, November 14
10:30am | $18

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Did you know that Americans—especially young people—are less affiliated with organized religion now than at any other time in our history? You may very well have children or grandchildren to which this reality holds true, or it may be relevant to your own spirituality. Rabbi Ben Kamin’s new book, I Don’t Know What to Believe, addresses this decline and presents insightful guidance for anyone who wants to examine his or her own beliefs and relationship to a higher power. Kamin is the prize-winning author of eleven books on human values, civil rights and spirituality.

Monday, November 14, 1:30pm - Missouri's Own

HOME-GROWN TALENT
MISSOURI’S OWN

Monday, November 14
1:30pm | $18

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Moderator: Dick Weiss, Author and Editor

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Jewish Community of St. Louis: 1890-1929 is a fascinating collection of photographs and text about Jewish immigrants determined to help the St. Louis community evolve and prosper against difficult odds. Philanthropy is one of the many social actions that lead to a better St. Louis: from the Young Men’s Hebrew Association to the Jewish Hospital to the Home for Aged & Infirm Israelites. Diane Everman serves as archivist for St. Louis Jewish Community Archives.

kahn-michael-cover-resized MICHAEL A. KAHN

In Kahn’s new mystery, The Dead Hand, Rachel Gold represents two women—one a widow, one a divorcee—in a pair of nasty lawsuits, the outcome of each hinging upon a clause in a dead man’s document. This is a gripping tale about the living being pulled towards the grave in unexpected ways. Michael A. Kahn is a St. Louis trial attorney, award-winning mystery writer and adjunct professor of law at Washington University. The Dead Hand is the 10th book in the Rachel Gold series.

perf6.000x9.000.indd HENRY SCHVEY

The Poison Tree: A Memoir, is a study of Schvey’s relationship with his father, an illumination of the secret life of a man who was powerful, highly respected, and greatly feared, and a journey—both sad and tragicomic—that ultimately leads to forgiveness. But growing up in his father’s looming shadow, Schvey wondered if he was doomed to repeat the past, doomed to make the same mistakes his father made. Henry Schvey is Professor of Drama and Comparative Literature at Washington University, where he has taught since 1987.

Sponsored by Berger Memorial Chapel/Richard & Linda Stein & Emily Stein MacDonald, Joseph Burstein and Family, In Loving Memory of Geraldine Burstein, Ken & Nancy Kranzberg, Gloria & Sanford Spitzer Foundation, UMSL Center for the Humanities

Monday, November 14, 7:30pm - Cardinals Sports Night

CARDINALS SPORTS NIGHT
GARY KODNER & HOWARD MEGDAL

Monday, November 14
7:30pm | $25

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RSVP required, including Premier Pass holders. Seating is limited.

Moderated by Ben Hochman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, with introductions by Bill DeWitt III

kodner-gary-cover-resizedGARY KODNER

Kodner has followed Cardinals baseball since he was a child, collecting memorabilia and researching the team’s history, not only as a fan but also as a professional graphic artist. He has spent over 30 years of his career as a creative consultant to the St. Louis Cardinals. For his most recent book, St. Louis Cardinals Uniforms and Logos, An Illustrated History, Kodner and his co-authors worked closely with the Cardinals and team president Bill DeWitt III. Kodner’s son and co-author, Oliver, spent countless hours authenticating each uniform kit and logo for every season featured throughout the book.

megdal-howard-cover-resizedHOWARD MEGDAL

Baseball journalist Howard Megdal takes fans behind the scenes and off the field, interviewing dozens of key players within the Cardinals organization, including owner Bill DeWitt Jr. The result is The Cardinals Way, an in-depth, fascinating story about a consistently good franchise, the business of sports in the twenty-first century and a team that has learned how to level the playing field, turning in season after successful season. Megdal lives in New York with his wife and two daughters. This is his fourth book on baseball.

Sponsored by Judith & Ted Isaacs, Howard N. Lesser, S. M. Wilson & Co.

Tuesday, November 15, 10:30am - Doctors Romy Block & Arielle Levitan

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Tuesday, November 15
10:30am | $18

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Are you confused about vitamins? Unsure which ones you need for optimal health and what levels are safe? In The Vitamin Solution, doctors Romy Block and Arielle Levitan explain which vitamins and supplements can be helpful, which can be harmful, and which are altogether unnecessary. The book also explores health topics including migraines, hair loss, fatigue and hot flashes, as well as preventive care topics such as screening tests and preserving memory. Both doctors practice medicine on the north shore of Chicago.

Tuesday, November 15, 1pm - Kate Siegel with Kim Friedman

siegel-kate-cover-resizedKATE SIEGEL WITH KIM FRIEDMAN

Tuesday, November 15
1pm | $18

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There is nothing more wonderful than a mother’s love. There is also nothing more annoying. Who else can proudly insist that you’re perfect while simultaneously making you question every career, fashion, and relationship decision you have ever made? Author Kate Siegel decided that there was more than enough craziness with her own Jewish mom and began broadcasting their outrageous conversations on social media, leading to Mother, Can You Not?. Today, Kate Siegel and mother Kim Friedman are followed by nearly one million fans around the world. Siegel is a writer, producer, and social media guru. Friedman is an Emmy-nominated television director of shows including Beverly Hills 90210, Square Pegs, Lizzy McGuire and more.

Tuesday, November 15, 7:30pm - Dov Waxman

waxman-dov-cover-resizedDOV WAXMAN

Tuesday, November 15
7:30pm | $18

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Waxman’s new book, Trouble in the Tribe, explores the increasingly contentious place of Israel in the American Jewish community. In a fundamental shift, growing numbers of American Jews have become less willing to unquestioningly support Israel and more willing to publicly criticize its government. No longer is Israel the unifying force for American Jewry. Dov Waxman is a professor at Northeastern University. His previous books include The Pursuit of Peace and the Crisis of Israeli Identity and Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within.

Sponsored by Jerry & Rosalie Brasch, Debbi Grebler in Memory of David M. Grebler, Rabbi Carnie & Mrs. Paulie Rose

Wednesday, November 16, 10:30am - Kenneth Marcus

marcus-kenneth-author-resizedKENNETH MARCUS

Wednesday, November 16
10:30am | $18

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The Definition of Anti-Semitism explores the various ways in which anti-semitism has historically been defined, demonstrates the weaknesses in prior efforts, and develops a new definition, with particular consideration of recent movements in American higher education. Kenneth Marcus founded the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law to fight campus anti-semitism through legal advocacy, research and education. He is an internationally -renowned human rights lawyer, social entrepreneur and thought leader.

Wednesday, November 16, 1pm - Lauren Belfer

belfer-lauren-cover-resizedLAUREN BELFER

Wednesday, November 16
1pm | $18

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What if you stumbled upon a long-lost masterpiece—not a painting, but a mysterious choral composition by Johann Sebastian Bach that could potentially change the course of history? Lauren Belfer, New York Times bestselling author of A Fierce Radiance and City of Light, returns with And After the Fire, a powerful and passionate new novel inspired by historical events. This
multi-generational saga interweaves two Jewish women’s lives—one in 18th century Berlin and the other in present day America.

Sponsored by The Rubin Family Foundation

Wednesday, November 16, 6:45pm - Comedy in the Kitchen with Robert Rosenthal

rosenthal-robert-author-resizedCOMEDY IN THE KITCHEN: A SPECIAL EVENT FOR LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
CHEF ROBERT ROSENTHAL

Wednesday, November 16
6:45pm: Snacks and Shopping Reception
7:45pm: Program | $25

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RSVPs required by November 9 to 314.442.3299, including Premier Pass holders

rosenthal-robert-cover-resizedIf you are like many women, you long to have your husband or partner feel more comfortable in the kitchen. Join us for a food-filled evening full of laughs and practical tips to achieve that desire. Chef Robert Rosenthal empowers us all to make food fun and hassle-free. Chef Rosenthal has spent years cooking and performing standup in New York’s top comedy clubs. “I’ve had a love affair with food since I was breastfed,” says Rosenthal.

Food from Chef Rosenthal’s book, Short Order Dad, will be available during the reception, along with a variety of shopping vendors.

Sponsored by Maxine & Steven Mirowitz

Thursday, November 17, 10:30am - Claudia Kalb

kalb-claudia-cover-resizedCLAUDIA KALB

Thursday, November 17
10:30am | $18

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Was Andy Warhol a hoarder? Did Einstein have autism? Was Frank Lloyd Wright a narcissist?  Science journalist Claudia Kalb gives readers a fascinating glimpse into the minds of history’s great personalities. Kalb provides compelling insight into a broad range of maladies, shedding new and important research on the evolution of mental health. From Marilyn Monroe’s borderline personality disorder to Charles Darwin’s anxiety, this is biography as you’ve never experienced it before. Several of the individuals profiled in Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder were Jewish and each had unique ties to the religion.

Thursday, November 17, 1pm - Alyson Richman

richman-alyson-cover-resizedALYSON RICHMAN

Thursday, November 17
1pm | $18

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As Paris teeters on the edge of the German occupation, a young French woman closes the door to her late grandmother’s treasure-filled apartment, unsure if she’ll ever return. Inspired by the true account of an abandoned Parisian apartment, Alyson Richman’s new novel, The Velvet Hours, brings together the unlikely relationship between two women who pursue freedom and independence during uncertain times. Richman is the international bestselling author of more than five books including, The Lost Wife, which is currently in development to become a major motion film.

Thursday, November 17, 7:30pm - Broadway: From Grit to Glitz with Michael Riedel

riedel-michael-cover-resizedBROADWAY: FROM GRIT TO GLITZ
MICHAEL RIEDEL

Thursday, November 17
7:30pm | $18

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Broadway’s most respected (and feared) commentator pulls back the curtain on its stars, its producers, and its mega-hits to reveal all the shocking drama, intrigue, and power plays that happened off stage. Razzle Dazzle is a provocative, no-holds-barred narrative account of the people and the money and the power that re-invented an iconic quarter of New York City, turning its gritty back alleys and sex shops into the glitzy, dazzling Great White Way. Michael Riedel has been a theater columnist for the New York Post since 1998 and is the cohost of Theater Talk with PBS.

Sponsored by Diane & Paul Gallant and Webster University.

Friday, November 18, 10:30am - Game Day with Karen Gooen

gooen-karen-cover-resizedGAME DAY
WITH KAREN GOOEN

Friday, November 18
10:30am | $18

Paid reservations of $18 per person required by November 11 to 314.442.3299 for tables of four, including Premier Pass holders. One person from the group should make the reservation and provide all players’ names and lunch choices: Egg Salad, Cobb Salad or Turkey Sandwich

Back by popular demand, a relaxing day with friends and your favorite  games—Mah Jongg, Bridge, Scrabble or whatever you prefer. This year, author Karen Gooen begins the program by discussing her new book, Small World, a novel that is part comedy, part drama, with Mah Jongg wisdom spread throughout. It includes the adventures of a pair of Jewish mothers and their daughters in and around a retirement home in suburban New Jersey. Gooen’s previous book, Searching for Bubbe Fischer, has connected her with Mah Jongg players and readers nationwide.

Immediately following the author talk and book signing, lunch will be served and attendees will enjoy four hours of game time.

Premier Pass holders will receive three complimentary raffle tickets for game-themed prizes. Additional raffle tickets will be available for any attendees to purchase.

Saturday, November 19, 7:30pm - The Show Business Supermensch with Shep Gordon

gordon-shep-author-resizedTHE SHOW BUSINESS SUPERMENSCH
SHEP GORDON

Saturday, November 19
7:30pm | $25

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gordon-shep-cover-resizedIn the course of his legendary career as a manager, agent and producer, Shep Gordon has worked with, and befriended, some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, from Alice Cooper to Bette Davis, Raquel Welch to Groucho Marx, Sylvester Stallone to Salvador Dali, Luther Vandross to Teddy Pendergrass. He is also credited with inventing the “celebrity chef,” and has worked with Nobu Matsuhisa, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck and many others. In They Call Me Supermensch, Gordon recalls his life, from his humble beginnings as a “shy, no self-esteem, Jewish nebbisher kid with no ambition,” to his unexpected rise as one of the most influential and respected personalities in show business, revered for his kindness—and fondness for a good time.

Sponsored by Judy & Leslie Berger, Growe Eisen Karlen Eilerts Attorneys at Law, Paul & Betty Mendelson

Sunday, November 20, 3pm - Carole C. Levin Ballet Program Featuring the Saint Louis Ballet

ballet-3-resizedCAROL C. LEVIN BALLET PROGRAM
FEATURING THE SAINT LOUIS BALLET

Sunday, November 20
3pm | $20

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Miriam Mahdaviani, who danced for many years with New York City Ballet, choreographed Between the Lines, a jazzy balletic duet to George Gershwin’s popular Three Piano Preludes, arranged for piano and violin. Syncopated rhythms alternate with the Blues to propel the dancers through this dazzling dance, appropriately set in the reading room of a library. Back by popular demand, the program also includes Mahdaviani’s Mishpacha, the rousing finale of last year’s Jewish Book Festival program accompanied by Klezmer music. In addition to the pieces by Ms. Mahdaviani, the Saint Louis Ballet will perform an original work by artistic director, Gen Horiuchi.

Takes place at the Touhill Performing Arts Center – Lee Theater on the UMSL campus