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St. Louis Jewish Book Festival
November 7-18

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Attend in person at the J or watch the entire Festival from the comfort of your own home!

The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival is an annual celebration of authors, books, and ideas during early November, with additional author events year-round. The range of author topics is vast: business, cooking, economics, family, fiction, history, music, religion, sports, and more.

Now in its 43rd year, the Festival is nationally recognized for both its excellence and its size – it is one of the largest in the country with more than 10,000 audience members annually. People from all backgrounds and religions come to Festival events to hear premier speakers, share their thoughts, and ask questions.

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Health & Safety Plan

To protect our community and ensure that we can continue to safely gather at the J, entry to the Festival will require:

  • Proof of vaccination (both doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) OR a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of entry. Vaccination card or photo accepted, plus photo ID.
  • Masks must be worn properly over your nose and mouth by everyone at all times during events.

The esteemed group of previous Festival speakers includes:

  • Alan Arkin
  • Saul Bellow
  • Ben Bernanke
  • Theodore Bikel
  • Wolf Blitzer
  • Michael Bloomberg
  • Alan Dershowitz
  • Anita Diamant
  • Richard Dreyfuss
  • Susie Essman
  • Betty Friedan
  • Marlee Matlin
  • Isaac Mizrahi
  • Leonard Nimoy
  • Carl Reiner
  • Cokie Roberts
  • Ambassador Dennis Ross
  • Peter Sagal
  • William Shatner
  • Neil Simon
  • Stephen Sondheim
  • R.L. Stine
  • Lily Tomlin
  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer
  • Elie Wiesel
  • Henry Winkler
  • and many others

The Jewish Book Festival thanks Main Street Books for providing books by our presenting authors. The festival receives a percentage of sales for every book sold. Please support the St. Louis Book Festival and Main Street Books by purchasing your books through the festival.



Hilary Gan, 314-442-3294
Director of Literary Arts

Instagram: @thejstl_arts