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St. Louis Jewish Book Festival

November 2-17, 2024

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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 45th 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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2024 Headliners

Opening Night – November 2

Mickey Bergman
In The Shadows

Women’s Night – November 7

Julia Quinn
Queen Charlotte

Cookbook Night – November 16

Joan Nathan
My Life in Recipes

Closing Night – November 17

Daniel Handler
And Then? And Then? What Else?

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
  • Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch

We have so many more in the works! Follow us on social media to get the latest scoop on the 2023 author lineup: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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

Phil Rosenthal - Somebody Feed Phil the Book


Jessica Fischoff
Director, Literary Arts

Instagram: @thejstl_arts