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Festival Events & Schedule

2019 St. Louis Jewish Book Festival Schedule

Summer/Fall Bookend Events

June 19, 7:30pm: Joy Ladin

Wednesday, June 19, 7:30pm
Free to Attend; Registration Required
Kaplan Feldman Complex, St. Louis Jewish Federation

Reading some of the best-known Torah stories through the lens of transgender experience, Joy Ladin will explore fundamental questions about how religious texts, traditions, and the understanding of God can be enriched by transgender perspectives, and how the Torah and trans lives can illuminate one another. In addition to The Soul of the Stranger, Joy is the author of a memoir and six books of poetry. She holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Stern College of Yeshiva University, where, in 2007, she became the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution.

Book signing and reception to follow, in partnership with the Center for Jewish Learning.

For more information, contact Amy Bornstein, 314.442.3152

October 3, 7pm: Amy Byer Shainman

Thursday, October 3, 7pm
Free to attend
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur

Amy Byer Shainman discovers she has inherited a BRCA gene mutation that puts her at high risk of developing certain cancers. Through her experience making decisions about her health, Amy becomes invigorated with purpose and establishes herself as a leading advocate for those with BRCA and other hereditary cancer syndromes. Resurrection Lily weaves Amy’s story with the expertise of her doctors, education from top medical experts in cancer genetics, and whispered lifesaving guidance from her grandmother Lillian.

Following a brief presentation about her book, Amy Byer Shainman will moderate a discussion with leaders from our medical community. In partnership with Sharsheret Supports.


Fall 2019 Festival Lineup

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Keynote Speaker

November 3, 7pm: Issac Mizrahi

Isaac Mizrahi 2Sunday, November 3, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex, Edison Gymnasium
Tickets: $45

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Isaac Mizrahi will open the Jewish Book Festival on Sunday, November 3 at 7pm. Mizrahi will speak about his new book, I.M.: A Memoir, in which the fashion industry leader offers a poignant, candid and touching look back on his life so far.

From growing up gay in a sheltered Syrian Jewish Orthodox family to the partnership with Target that brought his high-end collection to the masses and revolutionized fashion retail, Mizrahi will share not only the glamour of his years, but the grit beneath the glitz. Following Q&A, books will be for sale for him to autograph.

November 4, 1pm: Pam Jenoff

Monday, November 4, 1pm
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Tickets: $20 or included with a Premier Pass

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Orphan’s Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World War II. In The Lost Girls of Paris, Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war and weaves a mesmerizing tale of the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.

November 6, 7pm: Sports Night featuring Art Shamsky

Wednesday, November 6, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur – Edison Gymnasium
Tickets: $25 or included with a Premier Pass

After the Miracle is an inside account of an iconic team in baseball history: the 1969 New York Mets—a consistently last-place team that turned it all around in just one season—told by ’69 Mets outfielder (and St. Louisan) Art Shamsky and other teammates as they reminisce about what happened then and where they are today.

November 11, 7pm: Dr. Michael Roizen

Monday, November 11, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Tickets: $20 or included with a Premier Pass

New York Times best-selling author Dr. Michael Roizen reveals how the food choices you make each day–and when you make them–can affect your health, your energy, your sex life, your waistline, your attitude, and the way you age. What to Eat When offers readers choices that benefit them the most based on the science that governs them.

November 12, 7pm: Michael Coles

Tuesday, November 12, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Tickets: $20 or included with a Premier Pass

Co-founder of Great American Cookie Company and former CEO of Caribou Coffee, Michael J. Coles is a business expert, serial entrepreneur, education advocate, transformational leader and well-known public speaker. In his recently-released memoir, Time to Get Tough: How Cookies, Coffee, and a Crash Led to Success in Business and Life, Coles’ reflects on his notable life and shares a wealth of knowledge and tips that he has gathered over the years as a community and business leader.

November 13, 7pm: Lori Gottlieb

Tuesday, November 13, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur
Tickets: $20 or included with a Premier Pass

In her remarkable new book, psychotherapist and New York Times best-selling author Lori Gottlieb reveals our blind spots, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone offers a deeply personal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and providing the rarest of gifts: a boldly revealing portrait of what it means to be human, and a disarmingly funny and illuminating account of our own mysterious lives and our power to transform them.