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Author Testimonials & Previous Festivals


Ladue News – Amy Bornstein and the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival
St. Louis Magazine – St. Louis Jewish Book Festival 2018: Sarah Kendzior, “The View from Flyover Country” and the real Donald Trump
NPR – NPR’s Peter Sagal on the obligation to be funny, Jewish identity, new book, ahead of St. Louis visit
theartsstl – Wait Wait…St. Louis Jewish Book Festival celebrates 40 years with NPR’s Peter Sagal and more
STL Live – Jewish Book Festival Part 1
STL Live – Jewish Book Festival Part 2
CarneyShow – Jamie Berstein Interview (begins around 20.10 mark)
CarneyShowMovie Night with the Reagans interview with Mark Weinberg (begins around 1:25.50 mark)

Here’s what previous authors have to say about the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival:

Ron Balson: “I was so delighted to see the enthusiastic turnout. Your J is extraordinary.”

Theodore Bikel: “Of the many events I am invited to attend and participate in, the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival was easily the most hospitable, friendly, welcoming one – in other words, a ‘heimish’ experience.”

Maureen Chiquet: “The festival is wonderful to work with, and it was great seeing so many familiar faces in the very same place I used to attend camp.”

Cindy Chupack: “Great event for authors and readers alike! This festival attracts a large, smart, book-loving crowd, and it’s well organized and publicized.”|

Al Clark: “From my very first experience with the festival there was total professionalism, class and efficiency. They all made me feel extremely comfortable and I ask, quite simply, “How could it possibly NOT be SUCCESSFUL!”

Anita Diamant: ”Thanks for the wonderful, warm crowd. Being invited to the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival is an honor and a delight.”

Linda Fairstein: “The St Louis Jewish Book Festival is a terrific event – smart, interesting people and a lively array of authors.”

Judith Fein: “There’s a particular energy at the St. Louis JBF that makes me want to write another book so I can go back again. The welcome is warm, the audience is intelligent and engaged, and people line up to buy books after the talk. What else could an author wish for?”

Andrew Gross: “The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival is one of the great gatherings of reading, education, and hospitality around the country. The physical setting is impressive; the hospitality first rate; and the audience enthusiastic. I look forward to sharing new books there in the years to come.”

Annabelle Gurwitch: “Every Jewish author knows that the St Louis Jewish Book Festival is one you don’t want to miss. You always know there will be an enthusiastic and engaged audience. It’s like getting to attend your book release bat mitzvah!”

Ida Pinkey: “My visit to the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival set a new standard for its organization, caring volunteers and thoughtful, engaged audience.  It was an honor to be invited.”

Letty Cottin Pogrebin: “On my book tour for SINGLE JEWISH MALE SEEKING SOUL MATE, my appearance at the J in St. Louis stands out for being especially gratifying. The thoughtful, incisive questions asked by the St. Louis audience were among the most substantive of any I’ve been asked during my entire tour.”

Kenneth Rogoff: “I never expected such a large turnout at a book festival! It is really quite impressive.”

Chef Rossi: “I had a fantastic time from start to finish!”

Leigh Steinberg: “Speaking at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival was an exhilarating experience. The Community Center is an amazing concentration of energy and the staff was welcoming and first rate. Spending an evening with a large group that was engaged and love books is a bibliophile’s delight.”

Wendy Wax: “The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival rocks! Their love of the written word, support of authors, and attention to detail were obvious.”