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The St. Louis Jewish Community Center (The J) will host its 44th annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival from November 6-13. The J is excited to announce former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch as the keynote author to kick off the 2022 festival.

On Sunday, November 6 at 7pm, Yovanovitch will be joined on stage at the Staenberg Family Complex’s Performing Arts Center by Professor James Wertsch of Washington University in St. Louis to discuss her new book, “Lessons from The Edge: A Memoir”.

“We are so honored that Ambassador Yovanovitch will be our keynote of the 44th St. Louis Jewish Book Festival. We invite the entire St. Louis region to join us at the J to hear from this true American hero who has dedicated her professional career to the service of our country and the fight for democracy, truth and freedom for all, even under the most trying and challenging circumstances,” said Rabbi Brad Horwitz, Director of Jewish Engagement and Adult Programs at the J.

The festival continues through November 13 with an exciting lineup of bestselling authors, investigative journalists, Netflix stars, nationally known chefs, true crime events and more.

Author Charles Bosworth Jr. and criminal defense attorney Joel Schwartz take the stage on Monday, November 7 at 7pm to discuss their book, “Bone Deep Untangling the Betsy Faria Murder Case”, which is the true story behind NBC’s mini-series, “The Thing About Pam”.

The festival welcomes investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author Gregory Zuckerman on Wednesday, November 9 at 1pm to speak on his newest book, “A Shot to Save The World: The Inside Story of the Life-Or-Death Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine”.

Star of the Netflix reality show, “My Unorthodox Life,” Julia Haart, will discuss her Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling book, “Brazen”, on Thursday, November 10 at 7pm.

In addition to the weeklong festival in November, the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival is excited to host a bookend event with James Beard award-winning author Michael Twitty to discuss his book, “Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew” on Tuesday, September 13 at 7pm. This event is being held in conjunction with the Sababa Arts & Culture Festival, which occurs on Sunday, September 18. Tickets for the Michael Twitty event can be purchased here.

On July 14, Premiere Pass Tickets, which provide entrance to more than 18 author programs year-round, will go on sale and can be purchased at https://www.showpass.com/jewish-book-festival-all-access-pass-2/. A full lineup of over 25 festival authors will be announced in August.

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For safety our presenters, staff and volunteers, masks will be required for all audience members at all book festival events.