ST. LOUIS JEWISH BOOK FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT EVENT WITH ALAN ARKIN
Modern-day Renaissance man and legendary actor, director and producer Alan Arkin opens the 33rd annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, the largest Jewish book festival in the United States, as keynote speaker Nov. 6 at 7 p.m at the Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, #2 Millstone Drive in Creve Coeur.
An Oscar, Tony and Emmy winning actor, Arkin will shares stories from his new book, An Improvised Life: A Memoir, in which he offers a wise and unpretentious recollection on his process of becoming an actor and a revealing look into the creative mind of one the best practitioners on the stage and screen. Moreover, the star of such films as: Little Miss Sunshine, The In-Laws, Get Smart, Escape From Sobibor, Glenngarry Glen Ross, Wait Until Dark, and Last of the Red Hot Lovers offers a reflection on what theater – specifically the improvisational sort – has taught him about both acting and life.
Having unofficially launched his career from St. Louis, where he caught the eye of stage director Bob Sills and became an original member of the famous improve troupe Second City in Chicago, Arkin now comes full circle with his appearance at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival.
“We could not be more excited about this year's keynote speaker,” said Marcia Evers Levy, director of the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival.
This year’s festival co-chairs, Kitty Gross and Ann Spector agreed. “We are so fortunate to have a longstanding tradition of big names like Alan Arkin for our keynote events, and the St. Louis community always give the biggest welcomes!” said Gross.
The keynote event kicks off the 11-day festival, filled with author events sure to inspire laughter, tears, hope, heartache, and nostalgia, sometimes all in the same program. Whether it's a hard look at historic events and people, a touching story of two complete strangers falling in love, a scholarly discussion on Judaics, a gripping family drama or a hilarious “Memoir by God,” audiences of all backgrounds are sure to find many appealing events.
Over the course of its 33 years, the festival remains a safe and special event where people of every race, religion and age gather to hear insightful speakers and entertainers share thoughts and express opinions. Each author presentation is followed by an audience question-and-answer session. Books are available onsite at the festival bookstore, and the authors stay afterwards to sign copies.
Tickets may be purchased individually for each program or as a festival series package that permits access to all speakers. Organizers note that the cost of the complete series package is often covered by the purchase of just a few individual program tickets. Tickets are available by phone at 314-442-3299 and online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Series Tickets and Series PLUS Tickets are on sale now.
The festival brochure will be available at the end of September. Visit www.stljewishbookfestival.org for more information, ticket venues and a complete schedule of authors appearing at the 2011 festival.