The 2014 St. Louis Jewish Book Festival brings more than 40 authors to town to talk books, and the opening act is a real showstopper: Theodore Bikel, star of stage and screen. The venerable actor discusses his life and career at 7 p.m. Sunday, November 2, at the Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive, Creve Coeur; tickets are $40). It's likely Bikel will address his role as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof
, which marks its 50th anniversary this year. If you can't get enough inside information from the man himself, Barbara Isenberg
, her book about the making of the historical musical, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 3, at the JCC (tickets are $15). Isenberg chronicles the story of Fiddler
from its conception to its debut, as well as the film adaptation and the long tradition of the play as a regular feature in repertory around the world. The book festival continues Sunday, November 16; for the full schedule, visit www.stljewishbookfestival.org
. Consider the festival-pass option, which gets you access to every author event for just $75.
Mon., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., 2014