The forty-first year of the Jewish Book & Arts Fair is right around the corner. We have just a fantastic lineup of speakers, authors and performers. Not only do have a spectacular lineup of speakers, but we also have the honor of announcing the new name of the event, The Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair.
We kick off this years event with author and host of the popular National Public Radio game show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!,” Peter Sagal. Peter Sagal is heard by more than three million people every week. His show is broadcast on 450 public radio stations nationwide and via a popular podcast. Sagal is also the host of PBS’s new series, Constitution USA with Peter Sagal. The show follows him as he travels across country—on a Harley Davison Road King—to find out where the Constitution lives, how it works, its history and its vital relevance today. Sagal will present his unique perspective on looking at the news of the day when he speaks on Why Satire is the Only Reasonable Response to the Times in Which We Live.
In 2008, “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” celebrated its 10th anniversary on the air, and was the recipient of a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting. A year later, in the fall of 2009, Wait Wait made its New York debut with a show at Carnegie Hall, which sold out in the first 90 minutes after tickets went on sale. Sagal’s first book, The Book of Vice: Naughty Things and How to Do Them, a series of essays about bad behavior, was published in 2007. He is also a regular columnist for Runner's World, and has completed the Chicago, New York and Boston Marathons. He finished the 2013 Boston Marathon minutes before the explosions. He was named by New Jersey Jewish News as one of the top ten Jewish entertainers from New Jersey.
Opening night is free and open to the public. The two week celebration of books, arts and culture will host 29 author presentations, six films, two concerts and a full day of entertainment for children and families. You can secure a reserved seat for Opening Night with Peter Sagal as well as Closing Night with Mitch Albom by purchasing a Series Pass, or by becoming a Patron of the Arts.
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