We are absolutely plotzing over the impending arrival of William Shatner. The iconic actor is the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival's special guest on opening night (5:30 p.m. Sunday, November 5, at the Sheraton Chalet at Westport Plaza, I-270 and Page Avenue; call 314-442-3299 for $35 general-admission tickets). The star of Boston Legal, T.J. Hooker, Airplane II and something called Star Trek (?), Shatner discusses his life, his platonic love of horses and his new novel, Captain's Glory, at this gala reception. We could wear ourselves out discussing the reasons why Shatner may be the most important Canadian to ever walk the face of the earth, but instead we'll offer just one: He outwitted Ricardo Montalban in The Wrath of Khan and Montalban is not to be trifled with. The Shat is just one treasure in the JBF's trove, however; check out www.stljewishbookfestival.org for details on readings by Yankee great Ron Blomberg, Jewtopia creators Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson, and actor Peter Falk. Oy, gevalt. Buy a series ticket for $50 and save a ton of money. Call now!
Sun., Nov. 5