A longtime Democratic senator from California will be the November keynote speaker for this year's St. Louis Jewish Book Festival. 

Retired Sen. Barbara Boxer's memoir, "The Art of Tough," was published in June. She'll talk about her experiences Nov. 5 at the Jewish Community Center. A description of her book says, "raised in a Jewish, working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY, Boxer was a journalist who decided she could make a difference and ran for local office in California, inspired to fight tooth and nail to help bring that American dream of 'a more perfect union' into fruition."

Before she first became a senator in 1993, she spent a decade in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The book festival, which is in its 39th year, will run from Nov. 5-19. 

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Not every author has been announced for the November lineup, but those confirmed include Ellen Stern, who has written a biography of artist Al Hirschfeld, Lincoln biographer Sidney Blumenthal, and meditation teacher Yael Shy. 

Originally Published on August 15, 2017 in the St Louis Post-Dispatch