People of The Book

People of The Book


People of The Book

Please join the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee for our 2023-2024 People of The Book Series as we welcome the following incredible authors.

All events are in person!

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Arthur Smith • REACH

“Hard Lessons and Learned Truths From A Lifetime in Television”

Arthur Smith, a Critics Choice award-winning and Emmy-nominated Hollywood producer, is the innovator behind some of the longest-running unscripted series in TV history – including Hell’s Kitchen and American Ninja Warrior.

In Reach, he shares his adventures, triumphs and hard-won lessons from his astonishing career, which includes becoming the youngest-ever Head of CBC Sports in Canada, moving to America to help grow FOX Sports Net, being mentored by the iconic Dick Clark – and making the biggest reach of his career in 2000 with the launch of A. Smith & Co. Productions, which has since produced over 200 television shows on more than 50 networks.

Smith takes us behind the scenes of dozens of pivotal moments in sports and TV history, including wild anecdotes from names such as Marlon Brando, Gordon Ramsay, Magic Johnson, Little Richard, Wayne Gretzky, Simon Cowell and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Throughout the book, he illustrates just how far you can go when you work hard, take risks and reach for your dreams.

Wednesday, April 17 • 7PM

The Ora • 578 McIntosh Rd

Tickets: $25


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