Arts Pop: New book looks at life that’s traveled from chaos to calm

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Henry Schvey didn’t set out to write a memoir. He thought he would write a fiction novel based on his own life.  But The Poison Tree did eventually became a memoir, and one that may shock people who know Schvey, a popular Washington University professor of drama and comparative literature and a well-known figure on the St. Louis theater scene.

The Poison Tree: A Memoir, looks at Schvey’s relationship with his father, a powerful and greatly feared man. Growing up in his father’s shadow, Schvey wondered if he was doomed to repeat the same mistakes his father made.

Schvey will discuss his book at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival on November 14, 2016 at 1:30 PM.

For more on Schvey and The Poison Tree, read St. Louis Post-Dispatch theatre critic Judith Newmark’s article in Sunday’s A&E section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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