Author Charles R. Smith, Jr. @ Carpenter

St. Louis, MO . . . The St. Louis Public Library's reading program for teens, Read It Forward, presents a very special appearance by Charles R. Smith, Jr., author of 12 Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali. Smith will appear at the Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Blvd., on March 24 at 6 p.m. to discuss and sign copies of his work. The event is FREE and open to the public.

A poet, photographer, and sports fan, Charles R. Smith, Jr. often incorporates his interests into his books. Some of his popular titles include Rim Shots: Basketball, Pix, Rolls and Rhythms; Winning Words: Sports Stories and Photographs; Hoop Kings; and Hoop Queens.

In 2008, Smith paired his hip hop cadences with veteran comics-artist P. Craig Russell to introduce a dozen Olympians, plus Cerberus and Medusa, in The Mighty 12: Superheroes of Greek Myth.

Teens in grades 6-12 can get a FREE copy of 12 Rounds to Glory by taking part in Read It Forward. All they need to do is stop by any St. Louis Public Library location and pick up a copy while supplies last. When they e-mail their comments to, they just might win a book prize pack.

Twice each year, Library staff choose a Read It Forward title and give away hundreds of copies of the book. Teens are encouraged to read the book and pass it to a friend as well as to check out other titles by the same author. We then bring the author to St. Louis to inspire the students to become readers and writers. Thousands of teens have shared Read it Forward titles since the programís inception. Previous selections include Names Will Never Hurt Me by Jamie Adoff, We Beat the Streets by Sharon Draper, and I, Dred Scott by Shiela P. Moses.

For details, call 314-657-1000.

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