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St. Louis, MO . . . The St. Louis Public Library is proud to continue its tradition of hosting high quality programming when it presents these thought-provoking authors in May:
* Simon Winchester discusses The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom. The program takes place on May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Avenue.
Winchester, the bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa, brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, long the most technologically advanced nation on earth. His other books include the New York Times bestsellers The Map That Changed the World and A Crack in the Edge of the World.
Program co-sponsored by Left Bank Books. Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.
* Terra Little will discuss her book Where There’s Smoke. The program will be held on May 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Julia Davis Branch, 4415 Natural Bridge Avenue.
Find out what happens when Alec “Smoke” Avery walks back into Breanne “Anne” Phillips’ life and turns everything upside down and discovers the son he never knew he had.
Little is a native of Missouri where she writes, reads, and works. She is also the author of Running From Mercy.Books available for purchase and signing.
* Colson Whitehead discusses Sag Harbor on May 14 at 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street. Sag Harbor chronicles the experiences of Benji Cooper, one of the only black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan in 1985. After a tragic mishap on his first day of high school, his social doom is sealed for the next four years. But, every summer Benji escapes to Sag Harbor where a small community of African-American professionals has built a world of their own. Because their parents only come out on weekends, he and his friends are left to their own devices. Although he’s just as confused about this all-black refuge as he is about the white world he negotiates the rest of the year, he thinks that maybe this summer will be different. If all goes according to plan, that is.
Colson Whitehead is the author of the novels The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, winner of the Young Lions Fiction Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Apex Hides the Hurt, a New York Times Notable Book.
Cosponsored by Left Bank Books and The Young Literati of the St. Louis Public Library Foundation. Books available for purchase and signing.
All programs are FREE and open to the public. For more information, call 314-206-6779.# # #