June Authors @ Your Library

St. Louis, MO . . . The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present a stellar lineup of authors in June featuring Laurell K. Hamilton, Anthony Rapp, and Susan McBride. All events include a book discussion and signing. Books will be available for purchase from various vendors. All events are FREE and open to the public.

*   Laurell K. Hamilton visits Central Library, 1301 Olive St., on Monday, June 1 at 6 p.m. Hamilton will discuss her new novel Skin Trade. When a vampire serial killer sends Anita Blake a grisly souvenir from Las Vegas, she has to warn Sin City's local authorities what they're dealing with. Ten officers and one executioner have been slain-paranormal style. Anita heads to Vegas where's she's joined by three other federal marshals, including the ruthless Edward. It's a good thing he always has her back because when she gets close to the bodies, Anita senses "tiger" too strongly to ignore it. The weretigers are very powerful in Las Vegas, which means the odds of her rubbing someone important the wrong way just got a lot higher.

Hamilton is the number one New York Times bestselling author of novels that mix mystery, fantasy, magic, horror, and romance. Her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter stories began with Guilty Pleasures (now a hugely successful graphic novel from Marvel) and continues with Skin Trade, number seventeen in the series.

NOTE: This is a release party for the new Anita Black: Vampire Hunter novel. The official release date is June 2, but you can get an early copy at this event! Vamp it up if you like.

Books for sale courtesy of Subterranean Books.

*   Anthony Rapp visits Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on Friday, June 5 at 4 p.m. Rapp will discuss his book, Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss and the Musical RENT, in which he tells of his journey with the cast and crew of RENT as well as his personal life behind the curtain. Marked by fledgling love and devastating loss, Without You is an exceptional memoir of the world of theater, the love of a son for his mother, and maturity won far too early. Anthony Rapp has been acting professionally since he was nine years old. He is best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the Pulitzer Prize-winning rock opera RENT. He travels all over the country talking to young people and has especially become an advocate for LGBT teens.

Co-sponsored by Pudd'nHead Books, St. Louis' newest full-service independent bookstore.


*   Susan McBride visits Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Ave., on Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. McBride will discuss her young adult novel, Love, Lies, and Texas Dips (the second in a series featuring four prep school seniors in Houston during their debutante season). Now that Laura is becoming a deb, her confidence is skyrocketing. But when she dares to mess with Jo Lynn's football star boyfriend, Laura finds herself at the center of some heinous gossip.

McBride is featured in the February 2009 issue of St. Louis Woman Magazine.

NOTE: For teens and adults. Feel free to dress as a "deb" or wear your old prom dress.

Books for sale courtesy of Subterranean Books.

For more information on any of the events, call 206-6779.

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