Authors @ Your Library in October 2009

St. Louis, MO . . . The St. Louis Public Library is proud to continue its tradition of presenting outstanding programming when it presents these thought-provoking authors in October:

 New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby will discuss and sign her book, A Deep Dark Secret, on October 1 at 7 p.m. at the Julia Davis Branch, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave.

On the outside, twelve-year-old Jillian Maxwell is the perfect child. Inside, she harbors a terrible secret. Terrified to tell and convinced that her mother will blame her, Jillian endures her pain in silence and transforms from a bright hardworking girl to a sullen disinterested student with failing grades. When it seems she's on the verge of losing everything, Jillian discovers she has the power to save herself and her family.

Cosponsored by Left Bank Books.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

*   Keisha Ervin visits the Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Blvd., on October 13 at 7 p.m. to discuss and sign Gunz and Roses. The novel is filled with an intense mix of suspense, lies, murder, and obsessive love between a kingpin and a fashion designer.

Ervin is the author of the Essence bestsellers Chyna Black, Me & My Boyfriend, Mina's Joint. and Hold U Down as well as the novel Torn and the short story “After the Storm,” featured in the Street Love anthology.

Books available for purchase from the author.

*   Authors Kevin Kious, Henry Herbst, and Don Roussin discuss and sign their book, St. Louis Brews: 200 Years of Brewing in St. Louis, 1809-2009, at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on October 22 at 7 p.m. Filled with hundreds of historical images, the book is the only comprehensive volume published on St. Louis’ rich brewing tradition. Over 200 hundred breweries are featured with profiles on more than 125 of them. Other highlights include a foreword by Tom Schlafly, President of The Saint Louis Brewery Inc.

Books available for purchase from Reedy Press.

*   Award-winning author Patricia McKissack rounds out the month when she visits the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on October 24 at 2 p.m. to discuss and sign Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt. For a hundred years, generations of women from Gee’s Bend have quilted together, shared stories, traded recipes, and sung hymns—all the while stitchin’ and pullin’ thread through cloth. Every day, Baby Girl listens, watches, and waits, until she’s called to sit at the quilting frame. Piece by piece, she puzzles her quilt together—telling not just her story, but the story of her family, the story of Gee’s Bend, and the story of her ancestors’ struggle for freedom.

Patricia McKissack is the author of the Caldecott Honor Book Mirandy and Brother Wind and the Newbery Honor Book The Dark-Thirty. She and her husband, Fred, have written over 100 books about the African-American experience. She lives in St. Louis.

Books available for purchase from Barnes and Noble.

McKissack is a featured author of Read St. Louis, a collaboration between the St. Louis Public Library and the St. Louis County Library. Visit to learn more.

Read St. Louis is made possible by generous sponsorship from the UPS Foundation. Cosponsors for the reading project are KMOX Radio (AM 1120) and KMOV-TV Channel 4. The Literacy Roundtable provides additional support.

All programs are FREE and open to the public.

For more information, call 314-206-6779.

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