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The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present two great authors for February 2010.
Stefan Bradley will discuss and sign copies of his book Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s at the Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Avenue. The event takes place on February 16 at 7 p.m. Books will be available for purchase from the author.
Bradley discusses how Black Power, Student Power, Antiwar, New Left, and Civil Rights movements all clashed with local and state politics when students and local residents protested the school's plan to build a large, private gymnasium in the park that separates the university from Harlem. Bradley compares the events at Columbia with those at Harvard, Cornell, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Bradley is an assistant professor of history and African-American studies at Saint Louis University.
Paul Volponi will discuss and sign copies of his book Black and White at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Avenue. The event takes place on February 17 at 6 p.m. Books will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.
Black and White is the spring Read It Forward selection. Volponi uses his experiences teaching incarcerated teens on Rikers Island and in drug treatment centers to create hard-hitting fiction that looks at racial justice, modern moral dilemmas, and the everyday struggles of urban youth.
Volponi is a journalist and teacher. His other books include Rikerís High; Hurricane Song; The Hand Youíre Dealt; Response; Rooftop; Rucker Park Setup; and Homestretch.
For more information, call 206-6779.
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