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March 2010 Author Visits

St. Louis, MO... The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present four great authors in March 2010.

*   Clifton Taulbert discusses the life of George Washington Carver at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Avenue. The event takes place on March 8 at 7 p.m. Taulbert will also sign books. Books will be for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books.

Says Taulbert, “Carver’s life is very relevant for us today. I can’t wait to share my thoughts on his legacy.”

Clifton Taulbert, founder and president of the Building Community Institute, speaks around the world about the importance community building. He is an NAACP Image Award for literature winner; one of the first African-American writers to win the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for nonfiction; was named by Time magazine as one of America’s outstanding black entrepreneurs; and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his book, Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored.

*   Jennifer Brown discusses and signs her debut novel, Hate List, at the Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Avenue. The event takes place on March 11 at 6 p.m. Books will be for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books.           

Five months ago, Valerie’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire in their school cafeteria. Shot while trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create—a list Nick used to pick his targets.

After a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with those around her, Val must come to grips with the tragedy.

Jennifer Brown, a two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award, is a columnist for the Kansas City Star.

*   Kevin Henkes reads from and signs My Garden at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Avenue. The event takes place on March 17 at 6 p.m. Books will be for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books. The event is cosponsored by Left Bank Books.

After a day of weeding, watering, and chasing away rabbits, a young girl imagines her dream garden filled with jellybean bushes, chocolate rabbits, and tomatoes the size of beach balls.

Kevin Henkes is the creator of over 30 picture books including Chrysanthemum, Owen, and Lilly. Kitten’s First Full Moon was awarded the 2005 Caldecott Medal. His novel, Olive’s Ocean, won a Newbery Honor in 2004.

*   Anne Perry, a New York Times bestselling author, discusses and signs The Sheen on Silk at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Avenue. The event takes place on March 25 at 7 p.m. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books.

Set in 13th-century Constantinople, Venice, and Rome, the novel tells the story of a young woman who risks everything to clear her brother of a murder accusation.   

Anne Perry’s writing has been called “a delight to read,” and that she has a “deftness in shifting points of view and creating steely, suppressed tension.”

Other books by Perry include The Cater Street Hangman, Tathea, and Come Armageddon.

For more information, call 206-6779.

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2/23/2010