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Authors @ Your Library: May 2010

St. Louis, MO… The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present five outstanding authors in May.

*  Hal Niedzviecki discusses his book, The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors, at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on May 6 at 7 p.m. Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.

Niedzviecki explores the idea of “peep culture” (i.e., our own private lives becoming other people’s pop culture) within the context of social networking. Topics include what should or should not be disclosed online. This is a must-attend event for anyone who uses social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. (This event is part of Choose Privacy Week, May 2-8, which provides resources to help people make well-informed choices about privacy.)

*  Sharon Draper shares her new book, Out of My Mind, at the Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Ave., on May 18 at 7 p.m. Books available for purchase courtesy of Pudd’nHead Books. Cosponsored by Pudd’nHead Books.

The book’s 5th grade star, Melody, suffers from cerebral palsy, but “hears” colors and “tastes” music. Although she is unable to walk, talk, or care for herself, she can read, think, and feel. Melody rejects pity, but being “trapped” inside herself makes her feel like she’s going out of her mind. When she discovers a way to speak, not everyone is ready to listen.

Sharon Draper has earned five Coretta Scott King Awards and honors. She also writes the Ziggy and Sassy series. She was the 1997 National Teacher of the Year.

*  Award-winning actress LaChanze will meet with “divas-in-training” at the Julia Davis Branch, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., on May 20 at 6 p.m. Books including a CD will be available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books. Cosponsored by Left Bank Books.

In her picturebook debut, Little Diva, the star offers a peek at the life of a Broadway performer. In it, Nena wants to be a Diva (with a capital “D”) and star on Broadway just like her mommy. She wants to sing, act, and dance, but knows it will take lots of work (and lots of fun) for her wishes to come true.

LaChanze won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Celie in The Color Purple.

*  St. Louis author Garry Session introduces his new children’s book, Odessa Bluegill and the Starship, at the Julia Davis Branch, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., on May 22 at 2 p.m. Session’s twin daughters will perform on the violin and present a skit based on the book’s characters. Books available for purchase courtesy of the author.

*  In Odessa Bluegill and the Starship, Odessa and her friends find a way to befriend mysterious visitors from another world.

      Session’s works also include The Session Family: Short Stories & Poetry and Odessa Bluegill Out Shovels a Yellow Tractor.

*  Lee Child discusses and signs 61 Hours at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on May 24 at 7 p.m. Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books. Cosponsored by Left Bank Books.

*  In 61 Hours, a tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. Nearby, a woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. 61 Hours is a showdown thriller with an explosive ending.

*  Child is the international bestselling author of fourteen Reacher thrillers, including the New York Times bestsellers The Enemy, One Shot, and The Hard Way. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures.

For more information, call 206-6779.

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5/05/2010