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Authors @ Your Library: July 2010

St. Louis, MO… The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present an outstanding lineup of authors throughout July including Phyllis and Gene Unterschuetz, NiNi Harris, Benjamin Looker, and Alison Arngrim. All events are FREE and open to the public.

*  Phyllis and Gene Unterschuetz discuss and sign Longing: Stories of Racial Healing. The event takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on July 7 at 7 p.m. Longing is their personal account of a journey that pulled them out of their comfortable notions about race and into the lives of people of African descent. There they faced their greatest challenge—their own racial conditioning. Books available for purchase courtesy of authors.

*  NiNi Harris discusses and signs Holly Hills. The event takes place at the Carondelet Branch, 6800 Michigan Ave., on July 10 at 11 a.m. Holly Hills is a brief history of the Hollywood-inspired neighborhood bordering Carondelet Park in South St. Louis. The book traces the area’s history from early French settlers to developers who envisioned a California-styled neighborhood. Highlights include lasting institutions, colorful characters, and extraordinary architecture. Books available for purchase courtesy of the author.

*  Benjamin Looker discusses and signs The Point of Which Creation Begins: The Black Artists’ Group of St. Louis. The event takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on July 21 at 7 p.m. The book examines the work of the Black Artists’ Group’s visual, theatrical, literary, and musical artists and follows the collective’s musicians in their move to Paris and later to New York, where they played a leading role in Lower Manhattan’s “loft jazz” scene. Books available for purchase courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society.

*  Alison Arngrim discusses and signs Confessions of a Prairie B*tch at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on July 28 at 7 p.m. Arngrim recounts her most cherished and often hilarious behind-the-scenes stories from the Little House on the Prairie set as well as her experiences growing up in an eccentric Hollywood family. The book is a must-read for fans who loved to hate the despicable Nellie Oleson. Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books. [NOTE: Arngrim is only signing copies of her new book. A copy of the book must be purchased to enter signing line.]

For more information, call 314-206-6779.

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6/24/2010