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Authors @ Your Library: November 2010

St. Louis, MO . . . The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present authors sure to please teens and adults in November. All programs are FREE and open to the public.

*  Lisa Yee discusses and signs her teen books Absolutely Maybe and Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time. The event takes place at Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on November 10 at 6 p.m. In Absolutely Maybe, we meet Maybelline Chestnut and her mother, Chessy, a charm school teacher who won’t tell her daughter who her biological father is—or protect her from her latest low-life boyfriend. So, Maybe hitches a ride to California with friends. What she finds there is funny, sad, true, and inspiring.

In Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time, if Stanford flunks summer school English, he won’t pass sixth grade. If that happens, he won’t start on the A-team. If that happens, his friends will abandon him, and Emily Ebers won’t like him anymore. And if that happens, his life will be over. Soon his parents are fighting, he is being “tutored” by the world’s biggest nerd, and he’s not sure his ballpoint tattoo will ever wash off. Books available for purchase courtesy of Pudd'nHead Books.

*  Virginia Scharff discusses and signs her new book, The Women Jefferson Loved. The event takes place at Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on November 18 at 7 p.m. This highly readable, multi-generation biography illuminates some of the most important influences in Thomas Jefferson’s life—the women he loved—revealing how they shaped his life, ideas, and vision for the nation. The book incorporates a wealth of new information about the white and black women in Jefferson’s life, including his mother, wife, mistress, daughters, and granddaughters. Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.

*  Jim Merkel discusses and signs his book, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis’s South Side. The event takes place at Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Ave. on November 20 at 10 a.m. On the South Side of St. Louis, people stand in line for frozen treats named after a construction material, and women used to scrub their concrete steps every Friday. On the South Side, stop signs mean “tap the brakes,” and a restaurant masquerades as a windmill. On the South Side, a dentist once moonlighted as a murderer, and a bloody bank heist became the basis for an early Steve McQueen movie. Suburban Journals reporter and South Side resident Jim Merkel brings nearly ten years’ experience in covering south St. Louis. Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch celebrates some of the people, places, and events that have made the area a place like no other. Books available for purchase courtesy of the author.

For more information, call 314-206-6779.

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10/27/2010