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Authors @ Your Library: January 2011

St. Louis, MO . . . The St. Louis Public Library is proud to ring in the New Year with a book discussion and signing by an inspirational author and a pair of panel discussions by St. Louis authors. All events are FREE and open to the public.

*   Wendelin Van Draanen will discuss and sign her new teen novel, The Running Dream. The event takes place at Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Blvd., on January 15 at 2 p.m. Van Draanen was inspired to write the book after participating in her first marathon and meeting people who were running despite their physical disabilities. The event is co-sponsored by Pudd'nHead Books. Books available for purchase courtesy of Pudd'nHead Books.

*   PANEL DISCUSSION—St. Louis authors Antony John, Jody Feldman, and Cole Gibsen will talk to teens and adults about the craft of writing and the road to publication. The event takes place at Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Ave., on January 18 at 6 p.m. Books available for purchase courtesy of Pudd’nHead Books.

Antony John was born in England. Writing by night, he spends his days as a stay-at-home dad. He will also discuss his new book, Five Flavors of Dumb.

Jody Feldman is the author of The Gollywhopper Games, a Texas Bluebonnet Award book and Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Honor book.

Cole Gibsen’s debut young adult fiction, Katana, is due in spring 2012.

*   PANEL DISCUSSION—St. Louis authors Dr. Thomas Hoerr, Sally Boggeman, and Christine Wallach will discuss and sign their new book, Celebrating Every Learner: Activities and Strategies for Creating a Multiple Intelligences Classroom. The event takes place at Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Ave., on January 19 at 6 p.m. The book is a practical guide to understanding how the theory of Multiple Intelligences can be used in the classroom. Celebrating Every Learner describes the characteristics of each type of intelligence and follows up with ready-to-use lesson plans and activities that teachers can in incorporate in their pre-K through 6 classrooms. Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.

For more information, call 314-206-6779.

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12/17/2010