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Authors @ Your Library: February 2011

St. Louis, MO . . . The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present thought-provoking authors for both adults and teens in February including Kevin Brockmeier, Chris Crutcher, Torrey Maldonado, Eugene Robinson, and Isabel Wilkerson. All events are FREE and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

*   Kevin Brockmeier discusses and signs his new novel The Illumination. The event takes place at Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on February 3 at 7 p.m. In the aftermath of a fatal car accident, a private journal of love notes written by a husband to his wife passes into the keeping of a hospital patient, and from there through the hands of five other suffering people, touching each of them uniquely. The event is co-sponsored by Left Bank Books. Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.

*   Isabel Wilkerson discusses and signs her book The Warmth of Other Suns. The event takes place at Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on February 9 at 7 p.m. With stunning historical detail, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author tells story of the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South in search of a better life in northern and western cities. Wilkerson won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. She was the first black woman in American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African American to win for individual reporting. The event is co-sponsored by Left Bank Books. Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.

*   Torrey Maldonado kicks-off Read It Forward and discusses his young adult book Secret Saturdays, a fast-paced mix of excitement, humor, and mystery, at the Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Blvd. on February 24 at 6:30 p.m. The book looks into the heart and mind of an underprivileged, fatherless 12 year old struggling to become a man in one of New York City's toughest neighborhoods. Justin learns how to make tough choices and balance doing the right thing with getting acceptance from “the guys.” Teens can get a FREE copy of Secret Saturdays at the Library while supplies last, then, “read it forward” by passing it along to a friend. Funded by a MetLife Foundation Out of School Time Initiative Grant. Books available for purchase courtesy of Puddn’Head Books.

*   Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson caps off the Library’s Black History Month celebration when he delivers the keynote address at Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust Street, on February 27 at 2 p.m. Robinson uses his twice-weekly column in The Washington Post to pick apart American society and then reassemble it in unexpected and revelatory ways. He draws from a large and varied tool kit: energy, curiosity, elegant writing, and the wide-ranging experience of a life that took him from childhood in the segregated South—on what they called the “colored” side of the tracks—to the heights of American journalism.Robinson’s remarkable storytelling ability has won him wide acclaim, most notably as the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his commentary on the historic 2008 presidential race. The event is co-sponsored by PNC Bank. Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.

*   Popular young adult writer, Chris Crutcher discusses his novels, short stories, and autobiography at Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Blvd. on February 28 at 7 p.m.  Eight of Crutcher’s novels have been named “Best Books for Young Adults” by the American Library Association, and four of his books have appeared on Booklist’s Best 100 Books of the 20th Century—more than any other single author. The first 25 teens in attendance will receive a FREE copy of one of Crutcher’s books. (Limit: One per family.) Books available for purchase courtesy of Puddn’Head Books.

For more information, call 314-206-6779.

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1/31/2011