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Authors @ Your Library: March 2011

St. Louis, MO . . . The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present thought-provoking authors for adults and teens in March including Alice Butler Collins and Janet Riehl, Matt de la Peña, Kim Harrison, Michael Oher, Susan Peters, plus the Library’s 4th Annual Author Shout-Out. All events are FREE and open to the public.

*   Kim Harrison discusses and signs her new book, Pale Demon. The event takes place at Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on March 2 at 7 p.m. Harrison is one of the leading voices in urban fantasy. Pale Demon begs the question, “What happens when an elf, a pixie, a living vampire, and a witch who dabbles in black magic are forced to travel cross-country together in a blue ’89 Buick?” Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.

*   Michael Oher, the Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle best known as the subject of the hit film, The Blind Side, signs his new book, I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to the Blind Side and Beyond. The event takes place at Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust St., on March 3 at 7 p.m. [NOTE: This is a book signing only. Absolutely NO MEMORABILIA or other books will be signed.] Books available for purchase.

*   The 4th Annual Shout-Out takes place at Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on March 12 at 2 p.m. Local authors “pitch and sell” their books to readers who appreciate hometown talent, vision, and voice. Guest speakers Jeff Fister (owner/publisher of Virginia Publishing Co.) and Dan Thompson (President of Big River Distribution) discuss their new venture, Blue Bird Publishing. Books available for purchase.

*   Susan Peters discusses and signs her book, Sweet Liberia: Lessons From the Coal Pot. The event takes place at Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Blvd. on March 19 at 2 p.m. Sweet Liberia is a delightful, easy-to-read memoir that chronicles the wonderfully thick slice of humanity sandwiched between Liberia’s 1980 coup and 1989 civil war. Set against the author’s personal growth, her cultural struggles, and triumphs, the book is an informative, personally revealing, inspiring, and often-comical account of her family’s 11-year journey. Books available for purchase courtesy of author.

*   Matt de la Peña discusses and signs his new book Ball Don’t Lie at a special Read It Forward reception for teens. The event takes place at Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Blvd. on March 23 at 6 p.m. Kids who attend could win a FREE basketball. Ball Don’t Lie takes place where the street and the court meet, where a boy can be anything if he puts his mind to it. Sticky has nowhere to call home except the street. But he can play ball. Basketball might just be his ticket to a better life. The rhythm of dribble, jump shot, and dunk punctuates the narrative with a staccato effect like a fast-paced game of hoops. Books available for purchase courtesy of Pudd’nHead Books. Funded by a MetLife Foundation Out of School Time Initiative Grant.

*   Alice Butler Collins and Janet Riehl discuss a book to which they have contributed, The Spirit of a Woman. The event takes place at Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on March 23 at 7 p.m. Spirit of a Woman is a celebration of courageous women living spiritual lives in challenging circumstances. The women who wrote the stories come from many nations, ages, and personal histories. Some have drawn upon their cultural and religious backgrounds to lead richer, more meaningful lives. Books available for purchase.

For more information, call 314-206-6779.

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2/24/2011