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Authors @ Your Library: April 2011

ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY’S AUTHORS @ YOUR LIBRARY CONTINUES ITS TRADITION OF THOUGHT-PROVOKING AUTHORS IN OCTOBER

 

St. Louis, MO... The St. Louis Public Library is proud to continue its tradition of presenting outstanding programming when it presents these thought-provoking authors in October: Amanda E. Doyle, Candice Millard, Nikki Grimes, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, PLUS Dr. A. Wayne Jones, Dr. John L. Johnson, and Sultan Ali Muhammad, and Jonathan Franzen.  All events are FREE and open to the public.

*Amanda E. Doyle discusses and signs her new book, Finally, A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis, By and For St. Louisans, Neighborhood by Neighborhood. The event takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on October 5 at 7 p.m.

Doyle’s book is a handy and thorough guidebook to the city you think you know well. Discover more that St. Louis has to offer!

An enthusiastic transplant, Doyle has promoted the Gateway City to visitors for more than 10 years.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Reedy Press.

*Candice Millard discusses and signs her new book, The Destiny of the Republic. The event takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on October 6 at 7 p.m.

Four months after being sworn in as President of the United States, James A. Garfield was the victim of a failed assassination attempt. The subsequent power struggle provides a compelling story of a nation in turmoil.

Millard is the New York Times bestselling author of The River of Doubt.

Co-sponsored by Left Bank Books.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.

 

*PANEL DISCUSSION:  African-American Male Symposium: The Place of the Black Man in God’s Plan.  Dr. A. Wayne Jones, Dr. John L. Johnson, and Sultan Ali Muhammed focus on the African-American & Hispanic male’s historical and spiritual identity. The event takes place at the Julia Davis Branch, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., on October 8 at 1-5 p.m.

Dr. A. Wayne Jones discusses and signs Anagrams of Dialectic Antithesis. Dr. Jones is an African origins researcher and has published works addressing the spiritual history and destiny of Pan Africans.

Dr. John L. Johnson discusses and signs Black Biblical Heritage. Dr.

Johnson has spent 25 years researching African origins in the Bible.

Sultan Ali Muhammad discusses and signs My Transformation from the Gang Mentality. Ali Muhammad is a father, mentor, and role model who gives candid advice about gangs, what they are, and how to get out and stay out.

Books available for purchase courtesy of the authors.

*The St. Louis Public Library and our partners at St. Louis County Library present the final author in the 2011 Read St. Louis series. Jonathan Franzen discusses and signs his book, Freedom. The event takes place at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters on October 15 at 7 p.m.

Visit readstlouis.org for details.

*Nikki Grimes is the inaugural author for our new program, Reading Pays—Pass It On!, designed to get kids, Grades 3-5, excited about reading. Grimes discusses and signs her book, Make Way for Dyamonde DanielThe event takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on October 19 at 6 p.m.

Since September, children in Grades 3-5 (or parents who showed their child’s Library card) were given a FREE copy of the book. They promised to share the book with at least three friends.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Puddn’Head Books.

Major funding for Reading Pays—Pass It On! is provided by the St. Louis Community Credit Union Foundation.

*Stephanie Pearl-McPhee discusses and signs her new book, All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin. The event takes place at the Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Ave., on October 22 at 2 p.m.

The book touches on knitting, parenting, friendship, and—gasp!—even crocheting in essays that are sometimes touching, often hilarious, and always entertaining.

Pearl-McPhee lives with her family in Toronto, Canada.

Co-sponsored by Left Bank Books.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.

For more information, call 314-206-6779.

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St. Louis, MO… The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present an outstanding lineup of authors in April including Missouri’s Poet Laureate David Clewell, Gwendolyn Heasley, Lois Lowry, Wendy McClure, and James Rygelski and Robert L. Tiemann. All events are FREE and open to the public.

Gwendolyn Heasley discusses and signs her debut novel, Where I Belong. The event takes place at the Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Ave., on April 6 at 6 p.m.

In Where I Belong, Corrinne lives the good life until her dad loses his job. Suddenly, the days of shopping, parties, and fancy boarding school are over, and she finds herself being sent to Broken Spoke, Texas, to live with her hard-nosed grandparents. Corrinne is a character you’ll love to hate and come to love as she learns life’s lessons.

A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, Heasley is working on a second novel for HarperCollins while teaching at a New York college.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Pudd’nHead Books.

 

Missouri’s Poet Laureate David Clewell reads poetry from his new book, Taken Somehow by Surprise. The event takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on April 14 at 7 p.m.

Clewell is an English professor at Webster University. He has published eight collections of poems and has received the Pollak Poetry Prize for Now We’re Getting Somewhere and the Lavan Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.

 

*  James Rygelski and Robert L. Tiemann discuss and sign their new book, 10 Rings: Stories of the St. Louis Cardinals’ World Championships. The event takes place at the Kingshighway Branch, 2260 S. Vandeventer Ave., on April 16 at 11 a.m.

10 Rings tells ten diverse tales with the same happy ending: a World Series triumph for the St. Louis Cardinals. The book goes beyond the hits, runs, and errors to examine the human drama of those special Fall Classics.

Rygelski is a former newspaper reporter and editor. A life-long baseball fan, he is a past president of the Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and co-authored the book, The I-55 Series: Cubs vs. Cardinals.

Tiemann is a baseball historian who has contributed numerous articles and edited journals for SABR as well as written books on both the Cardinals and the Dodgers.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Reedy Press.

 

*  Lois Lowry discusses and signs her Newbery-winning novel, The Giver. The event takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on April 16 at 2 p.m.

Jonas’ world is perfect. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. When he turns twelve, Jonas is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, who holds the memories of life’s true pleasure and pain. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth, and there is no turning back.

Lowry’s appearance is part of Read St. Louis, a community-wide reading initiative. Visit readstlouis.org to learn more.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Pudd’nHead Books.

 

*  Wendy McClure discusses and signs her nonfiction book, The Wilder Life. The event takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on April 18 at 7 p.m.

McClure recounts her quest to find the world of beloved Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder. She retraces the pioneer journey of the Ingalls family: looking for the Big Woods among the medium trees in Wisconsin, wading in Plum Creek, and enduring a prairie hailstorm in South Dakota. She is always in pursuit of “the Laura experience.”

McClure lives in Chicago, where she is the senior editor at the children’s book publisher Albert Whitman & Company.

Co-sponsored by Pudd’nHead Books. Books available for purchase courtesy of Pudd’nHead Books.

For more information, call 314-206-6779.

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