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Authors @ Your Library: June 2011

St. Louis, MO... The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present a pair of thought-provoking authors in June including Dr. Beverly Soll and David Finkel. Both events are FREE and open to the public.

*   Dr. Beverly Soll presents an interactive presentation and signs copies of her book, I Dream a World: The Operas of William Grant Still. The event takes place at the Julia Davis Branch, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., on June 4 at 2 p.m.

African-American composer William Grant Still (1895-1978) dreamed of a world in which his eight operas would be heard in the major opera houses in the U.S., and he devoted most of his career toward this goal. I Dream a World is more than the story of Stillís love of opera. It offers important insight into the life of this pioneering figure.

Soll holds a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Maryland. She has written scholarly publications and a three-volume collection of arias from Stillís operas. She is currently a freelance pianist/coach and is an adjunct music faculty member at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts.

Books available for purchase courtesy of the University of Arkansas Press.

*   David Finkel discusses and signs his new book, The Good Soldiers. The event takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on June 16 at 7 p.m.

The Good Soldiers uncovers the true story of the surge into Iraq and begs the question, was it a success? Finkel grapples with this and other questions in his remarkable report from the frontlines. In telling the story of these good soldiers, Finkel has produced an eternal tale, not just of the Iraq War, but of all wars.

A staff writer for The Washington Post, Finkel is the leader of the paperís national reporting team. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2006 for a series of stories about U.S.-funded democracy efforts in Yemen.

Finkelís appearance is part of Read St. Louis, a community-wide reading initiative created by the St. Louis Public Library and St. Louis County Library. Visit www.readstlouis.org to learn more.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.

For more information, call 314-206-6779.

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5/12/2011