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Authors @ Your Library: November 2011

St. Louis, MO... The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present your November authors: Brenda Woods, Paul Cook, Peter Sis, and Dr. Rafia Zafar. All events are FREE and open to the public. There is also a very special Library fundraiser featuring stand-up comic Paula Poundstone.

*Brenda Woods, the Fall 2011 Read It Forward author, discusses and signs her book, Emako Blue. The event takes place at the Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Blvd., on November 2 at 6 p.m.

Since October, St. Louis Public Library has given 500 copies of Emako Blue to teens. After reading the book, they were encouraged to Read It Forward by giving it to a friend.

Other books by Woods include My Name is Sally Little Song, in which 12-year-old Sally and her family seek freedom from slavery and a home in Florida with the Seminole Indians; and in The Red Rose Box, Leah leaves her home in segregated Louisiana for the relative freedom of Los Angeles in the 1950s. The Red Rose Box book earned Woods a Coretta Scott King Honor in 2003. Her newest title, Saint Louis Armstrong Beach, pits an 11-year-old clarinet player, a neighborhood dog, and an elderly woman against Hurricane Katrina.

Partial funding provided by MetLife Foundation.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Pudd’nhead Books.

*Radio personality Paul Cook discusses and signs his new children’s book, Floyd & The Future Frog. The event takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on November 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Future Frog has a five-minute jump on the future. With a shot from his long red tongue and a startling sound, Future Frog texts short warnings to Floyd, a 10-year-old boy, to warn him of impending danger. But it is not all roses: Future Frog attracts unwanted attention each time he saves Floyd, putting them in danger. This is a chapter book for ages 6-10 with black and white illustrations.

Cook lives in St. Louis with his wife, Jennifer, and two daughters.

Books available for purchase courtesy of the author.

*Peter Sís discusses and signs his new book, The Conference of the Birds. The event takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on November 16 at 7 p.m.

In The Conference of the Birds, Caldecott Honor-winning children's book author and illustrator Peter Sís breathes new life into this foundational Sufi poem, revealing its profound lessons.

Sís is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author, filmmaker, and the author of more than 20 books and is the seven-time winner of The New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. He lives in the New York City area with his wife and children.

Co-sponsored by Left Bank Books.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.


Award-winning stand-up comic Paula Poundstone performs at The Sheldon Concert Hall as part of a promotion for libraries nationwide.  The event takes place on Saturday, November 12 at 8 p.m. at The Sheldon Concert Hall (3648 Washington Blvd.).

Visit for ticket information. After her performance, Poundstone signs her book, There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say. Part memoir, part monologue, with a dash of startling honesty, the book features biographies of legendary historical figures from which Poundstone can’t help digressing to tell her own story. A portion of the proceeds of book sales will be donated to The St. Louis Public Library Foundation.

*Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.          

Celebrate the 120th birthday of the Julia Davis Branch’s namesake and patron with a special lecture and book discussion featuring Washington University’s Dr. Rafia Zafar on What’s Food Got to Do with It? How Eating Meals Together Impacted the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Following the lecture, Zafar discusses and signs her latest publication, Harlem Renaissance Novels: The Library of America Collection. The event takes place at the Julia Davis Branch, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., on November 19 at 3 p.m.

Books available for purchase courtesy of the author.


For more information, call 314-206-6779.


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