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Authors @ Your Library:MAY 2012

St. Louis, MO... The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present thought-provoking authors during May: Frank Absher, Hari Campbell, Kimberla Lawson Roby, William Stage, and Isabel Wilkerson. All events are FREE and open to the public.

William Stage discusses and signs his new book, Not Waving, Drowning. The event takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on May 10 at 7 p.m.

A panhandler has a plum situation in the city, until she takes in a stray dog. A process server is caught in a seemingly mundane event that sets off a cascade of ever-worsening misfortunes. During their getaway, two bank robbers make a wrong turn and accidentally end up in St. Louis’ Hibernian Parade—a serious problem since Black Irish are not welcome. These are some of the hapless characters in Stage’s new collection of   eight short stories, all set in the St. Louis area.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.

Frank Absher discusses and signs his new book, KMOX: The Voice of St. Louis. The event takes place at the Buder Branch, 4401 Hampton Ave., on May 12 at 10 a.m.

Since its original sign-on in 1925, KMOX has been a pacesetter in the radio industry. The station has won every major broadcast award, directly reflecting its influence and local dominance. Its positioning statement as “The Voice of St. Louis” perfectly describes the station and its mission.

Absher is a former KMOX announcer who began assembling St. Louis media history in 1987. In 2011, he founded the St. Louis Media History Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to gathering and preserving St. Louis media history.

Books available for purchase courtesy of the author.

 

New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby discusses and signs her new book, The Reverend’s Wife. The event takes place at the Julia Davis Branch, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., on May 14 at 7 p.m.  The event is co-sponsored by Left Bank Books.

It’s been months since Reverend Curtis learned that his wife, Charlotte, had affairs with two different men. For now, he continues to be cordial and respectful to her. But he’s also made it clear that once their son graduates high school he will be filing for divorce. When the situation heads down a shocking path, could it be the final blow to this once blessed union?

This is the ninth installment in Kimberla Lawson Roby’s award-winning Reverend Curtis Black series.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson discusses and signs her book, The Warmth of Other Suns. The event takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on May 16 at 7 p.m.

The program is part of Read St. Louis, a community-wide reading      initiative developed by the St. Louis Public Library and St. Louis County Library to encourage St. Louisans to read and discuss books. Visit readstlouis.org to learn more.

With amazing historical detail, Wilkerson tells the story of The Great Migration, the decades-long relocation of African Americans who fled the South in search of a better life in northern and western cities. 

Read St. Louis is sponsored by UPS. Partners include the St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis County Library Foundation, St. Charles City-County Library,            KMOV, KWMU, and Literacy Round Table.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Amber Books.

Hari Campbell discusses and signs copies of his chapbook, Shawmaul’s House. The event takes place at the Divoll Branch, 4235 N. Grand Blvd., on May 17 at 1 p.m.

The program is part of the Library’s celebration of Older Americans Month.

Campbell earned an MFA in Poetry & Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2011. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2006 and awarded First Place by St. Louis Area Jobs With Justice in the Spoken Word category.

Books available for purchase courtesy of the author.

For more information, call 314-206-6779.

 

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4/12/2012