Authors @ Your Library: December 2012

St. Louis, MO... The St. Louis Public Library is proud to present three thought-provoking authors during December: Kevin Killeen, Paul Lukacs, and Calvin Trillin. All programs are FREE and open to the public.

  • Calvin Trillin discusses and signs his new book, Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse. The event takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., at a special time on December 7 at 7 p.m.

From Super-PACs to tax rates; the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street; Obamacare to Romneycare; Mormonism to Libertarianism; Google problems to sudden memory lapses on live television, this election cycle has it all. And who better to roast the 2012 elections than the country’s preeminent humorist and man who brought us Deciding the Next Decider and A Heckuva Job.

A staff writer at The New Yorker since 1963, Trillin became The Nation’s “deadline poet” in 1990. He has written verse on the events of the day for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and National Public Radio. He lives in New York.

Co-sponsored by Left Bank Books. Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.


  • Kevin Killeen discusses and signs his new novel, Never Hug a Nun. The event takes place in Central Library’s Carnegie Room, 1301 Olive Street, on December 11 at 6:30 p.m.

In the book, Killeen attempts to escape his declining faculties by casting his mind back to the days of his youth when he spent long summer days on the train tracks or hanging out at Velvet Freeze and wishing he were a teenager.

A reporter with KMOX radio since 1995, he has confused listeners for the past ten years with his regular morning feature, A Whole ’nother Story. Killeen has also authored the KMOX Holiday Radio Show, an original comic play with a holiday theme, for the past 15 years.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.
  • Paul Lukacs discusses and signs his new book, Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World’s Most Ancient Pleasures. The event takes place in Central Library’s Auditorium, 1301 Olive Street, on December 13 at 7 p.m.

This is the story of how wine, as enjoyed by millions of people today, came to be. Although winemaking is about 8,000 years old, the wine people buy and drink today are for the most part quite new. Modern wine exists as the product of multiple revolutions—scientific, industrial, social, and ideological. Lukacs chronicles wine’s transformation from a source of sustenance to a consciously pursued pleasure. In the process, he offers a new way to view the present as well as the past.

Lukacs is the author of The Great Wines of America and American Vintage, the recipient of the James Beard, IACP, and Clicquot Book of the Year Awards.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books


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