Saturday, September 23
Central West End
Book lovers of all ages can celebrate St. Louis’ literary heritage at the inaugural BookFest St. Louis, presented Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, by the Central West End, Left Bank Books, and the Left Bank Books Foundation!
The book festival will bring a diverse mix of locally and internationally renowned writers, with appearances by award-winning authors such as Sherman Alexie, Ann Leckie, Charlie Jane Anders, George Hodgman, and many more. BookFest St. Louis will take place in the heart of city’s Central West End, home to “Writer’s Corner” — where statues of authors and one-time St. Louisans Kate Chopin, T.S. Eliot and Tennessee Williams pay homage to the neighborhood’s literary legacy.
Festival-goers will enjoy panels highlighting the best of contemporary literary fiction, mystery, poetry, memoir, science fiction, young adult fiction and history. Family-friendly programming for children and middle readers will kick off the festival Saturday morning in cooperation with the St. Louis Public Library – Schlafly Branch. Throughout the day, attendees will also be able to purchase books, listen to live music and visit booths hosted by other St. Louis arts and literary institutions. All BookFest St. Louis activities are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
The event will also feature a keynote address by Alexie on Friday, Sept. 22, an exciting addition to BookFest’s all-star author lineup. Alexie will discuss his prolific career as a Spokane-Coeur d’Alene writer in nearly every genre, as well as his newly released and much-celebrated memoir, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” and the 10th Anniversary Edition of his Young Adult classic, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian."
For more information, including an updated author lineup, visit bookfeststl.com!