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Observable Readings: Erin Belieu & Lee Ann Roripaugh

Llywelyn's (CWE) 

St. Louis Poetry Center present poets Erin Belieu and Lee Ann Roripaugh. Belieu, reciepient of the Ohioana Award and the Society of Midland Authors Award, was selected by Hayden Caruth for the 1994 National Poetry Series. Roripaugh's Beyond Heart Mountain, was also selected for the national Poetry Series in 1999. Her awards include the 1995 Randall Jarrell International Poetry Prize. For more information, visit

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 7:30pm

River Styx: Annie Finch & Joe Schuster

Tavern of Fine Arts 

River Styx at the Tavern presents Annie Finch, recipient of the Robert Fitzgerald Award and the Saravati Award. She is the author or editor of fifteen books of poetry, translation, and criticism and the newly released Spells: New and Selected Poems. She will be joined by local novelist Joe Schuster, author of The Might Have Been. $5 at the door. For more information, visit

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 7:30pm

Michael Chabon - Telegraph Avenue

St. Louis County Library 

Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon's newest book, Telegraph Avenue, explores the profoundly intertwined lives of two families in Oakland, California. He lovingly creates a world grounded in pop culture and delivers a bravura epic of friendship, race, and secret histories. Don't miss a chance to meet the New York Times bestseller!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 7:00pm

Tom Angleberger: Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett

Tom Angleberger

Left Bank Books Downtown 

Tom Angleberger, author of the popular Origami Yoda series is back with more tales of McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight's back--and not a moment too soon, as the gang faces the FunTime Menace: a new educational program designed to raise students' standardized test scores. When Principal Rabbski cancels the students' field trip--along with art, music, and LEGO classes--to make time for FunTime, the students turn to Origami Yoda for help. United, can they defeat the FunTime Menace and cope with a surprise attack from Jabba the Puppett?

Parking: Lot at 10th and Olive; garage at 10th between Locust and Washington; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

For directions and public transportation information, click here. 


Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 2:00pm

John Van Kirk - Song for Chance

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

John Van Kirk returns to St. Louis with his debut novel, Song for Chance. Middle-aged rock star Jack Voss leaves his home in Carmel, Calif., in July 2004 to visit old friends in New York City, only to discover that his daughter Chance has just died in an apparent suicide pact inside a Hoboken flat. As Jack searches for answers in the wake of her death, he recalls his early days in St. Louis. An invented discography, excerpts of lyrics, and cameos by real-life figures like Nick Cave give a feeling of authenticity to Van Kirk's fictional rock star.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 7:00pm

Patrick Ness - A Monster Calls

St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch 

Best-selling author Patrick Ness in conversation with Dr. Jennifer Buehler about his newest tale, A Monster Calls. An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 6:00pm

Edward Lee: Smoke & Pickles, presented by Left Bank Books and Sauce Magazine

Edward Lee

Top Chef: Texas alum, three-time James Beard Award finalist for "Best Chef: Southeast," & chef/owner of 610 Magnolia and Milkwood in Louisville, Edward Lee visits St. Louis in celebration of his first cookbook, Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Kitchen for a very special meet & greet event Tuesday, August 13 at 5:30pm at Taste Bar 4584 Laclede Ave in the Central West End.

Tickets are $50 and include:

Cocktail tasting featuring Edward Lee's sweet tea bourbon recipe by Jefferson’s Reserve

Delectable appetizers inspired by Smoke & Pickles

A personalized, autographed copy of Smoke & Pickles

Also featuring:

A special conversation with Chef Edward Lee and Sauce Magazine editor Ligaya Figueras


"Edward Lee is one of America’s most important young chefs— and what he has to say with his delicious food and in the pages of this book will help redefine American food as a whole.”

—Anthony Bourdain

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 5:30pm

Julie Garwood - Hotshot

Julie Garwood

St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch 

Julie Garwood will discuss and sign her new book, Hot Shot. New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood returns with a novel of family drama, suspense, and - of course - romance. Peyton Lockhart and her sisters have inherited Bishop's Cove, a small, luxurious oceanfront resort. There are countless challenges and too many people who want to stop the sisters from succeeding, so Peyton calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn McBain, and asks for his help.

For parking, directions, and public transportation information, click here. 


Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 7:00pm

Storytime with Amy Sklansky - You Are My Little Pumpkin Pie

Amy Sklansky

Left Bank Books - Downtown 

Bring your littlest readers to a special storytime with St. Louisan Amy Sklansky, author of You Are My Little Pumpkin Pie. This sweet tribute to adorable babies evokes the warmth and comfort of a delicious piece of yummy pumpkin pie with its delightful rhyming text. The event will include a fun craft appropriate for kids up to age 8 and refreshments for kids and their adults.

Parking: Lot at 10th and Olive; garage at 10th between Locust and Washington; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

For directions and public transportation information, click here.  


Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 10:30am

Michael Kahn - The Flinch Factor

Michael Kahn

St. Louis County Library 

Several years have passed since we last saw Rachel Gold, star of St. Louis suspense author Michael Kahn's popular series. In The Flinch Factor, she represents a blue-collar neighborhood fighting a powerful developer intent on bulldozing their homes to erect a swanky gated community.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 7:00pm


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