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Ridley Pearson: Starcatchers on Broadway

Ridley Pearson

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters 

St. Louis author Ridley Pearson is the author of over 30 internationally bestselling crime novels for adults and 15 adventure novels for young readers. Along with co-author Dave Barry, Pearson is the creator of the hugely popular Peter and the Starcatchers series, which now has a Tony award-winning Broadway adaptation. In celebration of the "Peter and the Starcatcher" St. Louis debut at the Peabody Opera House (March 7-9), Pearson will sit down for an onstage interview with KMOX's Mark Reardon to discuss the process of adapting his hit series for Broadway.

Watch a trailer for Peter and the Starcatcher at the Peabody Opera House here

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 7:00pm

David Kertzer: The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Facism in Europe

David Kertzer

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters 

From National Book Award finalist David Kertzer comes the gripping story of Pope Pius XI's secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini's spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will forever change our understanding of the Vatican's role in the rise of Fascism in Europe.

Listen to David Kertzer discuss The Pope and Mussolini on Fresh Air here

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 7:00pm

Philipp Meyer: The Son

Philipp Meyer

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters 

Acclaimed author of American Rust, Philipp Meyer presents an epic of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land, and oil that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family, from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the oil booms of the 20th Century. Harrowing and panoramic, The Son is a fully realized masterwork that combines the narrative prowess of Larry McMurtry with the knife-edge sharpness of Cormac McCarthy.

Watch an interview with Philipp Meyer on BBC News here

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 7:00pm

Greg Kot: I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway

Greg Kot

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Critically acclaimed biographer and Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot presents the untold story of living legend Mavis Staples--lead singer of the Staples Singers. Fusing gospel, folk, and rock to transcend racism and oppression through song, Staples' message-oriented soul music became a sound track to the civil rights movement. Featuring intimate stories from Staples' sixty year career, Kot's fascinating biography illuminates a legendary singer during a historic period of change in America.

Read an NPR review of I'll Take You There here

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 7:00pm

Community Martin Luther King Event

Jewish Community Center: Staenberg Family Complex

Community MLK Event: Continuing the Search for Civil Rights & Social Justice

Featuring Vida "Sister" Prince, author of That's the Way it Was: Stories of Struggle, Survival and Self-Respect in Twentieth Century Black St. Louis, and T.K. Thorne, author of Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 7:30pm

Ruth Ozeki: A Tale for the Time Being

Ruth Ozeki

St. Louis County Library 

Nominated for the Booker Prize, Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being is an unforgettable novel about a 16-year-old Japanese girl, a 104-year-old Buddhist nun, and the Canadian author who finds the remnants of their lives washed up on a beach following the devastating 2011 tsunami. Full of Ozeki’s signature warmth and insight, A Tale for the Time Being is a beguiling story of our shared humanity and search for home.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 7:00pm

Jane Pauley: Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life

Jane Pauley

St. Louis County Library 

In 2014, every baby boomer will have reached the milestone age of fifty. For most, it’s not an end, but the beginning of something new. Jane Pauley, one of America’s most beloved broadcast journalists, gives voice to the opportunities of her generation, offering humor and insight about the journey forward.

Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 7:00pm

Kristopher Jansma: The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

Kristopher Jansma

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

As early as he can remember, the narrator of this remarkable novel has wanted to become a writer. From the jazz clubs of Manhattan to the villages of Sri Lanka, Kristopher Jansma's hopelessly unreliable--yet hopelessly earnest--narrator will be haunted by the success of his greatest friend and literary rival, the brilliant Julian McGann, and endlessly enamored with Evelyn, the green-eyed girl who got away. A profound exploration of the nature of truth and storytelling, this delightful picaresque tale heralds Jansma as a bold, new American voice.

Watch a book trailer for The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards here

Wine and beer available for purchase, provided by The Vino Gallery. 

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

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 7:00pm

Maryville Talks Books presents The Lacks Family: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Lacks Family

Maryville University Auditorium 

Maryville Talks Books presents members of the Lacks family - Veronica Spencer, Henrietta Lacks' great-granddaughter, and Kim Lacks, Henrietta Lacks' granddaughter - in an interview format and Q&A session at the Maryville University Auditorium.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. Henrietta’s family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family—past and present—is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 7:00pm

Ian Rankin: Saints of the Shadow Bible

Ian Rankin

Left Bank Books - Downtown 

Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. A 30-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus’s team from back then is suspected of foul play. With Malcolm Fox as the investigating officer, is the past and present about to collide in a shocking and murderous fashion? And does Rebus have anything to hide?

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.

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 2:00pm


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