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Bob Dotson - American Story

Webster University, East Academic BuildingBob Dotson's long-running series, "American Story with Bob Dotson," is a regular feature on TODAY and other NBC news programs and has won more than 100 national and international awards for writing. For forty years, Dotson has traveled the U.S. seeking solutions from everyday people whose comments others might ignore or dismiss. The eight-time Emmy winner will give a talk, answer questions, and sign copies of his new book, American Story.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 6:30pm

Dr. Hawa Abdi - Keeping Hope Alive

Venue: Christ Church Cathedral Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Hawa Abdi, her daughter Deqo, and her co-author Sarah Robbins will share an incredible story at this Joyce Trebilcot Memorial Fund event. After the Somali government collapsed in 1991 and famine struck, Dr. Abdi turned her 1300 acres of farmland into a camp that has numbered up to 90,000 displaced people. She inspired her daughters to become doctors, and together, they have saved tens of thousands of lives in her hospital, while providing displaced children an education. After being kidnapped in 2010 by radical insurgents, she convinced the rebels to let her go and to write her an apology. Dr. Abdi's story of incomprehensible bravery and perseverance will inspire readers everywhere.

Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 7:00pm

Cheryl Strayed - Wild

Cheryl Strayed

Venue: St. Louis County Library 

An Oprah Book Club selection, Wild is a blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again. Wild captures the terrors and pleasures of Chery Strayed's journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her. Cheryl Strayed will speak as part of Read St. Louis, a community-wide initiative develped by the St. Louis area library systems to encourage St. Louisans to read and discuss great books.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 7:00pm

Maryville Talks Books: Elizabeth Strout - The Burgess Boys

Elizabeth Strout

Venue: Maryville University Library 

Elizabeth Strout "animates the ordinary with astonishing force," wrote The New Yorker on the publication of her Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge. Tender, tough-minded, loving, and deeply illuminating about the ties that bind us to family and home, The Burgess Boys follows brothers Jim and Bob Burgess, who escaped from their Maine hometown as soon as they possibly could after their father's death... until Susan--the Burgess sibling who stayed behind--urgently calls them home to help with her troubled teenage son. Maryville Talks Books is sponsored by Left Bank Books, Maryville University, St. Louis Public Radio, and HEC-TV.

Friday, April 12, 2013 - 7:00pm

David Sheff - Clean

David Sheff

Venue: St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch 

Clean is a myth-shattering look at drug abuse by David Sheff, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Beautiful Boy. Based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, Clean is a leap beyond the traditional approaches to prevention and treatment and the mental illnesses that usually accompany it. Clean offers clear, cogent counsel for parents and others who want to prevent drug problems and for addicts and their loved ones no matter what stage of the illness they're in. But it is also a book for all of us--a powerful rethinking of the greatest public health challenge of our time.

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 7:00pm

Assistance League Brunch with John Searles and Antony John

Venue: Missouri Athletic Club Please join Assistance League St. Louis for their Eighth Annual Authors Brunch, this year featuring guest author John Searles and local author Antony John. British-born author Antony John has a Ph.D. in Classical Music Composition and is popular among the young adult genre with novels including Five Flavors of Dumb and Elemental. Tickets are $60 and $100 and must be purchased in advance by calling 636.227.6200 or visiting*NOTE - The original program included Thrity Umrigar.  She is unable to attend. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 9:00am

Michael MacCambridge - Lamar Hunt

Michael MacCambridge

Venue: St. Louis County Library 

Award-winning sports writer Michael MacCambridge presents the definitive biography of one of our most beloved sporting figures: Lamar Hunt, the soft-spoken owner of the Kansas City Chiefs whose audacious challenge to the NFL transformed the landscape of American sports. Drawing on Hunt's personal papers and more than 200 interviews, MacCambridge provides an intimate, original portrait of Lamar Hunt.

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 7:00pm

Shakespeare's Birthday with Laura Bates - Shakespeare Saved My Life

Laura Bates

Venue: Left Bank Books - Central West End 

Join Shakespeare Festival Reads in celebrating the Bard's birthday as Laura Bates discusses and signs Shakespeare Saved My Life. Just as Larry Newton, one of the most notorious inmates at Indiana Federal Prison, was trying to break out of jail, Dr. Laura Bates was trying to break in. Now, a decade later, her Shakespeare in Shackles program has been lauded by academics and prison communities alike. In this profound illustration of the enduring lessons of Shakespeare through the ten-year relationship of Bates and Newton, an amazing testament to the power of literature emerges. Shakespeare Festival Reads is a public reading group hosted by Left Bank Books and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, designed to read the works of William Shakespeare, fictional adaptations of his plays, and relevant non-fiction.

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 7:00pm

Leana Wen - When Doctors Don't Listen

Leana Wen

Venue: St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch 

In this examination of the doctor-patient relationship, Drs. Wen and Kosowsky argue that diagnosis, once the cornerstone of medicine, is fast becoming a lost art, with grave consequences. Using real-life stories of cookbook-diagnoses-gone-bad, the doctors illustrate how active patient participation can prevent mistakes. In the pursuit for the best medical care available, readers can't afford to miss out on these inside tips and more.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 7:00pm

Richard Southall - Haunted Route 66

Richard Southall

Venue: Left Bank Books - Central West End 

In Haunted Route 66: Ghosts of America's Legendary Highway, author Richard Southall brings you across the country to investigate over 100 ghostly hot spots filled with fascinating facts and lingering spirits. History's most well-known figures traveled along the route--Al Capone, John dillinger, Charlie Chaplin--and left many ghosts behind. Join us for a night of interesting pop-culture and spooky stories.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 7:00pm


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