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Lee Sandlin: Storm Kings: The Untold Story of American's First Tornado Chasers

Lee Sandlin

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters 

Lee Sandlin presents a riveting tale of tornadoes and the pioneering, weather-obsessed scientists whose discoveries created the science of modern meteorology. Along the way, Sandlin details the fascinating history of the National Weather Service, paints a vivid picture of the early Midwest, and shows how successive generations came to understand, and finally coexist with, the spiraling menace that could erase lives and whole towns in an instant. Sandlin will also discuss The Distancers, a family memoir about his ancestors from Edwardsville, IL.

Listen to Lee Sandlin discuss Storm Kings on The Diane Rehm Show here

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 7:00pm

Murray Farish: Inappropriate Behavior

Murray Farish

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

The characters in Inappropriate Behavior come from the darkest recesses of American history--from a Texas Tech student recognizable as John Hinckley, Jr. who writes hundreds of songs for Jodie Foster, to a young couple socially isolated after a cross-country move who are dismayed to find themselves unable to resist sexually deviant urges. Set in cities across America and spanning the last half-century, this collection draws a bead on our national identity, distilling our obsessions, our hauntings, our universal predicament.

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

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

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 7:00pm

Kenan Trebincevic: The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return

Kenan Trebincevic

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters 

Presented by the 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author Series:

At age eleven, Kenan Trebincevic was a happy, karate-loving kid living with his family in the quiet Eastern European town of Brcko. Then, in the spring of 1992, war broke out and his friends, neighbors and teammates all turned on him. Kenan's only crime: he was Muslim. This poignant, searing memoir chronicles Kenan's miraculous escape from the brutal ethnic cleansing campaign that swept the former Yugoslavia.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 7:00pm

Geoff Dyer: The Contest of the Century: The New Era of Competition with China--and How America Can Win

Geoff Dyer

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Presented by the 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author Series:

Geoff Dyer, former Financial Times Beijing bureau chief, presents a balanced and far-seeing analysis of the emerging competition between China and America that will dominate twenty-first-century world affairs. The Contest of the Century is both an inside account of Beijing's new quest for influence and an explanation of how America can come out on top--an essential book for businessmen, politicians, financiers, and anyone interested in current world affairs.

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 7:00pm

Barry Miles: Call Me Burroughs: A Life

Call Me Burroughs

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

The last biography of William S. Burroughs was penned in 1988, a full 10 years before the artist, poet, musician and iconoclast passed away. Since then, there has not been a complete biography of the life and legacy of William S. Burroughs…until now. Call Me Burroughs includes a modern examination of the long-term cultural legacy of William S. Burroughs, rigorously researched sections detailing his nomadic trek through Harvard, Peru, Paris, London, and Mexico, and never-before published interviews with Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and Burroughs himself.

Read a review of Call Me Burroughs in the Boston Globe here

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

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 7:00pm

Ayana Mathis: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Ayana Mathis

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters 

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Selected for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 and a New York Times bestseller, Ayana Mathis's astonishing debut novel follows the trials of one unforgettable family: 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd, who flees the South during the Great Migration, and her nine children whose lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.

Read an interview with Oprah Winfrey and Ayana Mathis here

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Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 7:00pm

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


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