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Joe Hagan - Sticky Fingers

Thursday, November 1, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Joe Hagan, Sticky FingersThe story of Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone's founder, editor, and publisher, and the pioneering era he helped curate, is told here for the first time in glittering, glorious detail. Acclaimed journalist Joe Hagan provides readers with a backstage pass to storied concert venues and rock-star hotel rooms. He tells never before heard stories about the lives of rock superstars and details the daring journalism of the magazine’s early days. Supplemented by a cache of extraordinary documents and letters from Wenner's personal archives, “Sticky Fingers” is a fascinating and complex portrait of man and era, and an irresistible biography of popular culture, celebrity, music and politics in America.

This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-367-6731.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 7:00pm

Jane Sherron de Hart - Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life

Monday, November 12, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Jane Sherron de Hart, Ruth Bader GinsburgJane Sherron de Hart presents the first comprehensive biography—private, public, legal, philosophical—of the 107th Supreme Court Justice, one of the most profound and profoundly transformative legal minds of our time. De Hart’s biography was written with the cooperation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself and based on many interviews with the justice and her husband, children, friends, and associates. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life” explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, her meticulous jurisprudence and, above all, her desire to make We the People more united and our union more perfect.

This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

Nathaniel Philbrick - In the Hurricane's Eye

Thursday, November 8, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Nathaniel Philbrick, In the Hurricane's EyeAcclaimed historian Nathaniel Philbrick shares the thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War. In the fall of 1780, after five frustrating years of war, George Washington had come to realize that the only way to defeat the British Empire was with the help of the French navy. Recognized today as one of the most important naval engagements in the history of the world, the Battle of the Chesapeake—fought without a single American ship—made the subsequent victory of the Americans at Yorktown a virtual inevitability. In a narrative that moves from Washington's headquarters on the Hudson River to Lafayette's brilliant series of maneuvers across Tidewater Virginia, Philbrick details a riveting story, full of dramatic, unexpected turns.

This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 7:00pm

Benjamin Cooper - Veteran Americans

Monday, November 12, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes Lindenwood University professor Benjamin Cooper, who will sign and discuss his new book, Veteran Americans: Literature and Citizenship from Revolution to Reconstruction!

Military men and women were active participants in early American print culture, yet they struggled against civilian prejudice and against shifting collective memories that removed military experience from the nation's self-definition. In this new literary history of early American veterans, Benjamin Cooper reveals how soldiers and sailors from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War demanded, through their writing, that their value as American citizens and authors be recognized. Relying on an archive of largely understudied veteran authors, Cooper situates their perspective against a civilian monopoly in defining American citizenship and literature that endures to this day.

"In this fresh, incisive book, Cooper compellingly argues that veteran literature is not only a discrete and significant genre in its own right; it also recasts our understanding of American literature's production, consumption, and evolution." --Cody Marrs, author of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Long Civil War

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Veteran Americans from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

Observable Readings - Nathan McClain & Andrea Scarpino

Monday, November 5, 7:30pm
Dressel's Public House

Nathan McClain’s debut collection is Scale (Four Way Books, 2017). He is the recipient of the 2017 Gregory Pardlo Fellowship from The Frost Place, and a graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers. A Cave Canem fellow, his poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Callaloo, Ploughshares, Broadsided, The Southeast Review, Tinderbox, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches creative writing at Drew University.

Andrea Scarpino is the author of the poetry collections Once Upon Wing Lake (Four Chambers Press, 2017), What the Willow Said as it Fell (Red Hen Press, 2016) and Once, Then (Red Hen Press, 2014). She received a PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, and an MFA from The Ohio State University. She has published in numerous journals, is co-editor of Nine Mile Magazine, and served as Poet Laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula 2015-2017. Her upcoming edited anthology is Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice (MSU Press).

The Observable Reading Series, brought to you by St. Louis Poetry Center, welcomes poets to Dressel’s Public House (CWE) on first Mondays. Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs loft of the restaurant. Suggested $5.00 donation at the door.

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 7:30pm

Michelle Purdy - Transforming the Elite

Tuesday, November 27, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Michelle Purdy, Transforming the EliteLeft Bank Books welcomes Washington University assistant professor Michelle Purdy, who will sign and discuss her new book, Transforming the Elite: Black Students and the Desegregation of Private Schools, with associate professor Lerone Martin!

When traditionally white public schools in the South became sites of massive resistance in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education, numerous white students exited the public system altogether, with parents choosing homeschooling or private segregationist academies. But some historically white elite private schools opted to desegregate. The black students that attended these schools courageously navigated institutional and interpersonal racism but ultimately emerged as upwardly mobile leaders. In Transforming the Elite, Michelle A. Purdy combines social history with policy analysis in a dynamic narrative that expertly re-creates this overlooked history.

"With rich, in-depth analysis, a mastery of black educational history, and empathetic storytelling, Transforming the Elite has the potential to spark discussion about a range of issues relevant to black educational history and contemporary debates over race and equality." --Hilary Moss, Amherst College

This event is free and open to the public. Those who purchase Transforming the Elite from Left Bank Books will be admitted first into the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!

Lerone A. Martin is the Associate Professor of Religion and Politics in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in Saint Louis. Martin is the author of the award winning Preaching on Wax: The Phonograph and the Making of Modern African American Religion. The book was the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Frank S. and Elizabeth Brewer Prize for outstanding scholarship in religious history by a first time author. Martin has received a number of nationally recognized fellowships, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, The American Council of Learned Societies, and  The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, among others. His commentary and writing have been featured in the New York TimesBoston GlobeAtlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as CNN.

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

River Styx - Angela Mitchell & Daniel Borzutzky

Monday, April 15, 7:30pm
Rooster South Grand

Angela Mitchell’s stories have appeared in Colorado Review, New South, Carve, Midwestern Gothic, storySouth and other journals. Her story, “Animal Lovers,” was awarded Colorado Review’s Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction and given special mention in The Pushcart Prize XXXV. Mitchell directs a community writing workshop and serves as an associate editor for december magazine. An eighth generation native of the Ozarks of southern Missouri, she now lives in St. Louis with her husband and sons. Unnatural Habitats & Other Stories is her first book.

Daniel Borzutzky is a poet and translator, and the author of The Performance of Becoming Human, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry. His other books include In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy, Memories of My Overdevelopment, and The Book of Interfering Bodies. His translation of Galo Ghigliotto’s Valdivia won the 2017 National Translation Award. Other translations include Raúl Zurita’s The Country of Planks and Song for His Disappeared Love; and Jaime Luis Huenun’s Port Trakl. He lives in Chicago.

Readings start at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. $5 general admission. $4 students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit riverstyx.org.

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 7:30pm

River Styx - Clayton Adam Clark & Aaron Coleman

Monday, March 18, 7:30pm
Rooster South Grand

Clayton Adam Clark lives in Saint Louis, his hometown, where he works as a public health researcher and volunteers for River Styx magazine. A Finitude of Skin is his first full-length poetry collection, and his poems have appeared in The Massachusetts ReviewMid-American ReviewCimarron Review, and elsewhere. He earned the MFA in creative writing at Ohio State University and is studying clinical mental health counseling at University of Missouri-St. Louis.

A Fulbright Scholar and Cave Canem Fellow, Aaron Coleman received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. From Metro-Detroit, Aaron has lived and worked with youth in locations including Chicago, St. Louis, Spain, South Africa, and Kalamazoo. Former Public Projects Assistant at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, winner of the Tupelo Quarterly TQ5 Poetry Contest, The Cincinnati Review Robert and Adele Schiff Award, and a two-time semi-finalist for the 92Y Discovery Award, Aaron is currently a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow in Washington University’s Comparative Literature PhD program. His debut collection Threat Come Close was published by Four Way Books in 2018. His chapbook St. Trigger won the 2015 Button Poetry Prize, judged by Adrian Matejka.

Readings start at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. $5 general admission. $4 students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit riverstyx.org.

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 7:30pm

River Styx - Peter Coviello, Kimberly Blaeser & Andrea Scarpino

Monday, February 18, 7:30pm
Rooster South Grand

Peter Coviello has written about Walt Whitman, Mormon polygamy, Steely Dan, the history of sexuality, queer children, American literature, stepparenthood, and Prince. This work has appeared in The BelieverFriezeAvidlyRaritan, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as in several books. In 2017–18, he was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He lives in Chicago.

Kimberly Blaeser is a Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she teaches Creative Writing and Native American Literatures. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Apprenticed to JusticeAbsentee Indians and Other Poems, and Trailing You. Blaeser is Anishinaabe, an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, and grew up on the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. She is the editor of Stories Migrating Home: A Collection of Anishinaabe Prose and Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. Blaeser, is currently at work on a collection of “Picto-Poems” which combines her photographs and poetry.

Andrea Scarpino is a writer, teacher, editor, disability activist, bookseller, foodie, animal lover, and World Cup fan. She is the author of four poetry collections: Once Upon Wing Lake (Four Chambers Press, 2017), What the Willow Said as it Fell (Red Hen Press, 2016), Once,Then (Red Hen Press, 2014), and The Grove Behind (Finishing Line Press, 2009). She earned her PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and is co-editor of Nine Mile Magazine. She was the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Her co-edited anthology Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice is due from MSU Press in March 2019.

Readings start at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. $5 general admission. $4 students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit riverstyx.org.

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 7:30pm

River Styx - Derek Palacio, Deborah Taffa & Tiana Clark

Monday, January 21, 7:30pm
Rooster South Grand

Derek Palacio, Deborah Taffa, Tiana ClarkDerek Palacio received his MFA in Creative Writing from the Ohio State University. His short story “Sugarcane” appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013, and his novella, How to Shake the Other Man, was published by Nouvella Books. His debut novel, The Mortifications, is forthcoming in 2016 from Tim Duggan Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group. He is the co-director, with Claire Vaye Watkins, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada. He lives and teaches in Ann Arbor, MI, and is a faculty member of the Institute of American Indian Arts MFA program.

An enrolled member of the Yuma Nation, Deborah Taffa settled in Saint Louis, Missouri, after she earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Iowa in 2013. Originally from the beautiful red rock and sandstone Southwest, Deborah loves canoeing, backcountry trekking, and travel. The Trail of Tears, a documentary she co-wrote for Stratigraphic Productions, will appear on PBS nationwide in November 2018. In March 2018, Deborah won the Ellen Meloy Desert Writer’s Award for her collection, Kiva Song. She was named a Public Space fellow by the Brooklyn, NY magazine in February 2018. She teaches CNF at Webster University and h​er writing has appeared or is forthcoming in​ Public Space, ​Salon, The Rumpus, The Best American Travel Writing, Pank, Brevity, and other places.

Tiana Clark is the author of Equilibrium, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize, and winner of a 2019 Pushcart Prize. Clark was the recipient of the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New YorkerKenyon Review, American Poetry ReviewNew England ReviewBest New Poets 2015BOAATCrab Orchard ReviewThrushThe Journal, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. 

Readings start at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. $5 general admission. $4 students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit riverstyx.org.

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 7:30pm

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