Saturday, September 30, 9:30am
St. Louis Public Library - Carondelet Branch
Meet eight local authors speed-dating style while enjoying a continental breakfast! The authors are Stephanie Bearce, Bill Hart, Elsa Hart, George Hodgman, Jane Ellen Ibur, Alexandra Ivy, Simone Richards, and Kea Wilson. Registration is required online or by phone at 314-752-9224.
Stephanie Bearce is the award-winning author of 22 books. Her newest series—Twisted True Tales from Science—was released in the spring of 2017. With titles like Medical Mayhem, Insane Inventors, Disaster Discoveries and Explosive Experiments, Bearce teaches children science concepts through exciting real-life stories. Her books are on the Nationals Science Teacher Associations Recommended Reading List. Her series Top Secret Files of History received the 2016 Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. A former teacher and school counselor, Stephanie works to make nonfiction fun and interesting for kids of all ages.
Bill Hart is a fifth generation Missourian who became smitten with old buildings in the 1970s, later becoming a developer and contractor in the City's historic neighborhoods. He received a B.S. in Historic Preservation from Southeast Missouri State University, and later did his graduate coursework in Architectural History at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. He has long been active in preservation issues and worked on a referendum to halt large scale demolition in downtown St. Louis in the 1980s for construction of the Gateway Mall. He served as president of the Chatillon-DeMenil Foundation and was on the board of the DeMenil Mansion's board for fifteen years. He began working for the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation (Missouri Preservation) in 2008, and later became its executive director.
Elsa Hart was born in Rome, Italy, but her earliest memories are of Moscow, where her family lived until 1991. Since then she has lived in the Czech Republic, the U.S.A., and China. She earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. She wrote her first novel, Jade Dragon Mountain, in Lijiang, the city that has grown up around the old town of Dayan.
George Hodgman is a veteran magazine and book editor who has worked at Simon & Schuster, Vanity Fair, and Talk magazine. His writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Interview, W, and Harper’s Bazaar, among other publications. He lives in New York City and Paris, Missouri.
Jane Ellen Ibur is the author of Both Wings Flappin’, Still Not Flyin’ and The Little Mrs./Misses both published by PenUltimate Press. She has garnered much recognition as an Arts Educator with over 35 years experience teaching writing in public schools, jails, museums, residential schools, social service agencies, with veterans, homeless men, the young and old. Lead Faculty for the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute, she is one of its founders. For 19 years she co-hosted and co-produced Literature for the Halibut on community radio.
Alexandra Ivy graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She started her career writing traditional regencies before moving into the world of paranormal with her USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling series The Guardians of Eternity. Now she writes a wide variety of genres that include paranormal, erotica, and romantic suspense.
Simone M. Richards resides in St. Louis with her children and her dogs. When she’s not writing or dancing tango, she’s working as an executive director of a small government agency. Richards feels fortunate to have lived in eight different states and traveled in six different countries before graduating college and settling in St. Louis. She's a colon cancer survivor, a serial dieter, and lover of all things basil. Although her heart has been broken more times than she can count, Simone's still a believer in love and can say "I love you" in five languages, because, you never know… Midnight Playground: Where the Soul Plays is her first book.
Kea Wilson is the author of the novel, We Eat Our Own (Simon & Schuster). Her short fiction and other writings have appeared in PANK, Diagram, Playboy, Lithub, and others. She received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she is now an instructor of creative writing.