Saturday, September 28, 9:30am
St. Louis Public Library - Carondelet Branch
Meet eight local authors "speed-dating" style while enjoying a light continental breakfast. Left Bank books will be on hand to sell books by the authors. Authors include Ron Austin, Lynn Cahoon, Amanda Doyle, Virvus Jones, Mardou, Angela Mitchell, Ann Lemons Pollack, and Laura Stewart Schmidt. Registration Required. Register here!
Ron Austin holds a MFA from the U. of Missouri-St. Louis and is a 2016 Regional Arts Commission Fellow. Austin’s semi-autobiographical, linked story collection follows the misadventures of Avery Colt as he struggles to survive in North St. Louis alongside his family. Learning the best way to slaughter a goat, rebuilding his family’s corner market, and reckoning the weight of a revolver are a few of the challenges Avery faces. As he matures through each page, Avery takes control of his circumstances and attempts dangerous feats of alchemy. Charged with urgency and emotion, Austin’s prose faithfully renders a community determined to overcome crisis with strength, dark humor, and plenty of heart.
Lynn Cahoon is the award-winning author of several New York Times and USA Today bestselling cozy mystery series. The Tourist Trap series is set in central coastal California with six holiday novellas releasing in 2018–2019. She also pens the Cat Latimer series available in mass market paperback. Her newest series, the Farm to Fork mystery series, debuted in 2018. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies.
Amanda Doyle is a long-time resident of St. Louis. She is the author of Finally! A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis by and for St. Louisans, Neighborhood by Neighborhood; 100 Things to Do in St. Louis Before You Die; and To the Top! A Gateway Arch Story. Her most recent book, St. Louis Sound, is an illustrated timeline of music in St. Louis.
Virvus Jones has experienced the good, the bad and the ugly of big city politics. In his breakthrough novel, Stalking Horse, Virvus uses this experience to provide us with an insider's view of how Black politics evolved in a midwestern city from 1954 to 1974. Virvus was first elected to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen in 1981. He was appointed Assessor in 1986 and was elected Comptroller of the city of St. Louis in 1989. Virvus has been a radio talk show host, wrote a weekly political column and spent 12 years working in commercial real estate before becoming semi-retired in 2012. Since 2012 he has been a campaign consultant for state and local candidates.
Mardou was born and raised in Manchester, England in 1975. After gaining her BA in English Literature she started making mini-comics, mostly stories about women trying to figure life out. She has made comics for web, print and film and now lives in St Louis, Missouri with her husband, the cartoonist Ted May, and their daughter. Mardou returns with the second volume of her critically acclaimed graphic novel, Sky in Stereo. In Volume 2, 17-year-old Iris’s LSD journey has ended behind the locked doors of a psychiatric ward. As she tries to make sense of hospital life and fellow patients, Iris is forced to confront her self while defiantly trying to find meaning and regain her freedom. With her usual visual flourish, Mardou takes the reader on a maze-like journey into the inner world of mental illness in this powerful and trippy coming-of-age story.
Angela Mitchell is a St. Louis native and UMSL alumini. Unnatural Habitats, Mitchell's debut short story collection, is a work of seven connected stories set in the Ozarks that explores the relationships between people and place and the changing culture of rural America. The characters explore the conflict between what is instinct and what is learned, as well as what it means to belong to a place and to a people.
Ann Lemons Pollack has been writing about food a good while, but not so long that she remembers all the restaurants in this book. She's reviewed restaurants, written cooking columns, traveled for food and was daring enough to cook for and then marry the restaurant critic of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Joe Pollack. Together, they wrote three guidebooks to St. Louis food and many food and travel stories. Ann carries on the tradition and is currently found monthly in and online at St. Louis Magazine and on her blog, stlouiseats.typepad.com, where she also writes about theater.
Laura Stewart Schmidt is a lifelong avid reader and writer. She spent several years working as a community education coordinator, starting reading clubs for middle-school students and encouraging parents to read to their preschoolers. Laura spent much of her childhood in southern Missouri, where there are plenty of abandoned buildings to explore. Unfortunately for her and her brothers, they never found a mystery. She lives near St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and dogs.