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JANUARY

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St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Artist Marilynne Bradley and Writer David Baugher Authors of “Once Upon a Time in St. Louis: An Illustrated Trip Through the Past”
Wednesday, January 7, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Remember the iconic drive-in screen at Ronnie's in South County or the gleaming silver sides of the SS Admiral? Artist Marilynne Bradley has spent half a century immortalizing treasures like these in vibrant pigment. In her collection of 86 evocative renderings accompanied by historical descriptions by writer David Baugher, Bradley captures the subtle essence of a corner eatery, an antiquated riverboat or an historic home. An artistic celebration of the unique identity of St. Louis, this book serves as a tribute to our storied past.

Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
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St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Local Historian Carol Ferring Shepley
Author of “St. Louis—An Illustrated Timeline: Blues, Baseball, Books, Crooks,
Civil Rights and the River”
Thursday, January 15, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Ever wonder about the essential history of St. Louis? Local historian Carol Shepley moves beyond the founding of a city on the banks of the Mississippi to tell the lesser-known stories of St. Louis from its early development to today--stories of racial struggle, political corruption and progress, art and music,  sports victories and defeats, and ordinary people living extraordinary lives in our endlessly fascinating city.
 
Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
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St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Graeme Simsion
Author of “The Rosie Effect”
Tuesday, January 20, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.) 
 
Graeme Simsion’s novel “The Rosie Project,” about an endearing, but socially-inept genetics professor looking for true love, was an international sensation. Now in the eagerly-awaited sequel, Don and Rosie are happily married when Rosie drops a bombshell: she’s pregnant.  As Don becomes an expert on all things obstetric, he again gets the technicalities right, but the emotions all wrong. Will he risk losing Rosie when she needs him most or will he fall in love all over again? “The Rosie Effect” is the charming and hilarious romantic comedy of the year.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Julia Glass




 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents National Book Award-Winning Novelist Julia Glass
Author of “And the Dark Sacred Night”
Wednesday, January 21, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Revisiting characters from her National Book Award-winning novel “Three Junes,” Julia Glass’s new novel tells the story of Kit Noonan, an unemployed young artist searching for the father he’s never known. From one of our most richly compassionate novelists, “And the Dark Sacred Night” is an unforgettable novel about the youthful choices that steer our destinies, the necessity of forgiveness, and the risks we take when we face down the shadows of our past. Presenting Sponsor Maryville University. 
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
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St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Ishmael Beah
Author of “Radiance of Tomorrow”
Wednesday, January 28,  7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Former child solder and author of the extraordinary memoir “A Long Way Gone,” Ishmael Beah presents his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone. At the center of “Radiance of Tomorrow” are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends and teachers who return to their small village after the civil war. With the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, “Radiance of Tomorrow” is a powerful novel about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
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St. Louis County Library Foundation presents St. Louis Mystery Writer Michael Kahn
Author of “The Sirena Quest”
Thursday, January 29, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Popular St. Louis mystery writer Michael Kahn presents a spin-off of his popular Rachel Gold legal suspense series starring intrepid St. Louis lawyer Lou Solomon. A wealthy alumnus of Barrett College has offered a $23 million reward for the return of a statue of a beautiful woman, Sirena, that’s been missing from the campus for 35 years. As his 20th class reunion looms, Lou agrees to join the quest and begins a haphazard and, at times illegal, cross-country mission with his three former roommates that is both deeply nostalgic and profoundly transformative.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

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FEBRUARY

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John Hooper, “The Italians”
Wednesday, February 4, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

John Hooper’s entertaining and perceptive new book is the ideal companion for anyone seeking to understand contemporary Italy and the unique character of the Italians. Digging deep into their history, culture, and religion, Hooper offers keys to understanding everything from Italian politics to their love of life and beauty. Even readers who think they know Italy well will be surprised, challenged, and delighted by “The Italians.”

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
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Tavis Smiley, “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Year”
Keynote Presentation of the 2015 Black History Celebration
Saturday, February 7, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room

(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author Tavis Smiley presents a dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination and the trials and tribulations he faced following denunciations by the press and rejection from the president. Smiley's “Death of a King” paints a portrait of a leader and visionary in a narrative different from all that have come before. Here is an exceptional glimpse into King's life — one that adds both nuance and gravitas to his legacy as an American hero.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
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Vida “Sister” Goldman Prince, “That’s the Way it Was: Stories of Struggle, Survival, and Self-Respect in Twentieth Century Black St. Louis”
Monday, February 9, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
Presented by the 2015 Black History Celebration

Segregation was a way of life in 20th century St. Louis, aptly called “the most southern city in the North.” These thirteen oral histories describe the daily struggle that pervasive racism demanded but also share the tradition of self-respect that the African American community of St. Louis sought to build on its own terms. As the chairman of the Oral History Project at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center in St. Louis, Vida "Sister" Goldman Prince has been researching and recording oral history Interviews for the past 30 years.

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Charles Baxter, “There’s Something I Want You to Do: Stories”
Thursday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium


A contemporary master of short fiction, Charles Baxter presents a dazzling new collection that explores the unpredictable and the mysterious in ordinary experience. These consistently surprising, remarkably beautiful stories are cast with characters who appear and reappear throughout the collection, their actions equally divided between the praiseworthy and the loathsome: a hit-and-run, a rescue, a startling love affair, or, of all things, a gesture of kindness and charity.  Charles Baxter is the author of the novels “The Feast of Love” (nominated for a National Book Award), “Saul and Patsy,” and “First Light.”

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
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Daniel Handler, “We Are Pirates”
Friday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Daniel Handler, aka children’s book author Lemony Snicket, presents a strange, brilliant novel for adult readers. In “We are Pirates,” 14-year-old Gwen and a ragtag crew steal a boat and head out on a quest for the life of a pirate while her hapless father tries to get her home. “We Are Pirates” is a novel about our desperate searches for happiness and freedom, about our wild journeys beyond the boundaries of our ordinary lives. Handler is also the author of the critically-acclaimed adult novels “Adverbs” and “Why We Broke Up.”

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

 

Robert Middlekauff, “Washington’s Revolution: The Making of America’s First Leader”
Thursday, February 19, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium


(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian Robert Middlekauff presents a vivid new portrait of the formative years that made George Washington a great leader. Rich in psychological details regarding Washington's temperament, idiosyncrasies, and experiences, this book shows us a self-conscious Washington who grew in confidence and experience as a young soldier, businessman, and Virginian gentleman; and was transformed into an American patriot by the revolutionary ferment of the time.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
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Jennifer Senior, “All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood”
Tuesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m.Library Headquarters – Auditorium

(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But almost none have thought to ask: What are the effects of children on their parents? In “All Joy and No Fun,” award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their friendships, or their internal senses of self.  “All Joy and No Fun” makes us reconsider our most basic beliefs about parenthood, all while illuminating the profound ways children add purpose to our lives.

Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
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John Boyne, “A History of Loneliness”
Thursday, February 26, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

The acclaimed author of “The Boy in the Stripped Pajama” presents a riveting new novel about an honorable Irish priest who finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in its history. Once full of hope and ambition, Father Odran Yates’s devotion is rocked by revelations that shatter the Irish people’s faith in the Catholic Church. A novel as intimate as it is universal, “A History of Loneliness” is about the stories we tell ourselves to make peace with our lives. It confirms Boyne as one of the most searching storytellers of his generation.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

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