The St. Louis Library Systems will launch Read St. Louis 2012 during a press conference at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., on February 21, 10:00 a.m. Members of the media are invited to attend the event.
Read St. Louis is a community wide initiative originally developed by St. Louis County and St. Louis Public Libraries to encourage St. Louisans to read and discuss great books. At the core of the program is a belief that making reading fun, exciting and occasionally educational, will stimulate a passion for lifelong learning in all of us.
The Read St. Louis committee is pleased to announce that the St. Charles City-County Library District has joined the program and will be hosting an author event and promoting the Read St. Louis books at their locations throughout St. Charles County. With the addition of the St. Charles system, Read St. Louis now reaches close to 800,000 library card holders at 49 library branches across the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Each year, Read St. Louis showcases books selected by the libraries from several distinct categories. The Libraries host events with each of the featured authors, along with a variety of programs, activities, and discussions designed around each book.
The 2012 Read St. Louis Selected Authors/Titles are:
Memoir: Anne Lamott, "Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son"
Teen Fiction: Antony John, "Thou Shalt Not Road Trip"
Non-Fiction: Isabel Wilkerson, "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration"
Children's Non-Fiction: Deborah Hopkinson, "A Boy Called Dickens"
Fiction/New Voices: Teddy Wayne, "Kapitoil"
Distinguished Literary Achievement: Daniel Woodrell, "The Outlaw Album"
The Read St. Louis events will kick-off on Saturday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. when critically acclaimed author Anne Lamott visits St. Louis County Library, Headquarters (1640 S. Lindbergh) to discuss her new memoir "Some Assembly Required." Ms. Lamott will be joined at the event by her son and co-author, Sam Lamott.
For a detailed program guide including dates and locations for future Read St. Louis events, please visit www.readstlouis.org.
Read St. Louis is funded by a generous grant from the UPS Foundation. Co-sponsors include St. Louis Public Radio, KMOV Channel 4, and the Literacy Roundtable. Bookseller partners include Pudd'nHead Books, Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Amber Books, and Barnes & Noble.
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