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Read St. Louis Presents the 2014 Fiction Author Ayana Mathis

Press Release

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 12:00p.m.
St. Louis County Library celebrates the 2014 Read St. Louis fiction selection with a special event with bestselling author Ayana Mathis. Mathis will discuss and sign her highly-acclaimed novel “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” on Saturday, February 15, 7:00 pm at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh. 
The program is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Left Bank Books will provide copies of Ms. Mathis’ book for purchase and signing at the program.
The event with Ayana Mathis is also the keynote presentation of St. Louis County Library’s Black History Month Celebration.
Selected for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Ayana Mathis’s astonishing novel follows the trials of one unforgettable family: 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd, who flees the South during the Great Migration, and her nine children whose lives tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation.
Ayana Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” is her first novel.
“The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” is the fiction selection for Read St. Louis 2014 presented by the St. Louis County Library, the St. Charles City-County Library, and St. Louis Public Library. At the core of the Read St. Louis program is a belief that making reading fun, exciting and educational, will stimulate a passion for lifelong learning in all of us.
Read St. Louis 2014 Titles:
Fiction—Ayana Mathis, “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie”
Distinguished Literary Achievement—H.W. Brands, “The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace”
Young Readers’ Fiction—Kenneth Oppel, “The Boundless”
Teen Fiction—Libba Bray, “Lair of Dreams: A Diviners Novel”
Non-Fiction—Amanda Ripley, “The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way”
The Libraries host major events with each of the selected authors. For more information, visit Read St. Louis is made possible by a generous grant from the UPS Foundation.  Media sponsorship is provided by St. Louis Public Radio.