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Read St. Louis Presents Distinguished Literary Achievement Author Richard Ford

Press Release

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 12:00p.m.
St. Louis County Library celebrates the 2013 Read St. Louis Distinguished Literary Achievement selection with a special event featuring novelist Richard Ford on Friday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh. Ford will discuss and sign his latest highly–acclaimed novel “Canada”
The program is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Left Bank Books will provide copies of Mr. Ford’s books for purchase and signing at the program.
The only writer ever to win both the Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Faulkner Award for a single novel (“Independence Day”) Richard Ford delivers a haunting and elemental novel about the cataclysm that undoes one teenage boy’s family, and the stark and unforgiving landscape in which he attempts to find grace. A powerful and unforgettable tale of the violence lurking at the heart of the world, Richard Ford’s “Canada” will resonate long and loud for readers of stark and sweeping novels of American life.
When 15–year–old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his normal life is altered forever and he must flee the country with an enigmatic and alluring fugitive. A true masterwork from one of our greatest writers, “Canada” is a profound novel of boundaries traversed, innocence lost and reconciled, and the mysterious and consoling bonds of family.
Richard Ford is the author of the Bascombe novels, which include “The Sportswriter” and its sequels, “Independence Day and “The Lay of the Land,” as well as the short story collections “Rock Springs” and “A Multitude of Sins.”
Ford is the Distinguished Literary Achievement author for Read St. Louis 2013 presented by the St. Louis County Library, St. Louis Public Library, and the St. Charles City-County 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 2013 Titles:
Distinguished Literary Achievement–Richard Ford, “Canada
Memoir–Cheryl Strayed, “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”
Fiction–Laura Moriarty, “The Chaperone”
Non-Fiction–Andrew Carroll, “Here is Where: Discovering America’s Great Forgotten History”
Children’s Literature–Mem Fox, “Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!”
The participating libraries will 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.  Co-sponsors include St. Louis Public Radio, KMOV Channel 4, and the Literacy Roundtable.