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Read St. Louis Presents Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Isabel Wilkerson

Press Release

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 10:00a.m.


St. Louis County Library and St. Louis Public Library celebrate the 2012 Read St. Louis Non-Fiction selection with a special event featuring acclaimed journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson. Wilkerson will discuss and sign her book “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” on Wednesday, May 16, 7 pm at St. Louis Public Library-Schalfly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108. The program is free and open to the public. Amber Books will provide copies of Ms. Wilkerson’s book for purchase and signing at the program.

One of the New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of the Year, “The Warmth of Other Suns” chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South in search of a better life. With stunning historical detail, Isabel Wilkerson presents a definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these heroic journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves. “The Warmth of Other Suns” is a bold, remarkable, and riveting work, a superb account of an “unrecognized immigration” within our own land.

Isabel Wilkerson won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing as Chicago bureau chief of The New York Times. The first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism and the first African American to win for individual reporting, she has also won the George Polk Award and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. She has lectured on narrative at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University and is currently Professor of Journalism and Director of Narrative Nonfiction at Boston University.

“The Warmth of Other Suns” is the Nonfiction selection for Read St. Louis 2012 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. Each year, Read St. Louis showcases books from several distinct categories.

Read St. Louis 2012 Titles:

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”

Young Readers’ History – Deborah Hopkinson, “A Boy Called Dickens”

Fiction: New Voices – Teddy Wayne, “Kapitoil”

Distinguished Literary Achievement – Daniel Woodrell, “The Outlaw Album”

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.  Co-sponsors include St. Louis Public Radio and KMOV Channel 4.