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SLCL Presents Award-Winning Debut Novelist Cynthia Bond

Press Release

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 10:00a.m.
The St. Louis County Library Foundation is pleased to present critically-acclaimed novelist Cynthia Bond for a discussion of her debut novel, “Ruby” on Thursday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble.
The event is co-sponsored by Maryville University.  
In describing her debut novel, “Ruby,” Cynthia Bond has said “there are moments, spices, that have been stirred in slowly—from my life and from the stories of others.” She has drawn upon the heartbreaking tales she’s heard through the years working with homeless and at-risk youth, weaving these threads together to create a story that is truly unforgettable; the kind of story that stays with you long after you’ve read the last page. The result is an epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her.
From the moment he first laid eyes on her as a young boy, Ephram Jennings knew there was something special about Ruby Bell. Ruby was “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at”—but an ugliness followed her. Born from tragedy, Ruby has suffered through horrors in her life few could fathom. Now, Ruby has once again become the talk of the town, the great beauty replaced by a ragged, feral woman who roams the woods on the outskirts of Liberty. Though it means suffering the insults of the town, Ephram refuses to allow Ruby to carry her burden alone any longer. But will it be—can it be—enough?
Bond brings readers into the world of “Ruby” where her power to affect knows no bounds. With an incredible elegance and grace, she lays before us the darkest sides of humanity. A devastating beauty and power radiates from Bond’s prose and heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.
Cynthia Bond has taught writing to homeless and at-risk youth throughout Los Angeles for over fifteen years. She attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, then moved to New York and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  A PEN/Rosenthal Fellow, Bond founded the Blackbird Writing Collective in 2011. At present, Bond works as a writing consultant and a workshop coordinator, teaching women, youth, and working within the addiction recovery community
Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit