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St. Louis County Library Foundation, the Novel Neighbor, and the JCC of St. Louis are pleased to host an SLCL Authors @ the J event with acclaimed novelist, Ben Fountain. The event will be a discussion of Fountain’s new novel “Devil Makes Three.” Fountain will be in conversation with author and Politico reporter Kathy Gilsinan.

The event will take place on Friday, October 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the JCC’s Staenberg Family Center – Mirowitz Performing Arts Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146.

The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

From the award-winning, bestselling author of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” comes a brilliant and propulsive new novel about greed, power, and American complicity set in Haiti

Haiti, 1991. When a violent coup d’état leads to the fall of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, American expat Matt Amaker is forced to abandon his idyllic, beachfront scuba business. With the rise of a brutal military dictatorship and an international embargo threatening to destroy even the country’s most powerful players, some are looking to gain an advantage in the chaos–and others are just looking to make it through another day.

The novel’s depiction of blood politics, the machinations of power, and a country in the midst of upheaval is urgently and insistently resonant. “Devil Makes Three” is sure to cement Ben Fountain’s reputation as one of the twenty-first century’s boldest and most perceptive writers.

A former practicing attorney, Ben Fountain is the author of “Brief Encounters with Che Guevara,” which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and the novel “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk,” winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award and a finalist for the National Book Award. “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” was adapted into a feature film directed by three-time Oscar winner Ang Lee. Fountain’s series of essays published in The Guardian on the 2016 U.S. presidential election was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary. Many of his essays are collected in the critically-acclaimed collection “Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution.”

Program sites are accessible. With at least two weeks' notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Call 314-994-3300 or contact us

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