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CWE North Business Community Improvement District & Left Bank Books Foundation present BookFest St. Louis

(June 26, 2017 — St. Louis, Missouri) On Sept. 23, 2017, St. Louisans can celebrate literature and literary arts at the first annual BookFest St. Louis, proudly presented by the Central West End, Left Bank Books and the Left Bank Books Foundation.

BookFest St. Louis will host a diverse mix of locally and internationally renowned writers, with appearances by award-winning authors including Sherman Alexie, Ann Leckie, George Hodgman, Charlie Jane Anders and more.

Attendees will enjoy panels highlighting the best of contemporary literary fiction, mystery, poetry, memoir, science fiction, young adult fiction and history. Family-friendly programming for children and middle readers will kick off the festival Saturday morning in cooperation with the St. Louis Public Library – Schlafly Branch. Throughout the day, attendees will also be able to purchase books, listen to live music and visit booths hosted by other St. Louis arts and literary institutions.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Education Events, Sightings    “We are so proud to be able to bring this event to life, and to be able to work with the incredible team at Left Bank Books to welcome so many interesting and important authors to our neighborhood,” says Kate Haher, executive director of the Central West End CID. “Our neighborhood has such a rich cultural history, as well as an incredible active contemporary arts scene, and BookFest St. Louis will be a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase that to book lovers from the neighborhood, the city and throughout the region.”

Left Bank Books, St. Louis’ oldest independent bookstore, has called the Central West End home since 1977 and hosts over 200 author events annually, creating a nationally recognized reputation. It is located at the Central West End’s Writer’s Corner, where busts of St. Louis authors Kate Chopin, T.S. Eliot and Tennessee Williams (pictured) pay tribute to the neighborhood’s literary legacy. The bookstore created the Left Bank Books Foundation in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) with a mission to promote and increase education, literary and cultural activities in the St. Louis area.

“It was a natural fit for us to bring our mission of curating an intelligent and culturally diverse selection of books together with our deep commitment to the Central West End and St. Louis for this festival,” Left Bank Books co-owner Kris Kleindienst says. “When Kate approached us, we jumped at the chance to formalize what has already been a shared commitment to the arts and this neighborhood’s literary heritage that we have worked so hard to grow over the last 48 years.”

Sherman Alexie headlines the event and will also begin the festival with a keynote address on Friday, Sept. 22, celebrating the release of his newest memoir, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.” Alexie will discuss his prolific career as a Spokane-Coeru d’Alene writer in nearly every genre, including the 10th anniversary of the National Book Award-winning young adult novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” Additional details about this ticketed event will be available soon.

Please refer to www.bookfeststl.com for more information about the festival.

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About the Central West End North Community Improvement District

The CWE Business Community Improvement District (NCID) was formed in 2010 in accordance with the Community Improvement District Act, a Missouri statute. The mission of the NICD is to enhance the District and the businesses it represents through a combination of physical improvements and promotional activities. Activities of the NCID are made financially possible through a 1 percent retail sales tax within the district, situated along the North Euclid Avenue commercial corridor from Lindell Boulevard to Washington Boulevard.

Learn more about the NCID and its activities at www.cwescene.com.

CWE Ideas: Radiophiles Podcast Meetup, Thurs. June 29

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The 1st CWE Ideas podcast meet up, Radiophiles, was held at Pagan Wine Bar, above, in early May. It was such a hit that CWE Ideas founders Eric Hamblett and I decided it should become a monthly event. With invaluable input from podcast afficionado Haley Bujard, above right, and CWEnder John Barth, chief content officer of PRX, shown in photo below, it turned into a fascinating discussion of s-town, a podcast that was released to wide acclaim earlier this year.

Shown behind the bar above, proprietor Ed King, and CWEnder Melody Walker.

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The 2nd Radiophiles event is scheduled for Thursday, June 29. Haley Bujard and John Barth, above, will once again lead the discussion and Ed King has graciously agreed to allow us to meet at Pagan Wine Bar, 239 N. Euclid, from 7 to 8:30.

We will be discussing 4 diverse episodes from the Criminal series (each podcast is about 25 mins. long). The list includes one I suggest everyone listen to, whether you are able to join us next Thursday or not. I’m still smiling about the ingenious solution to a city-dweller’s trash problem. Here is Episode 15: He’s Neutral

The event is free, however we suggest you purchase a cocktail or glass of wine from Ed King, proprietor of the hippest night spot in the neighborhood, to thank him for his hospitality. For more information and to rsvp, here is a link to the CWE Ideas webpage.Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  podcast club Pagan Wine Bar Eric Hamblett CWE Ideas: Radiophiles Central West End   Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  podcast club Pagan Wine Bar Eric Hamblett CWE Ideas: Radiophiles Central West End   Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  podcast club Pagan Wine Bar Eric Hamblett CWE Ideas: Radiophiles Central West End

Snapshots from the 2nd Annual CWE Cocktail Party

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Judging from the many comments received following the CWE Cocktail Party held last Saturday, June 10, the 2nd annual street party was even more successful than the 1st. Those eager to dish on the topic included the producers, the CWE North Community Improvement District, neighborhood restaurateurs and bar owners who mixed inventive cocktails of many stripes and colors, and a sampling of the estimated 4500 people in attendance.

The party took place on Euclid Avenue, which was closed for the event between Maryland and McPherson Avenues.

Chris Lanter, photographed above, a commissioner of the CWENCID who served as MC for the event, thanked sponsors for their support and introduced Mayor Lyda Krewson, left, who welcomed the crowd to her home turf and, along with Cabanne Howard (partially hidden from view), raised the first glass to kick off the party. Cabanne had just learned that she’s a distant relative of Clara Walsh, who is on record as hosting the 1st-ever cocktail party in her Lindell Blvd. mansion 100 years ago.

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Thanks to the CWE North Community Improvement District’s Kate Haher, Elisa Essner and their crew, especially event coordinator Alexis Tucci, for another fabulous event. We look forward to the 3rd annual CWE Cocktail Party in June, 2018.