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Movies on the Plaza celebrates 10th Anniversary

Frances Thompson, Koplar Properties’ Vice President of Marketing, has just released the line-up for 2019’s Movies on the Plaza. Over the years, these screenings have been one of the highlights of the summer season, and this year’s selections—some of 2018’s box-office favorites—are sure to grab your attention.

An enormous thank you to the Koplar family, who for the past 9 years has gifted the community with free movies (and popcorn) alongside the fountain on Maryland Plaza. When the sun goes down, and the lights come up on the big screen, it’s magical.

Save the dates.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings  VP of Marketing Frances Thompson Maryland Plaza Koplar Properties

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings  VP of Marketing Frances Thompson Maryland Plaza Koplar Properties

This just in: Readers of Antony John’s “Mascot” weigh in

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Due to time constraints, I rushed to publish yesterday’s post about Antony John’s appearance at Left Bank Books without including reviews of his latest book, Mascot. I had hoped to have some remarks from young readers before posting, but the first reviews didn’t arrive until today. They are so wonderful that I felt it was important to include them in a second post.

Reviews always inform my choice of reading material, and I hope that 5th generation CWEnders Bobby, Frankie & Johnny Dunn’s well written and informative thoughts will attract many to search out Mascot at Left Bank Books.

From Bobby (age 12): “I liked Mascot because I’m a baseball fan, and there was some suspense about why the car crash happened. I thought it was an all-around very good book.

From Frankie (age 10): “I liked Mascot because it took place in St. Louis, where I live.”

From Johnny (age 8): “I liked Mascot because Noah is a good baseball player and he likes baseball just like me. I also like how the book encourages people who have a disability to accomplish things they think they can’t.

Thanks to Mary Dunn for sending the review to me, and to her boys for contributing to this post. I am sure the author will be grateful too.

Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, (314) 367-6731.

CWEnder Antony John participating in Left Bank Books’ Children’s Book Week

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Hot on the heels of last Saturday’s successful Independent Bookstore Day, the staff at Left Bank Books jumped right into the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Children’s Book Week which began Monday.

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One of the events on the schedule takes place at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) when CWE-based author Antony John, above, and Cole Gibson, another local author writer (not photographed), will host a panel discussion for aspiring teenage writters and authors interested in writing for this age group.

The photo above was taken during last fall’s debut of John’s 8th novel, Mascot, for middle readers. At the signing event the author talked to his mostly young audience about the creation of a book, from story line to getting the book published.

As a testament to John’s skills as a writer, many in his targeted audience were so consumed reading Mascot as he spoke, they missed out on his witty presentation. One of the parents emailed me later to say her 5th grade daughter was consumed by the book and had a hard time putting it down. More favorable reviews can be found on Antony John’s website.

As I look at the photo below showing fans of all ages in line for the author’s signature, I’m struck by the realization that, in this age of on-line games and super heroes, an inscription by a creator of stories remains  valued.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For kids  Left Bank Books Daniel Wiseman Cole Gibson Children's Book Week Central West End Antony John

Other events scheduled for Children’s Book Week include Saturday morning’s Storytime at 10:30 a.m. featuring celebrity author Daniel Wiseman. On Sunday at 4 p.m. there is a mini-comics workshop (with cookies) hosted by artistic LBB staffers. More information can be found here.

Children’s Book Week, which dates to 1919, will be celebrated throughout the year at Left Bank Books, with another weeklong event scheduled for November 4 through 10.

Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, (314) 367-6731.