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BookFest St. Louis publishes schedule/seeks volunteers

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings For Children  Sonali Dev Mary Engelbreit Left Bank Books Joshilyn Jackson James Brandon Elizabeth McCracken Daniel Wiseman CWE North Community Improvement District BookFest St. Louis 2019 Aaron Coleman   Organizers of 2019’s BookFest St. Louis—the staffs of CWE North Community Improvement District and Left Bank Books —have just released the exciting line-up of authors for next weekend’s 3rd annual book lovers’ event in the Central West End. Be sure to check the list out. There’s a lot packed into Saturday, September 21.

If you have a couple of hours to spare, there is need for a few more volunteers (sign up info, where to pick up your BookFest tee, etc, here).

Authors include two-time National Book Award nominee Elizabeth McCracken, St. Louis-based fan favorite Mary Engelbreit, LGBTQ+ activist and artist James Brandon, poet and Fulbright Scholar Aaron Coleman, children’s book author Daniel Wiseman, acclaimed Bollywood-style romance writer Sonali Dev, and NY Times best selling author Joshilyn Jackson.

Left Bank Books at Euclid and McPherson is action central, though authors will be appearing in a variety of nearby locations. Those include the McPherson Tent, above, The Vino Gallery, Mahler Ballroom (where Friday night’s Whitmania will be presented by the St. Louis Poetry Center), Schlafly Library, TechArtista Co-Working Environment (4818 Washington), and 510 N. Euclid (between Evangeline’s and Cocina Latina).

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings For Children  Sonali Dev Mary Engelbreit Left Bank Books Joshilyn Jackson James Brandon Elizabeth McCracken Daniel Wiseman CWE North Community Improvement District BookFest St. Louis 2019 Aaron Coleman

Left Bank Books’ Kris Kleindienst above right, is shown introducing two of last year’s authors, Sarah Kendzior and Michael Isikoff. Kleindienst will be in conversation with Mary Engelbreit next Saturday starting at 2 p.m. under the McPherson Tent. Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings For Children  Sonali Dev Mary Engelbreit Left Bank Books Joshilyn Jackson James Brandon Elizabeth McCracken Daniel Wiseman CWE North Community Improvement District BookFest St. Louis 2019 Aaron Coleman

The intersection of McPherson and Euclid will be closed east of Euclid to Walton, and at Euclid just north of McPherson to the parking lot. That area is designated as the Festival Zone.Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings For Children  Sonali Dev Mary Engelbreit Left Bank Books Joshilyn Jackson James Brandon Elizabeth McCracken Daniel Wiseman CWE North Community Improvement District BookFest St. Louis 2019 Aaron Coleman

There will be live music, and an assortment of vendors and organizations in attendance. A list those participating can be found here.

Don’t miss BookFest St. Louis which starts on Friday evening September 20 with a poetry event at The Mahler Ballroom. Saturday’s events begin at 10:30 a.m. at Schlafly Library with the appearance of children’s book author Daniel Wiseman. The day ends with St. Louis Youth Slam Team Champs scheduled for 7 p.m. under the McPherson Tent.

You’ll love meeting the authors and hearing them interact with each other during panel discussions. In the last couple of years, BookFest St. Louis has gone from being an unknown quantity to recognized among nationally-known authors and their publishers as the place to be.

A little rain couldn’t spoil this RUSH

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings  Rush Left Bank Books Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass Geddy Lee

Days before Canadian rocker Geddy Lee, Rush’s bassist and lead singer signed the first copy of Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass  at Left Bank Books Monday, the bookstore had posted a “sold out” notice on its event website.

Fans—800 of them—waited for hours, umbrellas in one hand and a copy of the book in the other, for a chance to meet the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer.  Tickets, $100, included a copy of the hardcover book and admittance for up to two people to the signing line which opened at 5 p.m..

The book is billed as “the ultimate compendium for the consummate collector, musician, Rush fan, and anyone who loves the bass guitar.” It features “Geddy Lee’s personal collection of vintage electric bass guitars, dating from the 1950s to the 1980s.”

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings  Rush Left Bank Books Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass Geddy Lee

The line, above and below, stretched from Left Bank Books at the corner of Euclid & McPherson south to Pershing Place.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings  Rush Left Bank Books Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass Geddy Lee

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings  Rush Left Bank Books Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass Geddy Lee

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings  Rush Left Bank Books Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass Geddy Lee

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings  Rush Left Bank Books Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass Geddy Lee

A further indication of how popular Geddy Lee and Rush are in this area is the license plate on a fan’s car that was parked on Euclid, above.

While the vibe was relaxed outside on Monday, take a glimpse of what the day was like for staffers inside Left Bank Books. Visit them on Twitter or Facebook.

Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass , $90, at Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid.

The CWE’s 4th Annual Cocktail Party hit all the right notes

There was something for everyone at the 4th Annual CWE Cocktail Party which took place on Saturday, June 8. There was a bubble machine, and hula hoops, and 50 kinds of cotton candy for the kids. Music was provided by The Dust Covers, below, followed by The Rockin’ Fools who performed on the stage at the south end of Euclid, while Jesse Gannon and Disco Nation entertained on the main stage at the north end of the street.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

And there was lots going on in between:

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Judges for the annual “Best Bartender in the City Contest,” top photo, came from Sauce Magazine, 4 Hands Brewing Company, and the Central West End Association. Also participating were KMOV reporter Alexis Zotos, and local blogger, Whitney in the City.  Tyler Baublitz, the mixologist at The Midwestern (downtown) was named the winner; second place went to Bar Italia’s Phil Vallacis.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Mayor Lyda Krewson and husband Mike Owens, top photo, were there, as was 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro and husband  John Zokovitch.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

From top left, Kate Haher, Executive Director of the CWE North Community Improvement District, which produced the event. Some of the restaurants that participated were Drunken Fish, above right, Taste of Lebanon, lower left, and Mary Ann’s Tearoom, lower right.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

Flame throwers performed with Disco Nation at the north end of the festival zone, until the fires went out and the crowd jumped in to party.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater Events, Sightings Food and Drink  North Mary Ann's Tearoom Kate Haher CWE North CID CWE Cocktail Party 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro

 

Perhaps the best feature of this annual event is the wonderful mix of people from all over St. Louis who come out each year to enjoy an evening in the CWE.

Thanks to the CWE North CID and this year’s generous sponsors: 1220 Spirits, Washington University Medical Center, Straub’s, Sauce, Busey Bank, Enterprise Bank & Trust, Michelob Ultra, Four Roses Bourbon, and Brake Landscaping,