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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).

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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.

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

Nicki's Central West End Guide Books, Dance, Music, Theater For Children  Mascot Left Bank Books Antony John

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.

A frigid Fat Tuesday in the CWE

A bitterly cold Fat Tuesday meant fewer people joined the 2nd Line Parade led by the Saint Boogie Brass Band and Jennings High School Marching Band as they traveled along Euclid from Washington to Maryland Plaza. There, the bands joined the McCluer South-Berkeley High School Band for a group performance. The Fat Tuesday event, the first of what we hope will become a tradition in the neighborhood, ended at 1764 Public House at Euclid and West Pine.

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The parade route started at Evangeline’s at Euclid and Washington where the Saint Boogie Brass Band performed before marching to Pi at the corner of Euclid and McPherson.

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There they were joined by the Jennings High School Marching Band.

 

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink For Children  Saint Boogie Brass Band Pi Pizza McCluer South - Berkeley High School Band Jennings High School Marching Band Evangeline's

Some of the hardy souls who joined in the 2nd Line Parade.

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At the corner of Maryland and Euclid the bands converged with the McCluer South-Berkeley Band, below. Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink For Children  Saint Boogie Brass Band Pi Pizza McCluer South - Berkeley High School Band Jennings High School Marching Band Evangeline's

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The high school band members were troopers to battle the cold as they entertained the crowd that had gathered for their group performance, above and below.

Finally, I wanted to share a favorite moment featuring one of Jennings High School’s Band Members during last holiday season’s Window Walk.

Thanks to Kate Haher, Executive Director of CWENorthCID, Erica Lembo, Marketing and Communications Director, and intern, Ellie Stuhlreyer for producing this fun event. And special thanks to all the band members who braved the elements to celebrate Fat Tuesday in the CWE.