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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.

More snapshots from 2019’s 4th of July Parade

2019’s 4th of July Parade ended, as it always does, at the fountain at Maryland Plaza. There, parents visited as the kids and some pups cooled their feet in the water.

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The size of this year’s crowd is indicated by the long lines for snow cones and popcorn.

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For kids  CWE North Community Improvement District CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Central West End Association

Face painters were busy throughout the morning.

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings For kids  CWE North Community Improvement District CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative Central West End Association   Finally, the 4th of July Family Parade wouldn’t happen without the hard work and dedication of organizers and sponsors including, from left: Jess Campbell, executive director of the Central West End Association, top photo: CWEA Board Members including from left: Kim Brown, Bob Brown, President Kate Walter, and Greg Stroube. Below right: Kate Haher, executive director of CWE North Community Improvement District, her husband Andy, and daughters Reagan and Abby.

And of course, many thanks to Jim Whyte, executive director of the CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative, and 5th District SLMPD officers for redirecting traffic during the parade. They work behind-the-scenes but make an important contribution to the success of this wonderful tradition.

Snapshots from last Saturday’s Holiday on the Plaza & Window Walk

Though there were copious clouds and even a brief shower last Saturday afternoon, the 60 degree weather contributed to jam-packed sidewalks filled with young families out to participate in the annual Holiday on the Plaza and CWE Window Walk events. Thanks to months of planning by Maryland Plaza’s Frances Thompson and the CWE North Community Improvement District’s Kate Haher and Erica Lembo there were activities galore for all to enjoy.

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Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Ted Koplar Maryland Plaza Kate Haher Holiday on the Plaza Frances Thompson CWE Window Walk CWE North Community Improvement District Central West End Association

Maryland Plaza’s Nathan Ambus, who’s very much behind-the-scenes and knows how to work all the bells and whistles (and turn on the Xmas tree lights on cue), with Ted Koplar, the third-generation patriarch of the family that has made Maryland Plaza such a huge success.

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Top photo left: Kate Walter, president of the Central West End Association, and top right, ‘Scape’s David McDermott volunteered to slow walk the ponies as young riders took a spin on Maryland Plaza.

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Above left, there was a caricature artist at the corner of Euclid and Maryland, a performance by the CWE’s Bob Kramer’s Marionnettes at Bissinger’s, ice carving demonstrations and family photo ops on Maryland Plaza.

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Activities included horse and buggy rides along Euclid, a trio of strolling carolers and a lively performance by Saint Boogie Brass Band. Circus Kaput jugglers entertained at the corner of Euclid & Maryland.

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Ted Koplar Maryland Plaza Kate Haher Holiday on the Plaza Frances Thompson CWE Window Walk CWE North Community Improvement District Central West End Association

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings Food and Drink  Ted Koplar Maryland Plaza Kate Haher Holiday on the Plaza Frances Thompson CWE Window Walk CWE North Community Improvement District Central West End Association

Inside the Holiday Village Workshop kids could participate in a variety of craft activities led by the Magic House, Home Depot, Barnes Jewish Hospital, and The Cup. Students from Paul Mitchell the School were offering holiday hair styles, and for the adults, much appreciated chair massages from Massage Luxe.

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Rosati Kain High School’s “R-K Voices” posed for a photo before their performance last Saturday.

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28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro welcomed the crowd before the tree lighting ceremony.

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Thanks to 10-year-old Khelby Calmese, a sickle cell disease patient at Children’s Hospital for flipping the switch that magically lit the beautiful Christmas tree.

The Holiday Window Walk continues today December 8 with carolers, free gift wrapping, and a Holiday Market in the heated tent behind ‘Scape. There’s still time to get your list to Santa, as he is on Maryland Plaza again today and will be there Saturday December 15 and 22.