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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.

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.

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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.