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Richard Ford

Richard Ford

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford will kick off this year's Read St. Louis, an effort by the St. Louis County, St. Louis Public, and St. Charles City-County library systems to encourage residents to read and talk about books.

Ford will be at the St. Louis County Library headquarters on March 8 to discuss "Canada," which is now available in paperback. The novel was one of the Post-Dispatch's 2012 favorite books of the year.

In addition to Ford, two other authors are returning to St. Louis for paperback releases. One is Cheryl Strayed, whose "Wild" was a big hit last year (in part, due to Oprah Winfrey). Another is Laura Moriarty, a Kansas writer whose historical novel "The Chaperone" imagines a young Louise Brooks on a trip to New York. 

Historian Andrew Carroll has a new book coming out in May, and he'll be in St. Louis to discuss it June 13. 

Finally, acclaimed children's author Mem Fox ("Time for Bed," "Yoo-Hoo Ladybug!") will be here this fall.   

It's a great lineup: 

Distinguished Literary Achievement: Richard Ford, "Canada" (March 8; county headquarters)

Memoir: Cheryl Strayed, "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" (April 17; county headquarters)

Nonfiction: Andrew Carroll, "Here is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History" (June 12; St. Louis Public Library)

Fiction: Laura Moriarty, "The Chaperone" June 13; (St. Charles City-County Library's Spencer Road branch)

Childrens Literature: Mem Fox, "Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!" (Oct. 12; St. Louis Public Library)

For more details about the authors and Read St. Louis, click here