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Spring arts guide: Authors set to reveal insights on a volume of topics

Spring arts guide: Authors set to reveal insights on a volume of topics

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Damon Young

Damon Young

We have poetry readings every month in St. Louis, but spring is especially rich in verse. April is National Poetry Month, of course, so poems are as common as daffodils, even if few today innocently celebrate those blooms “fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”

Spring’s Wordsworths come to St. Louis to read and discuss many topics, from “Missouri’s Murderous Matrons” to “The Feather Thief” to Wild Bill Hickok. Here is a roundup of author and literary events. Because they are subject to change, it never hurts to double-check times closer to the date.


• Andy Griffiths, “The 104-Story Treehouse,” 6:30 p.m. March 15, Daniel Boone library branch (300 Clarkson Road),

• C.J. Box, “Wolf Pack,” 7 p.m. March 15, St. Louis County Library (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard),

• Chaya Bhuvaneswar, “White Dancing Elephants,” Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, “Friday Black,” and Ron A. Austin, forthcoming “Avery Colt Is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar,” are part of Not So Late Night event at 7 p.m. March 15, Mad Art Gallery (2727 South 12th Street),

• Victoria Cosner, “Missouri’s Murderous Matrons,” 1 p.m. March 16, Main Street Books (307 South Main Street, St. Charles),

• Print to Pixels: How Words Changed the World, exhibit March 18 through June 2, St. Louis Public Library (1301 Olive Street),

• Clayton Adam Clark, “A Finitude of Skin,” and Aaron Coleman, “Threat Come Close,” 7 p.m. March 18, River Styx series, Rooster South Grand (3150 South Grand Boulevard), $4-$5,

• Andrew Ridker, “The Altruists,” 7 p.m. March 19, Mad Art Gallery,

• Rafia Zafar, “Recipes for Respect: African American Meals and Meaning,” 7 p.m. March 21, Subterranean Books (6275 Delmar Boulevard),

• Myisha Cherry, “UnMuted,” 7 p.m. March 21, Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue),

• Vanessa Brantley-Newton, “Grandma’s Purse,” 10 a.m. March 22, Schlafly library branch (225 North Euclid Avenue),

• Andrew Reeves, ”Overrun: Dispatches From the Asian Carp Crisis,” 6:30 p.m. March 22, the Novel Neighbor (7905 Big Bend Boulevard),

• Laura Halse Anderson, “Shout,” 6:30 p.m. March 24, Nerinx Hall’s Heagney Theatre (530 East Lockwood Avenue), $5-$20 (,

• Bridget Heos, “Arrr, Mustache Baby,” 6:30 p.m. March 25, the Novel Neighbor

• Evan Thomas, “First: Sandra Day O’Connor,” 7 p.m. March 25, St. Louis County Library

• Jonathan Evison, “Lawn Boy,” 7 p.m. March 27, Left Bank Books

• Caleb Roehrig, “Death Prefers Blondes,” 7 p.m. March 27, Spencer Road library (427 Spencer Road, St. Peters),

• Kij Johnson, “At the Mouth of the River of Bees,” craft talk, 7 p.m. March 28, Lindenwood University’s Harmon Hall, Room 136 (209 South Kingshighway, St. Charles),

• Halle Butler, “The New Me,” and Kea Wilson, “We Eat Our Own,” 7 p.m. March 28, Left Bank Books

• Tom Clavin, “Wild Bill,” 7 p.m. March 28, St. Louis County Library

• Damon Young, “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker,” 7 p.m. March 29, the Studio at KAC (501 North Grand Boulevard),

• Janet Napolitano, “How Safe Are We?” 7 p.m. March 29, Maryville University Auditorium (650 Maryville University Drive), $29-$34,

• Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell, “Sky Without Stars,” 7 p.m. March 29, Spencer Road library

• Ann Hazelwood, “Quilted Secrets,” 1 p.m. March 30, Main Street Books

• Mendel Rosenberg, “Thriver: My Journey Through Holocaust Nightmare to American Dream,” 11 a.m. March 31, Holocaust Museum and Learning Center (12 Millstone Campus Drive),


• J.D. Trafford, “Without Precedent,” 6 p.m. April 1, Central Library (1301 Olive Street),

• Caitlyn Collins, “Making Motherhood Work,” 7 p.m. April 1, Middendorf-Kredell library branch (2750 State Highway K, O’Fallon, Mo.),

• Wendy Trevino, “Cruel Fiction,” and Nathaniel Farrell, “Newcomer,” Observable Readings, 7:30 p.m. April 1, Dressel’s Public House (419 North Euclid Avenue), $5,

• Don Corrigan and Holly Shanks, “Images of America: Forest Park,” 7 p.m. April 1, Spencer Road library

Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Jennifer L. Eberhardt

• Jennifer Eberhardt, “Biased,” 7 p.m. April 2, St. Louis Public Radio Community Room (3651 Olive Street),

• Tahereh Mafi, “Defy Me,” 6:30 p.m. April 3, Middendorf-Kredell library

• James and Deborah Fallows, “Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey Into the Heart of America,” 7 p.m. April 4, St. Louis County Library,

• Michael Kinch, “The End of the Beginning: Cancer, Immunity, and the Future of a Cure,” 7 p.m. April 4, Left Bank Books,

Carmen Maria Machado, “Her Body and Other Parties,” and Kathryn Davis, “The Silk Road,” 8 p.m. April 4, Washington University, Hurst Lounge Room 201,

Steve Pick and Amanda Doyle, “St. Louis Sound,” 7 p.m. April 4, Subterranean Books

• Laura Stewart Schmidt, “Until Proven Innocent,” 2 p.m. April 6, Main Street Books

• Jacqui Germain, “When the Ghosts Come Ashore,” 2 p.m. April 7, Kirkwood Public Library (140 East Jefferson Avenue, Kirkwood),

• Ryan Patrick Smith, “The Death Metal Pastorals,” 7 p.m. April 8, Left Bank Books

• Deborah Gaal, “The Dream Stitcher,” 7 p.m. April 8, St. Louis County Library

• Stacey Lynn Brown, “The Shadows,” and Cassie Donish, “The Year of the Femme,” 7 p.m. April 9, Left Bank Books

"Soldiers" tells about the ties that bind a family togethor, and the woes that pull it apart

Author Chris Bohjalian

• Chris Bohjalian, One Book, One Kirkwood event, 7 p.m. April 10, St. Louis Community College’s Meramec Student Center (11333 Big Bend Road),

• Ashley Kahn, “A Love Supreme,” 7 p.m. April 10, Schlafly library branch,

• Joshua A. Douglas, “Vote for US,” 7 p.m. April 11, Left Bank Books

• Joy Castro, “How Winter Began,” 8 p.m. April 11, Washington University, Hurst Lounge Room 201,

• Larry Swedroe and Kevin Grogan, “Your Complete Guide to a Successful & Secure Retirement,” 7 p.m. April 11, Spencer Road library

• Ange Mlinko and Tommy Pico, 100 Boots poetry reading series, 7 p.m. April 12, Pulitzer Arts Foundation (3716 Washington Boulevard),

• Lisa Scottoline, “Someone Knows,” 7 p.m. April 13, St. Louis County Library

• Charles Finch, “The Vanishing Man,” Assistance League authors brunch fundraiser, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 13, the Atrium at Edward Jones (12555 Manchester Road), $70, RSVP by March 22,

• Chris Perondi, “The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever,” 7 p.m. April 15, Mad Art Gallery

• Angela Mitchell, “Unnatural Habitats and Other Stories,” and Daniel Borzutzky, “The Performance of Becoming Human,” River Styx series, 7 p.m. April 15, Rooster South Grand, $4-$5

Christopher Castellani, “Leading Men,” 7 p.m. April 18, Left Bank Books

David Brooks

David Brooks. Photo from NBC

• David Brooks, “The Second Mountain,” 7 p.m. April 18, St. Louis County Library, $32-$36

• Naomi Jackson, “The Star Side of Bird Hill,” 8 p.m. April 18, Washington University’s Hurst Lounge Room 201,

• Helen Ellis, “Southern Lady Code,” 7 p.m. April 22, St. Louis County Library

• Nell Freudenberger, “Lost and Wanted,” 7 p.m. April 24, St. Louis County Library

• Alex Kotlowitz and Jonathan Metzl, discussion of gun violence, 7 p.m. April 24, Schlafly library

• Dan O’Neill, “Celebration: The Magic of the Cardinals in the 1980s,” 7 p.m. April 25, K. Linnemann library branch (2323 Elm Street, St. Charles),

• Kirk Wallace Johnson, “The Feather Thief,” 7 p.m. April 29, St. Louis County Library

• Martha Hall Kelly, “Lost Roses,” 7 p.m. April 30, St. Louis County Library

• Amanda Hunyar, “St. Louis State Hospital,” 7 p.m. April 30, Middendorf-Kredell library


Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi

• Roshani Chokshi, “Aru Shah and the Song of Death,” 6 p.m. May 1, Daniel Boone library

• Thurston Clarke, “Honorable Exit: How a Few Brave Americans Risked All to Save Our Vietnamese Allies at the End of the War,” 7 p.m. May 2, St. Louis County Library

• Amanda Hunyar, “St. Louis State Hospital,” 7 p.m. May 2, Subterranean Books

• Jonathan Drori, “Around the World in 80 Trees,” 7 p.m. May 6, St. Louis County Library

• Nidhi Chanani, “I Will Be Fierce,” 6:30 p.m. May 7, Daniel Boone library branch

• Nidhi Chanani, “Pashmina,” 6:30 p.m. May 8, Buder library branch (4401 Hampton Avenue),

Louis Bayard

Louis Bayard

• Louis Bayard, “Courting Mr. Lincoln,” 7 p.m. May 8, St. Louis County Library

• Graham Hancock, “America Before,” 7 p.m. May 9, Spencer Road library

• Devin Johnston, “Mosses and Lichens,” 7 p.m. May 9, Subterranean Books

• E.K. Johnston, “Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow,” 7 p.m. May 10, Grant’s View library (9700 Musick Road),

• Hilary Davidson, “One Small Sacrifice,” and Laura Benedict, “The Stranger Inside,” 7 p.m. May 14, St. Louis County Library

Anne Valente

Anne Valente

Anne Valente, “The Desert Sky Before Us,” 7 p.m. May 14, Left Bank Books

Derrick Goold, “100 Things Cardinals Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die,” 7 p.m. May 15, Left Bank Books

• George Packer, “Our Man,” 7 p.m. May 16, Schlafly library,

• Chris Pavone, “The Paris Diversion,” 7 p.m. May 16, St. Louis County Library

Tan France

Tan France at an MTV interview 

• Tan France, “Naturally Tan,” 7 p.m. May 18, St. Louis County Library, $32-$45

• Mary Kay Andrews, “Sunset Beach,” 7 p.m. May 21, St. Louis County Library

• Becky Kueker, “A Classic in Clown Shoes,” 7 p.m. May 22, St. Louis County Library

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