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Who's who of authors coming to town

Who's who of authors coming to town


Popular nonfiction authors such as Po Bronson, Cheryl Strayed and Michael Pollan are among those making stops in the St. Louis area this spring. In addition, admired fiction writers such as William Gass, Elizabeth Strout and Walter Mosley will be reading from new books.

Here is a roundup of some of the literary events for the next three months, listed by venue. Most events are free. For more details closer to the events, check out and bookstore and library websites.


(Events at Headquarters unless otherwise noted)

• Nathan Englander doesn’t avoid serious themes in his acclaimed short story collection “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.” 7 p.m. Wednesday.

• Richard Ford, who has won numerous awards, visited in 2005 to pick up the St. Louis Literary Award for his body of work. This week he’ll be back with the paperback edition of “Canada.” 7 p.m. Friday.• Dr. Pascale Michelon discusses brain research and stimulating puzzles in connection with “Max Your Memory.” 2 p.m. March 9 at Natural Bridge library branch; 2 p.m. March 16 Mid-County branch.

• C.J. Box presents “Breaking Point,” the latest in his series about a Wyoming game warden who investigates murder. 7 p.m. March 18.

• Sara J. Henry sets her suspense story “A Cold and Lonely Place” in another isolated area, the Adirondack Mountains. 7 p.m. March 25.

• Caroline Kennedy picks “Poems to Learn By Heart,” including some family favorites. 7 p.m. April 3.

• Michael MacCambridge will draw Kansas City Chiefs fans with his biography of the team’s owner, “Lamar Hunt: A Life in Sports.” 7 p.m. April 4.

• Blaine Harden’s “Escape From Camp 14” chronicles the story of the only person known to have escaped successfully from a North Korean labor camp. 7 p.m. April 5.

• Ridley Pearson sends his “Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage” on a Disney cruise through the Panama Canal. 7 p.m. April 6.

• Chris Bohjalian’s “The Sandcastle Girls” is a historical love story that starts in 1915 Syria and ends in modern-day New York. 7 p.m. April 16.

• Cheryl Strayed is back with the paperback edition of her memoir “Wild.” Wonder if her book tour’s been as tough as hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. 7 p.m. April 17.

• Ann B. Ross tells how “Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble” in her new novel. 7 p.m. April 18.

• Adam Grant of the University of Pennsylvania discusses working with organizations and other groups in “Give and Take.” 7 p.m. April 22.

• Three young adult novelists — Antony John, Lenore Applehans and Tamara Ireland Stone — discuss their fantasy novels. 7 p.m. April 30.


(Central West End, unless noted)

• Jim Lynch and Alex George talk about their novels, now new in paperback. Lynch is the author of “Truth Like the Sun”; George wrote “A Good American.” 7 p.m. Thursday at Left Bank’s Downtown store.

• Ed Kovacs, who grew up in Granite City, discusses his new mystery, “Good Junk.” 7 p.m. March 11.

• William H. Gass’ novels are newsworthy, in part, because they are so rare: His new “Middle C” comes 18 years after “The Tunnel.” 7 p.m. March 12.

• Courtney Elizabeth Mauk’s first novel, “Spark,” features a sister and her pyromaniac brother. 7 p.m. March 15.

• Chavisa Woods follows a tutu-wearing domestic terrorist in the queer epic “The Albino Album.” 7 p.m. March 18.

• Richard Southall finds ghosts along the Mother Road in “Haunted Route 66.” 7 p.m. April 2.


(Central Library unless noted.)

• Raina Telgeimeir’s graphic novel about middle school is called “Drama” (another name for its subject). 7 p.m. Tuesday.

• Kekla Magoon’s “The Rock and the River” is the Read It Forward pick. She’ll talk about her 1968 story in which a boy fears the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. means society might never change. 6 p.m. March 13.

• Blue Balliett, author of the popular young adult novel “Chasing Vermeer,” sends her latest heroine on a hunt for her father in “Hold Fast.” 7 p.m. March 20 at Schlafly branch.

• Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman investigate what it takes to win in “Top Dog.” 7 p.m. March 20.

• Leana Wen is a doctor who advises patients on what to do “When Doctors Don’t Listen.” 7 p.m. April 3 at Schlafly branch.

• David Sheff talks about drug addiction in “Clean.” 7 p.m. April 8.

• Eric Jerome Dickey brings a steamy novel with “Decadence.” 7 p.m. April 29.

• Walter Mosley introduces his newest Easy Rawlins mystery, “Little Green.” 7 p.m. May 23.

Universities and other venues

• Bruce Feiler finds out whether happy families are all alike in “The Secrets of Happy Families.” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at JCC Staenberg Family Complex; $15 or free with Jewish Book Festival series plus ticket.

• Clayton Lindemuth explores small town corruption in “Cold Quiet Country.” 7 p.m. Thursday. Subterranean Books in University City.

• Daniel H. Pink says even if you don’t work in sales, you probably have to persuade others in “To Sell Is Human.” 7 p.m. Wednesday at Maryville University Auditorium. On Thursday he participates in a paid luncheon (

• Cole Gibsen discusses samurai “Senshi,” a novel for young adults. 1 p.m. March 9. Main Street Books in St. Charles.

• Walter Bargen and David Clewell, both former Missouri poet laureates, will read with the state’s current laureate, William Trowbridge. 7:30 p.m. March 15 at Maryville University Auditorium.

• Loosely Identified, a group of St. Louis women, will read from their poetry. 7 p.m. March 18 at Tavern of Fine Arts. $5

• Blue Balliett (see previous listing) will also talk about “Hold Fast” at the Spencer Road library branch in St. Peters. 7 p.m. March 19.

• Duncan Wall joins the circus and writes about traditional and contemporary acts in “The Ordinary Acrobat.” Performances included at 7 p.m. March 19 at Mad Art Gallery; $5.

• April Fool’s Showcase features poetry at Observable Readings. 7:30 p.m. April 1 at Schlafly Bottleworks.

• Daniel Libeskind, architect, discusses “The Future of Cities.” 6:30 p.m. April 2, Washington University’s Graham Chapel.

• Louis Hyman, author of “Debtor Nation,” participates in the Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival about money, greed and generosity. 2 p.m. April 5 at Washington University.

• Martha McPhee, author of the novel “Dear Money,” and book critic Heller McAlpin will do a literary reading and critical analysis April 5 at University of Missouri-St. Louis’ JC Penney Conference Center.

• Thrity Umrigar, author of “The World We Found,” and Antony John, “Elemental,” are featured authors at the Assistance League’s annual fundraising brunch. 9 a.m. April 6 at Missouri Athletic Club. $60.

• Elizabeth Strout, who won the Pulitzer Prize for “Olive Kitteridge,” reads from her new novel, “The Burgess Boys.” 7 p.m. April 12 at Maryville University Library.

• Robert Wrigley and Sonya Huber read for River Styx series. Poet Wrigley won a Kingsley Tufts Award for “Reign of Snakes.” Huber’s nonfiction includes “Cover Me.” 7 p.m. April 15 at Tavern of Fine Arts. $5

• J.R. Moehringer will talk with Curtis Sittenfeld in an novelist-to-novelist confab in honor of World Book Night. 7 p.m. April 22 at Mad Art Gallery.

• Mayim Bialik, an actress on “The Big Bang Theory,” will talk about her parenting book “Beyond the Sling” at 7 p.m. April 25 at Lindenwood University’s Hyland Arena.

• Michael Pollan discusses how different elements, such as fire and water, affect food in “Cooked.” 7 p.m. May 9 at Skip Viragh Center for the Arts, Chaminade College Preparatory School. $35, includes book.

• Andy Cohen is back in his hometown with “Most Talkative.” 2 p.m. May 11. Ethical Society.

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