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    January 2020

    Karen Sherman Brick by Brick

    Author Event – Karen Sherman – “Brick by Brick”

    January 29 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Next Door @ The Novel Neighbor, 7905 Big Bend Blvd
    Webster Groves, MO 63119 United States

    Karen Sherman will be discussing her book Brick by Brick, a memoir about how her personal experience with abuse connected her with survivors of war and genocide she met while living in Rwanda. This event is free and open to the public. A Kaldis box lunch will be provided. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Questions? Contact kelly[at]thenovelneighbor.com   Book Summary After a twenty-five-year career spent fighting for women’s rights around the globe at the expense of time…

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    National Geographic Live with Steve Winter

    National Geographic Live!: Steve Winter – “On the Trail of Big Cats” – Touhill Performing Arts Center

    January 31 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Touhill Performing Arts Center, One University Blvd
    St. Louis, MO 63121 United States

    Join award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter for a thrilling journey into the world of big cats. Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of these animals while reinvigorating efforts to save them. He says, “If we can protect wide-ranging, large, iconic species like big cats that require huge tracts of land to survive—then we also help save ourselves.” His passion for photography began as a young boy in Fort Wayne, Indiana, when his father, who was a member of…

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    February 2020

    Author Amy Greenberg "Lady First"

    Author Amy Greenberg – “Lady First” – St. Louis County Library

    February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO 63131 United States

    A leading scholar of the history of nineteenth-century America, Amy Greenberg presents the little-known story of remarkable First Lady Sarah Polk–a brilliant master of the art of high politics and a crucial but unrecognized figure in the history of American feminism. The daughter of a frontiersman who raised her to discuss politics and business with men, Sarah Polk evolved into a savvy and charming First Lady capable of quietly manipulating elected officials and shaping foreign policy. “Lady First” also shines…

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    Congress At War by Fergus Bordewich

    Author Event Fergus Bordewich – “Congress at War” – St. Louis County Library

    February 26 @ 7:00 pm
    St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO 63131 United States

    Acclaimed historian Fergus Bordewich presents the story of how Congress helped win the Civil War—a new perspective that puts the House and Senate, rather than Lincoln, at the center of the conflict. This brilliantly argued new perspective on the Civil War overturns the popular conception that Abraham Lincoln single-handedly led the Union to victory. From reinventing the nation’s financial system to pushing President Lincoln to emancipate the slaves to the planning for Reconstruction, Congress undertook drastic measures to defeat the…

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    Diane Rehm's When My Time Comes

    Diane Rehm – “When My Time Comes” – St. Louis County Library

    February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO 63131 United States

    Renowned NPR radio host Diane Rehm presents a book of candor and compassion, addressing the hotly contested cause of the Right-to-Die movement. Through interviews with terminally ill patients, and with physicians, ethicists, spouses, and relatives, and representatives of those who vigorously oppose the movement, Rehm gives voice to a broad range of people who are personally linked to the realities of medical aid in dying. With characteristic even-handedness, Rehm skillfully shows both sides of the argument, providing the full context…

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    Phil Bildner - A High Five for Glenn Burke

    Author Event – Phil Bildner – “A High Five for Glenn Burke” – St. Louis County Library

    February 29 @ 4:00 pm
    St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO 63131 United States

    Popular middle-grade author Phil Bildner presents a heartfelt novel weaving the real history of Los Angeles Dodger and Oakland Athletic Glenn Burke–the first professional baseball player to come out as gay–into the story of a middle-school kid learning to be himself. When sixth grader Silas Wade does a school presentation on Burke, it’s more than just a report about the irrepressible inventor of the high five. For Silas, the presentation is his own first baby step toward revealing a truth…

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    March 2020

    Lee Ann Sandweiss, Author, and cover of her book "Lock Ness!" And Other Tales of Nessie the Scottie

    Local Author Event – Lee Ann Sandweiss – “Lock Ness!”

    March 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Join us as we welcome local Author Lee Sandweiss, who will be discussing her book “Lock Ness!” And Other Tales of Nessie the Scottie.  A portion of proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit The St. Louis Scottish Terrier Rescue (STLSTR), a non-profit that helps provide medical care and re-home terriers throughout the Midwest. This event is free and open to the public. Book Summary In July 2006, Nessie, a high-spirited Scottish Terrier puppy, was adopted from an animal rescue…

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    Ally Carter author event

    Author Event – Ally Carter – “Winterborne Home For Vengeance & Valor” – St. Louis County Library

    March 1 @ 4:00 pm
    St. Louis County Library – Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO 63131 United States

    Bestselling YA author Ally Cater presents her debut novel for middle grader readers—a story of five extraordinary orphans and one incredible mystery. April had absolutely no intention of becoming the only person who knows that Gabriel Winterborne, the missing-and-presumed-dead billionaire, is actually living in the basement of her orphanage, Winterborne House. Now it’s up to April to keep him alive. But there’s only so much a twelve-year-old girl can do, so April must turn to the other orphans for help.…

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    National Goegraphic Live with Kara Cooney

    National Geographic LIVE!: Kara Cooney, When Women Ruled the Earth – Touhill Performing Arts Center

    March 6 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    Touhill Performing Arts Center, One University Blvd
    St. Louis, MO 63121 United States

    Join Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, to experience a time in ancient history when women ruled the world. Often neglected in the history books, powerful women like Cleopatra and Neferusobek were considered exceptions to the rule, political pawns in a patriarchal society. But their power and influence is undeniable—Cleopatra built alliances with warlords of the Roman Empire; Neferusobek was the first woman to definitively take the title of King; and Nefertiti is known more for her beauty than for…

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    Peter Reynolds' book tour for "Be You!"

    Author Event – Peter H Reynolds – “Be You!” – St. Louis County Library

    March 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    St. Louis County Library – Daniel Boone Branch, 300 Clarkson Rd
    Ellisville, MO 63011 United States

    Beloved picture book creator of “The Dot,” Peter Reynolds presents a joyful celebration of individuality and staying true to Y-O-U! In this joyful reminder of the ways that every child is unique and special, Reynolds tells readers to “be your own work of art.” Presented by the Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Books will be available for purchase at the event.  Pre-order “Be You!” now HERE About the Book Creative visionary of The Word Collector, Happy…

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