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    January 2021

    Catherine E. McKinley Virtual Author Event | The African Lookbook

    January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    2021 St. Louis County Library Black History Celebration Event Catherine E. McKinley, “The African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women” In conversation with renowned photographer Dario Calmese Writer and curator Catherine McKinley presents an unprecedented visual history of African women told in striking and subversive historical photographs. McKinley draws on her extensive collection of historical and contemporary photos to present a visual history spanning a hundred-year arc. “The African Lookbook” captures the dignity, playfulness, grandeur, and…

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    February 2021

    Author Vivian Gibson and her book The Last Children of Mill Creek

    Vivian Gibson Virtual Author Event | The Last Children of Mill Creek

    February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    2020 St. Louis County Library Black History Celebration Event Vivian Gibson grew up in Mill Creek Valley, a segregated working-class neighborhood of St. Louis that was razed in 1959 to build a highway, an act of racism disguised under urban renewal as “progress.” The three rooms of her childhood home were heated by a wood-burning stove; her family had no hot water or furnace, but what Gibson lacked in material comforts she made up for in imagination. A moving memoir…

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    Ariel Lawhon Virtual Author Event | Code Name Hélène

    February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Interview moderated by Ashley Hasty, creator of the book review website HastyBookList.com Bestselling author of “I Was Anastasia,” Ariel Lawhon’s new novel is a thrilling feat of historical fiction based on the real-life story of socialite and spy Nancy Wake, one of the most decorated women of WWII. Known for her ferocious wit and signature red lipstick, Nancy, an intrepid Australian reporter living in Paris, became one of the most powerful leaders of the French Resistance. Told in interweaving timelines…

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    Authors Cambria Gordon and Sharon Cameron

    Cambria Gordon & Sharon Cameron In Conversation | Virtual Author Event

    February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Cambria Gordon and Sharon Cameron will sit down to talk about their stunning YA novels that highlight fascinating and highly relevant periods in Jewish history. Sharon Cameron is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE LIGHT IN HIDDEN PLACES – which was selected as Reese’s (Witherspoon) YA Book Club pick for December 2020. The book, which went on sale March 3, 2020, is the extraordinary story of Stefania Podgórska, a Polish teenager who chose bravery and humanity by…

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    Ty Seidule Virtual Author Event | Robert E. Lee and Me

    February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    From his southern childhood to his service in the U.S. Army, every part of Ty Seidule’s life reinforced the Lost Cause myth: that Robert E. Lee was a great man, and that the Confederates were underdogs who lost the Civil War with honor. Now, as a retired brigadier general and Professor Emeritus of History at West Point, his view has radically changed. Part history lecture, part meditation on the Civil War and its fallout, and part memoir, “Robert E. Lee…

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    Masuma Ahuja Author Event | Girlhood: Teens Around the World in Their Own Voices

    February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    What does a teenage girl dream about in Nigeria or New York? How does she spend her days in Mongolia, the Midwest, and the Middle East? All around the world, girls are going to school, working, dreaming up big futures—they are soccer players and surfers, ballerinas and chess champions. Yet we know so little about their daily lives. We often hear about challenges and catastrophes in the news, and about exceptional girls who make headlines. But even though the health,…

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