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Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano discusses her concerns for the security of America

“How Safe Are We,” is the question posed by a new book with that same question as its title, written by former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. She sits down to discuss her concerns for the security of America in this edition of First Person One on One.

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Not So Late Night: Featuring Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, and Ron Austin

Hosted by HEC Media and Left Bank Books, Not So Late Night is an evening of readings, entertainment, and conversation.

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Finding Dorothy: The Story Behind the Wizard of Oz

Elizabeth Letts discusses her historical fiction “Finding Dorothy,” which reveals many true secrets about “The Wizard of Oz” and its author L. Frank Baum.

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Author Lynne Olson Talks About Her New Book: Madame Fourcade’s Secret War

Lynne Olson talks about Madame Fourcade’s Secret War, the true story of the woman who headed the largest spy network in occupied France during World War II.

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First Person: One on One with Lynda Cohen Loigman Author of the Wartime Sisters

Lynda Cohen Loigman talks about the “small moments” that inspired her to write “The Wartime Sisters” and her acclaimed first novel, “The Two-Family House.”

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Adventures in Writing with Brad Meltzer

Bestselling author Brad Meltzer discusses how he writes/researches, family & his most recent thriller, a non-fiction on a secret plot to kill George Washington.

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Proud to Be Offers Veterans and Their Loved Ones a Creative Outlet to Share Their Experiences

Veterans dealing with traumatic experiences find value in putting their thoughts and experiences on paper and then sharing them with an audience.

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Books to read while you’re stuck inside during the winter storm

Take a look back at some of our favorite authors and their works while the snow and ice are keeping you inside!

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The War Before The War: How the Fugitive Slave Act tipped America toward The Civil War

Andrew Delbanco talks about his new book, “The War Before The War, Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War”.

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Veteran and Author Elliot Ackerman talks about grief, fidelity and his latest book “Waiting for Eden”

Author Elliot Ackerman discusses his latest fiction novel “Waiting for Eden”, a book about love, fidelity, loyalty and grief.

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First Person One on One with author Justin Driver, “The Schoolhouse Gate”

University of Chicago law professor, Justin Driver, traces the history of Supreme Court cases involving the constitutional rights of students.

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One on One with Fiona Davis

Fiona Davis (The Dollhouse, The Apartment) discusses her new novel, The Masterpiece, an ode to Grand Central Terminal and the forgotten artist Helen Dryden.

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One on One with author Karin Slaughter, “Pieces of Her”

#slaughtersquad fans can add to their library with the latest book “Pieces of Her” from #1 New York Times bestselling thriller author, Karin Slaughter.

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A One on One Conversation with Author Nick Bunker on his Latest Novel “Young Benjamin Franklin”

Paul Schankman talks with author Nick Bunker about his book, Young Benjamin Franklin, offering readers a fascinating look at the youth of this founding father.

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A One on One Conversation with Kate DiCamillo, Author of Raymie Nightingale & Louisiana’s Way Home

Kate DiCamillo reveals the reason behind her new novel, “Louisiana’s Way Home,” a companion story to her beloved bestseller “Raymie Nightingale.”

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Tales of the Pony Express from Author Jim DeFelice

The Pony Express is iconic for the Wild West with characters like Buffalo Bill Cody. Learn about the Pony’s history and some of its most entertaining tales.

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Who to Watch in September: Cbabi Bayoc

Driving around city, you’ve probably seen work by local artist Cbabi Bayoc, who wants his paintings to bring hope and color to the streets of St. Louis. Cbabi Bayoc is a self-created name that is an acronym for “Creative Black Artist Battling Ignorance” and “Blesses African Youth Of Creativity.” His work is proudly shown around […]

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One on One with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Author, “What The Eyes Don’t See”

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician and public health advocate whose research exposed the Flint, MI water crisis. “What They Eyes Don’t See” is her story.

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The Unlikely Romance of a Black Nurse and a German P.O.W. in World War II

Author Alexis Clark talks about her new book, Enemies in Love; the true story of a black nurse and a German P.O.W. who fell in love during World War Two.

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HEC Media Nominated for 17 Emmys, including Overall Excellence

Congratulations to all those nominated! HEC couldn’t carry out its mission to “strengthen the education, art, and cultural communities in the metropolitan area” without you and all our supporters! These nominations are for you, St. Louis! Arts/Entertainment- Program Feature Segment 15 Year-Old Short Film Director Kara Vaninger Brock Seals: New Artist, Old Soul Suzanne Vanderhoef, […]

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One on One with Nicholas Reynolds, Author “Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures 1935-1961”

Was one of the most influential literary artists of the 20th century a spy? Former CIA archivist Nicholas Reynolds discusses his research on Ernest Hemingway.

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Maryville Talks Books: One on One with Dan Abrams

ABC News’ chief legal analyst and “Live PD” host Dan Abrams discusses his New York Times Bestselling book, “Lincoln’s Last Trial,” co-written with David Fisher.

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Holocaust Survivors: The Secret of How One Family Escaped the Nazi Death Camps

Georgia Hunter, author of “We Were The Lucky Ones,” is interviewed about her new book telling the amazing true story of her family’s survival of the Holocaust.

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Jenna Fischer Shares Hollywood’s Secrets

St. Louis native Jenna Fischer reveals the “nitty gritty” of making it in Hollywood; it took her 8 years in LA to land the role of Pam Beesley on “The Office.”

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Finding Eliza Hamilton’s Voice

She famously burned her letters, but the co-authors of “My Dear Hamilton” discuss how they unearthed the remarkable story of founding mother, Eliza Hamilton.

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Maryville Talks Books: One on One with author Sarah Kendzior

An expert in authoritarian states, St. Louis journalist Sarah Kendzior reflects upon her collection of essays in her book, “The View from Flyover Country.”

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What to do in STL in June

Although there there are so many events and happenings taking place in June, we wanted to spotlight a few we are really excited about! To view all events, go to our events page, here. Edo Rosenblith at COCA | June 8 – Aug. 25 Israeli born, St. Louis-based artist Edo Rosenblith will guide COCA visitors […]

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World-renowned autism spokesperson Temple Grandin

World-renowned autism spokesperson Temple Grandin shares personal stories and inventions at the Saint Louis County Library.

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What We’re Reading on World Book Day

Happy World Book Day! Here are a few books we’re reading right now that we highly recommend! We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Ta-Nehisi Coates “We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist […]

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A night of conversation, performance, poetry in St. Louis

Enjoy an evening of conversation, performance, and poetry with local and nationally renown poets and artists.

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Eleanor Roosevelt a romantic heroine in Amy Bloom’s new novel White Houses

Amy Bloom reveals “the kind of love that everybody hopes for” in White Houses, her novel about the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok.

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Five authors coming to St. Louis you should know about, including Jenna Fischer

There’s no doubt St. Louis is a literary city — with local bookshops such as Left Bank Books hosting events almost every day, to the St. Louis County Library hosting tons of educational initiatives for the area, there are literary opportunities everywhere you turn. Check out some of the exciting authors coming to town March […]

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Perfect Timing with Daniel Pink

Author Daniel Pink enlightens us on how to have better timing in just about everything we do and all the decisions we make.

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Ann Leckie on SciFi stardom and why the hero of her new novel “Provenance” is just like us.

Ann Leckie talks SciFi stardom, the Imperial Radch and why the hero of her new novel, Provenance, is ‘just like us’.

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Swim Author

Longtime St. Louis swim coach Khannie Dastgah hopes to reach children who otherwise may not know about water safety with a new book series.

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A Jellyfish Journey with Juli Berwald

Why should you care about jellyfish? Berwald explains her unusual journey to tell their fascinating story and how they could help us understand global warming.

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First Person: One on One with Brit Bennett

Brit Bennett talks about her debut novel The Mothers, what it’s like to write a screenplay for Kerry Washington and why she believes “all art is political.”

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Our top 10 favorite books of 2017

  We live in exhausting times—why not escape for a bit with a book? Here are our top 10 staff picks, guaranteed to hit the spot by providing some much-needed escapism. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none […]

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Maryville Talks Books: One on One with Scott Turow

Scott Turow’s new thriller, “Testimony,” resurrects the not-so-distant atrocities of the Bosnian War.

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Left Bank Books to Launch ‘BookFest St. Louis’ This September

Celebrate literature and literary arts at the first annual BookFest St. Louis, proudly presented by the Central West End, Left Bank Books and the Left Bank Books Foundation. BookFest St. Louis will host a diverse mix of locally and internationally renowned writers, with appearances by award-winning authors including Sherman Alexie, Ann Leckie, George Hodgman, Charlie […]

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