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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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One on One with Jen Sincero

Best-selling author and success coach Jen Sincero talks about her new book, “You are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth.”

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One on One with Rick Ankiel, “The Phenomenon”

Former St. Louis Cardinals baseball great Rick Ankiel discusses his new book, “The Phenomenon” – what got left out of its pages, the “yips,” & lessons learned.

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The Tale of Two Christinas: Christina Baker Kline and Christina Olson

New York Times Bestselling author Christina Baker Kline (“Orphan Train”) talks about her new novel “A Piece of the World,” her writing process and her success.

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Temple Grandin Goes Public With Her Experience with Autism

Temple Grandin, one of the first individuals with Autism to publicly share insights from her personal experiences recently visited Warrenton High School.

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So You Think You Know Joe Buck?

By Angie Weidinger, Host So, you think you know Joe Buck? The Fox Sports announcer who has called 19 World Series and five Super Bowls, was a St. Louis Cardinals baseball broadcaster before that, and the son of beloved Cardinals announcer Jack Buck? Well, Joe Buck would disagree with you. “People think they know me […]

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One on One with “Lucky Bastard” Joe Buck

“Lucky Bastard” Joe Buck discusses everything from his relationship with his dad Jack Buck to the worst call he ever made.

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The “Curious Science” of Mary Roach

Mary Roach discusses the “curious science” of writing multiple bestsellers – including her latest book, “Grunt.”

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Offerman says this book will “Explode the Planet”

Find out what book Offerman says will “Explode the Planet”

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Good Clean Fun with Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman loves woodworking just like his “Parks and Rec” character Ron Swanson. We discuss his woodshop, the Midwest and constantly being called “Ron.”

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One on One with Emma Donoghue

“Room” author Emma Donoghue talks about making movies, her Irish childhood and the inspiration behind her new novel “The Wonder.”

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20 New Books You’ll Need For Your Shelf In Fall 2016

The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam When we discuss the difficulties of marriage, we take for granted that many American relationships at least have the benefit of a solid foundation of basic needs: shelter, food and, to an extent, safety. The Story of a Brief Marriage strips a relationship of those comforts, […]

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One on One with Nathaniel Philbrick

Nathaniel Philbrick discusses his new book, “Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution.”

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Maryville Talks Books: Fall 2016 Lineup

  Maryville Talks Books features lectures by noted authors. Admission is free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Seating is first come, first served. Maryville Talks Books is sponsored by HEC-TV, Left Bank Books and St. Louis Public Radio. Watch past Maryville Talks Books, here.   Emma Donoghue The Wonder Thursday, Oct. 11—7 p.m. […]

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Kwame Alexander: Keeping Poetry Cool

Many kids lose interest in reading around middle school. Author Kwame Alexander says he knows how to reengage them – poetry.

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Becoming Wise: One on One with Krista Tippett

NPR’s On Being host Krista Tippett discusses her latest book, the Black Lives Matter movement and parenting advice she wishes she had earlier in life.

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Ray Bradbury: One on One with Sam Weller

Ray Bradbury biographer Sam Weller talks about his literary idol – and why Bradbury’s work continues to resonate with readers.

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The Secret Chord: One on One with Geraldine Brooks

Author Geraldine Brooks talks about her new novel that reveals an interesting story about the harpist/warrior you thought you knew all about – King David.

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Saving Capitalism, For the Many, Not the Few: One on One with Robert Reich

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich discusses his newest book, “Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few,” about America’s widening income gap.

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Candid, Personal and Hilarious: One on One with Judy Blume

Her well-known characters Fudge and Margaret helped us through adolescence; now the incomparable Judy Blume is writing for us as adults.

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Maryville Talks Books with Judy Blume, author of “In the Unlikely Event”

In her highly anticipated new novel, Judy Blume, the New York Times # 1 best-selling author of Summer Sisters and of young adult classics such as, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected […]

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Dead Wake: The Sinking of the Lusitania: One on One with Erik Larson

HEC-TV speaks with Erik Larson about his book Dead Wake:The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. The book examines the sinking of the ship during World War I.

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Eric Leuthardt: Red Devil 4

Neurosurgeon Dr. Eric Leuthardt discusses his new science fiction novel, Red Devil 4.

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Telling a Forgotten Story: One on One with Blaine Harden

Author Blaine Harden explains how he used the courageous story of a former North Korean fighter pilot to animate the history of North Korea.

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The Fierce Urgency of Now: One on One with Julian Zelizer

Author Julian Zelizer reveals the inside story of LBJ’s presidency and the fight for Civil Rights in “The Fierce Urgency of Now.”

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Inside the Artist’s Studio: Afflicted—Producing the Play

Learn how to produce a play from the professionals at Metro Theater Company as they stage their production of Afflicted: Daughters of Salem.

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Inside the Artist’s Studio: Afflicted—Issues and Themes

Middle and high school students will explore themes of belonging, self-awareness, and group identity through the production of Afflicted: Daughters of Salem.

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Flesh and Blood: One on One With Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell’s character Kay Scarpetta is the focal point in novels that have sold over 100 million copies. Who is Patricia Cornwell? Find out on MTB.

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A Visit with Author Andy Cohen

Funny, shocking, brutally honest – fans can’t get enough of Andy Cohen. St. Louisans turn the table on this hometown boy turned talk show host.

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Orange is the New Black: One on One with Piper Kerman

Hear the true story behind the hit Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black,” from the woman who lived it, best-selling author Piper Kerman.

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