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NaNoWriMo is Here!

Tif Sweeney

November 1 kicks off National Novel Writing Month or what many affectionately refer to as NaNoWriMo. During the month, participants work towards writing a novel by completing a minimum of 50,000 total words. Back in 2011, I had every intention of joining the challenge for the first time. I even wrote a little article here…

I Heart James Patterson!

jamesPatterson

James Patterson is one of the most prolific writers out there, hitting the bestseller list over and over again. His success shows through recent reports, including Forbes’ Celebrity 100 (he sits at #44) and Top Earning Authors, where he was only recently knocked off the #1 slot to #2 by E.L. James (50 Shades of…

Fall Into Reading

Ender's Game

The temperatures are declining. The colors are changing. The leaves are scattering. Fall is here, and it is the perfect time to get in some reading before the chaos of the holidays ensues. Here are a few of the books on my stacks for the coming blustery months . . . Doctor Sleep by Stephen…

Pen Names – Why or Why Not?

In August, one of the biggest stories in the written world broke, exposing the debut author Robert Galbraith as the one and only, J.K. Rowling. The exposure was not supposed to happen, yet it did, and the books started flying off the shelves. This got me thinking.  Why did Rowling (or any author for that…

A Night of Science Fiction & Fantasy

SciFi Fantasy Authors

At the end of April, four authors were transported to the Saint Louis County Library Headquarters to talk about their recent science fiction/fantasy novels. It was a fun-filled night complete with random questions and lots of laughter. Let’s travel back in time and allow me to share a few of the highlights of the evening.…

Author Interview: Fiona Paul/Paula Stokes

Fiona Paul
Courtesy of her website.

I am so excited to have had the opportunity to visit with one of our local debut authors, Fiona Paul! Fiona Paul debuted her first novel, Venom, last fall and has a multitude of books scheduled to come out both under this name as well as Paula Stokes in the near future. Please give her…

Ridley Pearson Releases Kingdom Keepers VI

Ridley Pearson

Saint Louis’ own and local favorite, Ridley Pearson visited Saint Louis County Headquarters on Saturday, April 6 to share with all his fans the release of Kingdom Keepers VI:  Dark Passage.  Audience members, both young and old, sat in anticipation, many receiving personal greetings and handshakes from the author himself prior to the start of…

Antony John Talks Elemental

Antony John

Local author Antony John appeared at Left Bank Books on Tuesday, November 20 to celebrate his latest release, Elemental. John is the author of four novels, with Five Flavors of Dumb being one of the most talked about books in 2010. His newest release, Elemental is his first piece of fantasy and is the beginning of…

Young Adult Authors of Saint Louis

Fiona Paul
Courtesy of her website.

Three local young adult authors gathered for a question and answer session on November 29 thanks to Saint Louis County Library and Left Bank Books. As the crowd slowly filled the event room at the Schlafly Branch in the Central West End, the authors mingled, personally welcoming guests with smiles and enthusiastically chatting about books…