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A Guest at Rumi’s Wedding Night

A Guest at Rumi’s Wedding Night by Jaime Kelley, Walrus Contributor We literary types do love wordy and soulful celebrations, don’t we?  How fortunate was I, then, to be an invited guest to Rumi’s Wedding Night on December 17.  It was an evening replete with declarations of love, spiritual yearnings, admissions of shortcomings, and musical…

The Perfect Tree

The Perfect Tree by Tif Sweeney, Walrus Contributor The Christmas tree that stands in many homes this time of year has a long history, dating back to before the birth of Christ as a symbol of rebirth across a multitude of traditions. For many, it is the centerpiece for the warmest memories of the season,…

Christmas Selections For Saint Louis History Buffs

Christmas Selections For Saint Louis History Buffs by Diana Davis, Walrus Contributor 2011 was a great year for those interested in St. Louis history. Walrus recommends three excellent books by local authors–the perfect gifts for your favorite hometown history buff. Frederick Fausz introduces us to Pierre Laclede in Founding St. Louis: First City of the…

Sweet Designs by Julia Usher

Sweet Designs by Julia Usher by Tif Sweeney On Saturday, December 10, I ventured to Pudd’nhead Books in downtown Webster Groves for an author event with Julia Usher.  This was not your typical event, but rather a sweet demonstration and intimate interaction to promote her newest book, Ultimate Cookies. In a cozy corner of the…

Waiting for Santa

Waiting for Santa by Diana Davis, Walrus Contributor I grew up on a small farm in Northern Missouri where we lived on 120 acres of meadows and woods. When we turned into our graveled drive, we crossed a bridge over the creek, then drove up the hill to our house. I remember the Christmas when…

Book Review: The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards

Book Review: The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards by Tif Sweeney In 2006, Kim Edwards brought us her stunning debut novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, a story filled with family secrets, sadness, yet hope. Her latest novel, The Lake of Dreams (recently released in paperback) delves into a mysterious ancestry, but with a much…

An Evening with Kim Edwards

An Evening with Kim Edwards by Tif Sweeney On the first day of December, I had the pleasure of spending the evening listening to the wisdom of Kim Edwards, the author of the bestseller, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter and her more recent release of The Lake of Dreams. She is currently touring for the paperback…

Local Best-Sellers for Last Week in November

Here is a list of the local-best sellers for the last week in November as reported to the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch by the local independent book stores. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson Finally a Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis by and for St. Louisans Neighborhood by Neighborhood by Amanda Doyle 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami…