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G. Norman Lippert and the Son of Harry Potter

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If you’ve read any of my writing here, you know that Harry Potter and the world of wizards created by JK Rowling ranks high on my list of favorite books. Like many others, I’ve been torn as to whether I want to see more stories about The Chosen One or if I want the story…

Fierce Reads Visits Saint Louis

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Fierce Reads, a group of five young adult authors, stopped in Saint Louis September 20 as part of their cross country trek. Hosted by Left Bank Books amidst the beauty of the Saint Louis Ethical Society, fans picked the brains of these women behind the words, from writing to reading and so much more. Let’s…

Why Read Banned Books?

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by Tif Sweeney Editor’s Note:  We were unable to post this article during Banned Books Week (BBW).  Our tardiness aside, this article from Tif Sweeney  contains wonderful information about BBW as well as links to more banned book information.  At Walrus, we support the recognition of banned books and encourage all readers to determine for…

Alafair Burke on a Dark and Stormy Night

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On September 25, a dark and stormy night, Alafair Burke visited Saint Louis County Library Headquarters for the first time to discuss her novels. Burke, an author of eight suspense novels featuring strong female leads, comes by her talent honestly. Her mother was a school librarian; her father an English teacher and the bestselling novelist,…

Cause for celebration! Walrus Publishing – Book Release Party: Curtis Comer’s (Not Quite) Out to Pasture

(Not Quite) Out to Pasture

It was a warm, late-summer Sunday afternoon early in September when Walrus celebrated the launch of Curtis Comer’s fabulous new book, (Not Quite) Out to Pasture. A crowd of family, friends, and St. Louis literature lovers filled Left Bank Books in the Central West End to share this festive occasion with Curtis and Walrus.  The…

Meet the Young Literati of St. Louis

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by Diana Davis Sarah Pritchard had a brilliant, infectious smile as she welcomed me, as well as the group of young professionals who meandered in, to the Swap Meet last Tuesday at The Schlafly Tap Room on 2100 Locust Street where “The Young Literati” meet the second Tuesday of every month from 6 to 8…

Dr. Julie Williams Part of a Rare Titanic Family

A Rare Titanic Family

In the last one hundred years of American history, few events have captured the imagination like the sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic April 14, 1912. The tragedy of the maiden voyage of the biggest ship in the world at that time holds many diverse story lines, from heroism on a grand scale to cowardice that…

A Chat with Joanna Campbell Slan

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by Julie Earhart-Cracchiolo I’m not sure exactly how I met Joanna Campbell Slan. I’m pretty sure that it was through the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, the Missouri Writer’s Guild, or author Susan McBride. Or maybe it was at the now-defunct The Big Read. It doesn’t matter; Joanna is a pleasure. A master scrap-booker, she has…