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A True Professional: Chatting with Picture Book Author, Jeanie Franz Ransom

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by Margo Dill Jeanie Franz Ransom is a successful picture book writer, workshop leader, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) member, and former elementary school counselor. She also persevered through the murky waters of submissions and rejections for ten years, before she joined SCBWI and decided to get serious. Now, she is the author…

Missouri Author Daniel Woodrell Talks About Books, Films, Formidable Women and Writing

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by Donna Volkenannt On a windy Thursday night in late February, critically acclaimed Missouri author Daniel Woodrell read from his novels and talked about writing. A crowd of about 200 students, faculty members, writers and book lovers attended Woodrell’s presentation on the campus of St. Charles Community College. During Woodrell’s introduction, a professor from the…

Jane Pauley Introduces her new book

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by Diana Davis On Saturday, January 11, 2014, I attended an event at St. Louis County Library Headquarters across from Frontenac Plaza to hear Jane Pauley speak of her new book: Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of your life.  This event was an onstage interview with KMOXs Debbie Monterrey. Jane Pauley is a highly…

L.S. Murphy, A Local Author to Watch

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By Margo L. Dill L. S. Murphy is an author to watch. Her young adult novel, Reaper, is the story of sixteen-year-old Quincy Amarante, who is a high school student with regular old teenage priorities until Destiny deems her the fifth grim reaper. L.S. lives in the Greater St. Louis area and is a member…

Ellen Stimson’s Mud Season

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by Diana Davis If you’d like to meet Ellen, hear her read from her book, and perhaps purchase signed copies of the first edition to give as Christmas presents, then go the Barnes and Noble at Ladue Crossing this coming Friday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m.  Come and meet this modern day Thoreau. You’ll be…

I Heart James Patterson!

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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

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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…