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Anatomy of A Crime Novelist: The Mystery Style of Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter courtesy of her website.

By Dane Marti It is simple to see:  Karin Slaughter enjoys her career.  Her witty and insightful southern personality engrossed and entertained the large crowd at the St. Peter’s County Library, a modern building situated in a suburban area near St. Charles, Missouri. It isn’t an exaggeration to report that the audience was enthralled by…

A Night of Magic with Dr. Deborah Harkness

Deborah Harkness

By Kurt Bali The Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Library experienced an evening of witchy fun July 25 when Dr. Deborah Harkness, best-selling author of A Discovery of Witches, visited here as part of the promotional tour for her new book, Shadow of Night. Her latest work is a sequel to Discovery and the…

Book Review: The Kingdom Keepers Series by Ridley Pearson

courtesy of Ridley Pearson website.

by Tif Sweeney In 2005, local author Ridley Pearson published the first in his series Kingdom Keepers, taking his readers behind the gates of Disney after the crowds have cleared the park. Pearson is known for his variety of work from the young adult, Peter and the Starcatchers co-written with Dave Barry, to his latest…

August Writing Contests

International Publication Opportunities and Contests: Pavement Saw Press Transcontinental Poetry Award Domestic Publication Opportunities and Contests: High Desert Journal Obsidian Prize for Poetry North Carolina Humanities Council: Linda Flowers Award Springfield Writer’s Guild 2012 Annual Literary Awards St. Louis – Let’s Get Hooked on Cross-Cultural Engagement–Publication Opportunity International Publication Opportunities and Contests Pavement Saw Press…

The Young Literati

Young Literati @ Book Swap (Erica, Michelle, Jenny, and Emilie)

by Lisa Miller Saint Louis’ literary community continues to amaze me with its talent, dedication, and variety.  A few months back, while doing some research on one of the many things St. Louis has going on for those of us interested in writers, writing, and the world of literature generally, I ran across these words…

Weiner Tells All

by Tif Sweeney The literary scene in Saint Louis was hopping on Saturday, July 14. At Saint Louis County Library, acclaimed author Chris Cleave was featured (see our write up for this event).  Immediately following that event, readers could cross Kirkwood Road to see another bestseller, but very different author, Jennifer Weiner. Left Bank Books…

Mommy’s Storm

by D. L. Andersen Thunder wakes me. I hear the sound rattle the windows as rain pelts against the glass that separates me, safe and warm in my bed, from the city outside. A flash of lightening lights up my room in a surge of brightness. I see the calendar I won at Gertrude Hauptman’s…

Chris Cleave Goes For Gold

by Tif Sweeney On Saturday, July 14, bestselling British author Chris Cleave dropped by the Saint Louis County Library.  Cleave, most well known for his acclaimed novel Little Bee, was touring the US for his newest release Gold, just in time for the upcoming summer Olympics.  Gold follows two fictional Olympic cyclists, training together since…