Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

BookFest St. Louis Will Feature More Than 40 Authors

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

BookFest St. Louis Will Feature More Than 40 Authors

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The second year of BookFest St. Louis features more authors, a larger street footprint and about two dozen vendors. But Kris Kleindienst says organization seems easier.

"In many respects, it's less work because we didn't have to invent it," she says. "We're building on general public awareness of the fair," the longtime bookseller says. "I've seen people on social media share that a favorite author will be there."

The fest is a daylong event Sept. 22 featuring writers and panels for various interests and ages. The night before, Sally Field is keynote speaker at the Chase Park Plaza. Only Field's event and one featuring novelist Gary Shteyngart require tickets; all others are free.

Most of the speakers are near the intersection of McPherson Avenue and Euclid Avenue, the home of Kleindienst's Left Bank Books. The event is presented by the Central West End, Left Bank Books and the Left Bank Books Foundation.

Here is a rundown of events (for more details go to

Children's storytime, 10:30 a.m. at Schlafly library (225 North Euclid Avenue) - Featuring A. LaFaye ("No Frogs in School") and Deborah Zemke ("The Absolutely Positively NO Princesses Book")

Windows and Mirrors: Seeing Yourself and Others in Middle-Grade Fiction, noon at Schlafly library - Featuring Alex Gino ("George," "You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P") and Antony John ("Five Flavors of Dumb," "Mascot")

Fresh Fierce Fiction, noon in McPherson Tent on McPherson Avenue east of Euclid Avenue - Featuring Deborah Eisenberg ("Your Duck Is My Duck"), Rebecca Makkai ("The Great Believers"), Anne Valente ("Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down") and Lucy Jane Bledsoe ("Lava Falls")

"Memoirists With Mettle," noon at 510 North Euclid Avenue - Featuring Tessa Fontaine ("Electric Woman," review on B11) and Dawn Davies ("Mothers of Sparta")

"Daring Debut Novels," 2 p.m. at 510 North Euclid Avenue - Featuring Weike Wang ("Chemistry"), Blair Hurley ("The Devoted"), Michael Nye ( "All the Castles Burned") and Melissa Scholes Young ("Flood")

"A View From the Heartland," 2 p. …

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