Monthly Archives: April 2013

STL Scribbler Profile: Lauren Miller

Once a month, we’ll be profiling a member of the STL Scribblers writing group at Central Library. This month, our featured writer is Lauren Miller, who has been with the group since its inception in 2011 (at another location, under … Continue reading

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The Stages of the St Louis Book Fair

1. Nourishment. This takes place in the food court of the West County Center, whose Macy’s is the host and sponsor of this annual event. The food court is at the far opposite end of the mall from the parking … Continue reading

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Gerald Early Gets Star on St. Louis Walk of Fame

St. Louis essayist, scholar, and commentator Gerald Early has been recognized with a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame in the Delmar Loop. A longtime professor at Washington University, where he directed the Center for the Humanities for … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Rene Saller on Emily Hahn’s “No Hurry to Get Home”

The freelance writer and critic Rene Saller was one of my favorite patrons when I worked at the Carpenter Branch Library on South Grand. Rene was always a reliable source for interesting books and films, and it was a pleasure … Continue reading

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H.P. Lovecraft’s Cat Care Essentials?: Jeremy M. Davies Talks “Fancy”

A few months ago, I had the great pleasure of hearing Washington University alumnus Jeremy M. Davies read from his new novel Fancy. I was immediately captivated by the strangeness and musicality of the voice, and the idea of basing a … Continue reading

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Cheryl Strayed at Read St. Louis

So, tomorrow is my wife’s birthday. And usually offering to take my wife to a literary reading on her birthday would not be a winning proposition. That changes a little when the writer is Cheryl Strayed. Author of the memoir … Continue reading

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“Equivalents”: Jessica Baran’s Panoramic Vision

“Language had become flabby,” Jessica Baran writes in the overture to her collection Equivalents. “No one had been minding their words.” An ironic lament for a poet whose own language is so subtle, so finely attuned to the complications of … Continue reading

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