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The Public Library, by Isaac Babel (1916)

At times, working in a glorious old building like this, one can feel haunted by it. There are time warps in the library, and a trip to the stacks can stir up the presence of ghosts. Isaac Babel’s 1916 story … Continue reading

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The Scribblers Charter

This is intended as a primer for new members of the STL Scribblers group at Central Library. Here are the basic guidelines for our group, which will be reviewed periodically and will change over time. If you have a suggested … Continue reading

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Paying Tribute to Place: The My STL 2014 Challenge

“The city will follow you,” the Greek poet Cavafy wrote in his poem “The City.” This summer, the St. Louis Public Library challenges teens grades 6-12 to create something about St. Louis on its 250th birthday. We’ll be accepting submissions … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month: A Cure for the Word Flu

At the moment I’m reading an interesting debut novel called The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon. An English nerd’s paranoid trip, it documents the outbreak of a technologically-induced “word flu” which causes language to become debased and corrosive. Definitions are … Continue reading

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Writing After War

The other day Publishers Weekly posted this list of its ten best contemporary war novels. Ranging from Ben Fountain’s superb Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (one of my favorite reads of 2012), to David Abrams’ satirical Fobbit, to George Saunders’ … Continue reading

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A Very Literary Monday Evening at Central Library

On Monday June 24, Central Library plays host to two exciting literary events. In the auditorium, we have Curtis Sittenfeld, bestselling author of Prep, American Wife, and a recent pro-St. Louis op ed in the New York Times. (Her St. … Continue reading

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Joe Schwartz Responds to Reader Letters

Over the course of three short-story collections, Central Library employee and STL Scribblers alum Joe Schwartz has built a reputation as one of St. Louis’s most relentless and determined writers. Drawing his inspiration from John Steinbeck and Stephen King, Joe’s … Continue reading

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