On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will lead a discussion about the St. Louis region's vibrant writing community, the long journey that accompanies many a first novel – and the Central West End's upcoming Bookfest St. Louis.
Featuring dozens of writers from near and far, the second annual event is set for Sept. 22, with an ambitious lineup of author presentations, panels, book signings and family-friendly activities scheduled throughout the day.
Joining the on-air conversation will be Kathleen Finneran, senior writer-in-residence at Washington University; Kris Kleindienst, co-owner of Left Bank Books; and Michael Nye, author of the new book "All the Castles Burned."
Finneran, author of “The Tender Land: A Family Love Story,” will play a key role kicking off the weekend festival as she talks with three-time Emmy Award winner Sally Field during a ticketed event on the festival’s eve. Field’s memoir “In Pieces,” set for release this week, will be the focus of that discussion.
Kleindienst’s Central West End-based bookstore is putting on the festival in conjunction with the Left Bank Books Foundation and the Central West End CID.
Nye, who now lives and works in his native Ohio, spent many years writing in St. Louis and in Columbia, Missouri. “All the Castles Burned,” released in February of this year, is his first published novel, and he’ll be part of a 2 p.m. Bookfest panel titled Daring Debut Novels during the weekend event.
An Evening with Sally Field
When: 7 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2018
Where: The Chase Park Plaza (212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108)
Bookfest St. Louis
When: 10: 30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 22, 2018
Where: Central West End (various locations)
(Activities free except where otherwise noted)
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