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Local Ties Highlighted In St. Louis Author’s New Book ‘Sisterland’

Curtis Sittenfeld has sold nearly two million books.

The St. Louis resident has authored, “Prep,” “The Man of My Dreams,” and “American Wife.”  Her newest book is “Sisterland,” a story about the relationship between twin sisters who take different paths in life but return to their hometown of St. Louis.  One sister is a psychic medium and the other is a mother and wife.  When a minor earthquake shakes the St. Louis region, the psychic medium, Vi, shares a premonition that there will be a devastating earthquake.  Concerned, Vi’s sister Kate, is “forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister and to face truths about herself she’s long tried to deny.”

Sittenfeld joined St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh to talk about the new book, her experience as a St. Louis transplant and about her recent opinion piece, “Loving the Midwest,” which ran in the New York Times.  The piece generated a lot of positive and negative comments, which is why we had an online chat about it in June.

Sittenfeld is also working with Ready Readers, a St. Louis-based nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring preschool children from low-income communities to become readers.

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Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.
Don Marsh served as host of St. Louis Public Radio’s “St. Louis on the Air" from 2005 to 2019, bringing discussions of significant topics to listeners' ears at noon Monday through Friday. Don has been an active journalist for 58 years in print, radio and television. He has won 12 Regional Emmy Awards for writing, reporting, and producing. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2013, and named “Media Person of the Year” by the St. Louis Press Club in 2015. He has published three books: his most recent, “Coming of Age, Liver Spots and All: A Humorous Look at the Wonders of Getting Old,” “Flash Frames: Journey of a Journeyman Journalist” and “How to be Rude (Politely).” He holds an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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