Monthly Archives: September 2015

Focus on Young Adult Books

This year, young adult books are the focus of Banned Books Week 2015. It’s interesting to look at the books on the “most challenged” list and see which ones are contemporary young adult books and which are books that are … Continue reading

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The Lolita Lapse

Vladimir Nabokov is high up there on my list of favorite authors, though more for Pale Fire and Invitation to a Beheading than the infamous and oft-banned Lolita. Still, I’m as peeved as the next guy when it comes to the novel’s marketing, which … Continue reading

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The Lure of the Forbidden

There’s a definite allure to the forbidden, which we can all acknowledge. You’re told, “Don’t touch that,” and your hand reaches out. You’re told, “Don’t eat that extra cookie,” and it’s an instant craving. You see “this book has been banned or challenged,” … Continue reading

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2nd Annual Small Press Expo TODAY!!

Come see us this Saturday!! SLPL is proud to partner with St. Louis’s large small press community to present the 2nd Annual Small Press Expo at Central Library on September 26 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. !! New for this … Continue reading

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October’s Central Book Discussion: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

The Central Book Discussion group will meet on Tuesday, October 13, at 6:00 p.m. to discuss Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Here’s the summary (courtesy of Goodreads): “Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside … Continue reading

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A Happy Chicken in Lockport, NY

Promoting the September 8th release of her memoir, The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age, the ever-dark Joyce Carol Oates spoke with The Diane Rehm Show’s Susan Page about her…surprisingly light childhood in western New York. Listen to/read the interview here, and learn all about Happy Chicken, … Continue reading

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Cultivating Thought: Or, Some Pretty Great Authors to Go with Your Pico

If you’ve even been considering a Chipotle run lately, I say follow your heart and head there TODAY. 11 new authors have now officially landed on the company’s cups—you know, the ones that have, in the past, featured cool people like … Continue reading

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September Displays in Center for the Reader

Every month, we change around the displays in Center for the Reader. This month, you’ll see a Banned Books display, a display of materials to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, and a display of books by author J.A. Jance, who will be visiting … Continue reading

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Have you met the Scribbler blog?

You may not have noticed, but down on the right-hand side of this blog, under Blogs I Follow, is a link to “Scribbler.” Maybe you did notice it, but didn’t know what it was. Scribbler is the literary blog here at Central Library, … Continue reading

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Are You There Judy? It’s Us, CfR.

If, like me, you spent the throes of your pubescence devouring Judy Blume’s oeuvre as if it were indeed the word of God (and if, like me, you missed her when she was in town to promote her June release for adults, In the … Continue reading

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