2 MARCH | 11 AM
Women’s History Month Kickoff: Continuing the Legacy of Empowering Missouri Women
Inspired by the Missouri History Museum’s exhibit Beyond the Ballot, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we will talk to women who are continuing Missouri’s long legacy of empowering other women. Join us for a conversation with Leslie K. Gill, president of Rung for Women; Wendy Doyle, president and CEO of United WE; and Keri Koehler, executive director of the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis. We’ll discuss the challenges facing women in our state today, how the pandemic has amplified these challenges, and how women are finding ways to support one another. The conversation will be moderated by Andrea Henderson of St. Louis Public Radio. ASL Interpretation provided. Missouri History Museum.
2 MARCH | 7 PM
Charles Finch, An Extravagant Death: A Charles Lenox Mystery (Author Talk)
In conversation with Rhys Bowen, author of The Royal Spyness mystery series, historical suspense author Charles Finch presents the latest installment in his lauded series starring Victorian era gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox. In 1878 London, with faith in Scotland Yard shattered after a corruption investigation, Charles Lenox’s detective agency is rapidly expanding. On a diplomatic mission for the Queen, Lenox travels to New York to investigate the death of a beautiful socialite. St. Louis County Library.
3 MARCH | 1 PM
James Canton, The Oak Papers (Author Talk)
JAMES CANTON will be in conversation with Left Bank Books co-owner Jarek Steele. Thrown into turmoil by the end of his long-term relationship, Professor James Canton spent two years meditating beneath the welcoming shelter of the massive 800-year-old Honywood Oak tree in North Essex, England. While considering the direction of his own life, he began to contemplate the existence of this colossus tree. Standing in England for centuries, the oak would have been a sapling when the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. Canton tells the story of this tree in its ecological, spiritual, literary and historical contexts, using it as a prism to see his own life and human history. The Oak Papers is a reflection on change and transformation, and the role nature has played in sustaining and redeeming us. Canton examines our long-standing dependency on the oak and how that has developed and morphed into myth and legend. We no longer need these sturdy trees to build our houses and boats, to fuel our fires or to grind their acorns into flour in times of famine. What purpose, then, do they serve in our world today? Are these miracles of nature no longer necessary to our lives? What can they offer us? Canton ponders the magic of nature and the threats its faces from human development to climate change, implores us to act as responsible stewards to conserve what is precious, and reminds us of the lessons we can learn from the world around us if only we slow down enough to listen. Left Bank Books.
3 MARCH | 1 PM; 10 MARCH | 1 PM; 17 MARCH | 1 PM; 24 MARCH | 1 PM; 31 MARCH | 1 PM
Soldiers Memorial Outdoor Tours
Explore the architecture and history of the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum and the Court of Honor while learning of their role in the beautification of downtown St. Louis. This is an opportunity to better understand the symbolism and nuances of Soldiers Memorial’s massive Walker Hancock sculptures, spectacular Gold Star Mothers mosaic, calming effects of its reflecting pool and fountain and many other architectural tributes to those who served our country. Masking and social distancing required. $5. Register via the website. Missouri Historical Society.
IN PERSON: Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, 1315 Chestnut St, St. Louis, 63103
3 MARCH | 7 PM
Carey Gillam, The Monsanto Papers (Author Talk)
Investigative journalist Carey Gillam will discuss her new book, The Monsanto Papers: Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice. Lee Johnson was a man with simple dreams. All he wanted was a steady job and a nice home for his wife and children, something better than the hard life he knew growing up. He never imagined that he would become the face of a David-and-Goliath showdown against one of the world’s most powerful corporate giants. But a workplace accident left Lee doused in a toxic chemical and facing a deadly cancer that turned his life upside down. In 2018, the world watched as Lee was thrust to the forefront of one the most dramatic legal battles in recent history. The Monsanto Papers is the inside story of Lee Johnson’s landmark lawsuit against Monsanto. For Lee, the case was a race against the clock, with doctors predicting he wouldn’t survive long enough to take the witness stand. For the eclectic band of young, ambitious lawyers representing him, it was a matter of professional pride and personal risk with millions of dollars and hard-earned reputations on the line. For the public at large, the lawsuit presented a question of corporate accountability. With enough money and influence, could a company endanger its customers, hide evidence, manipulate regulators and get away with it all for decades? The Monsanto Papers takes readers behind the scenes of a grueling legal battle, pulling back the curtain on the frailties of the American court system and the lengths to which lawyers will go to fight corporate wrongdoing. Left Bank Books.
4 MARCH | 6:30 PM
Everyone’s River: A Conversation with Two People Who Kayaked the Length of the Mississippi
Every year a few dozen adventurous individuals paddle the length of the Mississippi River from its source in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Traveling 2,300 miles in a canoe, kayak or standup paddleboard requires solid preparation, good equipment, perseverance, patience and some helping hands from strangers along the way. In this panel discussion, we’ll hear source-to-sea paddlers Maya Dizack and Stan Stark share their experiences. Dizack is the youngest woman and youngest woman of color to complete the trip; she was 19 when she paddled the river in 2019. Stark, on the other hand, descended the river in 2020 at 81 years of age, making him the oldest person to complete a source-to-sea paddle on the Mississippi. This program is associated with the exhibit Mighty Mississippi. Mississippi Meanderings Series, co-sponsored by Missouri History Museum and the Mississippi River Water Trails Association.
4 MARCH | 7 PM
Nicole Perlroth, This is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyber Weapons Arms Race (Author Talk)
New York Times cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth presents the untold story of the cyberweapons market — the most secretive, invisible, government-backed market on earth. Based on years of reporting and hundreds of interviews, Perlroth lifts the curtain on a market in shadow, revealing the urgent threat faced by us all if we cannot bring the global cyber arms race to heel. Westfall Politics & History Series, St. Louis County Library.
5 MARCH | 10 AM
The Divided City Podcast: Trauma as Culture in Black Families
StitchCast Studio is a youth-led podcast series launched by Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective in 2019. Episodes are recorded and published on topics determined by youth of color from St. Louis: gun violence, racial divisions in St. Louis, public health and safety issues, compounding issues, and more. StitchCast Studio Special Edition: The Divided City will produce and publish four 1-hour unique podcast episodes featuring African American youth, ages 16 to 24 years old, that live in neighborhoods with high crime and poverty rates in St. Louis. The conversations with Story Stitchers’ black youth will be led by Stitchers Youth Council co-chair Branden Lewis and will also feature African American humanities scholars, master storyteller Bobby Norfolk; filmmaker and Washington University alumnus Jun Bae; author and educator John A. Wright; Sowande’ Mustakeem, an associate professor of history and African and African American Studies at Washington University; L.J. Punch, MD, President of Power4STL and an American Critical Care Surgeon. The Divided City Initiative, Washington Univeristy.
5 MARCH | 7 PM
C.J. Box, Dark Sky: A Joe Pickett Novel (Author Talk)
The governor of Wyoming gives Joe Pickett, an everyman hero with a penchant for stepping into trouble, the thankless assignment of taking a tech baron on an elk hunting trip. Unbeknownst to them, a manhunter is hot on their heels. Finding himself without a weapon, a horse or a way to communicate, Joe must rely on his wits and his knowledge of the outdoors to protect himself and his charge. St. Louis County Library.
5 MARCH | 7 PM
See STL: STL Underground
St. Louis Underground will explore more than just caves. We’ll also wind our way through sewers, sinkholes, train tunnels, rivers, bunkers and mine shafts. Join us to learn all about the history hiding right beneath your feet. Missouri Historical Society.
8 MARCH | 1 PM
Sonia Faleiro with Tania James, The Good Girls (Author Talk)
SONIA FALEIRO will be in conversation with novelist Tania James. An inquest into how the mysterious deaths of two teenage girls shines a light into the darkest corners of a nation. The girls’ names were Padma and Lalli, but they were so inseparable that people in the village called them Padma Lalli. Sixteen-year-old Padma sparked and burned. Fourteen-year-old Lalli was an incorrigible romantic. They grew up in Katra Sadatganj, an eye-blink of a village in western Uttar Pradesh crammed into less than one square mile of land. It was out in the fields, in the middle of mango season, that the rumors started. Then one night in the summer of 2014, the girls went missing; hours later they were found hanging in the orchard. Who they were and what had happened to them was already less important than what their disappearance meant to the people left behind. In the ensuing months, the investigation into their deaths would implode everything that their small community held to be true and instigate a national conversation about sex and violence. Slipping deftly behind political maneuvering, caste systems and codes of honor in a village in northern India, The Good Girls returns to the scene of Padma and Lalli’s short lives and shameful deaths, and dares to ask: What is the human cost of shame? Left Bank Books.
8 MARCH | 4 PM
Natalie Walton with Shafia Zaloom, Revenge of the Sluts (Author Talk)
NATALIE WALTON will be in conversation with health and sex education expert Shafia Zaloom. Double standards are about to get singled out. Walton tackles privacy and relationships in the digital age. As lead reporter for The Warrior Weekly, Eden has covered her fair share of stories at St. Joseph Secondary. And when intimate pictures of six female students are anonymously emailed to the entire school, Eden is determined to get to the bottom of it. In tracking down leads, Eden is shocked to discover not everyone agrees the students are victims. Some people feel the girls “brought it on themselves.” Even worse, the school’s administration seems more concerned about protecting its reputation than its students. With the anonymous sender threatening more emails, Eden finds an unlikely ally: the six young women themselves. Left Bank Books.
8 MARCH | 7 PM
Dr. Jason Karlawish, The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease Into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It (Author Talk)
Co-director of the Penn Memory Center, Dr. Jason Karlawish presents a definitive book on one of today’s most prevalent illnesses. Part case studies, part meditation on the past, present and future of the disease, The Problem of Alzheimer’s traces the disease from its discovery and tells the story of the biomedical breakthroughs that may allow it to finally be prevented and treated by medicine. Karlawish shares how we can live with dementia, the ways patients can reclaim their autonomy and the innovative reforms we can make as a society that would give caregivers and patients better quality of life. Medical Arts Author Series, St. Louis County Library.
8 MARCH | 7:30 PM
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
This unorthodox dream western by Robert Altman stars Warren Beatty and Julie Christie as two newcomers to the raw Pacific Northwest mining town of Presbyterian Church, who join forces to provide the miners with a superior kind of whorehouse experience. The appearance of representatives of a powerful mining company with interests of its own, however, threatens to be the undoing of their plans. The introduction and discussion are conducted by Charles Taylor, author of Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-In Near You: The Shadow Cinema of the American ’70s and former film critic for Salon. Golden Anniversaries Film Series, Cinema St. Louis.
9 MARCH | 5:30 PM
Elon Green with David Grann, Robert Kolker, & Sarah Weinman, Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York (Author Talk)
In July 1992, at the Townhouse Bar, the piano player seems to know every song ever written, the crowd belts out the lyrics to their favorites, and a man standing nearby is drinking a Scotch and water. The man strikes the piano player as forgettable. He looks bland and inconspicuous and not at all what you think a serial killer looks like. But that’s what he is, and tonight, he has his sights set on a gray-haired man. He will not be his first victim nor will he be his last. The Last Call Killer preyed upon gay men in New York in the ’80s and ’90s and had all the hallmarks of the most notorious serial killers. Yet because of the sexuality of his victims, the sky-high murder rates and the AIDS epidemic, his murders have been almost entirely forgotten. This true-crime narrative tells the story of the Last Call Killer and the decades-long chase to find him. At the same time, it paints a portrait of his victims and a vibrant community navigating threat and resilience. Book purchase required. Sponsored by Left Bank Books and CrimeReads.
9 MARCH | 7 PM
Viet Thanh Nguyen with Min Jin Lee, The Committed (Author Talk)
VIET THANH NGUYEN will be in conversation with best-selling author Min Jin Lee. The Committed follows the unnamed Sympathizer as he arrives in Paris in the early 1980s with his blood brother Bon. The pair try to overcome their pasts and ensure their futures by engaging in capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing. Traumatized by his re-education at the hands of his former best friend, Man, and struggling to assimilate into French culture, the Sympathizer finds Paris both seductive and disturbing. As he falls in with a group of left-wing intellectuals whom he meets at dinner parties given by his French Vietnamese “aunt,” he finds stimulation for his mind but also customers for his narcotic merchandise. But the new life he is making has perils he has not foreseen, whether the self-torture of addiction, the authoritarianism of a state locked in a colonial mindset or the seeming paradox of how to reunite his two closest friends whose worldviews put them in absolute opposition. The Sympathizer will need all his wits, resourcefulness and moral flexibility if he is to prevail. Book purchase required. Left Bank Books.
10 MARCH | 12 PM
Soldiers Chow and Chat: Changing the Face of Courage
Marine Corps veteran and past Department of Missouri Commander of the American Legion Betty Gonzales will outline women’s contributions to the U.S. military since World War I, including several St. Louisans, and she’ll discuss the fight for recognition of their sacrifices. Missouri Historical Society.
10 MARCH | 7 PM
Chris Whitaker, We Begin at the End (Author Talk)
CHRIS WHITAKER will discuss his debut novel, which is about people who deserve so much more than life serves them. It is a tale of how the human spirit prevails and how, in the end, love — in all its different guises — wins. There are two kinds of families: the ones we are born into and the ones we create. Walk has never left the coastal California town where he grew up. He may have become the chief of police, but he’s still trying to heal the old wound of having given the testimony that sent his best friend, Vincent King, to prison decades before. Now, 30 years later, Vincent is being released. Duchess is a 13-year-old self-proclaimed outlaw. Her mother, Star, grew up with Walk and Vincent. Walk is in overdrive trying to protect them, but Vincent and Star seem bent on sliding deeper into self-destruction. Star always burned bright, but recently that light has dimmed, leaving Duchess to parent not only her mother but her five-year-old brother. She’s just trying to survive and keep her family together. A fortysomething-year-old sheriff and a 13-year-old girl may not seem to have a lot in common, but they both have come to expect that people will disappoint you, loved ones will leave you, and if you open your heart, it will be broken. Left Bank Books.
11 MARCH | 6 PM
Anne Lamott, Dusk, Night, Dawn (Author Talk)
ANNE LAMOTT will be in conversation with a yet-to-be-announced partner. In Dusk, Night, Dawn, she explores the tough questions that many of us grapple with. How can we recapture the confidence we once had as we stumble through the dark times that seem increasingly bleak? As bad news piles up — from climate crises to daily assaults on civility — how can we cope? We begin, Lamott says, by accepting our flaws and embracing our humanity. Drawing from her own experiences, Lamott shows us the intimate and human ways we can adopt to move through life’s dark places and toward the light of hope that still burns ahead for all of us and explores the thorny issues of life and faith by breaking them down into manageable, human-sized questions for readers to ponder and showing us how we can amplify life’s small moments of joy by staying open to love and connection. Marrying for the first time with a grown son and a grandson, Lamott explains that finding happiness with a partner isn’t a function of age or beauty but of outlook and perspective. Book purchase required. Left Bank Books.
11 MARCH | 6:30 PM
Where the Peep Light Leads
LEE HENDRIX has spent much of his adult life working on the Mississippi River, pursuing the glow of a peep light. In this talk, Hendrix will share stories about his experiences piloting commercial towboats, overnight passenger boats such as the American Queen, gambling boats, day excursion vessels, the massive M/V Mississippi and dredge tenders. He’ll discuss the different types of river vessels and explain how people who use the river safely interact with one another. He’ll also talk about how he has helped students, teachers and adventurers navigate their Mississippi canoe trips. This program is associated with Mighty Mississippi exhibit. Mississippi Meanderings Series, co-sponsored by Missouri History Museum and the Mississippi River Water Trails Association.
12 MARCH | 10 AM
Jen Liu, Pink Slime Caesar Shift: Gold Loop (Chapter 1)
JEN LIU premieres her video Pink Slim Caesar Shift: Gold Loop (2020–21) revised for three-part virtual screening (Triad). The work is a reflection on e-waste, political resistance, industrial poisoning and disappearing activists. The online screening accompanies the gallery presentation Pink Slime Caesar Shift: Gold Loop. Chapter 1 premieres March 12, and will be on view through May 11. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
12 MARCH | 12 PM
Spring/Summer Exhibitions Opening
Join us for the opening of CAM’s Spring/Summer exhibitions, featuring Stories of Resistance, a museum-wide group show, and Radio Resistance in the Education Gallery. Visitors must have a ticket to attend the public opening. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
IN PERSON - Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108
16 MARCH | 11 AM
Three Flags Day: Colonial St. Louis Women Under Changing Regimes
In the 40 years between the time St. Louis was founded in 1764 to when the American flag was raised in 1804, St. Louisans were the subjects of three different empires, and with each new flag came new laws and customs. Community tours manager Amanda Clark will discuss how women — free and enslaved — experienced life in colonial St. Louis under Spanish, French and, finally, American rule. This program is part of our 2021 Missouri Bicentennial programming, commemorating 200 years of Missouri history. Missouri History Museum.
16 MARCH | 6 PM
Kazuo Ishiguro with Ron Charles, Klara and the Sun (Author Talk)
Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro will be in conversation with The Washington Post’s Ron Charles. Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. Klara and the Sun offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator and one that explores the fundamental question: What does it mean to love? Book purchase required. Left Bank Books.
16 MARCH | 7 PM
John A. Wright Sr. and John A. Wright Jr., Extraordinary Black Missourians: Pioneers, Leaders, Performers, Athletes, and Other Notables - 2nd Edition (Author Talk)
Historians and father-and-son writing team John A Wright Sr. and John A. Wright Jr. present the second edition of Extraordinary Black Missourians, which profiles more than 100 notable citizens such as George Washington Carver, Frankie Freeman, Scott Joplin, Elizabeth Keckley, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, Grace Bumbry and others who have contributed to Missouri’s African American legacy. Learn how their lives and accomplishments have played a major role in shaping the history and culture of the state and nation. St. Louis County Library.
18 MARCH | 6:30 PM
High Water Everywhere: Blues, Gospel, and Country Music Response to the Flood of 1927
When the Mississippi River and its tributaries flooded in 1927 it was arguably the greatest natural disaster in United States history. It went on to inspire more than 20 recorded songs. Many of them were blues, gospel and country — the genres that most appealed to flood victims in the South — and the disaster was referenced in pop music as well. Music scholar and performer David Evans will play selections from these songs and examine their themes. Most of these songs were written by Black singers, who imbued them with a perspective that has often been overlooked in more modern retellings of the flood. This program is associated with the Mighty Mississippi exhibition and the museum’s 2021 Missouri Bicentennial programming, commemorating 200 years of Missouri history. Mississippi Meanderings Series, co-sponsored by Missouri History Museum and Mississippi River Water Trails Association.
18 MARCH | 7 PM
Ioan Grillo, Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs and Cartels (Author Talk)
IOAN GRILLO will be in conversation with award-winning investigative journalist Ben Westhoff. In Ioan Grillo’s new work of investigative journalism, he follows the legal and black market for guns in the Americas and how it has made the continent the most murderous on earth. Grillo travels to gun manufacturers, strolls the aisles of gun shows and gun shops, talks to FBI agents who have infiltrated biker gangs, hangs out on Baltimore street corners and visits the ATF gun tracing center in West Virginia. Along the way, he details the many ways that legal guns can pass into the hands of criminals and the simple legislative measures that would help close these loopholes. St. Louis County Library.
18 MARCH | 7 PM
Steven Salvatore, Can’t Take That Away (Author Talk)
STEVEN SALVATORE will be in conversation with former Left Bank Books children’s literature specialist Sarah Holt. An empowering and emotional debut about a genderqueer teen who finds the courage to stand up and speak out for equality when they are discriminated against by their high school administration. Carey Parker dreams of being a diva and bringing the house down with song. They can hit every note of all the top pop and Broadway hits. But despite their talent, emotional scars from an incident with a homophobic classmate and their grandmother’s spiraling dementia make it harder and harder for Carey to find their voice. Then Carey meets Cris, a singer/guitarist who makes Carey feel seen for the first time in their life. With the rush of a promising new romantic relationship, Carey finds the confidence to audition for the role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the school musical, setting off a chain reaction of prejudice by Carey’s tormentor and others in the school. It’s up to Carey, Cris and their friends to defend their rights — and they refuse to be silenced. Left Bank Books.
21 MARCH | 1:30 PM
Sunday Poetry Workshop: Karen Craigo
St. Louis Poetry Center’s signature program, the Sunday poetry workshop, features critic Karen Craigo. Karen Craigo is the poet laureate of Missouri, as well as the author of two poetry collections, Passing Through Humansville (Sundress, 2018) and No More Milk (Sundress, 2016). Her chapbook, Stone for an Eye (2004), won the Wick Chapbook Competition. Her poems have appeared in Poetry magazine, Indiana Review and Crab Orchard Review. Her fiction, essays and journalism are also widely published. She holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University. She is editor and general manager of a small Missouri weekly newspaper, The Marshfield Mail. St. Louis Poetry Center.
VIRTUAL – RSVP
23 MARCH | 11 AM
The River Connects Us All: A Look at the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative
Join Mayor Sharon Weston Broome of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for a conversation about how mayors up and down the Mississippi River are working with one another and with their communities to address important issues, such as disaster resilience and adaptation, clean water and sustainable economies. Hear about some of the group’s recent major accomplishments, including the Resilience Revolving Loan Fund Act and the Plastic Waste Reduction Campaign. This program is associated with the Mighty Mississippi exhibit. Co-sponsored by Missouri History Museum and the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative.
23 MARCH | 6:30 PM
The Architecture of Carlo Scarpa: Recomposing Place, Intertwining Time, Transforming Reality
ROBERT McCARTER, the Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture at Washington University. 2021 Architecture Around the World series, co-sponsored by St. Louis Public Library’s Steedman Architectural Library and the Society of Architectural Historians - St. Louis Chapter.
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23 MARCH | 7 PM
Emily St. John Mandel, The Glass Hotel (Author Talk)
EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL will be in conversation with Ryan Krull, the interviews editor at Boulevard Magazine. Mandel’s new novel is set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events — a massive Ponzi scheme collapse and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea. In this story of crisis and survival, Mandel takes readers through often hidden landscapes: campgrounds for the near-homeless, service in luxury hotels and life in a federal prison. The Glass Hotel provides a portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives. St. Louis County Library.
23 MARCH | 7:30 PM
Poets and Their Alter Egos
Poetry at the Point features Lynn Levin and Carolyne Wright. This reading series invites local and regional poets, and established and up-and-coming poets to share their words. Lynn Levin is a poet, writer, translator, teacher and a native of St. Louis. Her most recent poetry collection, The Minor Virtues (Ragged Sky, 2020), was listed as one of spring 2020’s best books by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her poems have appeared in Boulevard, The Hopkins Review, Artful Dodge, The American Journal of Poetry, Margie and Rattle. Her previous poetry collections include Miss Plastique, Fair Creatures of an Hour and Imaginarium. She is the translator, from the Spanish, of Birds on the Kiswar Tree by Odi Gonzales and co-author of Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets. A Bucks County, Pennsylvania Poet Laureate, Levin teaches at Drexel University. Carolyne Wright’s most recent books are This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009; and the groundbreaking co-edited anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse, 2015), which received ten Pushcart Prize nominations. A contributing editor for the Pushcart Prizes and translation editor for Artful Dodge, Wright has also published five award-winning volumes of poetry translated from Spanish and Bengali. She teaches for Seattle’s Richard Hugo House. St. Louis Poetry Center.
25 MARCH | 6:30 PM
Thomas F. Curran, Women Making War: Female Confederate Prisoners and Union Military Justice (Author Talk)
St. Louis author Thomas F. Curran will give an overview of his latest book, which focuses on women Confederate partisans who were imprisoned in St. Louis and the United States government’s response to their political agency. This program is part of our 2021 Missouri Bicentennial programming, commemorating 200 years of Missouri history. Missouri Historical Society.
26 MARCH | 7 PM
Lisa Scottoline, Eternal (Author Talk)
Set in Rome during the ventennio, the 20 years of Mussolini’s rise and fall, Eternal centers on Elisabetta, Marco and Sandro, who grew up as the best of friends despite their differences. But in the autumn of 1937, all of that changes as Mussolini asserts his power, aligning Italy’s Fascists with Hitler’s Nazis. Everything that the three friends hold dear — their families, their homes and their connection to one another — is tested in ways they never could have imagined. Eternal is a saga of loyalty and loss, family and food, love and hate — all set in one of the world’s most beautiful cities at its darkest moment. St. Louis County Library.
30 MARCH | 11 AM
Twain the Humanitarian
FAYE DANT, executive director of Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center in Hannibal, Missouri, will discuss Mark Twain’s evolving views on race. She’ll trace his childhood with slave-owning parents in pro-slavery Missouri to the unlearning that changed his heart and led him to use satire and humor as a conduit for change. Dant will also discuss those who helped Twain unlearn his views and shape his awareness, as well as actions he took in support of the African American community. Missouri History Museum.