Book lovers of all ages can celebrate St. Louis’ literary heritage at the inaugural BookFest St. Louis, presented Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, by the Central West End, Left Bank Books and the Left Bank Books Foundation.
The book festival will bring a diverse mix of locally and internationally renowned writers, with appearances by award-winning authors such as Sherman Alexie, Ann Leckie and many more.
BookFest St. Louis will take place in the heart of city’s Central West End, home to “Writer’s Corner” — where statues of authors and one-time St. Louisans Kate Chopin, T.S. Eliot and Tennessee Williams pay homage to the neighborhood’s literary legacy.
Festival-goers will be able to enjoy panels highlighting the best of contemporary literary fiction, poetry, memoir, science fiction, young adult fiction, mystery and history, as well as participate in family-friendly activities including book sales, literary crafts, live music and more within the McPherson Avenue festival zone and at other venues throughout the Central West End. All BookFest St. Louis activities are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
The event will also feature a keynote address by Alexie on Friday, Sept. 22, an exciting addition to BookFest’s all-star author lineup. Alexie will discuss his prolific career as a Spokane-Coeur d’Alene writer in nearly every genre, as well as his newly released and much-celebrated memoir, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.” Additional details about that ticketed event will be available soon.
The CWE Business Community Improvement District (NCID) was formed in 2010 in accordance with the Community Improvement District Act, a Missouri statute. The mission of the NICD is to enhance the District and the businesses it represents through a combination of physical improvements and promotional activities. Activities of the NCID are made financially possible through a 1 percent retail sales tax within the district, situated along the North Euclid Avenue commercial corridor from Lindell Boulevard to Washington Boulevard. Learn more at www.cwescene.com.
The Left Bank Books Foundation was created in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) by co-founders Kris Kleindienst, Jarek Steele and Terry Koch. Its mission is to promote and increase educational, literary and cultural activities in the St. Louis area through reading and disseminating books and related materials to low-income persons; and to advance the unfettered discussion of ideas.
Its signature project, River City Readers, provides great new books to St. Louis Public School children, and arranges author visits for those students. Learn more at www.lbbfound.org.
Left Bank Books is the oldest and largest independently-owned full-line bookstore in St. Louis, offering a full line of new and used books, gifts, cards, magazines, toys and services. The store has grown and changed over the years, but its mission still remains the same – to spark public conversation by curating an intelligent, relevant, culturally diverse selection of books. Learn more at www.left-bank.com.