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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

BookFest St. Louis Returns with Sally Field, Gary Shteyngart and More

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 2:45 PM

click to enlarge Sally Field won the 1979 Academy Award for Best Actress as union organizer Norma Rae.
  • Sally Field won the 1979 Academy Award for Best Actress as union organizer Norma Rae.

St. Louis readers, prepare your celebratory reading lists: BookFest St. Louis will return to the Central West End on Saturday, September 22 for a second year.

Dates and headlining authors were announced today, and it's a promising line-up. Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field (Lincoln, Norma Rae, Smokey and the Bandit) has a new memoir coming out titled In Pieces, and she will deliver the keynote talk on Friday, September 21, at the Chase Park Plaza. In Pieces is about her life as a famous woman in the second half of the twentieth century, and her topic will the be the book and her journey.

Also scheduled to attend at this point: Gary Shteyngart (Absurdistan, Super Sad True Love Story), Sarah Kendzior (the St. Louis-based Globe & Mail columnist, expert on authoritarian regimes and author of The View from Flyover Country) and Rebecca Schuman (St. Louis-based freelance writer and author of Schadenfreude, a Love Story).

The full schedule of authors will be finalized later this summer. Expect to meet some of your favorite local and national authors from the mystery, science fiction, contemporary literary fiction and young adult lit fields.

BookFest St. Louis is a joint project founded by the Central West End Community Improvement District, Left Bank Books and the Left Bank Books Foundation, a charitable organization that promotes educational, literary and cultural events in St. Louis. The triumvirate sought to establish a literary festival in the city that has numerous independent bookstores and two exceptionally strong library systems, but previously had no annual biblio-centric celebration on the calendar. The inaugural 2017 BookFest established that people were ready to support the festival, and the 2018 edition should build on that success.

More information will be posted at in the coming months.
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