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BookFest St. Louis

Fri., Sept. 21, 7 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m.
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Readers, start your ... glasses, maybe? BookFest St. Louis is back for a second year, with an impressive array of authors from all corners of the Dewey decimal system. Sally Field starts the party at 7 p.m. Friday, September 21, with a discussion about her new memoir, In Pieces, at the Chase Park Plaza (212 North Kingshighway; $37 for one person and one copy of the book). Day two gets underway Saturday, September 22, at 10:30 a.m., with A. LaFaye and Deborah Zemke hosting a children's storytime with costumed characters and photo opportunities at the Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Public Library (225 North Euclid Avenue). It's off to the races after that, with panels ranging from Deborah Eisenberg, Rebecca Makkai, Anne Valentine and Lucy Jane Bledsoe discussing "Fresh Fierce Fiction" at noon to Michael Isikoff and Sarah Kendzior addressing the worst presidential election ever and authoritarian states in "Russian Roulette: Global Politics in the Age of Trump." If you're into spoken word, Cheeraz Gormon, Paul Tran and Jacqui Germain will be waiting for you at 2 p.m., and at 4 p.m. Wayétu Moore, Bethany Morrow and Marcia Douglas will get into the heady delights of magical realism and speculative fiction at "Alternate Realities: Re-Imagining the Past & The Future." The vast majority of the panels are free to attend, and it all takes place in the Central West End. Visit www.bookfeststl.com for a full schedule. most panels are free, but some events require a fee; check the website for details

Left Bank Books (map)
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-6731
BookFest St. Louis

To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 10
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While the transgender/gender-fluid community continues to become more welcome in American society with every passing year, for the most part, its younger members tend to be most visible within the mainstream. Youth is inappropriately valued in our culture, but you can be certain that a growing number of older trans and gender-non-conforming people are out there living their best lives. Photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre spent more than five years traveling the nation to photograph and record the life stories of this hidden demographic, finding subjects in both big cities and small towns. The duo's work is compiled in a new book and exhibition, both titled To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. On Thursday, September 13, the exhibit opens and the book is officially released at a dual reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at Projects + Gallery (4733 McPherson Avenue; www.projects-gallery.com). A dozen large-scale photos of participants are on display, along with ten 18-by-24-inch portraits; all of them include a written narrative about the subject's life. The show continues through October 10. free admission

Projects + Gallery (map)
4733 McPherson Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-696-8678
To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults

Storytelling with Jess T. Dugan, Vanessa Fabbre and Sage

Fri., Sept. 21, 6-8 p.m.
phone 314-696-8678
margaret@projects-gallery.com
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Join SAGE of PROMO Fund and the Metro Trans Umbrella Group of St. Louis for a special storytelling event at projects+gallery, organized in conjunction with the exhibition 'To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults', based on the five year project by photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre. Free

Projects + Gallery (map)
4733 McPherson Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-696-8678

BooKFest St. Louis

Sat., Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
marketing@cwenorthcid.com

@ Central West End, McPherson Ave
BookFest St. Louis, being held Sept. 21-22 in the Central West End, will feature an exciting mix of author events and activities highlighting the best in sci-fi, memoirs, mystery, young adult fiction and more. On Sept. 22, book lovers from throughout the region will be able to enjoy children's storytimes, meet & greets, and ten different panel discussions at venues throughout the CWE. Headlining the book festival is three-time Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Field, who will speak during a ticketed engagement at The Chase Park Plaza on Sept. 21. She will discuss her new book, In Pieces. Free

http://bookfeststl.com

African Market

Sat., Sept. 22, 2-5 p.m.
expeditionsubsahara@gmail.com

All are invited to celebrate with an authentic African market right here in St. Louis. Put together by Expedition Subsahara on a mission to connect cultures. What a better way to connect cultures then to taste, smell, feel and be surrounded by it? Guests will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of what an open-air market is like in Senegal, complete with a traditional beverages and snacks, fashion, and music — staples in any Senegalese market. Come shop the artisan goods, from clutches/wallets to baskets, tablewear and jewelry that will make you and your conscience smile. Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/2195902537308740/
Bowood Farms (map)
4605 Olive St.
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-454-6868
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