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A narrative constant of young-adult fiction is that young people love horses, and horses help young people through the rigors of adolescence -- so much so that the phenomenon has its own genre known as "pony books." Washington University graduate and creative writing professor Anton DiSclafani draws inspiration from that form in her coming-of-age novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls. DiSclafani's central character is fifteen-year-old Thea Atwell, a 1930s Southern girl ousted from her affluent Florida home by angry parents, who send her to boarding school at -- you guessed it -- the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Get the whole story at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, when DiSclafani visits the Schlafly branch of the St. Louis Public Library (225 North Euclid Avenue) to discuss her greatly anticipated book. Copies of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp will be sold on site by Subterranean Books. For more information, call 314-862-6100 visit
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