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Lit in the Lou 

When: Fri., Oct. 21, 7 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 22, 10 a.m. 2016
Price: free to $35
St. Louis is a literary city. We have two strong library systems, a double handful of great independent bookstores and several long-running reading series. Adding to our bibliophilic wealth is Lit in the Lou, a celebration of authors and writers. This year's format is slightly different. Lit in the Lou opens with an opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, October 21, at University City City Hall (6801 Delmar Boulevard). The event will see Patricia McKissack receive the Tradition of Literary Excellence Award. Admission is $25 and includes appetizers and live music. The book fest starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 22, at Jackson Park Elementary School (7400 Balson Avenue, University City) with special guest Marc Brown, author of the Arthur series of children's books. John Hendrix, Amy Sklansky, Mary Engelbreit and Bobby Norfolk will also be there, and admission is free. Also attending is Jacqueline Woodson (author of the National Book Award-winning memoir Brown Girl Dreaming), who will address young adult readers at 1:30 p.m. Admission to all events at Jackson Park is free. A literary pub crawl on the Delmar Loop rounds out the festival with authors such as Ann Leckie, Maria Balog, Jane Ellen Ibur and Qiu Xiaolong reading from their works and signing copies at businesses along the strip. The crawl starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, and tickets for it are $35; start times are staggered so you can visit all the stops. Visit www.literarystl.com for tickets and schedule information.
— Paul Friswold

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