Despite boasting two major library systems, a strong set of municipal libraries, a thriving culture of independent book stores and one of the strongest literary heritages of any city in America, St. Louis has had trouble maintaining an ongoing literary festival, with the notable exception of the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival. BookFest St. Louis aims to right that wrong with a long-lasting celebration of the literary arts. The inaugural BookFest St. Louis, which is organized and supported by the Central West End, Left Bank Books and the Left Bank Books Foundation, will take place Thursday to Saturday (September 21 to 23) at multiple locations within the Central West End (www.bookfeststl.com)and will feature panels with authors who write for children, those who write literary fiction, memoir, poetry and science fiction. Among the noteworthy authors participating are Sherman Alexie, Nebula Award-winner Charlie Jane Anders and her partner Annalee Newitz (founder of, and with Anders, the heart and soul of, science fiction blog io9.com) and Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. If you love books, this is the place to be.
Price: free admission