It's the fiction practitioners who tend to reap whatever measures of fame and glory sometimes accrue to the business of writing. Writers of nonfiction (apart from some household names like the mega-successful Bill Bryson and David McCullough) seem to work in greater obscurity. But never mind -- the reward is in the usually very high quality of the latter camp's output and the readers who value it. Lee Sandlin
is one of our better nonfiction craftsmen working today, and tonight 7 p.m. at St. Louis County Library Headquarters (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-994-3300 or www.slcl.org
) you can listen to him discourse on his two latest books, Storm Kings: The Untold Story of America's First Tornado Chasers
, and The Distancers: An American Memoir
. Both titles are Midwest-specific: Storm Kings
for quite obvious reasons and The Distancers
because it's about Sandlin's mother's family, from good old Edwardsville, Illinois. Admission is free, and Left Bank Books will have copies of Sandlin's books for sale.
Tue., March 4, 7 p.m., 2014