Maryville Talks Books

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Presented by Maryville University
and Left Bank Books

Maryville Talks Books features lectures by noted authors. Admission is  free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Seating is open on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, contact Ashlee Brockenbrough; 314.529.9349.

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Upcoming Author Visits

Reich.croppedRobert B. Reich
Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
Maryville University Auditorium

Lecture, Q&A, and Book Signing

Robert B. Reich is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served as the former secretary of labor in three U.S. administrations and has written 13 books. The author of Aftershock and The Work of Nations, Reich will sign and discuss his new book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few.

Perhaps no one is better acquainted with the intersection of finance and politics than Reich, and now he reveals the cycles of power and influence that have perpetuated a new American oligarchy, a shrinking middle class, and the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity in 80 years. Saving Capitalism is a passionate yet practical, sweeping yet minutely argued, myth-shattering breakdown of what’s wrong with our political-economic system and what it will take to fix it.

Geraldine Brooks (c) Randi Baird.croppedGeraldine Brooks
The Secret Chord

Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
The Ethical Society of St. Louis
9001 Clayton Road
St. Louis, Mo. 63117

This presentation is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested: left-bank.com/geraldinebrooks

Lecture, Q&A, and Book Signing

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks will sign and discuss her new novel, The Secret Chord.

In perhaps her most ambitious novel yet, Brooks takes on one of literature’s richest and most enigmatic figures: King David, a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage, as seen through the eyes of those who love or fear him.


Sam Weller
Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview .

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m.
Maryville University Auditorium

* Tuesday, Nov. 10, 11:50 a.m.
Maryville University Auditorium
(Maryville Reads presentation – 
free and open to the public)

Lecture, Q&A, and Book Signing .

Sam Weller is the authorized biographer of Ray Bradbury. His book The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury (William Morrow) was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and winner of the 2005 Society of Midland Authors Award for Best Biography. The companion book, Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews, was published by Melville House/Stop Smiling Books in 2010. With Mort Castle, Weller co-edited the short fiction anthology Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury (William Morrow Paperbacks), winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology. His fourth Bradbury book, Ray Bradbury: The Last Interview was published by Melville House in 2014.

Weller is the former Midwest Correspondent for Publishers Weekly. His essays have appeared in the Paris Review, on the National Public Radio Program All Things Considered, Slate magazine, Huffington Post and many others. His short fiction has appeared in numerous books, literary journals, and magazines. Weller is a frequent lecturer on the life and legacy of Ray Bradbury. He has given over 300 talks around the world. Weller is the associate chair of the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago.

* Bradbury’s classic, Fahrenheit 451, is the Maryville Reads book selection for 2015-2016. Events and curriculum planned throughout the year will engage the Maryville community in discussion on themes found in the book. Weller’s first campus appearance, at 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, is presented in conjunction with the Maryville Reads program.


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2014-2015 Author Visits

Judy Blume * 6.19.15
Erik Larson * 4.9.15
Blaine Harden * 3.31.15
George Hodgman 3.16.15
Julian E. Zelizer * 2.24.15
Andy Cohen * 11.25.14
Patricia Cornwell * 11.15.14
Reza Aslan * 9.18.14
Piper Kerman * 9.10.14

2013-2014 Author Visits

Mark Epstein, MD * 8.4.14
Jean Kwok * 6.27.14
Garrison Keillor 6.15.14
Daniel James Brown * 5.28.14
Austin Kleon * 4.24.14
Ishmael Beah 3.6.14
Dave Barry * 3.18.14
Lacks Family (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot) 11.23.13
Ann Patchett 11.14.13
Jared Diamond * 11.12.13
Sue Grafton * 9.18.13

2012-2013 Author Visits

Khaled Hosseini * 5.30.13
Michael Pollan * 5.9.13
Elizabeth Strout * 4.12.13
Daniel H. Pink * 3.6.13
Lisa Gardner * 2.10.13
David Von Drehle * 1.18.13
Jon Meacham * 12.5.12
Mark Bowden * 11.12.12
Chitra Divakaruni * 11.1.12
William H. Chafe 10.17.12
Eric Greitens * 10.16.12
Bill Donius * 9.12.12
Buzz Bissinger * 6.11.12
Douglas Brinkley 6.4.12

2011-2012 Author Visits

Frank Deford * 5.30.12
Senator Bill Bradley * 5.11.12
Vanessa Williams and Helen Williams 5.10.12
Alexander McCall Smith * 4.16.12
Lisa See * 3.12.12
Luis Urrea
* 1.17.12
Howard Markel * 11.18.11
Charlene Bry 10.18.11
Stacy Schiff * 9.16.11
Daniel H. Wilson * 6.13.11

2010-2011 Author Visits

Justin Cronin * 5.31.11
Sister Madonna Buder, ’52 * 5.26.11
Helen Simonson * 4.14.11
Wes Moore * 2.17.11
Michele Norris 11.17.10
Ron Chernow 10.28.10
Steven Johnson 10.15.10
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri 6.14.10

2009-2010 Author Visits

Anna Quindlen 5.6.10
Daniel Pink * 1.21.10
John Grogan 10.22.09
Ken Robinson 1.15.09

* Videos of these authors can be seen in the Emmy-nominated and award-winning HEC-TV series, Maryville Talks Books: One on One.

Maryville Talks Books is also available on iTunes.