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

For more information, contact Chris Hollenbeck; 314.529.6854.




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Piper KermanOrange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison
Wednesday, September 10, 7 PM
Maryville University Auditorium

Lecture, Q & A and book signing
(FYI – also a Maryville Reads on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 12:15 PM in Auditorium)

In her memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison, Piper Kerman recounts the 15 months that she spent in the Danbury Correctional Facility for a crime she had committed ten years prior as a very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking. Compelling, moving, and often hilarious, the stories of the women she met while in prison raise issues of friendship and family, mental illness, the odd cliques and codes of behavior, the role of religion, the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailor, and the almost complete lack of guidance for life after prison. The memoir was adapted into an original Netflix series of the same name.

ZealotReza Aslan – Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Thursday, September 18, 7 PM
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Lecture, Q&A, and Book Signing
Tickets: zealot.brownpapertickets.com

From the international bestselling author of No god but God comes Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine. The result is a singularly brilliant portrait of a man, a time, and the birth of a religion. 

Andy Cohen Diaries

Andy Cohen – The Andy Cohen Diaries

Tuesday, November 25, 7 PM
Skip Viragh Center for the Arts - Chaminade College Preparatory School

Lecture, Q&A, and Book Signing
Tickets: andycohen.brownpapertickets.com

Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books presents Bravo executive producer Andy Cohen, who will discuss his new memoir.

$30 admits one and includes one copy of The Andy Cohen Diaries. $35 admits two, includes one copy of The Andy Cohen Diaries and $5 is rebatable towards the purchase of a second copy Cohen’s book.

As a TV producer and host of the smash-hit late night show “Watch What Happens Live,” Andy Cohen has a front row seat to an exciting world not many get to see. In this dishy, detailed diary of one year in his life, Andy goes out on the town, drops names, hosts a ton of shows, becomes codependent with “Real Housewives,” makes trouble, calls his mom, drops some more names, and, while searching for love, finds it with a dog.

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.

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