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

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Maryville Talks Books: Spring 2017 Lineup



Christina Baker Kline
A Piece of the World

Thursday, March 2 – 7 p.m.
Maryville University Auditorium

Admission is free, but reservations are required.

To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best-known American paintings of the twentieth century. As she did in her beloved smash bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history.



Rick Ankiel

Rick Ankiel
The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch That Changed My Life

Wednesday, April 19 – 7 p.m.
Ethical Society of St. Louis

This is a ticketed event. Click here for tickets.

The former St. Louis Cardinal Rick Ankiel will sign and discuss his memoir, The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch That Changed My Life.

On Oct. 3, 2000, 21-year-old Rick Ankiel took the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. All was going well until Ankiel, lauded as the next Bob Gibson, threw a pitch that missed the mitt — wildly. Then he threw another. Then another. Slowly at first, then rapidly, his once-impenetrable psyche crumbled. He would forever look back on that day as the day the unwelcome, inexplicable Phenomenon arrived. In this book, Ankiel tells the story of his battle with an anxiety condition widely known as the Yips, the courageous soul-searching that followed, and his eventual triumph over the demons in his own mind to reenter the game.

“I couldn’t put this book down…it displays the power of the human spirit to overcome the odds.”
—Mike Matheny, The Matheny Manifesto



Jen Sincero

Jen Sincero
You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth!

Monday, April 24 – 7 p.m.
UMSL at Grand Center, Community Room

This is a ticketed event. Click here for tickets.

Discussion, Q&A and book signing

You Are a Badass at Making Money is a step-by-step guide to helping people overcome their blocks, push past their fears, and start making the kind of money they’ve never made before. Jen herself went from living in a converted garage to traveling the world in 5-star luxury in a matter of years, and knows all too well the layers of BS one can get wrapped up in around money, as well as what it takes to dig your way out. Written in the same style as her bestselling book You Are a Badass, You Are a Badass at Making Money combines entertaining essays with life-changing concepts. Jen boils all her wisdom down into manageable, bite-sized tips so her readers can put them into practice and get real results

Author Visits

* 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.


Christina Baker Kline 3.2.17

Joe Buck * 11.21.16
Bruce Watson 11.16.16
Mary Roach 11.1.16
Nick Offerman * 10.20.16
Emma Donoghue 10.11.16


Nathaniel Philbrick * 6.3.16
Curtis Sittenfeld 5.2.16
Kwame Alexander * 4.24.16
Krista Tippett * 4.8.16
Robert Reich * 10.7.15
Geraldine Brooks 10.29.15
Sam Weller * 11.10.15


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


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


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


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


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


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