Maryville Talks Books
Presented by Maryville University Library & Left Bank Books
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.
Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.
For more information, contact Chris Hollenbeck; 314.529.6854.
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Rebecca Skloot’s New York Times bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Thursday, January 23, 7 PM
Maryville University Auditorium
Speakers: Members of Lacks family in an interview format with Angie Weidinger of HEC-TV
Rebecca Skloot’s New York Times bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will be discussed with members from the Lacks family.
About the Book: Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown.
Veronica Spencer is Henrietta Lacks’ great granddaughter. Inspired by Henrietta’s story, she is currently studying to become a Registered Nurse at Baltimore City Community College. She represents the Lacks family on the National Institute of the Science’s panel that reviews applications to conduct research using the HeLa genome. Veronica is also a mentor at Johns Hopkins for Dunbar Scholars and a very active member of the Lacks Family Foundation.
Kim Lacks, a banking representative in Baltimore, is Henrietta Lacks’ granddaughter. She has traveled with her father and other family members on dozens of trips around the country, adding her own perspective on the legacy of Henrietta Lacks.. She is also one of the family members consulting on the highly-anticipated HBO film based on “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” produced by Oprah Winfrey and Allan Ball.
This will be an interview format with Angie Weidinger from HEC-TV and Spencer and Lacks
Ishmael Beah – Radiance of Tomorrow
Thursday, March 6, 7 PM
Maryville University Auditorium
A haunting, beautiful first novel by the bestselling author of A Long Way Gone.
When Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone was published in 2007, it soared to the top of bestseller lists, becoming an instant classic: a harrowing account of Sierra Leone’s civil war and the fate of child soldiers that “everyone in the world should read” (The Washington Post). Now Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called “arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature,” has returned with his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone.
At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they’re beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town’s water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they’re forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike.
With the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, Radiance of Tomorrow is a powerful novel about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times.
Ishmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1980. He came to the United States when he was seventeen and graduated from Oberlin College in 2004. He is a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War; a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Advisory Committee; a visiting scholar at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University; a cofounder of the Network of Young People Affected by War (NYPAW); and the president of the Ishmael Beah Foundation. He has spoken before the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and many panels on the effects of war on children. He lives in New York.
Dave Barry – You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About
Tuesday, March 18, 7 PM
Maryville University Auditorium
This is a ticketed event: davebarrymaryville.brownpapertickets.com
In uproarious, brand-new pieces, the NYT Bestselling author tackles everything from family trips, bat mitzvah parties and dating (he’s serious about that title: “When my daughter can legally commence dating–February 24, 2040–I intend to monitor her closely, even if I am deceased”) to funeral instructions (“I would like my eulogy to be given by William Shatner”), the differences between male and female friendships, the deeper meaning of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and a father’s ultimate sacrifice: accompanying his daughter to a Justin Bieber concert (“It turns out that the noise teenaged girls make to express happiness is the same noise they would make if their feet were being gnawed off by badgers”).
“Despite years of medication, Dave Barry is still the funniest damn writer in the whole country. Let’s hope he never grows up.” –Carl Hiaasen
$30 admits one person and includes one copy of “You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty.” $35 admits two people, includes one copy of “You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty,” and $5 will be rebatable towards the purchase of another copy at the event.
2012-2013 Author Visits
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
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
2010-11 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
Past authors in the Series
Anna Quindlen 5.6.10
Daniel Pink * 1.21.10
John Grogan 10.22.09
Ken Robinson 1.15.09
* More videos of the author can be seen in the HEC-TV series, Maryville Talks Books: One on One.
Maryville Talks Books is also available on iTunes.