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Acclaimed Authors to Speak at Mid-Continent Public Library

Library Hosts Prominent Writers as Part of Story Center Speaker Series 

Independence, MO – Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL), in partnership with Rainy Day Books, is pleased to announce the addition of four prominent writers to its Story Center Speaker Series, which will host presentations at the Woodneath Library Center throughout May, June, and July.

“The Story Center Speaker Series offers the opportunity for members of the community to connect with and learn from some of the most renowned authors in the industry,” said Andie Paloutzian, Story Center Program Manager. “Mid-Continent Public Library is not only dedicated to providing access to exceptional materials, but also to unique programs like these, which inspire individuals to dip into their own creative reservoirs.”

Included among the new lineup of Story Center Speaker Series writers are:

eat pray loveRobin Murphy, contributor for Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It: Life Journeys Inspired by the Bestselling Memoir
Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m.

In the ten years since its debut, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love has empowered millions of readers to set out on new paths. This new anthology aggregates short essays from Gilbert’s fans on how the story has impacted their lives. Robin Murphy is one such contributor and will share her experiences in a talk on this new collection. Copies will be for sale at the event. Registration is required.

all summer longDorothea Benton Frank, author of All Summer Long

Wednesday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m.

New York Times bestselling adult fiction author, public speaker, and fundraiser extraordinaire Dorothea Benton Frank, known for her gracious character and southern charm, will discuss her work including her newest book, All Summer Long. The novel tells the story of a New York couple that decides to move to South Carolina for a slower-paced life but encounters many unexpected challenges along the way. Frank’s presentation will be followed by a signing of the new novel. Registration is required.

The Memory of LemonJudith Fertig, author of The Memory of Lemon
Wednesday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Award-winning and bestselling cookbook and fiction author Judith Fertig is a known purveyor of “Heartland” cuisine. A contributor to The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and Better Homes & Gardens, her cookbooks include Prairie Home Cooking,Heartland: The Cookbook, and I Love Cinnamon Rolls. She has also appeared on the Food Network. Her program will be followed by a signing of her newest work, The Memory of Lemon, the sequel to The Cake Therapist. Registration is required.

as good as goneLarry Watson, author of As Good as Gone
Thursday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Larry Watson, author of 12 adult fiction titles including Montana 1948, American Boy, andLet Him Go, will discuss his work, including his most recent novel, As Good as Gone. The book, set in the 1960s, follows the story of cowboy and all-around wild card Calvin Sidey, who is enlisted to help care for his two grandchildren. Watson’s presentation will be followed by a signing of the novel. Registration is required.

The Story Center was developed as an initiative to inspire and celebrate the art of the story. Previous speakers in the Speaker Series have included acclaimed New York Times bestselling authors Gillian Flynn, Sara Paretsky, and Jen Mann, as well as renowned journalist and author Richard Zoglin, among others. For more information on the Series, or to register for an event, visit mystorycenter.org.

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