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Book lovers of all ages can celebrate St. Louis’ literary heritage at the inaugural BookFest St. Louis, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in the Central West End. The event is presented by the Central West End, Left Bank Books and the Left Bank Books Foundation.

The book festival will bring a diverse mix of locally and internationally renowned writers, with appearances by award-winning authors such as Sherman Alexie, Ann Leckie and many more. Link to schedule.

Festival-goers will be able to enjoy panels highlighting the best of contemporary literary fiction, poetry, memoir, science fiction, young adult fiction, mystery and history, as well as participate in family-friendly activities including book sales, literary crafts, live music and more within the McPherson Avenue festival zone and at other venues throughout the Central West End.

All BookFest St. Louis activities are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

In between BookFest St. Louis author events, be sure to check out the McPherson Avenue festival zone, featuring live music, demonstrations, book sellers, local artisans and more! Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.

William Burroughs in London, 1989

Celebrate CWE’s Literary Legacy at Writer’s Corner
Beat Generation writer William S. Burroughs will join busts of other one-time CWE residents Tennessee Williams, T.S. Eliot and Kate Chopin at the intersection of Euclid and McPherson. Burroughs’ sculpture will be installed on the southwest corner, outside Left Bank Books, and will be unveiled at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Link for more info.

More events this weekend on and off campus:

In “Raindropped,” Scott Greenberg, a senior in Arts & Sciences, explores the idea of tumbling from grace, both figuratively and literally. This weekend, “Raindropped” will receive its world premiere staged reading at Washington University in St. Louis as part of the annual A.E. Hotchner New Play Festival.

Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival
Friday September 22-Sunday September 25
Soulard Market
The annual event will feature Hispanic Folkloric dancers, over 70 booths and the Los Ninos Kids Corner with piñatas and traditional Hispanic games.
Link to more information.

Soak up some sun, music, and art this weekend in Forest Park and nearby Clayton. Starting tonight, there will be a free prequel to LouFest just for college students in Forest Park. Student Life reports on the event called, LouFestU :

“a new initiative geared toward showing St. Louis college students what all the city has to offer them, LouFest will be launching LouFest U this Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the night before the festival’s official start. In the spirit of catering to college students, the event will be completely free, with five musical artists performing and dozens of St. Louis businesses present to meet and network with students.”

Weezer, Snoop Dogg, and Cage the Elephant are the headliners at LouFest that starts on Saturday and runs for two days. The LouFest gates will open at 11:00am each day and close at 10:00pm each day. Tickets and more info available here: FAQ.

The LouFest band lineup includes:

Run the Jewels • Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Spoon • Huey Lewis & the News • Marian Hill • Lizzo
Houndmouth • Lecrae • Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Hippo Campus • The Record Company • ZZ Ward • Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Mondo Cozmo • Noname • Future Thieves • Middle Kids • Mvstermind
Ron Gallo • Jonny P • OKEY DOKEY • Jess Nolan • Chris Bandi • Jack Grelle
18andCounting & theOnlyEnsemble • Beth Bombara • Mathias & the Pirates • Starwolf
Daily Performances by Robot+Bike on the LouKidz Stage

To the west of campus in Clayton, the streets will be closed to traffic and pedestrians can wander for miles around the tents full of artworks by local and national artists. The Fair opens Friday night, Sept. 8, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 10. No entry fee.

The Saint Louis Art Fair was founded in 1994 and is ranked among the top ten art fairs and festivals to visit in the US.

There’s a whole city block of food vendors and two live music venues.

Fair hours:
Friday      5 – 10:00 PM
Saturday   11 AM – 10 PM
Sunday      11 AM – 5 PM