(KMOV)-- St. Louis City and county libraries kicked off the 2011 "Read Saint Louis" program Thursday morning.
The program is a joint effort between the city and county libraries to encourage St. Louisans to read and discuss great books.
Each year, Read St. Louis showcases books selected by the two libraries from several distinct categories. St. Louis County Library and St. Louis Public Library host events with each of the featured authors, along with a variety of programs, activities, and discussions designed around each book.
The 2011 Read St. Louis selected authors and titles are:
Distinguished Literary Achievement: Joyce Carol Oates, "A Widow's Story"
Mystery: Walter Mosley, "When the Thrill is Gone"
Young Readers' Fiction: Lois Lowry, "The Giver"
Non-Fiction: David Finkel, "The Good Soldier"
Fiction: Jonathan Franzen, "Freedom"
The Read St. Louis events will kick-off on Friday, March 4, 7:00 p.m. when critically acclaimed novelist Joyce Carol Oates visits St. Louis County Library, Headquarters to discuss her new memoir "A Widow's Story."
Nationally bestselling literary suspense author Walter Mosley will also visit St. Louis County Library Headquarters on Saturday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. to discuss the 2011 Read St. Louis mystery selection "When the Thrill is Gone."
Detailed program information is available by clicking here or by visiting St. Louis County Library or St. Louis Public Library branch.
Read St. Louis is funded by a grant from the UPS Foundation. Co-sponsors include the St. Louis County Library Foundation, the St. Louis Public Library Foundation, KMOV Channel 4, and the Literacy Roundtable. Bookseller partners include Pudd'nHead Books, Left Bank Books, Borders, and Barnes & Noble.
Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive Charles Dooley serve as Read St. Louis Honorary Co-Chairs.