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Join BWorks' volunteers and program graduates to hear fantastical and true-to-life stories read aloud by the young authors themselves at the author reading and book signing.  Books will be available for sale, with proceeds benefiting St. Louis Book Works and its future authors.

The Create-A-Book program at BWorks is a high energy, creatively charged experience to inspire young writers to tell important stories. The program focuses on fun and storytelling fundamentals, as writing coaches explain story lines, character development, dialog, rhythm, and word choice. The stories published here are only lightly edited and slightly reformatted from the original tales to preserve their youthfully expressive styles.

Book Works' Create-A-Book Program began in 2010. Dedicated volunteers and program participants have together published 4 previous copies of the programs' literary journal, Bee Hive - this is the 5th installment.


Event date: 
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Subterranean Books
6275 Delmar
St. Louis, MO 63130

In his debut novel, Graveyard of the Gods,  Richard Newman tells a humdinger of a tale that begins in the cornfields along the silty banks of the Wabash River and brushes with ghosts of his family's past, the nursing home where his deranged mother lives, Ohio River pirates near Cave-in-Rock, and the destruction of the small-town American and the Midwestern family farm through corporate greed, before a final showdown in Garden of the Gods park of the Shawnee National Forest. 

Although the extra cash helps keep him solvent, hog farmer Gene Barnes isn't proud of his role in disposing of the occasional body for an old Marine buddy mixed up with who knows what.  That is, until he recognizes one of the bodies he's about to feed to the hogs. Now he's got plenty of questions and none of 'em have good answers. When Gene sets off to find the truth, he travels a landscape of loss: loss of family, loss of the American small town, and loss of his own moral compass. From his farm in Carmi, Illinois, to Metropolis, the home of Superman, he travels through a Graveyard of the Gods only to discover revenge, and redemption comes at a high price.

Richard Newman is the author of the poetry collections All the Wasted Beauty of the World, Domestic Fugues, and Borrowed Towns. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in many periodicals and anthologies. His plays have been performed in San Diego's North Park Playwright Festival and the Spectrum festival in St. Louis. For the last twenty years he has served as editor of River Styx, and co-director of the River Styx Reading Series.


Event date: 
Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The Tree House, Night Owl Bar
3177 S. Grand
Graveyard of the Gods Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943075201
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blank Slate Press - September 20th, 2016

All the Wasted Beauty of the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781927409312
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Able Muse Press - October 15th, 2014

Domestic Fugues Cover Image
ISBN: 9780982416914
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Steel Toe Books - September 2009

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