Local authors to sign their books at Let Them Eat Art

Two area authors plan to hold a book-signing as part of Maplewood’s Let Them Eat Art festival, Friday, July 14, from 6 to 11 p.m. in downtown Maplewood.

Maplewood author Eileen P. Duggan and Maplewood native Wanda Kennedy Kuntz plan to sign their music-related novels as part of Maplewood’s Let Them Eat Art festival.

Wanda Kennedy Kuntz’s historical novel, Kennedy Music, was written about Maplewood, in particular about her family’s Maplewood music store, Kennedy Music. The story is a fictionalized account of Kuntz’s parents’ romance and how they raised a musical family in a growing music store in the heart of Maplewood. The book includes many historical pictures of Maplewood.

Maplewood resident Eileen P. Duggan will sign copies of her novel, The Not-Ready-for-Juilliard Players, which was written in Maplewood. The novel follows four music majors at a Midwestern community college music department, where a manipulative professor tries to spin average students into late-blooming Juilliard-bound prodigies. The friends reunite a decade later after the professor is murdered.

Both writers are piano teachers and longtime members of the St. Louis Area Music Teachers Association and Piano Teachers Round Table, of which Kuntz is president. Both earned degrees in music, Kuntz from Webster University and Duggan from Fontbonne University. Duggan also is a freelance writer, editor, journalist and piano teacher.

Let Them Eat Art is Maplewood’s annual, whimsical tribute to Bastille Day, featuring live art demonstrations, live music, food and drink.

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