Julius Hunter, Whole Foods, Kennedy Music, more at Maplewood Library


Maplewood Public Library has four events scheduled for January, beginning with St. Louis journalist Julius Hunter speaking about his new book. Maplewood native Wanda Kennedy Kuntz will also discuss her new book on Kennedy Music.

The events listed are on the 40 South News events calendar.

  • An Evening with Julius Hunter, Jan. 13, Julius Hunter, St. Louis native, journalist and writer will be discussing his new book Priscilla and Babe. It’s the story of two former slaves who made St. Louis their home and became wealthy brothel owners during the Victorian era.  You will experience drama, heartbreak, scandal, mystery, political maneuvering, and even humor. Mr. Hunter will be signing the book and answering questions.
  • Eating healthy in the New Year with Whole Foods Market, Jan. 15, Healthy eating starts at home. Representatives of Whole Foods Market will help you make the right choices before you leave for work and when you get home from a long day. Join them for a healthy conversation including cost-cutting tips, easy recipe demonstration, and maybe even a sample or two!
  • Kennedy Music – Author talk and book signing, Jan. 17, Kennedy Music playfully explores the evolution of the music business and a musical family raised in Maplewood. The music store is remembered by many in the St. Louis region, including musicians who are still performing in various locales. Meet the author, Wanda Kennedy Kuntz, and hear her stories of growing up in this musical setting. Books will be available for sale. The first printing of Kennedy Music sold out and is in its second printing. See also: ‘Kennedy Music’ author reads at The Book House
  • Who do you think you are? Find your ancestors, Jan. 22, This introduction to genealogy class is designed to take you step-by-step through the process of genealogical research. You will be introduced to the resources and techniques needed to track down the information about your family’s history and to build a family tree. This class is intended for beginners and for people who have been doing genealogy for a while, but need some help putting it all together and keeping it organized.
  • History of micro-brewing in St. Louis, Jan. 29, The Saint Louis Brewery™, maker of Schlafly Beer is proud to be Missouri’s largest locally owned independent brewery. Stephen Hale (@schlaflybrewer), The Saint Louis Brewery’s Ambassador Brewer will guide us through the history of micro-brewing in St. Louis.

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  1. i just read Kennedy Music, described on its cover as “an historical novel”. It’s not a novel, but a lightly fictionalized family memoir. The local history is interesting and the photos great, but it’s really a bunch of pages of a grandma’s reminiscences and could have sorely used an editor. I’m glad I read it, but I’m also glad I read a library copy.


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