SLCL Foundation Welcomes Shannon Hale Today

The St. Louis County Library Foundation's Reading Garden Event Series presents a special event with award-winning young adult author Shannon Hale tonight, October 9, 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Hale will read from her new novel "Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends."

Copies of the author's books will be for sale at the event from Barnes & Noble. The program is free and open to the public.

New York Times best-selling author Shannon Hale knew at age 10 it was her destiny to become a writer. She has quested deep into fairytales in such enchanting books as "The Goose Girl," "Book of a Thousand Days," "Rapunzel's Revenge" and Newbery Honor winner "Princess Academy."

Her new novel introduces Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school where the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens...whether they want to or not.

Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End-both for a story and for a life. As the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen's destiny is to follow in her mother's wicked footsteps, but evil is not Raven's style. She's starting to wonder, what if she rewrote her own story? The royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, has a happy ever after planned for herself, but it depends upon Raven feeding her a poison apple in their future. What if Raven doesn't sign the Storybook of Legends? It could mean a happily never after for them both.

St. Louis County Library Foundation's Reading Garden Event Series hosts free family events with authors and musicians. Sponsors include Commerce Bank, Companion and the Sara Guth Costigan Memorial Fund.

Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit

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