Save the Date!


  • Stranger Than Fiction: Into the Woods



    DATE: Saturday, November 21, 2015

    TIME: 7:00 – 10:00pm

    WHERE: Central Library (1301 Olive Street)

    Tickets: Individual Tickets $125

    Sponsorships: Beginning at $1,000

    Parking: Complimentary valet parking provided


    Grab your basket of goodies, toss on your best red cape and glass slippers, and venture “into the woods” at Central Library when the St. Louis Public Library Foundation continues its tradition of hosting the most OUTRAGEOUS and CREATIVE events with Stranger Than Fiction:  Into the Woods. Join us for a literary night to remember with cocktails, heavy appetizers, music, dancing, entertainment, and games that highlight the literary arts – this year with a special “grown up” take on fairy tales. 


    Stranger Than Fiction Co-Chairs                                

    Alissa Duel and Devon Fischer


    Stranger Than Fiction Event Committee

    Jane Arnold

    Julie & Todd Baur

    Lisa & Tom Carnahan

    Melissa & Bill Clendenin

    Megan & Brian Clinton

    David Diener

    Carolyn & Scott Dolan

    Jamie Donnelly

    Carolyn & James Eiseman

    Helene and David Farrell

    Alison and John Ferring

    Elise & Anthony Frisella

    Jenni & Richard Gemberling

    Abby & Joe Goldberg

    Diedre & Michael Gray

    Lisa & Matt Hall

    Audra Harrold

    Linda & Jesse Hunter

    Joni & Drew Karandjeff

    Tiya Lim

    Carol & Jamie Lister

    Linda Lockwood

    Sandy Lux

    Margaret McDonald

    Mai & Michael McLaughlin

    Melissa & Robert Merlin

    Isabelle and Jean-Paul Montupet

    Cindy & Sandy Peters

    Charlene Prather

    Susan & Joseph Rechter

    Dana & Barry Sandweiss

    Ulrike & Tom Schlafly

    Lily & Bruce Seymour

    Christa Carr Shatz & Gerald Shatz

    Marla & Greg Smith

    Mary Ann & Andy Srenco

    Amanda Sugarman

    Joan Tracy

    Kay & Marshall Turner

    Josephine & Dick Weil

    Erica & Bryan Willert


    Thank you to the following individuals and businesses for their generous support. Proceeds from this event benefit the St. Louis Public Library Foundation’s Annual Fund which supports literacy and after-school programs offered at Library locations throughout St. Louis City: Homework Helpers, Summer Reading Club, Read It Forward, Reading Pays, and Playdate Theater.


    Wish Makers

    Ulrike & Tom Schlafly


    Spell Casters


    Alison and John Ferring


    Isabelle and Jean-Paul Montupet

    Westmoreland Associates, LLC


    Glass Slippers

    BSI Constructors, Inc.

    Dowd Bennett LLP

    Hope and Julian Edison

    Edward Jones

    Stifel Nicolaus

    U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation


    Friends of the Forest

    Ameren Missouri

    Barbara Bryant

    Commerce Bank

    DFC Group

    Lisa and Matt Hall

    Lashly & Baer, P.C.


    Willert Home Products


    Magic Beans


    Bank of America

    Catherine and James Berges


    Lisa and Tom Carnahan

    Barbara and Charles Cook

    Dielman Sotheby’s International Realty

    Carolyn and Scott Dolan

    Deborah and Bob Dolgin


    Carolyn and Jim Eiseman



    Fox Family Foundation

    Jenni and Richard Gemberling

    Barbara Bushman Goodman

    Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.

    Patricia and Mark Hillis

    Linda and Jesse Hunter

    Joni and Drew Karandjeff

    Ann Liberman

    David Mason & Associates

    Cindy and Sandy Peters

    Polsinelli PC

    Quest Management Consultants

    Sue and Joe Rechter

    Ellen Sherberg and Jerry Rosenblum

    Dana and Barry Sandweiss

    Mary Anne and Joe Sedey

    Mary Ann and Andy Srenco

    St. Louis Antique Lighting

    Margaret and Jerry Thomasson

    Laura and Matt Villa

    Sheila Greenbaum and Gary Wasserman

    Special thanks to 100 Percent Wine Project, Julie and Todd Baur, Butler’s Pantry, Flipping Good Times, Gateway Men’s Chorus, Anonymous, MADCO (Modern American Dance Company), The MUNY, Neiman Marcus, Pasta House Company, Schlafly Beer and the Stranger Than Fiction Party Committee.


    For more information about tickets, sponsorship, and more, contact us at 314.539.0359 or

  • Young Literati Book Swap

    Schlafly Tap Room, North Bar, 2100 Locust St.


    Looking for a good book to read? Have a great book that you want to pass on to others? Then come to the Young Literati’s Book Swap!

    Just bring a book you don’t mind parting with to the Schlafly Tap Room’s North Bar and trade, chat, and enjoy great beer with other young professionals. Bring a book that fits with the month’s suggested theme or any book you would like to share.

    Wondering what a typical Book Swap is like? Check out this article by Walrus Publishing.

    This event is FREE. You do not have to be a member of the Young Literati to attend.


  • A Taste of Fiction


    Thank you to everyone who made A Taste of Fiction a huge success. Thank you to our sponsors, our event co-chairs, our  event planning committee and a BIG thank you to the 16 partcipating chefs. Their creativity and passion for the culinary and literary is unsurpassed.

    A Taste of Fiction is a one-of-a-kind culinary event that engages the finest pastry chefs in the region to interpret literary works in pastry. Guests join us for a tantalizing cocktail event where works of culinary and literary fusion are on display and some are available to taste. A Taste of Fiction kicks off a month of culinary  happenings at the St. Louis Public Library during the month of March. Proceeds from the evening benefit culinary programming and the culinary collection at  the St. Louis Public Library.


    2015 A Taste of Fiction Featured Chefs

    George Guthier - Long-time St. Louis Pastry Chef

    Danielle Luisi - Annie Gunn’s 

    Tim Brennan - Cravings

    Julie Weldele - Crepes Etc. & Scape American Bistro

    Casey Shiller - Baking and Pastry Arts for St. Louis Community College at Forest Park

    Saul Juarez - Four Seasons St. Louis

    Laura Barton and Melissa Cusumano - Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Cafe

    Jenny Bazzetta and Team - Kakao Chocolate

    Simone Faure - La Patisserie Chouquette

    Amanda Pinkstaff - Le Cordon Bleu

    Lia Weber and Martin Lopez - Made. by Lia

    Anne Croy - Pastaria

    Sandia Hoormann - Piccione Pastry

    Stephan Schubert - River City Casino

    Darlene Fahrig-Markovich - Schnucks Cooking School

    Brielle Fratellone - The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis


    2015’s A Taste of Fiction was presented through

     Supporters of FIRST® Championship, Monsanto and C.I.A.

    with additional support from; David Orthwein, Ulrike and Tom Schlafly, Novus International, Inc., Renaissance Financial Corporation, Ameren Missouri, Butler’s Pantry, Thomas and Sally Cohn, Ellenwood Fund of the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation, Dr. William H. Danforth, Hope and Julian Edison, Evntiv., Alison and John Ferring, Ford Hotel Supply, Imo’s Pizza, Mona and Paul Knopp, Erica Leisenring and Bob Sears, Peasy and Andy Love, Jean-Paul and Isabelle Montupet, Sally and George Nikolajevich, Lily and David Ott, Pi Pizzeria, Joeseph E. and Susan Rechter, Regions Bank, SAUCE Magazine, Joe and Annie Schlafly, Schlafly Beer , Michael and Carol Staenberg and Teg and Frank Stokes.


    Special thanks to; BUDS Florist, Defiance Whiskey, Indian Creek Apiaries, Kakao Chocolate, Schlafly Beer and the event committee.

    For information about sponsoring a St. Louis Public Library Foundation event, contact Liz Reeves at 314.340.2403 or

  • A Novel Affair

    Thank you to the many individuals and businesses who helped make A Novel Affair a success.

    A Novel Affair Event Committee

    Gala Co-Chairs             

    Isabelle Montupet

    Ulrike Schlafly

    Gala Committee

    Mary Randolph Ballinger

    Tania Beasley-Jolly

    Carol Benoist

    Amelia Bond

    Barbara Bryant

    Boo Cook

    Jeanne Marie Dalba

    David Diener

    Carolyn Dolan

    Yvette Dubinsky

    Lelia Farr

    Carolyn Farrell

    Alison Ferring

    Devon Fischer

    Beth Flanigan

    Nancy Galvin

    Jenni Gemberling

    Penny George

    Barbara B. Goodman

    Jan Greenberg

    Judy Harris

    Lotsie Holton

    Sharon John

    Joni Karandjeff

    Susan Kilo

    Sheena Kopman

    Ann Lause

    Ann Liberman

    Leslie Lux

    Jill Otto

    Gayle Palmer

    Cindy Peters

    Emily Rauh Pulitzer

    Sue Rechter

    Jeana Reisinger

    Janet Rodgers

    Christy Schlafly

    Eloise Schlafly

    Tricia Schlafly

    Colleen Schoendienst

    Susan Sherman

    Patti Short

    Peggy Sly

    Becky Smith

    Laurie Stern

    Patti Thorp

    Pam Trapp

    Marquita Trenier Wiley

    Laura Villa

    Anabeth Weil

    Josephine Weil

    Nina Wilkins

    Donna Wilkinson

    Erica Willert

    Sydney Loughran Wolf

    Jackie Yoon

    A Novel Affair was supported by; Ulrike and Tom Schlafly, Alison and John Ferring, Yvette and John Dubinsky, Emerson, Monsanto Company, Isabelle and Jean-Paul Montupet, Bank of America, Camilla and Stephen F. Brauer, BSI Constructors, Lisa and Tom Carnahan, Deborah and Bob Dolgin, Dowd Bennett LLP, Hope and Julian Edison, Edward Jones, Susan and John Kilo, Colleen and Bob Millstone, Stifel Nicolaus, US Bancorp Community Development Corp., Washington University,Wells Fargo Advisors, Anonymous, Argent Capital Management, Commerce Bank, Cathy and Jim Berges, Nancy and Walter Galvin, Barbara B. Goodman, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Katz, Nancy and Ken Kranzberg, Lashly & Baer, PC, Gayle and Fred Palmer, PNC Bank, Mary and Tom Stillman, Laura and Matt Villa, Barbara Bryant and Ann Liberman.


    Special thanks to; A. Bommarito Wines, Evntiv, Major Brands Premium Beverage Distributors, Pasta House Company and Schlafly Beer.


    For information about sponsorship opportunities for other St. Louis Public Library Foundation events, please contact Liz Reeves at 314.340.2403 or