Tuesday, September 20, 2011

An Evening with Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton

An Evening with Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton
by Jenny Beatrice

It was a gray, rainy night at the gothic cathedral where 350 devoted followers of the queens of the modern vampire tale generated so much excitement they could have raised the dead.  No, this is not a storyline from the imaginations of the wildly successful paranormal authors Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton, but the reality of the special September 14 event that brought the writers together with their fans for a good cause.
This fundraiser for the St. Louis Public Library was a collaboration between the library, Christ Church Cathedral and Subterranean Books, held in conjunction with the Bouchercon Mystery Convention that was in St. Louis from September 15-18. The Very Reverand Michael Kinman, dean of Christ Church Cathedral, welcomed the guests, noting that hosting an event such as this is part of the millennia-long tradition of cathedrals serving as community hubs. Christ Church’s local community includes Central Library, currently undergoing a massive two-year renovation and slated to reopen in late 2012. Waller McGuire, executive director of the St. Louis Public Libraries, thanked all involved with the event, stating that the funds from this event will benefit the Central branch, “helping assure that the library will have another century of service” and “become one of the world’s great modern libraries.”

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