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September Book Club Walks in the Shoes of a Vanderbilt

ST. LOUIS – The Fontbonne University/KMOX Book Club welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning author T.J. Stiles at its September book club event. Stiles’ latest book is called “The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.” The event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis County Library, 1640 S. Lindbergh, 63131.

The event is free, but reservations are required. Call 314-444-1827 or e-mail, leave a name and phone number and reference the “September” book club to reserve a spot today.

“The First Tycoon” tells the story of Cornelius Vanderbilt, an American entrepreneur who made his fortune in shipping and railroads. The biography offers a new account of the business career and personal life of Vanderbilt, an influential corporate tycoon and the founder of the Vanderbilt dynasty. “The First Tycoon” was awarded the 2009 National Book Award for Non-Fiction and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.