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10.02.2020 | LBB Presents ONLINE: Patrick Murphy – Candymen | Free

October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Categories: Historical, Literature & Poetry, Storytelling


Left Bank Books and St. Charles City-County Library welcome St. Louis native and five-time Emmy award winner Patrick Murphy, who will discuss his new book, “Candymen: The History of Switzer’s Licorice,” on Facebook Live at 7pm CDT on October 2. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of “Candymen” from Left Bank Books. The sweet smell of licorice and the giant candy bar painted on the factory wall at the Eads Bridge remain locked into the collective memory of generations of St. Louisans. “Candymen: The History of Switzers Licorice” tells the story of how two Irish-American families began a candy company in the kitchen of a tenement in St. Louis’ Irish slum and showed the world how the American Dream can be built upon a foundation of candy. In a story that passes through three generations, two World Wars, economic depressions, and labor unrest, the Murphys and the Switzers dedicated their lives to keeping the dream alive until it was put to an end by forces beyond their control.

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