In theaters now…Zookeeper, starring lovable everyman KEVIN JAMES, makes its nationwide debut today, but St. Louisans got a sneak peak last week. The actor attended the movie’s red-carpet premiere at the Saint Louis Zoo, and shared the spotlight with some local celebs and a few of the animals from the Children’s Zoo. The Saint Louis Zoo is the only zoo in the country to host the film’s premiere.

Attention, newlyweds! Did you spend your first days as Mr. and Mrs. exploring exotic locales or frolicking on the beach? We’re putting together our annual honeymoon album and we’d love to feature your favorite photo from the trip! Send us a picture by July 15 with the couple’s names, wedding date and honeymoon destination. Email your submissions to

Ever wondered what it would be like to travel halfway across the world, visit exquisite gardens and have two of St. Louis’ top ‘garden guides’ at your side? The Missouri Botanical Garden is offering St. Louisans a chance to travel to China with DRS. PETER and PAT RAVEN. The first trip to central and northern China embarks Oct. 16 for two weeks, and will include stops at the Great Wall of China, Beijing Botanical Garden, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, as well as a cruise along the Li River. A second trip, extending farther south in China, takes place May 13-27, 2012, and will feature trips to Shanghai Botanical Garden and the city of Suzhou, which is known for its elegant classical gardens. Peter Raven, president emeritus of Missouri Botanical Garden, was born in Shanghai and has returned to the country at least 100 times during the past 30 years. Pat Raven is LN’s gardening columnist. More info on the trip is available from

Noted Washington University humanities professor GERALD EARLY will make his second appearance on the popular PBS documentary show, History Detectives. The July 12 episode, which airs at 8 p.m., will chronicle Early’s find of a rare 1950s comic book, titled Negro Romance, at an auction.

This year’s Saint Louis Literary Award will go to Peruvian author MARIO VARGAS LLOSA, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. Llosa, whose extensive work covers many genres from comedy to mystery, also is an acclaimed essayist and journalist. He’ll be honored at a special Saint Louis University Library Associates event at the University in November.

St. Louis author SUSAN MCBRIDE is out with her latest novel, Little Black Dress, the follow-up to the much buzzed about The Cougar Club. She’ll be attending a launch and book-signing party at the Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Public Library on Aug. 24. To get attendees in the mood, event co-sponsor Neiman Marcus will be previewing the latest little black dresses for fall, as well. LN