Author Events

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JANUARY

Ishmael Beah (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Ishmael Beah
Author of “Radiance of Tomorrow”
Wednesday, January 28,  7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Former child solder and author of the extraordinary memoir “A Long Way Gone,” Ishmael Beah presents his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone. At the center of “Radiance of Tomorrow” are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends and teachers who return to their small village after the civil war. With the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, “Radiance of Tomorrow” is a powerful novel about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Michael Kahn (photo)



 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents St. Louis Mystery Writer Michael Kahn
Author of “The Sirena Quest”
Thursday, January 29, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Popular St. Louis mystery writer Michael Kahn presents a spin-off of his popular Rachel Gold legal suspense series starring intrepid St. Louis lawyer Lou Solomon. A wealthy alumnus of Barrett College has offered a $23 million reward for the return of a statue of a beautiful woman, Sirena, that’s been missing from the campus for 35 years. As his 20th class reunion looms, Lou agrees to join the quest and begins a haphazard and, at times illegal, cross-country mission with his three former roommates that is both deeply nostalgic and profoundly transformative.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

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FEBRUARY

John Hooper (photo)




 
John Hooper, “The Italians”
Wednesday, February 4, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

John Hooper’s entertaining and perceptive new book is the ideal companion for anyone seeking to understand contemporary Italy and the unique character of the Italians. Digging deep into their history, culture, and religion, Hooper offers keys to understanding everything from Italian politics to their love of life and beauty. Even readers who think they know Italy well will be surprised, challenged, and delighted by “The Italians.”

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Tavis Smiley (photo)







 
Tavis Smiley, “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Year”
Keynote Presentation of the 2015 Black History Celebration
Saturday, February 7, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room

(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author Tavis Smiley presents a dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination and the trials and tribulations he faced following denunciations by the press and rejection from the president. Smiley's “Death of a King” paints a portrait of a leader and visionary in a narrative different from all that have come before. Here is an exceptional glimpse into King's life — one that adds both nuance and gravitas to his legacy as an American hero.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Vida Prince (photo)




 
Vida “Sister” Goldman Prince, “That’s the Way it Was: Stories of Struggle, Survival, and Self-Respect in Twentieth Century Black St. Louis”
Monday, February 9, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
Presented by the 2015 Black History Celebration

Segregation was a way of life in 20th century St. Louis, aptly called “the most southern city in the North.” These thirteen oral histories describe the daily struggle that pervasive racism demanded but also share the tradition of self-respect that the African American community of St. Louis sought to build on its own terms. As the chairman of the Oral History Project at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center in St. Louis, Vida "Sister" Goldman Prince has been researching and recording oral history Interviews for the past 30 years.

Charles Baxter (photo)


 

Charles Baxter, “There’s Something I Want You to Do: Stories”
Thursday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium


A contemporary master of short fiction, Charles Baxter presents a dazzling new collection that explores the unpredictable and the mysterious in ordinary experience. These consistently surprising, remarkably beautiful stories are cast with characters who appear and reappear throughout the collection, their actions equally divided between the praiseworthy and the loathsome: a hit-and-run, a rescue, a startling love affair, or, of all things, a gesture of kindness and charity.  Charles Baxter is the author of the novels “The Feast of Love” (nominated for a National Book Award), “Saul and Patsy,” and “First Light.”

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Daniel Handler (photo)






 
Daniel Handler, “We Are Pirates”
Friday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Daniel Handler, aka children’s book author Lemony Snicket, presents a strange, brilliant novel for adult readers. In “We are Pirates,” 14-year-old Gwen and a ragtag crew steal a boat and head out on a quest for the life of a pirate while her hapless father tries to get her home. “We Are Pirates” is a novel about our desperate searches for happiness and freedom, about our wild journeys beyond the boundaries of our ordinary lives. Handler is also the author of the critically-acclaimed adult novels “Adverbs” and “Why We Broke Up.”

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Robert Middlekauff (photo)







 
Robert Middlekauff, “Washington’s Revolution: The Making of America’s First Leader”
Thursday, February 19, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium


(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian Robert Middlekauff presents a vivid new portrait of the formative years that made George Washington a great leader. Rich in psychological details regarding Washington's temperament, idiosyncrasies, and experiences, this book shows us a self-conscious Washington who grew in confidence and experience as a young soldier, businessman, and Virginian gentleman; and was transformed into an American patriot by the revolutionary ferment of the time.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Jennifer Senior (photo)







 
Jennifer Senior, “All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood”
Tuesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m.Library Headquarters – Auditorium

(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. But almost none have thought to ask: What are the effects of children on their parents? In “All Joy and No Fun,” award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their friendships, or their internal senses of self.  “All Joy and No Fun” makes us reconsider our most basic beliefs about parenthood, all while illuminating the profound ways children add purpose to our lives.

Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
John Boyne (photo)






 
John Boyne, “A History of Loneliness”
Thursday, February 26, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

The acclaimed author of “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” presents a riveting new novel about an honorable Irish priest who finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in its history. Once full of hope and ambition, Father Odran Yates’s devotion is rocked by revelations that shatter the Irish people’s faith in the Catholic Church. A novel as intimate as it is universal, “A History of Loneliness” is about the stories we tell ourselves to make peace with our lives. It confirms Boyne as one of the most searching storytellers of his generation.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

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MARCH

Phil Klay (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Phil Klay
Author of “Redeployment”
Friday, March 6,  7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction, Phil Klay’s “Redeployment” takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. “Redeployment” is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Klay—a veteran of the US Marine Corps who served in Iraq—as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Beau Willimon (photo)
TICKETED
EVENT



 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents a special evening with
St. Louis native Beau Willimon
Creator, Head Writer and Executive Producer of the award winning series, "House of Cards"
Saturday, March 7, 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters
 
*5:30-6:30 p.m. Private catered Reception with Beau Willimon.
In support of the Library Foundation's ForWord Fund designed to strengthen North County and underserved communities through education, reading and early childhood literacy programs.
 
7:00 p.m. Public On-Stage Interview with Beau Willimon by KMOX Radio Host Debbie Monterey
 
*Tickets are available thru Brown Paper Tickets or Library Headquarters - $125 single, $200 per couple.
Mary Doria Russell (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Mary Doria Russell
Author of “Epitaph”
Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Mary Doria Russell, the bestselling, award-winning author of “The Sparrow,” presents a richly detailed historical novel that follows Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to Tombstone, Arizona, and the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. It should have been a simple misdemeanor arrest. Thirty seconds and 30 bullets later, three officers were wounded and three citizens lay dead in the dirt. Wyatt Earp was the last man standing, the only one unscathed. The lies began before the smoke cleared, but the gunfight at the O.K. Corral would soon become central to American beliefs about the Old West. Epic and intimate, “Epitaph” tells Wyatt’s real story.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Kenneth Johnson (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Kenneth Johnson
Author of “Moonlight Serenade to City Lights: Rare Images of Bands and Orchestras from the Dance Hall Era in St. Louis”
Thursday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

“Moonlight Serenade to City Lights” chronicles the musicians and bands that entertained a generation of Americans during the 1940s and 50s. Filled with rare photographs, the book preserves a time when local dance halls provided the main social outlet for many rural families.
 
A professor of education at Lindenwood University, Dr. Kenneth Johnson grew up in central Missouri and, for a few of his formative years, lived in a dance hall. The experience inspired his lifelong interest in music and the dance hall era. 
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
C.J. Box (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents C.J. Box
Author of “Endangered”
Friday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

New York Times bestselling suspense author C.J. Box presents the latest installment in his popular series about Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. Joe had good reason to dislike rodeo champion Dallas Cates, and now he has even more—Joe’s 18-year-old ward, April, has run off with him. And then comes even worse news: April is found badly beaten in a ditch along the highway. Cates denies having anything to do with it, but Joe knows in his gut who’s responsible. What he doesn’t know is the kind of danger he’s about to encounter. Cates is bad enough, but Cates’ family is like none Joe has ever met.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Jacqueline Winspear (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Jacqueline Winspear
Author of “A Dangerous Place”
Friday, March 31, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Bestselling mystery author Jacqueline Winspear returns to her hit historical suspense series starring detective Maisie Dobbs. Four years after she set sail from England, Maisie Dobbs at last returns, only to find herself in a web of political intrigue and personal tragedy. Disembarking in the British garrison town of Gibraltar, Maisie is a stranger among the crowds of refugees fleeing the civil war in Spain. When a young Jewish man is murdered, Maisie becomes entangled in the case arousing the suspicion of the British Secret Service.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

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APRIL

Barney Frank (photo)
TICKETED
EVENT






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation's 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author Series Presents
An Evening with Congressman and Activist Barney Frank
Author of “Frank: A Life in Politics”
Friday, April 10, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
 
INDIVIDUAL TICKET $27 - Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Frank” 
 
OR

PACKAGE TICKET $32 - Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Frank”
 
The program will be an onstage interview moderated by Don Marsh, St. Louis Public Radio host of “St. Louis on the Air.” 
 
Tickets go on sale February 1 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Call 314-994-3300 for more information.
 
The proceeds from this event will benefit the Library Foundation’s literacy programs.
 
Sponsors of the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series: 
A.J.P. Realty, Brown Smith Wallace LLC, Maryville University, McMahon Berger, Midwest Library Service, Royal Banks of Missouri, S.M. Wilson &  Co., Stifel Nicolaus, St. Louis Business Journal and The Booksource

 

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