Author Events

FEBRUARY | MARCH

FEBRUARY

Frankie Freeman (photo)
Koran Bolden (photo)
 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Frankie Freeman and Koran Bolden
Friday, February 19, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Presented by the 2016 Black History Celebration

Growing up in the Jim Crow-era South, Frankie Freeman learned lessons about discrimination. She also learned how to fight injustice and make a difference. Ms. Freeman is a legendary St. Louis civil rights activist, attorney and author of “A Song of Faith and Hope: The Life of Frankie Muse Freeman.” Koran Bolden is a youth motivational speaker and author of “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” Together, Freeman and Bolden will discuss the Civil Rights movement and discrimination issues, past and present.
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Alan Lightman (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Alan Lightman
Author of “Screening Room
Thursday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Acclaimed author of the internationally bestselling novel “Einstein’s Dreams,”
Alan Lightman presents a stunning, lyrical memoir of Memphis, the early days of film, and a powerful grandfather whose ghost remains an ever-present force in the lives of his descendants. The result is an unforgettable family saga that extends from 1880 to the present, set against a throbbing century of Memphis—the rhythm and blues, the barbecue and pecan pie, the Civil Rights movement—and including personal encounters with Elvis Presley and Martin Luther King Jr.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
"Blues Unlimited: Essential Interviews from the Original Blues Magazine" (book cover)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Bill Greensmith and Mark Camarigg
Author of “Blues Unlimited: Essential Interviews from the Original Blues Magazine
Monday, February 29, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Presented by the 2016 Black History Celebration

Bill Greensmith, former host of KDHX’s weekly blues radio program, and Mark Camarigg, publications manager for “Living Blues Magazine” and chair of the University of Mississippi’s annual Blues Symposium, present interview highlights from the groundbreaking magazine “Blues Unlimited.” The presentation will focus on the history of blues music in St. Louis and highlight St. Louis musicians Fontella Bass, Ike and Tina Turner, Oliver Sain and Jimmy Thomas.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.

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MARCH

"Eye to the Sky" by Bobby Norfolk (book cover)

 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Bobby Norfolk
“Eye to the Sky: Storytelling on the Edge of Magic”
Tuesday, March 1, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Beloved storyteller Bobby Norfolk presents his own life story. Norfolk grew up in hardscrabble neighborhoods of St. Louis during the 1950s and 60s, sometimes walking to elementary school from an apartment his parents could not afford to heat. Norfolk defeated a childhood stutter to become a high school dramatist and later an exceptional college student. The path was never easy—and often frightening. Reflecting on a childhood marked by segregation and race riots, Norfolk explores the development of his distinctive storytelling voice. In his memoir, he tells his stories—some heartwarming or humorous, some frightful and treacherous—with honesty and grace.
Marcus Zusak (photo)











 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Markus Zusak
Author of "The Book Thief”
10th Anniversary Celebration of the beloved, modern classic
Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Co-sponsored by the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival
 
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Markus Zusak shares his #1 international bestseller and modern classic beloved by readers of all ages. 
 
An unforgettable story of the ability of books to feed the soul, “The Book Thief” follows Liesel Meminger, a foster girl in WWII era Munich who learns to read from books she steals at every opportunity. Liesel shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
"On My Own" by Diane Rehm (book cover)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Diane Rehm
Author of “On My Own”
Friday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room 
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Co-sponsored by St. Louis Public Radio

An onstage interview with Don Marsh, host of St. Louis Public Radio’s “St. Louis on the Air.”

In a deeply personal and moving book, beloved NPR radio host Diane Rehm speaks out about her husband’s long battle with Parkinson’s Disease and of her personal struggle to reconstruct her life without him. With John gone, Diane was indeed “on her own,” coping with the inevitable practical issues and, more importantly, with the profoundly emotional ones. Rehm’s book will be a help and a comfort to the recently bereaved, and a beacon of hope about possibilities that remain as we age.

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 the bestselling Joe Pickett suspense series
Saturday, March 19, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box returns with a suspenseful new Joe Pickett novel, "Off the Grid." Joe’s friend Nate Romanowski is recuperating from wounds and trying to deal with past crimes, when he is suddenly surrounded by a small team of elite professional special operators. They’re not there to threaten him, but to make a deal. They need help destroying a domestic terror cell in Wyoming’s Red Desert, and in return they’ll make Nate’s criminal record disappear…But they are not what they seem, and Joe Pickett must risk his life to prove it.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
"This Song is [Not] For You" by Laura Nowlin (book cover)




 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Young Adult Novelist Laura Nowlin
Author of “The Song is Not For You”
Thursday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
A Teen Event Sponsored by the Reading Garden Event Series
 
Young adult author and St. Louis County Library staff member Laura Nowlin presents her second novel for teen readers. “The Song is Not For You” follows the story of Ramona, Tom, and Sam, band mates struggling with issues of friendship and attraction. As Booklist reviewed, “Nowlin clearly communicates the visceral pleasures of performing music, as well as the giddiness of infatuation and first love.”
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Charles Finch (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Charles Finch
Author of “Home by Nightfall”
Monday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. 
Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

It’s London in 1876, and the whole city is abuzz with the enigmatic disappearance of a famous foreign pianist. Gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox has an eye on the matter. As an accumulation of small mysteries builds, Lenox races to solve two cases at once, before either turns deadly. Blending Charles Finch’s trademark wit, elegance and depth of research, this new mystery, equal parts Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, may be the finest in his popular historical suspense series.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Joel Goldstein (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Joel Goldstein
Author of “The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance”
Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
“I am nothing, but I may be everything,” John Adams, the first vice president, wrote of his office. For most of American history, the “nothing” part of Adams’ formulation accurately captured the importance of the vice presidency, at least as long as the president has a heartbeat. Recent vice presidents have reshaped the office making it critical to the governing of the country on an ongoing basis. Joel Goldstein, Vincent C. Immel Professor of Law at St. Louis University, will discuss the dramatic development of the nation’s second office.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Jane King Hession (photo)




 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Jane King Hession
Author of “The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park: The Kraus House”
Thursday, March 31, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
This richly illustrated volume describes the unique Kraus House in Kirkwood, MO designed in 1951 by Frank Lloyd Wright, America's most famous architect. Architectural historian Jane King Hession chronicles the Kraus’ challenges to build the house and the later efforts to save and restore the house as a museum open to the public. 
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.

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