Author Events

JANUARY | FEBRUARY | MARCH

 
Each month the St. Louis County Library Foundation brings bestselling and award-winning authors from a variety of genres to the library, offering readers exclusive opportunities to meet and engage with their favorite writers.

Unless otherwise mentioned, all events are free and take place at Library Headquarters. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended. Books for signing will be available for purchase at the events. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.
 

JANUARY

James Hamblin, M.D. (photo)





 
James Hamblin, M.D. “If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body”
Thursday, January 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 Medical Arts Series

In 2014, James Hamblin launched a series of videos for The Atlantic called “If Our Bodies Could Talk.” With it, the doctor-turned- journalist established himself as a seriously entertaining authority in the field of health. Now, in illuminating and genuinely funny prose, Hamblin explores the human stories behind health questions that never seem to go away. “If Our Bodies Could Talk” offers clarity, examines the limits of our certainty, and ultimately helps readers worry less about things that don’t really matter.
Heather Graham (photo)
Jon Land (photo)
Heather Graham and Jon Land, “The Rising”
Tuesday, January 24, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Acclaimed thriller-suspense novelists Heather Graham and Jon Land team up for a story of action, mystery, and the endurance of young love. When a football accident lands star athlete Alex Chin in the hospital, his world is turned upside down. His doctor is murdered. Then, his parents. Death seems to follow him wherever he goes, and now it’s after him. He must stay ahead of his attackers long enough to figure out why they are hunting him. The answer lies with a secret buried deep in his past, a secret his parents died to protect.
Thomas Madden (photo)

 
Thomas Madden, “Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World”
Thursday, January 26, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Saint Louis University Professor of History, Thomas Madden presents the first single-volume history of Istanbul in decades: a biography of the city at the center of civilizations past and present. From its ancient past to the present, we meet the city through its ordinary citizens and the rulers who built it up and then destroyed it. Madden’s entertaining narrative transports readers to a city of unparalleled majesty that holds the key to understanding modern civilization.
Bernice King (photo)



 
St. Louis County Library’s Black History Celebration presents Bernice King
2017 Frankie Freeman Inspirational Lecture
Friday, January 27, 7:00 p.m. 
Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, Bernice King is a human rights activist, motivational speaker, and Chief Executive Officer of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. As the 2017 keynote speaker for the library’s Black History Celebration, Bernice will share her incredible story, covering everything from her ministry and legal work to her current mission to continue her parents' legacy. She will also discuss her mother’s new autobiography as told to Reverend Dr. Barbara Reynolds, “My Life, My Love, My Legacy.” 
 
Tracy Chevalier (photo)


 
Tracy Chevalier, “At the Edge of the Orchard”
Tuesday, January 31, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

From the author of “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” Tracy Chevalier presents a riveting drama of an American pioneer family. James and Sadie Goodenough have settled where their wagon got stuck—in the muddy swamps of 1830s Ohio. They work relentlessly to tame their patch of land, buying saplings from a local tree man known as John Appleseed. Fifteen years later, their youngest child, Robert, is wandering through Gold Rush California. Restless and haunted by the broken family he left behind, he has made his way alone across the country. But you can run only so far, even in America.

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FEBRUARY

Steven Watts (photo)


 
Steven Watts, “JFK and the Masculine Mystique: Sex and Power on the New Frontier”
Thursday, February 2, 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 ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

John F. Kennedy exuded a magnetism and charisma that were quite unlike that of any previous political figure. Americans were drawn to Kennedy’s glamorous image, good looks, cool style, tough-minded rhetoric and sex appeal. In “JFK and the Masculine Mystique,” historian Steven Watts offers a fresh, uniquely different look at JFK that places him at the center of a shift in the cultural ideal of the American male.

Kaitlyn Greenridge (photo)

 
Kaitlyn Greenidge, “We Love You, Charlie Freeman”
Monday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. 
 Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

The Freeman family has been invited to the Toneybee Institute to participate in a research experiment. They will live in an apartment with a young chimp, Charlie, and teach him sign language. Isolated in their nearly all-white community not just by their race but by their strange living situation, the Freemans come undone. Described by the New York Times as a “terrifically auspicious debut,” the novel is a provocative exploration of America’s failure to talk about race.
Reed Farrell Coleman (photo)
 
Reed Farrel Coleman, “What You Break”
Wednesday, February 8, 7:00 p.m.
  Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

Former cop Gus Murphy returns to prowl the streets of Long Island’s darkest precincts in the stunning second installment of suspense master Reed Farrel Coleman’s critically acclaimed series. Gus Murphy and his girlfriend, Magdalena, are put in harm’s way when Gus is caught up in the distant aftershocks of heinous crimes committed decades ago in Vietnam and Russia. 
Danielle Ofri, M.D. (photo)


 
Danielle Ofri, M.D., “What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear”
Monday, February 13, 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 Medical Arts Series

The single most powerful diagnostic tool is the doctor-patient conversation. However, what patients say and what doctors hear are often two vastly different things. Through the powerfully resonant human stories that acclaimed medical journalist Dr. Danielle Ofri is celebrated for, she explores the high-stakes world of doctor-patient communication that we all must navigate. 
Deborah Crombie (photo)
A Celebration of British Suspense with Deborah Crombie and Charles Todd
Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m.
 Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

Bestselling suspense authors Deborah Crombie and Charles Todd present new thrillers in the tradition of the great British “whodunit”—both historical and contemporary. Deborah Crombie presents the newest installment in her  acclaimed series starring Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. The pen name for a bestselling mother-and-son writing team, Charles Todd presents a new historical thriller starring World War I veteran and Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge. 
Elliot Ackerman (photo)



 
Elliot Ackerman, “Dark at the Crossing”
Tuesday, February 21, 7:00 p.m. 
Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

In partnership with the International Institute of St. Louis

Foreign correspondent, decorated veteran, and author of the critically-acclaimed novel “Green on Blue,” Elliot Ackerman presents a timely new novel of stunning humanity and tension. Set in 2013 as the Syrian revolution wanes and the Islamic State rises, “Dark at the Crossing” is the entangled story of an Iraqi-American intent on crossing the border to fight in Syria, and a Syrian couple scarred by the loss of their only daughter. 
Scott Westerfeld (photo)


 
Scott Westerfeld, “Horizon”
Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. 
Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

A Young Readers’ Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

This harrowing tale of supernatural suspense kicks off a new series from the visionary mind of #1 bestselling middle-grade adventure author Scott Westerfeld. When a plane crash lands in the arctic, eight young survivors step from the wreckage expecting to see nothing but ice and snow. Instead they find themselves lost in a strange jungle with little hope of rescue. 
Dr. Stefan Bradley (photo)
De Nichols (photo)
Dr. Stefan Bradley and De Nichols
The Black Experience: Specializing in the Art of the Impossible
Thursday, February 23, 6:30 p.m.  Library Headquarters – Auditorium

2017 Black History Celebration Event

Join educators Dr. Stefan Bradley and De Nichols for a night of conversation and art about unlikely victories and impossible odds that face African Americans.  

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MARCH

Lydia Reeder (photo)
 
Lydia Reeder, “The Dust Bowl Girls: A Team’s Quest for Basketball Glory”
Thursday, March 2, 7:00 p.m. 
 Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

At the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb, basketball coach of tiny Oklahoma Presbyterian College, recruited talented, hardworking women, offering them a free college education if they would play for his team, the Cardinals. He shaped the Cardinals into an unbeatable team. Written by Babb’s grand-niece, “Dust Bowl Girls” captures a groundbreaking moment in American sports history.
Sarah Jio (photo)
 
Sarah Jio, “Always”
Monday, March 6, 7:00 p.m. 
  Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

Bestselling author Sarah Jio shares a poignant novel about the kind of love that never lets go. As Kailey Crain and her fiance leave a posh restaurant, Kailey spies a homeless man on the sidewalk and is stunned when their eyes meet: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister. Over the next few weeks, Kailey must decide exactly what—and whom—she wants.
 
Beth Kobliner (photo)

 
Beth Kobliner, “Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even If You’re Not): A Parents’ Guide for Kids 3 to 23”
Monday, March 13, 7:00 p.m. 
 Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

Author of the bestselling “Get a Financial Life,” Beth Kobliner shares how to teach children to manage money. The key to raising a money genius isn’t to teach that four quarters equal a dollar. Instead, it’s about instilling values that make people successful—not just financially, but in life: delaying gratification, working hard, living within your means and getting a good education.
Randy Wayne White (photo)

 
Randy Wayne White, “Mangrove Lightning”
Thursday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. 
Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

In bestselling author Randy Wayne White’s 24th thriller starring Doc Ford, a near-hundred- year-old murder presents one of Doc’s strangest cases yet. A legendary charter captain named Tootsie Barlow has come to him, muttering about a family curse. Barlow is convinced it has something to do with a multiple murder in 1925. Ford doesn’t believe in curses, but finds himself chasing the ghost of a madman.
Blanche Wiesen Cook (photo)



 
Blanche Wiesen Cook, “Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After, 1939-1962”
Monday, March 27, 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 ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

Historians, politicians, and readers everywhere have praised Blanche Wiesen Cook’s biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. The third and final volume takes us through World War II, FDR’s death, the founding of the UN, and Eleanor’s death in 1962. It follows the arc of war and the evolution of a marriage, as the first lady realized the cost of maintaining her principles even as the country and her husband were not prepared to adopt them.
 
Jack J. Schramm (photo)



 
Jack J. Schramm, “Passionate Purpose: A Global Governance Journey”
Tuesday, March 28, 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 ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

Jack Schramm’s public career spans 50 years. Beginning his political career as
an elected member of the Missouri House of Representatives, Jack specialized in complex, innovative legislation. The Carter Administration then appointed Jack Regional Administrator in the newly established U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His memoir is a journey through tough policy decision-making at all levels.
C.J. Box (photo)

 
C.J. Box, “Vicious Circle”
Thursday, March 30, 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 thriller starring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. The Cates family has always been a bad lot. Joe struck a fierce blow against them when the life of his daughter April was endangered, but he’s always wondered if there’d be a day of reckoning. He’s not wondering any longer. Joe knows they’re coming after him and his family now. All he can do is wait for them to make the first move.

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