Author Events

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MAY

Sidney Blumenthal (photo)







 
The 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author SeriesSt. Louis County Library Foundation presents Sidney Blumenthal
Author of “A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849”
Tuesday, May 24, 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
 
The first of a multi-volume history of Lincoln as a political genius—from his 
obscure beginnings to his presidency, assassination, and the overthrow of his post-Civil War dreams of Reconstruction. This first volume traces Lincoln from his painful youth to his emergence as a confident young lawyer and orator. 

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Mark Zwonitzer (photo)
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Mark Zwonitzer
Author of “The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism”
Thursday, May 26, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.) 
 
Award-winning documentary filmmaker and author Mark Zwonitzer brings two 
extraordinary American figures—and friends—into the historical spotlight. John Hay, famous as Lincoln’s private secretary and later as Secretary of State, and Samuel Clemens, famous for being “Mark Twain,” grew up 50 miles apart, on the banks of the Mississippi River. Drawn together by their shared history, their mutual admiration would never wane. 

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

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JUNE

Reed Farrel Coleman (photo)
Lyndsay Faye (photo)
Brian Panowich (photo)
Laura McHugh (photo)Julia Dahl (photo)
Steve Hamilton (photo)
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents 2016 Suspense Night
Thursday, June 2, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
One of the library’s most popular annual events, Suspense Night brings together popular mystery writers from across the country for an evening of readings and a panel discussion on the craft of suspense writing. 

Reed Farrel Coleman
“Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins” 
“Where it Hurts”

Lyndsay Faye
“The Gods of Gotham” 
“Jane Steele”

Brian Panowich
“Bull Mountain”

Laura McHugh
“The Weight of Blood”
“Arrowhead”

Julia Dahl
“Invisible City”
“Run You Down”

Steve Hamilton
“The Lock Artist”
“The Second Life of Nick Mason”
Paula McLain (photo)


 
Paula McLain, “Circling the Sun”
Monday, June 6, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Paula McLain, author of “The Paris Wife,” presents her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s. “Circling the Sun” brings to life a fearless woman—Beryl Markham, a record- setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir “Out of Africa.” Set against the majestic landscape of Africa, McLain’s powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time.
"Immortal Moments in Cardinals History" (book cover)





 
Ron Jacober and Robert L. Tiemann, “Immortal 
Moments in Cardinals History”
Thursday, June 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 Cardinals
 
For more than a century, the St. Louis Cardinals have given their fans a long 
succession of glorious memories and milestones. Compiled by leading historian Robert L. Tiemann with legendary Cardinals broadcaster Ron Jacober, “Immortal Moments in Cardinals History” revives the greatest moments in franchise lore, from the forgotten victories of four consecutive pennant winners 
in the 1880s right through the 2014 National League Championship.
Rinker Buck (photo)

 
Rinker Buck, “The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey”
Tuesday, June 14, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Traveling from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Baker City, Oregon, over the course of four months, Rinker Buck and his boisterous brother, Nick, set out to travel the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way—in a covered wagon with a team of mules. At once a majestic journey across the West, a 
significant work of history, and a moving personal saga, “The Oregon Trail” draws readers into the journey of a lifetime. It is a memoir with a heart as big as the country it crosses.
Walter Mosley (photo)



 
Walter Mosley, “Charcoal Joe”
Wednesday, June 15, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Walter Mosley’s indelible detective Easy Rawlins is back, with a new agency and 
a new mystery to solve. Rawlins is ready to—finally—propose to his girlfriend, 
Bonnie Shay, and start a life together. But, inevitably, a case gets in the way: a very old and mysterious man everyone calls Charcoal Joe asks Easy to look into the arrest of his nephew, a promising young man at the top of his class at Stanford now accused of a racially charged murder. Charcoal Joe tells Easy he will pay well to see his nephew exonerated, but this case might prove to be a tall order.
Jane Smiley (photo)



 
Jane Smiley, “Golden Age”
Monday, June 27, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

2016 Read St. Louis Distinguished Literary Achievement Selection
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Thousand Acres,” Jane Smiley presents the much-anticipated final volume of her acclaimed American trilogy. As “Golden Age” opens in 1987, the next generation of Langdons faces economic and personal challenges unlike anything their ancestors have encountered. Combining intimate drama, and a full command of history, “Golden Age” is a crowning literary achievement from a beloved master of American storytelling.
Diana Nyad (photo)


 
Diana Nyad, “Find a Way”
Tuesday, June 28, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
At the age of 64, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming 111 miles, Cuba to Florida, in an historic feat of both endurance and human will.  Millions of people around the world were inspired by her mantra—find a way—that led her to realize a dream in her sixties that had eluded her as a younger champion. In “Find a Way,” Nyad shares her unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit. 
Larry Watson (photo)

 
Larry Watson, “As Good As Gone”
Thursday, June 30, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
The American West is bestselling author Larry Watson’s forté. In his tenth novel, 
he has created his most vivid antihero yet in Calvin Sidey. Calvin is one of the last cowboys. In the changing culture of the 1960s, he isn’t just a relic; he’s a wild card. A mostly absentee parent, Calvin nevertheless agrees to stay with his grand­children for a week. Soon enough, problems arise: a boy’s attentions to 17-year-old Ann are increasingly aggressive, and a group of reckless kids portend danger for 11-year-old Will. Calvin only knows one way to solve a problem: the Old West way.

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JULY

Emily Giffin (photo)



 
Emily Giffin, “First Comes Love”
Tuesday, July 5, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
An onstage interview with KTRS radio host McGraw Milhaven
In this dazzling new novel, Emily Giffin, the #1 bestselling author of “Something Borrowed,” introduces a pair of sisters who find themselves at a crossroads. When tragedy strikes the family, their different responses splinter their delicate bond. Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith must confront the issues that divide them and come to terms with their own choices. Emotionally honest and utterly enthralling, “First Comes Love” is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart. 
Ace Atkins (photo)


 
Ace Atkins, “The Innocents: A Quinn Colson Novel”
Thursday, July 14, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Bestselling suspense author Ace Atkins presents a new installment in his acclaimed series about crime in the Deep South. When a high school dropout named Milly Jones is found walking down the middle of the highway, engulfed in flames, it shatters the tough Mississippi community. It is up to Sheriff Quinn Colson, back on the job after a year away, to investigate. Before long, what seemed like a senseless act of violence begins to appear like something even more disturbing—with more victims waiting in the shadows.
Daniel Silva (photo)












 
TICKETED EVENT
Daniel Silva, “The Black Widow”
Saturday, July 16, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room

In partnership with Left Bank Books
 
#1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another stunning thriller in his latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue featuring the inimitable Gabriel Allon. From its shocking opening in Paris, “The Black Widow” reveals itself as Silva’s most timely and powerful novel yet.
 
Ticket packages
Individual Ticket–$31. Admits ONE and includes one copy of “The Black Widow” OR 
Package Ticket–$38. Admits TWO and includes one copy of “The Black Widow.”
 
Tickets go on sale June 1 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. (No refunds.)
 
The program will be an on-stage interview followed by questions from the audience and a book signing. 
 
Peter Spiegelman (photo)

 
Peter Spiegelman, “Dr. Knox” 
Tuesday, July 19, 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 “Thick as Thieves,” Peter Spiegelman presents a gripping new thriller about a doctor with an unhealthy appetite for risk. When Dr. Adam Knox served with an NGO in Central African Republic, his attempt to protect patients from a brutal militia ended in disaster. Now he runs a clinic near Los Angeles’s Skid Row. When a young boy is abandoned at his clinic, Knox’s search for the mother leads into a labyrinth of human traffickers.
Julie Barton (photo)


 
Julie Barton, “Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself”
Thursday, July 21, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
“Dog Medicine” is a deeply moving debut memoir about a young woman’s battle with depression and how her dog saved her life. At 22, Julie Barton collapsed on her kitchen floor. Psychiatrists, therapists and family tried to 
intervene, but nothing reached her until the day she decided to do one hopeful thing: adopt a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker. “Dog Medicine” captures the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, and the astonishing way animals can heal even the most broken hearts and minds.
John C. McManus (photo)






 
The 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author SeriesJohn C. McManus, “Hell Before Their Very Eyes: American Soldiers Liberate Concentration Camps in Germany, April 1945”
Monday, July 25, 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 and the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival
 
On April 4, 1945, United States Army units seized Ohrdruf, the first of many Nazi 
concentration camps to be liberated in Germany. In the weeks that followed, as more camps were discovered, thousands of soldiers came face to face with the monstrous reality of Hitler’s Germany. For the American soldiers who witnessed such powerful evidence of Nazi crimes, the experience was life altering. Military historian John C. McManus sheds new light on this often-overlooked aspect of the Holocaust. 
Megan Abbott (photo)

 
Megan Abbott, “You Will Know Me”
Wednesday, July 27, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Bestselling suspense writer Megan Abbott presents a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of ambition. Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their 15-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit community just weeks before an all-important competition, rumors swirl among the parents, revealing hidden plots and allegiances. Katie finds herself drawn, irresistibly, to the crime itself, and the dark corners it threatens to illuminate. 

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AUGUST

Jeffrey Toobin (photo)




 
The 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author SeriesJeffrey Toobin, “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst”
Wednesday, August 10, 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
 
Bestselling author of “The Run of His Life” —inspiration for the FX drama “The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” Jeffrey Toobin presents a rollicking account of the kidnapping and trial of Patty Hearst. Based on more than a hundred interviews and thousands of previously secret documents, “American Heiress” thrillingly recounts the toxic mix of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst.
St. Louis Noir (book cover)
Local Authors Celebrate St. Louis Noir
Tuesday, August 16, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Edited by Scott Phillips, bestselling author of “The Ice Harvest,” “St. Louis Noir” presents the best in local suspense fiction. Each story is set within a distinct neighborhood of St. Louis and will chill the reader with heartland menace. Local writers will read from their contributions to the anthology. Scott Phillips will emcee the program and share his own work.
Ridley Pearson (photo)

 
Ridley Pearson, “White Bone”
Tuesday, August 23, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
John Knox and Grace Chu, the incomparable duo of the Risk Agent novels, team up again in the latest international thrill ride from New York Times—bestselling author Ridley Pearson. The poaching of ivory from African elephants fuels constant blood and slaughter. When Grace disappears while working on a dangerous assignment involving poachers, John Knox jumps into action and finds himself pitted against the most savage and suicidal fighters in the world. 
Susan Elizabeth Phillips (photo)

 
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, “First Star I See Tonight”
Wednesday, August 24, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.) 
 
A star quarterback and a feisty detective play for keeps in this sporty, sexy, sassy novel from bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Piper Dove is a woman with a dream—to become the best detective in the city of Chicago. First job? Trail former Chicago Stars quarterback, Cooper Graham. Problem? Graham’s spotted her, and he’s not happy. Which is why a good detective needs to think on her feet. 
Jo Ann Trogdon (photo)




 
Jo Ann Trogdon, “The Unknown Travels and Dubious Pursuits of William Clark”
Thursday, August 25, 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 History and Genealogy at St. Louis County Library
 
In 1798—more than five years before his famous journey west of the Mississippi with Meriwether Lewis—William Clark set off by flatboat from his Louisville, 
Kentucky home with a cargo of tobacco and furs to sell downriver in Spanish 
New Orleans. In this vivid history, Jo Ann Trogdon reveals William Clark’s highly questionable activities including his involvement in a plot—often called the Spanish Conspiracy—in which corrupt officials sought to separate Kentucky from the United States. 

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