Author Events

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APRIL

Erin Gritens (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Navy SEAL and Bestselling Writer
Eric Greitens
Author of “Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life”
Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Bestselling author of “The Heart and the Fist,” Navy SEAL and humanitarian Eric Greitens offers a self-help book unlike any other—a masterpiece of warrior wisdom that shows how to overcome obstacles with positive action. Inspired by Greitens’ work with soldiers struggling with PTSD, “Resilience” draws on Greitens’ own experiences in war to offer deep, yet practical lessons and profoundly hopeful advice. 
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Sharon Person (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation and the History and Genealogy Department present
Local Historians Sharon Person and Carl Ekberg
Co-Authors of “St. Louis Rising: The French Regime of Louis St. Ange de Bellerive”
Thursday, April 30, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
The standard story of St. Louis's founding tells of fur traders Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau hacking a city out of wilderness. “St. Louis Rising” overturns such gauzy myths with the contrarian thesis that French government officials and institutions shaped and structured early city society. Drawing on new source materials, the authors delve into the complexities of politics, Indian affairs, slavery, and material culture that defined the city's founding period. 
 
Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.

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MAY

Christopher McDougall (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Christopher McDougall
A new book from the internationally bestselling author of “Born to Run”
Saturday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Author of the phenomenal national best seller, “Born to Run,” Christopher McDougall now travels to the Mediterranean where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well. Inspired by the heroic acts of Greek resistance fighters during World War II, McDougall sets off to discover the lost art of the hero. Just as “Born to Run” inspired casual runners to get off the treadmill and into nature, “Natural-Born Heroes” will inspire casual athletes to leave the gym and bound, climb, swim, skip, wade, and jump their way to heroic feats.

Presenting Sponsors: Maryville University, GO! St. Louis, and Big River Running.
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
James Bradley (photo) 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author Series
St. Louis County Library Foundation's 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author Series presents
"Flag of our Fathers" Historian James Bradley
Author of “The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia”
Tuesday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

The bestselling author of “Flags of our Fathers” and “Flyboys,” James Bradley has exposed many hidden truths behind America's engagement in Asia. In his most engrossing work yet, Bradley introduces us to the prominent Americans who made their fortunes in the China opium trade and explores a difficult century that defines U.S.-Chinese relations to this day.
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University
Sandy Tolan (photo)




 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Sandy Tolan
Author of “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land”
Thursday, May 7, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.) 

Renowned journalist Sandy Tolan presents the inspiring story of Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, a child from a Palestinian refugee camp who navigated against the odds to become a world-renowned classical musician and then returned to build a music school in the heart of a war-torn land. This is a story about music, first, but also about freedom and conflict; determination and vision. It's a vivid portrait of the potential of music to help children see new possibilities for their lives.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University
Sue Monk Kidd (photo)








 
Read St. Louis presents Sue Monk Kidd
Author of “The Invention of Wings”
2015 Distinguished Literary Achievement Selection
Friday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.) 

From the celebrated author of “The Secret Life of Bees,” Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Invention of Wings” is a masterpiece of hope, daring, and the quest for freedom. The story of two unforgettable American women—Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in nineteenth century Charleston, and Sarah Grimke, the master’s daughter who becomes an early leader of the abolition movement, Kidd follows their remarkable lifelong friendship, a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance and the uneasy ways of love. “The Invention of Wings” is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

www.ReadStLouis.org
Joseph Ellis (photo)







 
Read St. Louis presents Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Joseph Ellis
Author of “The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution
2015 Non-Fiction Selection
Tuesday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.) 

Puiitzer Prize winning historian and author of “Founding Brothers” and “American Sphinx,” Joseph Ellis presents the unexpected story of how the founding fathers convinced the newly independent thirteen colonies to relinquish power and submit to a centralized government. A massive political maneuvering led by George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, this “second American revolution” led to the drafting of the Bill of Rights and marked the true birth of the United States.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

www.ReadStLouis.org
Ace Atkins (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Suspense Writer Ace Atkins
Author of “Robert B. Parker’s Kickback”
Thursday, May 21, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.) 

Edgar-nominated suspense author Ace Atkins was selected by the estate of Robert B. Parker to continue the beloved Spenser detective series.

In “Kickback,” Spenser is asked to investigate the case of a teen boy sent to a lock-down juvenile facility for a minor prank. Spenser and trusted ally Hawk follow a trail through the Boston underworld and uncover a culture of corruption and cover-ups, where hundreds of kids are funneled into for-profit juvie jails.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University
Craig Johnson (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation and Left Bank Books present Craig Johnson
Author of “Dry Bones”
A New Novel from the Creator of the Hit “Longmire” Western-Suspense Series
Wednesday, May 27, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.) 

Western suspense author Craig Johnson presents the eleventh installment in his hit Longmire mystery series. When the largest, most complete fossil of a Tyrannosaurus rex is discovered in Absaroka County, it appears to have nothing to do with Sheriff Walt Longmire—that is, until the Cheyenne rancher who claims her is found face down in a turtle pond. As a number of parties dispute the ownership of the priceless remains, Walt must investigate a sixty-six-million year-old cold case that’s heating up fast.

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

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JUNE

"Molina: The Story of a Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty" (book cover)











 
St. Louis County Library Foundation and the St. Louis Cardinals present Two-Time Gold Glove Winning Baseball Great Bengie Molina
Author of "Molina: The Story of a Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty
Monday, June 1, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

An On-Stage Interview with Don Marsh, St. Louis Public Radio

A baseball rules book. A tape measure. A lottery ticket. These were in the pocket of Bengie Molina’s father when he died of a heart attack on the rutted Little League field in his Puerto Rican barrio. The items serve as thematic guideposts in former Major League Baseball catcher Bengie Molina’s beautiful memoir about his father, who through baseball taught his three sons about loyalty, humility, courage, and the true meaning of success.

Bengie and his two brothers—Jose and six-time St. Louis Cardinals All-Star Yadier—became famous catchers in the Major Leagues and have six World Series championships among them. 

Presenting Sponsors: Maryville University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Public Radio (radio station)

Books for signing will be available for purchase. A book must be purchased to enter the signing line.

The author will sign once item of memorabilia per book buyer.

 






 
10th Anniversary Suspense Night Celebration
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. To celebrate 10 years of Suspense Night, the Library will host a special two-night event! 

Suspense Night All-Star Reunion
Thursday, June 4, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

Join previous Suspense Night favorites: Reed Farrel Coleman ("Robert B. Parker’s Blind Spot" and "The Hollow Girl"), Megan Abbott ("The Fever" and "Dare Me"), Ridley Pearson ("The Red Room" and "Choke Point"), Peter Spiegelman ("Thick as Thieves" and "Red Cat"), S.J. Rozan ("Ghost Hero" and "On the Line")

Suspense Night Presents Jeffery Deaver & Reed Farrel Coleman
Friday, June 5, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room

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

The Suspense Night10th Anniversary Celebration culminates with an onstage conversation between bestselling writers Jeffery Deaver and Reed Farrel Coleman. Jeffery Deaver is the #1 New York Times bestselling creator of the popular Lincoln Rhymes and Kathryn Dance detective series. Deaver will discuss "Solitude Creek," the long-awaited new installment in the Dance series. Master of Ceremonies for Suspense Night since its beginning, Reed Farrel Coleman is the author of the critically-acclaimed Moe Prager detective series and was recently selected by the estate of Robert B. Parker to continue the iconic Jesse Stone books.
 
Matthew Thomas (photo)
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Critically-Acclaimed Novelist Matthew Thomas

Author of "We Are Not Ourselves"
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Wednesday, June 10, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Destined to be a classic, this powerfully moving, multigenerational debut novel of an Irish-American family is nothing short of a masterwork.

Through the story of the Learys of Queens, NY, Matthew Thomas charts the American Century and reminds us that life is more than a tally of victories and defeats, that we live to love and be loved. Epic in scope and heroic in character, "We Are Not Ourselves" heralds the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

 

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