Author Events

JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER

 

JULY

Chris Weitz (photo)




 
The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series presents Chris Weitz.
A new teen series from the acclaimed director of "Twilight: New Moon" and "The Golden Compass" Thursday, July 31, 7:00 p.m. Daniel Boone Branch

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

From the acclaimed film director behind "Twilight: New Moon" and "The Golden Compass," Chris Weitz introduces the first installment in an epic trilogy about survival. In "The Young World," a mysterious sickness has wiped out every child and adult on earth, but for unknown reasons teenagers are spared. Left without technology, the survivors must learn to master a world as they’ve never imagined. Smart and gritty, "The Young World" is the hottest new series for adventurous young readers.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

 

AUGUST

Eric Litwin (photo)





 
The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series Presents Eric Litwin
A new book from the sensationally popular creator of “Pete the Cat”
Friday, August 1, 6:30 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room

(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

Sensationally popular creator of the “Pete the Cat” series, Eric Litwin’s new children’s book introduces the zany Nut family. It’s bedtime at the Nut house, but Wally and Hazel Nut don’t want to go to bed. Why go to bed when you could be howling and singing to the moon?

Wear your pajamas for this special night of storytelling, music, and dancing!

Copies of “The Nuts” will be available for purchase at the event (admission is free, but a book purchase is required at the event to enter the book signing line).  Mr. Litwin will sign up one of his earlier books brought from home per family.
 
Deborah Harkness (photo)


 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Deborah Harkness
Author of “A Discovery of Witches” and “The Book of Life”
Wednesday, August 6, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Deborah Harkness presents the highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with “A Discovery of Witches.” After traveling through time, historian and witch Diana Bishop returns to the present to face new crises and old enemies. In the trilogy’s richly satisfying final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.
Stephen Carter (photo)





 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Stephen L. Carter
Acclaimed author of “The Emperor of Ocean Park”
Thursday, August 7, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Stephen L. Carter’s gripping new novel, “Back Channel,” is a brilliant amalgam of fact and fiction—a suspenseful retelling of the Cuban Missile Crisis, in which the fate of the world rests unexpectedly on the shoulders of a young college student.

Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University. He is the author of bestselling legal thrillers “The Emperor of Ocean Park,” “Palace Council,” and “The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln.”

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Hampton Sides (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Hampton Sides
Acclaimed historian and author of “In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette”
Wednesday, August 13, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Bestselling author of “Ghost Soldiers,” historian Hampton Sides presents the white-knuckle story of the 1879 voyage of the U.S.S. Jeannette which became trapped in ice during an expedition to the North Pole. After drifting for two years, the ship splintered leaving the crew marooned in a frozen wasteland and threatened by everything from snow blindness to polar bears. With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, “In the Kingdom of Ice” is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Vanessa Davis Griggs (photo)




 
St. Louis County Library presents Vanessa Davis Griggs
Motivational Speaker and Essence Bestselling Novelist
Saturday, August 23, 2:00 p.m. Natural Bridge Branch


Motivational speaker and Essence bestselling novelist Vanessa Davis Griggs presents her latest inspirational novel, “Ray of Hope.” 

Teen sisters Sahara and Crystal Nichols are acting up, and their risqué behavior is more than their mother can handle. Enter the girls' 75-year-old churchgoing grandmother, Ma Ray. She's determined to turn their lives around—and knows more about being a bad girl than either sister bargained for.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Elizabeth Terry (photo)





 
St. Louis County Library Foundation and the Special Collections Department present
Local Historian Elizabeth Terry
Author of “Oysters to Angus: Three Generations of the St. Louis Faust Family”
Monday, August 25,7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Local historian Elizabeth Terry presents the colorful untold story of the legendary Faust family who helped shape St. Louis history. From the Civil War to the 1904 World’s Fair to the birth of Chesterfield, “Oysters to Angus” provides a missing chapter to the city’s history.

Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Ben Fainer St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Holocaust Survivor Ben Fainer
Author of "Silent for Sixty Years: A Memoir"
Wednesday, August 27, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Holocaust survivor Ben Fainer was imprisoned at the age of twelve and spent the entire war in Nazi concentration camps. After losing his mother, three siblings, and over 250 other relatives, Ben was liberated by an American soldier while on a final death-march. After sixty years, chance reunited Ben and his liberator. This is the incredible story of Ben’s survival and the unlikely friendship that developed from great tragedy.

Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

SEPTEMBER

Curtis Sittenfeld (photo)





 
The St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Curtis Sittenfeld
Acclaimed author of “Prep” and “American Wife”
Thursday, September 4, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Named one of the best novels of the year by Slate and the St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis writer Curtis Sittenfeld presents the story of identical twins Kate and Violet, closely-linked throughout girlhood by their shared psychic powers. After Violet goes on national television and predicts a massive earthquake, Kate’s quiet suburban life is violently disrupted. “Sisterland” is a moving examination of the strength of familial bonds.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Reed Farrel Coleman (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Reed Farrel Coleman
Author of “Robert B. Parker’s Blind Spot”
Tuesday, September 16, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Author of the acclaimed Moe Prager detective series, Reed Farrel Coleman has been selected by the estate of Robert B. Parker to continue the popular series about former baseball player turned LA police investigator Jesse Stone.

In “Blind Spot,” Jesse must grapple with his regrets and disappointments while at a reunion for his Triple-A team. But when a young woman is murdered, Jesse discovers that one of his own teammates may be his main suspect.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Amanda Ripley (photo)











 
Read St. Louis presents Amanda Ripley
Author of “The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way”
2014 Non-Fiction Selection
Thursday, September 18, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley takes readers inside homes and classrooms around the globe and reveals why some students are succeeding where others are stagnating. A reporting tour de force, “The Smartest Kids in the World” upends rigid assumptions and offers new ways of looking at the future of American education—and the necessity for vast improvement—in a changing world.

The winner of two National Magazine Awards, Amanda Ripley has written a series of acclaimed articles about learning and children for Time magazine and The Atlantic.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

www.ReadStLouis.org

Co-sponsored by (logos) Clarkson Eyecare, UPS Foundation, St. Louis County Library Foundation, St. Charles City County Library, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis Public Radio, B&N
Annie Barrows (photo)




 
The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series presents
Bestselling Author of the “Ivy and Bean” series Annie Barrows
Saturday, September 20, 6:00 p.m. Daniel Boone Branch

(Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Bestselling author of the “Ivy and Bean” children’s series, Annie Barrows presents the sequel to “The Magic Half.” In “Magic in the Mix,” the time-traveling twins Molly and Miri are off on an adventure to the Civil War where they race against the clock to save two unusual soldiers. Brimming with lovable characters, this long-awaited sequel will bring a whole new batch of readers to Annie Barrows’ wonderfully popular world of twin-inspired magic.

Barrows is also the author of the hit adult novel “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.”

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Eric Schlosser (photo)





 
The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series Presents Investigative Journalist and “Fast Food Nation” Author Eric Schlosser
Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Famed investigative journalist and author of “Fast Food Nation,” Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, “Command and Control” explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University.
Nancy Horan (photo)




 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Nancy Horan
Acclaimed author of “Loving Frank”
Wednesday, September 24, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

A Today Show book club pick from the bestselling author of “Loving Frank,” Nancy Horan’s new novel tells the improbable love story of tempestuous American Fanny Osbourne and Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, author of “Treasure Island” and “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Marked by intense joy and harrowing darkness, their shared life unfolds into an adventure as impassioned as any of Stevenson’s unforgettable tales.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Mark Whitaker (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Mark Whitaker
Acclaimed author of “Cosby: His Life and Times”
The first major biography of American icon Bill Cosby
Wednesday, September 24, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

The first major biography of American icon Bill Cosby, Mark Whitaker uses extensive research and in-depth interviews with Cosby and more than sixty of his closest friends and associates.

Published on the 30th anniversary of “The Cosby Show,” the book reveals the behind-the-scenes story of that groundbreaking sitcom as well as Cosby’s childhood in a Philadelphia housing project and his first big breaks as a stand-up comedian. It is a frank, fun and fascinating account of his life and historic legacy.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

 

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