Author Events

AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER

 
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.

 

AUGUST

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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SEPTEMBER

Louise Penny (photo)
TICKETED
EVENT








 
Louise Penny, “A Great Reckoning” 
Friday, September 2, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $32 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “A Great Reckoning”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $38 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “A Great Reckoning”)

#1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny pulls back the layers to reveal a brilliant and emotionally powerful truth in her latest spellbinding novel starring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, head of the Quebec homicide department.

Tickets go on sale July 18 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Call 314-994-3300 for more information.

The proceeds from this event will benefit the Library Foundation’s literacy programs.

Mary Karr (photo)
 
Mary Karr, “The Art of Memoir”
Thursday, September 8, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr’s “The Liars’ Club” spent more than a year at the top of the bestseller lists. Karr’s latest book, “The Art of Memoir,” lays bare her own writing process. It is an elegant exploration of one of today’s most popular literary forms—a tour de force from an accomplished master pulling back the curtain on her craft.
Colson Whitehead (photo)
  
Colson Whitehead, “The Underground Railroad”
Wednesday, September 14, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead presents a magnificent epic chronicling a young slave’s desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. “The Underground Railroad” is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage, and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share. 
"Capturing the City" (bookcover)
 
 
Joseph Heathcott and Angela Dietz, “Capturing the City: Photographs from the Streets of St. Louis, 1900–1930”
Thursday, September 15, 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 Missouri History Museum Press
 
During the first three decades of the 20th century, the St. Louis Street Department generated one of the most extensive troves of photographs ever taken of the city. Examined in “Capturing the City,” this superb group of photographs provides a wealth of information on St. Louis during a period of rapid transformation. 
Margaret Peterson Haddix (photo)
 
 

 
Reading Garden Event Series
Margaret Peterson Haddix, “Children of Exile”
Friday, September 16, 7:00 p.m. Grant’s View Branch
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series
 
Creator of the bestselling Shadow Children series, Margaret Peterson Haddix presents a thrilling science fiction series exploring issues of justice and prejudice. For the past 12 years, adults called “Freds” have raised Rosi and the other children of their town, but now they are all being sent back to their families. Rosi is determined to learn what happened to the charred buildings and maimed citizens of their new town. Grades 4–8. 
Reed Farrel Coleman (photo)
 
Reed Farrel Coleman, “Robert B. Parker’s Debt to Pay” 
Tuesday, September 20, 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 acclaimed Moe Prager detective series, Reed Farrel Coleman has been selected by the estate of Robert B. Parker to continue the popular Jesse Stone series. In “Debt to Pay,” Jesse’s investigation into the murder of a Boston crime boss opens the door to a confrontation with Mr. Peepers, a crazed assassin with a long-promised vendetta against Jesse. 
Amor Towles (photo)

 
Amor Towles, “A Gentleman in Moscow”
Thursday, September 22, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
With his breakout debut novel, “Rules of Civility,” Amor Towles established himself as a master of sophisticated fiction. “A Gentleman in Moscow” immerses readers in the story of Count Alexander Rostov—an unrepentant aristocrat sentenced by Bolshevik tribunal to life inside a luxury hotel. This singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavors to learn what it means to be a man of purpose. 
Jonathan Safran Foer (photo)
 
  
 
Jonathan Safran Foer, “Here I Am”
Friday, September 23, 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 award-winning author of “Everything is Illuminated” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “Here I Am” is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between them, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the very meaning of home—and the fundamental question of how much life one can bear. 
Gayle Forman (photo)
 
 

 
Gayle Forman, “Leave Me”
Monday, September 26, 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 KMOX radio host Debbie Monterrey
 
Author of the young adult bestseller “If I Stay,” Gayle Forman presents her first novel for adult readers. Maribeth Klein is a working mother who’s so busy, she doesn’t realize she’s had a heart attack. Surprised to discover that her recuperation is an imposition, Maribeth does the unthinkable: she packs a bag and leaves. But, as is often the case, once we get where we’re going, we see our lives from a different perspective. 
Garth Risk Hallberg (photo)
 
Garth Risk Hallberg, “City on Fire”
Tuesday, September 27, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Garth Risk Hallberg’s ambitious novel is the biggest debut sensation in recent years. 
New York 1976: a detective investigates a shooting in Central Park. The mystery, as it reverberates through the corridors of power, will open up even the loneliest corners of the crowded city. “City on Fire” is an unforgettable novel about love, betrayal and forgiveness. 
Candice Millard (photo)
 
 
 
 
Candice Millard, “Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill”
Thursday, September 29, 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 History Selection
 
At age 24, Winston Churchill was convinced it was his destiny to become prime minister of England and that to achieve his goal he must do something spectacular on the battlefield. He enlisted in the brutal struggle against Boer rebels in South Africa only to be taken prisoner a few weeks later. Historian Candice Millard’s account of Churchill’s daring escape is an epic story of bravery and chance encounters. 

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OCTOBER

Joseph Lelyveld (photo)



 
The 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author Series
Joseph Lelyveld, “His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt”
Monday, October 3, 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
 
Former executive editor of the New York Times and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Joseph Lelyveld presents an account of Franklin Roosevelt’s final months, when, despite a dire medical prognosis, he was determined to be re-elected and bring the war to a successful conclusion. Lelyveld delivers an incisive portrait of this famously inscrutable man. 
Tracy Kidder (photo)
 
Tracy Kidder, “A Truck Full of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover from Great Success”
Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.) 
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” Tracy Kidder shares the inspiring story of Kayak.com founder Paul English. Growing up in working-class Boston, English discovered a gift for building creative teams of people and made a fortune, only to give it away. Kidder casts a fresh eye on the way new ideas and new money are reshaping our culture. 
Ridley Pearson (photo)


 
Reading Garden Event Series
Ridley Pearson, “Lock and Key: The Initiation”
Thursday, October 6, 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 Reading Garden Event Series

Creator of the “Kingdom Keepers” series, Ridley Pearson, brings us the riveting first tale of the Lock and Key trilogy about the childhood rivalry between literature’s most famous enemies—Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty. “Lock and Key” is a brave new reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes series as only master of suspense Ridley Pearson could envision. Grades 4–8. 
Charlaine Harris (photo)
 
  



 
Charlaine Harris, “All the Little Liars”
Friday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
After more than a decade, #1 New York Times bestseller Charlaine Harris finally returns to her fan-favorite Aurora Teagarden series. Aurora is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them. With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother…if he’s still alive. Charlaine Harris is also the author of the hit Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series, basis for HBO’s “True Blood.” 

Copies of "All the Little Liars" will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books. Charlaine Harris will sign unlimited copies of "All the Little Liars" and three older books per person.
 
Patrick McDonnell (photo)
 

 
Reading Garden Event Series
Patrick McDonnell, “Tek: The Modern Cave Boy”
Sunday, October 9, 4:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
 
Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

From the creator of the internationally syndicated comic strip “Mutts,” the picture book “Tek” is a hilarious reminder of how technology can take us backward... all the way to the times of prehistoric man! Tek is a cave boy in love with tech: his tablet and videogames keep him deep in his cave, glued to his devices, day in and day out. Can anyone in the village convince Tek to unplug and come outside into the big, beautiful world? Grades Pre-K–3. 
Michael Kahn (photo)
Jeffrey Siger (photo)
Reavis Wortham (photo)
A Celebration of the Poisoned Pen: Featuring Michael Kahn, Jeffrey Siger, and Reavis Wortham
Monday, October 10, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
A Celebration of the Poisoned Pen: Featuring Michael Kahn, Jeffrey Siger, and Reavis Wortham
 
Independent publisher Poisoned Pen Press presents new books by dozens of mystery writers each year and is a terrific resource for readers looking for their next favorite author. St. Louis legal suspense author Michael Kahn joins his fellow Poisoned Pen Press authors Jeffrey Siger and Reavis Wortham for a reading and signing of new work. Kahn will discuss “The Dead Hand,” his latest thriller starring attorney Rachel Gold. Siger will share “Santorini Caesars,” a new installment in an espionage series set in Greece. Reavis Wortham, author of the acclaimed Red River Mystery series, will discuss “Unraveled,” an intense 1960s Southern crime-drama.







 
Paulette Jiles (photo)
 
 
New Event DatePaulette Jiles, “News of the World”
Friday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.) 
 
From the acclaimed author of “Enemy Women,” “News of the World” is a brilliant work of historical fiction. It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through Texas, giving live readings to audiences hungry for news of the world. He is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan rescued from Kiowa raiders to her relatives in San Antonio. On the 400-mile journey south, the two lonely survivors forge a bond that marks the difference between life and death. 
Stuart Gibbs (photo)
 

 
Reading Garden Event Series
Stuart Gibbs, “Spy Ski School”
Monday, October 17, 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 Reading Garden Event Series

Sensationally popular author of the Spy School series, Gibbs presents a hilarious new misadventure for junior spy Ben Ripley. Ben’s latest mission sends him undercover at a ski school to make friends with the daughter of a suspected crime boss. Ben might not be able to handle a weapon (or a pair of skis), but he can make friends easy peasy. Grades 4–8. 
"Growing Up with the River" (bookcover)
 
 
Dan and Connie Burkhardt with Bryan Haynes, “Growing Up With the River”
Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Illustrated with original paintings by Bryan Haynes, one of Missouri’s leading landscape painters, “Growing Up With the River” takes a look at nine generations along the Missouri River. The stories offer a view of the communities, and sometimes the larger world, in each generation’s childhood. “Growing Up with the River” reminds readers of all ages of what the river valley has been, and inspires thought of what it can become. 
H.W. Brands (photo)
 
 
 
 
 
The 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author Series
H.W. Brands, “The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War”
Wednesday, October 26, 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
 
From master historian H. W. Brands, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, comes the 
riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur squared off to decide America’s future in the aftermath of World War II. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of the Korean War and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. 

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NOVEMBER

Peter Cozzens (photo)
 

  
 
The 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author Series
Peter Cozzens, “The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West”
Tuesday, November 1, 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
 
Historian Peter Cozzens presents an essential history of the struggle between whites and Native Americans over the fate of the West. With the end of the Civil War, the nation recommenced its expansion onto traditional Indian tribal lands. In an exploration of the wars and negotiations, Cozzens gives the fullest account to date of how the West was won—and lost.
T.C. Boyle (photo)

 
T.C. Boyle, “The Terranauts”
Thursday, November 3, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Acclaimed, bestselling novelist T. C. Boyle presents an epic story of science, society, and survival. As climate change threatens the earth, eight scientists dubbed the 
“Terranauts,” have been selected to live under glass in E2, a prototype of a possible off-earth colony. With characteristic humor, T.C. Boyle indelibly inhabits the survivalist game and illustrates the inherent fallibility of human nature itself. 
Eoin Colfer (photo)
Jonathan Stroud (photo)
Ridley Pearson (photo)
Reading Garden Event Series
Middle Grade Reader Showcase with Eoin Colfer, Jonathan Stroud and Ridley Pearson
Wednesday, November 9, 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 Reading Garden Event Series

Author of the popular Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer will discuss “Iron Man: The Gauntlet,” the first chapter book in a new series about Marvel’s Invincible Iron Man. Jonathan Stroud, creator of the bestselling Bartimaeus trilogy, presents “The Creeping Shadow: Lockwood & Co. Book 4,” the latest book in his paranormal series about a ghost detective agency. The event will be an onstage interview moderated by St. Louis’ most popular adventure writer, Ridley Pearson. Grades 4–8. 








 
Johnny Heller (photo)
 
 
An Evening with Johnny Heller
Thursday, November 10, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Experience an evening of audio excellence with Johnny Heller, award winning actor and teacher with over 25 years of experience in voice acting, audio book narration, and standup comedy. Identified as one of the top 50 voices of the 20th Century by Audiofile Magazine, Heller has narrated almost 600 titles for adults, young adults and children including “The Good Girl,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “Marley & Me” and the Horrible Harry children’s series. 
David Oshinsky (photo)
 
 
 
 
 
David Oshinsky, “Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital”
Tuesday, November 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 Medical Arts Series
 
In its two and a half centuries of service, there was hardly an epidemic or social 
catastrophe—or groundbreaking scientific advance—that did not touch New York City’s Bellevue Hospital. David Oshinsky, whose last book, “Polio: An American Story,” was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, chronicles the history of America’s oldest hospital and charts the path of American medicine from butchery and quackery to a professional and scientific endeavor. 

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DECEMBER

David France (photo)




 
David France, “How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS”
Friday, December 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 Medical Arts Series
 
From the creator of the Oscar nominated documentary of the same name, “How to Survive a Plague”  is the definitive history of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic. Intimately reported, this is the story of the men and women who, watching their friends and lovers fall, ignored by public officials, religious leaders, and the nation at large, chose to fight for their right to live. Expansive yet richly detailed, this is an insider’s account of a pivotal moment in the history of American civil rights.
James Rollins (photo)
 
 
James Rollins, “The Seventh Plague: A Sigma Force Novel”
Thursday, December 15, 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 James Rollins combines historical mystery and scientific exploration in this thrilling adventure tale. Summoned by a former ally at the British Museum, Commander Grayson Pierce must uncover the truth behind the disappearance of a team of archaeologists. The frantic hunt for the truth will take Sigma Force from an ancient Egyptian tomb to the frozen fields of the Arctic.

 

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