Author Events

OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER

OCTOBER

Nancy Carver (photo) Nancy Carver, "Making Tracks: The Untold Story of Horse Racing in St. Louis"
Monday, October 27, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium


Did you know that horse racing was once a more popular sport than baseball for many St. Louisans? During the period from 1767-1905, throngs of excited residents rooted for their horses at almost 20 different racing venues in the area. In addition to relaying little known facts about horse racing, local historian Nancy Carver captures the thrill of the sport adn the flavor of the times.
Julius Hunter (photo)
Julius Hunter, “Priscilla & Babe: From Slavery’s Shackles to Millionaire Bordello Madams in Victorian St. Louis”
Wednesday, October 29, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Veteran St. Louis newsman Julius Hunter discusses the untold story of two unrelated African-American slave girls born on Old South plantations who made their way up the Mississippi after emancipation and became two of the wealthiest bordello madams in Victorian St. Louis. Presenting this true story in novel form, Hunter relates both the hardships and opulence of these remarkable lives.

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NOVEMBER

Billy Collins (photo)





















 

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents An Evening with Billy Collins
Two-Term Poet Laureate of the United States
Author of “Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems”
Saturday, November 1, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room

(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Two-term Poet Laureate of the United States, Billy Collins presents his first volume of new and selected poems in 12 years. One of our most critically-acclaimed and beloved poets, Billy Collins' work appeals to readers and live audiences far and wide. By turns playful, ironic, and serious, Collins’ poetry captures the nuances of everyday life while leading the reader into zones of inspired wonder. 

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $16 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Aimless Love”) 
OR
PACKAGE TICKET $20 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Aimless Love”)
 
The program will be a reading followed by questions from the audience and a book signing. 

Tickets go on sale September 15 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. 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.

Richard Blanco (photo)

Richard Blanco, “The Prince of los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood”
Monday, November 3, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
When Richard Blanco presented the inaugural poem at President Obama’s second inauguration, he became the first Latino and openly gay writer to fill that esteemed role. In his poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir, Blanco explore his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.
 
St. Louis County Library Foundation's 15th Anniversary Celebration with the St. Louis Symphony and Artist Billyo O’Donnell
Monday, November 10, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. – Library Headquarters will close for general use during this event.)
 
Music and painting will intersect when members of the St. Louis Symphony and painter Billyo O'Donnell perform simultaneously in a free program honoring the Library Foundation's 15th anniversary. O'Donnell, well-known for his landscapes, will paint the instrumentalists while they perform. The progress of the painting will be shown on a large screen so the audience can follow while enjoying the music.
 
Garth Stein (photo)

 
Garth Stein, “A Sudden Light”
Thursday, November 13, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
When a boy tries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” Estranged from his wife, Jones Riddell takes his fourteen-year-old son Trevor to his family’s sprawling mansion overlooking Puget Sound. Magic and mayhem begin when Trevor discovers he can communicate with a long-dead ancestor dangerously determined to see the family land returned to untamed forestland.
Joe Johnston (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Joe Johnston
Author of “Necessary Evil: Settling Missouri with a Rope and a Gun”
Tuesday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)


From the Border Wars to the gangs of Bushwhackers, Missouri’s reign of vigilante justice during the nineteenth century is unparalleled by any other state in the nation. Missouri marked the boundary of eastern civilization and was a stronghold of fierce independence—a conflict often leading to bloody shoot-outs and rebel justice.

Packed with stories of popular gunslingers like Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok, and Jesse James, local historian Joe Johnston’s action-packed read will be of interest to crime enthusiasts and historians alike.


Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Joshua Wolf Shenk (photo)


 
Joshua Wolf Shenk, “Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs”
Thursday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Presented by the Pacesetter Author Series
 
Weaving the lives of scores of creative duos—from John Lennon and Paul McCartney to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak—Joshua Wolf Shenk identifies the core qualities of that dizzying experience we call "chemistry." Revealing the stages through which creative intimacy unfolds, Shenk builds an argument for the social foundations of creativity. Along the way, he reveals how the most successful creative pairs thrive on conflict; and why some pairs flame out while others endure.

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DECEMBER

Hank Philippi Ryan (photo)









 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Investigative Reporter and Detective Fiction Writer Hank Phillippi Ryan
Author of “Truth Be Told”
Wednesday, December 3, 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 and award-winning investigative journalist Hank Phillippi Ryan continues her popular series starring detective Jake Brogan and reporter Jane Ryland.
 
When Ryland investigates a big-bucks mortgage scheme and the surprising players who will stop at nothing, her story collides with Jake’s attempts to solve a 20-year-old murder cold case. Financial manipulation, the terror of reclosures, the primal need for home and family. What happens when what you believe is true turns out to be a lie?
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
  St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Charles E. Claggett, Jr.
Author of “Max Starkloff and the Fight for Disability Rights”
Thursday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Paralyzed by a car accident at the age of 21, Max Starkloff defied all expectations to become a leader of the powerful Disability Rights Movement. His national advocacy encouraged governments to remove physical barriers, make public transportation and housing accessible and pass laws preventing job discrimination.

Using interviews with Starkloff and those who knew him best, Charles E. Claggett Jr. powerfully presents Starkloff’s story of resilience and hope, and how today, his legacy continues to better the lives of disabled individuals throughout the country.

Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
Richard Ford (photo)
Richard Ford, “Let Me Be Frank With You”
Tuesday, December 9, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford presents a brilliant new work that returns to the hallowed territory that sealed his reputation as an American master: the world of Frank Bascombe and his celebrated novels “The Sportswriter” and “Indpendence Day.”  Now, in “Let Me Be Frank with You,” Ford reinvents Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and attempts to console a world undone by calamity. It is a moving and wondrous odyssey through the America we live in at this moment. 

 

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