Author Events

OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER

OCTOBER

Anthony Marra (photo)


 
Anthony Marra, “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena”
Friday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Presented by the University of Missouri-St. Louis MFA Program andthe Natural Bridge Debut Author Series

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Prize for Outstanding First Books, “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” is a compassionate and breathtaking story of the power of love in wartime. Set in a rural village during the Chechen War, the novel follows the story of an orphaned girl and two doctors who seek refuge in an abandoned hospital.
Lauren Oliver (photo)


 
Lauren Oliver, “Rooms”
Tuesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Co-presented by the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival 

The bestselling author of the Delirium teen trilogy makes her adult debut with this mesmerizing thriller. Wealthy Richard Walker has died, leaving behind his country house.  As his estranged family arrives, they discover the long-dead residents bound to the house and lingering in its claustrophobic walls. Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, “Rooms” is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.
Jane Smiley (photo)

 
Jane Smiley, “Some Luck”
Wednesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Thousand Acres,” Jane Smiley presents a powerful, engrossing new novel about the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades. On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children. As the Langdons branch out from Iowa to both coasts, the personal and the historical merge seamlessly. “Some Luck” is the first part of a dazzling epic trilogy—a literary adventure that will span a century in America.
Pamela Druckerman (photo)

 
Pamela Druckerman, “Bringing up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting”
Thursday, October 9, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

Pamela Druckerman presents the runaway bestseller that shows American parents the secrets behind France's amazingly well-behaved children. When American journalist Pamela Druckerman had a baby in Paris, she noticed that French children slept through the night by two or three months old. They ate braised leeks. They played by themselves while their parents sipped coffee. And yet French kids were still boisterous, curious, and creative. With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman set out to investigate—and wound up sparking a national debate on parenting.
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”
Tuesday, October 14, 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.
Cissy Lacks (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Cissy Lacks
Author of “Miriam’s Way”
Special appearance by the book’s subject Holocaust survivor Miriam Kenisberg
Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
In September of 1941, German armies marched through eastern Poland, and Miriam, a thirteen-year-old Polish Jew, was told by her parents to enter the dark forests of White Russia to hide from the invaders. For over five years, Miriam used her survival skills and her will to live to get through the war. “Miriam's Way” is based upon true-life experiences of Miriam Kenisberg from 1941 through 1946. 
 
Both St. Louis author Cissy Lacks and Miriam Kenisberg will speak at this event.
 
Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series presents
Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin
Friday, October 17, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Bestselling children's book authors Ann Martin and Laura Godwin present the fourth installment in "The Doll People" series--an exhilarating adventure from a doll's-eye view. In “The Doll People Set Sail,” the Dolls are whisked out to sea when the Palmers accidentally place them in a box destined for charity donation. After traveling thousands of miles, will they be able to find their way home?
 
Ann Martin is the beloved creator of The Babysitter's Club series and numerous other young reader books. Laura Godwin is the author of many 
 
popular picture books for children including “Oh, Cats!”
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
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, “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 Collin’s work appeals to readers and live audiences far and wide. By turns playful, ironic, and serious, Collins’s 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”)
 
Two-term Poet Laureate of the United States, Billy Collins presents his first volume of new and selected poems in twelve years. One of our most critically-acclaimed and beloved poets, Billy Collins’s work appeals to readers and live audiences far and wide. By turns playful, ironic, and serious, Collins’s poetry captures the nuances of everyday life while leading the reader into zones of inspired wonder. 
 
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 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.
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.
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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