Author Events

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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"), 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.

Mary Pilon (photo)










 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Mary Pilon

Author of "The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Boardgame"
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Thursday, June 11, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

The way Parker Brothers tells it, Monopoly, the world’s most famous board game, was invented by an out-of-work salesman in the depths of the Great Depression, who lived happily—and richly—ever after.

In "The Monopolists," award-winning journalist Mary Pilon reveals the unknown story of how Monopoly came into existence, the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers, the lost female originator of the game, and one man’s lifelong obsession to tell the true story about the game’s questionable origins.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

"My Dear Molly" by M.E. Kodner (bookcover)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation and the History and Genealogy Department present Local Historian M.E. Kodner
Editor of "My Dear Molly: The Civil War Letters of Captain James Love"
Wednesday, June 17, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

The Missouri History Museum archives are bursting with firsthand accounts of both historic and everyday moments, but when archivist M. E. Kodner came across the James Love letters, she knew she had discovered something extraordinary.

"My Dear Molly" consists of the 166 letters that St. Louisan James Love wrote to his fiancée, during his Civil War service and time in a Confederate prison. "My Dear Molly" is a remarkable volume that will add much to our knowledge of the Civil War period—its battles and conflicts as well as the experiences of ordinary Americans like James and Molly.

Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

H.W. Brands (photo)








 
The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series 
Presents H.W. Brands
Author of "Reagan: The Life"
Friday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Ronald Reagan today is a conservative icon, celebrated for transforming the American domestic agenda and playing a crucial part in ending communism in the Soviet Union. In his masterful new biography, two-time Pulitzer Prize nominated historian H. W. Brands argues that Reagan, along with FDR, was the most consequential president of the twentieth century. Using archival sources not available to previous biographers and dozens of interviews with surviving members of the administration, Brands offers both a riveting personal journey and the story of America in the modern era.

Books for signing will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University

Brad Meltzer (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents #1 Bestselling Political Suspense Writer
Brad Meltzer
Author of "The President’s Shadow"
Tuesday, June 23, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Besetselling political suspense author Brad Meltzer presents the next novel in the acclaimed Culper Ring series. National archivist Beecher White makes an alarming discovery on the White House grounds: there is a severed arm buried in the Rose Garden. As he investigates, he realizes it's a message with dire repercussions for the President. Even worse, the message turns Beecher's personal life upside down, pointing him towards the dark truth about his own father's death.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

Dorothea Benton Frank (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Bestselling Novelist Dorothea Benton Frank
Author of "All the Single Ladies"
Thursday, June 25, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Few writers capture the complexities, pain, and joy of relationships—between friends, family, and lovers—as beloved, bestselling novelist Dorothea Benton Frank. In this charming, evocative, soul-touching novel, she once again takes us deep into the heart of the magical Carolina Lowcountry where three amazing middle-aged women are bonded by the shared loss of another friend. "All the Single Ladies" illuminates the power of friendship in women’s lives and is filled with Frank’s trademark wit, sassy characters and steamy Southern atmosphere.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

JULY

 
Chris Colfer (photo)











 
The St. Louis County Library’s Reading Garden Event Series presents
An Evening with Chris Colfer Author of “The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdom”
Saturday, July 11, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
 
GENERAL TICKET $18
Admits ONE and includes one copy of "The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdom"

KID'S TICKET $18 - 12 AND UNDER ONLY
Admits ONE child and ONE adult and includes ONE copy of "The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdom." (Both adult and child must be present at time of admission. An adult may accompany more than one child but each child will need his or her own KID'S TICKET.)

Author and Golden Globe-Winning actor Chris Colfer presents the fourth installment in his #1 New York Times bestselling series for young readers.

The program will include a brief Q&A (15-20 minutes) and a book signing.

Tickets go on sale at 9:00 a.m. on June 10 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.

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