Author Events

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SEPTEMBER

 
Robert Goolrick (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Robert Goolrick
Author of "The Fall of Princes"
Wednesday, September 9, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

In this spellbinding new novel from the acclaimed author of “A Reliable Wife,” 1980s Manhattan shimmers as money, power, and invincibility seduce a group of young Wall Street turks. Together they reach the pinnacle, achieving the kind of wealth that grants them access to anything—and anyone. Until, one by one, they fall. With the literary chops of “Bonfire of the Vanities” and the dizzying decadence of “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Fall of Princes” takes readers into a world of hedonistic highs and devastating lows, weaving a visceral tale about these young men, winners all…until someone changes the rules.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

R.L. Stine (photo)Marc Brown (photo)


 
PREMIER EVENT

2015 Family Read Night presented by Delta Dental

St. Louis County Library Foundation presents R.L. Stine and Marc Brown
Authors of "The Little Shop of Monsters"
Friday, September 11, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room

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

Are you are afraid of monsters? Welcome to the Little Shop of Monsters! Do you want a SNEEZER? A TICKLER? Or one of the CREEPIEST monsters of all? Come on in and choose your favorite, if you dare. Renowned children's book creators Marc Brown and R.L. Stine join forces for the very first time--in Stine's picture book debut--with a tale that is monstrously good fun. R.L Stine is the creator of the sensationally popular Goosebump series. Marc Brown is the author of the bestselling Arthur Adventure books and creative producer of the #1 children's PBS television series "Arthur."

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

Reed Farrel Coleman (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation and Left Bank Books present Reed Farrel Coleman
Author of "Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins"
Tuesday, September 15, 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 series about former baseball player turned LA police investigator Jesse Stone. In “The Devil Wins,” a Nor’easter blows into Paradise and churns up the past. In the wake of the huge storm, three bodies are discovered in the rubble of an abandoned factory building. It’s up to Police Chief Jesse Stone to pull away the veil of the past to see how all the murders are connected.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Eoin Colfer (photo)
Ridley Pearson (photo)Jonathan Stroud (photo)
The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series
and The Novel Neighbor Present A Young Readers’ Showcase
Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

A special event for young readers featuring three of the hottest authors in adventure writing: 
 
Eoin Colfer, author of the sensationally popular Artemis Fowl series, discusses “The Forever Man: W.A.R.P. Series #3,” a new installment in his wickedly smart science fiction series featuring a time-traveling teen FBI agent.
 
Ridley Pearson presents “Disney Lands—Kingdom Keepers: The Return Series #1,” a new spin-off to his internationally popular Kingdom Keepers books. 
 
Jonathan Stroud, creator of the bestselling Bartimaeus trilogy, presents “The Hollow Boy: Lockwood & Co. Book 3,” the latest book in his paranormal series about a ghost detective agency.
 
The authors’ books will be available for purchase.
Michael Castro (photo)



 
St. Louis County Library presents Michael Castro
Author of "How Things Stack Up"
Monday, September 28, 12:00 p.m. Florissant Valley Branch

Presented by the Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival

Michael Castro, St. Louis's first Poet Laureate, will read from his work accompanied by cellist Tracy Andreotti and percussionist Henry Claude. This opening event of the 2015 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival is presented in partnership with the University of Missouri-St. Louis Center for the Humanities' Monday Noon Series.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

Thomas Mallon (photo)





 
St. Louis County Library Foundation present Thomas Mallon
Author of "The Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years"
Wednesday, September 30, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Thomas Mallon’s critically acclaimed historical fiction has covered the Lincoln assassination to the Watergate scandal. Mallon now captures the crusading ideologies, blunders, and glamour of the still-hotly-debated Reagan years, taking readers to the political gridiron of Washington, the wealthiest enclaves of Southern California, and the volcanic landscape of Iceland, where the president engages in two almost apocalyptic days of negotiation with Mikhail Gorbachev. “Finale” is the entertaining and panoramic novel that Thomas Mallon’s work has been building toward for years.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

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OCTOBER

Ethnic St. Louis (book cover)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Elizabeth Terry, John Wright, and Patrick McCarthy
Authors of “Ethnic St. Louis”
Thursday, October 1, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

Accompanied by rare photography, the stories in “Ethnic St. Louis” present a rich tapestry of the people and cultures that have enriched the Gateway City throughout its history. The authors will join a panel of first and second generation immigrants to discuss the significant impact of St. Louis’ immigrant communities both past and present. This event of the 2015 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival is presented in partnership with the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates, the MOSAIC Project, the International Institute of St. Louis, and St. Louis County Parks and Recreation.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Sherry and John Petersik (photo)








 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Sherry and John Petersik
Author of “Lovable, Livable Home: How to Add Beauty, Get Organized, and Make Your House Work for You”
Friday, October 2, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Seven years ago a young couple began chronicling their home improvement adventures—and misadventures—on the DIY blog, Young House Love. Soon, people all over the world were visiting Sherry and John Petersiks’ site for inspiration. After a new home and a new baby, Sherry and John have seen their design perspective evolve right along with their family. In their latest book, they prove having kids or pets doesn’t mean you’re sentenced to floors overrun with toys or furniture covered in plastic. 

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Betty Birney (photo)





 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Betty Birney
Author of “Imagination According to Humphrey”
Saturday, October 3, 2:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 1:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Betty Birney’s delightful series about Humphrey, Mrs. Brisbane’s classroom hamster, has delighted young readers across the country. Humphrey’s eleventh adventure celebrates stories and the power of the imagination as Humphrey conquers writer’s block with the help of Mrs. Brisbane’s creative writing tips.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
John Danforth (photo)













 
TICKETED EVENT
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents John Danforth
Author of “The Relevance of Religion: How Faithful People Can Change Politics”
Saturday, October 10, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room
 
Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series and Washington University’s John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics

Former United States senator and ambassador to the United  Nations, John Danforth offers a fascinating, thoughtful, and deeply personal look at the state of American politics today —and how religion can be a bridge over our bitter partisan divide.
 
Ticket packages
Individual Ticket - $28 Admits ONE person and includes one copy of “The Relevance of Religion” OR 
Package Ticket - $32 Admits TWO people and includes one copy of “The Relevance of Religion.” 
 
Tickets go on sale September 1 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. No refunds.
 
The program will be an on-stage interview moderated by KTRS host McGraw Milhaven followed by questions from the audience and a book signing.
Ron Rash (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Ron Rash
Author of “Above the Waterfall”
Monday, October 12, 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 “Serena,” Ron Rash’s poetic, haunting new novel illuminates lives shaped by violence and a powerful connection to the Appalachia Mountains. Echoing the heartbreaking beauty of William Faulkner and the spiritual isolation of Carson McCullers, “Above the Waterfall” demonstrates once again the prodigious talent of “one of the great American authors at work today” (Janet Maslin, New York Times).

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Rick Riordan (photo)













 
TICKETED EVENT
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Rick Riordan
Author of “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer”
Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room
 
Presented by the Reading Garden Children’s Series
 
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met who tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war, and to prevent doomsday, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
 
Ticket packages
Individual Ticket - $25 Admits ONE person and includes one PRE-SIGNED copy of “The Sword of Summer”
OR 
Package Ticket - $35 Admits TWO people and includes one PRE-SIGNED copy of “The Sword of Summer” 


Tickets go on sale September 10 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. No refunds.

Jennifer Donnelly (photo)







 
The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series presents Jennifer Donnelly
Author of “Dark Tide: WaterFire Saga #3”
Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
The world as they know it is about to be destroyed. Only six young mermaids have the power to save it. In “Deep Blue,” the opening novel in the WaterFire Saga, they stood on the threshold of a perilous quest to save their underwater universe. Now, in “Dark Tide,” their fated journey continues—with breathtaking action, heart-melting romance, and shocking surprises. 
 
Award-winning young adult author Jennifer Donnelly’s novels include “A Northern Light” and “Revolution.”
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Damon Tweedy (photo)








 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Damon Tweedy
Author of “Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine”
Thursday, October 15, 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 For the Sake of All
 
“Black Man in a White Coat” examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine. Through his own experience as a black medical student and physician and the stories of his patients, Dr. Tweedy illustrates the complex, social, cultural and economic factors at the root of most health problems in the black community, ultimately seeking a way forward to better treatment and more compassionate care. 

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Theresa Brown (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Theresa Brown
Author of “The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives”
Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Theresa Brown, RN, is a frequent contributor to the New York Times opinion page and a leading voice on health care. With “The Shift,” she offers a vivid first-hand account of one shift on the floor of a cancer ward and opens our eyes to the intense, frustrating, and often joyful profession. Brown reveals how nurses advocate for their patients, explain treatment to families, make dozens of medical decisions, interact with doctors and hospital staff, and keep their own emotions in check.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.

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NOVEMBER

Elizabeth George (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Elizabeth George
Author of “A Banquet of Consequences”
Wednesday, November 4, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
The buried lies of one family rise to the surface in #1 bestselling suspense author Elizabeth George’s new novel of crime, passion and tragic history. As Scotland Yard detective Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful façade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire, deceit and murder.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs (photo)




 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs
Author of “Jonas Salk: A Life”
Thursday, November 5, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
When a waiting world learned that Jonas Salk had successfully created a vaccine to prevent polio, he became a hero overnight and yet he was ostracized throughout his career by his fellow scientists. In the first complete biography of Jonas Salk, Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs unravels Salk’s story to reveal an unconventional scientist and a misunderstood and vulnerable man.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Betty Caroli (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Betty Caroli
Author of “Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage that Made a President”
Monday, 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 ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series
 
Historian Betty Caroli offers a fresh look at Lady Bird Johnson that upends her image as a plain Jane who was married for her money and mistreated by Lyndon. Depicting Lady Birdy as a key strategist, fundraiser, barnstormer, peacemaker and indispensable therapist, Caroli restores the First Lady to her rightful place in history, painting a vivid portrait of a complex marriage and indomitable spirit.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Garry Kasparov (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Garry Kasparov
Author of “Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped”
Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Former world chess champion, Garry Kasparov has lived in self-imposed exile 
in the United States since leading the pro-democracy opposition to Vladimir Putin in Russia’s 2008 presidential election. In 2012, he was named Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation. In “Winter is Coming,” Kasparov argues that Putin has grown not only into a dictator but a global threat at the center of a worldwide assault on political liberty.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
T.J. Stiles (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents T.J. Stiles
Author of “Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America”
Thursday, November 12, 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
 
In this brilliant new biography, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning historian T.J. Stiles paints a portrait of Gen. George Armstrong Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer’s legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer’s historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory, intense person—capable yet insecure, intelligent yet 
bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University


Books for signing will be available for purchase.

Robert Crais (photo)









 
St. Louis County Library Foundation and Left Bank Books present Robert Crais
Author of “The Promise”
Thursday, November 19, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike are joined by “Suspect” heroes Scott James and his K-9 partner, Maggie, in the new masterpiece of suspense from the #1 bestselling author.  When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a missing woman, it seems like an ordinary case—until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defense contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives for a suspected terror ring. Meanwhile, Scott and Maggie, enter an abandoned building to locate an armed thief and discover the hidden explosives. The detectives must join forces to find the missing woman not only before she is killed . . . but before the same fate happens to one of them.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.

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DECEMBER

 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Internationally Bestselling Novelist Mitch Albom
Author of “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto”
Saturday, December 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.)
 
Author of the worldwide bestseller “Tuesdays with Morrie,” Mitch Albom presents his most sweeping novel yet. The voice of Music narrates the tale of young Frankie Presto, a war orphan raised by a blind music teacher in a small Spanish town, who grows up to become the greatest guitarist to ever live. Blessed with six magical blue guitar strings and the musical power to change lives, Frankie’s amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 20th century.  A lifelong musician himself, Mitch Albom delivers a remarkable novel, infused with the message that “everyone joins a band in this life” and those connections change us all.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
(Admission is free, but a book purchase will be required at the event to enter the signing line.)
 
B.A. Shapiro (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents B.A. Shapiro
Author of “The Muralist”
Tuesday, December 8, 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 the Saint Louis Art Museum Book Club

From the author of the bestselling novel “The Art Forger” comes a story of art, love, and politics that traces the life and mysterious disappearance of a brilliant young artist on the eve of World War II. “The Muralist” plunges readers into prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance into the United States. 


Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Joe Johnston 
Author of “It Ends Here: The Last Missouri Vigilante”
Thursday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
The third installment in historian Joe Johnston’s Missouri Vigilantes series, “It Ends Here” tells the tragic story of one of the last relics of the Wild West: Edward Capeheart O’Kelley, a former lawman notorious for avenging the death of his childhood friend, Jesse James. “It Ends Here” unravels a circular tale of frontier vigilantism and ponders America’s progress beyond it. Touching on bank robberies, Butch Cassidy, and elaborate tales of frontier justice, this book will delight true crime enthusiasts and students of history alike.
 
Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.

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