Author Events

DECEMBER | JANUARY

 
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.
 

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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JANUARY

Alexandra Bracken (photo)


 
Alexandra Bracken, “Wayfarer”
A Young Adult Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series
Friday, January 6, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

#1 best-selling author Alexandra Bracken charts a gorgeously detailed, thrilling course through time in the stunning conclusion to the Passenger series. Etta Spencer didn’t know she was a traveler until the day she emerged both miles and years from her home. Now, robbed of the powerful object that was her only hope of saving her mother, Etta finds herself stranded in time, cut off from Nicholas, the 18th century privateer she loves. 
Gary Kodner (photo) 
 
Gary Kodner, “St. Louis Cardinals Uniforms and Logos, An Illustrated History”
Co-sponsored by the St. Louis Cardinals
Monday, January 9, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

A creative consultant for the St. Louis Cardinals for 30 years, Gary Kodner has followed the Cardinals since he was a child, collecting memorabilia and researching the team’s history, not only as a fan but as a professional graphic artist. His colorful new book explores a timeline journey through the evolution of the Cardinals uniforms and logos.
Will Schwalbe (photo)


 
Will Schwalbe, “Books for Living”
Thursday, January 12, 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 beloved memoir “The End of Your Life Book Club,” Will Schwalbe shares a wonderfully engaging celebration of reading in general and an impassioned recommendation of specific books that can help guide us through our daily lives. “I’ve always believed that everything you need to know you can find in a book,” writes Schwalbe in his introduction to this thought-provoking and heartfelt new book about books—a treasure for everyone who loves books, loves reading, and loves to hear the answer to the question: “What are you reading?”
Steve Sheinkin (photo)



 
Steve Sheinkin, “Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team”
Tuesday, January 17, 7:00 p.m. Grant’s View Library


A Young Adult Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

Steve Sheinkin is an award-winning author of fast-paced, cinematic nonfiction histories for young readers. His newest book tells the story of Native American super athlete Jim Thorpe and his indomitable football coach Pop Warner. Before these men became legends, they met in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, where they forged one of the greatest teams in American football history. “Undefeated” is an astonishing underdog sports story and an unflinching look at the U.S. government’s violent persecution of Native Americans. 
Chris Bohjalian (photo)


 
Chris Bohjalian, “The Sleepwalker”
Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Bestselling author Chris Bohjalian presents a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire. When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. The police are convinced that Annalee is dead, but her children continue to peel back the layers of mystery surrounding the disappearance. Conjuring the strange world of parasomnia, “The Sleepwalker” is a masterful novel from one of our most treasured storytellers.
  James Hamblin, M.D. “If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body”
Thursday, January 19, 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 2014, James Hamblin launched a series of videos for The Atlantic called “If Our Bodies Could Talk.” With it, the doctor-turned- journalist established himself as a seriously entertaining authority in the field of health. Now, in illuminating and genuinely funny prose, Hamblin explores the human stories behind health questions that never seem to go away. “If Our Bodies Could Talk” offers clarity, examines the limits of our certainty, and ultimately helps readers worry less about things that don’t really matter.
Heather Graham (photo)
Jon Land (photo)
Heather Graham and Jon Land, “The Rising”
Tuesday, January 24, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Acclaimed thriller-suspense novelists Heather Graham and Jon Land team up for a story of action, mystery, and the endurance of young love. When a football accident lands star athlete Alex Chin in the hospital, his world is turned upside down. His doctor is murdered. Then, his parents. Death seems to follow him wherever he goes, and now it’s after him. He must stay ahead of his attackers long enough to figure out why they are hunting him. The answer lies with a secret buried deep in his past, a secret his parents died to protect.
Thomas Madden (photo)

 
Thomas Madden, “Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World”
Thursday, January 26, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Saint Louis University Professor of History, Thomas Madden presents the first single-volume history of Istanbul in decades: a biography of the city at the center of civilizations past and present. From its ancient past to the present, we meet the city through its ordinary citizens and the rulers who built it up and then destroyed it. Madden’s entertaining narrative transports readers to a city of unparalleled majesty that holds the key to understanding modern civilization.
Tracy Chevalier (photo)


 
Tracy Chevalier, “At the Edge of the Orchard”
Tuesday, January 31, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

From the author of “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” Tracy Chevalier presents a riveting drama of an American pioneer family. James and Sadie Goodenough have settled where their wagon got stuck—in the muddy swamps of 1830s Ohio. They work relentlessly to tame their patch of land, buying saplings from a local tree man known as John Appleseed. Fifteen years later, their youngest child, Robert, is wandering through Gold Rush California. Restless and haunted by the broken family he left behind, he has made his way alone across the country. But you can run only so far, even in America.

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