Author Events

FEBRUARY | MARCH

 
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.
 

FEBRUARY

Elliot Ackerman (photo)



 
Elliot Ackerman, “Dark at the Crossing”
Tuesday, February 21, 7:00 p.m. 
Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

In partnership with the International Institute of St. Louis

Foreign correspondent, decorated veteran, and author of the critically-acclaimed novel “Green on Blue,” Elliot Ackerman presents a timely new novel of stunning humanity and tension. Set in 2013 as the Syrian revolution wanes and the Islamic State rises, “Dark at the Crossing” is the entangled story of an Iraqi-American intent on crossing the border to fight in Syria, and a Syrian couple scarred by the loss of their only daughter. 
Scott Westerfeld (photo)


 
Scott Westerfeld, “Horizon”
Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. 
Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

A Young Readers’ Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

This harrowing tale of supernatural suspense kicks off a new series from the visionary mind of #1 bestselling middle-grade adventure author Scott Westerfeld. When a plane crash lands in the arctic, eight young survivors step from the wreckage expecting to see nothing but ice and snow. Instead they find themselves lost in a strange jungle with little hope of rescue. 
Dr. Stefan Bradley (photo)
De Nichols (photo)
Dr. Stefan Bradley and De Nichols
The Black Experience: Specializing in the Art of the Impossible
Thursday, February 23, 6:30 p.m.  Library Headquarters – Auditorium

2017 Black History Celebration Event

Join educators Dr. Stefan Bradley and De Nichols for a night of conversation and art about unlikely victories and impossible odds that face African Americans.  

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MARCH

Lydia Reeder (photo)
 
Lydia Reeder, “The Dust Bowl Girls: A Team’s Quest for Basketball Glory”
Thursday, March 2, 7:00 p.m. 
 Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

At the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb, basketball coach of tiny Oklahoma Presbyterian College, recruited talented, hardworking women, offering them a free college education if they would play for his team, the Cardinals. He shaped the Cardinals into an unbeatable team. Written by Babb’s grand-niece, “Dust Bowl Girls” captures a groundbreaking moment in American sports history.
Sarah Jio (photo)
 
Sarah Jio, “Always”
Monday, March 6, 7:00 p.m. 
  Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

Bestselling author Sarah Jio shares a poignant novel about the kind of love that never lets go. As Kailey Crain and her fiance leave a posh restaurant, Kailey spies a homeless man on the sidewalk and is stunned when their eyes meet: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister. Over the next few weeks, Kailey must decide exactly what—and whom—she wants.
 
Beth Kobliner (photo)

 
Beth Kobliner, “Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even If You’re Not): A Parents’ Guide for Kids 3 to 23”
Monday, March 13, 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 bestselling “Get a Financial Life,” Beth Kobliner shares how to teach children to manage money. The key to raising a money genius isn’t to teach that four quarters equal a dollar. Instead, it’s about instilling values that make people successful—not just financially, but in life: delaying gratification, working hard, living within your means and getting a good education.
Randy Wayne White (photo)

 
Randy Wayne White, “Mangrove Lightning”
Thursday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. 
Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

In bestselling author Randy Wayne White’s 24th thriller starring Doc Ford, a near-hundred- year-old murder presents one of Doc’s strangest cases yet. A legendary charter captain named Tootsie Barlow has come to him, muttering about a family curse. Barlow is convinced it has something to do with a multiple murder in 1925. Ford doesn’t believe in curses, but finds himself chasing the ghost of a madman.
Blanche Wiesen Cook (photo)



 
Blanche Wiesen Cook, “Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After, 1939-1962”
Monday, March 27, 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

Historians, politicians, and readers everywhere have praised Blanche Wiesen Cook’s biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. The third and final volume takes us through World War II, FDR’s death, the founding of the UN, and Eleanor’s death in 1962. It follows the arc of war and the evolution of a marriage, as the first lady realized the cost of maintaining her principles even as the country and her husband were not prepared to adopt them.
 
Jack J. Schramm (photo)



 
Jack J. Schramm, “Passionate Purpose: A Global Governance Journey”
Tuesday, March 28, 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

Jack Schramm’s public career spans 50 years. Beginning his political career as
an elected member of the Missouri House of Representatives, Jack specialized in complex, innovative legislation. The Carter Administration then appointed Jack Regional Administrator in the newly established U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His memoir is a journey through tough policy decision-making at all levels.
C.J. Box (photo)

 
C.J. Box, “Vicious Circle”
Thursday, March 30, 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 C.J. Box returns with a suspenseful new thriller starring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. The Cates family has always been a bad lot. Joe struck a fierce blow against them when the life of his daughter April was endangered, but he’s always wondered if there’d be a day of reckoning. He’s not wondering any longer. Joe knows they’re coming after him and his family now. All he can do is wait for them to make the first move.

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