Author Events

JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER

JULY

Julie Barton (photo)


 
Julie Barton, “Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself”
Thursday, July 21, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
“Dog Medicine” is a deeply moving debut memoir about a young woman’s battle with depression and how her dog saved her life. At 22, Julie Barton collapsed on her kitchen floor. Psychiatrists, therapists and family tried to 
intervene, but nothing reached her until the day she decided to do one hopeful thing: adopt a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker. “Dog Medicine” captures the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, and the astonishing way animals can heal even the most broken hearts and minds.
John C. McManus (photo)






 
The 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author SeriesJohn C. McManus, “Hell Before Their Very Eyes: American Soldiers Liberate Concentration Camps in Germany, April 1945”
Monday, July 25, 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 and the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival
 
On April 4, 1945, United States Army units seized Ohrdruf, the first of many Nazi 
concentration camps to be liberated in Germany. In the weeks that followed, as more camps were discovered, thousands of soldiers came face to face with the monstrous reality of Hitler’s Germany. For the American soldiers who witnessed such powerful evidence of Nazi crimes, the experience was life altering. Military historian John C. McManus sheds new light on this often-overlooked aspect of the Holocaust. 
Megan Abbott (photo)

 
Megan Abbott, “You Will Know Me”
Wednesday, July 27, 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 Megan Abbott presents a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of ambition. Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their 15-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit community just weeks before an all-important competition, rumors swirl among the parents, revealing hidden plots and allegiances. Katie finds herself drawn, irresistibly, to the crime itself, and the dark corners it threatens to illuminate. 

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AUGUST

Jeffrey Toobin (photo)




 
The 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author SeriesJeffrey Toobin, “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst”
Wednesday, August 10, 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
 
Bestselling author of “The Run of His Life” —inspiration for the FX drama “The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” Jeffrey Toobin presents an account of the kidnapping and trial of Patty Hearst. Based on more than a hundred interviews and thousands of previously secret documents, “American Heiress” thrillingly recounts the toxic mix of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst.
St. Louis Noir (book cover)
Local Authors Celebrate St. Louis Noir
Tuesday, August 16, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Edited by Scott Phillips, bestselling author of “The Ice Harvest,” “St. Louis Noir” presents the best in local suspense fiction. Each story is set within a distinct neighborhood of St. Louis and will chill the reader with heartland menace. Local writers will read from their contributions to the anthology. Scott Phillips will emcee the program and share his own work.
Ridley Pearson (photo)

 
Ridley Pearson, “White Bone”
Tuesday, August 23, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
John Knox and Grace Chu, the incomparable duo of the Risk Agent novels, team up again in the latest international thrill ride from New York Times—bestselling author Ridley Pearson. The poaching of ivory from African elephants fuels constant blood and slaughter. When Grace disappears while working on a dangerous assignment involving poachers, John Knox jumps into action and finds himself pitted against the most savage and suicidal fighters in the world. 
Susan Elizabeth Phillips (photo)

 
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, “First Star I See Tonight”
Wednesday, August 24, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.) 
 
A star quarterback and a feisty detective play for keeps in this sporty, sexy, sassy novel from bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Piper Dove is a woman with a dream—to become the best detective in the city of Chicago. First job? Trail former Chicago Stars quarterback, Cooper Graham. Problem? Graham’s spotted her, and he’s not happy. Which is why a good detective needs to think on her feet. 
Jo Ann Trogdon (photo)




 
Jo Ann Trogdon, “The Unknown Travels and Dubious Pursuits of William Clark”
Thursday, August 25, 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 History and Genealogy at St. Louis County Library
 
In 1798—more than five years before his famous journey west of the Mississippi with Meriwether Lewis—William Clark set off by flatboat from his Louisville, 
Kentucky home with a cargo of tobacco and furs to sell downriver in Spanish 
New Orleans. In this vivid history, Jo Ann Trogdon reveals William Clark’s highly questionable activities including his involvement in a plot—often called the Spanish Conspiracy—in which corrupt officials sought to separate Kentucky from the United States. 

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SEPTEMBER

Louise Penny (photo)
TICKETED
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Louise Penny, “A Great Reconing” 
Friday, September 2, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $32 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “A Great Reckoning”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $38 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “A Great Reckoning”)

#1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny pulls back the layers to reveal a brilliant and emotionally powerful truth in her latest spellbinding novel starring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, head of the Quebec homicide department.

Tickets go on sale July 18 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets. 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.

 

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