Author Events

APRIL | MAY

APRIL

Steve Berry (photo)









 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents #1 Bestselling Political Suspense Writer
Steve Berry
Author of “The Patriot Threat”
Saturday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
#1 internationally bestselling political suspense author Steve Berry presents his tenth thriller starring former intelligence officer Cotton Malone. 
 
In “The Patriot Threat,” Malone is asked to track a rogue North Korean and is vaulted into a harrowing twenty-four hour chase around the world. With appearances by Franklin Roosevelt, Andrew Mellon, a curious painting that still hangs in the National Gallery of Art, and some eye-opening revelations from the $1 bill, this riveting, non-stop adventure is trademark Steve Berry—90% historical fact, 10% exciting speculation.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Erin Gritens (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Navy SEAL and Bestselling Writer
Eric Greitens
Author of “Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life”
Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Bestselling author of “The Heart and the Fist,” Navy SEAL and humanitarian Eric Greitens offers a self-help book unlike any other—a masterpiece of warrior wisdom that shows how to overcome obstacles with positive action. Inspired by Greitens’ work with soldiers struggling with PTSD, “Resilience” draws on Greitens’ own experiences in war to offer deep, yet practical lessons and profoundly hopeful advice. 
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Sharon Person (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation and the History and Genealogy Department present
Local Historians Sharon Person and Carl Ekberg
Co-Authors of “St. Louis Rising: The French Regime of Louis St. Ange de Bellerive”
Thursday, April 30, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
The standard story of St. Louis's founding tells of fur traders Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau hacking a city out of wilderness. “St. Louis Rising” overturns such gauzy myths with the contrarian thesis that French government officials and institutions shaped and structured early city society. Drawing on new source materials, the authors delve into the complexities of politics, Indian affairs, slavery, and material culture that defined the city's founding period. 
 
Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.

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MAY

Christopher McDougall (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Christopher McDougall
A new book from the internationally bestselling author of “Born to Run”
Saturday, May 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.)
 
Author of the phenomenal national best seller, “Born to Run,” Christopher McDougall now travels to the Mediterranean where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well. Inspired by the heroic acts of Greek resistance fighters during World War II, McDougall sets off to discover the lost art of the hero. Just as “Born to Run” inspired casual runners to get off the treadmill and into nature, “Natural-Born Heroes” will inspire casual athletes to leave the gym and bound, climb, swim, skip, wade, and jump their way to heroic feats.

Presenting Sponsors: Maryville University, GO! St. Louis, and Big River Running.
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
James Bradley (photo) 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author Series
St. Louis County Library Foundation's 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author Series presents
"Flag of our Fathers" Historian James Bradley
Author of “The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia”
Tuesday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

The bestselling author of “Flags of our Fathers” and “Flyboys,” James Bradley has exposed many hidden truths behind America's engagement in Asia. In his most engrossing work yet, Bradley introduces us to the prominent Americans who made their fortunes in the China opium trade and explores a difficult century that defines U.S.-Chinese relations to this day.
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University
Sandy Tolan (photo)




 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Sandy Tolan
Author of “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land”
Thursday, May 7, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.) 

Renowned journalist Sandy Tolan presents the inspiring story of Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, a child from a Palestinian refugee camp who navigated against the odds to become a world-renowned classical musician and then returned to build a music school in the heart of a war-torn land. This is a story about music, first, but also about freedom and conflict; determination and vision. It's a vivid portrait of the potential of music to help children see new possibilities for their lives.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University
Sue Monk Kidd (photo)








 
Read St. Louis presents Sue Monk Kidd
Author of “The Invention of Wings”
2015 Distinguished Literary Achievement Selection
Friday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.) 

From the celebrated author of “The Secret Life of Bees,” Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Invention of Wings” is a masterpiece of hope, daring, and the quest for freedom. The story of two unforgettable American women—Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in nineteenth century Charleston, and Sarah Grimke, the master’s daughter who becomes an early leader of the abolition movement, Kidd follows their remarkable lifelong friendship, a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance and the uneasy ways of love. “The Invention of Wings” is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

www.ReadStLouis.org
Joseph Ellis (photo)







 
Read St. Louis presents Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Joseph Ellis
Author of “The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution
2015 Non-Fiction Selection
Tuesday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.) 

Puiitzer Prize winning historian and author of “Founding Brothers” and “American Sphinx,” Joseph Ellis presents the unexpected story of how the founding fathers convinced the newly independent thirteen colonies to relinquish power and submit to a centralized government. A massive political maneuvering led by George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, this “second American revolution” led to the drafting of the Bill of Rights and marked the true birth of the United States.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

www.ReadStLouis.org
Ace Atkins (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Suspense Writer Ace Atkins
Author of “Robert B. Parker’s Kickback”
Thursday, May 21, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.) 

Edgar-nominated suspense author Ace Atkins was selected by the estate of Robert B. Parker to continue the beloved Spenser detective series.

In “Kickback,” Spenser is asked to investigate the case of a teen boy sent to a lock-down juvenile facility for a minor prank. Spenser and trusted ally Hawk follow a trail through the Boston underworld and uncover a culture of corruption and cover-ups, where hundreds of kids are funneled into for-profit juvie jails.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University
Craig Johnson (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation and Left Bank Books present Craig Johnson
Author of “Dry Bones”
A New Novel from the Creator of the Hit “Longmire” Western-Suspense Series
Wednesday, May 27, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.) 

Western suspense author Craig Johnson presents the eleventh installment in his hit Longmire mystery series. When the largest, most complete fossil of a Tyrannosaurus rex is discovered in Absaroka County, it appears to have nothing to do with Sheriff Walt Longmire—that is, until the Cheyenne rancher who claims her is found face down in a turtle pond. As a number of parties dispute the ownership of the priceless remains, Walt must investigate a sixty-six-million year-old cold case that’s heating up fast.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University

 

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