Author Events

AUGUST | SEPTEMBER

AUGUST

Sandra Thompson Williams (photo)

 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Inspirational Writer Sandra Thompson Williams
Author of “Seven Miracles of Prevailing Praise”
Saturday, August 8, 2 p.m. Florissant Valley Branch
 
A praise and worship leader and author of four inspirational books, Sandra Thompson Williams offers seven powerful performances of praise and walks readers through situations that qualify for miracles in everyday life. 
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Susan Casey (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Susan Casey
Author of "Voices in the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting world of Dolphins"
Tuesday, August 11, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

Award-winning nature journalist Susan Casey presents a breathtaking look into the mysterious world of dolphins and their conflicted history with man. Humans have always felt a kinship with the sleek and beautiful dolphin, an animal whose playfulness, sociability and intelligence seems like an aquatic mirror of mankind. No writer is better positioned to portray these magical creatures than Susan Casey, whose combination of personal reporting, intense scientific research, and evocative prose made her previous books "The Wave" and "The Devil's Teeth" contemporary classics of writing on the oceans.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

Claire McCaskill - Plenty Ladylike (book cover)











 

St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Senator Claire McCaskill

Author of "Plenty Ladylike: A Memoir"
Saturday, August 15, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room

(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $35 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of "Plenty Ladylike")

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $45 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of "Plenty Ladylike")

The program will be an onstage interview moderated by Don Marsh, St. Louis Public Radio host of "St. Louis on the Air."

Senator Claire McCaskill shares her inspiring story of embracing her ambition, surviving sexist slings, losing a husband and making a family, outsmarting her enemies-and finding joy along the way. In this candid, lively, and forthright memoir Senator McCaskill describes her uphill battle to become who she is today. From the day she was elected homecoming queen to her long shot reelection as Senator, Claire has loved politics and winning. Her memoir is unconventional, unsparing in its honesty and full of sharp humor and practical wisdom.

Tickets go on sale at 6:00 a.m. on July 1 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Call 314-994-3300 for more information.
 

Vanessa Diffenbaugh (photo)





 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Author of “We Never Asked for Wings”
Monday, August 24, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of “The Language of Flowers” comes her much-anticipated new novel about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. A story of hope, determination and the American Dream, “We Never Asked for Wings” explores the difficult truths of motherhood and the sacrifices it takes to create a better life for a mother and her two children.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Libba Bray (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation's Reading Garden Event Series for Young Readers presents Libba Bray
Author of "Lair of Dreams: A Diviners Novel"
Friday, August 28, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Sensationally popular teen author Libba Bray presents the second installment of her critically-acclaimed supernatural series set in Jazz Age New York. In “Lair of Dreams,” young flapper Evie O’Neill must use her psychic powers to descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer. Libba Bray is the New York Times bestselling author of the Gemma Doyle trilogy; the Michael L. Printz Award-winning “Going Bovine”; and “Beauty Queens,” an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University


Books for signing will be available for purchase.

Dav Pilkey (photo)








 
St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series and the Novel Neighbor 
Present Dav Pilkey
A new book from the sensationally popular creator of Captain Underpants!
Sunday, August 30, 6:30 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

Wear your super hero capes for this special night of storytelling and wild fun! The sensationally popular creator of the Captain Underpants series presents the twelfth book in the laugh-out-loud series for young readers.

Dav Pilkey created his first stories as comic books while he was in elementary school. In addition to the Captain Underpants series, his books include numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the bestsellers “The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby,” “The Adventures of Ook & Gluk,” and the Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event (admission is free, but a book purchase is required at the event to enter the book signing line).

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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
Author 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 presents 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.

Michael Castro (photo)



 
St. Louis County Library Foundation 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 presents 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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