Author Events

DECEMBER | JANUARY

DECEMBER

Hank Philippi Ryan (photo)









 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Investigative Reporter and Detective Fiction Writer Hank Phillippi Ryan
Author of “Truth Be Told”
Wednesday, December 3, 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 and award-winning investigative journalist Hank Phillippi Ryan continues her popular series starring detective Jake Brogan and reporter Jane Ryland.
 
When Ryland investigates a big-bucks mortgage scheme and the surprising players who will stop at nothing, her story collides with Jake’s attempts to solve a 20-year-old murder cold case. Financial manipulation, the terror of reclosures, the primal need for home and family. What happens when what you believe is true turns out to be a lie?
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
  St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Charles E. Claggett, Jr.
Author of “Max Starkloff and the Fight for Disability Rights”
Thursday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Paralyzed by a car accident at the age of 21, Max Starkloff defied all expectations to become a leader of the powerful Disability Rights Movement. His national advocacy encouraged governments to remove physical barriers, make public transportation and housing accessible and pass laws preventing job discrimination.

Using interviews with Starkloff and those who knew him best, Charles E. Claggett Jr. powerfully presents Starkloff’s story of resilience and hope, and how today, his legacy continues to better the lives of disabled individuals throughout the country.

Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
Richard Ford (photo)
Richard Ford, “Let Me Be Frank With You”
Tuesday, December 9, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford presents a brilliant new work that returns to the hallowed territory that sealed his reputation as an American master: the world of Frank Bascombe and his celebrated novels “The Sportswriter” and “Indpendence Day.”  Now, in “Let Me Be Frank with You,” Ford reinvents Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and attempts to console a world undone by calamity. It is a moving and wondrous odyssey through the America we live in at this moment. 

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JANUARY

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St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Artist Marilynne Bradley and Writer David Baugher Authors of “Once Upon a Time in St. Louis: An Illustrated Trip Through the Past”
Wednesday, January 7, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Remember the iconic drive-in screen at Ronnie's in South County or the gleaming silver sides of the SS Admiral? Artist Marilynne Bradley has spent half a century immortalizing treasures like these in vibrant pigment. In her collection of 86 evocative renderings accompanied by historical descriptions by writer David Baugher, Bradley captures the subtle essence of a corner eatery, an antiquated riverboat or an historic home. An artistic celebration of the unique identity of St. Louis, this book serves as a tribute to our storied past.

Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Carol Shepley (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Local Historian Carol Ferring Shepley
Author of “St. Louis—An Illustrated Timeline: Blues, Baseball, Books, Crooks,
Civil Rights and the River”
Thursday, January 15, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Ever wonder about the essential history of St. Louis? Local historian Carol Shepley moves beyond the founding of a city on the banks of the Mississippi to tell the lesser-known stories of St. Louis from its early development to today--stories of racial struggle, political corruption and progress, art and music,  sports victories and defeats, and ordinary people living extraordinary lives in our endlessly fascinating city.
 
Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Graeme Simsion (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Graeme Simsion
Author of “The Rosie Effect”
Tuesday, January 20, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.) 
 
Graeme Simsion’s novel “The Rosie Project,” about an endearing, but socially-inept genetics professor looking for true love, was an international sensation. Now in the eagerly-awaited sequel, Don and Rosie are happily married when Rosie drops a bombshell: she’s pregnant.  As Don becomes an expert on all things obstetric, he again gets the technicalities right, but the emotions all wrong. Will he risk losing Rosie when she needs him most or will he fall in love all over again? “The Rosie Effect” is the charming and hilarious romantic comedy of the year.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Julia Glass




 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents National Book Award-Winning Novelist Julia Glass
Author of “And the Dark Sacred Night”
Wednesday, January 21, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Revisiting characters from her National Book Award-winning novel “Three Junes,” Julia Glass’s new novel tells the story of Kit Noonan, an unemployed young artist searching for the father he’s never known. From one of our most richly compassionate novelists, “And the Dark Sacred Night” is an unforgettable novel about the youthful choices that steer our destinies, the necessity of forgiveness, and the risks we take when we face down the shadows of our past. Presenting Sponsor Maryville University. 
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Ishmael Beah (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Ishmael Beah
Author of “Radiance of Tomorrow”
Wednesday, January 28,  7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Former child solder and author of the extraordinary memoir “A Long Way Gone,” Ishmael Beah presents his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone. At the center of “Radiance of Tomorrow” are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends and teachers who return to their small village after the civil war. With the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, “Radiance of Tomorrow” is a powerful novel about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Michael Kahn (photo)



 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents St. Louis Mystery Writer Michael Kahn
Author of “The Sirena Quest”
Thursday, January 29, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Popular St. Louis mystery writer Michael Kahn presents a spin-off of his popular Rachel Gold legal suspense series starring intrepid St. Louis lawyer Lou Solomon. A wealthy alumnus of Barrett College has offered a $23 million reward for the return of a statue of a beautiful woman, Sirena, that’s been missing from the campus for 35 years. As his 20th class reunion looms, Lou agrees to join the quest and begins a haphazard and, at times illegal, cross-country mission with his three former roommates that is both deeply nostalgic and profoundly transformative.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

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