Author Events

 MARCH | APRIL

 

MARCH

Phil Klay (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Phil Klay
Author of “Redeployment”
Friday, March 6,  7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction, Phil Klay’s “Redeployment” takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. “Redeployment” is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Klay—a veteran of the US Marine Corps who served in Iraq—as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Beau Willimon (photo)

 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents a special evening with
St. Louis native Beau Willimon
Creator, Head Writer and Executive Producer of the award winning series, "House of Cards"
Saturday, March 7, 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters
 
5:30-6:30 p.m. SOLD OUT TICKETED reception with Beau Willimon.
In support of the Library Foundation's ForWord Fund designed to strengthen North County and underserved communities through education, reading and early childhood literacy programs.
 
7:00 p.m. FREE public on-stage interview with Beau Willimon by KMOX radio host Debbie Monterey
Mary Doria Russell (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Mary Doria Russell
Author of “Epitaph”
Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Mary Doria Russell, the bestselling, award-winning author of “The Sparrow,” presents a richly detailed historical novel that follows Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to Tombstone, Arizona, and the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. It should have been a simple misdemeanor arrest. Thirty seconds and 30 bullets later, three officers were wounded and three citizens lay dead in the dirt. Wyatt Earp was the last man standing, the only one unscathed. The lies began before the smoke cleared, but the gunfight at the O.K. Corral would soon become central to American beliefs about the Old West. Epic and intimate, “Epitaph” tells Wyatt’s real story.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Kenneth Johnson (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Kenneth Johnson
Author of “Moonlight Serenade to City Lights: Rare Images of Bands and Orchestras from the Dance Hall Era in St. Louis”
Thursday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

“Moonlight Serenade to City Lights” chronicles the musicians and bands that entertained a generation of Americans during the 1940s and 50s. Filled with rare photographs, the book preserves a time when local dance halls provided the main social outlet for many rural families.
 
A professor of education at Lindenwood University, Dr. Kenneth Johnson grew up in central Missouri and, for a few of his formative years, lived in a dance hall. The experience inspired his lifelong interest in music and the dance hall era. 
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
C.J. Box (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents C.J. Box
Author of “Endangered”
Friday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

New York Times bestselling suspense author C.J. Box presents the latest installment in his popular series about Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. Joe had good reason to dislike rodeo champion Dallas Cates, and now he has even more—Joe’s 18-year-old ward, April, has run off with him. And then comes even worse news: April is found badly beaten in a ditch along the highway. Cates denies having anything to do with it, but Joe knows in his gut who’s responsible. What he doesn’t know is the kind of danger he’s about to encounter. Cates is bad enough, but Cates’ family is like none Joe has ever met.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Jacqueline Winspear (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Jacqueline Winspear
Author of “A Dangerous Place”
Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Bestselling mystery author Jacqueline Winspear returns to her hit historical suspense series starring detective Maisie Dobbs. Four years after she set sail from England, Maisie Dobbs at last returns, only to find herself in a web of political intrigue and personal tragedy. Disembarking in the British garrison town of Gibraltar, Maisie is a stranger among the crowds of refugees fleeing the civil war in Spain. When a young Jewish man is murdered, Maisie becomes entangled in the case arousing the suspicion of the British Secret Service.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

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APRIL

Ridley Pearson (photo)







 
The St. Louis County Library’s Reading Garden Event Series presents
Bestselling Young Adult Writer Ridley Pearson
Author of “Disney Lands—Kingdom Keepers: The Return Series #1”
Friday, April 3, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
St. Louis adventure writer Ridley Pearson presents a spin-off to his internationally popular young readers’ series. 
 
With the defeat of the Overtakers behind them, the five teenagers known as the Kingdom Keepers should be celebrating. By all accounts they saved Disneyland from certain destruction. Why then did their mentor leave one last puzzle for them to decipher? The Keepers must solve a puzzle of the past, or be crushed under an evil that makes the Overtakers seem like gentle souls.
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
The St. Louis County Library’s Reading Garden Event Series and Left Bank Books present
Bestselling Young Adult Writer Heather Brewer
Author of “The Cemetery Boys”
Saturday, April 4, 7:00 p.m. Daniel Boone Branch
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Bestselling author of the sensationally popular Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, St. Louis teen author Heather Brewer uses classic horror elements in this story of a bizarre small town straight out of “The Twilight Zone.” 
 
When 16-year-old Stephen moves to Spencer, Michigan, population: 814, he first hears the legends of “winged creatures” and secret sacrifices. Will his harmless nights hanging out in the cemetery take a darker turn? 
 
“The Cemetery Boys” is a darkly funny coming-of-age story about the dangerous power of blind loyalty that will shock and delight Brewer’s many fans.  
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
Robin Oliveira (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Critically-Acclaimed Novelist Robin Oliveira
Author of “I Always Loved You”
Monday, April 6, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Bestselling author of “My Name is Mary Sutter,” Robin Oliveira presents the love story of artists Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas. A struggling young artist in Paris, Mary Cassatt is facing pressure to settle down with a suitable husband. Then one evening a friend introduces her to painter Edgar Degas and so begins the most tempestuous of relationships. “I Always Loved You” brilliantly re-creates the irresistible world of Belle Époque Paris and offers uncommon insight into the passion and foibles of the human heart.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
T.C. Boyle (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Celebrated Novelist T.C. Boyle
Author of “The Harder They Come”
Wednesday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
T.C. Boyle presents a powerful novel that explores the roots of violence and anti-authoritarianism inherent in the American character. The story of three damaged people—an aging Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover—as they careen towards an explosive confrontation, “The Harder They Come” explores a legacy of violence and offers unparalleled psychological insights into the American psyche. Inspired by a true story, “The Harder They Come” is a devastating and indelible novel from a modern master.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Barney Frank (photo)
TICKETED
EVENT






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation's 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author Series Presents
An Evening with Congressman and Activist Barney Frank
Author of “Frank: A Life in Politics”
Friday, April 10, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
 
INDIVIDUAL TICKET $27 - Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Frank” 
 
OR

PACKAGE TICKET $32 - Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Frank”
 
The program will be an onstage interview moderated by Don Marsh, St. Louis Public Radio host of “St. Louis on the Air.” 
 
Tickets go on sale February 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.
 
The proceeds from this event will benefit the Library Foundation’s literacy programs.
 
Sponsors of the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series: 
A.J.P. Realty, Brown Smith Wallace LLC, Maryville University, McMahon Berger, Midwest Library Service, Royal Banks of Missouri, S.M. Wilson &  Co., Stifel Nicolaus, St. Louis Business Journal and The Booksource
Philip Kerr (photo)








 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Philip Kerr
Author of “The Lady from Zagreb”
A new novel in the bestselling Bernie Gunther historical suspense series
Monday, April 13, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
Bestselling author Philip Kerr presents the much-anticipated return of the hard-boiled historical suspense series hailed as “the best crime novels around today.” 
 
It's 1943 in Nazi Germany, and former homicide detective Bernie Gunther, now a private eye at the beck and call of the Propaganda Minister, must do a favor involving a rising young actress.  Set amid the killing fields of Croatia, Bernie finds himself in a world of mindless brutality where everyone has a hidden agenda--perfect territory for a true cynic whose instinct is to trust no one.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
"A Comedian Sees the World" by Lisa Stein Haven (bookcover)



 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Film Historian Lisa Stein Haven
Editor of “A Comedian Sees the World” by Charlie Chaplin
Thursday, April 16, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)
 
In celebration of film legend Charlie Chaplin's 126th birthday, editor Lisa Stein Haven will discuss Chaplin's recently republished travel memoir "A Comedian Sees the World," which candidly depicts his 16-month tour of Europe and Asia at the height of the Depression—a trip which greatly inspired his rising political passions and influenced many of his later films such as “Modern Times” and “The Great Dictator.” The event will include film clips and a discussion of Chaplin's cultural legacy. 
 
Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
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 Former 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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