Author Events

JULY | AUGUST

 

JULY

 
Tom Engelhardt (photo)





 
The St. Louis County Library Foundation presents St. Louis Post Dispatch Political Cartoonist Tom Engelhardt
Author of “Four Turbulent Decades: A Cartoon History of America”
Wednesday, July 8, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

Longtime St. Louis Post Dispatch political cartoonist Tom Engelhardt presents a retrospective look at his distinguished career and discusses many of his most evocative cartoons which cover subjects ranging from the President Kennedy assassination to the 9/11 attacks. Engelhardt will also offer insight into the field of newspaper cartoons in the twentieth century.

Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Chris Colfer (photo)











 
The St. Louis County Library’s Reading Garden Event Series presents
An Evening with Chris Colfer Author of “The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdom”
Saturday, July 11, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Main Reading Room
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
 
GENERAL TICKET $18
Admits ONE and includes one copy of "The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdom"

KID'S TICKET $18 - 12 AND UNDER ONLY
Admits ONE child and ONE adult and includes ONE copy of "The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdom." (Both adult and child must be present at time of admission. An adult may accompany more than one child but each child will need his or her own KID'S TICKET.)

Author and Golden Globe-Winning actor Chris Colfer presents the fourth installment in his #1 New York Times bestselling series for young readers.

The program will include a brief Q&A (15-20 minutes) and a book signing.

Tickets go on sale at 9:00 a.m. on June 10 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.

Jane Green (photo)







 
Jane Green, “Summer Secrets”
Monday, July 13, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

Bestselling novelist Jane Green presents a compelling drama about relationships, betrayals, and forgiveness. When a shocking family secret is revealed, young journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family on the island of Nantucket. As the years pass, Cat grows into her forties, a struggling single mother, coping with a new-found sobriety and determined to finally make amends. Traveling back to her past, to the family she left behind on Nantucket all those years ago, she may be able to earn their forgiveness, but in doing so she may risk losing the very people she loves the most.

Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

Jeff Lindsay (photo)







 
Jeff Lindsay, “Dexter is Dead”
Wednesday, July 15, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

After seven bestselling novels and eight seasons as one of the most successful shows on television,  author Jeff Lindsay bids a thrilling farewell to his uniquely twisted and beloved serial killer, Dexter Morgan. Dexter has burned the candle at both ends for many years, and now, for the first time, his world has truly collapsed. Dexter is arrested on charges of murder and the epic showdown that lies in Dexter’s path may lead, once and for all, to his demise. Jeff Lindsay’s trademark devilish wit and cutting satire have never been sharper. “Dexter Is Dead” is the definitive conclusion of the character who has become a global icon.

Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

Kathy Reichs (photo)






 
Kathy Reichs, “Speaking in Bones”
Monday, July 27, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters – Auditorium

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

In the latest blockbuster novel from #1 bestselling author Kathy Reichs, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan investigates what looks to be a typical missing person case, only to find herself digging up bones possibly left by a serial killer, a cult, or perhaps something not entirely of this world. Like her protagonist, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of fewer than one hundred ever certified. Reichs’s own life, as much as her novels, is the basis for the TV show “Bones,” one of the longest-running series in the history of the Fox network.


Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

Sara Paretsky (photo)





 
Sara Paretsky, “Brush Back”
Wednesday, July 29, 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 Sara Paretsky presents a gritty thriller starring gutsy Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski. No one would accuse V. I. of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she helps an old-flame try to exonerate his mother of a 25-year-old murder conviction. When V.I. takes a beating at a youth meeting in her old hood, her main question becomes whether she will live long enough to find answers.

Presenting Sponsor – Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

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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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