Author Events

APRIL

 
Lorrie Moore (photo)






 
PostponedSt. Louis County Library Foundation presents Lorrie Moore,
A new story collection from the author of "Birds of America"
Friday, April 25, 7:00 p.m., St. Louis County Library Headquarters - Main Reading Room

(Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
From one of America's most admired fiction writers, this new collection of short fiction by Lorrie Moore is a literary event; her first short story collection since her masterpiece "Birds of America" was published fifteen years ago. In these eight masterful stories, Moore, in a perfect blend of craft and bewitched spirit, explores the passage of time, and summons up its inevitable sorrows and hilarious pitfalls to reveal her own exquisite, singular wisdom.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Joe Edwards (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Joe Edwards
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
7:00 p.m., Library Headquarters - Auditorium

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

An onstage interview with KTRS's McGraw Milhaven

Famed developer and founder of the St. Louis Walk of Fame in the Delmar Loop, Joe Edwards will discuss his new book featuring incisive biographies of all 140 great St. Louisans who have a star on the Walk of Fame. The program will be an onstage interview with Joe's daughter and the book's designer, Hope Edwards.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Nathaniel Philbrick (photo)








 
The 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author SeriesThe St. Louis County Library Foundation's 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author Series presents Nathaniel Philbrick, National Book Award-Winning Historian
Author of "Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution"
Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 p.m., Library Headquarters - Auditorium

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

National Book Award-winning historian Nathaniel Philbrick presents the full story of the battle of Bunker Hill, the bloodiest confrontation of the American Revolution and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists. With passion and insight, Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape--geographic and ideological--in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy, blisteringly real origins of America.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

Presenting Sponsor - Maryville University
Kenneth Oppel (photo)












 
Read St. Louis presents Kenneth Oppel
Author of "The Boundless" - 2014 Young Readers' Fiction
Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m., St. Charles City-County Library


Spencer Road Branch Library
427 Spencer Road
St. Peters, MO 63376
(636) 441-2300

All aboard for an action-packed escapade! The Boundless, the greatest train ever built, is on its maiden voyage across the country. When young passenger Will Everett finds a key to a secret train car, he becomes the target of sinister figures. By joining a traveling circus and enlisting the aid of an escape artist, can Will save The Boundless?

Kenneth Oppel has published more than fifteen books for children including the bestselling Silverwing trilogy and "Airborne," winner of the Michael L. Printz Honor from the American Library Association.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.  www.ReadStLouis.org.

MAY

 
Howard Willens (photo)








 
The 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author Series Howard Willens, Former Warren Commission Supervisory Staff Member
Author of "History Will Prove Us Right: Inside the Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy"
Monday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters - Auditorium

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

Howard Willens, one of the few surviving members of the Warren Commission, takes a look back at the assassination of President Kennedy and the subsequent investigation. Drawn from Willens' own journals and extensive notes on the investigation, "History Will Prove Us Right" offers a unique first-person perspective into one of the century's most harrowing events.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

Presenting Sponsor - Maryville University
Ace Atkins (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Bestselling Suspense Author Ace Atkins
Author of "Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot"
Wednesday, May 7, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters - Auditorium

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

Edgar-nominated suspense author Ace Atkins was selected by the estate of Robert B. Parker to continue the sensationally popular Spenser detective series. In Atkins' third installment in the series, Spenser is hired to find the kidnapped son of a star football player. As a winding trail through Boston's underworld begins, Spenser puts together an all-star team of toughs to help return the boy to his father.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
Kate Christensen (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Kate Christensen
Author of "Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites"
Thursday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters - Auditorium

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

Novelist Kate Christensen's "Blue Plate Special" is a mouthwatering literary memoir about the long, winding path to happiness. Christensen explores her history of hunger--for food, love, and a sense of belonging--starting with her unorthodox childhood in 1960s Berkeley through her whirlwind experiences in the literary world.  A vibrant celebration of life, this book is about embracing the world through the transformative power of food.

Presenting Sponsor - Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
Elaine Viets (photo)


 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Elaine Viets
Author of "Catnapped!: A Dead End Job Mystery"
Monday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters - Auditorium

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

Former St. Louisan and queen of humorous suspense, Elaine Viets presents the latest installment in her popular Dead-End Jobs mystery series. When a millionaire is found dead and his cat is nowhere to be found, it's up to private investigator Helen Hawthorne to go undercover in the cut-throat world of cat shows to find the catnapper--and the killer.

Presenting Sponsor - Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
Alan Spector (photo)
 
The St. Louis County Library Foundation's Planned Giving Advisors Group presents
"Your Retirement Quest: Creating and Living a Fulfilling Retirement"
Tuesday, May 13 at 11:30 a.m., Library Headquarters

 
The speaker is local St. Louis author, Alan Spector, who conducts seminars around the country helping people plan for the non-financial aspects of their retirement.
 
The program is free and open to the public. Please bring your own lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided. Registration is required. Please RSVP to Bobby Jones at bjones@slcl.org or 314-994-3300, ext. 2377.
 
Cynthia Bond (photo)







 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Cynthia Bond
Author of the acclaimed debut novel "Ruby"
Thursday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters - Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)
 
Debut novelist Cynthia Bond presents "Ruby," a love story and a ghost story about one woman's attempt to escape the legacy of violence and racism in a small southern town.
 
Drawing comparisons to the work of Alice Walker and Toni Morrison and sure to be one of the most talked about novels of the year, "Ruby" has been selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.
 
Presenting Sponsor Maryville University
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
Alan Weisman (photo)







 
The St. Louis County Library Foundation's 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author Series presents
Alan Weisman Author of "Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth" Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Tuesday, May 20, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters - Auditorium
(Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.)

From the bestselling author of "The World Without Us," "Countdown" is a powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future. Alan Weisman visits more than 20 countries to explore the urgent question: How many people can our planet hold? Weisman again shows that he is one of the most provocative journalists at work today, with a book whose message is so compelling that it will change how we see our lives and our destiny.
 
Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
Presenting Sponsor - Maryville University
Craig Johnson (photo)






 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Craig Johnson
Author of "Any Other Name: A Longmire Mystery"
Thursday, May 22, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters - Auditorium

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

The success of Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series continues to grow after A&E's hit show "Longmire" introduced new fans to the Wyoming sheriff. Now, in his tenth Western mystery, Longmire looks into the suicide of another sheriff and finds suppressed evidence concerning three missing women. Digging deeper, Walt uncovers an incriminating secret so dark that it threatens to claim other lives even before the sheriff can serve justice--Wyoming style.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
Shop Like a Chef by Clara Moore (book cover)







 
St. Louis County Library presents Clara Moore
Author of "Shop Like A Chef: A Food Lover's Guide to St. Louis Neighborhoods"


Tuesday, May 20, 2:00 p.m.
Grand Glaize Branch, 1010 Meramec Station Rd, Manchester, MO 63021

Tuesday, June 3, 7:00 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch, 300 Clarkson Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011

Thursday, June 5, 7:00 p.m.
Samuel C. Sachs Branch, 16400 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield, MO 63017

From South City to the North Side, from Clayton to Creve Coeur, this guide explores the independent grocers, ethnic markets, and specialty food stores of greater St. Louis. Local food advocate and chef Clara Moore discusses where to buy a wide range of ingredients and the necessary equipment to create a delicious variety of dishes.

Books for signing will be available for purchase at the event.
 
James Webb (photo)









 
The 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author SeriesThe St. Louis County Library Foundation's 'Buzz' Westfall Favorite Author Series Presents Decorated Veteran and Former Senator James Webb
Author of "I Heard My Country Calling: A Memoir"
Friday, May 23, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters - Main Reading Room

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

James Webb, former US Senator and author of "Fields of Fire," the classic novel of the Vietman War, presents an extraordinary memoir of his early years, "a love story--love of family, love of country, love of service," in his words. From his childhood as a "military brat," his role as a 23-year-old lieutenant through months of constant combat, or his election to the Senate where he was known for his expertise in national defense, foreign policy, and economic fairness, this is a life that could only happen in America.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

Presenting Sponsor - Maryville University
 


 
The St. Louis County Library Foundation's Reading Garden Event Series presents
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Tuesday, May 27, 7:00 p.m. Daniel Boone Branch, 300 Clarkson Road, Ellisville, MO 63011
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the #1 bestselling coauthors of the Beautiful Creatures novels, are back to cast another magical spell.

Their signature blend of mystery, suspense, and romance, with a healthy dose of wit and danger, will pull fans in to this spellbinding story of sirens, mortals, and rock stars.

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
J. Courtney Sullivan (photo)




 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents J. Courtney Sullivan
Author of "The Engagements"
Thursday, May 29, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters - Auditorium

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

From the New York Times bestselling author of "Maine" comes a rich, layered, exhilarating novel spanning nearly a hundred years. "The Engagements" captures four wholly unique marriages, while tracing the story of diamonds in America, and the way--for better or for worse--these glittering stones have come to symbolize our deepest hopes for everlasting love.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.
 
Emily Giffin (photo)



 
St. Louis County Library Foundation presents Emily Giffin
Author of "The One and Only"
Friday, May 30, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters - Auditorium

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

In the eagerly awaited new novel from the author of "Something Borrowed" and "Something Blue," Emily Giffin returns to her hometown St. Louis with an extraordinary story of love and loyalty--and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both. Thoughtful and funny, "The One and Only" is a luminous novel about finding your passion and believing in something bigger than yourself... the one and only thing that truly makes life worth living.

Presenting Sponsor Maryville University

Books for signing will be available for purchase.

 

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