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Upcoming Authors @ SLCL

Each month the St. Louis County Library Foundation brings bestselling and award-winning authors from a variety of genres to the library, offering readers exclusive opportunities to meet and engage with their favorite writers.

Unless otherwise mentioned, all events are free and take place at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended. Books for signing will be available for purchase at the events. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.


Mary Kay Andrews

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

New York Times bestselling fiction writer Mary Kay Andrews presents a new novel full of her signature wit, heart, and charm. Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father shows up at her mother’s funeral with his new wife—Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, Wendy. Things start to look up when she learns of her inheritance—her grandparents’ beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach. But when a suspicious death at an nearby exclusive resort exposes corruption that may involve her father, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Main Street Books.

Becky Kueker

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

After publishing a memoir on life after retirement, “Hiding in My Pajamas,” and launching a national speaking career traveling the country at 75, Becky Kueker thought she had it all. Then a complicated surgery requiring six months in a wheelchair turned her life in a new direction. After fighting fear, depression and the realization that she would once again have to start over, Becky shares her journey and highlights many of the inspiring people she met along the way. Every chapter of her new book "A Classic in Clown Shoes" is filled with poignant stories from women and men who have proven that aging does not have to define you and that laughter changes everything.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the author.  

Melanie Benjamin

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From the bestselling author of “The Aviator’s Wife” and “The Swans of Fifth Avenue,” “Mistress of the Ritz” is a love story for the ages. June 1940: When the German army sweeps into Paris, setting up headquarters at the iconic Hôtel Ritz, beautiful, reckless American Blanche Auzello, and her very proper French husband, Claude, must navigate a terrifying new reality. For the falsehoods they tell to survive, and to strike a blow against their Nazi “guests,” spin a web of deceit that ensnares everything and everyone they cherish. Based on true events, “Mistress of the Ritz” is an inspiring story of a woman and a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war.

The event will be an onstage interview with Ashley Hasty, creator of the book review website HastyBookList.com.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Rebecca Makkai and Jean Kwok

Tuesday, June 04, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

One of the most critically acclaimed novels of 2018 and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, Rebecca Makkai’s “The Great Believers” is a dazzling novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss.  

From the bestselling author of “Girl in Translation,’ Jean Kwok’s “Searching for Sylvie Lee” is a poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women in a Chinese immigrant family.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

2019 Suspense Night

Thursday, June 06, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

One of the library’s most popular annual events, Suspense Night brings together popular mystery writers from across the country for an evening of readings and a panel discussion on the craft of suspense writing. The theme for the 2019 Suspense Night will be crime fiction for movies and television.

Reed Farrel Coleman
“What You Break”
“Robert B. Parker’s Colorblind”

Jeffery Deaver
“The Never Game”
“The Burial Hour”

Meg Gardiner
“Unsub”
“Into the Black Nowhere”

Gregg Hurwitz
“Out of the Dark”
“Orphan X”

With Special Guest Appearance by actor, director and television producer Ken Olin.

Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America—Midwest Chapter

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books. 

SOLD OUT–Tan France – Ticketed Event

Saturday, June 08, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From one of the stars of Netflix’s overnight sensation “Queer Eye,” Tan France’s memoir “Naturally Tan” has his signature wit, style, and radical compassion. In Tan’s own words, “The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.”

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

PRESENTATION ONLY:

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $32 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “Naturally Tan”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $36 (Admits TWO and includes one pre-signed copy of “Naturally Tan”)

VIP MEET & GREET TICKET:

INDIVIDUAL TICKET: $45 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “Naturally Tan” plus a line number for a photo opportunity) ** LIMIT 300 People

Tickets go on sale April 17 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.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale April 15 for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Casey Cep

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a vigilante shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante's trial was Harper Lee, who returned to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own “In Cold Blood,” the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research 17 years earlier. Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Martin Walker

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Internationally bestselling suspense writer Martin Walker presents his latest mystery featuring Benoît “Bruno” Courrèges, the unconventional Chief of Police of a small French village. When Claudia, a young American, turns up dead in the courtyard of an ancient castle in Bruno’s jurisdiction, her death is assumed to be an accident related to opioid use. But her doctor persuades Bruno that things may not be so simple. Thus begins an investigation that leads Bruno to Monsieur de Bourdeille, the scholar with whom the girl had been studying. He is a renowned art historian who became extraordinarily wealthy through the sale of paintings that may have been falsely attributed—or so Claudia suggested shortly before her death.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Monte Reel

Monday, June 17, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Award-winning journalist Monte Reel presents a thrilling narrative of the top-secret Cold War-era spy plane operation that transformed the CIA. On May 1, 1960, an American U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union just weeks before a peace summit between the two nations. The CIA concocted a cover story for President Eisenhower to deliver, assuring him that no one could have survived a fall from that altitude. But against all odds, pilot Francis Gary Powers emerged from the wreckage and was seized by the KGB. He confessed to espionage charges, revealing to the world that Eisenhower had just lied to the American people—and to the Soviet Premier. In this true-life thriller, Reel reveals how the U-2 spy program, principally devised by four men working in secret, upended the Cold War.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Elliot Ackerman

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From a decorated Marine war veteran, renowned war correspondent, and National Book Award-nominated novelist, Elliot Ackerman’s memoir “Places and Names” is an astonishing reckoning with the nature of combat and the human cost of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. Ackerman weaves his personal stories of battle into the latticework of a larger reckoning with contemporary geopolitics. At once an intensely personal book about the terrible lure of combat and a brilliant meditation on the larger meaning of the past two decades of strife, “Places and Names” bids fair to take its place among our greatest books about modern war.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

William J. Burns

Monday, June 24, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Over the course of more than three decades as an American diplomat, William J. Burns played a central role in the most consequential diplomatic episodes of his time—from the bloodless end of the Cold War to the collapse of post–Cold War relations with Putin’s Russia, from post–9/11 tumult in the Middle East to the secret nuclear talks with Iran. Drawing on a trove of newly declassified cables and memos, Burns gives readers a rare inside look at American diplomacy in action. “The Back Channel” is an eloquent, deeply informed, and timely story of a life spent in service of American interests abroad. It is also a powerful reminder, in a time of great turmoil, of the enduring importance of diplomacy.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Louis Bayard

Thursday, June 27, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From the prizewinning author of “Mr. Timothy” comes the page-turning and surprising story of a young Abraham Lincoln and the two people who loved him best: Mary Todd and Lincoln’s best friend, Joshua Speed. Told in the alternating voices of Mary Todd and Joshua Speed, “Courting Mr. Lincoln” creates a sympathetic and complex portrait of Mary unlike any that has come before; a moving portrayal of the deep and very real connection between the two men; and most of all, an evocation of the unformed man who would grow into one of the nation’s most beloved presidents. Louis Bayard, a master storyteller at the height of his powers, delivers here a page-turning tale of love, longing, and forbidden possibilities.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books. 

Charles Fishman

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From the bestselling author of “The Wal-Mart Effect,” “One Giant Leap” introduces readers to the men and women tasked with putting a man on the moon. From the halls of MIT, where the eccentric digital pioneer Charles Draper created the two computers aboard Apollo 11, to the factories where hundreds of women weaved computer programs with copper wire, Charles Fishman captures the sweeping achievement of these ordinary Americans.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Novel Neighbor.

Lisa Barr

Thursday, July 11, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Award-winning journalist and creator of the popular parenting blog GIRLilla Warfare, Lisa Barr presents a new novel about finding your “next chapter” in the wake of personal devastation. “The Unbreakables” follows Sophie Bloom, who is living a seemingly perfect life until she discovers that her husband is on the list of cheaters during the notorious Ashley Madison hack. Reeling from betrayal, she escapes to France and slowly reclaims the shattered pieces of her life.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Novel Neighbor.

Beatriz Williams

Monday, July 15, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The internationally bestselling author of “The Summer Wives” creates a dazzling epic of World War II-era Nassau—a hotbed of spies, traitors, and the most infamous couple of the age, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor—whose love affair nearly brought the British monarchy to its knees. The Bahamas, 1941: Newly-widowed Leonora “Lulu” Randolph arrives in Nassau for a society magazine interview. As Lulu infiltrates the Duke and Duchess’s social circle, she uncovers evidence that beneath the glister of Wallis and Edward’s marriage lies an ugly—and even treasonous—reality.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Linda Castillo

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In this gripping thriller from bestselling author Linda Castillo, a devastating murder exposes an Amish family’s tortured past. When a woman is murdered and her 7-year-old granddaughter is abducted, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder knows time is against her—the longer the girl is missing, the less likely her safe return becomes. The girl’s family is a pillar of the Amish community, well-respected by all. But Kate soon realizes they’re keeping secrets—and the sins of their past may be coming back to haunt them.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Steamy Summer Reads with Randy Susan Meyers and M.J. Rose

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Novelists Randy Susan Meyers and M.J. Rose team up to present two captivating page-turners for your lazy summer reading days.

Randy Susan Meyers shares a buzzy new novel about our cultural biases surrounding women and weight. “Waisted” follows two women who find themselves the subject of a new reality documentary about extreme weight loss only to discover that the show’s creators have more sinister motives than promoting positive health.

M.J. Rose, bestselling author of “The Library of Light and Shadow,” crafts a dazzling Jazz Age jewel in “Tiffany Blues”—a novel of ambition and betrayal about a young painter whose traumatic past threatens to derail her career at a prestigious summer artists’ colony run by Louis Comfort Tiffany of Tiffany & Co. fame.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

John McManus

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In this engrossing, epic history of the US Army in the Pacific War, John McManus, one of our most highly acclaimed historians of World War II, takes readers from Pearl Harbor, a rude awakening for a military woefully unprepared for war, to Makin, a sliver of coral reef where the Army was tested against the increasingly desperate Japanese. In between were nearly two years of punishing combat as the Army transformed from an undertrained garrison force into an unstoppable juggernaut, and America evolved from an inward-looking nation into a global superpower.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Novel Neighbor.

Martin Clark

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Florissant Valley Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From Martin Clark—praised by Entertainment Weekly as “our best legal-thriller writers”—comes a wickedly clever novel. Kevin Moore, once a high-flying attorney, hits rock bottom after an inexplicably tumultuous summer. He lands in the middle of nowhere with a job at SUBstitution, the world’s saddest sandwich shop. When a bizarre, mysterious stranger wanders into the shop armed with a threatening “invitation” to join a multimillion-dollar scam, Kevin will need every bit of his legal savvy just to stay out of prison.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Novel Neighbor.

SOLD OUT–Tan France – Ticketed Event

Saturday, June 08, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From one of the stars of Netflix’s overnight sensation “Queer Eye,” Tan France’s memoir “Naturally Tan” has his signature wit, style, and radical compassion. In Tan’s own words, “The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.”

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

PRESENTATION ONLY:

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $32 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “Naturally Tan”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $36 (Admits TWO and includes one pre-signed copy of “Naturally Tan”)

VIP MEET & GREET TICKET:

INDIVIDUAL TICKET: $45 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “Naturally Tan” plus a line number for a photo opportunity) ** LIMIT 300 People

Tickets go on sale April 17 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.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale April 15 for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.