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Upcoming Authors @ SLCL

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.


Mesha Maren

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, Mesha Maren’s vibrant and compassionate debut, “Sugar Run,” is a novel of dreams and dark consequences. In 1989, Jodi McCarty is 17-years-old when she’s sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter. She’s released 18 years later and finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian mountains, she goes searching for someone she left behind, but on the way, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother. Together, they try to make a fresh start, but is that even possible in a town that refuses to change? ”Sugar Run” is a searing and gritty debut about making a run for another life.

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

Anthony Ray Hinton

Friday, January 25, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

2019 Black History Keynote Event

Oprah’s Book Club’s 2018 selection, “The Sun Does Shine” is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence. But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. For the next 30 years Hinton was a beacon on Death Row—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, 54 of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. He ultimately won his release in 2015. Destined to be a classic of wrongful imprisonment, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor or joy.

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

Lynda Cohen Loigman

Monday, January 28, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Author of “The Two-Family House,” Lynda Cohen Loigman presents her latest powerful historical novel about the strength of women on the World War II home front. Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer’s wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the Armory factories as a “soldier of production.” Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives.

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

James Rollins

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Bestselling author James Rollins combines historical mystery and scientific exploration in his latest thrilling Sigma Force adventure. Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing, and his best friend’s wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor. The only witness to what happened, Kat is in a semi-comatose state and cannot speak—until a brilliant neurologist offers a radical approach to “unlock” her mind. What Pierce learns from Kat sets Sigma Force on a frantic quest reaching back to the Spanish Inquisition and to one of the most reviled and blood-soaked books in human history.

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

Chloe Benjamin

Tuesday, February 05, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Chloe Benjamin’s instant-bestselling novel “The Immortalists” asks the question: If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children–four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness–sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades. Both a dazzling family love story and a sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, “The Immortalists” probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble.

Dani Shapiro

Wednesday, February 06, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us? Acclaimed author of “Hourglass” and other memoirs, Dani Shapiro shares her personal story about identity, paternity, and family secrets—a real-time exploration of the staggering discovery she recently made about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden story of her own life. “Inheritance” is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in—a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

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

Tim Johnston & B.A. Shapiro

Monday, February 11, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Book published by the award-winning Algonquin Books, Tim Johnston and B.A. Shapiro approach the mystery genre from different angles but achieve similar riveting results.

Tim Johnston is the author of the bestselling thriller “Descent.” In his latest book, “The Current,” the story of a young woman’s investigation into the mysterious death of a friend becomes a meditation on grief and loneliness.

B.A. Shapiro has made the historical art thriller her own. Set in Parisian art world of 1922, “The Collector’s Apprentice” follows a woman desperately looking for a new life who becomes increasingly entangled in a sophisticated con game.

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

Emily Bernard

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Emily Bernard’s fearless and penetrating memoir begins with an episode of violence: while a graduate student at Yale, she was working in a coffee shop when a stranger stabbed her. That shocking attack would eventually unleash the storyteller in her, and in these pages she seeks to find a language to capture the complexities of her experiences as a victim, a woman, a black American, a teacher, writer, mother, wife, and daughter. Bernard writes in “Black Is the Body” how each of the essays goes beyond a narrative of black innocence and white guilt, how each is anchored in a mystery, and how each sets out to discover a new way of telling the truth as the author has lived it.

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

Elizabeth Letts

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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The author of two bestselling nonfiction books, Elizabeth Letts is a master at researching a fascinating historical story and transforming it into a page-turner. This richly imagined novel tells the story behind “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s intrepid wife, Maud. “Finding Dorothy” is the result of Letts’s journey into the amazing lives of Frank and Maud Baum, as well as her discovery of the real-life inspiration for the character of Dorothy. Written as fiction but based closely on the truth, Elizabeth Letts’s new book tells a story of love, loss, inspiration, and perseverance, set in America’s heartland.

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

Charles Finch

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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This chilling new mystery in the bestselling historical suspense series takes readers back to gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox’s early career and a case in which the theft of an antique painting sends Detective Lenox on a hunt for a criminal mastermind. London, 1853: A painting has been stolen from the Duke of Dorset’s private study, but hiding in plain sight is another painting of infinitely more value, one that holds the key to one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Dorset believes the thieves took the wrong painting and may return when they realize their error–and when his fears result in murder, Lenox must unravel the mystery behind both paintings before tragedy can strike again.

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

Peter Reynolds

Sunday, February 24, 2019 3:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

From Peter Reynolds, the creator of the beloved picture books “The Dot” and “I Am Human,” comes an empowering story about finding your own voice. Reynolds explores the many ways that a single voice can make a difference. Each of us, each and every day, have the chance to SAY SOMETHING with our actions, our words, and our voices. Perfect for kid activists everywhere, this timely story reminds readers of the undeniable importance and power of your voice. There’s so many ways to tell the world who you are, what you are thinking, and what you believe--and how you’ll make it better. The time is now: SAY SOMETHING.

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series. 

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

Leila Slimani

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Author of the internationally bestselling thriller “The Perfect Nanny,” Leila Slimani presents her prizewinning first novel—a captivating exploration of addiction, sexuality, and one woman’s quest to feel alive. Adèle appears to have the perfect life: She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But underneath the surface, she is consumed by an obsession and soon becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making.

A journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights, Leila Slimani is French president Emmanuel Macron’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture. She is the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt.

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

Steve Berry

Monday, March 04, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

A deadly race for the Vatican’s oldest secret fuels bestselling political suspense author Steve Berry’s latest international Cotton Malone thriller. The pope is dead. A conclave to select his replacement is about to begin, but one Cardinal has fled Rome for Malta in search of a document that dates back to the 4th century and Constantine the Great. As former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone searches for the Cardinal, he draws the attention of the legendary Knights of Malta, the only warrior-monks to survive into modern times.

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

Patrick Radden Keefe

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe shares a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions. In 1972, Jean McConville, a mother of 10, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Keefe’s mesmerizing book on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war.

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

Greg Iles

Saturday, March 09, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The #1 bestselling author of the Natchez Burning trilogy returns with an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets. When Marshall McEwan left his hometown of Bienville at age 18, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington D.C. But just as the political chaos in the nation’s capital lifts him to new heights, family illness forces Marshall to return home where he begins to suspect a shadowy group called the Poker Club is responsible for a string of violent deaths.

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

Phillip Margolin

Monday, March 11, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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The “master of heart-pounding suspense,” New York Times bestseller Phillip Margolin―returns with a new legal thriller starring MMA fighter-turned lawyer Robin Lockwood. A young woman accuses a prominent local college athlete of rape. Convicted with the help of indisputable DNA evidence, the athlete swears his innocence and threatens both his lawyer and his accuser as he’s sent to prison. Not long after, there’s another rape and the DNA test shows that the same person committed both crimes.

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

Lynne Olson

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In 1941, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, a young mother born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamour, became the leader of a vast French Resistance organization—the only woman to hold such a role. No other French spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligence. As a result, the Gestapo pursued Fourcade’s group relentlessly, executing hundreds of its 3,000 agents. Now, in a dramatic account of the war that split France in two, bestselling historian Lynne Olson tells the fascinating story of a woman who stood up for her nation, her fellow citizens, and herself.

Presented by the Westfall Favorite Author Series. 

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

Andy Griffiths

Friday, March 15, 2019 6:30 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Bestselling children’s book author Andy Griffiths invites readers to hang out with him in the next extraordinary “104-Story Treehouse”—the eighth book in the illustrated chapter book series filled with Andy’s signature slapstick humor.

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series. 

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

C. J. Box

Friday, March 15, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box returns with a suspenseful thriller starring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. In “Wolf Pack,” Joe investigates a drone killing wildlife, only to find the drone belongs to a mysterious and wealthy man. When Joe tries to lay down the rules for the drone operator, he’s asked by the FBI to stand down. Meanwhile, bodies are piling up in Joe’s district in shocking numbers. He begins to fear that a pack of vicious killers known as the Wolf Pack has arrived. Their target seems to be the mystery man and everyone who is associated with him.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble.

Evan Thomas

Monday, March 25, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Acclaimed historian Evan Thomas presents the intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography of Sandra Day O’Connor, America’s first female Supreme Court justice, drawing on exclusive interviews and first-time access to Justice O’Connor’s archives. Sandra Day O’Connor’s story is that of a woman who repeatedly shattered glass ceilings—doing so with a blend of grace, wisdom and humor. This is a remarkably vivid and personal portrait of a woman who built a bridge forward for all Americans.

Presented by the Westfall Favorite Author Series.

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

Tom Clavin

Thursday, March 28, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In July 1865, “Wild Bill” Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in Springfield, MO―the first quick-draw duel on the frontier. Thus began the reputation that made him a marked man to every gunslinger in the Wild West. James Butler Hickok was known across the frontier as a soldier, Union spy, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, and actor. Bestselling author Tom Clavin has sifted through years of western lore to bring Hickok fully to life in this rip-roaring, spellbinding true story.

Presented by the Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble.