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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.


Jill Orr

Monday, July 23, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Humorous suspense author Jill Orr continues her quirky mystery series about small-town sleuth Riley Ellison. In “The Bad Break,” Riley has taken a great leap of faith by giving up her comfortable job at the Tuttle Corner Library for the exciting world of print journalism. Except that so far it hasn’t been very exciting. All that changes when Riley’s friend Tabitha finds her soon-to-be father-in-law dead on the floor of his office, and Riley is asked to write his obituary. And when they discover Tabitha’s fiancé’s knife sticking out of his father’s chest, Riley finds herself with a murder investigation to cover as well. Will Riley’s rookie mistakes lead to more than just her byline ending up on the obituary page?

Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Although the USS Indianapolis was the victorious flagship of the largest fleet ever to sail the face of the earth, her story has been reduced to a sinking tale. Bestselling author and investigative journalist Lynn Vincent has teamed with documentary filmmaker and National Geographic historian Sara Vladic to tell the complete story for the first time. Based on new primary sources and interviews, this sweeping saga of survival, justice, love, and sacrifice reveals the untold stories of the crew left adrift for five days and the survivors’ 50-year fight for justice.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Linwood Barclay

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Bestselling suspense author Linwood Barclay presents his most haunting psychological thriller yet. College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road, he surprises a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. After nearly losing his own life in that encounter, he finds himself battling PTSD. His wife, desperate to cheer him up, brings home a vintage typewriter—to encourage him to get started on that novel he’s always intended to write. But soon Paul begins to hear it type by itself at night—a noise only he can hear. Paul believes the typewriter is somehow connected to the murderer. Has another sick twist of fate entwined his life with the killer?

Sandra Thompson Williams

Saturday, August 04, 2018 2:00 p.m.
Florissant Valley Branch
Doors open at 1:00 p.m.

Christian author Sandra Thompson Williams presents a compelling story about life, relationships and how chance meetings might make all the difference in this world and beyond. Her novel features a woman named Grace who heard about heaven but never gave it much thought. She was young and her life was just beginning. But when a close call of life and death stared her in the face, she was forced to have the conversation. Who knew that the ticket to heaven could be secured in such strange places?

Dr. Eboni January

Monday, August 06, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Eboni January is an OB/GYN affiliated with SSM St. Mary's Health Center. She was recently recognized with a “30 Leaders in Their 30s” Leadership Award by North County Incorporated. Her book “Educational Athlete” shares her own success story and serves as a blueprint for parents who want their children to succeed in life. From elementary school through graduate school, Dr. Eboni January guides parents and reveals the secrets that will help children to attain their goal. Offering a step-by-step guide that will change and enhance your child’s life, Dr. January knocks down the barriers that stand in the way of your child’s future.

Nancy Pearl

Thursday, August 09, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Known as "America's Librarian," Nancy Pearl speaks about the pleasures of reading to literacy organizations throughout the world and comments on books regularly on NPR’s Morning Edition. Her debut novel, "George and Lizzie," is rich and engaging portrait of a perfectly imperfect marriage. George and Lizzie are a couple, meeting as college students and marrying soon after graduation, but no one would ever describe them of being soulmates. After a decade of marriage, nothing has changed—George is happy; Lizzie remains…unfulfilled. But when George discovers that Lizzie has been searching for the whereabouts of an old boyfriend, Lizzie is forced to decide what love means to her, what George means to her, and whether her life with George is the one she wants.

Fiona Davis

Monday, August 13, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In her latest captivating novel, Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women strive to make their mark on a world set against them. It is 1928, and 25-year-old Clara Darden is teaching at the lauded Grand Central School of Art. A talented illustrator, she has dreams of creating cover art for Vogue, but not even the prestige of the school can override the public's disdain for a "woman artist." Nearly 50 years later, the once luminous terminal is full of grime and danger, and its very existence is threatened by developers who seek to construct a skyscraper in its place. A former socialite forced to take a job in the information booth, Virginia Clay stumbles upon the abandoned art school in the terminal and is drawn into the battle to save Grand Central.

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

Karin Slaughter

Monday, August 27, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The #1 internationally bestselling author returns with a story even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she’s written before. What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all? Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. But all that changes when a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. For nearly 30 years Laura has been hiding from her previous identity. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again. Andrea embarks on a desperate journey following the breadcrumbs of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them.

Sylvia Acevedo

Sunday, September 09, 2018 2:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 1:00 p.m.

CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA and rocket scientist, Sylvia Acevedo shares her inspiring life story. A meningitis outbreak in their underprivileged neighborhood left Sylvia Acevedo’s family forever altered. As she struggled in the aftermath of loss, young Sylvia’s life transformed when she joined the Brownies. The Girl Scouts taught her how to take control of her world and nourished her love of numbers and science. With new confidence, Sylvia navigated shifting cultural expectations at school and at home, forging her own trail to become one of the first Latinx to graduate with a Master’s in engineering from Stanford University and going on to become a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series. 

Stephen Fried

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In the summer of 1776, 56 men put their quills to a dangerous document they called the Declaration of Independence. Among them was a 30-year-old doctor named Benjamin Rush. One of the youngest signatories, he was also one of the most visionary. A brilliant physician and writer, Rush was known as the “American Hippocrates” for pioneering national healthcare and revolutionizing treatment of mental illness and addiction. Yet medicine is only part of his legacy. Dr. Rush was a vocal opponent of slavery, capital punishment, and prejudice by race, religion or gender. Drawing on a trove of previously unpublished documents, bestselling historian Stephen Fried resurrects the most significant Founding Father we’ve never heard of.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

Reed Farrel Coleman

Monday, September 17, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Author of the acclaimed Gus Murphy detective series, Reed Farrel Coleman has been selected by the estate of Robert B. Parker to continue the popular series about former baseball player turned LA police investigator Jesse Stone. In “Robert B. Parker’s Colorblind,” Jesse Stone is back on the job after a stint in rehab, and the road to recovery is immediately made bumpy by a series of disturbing and apparently racially motivated crimes. As he and his team work tirelessly to unravel the truth, he has to wonder if this is just one part of an even grander plot, one with an end game more destructive than any of them can imagine.

Dav Pilkey – Ticketed Event

Friday, September 21, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Dav Pilkey is the sensationally popular author of the Captain Underpants and Dog Man series. Join us for an epic family fun event featuring a presentation and live drawing by Dav Pilkey followed by a book signing. Enjoy fun activities, exclusive giveaways, and photo opportunities with Dog Man and Captain Underpants!

TICKETS: $15 (admits TWO and includes one copy of “Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas” or the new color edition of “Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy (Captain Underpants #6).” Book choice made with ticket purchase.

Five ticket purchase limit per person (admits 10 people).

Tickets go on sale August 6, 9:00 a.m. and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

This event is in support of The Little Bit Foundation and SLCL’s Sock & Underwear Drive. Bring a new pair of underwear or socks for a local kid in need!

Additional copies of all of Dav Pilkey’s books will be available for purchase from The Novel Neighbor.

Esi Edugyan

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From the author of the award-winning “Half-Blood Blues” comes a dazzling new novel, about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world. Washington Black is an 11-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born. When his master’s eccentric brother, Titch, chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him. A naturalist, explorer, and abolitionist, Titch initiates Wash into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky; where two people, separated by an impossible divide, might begin to see each other as human; and where a boy born in chains can embrace a life of dignity and meaning.

Sandeep Jauhar

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

For centuries, the human heart seemed beyond our understanding: an inscrutable shuddering mass that was somehow the driver of emotion and the seat of the soul. As cardiologist and bestselling author Sandeep Jauhar shows in “Heart: A History,” it was only recently that we demolished age-old taboos and devised the transformative procedures that have changed the way we live. Deftly alternating between key historical episodes and his own work, Jauhar tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

Nick Bunker

Thursday, September 27, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From his early career as a printer and journalist, to his scientific work and his role as a founder of a new republic, Benjamin Franklin has always seemed the inevitable embodiment of American ingenuity. But in his youth he had to make his way through a harsh colonial world where he fought many battles: with his rivals, but also with his wayward emotions. Taking Franklin to the age of 41, when he made his first electrical discoveries, Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian Nick Bunker goes behind the legend to reveal the sources of his passion for knowledge. A tale of science, politics, war, and religion, Franklin emerges as a brilliant but flawed human being.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Dav Pilkey – Ticketed Event

Friday, September 21, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Dav Pilkey is the sensationally popular author of the Captain Underpants and Dog Man series. Join us for an epic family fun event featuring a presentation and live drawing by Dav Pilkey followed by a book signing. Enjoy fun activities, exclusive giveaways, and photo opportunities with Dog Man and Captain Underpants!

TICKETS: $15 (admits TWO and includes one copy of “Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas” or the new color edition of “Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy (Captain Underpants #6).” Book choice made with ticket purchase.

Five ticket purchase limit per person (admits 10 people).

Tickets go on sale August 6, 9:00 a.m. and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

This event is in support of The Little Bit Foundation and SLCL’s Sock & Underwear Drive. Bring a new pair of underwear or socks for a local kid in need!

Additional copies of all of Dav Pilkey’s books will be available for purchase from The Novel Neighbor.