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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.

Due to COVID-19, some author events are being held virtually with our media partner, HEC-TV. The events will be broadcast simultaneously on Facebook and on the Higher Education Channel at Spectrum 989 and AT&T U-verse 99. A Facebook account is not required to watch these events. Author interviews can also be heard on the HEC-TV podcast "Talking With Writers." Past events are available to view at https://hecmedia.org/category/literature/virtual-events/.


Linda Castillo

Wednesday, July 06, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents
Bestselling Suspense Author Linda Castillo 
Author of “The Hidden One: A Kate Burkholder Mystery” 

Daniel Boone Branch
300 Clarkson Rd. Ellisville, MO 63011

Over a decade ago, beloved Amish bishop Ananias Stoltzfus disappeared without a trace. The mystery of what happened to the esteemed old man has haunted his small Pennsylvania community for years. When skeletal remains showing evidence of foul play are unearthed and revealed to be the bishop’s, his disappearance becomes even more sinister. Unhappy with the local investigation, Amish elders arrive in Painters Mill and ask chief of police Kate Burkholder for help.  Kate quickly realizes she has a very personal connection to the crime. The handsome Amish man who stands accused of the murder, Jonas Bowman, was Kate’s first love. 

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Favorite Author Series

Lynne Cox

Lynne Cox - “Tales of Al: The Water Rescue Dog” book cover and color author photo
Thursday, July 07, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Virtual Author Series Presented in partnership by the St. Louis County Library and HEC Media

Watch our virtual author event with World-Record Breaking Long-Distance Swimmer
Lynne Cox
Author of “Tales of Al: The Water Rescue Dog”

In Conversation with HEC Media Host and Senior Rescue Dog Advocate Julie Tristan

Lynne Cox—acclaimed bestselling author of “Swimming to Antarctica”—is internationally famous for swimming the world’s most difficult waterways. Lynne recognizes and celebrates all forms of athleticism in others, human or otherwise. And when she saw a video of a Newfoundland dog leaping from an airborne helicopter into Italian waters to save someone from drowning, Cox was captivated by the magnificence, physicality, and daring of the dog. “Tales of Al” is the inspiring story of Cox’s adventures on Italy’s picturesque Lake Idroscalo, as witness to the rigorous training of one of these spectacular dogs at SICS, the famed school that has trained hundreds of dogs for rescue operations.

The interview will be available starting at 7:00 p.m., July 7 through this link: facebook.com/STLCoLibrary and on the Higher Education Channel at Spectrum 989 and AT&T U-verse 99. It will then be archived for later view at hecmedia.org.

Signed books available from Left Bank Books

Favorite Author Series

Louis Bayard

Louis Bayard - “Jackie & Me” book cover and color author photo
Monday, July 11, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Virtual Author Series Presented in partnership by the St. Louis County Library and HEC Media

Watch our virtual author event with Bestselling Novelist
Louis Bayard 
Author of “Jackie & Me”

The romance and marriage of wealthy, charming, and powerful Jack Kennedy and beautiful, mysterious debutante Jacqueline Bouvier fascinated America and would come to define an age. But how did these two come together? Taking place mostly during the spring and summer before Jack and Jackie’s wedding, and narrated by Jack’s best friend and “fixer” Lem Billings, “Jackie & Me” is a searching novel about a young woman of a certain class with narrow options, two people who loved each other, and two people who realized too late that they devoted their lives to Jack at their own expense.

The interview will be available starting at 7:00 p.m., July 11  through this link: facebook.com/STLCoLibrary and on the Higher Education Channel at Spectrum 989 and AT&T U-verse 99. It will then be archived for later view at hecmedia.org.

Signed books available from Left Bank Books.

Favorite Author Series

Dr. Jay Wellons

Monday, July 11, 2022 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Mirowitz Performing Arts Center
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

SLCL Authors @ the J and the Arthur Gale Medical Arts Lecture Series Present
Pediatric Neurosurgeon Dr. Jay Wellons
Author of “All That Moves Us: A Pediatric Neurosurgeon, His Young Patients, and Their Stories of Grace and Resilience”

A renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Jay Wellons pulls back the curtain to reveal the profoundly moving triumphs, haunting complications, and harrowing close calls that characterize the life of a pediatric neurosurgeon, bringing the high-stakes drama of the operating room to life with astonishing candor and honest compassion. Reflecting on lessons learned over twenty-five years and thousands of operations completed on some of the most vulnerable and precious among us, Wellons recounts with gripping detail the moments that have shaped him as a doctor, as a parent, and as the only hope for countless patients whose young lives are in his hands.

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Medical Arts Author Series

Ticketed Event–An Evening with Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander

Thursday, July 14, 2022 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Mirowitz Performing Arts Center
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

SLCL Authors @ the J and the Westfall Politics and History Series Present

An Evening with Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander
Author of “Invisible Storm: A Soldier’s Memoir of Politics and PTSD”

Jill Schupp in a magenta suit coat smile at a podium with a microphoneIn conversation with Missouri State Senator Jill Schupp

In 2017, President Obama was asked who gave him hope for the future of the country, and Jason Kander was the first name he mentioned. Suddenly, Jason was a national figure. As observers assumed he was preparing a run for the presidency, Jason announced a bid for mayor of Kansas City instead and was headed for a landslide victory. But after eleven years battling PTSD from his service in Afghanistan, Jason was seized by depression and suicidal thoughts. He dropped out of the mayor’s race and out of public life. In this brutally honest memoir, Jason Kander has written the book he himself needed in the most painful moments of his PTSD. We see him struggle with undiagnosed illness; witness his family buoy him through challenging treatment; and, giving hope to so many of us, see him heal.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $35 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “Invisible Storm”) 

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $40 (Admits TWO and includes one pre-signed copy of “Invisible Storm”) 

Due to time constraints, there will not be a book signing line following the presentation.

Tickets go on sale June 10, 9:00 a.m. and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Christina Soontornvat

Saturday, July 16, 2022 2:00 p.m.
Virtual

Virtual Author Series
Presented in partnership by the St. Louis County Library Summer Reading Club and HEC Media

Watch our virtual author event with 
Christina Soontornvat
Author of “All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team”
 
2021 Newbery Honor Book

On June 23, 2018, twelve young players of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach enter a cave in northern Thailand seeking an afternoon’s adventure. But when they turn to leave, rising floodwaters block their path out. Before long, news of the missing team spreads, launching a seventeen-day rescue operation involving thousands of rescuers from around the globe. Combining first hand interviews of rescue workers with in-depth science and details of the region's culture and religion, author Christina Soontornvat masterfully shows how both the complex engineering operation above ground and the mental struggles of the thirteen young people below proved critical in the life-or-death mission.

The interview will be available starting at 2:00 p.m., July 16  through this link: facebook.com/STLCoLibrary and on the Higher Education Channel at Spectrum 989 and AT&T U-verse 99. It will then be archived for later view at hecmedia.org.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Ticketed Event–An Evening with #1 Bestselling Suspense Author Daniel Silva

Thursday, July 21, 2022 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Mirowitz Performing Arts Center
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

SLCL Authors @ the J Presents
An Evening with #1 Bestselling Suspense Author Daniel Silva
Author of “Portrait of an Unknown Woman”

#1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva presents his latest fast-paced international thriller, a gripping story of deception set in the worlds of high finance and fine art. Restorer and spy Gabriel Allon embarks on a dangerous hunt across Europe for the secret behind the forgery of a 17th-century masterpiece that has fooled experts and exchanged hands for millions. 

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $35 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “Portrait of an Unknown Woman”) 

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $40 (Admits TWO and includes one pre-signed copy of “Portrait of an Unknown Woman”) 

Due to time constraints, there will not be a book signing line following the presentation.

Tickets go on sale June 17, 9:00 a.m. and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Books provided by Left Bank Books.

Favorite Author Series

Elaine Viets

Elaine Viets - "Late for His Own Funeral" book cover and color author photo
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Grant's View Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents Suspense Author Elaine Viets
Author of “Late for His Own Funeral”

Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.

Popular mystery author Elaine Viets returns to her hardboiled roots with her Angela Richman, Death Investigator series. In “Late for His Own Funeral,” Angela suspects foul play when a disgraced resident of the tony neighborhood of Chouteau Forest survives one car crash only to then be involved in another. After his Porsche careened off the road, attendees at Sterling Chaney’s funeral were shocked to see him interrupt his own eulogies. The story attracts widespread media coverage, and Sterling revels in the spotlight until it’s revealed that he earned his fortune via sordid means. Then there’s a second fatal crash. Angela Richman must determine: were both crashes merely accidents, or was someone doubly determined to kill Sterling?

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Favorite Author Series

Martin Walker

Thursday, August 11, 2022 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Mirowitz Performing Arts Center
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

SLCL Authors @ the J and the Favorite Author Series Present
Bestselling Mystery Writer Martin Walker
Author of “To Kill a Troubadour: A Bruno, Chief of Police Mystery”

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 a musician’s new song hits a political nerve, he finds himself in the crosshairs of Spanish nationalists’ ire. In a stolen car found on a Périgord back road, police discover a distinctive bullet for a state-of-the-art sniper’s rifle, and they fear the songwriter might be the intended target. The French and Spanish governments agree to mount a joint operation to stop the assailants, and Bruno is the local man on the spot who mobilizes his resources to track them down.

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Favorite Author Series

Elliot Ackerman

Monday, August 15, 2022 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Mirowitz Performing Arts Center
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

SLCL Authors @ the J and the Westfall Politics & History Series
Present Novelist and War Correspondent Elliot Ackerman
Author of “The Fifth Act: America’s End in Afghanistan”

National Book Award-nominated novelist Elliot Ackerman left the American military ten years ago, but his time in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Marines and later as a CIA paramilitary officer marked him indelibly. When the Taliban began to close in on Kabul in August 2021, he found himself pulled back into the conflict. Ackerman joined an impromptu effort by a group of journalists and other veterans to arrange flights and negotiate with both Taliban and American forces to secure the safe evacuation of hundreds. “The Fifth Act” is an astonishing human document that brings the weight of twenty years of war to bear on a single week. Using the dramatic rescue efforts in Kabul as his lattice, Ackerman weaves a personal history of the war’s long progression.

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Madeline Martin

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents
Bestselling Novelist Madeline Martin
Author of “The Librarian Spy”  

Daniel Boone Branch
300 Clarkson Rd. Ellisville, MO 63011

From the New York Times bestselling author of “The Last Bookshop in London” comes a moving new novel inspired by the true history of America’s library spies of World War II. When librarian Ava Harper is sent to Lisbon by the U.S. government on an intel mission, her quiet, predictable life turns immediately intense and uncertain. As she acquires clandestine newspapers through this neutral haven for Europe’s refugees, she questions who is friend, who is foe, and who is Nazi. Meanwhile, in Nazi-occupied Lyon, French Resistance fighter Elaine Rousseau holds the extremely precarious position of printing press operator for one of the underground newspapers. An encoded message, sent by Elaine and read by Ava, unites the two on a risky but hopeful shared mission.

Books available from Novel Neighbor

Ticketed Event–An Evening with Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander

Thursday, July 14, 2022 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Mirowitz Performing Arts Center
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

SLCL Authors @ the J and the Westfall Politics and History Series Present

An Evening with Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander
Author of “Invisible Storm: A Soldier’s Memoir of Politics and PTSD”

Jill Schupp in a magenta suit coat smile at a podium with a microphoneIn conversation with Missouri State Senator Jill Schupp

In 2017, President Obama was asked who gave him hope for the future of the country, and Jason Kander was the first name he mentioned. Suddenly, Jason was a national figure. As observers assumed he was preparing a run for the presidency, Jason announced a bid for mayor of Kansas City instead and was headed for a landslide victory. But after eleven years battling PTSD from his service in Afghanistan, Jason was seized by depression and suicidal thoughts. He dropped out of the mayor’s race and out of public life. In this brutally honest memoir, Jason Kander has written the book he himself needed in the most painful moments of his PTSD. We see him struggle with undiagnosed illness; witness his family buoy him through challenging treatment; and, giving hope to so many of us, see him heal.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $35 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “Invisible Storm”) 

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $40 (Admits TWO and includes one pre-signed copy of “Invisible Storm”) 

Due to time constraints, there will not be a book signing line following the presentation.

Tickets go on sale June 10, 9:00 a.m. and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Ticketed Event–An Evening with #1 Bestselling Suspense Author Daniel Silva

Thursday, July 21, 2022 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Mirowitz Performing Arts Center
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

SLCL Authors @ the J Presents
An Evening with #1 Bestselling Suspense Author Daniel Silva
Author of “Portrait of an Unknown Woman”

#1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva presents his latest fast-paced international thriller, a gripping story of deception set in the worlds of high finance and fine art. Restorer and spy Gabriel Allon embarks on a dangerous hunt across Europe for the secret behind the forgery of a 17th-century masterpiece that has fooled experts and exchanged hands for millions. 

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $35 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “Portrait of an Unknown Woman”) 

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $40 (Admits TWO and includes one pre-signed copy of “Portrait of an Unknown Woman”) 

Due to time constraints, there will not be a book signing line following the presentation.

Tickets go on sale June 17, 9:00 a.m. and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Books provided by Left Bank Books.

Favorite Author Series

Lynne Cox

Lynne Cox - “Tales of Al: The Water Rescue Dog” book cover and color author photo
Thursday, July 07, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Virtual Author Series Presented in partnership by the St. Louis County Library and HEC Media

Watch our virtual author event with World-Record Breaking Long-Distance Swimmer
Lynne Cox
Author of “Tales of Al: The Water Rescue Dog”

In Conversation with HEC Media Host and Senior Rescue Dog Advocate Julie Tristan

Lynne Cox—acclaimed bestselling author of “Swimming to Antarctica”—is internationally famous for swimming the world’s most difficult waterways. Lynne recognizes and celebrates all forms of athleticism in others, human or otherwise. And when she saw a video of a Newfoundland dog leaping from an airborne helicopter into Italian waters to save someone from drowning, Cox was captivated by the magnificence, physicality, and daring of the dog. “Tales of Al” is the inspiring story of Cox’s adventures on Italy’s picturesque Lake Idroscalo, as witness to the rigorous training of one of these spectacular dogs at SICS, the famed school that has trained hundreds of dogs for rescue operations.

The interview will be available starting at 7:00 p.m., July 7 through this link: facebook.com/STLCoLibrary and on the Higher Education Channel at Spectrum 989 and AT&T U-verse 99. It will then be archived for later view at hecmedia.org.

Signed books available from Left Bank Books

Favorite Author Series

Louis Bayard

Louis Bayard - “Jackie & Me” book cover and color author photo
Monday, July 11, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Virtual Author Series Presented in partnership by the St. Louis County Library and HEC Media

Watch our virtual author event with Bestselling Novelist
Louis Bayard 
Author of “Jackie & Me”

The romance and marriage of wealthy, charming, and powerful Jack Kennedy and beautiful, mysterious debutante Jacqueline Bouvier fascinated America and would come to define an age. But how did these two come together? Taking place mostly during the spring and summer before Jack and Jackie’s wedding, and narrated by Jack’s best friend and “fixer” Lem Billings, “Jackie & Me” is a searching novel about a young woman of a certain class with narrow options, two people who loved each other, and two people who realized too late that they devoted their lives to Jack at their own expense.

The interview will be available starting at 7:00 p.m., July 11  through this link: facebook.com/STLCoLibrary and on the Higher Education Channel at Spectrum 989 and AT&T U-verse 99. It will then be archived for later view at hecmedia.org.

Signed books available from Left Bank Books.

Favorite Author Series

Christina Soontornvat

Saturday, July 16, 2022 2:00 p.m.
Virtual

Virtual Author Series
Presented in partnership by the St. Louis County Library Summer Reading Club and HEC Media

Watch our virtual author event with 
Christina Soontornvat
Author of “All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team”
 
2021 Newbery Honor Book

On June 23, 2018, twelve young players of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach enter a cave in northern Thailand seeking an afternoon’s adventure. But when they turn to leave, rising floodwaters block their path out. Before long, news of the missing team spreads, launching a seventeen-day rescue operation involving thousands of rescuers from around the globe. Combining first hand interviews of rescue workers with in-depth science and details of the region's culture and religion, author Christina Soontornvat masterfully shows how both the complex engineering operation above ground and the mental struggles of the thirteen young people below proved critical in the life-or-death mission.

The interview will be available starting at 2:00 p.m., July 16  through this link: facebook.com/STLCoLibrary and on the Higher Education Channel at Spectrum 989 and AT&T U-verse 99. It will then be archived for later view at hecmedia.org.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.