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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.


Susan Orlean

Thursday, November 15, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Susan Orlean, hailed as a “national treasure” by The Washington Post and the acclaimed bestselling author of “The Orchid Thief,” reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution—our libraries. Over thirty years later, the mystery of the Los Angeles Public Library fire remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library? Weaving her life-long love of books with the fascinating history of libraries and the sometimes-eccentric characters who run them, Orlean presents a mesmerizing story as only she can. With her signature wit and compassion, she investigates the legendary fire to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives.

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

H. W. Brands

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From bestselling historian H. W. Brands comes the riveting story of how America's second generation of political giants decided the shape of our democracy. In the early days of the nineteenth century, three young men strode onto the national stage. Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, a champion orator known for his eloquence, spoke for the North and its business class. Henry Clay of Kentucky, as dashing as he was ambitious, embodied the hopes of the rising West. South Carolina's John Calhoun, with piercing eyes and an even more piercing intellect, defended the South and slavery. Together this second generation of American founders took the country to war, battled one another for the presidency, and tasked themselves with finishing the work the Founding Fathers had left undone.

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

Louise Penny - Ticketed Event

Saturday, December 01, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny presents her latest spellbinding novel starring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, he discovers that a complete stranger has named him an executor of her will. The will is so odd that Gamache suspects the woman must have been delusional. But when a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $32 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “Kingdom of the Blind”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $38 (Admits TWO and includes one pre-signed copy of “Kingdom of the Blind”)

**The first 150 ticket buyers will be admitted to a special meet & greet/book signing with Louise following her presentation. Louise will personalize one book per ticket purchase and take photos with fans.

Tickets go on sale October 15 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.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

The proceeds from this event will benefit the Library Foundation’s literacy programs. Books will be available for purchase from Barnes & Noble.

Antony Beevor

Monday, December 03, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

On September 17, 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany’s parachute forces, went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the arrival of the air armada of the legendary American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and the British 1st Airborne Division—over 40,000 troops. The largest airborne battle in history, Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine, was a bold concept, but ultimately a major defeat for the Allies. Award-winning military historian Antony Beevor has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student called “the last German victory.” Yet “The Battle of Arnhem,” written with Beevor’s inimitable style and gripping narrative, is about much more than a single dramatic battle—it looks into the very heart of war.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

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

Andrew Delbanco

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

For decades after America’s founding, fugitive slaves exposed the contradiction between the myth that slavery was a benign institution and the reality that a nation based on the principle of human equality was in fact a prison-house in which millions of Americans had no rights at all. By awakening northerners to the true nature of slavery, and by enraging southerners who demanded the return of their human “property,” fugitive slaves forced the nation to confront the truth about itself and ultimately set the country on the path to civil war. The fugitive slave story illuminates what brought us to war with ourselves and the terrible legacies of slavery that are with us still.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

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

James Rollins

Thursday, January 10, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
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.

Jeremy Brown

Monday, January 14, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

On the 100th anniversary of the devastating pandemic of 1918, Dr. Jeremy Brown, currently Director of Emergency Care Research at the National Institutes of Health, explores the troubling, terrifying, and complex history of the flu virus. While influenza is now often thought of as a common and mild disease, it still kills over 30,000 people in the US each year. Dr. Brown expounds on the flu’s deadly past to solve the mysteries that could protect us from the next outbreak. In “Influenza,” he talks with leading epidemiologists, policy makers, and the researcher who first sequenced the genetic building blocks of the original 1918 virus to offer both a comprehensive history and a roadmap for understanding what’s to come.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

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

Brad Meltzer

Friday, January 18, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the months leading up to the Revolutionary War, these traitorous soldiers, along with the Governor of New York, William Tryon, and Mayor David Mathews, launched a deadly plot against the most important member of the military: George Washington himself. In this historical page-turner, bestselling author Brad Meltzer unravels the shocking true story behind what has previously been a footnote in the pages of history.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

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

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? Set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, ”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.
Headquarters
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.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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.

Louise Penny - Ticketed Event

Saturday, December 01, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny presents her latest spellbinding novel starring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, he discovers that a complete stranger has named him an executor of her will. The will is so odd that Gamache suspects the woman must have been delusional. But when a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $32 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “Kingdom of the Blind”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $38 (Admits TWO and includes one pre-signed copy of “Kingdom of the Blind”)

**The first 150 ticket buyers will be admitted to a special meet & greet/book signing with Louise following her presentation. Louise will personalize one book per ticket purchase and take photos with fans.

Tickets go on sale October 15 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.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

The proceeds from this event will benefit the Library Foundation’s literacy programs. Books will be available for purchase from Barnes & Noble.