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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.
Webster University - George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology and College of Arts and Sciences

Due to COVID-19, 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

We would like to thank our presenting sponsor, Webster University, for supporting the St. Louis County Library Author Series.

Adrienne Young

Sunday, September 26, 2021 2:00 p.m.

Video premiere: September 26, 2:00 p.m. on

Adrienne Young, "The Last Legacy"

Acclaimed author of the bestselling “Fable” series, Adrienne Young returns with “The Last Legacy,” a captivating historical fantasy about family, reinventing yourself, and controlling your own destiny.

When a letter from her uncle Henrik arrives on Bryn Roth's eighteenth birthday, summoning her back to Bastian, Bryn is eager to finally take her place in her long-lost family. It doesn’t take long for her to see that the Roths are entangled in shadows. With a forbidden romance to contend with and dangerous work ahead, the cost of being accepted into the Roths may be more than Bryn can pay.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor.

Virtual Author Visit for Young Readers

Bill Schutt

Thursday, September 30, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: September 30, 7:00 p.m. on

Bill Schutt, “Pump: A Natural History of the Heart”

Where did terms like “blue blood,” “bloodthirsty,” and “cold-blooded” come from? Why is the heart so associated with the ideas of love and emotion in human culture? American Museum of Natural History zoologist Bill Schutt shares the stories behind these widespread ideas. From a Canadian museum where he examines a rare, preserved blue whale heart the size of a golf cart to New England beaches where horseshoe crabs are being harvested for their life-saving blood to labs where he encounters frozen hibernating wood frogs, “Pump” takes readers on a fantastic trip around the world and through decades of bizarre and unique history. 

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Medical Arts Author Series

Jackie Kay

Jackie Kay - Bessie Smith book cover and color author photo
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: Tuesday, October 5, 7:00 p.m. on

Jackie Kay, "Bessie Smith: A Poet’s Biography of a Blues Legend"

In conversation with Gerald Early, Washington University - Chair of African and African American Studies

Scotland’s National Poet, Jackie Kay blends poetry and prose to create a unique biography of the Empress of the Blues. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1854, Bessie Smith sang on street corners before becoming a big name in traveling shows. Her first recording with Columbia Records sold 780,000 copies and catapulted her to fame. Known for tough persona and her ability to enrapture audiences with her raw voice, the Empress of the Blues remains a force and an enigma. Kay creates an enthralling account of an extraordinary life and captures the soul of the woman she first identified with as a young Black girl growing up in Glasgow. 

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Andrea Elliott

Andrea Elliott, "Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival, and Hope in an American City" book cover and color author photo
Friday, October 08, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: October 8, 7:00 p.m. on

Andrea Elliott, "Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival, and Hope in an American City"

In conversation with Chris Krehmeyer, President/CEO of Beyond Housing

Drawing on nearly a decade of reporting, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Andrea Elliott tells the unforgettable story of Dasani Coates, a homeless girl whose indomitable spirit is tested by poverty and racism in an unequal America. Elliott weaves the story of Dasani’s childhood with the history of her family, tracing the passage of their ancestors from slavery to the Great Migration north. As Dasani comes of age, she must guide her siblings through a city riddled by hunger, violence, drug addiction, homelessness, and the monitoring of child protection services. By turns heartbreaking and inspiring, “Invisible Child” illuminates some of the most critical issues in America through the life of one remarkable girl.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series


N. West Moss

N. West Moss - Flesh and Blood book cover and color author photo
Thursday, October 14, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: Thursday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. on

N. West Moss, "Flesh & Blood: Reflections on Infertility, Family and Creating a Bountiful Life"

In conversation with Shellie Fidell, Psychotherapy Specialists - Missouri Baptist Medical Center

N. West Moss’s remarkable memoir breaks the silence about infertility and will resonate with millions of women. “Flesh & Blood” follows Moss’s story through an emergency hysterectomy, complications, and recovery as her thoughts turn to her previous struggles with infertility. We  learn about the inspiring women in Moss's family as she sorts out her feeling that this line will end with her. Ultimately, Moss discovers that there are other ways besides having children to have a legacy, and that grief is not a stopping place but a companion that travels along with us through everything, even happiness.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi - The Bronzed Beasts book cover and color author photo
Saturday, October 16, 2021 2:00 p.m.

Video premiere: October 16, 2:00 p.m. on

Roshani Chokshi, "The Bronzed Beasts: Gilded Wolves Series #3"

Presented by St. Louis County Library’s TeenTober Celebration

Returning to the dark and glamorous 19th century world of her New York Times instant bestseller, “The Gilded Wolves,” Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with the final riveting tale in the  young adult historical fantasy series described by the New York Times Book Review as “wildly inventive and wildly representative.” In “The Bronzed Beasts,” aristocratic treasurer hunter Séverin and his team of societal outcasts must make their way through the haunted waterways of Venice facing plague pits and deadly masquerades, unearthly songs and the shining steps of a temple whose powers might offer divinity itself... but at a price they may not be willing to pay.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor.

Virtual Author Visit for Young Readers

David S. Reynolds

David S. Reynolds - Abe: Abraham Lincoln in Hs Times book cover and color author photo
Monday, October 18, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: October 18, 7:00 p.m. on

David S. Reynolds, "Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times"

In conversation with Renowned Historian HW Brands

From one of the great historians of nineteenth-century America, “Abe” is a revelatory biography that brings Lincoln to life within his turbulent age. From New England Puritan stock on his father's side and Virginia Cavalier gentry on his mother's, Lincoln was linked by blood to the central conflict of the age. As a politician, he moved too slowly for some and too swiftly for many, but he always pushed toward justice while keeping the whole nation in mind. “Abe” culminates, of course, in the Civil War, the defining test of Lincoln and his beloved country. Reynolds shows us the extraordinary range of cultural knowledge Lincoln drew from as he shaped a vision of true union.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Cynthia Branigan

Cynthia Branigan - The Last diving Horse in America book cover and color author photo
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: Wednesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. on

Cynthia Branigan, "The Last Diving Horse in America: Rescuing Gamal and Other Animals--Lessons in Living and Loving"

Doc Carver’s High Diving Horses was one of the most popular acts on the Atlantic City Pier. Beginning in 1929, four times a day, seven days a week, a trained horse sailed forty feet through the air, plung­ing into a ten-foot-deep tank of water. Decades later, the act was shuttered, and Gamal, the last Atlantic City diving horse was placed on the auction block. Haunted by the act she’d seen as a child, Cynthia Branigan made the impulsive decision to out-bid the slaughterhouses. Branigan shares the magical story of how she and Gamal came to rescue each other--and how caring for Gamal led her to saving other animals and a surprising, but purposeful, life. 

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Todd Doughty

Todd Doughty - Little Pieces of Hope book cover and color author photo
Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: Thursday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. on

Todd Doughty, "Little Pieces of Hope: Happy-Making Things in a Difficult World"

On March 11, 2020, the day the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic and all of our lives began to change in unprecedented ways, publishing company executive and Southern Illinois native Todd Doughty knew he needed to do something to help him stay connected to the everyday joys of daily life. So he wrote down a list of things that make him happy: The musical intro to “All Things Considered.” Someone forgiving you. Someone believing in you. Freshly cut yellow tulips. A really good burger. Many, many lists later, “Little Pieces of Hope” pulls together the best of Doughty's lists along with essays, musings, prompts, and quotes that offer a daily touchstone of joy in a difficult world. A beautiful keepsake, “Little Pieces of Hope” is brimming with the pleasures of life, inspiring readers to celebrate the good things that surround us.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Rebecca Schwarzlose

Rebecca Schwarzlose - Brainscapes book cover and black and white author photo
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: October 27, 7:00 p.m. on

Rebecca Schwarzlose, “Brainscapes: The Warped, Wondrous Maps Written in Your Brain--and How They Guide You"

Your brain is a collection of maps: detailed representations of the sights, sounds, and actions that hold the key to your survival. Although scientists began discovering these maps over a century ago, we are only now beginning to unlock their secrets. Brain maps distort and shape our experience of the world, support complex thought, and make technology-enabled mind reading a modern-day reality. They shine a light on our past and our possible futures. In the process, they invite us to view ourselves from a startling new perspective. In “Brainscapes,” Washington University neuroscientist Rebecca Schwarzlose combines unforgettable real-life stories, cutting-edge research, and vivid illustrations to reveal brain maps’ surprising lessons about our place in the world.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Medical Arts Author Series

Ticketed Event–An Evening with Bestselling Novelist Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom - “The Stranger in the Lifeboat” book cover and color author photo
Saturday, November 06, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The beloved author of “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “Five People You Meet in Heaven,” Mitch Albom presents a profound new novel of hope and faith. Adrift in a raft after a deadly ship explosion, nine people struggle for survival at sea. Short on water, food, and hope, they spot a man floating in the waves. They pull him in. “Thank the Lord we found you,” a passenger says. “I am the Lord,” the man whispers. Albom keeps us guessing until the last pages: Is this strange and quiet man really who he claims to be? A fast-paced, compelling novel that makes you ponder your deepest beliefs, “The Stranger in the Lifeboat” suggests that answers to our prayers may be found where we least expect them.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $27 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “The Stranger in the Lifeboat”) 


PACKAGE TICKET $32 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “The Stranger in the Lifeboat”)

  • Albom will sign copies of the book following the presentation. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, there will not be a photo opportunity. 

Tickets go on sale October 8 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Face masks required for all event attendees. St. Louis County Library is mindful of all CDC guidelines and social distancing requirements. 

Books provided by Left Bank Books.