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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.

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.


Tom Clavin

Thursday, March 28, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
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.

CANCELED - Rick Bragg

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Beloved author of “All Over but the Shoutin’,” Rick Bragg shares a delectable food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, and, especially, to his mother. Margaret Bragg does not own a single cookbook. She measures in “dabs” and “smidgens” and “you know, hon, just some.” But she can tell you the secrets to perfect mashed potatoes, corn pudding, redeye gravy, and short ribs. Many of her recipes, recorded here for the first time, pre-date the Civil War, handed down skillet by skillet. Rick Bragg tells the stories that framed his mother’s cooking from childhood into old age. Because good food always has a good story, and a recipe, writes Bragg, is a story like anything else.

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

James and Deborah Fallows

Thursday, April 04, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

For five years, James and Deborah Fallows have traveled across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, the America they saw is acutely conscious of its problems—from economic dislocation to the opioid scourge —but it is also crafting solutions, with a practical-minded determination at dramatic odds with the bitter paralysis of national politics. At times of dysfunction on a national level, reform possibilities have often arisen from the local level. The Fallowses describe America in the middle of one of these creative waves.

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

Deborah Gaal

Monday, April 08, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Deborah Gaal’s historical novel moves eloquently between America in 2008 and World War II Poland. Hard times are forcing Maude Fields to take in her estranged mother, Bea, whose secrets date to World War II. Bea arrives with a hand-embroidered recreation of La Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde, the iconic 11th century Bayeux Tapestry. The replica contains clues to the identity of Maude’s father and the mythical Dream Stitcher, Goldye, a Jewish freedom fighter who helped launch the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the author. 

Lisa Scottoline

Saturday, April 13, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Bestselling suspense author Lisa Scottoline reaches new heights with this riveting novel about how a single decision can undo a family, how our past can derail our present, and how not guilty doesn’t always mean innocent. Allie Garvey is heading home to a funeral and dreaded reunion with old friends. Twenty years earlier while drinking and partying in the woods, the then-teenagers played a dangerous prank that went tragically wrong. They have kept what happened a secret, believing that getting caught would be the worst thing that could happen. But time has taught Allie otherwise. Not getting caught was far worse.

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

SOLD OUT David Brooks – Ticketed Event

Thursday, April 18, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

One of the nation’s leading writers and commentators, David Brooks shares an inspiring, thought-provoking exploration of what it means to live a meaningful life. Most of us, over the course of our lives, will make four big commitments: to a spouse and family, a vocation, a philosophy or faith, and a community. In “The Second Mountain,” Brooks looks at people—from Dostoyevsky to Holocaust survivor Etty Hillesum to African educational entrepreneur Fred Swaniker—who have lived joyous committed lives and gathers their wisdom to understand how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

INDIVIDUAL TICKET–$32. Admits ONE and includes one copy of “The Second Mountain” OR

PACKAGE TICKET–$36. Admits TWO and includes one copy of “The Second Mountain.”

Tickets go on sale March 4 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale March 1 for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org

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

Helen Ellis

Monday, April 22, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The bestselling author of “American Housewife” is back with a fiercely funny collection of essays on marriage and manners, ghosts, gunshots, gynecology, and the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady. Helen Ellis has a mantra: “If you don’t have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way.” In these 23 raucous essays, Ellis offers readers a hilarious, completely singular view on womanhood for both sides of the Mason-Dixon.

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

Nell Freudenberger

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Acclaimed author Nell Freudenberger presents an emotionally engaging new novel, told in the voice of a renowned physicist: an exploration of the surprising bonds of female friendship. Helen Clapp’s breakthrough work on five-dimensional spacetime leads her to disdain notions of the supernatural in favor of rational thought and proven ideas. When she receives a phone call from a friend who died days earlier, she is forced to question the laws of the universe that had always steadied her mind and heart. Suspenseful and perceptive, “Lost and Wanted” is a story of friends, lost and found, at the most defining moments of their lives.

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

Kirk Wallace Johnson

Monday, April 29, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Acclaimed journalist Kirk Wallace Johnson presents a rollicking true-crime adventure about the theft of nearly 300 bird skins from a natural history museum in England. It’s a story that leads readers through 19th century scientific expeditions into the jungles of Malaysia, the “feather fever” of the turn-of-the century fashion world and the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying and its fanatic, often underground modern-day practitioners. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man’s relentless pursuit of justice, “The Feather Thief” is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man’s destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature.

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

Martha Hall Kelly

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The million-copy bestseller “Lilac Girls” introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. Now “Lost Roses,” set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline’s mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I. It is 1914, and Eliza is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. But when Russia’s imperial dynasty begins to fall, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. “Lost Roses” celebrates the unbreakable bonds of women’s friendship, especially during the darkest days of history.

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

Roshani Chokshi

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 6:00 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Roshani Chokshi presents the second installment in her internationally bestselling Pandava quartet based on Hindu mythology, the first series in the new Rick Riordan Presents imprint from Disney Publishing. In “Aru Shah and the Song of Death,” Aru is only just getting used to her role as a Pandava, a reincarnated son of a god, when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love's bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn't playing Cupid. Instead, they're turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren't bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn't find the arrow by the next full moon, she'll be kicked out of the Otherworld for good.

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series.

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

Thurston Clarke

Thursday, May 02, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Bestselling historian Thurston Clarke presents a groundbreaking history of the last days of the Vietnam War and reveals the acts of American heroism that saved more than one hundred thousand South Vietnamese from communist revenge. Clarke begins “Honorable Exit” by describing the iconic photograph of the Fall of Saigon: desperate Vietnamese scrambling to board a helicopter evacuating the last American personnel from Vietnam. It is an image of U.S. failure and shame. Or is it? By unpacking the surprising story of heroism that the photograph actually tells, Clarke launches into a narrative that is both a thrilling race against time and an important corrective to the historical record.

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

Jonathan Drori

Monday, May 06, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In “Around the World in 80 Trees,” former trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Jonathan Drori uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life. Stops on the trip include the lime trees of Berlin's Unter den Linden boulevard, which intoxicate amorous Germans and hungry bees alike, the swankiest streets in nineteenth-century London, which were paved with Australian eucalyptus wood, and the redwood forests of California, where the secret to the trees' soaring heights can be found in the tiniest drops of water. Populated by self-mummifying monks, tree-climbing goats and ever-so-slightly radioactive nuts, each of these strange and true tales takes the reader on a journey that is as informative as it is beautiful.

Presented in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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

Nidhi Chanani

Tuesday, May 07, 2019 6:30 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Illustrated by the award-winning artist and creator of the hit graphic novel “Pashmina,” “I Will Be Fierce” is a powerful picture book about courage, confidence, kindness, and finding the extraordinary in everyday moments. It's a brand new day, and a young girl decides to take on the world like a brave explorer heading off on an epic fairytale quest. From home to school and back again, our hero conquers the Mountain of Knowledge (the library), forges new bridges (friendships), and leads the victorious charge home on her steed (the school bus).

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series. 

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

Louis Bayard

Wednesday, May 08, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From the prizewinning author of “Mr. Timothy” comes the page-turning and surprising story of a young Abraham Lincoln and the two people who loved him best: Mary Todd and Lincoln’s best friend, Joshua Speed. Told in the alternating voices of Mary Todd and Joshua Speed, “Courting Mr. Lincoln” creates a sympathetic and complex portrait of Mary unlike any that has come before; a moving portrayal of the deep and very real connection between the two men; and most of all, an evocation of the unformed man who would grow into one of the nation’s most beloved presidents. Louis Bayard, a master storyteller at the height of his powers, delivers here a page-turning tale of love, longing, and forbidden possibilities.

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

E.K. Johnston

Friday, May 10, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Grant's View Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

E. K. Johnston, author of the #1 bestselling “Ahsoka,” presents the dramatic story of Padmé Amidala. When Queen Amidala of Naboo steps down from her position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo’s representative in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about taking on the new role, but cannot turn down the request to serve her people. Together with her most loyal handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen’s shadow.

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

The event is part of SLCL's 2019 Star Wars Fan Fest. Additional parking will be available at Dressel Elementary with shuttle service provided. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Chris Pavone

Thursday, May 16, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Bestselling author of “The Expats,” Chris Pavone presents his latest nail-biting thriller featuring former CIA agent Kate Moore. Now semi-retired in Paris, Kate hasn’t received a new assignment in some time, so when news breaks of bomb threats in multiple locations, and a man in an explosive vest entering the Louvre, she decides to prove her continued relevance by investigating. “The Paris Diversion” is another smart, stylish non-stop adventure ride from a new master of international intrigue.

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

Mary Kay Andrews

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

New York Times bestselling fiction writer Mary Kay Andrews presents a new novel full of her signature wit, heart, and charm. Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father shows up at her mother’s funeral with his new wife—Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, Wendy. Things start to look up when she learns of her inheritance—her grandparents’ beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach. But when a suspicious death at an nearby exclusive resort exposes corruption that may involve her father, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Main Street Books.

Becky Kueker

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

After publishing a memoir on life after retirement, “Hiding in My Pajamas,” and launching a national speaking career traveling the country at 75, Becky Kueker thought she had it all. Then a complicated surgery requiring six months in a wheelchair turned her life in a new direction. After fighting fear, depression and the realization that she would once again have to start over, Becky shares her journey and highlights many of the inspiring people she met along the way. Every chapter of her new book "A Classic in Clown Shoes" is filled with poignant stories from women and men who have proven that aging does not have to define you and that laughter changes everything.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the author.  

Tan France – Ticketed Event

Saturday, June 08, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From one of the stars of Netflix’s overnight sensation “Queer Eye,” Tan France’s memoir “Naturally Tan” has his signature wit, style, and radical compassion. In Tan’s own words, “The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.”

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

PRESENTATION ONLY:

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $32 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “Naturally Tan”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $36 (Admits TWO and includes one pre-signed copy of “Naturally Tan”)

VIP MEET & GREET TICKET:

INDIVIDUAL TICKET: $45 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “Naturally Tan” plus a book-signing line number for book personalization and a photo opportunity) ** LIMIT 200 People

Tickets go on sale April 17 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.

The proceeds from this event will benefit the Library Foundation’s literacy programs.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale April 15 for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org

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

SOLD OUT David Brooks – Ticketed Event

Thursday, April 18, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

One of the nation’s leading writers and commentators, David Brooks shares an inspiring, thought-provoking exploration of what it means to live a meaningful life. Most of us, over the course of our lives, will make four big commitments: to a spouse and family, a vocation, a philosophy or faith, and a community. In “The Second Mountain,” Brooks looks at people—from Dostoyevsky to Holocaust survivor Etty Hillesum to African educational entrepreneur Fred Swaniker—who have lived joyous committed lives and gathers their wisdom to understand how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

INDIVIDUAL TICKET–$32. Admits ONE and includes one copy of “The Second Mountain” OR

PACKAGE TICKET–$36. Admits TWO and includes one copy of “The Second Mountain.”

Tickets go on sale March 4 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale March 1 for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org

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

Tan France – Ticketed Event

Saturday, June 08, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From one of the stars of Netflix’s overnight sensation “Queer Eye,” Tan France’s memoir “Naturally Tan” has his signature wit, style, and radical compassion. In Tan’s own words, “The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.”

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

PRESENTATION ONLY:

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $32 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “Naturally Tan”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $36 (Admits TWO and includes one pre-signed copy of “Naturally Tan”)

VIP MEET & GREET TICKET:

INDIVIDUAL TICKET: $45 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “Naturally Tan” plus a book-signing line number for book personalization and a photo opportunity) ** LIMIT 200 People

Tickets go on sale April 17 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.

The proceeds from this event will benefit the Library Foundation’s literacy programs.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale April 15 for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org

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