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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.


Pat Simmons

Thursday, April 26, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Florissant Valley Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Inspirational romance author Pat Simmons shares the first installment in an uplifting new series about three sisters in three different states who make a pact to care for their aging relatives. The siblings soon learn the definition of caregiver includes a cup full of patience, a slight sense of humor, and when to cry out for help.

For St. Louis-based sister Tabitha, caring for feisty, 89-year-old Aunt Tweet has been challenging. As Aunt Tweet’s wandering leads her into the path of a handsome neighbor, Tabitha begins to wonder if God was directing her aunt’s path for a reason.

 

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Monday, April 30, 2018 6:30 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In the third installment in Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s bestselling Book Scavenger series, sleuthing duo Emily and James tackle their most challenging mystery yet on the haunting Alcatraz Island.

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series.

Tom Perrotta

Friday, May 04, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Bestselling author of “The Leftovers” and “Little Children,” Tom Perrotta shares a penetrating and hilarious new novel about sex, love, and identity on the frontlines of America’s culture wars. A 46-year-old divorcee whose beloved only child has just left for college, Eve Fletcher is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night her phone lights up with a text message from an anonymous admirer. Before long, Eve’s online fixations begin to spill over into real life, revealing new romantic possibilities that threaten to upend her quiet suburban existence.

Paula McLain

Monday, May 07, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Bestselling author of “The Paris Wife,” Paula McLain returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th Century. In 1937, 28-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War. It’s the adventure she’s been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly—and uncontrollably—falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.

The event will be an onstage interview with KMOX Radio host Debbie Monterrey.

Lisa Ko

Tuesday, May 08, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Lisa Ko’s debut novel won the 2017 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. A powerful story of borders and belonging, “The Leavers” follows the life of 11-year-old Deming Guo after his mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon—and never comes home. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is renamed Daniel Wilkinson. But far from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents’ desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind.

2018 Suspense Night

Thursday, May 10, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

One of the library’s most popular annual events, Suspense Night brings together popular mystery writers from across the country for an evening of readings and a panel discussion on the craft of suspense writing.

Reed Farrel Coleman
“What You Break”
“Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet”

Megan Abbott
“You Will Know Me”
“The Fever”

Laura Lippman
“Sunburn”
“Wilde Lake”

Lori Rader Day
“The Day I Died”
“Little Pretty Things”

Nick Petrie
“Light It Up”
“The Drifter”

Ashley and David Eckstein

Friday, May 11, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Grant's View Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

2018 Star Wars Fan Fest with Special Guests Ashley and David Eckstein. A giant celebration of all things Star Wars, this annual event features costumed characters, food trucks, Pancake Art by Dancakes, crafts and games. Additional off-site parking and a shuttle service will be provided. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Actress, entrepreneur and ultimate fan girl Ashley Eckstein landed her dream role as the voice of the first female Jedi, Ahsoka Tano, in the animated Star Wars-franchise “The Clone Wars.” She went on to launch Her Universe, an apparel company catering to fan girls, which has become a preferred partner for Disney and their girl power initiative. In “It’s Your Universe,” Ashley shares her own life lessons as a way to inspire girls to create big dreams and work to make them a reality. Ashley will be joined by her husband, former Cardinals shortstop and 2006 World Series MVP David Eckstein.

A book purchase at the event will be required to enter the signing line. Ashley will sign one piece of Star Wars memorabilia per book buyer. David will sign one piece of baseball memorabilia per book buyer. They will both sign unlimited copies of "It's Your Universe."

Nicholas Reynolds

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In 2010, while he was the historian at the esteemed CIA Museum, Nicholas Reynolds, a longtime American intelligence officer, former U.S. Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to uncover clues suggesting Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway was deeply involved in mid 20th Century spycraft — a mysterious and shocking relationship that was far more complex and fraught with risks than has ever been previously supposed. A literary biography with the soul of an espionage thriller, Reynolds' meticulously researched narrative reveals for the first time the whole story of this hidden side of Hemingway's life.

SOLD OUT! Temple Grandin - Ticketed Event

Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

World-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist and inventor Temple Grandin shares personal stories, inventions, and facts that will blow young inventors’ minds and make them soar. More than a blueprint for how to build things, in “Calling All Minds” Temple Grandin creates a blueprint for different ways to look at the world.

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

Dr. Lloyd I. Sederer

Monday, May 21, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Written with warmth, accessibility, and vast authority, “The Addiction Solution” is a practical guide through the world of drug use and abuse and addiction treatment. Dr. Lloyd I. Sederer, Chief Mental Health Officer of the NYS Office of Mental Health brings together scientific and clinical knowledge, policy suggestions, and case studies, to describe our current drug crisis and establish a clear path forward to recovery and health. In a time when so many people are affected by the addiction epidemic, when 142 people die of overdoses every day in the United States, principally from opioids, Sederer's decades of wisdom and clinical experience are needed more than ever before.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

Jessica Knoll

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From Jessica Knoll—author of “Luckiest Girl Alive,” the bestselling debut novel of 2015—comes a blisteringly paced thriller. When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series called “Goal Diggers,” the producers never expect the season will end in murder. “The Favorite Sister” explores the invisible barriers that prevent women from rising up the ranks in today’s America—and offers a scathing take on the bonds of sisterhood, and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant, and salable.

Jon Meacham - Ticketed Event

Friday, May 25, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In “The Soul of America,” Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment of crisis in American politics by looking back at critical times in history when hope overcame hatred. Our current climate of partisan division is not new, and by exploring past dark moments in American history, Meacham shows us how our “better angels” have again and again won the day.

The event will be an onstage interview with St. Louis Public Radio host Don Marsh.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

Individual Ticket—$30. Admits ONE and includes one copy of “The Soul of America” OR

Package Ticket—$35. Admits TWO and includes one copy of “The Soul of America.”

Tickets can be purchased starting April 9 through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. (No refunds.)

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

Joshua Zeitz

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

President Lydnon B. Johnson’s towering political skills and his ambitious slate of liberal legislation are the stuff of legend: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, and environmental reform. But what happened after the bills passed? Joshua Zeitz reanimates the creative and contentious atmosphere inside Johnson's White House as a talented and energetic group of advisers made LBJ's vision a reality. Zeitz is also the author of the New York Times bestseller “Lincoln’s Boys.”

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series. 

Zinzi Clemmons

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From an author of rare, haunting power, “What We Lose” is a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age and a deeply felt meditation on race, family, and country. Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love. “What We Lose” heralds the arrival of a virtuosic new voice in fiction.

Richard Prum

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In this major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, Yale University ornithologist Richard Prum reveals how mating preferences—what Darwin termed "the taste for the beautiful"—create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world. Deep in tropical jungles around the world are birds with a dizzying array of appearances and mating displays that seem contrary to selection for individual survival. To explain this, Prum dusts off Darwin's long-neglected theory of sexual selection in which the act of choosing a mate for purely aesthetic reasons—for the mere pleasure of it—is an independent engine of evolutionary change. “The Evolution of Beauty” presents a unique scientific vision for how nature's splendor contributes to a more complete understanding of evolution and of ourselves.

Ben Rhodes

Monday, June 18, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From one of Barack Obama’s closest aides comes a revelatory behind-the-scenes account of his presidency—and how idealism can confront harsh reality and still survive. For nearly 10 years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration—first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Briefing, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now he tells the full story of his partnership—and, ultimately, friendship—with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States.

Georgia Hunter

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive—and to reunite—“We Were the Lucky Ones” is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds. It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere. 

Susan Wiggs

Monday, June 25, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Number-one bestselling novelist Susan Wiggs delivers a riveting story that challenges our deepest held beliefs. Deep within the peaceful heart of Amish country, a life-or-death emergency shatters a quiet world to its core. Caught between two worlds, Caleb Stoltz is bound by a deathbed promise to raise his orphaned niece and nephew in Middle Grove, where life revolves around family, farm, faith—and long-held suspicions about outsiders. When disaster strikes, Caleb is thrust into an urban environment of high-tech medicine and the relentless rush of modern life. Deeply moving and unforgettable, “Between You and Me” is an emotionally complex story of love and loss, family and friendship, and the arduous road to discovering the heart’s true path.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Thursday, June 28, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Flint was already a troubled city in 2014 when the state of Michigan—in the name of austerity—shifted the source of its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Soon after, citizens began complaining about the water that flowed from their taps—but officials rebuffed them, insisting it was fine. “What the Eyes Don’t See” is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at the city’s public hospital, proved that Flint’s kids were exposed to lead, and fought her own government to expose that truth. Paced like a scientific thriller, the book shows how callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother—whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice. 

The program will be an onstage interview with St. Louis Public Radio’s Don Marsh.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

SOLD OUT! Temple Grandin - Ticketed Event

Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

World-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist and inventor Temple Grandin shares personal stories, inventions, and facts that will blow young inventors’ minds and make them soar. More than a blueprint for how to build things, in “Calling All Minds” Temple Grandin creates a blueprint for different ways to look at the world.

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

Jon Meacham - Ticketed Event

Friday, May 25, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In “The Soul of America,” Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment of crisis in American politics by looking back at critical times in history when hope overcame hatred. Our current climate of partisan division is not new, and by exploring past dark moments in American history, Meacham shows us how our “better angels” have again and again won the day.

The event will be an onstage interview with St. Louis Public Radio host Don Marsh.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

Individual Ticket—$30. Admits ONE and includes one copy of “The Soul of America” OR

Package Ticket—$35. Admits TWO and includes one copy of “The Soul of America.”

Tickets can be purchased starting April 9 through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. (No refunds.)

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series