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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.


James Rollins

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 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. A construction project unearths a cache of bones preserved in amber and buried more than a century ago by a cabal of scientists safeguarding a wonder like no other: the very secret of life after death. But this prize is linked to a horror that has remained dormant in the marrow of those bones—and has now been freed again to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting world. From a crystalline lab atop Mount Fuji to a verdant island teeming with the “dark matter of life,” Sigma Force must unlock a deadly mystery that winds back eons.

Peter Hayes

Thursday, December 14, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Despite the outpouring of books, movies, and memorials devoted to the Holocaust, a coherent explanation of why such ghastly carnage erupted from the heart of civilized Europe still seems elusive more than seventy years later. While responding to the questions he has been most frequently asked by students over the decades, world-renowned Holocaust historian and professor Peter Hayes brings a wealth of scholarly research and experience to bear on conventional, popular views of the history. “Why?” is an authoritative, groundbreaking exploration of the origins of one of the most tragic events in human history.

Presented in partnership with the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, a department of Jewish Federation of St. Louis with the support of Dr. Arthur Gale and Family.

Robert Crais

Monday, January 08, 2018 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike take on the deadliest case of their lives, in the new masterpiece of suspense from the #1 bestselling author Robert Crais. When single-mother Devon Connor hires Cole, it's because she fears her troubled son is dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two other partners in crime, he's been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of the teenagers is murdered and Devon’s son becomes the target of a ruthless team of hired killers.

Brad Taylor

Thursday, January 11, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Former Delta Force Officer and New York Times bestselling author Brad Taylor delivers his twelfth heart-pounding thriller starring elite counter-terrorism Taskforce leader Pike Logan. In “Operator Down,” Logan's search for a Mossad agent and ally puts him on a collision course with a ruthless military coup in Africa. Untangling a web of corruption that extends through both the American and Israeli intelligence community, Pike is forced to choose between his Israeli friends and his Taskforce mission, even as the execution of the coup begins to form.

Michael Dante DiMartino

Sunday, January 14, 2018 4:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 3:00 p.m.

Creator of the hit animated series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra,” Michael Dante DiMartino presents the second installment in the middle-grade fantasy series which began with “The Rebel Genius.” For years, Supreme Creator Nerezza has used fear and violence to rule her empire, seeking to eradicate anyone with a Genius. Then, 12-year-old Giacomo emerged from hiding and began a rebellion. In “Warrior Genius," Giacomo now has something Nerezza desperately wants—the Compass, one of three powerful objects known as the Sacred Tools.

Jessica Shattuck

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Written with the devastating emotional power of “The Nightingale,” and “The Light Between Oceans,” Jessica Shattuck’s evocative and utterly enthralling novel offers a fresh perspective on one of the most tumultuous periods in history. Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, “The Women in the Castle” is a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined—an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel.

Kelly Corrigan

Monday, January 22, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Beloved author of the memoirs “Glitter and Glue” and “The Middle Place,” Kelly Corrigan shares a warm, insightful look at the 12 phrases that strengthen and sustain our relationships. With refreshing candor and a deep well of empathy, Corrigan swings between meditations on life with a preoccupied husband and two mercurial teenage daughters to profound observations on love and loss. “Tell Me More” is a moving and meaningful take on the power of the right words at the right moment to change everything.

Gregg Hurwitz

Monday, February 05, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Evan Smoak—government assassin gone rogue—returns in the latest in Hurwitz’s #1 bestselling Orphan X series, "Hellbent." Taken from a group home at age 12, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an assassin: Orphan X. Evan reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man dedicated to helping the truly desperate. But this time, the person in need is Jack Johns, the man who raised and trained him. Secret forces are trying to scrub the remaining traces of the Orphan Program. Jack gives Evan his last assignment: find and protect his last protégé and recruit for the program.

Jonathan D. Quick

Thursday, February 08, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The 2014 Ebola epidemic in Liberia revealed how unprepared we are for the outbreak of infectious disease. Somewhere in nature, a not-yet-detected killer virus has the potential to wipe out millions. In “The End of Epidemics,” Chair of the Global Health Council Dr. Jonathan Quick examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of AIDS, SARS, and Ebola. Analyzing efforts to contain these diseases, Dr. Quick proposes a new set of actions to end epidemics before they can begin.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series

Amanda E. Doyle and Melanie A. Adams

Saturday, February 10, 2018 2:00 p.m.
Florissant Valley Branch
Doors open at 1:00 p.m.

The bustling river city of St. Louis occupies a special place in the long history of African American advocacy for civil rights and equal justice. “Standing Up for Civil Rights in St. Louis” tells the stories of the many ordinary men and women who took extraordinary steps to fight for equal rights in St. Louis. Written for upper elementary school readers, the book presents the long arc of the struggle for civil rights, giving young readers a new perspective.

Presented by the 2018 Black History Celebration

Ticketed Event–George Saunders

Saturday, February 17, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Master of the short story, George Saunders’ long-awaited first novel is a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. “Lincoln in the Bardo” won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for best original novel written in the English language.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

Ticket Packages:

Individual Ticket–$20. Admits ONE and includes one paperback copy of “Lincoln in the Bardo” OR

Package Ticket–$25. Admits TWO and includes one paperback copy of “Lincoln in the Bardo.”

Tickets can be purchased starting January 8 through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. (No refunds.)

Tayari Jones

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

An onstage conversation with bestselling novelist Curtis Sittenfeld.

From the acclaimed author of “Silver Sparrow,” “An American Marriage” is a stirring love story. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream until Roy is sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. “An American Marriage” is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward.

John Heminway

Monday, February 26, 2018 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Anne Spoerry treated hundreds of thousands of people across rural Kenya over the span of 50 years. A member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, the French-born Spoerry earned the cherished nickname, “Mama Daktari”—“Mother Doctor.” Now, in the first comprehensive account of her life, Dr. Spoerry’s revered selflessness gives way to a past marked by rebellion, submission, and personal decisions that earned her another nickname—this one sinister—working as a “doctor” in a Nazi concentration camp. “In Full Flight” explores the question of whether it is possible to rewrite one’s troubled past simply by doing good in the present.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series

Ticketed Event–George Saunders

Saturday, February 17, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Master of the short story, George Saunders’ long-awaited first novel is a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. “Lincoln in the Bardo” won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for best original novel written in the English language.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

Ticket Packages:

Individual Ticket–$20. Admits ONE and includes one paperback copy of “Lincoln in the Bardo” OR

Package Ticket–$25. Admits TWO and includes one paperback copy of “Lincoln in the Bardo.”

Tickets can be purchased starting January 8 through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. (No refunds.)