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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.

Due to COVID-19, some 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 https://hecmedia.org/category/literature/virtual-events/.


Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White

Photo of authors Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents Bestselling Historical Fiction Writing Team
Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White
Authors of “The Lost Summers of Newport”

(Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

When bestselling writers Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White team up, readers are guaranteed masterful historical fiction full of rich detail and unforgettable characters. Their latest, “The Lost Summers of Newport” is a novel of money and secrets set among the famous mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, spanning over a century from the Gilded Age to the present day. Andie Figuero, a producer for the popular reality show Mansion Makeover, has high hopes for her latest project: the once glorious but gently crumbling Sprague Hall. But the reclusive heiress who still lives in the mansion, Lucia “Lucky” Sprague, will only allow the show to go forward on two conditions: One, nobody speaks to her. Two, nobody touches the mansion’s ruined boathouse. As the cameras roll on Mansion Makeover, the house begins to yield up the dark secrets the Spragues thought would stay hidden forever.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor.

 

Favorite Author Series

David Yoon

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation and the Very Asian Foundation Present
Bestselling Novelist 
David Yoon
Author of “City of Orange” 

In Conversation with Michelle Li, KSDK News Anchor and Founder of the Very Asian Foundation

New York Times-bestselling and award-winning author David Yoon is at his finest with “City of Orange,” an imaginative new novel about coming to grips with the worst that has befallen us and finding our way home again. A man who cannot remember his own name wakes up in an apocalyptic landscape, injured and alone. He has vague memories of life before, but he can't see it clearly and can't grasp how his current situation came to be. He must learn to survive by finding sources of water and foraging for food. Then he encounters a boy--and he realizes nothing is what he thought it was, neither the past nor the present.

Books available for purchase from the Novel Neighbor.

Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.

Admiral James Stavridis

Admiral James Stavridis - To Risk it All book cover and color author photo
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: May 24, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

In conversation with National Book Award-nominated author Elliot Ackerman

One of the great naval leaders of our time, Admiral James Stavridis presents a master class in decision -making under pressure through the stories of nine famous acts of leadership in battle, drawn from the history of the United States Navy, with outcomes both glorious and notorious. In “To Risk it All,” Admiral Stavridis offers useful and enthralling stories of both heroism and failure and draws insights that we can all put to use when confronted with fateful choices.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

 

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Ticketed Event–Eric Holder

Eric Holder - “Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled Future of the Vote–A History, A Crisis, A Plan” book cover and color author photo
Thursday, May 26, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Voting is our most important right as Americans—“the right that protects all the others,” as Lyndon Johnson famously said when he signed the Voting Rights Act—but it’s also the one most violently contested throughout U.S. history. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder presents a brutal, bloody, and at times hopeful history of the vote; a primer on the opponents fighting to take it away; and a playbook for how we can save our democracy before it’s too late.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $32 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Our Unfinished March”) 

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $38 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Our Unfinished March”) 

All copies of the book will be pre-signed. Due to COVID-19 concerns, there will not be a public book signing line.

Tickets go on sale April 25, 9:00 a.m. and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Books provided by Left Bank Books.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale April 21, 9:00 a.m. for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org.   

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Jeff Nussbaum

Jeff Nussbaum - “Undelivered: The Never-Heard Speeches that Would Have Rewritten History” book cover and color author photo
Wednesday, June 01, 2022 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Mirowitz Performing Arts Center
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

SLCL Authors @ the J and the Westfall Politics & History Series Present
Presidential Speechwriter
Jeff Nussbaum
Author of “Undelivered: The Never-Heard Speeches that Would Have Rewritten History”

For almost every delivered speech, there exists an undelivered opposite. Senior speechwriter for President Joe Biden, Jeff Nussbaum presents the most notable speeches the public never heard, from Dwight Eisenhower’s apology for a D-Day failure to Richard Nixon’s refusal to resign the presidency, and even Hillary Clinton’s acceptance for a 2016 victory—the latter never seen until now. Examining the content of these speeches and the context of the historic moments that almost came to be, Nussbaum considers not only what they tell us about the past, but also what they can inform us about our present.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Steve Berry

Steve Berry - "The Omega Factor" book cover and color author photo
Monday, June 06, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Presents #1 Bestselling Thriller Writer
Steve Berry
Author of “The Omega Factor”  

Internationally bestselling political suspense author Steve Berry presents a thrilling new series featuring UNESCO investigator Nicholas Lee. As an agent of the United Nations’ Cultural Liaison and Investigative Office, it is Nick’s job to protect the world’s cultural artifacts. When Nick travels to Belgium for a visit with a woman from his past, he unwittingly stumbles on the trail of a legendary panel from the Ghent Altarpiece, stolen in 1934. Soon Nick is plunged into a bitter conflict, one that has been simmering for nearly two thousand years. From the tranquil canals of Ghent, to the towering bastions of Carcassonne, Nick Lee must confront a modern-day religious crusade intent on eliminating a shocking truth from humanity’s past.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Favorite Author Series

Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.

Chris Pavone

Chris Pavone - “Two Nights in Lisbon” book cover and author color photo
Tuesday, June 07, 2022 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Mirowitz Performing Arts Center
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

SLCL Authors @ the J and the Favorite Author Series Present
Bestselling International Thriller Writer
Chris Pavone
Author of “Two Nights in Lisbon”

Bestselling author of “The Paris Diversion” and “The Expats,” Chris Pavone presents an expertly crafted thriller about a woman under pressure, and how far she will go when everything is on the line. Ariel Pryce wakes up in her Lisbon hotel room to discover her new husband has vanished. She starts with hotel security, then the police, then the American embassy, at each confronting questions she can’t fully answer: Who would want to harm her husband? And why does Ariel know so little about him? With sparkling prose and razor-sharp insights, bestselling author Chris Pavone delivers a sophisticated international thriller that will linger long after the surprising final page.

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Favorite Author Series

Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.

Sandra Thompson Williams

Sandra Thompson Williams - “Wake Up and Pray: Your Prayer Partner Has Answers From A to Z”  book cover and black and white author photo
Saturday, June 11, 2022 2:00 p.m.
Florissant Valley Branch
Doors open at 1:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents
Sandra Thompson Williams
Author of “Wake Up and Pray: Your Prayer Partner Has Answers From A to Z”

Inspirational writer Sandra Thompson Williams is the author of seven books including the novels “The Last Three Tickets to Heaven” and “Eating the Fruit of Lies,” and the devotional “Even Better Than Aunt Harvey’s Greens.” Her new book “Wake Up and Pray” reveals 26 topics in alphabetical order that give us reason to pray. The chapters are filled with stories that are captivating and colorful. Like children responding to the call to “come out and play” readers will be encouraged to “come on and pray.”

Books available for purchase at the event. 

Favorite Author Series

Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.

B. A. Shapiro

B. A. Shapiro - “Metropolis” book cover and color author photo
Monday, June 13, 2022 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Mirowitz Performing Arts Center
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

SLCL Authors @ the J and the Favorite Author Series Present
Bestselling Novelist
B. A. Shapiro 
Author of “Metropolis”

Author of the bestseller “The Art Forger,” B. A. Shapiro presents a masterful novel of psychological suspense. The novel follows a cast of unforgettable characters whose lives intersect after a harrowing accident at the Metropolis Storage Warehouse. But was it really an accident? Was it suicide? A murder? Six mysterious characters, who rent units in, or are connected to, the self-storage facility, must now reevaluate their lives. The characters have a variety of backgrounds: they are different races; they practice different religions; they are rich, poor, and somewhere in the middle. As they dip in and out of one another’s lives, Shapiro both dismantles the myth of the American dream and builds tension to an exciting climax.

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Favorite Author Series

Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.

Michael Loynd

Michael Loynd - "The Watermen" book cover and color author photo
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Mirowitz Performing Arts Center
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

SLCL Authors @ the J and the Westfall Politics & History Series Present
Michael Loynd
Author of “The Watermen: The Birth of American Swimming and One Young Man’s Fight to Capture Olympic Gold”

In Conversation with Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jackie Joyner Kersee - smiling with Olympic medals over her shoulder

Sports attorney Michael Loynd is chairman of the St. Louis Olympic Committee. His new book “The Watermen” shares the underdog story of the first American swimmer to win Olympic gold. In the early twentieth century, few Americans knew how to swim, and swimming as a competitive sport was almost unheard of. That is, until Charles Daniels took to the water. Escaping a troubled family life, Charles’s only source of joy was swimming. He caught the eye of two immigrant coaches hell-bent on building a U.S. swim program that could rival the British Empire’s seventy-year domination of the sport. Interwoven with Charles’s story is the compelling history of the struggle to establish the modern Olympics in an era when competitive sports were still in their infancy. 

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.

Lynne Cox

Lynne Cox - “Tales of Al: The Water Rescue Dog” book cover and color author photo
Thursday, June 23, 2022 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Mirowitz Performing Arts Center
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

SLCL Authors @ the J and the Favorite Author Series Present
World-Record Breaking Long-Distance Swimmer
Lynne Cox
Author of “Tales of Al: The Water Rescue Dog”

Lynne Cox—acclaimed bestselling author of “Swimming to Antarctica”—is internationally famous for swimming the world’s most difficult waterways. Lynne recognizes and celebrates all forms of athleticism in others, human or otherwise. And when she saw a video of a Newfoundland dog leaping from an airborne helicopter into Italian waters to save someone from drowning, Cox was captivated by the magnificence, physicality, and daring of the dog. “Tales of Al” is the inspiring story of Cox’s adventures on Italy’s picturesque Lake Idroscalo, as witness to the rigorous training of one of these spectacular dogs at SICS, the famed school that has trained hundreds of dogs for rescue operations.

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Favorite Author Series

Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.

Louis Bayard

Louis Bayard - “Jackie & Me” book cover and color author photo
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Mirowitz Performing Arts Center
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146

SLCL Authors @ the J and the Favorite Author Series Present
Bestselling Novelist
Louis Bayard 
Author of “Jackie & Me”

The romance and marriage of wealthy, charming, and powerful Jack Kennedy and beautiful, mysterious debutante Jacqueline Bouvier fascinated America and would come to define an age. But how did these two come together? Taking place mostly during the spring and summer before Jack and Jackie’s wedding, and narrated by Jack’s best friend and “fixer” Lem Billings, “Jackie & Me” is a searching novel about a young woman of a certain class with narrow options, two people who loved each other, and two people who realized too late that they devoted their lives to Jack at their own expense.

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Favorite Author Series

Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.

Ticketed Event–Eric Holder

Eric Holder - “Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled Future of the Vote–A History, A Crisis, A Plan” book cover and color author photo
Thursday, May 26, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Voting is our most important right as Americans—“the right that protects all the others,” as Lyndon Johnson famously said when he signed the Voting Rights Act—but it’s also the one most violently contested throughout U.S. history. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder presents a brutal, bloody, and at times hopeful history of the vote; a primer on the opponents fighting to take it away; and a playbook for how we can save our democracy before it’s too late.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $32 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Our Unfinished March”) 

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $38 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Our Unfinished March”) 

All copies of the book will be pre-signed. Due to COVID-19 concerns, there will not be a public book signing line.

Tickets go on sale April 25, 9:00 a.m. and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Books provided by Left Bank Books.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale April 21, 9:00 a.m. for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org.   

Westfall - Politics & History Series