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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/.


Ticketed Event–An Evening with Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins

Billy Collins - "Musical Tables" book cover and color author photo
Thursday, December 08, 2022 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

SLCL Authors @ the J Presents
An Evening with Former U.S. Poet Laureate 
Billy Collins
Author of “Musical Tables”

The J’s Staenberg Family Complex
Edison Gymnasium at 2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146

In conversation with Aliki Barnstone - Poet Laureate of Missouri, 2016-2019

Presented in partnership with the St. Louis Poetry Center and the Novel Neighbor

Two-time United States Poet Laureate is widely loved for his amiable voice, wit, and profound wisdom. Now “America’s favorite poet” has found a new form for his unique poetic style: the small poem. Collins writes about his trademark themes of nature, animals, poetry, mortality, absurdity, and love—all in a handful of lines. The poems of “Musical Tables” show one of our greatest poets channeling his unique voice into a new phase of his exceptional career.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $32
Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Musical Tables”

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $38
Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Musical Tables”)

A socially-distanced book signing line will follow the presentation.

Tickets go on sale November 1 at 9:00 a.m. and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Books provided by the Novel Neighbor.

Rachel Hawkins

Rachel Hawkins - color author photo and "The Wife Upstairs" book cover
Thursday, January 05, 2023 7:00 p.m.
Grant's View Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents Bestselling Suspense Author
Rachel Hawkins
Author of “The Villa”

Thursday, January 5, 7:00 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Grant’s View Branch
9700 Musick Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123
314-994-3300

Bestselling author of “The Wife Upstairs,” Rachel Hawkins presents a deliciously wicked gothic suspense inspired by Fleetwood Mac, the Manson murders, and the origin of “Frankenstein.” In 1974, Villa Rosato in Orvieto, Italy was the height of luxury. In an attempt to reignite his creative spark, notorious rockstar Noel Gordon invites a group of friends for a wild getaway. But he also sets in motion a chain of events that leads to the writing of one of the greatest horror novels of all time––and ends in a brutal murder. The villa is now a high-end vacation destination. Drawn into the dark history, one tourist begins to question if the murder wasn’t just a tale of sex, drugs, and rock & roll gone wrong.  As secrets from the past come to light, it begins to look like the villa will claim another victim before the summer ends.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor.

Favorite Author Series

Alan Gratz and Brent Schoonver

Individual color photos of Alan Gratz and Brent Schoonver side by side
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 6:30 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences Presents
Author & Illustrator
Alan Gratz and Brent Schoonver
Author of “Captain America: The Ghost Army”

A new graphic novel from Marvel! 

(Seating is limited.)

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Alan Gratz and Marvel Comics artist Brent Schoonover comes an all-new, original Captain America graphic novel! In this thrilling historical adventure set during World War II, Steve Rogers (AKA Captain America) and his young sidekick, Bucky Barnes, encounter a threat like none they've ever seen -- a Ghost Army. The dead of this war and wars past are coming back to life, impervious to bullets, flames, or anything else the Allies can throw at them. How can Cap and Buck fight something that's already dead?

Books available for purchase from The Novel Neighbor.

Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences

Stacy Willingham

Stacy Willingham - color photo and "All the Dangerous Things" book cover
Friday, January 13, 2023 7:00 p.m.
Grant's View Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents Bestselling Suspense Author
Stacy Willingham 
Author of “All the Dangerous Things”

(Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Following up her instant New York Times bestseller, "A Flicker in the Dark," Stacy Willingham delivers a gripping thriller about a desperate mother with a troubled past. One year ago, Isabelle Drake's life changed forever: her toddler son, Mason, was taken from his crib while she slept in the next room. With few leads for the police to chase, the case quickly went cold. However, Isabelle cannot rest until Mason is returned to her–literally. Except for the occasional catnap or small blackout where she loses track of time, she hasn’t slept in a year. Her severe insomnia has brought up uncomfortable memories from her own childhood, making Isabelle start to doubt her recollection of the night of Mason’s disappearance. But she is determined to figure out the truth no matter where it leads.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor.

Favorite Author Series

Mary Kubica

Mary Kubica - color author photo and "Just the Nicest Couple" book cover
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 7:00 p.m.
Grant's View Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents Bestselling Suspense Author
Mary Kubica
Author of “Just the Nicest Couple”

Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 p.m.
(Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Bestselling author of “Local Woman Missing,” Mary Kubica’s twisty new thriller is about marriage, trust and secrets. Jake Hayes is missing. At first, his wife, Nina, thinks he is blowing off steam at a friend’s house after a heated fight. But then five days go by, and Jake is still nowhere to be found. Lily Scott, Nina’s friend and coworker, thinks she may have been the last person to see alive. After Lily confesses everything to her husband, they decide that nobody can find out what happened leading up to Jake’s disappearance, especially not Nina. But Nina is out there looking for her husband, and she won’t stop until the truth is discovered.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor.

Favorite Author Series

Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer - color author photo and "The Nazi Conspiracy" book cover
Thursday, January 19, 2023 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

SLCL Authors @ the J and the Westfall Politics & History Series Present
Bestselling Author and Historian 
Brad Meltzer
Author of “The Nazi Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill”

(Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

The J’s Staenberg Family Complex
Mirowitz Performing Arts Center at 2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146

Bestselling author and historian Brad Meltzer shares the little-known story of a Nazi plot to kill FDR, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill at the height of World War II. In 1943, President Roosevelt had a critical goal: a face-to-face sit-down with his allies Stalin and Churchill. This first-ever meeting of the Big Three in Tehran would decide some of the most crucial strategic details of the war. Yet when the Nazis found out about the meeting, their own secret plan took shape—an assassination plot that would’ve changed history. A true story filled with daring rescues, body doubles, and political intrigue, “The Nazi Conspiracy” details the pivotal meeting that changed the course of World War II and almost led to a world-shattering disaster.

Books available for purchase from The Novel Neighbor.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Peter Blauner

Peter Blauner - color author photo and “Picture in the Sand” book cover
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 7:00 p.m.
Grant's View Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents Acclaimed Novelist
Peter Blauner
Author of “Picture in the Sand” 

(Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Edgar Award-winning suspense author Peter Blauner presents a sweeping saga told through a grandfather's passionate letters to his grandson. When Ali Hassan's grandson Alex becomes involved with religious extremists, he offers him a plea.  If Alex will stay in touch, Ali will share a secret story of his own life that he’s kept hidden from his family. It's the tale of his heartbreaking past rooted in Hollywood and the post-revolutionary Egypt of the 1950s, when young Ali was a movie fanatic who attained a dream job working with  Cecil B. DeMille on the set of the epic film, "The Ten Commandments." But Ali’s vision of a golden future in Hollywood gets upended when he is unwittingly caught up in a web of politics and espionage.

Books available from Left Bank Book.

Favorite Author Series

Becky Vollmer

Becky Vollmer - color author photo and "You Are Not Stuck" book cover
Thursday, January 26, 2023 7:00 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents Author and Yoga Teacher
Becky Vollmer
Author of “You Are Not Stuck: How Soul-Guided Choices Transform Fear Into Freedom"

(Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

We all feel stuck sometimes: in our jobs, our relationships, our habits, or when the life we’re living simply doesn’t add up to the one we want. We feel stuck when it seems like we don’t have options, or when we don’t trust or allow ourselves to make the changes we so deeply long to make. Speaker and yoga teacher Becky Vollmer believes that, when we feel paralyzed by our fears, the answer isn’t just courage—it’s choice. Because we all have choices, we just have to be brave enough to make them. "You Are Not Stuck" is a blend of straight talk, humor, and clear steps for action to help change-seekers reset their priorities, drown out the naysaying voices in their heads, and make bold choices.

Books available for purchase from The Novel Neighbor.

Favorite Author Series

Steve Sheinkin

Steve Sheinkin - color author photo and "Bomb" book cover
Saturday, January 28, 2023 6:30 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences Presents
Award-Winning Nonfiction Children’s Book Author
Steve Sheinkin
Author of “BOMB: The Race to Build–and Steal–America’s Most Dangerous Weapon–Graphic Novel Edition” 

In Conversation with TBD

(Seating is limited.)

Steve Sheinkin presents the highly-anticipated graphic novel adaptation of the award-winning nonfiction book “Bomb.” In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned three continents. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. Combining science and spycraft, this is the story of the atomic bomb. 

Books available for purchase from The Novel Neighbor.

Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences

Gordon Korman

Gordon Korman - color author photo and "The Superteacher Project" book cover
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 6:30 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences Presents
Bestselling Middle Grade Author
Gordon Korman
Author of “The Superteacher Project”

(Seating is limited.)

From Gordon Korman, the bestselling author of Restart and The Unteachables, comes a hilarious new story about a mysterious teacher who turns out to be an AI robot from a secret experimental program. Oliver Zahn, spitball champion and self-declared rule-wrecker, is not a fan of his new homeroom teacher, Mr. Aidact. The guy is sort of stiff, never cracks a smile, and refers to them as “pupils.” Against all odds, Mr. Aidact starts to become the most popular teacher at school, but Oliver knows that something is fishy–and he’s determined to get to the bottom of the mystery

Books available for purchase from The Novel Neighbor.

Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences

Ticketed Event–An Evening with Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins

Billy Collins - "Musical Tables" book cover and color author photo
Thursday, December 08, 2022 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

SLCL Authors @ the J Presents
An Evening with Former U.S. Poet Laureate 
Billy Collins
Author of “Musical Tables”

The J’s Staenberg Family Complex
Edison Gymnasium at 2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146

In conversation with Aliki Barnstone - Poet Laureate of Missouri, 2016-2019

Presented in partnership with the St. Louis Poetry Center and the Novel Neighbor

Two-time United States Poet Laureate is widely loved for his amiable voice, wit, and profound wisdom. Now “America’s favorite poet” has found a new form for his unique poetic style: the small poem. Collins writes about his trademark themes of nature, animals, poetry, mortality, absurdity, and love—all in a handful of lines. The poems of “Musical Tables” show one of our greatest poets channeling his unique voice into a new phase of his exceptional career.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $32
Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Musical Tables”

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $38
Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Musical Tables”)

A socially-distanced book signing line will follow the presentation.

Tickets go on sale November 1 at 9:00 a.m. and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Books provided by the Novel Neighbor.