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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/.


Marie Benedict

Thursday, February 02, 2023 7:00 p.m.
Grant's View Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents
Bestselling Historical Novelist Marie Benedict
Author of “The Mitford Affair”   

Grant’s View Branch
9700 Musick Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123

From bestselling historical fiction author Marie Benedict comes an explosive novel about history's most notorious sisters. Between the World Wars, the six Mitford sisters—each more beautiful, brilliant, and eccentric than the next—dominate the English social scene. Though they've weathered scandals before, the family falls into disarray when Diana marries a fascist leader and  Unity follows her sister's lead all the way to Munich, inciting rumors that she's become Hitler's mistress. As the Nazis rise in power, novelist Nancy Mitford grows suspicious of her sisters' constant visits to Germany. Probing the ways that seemingly sensible people can be sucked into radical action, “The Mitford Affair” follows Nancy's valiant resistance efforts and the complicated choices she must make between her country or her family.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor

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Jaer Armstead-Jones

Saturday, February 04, 2023 1:00 p.m.
Oak Bend Branch
Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

St. Louis County Library’s 2023 Black History Celebration Presents
Jaer Armstead-Jones
Author of “My Invisible Father” 

Oak Bend Branch
842 S. Holmes Ave., MO 63122

Local author, songwriter, librarian, and educator Jaer Armstead-Jones presents a young adult novel about three teens coping with issues around missing fathers. As they try to make sense of their lives without a stable father figure, they encounter tragedies and triumphs. For this event, Armstead-Jones will discuss the importance of music in his writing. As he weaves through the book’s musical soundtrack, Armstead-Jones shares how music can be a powerful tool to help readers see and hear stories in novels. 

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

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James Rollins

Tuesday, February 07, 2023 7:00 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents
Internationally Bestselling Thriller Writer
James Rollins Author of “The Cradle of Ice"

Daniel Boone Branch
300 Clarkson Rd. Ellisville, MO 63011

Internationally bestselling author of the Sigma Force adventure-thriller series, James Rollins presents the second installment in his critically-acclaimed speculative fiction series. In “The Starless Crown,” Rollins introduced a magical world on the edge of apocalypse. To stop a looming disaster, a fellowship was formed: a soldier, a thief, a lost prince, and a young girl bonded by fate. Now, they must split, traveling into a vast region of ice and to a sprawling capital city they’ve only known in stories. Time is running out and only the truth will save their world. “The Cradle of Ice” is a page-turning tale of adventure, ambition, and alliance. 

Books available from Left Bank Books

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Peter Shinkle

Wednesday, February 08, 2023 7:00 p.m.
Grant's View Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Westfall Politics & History Series Presents
Former St. Louis Post-Dispatch Reporter Peter Shinkle Author of “Uniting America: How FDR and Harry Stimson Brought Democrats and Republicans Together to Win World War II”  
In partnership with the University of Missouri’s Truman School of Public Affairs - Alumni Association 

Grant’s View Branch
9700 Musick Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123

Former St. Louis Post Dispatch reporter Peter Shinkle shares the untold story of the most crucial bipartisan alliance in United States history. As Hitler’s armies threatened Europe, Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt  urged a divided America to mobilize to defend democracy and freedom. FDR shocked the country by appointing prominent Republican Harry Stimson as secretary of war–placing . The move placed a bipartisan relationship at the center of America’s confrontation with global fascism.  “Uniting America” is the first book to paint a full portrait of this extraordinary collaboration.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Tahereh Mafi

Thursday, February 09, 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 Young Adult Author Tahereh Mafi Author of “These Infinite Threads”

In conversation with Emily Bain Murphy, Young Adult Fantasy Author 

Daniel Boone Branch
300 Clarkson Rd. Ellisville, MO 63011

The breathtaking sequel to the international fan-favorite YA fantasy “This Woven Kingdom!”  

National Book Award-nominated, bestselling author of the “Shatter Me” YA series presents the second installment in a series full of explosive magic, searing romance, and heartbreaking betrayal. With the heat of a kiss, the walls between Alizeh, the long-lost heir to an ancient Jinn kingdom, and Kamran, the crown prince of the Ardunian empire, have crumbled. And so have both of their lives.

Books available for purchase from The Novel Neighbor.

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Elle Cosimano

Thursday, February 09, 2023 7:00 p.m.
Grant's View Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents
Bestselling Mystery Writer Elle Cosimano
Author of “Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun”   

Grant’s View Branch
9700 Musick Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123

From USA Today bestseller Elle Cosimano, comes the hilarious next installment in the beloved Finlay Donovan mystery series. Dating. Diapers. And dodging bullets. Who said single moms can't have fun? Finlay is still in debt to the Russian mob after they got her out of her last jam. ​​Still running the show from behind bars, mob boss Feliks has a task for Finlay: find a contract killer before the cops do. Problem is, the killer might be an officer. Luckily, hot cop Nick has started up a citizen's police academy. Through firearm training and forensic classes (and some hands-on research with the tempting detective), Finlay has the perfect cover to sleuth out the real criminal and free herself from the mob's clutches—all the while dodging spies and juggling the daily trials of parenthood.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor

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James Ponti

Sunday, February 12, 2023 2:00 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 1:00 p.m.

St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences
Presents Bestselling Middle Grade Author
James Ponti Author of “City of the Dead: City Spies #4” 

In Conversation with George Jreije, author of “Shad Hadid and the Alchemist of Alexandria”

Daniel Boone Branch
300 Clarkson Rd. Ellisville, MO 63011

In this fourth installment in the bestselling series from Edgar Award winner James Ponti, the young group of spies go codebreaking in Cairo. Codename Kathmandu, better known as Kat, can spot a pattern from a mile away. So when a series of cyberattacks hits key locations in London, it’s clear that Kat’s skills make her the perfect candidate to lead the job. The team follows the deciphered messages to Egypt to discover who is behind the attacks and why.

Books available for purchase from The Novel Neighbor.

Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences

Alvin Hall 

Monday, February 13, 2023 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

SLCL Authors @ the J and St. Louis County Library’s 2023 Black History Celebration
Present Renowned Broadcaster Alvin Hall 
Author of “Driving the Green Book: A Road Trip Through the Living History of Black Resistance”

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

In the era of Jim Crow, Black travelers encountered locked doors and potentially violent encounters throughout the U.S. From 1936 to 1967, millions relied on “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” the definitive guide to businesses where they could safely rest, eat, or sleep. Award-winning broadcaster Alvin Hall set out to revisit the world of the “Green Book”-- visiting motels, restaurants, and stores where Black Americans once found a friendly welcome. Along the way, he gathered memories from some of the last living witnesses for whom the Green Book meant survival—remarkable people who not only endured but rose above the hate, building vibrant Black communities against incredible odds.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Esme Symes-Smith

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 6:30 p.m.
Grand Glaize Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences
Presents Middle Grade Author Esme Symes-Smith Author of “Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston” 

Grand Glaize Branch
1010 Meramec Station Rd., Manchester, MO 63021

In a magical medieval world, a 12-year-old nonbinary knight battles for the heart of their kingdom. When Sir Callie’s dad is summoned back to the royal capital of Helston to train a hopeless crown prince, Callie lunges at the opportunity to finally prove themself worthy to the kingdom’s "great and powerful." Except the great and powerful look at nonbinary Callie and only see “girl.” But Callie has always known exactly what they want to be, and they’re not about to let anything stand in their way. In this start to an epic series packed with action, humor, and heart, Callie’s only hope to defeat the threats outside the kingdom lies in first defeating the bigotry within.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor.

Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences

Carlotta Walls LaNier

Friday, February 17, 2023 7:00 p.m.
Ethical Society of Saint Louis
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

St. Louis County Library’s Black History Celebration Presents
the 2023 Frankie Freeman Inspirational Lecture with 
Civil Rights Leader Carlotta Walls LaNier
Author of “A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School”

Ethical Society of Saint Louis 
9001 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63117

Dr. Will Ross will receive the Frankie Freeman Inspirational Award during the program. Dr. Ross is Associate Dean of Diversity at Washington University, Alumni Endowed Professor of Medicine, Nephrology and Principal Officer for Community Partnerships. He is founder of the Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic, a free service for those in underserved areas.

When 14-year-old Carlotta Walls walked up the stairs of Little Rock Central High School on September 25, 1957, she and eight other black students only wanted to make it to class. But the journey of the “Little Rock Nine,” as they came to be known, would lead the nation on an even longer and much more turbulent path, one that would challenge prevailing attitudes, break down barriers, and forever change the landscape of America. For Carlotta, simply getting through the door of her high school involved angry mobs and racist elected officials. But entry was simply the first of many trials. Carlotta Walls LaNier’s engrossing memoir  is a testament not only to the power of a single person to make a difference but also to the sacrifices made by families and communities that found themselves a part of history.

Books available from Left Bank Books

 

Steve Berry

Monday, February 20, 2023 7:00 p.m.
Ethical Society of Saint Louis
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents
#1 Bestselling Thriller Writer Steve Berry
Author of “The Last Kingdom: A Cotton Malone Thriller”  

Ethical Society of Saint Louis 
9001 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63117

From celebrated, bestselling political suspense author, Steve Berry, comes the latest Cotton Malone adventure, in which the discovery of a lost historical document challenges the global might of the United States. Eccentric to the point of madness, King Ludwig II of Bavaria engaged in a worldwide search for a new kingdom–a  place he could retreat into and rule as he wished.  But a question remains: did he succeed? Enter Cotton Malone. Everything hinges on a 19th century deed to lands that Germany, China, and the United States all now want. In a race across Bavaria for clues hidden in Ludwig’s three fairytale castles, Malone battles an ever-growing list of deadly adversaries, all intent on finding the last kingdom.

Books available from Left Bank Books

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Amy Poeppel

Thursday, February 23, 2023 7:00 p.m.
Grant's View Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents Bestselling Novelist

Amy Poeppel Author of “The Sweet Spot”   

In conversation with St. Louis-based Novelist Julie Pennell

Grant’s View Branch
9700 Musick Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123

Bestselling author of “Musical Chairs” and “Small Admissions,” Amy Poeppel brings her signature witty, warm-hearted style to this wise and joyful novel that celebrates love, hate, and all of the glorious absurdity in between. In the heart of Greenwich Village, three women form an accidental sorority when a baby—belonging to exactly none of them—lands on their collective doorstep. As each woman juggles her personal crisis–a demanding family, a messy divorce and an unjust firing–together they find a way to move their little village toward the happily-ever-afters they all desire.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor

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Bobby Bostic

Monday, February 27, 2023 7:00 p.m.
Florissant Valley Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library’s 2023 Black History Celebration Presents
Bobby Bostic Author of “Time: Endless Moments in Prison”  

In Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning St. Louis Post-Dispatch Columnist Tony Messenger

Florissant Valley Branch
195 New Florissant Rd. S., Florissant, MO 63031

At the age of 16, Bobby Bostic was sentenced to 241 years behind bars for an armed robbery. In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to sentence a juvenile to life without the possibility of parole for non-homicidal crimes. Through the efforts of the ACLU and the now-retired judge who originally sentenced him, Bobby Bostic finally left prison as a free man in 2022. While incarcerated, Bobby earned his GED and wrote several books. He will discuss his memoir "Time: Endless Moments in Prison" with St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger.

Books available for purchase and signing at the event.