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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.

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.


Mackenzi Lee

Thursday, January 09, 2020 6:30 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Bestselling novelist Mackenzi Lee presents an adventurous story of struggle and betrayal told through the patchwork past of Marvel’s most misunderstood mischief-maker of all time: Loki. Before the days of going toe-to-toe with the Avengers, a younger Loki is desperate to prove himself heroic and capable, while it seems everyone around him suspects him of inevitable villainy and depravity…except for Amora, Asgard’s resident sorceress-in-training. When Amora is banished to Earth, Loki sets out to follow the only person who has ever seen the best in him, putting him on a path to discover the source of his power—and who he’s meant to be.

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series. 

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Novel Neighbor.

Daniel Levitin

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Author of the bestsellers “This Is Your Brain on Music” and “The Organized Mind,” neuroscientist Daniel Levitin turns his keen insights to what happens in our brains as we age, why we should think about health span, not life span, and what you can do to make the most of your seventies, eighties, and nineties today no matter how old you are now. Levitin looks at the science behind aging joyously, as well as how to adapt our culture to take full advantage of older people’s wisdom and experience. Throughout his exploration of what aging really means, Levitin reveals resilience strategies and practical, cognitive enhancing tricks everyone should do as they age.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble.

Brad Taylor

Brad Taylor
Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

No other thriller writer today has the kind of authenticity that Brad Taylor can claim. Taylor served with US Special Forces for 20+ years. He brings real world experience to the page in his incredibly popular Pike Logan series. In “Hunter Killer,” Pike Logan tracks highly-trained Russian assassins to Brazil after a vicious explosion kills a friend in Charleston, South Carolina. Soon Pike is entangled in a byzantine scheme involving a battle for control of offshore oil fields. The Russians are the equal of anything the Taskforce has encountered before, but they make a mistake in attacking Pike’s team, because he will stop at nothing to protect his family.

Books for signing will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Following their hit novels “The Glass Ocean” and “The Forgotten Room,” historic fiction writers Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White present a new breathtaking work of collaborative storytelling that moves from the dark days of two World Wars to the turbulent years of the 1960s, in which three women with bruised hearts find refuge at Paris’ legendary Ritz Hotel. The heiress, the resistance fighter and the widow—three lives that are touched by war, secrets, and family betrayals. Each of the extraordinary characters in this epic novel face a journey of discovery that that takes them to Paris and the Ritz—and to unexpected places of the heart.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Novel Neighbor.

Ticketed Event – Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Friday, January 24, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Acclaimed authors of the international bestseller “Half the Sky,” Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are the first husband-wife team to share a Pulitzer Prize for Journalism. In their latest masterpiece of investigative reporting, Kristof and WuDunn issue a plea to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure. Deeply personal and told through the life stories of real Americans, “Tightrope” is a riveting picture of the daily struggles of working-class families.

Tickets go on sale December 16 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale December 13 for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org.   

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

INDIVIDUAL TICKET—$30. Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Tightrope”

OR

PACKAGE TICKET—$35. Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Tightrope”

A book signing will follow the presentation.

 Books will be available for purchase at the event from Novel Neighbor.

Andrew Wanko

Monday, January 27, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

For St. Louis, the Mississippi has always been more than just a river. It’s been the focus of the local economy, a shaping force on millions of lives, and a mirror for the city’s triumphs, embarrassments, joys, and tragedies. In “Great River City,” public historian for the Missouri Historical Society Andrew Wanko examines the many ways St. Louis has interacted with the mighty river running past its door. Included among the dozens of stories are landmark moments in the history of St. Louis, from Lewis and Clark’s 1803 expeditionary stopover and the construction of the Eads Bridge in the 1860s to more recent events, like the Great Flood of 1993.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Missouri Historical Society.

Lisa Gardner

Friday, January 31, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

#1 New York Times bestselling suspense author Lisa Gardner unites three of her most beloved characters—Detective D. D. Warren, Flora Dane, and Kimberly Quincy—in a twisty new thriller. FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant Detective D. D. Warren have built a task force to follow the digital bread crumbs left behind by deceased serial kidnapper Jacob Ness. When a disturbing piece of evidence is discovered in the hills of Georgia, they bring Flora Dane and true-crime savant Keith Edgar to a small town where something seems to be deeply wrong. The team soon discovers that for all the evil Jacob committed while alive, his worst secret is still to be revealed.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Ticketed Event - Joseph “Rev Run” and Justine Simmons

Saturday, February 01, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

RUN DMC.’s iconic rapper Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons and his wife, Justine, share their secrets to lasting love and the guiding principles that have kept them together for more than twenty years. In this homage to classic courtship, Rev and Justine reveal the secrets to their marriage’s longevity and happiness. Each chapter of “Old School Love” offers stories, anecdotes, and memories of Rev and Justine’s marriage, their family, their experiences, their passion, and their deep faith and belief in God. Some will make you laugh, some will make you think, and some will make you cry. Yet all will make you wiser—more beautiful for the wear—and encourage you to be a kinder, more generous, and better human.
 

Presented in partnership with SLCL’s Black History Celebration.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $30 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Old School Love”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $35 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Old School Love”)

**The presentation will be followed by a book signing/photo line. Additional books will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Jennifer Chiaverini

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

American-born Mildred Fish Harnack is well known throughout modern Germany, where streets and schools have been named after her. A literary scholar and anti-Nazi resistance fighter, Mildred was the only American woman whose execution during World War II was personally ordered by Adolf Hitler. Yet here in her native country, Mildred’s story is largely unknown. Bestselling novelist Jennifer Chiaverini brings Mildred to life in “Resistance Women,” an enthralling saga that recreates the danger, romance, and sacrifice of this era. The novel, inspired by a true story, is the tale of a courageous, passionate American and the circle of women who waged a clandestine battle against Hitler in Nazi Berlin.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books. 

Fred Kaplan

Thursday, February 06, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Fred Kaplan, hailed by The New York Times as “a rare combination of defense intellectual and pugnacious reporter,” takes us into the White House Situation Room, the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s “Tank” in the Pentagon, and the vast chambers of Strategic Command to bring us the untold stories of how America’s presidents and generals have thought about, threatened, and just barely avoided nuclear war. Discussing theories that have dominated nightmare scenarios from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Kaplan demonstrates how the nuclear war reality will not go away, regardless of the dire consequences.

Presented by the Westfall Favorite Author Series. 

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Novel Neighbor.

Valerie Jarrett

Friday, February 07, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Keynote address for SLCL's 2020 Black History Celebration 

When Valerie Jarrett interviewed a promising young lawyer named Michelle Robinson in July 1991 for a job in Chicago city government, neither knew that it was the first step on a path that would end in the White House. Jarrett soon became Michelle and Barack Obama’s trusted personal adviser and family confidante; in the White House, she became President Obama’s longest serving senior advisor. From her work ensuring equality for women and girls, advancing civil rights, reforming our criminal justice system, and improving the lives of working families, to the real stories behind some of the most stirring moments of the Obama presidency, Jarrett shares her forthright, optimistic perspective on the importance of leadership and the responsibilities of citizenship in the 21st century, inspiring readers to lift their own voices.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books. 

Jerry Mitchell

Monday, February 10, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

On June 21, 1964, more than twenty Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers—killings that would become known as the “Mississippi Burning” case. It took forty-one years before the mastermind was finally convicted. Investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell unearthed secret documents, found long-lost witnesses, and built up evidence strong enough to take on the Klan. Mitchell’s relentless investigations led to the reopening of three other infamous killings from the days of the Civil Rights Movement: the assassination of Medgar Evers, the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, and the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham. “Race Against Time” is an astonishing, courageour story of a historic race for justice, as the past is uncovered, clue by clue, and long-ignored evils are brought into the light.

Presented by the Westfall Favorite Author Series. 

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Gabriel Bump

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In this powerful, edgy, and funny debut novel about making right and wrong choices, Gabriel Bump gives us an unforgettable and lovable protagonist, Claude McKay Love. Claude is a young black man in search of a place where he can fit; born on the South Side of Chicago, he is raised by his Civil Rights-era grandmother, who tries to shape him into a principled actor for change. After a riot consumes his neighborhood, Claude decides to escape Chicago through college and discover a new life and identity. But as he learns, there’s no escaping the people and places that made him. Written in a fierce and original voice attuned to the ironies inherent in our 21st century landscape, “Everywhere You Don’t Belong” marks the arrival of a brilliant young talent.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Kate Winkler Dawson

Thursday, February 13, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From the acclaimed author of “Death in the Air” comes the riveting story of the birth of criminal investigation in the twentieth century. Known as the "American Sherlock Holmes," Edward Oscar Heinrich was one of America's greatest–and first–forensic scientists, with an uncanny knack for finding clues, establishing evidence, and deducing answers with a skill that seemed almost supernatural. Working in a time when the turmoil of Prohibition led to sensationalized crime reporting and only a small, systematic study of evidence. Heinrich spearheaded the invention of a myriad of new forensic tools that police still use today.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Novel Neighbor.

Charles Finch

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Bestselling historical suspense author Charles Finch presents the third and final in a prequel trilogy to his lauded series starring Victorian era gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox. In “The Last Passenger,” a young and eager Charles Lenox faces his toughest case yet: a murder without a single clue. Slumped in a first-class car at Paddington Station is the body of a young, handsome gentleman. He has no luggage, empty pockets, and no sign of violence upon his person—yet Lenox knows instantly that it’s not a natural death. Pursuing the investigation against the best wishes of Scotland Yard, the detective encounters every obstacle London in 1855 has to offer, from obstinate royalty to class prejudice to the intense grief of his closest friend.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Amy Greenberg

Thursday, February 20, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

A leading scholar of the history of nineteenth-century America, Amy Greenberg presents the little-known story of remarkable First Lady Sarah Polk--a brilliant master of the art of high politics and a crucial but unrecognized figure in the history of American feminism. The daughter of a frontiersman who raised her to discuss politics and business with men, Sarah Polk evolved into a savvy and charming First Lady capable of quietly manipulating elected officials and shaping foreign policy. “Lady First” also shines a light on Sarah's many layers and contradictions, including her work on behalf of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Comprehensive and brimming with invaluable insight, “Lady First” is a revelation of our eleventh First Lady's complex but essential part in American feminism.

Presented by the Westfall Favorite Author Series. 

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Novel Neighbor.

Steve Berry

Monday, February 24, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In international bestselling political suspense author Steve Berry’s latest Cotton Malone adventure, one by one the seven precious relics of the Arma Christi, the weapons of Christ, are disappearing from sanctuaries across the world. After former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone witnesses the theft of one of them, he learns a private auction is about to be held where incriminating information on the president of Poland will be offered to the highest bidder—blackmail that both the United States and Russia want. The price of admission to that auction is one of the relics. Malone is thrust into a bloody battle between three nations over information that, if exposed, could change the balance of power in Europe.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Fergus Bordewich

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Acclaimed historian Fergus Bordewich presents the story of how Congress helped win the Civil War—a new perspective that puts the House and Senate, rather than Lincoln, at the center of the conflict. This brilliantly argued new perspective on the Civil War overturns the popular conception that Abraham Lincoln single-handedly led the Union to victory. From reinventing the nation’s financial system to pushing President Lincoln to emancipate the slaves to the planning for Reconstruction, Congress undertook drastic measures to defeat the Confederacy. Brimming with drama and outsized characters, “Congress at War” is one of the most original books about the Civil War to appear in years and will change the way we understand the conflict.

Presented by the Westfall Favorite Author Series. 

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Novel Neighbor.

Ticketed Event - Erik Larson

Friday, March 13, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

#1 bestselling author of “The Devil in the White City” and “Dead Wake,” Erik Larson delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. In “The Splendid and the Vile,” Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports, Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family. “The Splendid and the Vile” takes readers to a time of true leadership, when, in the face of unrelenting horror, Churchill’s eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.

Tickets go on sale January 27 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale January 23 for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org.   

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $35 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “The Splendid and the Vile”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $40 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “The Splendid and the Vile”)

*A book signing will follow the presentation.

Presented in partnership with The Novel Neighbor and the Westfall Politics and History Series.

Ticketed Event – Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Friday, January 24, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Acclaimed authors of the international bestseller “Half the Sky,” Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are the first husband-wife team to share a Pulitzer Prize for Journalism. In their latest masterpiece of investigative reporting, Kristof and WuDunn issue a plea to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure. Deeply personal and told through the life stories of real Americans, “Tightrope” is a riveting picture of the daily struggles of working-class families.

Tickets go on sale December 16 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale December 13 for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org.   

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

INDIVIDUAL TICKET—$30. Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Tightrope”

OR

PACKAGE TICKET—$35. Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Tightrope”

A book signing will follow the presentation.

 Books will be available for purchase at the event from Novel Neighbor.

Ticketed Event - Joseph “Rev Run” and Justine Simmons

Saturday, February 01, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

RUN DMC.’s iconic rapper Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons and his wife, Justine, share their secrets to lasting love and the guiding principles that have kept them together for more than twenty years. In this homage to classic courtship, Rev and Justine reveal the secrets to their marriage’s longevity and happiness. Each chapter of “Old School Love” offers stories, anecdotes, and memories of Rev and Justine’s marriage, their family, their experiences, their passion, and their deep faith and belief in God. Some will make you laugh, some will make you think, and some will make you cry. Yet all will make you wiser—more beautiful for the wear—and encourage you to be a kinder, more generous, and better human.
 

Presented in partnership with SLCL’s Black History Celebration.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $30 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Old School Love”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $35 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Old School Love”)

**The presentation will be followed by a book signing/photo line. Additional books will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Ticketed Event - Erik Larson

Friday, March 13, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

#1 bestselling author of “The Devil in the White City” and “Dead Wake,” Erik Larson delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. In “The Splendid and the Vile,” Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports, Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family. “The Splendid and the Vile” takes readers to a time of true leadership, when, in the face of unrelenting horror, Churchill’s eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together.

Tickets go on sale January 27 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale January 23 for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org.   

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $35 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “The Splendid and the Vile”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $40 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “The Splendid and the Vile”)

*A book signing will follow the presentation.

Presented in partnership with The Novel Neighbor and the Westfall Politics and History Series.