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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.
Webster University - George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology and College of Arts and Sciences

Due to COVID-19, 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. Past events are available to view at https://hecmedia.org/category/literature/virtual-events/.

We would like to thank our presenting sponsor, Webster University, for supporting the St. Louis County Library Author Series.


Charles Finch

Tuesday, March 02, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: Tuesday, March 2, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Charles Finch, “An Extravagant Death: A Charles Lenox Mystery”

In conversation with Rhys Bowen, author of The Royal Spyness mystery series

Bestselling historical suspense author Charles Finch presents the latest installment in his lauded series starring Vicorian era gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox. London, 1878: With faith in Scotland Yard shattered after a corruption investigation, Charles Lenox’s detective agency is rapidly expanding. On a diplomatic mission for the Queen, Lenox travels to New York to investigate the death of a beautiful socialite. Witty, complex, and tender, “An Extravagant Death” is a devilish mystery from a master of historical detail and atmospheric suspense. 

Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

 

Nicole Perlroth

Thursday, March 04, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: March 4, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary
 
Nicole Perlroth, "This is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyber Weapons Arms Race"
 
New York Times cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth presents the untold story of the cyberweapons market--the most secretive, invisible, government-backed market on earth. Filled with spies, hackers, arms dealers, and a few unsung heroes, “This is How They Tell Me the World Ends,” is an astonishing feat of journalism. Based on years of reporting and hundreds of interviews, Perlroth lifts the curtain on a market in shadow, revealing the urgent threat faced by us all if we cannot bring the global cyber arms race to heel.
 
Westfall - Politics & History Series
 
Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

C.J. Box

Friday, March 05, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Livestream event: March 5, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

C.J. Box, "Dark Sky: A Joe Pickett Novel"

C.J. Box has created one of suspense fiction’s most enduring protagonists in Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett, an everyman hero with a penchant for stepping into trouble. In Box’s 21st Joe Pickett thriller, “Dark Sky,” the governor of Wyoming gives Joe the thankless assignment of taking a tech baron on an elk hunting trip. Unbeknownst to them, a manhunter is hot on their heels. Finding himself without a weapon, a horse, or a way to communicate, Joe must rely on his wits and his knowledge of the outdoors to protect himself and his charge. 
 
Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.
 

Brad Meltzer and Dan Santat

Saturday, March 06, 2021 10:00 a.m.
Virtual

Livestream event: March 6, 10:00 a.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Brad Meltzer and Dan Santat, “A New Day”

Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of the Ordinary People Change the World series, and Dan Santat, Caldecott Medal-winning creator of “Beekle,” team up to present a big-hearted story about the power of gratitude and kindness. 

When Sunday quits, the other days of the week advertise for a new day. Soon lots of hopefuls arrive, such as Funday, Acrobaturday, SuperheroDay, and even MonstersWhoResembleJellyfishDay! Things quickly get out of hand until one more candidate shows up: a little girl with a thank-you gift for Sunday. The girl suggests simply a nice day--a day to be kind. 

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Virtual Author Visit for Young Readers

Dr. Jason Karlawish

Monday, March 08, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: March 8, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Dr. Jason Karlawish, "The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease Into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It"

Co-Director of the Penn Memory Center, Dr. Jason Karlawish presents a definitive book on one of today’s most prevalent illnesses. Part case studies, part meditation on the past, present and future of the disease, “The Problem of Alzheimer's” traces the disease from its discovery and tells the story of the biomedical breakthroughs that may allow it to finally be prevented and treated by medicine. Dr. Karlawish shares how we can live with dementia; the ways patients can reclaim their autonomy and the innovative reforms we can make as a society that would give caregivers and patients better quality of life.

Medical Arts Author Series

Signed books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

 

Dr. Michele Borba

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: March 10, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Dr. Michele Borba, "Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine"

Dr. Michele Borba, bestselling author and a regular NBC contributor, explains why old markers of accomplishment, such as grades and test scores, are no longer reliable predictors of success in the 21st century. Dr. Borba has combed scientific studies on resilience, spoke to dozens of experts in the field, and interviewed more than 100 young people from all walks of life. Now in “Thrivers,” she offers practical, actionable ways to develop Character Strengths (confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism) that will safeguard our kids in the future. 

Signed books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

 

Stacy McAnulty

Stacy McAnulty - book cover
Saturday, March 13, 2021 2:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: March 13, 2:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Stacy McAnulty, "Mars! Earthlings Welcome"

Meet Mars! The red planet. Planet Marvelous. Favorite sibling of Earth (or so he claims). Earth and Mars have a lot in common—clouds, mountains, polar icecaps. And while Earth has Earthlings, Mars makes a persuasive case for why people should make the journey to spend time with him. With humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Mars in this next celestial "autobiography" in the Our Universe series. 

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Virtual Author Visit for Young Readers

John A. Wright, Sr. and John A. Wright, Jr.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: Tuesday, March 16, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

John A. Wright, Sr. and John A. Wright, Jr., "Extraordinary Black Missourians: Pioneers, Leaders, Performers, Athletes, and Other Notables - 2nd Edition"

Historians and father-and-son writing team, John A Wright Sr. and John A. Wright Jr. present the second edition of “Extraordinary Black Missourians,” which profiles more than 100 notable citizens such as George Washington Carver, Frankie Freeman, Scott Joplin, Elizabeth Keckley, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, Grace Bumbry, and others who have contributed to Missouri’s African American legacy. Learn how their lives and accomplishments have played a major role in shaping the history and culture of the state and nation. 

Signed books available from Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

 

Ioan Grillo

Thursday, March 18, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: Thursday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary
 
Ioan Grillo, "Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs and Cartels"
 
In conversation with award-winning investigative journalist Ben Westhoff
 
In Ioan Grillo's groundbreaking new work of investigative journalism, he follows the legal and black market for guns in the Americas and how it has made the continent the most murderous on earth. Grillo travels to gun manufacturers, strolls the aisles of gun shows and gun shops, talks to FBI agents who have infiltrated biker gangs, hangs out on Baltimore street corners, and visits the ATF gun tracing center in West Virginia. Along the way, he details the many ways that legal guns can pass into the hands of criminals and the simple legislative measures that would help close these loopholes. 
 
Signed books available from Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Juliet Menéndez

Juliet Menéndez - book cover and color author photo
Saturday, March 20, 2021 2:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: March 20, 2:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Juliet Menéndez, "Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers"

Discover how 40 influential Latinas became the women we celebrate today! In this collection of short biographies from all over Latin America and across the United States, Juliet Menéndez explores the first small steps that set the Latinitas off on their journeys. From Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to singer Selena Quintanilla to NASA’s first virtual reality engineer, Evelyn Miralles, this is a book for aspiring artists, scientists, activists, and more. These women followed their dreams—and just might encourage you to follow yours!

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Virtual Author Visit for Young Readers

 

Emily St. John Mandel

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: Tuesday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Emily St. John Mandel, “The Glass Hotel”

In conversation with Ryan Krull, Interviews Editor - Boulevard Magazine

From the award-winning author of “Station Eleven,” Emily St. John Mandel’s exhilarating new novel is set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events–a massive Ponzi scheme collapse and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea. In this story of crisis and survival, Mandel takes readers through often hidden landscapes: campgrounds for the near-homeless, service in luxury hotels, and life in a federal prison. “The Glass Hotel” is a captivating portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives.

Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

 

Lisa Scottoline

Friday, March 26, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Livestream event: March 26, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Lisa Scottoline, "Eternal"

#1 bestselling author Lisa Scottoline offers a sweeping epic of historical fiction. Set in Rome during the ventennio, the twenty years of Mussolini’s rise and fall, “Eternal” centers on Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro, who grew up as the best of friends despite their differences. But in the autumn of 1937, all of that changes as Mussolini asserts his power, aligning Italy's Fascists with Hitler's Nazis. Everything that the three friends hold dear--their families, their homes, and their connection to one another--is tested in ways they never could have imagined.“Eternal” is a saga of loyalty and loss, family and food, love and hate—all set in one of the world's most beautiful cities at its darkest moment. 
 
Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.
 

Michael G. Long

Saturday, March 27, 2021 2:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: March 27, 2:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Michael G. Long, "Kids on the March: 15 Stories of Speaking Out, Protesting and Fighting for Justice"

Kids have always been activists. Long before they could vote, kids have spoken up for racial justice, climate protection, gun control, world peace, and more.  “Kids on the March” tells the stories of  these protests, from the March of the Mill Children, who walked out of factories in 1903, to 1951’s Strike for a Better School, which helped build the case for Brown v. Board of Education, to the twenty-first century’s most iconic movements, including March for Our Lives, the Climate Strike, and the recent Black Lives Matter protests reshaping our nation.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Virtual Author Visit for Young Readers

Andrew Steele

Monday, March 29, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: March 29, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Andrew Steele, "Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old"

Aging–not cancer or heart disease–is the true underlying cause of most human death. We accept as inevitable that as we advance in year our bodies and minds begin to deteriorate. But we never really ask–is aging necessary? Computational biologist and science writer Andrew Steele presents a journey through the frontiers of science and aging, and reveals how closer we are to an astonishing extension of our life spans and a vastly improved quality of life in our later years.

Medical Arts Author Series

Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

 

Larry Olmsted

Thursday, April 01, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: April 1, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Larry Olmsted, "Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Understanding"

Bestselling author Larry Olmsted presents a highly entertaining game changer that uses cutting-edge research to show us why being a sports fan is good for us. Citing fascinating new studies on sports fandom, Olmsted makes the case that the more you identify with a sports team, the better your social, psychological, and physical health is; the more meaningful your relationships are; and the more connected and happier you are. Plus, on a societal level, sports help us heal after tragedies, providing community and hope when we need it most.

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

 

Martha Hall Kelly

Monday, April 05, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: April 5, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Martha Hall Kelly, “Sunflower Sisters”

Interview moderated by Ashley Hasty, creator of the book review website HastyBookList.com 

Martha Hall Kelly’s million-copy bestselling historical novel “Lilac Girls” introduced readers to Caroline Ferriday. Now, in “Sunflower Sisters,” Kelly tells the story of Ferriday’s ancestor Georgeanna Woolsey, a Union nurse during the Civil War whose calling leads her to cross paths with Jemma, a young enslaved girl conscripted into the army. Inspired by true accounts, “Sunflower Sisters” provides a vivid, detailed look at the Civil War experience, from the barbaric and inhumane plantations, to the horrors of the battlefield. 

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

 

Kareem Rosser

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: April 6, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Kareem Rosser, “Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever”

Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Kareem Rosser thought he and his siblings would always be stuck in “The Bottom”, a neighborhood devastated by poverty and violence. Riding their bicycles through Philly’s Fairmount Park, Kareem’s brothers discover a barn full of horses. What starts as an accidental discovery turns into a love for horseback riding and the sport of polo. Pursuing the sport with determination, Kareem earns his place among the first all-Black national interscholastic polo championship team. “Crossing the Line” is the story of the bonds of brotherhood, overcoming impossible odds, and the transformative connection between man and horse.

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

 

Judy Batalion

Monday, April 19, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: April 19, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Judy Batalion, “The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos”

Interview moderated by Lory Cooper, Manager-Volunteers and Tours for the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum

Presented in partnership with the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival

One of the most important stories of World War II, Judy Batalion, the granddaughter of Polish Holocaust survivors, shares the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who became resistance fighters. Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and neighbors and the violent destruction of their communities, these unknown women—some still in their teens—helped transform the Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis. With courage, guile, and nerves of steel, these “ghetto girls” served as couriers, armed fighters, intelligence agents, and saboteurs. “The Light of Days” is an unforgettable true tale of war, the fight for freedom, female friendship, and survival in the face of staggering odds. 

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available. 

 

 

Paula McLain

Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: April 22, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Paula McLain, “When the Stars Go Dark”

Interview moderated by novelist Lily King, author of “Writers & Lovers”

Bestselling author of “The Paris Wife,” Paula McLain presents a novel of heart-wrenching suspense that weaves together actual cases of missing persons. Anna Hart is a seasoned detective in San Francisco with far too much knowledge of the darkest side of human nature. When tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna flees to a rural village to grieve. Yet the day she arrives, she learns that a local teenage girl has gone missing. As Anna becomes obsessed with saving the missing girl, the crime becomes a frightening reminder of the most crucial time in Anna’s childhood, when the unsolved murder of a young girl changed her life forever. 

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available. 

John Sandford

Monday, April 26, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: April 26, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

John Sandford, “Ocean Prey”

Fan-favorite heroes Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers join forces on a deadly maritime case in John Sandford’s remarkable new thriller. An off-duty Coast Guardsman is fishing with his family when he calls in some suspicious behavior from a nearby boat: a snazzy craft that picks up a lone surface diver. His suspicions prove right when all three Guardsman who come out to investigate are shot. The FBI calls in Lucas Davenport, and when the case again turns lethal, Davenport will need to bring in every asset he can claim, including a detective with a fundamentally criminal mind: Virgil Flowers. 

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

 

Sally Hepworth

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: April 28, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Sally Hepworth, “The Good Sister”

Bestselling author of “The Mother-in-Law,” Sally Hepworth presents a knock-out of a novel about the lies that bind two sisters. Fern Castle works in her local library. She has dinner with her twin sister Rose three nights a week. She avoids crowds, bright lights and loud noises as much as possible. Disrupting her routine can be...dangerous. When Rose discovers that she cannot get pregnant, Fern sees her chance to pay her sister back for everything Rose has done for her. Fern can have a baby for Rose. She just needs to find a father. Simple. Fern's mission will stir up dark secrets from the past, in this quirky, rich and shocking story of unexpected love.

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pickup and shipping available.