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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.


CANCELED–Edward J. Larson

Wednesday, April 08, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson delivers a masterful dual biography of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. Vastly different men, Franklin and Washington were the indispensable authors of American independence, and yet their teamwork has been little remarked upon in the centuries since.

Presented by the Westfall Politics & History Series.

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

CANCELED–Sherri Duskey Rinker

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

From bestselling author Sherri Duskey Rinker comes a romping, rhyming, hilarious tale sure to entertain wiggly bedtime readers everywhere!

It’s time for bed and this little octopus is more than happy to volunteer! He’s all ready to put his parents to bed! Bath time, putting on pajamas, brushing teeth, and tucking everyone in is a whole new challenge when the kid is in charge (and especially when everyone has eight arms!).

Presented by the Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences.

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

CANCELED–Ed Wheatley

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

This is the story of the unique role baseball has played in St. Louis, but it is not just a story of the Major League’s Browns and Cardinals or the great teams of the Negro Leagues. The St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, the CYC, and many other community athletic associations help provide the full story of baseball in St. Louis.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

CANCELED–Julia Phillips

Thursday, April 16, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

A finalist for the 2019 National Book Award, “Disappearing Earth” announces the debut of a gifted writer. On the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the edge of Russia, two young sisters go missing. “Disappearing Earth” enters the worlds of a cast of characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a detective, a mother.

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

CANCELED–Ticketed Event–Steve Murphy and Javier Peña

Saturday, April 18, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Retired DEA Special Agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña were at the center of the largest, multi-national, high profile investigation of its time. Working with an elite Colombian Task Force, Murphy and Peña were responsible for the downfall and capture of the world’s first narco-terrorist, the infamous drug cartel leader, Pablo Escobar. Their real-life story inspired the hit Netflix series “Narcos.”

Presented in partnership with DEA St. Louis Division.

Tickets go on sale March 9 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Call 314-994-3300 for more information. A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale March 6, 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.    

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $30 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Manhunters”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $35 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Manhunters”)

**A book signing and photo opportunity will follow the presentation.

The proceeds from this event will benefit the Library Foundation’s literacy programs.

CANCELED–Don Winslow

Monday, April 20, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In six intense, short novels connected by themes of corruption and redemption, #1 bestselling crime fiction writer Don Winslow is at his nerve-shattering best. With his trademark blend of insight, action, and the highest level of literary craftmanship, Winslow delivers a collection that will become a classic of crime fiction.

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

CANCELED–Sebastian Barry

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

Two time Booker-Prize-nominated Irish author Sebastian Barry presents a dazzling novel set in Tennessee in the aftermath of the American Civil War. After the bitter legacy of the war resurfaces with new violence, Winona Cole, an orphaned child of the Lakota Indians, must embark on a quest for justice.

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

CANCELED–Tom Clavin

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

On the afternoon of October 26, 1881, nine men clashed in what would be known as the most famous shootout in American frontier history: the Battle of the OK Corral. Historian and bestselling author Tom Clavin peers behind decades of legend surrounding Tombstone to reveal the true story of the drama and violence that made it famous.

Presented by the Westfall Politics & History Series.

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

CANCELED–Book Lover Appreciation Night with Grant Snider and Anne Bogel

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Celebrate all things literary at this special night with writer/illustrator Grant Snider and book reviewer Anne Bogel. Grant Snider’s literary themed comics are featured in the New York Times and the New Yorker. His new book, “I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf,” is a lighthearted exploration of bookishness in all its forms. Anne Bogel is the creator of the sensationally popular book review website Modern Mrs. Darcy and host of the “What Should I Read Next?” podcast. Her latest book is “Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life.”

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Novel Neighbor. A book purchase will be required to enter the signing line.

CANCELED–Wes Moore

Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

When Freddie Gray was arrested for possessing an "illegal knife" in April 2015, he was, by eyewitness accounts, treated "roughly" by Baltimore police. By the end of his trip in the police van, Gray was in a coma he would never recover from. The killing led to five days described alternately as a riot or an uprising that caught the nation's attention. Bestselling author and former White House fellow, Wes Moore tells the story of the Baltimore uprising, both hrough both his own observations, and through the eyes of other Baltimoreans. Each shifting point of view contributes to an engrossing, cacophonous account of one of the most consequential moments in our recent history.   

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