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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/.


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”

In conversation with KSDK News Anchor Rene Knott

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.

 

Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin - black and white author photo and "The Human Kaboom" book cover
Wednesday, March 01, 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
Adam Rubin
Author of “The Human Kaboom” 

Daniel Boone Branch
300 Clarkson Rd. Ellisville, MO 63011
314-994-3300

The author of the sensationally popular “Dragons Love Tacos” and “The Ice Cream Machine” returns with another hilarious middle-grade collection of six totally different “Human Kaboom” stories filled with mystery and mayhem—not to mention explosions! 

On a school field trip to a museum in space, two kids try to pull off the greatest prank in history. Somewhere on a deserted island, three siblings try to make a life for themselves after the rest of the planet has been decimated by gigantic rock monsters. In a traveling circus a young girl becomes the assistant to a death-defying human cannonball. Put on a helmet and hang on tight, because this unpredictable book will blow you away!

Books available for purchase from The Novel Neighbor.

Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences

C.J. Box

C.J. Box - "Storm Watch" book cover and color author photo
Friday, March 03, 2023 7:00 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents
#1 Bestselling Thriller Writer
C.J. Box
Author of “Storm Watch: A Joe Pickett Novel"

(Early arrival is highly recommended - seating is limited.)

Daniel Boone Branch
300 Clarkson Rd. Ellisville, MO 63011
314-994-3300

#1 bestselling author C.J. Box returns with a new thriller in his #1 internationally bestselling series starring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. When a prominent professor goes missing, authorities are stumped. That is, until Joe finds his frozen body while hunting down a wounded elk. When he attempts to learn more, his investigation is obstructed by federal agents and an extremist organization. Meanwhile, Joe’s best friend Nate Romanowski is lured in by a shadowy group of local militants. As an epic spring storm descends upon them, Joe and Nate confront it in different ways—and maybe, for the first time, on opposite sides.

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

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Meghan O'Rourke

Meghan O’Rourke - "Invisible Kingdom" book cover and color author photo
Monday, March 06, 2023 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

SLCL Authors @ the J and the Arthur Gale Medical Arts Lecture Series Present
Meghan O’Rourke
Author of “Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness”

(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

A silent epidemic of chronic illnesses afflicts tens of millions of Americans: these are diseases that are poorly understood, frequently marginalized, and can go undiagnosed altogether. Drawing on her own medical experiences as well as a decade of interviews with doctors, patients, and public health experts, renowned writer Meghan O’Rourke delivers a revelatory investigation into this elusive category of “invisible” illness. A finalist for the 2022 National Book Award, “The Invisible Kingdom” offers hope for the sick, solace and insight for their loved ones, and a radical new understanding of our bodies and our health.

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Medical Arts Author Series

Rebecca Serle

Thursday, March 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 Novelist
Rebecca Serle 
Author of “One Italian Summer”

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

Bestselling author of "In Five Years," Rebecca Serle presents a powerful novel about the transformational love between mothers and daughters. When Katy’s mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasn’t just Katy’s mom, but her best friend. Their planned mother-daughter trip to Italy looms and now Katy is faced with embarking on the adventure alone. But as soon as she steps foot on the Amalfi Coast, Katy begins to feel her mother’s spirit. And then Carol appears—in the flesh, healthy, sun-tanned, and thirty years old. Over the course of one Italian summer, Katy gets to know Carol, not as her mother, but as the young woman before her. 

Books available from The Novel Neighbor.

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Saket Soni

Saket Soni - "The Great Escape" book cover and color author photo
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

SLCL Authors @ the J Present
Saket Soni
Author of “The Great Escape: A True Story of Forced Labor and Immigrant Dreams in America”

(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

In 2006, Saket Soni, an Indian-born community organizer received an anonymous phone call from an Indian migrant worker living in squalid conditions inside a Mississippi labor camp. Lured by the promise of good work and green cards, 500 men had desperately scraped together up to $20,000 each to apply for this “opportunity” to rebuild oil rigs after Hurricane Katrina. In “The Great Escape,” Soni traces the workers’ march on foot to Washington DC and their 23-day-hunger strike to bring attention to their cause. Weaving a deeply personal journey with a riveting tale of 21st-century forced labor, Soni takes us into the hidden lives of the foreign workers the US increasingly relies on for cheap skilled labor to rebuild after climate disasters.  

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Dr. Farzon Nahvi

Dr. Farzon Nahvi - "Code Grey" book cover and color author photo
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 7:00 p.m.
The J
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

SLCL Authors @ the J and the Arthur Gale Medical Arts Lecture Series Present
Dr. Farzon Nahvi
Author of “Code Grey: Death, Life, and Uncertainty in the ER”

(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

Emergency room doctor Farzon Nahvi’s beautifully written memoir takes place during one of his routine shifts at an urban ER. Centered on the riveting story of a seemingly healthy forty-three-year-old woman who arrives in the ER in sudden cardiac arrest, “Code Gray” weaves in stories that explore everything from the early days of the Covid outbreak to the perennial glaring inequities of our healthcare system. “Code Gray” places the reader directly in the crucible of urgent life-or-death decision-making, offering insights that can help us cope at a time when the world around us appears to be falling apart.

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

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Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg - "Earth's the Right Place for Love" book cover and color author photo
Thursday, March 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
Elizabeth Berg
Author of “Earth’s the Right Place for Love”   

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

This beautiful new novel by the beloved author of “Open House” and “The Story of Arthur Truluv” tells the story of two young people growing up in Mason, Missouri, and how Arthur Moses, a shy young man, becomes the wise and compassionate person readers have loved in Berg’s previous novels. “Earth’s the Right Place for Love” shares the story of Arthur’s first love with childhood friend Nola McCollum.  Unfortunately, Nola has a crush on the wrong Moses—Arthur’s older brother, Frank. When a sudden tragedy rocks the family’s world, Arthur turns to nature to help him move beyond loss. But what can he do about Nola, who remains only half aware of the one who loves her most?

Books available from The Novel Neighbor.

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Samantha Markum

Samantha Markum - color author photo and "You Wouldn't Dare" book cover
Tuesday, March 28, 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
Young Adult Novelist
Samantha Markum
Author of “You Wouldn’t Dare” 

Grand Glaize Branch
1010 Meramec Station Rd., Manchester, MO 63021
314-994-3300

St. Louis-based young adult novelist Samantha Markum presents a rom com about trying to have the summer of your life before everything changes - only to realize change might be exactly what you need. When Juniper kissed Graham for the first time, she had no idea it would nearly be the end of their friendship. Now, months since the fallout, Junie and Graham spend most of their time sidestepping conversational landmines on the journey back to normalcy. “You Wouldn’t Dare” is about the risks and triumphs that come with being brave enough to take a chance at what you really want, including love.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor.

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Sarah Penner

Sarah Penner - The London Seance Society" book cover and color author photo
Wednesday, March 29, 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
Sarah Penner
Author of “The London Seance Society”

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

From the author of the sensational bestseller “The Lost Apothecary” comes a spellbinding novel about truth and illusion. 1873: Acclaimed spiritualist Vaudeline D’Allaire is known worldwide for her talent in conjuring the spirits of murder victims. Lenna Wickes has come to Paris to find answers about her sister’s death, but to do so, she must overcome her own logic-driven bias against the occult. When Vaudeline is beckoned to England to solve a high-profile murder, Lenna accompanies her as an understudy. But as the women team up with the powerful men of London’s exclusive Séance Society, they begin to suspect that they are not merely out to solve a crime, but perhaps entangled in one themselves.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor.

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