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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.

During the COVID-19 closure, events are being held virtually with our media partner, HEC-TV. Past events are available to view at https://hecmedia.org/category/literature/virtual-events/.


Christian Robinson

Monday, July 13, 2020 2:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video Premier: July 13, 2:00 p.m. - Facebook.com/hectv

Presented by the Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences

Award-winning children's book author and illustrator Christian Robinson presents a sensitive and impactful picture book about seeing the world from different points of view. Christian will read aloud "You Matter" and demonstrate his illustration techniques. 

Signed books are available from the Novel Neighbor.

Linda Castillo

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: July 15, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv

Linda Castillo, "Outsider: A Kate Burkholder Mystery"

Bestselling author Linda Castillo presents an electrifying new thriller in her series about Kate Burkholder, a woman who returns to the Amish community she was raised in as its Chief of Police. In "Outsider," Kate's past comes back to haunt her when a former friend shows up in Painter's Mill in the middle of a blizzard, desperate for help.   

Purchase signed books from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping. 

Wes Moore

Friday, July 17, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: July 17, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv

Wes Moore, "Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City"

Acclaimed author of "The Other Wes Moore" and "The Work," Wes Moore presents a kaleidoscopic account of five days in the life of a city on the edge, told through seven characters on the frontlines of the uprising that overtook Baltimore following the killing of Freddie Gray. Each shifting point of view contributes to an engrossing, cacophonous account of one of the most consequential moments in our recent history--but also a passionate appeal about the deeper causes of the violence and the small seeds of hope planted in its aftermath.  

Interview moderated by Dr. Kira Banks, Associate Professor of Psychology - Saint Louis University and co-Founder of the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity 

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

Hilary Davidson

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Livestream event: July 22, 7:00 p.m. - Facebook.com/hectv

Award-winning thriller writer and author of the bestseller "One Small Sacrifice," Hilary Davidson is back with a case for her two detectives, Sheryn Sterling and Rafael Mendoza, that looks straight-forward and easy to close. That is until they catch the suspect—and then a whole other case starts to appear entangled with the lives of the most private and elite citizens. 

Signed books available from The Novel Neighbor.

Anne Applebaum

Friday, July 24, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: July 24, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv

A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist explains, with electrifying clarity, why some of her contemporaries have abandoned liberal democratic ideals in favor of strongman cults, nationalist movements, or one-party states. Describing politicians, journalists, and intellectuals who have abandoned democratic ideals in the UK, U.S., and Europe, Applebaum reveals the patterns that link the new advocates of illiberalism and charts how they use conspiracy theory, political polarization, and nostalgia to change their societies.

Purchase book from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.

Alice Wong

Book cover with multicolored triangles and the book title Disability Visibility over it. The image includes a photo of a smiling Asian American woman in a power chair. She is wearing a mask over her nose attached to a gray tube and bright red lip color.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: July 28, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv

Alice Wong, "Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century"

Interview moderated by Aimee Wehmeier, President of Paraquad

One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent—but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people.

This virtual event will include an ASL interpreter and closed captioning.

Purchase "Disability Visibility" from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.

The image is of the book cover with multicolored triangles and the book title "Disability Visibility" over it. The image includes a photo of an Asian American woman in a power chair. She is wearing a blue shirt with a geometric pattern with orange, black, white, and yellow lines and cubes. She is wearing a mask over her nose attached to a gray tube and bright red lip color. She is smiling at the camera. Photo credit: Eddie Hernandez Photography

Karin Slaughter

Wednesday, August 05, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Livestream event: August 5, 7:00 p.m. - Facebook.com/hectv

Karin Slaughter, "The Silent Wife"

Join us for a thrilling party with surprise guests to celebrate Karin Slaughter's 20th novel, "The Silent Wife."

After a young woman is brutally attacked, investigator Will Trent tracks down a prisoner who claims the crime looks identical to the one he was falsely accused of eight years earlier. As Will digs into both crimes, he turns to medical examiner Sara Linton to help him hunt down a ruthless murderer. But when the past and present collide, everything Will values is at stake. .

Purchase an autographed book from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.

Lisa Woodruff

Author Lisa Woodruff - book cover and photo
Thursday, August 06, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Virtual
Video premiere: August 6, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv
 
Lisa Woodruff, "The Paper Solution: What to Shred, What to Save, and How to Stop It From Taking Over Your Life "
 
From the "Marie Kondo of paper" comes a simple and accessible guide to paper management. Studies show that fully 85 percent of the paper in our lives can be tossed--but which 85 percent? And how do we organize and manage the 15 percent that remains. With "The Paper Solution," founder of Organize365 Lisa Woodruff delivers a proven, step-by-step guide for what to shred, what to save, and how to sort what’s left behind. 
 
Signed copies of the book are available from the Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Fiona Davis

Monday, August 10, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: August 10, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv

Fiona Davis, "The Lions of Fifth Avenue"

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

In nationally bestselling author Fiona Davis's latest historical novel, a series of book thefts roils the iconic New York Public Library, leaving two generations of strong-willed women to pick up the pieces. From the author of "The Dollhouse" and "The Apartment," "The Lions of Fifth Avenue" is a page-turning mystery for book lovers everywhere!  

Purchase signed books from the Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Jill Orr

Thursday, August 13, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Livestream event: August 13, 7:00 p.m. - Facebook.com/hectv

Jill Orr, "The Full Scoop: A Riley Ellison Mystery"

Humorous suspense author Jill Orr continues her quirky mystery series about librarian-turned-small-town-sleuth Riley Ellison. In "The Full Scoop," Riley becomes obsessed with uncovering the secret that led to her grandfather's murder years before and that just took another life in Tuttle Corner. Just as she finally discovers the truth, she's forced to choose between exacting justice and protecting the people she loves most.   

Purchase signed books from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.

Aimee Bender

Monday, August 17, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Livestream event: August 17, 7:00 p.m. - Facebook.com/hectv

Aimee Bender, "The Butterfly Lampshade"

The first novel in 10 years from the author of the beloved bestseller "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake," Aimee Bender presents a luminous, poignant examination of mental illness; the broken love between a mother and daughter; and the universal pull to better understand ourselves, our relationships to our family, and our place in the world.  

Purchase an autographed book from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.

Susan Eisenhower

Thursday, August 20, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: August 20, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv

Susan Eisenhower, "How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower's Biggest Decisions"

How Dwight D. Eisenhower led America through a transformational time--by a DC policy strategist, security expert and his granddaughter. Few people have made decisions as momentous as President Eisenhower. From D-Day to Little Rock, from the Korean War to Cold War crises, Ike was able to give our country eight years of peace and prosperity by relying on a core set of principles. Susan Eisenhower's "How Ike Led" shows us not just what a great American did, but why--and what we can learn from him today.  

Purchase signed book from the Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available

Jennie Fields

Monday, August 24, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: August 24, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv

Jennie Fields, "Atomic Love"

Set against the backdrop of Chicago in the 1950’s, Jennie Fields’s "Atomic Love" is a captivating story of romance, science and espionage featuring a fearless woman determined to succeed in a man’s world. Rosalind Porter has always defied expectations—in her work as a physicist on the Manhattan Project and in her passionate love affair with colleague Thomas Weaver. Five years after the end of both, her guilt over the bomb and her heartbreak over Weaver are intertwined.  

Signed copies of the book are available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping. 

Laura Lippman

Author Laura Lippman - book cover and photo
Tuesday, September 01, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Virtual
Livestream event: September 1, 7:00 p.m. - Facebook.com/hectv
Laura Lippman, "My Life as a Villainess: Essays"
In Conversation with Megan Abbott

Since Laura Lippman's debut novel in 1997, she has been recognized as a distinctive voice in mystery fiction and named one of the "essential" crime writers of the last 100 years. In this collection of nonfiction essays, Lippman offers her take on a woman's life across the decades. Her childhood and school years, her newspaper career, her experiences as a novelist, mother and reader—Lippman finds universal touchstones in an unusual life that has as many twists as her award-winning crime fiction.

Interview moderator Megan Abbott is the author of nine hit novels, including "Give Me Your Hand" and "You Will Know Me." She is the co-creator of the USA Network series "Dare Me."

Signed book available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.

Nancy Pearl

Author Nancy Pearl - The Writers Library book cover and close-up photo of woman with short hair and glasses smiling at the camera
Thursday, September 10, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Virtual
Video premiere: September 10, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv
 
Nancy Pearl, "The Writer's Library: Authors You Love on the Books That Have Changed Their Lives"
 
In bestselling author, librarian, literary critic, and devoted reader Nancy Pearl's new book she interviews a diverse range of America's most notable and influential writers about the books that inspired them to leave their own literary mark. Featuring interviews with today's living literary legends, including Donna Tartt, Louise Erdrich, Michael Chabon, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Amor Towles, "The Writer’s Library" is a treasure for anyone who has been moved by the written word.   
 
Signed copies of the book are available from the Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available. 

Rachel Howzell Hall

Thursday, September 24, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Virtual
Video premiere: September 24, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv
 
Rachel Howzell Hall, "And Now She's Gone"
In conversation with Heather Ash, Past President - Mystery Writers of America-Midwest Chapter
 
After the critically-acclaimed Lou Norton mystery series and last year's hit thriller "They All Fall Down," Rachel Howzell Hall now spins a brilliant page-turning story with a dark edge. Featuring two complicated women among a diverse group of characters, "And Now She's Gone' explores the nature of secrets — and how violence and fear can lead you to abandon everything in order to survive. A rising star in the suspense genre, Rachel Howzell Hall brings her talented and unique voice to tell a masterful tale of lies, twists, and surprises, which will keep readers on the edge-of-their-seats.  
 
Signed copies of the book are available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.