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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. 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.


Jane Smiley

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

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

Jane Smiley, "Perestroika in Paris"

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Thousand Acres” and the New York Times bestselling Last Hundred Years Trilogy, “Perestroika in Paris” is a captivating, brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals–and a young boy–whose lives intersect in Paris. Jane Smiley captures the creativity, ingenuity and desire of all creatures for true love and freedom. 

Signed copies of the book are available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available. 
 

Lars Kepler

Lars Kepler, "Lazarus" book cover and photo
Wednesday, January 06, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: January 6, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv

Lars Kepler, "Lazarus"

LARS KEPLER is the pseudonym of the critically acclaimed Swedish husband-and-wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril. Their novels have sold more than fifteen million copies worldwide. In their latest thriller, “Lazarus,” a mysterious killer is brutally murdering Europe's most loathsome criminals. When police discover that two of the victims have disturbing connections to Detective Joona Linna, it's clear that a ghost from his past is trying to send him a message.

Signed copies of the book are available from Left Bank Books.

Curbside pickup and shipping available. 

 

Ace Atkins

Ace Atkins, "Robert B. Parker’s Someone to Watch Over Me" book cover and photo
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: January 13, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv

Ace Atkins, "Robert B. Parker’s Someone to Watch Over Me"

Praised by Michael Connelly as one of “the best crime writers at work today,” Ace Atkins was selected by the estate of Robert B. Parker to continue the popular detective series starring the iconic, tough-but-tender PI Spenser. In Atkins’s latest installment in the series, Spenser and his young protégé Mattie Sulivan take on a billionaire money manager running a network of underaged girls for his rich and powerful clients.

Signed copies of the book are available from Left Bank Books.

Curbside pickup and shipping available. 

Melanie Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin, "The Children’s Blizzard" book cover and photo
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: January 26, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv

Melanie Benjamin, "The Children’s Blizzard"

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

From the bestselling author of “The Aviator’s Wife” comes a story of courage on the prairie, inspired by the devastating storm that struck the Great Plains in 1888, threatening the lives of hundreds of immigrant homesteaders, especially schoolchildren. Based on actual oral histories of survivors, this is a story of love taking root in the hard prairie ground, and of families being torn asunder by a ferocious storm that is little remembered today—because so many of its victims were immigrants to this country.

Signed book available from The Novel Neighbor. 
Curbside pickup and shipping available.

Vivian Gibson

Vivian Gibson, "The Last Children of Mill Creek" book cover and photo
Tuesday, February 02, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: February 2, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv

Vivian Gibson, "The Last Children of Mill Creek"

2020 St. Louis County Library Black History Celebration Event

Vivian Gibson grew up in Mill Creek Valley, a segregated working-class neighborhood of St. Louis that was razed in 1959 to build a highway, an act of racism disguised under urban renewal as "progress." The three rooms of her childhood home were heated by a wood-burning stove; her family had no hot water or furnace, but what Gibson lacked in material comforts she made up for in imagination. A moving memoir of family life at a time very different from the present, “The Last Children of Mill Creek” depicts the families, friends, shop owners, church ladies, teachers, and others who made Mill Creek into a warm, tight-knit African-American community. 

Signed book available from The Novel Neighbor. 
Curbside pickup and shipping available. 

 

Ty Seidule

Ty Seidule, "Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause” book cover and photo
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

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

Ty Seidule, "Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause”

From his southern childhood to his service in the U.S. Army, every part of Ty Seidule’s life reinforced the Lost Cause myth: that Robert E. Lee was a great man, and that the Confederates were underdogs who lost the Civil War with honor. Now, as a retired brigadier general and Professor Emeritus of History at West Point, his view has radically changed. Part history lecture, part meditation on the Civil War and its fallout, and part memoir, “Robert E. Lee and Me” challenges deeply-held legends and myths and provides a surprising interpretation of essential truths that our country still has a difficult time articulating and accepting.

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

Westfall - Politics & History Series

 

Amelia Pang

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

Video premiere: February 16, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv

Amelia Pang, "Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods"

In 2012, an Oregon mother opened a package of Halloween decorations and discovered an SOS letter, handwritten in broken English by the prisoner who’d made and packaged the items. In “Made in China,” investigative journalist Amelia Pang pulls back the curtain on the labor camps that create home goods, fast fashion, and a shocking number of other products. The book follows the life of Sun Yi, the Chinese engineer who wrote the note after finding himself a political prisoner. His story is a call to action, urging the American consumer to ask more questions from the companies they patronize.

Signed books available from The Novel Neighbor.

Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Steve Berry

Steve Berry, "The Kaiser’s Web: A Cotton Malone Novel" book cover and photo
Monday, February 22, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: February 22, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv

Steve Berry, "The Kaiser’s Web: A Cotton Malone Novel"

In international bestselling political suspense author Steve Berry’s latest Cotton Malone thriller, a secret dossier from a World War II-era Soviet spy comes to light containing information that, if proven true, would rewrite history. From the mysterious Chilean lake district, to the dangerous mesas of South Africa, and finally into the secret vaults of Switzerland, former-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone discovers the truth about the waning days of World War II--revelations that could not only transform Europe, but finally expose a mystery known as the Kaiser’s web.

Signed copies of the book are available from Left Bank Books.
Curbside pickup and shipping available.