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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, 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/.


Lisa Lutz

Monday, January 31, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: January 31, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Lisa Lutz, ”The Accomplice”

In conversation with internationally bestselling suspense author Megan Abbott.

From the author of the bestselling Spellman Files series, “The Accomplice” is an edge-of-your-seat thriller where every answer raises a chilling new question. Opposites in nearly every way, Owen and Luna have been best friends since college. Everyone wonders what binds them together--and why they have never been a couple. When Owen’s wife if brutally murdered, the police investigation sheds some light on long-buried secrets, but it can’t penetrate the mystery that surrounds Owen and Luna’s friendship.”The Accomplice” brilliantly examines the bonds of shared history, what it costs to break them, and what happens when you start wondering how well you know the one person who truly knows you.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Laura Coates

Friday, February 04, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

2022 Black History Celebration Frankie Freeman Inspirational Lecture.
Brittany Tru Kellman will receive the Frankie Freeman Inspirational Award during the program. Ms. Kellman is the Executive Director of Jamaa Birth Village in Ferguson, Missouri.

Laura Coates will be in conversation with KMOX news anchor Carol Daniel.

CNN’s Senior Legal Analyst Laura Coates started her career as a prosecutor, serving as the Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and a Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. She wanted to advocate for the most vulnerable among us, but quickly realized that even with the best intentions,“the pursuit of justice creates injustice.” On the front lines of our legal system, Coates saw how Black communities are policed differently; Black cases are prosecuted differently; Black defendants are judged differently. Through revelatory and captivating scenes from the courtroom, Laura Coates explores the tension between the idealism of the law and the reality of working within the parameters of our flawed legal system.

Books for signing will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES.

Robert Child

Robert Child - "Immortal Valor:The Black Medal of Honor Winners of World War II" book cover and color author photo
Tuesday, February 08, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

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

Robert Child, "Immortal Valor:The Black Medal of Honor Winners of World War II"

Presented by St. Louis County Library’s 2022 Black History Celebration

Historian and film director Robert Child presents the remarkable story of the seven African American soldiers ultimately awarded the World War II Medal of Honor, and the 50-year campaign to deny them their recognition. In 1945, Congress recommended awarding the Medal of Honor to 432 World War II veterans. Despite the fact that more than one million African-Americans served, not a single black soldier received the Medal of Honor. Ultimately, in 1993 a US Army commission determined that seven men, had been denied the Army's highest award simply due to racial discrimination. 50 years after the war, President Clinton finally awarded the Medal of Honor to the seven heroes. Robert Child’s “Immortal Valor” shares these soldiers’ acts of courage and sacrifice.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Florence Williams

Florence Williams - “Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey" book cover and color author photo
Thursday, February 10, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

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

Florence Williams, “Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey"

When her twenty-five-year marriage fell apart, nature journalist Florence Williams expected the loss to hurt. What she didn’t expect was that she’d end up in the hospital. Searching for insight as well as personal strategies to game her way back to health, Williams tested her blood for genetic markers of grief, underwent electrical shocks in a laboratory while looking at pictures of her ex, and ventured to the wilderness in search of awe as an antidote to loneliness. “Heartbreak” is a remarkable merging of science and self-discovery that will change the way we think about loneliness, health, and what it means to fall in and out of love.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano

Thursday, February 17, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Presented by St. Louis County Library’s 2022 Black History Celebration and Sauce Magazine

Chef Mashama Bailey and restaurateur John O. Morisano share how they went from tentative business partners to dear friends while turning a dilapidated formerly segregated Greyhound bus station into The Grey, now one of the most celebrated restaurants in the country. Recounting the trying process of building their restaurant business, they examine their most painful and joyous times, revealing how they came to understand their differences, recognize their biases, and continuously challenge themselves and each other to be better. Through it all, Bailey and Morisano display how two citizens commit to playing their own small part in advancing equality against a backdrop of racism.

Books for signing will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES.

Nancy Castaldo

Nancy Castaldo - When the World Runs Dry book cover and color author photo
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

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

Nancy Castaldo, “When the World Runs Dry: Earth’s Water in Crisis”

Presented by the Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences

What would you do if you turned on the faucet one day and nothing happened? What if you learned the water in your home was harmful to drink? Water is essential for life on this planet, but not every community has the safe, clean water it needs. In “When the World Runs Dry,” award-winning science writer Nancy Castaldo takes readers from Flint, Michigan, and Newark, New Jersey, to Iran and Cape Town, South Africa, to explore the various ways in which water around the world is in danger, why we must act now, and why you’re never too young to make a difference

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences

 

Joel J. Schwartz and Charles Bosworth Jr.

Saturday, February 26, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In conversation with St. Louis Post Dispatch reporter Robert Patrick.

Two days after Christmas, 2011, Russel Faria returned to his Troy, Missouri home to find his wife, Betsy, murdered The brutal crime set off a chain of events leading to one man’s wrongful conviction and imprisonment, another man’s death, the revelation of a diabolical scheme, and an astounding miscarriage of justice left unresolved for another ten years. Joel Schwartz, the defense attorney who fought for justice on behalf of Russel Faria, and New York Times bestselling author Charles Bosworth, Jr. present the explosive, first-ever insider’s account of the case that has captivated millions. 

Books for signing will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES.

C.J. Box

C.J. Box - Shadows Reel book cover and color author photo
Wednesday, March 09, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

#1 Bestselling Suspense Author
C.J. Box
Author of “Shadows Reel: A Joe Pickett Mystery” 

C.J. Box returns with a new thriller in his #1 internationally bestselling series starring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. A day before Joe's three daughters come home for Thanksgiving, Joe is called out for a moose poaching incident that turns out to be something much more sinister. At the same time, his wife Marybeth opens an unmarked package at the library where she works and finds a photo album that belonged to an infamous Nazi official. As Joe and Marybeth work to unravel the mysteries behind these seemingly unrelated incidents, they find their family drawn into the crosshairs of a pair of dangerous killers.

Books for signing will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES.

Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.

Favorite Author Series

Ridley Pearson

Ridley Pearson - Kingdom Keepers Inheritance book cover and color author photo
Monday, March 14, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Bestselling Adventure Author
Ridley Pearson
Author of “Kingdom Keepers Inheritance”

Bestselling author Ridley Pearson returns to the Kingdom Keepers, his beloved middle-grade Disneyland adventure series. In the near future, in the Epcot of Walt Disney’s imagination, sixty thousand people live in a CommuniTree surrounding the Disney World theme park. Five unique families are among the residents—and some of the parents were once known as the Kingdom Keepers. When a messenger carrying a secret communication from Villains Park in Hong Kong coincides with both a solar eclipse and Eli Whitman’s thirteenth birthday—a few “ordinary” kids are thrust into a battle to save Epcot.

Books for signing will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES.

Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.

Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer - The Lightning Rod book cover and color author photo
Friday, March 18, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

#1 Bestselling Author
Brad Meltzer
Author of “The Lightning Rod: A Zig and Nola Novel” 

#1 bestselling author Brad Meltzer presents the highly anticipated follow-up to his thriller "The Escape Artist," featuring Nola and Zig, the most charismatic new crime-solving duo we've seen in decades. When mortician “Zig” Zigarowski is working on a body, he uncovers clues about a top-secret military base and a connection to military artist and Sergeant First Class Nola Brown. Two years ago, Nola saved Zig’s life—so he knows better than most that she’s as dangerous as a bolt of lightning. As Zig tries to track Nola down, his investigation leads to one of the U.S. government’s most intensely guarded secrets.

Books for signing will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES.

John Scalzi

John Scalzi - The Kaiju Preservation Society book cover and color author photo
Friday, March 25, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Bestselling Science Fiction Writer
John Scalzi
Author of “The Kaiju Preservation Society” 

One of the most popular science fiction writers of his generation, John Scalzi presents his highly-anticipated and addictive escapist adventure for fans of Godzilla and Jurassic Park. After COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, food delivery-driver Jamie Gray jumps at an opportunity to take a field position with an "animal rights organization." What Jamie is not told is that the animals he'll be caring for are not here on Earth, but In an alternate dimension where massive Kaiju roam a warm and human-free world. It's not just the Kaiju Preservation Society who have found their way to the alternate world. Others have, too. And their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die.

Books for signing will be available for purchase from The Novel Neighbor.

MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES.