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Upcoming Authors @ SLCL

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.


Karin Slaughter

Monday, August 27, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The #1 internationally bestselling author returns with a story even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she’s written before. What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all? Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. But all that changes when a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. For nearly 30 years Laura has been hiding from her previous identity. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again. Andrea embarks on a desperate journey following the breadcrumbs of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them.

Sylvia Acevedo

Sunday, September 09, 2018 2:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 1:00 p.m.

CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA and rocket scientist, Sylvia Acevedo shares her inspiring life story. A meningitis outbreak in their underprivileged neighborhood left Sylvia Acevedo’s family forever altered. As she struggled in the aftermath of loss, young Sylvia’s life transformed when she joined the Brownies. The Girl Scouts taught her how to take control of her world and nourished her love of numbers and science. With new confidence, Sylvia navigated shifting cultural expectations at school and at home, forging her own trail to become one of the first Latinx to graduate with a Master’s in engineering from Stanford University and going on to become a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series. 

Stephen Fried

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In the summer of 1776, 56 men put their quills to a dangerous document they called the Declaration of Independence. Among them was a 30-year-old doctor named Benjamin Rush. One of the youngest signatories, he was also one of the most visionary. A brilliant physician and writer, Rush was known as the “American Hippocrates” for pioneering national healthcare and revolutionizing treatment of mental illness and addiction. Yet medicine is only part of his legacy. Dr. Rush was a vocal opponent of slavery, capital punishment, and prejudice by race, religion or gender. Drawing on a trove of previously unpublished documents, bestselling historian Stephen Fried resurrects the most significant Founding Father we’ve never heard of.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

Reed Farrel Coleman

Monday, September 17, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Author of the acclaimed Gus Murphy detective series, Reed Farrel Coleman has been selected by the estate of Robert B. Parker to continue the popular series about former baseball player turned LA police investigator Jesse Stone. In “Robert B. Parker’s Colorblind,” Jesse Stone is back on the job after a stint in rehab, and the road to recovery is immediately made bumpy by a series of disturbing and apparently racially motivated crimes. As he and his team work tirelessly to unravel the truth, he has to wonder if this is just one part of an even grander plot, one with an end game more destructive than any of them can imagine.

SOLD OUT: Dav Pilkey – Ticketed Event

Friday, September 21, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Tickets are sold out for the 6:00 p.m. book discussion and signing. 

Dav Pilkey will sign books for a second group starting at 8:00 pm on Friday, September 21. These “book signing only” tickets will go on sale Monday, August 13 at 9:00 a.m. Tickets are available for purchase online only, there are tickets for 350 people available. Due to parking limitations, we do not recommend arriving before 7pm. Additional details are available here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3589716https://www.brownpapertic...

This event is in support of The Little Bit Foundation and SLCL’s Sock & Underwear Drive. Bring a new pair of underwear or socks for a local kid in need!

Additional copies of all of Dav Pilkey’s books will be available for purchase from The Novel Neighbor.

Deborah Harkness

Saturday, September 22, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

#1 bestselling author of “A Discovery of Witches,” Deborah Harkness shares a passionate, supernatural love story. On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus's deeply-held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood. “Time's Convert” will delight fans of the All Souls trilogy and all readers of magic and romance.

 

Esi Edugyan

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From the author of the award-winning “Half-Blood Blues” comes a dazzling new novel, about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world. Washington Black is an 11-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born. When his master’s eccentric brother, Titch, chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him. A naturalist, explorer, and abolitionist, Titch initiates Wash into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky; where two people, separated by an impossible divide, might begin to see each other as human; and where a boy born in chains can embrace a life of dignity and meaning.

Sandeep Jauhar

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

For centuries, the human heart seemed beyond our understanding: an inscrutable shuddering mass that was somehow the driver of emotion and the seat of the soul. As cardiologist and bestselling author Sandeep Jauhar shows in “Heart: A History,” it was only recently that we demolished age-old taboos and devised the transformative procedures that have changed the way we live. Deftly alternating between key historical episodes and his own work, Jauhar tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

Nick Bunker

Thursday, September 27, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From his early career as a printer and journalist, to his scientific work and his role as a founder of a new republic, Benjamin Franklin has always seemed the inevitable embodiment of American ingenuity. But in his youth he had to make his way through a harsh colonial world where he fought many battles: with his rivals, but also with his wayward emotions. Taking Franklin to the age of 41, when he made his first electrical discoveries, Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian Nick Bunker goes behind the legend to reveal the sources of his passion for knowledge. A tale of science, politics, war, and religion, Franklin emerges as a brilliant but flawed human being.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Laini Taylor

Thursday, October 04, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Author of the bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Laini Taylor presents the highly anticipated, thrilling sequel to her hit young adult novel “Strange the Dreamer.” Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous fantasy thriller. Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old. She believed she knew every horror. She was wrong. In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance.

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series. 

Ryan T. Higgins

Sunday, October 07, 2018 4:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 3:00 p.m.

Readers will gobble up this hilarious new children’s book from award-winning author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins, creator of “Mother Bruce” and “BE QUIET!” It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all.

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series. 

Justin Driver

Tuesday, October 09, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Award-winning constitutional law scholar, Justin Driver presents an engaging book that aims to vindicate the rights of public school students. From racial segregation to unauthorized immigration, antiwar protests to compulsory flag salutes, economic inequality to teacher-led prayer: these are but a few of the cultural anxieties that the Supreme Court has addressed regarding schools. “The Schoolhouse Gate” gives a provocative account of the historic legal battles and illuminates contemporary disputes that continue to fracture the nation.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Hampton Sides

Thursday, October 11, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Hailed by critics as one of the best nonfiction writers of his generation, Hampton Sides chronicles the extraordinary feats of heroism during one of the most harrowing operations in American military history: the Korean War’s battle at the Chosin Reservoir. Sides’ superb account relies on years of archival research and interviews. This is an immediate, grunt’s-eye view of history, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Ellie Kemper - Ticketed Event

Saturday, October 13, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Comedian and star of “The Office” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Ellie Kemper delivers a hilarious and uplifting collection of essays about her journey from suburban St. Louis to Hollywood. Contagiously cheerful, predictably wholesome, and mostly inspiring except for one essay about her husband’s feet, “My Squirrel Days” is a funny, free-wheeling tour of Ellie’s life

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $35 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “My Squirrel Days”)

PACKAGE TICKET $40 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “My Squirrel Days”)

A limited number of PRE-SALE TICKETS go on sale September 4 for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org.

Tickets go on sale September 6 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.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

The proceeds from this event will benefit St. Louis County Library’s Career Online High School Scholarship Fund.

Cressida Cowell

Monday, October 15, 2018 6:30 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

From the bestselling author of “How to Train Your Dragon” comes an exciting high-adventure series—set in a magical time full of Wizards, Warriors, Giants and Sprites. This was once the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who had been taught since birth to hate each other like poison. But now, the boy Wizard and girl Warrior have been brought together in the Badwoods and they have witnessed the shocking consequences of the Stone That Takes Away Magic. They will need to cast aside their differences once more—for an Evil Spell has broken free.

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series. 

Elliot Ackerman

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

National Book Award-nominated author of “Dark at the Crossing,” Elliot Ackerman presents a shattering new novel that traces the intersection of three star-crossed lives. Veteran Eden Malcom lies in a bed, unable to move or to speak. His wife Mary spends every day on the sofa in his hospital room. But on Christmas, the one day Mary is not at his bedside, Eden’s re-ordered consciousness comes flickering to life. As he begins to find a way to communicate, some troubling truths about his marriage—and about his life before he went to war—come to the surface. A piercingly insightful, deeply felt meditation on loyalty and betrayal, “Waiting for Eden” is a tour de force of profound humanity.

Lou Berney

Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Set against the assassination of JFK, “November Road” is a poignant and evocative crime novel that centers on a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America—a story of unexpected connections, daring possibilities, and the hope of second chances. A loyal street lieutenant to New Orleans’ mob boss, Frank Guidry has learned that everybody is expendable. But now it’s his turn—he knows too much about the crime of the century: the assassination of President Kennedy. Guidry knows that the first rule of running is “don’t stop,” but when he sees a beautiful housewife on the side of the road with a broken-down car and two little daughters, he knows it is the perfect disguise to cover his tracks from the hit men on his tail.

B. A. Shapiro

Thursday, October 25, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Author of “The Art Forger” and “The Muralist,” B. A. Shapiro has made the historical art thriller her own. In “The Collector’s Apprentice,” she gives us an unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession. It’s the summer of 1922, and 19-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself broke and alone in Paris. Everyone in Belgium believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game. To protect herself, she creates a new identity, a Frenchwoman named Vivienne Gregsby, and sets out to prove her innocence. When an eccentric art collector offers Vivienne the perfect job, she is soon caught up in the Parisian art world—including Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse, with whom Vivienne becomes romantically entwined.

Sarah Mylnowski

Monday, October 29, 2018 6:30 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Sarah Mylnowski’s bestselling Whatever After series follows the adventures of siblings Abby and Jonah, whose magic mirror leads them into different fairy tales, from Snow White to Rapunzel to the Little Mermaid. In “Seeing Red,” Abby and Jonah are off to visit their Nana, who knows ALL about fairy tales. But things go wrong when the siblings wind up in the classic fairy tale of “Little Red Riding Hood.” Will they escape the big, bad wolf in time? Hijinks, hilarity, and lots of girl power are guaranteed!

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series. 

SOLD OUT: Dav Pilkey – Ticketed Event

Friday, September 21, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Tickets are sold out for the 6:00 p.m. book discussion and signing. 

Dav Pilkey will sign books for a second group starting at 8:00 pm on Friday, September 21. These “book signing only” tickets will go on sale Monday, August 13 at 9:00 a.m. Tickets are available for purchase online only, there are tickets for 350 people available. Due to parking limitations, we do not recommend arriving before 7pm. Additional details are available here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3589716https://www.brownpapertic...

This event is in support of The Little Bit Foundation and SLCL’s Sock & Underwear Drive. Bring a new pair of underwear or socks for a local kid in need!

Additional copies of all of Dav Pilkey’s books will be available for purchase from The Novel Neighbor.

Ellie Kemper - Ticketed Event

Saturday, October 13, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Comedian and star of “The Office” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Ellie Kemper delivers a hilarious and uplifting collection of essays about her journey from suburban St. Louis to Hollywood. Contagiously cheerful, predictably wholesome, and mostly inspiring except for one essay about her husband’s feet, “My Squirrel Days” is a funny, free-wheeling tour of Ellie’s life

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $35 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “My Squirrel Days”)

PACKAGE TICKET $40 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “My Squirrel Days”)

A limited number of PRE-SALE TICKETS go on sale September 4 for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org.

Tickets go on sale September 6 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.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

The proceeds from this event will benefit St. Louis County Library’s Career Online High School Scholarship Fund.