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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. 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

We would like to thank our presenting sponsor, Webster University, for supporting the St. Louis County Library Author Series.

Eddie Glaude Jr.

Eddie Glaude Jr. - book cover and color author photo
Tuesday, August 03, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: August 3, 7:00 p.m. on

Eddie Glaude Jr., "Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons For Our Own Time"

In conversation with Gerald Early, Washington University - Chair of African and African American Studies

James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. What can we learn from his struggle in our own moment? In these brilliant and stirring pages, Eddie Glaude Jr. finds hope and guidance in Baldwin as he mixes biography with history, memoir, and poignant analysis of our current moment to reveal the painful cycle of Black resistance and white retrenchment. As Glaude bears witness to the difficult truth of racism’s continued grip on the national soul, “Begin Again” is a searing exploration of the tangled web of race, trauma, and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a new America.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Megan Abbott

Megan Abbott - The Turnout book cover and color author photo
Thursday, August 05, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: August 5, 7:00 p.m. on

Megan Abbott, “The Turnout”

In conversation with Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of “The Girl on the Train”

Bestselling author Megan Abbott sets her mesmerizing new novel against the hothouse of a family-run ballet studio. With their long necks, matching buns, and pink tights, Dara and Marie Durant have been dancers since they can remember. Growing up, they trained under their glamorous mother, founder of the Durant School of Dance. Despite lifelong tensions, the sisters have now perfected a routine that keeps the school running. But after a suspicious accident during the school’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker,” an interloper arrives to threaten the sisters’ delicate balance. Taut and unnerving, “The Turnout” is a sharp and strange dissection of family ties, femininity, and power. 

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Nicola Harrison

Nicola Harrison - The Show Girl book cover and color author photo
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: August 11, 7:00 p.m. on

Nicola Harrison, “The Show Girl”

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

Historical novelist and fashion journalist Nicola Harrison gives a glimpse of the glamorous world of the Ziegfeld Follies, through the eyes of a young midwestern woman who comes to New York City determined to be a star. Extremely talented as a singer and dancer, it takes every bit of perseverance before Olive McCormick finally makes it on stage. And once she does, all the excitement is everything she imagined and more. Then she meets handsome, wealthy Archie Carmichael. Olive must decide if she is willing to reveal a devastating secret and sacrifice the life she loves for the man she loves.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor.

Brittany K. Barnett

Monday, August 16, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: August 16, 7:00 p.m. on

Brittany K. Barnett, "A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom"

In conversation with Beth Huebner, University of Missouri-St. Louis - Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Brittany K. Barnett was on her way to a career as a successful corporate attorney when she first heard about Sharanda Jones, a single mother and business owner serving a life sentence for a first-time drug offense. Flooded with memories of her own mother’s struggles with addiction and incarceration, Brittany embarked on a relentless fight for Sharanda’s second chance. Along the way, Brittany’s unwavering belief in humanity and her hard-won legal battles transformed her understanding of judicial sentencing, human potential languishing behind bars, and the very definition of freedom. 

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Martha Ackmann

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: Wednesday, August 18, 7:00 p.m. on

Martha Ackmann, “These Fevered Dreams: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson”

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, this engaging, insightful portrayal of Emily Dickinson sheds new light on one of American literature’s most enigmatic figures. In “These Fevered Days,” Martha Ackmann unravels the mysteries of Dickinson’s life through ten decisive episodes that distill her evolution as a poet. Utilizing thousands of archival letters and poems as well as never-before-seen photos, Ackmann constructs a remarkable map of Emily Dickinson’s inner life. 

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Jean Becker

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: August 25, 7:00 p.m. on

Jean Becker, "The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H.W. Bush’s Post-Presidency"

As chief of staff, Jean Becker had a ringside seat to the never-boring story of George Herbert Walker Bush's life after the White House. Bush's post-presidency journey was filled with determination, courage, humor, and big ideas. He became best friends with the man who defeated him; developed the odd habit of jumping out of airplanes; and learned how to adjust to life in a wheelchair, after having lived most of his life as a high-energy athlete. Full of heart and wisdom, “The Man I Knew” tells the story of one man's humble journey from president to man of the people.

Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

An Evening with Renowned Conductor and Composer Leonard Slatkin

Monday, September 13, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The Grammy Award-winning, Conductor Laureate and former Music Director for St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, will discuss the release of his third book, “Classical Crossroads: The Path Forward for Music in the 21st Century” with CEO and General Manager at Classic 107.3, John Clare. Guests will enjoy a live performance by Leonard Slatkin of Leroy Anderson - "The Typewriter" (arr. Woehr), a pre-recorded performance of Charles Ives "Variations on America" (arr. McCall) and a live string quartet performance by Chamber Music Society of St. Louis. 


For an additional donation, guests can mingle in-person with Mr. Slatkin at an exclusive pre-event cocktail reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m. held at Library Headquarters. Tickets are limited. 

  • VIP TICKET - $150
    Admits ONE and includes cocktail reception and one pre-signed copy of "Classical Crossroad"

Tickets go on sale August 2 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Books provided by Left Bank Books.

St. Louis County Library is mindful of all CDC guidelines and social distancing requirements. The proceeds from this event will benefit the St. Louis County Library Foundation and the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis.

St. Louis County Library Foundation (logo) and Chamber Music Society of St. Louis (logo)