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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.

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.


Kwame Mbalia

Kwame Mbalia
Monday, October 21, 2019 6:30 p.m.
Florissant Valley Branch
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The first installment in a new middle grade adventure series from Rick Riordan presents, Kwame Mbalia’s epic fantasy is set in a richly imagined world populated with African American folk heroes and West African gods.

Sent to his grandparent’s farm in Alabama after a tragic accident, seventh-grader Tristan Strong finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes at a price. Can Tristan save this world before he loses more of the things he loves?

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series.

Books for signing will be available for purchase from Barnes & Noble.

Elizabeth Strout

Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

#1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout continues the life of her beloved Olive Kitteridge, a character who has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is “a compelling life force” (San Francisco Chronicle). The New Yorker has said that Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” and she has never done so more clearly than in “Olive, Again,” where the iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Eva Chen and Derek Desierto

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6:30 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Instagram superstar and author Eva Chen and illustrator Derek Desierto present a picture book that’s equal parts fashion fairy tale and guide to girl power. It’s school picture day and Juno Valentine is having a fashion emergency! In an epic chase through time, June gets some help from female icons like Simone Biles, Audrey Hepburn, Annie Oakley, and Michelle Obama. Along the way, she discovers the self-confidence she needs to express herself in her own magical way. Eva Chen is the Director of Fashion Partnerships for Instagram and the former editor-in-chief at Lucky Magazine.

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor. A book purchase will be required at the event to enter the signing line.

Ann Cleeves

Monday, November 04, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From Ann Cleeves, bestselling author of “Vera” and “Shetland,” beloved by readers and TV viewers alike, comes a spectacular new series, told with deep compassion and searing insight. In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church during his estranged father’s funeral. As he turns to walk away, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck. As deadly secrets are revealed, the case calls Matthew back to the people and places of his past.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Melanie Mitchell

Wednesday, November 06, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

No recent scientific enterprise has proved as alluring, terrifying, and filled with extravagant promise and frustrating setbacks as artificial intelligence. Award-winning author and leading computer scientist, Melanie Mitchell now reveals its turbulent history and the recent surge of apparent successes, grand hopes, and emerging fears that surround AI. Interweaving stories about the science and the people behind it, "Artificial Intelligence" brims with clear-sighted, captivating, accounts of the most provocative modern work in AI. This frank, lively book will prove an indispensable guide to understanding today's AI, its quest for "human-level" intelligence, and its impacts on all of our futures.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

Ridley Pearson and Meg Cabot

Monday, November 11, 2019 6:30 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Superstars of young readers’ literature Ridley Pearson and Meg Cabot discuss their newest graphic novels published by DC Comics.

Ridley Pearson is the internationally bestselling author of the Kingdom Keepers and Peter and the Starcatchers series. His new graphic novel series “Super Sons” follows the crime-fighting adventures of Jon Kent and Damian Wayne--sons of the World’s Greatest Heroes!

From the #1 bestselling author of “The Princess Diaries” comes “Black Canary: Ignite,” Meg Cabot's first graphic novel! Following the story of Gotham City teenager Dinah Lance, this mother-daughter story embraces the highs and lows of growing up—without growing out of what makes us unique.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

Paul Hendrickson

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Bestselling author Paul Hendrickson presents an illuminating biography that will change the way we understand the life, mind, and work of America's premier architect–Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright has long been known as a rank egotist who held in contempt almost everything aside from his own genius. Harder to detect, but no less real, is a Wright who fully understood, and suffered from, his often alienating behavior. This is the Wright whom Hendrickson reveals in this masterful biography. In showing us Wright's facades along with their cracks, Hendrickson helps us form a fresh, deep, and more human understanding of the man behind the genius.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Peter Caddick-Adams

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Published to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, British military historian Peter Caddick-Adams’ “Sand and Steel” is a comprehensive, monumental account of the greatest and most consequential military operation of modern times, drawing on first-hand battlefield research and personal testimony and interviews. In addition to covering the build-up to the invasion, Caddick-Adams gives a detailed account of the German preparations and reveals precisely what lay in wait for the Allies. But the heart of the book is Caddick-Adams’ narratives of the five beaches where the terrible drama played out—Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword—and the attempt by American, British, and Canadian soldiers to gain a foothold in Europe.

Presented by the Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

B.J. Miller

Thursday, November 21, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Palliative care doctor B.J. Miller presents a compassionate and comprehensive guide to dying—and living life fully until you do. “A Beginner’s Guide to the End” is a clear-eyed and big-hearted action plan for approaching the end of life, written to help readers feel more in control of a process that so often seems anything but controllable. The book offers everything from a step-by-step guide to legal documents and the healthcare system to advice on how to talk friends and family. An honest, surprising, and detail-oriented guide to the most universal of all experiences, “A Beginner’s Guide to the End” is the book everyone needs.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

Ticketed Event – Mo Rocca

Friday, November 22, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

“CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent, history buff, and humor writer Mo Rocca presents a charmingly irreverent and rigorously researched book that celebrates the dead people who made life worth living. In this companion book to his popular podcast “Mobituaries,” Mo Rocca profiles the people who have long fascinated him—including the 20th century’s greatest entertainer, sitcom characters gone all too soon, and a shamefully forgotten Founding Father. Even if you know the names, you’ve never understood why they matter…until now.

Tickets go on sale October 15 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

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $30 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Mobituaries”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $35 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Mobituaries”)

**The presentation will be followed by a book signing/photo line.

The proceeds from this event will benefit the Library Foundation’s literacy programs.

Ticketed Event – Mo Rocca

Friday, November 22, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

“CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent, history buff, and humor writer Mo Rocca presents a charmingly irreverent and rigorously researched book that celebrates the dead people who made life worth living. In this companion book to his popular podcast “Mobituaries,” Mo Rocca profiles the people who have long fascinated him—including the 20th century’s greatest entertainer, sitcom characters gone all too soon, and a shamefully forgotten Founding Father. Even if you know the names, you’ve never understood why they matter…until now.

Tickets go on sale October 15 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

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $30 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Mobituaries”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $35 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Mobituaries”)

**The presentation will be followed by a book signing/photo line.

The proceeds from this event will benefit the Library Foundation’s literacy programs.