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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. 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.

St. Louis Teen Book Festival

St. Louis Teen Book Festival - April 8-18
Thursday, April 08, 2021 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, April 18, 2021 7:00 p.m.

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media and the Novel Neighbor bookstore are excited to announce the St. Louis Teen Book Festival taking place online April 8-18, 2021. The event will feature 39 of the hottest writers in YA literature and 11 days of programming dedicated to teen readers. Learn more. 

Ally Carter

Saturday, May 08, 2021 2:00 p.m.

Video premiere: May 8, 2:00 p.m. on

Ally Carter, "Winterborne Home for Mayhem and Mystery"

Bestselling YA author Ally Carter presents the second installment in her thrilling middle grade series--a story of five extraordinary orphans, one mansion and no rules! The kids of Winterborne House are the only ones who know that Gabriel Winterborne—famous billionaire and terrible cook—is really a sword-wielding vigilante. What they don’t know is that he’s not the only one. When a masked figure breaks in, it’s clear that Gabriel has met his match, and now no one is safe. The kids will have to solve a decades-old mystery in order to hang on to the most important thing in the world: each other.

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

Virtual Author Visit for Young Readers

Stephanie Dray

Monday, May 10, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: May 10, 7:00 p.m. on

Stephanie Dray, “The Women of Chateau Lafayette”

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

Bestselling historical novelist Stephanie Dray presents an epic saga based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy. 1774: Noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette joins the fight for American independence. 1914: at the outbreak of war, glittering socialite Beatrice Chanler takes on the challenge of convincing America to fight for what’s right. 1940: aspiring artist Marthe Simone watches the realities of Nazi occupation transform her life in the isolated castle she calls home. Intricately woven and powerfully told, “The Women of Chateau Lafayette” is a sweeping novel about love and courage, and the strength we take from those who came before us.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available.


Brian Alexander

Thursday, May 13, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: May 13, 7:00 p.m. on

Brian Alexander, "The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town"

Bestselling author Brian Alexander presents an intimate, heart-wrenching portrait of one small hospital that reveals the magnitude of the healthcare crisis. Bryan, Ohio - population 8,500 - is still trying to recover from the Great Recession. As Bryan’s only hospital fights against a rapidly consolidating medical industry, a 39-year-old diabetic literally fights for his limbs, and a 55-year-old contractor lies dying in the emergency room. With these and other stories, Alexander strips away policy to reveal Americans’ struggle against a powerful system that’s stacked against them, but yet so fragile it blows apart when the pandemic hits. Culminating with COVID-19, this book offers a blueprint for how we created the crisis we're in.

Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Medical Arts Author Series

David O. Stewart

Monday, May 17, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: May 17, 7:00 p.m. on

David O. Stewart, "George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father"

In conversation with Amanda Clark, Missouri Historical Society - Community Tours Manager 

Award-winning historian presents a fascinating account of how George Washington became the single most dominant force in the creation of the United States of America. Washington's rise constitutes one of the greatest self-reinventions in history. In his twenties, this third son of a modest Virginia planter had ruined his own military career thanks to an outrageous ego. By Thirty years later, he was unanimously elected the nation's first president. In this remarkable portrait, Stewart unveils the political education that made Washington a master politician —and America's most essential leader. 

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

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Peter H. Raven

Thursday, May 20, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: Thursday, May 20,  7:00 p.m. on

Peter H. Raven, "Driven By Nature: A Personal Journey from Shanghai to Botany and Global Sustainability"

Presented in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden Press 

It’s safe to say that few people have lived lives as thoroughly devoted to plants as Peter H. Raven has. The longtime director—now president emeritus—of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Raven has been a tireless champion of sustainability and biodiversity, earning him the plaudit of “Hero for the Planet” from Time. “Driven by Nature” is the first chronicle of this prominent scientist and conservationist’s life. Moving from his idyllic childhood in San Francisco to his four decades leading the Missouri Botanical Garden, Raven’s autobiography reinforces the crucial importance of scientific learning, active conservation, and committed activism in the face of a rapidly changing natural world.

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


Cory Anderson

Saturday, May 22, 2021 2:00 p.m.

Video premiere: May 22, 2:00 p.m. on

Cory Anderson, "What Beauty There Is"

Young Adult author Cory Anderson presents a stunning novel of brutality and beauty. Living in harsh poverty, Jack Dahl and his younger brother have nothing—except each other. And now Jack faces a stark choice: lose his brother to foster care or find the drug money that sent his father to prison. Ava Bardem lives in isolation. For seventeen years her father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. Now her father is stalking the same money as Jack. When he picks up on Jack’s trail, Ava must make her own wrenching choice: remain silent or help the brothers survive.

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

Virtual Author Visit for Young Readers

Stephanie Malia Krauss

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: Thursday, May 25,  7:00 p.m. on

Stephanie Malia Krauss, “Making It: What Today’s Kids Need for Tomorrow’s World”

St. Louis based mother, educator and social worker, Stephanie Malia Krauss knows firsthand how hard it is to balance school requirements with young people's needs. In “Making It: What Today's Kids Need for Tomorrow's World,” she lays out what adults can do to get young people ready for the future. With so much changing so fast–accelerated by the impacts of COVID-19–the most in-demand skills of today may be obsolete by the time our youngest kids become adults. For kids to be ready for this new reality, they must acquire skills that will serve them well, whatever their future holds. “Making It” is a timely and useful resource putting young people first and modernizing their learning experiences for the better.

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


Sarah Kendzior

Thursday, May 27, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: May 27, 7:00 p.m. on

Sarah Kendzior, "Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America”

Bestselling author Sarah Kendzior is nationally recognized for her reporting on St. Louis, her coverage of the 2016 election, and her academic research on authoritarian states. In “Hiding in Plain Sight,” Kendzior outlines Donald Trump’s meteoric rise from the 1980s until today, interlinking key moments of his life with the degradation of the American political system and the continual erosion of our civil liberties by foreign powers. “Hiding in Plain Sight” pulls back the veil on a history spanning decades--a history of an American autocrat in the making. In doing so, she reveals the inherent fragility of American democracy.

Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Marie Mutsuki Mockett

Tuesday, June 01, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: Tuesday, June 1,  7:00 p.m. on

Marie Mutsuki Mockett, "American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland"

For over 100 years, the Mockett family has owned a 7,000 acre wheat farm in the panhandle of Nebraska. Marie Mutsuki Mockett, who grew up in bohemian California, with her father and her Japanese mother, knew little about farming when she inherited this land. In “American Harvest,” Mockett follows the harvest season with a group of evangelical Christians who have cut her family’s fields for decades. Mockett’s journey peels back layers of the American story to expose its contradictions and unhealed wounds. She joins the crew in the fields, attends church, and struggles to adapt to the rhythms of rural life, all the while continually reminded of her own status as a person who signals “not white.” “American Harvest,” is an important book for our fractured times, a study in seeing and hearing an America different from the one we are surrounded by each day.

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.


Francesca Gino

Thursday, June 03, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: Thursday, June 3,  7:00 p.m. on

Francesca Gino, "Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and In Life"

In conversation with Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studio

Do you want to follow a script — or write your own story? Award-winning Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino shows us why the most successful among us break the rules, and how rebellion brings joy and meaning into our lives. Gino has spent more than a decade studying rebels at organizations around the world, from high-end boutiques in Italy’s fashion capital, to the World’s Best Restaurant, to an award-winning computer animation studio. Gino argues that the future belongs to the rebel — and cultivating rebel talent is what allows businesses to evolve and to prosper. 

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

Ben Rhodes

Monday, June 07, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: June 7, 7:00 p.m. on

Ben Rhodes, "After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made"

In conversation with Tony Messenger, Pulitzer Prize-Winning St. Louis Post Dispatch Reporter

The bestselling author of “The World As We Know It” and co-host of Pod Save the World asks: Why is Democracy so threatened in America and around the world? In 2017, as former White House aide Ben Rhodes was helping Barack Obama begin his next chapter, the legacy they had worked to build for eight years was being taken apart. To understand what was happening in America, Rhodes decided to look outward. Over the next three years, he traveled to dozens of countries, meeting with politicians, activists, and dissidents confronting the same nationalism and authoritarianism that was tearing America apart. Part memoir and part reportage, “After the Fall” is a hugely ambitious and essential work of discovery. 

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Valerie Battle Kienzle

Thursday, June 10, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: Thursday, June 10,  7:00 p.m. on

Valerie Battle Kienzle, "Ready to Wear: A History of the Footwear and Garment Industries in St. Louis"

With its location on the banks of the Mississippi River, St. Louis was a 19th century center of fur trading, cotton and wool distribution, footwear, and clothing production. “Ready to War” is the story of the birth, growth, decline and rebirth of the St. Louis footwear and garment industries. Colorfully weaving historical narrative, personal connection, and local lore, Valerie Battle Kienzle transports the reader to the St. Louis of yesteryear and the surprising fashion-industry hub right in the heart of the Midwest. 

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.


Daniel Levin

Monday, June 14, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: June 14, 7:00 p.m. on

Daniel Levin, "Proof of Life: Twenty Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle East"

A lawyer turned armed-conflict negotiator, Daniel Levin was at his office when he got a call from an acquaintance with an urgent, cryptic request to meet in Paris. A young man had gone missing in Syria. No government, embassy, or intelligence agency would help. So begins a suspenseful, shocking, and at times brutal true story of one man’s search to find a missing person in Syria over 20 tense days. “Proof of Life” is a fast-paced thriller wrapped in a memoir, a must-read for anyone interested in power dynamics and international affairs. 

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


Fiona Mozley

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: Wednesday, June 16,  7:00 p.m. on

Fiona Mozley, “Hot Stew”

In conversation with Ryan Krull, Interviews Editor - Boulevard Magazine

A finalist for the Man Booker Prize for her debut novel “Elmet,” Fiona Mozley’s much-anticipated second novel takes readers to the grimy, vibrant central London district of Soho. Young millionaire Agatha Howard plans on converting one piece of prime real estate into luxury condos--but the tenants have no intention of vacating the premises. As Mozley’s accomplished tragicomedy unfolds, a cast of heroic queers, junkie magicians, Russian oligarchs, radical protestors, and even a glamorous borzoi converge in unexpected ways. Entertaining and sharply funny, “Hot Stew” confronts questions about wealth and inheritance, gender and power, and the things women must do to survive in an unjust world.

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.


Polly Samson

Thursday, June 24, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: Thursday, June 24, 7:00 p.m. on

Polly Samson, “A Theater for Dreamers”

In April of 1960, a young Leonard Cohen arrived on the beautiful Greek island of Hydra. Just twenty-five years old, the charismatic poet was welcomed into a community of artists and writers, including Norwegian painter Axel Jensen, and Axel’s gentle, doting wife Marianne, who would soon become Leonard’s muse, inspiring his classic songs “So Long Marianne” and “Bird on the Wire.” Now, based on this bohemian community and their legendary exploits, rock-and-roll insider Polly Samson’s “A Theater for Dreamers” is a spellbinding tour-de-force about the wars waged between men and women on the battlegrounds of genius. 

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.


Jamie Brenner

Monday, June 28, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: Monday, June 28, 7:00 p.m. on

Jamie Brenner, “Blush”

For decades, the Hollander Estates winery has been a premier destination on the North Fork of Long Island. But behind the lush vineyards, the Hollander family fortunes have suffered. Family matriarch Vivian knows selling their winery to strangers will expose a dark secret she's harbored for decades. But when her granddaughter Sadie uncovers journals from Vivian's old book club dedicated to scandalous novels of decades past, she realizes that this might be the key to saving the family fortune. “Blush” is a bighearted story of love, family, and second chances, and an ode to the blockbuster novels that have shaped generations of women.

Books available from Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.