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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. 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.

Clare McHugh

Thursday, October 01, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: October 1, 7:00 p.m. on

Clare McHugh, "A Most English Princess"

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

Clare McHugh’s debut novel tells the gripping and tragic story of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal. To the world, she was the daughter of a queen, wife of an emperor, and mother of Kaiser Wilhelm, but to her family she was Vicky. Smart, pretty, and self-assured, she changed the course of the world. McHugh tells the enthralling story of Victoria—from her younger years as the apple of her father Albert's eyes through her rise to power atop the mighty German empire to her final months of life.

Signed book available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available. 


Matt Haig

Tuesday, October 06, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: October 6, 7:00 p.m. on

Matt Haig, "The Midnight Library"

The internationally bestselling author of “How to Stop Time” presents a dazzling new novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived. Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. What if you had the chance to go to the library and see each of these possible lives for yourself? Would any life truly be better? Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel follows one woman’s search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library.

Signed book available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available. 

Jasper Fforde

Thursday, October 08, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: October 8, 7:00 p.m. on

Jasper Fforde, "The Constant Rabbit"

Jasper Fforde, beloved creator of the Thursday Next series, is back with a “fun and slightly bonkers” (The Guardian) new standalone novel in which he takes on issues of xenophobia with his signature world-building and humor. Welcome to England, 2022. There are 1.2 million human-size rabbits living in the UK, the result of an Inexplicable Anthropomorphizing Event. When a family of rabbits moves into the cozy village of Much Hemlock, they must fight for their place against the prejudice of their neighbors and the full power of the ruling United Kingdom Anti-Rabbit Party. An inimitable blend of satire and thriller, “The Constant Rabbit” is the latest dazzlingly original foray into Jasper Fforde’s ever-astonishing creative genius.

Signed copies of the book are available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pickup and shipping available. 

Peace Adzo Medie

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 7:00 p.m.

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

Peace Adzo Medie, "His Only Wife"

One of the most anticipated books for Fall, Ghanaian novelist Peace Adzo Medie”s “His Only Wife” is a captivating story of independence, obligations to family, class divides—and a love triangle. Afi is a seamstress who’s offered a proposal of marriage she can’t refuse. What she doesn’t know is that her new husband, Eli, is in love with another woman—one his wealthy family disapproves of. As her new status opens more doors, Afi begins to see a life of independence. At its heart, the novel is a story of a young woman coming into her own and finding her voice. 

Signed copies of the book are available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pickup and shipping available. 

H.W. Brands

Thursday, October 15, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: October 15, 7:00 p.m. on
H.W. Brands, "The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom"
In conversation with historian Talmage Boston
Master storyteller H. W. Brands narrates the epic struggle over slavery as embodied by John Brown and Abraham Lincoln—two men moved to radically different acts to confront our nation’s gravest sin. John Brown was a deeply religious man who heard the God of the Old Testament telling him to destroy slavery by any means. When Congress opened Kansas territory to slavery in 1854, Brown raised a band of followers to wage war. Brown’s violence pointed ambitious Illinois lawyer Abraham Lincoln toward a different solution to slavery: politics. Lincoln spoke cautiously and dreamed big, yet his caution could not protect him from the vortex of violence Brown had set in motion. The time for moderation had passed, and Lincoln’s fervent belief that democracy could resolve its moral crises peacefully faced its ultimate test.

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

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Laila Lalami

Monday, October 19, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: October 19, 7:00 p.m. on
Laila Lalami, "Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America"
Interview moderated by Anna Crosslin, President & CEO for the International Institute of St. Louis.
Presented in partnership with the International Institute of St. Louis
What does it mean to be American? In this starkly illuminating and impassioned book, Pulitzer Prize­­–finalist Laila Lalami recounts her unlikely journey from Moroccan immigrant to U.S. citizen, using it as a starting point for her exploration of the rights, liberties, and protections that are traditionally associated with American citizenship. Tapping into history, politics, and literature, she elucidates how accidents of birth—such as national origin, race, and gender—that once determined the boundaries of Americanness still cast their shadows today.
Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Reid Forgrave

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: October 21, 7:00 p.m. on
Reid Forgrave, "Love, Zac: Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy"
In 2015, Zac Easter, a 24-year-old from small-town Iowa, decided to take his own life rather than continue his losing battle against the traumatic brain injuries he had sustained as a no-holds-barred high school football player. For this deeply reported and powerfully moving true story, award-winning sportswriter Reid Forgrave was given access to Zac’s own diaries and was able to speak with Zac’s family, friends, and coaches. He explores Zac’s tight-knit, football-obsessed Midwestern community; he interviews leading brain scientists, psychologists, and sports historians; and he takes a deep dive into the triumphs and sins of the sports entertainment industry.
Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Paola Ramos

Friday, October 23, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: October 23, 7:00 p.m. on

Paola Ramos, "Finding Latinx: In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity"

Young Latinos across the United States are redefining their identities, pushing boundaries, and awakening politically in powerful ways. Many of them—Afrolatino, indigenous, Muslim, queer and undocumented—are voices who have been chronically overlooked in how the diverse population of almost sixty million Latinos in the U.S. has been represented. In this empowering cross-country travelogue, journalist and activist Paola Ramos embarks on a journey to find the communities of people defining the controversial term, “Latinx.” Drawing on intensive field research as well as her own personal story, Ramos chronicles how “Latinx” has given rise to a sense of collectivity among Latinos unseen in this country for decades.

Signed copies of the book are available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pickup and shipping available. 


Connor Towne O’Neill

Thursday, October 29, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: October 29, 7:00 p.m. on

Connor Towne O’Neill, "Down Along With That Devil’s Bones: A Reckoning with Memory, Monuments, and the Legacy of White Supremacy"

Journalist Connor Towne O’Neill takes a deep dive into American history, exposing the still-raging battles over monuments dedicated to one of the most notorious Confederate generals, Nathan Bedford Forrest. Through the lens of these conflicts, O’Neill examines the legacy of white supremacy in America. “Down Along with That Devil’s Bones” presents an important and eye-opening account of how we got from Appomattox to Charlottesville, and where, if we can truly understand and transcend our past, we could be headed next.

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

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Katie J. Moon

Thursday, November 05, 2020 7:00 p.m.

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

Katie J. Moon, "Groundbreakers, Rule-Breakers & Rebels: 50 Unstoppable St. Louis Women"

The history of women’s activism in St. Louis began long before 1920, when Missouri ratified the Nineteenth Amendment and gave women the right to vote. In “Groundbreakers, Rule-Breakers, & Rebels,” a companion book to the Missouri History Museum’s “Beyond the Ballot: St. Louis and Suffrage” exhibit, author and exhibits manager Katie J. Moon tells the stories of fifty female pioneers with ties to St. Louis, from European-born settlers like Marie-Thérèse Bourgeois Chouteau to early-twentieth-century cookbook author Irma Rombauer and renowned activist poet Maya Angelou. Whether world-famous or not, each of the trailblazing women in this book faced a host of specific obstacles and restrictions in their chosen fields that existed solely because of their gender. Their victories were all hard won and well earned.

Missouri Historical SocietySigned copies of the book are available from the Missouri Historical Society. 

Rick Bragg

Monday, November 09, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: November 9, 7:00 p.m. on

Rick Bragg, "Where I Come From: Stories of the Deep South"

Bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “All Over but the Shoutin’” and “Ava’s Man,” Rick Bragg shares a collection of wide-ranging and endearingly personal essays from his popular columns in Southern Living and Garden & Gun. From his love of Tupperware to the decline of country music, from the legacy of Harper Lee to the metamorphosis of the pickup truck, “Where I Come From” is an ode to the stories and the history of the Deep South, written with tenderness, wit, and deep affection--a book that will be treasured by fans old and new.

Signed copies of the book are available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pickup and shipping available. 

Peter Cozzens

Author Peter Cozzens - book cover an photo
Thursday, November 12, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Video premiere: November 12, 7:00 p.m. on
Peter Cozzens, "Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied a Nation "
Interview moderated by Dr. William S. Belko, Executive Director - Missouri Humanities Council  
The author of numerous acclaimed books on the Indian Wars of the American West, Peter Cozzens brings us to the forefront of the chaos and violence that characterized the young American Republic, when settlers spilled across the Appalachians to bloody effect, disregarding their rightful Indian owners. "Tecumseh and the Prophet" presents the untold story of Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa, the Shawnee brothers who retaliated against this threat--the two most significant siblings in Native American history, who, Cozzens helps us understand, should be writ large in the annals of America.  
Presented in partnership by the St. Louis County Library, HEC Media and the Missouri Humanities Council
Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.