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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 https://hecmedia.org/category/literature/virtual-events/.

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


David S. Reynolds

David S. Reynolds - Abe: Abraham Lincoln in Hs Times book cover and color author photo
Monday, October 18, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: October 18, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

David S. Reynolds, "Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times"

In conversation with Renowned Historian HW Brands

From one of the great historians of nineteenth-century America, “Abe” is a revelatory biography that brings Lincoln to life within his turbulent age. From New England Puritan stock on his father's side and Virginia Cavalier gentry on his mother's, Lincoln was linked by blood to the central conflict of the age. As a politician, he moved too slowly for some and too swiftly for many, but he always pushed toward justice while keeping the whole nation in mind. “Abe” culminates, of course, in the Civil War, the defining test of Lincoln and his beloved country. Reynolds shows us the extraordinary range of cultural knowledge Lincoln drew from as he shaped a vision of true union.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Cynthia Branigan

Cynthia Branigan - The Last diving Horse in America book cover and color author photo
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: Wednesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Cynthia Branigan, "The Last Diving Horse in America: Rescuing Gamal and Other Animals--Lessons in Living and Loving"

Doc Carver’s High Diving Horses was one of the most popular acts on the Atlantic City Pier. Beginning in 1929, four times a day, seven days a week, a trained horse sailed forty feet through the air, plung­ing into a ten-foot-deep tank of water. Decades later, the act was shuttered, and Gamal, the last Atlantic City diving horse was placed on the auction block. Haunted by the act she’d seen as a child, Cynthia Branigan made the impulsive decision to out-bid the slaughterhouses. Branigan shares the magical story of how she and Gamal came to rescue each other--and how caring for Gamal led her to saving other animals and a surprising, but purposeful, life. 

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Todd Doughty

Todd Doughty - Little Pieces of Hope book cover and color author photo
Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: Thursday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Todd Doughty, "Little Pieces of Hope: Happy-Making Things in a Difficult World"

On March 11, 2020, the day the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic and all of our lives began to change in unprecedented ways, publishing company executive and Southern Illinois native Todd Doughty knew he needed to do something to help him stay connected to the everyday joys of daily life. So he wrote down a list of things that make him happy: The musical intro to “All Things Considered.” Someone forgiving you. Someone believing in you. Freshly cut yellow tulips. A really good burger. Many, many lists later, “Little Pieces of Hope” pulls together the best of Doughty's lists along with essays, musings, prompts, and quotes that offer a daily touchstone of joy in a difficult world. A beautiful keepsake, “Little Pieces of Hope” is brimming with the pleasures of life, inspiring readers to celebrate the good things that surround us.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson - Metropolis: A History of the City, Humankind’s Greatest Invention (book cover) and black and white author photo
Monday, October 25, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: October 25, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Ben Wilson, "Metropolis: A History of the City, Humankind’s Greatest Invention"

In conversation with Robert M. Lewis, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning & Development - Saint Louis University

During the two hundred millennia of humanity’s existence, nothing has shaped us more profoundly than the city. From their very beginnings, cities created a flourishing of human endeavor—new professions, new forms of art, worship and trade. Guiding us through the centuries, historian Ben Wilson reveals the innovations nurtured by the energy of urban living: civics in the agora of Athens, global trade in ninth-century Baghdad, finance in the coffeehouses of London. In the modern age, the skyscrapers of New York City inspired utopian visions of community design, while the trees of twenty-first-century Seattle and Shanghai point to a sustainable future in the age of climate change. Rich with engrossing detail, “Metropolis” is a brilliant demonstration that the story of human civilization is the story of cities.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Rebecca Schwarzlose

Rebecca Schwarzlose - Brainscapes book cover and black and white author photo
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: October 27, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Rebecca Schwarzlose, “Brainscapes: The Warped, Wondrous Maps Written in Your Brain--and How They Guide You"

Your brain is a collection of maps: detailed representations of the sights, sounds, and actions that hold the key to your survival. Although scientists began discovering these maps over a century ago, we are only now beginning to unlock their secrets. Brain maps distort and shape our experience of the world, support complex thought, and make technology-enabled mind reading a modern-day reality. They shine a light on our past and our possible futures. In the process, they invite us to view ourselves from a startling new perspective. In “Brainscapes,” Washington University neuroscientist Rebecca Schwarzlose combines unforgettable real-life stories, cutting-edge research, and vivid illustrations to reveal brain maps’ surprising lessons about our place in the world.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Medical Arts Author Series

SOLD OUT Ticketed Event–An Evening with Congressman Adam Schiff

SOLD OUT Adam Schiff - Midnight in Washington book cover and color author photo of Mr. Schiff standing under a tree
Friday, October 29, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Congressman Adam Schiff presents the vital inside account of American democracy in its darkest hour. In the years leading up to the 2016 election, Schiff had already been sounding the alarm over the resurgence of autocracy around the world, and the threat this posed to the United States. In “Midnight in Washington,” Schiff argues that recent divisive politics have so weakened our institutions that the peril will last for years, requiring unprecedented vigilance against the growing and dangerous appeal of authoritarianism. Deepening our understanding of prominent public moments, including Schiff’s account of January 6, 2021, “Midnight in Washington” reveals the private struggles, the internal conflicts, and the triumphs of courage that came with defending the republic.  

In conversation with Jason Kander, former Missouri Secretary of State and President of Veterans Community Program.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $32 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed  copy of “Midnight in Washington”) 

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $38 (Admits TWO and includes one pre-signed copy of “Midnight in Washington”) 

  • Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, there will not be a book signing line or photo opportunity. 

Tickets go on sale October 4 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Face masks required for all event attendees. St. Louis County Library is mindful of all CDC guidelines and social distancing requirements. 

“Midnight in Washington is a compelling account from a man who refused to allow our venerable institutions to crumble at the hands of authoritarianism. Equally vital, he refused to allow his Republican colleagues to look the other way. Rep. Schiff does not merely provide riveting details from inside the halls of power; he delivers a much-needed warning about the threats facing America from within and an urgent how-to guide for preserving our nation.”

—Stacey Abrams, Founder of Fair Fight Action

Books provided by Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Heather Clark

Heather Clark - Red Comet book cover and color author photo
Tuesday, November 02, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: November 2, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Heather Clark, “Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath”

With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials, literary historian Heather Clark brings to life the brilliant Sylvia Plath. A finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, “Red Comet” focuses on Plath’s remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while thoroughly exploring Plath’s life, including her troubles with an unenlightened mental health industry and her thunderclap meeting with Ted Hughes. Along with illuminating readings of the poems themselves, Clark’s meticulous, compassionate research brings us closer than ever to the spirited woman and visionary artist who blazed a trail for women poets the world over.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Jorge L. Contreras

Jorge L. Contreras "The Genome Defense: Inside the Epic Legal Battle to Determine Who Owns Your DNA" book cover and color author photo
Thursday, November 04, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: November 4, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Jorge L. Contreras, “The Genome Defense: Inside the Epic Legal Battle to Determine Who Owns Your DNA"

In conversation with Dr. Jessica Mozersky - Assistant Professor, Washington University Bioethics Research Center

When Chris Hansen, an ACLU lawyer, learned that the US government was issuing patents for human genes to biotech companies, his first thought was: How can a corporation own what makes us who we are? Then he discovered that women were being charged exorbitant fees to test for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer--all because Myriad Genetics had patented the famous BRCA genes. So he sued them. In “The Genome Defense,” Jorge Contreras, an attorney at the forefront of genetics law, gives us a front row seat as Hanson’s brilliant legal team battles corporate greed for our fundamental right to control our genes.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Medical Arts Author Series

Ticketed Event–An Evening with Bestselling Novelist Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom - “The Stranger in the Lifeboat” book cover and color author photo
Saturday, November 06, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The beloved author of “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “Five People You Meet in Heaven,” Mitch Albom presents a profound new novel of hope and faith. Adrift in a raft after a deadly ship explosion, nine people struggle for survival at sea. Short on water, food, and hope, they spot a man floating in the waves. They pull him in. “Thank the Lord we found you,” a passenger says. “I am the Lord,” the man whispers. Albom keeps us guessing until the last pages: Is this strange and quiet man really who he claims to be? A fast-paced, compelling novel that makes you ponder your deepest beliefs, “The Stranger in the Lifeboat” suggests that answers to our prayers may be found where we least expect them.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $27 
Admits ONE and includes one copy of “The Stranger in the Lifeboat”

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $32
Admits TWO and includes one copy of “The Stranger in the Lifeboat”

Albom will sign copies of the book following the presentation. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, there will not be a photo opportunity. 
 

Tickets go on sale October 8 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Face masks required for all event attendees. St. Louis County Library is mindful of all CDC guidelines and social distancing requirements. 

Books provided by Left Bank Books.

Dustin Thao

Dustin Thao - “You’ve Reached Sam” book cover and color author photo
Sunday, November 07, 2021 2:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: November 7, 2:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Dustin Thao, “You’ve Reached Sam”

Young adult author Dustin Thao presents a heartfelt novel about love and loss and what it means to say goodbye. Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out--move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies--and everything changes. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail--and Sam answers. “You’ve Reached Sam” is filled with a diverse cast of characters, the heartache of first love and loss, and the kind of friends that can get you through anything, plus a touch of magic.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor.

Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences

Dan Jones

Dan Jones - "Power and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages" book cover and color author photo
Tuesday, November 09, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: November 9, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Dan Jones, "Power and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages"

Internationally bestselling historian Dan Jones presents an epic history of the medieval world and a rich and complicated reappraisal of the era’s legacy and lessons. “Powers and Thrones” takes readers on a journey through an emerging Europe, the great capitals of late Antiquity, as well as the influential cities of the Islamic West, and culminates in the first European voyages to the Americas. The medieval world was forged by the big forces that still occupy us today: climate change, pandemic disease, mass migration, and technological revolutions. As we face a critical turning point in our own millennium, Dan Jones shows that how we got here matters more than ever.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Jerad Alexander

Jerad Alexander - "Volunteers: Growing Up in the Forever War" book cover and color author photo
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: November 10, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Jerad Alexander, "Volunteers: Growing Up in the Forever War"

In conversation with acclaimed novelist Elliot Ackerman 

To many, joining the military can be a path out of a difficult life, a chance to acquire vocational training, a college scholarship, a patriotic career. But to those, like Jerad Alexander, raised on military bases by a family that all served in the armed forces, enlisting was a way of life. As soon as he was able, Jerad joined the US Marines. Once on the ground in Iraq, part of the same war his parents had fought before him----Jerad began to question all that he had taken on faith. Alexander’s powerful memoir tackles the mythology of American patriotism, from the eloquent perspective of an enlisted man--not some elite warrior, but a simple volunteer. 

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

John C. McManus

John McManus - "Island of Infernos" book cover and color author photo
Friday, November 12, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Westfall Politics & History Series Presents
Acclaimed Military Historian John C. McManus
Author of “Island Infernos: The US Army’s Pacific War Odyssey, 1944”

MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES

In “Fire and Fortitude,”award-winning historian John C. McManus presented a riveting account of the US Army's fledgling fight in the Pacific following Pearl Harbor. Now, in “Island Infernos,” he explores the Army’s dogged pursuit of Japanese forces, island by island, throughout 1944, a year that would bring America ever closer to victory or defeat. Brilliantly researched and written, “Island Infernos” moves seamlessly from the highest generals to the lowest foot soldiers and in between, capturing the true essence of this horrible conflict. This masterful history is the second volume of McManus’s trilogy on the US Army in the Pacific War, proving McManus to be one of our finest historians of World War II.

Books for signing will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Linda Greenhouse

Justice on the Brink by Linda Greenhouse book cover
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: November 16, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Linda Greenhouse, “Justice on the Brink: The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Rise of Amy Coney Barrett, and Twelve Months that Transformed the Supreme Court"

In conversation with Missouri Supreme Court Justice Mary R. Russell

Linda Greenhouse has reported on the Supreme Court for the New York Times for more than four decades, earning numerous accolades, including a Pulitzer Prize. In “Justice on the Brink,” she tells the gripping story of a year that drastically transformed the Supreme Court. From the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the rise of Amy Coney Barrett, from the pandemic to the election, from the Trump campaign’s legal challenges to the ongoing debate about the role of religion in American life, the Supreme Court has been at the center of many of the biggest events of 2020 and 2021. Throughout “Justice on the Brink,” Greenhouse  gives us unique insight into a court under stress, providing the context and brilliant analysis readers of her work have come to expect.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

H.W. Brands

H.W. Brands - "Our First Civil War: Patriots and Loyalists in the American Revolution" book cover and color author photo
Thursday, November 18, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: November 18, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

H.W. Brands, "Our First Civil War: Patriots and Loyalists in the American Revolution"

In conversation with bestselling historian and podcast host Alexis Coe

From bestselling historian and Pulitzer Prize finalist H.W. Brands comes a gripping narrative of the American Revolution that shows it to be more than a fight against the British: it was also a violent battle among neighbors forced to choose sides, Loyalist or Patriot. What causes people to forsake their country and take arms against it? What prompts their neighbors, hardly distinguishable in station or success, to defend that country against the rebels?  After the Revolution, the Patriots were cast as heroes and founding fathers while the Loyalists were relegated to bit parts best forgotten. “Our First Civil War” reminds us that before America could win its revolution against Britain, the Patriots had to win a bitter civil war against family, neighbors, and friends.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Blair Braverman and Quince Mountain

Dogs on the Trail by Blair Braverman and Quince Mountain - book cover
Monday, November 22, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: November 22, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Blair Braverman and Quince Mountain, "Dogs on the Trail: A Year in the LIfe"

When Blair Braverman started posting pictures of her sled dog team on social media, she had no idea the response she would get. Being a musher, after all, isn’t just about racing—raising dogs from puppyhood to retirement (and beyond) is a full-time job. She and her husband, musher Quince Mountain, wanted to share stories about their dog team: goofy stories, scary stories, heartfelt stories, the stories that clearly connected with people and kept going viral. An irresistible adventure chronicling a year in the life of a dog team, “Dogs on the Trail” will delight and entertain while taking you inside a musher’s world, and showing you why the wilderness isn’t simply a place to visit but also a home to return to.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

SOLD OUT Ticketed Event–An Evening with Congressman Adam Schiff

SOLD OUT Adam Schiff - Midnight in Washington book cover and color author photo of Mr. Schiff standing under a tree
Friday, October 29, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Congressman Adam Schiff presents the vital inside account of American democracy in its darkest hour. In the years leading up to the 2016 election, Schiff had already been sounding the alarm over the resurgence of autocracy around the world, and the threat this posed to the United States. In “Midnight in Washington,” Schiff argues that recent divisive politics have so weakened our institutions that the peril will last for years, requiring unprecedented vigilance against the growing and dangerous appeal of authoritarianism. Deepening our understanding of prominent public moments, including Schiff’s account of January 6, 2021, “Midnight in Washington” reveals the private struggles, the internal conflicts, and the triumphs of courage that came with defending the republic.  

In conversation with Jason Kander, former Missouri Secretary of State and President of Veterans Community Program.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $32 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed  copy of “Midnight in Washington”) 

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $38 (Admits TWO and includes one pre-signed copy of “Midnight in Washington”) 

  • Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, there will not be a book signing line or photo opportunity. 

Tickets go on sale October 4 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Face masks required for all event attendees. St. Louis County Library is mindful of all CDC guidelines and social distancing requirements. 

“Midnight in Washington is a compelling account from a man who refused to allow our venerable institutions to crumble at the hands of authoritarianism. Equally vital, he refused to allow his Republican colleagues to look the other way. Rep. Schiff does not merely provide riveting details from inside the halls of power; he delivers a much-needed warning about the threats facing America from within and an urgent how-to guide for preserving our nation.”

—Stacey Abrams, Founder of Fair Fight Action

Books provided by Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Ticketed Event–An Evening with Bestselling Novelist Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom - “The Stranger in the Lifeboat” book cover and color author photo
Saturday, November 06, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The beloved author of “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “Five People You Meet in Heaven,” Mitch Albom presents a profound new novel of hope and faith. Adrift in a raft after a deadly ship explosion, nine people struggle for survival at sea. Short on water, food, and hope, they spot a man floating in the waves. They pull him in. “Thank the Lord we found you,” a passenger says. “I am the Lord,” the man whispers. Albom keeps us guessing until the last pages: Is this strange and quiet man really who he claims to be? A fast-paced, compelling novel that makes you ponder your deepest beliefs, “The Stranger in the Lifeboat” suggests that answers to our prayers may be found where we least expect them.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $27 
Admits ONE and includes one copy of “The Stranger in the Lifeboat”

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $32
Admits TWO and includes one copy of “The Stranger in the Lifeboat”

Albom will sign copies of the book following the presentation. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, there will not be a photo opportunity. 
 

Tickets go on sale October 8 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Face masks required for all event attendees. St. Louis County Library is mindful of all CDC guidelines and social distancing requirements. 

Books provided by Left Bank Books.