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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.

Due to COVID-19, some 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/.


C.J. Box

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents
#1 Bestselling Suspense Writer C.J. Box
Author of “Treasure State: A Cassie Dewell Novel”

Ethical Society of St. Louis 
9001 Clayton Rd., St. Louis MO 63117

Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.

#1 bestselling Western suspense author C.J. Box presents the highly anticipated follow-up to his award-winning thriller “The Bitterroots.” Private Investigator Cassie Dewell is working what's easily one of her strangest assignments ever. A poem that promises buried treasure to one lucky adventurer has led to a cutthroat competition and five deaths. But Cassie’s client doesn’t want the treasure. Instead, he claims to be the one who hid the gold and wrote the poem. And he’s hired Cassie to try to find him. In Montana, a killer view can mean more than just the scenery, and Cassie knows much darker things hide behind the picturesque landscape of Big Sky Country. 

Books available from Left Bank Books

Favorite Author Series

Silas House

Silas House - Lark Ascending book cover and color author photo
Monday, October 03, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents Novelist
Silas House
Author of “Lark Ascending”
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Bestselling author and former NPR’s “All Things Considered” commentator, Silas House’s new novel is a riveting story of survival and hope, set in the not-too-distant future. As fires devastate most of the United States, Lark secures a place on a refugee boat headed to Ireland, the last country not yet overrun by extremists. As he runs for his life, Lark finds an abandoned dog who becomes his closest companion, and then a woman in search of her lost son. Together they form a makeshift family and attempt to reach Glendalough, a place they believe will offer protection. But can any community provide the safety that they seek?

Books available from Left Bank Books.

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Kate Winkler Dawson

Kate Winkler Dawson - All That is Wicked: A Gilded-Age Story of Murder and the Race to Decode the Criminal Mind book cover and color author photo
Thursday, October 06, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Grant's View Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents Crime Historian and Podcast Host
Kate Winkler Dawson
Author of “All That is Wicked: A Gilded-Age Story of Murder and the Race to Decode the Criminal Mind”
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Acclaimed crime historian and “Tenfold More Wicked” podcaster, Kate Winkler Dawson tells the thrilling story of Edward Rulloff—a serial murderer who was called “too intelligent to be killed”—and the array of 19th century investigators who were convinced his brain held the key to finally understanding the criminal mind. Expanded from season one of her hit podcast on the Exactly Right network, in “All That Is Wicked” Kate Winkler Dawson draws on hundreds of source materials and never-before-shared historical documents to present one of the first glimpses into the mind of a serial killer—a century before the term was coined—through the scientists whose work would come to influence criminal justice for decades to come.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

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Kwame Mbalia & Roseanne A. Brown

Kwame Mbalia & Roseanne A. Brown - individual color photos of both authors
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 6:30 p.m.
Florissant Valley Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences Presents
Sensationally Popular Middle Grade Authors
Kwame Mbalia, “Tristan Strong Keeps Punching” and
Roseanne A. Brown, “Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting”
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited.)

A special event featuring the two most recent authors in Disney Publishing’s popular Rick Riordan Presents series, featuring middle grade adventure novels inspired by world mythology and folklore. 

Kwame Mbalia’s hit Tristan Strong series stars a seventh-grade boy who accidently creates a hole into the Midpass, a world where ancient African gods clash with gods of African-American legend.

Bestselling YA author of “A Song of Wraiths and Ruin,” Roseanne A. Brown presents her first middle-grade novel about a pre-teen vampire slayer based on the Ghanian legends of the “adze,” a vampire that can shapeshift into the form of a firefly. 

Books for signing will be available for purchase from The Novel Neighbor.

Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences

Amanda E. Doyle

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Grant's View Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents
Local Author Amanda E. Doyle
Author of “Tower Grove Park: Common Ground and Grateful Shade Since 1872”  

Grant’s View Branch
9700 Musick Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63123

Following the success of his Missouri Botanical Garden, English transplant and enthusiastic philanthropist Henry Shaw turned his attention to creating the first large park in St. Louis, a Victorian showplace full of verdant trees and shading pavilions. Such a tranquil oasis served to uplift, refine, and refresh human beings whose lives were becoming increasingly mechanized, crowded, and complicated. 150 years after its founding, Tower Grove Park continues to fill that role in the lives of St. Louisans. Step into the past with this richly illustrated history of the park.

Books available for purchase at the event.

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Matthew F. Delmont

Thursday, October 20, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Virtual
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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

Matthew F. Delmont, "Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad"

Civil rights expert and Dartmouth history professor Matthew Delmont presents a definitive history of World War II from the African American perspective. Over one million Black men and women served in World War II–and yet the stories of these Black veterans have long been ignored, cast aside in favor of the myth of the “Good War” fought by the “Greatest Generation.” "Half American" is American history as you’ve likely never read it before. In these pages are stories of Black heroes whose bravery and patriotism in the face of unfathomable racism is both inspiring and galvanizing.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Ticketed Event–An Evening with Literary Master George Saunders

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade
425 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131

Booker Prize winner for “Lincoln in the Bardo,” George Saunders presents a collection of short stories that grapple with the complexities of our increasingly troubled world, his first since the New York Times bestseller “Tenth of December.” Renowned as the “best short-story writer in English” (Time), Saunders’s stories in “Liberation Day” explore ideas of power, ethics, and justice and cut to the very heart of what it means to live in community with our fellow humans.

Tickets go on sale September 9 at 9:00 a.m. and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $35 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “Liberation Day”) 

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $40 (Admits TWO and includes one pre-signed copy of “Liberation Day”) 

Due to time constraints, there will not be a book signing line following the presentation.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale September 7 at 9:00 a.m. for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org.   

Books provided by Left Bank Books.

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Ed Wheatley

Thursday, October 27, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Grant's View Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents
Sports Historian Ed Wheatley
Author of “St. Louis Sports Memories: Forgotten Teams and Moments From America’s Best Sports Town”  

Grant’s View Branch
9700 Musick Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123

Local award-winning sports historian and author Ed Wheatley chronicles everything from the championships to the crossroads of social change that have characterized the St. Louis sports scene for more than a century. Each memory is accompanied by history and anecdotes showcasing some of the most loved as well as the long forgotten stories of local sports history. Wheatley brings his die-hard fan perspective to this unique and nostalgic look at St. Louis’s winning record. Root for the home teams and for the bygone heroes from America’s best sports town!

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Joan E. Strassmann

Joan E. Strassmann - "Slow Birding" book cover and color author photo
Wednesday, November 02, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Grant's View Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Favorite Author Series Presents
Award-Winning Professor of Animal Behavior
Joan E. Strassmann
Author of “Slow Birding: The Art and Science of Enjoying the Birds in Your Own Backyard”  

In conversation with Dr. Jonathan Losos, Washington University-Professor of Evolutionary Biology and director of the Living Earth Collaborative

Presented in partnership with the St. Louis Audubon Society

(Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Grant’s View Library
9700 Musick Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123
314-994-3300

Award-winning Washington University biologist Joan Strassmann presents a one-of-a-kind guide that encourages readers to slow down and notice the spectacular birds all around them. Strassmann tells colorful stories of the most common birds to be found in the United States—birds we often see but might not have considered deeply before. “Slow Birding” is the perfect guide for the birder looking to appreciate the beauty of the birds right in their own backyard, observing keenly how their behaviors change from day to day and season to season.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

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Matthew Quick

Matthew Quick - "We Are the Light" book cover and color author photo
Friday, November 04, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents
Matthew Quick
Author of “We Are the Light”
A new novel from the author of “Silver Linings Playbook”  

(Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.)

Daniel Boone Branch
300 Clarkson Rd. Ellisville, MO 63011
314-994-3300

From Matthew Quick, the bestselling author of “The Silver Linings Playbook,” comes a hopeful novel about a widower who takes in a grieving teenager and inspires a magical revival in their small town. Lucas Goodgame lives in Majestic, Pennsylvania, a quaint suburb that has been torn apart by a recent tragedy. Everyone in Majestic sees Lucas as a hero—everyone, that is, except Lucas himself. It is only when Eli, an eighteen-year-old young man whom the community has ostracized, begins camping out in Lucas’s backyard that an unlikely alliance takes shape and the two embark on a journey to heal their neighbors and, most importantly, themselves. “We Are the Light” is an unforgettable novel about the quicksand of grief and the daily miracle of love. 

Books available from The Novel Neighbor.

Favorite Author Series

Ticketed Event–An Evening with Literary Master George Saunders

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade
425 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131

Booker Prize winner for “Lincoln in the Bardo,” George Saunders presents a collection of short stories that grapple with the complexities of our increasingly troubled world, his first since the New York Times bestseller “Tenth of December.” Renowned as the “best short-story writer in English” (Time), Saunders’s stories in “Liberation Day” explore ideas of power, ethics, and justice and cut to the very heart of what it means to live in community with our fellow humans.

Tickets go on sale September 9 at 9:00 a.m. and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $35 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “Liberation Day”) 

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $40 (Admits TWO and includes one pre-signed copy of “Liberation Day”) 

Due to time constraints, there will not be a book signing line following the presentation.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale September 7 at 9:00 a.m. for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org.   

Books provided by Left Bank Books.

Favorite Author Series

Matthew F. Delmont

Thursday, October 20, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Virtual
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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

Matthew F. Delmont, "Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad"

Civil rights expert and Dartmouth history professor Matthew Delmont presents a definitive history of World War II from the African American perspective. Over one million Black men and women served in World War II–and yet the stories of these Black veterans have long been ignored, cast aside in favor of the myth of the “Good War” fought by the “Greatest Generation.” "Half American" is American history as you’ve likely never read it before. In these pages are stories of Black heroes whose bravery and patriotism in the face of unfathomable racism is both inspiring and galvanizing.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Westfall - Politics & History Series