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.
An onstage conversation with bestselling novelist Curtis Sittenfeld.
From the acclaimed author of “Silver Sparrow,” “An American Marriage” is a stirring love story. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream until Roy is sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. “An American Marriage” is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward.
Dr. Anne Spoerry treated hundreds of thousands of people across rural Kenya over the span of 50 years. A member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, the French-born Spoerry earned the cherished nickname, “Mama Daktari”—“Mother Doctor.” Now, in the first comprehensive account of her life, Dr. Spoerry’s revered selflessness gives way to a past marked by rebellion, submission, and personal decisions that earned her another nickname—this one sinister—working as a “doctor” in a Nazi concentration camp. “In Full Flight” explores the question of whether it is possible to rewrite one’s troubled past simply by doing good in the present.
Presented by the Medical Arts Series
In 1849, St. Louis was a frontier town at a crossroads. An exploding population was pushing the city, its infrastructure, and its residents to the limit. Fire had decimated a large part of the riverfront, and disease, greed, and crime were running rampant. Christopher Gordon, the Missouri Historical Society’s Director of Library and Collections, culled publications, diaries, government records, and letters to reconstruct one of the most turbulent—and fascinating—years in St. Louis history.
Presented in partnership with the Missouri History Museum Press and the St. Louis County Library History and Genealogy Department
Is the world really falling apart? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom. Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.
The event will be an onstage interview with St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist Aisha Sultan.
Two-time Booker Prize-winning author, Peter Carey presents a wildly exuberant, wily new novel that circumnavigates 1954 Australia, revealing as much about the country as it does about three audacious individuals who take part in the infamous 10,000-mile race, the Redex Trial. This thrilling high-speed tale is often funny, even more so as the world gets stranger. Set in the 1950s, this is a world Americans will find surprisingly familiar: black, white, who we are, how we got here, and what we did to each other along the way.
London, 1850: an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime—and promising to kill again. Young gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself. In the tradition of Sherlock Holmes, this chilling new mystery in the bestselling historical suspense series takes readers back to Lenox’s very first case and the ruthless serial killer who would set him on the course to become one of London’s most brilliant detectives.
Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the 19th Amendment, 12 have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, “The Woman’s Hour” is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the first great 20th century battles for civil rights.
Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series
Nationally bestselling author of “The Guest Room,” Chris Bohjalian delivers a powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night. Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings—her job as a flight attendant makes it easy to find fun and adventure. The occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable, but harmless—until she awakes in a Dubai hotel room with a dead man by her side. Set amid the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at 40,000 feet, “The Flight Attendant” unveils a spellbinding story of memory, addiction, and murder far from home.
Award-winning suspense author John Hart returns to the world of his most popular novel, “The Last Child.” It’s been 10 years since the kidnappings that changed Johnny Merrimon’s life. Living alone on 6,000 acres of once-sacred land, Johnny’s only connection to normal life is his old friend, Jack. They’re not boys anymore, but the bonds remain. What they shared. What they lost. But Jack sees danger in the wild places Johnny calls home, and a powerful hunger eating at his childhood friend. More than an exploration of friendship, “The Hush” takes the reader to dark and unexpected places.
Newbery Medal and World Fantasy Award-winning author of “The Girl Who Drank the Moon,” Kelly Barnhill shares a stunning collection of acclaimed short fictions, teeming with uncanny characters whose stories unfold in worlds at once strikingly human and eerily original. By an author hailed as “a fantasist on the order of Neil Gaiman” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), the stories in “Dreadful Young Ladies” feature bold, reality-bending fantasy underscored by rich universal themes of love, death, jealousy, and hope.
An onstage Interview with St. Louis Public Radio host Don Marsh.
In this provocative novel, acclaimed novelist Anna Quindlen explores tensions in a tight-knit community following an unexpected act of violence. Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed life. Then one morning she returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken her comfortable neighborhood, and the fault lines begin to open: on the block, at her job, especially in her marriage. With humor, understanding, and a warm heart, Anna Quindlen explores what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a woman at a moment of reckoning.
In an enthralling work of historical suspense, Ariel Lawhon unravels Anna Anderson's 50-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. Germany, February 17, 1920: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to the youngest Romanav daughter, believed to be killed in the Bolshevik execution of the Russian Imperial family, is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin. As rumors begin to circulate through European society that Anastasia has survived, old enemies and new threats are awakened. With a brilliantly crafted narrative, Lawhon wades into the most psychologically complex territory yet: the nature of identity itself.
In this poignant entry in Jacqueline Winspear’s bestselling historical suspense series, private investigator and psychologist Maisie Dobbs faces danger and intrigue on the World War II home front.
Spring 1940: Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the disappearance of a local lad, a young apprentice craftsman working on a "hush-hush" government contract. As Maisie’s inquiry reveals a possible link to the London underworld, another mother is worried about a missing son—but this time, the boy in question is one beloved by Maisie.
New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box returns with a suspenseful thriller starring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. Wyoming's new governor isn't sure what to make of Joe Pickett, but he has a job for him that is extremely delicate. A prominent female British executive never came home from the high-end guest ranch she was visiting, and the British Embassy is pressing hard. At the same time, his friend Nate Romanowski has asked Joe to intervene with the feds on behalf of falconers facing restrictions on hunting permits. Who is blocking the falconers and why? As these cases converge, Joe Pickett once again finds himself at the center of greed, violence, and deadly intentions.
From the bestselling authors of “America’s First Daughter” comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton—a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before—not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal—but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.
By the bestselling author of “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Women in Sunlight” is the story of four American strangers who bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year. Though novices in a foreign culture, their renewed sense of adventure imbues each of them with a bright sense of bravery, a gusto for life, and a fierce determination to thrive. “Women in Sunlight” shines with Frances Mayes’s trademark, warmth, heart, and delicious descriptions of food, place, and friendship.
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John Scalzi, one of the most popular authors in modern science fiction, returns with “Head On,” the stand-alone follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Lock In.” “Head On” brings Scalzi's trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to the future world of sports. Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. But all the players are “threeps,” robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden’s Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real and the crowds love it. Until a star controller drops dead on the playing field. Is it an accident or murder?
Acclaimed author of the novels “Prep” and “Eligible,” Curtis Sittenfeld has established a reputation as a sharp chronicler of the modern age who humanizes her subjects even as she skewers them. Now, with this first collection of short fiction, her “astonishing gift for creating characters that take up residence in readers’ heads” (The Washington Post) is showcased like never before. Throughout the ten stories in “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided.