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.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Olive Kitteridge,” “Anything is Possible” is a brilliant latticework of storytelling. Written in tandem with Strout’s most recent novel, “My Name Is Lucy Barton,” these pages reverberate with the themes of love, loss and hope. With the stylistic brilliance that distinguishes her work, Elizabeth Strout has created another transcendent work of fiction.
Author of “The Lost City of Z,” David Grann presents a haunting true-life mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history. In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation living atop vast oil deposits in Oklahoma. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. As the death toll climbed, the FBI took up the case in one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations.
An instant national bestseller, Stephanie Danler’s debut novel follows a small-town girl through the education of a lifetime at one of the most exclusive restaurants in Manhattan. Evoking the infinite possibility of youth, “Sweetbitter” is ultimately about the power of what remains after disillusionment, and the wisdom that comes from experience, sweet and bitter.
Newbery Honor author of the Ever After High series, Shannon Hale presents a graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends. The story follows best friends Shannon and Adrienne. One day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen’s #1, and some girls will do anything to stay on top.
Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series
Suspense author Ace Atkins was selected by the estate of Robert B. Parker to continue the beloved Spenser detective series. In “Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies,” Spenser follows a con man’s trail of smoke and mirrors. When self-proclaimed military hotshot M. Brooks Welles vanishes, he leaves a growing list of angry investors and a team of paramilitary contractors looking for revenge. Without Spenser’s help, it looks like the grifter’s latest double cross may be his last.
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle First Book Prize, Ghana-born novelist Yaa Gyasi’s “Homegoing” begins with the story of two half-sisters: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, “Homegoing” traces the generations of family as their destinies lead them through two continents and 300 years of history.
Bestselling sports historian, Leigh Montville presents an insightful portrait of Muhammad Ali and the key moments in a life that was as high profile and transformative as any in the 20th century. Montville focuses on a part of Ali’s story that has been largely untold—his 1966 refusal, after being drafted, to join the military for religious and conscientious reasons.
Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series
Celebrated author of “The Weight of Water,” Anita Shreve shares a new novel based on a true story. In 1947, after a summer long drought, fires broke out all along the Maine coast. Left alone when her husband joins the volunteer firefighters, Grace Holland must retreat to the ocean as her town burns down before her. But in the aftermath of this devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms.
The master of military historical fiction turns his discerning eye to the Korean War in this riveting new novel, which tells the dramatic story of one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Written with the propulsive force Shaara brings to all his novels of combat and courage, “The Frozen Hours” transports us to the critical moment in the history of America’s “Forgotten War,” when the fate of the Korean peninsula lay in the hands of a brave band of brothers battling both the elements and a determined, implacable foe.
Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series
In the stunning follow-up to the bestseller “The Second Life of Nick Mason,” the remarkable hero fights to take back control from the crime lord who owns his life. Nick Mason has been given a true mission impossible: Infiltrate a federal witness-protection program and kill the men who put his boss Darius Cole behind bars for life.
Presented in partnership with Left Bank Books
This event is sold out.
Described as the “Dr. Seuss of our generation,” Mo Willems is the creator of the beloved children’s classics “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!”, “Knuffle Bunny,” and the Elephant and Piggie series. In this special celebration of all things MO!, he will read from and discuss several of his award-winning favorites, including his latest “Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals.”
Master of ceremonies–Reed Farrel Coleman.
One of the library’s most popular annual events, Suspense Night brings together popular mystery writers from across the country for an evening of readings and a panel discussion on the craft of suspense writing. The event features Blake Crouch, Hilary Davidson, Peter Blauner with a special guest appearance by Maureen Corrigan, NPR Book Critic and Mystery Genre Expert.
It started as a far-fetched idea—to hike the entire length of the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline. But in the months that followed, it grew into an irresistible adventure. A reflection on climate change and a tribute to the Great Plains, Ilgunas’ travel memoir grapples with a difficult question about our place in the world: What is our personal responsibility as stewards of the land?
Now a successful psychotherapist, expert in trauma, and prominent advocate against child abuse, Michelle Stevens shares her own improbable journey from horrendous child sexual abuse, loss, and mental illness to healing, recovery, and happiness. In this harrowing tale, Michelle sheds light on the all-too-real threat of child sexual abuse and its subsequent psychological effects.
Award-winning journalist Victoria Bruce shares the story of one citizen’s fight to preserve a US stake in the future of clean energy. When Jim Kennedy bought a bankrupt rare earth mine, he was dismayed to discover China owned the entire global supply and manufacturing chain. Jim made a plan to restore technology companies’ ability to manufacture rare earth dependent technologies in the United States and develop safe, clean nuclear energy.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich presents a new thriller starring the perfectly mismatched crime-fighting duo of Emerson Knight and Riley Moon.
Individual Ticket–$31. Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Dangerous Minds” OR
Package Ticket–$38. Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Dangerous Minds.”
Tickets go on sale May 15 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. (No refunds.)
The presentation will be followed by a book signing. Additional copies of all of Janet Evanovich’s books will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.
New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen. "Hunger" is a deeply personal memoir from one of our finest writers, and tells a story that hasn't yet been told but needs to be.
$30 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of "Hunger")
$38 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of "Hunger")
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 5 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters.