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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, 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

James Rollins

Thursday, January 06, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Internationally bestselling author of the Sigma Force adventure-thriller series, James Rollins now returns to his origins in speculative fiction. “The Starless Crown” launches a new epic fantasy series about the clash of might and magic and an unlikely fellowship of heroes. The story follows Nyx, a gifted student who foretells an apocalypse. Because of this, she’s  condemned to death, forced to flee into the wild and ally herself with a team of outcasts, each with  their own dark pasts and secret motives. On the run, hunted by enemies old and new, they must  learn to trust each other in order to survive in a world evolved in strange, beautiful, and deadly ways. 

A virtual component of this event will broadcast through this link: on Wednesday, January 12, 7:00 pm.

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


Hattie Felton

Monday, December 06, 2021 7:00 p.m.

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

Hattie Felton, "More Than Ordinary: Early St. Louis Artist Anna Maria von Phul”

Anna Maria von Phul (1786–1823) was the earliest-known female artist working in what was then called the Missouri Territory. Though von Phul never considered herself a professional artist, her sketches and watercolors depict not only the landscape and natural world of early-nineteenth-century St. Louis, but also its architecture, fashions, and social life.

A senior curator for the Missouri Historical Society, Hattie Felton’s “More Than Ordinary” is the first complete catalog of von Phul’s work and serves as a companion piece to an exhibit at the Missouri History Museum, opening May 22. 

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


Suzanne Corbett and Deborah Reinhardt

Wednesday, December 08, 2021 7:00 p.m.

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

Suzanne Corbett and Deborah Reinhardt, "A Culinary History of Missouri: Foodways & Iconic Dishes of the Show-Me State”

Missouri’s history is best told through food, from its Native American and later French colonial roots to the country’s first viticultural area. Learn about the state’s vibrant barbecue culture, which stems from African American cooks, including Henry Perry, Kansas City’s barbecue king. Trace the evolution of iconic dishes such as Kansas City burnt ends, St. Louis gooey butter cake and Springfield cashew chicken. Discover how hardscrabble Ozark farmers launched a tomato canning industry and how a financially strapped widow, Irma Rombauer, would forever change how cookbooks were written. Historian and culinary writer Suzanne Corbett and food and travel writer Deborah Reinhardt also include more than eighty historical recipes to capture a taste of Missouri’s history that spans more than two hundred years.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Tony Messenger

Friday, December 10, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In Conversation with Kristen Sorth - St. Louis County Library Director and CEO

As a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tony Messenger has spent years in county and municipal courthouses documenting how poor Americans are convicted of minor crimes and then saddled with exorbitant fines and fees. If they are unable to pay, they are often sent to prison, where they are then charged a pay-to-stay bill, in a cycle that soon creates a mountain of debt that can take years to pay off. These insidious penalties are used to raise money for broken local and state budgets, often overseen by for-profit companies, and it is one of the central issues of the criminal justice reform movement. In “Profit and Punishment,” Messenger has written a call to arms, exposing an injustice that is agonizing and infuriating in its mundane cruelty. 

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

Seating capacity limited to 325 people. Early arrival highly recommended. 


Westfall - Politics & History Series

Sophie Kinsella

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: December 15, 7:00 p.m. on

Sophie Kinsella, “The Party Crasher”

In conversation with novelist Amanda Eyre Ward.

From the #1 bestselling author of the Shopaholic series, “The Party Crasher” is a humorous and heartwarming novel about family, set against the backdrop of the most fabulous party you’ve ever snuck into. It’s been over two years since Effie’s beloved parents got divorced. And now, more earth-shattering news: Greenoaks, the rambling Victorian country house Effie called home her whole life, has been sold. When her dad’s new girlfriend decides to throw a “house cooling” party, Effie sneaks in un-invited. Over the course of one blowout party, Effie unearths many family secrets and realizes that she must be honest with herself and confront her past before she’ll ever be able to face her future.

Books available from Left Bank Books.