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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

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

Thanks to our partners at HEC Media, this event will also be livestreamed. Join us from home Friday, December 10 starting at 7:00 p.m. at or

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.


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.


Sophie Burrows

Thursday, January 13, 2022 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: January 13, 7:00 p.m. on

Sophie Burrows, “Crushing”

British author and illustrator Sophie Burrows presents her debut graphic novel for young adult readers--that will appeal to readers of all ages! “Crushing” is a story told in silence, but bursting with meaning; a story about loneliness and love.Though it follows two individuals as their lives slowly converge, “Crushing” is about so much more than romantic love. It is about all those small moments of human connection—a shared glance, a nod, a gesture of kindness—that cut through one’s solitude. Achingly beautiful and full of subtle wit and wisdom, “Crushing” is a unique meditation on the human condition in the twenty-first century, and a timely examination of young adult life in an age of isolation. 

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences

Alafair Burke

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: January 18, 7:00 p.m. on

Alafair Burke, “Find Me” 

Conversation hosted by Alafair’s friends and fellow bestselling suspense authors Michael Connelly and Michael Koryta.

New York Times bestselling mystery author Alafair Burke presents a dark, twisty thriller about memory, friendship and secrets. She calls herself Hope Miller, but she has no idea who she actually is. Fifteen years ago, she was thrown from an overturned vehicle and left with no clue to her identity. Hope eventually started a new life with a new name in a new town that welcomed her, yet always wondered what she may have left behind—or been running from. Now, she’s vanished again-—the only lead a drop of blood found where she was last seen. Even more ominously, the blood matches a DNA sample with a connection to a notorious murderer.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Lisa Lutz

Monday, January 31, 2022 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: January 31, 7:00 p.m. on

Lisa Lutz, ”The Accomplice”

In conversation with internationally bestselling suspense author Megan Abbott.

From the author of the bestselling Spellman Files series, “The Accomplice” is an edge-of-your-seat thriller where every answer raises a chilling new question. Opposites in nearly every way, Owen and Luna have been best friends since college. Everyone wonders what binds them together--and why they have never been a couple. When Owen’s wife if brutally murdered, the police investigation sheds some light on long-buried secrets, but it can’t penetrate the mystery that surrounds Owen and Luna’s friendship.”The Accomplice” brilliantly examines the bonds of shared history, what it costs to break them, and what happens when you start wondering how well you know the one person who truly knows you.

Books available from Left Bank Books.

Robert Child

Robert Child - "Immortal Valor:The Black Medal of Honor Winners of World War II" book cover and color author photo
Tuesday, February 08, 2022 7:00 p.m.

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

Robert Child, "Immortal Valor:The Black Medal of Honor Winners of World War II"

Presented by St. Louis County Library’s 2022 Black History Celebration

Historian and film director Robert Child presents the remarkable story of the seven African American soldiers ultimately awarded the World War II Medal of Honor, and the 50-year campaign to deny them their recognition. In 1945, Congress recommended awarding the Medal of Honor to 432 World War II veterans. Despite the fact that more than one million African-Americans served, not a single black soldier received the Medal of Honor. Ultimately, in 1993 a US Army commission determined that seven men, had been denied the Army's highest award simply due to racial discrimination. 50 years after the war, President Clinton finally awarded the Medal of Honor to the seven heroes. Robert Child’s “Immortal Valor” shares these soldiers’ acts of courage and sacrifice..

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Books available from Left Bank Books.