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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.
Webster University - George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology and College of Arts and Sciences

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. Past events are available to view at https://hecmedia.org/category/literature/virtual-events/.

We would like to thank our presenting sponsor, Webster University, for supporting the St. Louis County Library Author Series.


Catherine E. McKinley

Catherine E. McKinley - book cover and color author photo
Thursday, January 28, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: January 28, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

2021 St. Louis County Library Black History Celebration Event

Catherine E. McKinley, "The African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women"
In conversation with renowned photographer Dario Calmese 

Writer and curator Catherine McKinley presents an unprecedented visual history of African women told in striking and subversive historical photographs. McKinley draws on her extensive collection of historical and contemporary photos to present a visual history spanning a hundred-year arc. “The African Lookbook” captures the dignity, playfulness, grandeur, and resistance of African women across centuries. These photos tell the story of how the sewing machine and the camera became powerful tools for women's self-expression, revealing a truly glorious display of everyday beauty.  

Artist, writer, and director Dario Calmese made history as the first Black photographer to shoot a cover for Vanity Fair. He is also the host of the widely-acclaimed podcast “The Institute of Black Imagination.” 

Signed books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Glenn Adamson

Glenn Adamson - book cover and color author photo
Friday, January 29, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: January 21, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Glenn Adamson, "Craft: An American History"
Co-hosted by Craft Alliance Center of Art & Design 

Renowned historian Glenn Adamson presents a groundbreaking study of how artisans created America. Examine any phase of the nation's struggle to define itself, and artisans are there--from the silversmith Paul Revere and the revolutionary carpenters and blacksmiths who hurled tea into Boston Harbor, to today's “maker movement.” Artisanship has often been a site of resistance for oppressed people, such as enslaved African-Americans whose skilled labor might confer hard-won agency under bondage, or the Native American makers who adapted traditional arts into statements of modernity. As Adamson argues, these artisans' stories speak to our collective striving toward a more perfect union.

 Signed books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Vivian Gibson

Vivian Gibson, "The Last Children of Mill Creek" book cover and photo
Tuesday, February 02, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: February 2, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Vivian Gibson, "The Last Children of Mill Creek"

2021 St. Louis County Library Black History Celebration Event

Vivian Gibson grew up in Mill Creek Valley, a segregated working-class neighborhood of St. Louis that was razed in 1959 to build a highway, an act of racism disguised under urban renewal as "progress." The three rooms of her childhood home were heated by a wood-burning stove; her family had no hot water or furnace, but what Gibson lacked in material comforts she made up for in imagination. A moving memoir of family life at a time very different from the present, “The Last Children of Mill Creek” depicts the families, friends, shop owners, church ladies, teachers, and others who made Mill Creek into a warm, tight-knit African-American community. 

Signed book available from The Novel Neighbor. 
Curbside pickup and shipping available. 

 

Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon - book cover and color author photo
Wednesday, February 03, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: February 3, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Ariel Lawhon, “Code Name Hélène”
Interview moderated by Ashley Hasty, creator of the book review website HastyBookList.com 

Bestselling author of “I Was Anastasia,” Ariel Lawhon’s new novel is a thrilling feat of historical fiction based on the real-life story of socialite and spy Nancy Wake, one of the most decorated women of WWII. Known for her ferocious wit and signature red lipstick, Nancy, an intrepid Australian reporter living in Paris, became one of the most powerful leaders of the French Resistance. Told in interweaving timelines organized around the four code names Nancy used during the war, “Code Name Hélène” is a spellbinding and moving story of enduring love, remarkable sacrifice and unfaltering resolve.

Signed book available from The Novel Neighbor.  Curbside pickup and shipping available.

Ty Seidule

Ty Seidule, "Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause” book cover and photo
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: February 10, 7:00 p.m. on https://www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Ty Seidule, "Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause”

From his southern childhood to his service in the U.S. Army, every part of Ty Seidule’s life reinforced the Lost Cause myth: that Robert E. Lee was a great man, and that the Confederates were underdogs who lost the Civil War with honor. Now, as a retired brigadier general and Professor Emeritus of History at West Point, his view has radically changed. Part history lecture, part meditation on the Civil War and its fallout, and part memoir, “Robert E. Lee and Me” challenges deeply-held legends and myths and provides a surprising interpretation of essential truths that our country still has a difficult time articulating and accepting.

Signed books available from The Novel Neighbor.
Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

 

Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley - book cover and color author photo
Thursday, February 11, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: February 11, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Walter Mosley, "Blood Grove: An Easy Rawlins Mystery" 

2021 St. Louis County Library Black History Celebration
Frankie Freeman Inspirational Address

In conversation with suspense author Rachel Howzell Hall

Suspense writing legend Walter Mosley presents the crowning achievement in the iconic Easy Rawlins detective series: a crackling, moody, and thrilling novel of vast scope and intimate insight, and a soulful call for justice by any means necessary.

It is 1969, and flames of protest can be seen on the horizon of Los Angeles. Easy Rawlins gets a visit from a Vietnam veteran with a strange story: he was attacked in a citrus grove at the city’s outskirts and may have killed a man. Inclined to turn down what sounds like nothing but trouble, Easy takes the case when he realizes how damaged the young vet is from his war experiences—the bond between veterans superseding all other considerations.

Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

James Clark will receive the Frankie Freeman Inspirational Award during the program. Mr. Clark is the Vice President of Public Safety and Community Response, for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.   

Amelia Pang

Amelia Pang - book cover and color author photo
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: February 16, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Amelia Pang, "Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods"

In 2012, an Oregon mother opened a package of Halloween decorations and discovered an SOS letter, handwritten in broken English by the prisoner who’d made and packaged the items. In “Made in China,” investigative journalist Amelia Pang pulls back the curtain on the labor camps that create home goods, fast fashion, and a shocking number of other products. The book follows the life of Sun Yi, the Chinese engineer who wrote the note after finding himself a political prisoner. His story is a call to action, urging the American consumer to ask more questions from the companies they patronize.

Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Masuma Ahuja

Masuma Ahuja - book cover and color author photo
Thursday, February 18, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: February 18, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Masuma Ahuja, “Girlhood: Teens Around the World in Their Own Voices”

All around the world, girls are going to school, working, dreaming up big futures. The health, education, and success of girls so often determines the future of a community. From the Americas to Europe to Africa to Asia, the thirty teens from twenty-seven countries in “Girlhood” share their own stories of growing up through diary entries and photographs, and the girls’ stories are put in context with reporting and research. This exuberant book is a portrait of ordinary girlhood around the world, and of the world, as seen through girls’ eyes.

Signed books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

 

Steve Berry

Steve Berry, "The Kaiser’s Web: A Cotton Malone Novel" book cover and photo
Monday, February 22, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: February 22, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Steve Berry, "The Kaiser’s Web: A Cotton Malone Novel"

In international bestselling political suspense author Steve Berry’s latest Cotton Malone thriller, a secret dossier from a World War II-era Soviet spy comes to light containing information that, if proven true, would rewrite history. From the mysterious Chilean lake district, to the dangerous mesas of South Africa, and finally into the secret vaults of Switzerland, former-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone discovers the truth about the waning days of World War II--revelations that could not only transform Europe, but finally expose a mystery known as the Kaiser’s web.

Signed copies of the book are available from Left Bank Books.
Curbside pickup and shipping available.

 

Joby Warrick

Joby Warrick - book cover and color author photo
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: February 24, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Joby Warrick, "Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America’s Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World"

In conversation with National Book Award-nominated author Elliot Ackerman

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Joby Warrick presents the unknown story of America’s mission to find and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. Following Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s sarin gas bombing in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, American intelligence forces launched a race to destroy 1,300 tons of chemical weapons in the midst of a raging civil war. “Red Line” is a classic Joby Warrick true-life thriller: a character-driven narrative with a cast of heroes and villains, including weapons hunters, politicians, doctors, diplomats, and spies. Drawing on astonishing original reporting, Warrick reveals how the United States embarked on a bold adventure to prevent one catastrophe but could not avoid a tragic chain of events that empowered America’s enemies.

Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Charles Finch

Tuesday, March 02, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: Tuesday, March 2, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Charles Finch, “An Extravagant Death: A Charles Lenox Mystery”

In conversation with Rhys Bowen, author of The Royal Spyness mystery series

Bestselling historical suspense author Charles Finch presents the latest installment in his lauded series starring Vicorian era gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox. London, 1878: With faith in Scotland Yard shattered after a corruption investigation, Charles Lenox’s detective agency is rapidly expanding. On a diplomatic mission for the Queen, Lenox travels to New York to investigate the death of a beautiful socialite. Witty, complex, and tender, “An Extravagant Death” is a devilish mystery from a master of historical detail and atmospheric suspense. 

Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

 

Nicole Perlroth

Thursday, March 04, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: March 4, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary
 
Nicole Perlroth, "This is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyber Weapons Arms Race"
 
New York Times cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth presents the untold story of the cyberweapons market--the most secretive, invisible, government-backed market on earth. Filled with spies, hackers, arms dealers, and a few unsung heroes, “This is How They Tell Me the World Ends,” is an astonishing feat of journalism. Based on years of reporting and hundreds of interviews, Perlroth lifts the curtain on a market in shadow, revealing the urgent threat faced by us all if we cannot bring the global cyber arms race to heel.
 
Westfall - Politics & History Series
 
Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

C.J. Box

Friday, March 05, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Livestream event: March 5, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary
C.J. Box, "Dark Sky: A Joe Pickett Novel"

C.J. Box has created one of suspense fiction’s most enduring protagonists in Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett, an everyman hero with a penchant for stepping into trouble. In Box’s 21st Joe Pickett thriller, “Dark Sky,” the governor of Wyoming gives Joe the thankless assignment of taking a tech baron on an elk hunting trip. Unbeknownst to them, a manhunter is hot on their heels. Finding himself without a weapon, a horse, or a way to communicate, Joe must rely on his wits and his knowledge of the outdoors to protect himself and his charge. 
 
Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.
 

Dr. Jason Karlawish

Monday, March 08, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: March 8, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Dr. Jason Karlawish, "The Problem of Alzheimer’s: How Science, Culture, and Politics Turned a Rare Disease Into a Crisis and What We Can Do About It"

Co-Director of the Penn Memory Center, Dr. Jason Karlawish presents a definitive book on one of today’s most prevalent illnesses. Part case studies, part meditation on the past, present and future of the disease, “The Problem of Alzheimer's” traces the disease from its discovery and tells the story of the biomedical breakthroughs that may allow it to finally be prevented and treated by medicine. Dr. Karlawish shares how we can live with dementia; the ways patients can reclaim their autonomy and the innovative reforms we can make as a society that would give caregivers and patients better quality of life.

Medical Arts Author Series

Signed books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

 

Dr. Michele Borba

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Video premiere: March 10, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Dr. Michele Borba, "Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine"

Dr. Michele Borba, bestselling author and a regular NBC contributor, explains why old markers of accomplishment, such as grades and test scores, are no longer reliable predictors of success in the 21st century. Dr. Borba has combed scientific studies on resilience, spoke to dozens of experts in the field, and interviewed more than 100 young people from all walks of life. Now in “Thrivers,” she offers practical, actionable ways to develop Character Strengths (confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism) that will safeguard our kids in the future. 

Signed books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

 

John A. Wright, Sr. and John A. Wright, Jr.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: Tuesday, March 16, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

John A. Wright, Sr. and John A. Wright, Jr., "Extraordinary Black Missourians: Pioneers, Leaders, Performers, Athletes, and Other Notables - 2nd Edition"

Historians and father-and-son writing team, John A Wright Sr. and John A. Wright Jr. present the second edition of “Extraordinary Black Missourians,” which profiles more than 100 notable citizens such as George Washington Carver, Frankie Freeman, Scott Joplin, Elizabeth Keckley, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, Grace Bumbry, and others who have contributed to Missouri’s African American legacy. Learn how their lives and accomplishments have played a major role in shaping the history and culture of the state and nation. 

Signed books available from Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

 

Ioan Grillo

Thursday, March 18, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: Thursday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/STLCoLibrary
 
Ioan Grillo, "Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs and Cartels"
 
In conversation with award-winning investigative journalist Ben Westhoff
 
In Ioan Grillo's groundbreaking new work of investigative journalism, he follows the legal and black market for guns in the Americas and how it has made the continent the most murderous on earth. Grillo travels to gun manufacturers, strolls the aisles of gun shows and gun shops, talks to FBI agents who have infiltrated biker gangs, hangs out on Baltimore street corners, and visits the ATF gun tracing center in West Virginia. Along the way, he details the many ways that legal guns can pass into the hands of criminals and the simple legislative measures that would help close these loopholes. 
 
Signed books available from Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Emily St. John Mandel

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Video premiere: Tuesday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Emily St. John Mandel, “The Glass Hotel”

In conversation with Ryan Krull, Interviews Editor - Boulevard Magazine

From the award-winning author of “Station Eleven,” Emily St. John Mandel’s exhilarating new novel is set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events–a massive Ponzi scheme collapse and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea. In this story of crisis and survival, Mandel takes readers through often hidden landscapes: campgrounds for the near-homeless, service in luxury hotels, and life in a federal prison. “The Glass Hotel” is a captivating portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives.

Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

 

Lisa Scottoline

Friday, March 26, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

Livestream event: March 26, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary
Lisa Scottoline, "Eternal"

#1 bestselling author Lisa Scottoline offers a sweeping epic of historical fiction. Set in Rome during the ventennio, the twenty years of Mussolini’s rise and fall, “Eternal” centers on Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro, who grew up as the best of friends despite their differences. But in the autumn of 1937, all of that changes as Mussolini asserts his power, aligning Italy's Fascists with Hitler's Nazis. Everything that the three friends hold dear--their families, their homes, and their connection to one another--is tested in ways they never could have imagined.“Eternal” is a saga of loyalty and loss, family and food, love and hate—all set in one of the world's most beautiful cities at its darkest moment. 
 
Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.
 

Andrew Steele

Monday, March 29, 2021 7:00 p.m.
Virtual
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Video premiere: March 29, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Andrew Steele, "Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old"

Aging–not cancer or heart disease–is the true underlying cause of most human death. We accept as inevitable that as we advance in year our bodies and minds begin to deteriorate. But we never really ask–is aging necessary? Computational biologist and science writer Andrew Steele presents a journey through the frontiers of science and aging, and reveals how closer we are to an astonishing extension of our life spans and a vastly improved quality of life in our later years.

Medical Arts Author Series

Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.