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Upcoming Authors @ SLCL

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.


SOLD OUT–Jon Meacham - Ticketed Event

Friday, May 25, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

This event is sold out.

In “The Soul of America,” Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment of crisis in American politics by looking back at critical times in history when hope overcame hatred. Our current climate of partisan division is not new, and by exploring past dark moments in American history, Meacham shows us how our “better angels” have again and again won the day.

The event will be an onstage interview with St. Louis Public Radio host Don Marsh.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

Joshua Zeitz

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s towering political skills and his ambitious slate of liberal legislation are the stuff of legend: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, and environmental reform. But what happened after the bills passed? Joshua Zeitz reanimates the creative and contentious atmosphere inside Johnson's White House as a talented and energetic group of advisers made LBJ's vision a reality. Zeitz is also the author of the New York Times bestseller “Lincoln’s Boys.”

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series. 

Zinzi Clemmons

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From an author of rare, haunting power, “What We Lose” is a stunning novel about a young African American woman coming of age and a deeply felt meditation on race, family, and country. Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love. “What We Lose” heralds the arrival of a virtuosic new voice in fiction.

Richard Prum

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In this major reimagining of how evolutionary forces work, Yale University ornithologist Richard Prum reveals how mating preferences—what Darwin termed "the taste for the beautiful"—create the extraordinary range of ornament in the animal world. Deep in tropical jungles around the world are birds with a dizzying array of appearances and mating displays that seem contrary to selection for individual survival. To explain this, Prum dusts off Darwin's long-neglected theory of sexual selection in which the act of choosing a mate for purely aesthetic reasons—for the mere pleasure of it—is an independent engine of evolutionary change. “The Evolution of Beauty” presents a unique scientific vision for how nature's splendor contributes to a more complete understanding of evolution and of ourselves.

Ben Rhodes

Monday, June 18, 2018 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From one of Barack Obama’s closest aides comes a revelatory behind-the-scenes account of his presidency—and how idealism can confront harsh reality and still survive. For nearly 10 years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration—first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Briefing, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now he tells the full story of his partnership—and, ultimately, friendship—with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States.

Georgia Hunter

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive—and to reunite—“We Were the Lucky Ones” is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds. It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere. 

The Belles & Brujas Tour

Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Dhonielle Clayton – “The Belles”
Dhonielle Clayton is the co-author of the “Tiny Pretty Things” series and COO of the non-profit, We Need Diverse Books. Her hit debut novel "The Belles” is a dystopian fantasy about beauty and power.

Zoraida Córdova – “Bruja Born”
Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of The Vicious Deep trilogy and the Brooklyn Brujas series. A follow up to her sensationally popular fantasy novel “Labyrinth Lost,” “Brujas Born” follows a family of sisters with magical abilities to both heal and raise the dead.

Tracy Banghart – “Grace and Fury”
One of the most highly anticipated young adult books of the summer, Tracy Banghart’s “Grace and Fury” is a must-read fantasy about fierce sisterhood, action, and political intrigue that has drawn comparisons to “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Presented in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit organization that promotes the importance of representation in children’s literature.

Susan Wiggs

Monday, June 25, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Number-one bestselling novelist Susan Wiggs delivers a riveting story that challenges our deepest held beliefs. Deep within the peaceful heart of Amish country, a life-or-death emergency shatters a quiet world to its core. Caught between two worlds, Caleb Stoltz is bound by a deathbed promise to raise his orphaned niece and nephew in Middle Grove, where life revolves around family, farm, faith and long-held suspicions about outsiders. When disaster strikes, Caleb is thrust into an urban environment of high-tech medicine and the relentless rush of modern life. Deeply moving and unforgettable, “Between You and Me” is an emotionally complex story of love and loss, family and friendship, and the arduous road to discovering the heart’s true path.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Thursday, June 28, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Flint was already a troubled city in 2014 when the state of Michigan—in the name of austerity—shifted the source of its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Soon after, citizens began complaining about the water that flowed from their taps—but officials rebuffed them, insisting it was fine. “What the Eyes Don’t See” is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at the city’s public hospital, proved that Flint’s kids were exposed to lead, and fought her own government to expose that truth. Paced like a scientific thriller, the book shows how callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother—whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice. 

The program will be an onstage interview with St. Louis Public Radio’s Don Marsh.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

SOLD OUT–Jon Meacham - Ticketed Event

Friday, May 25, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

This event is sold out.

In “The Soul of America,” Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment of crisis in American politics by looking back at critical times in history when hope overcame hatred. Our current climate of partisan division is not new, and by exploring past dark moments in American history, Meacham shows us how our “better angels” have again and again won the day.

The event will be an onstage interview with St. Louis Public Radio host Don Marsh.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series