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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.

During the COVID-19 closure, events are being held virtually with our media partner, HEC-TV. Past events are available to view at

Nick Bruel

Author Nick Bruel - book cover and photo
Monday, June 01, 2020 2:00 p.m.
Video Premier: June 1, 2:00 p.m. -
Nick Bruel, "Bad Kitty Joins the Team"
Presented by the Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences
See Kitty as you've never seen her before: EXERCISING (reluctantly) in "Bad Kitty Joins the Team," the latest installment of Nick Bruel's popular series for early readers. Kitty is terribly out of shape—she can barely torment Puppy without needing a break to huff and puff! It's going to take some serious convincing, a high-stakes competition, and a little bit of trickery... will our favorite feline friend learn what it means to be a good sport? 
Purchase book from Novel Neighbor

Elliot Ackerman and Matt Gallagher

Elliot Ackerman and Matt Gallagher - photos
Friday, June 05, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Livestream event: June 5, 7:00 p.m. on
Elliot Ackerman, "Red Dress in Black and White"
In Conversation with Matt Gallagher, "Empire City"
Both decorated military veterans turned acclaimed novelists, Elliot Ackerman and Matt Gallagher will discuss their most recent novels. A finalist for the National Book Award, Ackerman's latest is "Red Dress in Black and White," a stirring, timely novel that unfolds over the course of a single day in Istanbul. Following the critical success of his novel "Youngblood," Gallagher's "Empire City" is an alternative history novel about a trio of government-engineered superheroes navigating a war-torn, divided nation: the United States of America.
Books are available from the Novel Neighbor - Elliot Ackerman and Matt Gallagher
Curbside pick-up and and shipping available.

Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs - book cover and photo
Monday, June 08, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Video premiere: June 8, 7:00 p.m. on
Kathy Reichs, "A Conspiracy of Bones: A Temperance Brennan Novel"
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with a new riveting novel featuring her vastly popular character forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, who must use all her tradecraft to discover the identity of a faceless corpse and its connection to a decade-old missing child case. Reichs's Temperance Brennan novels are the basis for the hit Fox TV series "Bones."
Purchase book from The Novel Neighbor 
Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Julia Alvarez

Julia Alvarez - book cover and photo
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Live event: June 17, 7:00 p.m. -
Julia Alvarez, "Afterlife"
The beloved author of "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent," Julia Alvarez shares her first adult novel in fifteen years. Still mourning the death of her husband, immigrant writer Antonia Vega returns home one evening to find a pregnant, undocumented teenager on her doorstep. Antonia has always sought direction from the literature she loves, but now she finds that the world demands more of her than words. Set in this political moment of tribalism and distrust, "Afterlife" asks: What do we owe those in crisis in our families, including—maybe especially—members of our human family?
Purchase book from Left Bank Books

Tom Clavin

Tom Clavin - book cover and photo
Friday, June 19, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Video premiere: June 19, 7:00 p.m. on
Tom Clavin, "Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride From Hell"
On the afternoon of October 26, 1881, nine men clashed in what would be known as the most famous shootout in American frontier history: the Battle of the O.K. Corral. Historian and bestselling author Tom Clavin peers behind decades of legend surrounding Tombstone to reveal the true story of the drama and violence that made it famous. 
Purchase book from The Novel Neighbor 
Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Jennifer Steinhauer

Jennifer Steinhauer - book cover and photo
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Video premiere: June 23, 7:00 p.m. on
Jennifer Steinhauer, "The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress"
In the November 2018 midterms, the greatest number of women in history were elected to Congress. It was a group diverse in background, age, professional experience, and ideology. New York Times reporter Jennifer Steinhauer chronicles these women’s first year in Congress, following their shift from trailblazing campaigns to the daily work of governance. Vivid and smart, "The Firsts" delivers inside access, historical perspective, and expert analysis on the groundbreaking impact of this new generation of leaders.
Purchase book from The Novel Neighbor 
Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle - book cover and photo
Thursday, June 25, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Video premiere: June 25, 7:00 p.m. on
Roddy Doyle, "Love"
Two old friends reconnect in Dublin for a dramatic, revealing evening of drinking and storytelling in this winning new novel from the Booker Prize-nominated author of "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" and "The Commitments."As much a hymn to the Dublin of old as a delightfully comic yet moving portrait of what it means to try to put into words the many forms that love can take, "Love" marks a triumphant new turn for Roddy Doyle.
Signed books available from Left Bank Books
Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Bonnie Tsui

Bonnie Tsui - book cover and photo
Monday, June 29, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Video premiere: June 29, 7:00 p.m. on
Bonnie Tsui, "Why We Swim"
We swim for pleasure, for exercise, for healing. But humans, unlike other animals that are drawn to water, are not natural-born swimmers. Our evolutionary ancestors learned for survival; now, in the twenty-first century, swimming is one of the most popular activities in the world. New York Times contributor Bonnie Tsui, a swimmer herself, dives into the deep, from the San Francisco Bay to the South China Sea, investigating what about water seduces us and why we come back to it again and again.
Books available from Left Bank Books
Curbside pick up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.