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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.

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.


Steamy Summer Reads with Randy Susan Meyers and M.J. Rose

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Novelists Randy Susan Meyers and M.J. Rose team up to present two captivating page-turners for your lazy summer reading days.

Randy Susan Meyers shares a buzzy new novel about our cultural biases surrounding women and weight. “Waisted” follows two women who find themselves the subject of a new reality documentary about extreme weight loss only to discover that the show’s creators have more sinister motives than promoting positive health.

M.J. Rose, bestselling author of “The Library of Light and Shadow,” crafts a dazzling Jazz Age jewel in “Tiffany Blues”—a novel of ambition and betrayal about a young painter whose traumatic past threatens to derail her career at a prestigious summer artists’ colony run by Louis Comfort Tiffany of Tiffany & Co. fame.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

John McManus

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In this engrossing, epic history of the US Army in the Pacific War, John McManus, one of our most highly acclaimed historians of World War II, takes readers from Pearl Harbor, a rude awakening for a military woefully unprepared for war, to Makin, a sliver of coral reef where the Army was tested against the increasingly desperate Japanese. In between were nearly two years of punishing combat as the Army transformed from an undertrained garrison force into an unstoppable juggernaut, and America evolved from an inward-looking nation into a global superpower.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Novel Neighbor.

Martin Clark

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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From Martin Clark—praised by Entertainment Weekly as “our best legal-thriller writers”—comes a wickedly clever novel. Kevin Moore, once a high-flying attorney, hits rock bottom after an inexplicably tumultuous summer. He lands in the middle of nowhere with a job at SUBstitution, the world’s saddest sandwich shop. When a bizarre, mysterious stranger wanders into the shop armed with a threatening “invitation” to join a multimillion-dollar scam, Kevin will need every bit of his legal savvy just to stay out of prison.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Novel Neighbor.

Dan O’Neill

Monday, August 05, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Hop in the time machine and travel to one of the most unforgettable eras of Cardinals baseball in St. Louis. From 1980-89, the Cardinals had the best winning percentage in the National League, captured three pennants, won a World Series and had two others get away. They were a switch-hitting, base-stealing, leather-flashing baseball team that reflected the swashbuckling character of their manager, Whitey Herzog. With Hall of Famers like Ozzie Smith and Bruce Sutter, unassuming heroes like Willie McGee, colorful personalities like Joaquin Andujar and Jack “The Ripper” Clark, the Cardinals of the 1980s cracked the 3 million attendance barrier and left an everlasting impression on our baseball souls.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

An Evening of Mystery with Shari Lapena and Laura McHugh

Thursday, August 08, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Nationally bestselling suspense writers Shari Lapena and Laura McHugh team up to chat about their latest books and the craft of suspense writing.

New York Times bestselling author of “The Couple Next Door,” Shari Lapena presents “Someone We Know,” a new domestic thriller about the deadly secrets revealed by a teenager’s snooping into the private lives of his suburban neighbors.

From the award-winning author of “The Weight of Blood,” Laura McHugh’s latest, “The Wolf Wants In,” depicts a small-town ravaged by the opioid crisis where dark secrets and family loyalties impede the investigations into a series of shocking deaths.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Robert Crais

Monday, August 12, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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#1 bestselling thriller writer, Robert Crais presents Joe Pike’s most perilous case to date. Joe didn't expect to rescue a woman that day. After a routine trip to the bank, Joe is on hand when two men abduct lonely bank teller Isabel Roland. Joe chases them down, and the two men are arrested—but that is only the beginning of the trouble for Joe and Izzy. After posting bail, the two abductors are murdered and Izzy disappears. Pike calls on his friend, Elvis Cole, to help learn the truth. What Elvis uncovers is a twisted family story that involves corporate whistleblowing, huge amounts of cash, the Witness Relocation Program, and a long line of lies. But what of all that did Izzy know? And how far will Joe go to find out?

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Sister Helen Prejean

Friday, August 16, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Author of the groundbreaking “Dead Man Walking,” Sister Helen Prejean’s work as an activist nun, campaigning to educate Americans about the inhumanity of the death penalty, is known to millions worldwide. Less widely known is the evolution of her spiritual journey from praying for God to solve the world’s problems to engaging full-tilt in working to transform societal injustices. Sister Helen’s revelatory, intimate memoir, “River of Fire,” is a book for anyone interested in journeys of faith and spirituality, doubt and belief, and “catching on fire” to purpose and passion. It is a book, written in accessible, luminous prose, about how to live a spiritual life that is wide awake to the sufferings and creative opportunities of our world.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Lisa Lutz

Monday, August 19, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Bestselling author of the Spellman Files detective series and the hit thriller “The Passenger,” Lisa Lutz presents a blistering, timely tale of revenge and disruption. When Alexandra Witt joins the faculty at Stonebridge Academy, she’s hoping to put a painful past behind her. Then one of her creative writing assignments generates some disturbing responses from students. Before long, Alex is immersed in an investigation of the students atop the school’s social hierarchy—and their connection to something called the Darkroom. As the school’s secrets begin to trickle out, a boys-versus-girls skirmish turns into an all-out war, with deeply personal—and potentially fatal—consequences for everyone involved.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Fiona Davis

Thursday, August 22, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Author of the hit historical novels “The Address” and “The Masterpiece,” Fiona Davis presents a dramatic new novel set in 1950s New York and the wild scene at the iconic Chelsea Hotel. From the dramatic redbrick facade to the sweeping staircase dripping with art, the Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City's creative oasis—a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage. Yet they soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art, and everything to do with politics. “The Chelsea Girls” deftly pulls back the curtain on the desperate political pressures of McCarthyism, the complicated bonds of female friendship, and the siren call of the uninhibited Chelsea Hotel.

The event will be an onstage interview with Ashley Hasty, creator of the book review website HastyBookList.com.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from the Novel Neighbor.

Téa Obreht

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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The bestselling author of “The Tiger’s Wife” presents an epic and original saga of the American West. In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives collide. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life—her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons, who have vanished after an explosive argument. Lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. The way in which Nora’s and Lurie’s stories intertwine is the surprise and suspense of this brilliant novel.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

David Lagercrantz

Thursday, August 29, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Fans of Stieg Larsson’s thrilling Millennium series starring genius punk hacker Lisbeth Salander have enthusiastically embraced Swedish author David Lagercrantz’s continuation of the crime fiction phenomenon that has sold more than 90 million copies worldwide. Of Lagercrantz’s earlier installments of the series, Esquire reviewed: "Not only do the matter-of-fact style and intricate plotting and sexy, chilling atmosphere feel very true to the original novels, but Lagercrantz transcends the source material.” Lagercrantz will discuss the highly anticipated “Girl Who Lived Twice.”

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Ben Westhoff

Wednesday, September 04, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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A deeply human story, “Fentanyl, Inc.” is the first deep-dive investigation of a hazardous industry that has created a worldwide epidemic. Drugs like fentanyl, K2, and Spice were all originally conceived in legitimate laboratories for proper scientific purposes, but now rogue chemists change their molecular structures to stay ahead of the law, making the drugs’ effects and much more lethal. Westhoff chronicles the lives of addicted users, victims families, and law enforcement officers to represent the full anatomy of a calamity we are just beginning to understand.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Joseph LeDoux

Monday, September 09, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Renowned neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux digs into the natural history of life on earth to provide a new perspective on the similarities between us and our ancestors in deep time. LeDoux explores our place in nature, the evolution of our nervous systems, and how the emergence of what we humans understand as consciousness made our greatest achievements as a species possible. This page-turning survey of evolution sheds new light on how the brain developed and what it means to be human.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

 

Christopher Leonard

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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The annual revenue of Koch Industries is bigger than that of Goldman Sachs, Facebook, and U.S. Steel combined, but few people know much about Koch Industries. For five decades, CEO Charles Koch has kept Koch Industries quietly operating in deepest secrecy, with a view toward very, very long-term profits. Seven years in the making, business reporter Charles Leonard’s “Kochland” reads like a true-life thriller, with larger-than-life characters driving the battles on every page. The book tells the ambitious tale of how one private company consolidated power over half a century—and how in doing so, it helped transform capitalism into something that feels deeply alienating to many Americans today.

Presented by the Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 6:30 p.m.
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Author Shannon Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham present the vividly honest follow-up to the runaway bestselling graphic memoir “Real Friends”—a true story about popularity, first boyfriends, and finding your own path. Sixth grade is supposed to be perfect. Shannon’s got a sure spot in the in-crowd called The Group. But the rules are always changing, and Shannon has to scramble to keep up. Who makes these rules anyway? And does Shannon have to follow them? Or should she follow her heart?

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

Erin Entrada Kelly

Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:30 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
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Inspired by Filipino folklore, Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut fantasy novel is a gorgeous, literary adventure about bravery, friendship, self-reliance, and the choice between accepting fate or forging your own path. Life is difficult on the island of Sanlagita. To the west looms a vengeful mountain. To the north, a dangerous fog swallows sailors who dare to venture out. When Lalani Sarita’s mother falls ill with an incurable disease, Lalani embarks on a dangerous journey across the sea in the hope of safeguarding her own future.

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

Candace Bushnell

Friday, September 27, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Twenty years after her sharp, seminal first book “Sex and the City” reshaped the landscape of pop culture and dating with its fly on the wall look at the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite, the trailblazing Candace Bushnell delivers a new book on the wilds and lows of sex and dating after 50. Drawing from her own experience, Bushnell spins a smart, lively satirical story of love and life from all angles—marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, as well as the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all. This is an indispensable companion to one of the most revolutionary dating books of the 20th century.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Dr. Marty Makary

Wednesday, October 02, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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One of the nation’s leading health care experts, Dr. Marty Makary presents an eye-opening, urgent look at America’s broken health care system—and the people who are saving it. One in five Americans now has medical debt, and rising health care costs threaten every small business in America. Drawing from on-the-ground stories, extensive research, and his own experience, Dr. Makary paints a vivid picture of price-gouging, middlemen, and a series of elusive money games in need of a serious shake-up.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

Stephanie Dray, Eliza Knight and Sophie Perinot

Thursday, October 03, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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France’s war for independence is remembered for its guillotines, for its Reign of Terror, for “Let them eat cake” and “Off with his head.” What is forgotten is that it was a movement begun by women. During the French Revolution, women took to the streets and engaged in politics like never before. “Ribbons of Scarlet” tells the story of the tumultuous French Revolution from the female perspective. Six leading female authors of historical women’s fiction each portray one historical figure in an interwoven narrative that reads as one cohesive novel.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

Craig Johnson

Friday, October 04, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Wyoming Sherriff Walt Longmire embarks on his latest adventure in a new installment in the bestselling Longmire series—the basis for the hit Netflix original series “Longmire.” Attempting to recover from his harrowing experiences in Mexico, Sheriff Longmire is neck deep in the investigation of what could or could not be the suicidal hanging of a shepherd. Matters become even more complicated with the appearance of an oversize wolf in the Big Horn Mountains to which Walt finds himself feeling more and more empathetic.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Richard Russo

Monday, October 07, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Empire Falls” comes a riveting novel about the abiding yet complex power of friendship. One beautiful September day, three men convene on Martha’s Vineyard, friends since college. They couldn’t have been more different then, or even today. Each man holds his own secrets, in addition to a monumental mystery. None of them has ever stopped puzzling over the disappearance of the woman each of them loved. Shot through with Russo’s trademark comedy and humanity, “Chances Are…” presents an absorbing saga of the rewarding and sometimes constricting bonds of friendship.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Matt McCarthy

Thursday, October 10, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Physician, researcher, and ethics professor Matt McCarthy is on the front lines of a groundbreaking clinical trial testing a new antibiotic to fight lethal superbugs, bacteria that have built up resistance to the life-saving drugs in our rapidly dwindling arsenal. This trial serves as the backdrop for the compulsively readable “Superbugs.” Dr. McCarthy explores the history of bacteria and antibiotics bringing to light how we arrived at this juncture of both incredible breakthrough and extreme vulnerability.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

Brock Clarke

Monday, October 14, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Acclaimed author of “An Arsonist’s Guide to Writer’s Homes in New England,” Brock Clarke’s “Where Are You, Calvin Bledsoe?” is a novel about grabbing life, and holding on—wherever it may take you. Calvin Bledsoe’s journey begins at the funeral of his domineering mother when a mysterious aunt whisks him off to Europe for a grand adventure. Facing a menagerie of antiquities thieves, secret agents, and religious fanatics, it soon becomes apparent Aunt Beatrice’s clandestine behavior is leading Calvin into danger. Inspired by Graham Greene’s classic “Travels with My Aunt,” “Where are You, Calvin Bledsoe?” is a quirky, touching tale of an ordinary man on an absurdly extraordinary adventure.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Elizabeth Strout

Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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#1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout continues the life of her beloved Olive Kitteridge, a character who has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is “a compelling life force” (San Francisco Chronicle). The New Yorker has said that Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” and she has never done so more clearly than in “Olive, Again,” where the iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Eva Chen and Derek Desierto

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6:30 p.m.
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Instagram superstar and author Eva Chen and illustrator Derek Desierto present a picture book that’s equal parts fashion fairy tale and guide to girl power. It’s school picture day and Juno Valentine is having a fashion emergency! In an epic chase through time, June gets some help from female icons like Simone Biles, Audrey Hepburn, Annie Oakley, and Michelle Obama. Along the way, she discovers the self-confidence she needs to express herself in her own magical way. Eva Chen is the Director of Fashion Partnerships for Instagram and the former editor-in-chief at Lucky Magazine.

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor. A book purchase will be required at the event to enter the signing line.