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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.


SOLD OUT: Ticketed Event – Jodi Picoult

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

#1 New York Times bestselling author of “Small Great Things” presents a powerful story about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors, until a desperate gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. Told in a daring narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day. One of the most fearless writers of our time, Jodi Picoult tackles a complicated issue in this gripping novel.

Tickets go on sale August 13 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET–$20. Admits ONE and includes one paperback copy of “A Spark of Light”

OR

PACKAGE TICKET–$25. Admits TWO and includes one copy of “A Spark of Light.”

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

Erin Entrada Kelly

Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:30 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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.

Ticketed Event - Rachael Ray

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In celebration of her 50th birthday, America’s favorite self-taught cook shares a candid memoir-inspired cookbook featuring 125 all-new recipes. Captured here are the moments and dishes Rachael finds most special, the ones she makes in her own home. The result is a collection that offers the perfect blend of kitchen and life wisdom, including thoughts on how we can better serve the world and one another.

The event will be an onstage interview with Allyson Mace, publisher and founder of Sauce Magazine.

Tickets go on sale September 9 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Call 314-994-3300 for more information.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $37 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Rachael Ray 50”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $42 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Rachael Ray 50”) **All books will be pre-signed. There will not be a book signing following the presentation.

The proceeds from this event will benefit the Library Foundation’s literacy programs.

Kwame Mbalia

Kwame Mbalia
Monday, October 21, 2019 6:30 p.m.
Florissant Valley Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The first installment in a new middle grade adventure series from Rick Riordan presents, Kwame Mbalia’s epic fantasy is set in a richly imagined world populated with African American folk heroes and West African gods.

Sent to his grandparent’s farm in Alabama after a tragic accident, seventh-grader Tristan Strong finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes at a price. Can Tristan save this world before he loses more of the things he loves?

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series.

Books for signing will be available for purchase from Barnes & Noble.

Elizabeth Strout

Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

#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.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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.

Ann Cleeves

Monday, November 04, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From Ann Cleeves, bestselling author of “Vera” and “Shetland,” beloved by readers and TV viewers alike, comes a spectacular new series, told with deep compassion and searing insight. In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church during his estranged father’s funeral. As he turns to walk away, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck. As deadly secrets are revealed, the case calls Matthew back to the people and places of his past.

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

Melanie Mitchell

Wednesday, November 06, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

No recent scientific enterprise has proved as alluring, terrifying, and filled with extravagant promise and frustrating setbacks as artificial intelligence. Award-winning author and leading computer scientist, Melanie Mitchell now reveals its turbulent history and the recent surge of apparent successes, grand hopes, and emerging fears that surround AI. Interweaving stories about the science and the people behind it, "Artificial Intelligence" brims with clear-sighted, captivating, accounts of the most provocative modern work in AI. This frank, lively book will prove an indispensable guide to understanding today's AI, its quest for "human-level" intelligence, and its impacts on all of our futures.

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

Paul Hendrickson

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Bestselling author Paul Hendrickson presents an illuminating biography that will change the way we understand the life, mind, and work of America's premier architect–Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright has long been known as a rank egotist who held in contempt almost everything aside from his own genius. Harder to detect, but no less real, is a Wright who fully understood, and suffered from, his often alienating behavior. This is the Wright whom Hendrickson reveals in this masterful biography. In showing us Wright's facades along with their cracks, Hendrickson helps us form a fresh, deep, and more human understanding of the man behind the genius.

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

Peter Caddick-Adams

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Published to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, British military historian Peter Caddick-Adams’ “Sand and Steel” is a comprehensive, monumental account of the greatest and most consequential military operation of modern times, drawing on first-hand battlefield research and personal testimony and interviews. In addition to covering the build-up to the invasion, Caddick-Adams gives a detailed account of the German preparations and reveals precisely what lay in wait for the Allies. But the heart of the book is Caddick-Adams’ narratives of the five beaches where the terrible drama played out—Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword—and the attempt by American, British, and Canadian soldiers to gain a foothold in Europe.

Presented by the Westfall Favorite Author Series.

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

B.J. Miller

Thursday, November 21, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Palliative care doctor B.J. Miller presents a compassionate and comprehensive guide to dying—and living life fully until you do. “A Beginner’s Guide to the End” is a clear-eyed and big-hearted action plan for approaching the end of life, written to help readers feel more in control of a process that so often seems anything but controllable. The book offers everything from a step-by-step guide to legal documents and the healthcare system to advice on how to talk friends and family. An honest, surprising, and detail-oriented guide to the most universal of all experiences, “A Beginner’s Guide to the End” is the book everyone needs.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

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

SOLD OUT: Ticketed Event – Jodi Picoult

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

#1 New York Times bestselling author of “Small Great Things” presents a powerful story about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis. The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors, until a desperate gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. Told in a daring narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day. One of the most fearless writers of our time, Jodi Picoult tackles a complicated issue in this gripping novel.

Tickets go on sale August 13 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET–$20. Admits ONE and includes one paperback copy of “A Spark of Light”

OR

PACKAGE TICKET–$25. Admits TWO and includes one copy of “A Spark of Light.”

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

Ticketed Event - Rachael Ray

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In celebration of her 50th birthday, America’s favorite self-taught cook shares a candid memoir-inspired cookbook featuring 125 all-new recipes. Captured here are the moments and dishes Rachael finds most special, the ones she makes in her own home. The result is a collection that offers the perfect blend of kitchen and life wisdom, including thoughts on how we can better serve the world and one another.

The event will be an onstage interview with Allyson Mace, publisher and founder of Sauce Magazine.

Tickets go on sale September 9 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Call 314-994-3300 for more information.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $37 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Rachael Ray 50”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $42 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Rachael Ray 50”) **All books will be pre-signed. There will not be a book signing following the presentation.

The proceeds from this event will benefit the Library Foundation’s literacy programs.