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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.


William J. Burns

Monday, June 24, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Over the course of more than three decades as an American diplomat, William J. Burns played a central role in the most consequential diplomatic episodes of his time—from the bloodless end of the Cold War to the collapse of post–Cold War relations with Putin’s Russia, from post–9/11 tumult in the Middle East to the secret nuclear talks with Iran. Drawing on a trove of newly declassified cables and memos, Burns gives readers a rare inside look at American diplomacy in action. “The Back Channel” is an eloquent, deeply informed, and timely story of a life spent in service of American interests abroad. It is also a powerful reminder, in a time of great turmoil, of the enduring importance of diplomacy.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

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

Louis Bayard

Thursday, June 27, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From the prizewinning author of “Mr. Timothy” comes the page-turning and surprising story of a young Abraham Lincoln and the two people who loved him best: Mary Todd and Lincoln’s best friend, Joshua Speed. Told in the alternating voices of Mary Todd and Joshua Speed, “Courting Mr. Lincoln” creates a sympathetic and complex portrait of Mary unlike any that has come before; a moving portrayal of the deep and very real connection between the two men; and most of all, an evocation of the unformed man who would grow into one of the nation’s most beloved presidents. Louis Bayard, a master storyteller at the height of his powers, delivers here a page-turning tale of love, longing, and forbidden possibilities.

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

Charles Fishman

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From the bestselling author of “The Wal-Mart Effect,” “One Giant Leap” introduces readers to the men and women tasked with putting a man on the moon. From the halls of MIT, where the eccentric digital pioneer Charles Draper created the two computers aboard Apollo 11, to the factories where hundreds of women weaved computer programs with copper wire, Charles Fishman captures the sweeping achievement of these ordinary Americans.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

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

Lisa Barr

Thursday, July 11, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Award-winning journalist and creator of the popular parenting blog GIRLilla Warfare, Lisa Barr presents a new novel about finding your “next chapter” in the wake of personal devastation. “The Unbreakables” follows Sophie Bloom, who is living a seemingly perfect life until she discovers that her husband is on the list of cheaters during the notorious Ashley Madison hack. Reeling from betrayal, she escapes to France and slowly reclaims the shattered pieces of her life.

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

Beatriz Williams

Monday, July 15, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The internationally bestselling author of “The Summer Wives” creates a dazzling epic of World War II-era Nassau—a hotbed of spies, traitors, and the most infamous couple of the age, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor—whose love affair nearly brought the British monarchy to its knees. The Bahamas, 1941: Newly-widowed Leonora “Lulu” Randolph arrives in Nassau for a society magazine interview. As Lulu infiltrates the Duke and Duchess’s social circle, she uncovers evidence that beneath the glister of Wallis and Edward’s marriage lies an ugly—and even treasonous—reality.

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

Linda Castillo

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In this gripping thriller from bestselling author Linda Castillo, a devastating murder exposes an Amish family’s tortured past. When a woman is murdered and her 7-year-old granddaughter is abducted, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder knows time is against her—the longer the girl is missing, the less likely her safe return becomes. The girl’s family is a pillar of the Amish community, well-respected by all. But Kate soon realizes they’re keeping secrets—and the sins of their past may be coming back to haunt them.

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

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

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

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.