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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.
Webster University - George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology and College of Arts and Sciences

Due to COVID-19, author events are being held virtually with our media partner, HEC-TV. The events will be broadcast simultaneously on Facebook and on the Higher Education Channel at Spectrum 989 and AT&T U-verse 99. A Facebook account is not required to watch these events. Past events are available to view at

We would like to thank our presenting sponsor, Webster University, for supporting the St. Louis County Library Author Series.

St. Louis Teen Book Festival

St. Louis Teen Book Festival - April 8-18
Thursday, April 08, 2021 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, April 18, 2021 7:00 p.m.

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media and the Novel Neighbor bookstore are excited to announce the St. Louis Teen Book Festival taking place online April 8-18, 2021. The event will feature 39 of the hottest writers in YA literature and 11 days of programming dedicated to teen readers. Learn more. 

Judy Batalion

Monday, April 19, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: April 19, 7:00 p.m. on

Judy Batalion, “The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos”

Interview moderated by Lory Cooper, Manager-Volunteers and Tours for the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum

Presented in partnership with the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival

One of the most important stories of World War II, Judy Batalion, the granddaughter of Polish Holocaust survivors, shares the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who became resistance fighters. Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and neighbors and the violent destruction of their communities, these unknown women—some still in their teens—helped transform the Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis. With courage, guile, and nerves of steel, these “ghetto girls” served as couriers, armed fighters, intelligence agents, and saboteurs. “The Light of Days” is an unforgettable true tale of war, the fight for freedom, female friendship, and survival in the face of staggering odds. 

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

Paula McLain

Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: April 22, 7:00 p.m. on

Paula McLain, “When the Stars Go Dark”

Interview moderated by novelist Lily King, author of “Writers & Lovers”

Bestselling author of “The Paris Wife,” Paula McLain presents a novel of heart-wrenching suspense that weaves together actual cases of missing persons. Anna Hart is a seasoned detective in San Francisco with far too much knowledge of the darkest side of human nature. When tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna flees to a rural village to grieve. Yet the day she arrives, she learns that a local teenage girl has gone missing. As Anna becomes obsessed with saving the missing girl, the crime becomes a frightening reminder of the most crucial time in Anna’s childhood, when the unsolved murder of a young girl changed her life forever. 

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available. 

John Sandford

Monday, April 26, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: April 26, 7:00 p.m. on

John Sandford, “Ocean Prey”

Fan-favorite heroes Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers join forces on a deadly maritime case in John Sandford’s remarkable new thriller. An off-duty Coast Guardsman is fishing with his family when he calls in some suspicious behavior from a nearby boat: a snazzy craft that picks up a lone surface diver. His suspicions prove right when all three Guardsman who come out to investigate are shot. The FBI calls in Lucas Davenport, and when the case again turns lethal, Davenport will need to bring in every asset he can claim, including a detective with a fundamentally criminal mind: Virgil Flowers. 

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

Sally Hepworth

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: April 28, 7:00 p.m. on

Sally Hepworth, “The Good Sister”

Bestselling author of “The Mother-in-Law,” Sally Hepworth presents a knock-out of a novel about the lies that bind two sisters. Fern Castle works in her local library. She has dinner with her twin sister Rose three nights a week. She avoids crowds, bright lights and loud noises as much as possible. Disrupting her routine can be...dangerous. When Rose discovers that she cannot get pregnant, Fern sees her chance to pay her sister back for everything Rose has done for her. Fern can have a baby for Rose. She just needs to find a father. Simple. Fern's mission will stir up dark secrets from the past, in this quirky, rich and shocking story of unexpected love.

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

Elliot Ackerman

Friday, April 30, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: April 30, 7:00 p.m. on

Elliot Ackerman, “2034: A Novel of the Next World War”

Award-winning novelist and decorated Marine veteran, Elliot Ackerman presents a chillingly authentic global thriller that imagines a naval clash between the US and China that sets the path toward a nightmarish global conflagration. Co-authored by four-star admiral and former commander of NATO Jim Stravridis, “2034” is an imaginative extrapolation from present-day facts combined with the authors’ experience working at the highest and most classified levels of national security.

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pickup and shipping available.

Kaitlyn Greenidge

Monday, May 03, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: Monday, May 3,  7:00 p.m. on

Kaitlyn Greenidge, “Libertie”

In conversation with Ryan Krull, Interviews Editor - Boulevard Magazine

Coming of age as a freeborn Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson is all too aware that her purposeful mother, a practicing physician, expects her to go to medical school. But unlike her mother, who can pass, Libertie has skin that is too dark. When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it—for herself and for generations to come. Inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States, Kaityln Greenidge’s immersive novel is rich with historical detail. 

Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.


David Allen Sibley

Thursday, May 06, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: Thursday, May 6,  7:00 p.m. on

David Allen Sibley, "What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing--What Birds Are Doing and Why"

In conversation with Dr. Jonathan Losos, Washington University-Professor of Evolutionary Biology and director of the Living Earth Collaborative. Presented in partnership with the St. Louis Audubon Society.

"Can birds smell?"; "Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?"; "Do robins 'hear' worms?" Author and illustrator of the essential “Sibley Guide to Birds,” David Allen Sibley presents a bird book for birders and non-birders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a new and deeper understanding of what common, mostly backyard, birds are doing--and why. David Sibley's stunning and detailed artwork and wide-ranging expertise bring observed behaviors vividly to life.

Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.


Ally Carter

Saturday, May 08, 2021 2:00 p.m.

Video premiere: May 8, 2:00 p.m. on

Ally Carter, "Winterborne Home for Mayhem and Mystery"

Bestselling YA author Ally Carter presents the second installment in her thrilling middle grade series--a story of five extraordinary orphans, one mansion and no rules! The kids of Winterborne House are the only ones who know that Gabriel Winterborne—famous billionaire and terrible cook—is really a sword-wielding vigilante. What they don’t know is that he’s not the only one. When a masked figure breaks in, it’s clear that Gabriel has met his match, and now no one is safe. The kids will have to solve a decades-old mystery in order to hang on to the most important thing in the world: each other.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Virtual Author Visit for Young Readers

Stephanie Dray

Monday, May 10, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: May 10, 7:00 p.m. on

Stephanie Dray, “The Women of Chateau Lafayette”

Interview moderated by Ashley Hasty, creator of the book review website 

Bestselling historical novelist Stephanie Dray presents an epic saga based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy. 1774: Noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette joins the fight for American independence. 1914: at the outbreak of war, glittering socialite Beatrice Chanler takes on the challenge of convincing America to fight for what’s right. 1940: aspiring artist Marthe Simone watches the realities of Nazi occupation transform her life in the isolated castle she calls home. Intricately woven and powerfully told, “The Women of Chateau Lafayette” is a sweeping novel about love and courage, and the strength we take from those who came before us.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pickup and shipping available.


Brian Alexander

Thursday, May 13, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: May 13, 7:00 p.m. on

Brian Alexander, "The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town"

Bestselling author Brian Alexander presents an intimate, heart-wrenching portrait of one small hospital that reveals the magnitude of the healthcare crisis. Bryan, Ohio - population 8,500 - is still trying to recover from the Great Recession. As Bryan’s only hospital fights against a rapidly consolidating medical industry, a 39-year-old diabetic literally fights for his limbs, and a 55-year-old contractor lies dying in the emergency room. With these and other stories, Alexander strips away policy to reveal Americans’ struggle against a powerful system that’s stacked against them, but yet so fragile it blows apart when the pandemic hits. Culminating with COVID-19, this book offers a blueprint for how we created the crisis we're in.

Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Medical Arts Author Series

David O. Stewart

Monday, May 17, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: May 17, 7:00 p.m. on

David O. Stewart, "George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father"

In conversation with Amanda Clark, Missouri Historical Society - Community Tours Manager 

Award-winning historian presents a fascinating account of how George Washington became the single most dominant force in the creation of the United States of America. Washington's rise constitutes one of the greatest self-reinventions in history. In his twenties, this third son of a modest Virginia planter had ruined his own military career thanks to an outrageous ego. By Thirty years later, he was unanimously elected the nation's first president. In this remarkable portrait, Stewart unveils the political education that made Washington a master politician —and America's most essential leader. 

Signed books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Peter H. Raven

Thursday, May 20, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: Thursday, May 20,  7:00 p.m. on

Peter H. Raven, "Driven By Nature: A Personal Journey from Shanghai to Botany and Global Sustainability"

Presented in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden Press 

It’s safe to say that few people have lived lives as thoroughly devoted to plants as Peter H. Raven has. The longtime director—now president emeritus—of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Raven has been a tireless champion of sustainability and biodiversity, earning him the plaudit of “Hero for the Planet” from Time. “Driven by Nature” is the first chronicle of this prominent scientist and conservationist’s life. Moving from his idyllic childhood in San Francisco to his four decades leading the Missouri Botanical Garden, Raven’s autobiography reinforces the crucial importance of scientific learning, active conservation, and committed activism in the face of a rapidly changing natural world.

Signed books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.


Cory Anderson

Saturday, May 22, 2021 2:00 p.m.

Video premiere: May 22, 2:00 p.m. on

Cory Anderson, "What Beauty There Is"

Young Adult author Cory Anderson presents a stunning novel of brutality and beauty. Living in harsh poverty, Jack Dahl and his younger brother have nothing—except each other. And now Jack faces a stark choice: lose his brother to foster care or find the drug money that sent his father to prison. Ava Bardem lives in isolation. For seventeen years her father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. Now her father is stalking the same money as Jack. When he picks up on Jack’s trail, Ava must make her own wrenching choice: remain silent or help the brothers survive.

Books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Virtual Author Visit for Young Readers

Stephanie Malia Krauss

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Video premiere: Thursday, May 25,  7:00 p.m. on

Stephanie Malia Krauss, “Making It: What Today’s Kids Need for Tomorrow’s World”

St. Louis based mother, educator and social worker, Stephanie Malia Krauss knows firsthand how hard it is to balance school requirements with young people's needs. In “Making It: What Today's Kids Need for Tomorrow's World,” she lays out what adults can do to get young people ready for the future. With so much changing so fast–accelerated by the impacts of COVID-19–the most in-demand skills of today may be obsolete by the time our youngest kids become adults. For kids to be ready for this new reality, they must acquire skills that will serve them well, whatever their future holds. “Making It” is a timely and useful resource putting young people first and modernizing their learning experiences for the better.

Signed books available from The Novel Neighbor. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.