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Upcoming Authors @ SLCL

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.


Michael Dante DiMartino

Sunday, January 14, 2018 4:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 3:00 p.m.

Creator of the hit animated series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra,” Michael Dante DiMartino presents the second installment in the middle-grade fantasy series which began with “The Rebel Genius.” For years, Supreme Creator Nerezza has used fear and violence to rule her empire, seeking to eradicate anyone with a Genius. Then, 12-year-old Giacomo emerged from hiding and began a rebellion. In “Warrior Genius," Giacomo now has something Nerezza desperately wants—the Compass, one of three powerful objects known as the Sacred Tools.

Kelly Corrigan

Monday, January 22, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The event will be an onstage interview moderated by Aisha Sultan, nationally-syndicated, St. Louis Post Dispatch parenting and advice columnist.

Beloved author of the memoirs “Glitter and Glue” and “The Middle Place,” Kelly Corrigan shares a warm, insightful look at the 12 phrases that strengthen and sustain our relationships. With refreshing candor and a deep well of empathy, Corrigan swings between meditations on life with a preoccupied husband and two mercurial teenage daughters to profound observations on love and loss. “Tell Me More” is a moving and meaningful take on the power of the right words at the right moment to change everything.

Gregg Hurwitz

Monday, February 05, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Evan Smoak—government assassin gone rogue—returns in Gregg Hurwitz’s #1 bestselling Orphan X series, "Hellbent." Taken from a group home at age 12, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an assassin: Orphan X. Evan reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man dedicated to helping the truly desperate. But this time, the person in need is Jack Johns, the man who raised and trained him. Secret forces are trying to scrub the remaining traces of the Orphan Program. Jack gives Evan his last assignment: find and protect his last protégé and recruit for the program.

Jonathan D. Quick

Thursday, February 08, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The 2014 Ebola epidemic in Liberia revealed how unprepared we are for the outbreak of infectious disease. Somewhere in nature, a not-yet-detected killer virus has the potential to wipe out millions. In “The End of Epidemics,” Chair of the Global Health Council Dr. Jonathan Quick examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of AIDS, SARS, and Ebola. Analyzing efforts to contain these diseases, Dr. Quick proposes a new set of actions to end epidemics before they can begin.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series

Amanda E. Doyle and Melanie A. Adams

Saturday, February 10, 2018 2:00 p.m.
Florissant Valley Branch
Doors open at 1:00 p.m.

The bustling river city of St. Louis occupies a special place in the long history of African American advocacy for civil rights and equal justice. “Standing Up for Civil Rights in St. Louis” tells the stories of the many ordinary men and women who took extraordinary steps to fight for equal rights in St. Louis. Written for upper elementary school readers, the book presents the long arc of the struggle for civil rights, giving young readers a new perspective.

Presented by the 2018 Black History Celebration

Ticketed Event–George Saunders

Saturday, February 17, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Master of the short story, George Saunders’ long-awaited first novel is a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. “Lincoln in the Bardo” won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for best original novel written in the English language.

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Ticket Packages:

Individual Ticket–$20. Admits ONE and includes one paperback copy of “Lincoln in the Bardo” OR

Package Ticket–$25. Admits TWO and includes one paperback copy of “Lincoln in the Bardo.”

Tickets can be purchased starting January 8 through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. (No refunds.)

Tayari Jones

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

An onstage conversation with bestselling novelist Curtis Sittenfeld.

From the acclaimed author of “Silver Sparrow,” “An American Marriage” is a stirring love story. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream until Roy is sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. “An American Marriage” is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward.

John Heminway

Monday, February 26, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Anne Spoerry treated hundreds of thousands of people across rural Kenya over the span of 50 years. A member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, the French-born Spoerry earned the cherished nickname, “Mama Daktari”—“Mother Doctor.” Now, in the first comprehensive account of her life, Dr. Spoerry’s revered selflessness gives way to a past marked by rebellion, submission, and personal decisions that earned her another nickname—this one sinister—working as a “doctor” in a Nazi concentration camp. “In Full Flight” explores the question of whether it is possible to rewrite one’s troubled past simply by doing good in the present.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series

Christopher Alan Gordon

Thursday, March 01, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In 1849, St. Louis was a frontier town at a crossroads. An exploding population was pushing the city, its infrastructure, and its residents to the limit. Fire had decimated a large part of the riverfront, and disease, greed, and crime were running rampant. Christopher Gordon, the Missouri Historical Society’s Director of Library and Collections, culled publications, diaries, government records, and letters to reconstruct one of the most turbulent—and fascinating—years in St. Louis history. 

Presented in partnership with the Missouri History Museum Press and the St. Louis County Library History and Genealogy Department

Steven Pinker

Saturday, March 03, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Is the world really falling apart? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom. Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.

Peter Carey

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Two-time Booker Prize-winning author, Peter Carey presents a wildly exuberant, wily new novel that circumnavigates 1954 Australia, revealing as much about the country as it does about three audacious individuals who take part in the infamous 10,000-mile race, the Redex Trial. This thrilling high-speed tale is often funny, even more so as the world gets stranger. Set in the 1950s, this is a world Americans will find surprisingly familiar: black, white, who we are, how we got here, and what we did to each other along the way.

Charles Finch

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

London, 1850: an anonymous writer sends a letter to the paper claiming to have committed the perfect crime—and promising to kill again. Young gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox is convinced that this is his chance to prove himself. In the tradition of Sherlock Holmes, this chilling new mystery in the bestselling historical suspense series takes readers back to Lenox’s very first case and the ruthless serial killer who would set him on the course to become one of London’s most brilliant detectives. 

Elaine Weiss

Monday, March 12, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the 19th Amendment, 12 have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, “The Woman’s Hour” is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the first great 20th century battles for civil rights.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

Chris Bohjalian

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Nationally bestselling author of “The Guest Room,” Chris Bohjalian delivers a powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night. Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings—her job as a flight attendant makes it easy to find fun and adventure. The occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable, but harmless—until she awakes in a Dubai hotel room with a dead man by her side. Set amid the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at 40,000 feet, “The Flight Attendant” unveils a spellbinding story of memory, addiction, and murder far from home.

John Hart

Monday, March 19, 2018 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Award-winning suspense author John Hart returns to the world of his most popular novel, “The Last Child.” It’s been 10 years since the kidnappings that changed Johnny Merrimon’s life. Living alone on 6,000 acres of once-sacred land, Johnny’s only connection to normal life is his old friend, Jack. They’re not boys anymore, but the bonds remain. What they shared. What they lost. But Jack sees danger in the wild places Johnny calls home, and a powerful hunger eating at his childhood friend. More than an exploration of friendship, “The Hush” takes the reader to dark and unexpected places.

Kelly Barnhill

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Newbery Medal and World Fantasy Award-winning author of “The Girl Who Drank the Moon,” Kelly Barnhill shares a stunning collection of acclaimed short fictions, teeming with uncanny characters whose stories unfold in worlds at once strikingly human and eerily original. By an author hailed as “a fantasist on the order of Neil Gaiman” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), the stories in “Dreadful Young Ladies” feature bold, reality-bending fantasy underscored by rich universal themes of love, death, jealousy, and hope.

Anna Quindlen

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In this provocative novel, acclaimed novelist Anna Quindlen explores tensions in a tight-knit community following an unexpected act of violence. Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed life. Then one morning she returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken her comfortable neighborhood, and the fault lines begin to open: on the block, at her job, especially in her marriage. With humor, understanding, and a warm heart, Anna Quindlen explores what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a woman at a moment of reckoning.

Ticketed Event–George Saunders

Saturday, February 17, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Master of the short story, George Saunders’ long-awaited first novel is a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. “Lincoln in the Bardo” won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for best original novel written in the English language.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

Ticket Packages:

Individual Ticket–$20. Admits ONE and includes one paperback copy of “Lincoln in the Bardo” OR

Package Ticket–$25. Admits TWO and includes one paperback copy of “Lincoln in the Bardo.”

Tickets can be purchased starting January 8 through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. (No refunds.)