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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.


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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.

Fiona Davis

Thursday, August 01, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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.

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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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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.

Téa Obreht

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 7:00 p.m.
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Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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.