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Did you know we have the biggest, number one author event series in the country? 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 noted, all events are free and open to the public. 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.

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"Life's Too Short" book cover

SOLD OUT - Ticketed Event: Darius Rucker

A three-time Grammy Award-winner, Darius Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status with his band, Hootie & the Blowfish, selling more than 25 million albums worldwide. Now multiple decades into his illustrious career, Rucker tells the story of his life through the lens of the music that made him, including songs by everyone from Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder to R.E.M., KISS, Prince, and, of course, his own music with Hootie and as a solo artist. He recounts the unlikely ascent of his band and wild tales of his road-hardened life—one filled with stumbles and missteps, but ultimately resulting in triumph. Candid, entertaining, and moving, “Life’s Too Short” is a classic story of a man and his music.

Saturday, June 1, 2024
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
"First Frost: A Longmire Mystery" book cover and color author photo

Craig Johnson

A longtime SLCL audience fan-favorite, Western suspense author Craig Johnson presents “First Frost,” the twentieth installment in the bestselling series starring Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire, basis for Netflix’s hit show “Longmire.” Set in the unspoiled countryside of Wyoming, Longmire has to navigate the ever-changing and often violent underworld that encroaches on what was once referred to as the Old West. This time, he is up against a sinister plot that could hurt the people closest to him and forever change the way he sees his beloved Wyoming.

Monday, June 3, 2024
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Amy Tan - "The Backyard Bird Chronicles" book cover and color author photo

Ticketed Event: Amy Tan

Overwhelmed by the state of the world, beloved novelist Amy Tan turned toward the natural world just beyond her window, and, specifically, the birds visiting her yard. But what began as an attempt to find solace turned into something far greater–an opportunity to savor quiet moments during a volatile time, connect to nature in a meaningful way, and imagine the intricate lives of the birds she admired. Featuring her lovely colored pencil illustrations, “The Backyard Bird Chronicles” is Tan’s charming, witty account of birding, nature, and the beauty that surrounds us in plain sight.

Sunday, June 9, 2024
4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
"An Unfinished Love Story" book cover and color author photo

SOLD OUT - Ticketed Event: Doris Kearns Goodwin

America’s most beloved historian artfully weaves together biography, memoir and history. Dick and Doris Goodwin were married for forty-two years. Dick worked as a close adviser for Lyndon Johnson and Robert Kennedy. Doris worked directly for President Johnson and later assisted on his memoir. The Goodwins’ last great adventure involved opening the three hundred boxes of documents that Dick had saved for more than fifty years. They soon realized they had an unparalleled time capsule of the 1960s: a time, like today, when lines were drawn and loyalties tested. The voyage of remembrance brought about a renewal of old dreams, reviving the hope that the youth of today will carry forward their unfinished love story with America.

Monday, June 10, 2024
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
"What an Owl Knows" book cover and color author photo

Jennifer Ackerman

An instant bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book for 2023, science writer Jennifer Ackerman’s “What an Owl Knows” offers insight into the most elusive of birds–and why they exert such a hold on human imagination. Ackerman illuminates the rich biology and natural history of owls and reveals remarkable new scientific discoveries about their brains and behavior. “What an Owl Knows” is an awe-inspiring exploration of owls across the globe and through human history, and a spellbinding account of their astonishing hunting skills, communication, and sensory prowess.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
"The Rom-Commers" book cover and color author photo

Katherine Center

Bestselling author Katherine Center presents a feel good rom-com about writing your own story. Emma Wheeler desperately longs to be a screenwriter. She’s spent her life obsessing over romantic comedies. Now, when she gets a chance to rewrite a script for famous screenwriter Charlie Yates, it’s a break too big to pass up. But Charlie doesn’t care about the script—it’s just a means to get a different one green-lit. Oh, and he thinks love is an emotional Ponzi scheme. But Emma’s not going down without a fight. She will stand up for herself, and for rom-coms, and for love itself. What if the love story they’re writing breaks all Emma’s rules—and comes true?

Wednesday, June 12, 2024
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.