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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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Maria Smilios - "The Black Angels" bookcover and color author photo

Maria Smilios

In the pre-antibiotic days when tuber­culosis stirred people’s darkest fears, white nurses at New York’s largest hospital, began quitting en masse. Desperate to avert a public health crisis, city officials summoned Black southern nurses, luring them with promises of good pay, a career, and an escape from the stric­tures of Jim Crow. This remarkable true story follows the intrepid young women who played a major role in desegregating the New York City hospital system and helped find a cure for tuberculosis.

Thursday, November 2, 2023
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
The J
Kate Klise - "How Mr. Silver Stole the Show" book cover and color author photo

Kate Klise

On a rainy morning in 1947, a small gray kitten wandered into the Hamilton Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, two days before the Greater St. Louis Cat Club Show. A stray kitten. A fancy hotel. A serious contest for pedigreed cats. What could possibly go right? Local children’s book author Kate Klise shares a heartwarming story based on a real-life stray cat who made international headlines just by showing up, being himself, and finding a little kindness. Doors open at 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 5, 2023
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Emily Baine - “Enchanted Hill” book cover and color author photo

Emily Bain Murphy

Critically-acclaimed St. Louis-based author Emily Bain Murphy presents a historical novel filled with intrigue and Old Hollywood glamour. The year is 1930 and aspiring private investigator Cora McCavanagh is posing as a maid at a legendary estate. She recognizes Jack Yates as soon as he walks through the door. The last time she saw him was on an ill-fated night that haunts her more than a decade later. Now a single misstep could cause both their secret identities to come crashing down. During a week of parties overflowing with champagne and caviar, Cora and Jack must unravel a sinister history that the rich and powerful will do anything to keep concealed. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Color photos of authors Gilly Macmillan and Lori Rader-Day

Gilly Macmillan and Lori Rader-Day

Top British and American thriller writers Gilly Macmillan and Lori Rader-Day team up for an evening of thrills! Internationally bestselling author of “What She Knew” and “The Perfect Girl,” Gilly Macmillan presents “The Manor House,” a terrifying story about childhood sweethearts who win the lottery and learn what can happen when all your dreams come true. Chicago-based author of “Death at Greenway” and “The Lucky One,” Lori Rader-Day shares “The Death of Us,” a chilling novel in which the discovery of a submerged car in a murky pond reveals betrayals that will tear a small town apart. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 9, 2023
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Andy Griffiths - “The 156-Story Treehouse: Holiday Havoc!” book cover and color author photo

Andy Griffiths

The 12th book in the popular chapter book series filled with slapstick fun! When Santa’s sleigh crash-lands in the treehouse, Santa falls into the cloning machine. With dozens of Santas running around, who’s going to deliver all the presents? It’s up to Andy and Terry to save Christmas! Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, November 10, 2023
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Travis Baldree - “Bookshops & Bonedust” book cover and black and white author photo

Travis Baldree

Set in the world of the hit bestseller “Legends & Lattes,” Travis Baldree's “Bookshops & Bonedust” takes us on a journey of high fantasy and first loves. Viv's career as a notorious mercenary isn't going as planned. Wounded in battle, she's packed off to recuperate in the sleepy town of Murk. But spending her hours at a beleaguered bookshop may be exactly what Viv needs. Still, adventure isn't all that far away. A suspicious traveler in gray, a summer fling, and an improbable number of skeletons prove Murk to be more eventful than Viv could have ever expected. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, November 10, 2023
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.