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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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Hampton Sides - "The Wide Wide Sea" book cover and color author photo

Hampton Sides

Acclaimed historian Hampton Sides shares an epic account of the most momentous voyage of the Age of Exploration. 1776: Captain James Cook, already lionized as the greatest explorer in British history, set off on his ship the HMS Resolution. Two-and-a-half years later, on a beach on the island of Hawaii, Cook was killed in a conflict with native Hawaiians. How did Cook, who was unique among captains for his respect for Indigenous peoples and cultures, come to that fatal moment? At once a ferociously-paced story of adventure on the high seas and a searching examination of the complexities and consequences of the Age of Exploration, “The Wide Wide Sea” is a major work from one of our finest narrative nonfiction writers.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Missouri History Museum
Megan Miranda - "Daughter of Mine" book cover and color author photo

Megan Miranda

Instant bestselling author of “All the Missing Girls” and “The Last to Vanish,” Megan Miranda presents a thrilling new novel about family secrets. When Hazel Sharp, daughter of Mirror Lake’s longtime local detective, unexpectedly inherits her childhood home, she’s warily drawn back to the town—and people—she left behind almost a decade earlier. But Hazel’s not the only relic of the past to return: a drought has descended on the region, and as the water level in the lake drops, long-hidden secrets begin to emerge…including evidence that may help finally explain the mystery of her mother’s disappearance.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Jane Smiley - "Lucky" book cover and color author photo

Jane Smiley

St. Louis native and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Thousand Acres” and many other beloved novels, Jane Smiley returns to her roots with a soaring, soulful novel about a folk musician from St. Louis. Through a combination of hard work and serendipity, Jodie Rattler’s singing career catapulted her from St. Louis to New York City, to the heights of fame, and back again. Jodie comes of age in recording studios and on tour, and she tries to hold her own in the wake of Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, and Joni Mitchell. Yet it always feels like something is missing. Shot through with longing and exuberance, romance and rock 'n' roll, “Lucky” is a story of the grit and glitter of real talent, a colorful portrait of one woman's journey in search of herself.

Thursday, April 25, 2024
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Sally Hepworth - "Darling Girls" book cover and color author photo

Sally Hepworth

Bestselling author Sally Hepworth returns with a thriller about sisterhood, secrets, and murder. For as long as they can remember, Jessica, Norah, and Alicia have been told how lucky they are. As young girls they were rescued from family tragedies and raised by a “loving” foster mother, Miss Fairchild. But their childhood wasn’t the fairy tale everyone thinks it was. In a moment of desperation, the three broke away from Miss Fairchild. Even though they never saw her again, she was always somewhere in the shadows of their minds. When a body is discovered under the home they grew up in, the foster sisters find themselves thrust into the spotlight as key witnesses. Or are they prime suspects?

Monday, April 29, 2024
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
The J
Amor Towles - "Table for Two" book cover and color author photo

SOLD OUT–Ticketed Event: Amor Towles

St. Louis County Library Foundation and The Novel Neighbor Present An Evening with Bestselling Novelist Amor Towles, Author of “Table for Two: Fictions.” Presented in Partnership with Washington University. Wednesday, May 1, 7:00 p.m. Tickets on sale March 8 at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade
Bakari Sellers - "The Moment" book cover and color author photo

Bakari Sellers

CNN analyst and former South Carolina State Representative, Bakari Sellers offers a fresh examination of the modern political landscape and offers solutions for a better tomorrow. Following up on his bestselling book, “My Vanishing Country,” Sellers examines inequities in healthcare, education, early childhood education, and policing: all issues that deeply impact the lives of millions of African Americans in communities across the nation. This thoughtful and practical work is a timely meditation on the state of our world today and how we can all play a part in making it better for tomorrow.

Thursday, May 2, 2024
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Ethical Society of St. Louis