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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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Rainbow Rowell - "Slow Dance" book cover and color author photo

Ticketed Event: Rainbow Rowell

From the #1 bestselling author of “Eleanor & Park” and the Simon Snow trilogy, Rainbow Rowell presents a bright, beaming power ballad of a novel. “Slow Dance” tells the humorous and heartbreaking love story of best friends Shiloh and Cary from their inseparable teen years to their far-flung adulthoods as they try to figure out what their relationship is, where it went wrong, and how to finally make it right.

Friday, August 2, 2024
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Bret Anthony Johnston - “We Burn Daylight” book cover and color author photo

Bret Anthony Johnston

Based on the true events that unfolded thirty years ago during the siege of the Branch Davidian compound, award-winning novelist Bret Anthony Johnston’s “We Burn Daylight” is an unforgettable love story, a heart-pounding literary page turner, and a profound exploration of faith, family, and what it means to truly be saved. Waco, Texas, 1993. People from all walks of life have arrived to follow the Lamb’s gospel. They’ve come here to worship at the feet of a prophet who is preparing for the End Times with a staggering cache of weapons. Jaye’s mother is one of his newest and most devout followers, though Jaye herself has suspicions about the Lamb’s methods—and his motives.

Monday, August 5, 2024
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Maureen Johnson - “Death at Morning House” book cover and color author photo

Maureen Johnson

From the bestselling author of the Truly Devious books comes a fiery new young adult thriller. After a series of heartbreaks and mishaps, Marlowe ends up at Morning House, a mansion built on an island in the 1920s and abandoned shortly thereafter. It’s easy enough, giving tours, but maybe this job isn’t such a gift after all. Morning House has a horrific secret that’s been buried for decades, and now the person who offered her the job is missing. All it takes is one clue to set off a catastrophic chain of events.

Tuesday, August 6, 2024
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
James Rollins - “Arkangel: A Sigma Force Novel” book cover and color author photo

James Rollins

From the master of international thrillers comes the story of a hunt across the globe. The execution of a Vatican archivist within the shadow of the Kremlin exposes a conspiracy going back three centuries—to the bloody era of the Russian Tsars. As combative forces race for the truth behind this death, Sigma Force, an elite covert arm of the US Defense Department made up of former Special Forces officers, is summoned to aid in the search. Facing enemies on all sides, it will be up to Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force to unravel a mystery going back millennia.

Wednesday, August 7, 2024
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Jasmin Graham  - “Sharks Don’t Sink: Adventures of a Rogue Shark Scientist” book cover and color author photo

Jasmin Graham

Sharks have been on this planet for over 400 million years, so there is a lot they can teach us about survival and adaptability. For example: how do sharks stay afloat? They keep moving. When Jasmin Graham, an award-winning young shark scientist, started to feel that the traditional path to becoming a marine biologist was pulling her under, she remembered this important lesson: keep moving forward. Jasmin joined with three other Black women to form Minorities in Shark Sciences (MISS) and became an independent researcher: a rogue shark scientist, seeking ways to keep these extraordinary endangered creatures swimming free—just like her. “Sharks Don’t Sink” is a triumphant memoir about how we can all learn to respect nature’s most misunderstood and vulnerable creatures—and grant the same grace to ourselves.

Thursday, August 15, 2024
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Thomas Fuller - “The Boys of Riverside: A Deaf Football Team and a Quest for Glory” book cover and color author photo

Thomas Fuller

New York Times reporter Thomas Fuller shares the incredible story of an all-deaf high school football team’s triumphant climb from underdog to undefeated. After years of covering wildfires, war, pandemic, and mass shootings, Fuller became captivated by the story of the football team at California School for the Deaf, a state-run school with only 168 students. Fuller packed his bags and drove seven hours to the Riverside campus just in time to see them trounce their opponent in the second game of the playoffs. “The Boys of Riverside” looks back at the myriad heart-wrenching and uplifting stories of the players who had found common purpose. Through their eyes, Fuller reveals a portrait of high school athletics, and deafness in America.

Monday, August 19, 2024
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.