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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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Patrick Bringley Author of “All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me”

Patrick Bringley

Presented in partnership with the Saint Louis Art Museum’s Member Book Club. Millions of people climb the grand staircase to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art every year. But only a select few have unrestricted access to every nook and cranny. Former New Yorker staffer Patrick Bringley spent a decade as a museum guard. In his absorbing memoir, we follow him as he guards delicate treasures, strolls the labyrinths beneath the galleries, and marvels at the beautiful works in his care.  “All the Beauty in the World” is an inspiring portrait of a great museum, its hidden treasures, and the people who make it tick, by one of its most intimate observers. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Advanced registration highly encouraged.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saint Louis Art Museum
Derrick Barnes author of “Like Lava in My Veins”

Derrick Barnes

Recipient of a Newbery Medal for Excellence in Children’s Literature, Derrick Barnes presents a thrilling graphic novel about the power of teachers. Bobby Beacon’s got fire flowing through his veins - and all it takes is a loving teacher to help him harness his sizzling superpowers!

Tuesday, October 24, 2023
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Cozy Con Authors - color photos of Diane Kelly, Vivien Chien, Mia P. Manansala, Ellie Alexander, and Korina Moss

Cozy Con 2023

Join us for a night of sleuthing, fun and cozy mysteries. SLCL’s first event celebrating the light, humorous subgenre of suspense fiction, Cozy Con 2023 will feature: Vivien Chien – “Misfortune Cookie: A Noodle Shop Mystery,” Diane Kelly – “Snow Place for Murder: A Mountain Lodge Mystery,” Mia P. Manansala – “Murder and Mamon: A Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery,” Ellie Alexander – “Catch Me If You Candy: A Bakeshop Mystery,” Korina Moss – “Case of the Blues: A Cheese Shop Mystery.” The Novel Neighbor will have books for sale as well as socks, candles, tea and other cozy items perfect for snuggling up with a great book!

Friday, October 27, 2023
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Angela Cervantes - "The Cursed Moon" book cover and color author photo

Angela Cervantes

Celebrated popular middle grade author Angela Cervantes' brand new novel combines a chilling ghost story with her award-winning, heartfelt storytelling style. Rafael Fuentes isn’t easily scared. He loves writing ghost stories, but he has come up against enough real-life scary situations that fictional hauntings seem like no big deal. To take his mind off family troubles, Rafa spends an evening crafting the scariest ghost story he’s ever told. But then strange things start to happen around him. Rafa has brought a ghost to life—and only he can stop him.

Sunday, October 29, 2023
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
David Brooks - "How to Know a Person" book cover and color author photo

SOLD OUT: Ticketed Event - David Brooks

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist and bestselling author David Brooks presents a practical, heartfelt guide to the art of truly knowing another person in order to foster deeper connections at home, at work, and throughout our lives. Driven by his trademark sense of curiosity and his determination to grow as a person, Brooks draws from the fields of psychology and neuroscience and from the worlds of theater, philosophy, and education to present a hopeful, integrated approach to human connection.

Monday, October 30, 2023
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Washington University
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