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Upcoming Authors @ SLCL

Unless otherwise mentioned, all events are free and take place at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. 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.

Anna Quindlen

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

An onstage Interview with St. Louis Public Radio host Don Marsh.

In this provocative novel, acclaimed novelist Anna Quindlen explores tensions in a tight-knit community following an unexpected act of violence. Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed life. Then one morning she returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken her comfortable neighborhood, and the fault lines begin to open: on the block, at her job, especially in her marriage. With humor, understanding, and a warm heart, Anna Quindlen explores what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a woman at a moment of reckoning.

Ariel Lawhon

Wednesday, April 04, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In an enthralling work of historical suspense, Ariel Lawhon unravels Anna Anderson's 50-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. Germany, February 17, 1920: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to the youngest Romanov daughter, believed to be killed in the Bolshevik execution of the Russian Imperial family, is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin. As rumors begin to circulate through European society that Anastasia has survived, old enemies and new threats are awakened. With a brilliantly crafted narrative, Lawhon wades into the most psychologically complex territory yet: the nature of identity itself.

Jacqueline Winspear

Thursday, April 05, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In this poignant entry in Jacqueline Winspear’s bestselling historical suspense series, private investigator and psychologist Maisie Dobbs faces danger and intrigue on the World War II home front.

Spring 1940: Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the disappearance of a local lad, a young apprentice craftsman working on a "hush-hush" government contract. As Maisie’s inquiry reveals a possible link to the London underworld, another mother is worried about a missing son—but this time, the boy in question is one beloved by Maisie.

C. J. Box

Saturday, April 07, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box returns with a suspenseful thriller starring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. Wyoming's new governor isn't sure what to make of Joe Pickett, but he has a job for him that is extremely delicate. A prominent female British executive never came home from the high-end guest ranch she was visiting, and the British Embassy is pressing hard. At the same time, his friend Nate Romanowski has asked Joe to intervene with the feds on behalf of falconers facing restrictions on hunting permits. Who is blocking the falconers and why? As these cases converge, Joe Pickett once again finds himself at the center of greed, violence, and deadly intentions.

Beth Kobliner

Monday, April 09, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Author of the bestselling “Get a Financial Life,” Beth Kobliner shares how to teach children to manage money in a smart way. Regardless of your income, this New York Times bestseller is an essential guide for passing along enduring financial principles to serve kids from preschool through college. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required

Ally Carter

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Daniel Boone Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Author of the hit Gallagher Girls and Heist Society series, Ally Carter presents a novel of fast-paced thrills and first love. Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president's son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie's dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness For years, Maddie wrote Logan letters that went unanswered. So she’s furious when Logan shows up at her cabin door. But when Logan is kidnapped, Maddie must use all her finely-honed survival skills to rescue him so she can kill (or kiss) him herself.

Books for signing will be available for purchase from Novel Neighbor.

Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

Thursday, April 12, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From the bestselling authors of “America’s First Daughter” comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton—a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before—not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal—but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.

Frances Mayes

Friday, April 20, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

By the bestselling author of “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Women in Sunlight” is the story of four American strangers who bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year. Though novices in a foreign culture, their renewed sense of adventure imbues each of them with a bright sense of bravery, a gusto for life, and a fierce determination to thrive. “Women in Sunlight” shines with Frances Mayes’ trademark warmth, heart, and delicious descriptions of food, place, and friendship.

Books for signing will be available for purchase from Soft Surroundings. A book purchase will be required to enter the signing line.

Curtis Sittenfeld

Saturday, April 21, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Acclaimed author of the novels “Prep” and “Eligible,” Curtis Sittenfeld has established a reputation as a sharp chronicler of the modern age who humanizes her subjects even as she skewers them. Now, with this first collection of short fiction, her “astonishing gift for creating characters that take up residence in readers’ heads” (The Washington Post) is showcased like never before. Throughout the ten stories in “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided.

John Scalzi

Monday, April 23, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

John Scalzi, one of the most popular authors in modern science fiction, returns with “Head On,” the stand-alone follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Lock In.” “Head On” brings Scalzi's trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to the future world of sports. Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. But all the players are “threeps,” robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden’s Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real and the crowds love it. Until a star controller drops dead on the playing field. Is it an accident or murder?

Pat Simmons

Thursday, April 26, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Florissant Valley Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Inspirational romance author Pat Simmons shares the first installment in an uplifting new series about three sisters in three different states who make a pact to care for their aging relatives. The siblings soon learn the definition of caregiver includes a cup full of patience, a slight sense of humor, and when to cry out for help.

For St. Louis-based sister Tabitha, caring for feisty, 89-year-old Aunt Tweet has been challenging. As Aunt Tweet’s wandering leads her into the path of a handsome neighbor, Tabitha begins to wonder if God was directing her aunt’s path for a reason.


Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Monday, April 30, 2018 6:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In the third installment in Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s bestselling Book Scavenger series, sleuthing duo Emily and James tackle their most challenging mystery yet on the haunting Alcatraz Island.

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series.

Tom Perrotta

Friday, May 04, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Bestselling author of “The Leftovers” and “Little Children,” Tom Perrotta shares a penetrating and hilarious new novel about sex, love, and identity on the frontlines of America’s culture wars. A 46-year-old divorcee whose beloved only child has just left for college, Eve Fletcher is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night her phone lights up with a text message from an anonymous admirer. Before long, Eve’s online fixations begin to spill over into real life, revealing new romantic possibilities that threaten to upend her quiet suburban existence.

Paula McLain

Monday, May 07, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Bestselling author of “The Paris Wife,” Paula McLain returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th Century. In 1937, 28-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War. It’s the adventure she’s been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly—and uncontrollably—falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.

The event will be an onstage interview with KMOX Radio host Debbie Monterrey.

Lisa Ko

Tuesday, May 08, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Lisa Ko’s debut novel won the 2017 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. A powerful story of borders and belonging, “The Leavers” follows the life of 11-year-old Deming Guo after his mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon—and never comes home. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is renamed Daniel Wilkinson. But far from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents’ desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind.

2018 Suspense Night

Thursday, May 10, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

One of the library’s most popular annual events, Suspense Night brings together popular mystery writers from across the country for an evening of readings and a panel discussion on the craft of suspense writing.

Reed Farrel Coleman
“What You Break”
“Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet”

Megan Abbott
“You Will Know Me”
“The Fever”

Laura Lippman
“Wilde Lake”

Lori Rader Day
“The Day I Died”
“Little Pretty Things”

Nick Petrie
“Light It Up”
“The Drifter”

Ashley and David Eckstein

Friday, May 11, 2018 6:00 p.m.
Grant's View Branch
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

2018 Star Wars Fan Fest with Special Guests Ashley and David Eckstein. A giant celebration of all things Star Wars, this annual event features costumed characters, food trucks, Pancake Art by Dancakes, crafts and games. Additional off-site parking and a shuttle service will be provided. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Nicholas Reynolds

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In 2010, while he was the historian at the esteemed CIA Museum, Nicholas Reynolds, a longtime American intelligence officer, former U.S. Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to uncover clues suggesting Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway was deeply involved in mid 20th Century spycraft — a mysterious and shocking relationship that was far more complex and fraught with risks than has ever been previously supposed. A literary biography with the soul of an espionage thriller, Reynolds's meticulously researched narrative reveals for the first time the whole story of this hidden side of Hemingway's life.

Dr. Lloyd I. Sederer

Monday, May 21, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Written with warmth, accessibility, and vast authority, “The Addiction Solution” is a practical guide through the world of drug use and abuse and addiction treatment. Dr. Lloyd I. Sederer, Chief Mental Health Officer of the NYS Office of Mental Health brings together scientific and clinical knowledge, policy suggestions, and case studies, to describe our current drug crisis and establish a clear path forward to recovery and health. In a time when so many people are affected by the addiction epidemic, when 142 people die of overdoses every day in the United States, principally from opioids, Sederer's decades of wisdom and clinical experience are needed more than ever before.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

Jessica Knoll

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From Jessica Knoll—author of “Luckiest Girl Alive,” the bestselling debut novel of 2015—comes a blisteringly paced thriller. When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series called “Goal Diggers,” the producers never expect the season will end in murder. “The Favorite Sister” explores the invisible barriers that prevent women from rising up the ranks in today’s America—and offers a scathing take on the bonds of sisterhood, and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant, and salable.