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.
From one of Barack Obama’s closest aides comes a revelatory behind-the-scenes account of his presidency—and how idealism can confront harsh reality and still survive. For nearly 10 years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration—first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Briefing, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now he tells the full story of his partnership—and, ultimately, friendship—with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States.
The event will be an onstage interview with St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist Aisha Sultan.
Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive—and to reunite—“We Were the Lucky Ones” is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds. It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere.
Dhonielle Clayton – “The Belles”
Dhonielle Clayton is the co-author of the “Tiny Pretty Things” series and COO of the non-profit, We Need Diverse Books. Her hit debut novel "The Belles” is a dystopian fantasy about beauty and power.
Zoraida Córdova – “Bruja Born”
Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of The Vicious Deep trilogy and the Brooklyn Brujas series. A follow up to her sensationally popular fantasy novel “Labyrinth Lost,” “Brujas Born” follows a family of sisters with magical abilities to both heal and raise the dead.
Tracy Banghart – “Grace and Fury”
One of the most highly anticipated young adult books of the summer, Tracy Banghart’s “Grace and Fury” is a must-read fantasy about fierce sisterhood, action, and political intrigue that has drawn comparisons to “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Mark Oshiro – "Anger is a Gift"
Mark Oshiro is the creator of the online Mark Does Stuff universe (Mark Reads and Mark Watches), where he analyzes book and television series unspoiled. His first novel, "Anger is a Gift," is a YA contemporary about queer friendship, love and fighting police brutality.
Presented in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit organization that promotes the importance of representation in children’s literature.
Number-one bestselling novelist Susan Wiggs delivers a riveting story that challenges our deepest held beliefs. Deep within the peaceful heart of Amish country, a life-or-death emergency shatters a quiet world to its core. Caught between two worlds, Caleb Stoltz is bound by a deathbed promise to raise his orphaned niece and nephew in Middle Grove, where life revolves around family, farm, faith and long-held suspicions about outsiders. When disaster strikes, Caleb is thrust into an urban environment of high-tech medicine and the relentless rush of modern life. Deeply moving and unforgettable, “Between You and Me” is an emotionally complex story of love and loss, family and friendship, and the arduous road to discovering the heart’s true path.
Flint was already a troubled city in 2014 when the state of Michigan—in the name of austerity—shifted the source of its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Soon after, citizens began complaining about the water that flowed from their taps—but officials rebuffed them, insisting it was fine. “What the Eyes Don’t See” is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at the city’s public hospital, proved that Flint’s kids were exposed to lead, and fought her own government to expose that truth. Paced like a scientific thriller, the book shows how callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother—whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.
The program will be an onstage interview with St. Louis Public Radio’s Don Marsh.
Presented by the Medical Arts Series.
Considered “the most powerful man in country music” (Forbes), Bobby Bones speaks to more than five million fans each weekday morning and is the youngest inductee into the National Radio Hall of Fame. But as Bobby reveals in this humorous and inspirational collection of stories, a lot of what made him able to achieve his goals were mistakes, awkward moments, and embarrassing situations—lemons that he turned into lemonade through hard work and humility. He shares motivations for finding success even when seemingly surrounded by impossible odds, as well as anecdotes from some of his famous friends who open up about their own missteps.
Dogs love to dig but one dog named Doug takes digging to new heights (and depths) in this laugh-out-loud picture book from New York Times bestselling author Karma Wilson and celebrated illustrator Matt Myers.
Meet Doug. Doug is a dog that LOVES to dig. But when Doug digs he doesn’t just dig holes in the backyard.
He digs...ditches the size of tractors!
He digs...tunnels through gold mines!
He even digs his way into...the White House!
Bestselling author of “A Dog’s Purpose,” W. Bruce Cameron presents a new installment in his widely popular Puppy Tales series for young readers. Meet Max—a very special dog with a very important purpose. As soon as he sets eyes on CJ, Max knows that she’s his girl and quickly figures out his purpose: to show her how to navigate the big city. Being a native New Yorker, Max knows how to take charge, even though he’s the smallest dog at the park. At the same time, with CJ’s help, Max learns that he doesn’t always have to be ferocious—sometimes, he can be “gentle Max” and make friends.
Join us at 1:00 p.m. for a special pre-show puppy playtime and adoption event hosted by the APA Adoption Center.
Co-sponsored by the Animal Protection Association of Missouri.
Scholastic is partnering with bookstores and libraries in communities nationwide, hosting reading festivals for families with kids ages 0-12. Bring your reader to this fun (and FREE!) family event to meet authors Luke Flowers, Sandra Markle, and Alan Woodrow, take photos with Clifford the Big Red Dog, win prizes, and more.
Plus, stock up on your summer reading lists with a wide selection of Scholastic titles provided by the Novel Neighbor!
On the eve of the Civil War, three American businessmen launched an audacious plan to transform communications across the hostile territory between the nation’s two coasts. In the process, they created one of the most enduring icons of the American West: the Pony Express. Daring young men galloped over a vast and unforgiving landscape, etching an irresistible tale that passed into myth almost instantly. Equally an improbable success and a business disaster, the Pony Express came and went in just 18 months, but not before uniting and captivating a nation on the brink of being torn apart. Jim DeFelice previously co-authored Chris Kyle’s #1 bestselling memoir, “American Sniper.”
Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.
Beloved children’s book author Kate DiCamillo shares a moving, masterful story of an unforgettable summer friendship. Raymie Clarke has a plan. If she can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father will see Raymie’s picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship—and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.
Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series.
Humorous suspense author Jill Orr continues her quirky mystery series about small-town sleuth Riley Ellison. In “The Bad Break,” Riley has taken a great leap of faith by giving up her comfortable job at the Tuttle Corner Library for the exciting world of print journalism. Except that so far it hasn’t been very exciting. All that changes when Riley’s friend Tabitha finds her soon-to-be father-in-law dead on the floor of his office, and Riley is asked to write his obituary. And when they discover Tabitha’s fiancé’s knife sticking out of his father’s chest, Riley finds herself with a murder investigation to cover as well. Will Riley’s rookie mistakes lead to more than just her byline ending up on the obituary page?
Although the USS Indianapolis was the victorious flagship of the largest fleet ever to sail the face of the earth, her story has been reduced to a sinking tale. Bestselling author and investigative journalist Lynn Vincent has teamed with documentary filmmaker and National Geographic historian Sara Vladic to tell the complete story for the first time. Based on new primary sources and interviews, this sweeping saga of survival, justice, love, and sacrifice reveals the untold stories of the crew left adrift for five days and the survivors’ 50-year fight for justice.
Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.
Bestselling suspense author Linwood Barclay presents his most haunting psychological thriller yet. College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road, he surprises a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. After nearly losing his own life in that encounter, he finds himself battling PTSD. His wife, desperate to cheer him up, brings home a vintage typewriter—to encourage him to get started on that novel he’s always intended to write. But soon Paul begins to hear it type by itself at night—a noise only he can hear. Paul believes the typewriter is somehow connected to the murderer. Has another sick twist of fate entwined his life with the killer?