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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.


David & Nic Sheff – Ticketed Event

Saturday, January 12, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From David Sheff, author of “Beautiful Boy,” and Nic Sheff, author of “Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines,” comes the ultimate resource for learning about the realities of drugs and alcohol for middle grade readers. “High” tells it as it is, with testimonials from peers who have been there and families who have lived through the addiction of a loved one.. From how to navigate peer pressure to potential consequences for experimenting, Nic and David Sheff lay out the facts so that young readers can educate themselves.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $20 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “High”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $25 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “High”)

A book signing will follow the presentation.

Tickets can be purchased starting December 17 through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Call 314-994-3300 for more information. A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale December 14 for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org.

The proceeds from this event will benefit the Library Foundation’s literacy programs.

Jeremy Brown

Monday, January 14, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

On the 100th anniversary of the devastating pandemic of 1918, Dr. Jeremy Brown, currently Director of Emergency Care Research at the National Institutes of Health, explores the troubling, terrifying, and complex history of the flu virus. While influenza is now often thought of as a common and mild disease, it still kills over 30,000 people in the US each year. Dr. Brown expounds on the flu’s deadly past to solve the mysteries that could protect us from the next outbreak. In “Influenza,” he talks with leading epidemiologists, policy makers, and the researcher who first sequenced the genetic building blocks of the original 1918 virus to offer both a comprehensive history and a roadmap for understanding what’s to come.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

Brad Meltzer

Friday, January 18, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the months leading up to the Revolutionary War, these traitorous soldiers, along with the Governor of New York, William Tryon, and Mayor David Mathews, launched a deadly plot against the most important member of the military: George Washington himself. In this historical page-turner, bestselling author Brad Meltzer unravels the shocking true story behind what has previously been a footnote in the pages of history.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

Mesha Maren

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, Mesha Maren’s vibrant and compassionate debut, “Sugar Run,” is a novel of dreams and dark consequences. In 1989, Jodi McCarty is 17-years-old when she’s sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter. She’s released 18 years later and finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian mountains, she goes searching for someone she left behind, but on the way, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother. Together, they try to make a fresh start, but is that even possible in a town that refuses to change? ”Sugar Run” is a searing and gritty debut about making a run for another life.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Anthony Ray Hinton

Friday, January 25, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

2019 Black History Keynote Event

Oprah’s Book Club’s 2018 selection, “The Sun Does Shine” is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence. But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. For the next 30 years Hinton was a beacon on Death Row—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, 54 of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. He ultimately won his release in 2015. Destined to be a classic of wrongful imprisonment, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor or joy.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Lynda Cohen Loigman

Monday, January 28, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Author of “The Two-Family House,” Lynda Cohen Loigman presents her latest powerful historical novel about the strength of women on the World War II home front. Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer’s wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the Armory factories as a “soldier of production.” Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

James Rollins

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Bestselling author James Rollins combines historical mystery and scientific exploration in his latest thrilling Sigma Force adventure. Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing, and his best friend’s wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor. The only witness to what happened, Kat is in a semi-comatose state and cannot speak—until a brilliant neurologist offers a radical approach to “unlock” her mind. What Pierce learns from Kat sets Sigma Force on a frantic quest reaching back to the Spanish Inquisition and to one of the most reviled and blood-soaked books in human history.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Chloe Benjamin

Tuesday, February 05, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Chloe Benjamin’s instant-bestselling novel “The Immortalists” asks the question: If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children–four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness–sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades. Both a dazzling family love story and a sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, “The Immortalists” probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble.

Dani Shapiro

Wednesday, February 06, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us? Acclaimed author of “Hourglass” and other memoirs, Dani Shapiro shares her personal story about identity, paternity, and family secrets—a real-time exploration of the staggering discovery she recently made about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden story of her own life. “Inheritance” is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in—a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Tim Johnston & B.A. Shapiro

Monday, February 11, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Book published by the award-winning Algonquin Books, Tim Johnston and B.A. Shapiro approach the mystery genre from different angles but achieve similar riveting results.

Tim Johnston is the author of the bestselling thriller “Descent.” In his latest book, “The Current,” the story of a young woman’s investigation into the mysterious death of a friend becomes a meditation on grief and loneliness.

B.A. Shapiro has made the historical art thriller her own. Set in Parisian art world of 1922, “The Collector’s Apprentice” follows a woman desperately looking for a new life who becomes increasingly entangled in a sophisticated con game.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Emily Bernard

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Emily Bernard’s fearless and penetrating memoir begins with an episode of violence: while a graduate student at Yale, she was working in a coffee shop when a stranger stabbed her. That shocking attack would eventually unleash the storyteller in her, and in these pages she seeks to find a language to capture the complexities of her experiences as a victim, a woman, a black American, a teacher, writer, mother, wife, and daughter. Bernard writes in “Black Is the Body” how each of the essays goes beyond a narrative of black innocence and white guilt, how each is anchored in a mystery, and how each sets out to discover a new way of telling the truth as the author has lived it.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Elizabeth Letts

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The author of two bestselling nonfiction books, Elizabeth Letts is a master at researching a fascinating historical story and transforming it into a page-turner. This richly imagined novel tells the story behind “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s intrepid wife, Maud. “Finding Dorothy” is the result of Letts’s journey into the amazing lives of Frank and Maud Baum, as well as her discovery of the real-life inspiration for the character of Dorothy. Written as fiction but based closely on the truth, Elizabeth Letts’s new book tells a story of love, loss, inspiration, and perseverance, set in America’s heartland.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.

Charles Finch

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

This chilling new mystery in the bestselling historical suspense series takes readers back to gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox’s early career and a case in which the theft of an antique painting sends Detective Lenox on a hunt for a criminal mastermind. London, 1853: A painting has been stolen from the Duke of Dorset’s private study, but hiding in plain sight is another painting of infinitely more value, one that holds the key to one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Dorset believes the thieves took the wrong painting and may return when they realize their error–and when his fears result in murder, Lenox must unravel the mystery behind both paintings before tragedy can strike again.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

Leila Slimani

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Author of the internationally bestselling thriller “The Perfect Nanny,” Leila Slimani presents her prizewinning first novel—a captivating exploration of addiction, sexuality, and one woman’s quest to feel alive. Adèle appears to have the perfect life: She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But underneath the surface, she is consumed by an obsession and soon becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making.

A journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights, Leila Slimani is French president Emmanuel Macron’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture. She is the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.

David & Nic Sheff – Ticketed Event

Saturday, January 12, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Headquarters
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

From David Sheff, author of “Beautiful Boy,” and Nic Sheff, author of “Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines,” comes the ultimate resource for learning about the realities of drugs and alcohol for middle grade readers. “High” tells it as it is, with testimonials from peers who have been there and families who have lived through the addiction of a loved one.. From how to navigate peer pressure to potential consequences for experimenting, Nic and David Sheff lay out the facts so that young readers can educate themselves.

Brown Paper Tickets - Buy Tickets

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $20 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of “High”)

OR

PACKAGE TICKET $25 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of “High”)

A book signing will follow the presentation.

Tickets can be purchased starting December 17 through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Call 314-994-3300 for more information. A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale December 14 for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at foundation.slcl.org.

The proceeds from this event will benefit the Library Foundation’s literacy programs.