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January 31, 2014

This blog will no longer be updated as of January 2014. Please visit www.slcl.org/authors for the latest author events at St. Louis County Library or visit the library’s Tumblr page for recaps and photos from past author events. 

Announcing the 2013 Fall Author Event Series

July 25, 2013

After a quiet summer, the Author Event series will be back with a bang! Kicking off with one of the most acclaimed  novelists of the last decade and including New York Times bestselling suspense writers, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and historians, and top names in young adult writing, the fall season offers something for every reader.

Plus, watch here for announcements about two HUGE ticketed events coming soon!

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and will take place at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh, St. Louis, MO 63119. Doors open one hour prior to event time. Our events are often filled to capacity. Early arrival is highly recommended!

SEPTEMBER

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Michael Chabon, “Telegraph Avenue”

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay,” Michael Chabon presents a big-hearted and exhilarating novel that explores the profoundly intertwined lives of two families, one black and one white. In “Telegraph Avenue,” Chabon lovingly creates a world grounded in pop culture—Kung Fu, movies, vinyl LPs, jazz and soul music—and delivers a bravura epic of friendship, race, and secret histories.

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Mark Lee Gardner, “Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape”

It was the most famous bank robbery of all time, one of the largest manhunts in US history, and the bloody end of Jesse James’ celebrated crime spree. Mark Lee Gardner takes us inside the Northfield Raid and outside to the streets as Jesse James and his band of outlaws square off against the heroic citizens who risked their lives to defeat America’s most daring criminals. A galloping true tale of frontier justice featuring audacious outlaws and intrepid heroes, “Shot All to Hell” is a riveting slice of Wild West history that continues to fascinate today.

pat's photo shoot 007Saturday, September 21, 2:00 pm

NATURAL BRIDGE BRANCH, 7606 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63121

Patricia Simmons, “The Acquittal”

St. Louis native and award-winning inspirational novelist Pat Simmons presents the latest installment in her Guilty Parties series. In “The Acquittal,” Dr. Rainey Reynolds has lost his way after a series of professional and personal losses. Will a missionary trip to Africa and reunion with a long-lost love bring him the peace he desperately seeks?

STROUD-JONATHAN-2013-CROPSaturday, September 21, 7:00 pm

DANIEL BOONE BRANCH, 300 Clarkson Road, St. Louis, MO 63011

Jonathan Stroud, “Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase”

A Young Reader’s Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

From the bestselling author of the Bartimaeus Trilogy comes a thrilling new series. A sinister problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts and spirits are appearing throughout the city, and they aren’t exactly friendly. Young psychic Lucy Carlyle and her team at the Lockwood & Co. ghost detection agency are hired to clear Combe Carey Hall, the most haunted house in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall’s legendary Screaming Staircase to see another day?

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John Searles, “Help for the Haunted”

Author of the hit thrillers “Boy Still Missing” and “Strange But True,” John Searles presents a spine-tingling ghost story that will keep you up all night. Nearly a year later, young Sylvie Mason is still tortured by the mysterious disappearance of her parents after they went to an abandoned church to help a “lost soul.” As the story moves back and forth in time, the tender-hearted Sylvie pursues the mystery and must come to terms with her family’s past and the secrets that have haunted them for years.

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Daniel Woodrell, “The Maid’s Version”

Acclaimed fiction writer Daniel Woodrell’s first novel since “Winter’s Bone” tells of a deadly dance hall fire and its impact over several generations. Alma Dunahew works as a maid for a prominent family in West Table, MO. When her scandalous younger sister is one of the 42 killed in an explosion at a local dance hall, Alma’s dogged pursuit of justice makes her an outcast in the small Missouri Ozarks town.

OCTOBER

simon-winchester-1-sizedWednesday, October 16, 7:00 pm – SLCL Headquarters, Auditorium

Simon Winchester, “The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible”

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

Simon Winchester, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of “The Professor and the Madman,” delivers his first book about America: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the United States from its beginnings.

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A. Scott Berg, “Wilson”

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed “Wilson”–the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President.

scieszka barnettWednesday, October 23, 7:00 pm – SLCL Headquarters, Auditorium

Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, “Battle Bunny”

Children’s Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

From the wildly imaginative minds of popular children’s book authors Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett comes “Battle Bunny”—a dynamic exploration of creative storytelling. Alex has been given a silly-sweet picture book about Birthday Bunny that his grandma found at a garage sale. Alex isn’t interested—until he decides to take out his pencil and make something he’d actually like to read. Birthday Bunny becomes Battle Bunny, and the rabbit’s innocent journey through the forest morphs into a super secret mission to unleash an evil plan.

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Sara Paretsky, “Critical Mass”

Bestselling author Sara Paretsky’s brilliant protagonist V.I. Warshawski returns in another hard-hitting thriller with timely political themes. In “Critical Mass,” V.I. must help the daughter of a Holocaust survivor who discovers a mountain of secrets with origins back to the mad competition to develop the first atomic bomb. The secrets are old, but the people who continue to guard them today will not let go without a fight.

NOVEMBER

lambwallyMonday, November 4, 7:00 pm – SLCL Headquarters, Auditorium

Wally Lamb, “We Are Water”

We Are Water is a disquieting and ultimately uplifting novel about a marriage, a family, and human resilience in the face of tragedy, from the internationally bestselling author of “I Know This Much is True” and “She’s Come Undone.” Told through the alternating voices of a divorced couple and their three children, Lamb brilliantly creates a portrait of modern America and the ways in which we search for love and meaning in our lives.

buffett-howardMonday, November 11, 7:00 pm – SLCL Headquarters, Auditorium

Howard G. Buffett and Howard W. Buffett, “40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World”

Presented by the Pacesetter Author Series

If you had the resources to accomplish something great in the world, what would you do? Legendary investor Warren Buffett posed this challenge to his son in 2006, when he announced he was leaving the bulk of his fortune to philanthropy. Howard G. Buffett set out to help the most vulnerable people on earth—nearly a billion individuals who lack basic food security. And Howard has given himself a deadline: 40 years to put more than $3 billion to work on this challenge. Co-written with his son, Howard W. Buffett, “40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World” captures the inspiring journey.

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Martin Cruz Smith, “Tatiana”

InTatiana,” Martin Cruz Smith, master of the international thriller, creates the most compelling heroine of his career and the most realistic portrait of modern Russia in contemporary literature. Investigating the deaths of a fearless young journalist and a mob billionaire, Arkady Renko finds himself on the trail of a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia herself.  “Tatiana” is Martin Cruz Smith’s most ambitious novel since “Gorky Park.”

More Spring Events Announced

March 5, 2013

The Library Foundation’s award-winning author series continues this spring/early summer. We are pleased to announce events with Caroline Kennedy, Cheryl Strayed, Chris Bohjalian, John Sandford, Steve Coll, and much more. Don’t miss your favorite author!

All events are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise mentioned, events are held at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131. Seating at all events is limited; early arrival is highly recommended. Doors open one hour prior to event time.

APRIL

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Caroline Kennedy, “Poems to Learn by Heart”

2013 Family Read Night presented by Delta Dental

In this diverse collection, a companion to her #1 best-seller “A Family of Poems,” Caroline Kennedy has chosen more than a hundred poems that speak to all of us: the young and young at heart, readers new to poetry and devoted fans. These poems explore deep emotions, as well as ordinary experiences. They cover the range of human experience and imagination. Divided into sections about nature, sports, monsters and fairies, friendship and family, this book is full of surprises. Each section is preceded by Kennedy’s thoughtful introduction reflecting her own family’s engagement with and enjoyment of poetry.

MacCambridgeThursday, April 4, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Michael MacCambridge, “Lamar Hunt: A Life in Sports”

Award-winning sports writer Michael MacCambridge presents the definitive biography of one of our most beloved sporting figures: Lamar Hunt, the soft-spoken owner of the Kansas City Chiefs whose audacious challenge to the NFL transformed the landscape of American sports. Drawing on Hunt’s personal papers and more than 200 interviews, MacCambridge provides an intimate, original portrait of the man forever captivated by the serious pursuits we call games.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFriday, April 5, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Blaine Harden, “Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West”

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

Acclaimed journalist Blaine Harden presents the unbelievable story of the only known person born in a North Korean labor camp to have escaped and survived. This powerful New York Times bestseller unlocks the world’s most repressive, totalitarian state through Shin Dong-hyuk’s astonishing story of endurance, courage, and survival.

Ridley PearsonSaturday, April 6, 2:00 pm – Auditorium

Ridley Pearson, “Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage”

Young Readers Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

St. Louis adventure writer Ridley Pearson presents the fifth installment in his bestselling Kingdom Keepers series about teenage protectors of Disneyland. In “Dark Passage,” the Kingdom Keepers board the Disney Cruise Line for its inaugural passage through the Panama Canal. They soon uncover a startling discovery: Maleficent and the evil Overtakers are plotting a catastrophic event that could have repercussions far beyond the world of Disney.

Bohjalian © Victoria BlewerTuesday, April 16, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Chris Bohjalian, “The Sandcastle Girls”

Internationally bestselling novelist Chris Bohjalian presents a spellbinding tale that travels between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915 and Bronxville, New York, in 2012—a sweeping historical love story steeped in the author’s Armenian heritage, making it his most personal novel to date. A masterful work of historical fiction, “The Sandcastle Girls” follows a suburban New Yorker researching the bittersweet romance of her grandparents and uncovering an epic tale of hope even in the darkest of circumstances.

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Cheryl Strayed, “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”

2013 Read St. Louis Memoir Selection

An Oprah Book Club selection, “Wild” is a blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again. Deeply grieving the death of her mother and destruction of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed made the impulsive decision to hike the notorious Pacific Crest Trail—and to do it alone. Told with great suspense, warmth, and humor, “Wild” vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of a young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Ann B Ross by Sarah Sneeden (2)Thursday, April 18, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Ann B. Ross, “Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble”

Ann B. Ross cooks up a batch of fun in this latest novel in her popular humorous suspense series featuring indomitable Southern belle Miss Julia. When Miss Julia’s friend Hazel Marie needs help caring for her ever-growing family, Miss Julia organizes the neighborhood women to give cooking lessons, but her good intentions are thwarted by Hazel Marie’s no-good uncle. With a delightful helping of madcap antics, “Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble” is a perfect next course in this charming series.


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Adam Grant, “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success”

Presented by the Pacesetter Speaker Series

An innovative, groundbreaking book, “Give and Take” highlights what effective networking, collaboration, and leadership skills have in common and opens up an approach to success that has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organizations and communities. Adam Grant, Ph.D. is an award-winning professor at the Wharton Leadership Program, University of Pennsylvania.

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Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Teen Science Fiction and Fantasy Night – Featuring Lauren Oliver, Antony John, Lenore Applehans and Tamara Ireland Stone

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

The Library presents a special night for teen readers featuring four new talents in YA fiction. Lauren Oliver is the sensationally popular author of the Delirium series. Oliver will discuss the final installment in the series, “Requiem.” St. Louis author Antony John’s “Elemental,” the first in a trilogy, is a mysterious fantasy adventure featuring post-apocalyptic pirates. Lenore Applehans presents “Level 2,” a gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife. “Time Between Us,” by Tamara Ireland Stone, is a spellbinding time traveling romance.

MAY

MarkTeaguePhoto Bestselling Author Mark Teague
Monday, May 6, 7:00 p.m. -Library Headquarters

The award winning author and illustrator of the popular “Dear Mrs. LaRue” books shares his newest picture book “Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf.” This twist on the traditional three little pigs story will have everyone laughing.

Mark Teague has illustrated over 40 books including Jane Yolen’s “How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight” and “Poppleton.”

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Friday, May 10, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

The Eighth Annual Suspense Night: Michael Koryta, Ace Atkins, Reed Farrel Coleman, Megan Abbott, & Hank Phillippi Ryan

One of the Library’s most popular programs, Suspense Night brings together mystery authors from across the country for an evening of thrills and chills. Hailed as one of the most exciting young thriller writers at work today, Michael Koryta, will discuss his new novel “The Prophet.” Ace Atkins was selected by the estate of Robert B. Parker to continue the Spenser detective series. He will discuss his second installment in the series, “Wonderland.” Reed Farrel Coleman is the author of the Moe Prager mystery series. His latest installment in the series is “Onion Street.” Megan Abbott is the bestselling author of “Queenpin” and “The End of Everything.” Her latest novel is “Dare Me,” a thriller set in the cut-throat world of high school cheerleaders. Hank Phillippi Ryan is an investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate and the author of four mystery novels. She will discuss her latest hit thriller “The Other Woman.”

john-sandford1Monday, May 13, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

John Sandford, “Silken Prey”

The extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from the #1 New York Times– bestselling author includes murder, scandal, political espionage, and an extremely dangerous woman. Lucas Davenport’s going to be lucky to get out of this one alive. Filled with John Sandford’s trademark razor-sharp plotting and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, “Silken Prey” is further evidence for why the Cleveland Plain Dealer called the Davenport novels “a perfect series,” and Suspense Magazine wrote, “If you haven’t read any of the Prey series, you need to jump on board right this second.”

Ridley PearsonTuesday, May 14, 7:00 pm - Daniel Boone Branch, 300 Clarkson Road

Ridley Pearson, “Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage”

Presented by Children’s Book Week 

St. Louis’s most popular young adult adventure writer presents the sixth installment in his bestselling Kingdom Keepers series about teenage protectors of Disneyland. In “Dark Passage,” the Kingdom Keepers board the Disney Cruise Line for its inaugural passage through the Panama Canal. They soon uncover a startling discovery: Maleficent and the evil Overtakers are plotting a catastrophic event that could have repercussions far beyond the world of Disney.

heather brewerAntony_headshotWednesday, May 15, 7:00 pm – Daniel Boone Branch, 300 Clarkson Road

Popular St. Louis Teen Authors Heather Brewer and Antony John

Presented by Children’s Book Week 

Popular St. Louis teen authors Heather Brewer and Antony John pair up for a terrific night of thrills and adventure. New York Times bestselling author of the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, Brewer will discuss and sign the second installment in the Slayer Chronicles, “Second Chance.” Antony John is the author of the teen hits “Five Flavors of Dumb” and “Thou Shalt Road Trip.” His new book, “Elemental,” the first in a trilogy, is a post-apocalyptic tale of a small band of survivors who must use supernatural powers to fend off ruthless pirates.

colfer-photoFriday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. Library Headquarters-Auditorium

YA Author Eoin Colfer

Presented by Children’s Book Week 

The wildly popular author of the Artemis Fowl series is back with a new series! “W.A.R.P. Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin” takes the reader on a wild time-traveling ride from Victorian England to our present day.

Riley is reluctantly apprenticed to illusionist Albert Garrick. When Riley is ripped from his time, Garrick follows and will stop at nothing to track down Riley so he can go back to Victorian London where he can literally change the world.

Eoin Colfer is the author of the best-selling Artemis Fowl series, “The Supernaturalist,” “Airman,” and “The Wishlist.”

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Saturday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. (doors open at 9:00 a.m.) Daniel Boone Branch
Children’s Author Jennifer Ward
Presented by Children’s Book Week 
Join us for a special story time with award-winning author, Jennifer Ward. Ms. Ward will read from her newest picture book, “What Will Hatch?”
Jennifer Ward is the award winning author of several picture books as well as the wildly popular parenting book “I LOVE DIRT! 52 Activities to Help You & Your Child Discover the Wonders of Nature.”
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Saturday, May 18, pre-event activity at 2:00 p.m.* (doors open at 1:30 p.m.)
Author event at 2:30 p.m. Library Headquarters-Auditorium
Children’s Author Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano
Presented by Children’s Book Week 

What is a black hole? Where do they come from? Can we visit one? Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano takes readers on a ride through the galaxies answering these questions and many more about the phenomenon known as a black hole.

*Pre-event activities will be provided by the St. Louis Science Center.

Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano is the acclaimed author of engaging science books for young readers and a STEM educator.

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Richard Paul Evans, “A Step of Faith”

New York Times bestselling author of the beloved classic “The Christmas Box,” Richard Paul Evans presents the fourth novel in his inspiration The Walk series. In “A Step of Faith,” Richard Paul Evan’s hero Alan Christoffersen visits St. Louis and faces a life-changing crisis on his journey to grace.

SusanYesWednesday, May 22, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Susan Terris, “Ghost of Yesterday: New and Selected Poems”

St. Louis native Susan Terris presents a reading and signing of “Ghost of Yesterday,” a collection of new work and highlights from her 25-year career as a poet. Terris is the author of six poetry collections, including the acclaimed “The Homelessness of Self” and “Natural Defenses.” Her work has appeared in many publications including The Iowa Review, Field, Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, and Ploughshares.

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Paul French, “Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China”

Historian and China expert Paul French’s Edgar-nominated, bestselling true-crime thriller opens the books on a seventy-five-year-old unsolved murder and offers a glimpse into the last days of Colonial Peking.

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Alex Grecian, “The Black Country” 

Alex Grecian’s extraordinary murder mystery debut “The Yard” received rave reviews and terrified readers across the country. In the second installment in the gripping historical series set in Victorian London, Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad and forensics pioneer Dr. Bernard Kingsley must investigate a string of grisly murders in the ghostly coal-mining country.

JUNE

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Saturday, June 1, 7:00 p.m. – Auditorium
Suspense Writer Ridley Pearson, Author of “Choke Point”
St. Louis’ most popular suspense author, Ridley Pearson presents the sequel to his bestseller “The Risk Agent.” In this high-stakes international thriller, the team behind the global personal security firm, Rutherford Risk, set out for Amsterdam to stop a brutal child slavery ring.
Ridley Pearson is the author of more than 30 international bestsellers including “Killer Weekend,” the Lou Boldt crime series, and numerous adventure novels for young readers.

coll-photoMonday, June 3, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Steve Coll, “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power”

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series 

Winner of the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award for 2012, “Private Empire” is an extraordinary and monumental exposé of Big Oil from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and “Ghost Wars” author Steve Coll. Coll investigates ExxonMobil, the most powerful private corporation in the United States, revealing the true extent of its power and deception, beginning with the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989 and leading to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

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Craig Johnson, “A Serpent’s Tooth” 

The success of Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series continues to grow after A&E’s hit show “Longmire” introduced new fans to the Wyoming sheriff. Now, in his ninth Western mystery, Longmire stares down his most dangerous foes yet. It’s homecoming in Absaroka County, but the festivities are interrupted when a homeless boy wanders into town searching for his missing mother. Longmire embarks on a high plains scavenger hunt in hopes of reuniting mother and son. The trail leads them to an interstate polygamy group that’s presiding over a stockpile of weapons and harboring a vicious vendetta.

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Michael Kahn, “The Flinch Factor” 

Several years have passed since we last saw Rachel Gold, star of St. Louis suspense author Michael Kahn’s popular series. In “The Flinch Factor,” savvy lawyer Rachel Gold is embroiled in a lost cause, aka, the Frankenstein Case, where she represents a blue-collar neighborhood fighting a powerful developer intent on bulldozing their homes to erect a swanky gated community. When people involved with the case start turning up dead, Rachel realizes she may be in over her head.

Announcing Winter/Spring Event Series

December 31, 2012

The Library continues to bring you the best author event programming in the St. Louis area! The 2013 schedule starts off with a great line-up of mystery writers, young adult authors, acclaimed novelists–and what is sure to be one of our biggest events ever!

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and take place at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Doors open one hour prior to event time. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended.

JANUARY

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Travis H. Brown, “How Money Walks: How $2 Trillion Moved Between the States”

Between 1995 and 2010, millions of Americans moved between the states, taking with them over $2 trillion in adjusted gross incomes. Why did Americans move so much of their income from state to state? Which states benefitted and which states suffered? “How Money Walks” maps this great migration of American income and raises important questions about American tax policy and how it profoundly affects growth and development in our country. Travis H. Brown is the CEO and co-founder of Pelopidas, LLC, a St. Louis-based public affairs and advocacy firm. He is a contributor to Forbes.com and a blogger at YourTaxCode.com.

Color-Mrs. RobbieFriday, January 25, 7:00 pm – Main Reading Room

OWN television star Miss Robbie Montgomery

Kick-off event for the 2013 Black History Month Celebration

Nationally acclaimed restaurant owner, Miss Robbie Montgomery owns three highly successful soul food restaurants in St. Louis and is the star of the top rated television program,“Welcome to Sweetie Pies” seen weekly on OWN television. Miss Montgomery will share her fascinating life journey that led her to become a successful business woman and renowned family matriarch. Join us afterwards for a sample of desserts from Sweetie Pies.

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Robert Crais, “Suspect”

In #1 bestselling suspense author Robert Crais’ explosive new thriller, LAPD cop Scott James is still reeling from the brutal murder of his partner when he is assigned a new one: Maggie, a highly-decorated bomb sniffing German Shepherd with a massive case of PTSD. Scott and Maggie are now each other’s last best chance and embark on a deadly investigation. Thrilling, emotional and intense, “Suspect” is further proof that Robert Crais is one of today’s leading writers of thought-provoking crime fiction.

FEBRUARY

AG 2011 headshot bw, Courtesy of Al GoreTICKETED EVENT – Saturday, February 9, 7:00 pm – Main Reading Room

Al Gore, “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change”

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Al Gore offers a sober, learned and ultimately hopeful assessment about the emerging forces reshaping our world.

Ticket packages are $35 (admits one and includes one pre-signed copy of “The Future”) or $50 (admits two and includes one pre-signed copy of “The Future”). Ticket packages can be purchased through www.slcl.org or at Library Headquarters. (No refunds.)

The proceeds from this event will benefit the St. Louis County Library Foundation’s early literacy programs. The program will be a presentation followed by questions from the audience. There will not be a book signing following the presentation. Additional pre-signed copies of the book will be available from Left Bank Books.

carter schwabSaturday, February 16, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Teen Event with Ally Carter and Victoria Schwab

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

Sensationally popular author Ally Carter teams up with talented new novelist Victoria Schwab to present an exciting evening for teen readers. Author of the bestselling Gallagher Girls series, Ally Carter presents the third installment in her Heist Society series featuring teenage criminal mastermind Katarina Bishop. In “Perfect Scoundrels,” Kat must keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own. Victoria Schwab’s “The Archived” is an imaginative supernatural thriller about a mysterious library of the dead and the 16-year-old tasked with handling the dangerous souls who escape.

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Ron Currie, Jr., “Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles”

The acclaimed author of “Everything Matters,” presents a bold genre-bending novel about the power of love and imagination. When the character of a novel is an amalgam of fact and fiction from the author’s own life, what kind of distinction can be made between the author and the character? Truth and fiction? Whatever the answers, Currie, an inventive writer always eager to test the boundaries of storytelling, has essential things to impart about heartbreak, reality, grief, human frailty, and blinding love.

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Charles Dubow, “Indiscretion”

A story of love, lust, and deception, “Indiscretion” marks the debut of a remarkably gifted writer whose unique voice bears all the hallmarks of an exciting new literary talent.  Harry and Madeleine Winslow have been blessed with talent, money, and charm. Harry is an award-winning author on the cusp of greatness; Maddy is a woman of sublime beauty and privilege. They share a deep devotion and enviable life until it is abruptly disrupted by a dangerous young admirer. “Indiscretion” is an irresistibly sensual page-turner that explores having it all and the consequences of wanting more.

MARCH

kraegelSaturday, March 2, 10:00 am – Auditorium

Kenneth Kraegel, “King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson”

Children’s Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

Henry is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandson of King Arthur. On his sixth birthday, Henry goes in search of adventure. He challenges a fire-breathing dragon, but the dragon prefers blowing smoke rings. A cyclops wants only to have a staring contest. Desperate for a real battle, Henry seeks out the fearsome leviathan. Has he met his match at last—or will he find something he didn’t know he was looking for? Bold and imaginative children will relate to Henry’s quest — and smile at its unintended consequences.

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Nathan Englander, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank”

These eight new stories from the celebrated novelist and short-story writer Nathan Englander explore the complexity of the Jewish experience and tackle the largest questions of morality and history. “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” displays a gifted young author grappling with the issues of modern life, with a command of language and the imagination that place Englander at the very forefront of contemporary American fiction.

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Richard Ford, “Canada”

2013 Read St. Louis Distinguished Literary Achievement Selection

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford delivers a haunting novel about the cataclysm that undoes one teenage boy’s family and the stark and unforgiving landscape in which he attempts to find grace. When fifteen-year-old Dell Parsons’ parents rob a bank, his normal life is altered forever and he must flee the country with an enigmatic and alluring fugitive. A true masterwork from one of our greatest writers, “Canada is a profound novel of boundaries traversed, innocence lost, and the mysterious bonds of family.

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C.J. Box, “Breaking Point”

Suspense author C.J. Box presents the latest installment in his popular series about Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. In “Breaking Point,” Joe’s suspicion is raised after a family friend is accused of murdering two EPA employees over a tract of protected wetland. The more Joe looks into the case, the more he finds himself in the middle of a war he never expected and never wanted. Powerful forces want the accused not just caught, but dead…and the same goes for anyone who stands in their way.

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Caroline Kennedy, “Poems to Learn by Heart”

2013 Family Read Night presented by Delta Dental

In this diverse collection, a companion to her #1 best-seller “A Family of Poems,” Caroline Kennedy has chosen more than a hundred poems that speak to all of us: the young and young at heart, readers new to poetry and devoted fans. These poems explore deep emotions, as well as ordinary experiences. They cover the range of human experience and imagination. Divided into sections about nature, sports, monsters and fairies, friendship and family, this book is full of surprises. Each section is preceded by Kennedy’s thoughtful introduction reflecting her own family’s engagement with and enjoyment of poetry.

MacCambridgeThursday, April 4, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Michael MacCambridge, “Lamar Hunt: A Life in Sports”

Award-winning sports writer Michael MacCambridge presents the definitive biography of one of our most beloved sporting figures: Lamar Hunt, the soft-spoken owner of the Kansas City Chiefs whose audacious challenge to the NFL transformed the landscape of American sports. Drawing on Hunt’s personal papers and more than 200 interviews, MacCambridge provides an intimate, original portrait of the man forever captivated by the serious pursuits we call games.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFriday, April 5, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Blaine Harden, “Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West”

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

Acclaimed journalist Blaine Harden presents the unbelievable story of the only known person born in a North Korean labor camp to have escaped and survived. This powerful New York Times bestseller unlocks the world’s most repressive, totalitarian state through Shin Dong-hyuk’s astonishing story of endurance, courage, and survival.

Ridley PearsonSaturday, April 6, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Ridley Pearson, “Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage”

Young Readers Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

St. Louis adventure writer Ridley Pearson presents the fifth installment in his bestselling Kingdom Keepers series about teenage protectors of Disneyland. In “Dark Passage,” the Kingdom Keepers board the Disney Cruise Line for its inaugural passage through the Panama Canal. They soon uncover a startling discovery: Maleficent and the evil Overtakers are plotting a catastrophic event that could have repercussions far beyond the world of Disney.

Bohjalian © Victoria BlewerTuesday, April 16, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Chris Bohjalian, “The Sandcastle Girls”

Internationally bestselling novelist Chris Bohjalian presents a spellbinding tale that travels between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915 and Bronxville, New York, in 2012—a sweeping historical love story steeped in the author’s Armenian heritage, making it his most personal novel to date. A masterful work of historical fiction, “The Sandcastle Girls” follows a suburban New Yorker researching the bittersweet romance of her grandparents and uncovering an epic tale of hope even in the darkest of circumstances.

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Cheryl Strayed, “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”

2013 Read St. Louis Memoir Selection

An Oprah Book Club selection, “Wild” is a blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again. Deeply grieving the death of her mother and destruction of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed made the impulsive decision to hike the notorious Pacific Crest Trail—and to do it alone. Told with great suspense, warmth, and humor, “Wild” vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of a young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Ann B Ross by Sarah Sneeden (2)Thursday, April 18, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Ann B. Ross, “Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble”

Ann B. Ross cooks up a batch of fun in this latest novel in her popular humorous suspense series featuring indomitable Southern belle Miss Julia. When Miss Julia’s friend Hazel Marie needs help caring for her ever-growing family, Miss Julia organizes the neighborhood women to give cooking lessons, but her good intentions are thwarted by Hazel Marie’s no-good uncle. With a delightful helping of madcap antics, “Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble” is a perfect next course in this charming series.

teen panelTuesday, April 30, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Teen Science Fiction and Fantasy Night – Featuring Antony John, Lenore Applehans and Tamara Ireland Stone

Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

The Library presents a special night for teen readers featuring three new talents in YA fiction: St. Louis author Antony John’s “Elemental,” the first in a trilogy, is a mysterious fantasy adventure featuring post-apocalyptic pirates; Lenore Applehans presents “Level 2,” a gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife; “Time Between Us,” by Tamara Ireland Stone, is a spellbinding time traveling romance.

Westfall Series Presents Al Gore

December 12, 2012

AG 2011 headshot bw, Courtesy of Al GoreThe St. Louis County Library’s prominent ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series will kick-off it’s 10th anniversary year with a special event with former vice president Al Gore. Mr. Gore will discuss his new book “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.”

The event will take place at Library Headquarters (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.) on Saturday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. Ticket packages are $35 (admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of “The Future”) or $50 (admits TWO and includes one pre-signed copy of “The Future”).  Tickets can be purchased through brownpapertickets.com or at St. Louis County Library Headquarters.

“The Future” offers Mr. Gore’s assessment of the six major emerging forces that will have global impact in the near-future: economic globalization; worldwide digital communication; the shifting balance of global economic and military power; unsustainable growth and the depletion of strategic resources; biotechnology revolutions in medicine and agriculture; and the radical disruption of the relationship between humans and the earth’s eco-system.

With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Al Gore offers a thought-provoking, balanced, and ultimately hopeful vision of the future.

THE FUTURE -- COVER FINALGore currently serves as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives four times and the U.S. Senate twice, Gore served eight years as vice president. He is the author of four bestselling books, including “An Inconvenient Truth.” He is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

The format of the evening will be a presentation by Mr. Gore followed by questions from the audience moderated by St. Louis Public Radio host Don Marsh. There will not be a book signing following the presentation. Additional pre-signed books will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

The program with Al Gore is a St. Louis County Library ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series presentation. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013, the Westfall series features authors of politics, history, and sports. The series is co-sponsored by Jack Dubinsky and Sons; McMahon Berger; Sachs Properties; Brown Smith Wallace LLC; Royal Banks of Missouri; St. Louis Business Journal; Midwest Library Service; The Booksource; Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers; S.M. Wilson & Co.; Arthur J. Gallagher and Co.; and Stifel, Nicolaus.

A Record-Breaking Year: Top 10 Author Events of 2012

December 7, 2012

Whew! It’s been our busiest year ever for author events. The library hosted 84 authors and welcomed 14,000 audience members to these programs–record-breaking numbers by far. As we wrap up the last week of author event programming, we look back on this stellar year and, in the spirit of all the Best Book lists coming out for the holiday shopping season, present our TOP TEN AUTHOR EVENTS OF 2012!

10. DANIEL WOODRELL, “THE OUTLAW ALBUM”

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Outstanding Missouri Ozarks fiction writer Daniel Woodrell was the Distinguished Litearary Achievement author for the 2012 Read St. Louis program. Woodrell discussed his latest short story collection, “The Outlaw Album,” and read from his highly-anticipated forthcoming novel. If you haven’t read Woodrell’s totally stunning “Winter’s Bone” (or seen the Academy Award-winning film), get to it immediately! Woodrell is one of the most atmospheric, character-driven, and lyrical novelists at work today. And he has a huge following of readers–everyone from suspense fans, to literature students, to rock stars, and presidents (Barack Obama included Woodrell’s “Bayou Trilogy” at the top of his summer reading list).

9. CANDICE MILLARD

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“Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President,” bestselling historian Candice Millard’s account of James Garfield’s unlikely rise to the presidency, assasination attempt and subsequent horribly botched medical treatment (his ultimate killer), was one of the most gripping non-fiction books of the year. Millard’s event at the library was our most well-attended and talked about history program of the year. We were all blown away by this vivacious author’s ability to bring to life this little-known moment from American history and make it so incredibly thrilling.

8. JODI PICOULT AND SAMANTHA VAN LEER

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We’ve hosted great adult events and great teen events, but when internationally bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult visited the library with her 16-year-old daughter, Samantha Van Leer, to discuss their quirky and imaginative co-written fantasy novel, “Between the Lines,” we had the perfect combo event. Readers of all ages packed the library’s main reading room to meet the sensational Jodi Picoult, but the scene stealer of the evening was teen Sammy who was more poised and charming than some of the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors we’ve hosted.

7. ANDY COHEN

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Anyone who has watched Andy Cohen’s late-night Bravo talk show “What What Happens: Live” knows this guest is pure fun! Cohen, a St. Louis native and the Executive Vice President of Programming for Bravo (and therefore the mastermind behind “Top Chef” and the Real Housewives franchise), discussed his memoir “Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture.” This was by far the most energetic, spectacular night of the year–and the first event ever where the hundreds of people lined up outside the library shared their favorite reality tv moments along with their bedazzled flasks of cosmopolitans.

6. MO WILLEMS

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Preschoolers, parents, and educators–especially librarians–can’t get enough of the hilarious picture books created by Mo Willems. The library first hosted Mo in 2008 and the event holds the record as the best attended children’s author event at the Library. For his 2012 event, we decided to partner with our neighbor MICDS and host the event in their spacious Danforth Chapel. The event “sold out” in days as families gobbled up the free tickets–and Mo certainly didn’t disappoint the hundreds of fans that came out to see him. He kept everyone–young and old–howling with laughter as he shared his new book, “The Duckling Gets a Cookie?!”–starring his most lovable character Pigeon–and several other books in his Elephant and Piggy and Knuffle Bunny series.

5. ANNE & SAM LAMOTT

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The biggest event of the year for Read St. Louis, our popular community reads program, featured Anne Lamott, the inspiring and often outrageous memoirist who shared her new book on entering the world of grandparenthood,”Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son,” co-written with her son Sam Lamott (who Lamott fans will remember as the star of Lamott’s perennially popular book about parenthood, “Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year”). Anne and Sam shared stories from their own family life, advice on raising kids, and most imporatantly, their reflections on loving through the chaos we often call family. This warm and entertaining evening was the most heartfelt and touching program of the year.

4. CAL RIPKEN, JR.

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He was a role model to millions of baseball fans during his days as the ‘Iron Man’ of the Baltimore Orioles and now he’s a role model to millions of young readers as he pens fantastic kids’ books about the positive influence of youth sports. Baseball hall-of-famer Cal Ripken, Jr. inspired over 600 fans–young and old–with a discussion of “Cal Ripken Jr.’s All Stars: Super-Sized Slugger,” a book that closely draws on his own childhood experiences with bullying and how a great coach and a love of baseball carried him through to one of the most spectacular careers in sports history.

3. EOIN COLFER

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The library welcomed back one of our all-time favorite authors, comic genius and young adult fantasy writer Eoin Colfer. Eoin visited as the finale event for his “Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian” tour which concludes his sensationally popular series about teenage criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl. As this was his fourth visit to the library, Eoin has built up a tremendous following in St. Louis and young readers turned out in huge numbers to say good-bye to their favorite character. In an interview in Publisher’s Weekly, Eoin said, “I think my absolutely favorite moment was the swell of emotion that rose up in the crowd at St. Louis County Library, where we said goodbye to Artemis for the last time.”

2. TONY LA RUSSA

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The award for BIGGEST event of the year goes to St. Louis sports hero Tony La Russa who visited the library to discuss his memoir, “One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season.” Shedding the gruff demeanor we often saw on the field, Tony was charming, funny, and eloquent as he shared his favorite baseball stories, highlights from the Cardinals unbelievable 2011 championship season, and his decision to retire. His memory and baseball knowledge are phenomenal, as he proved that he can recall every play and decision from his 50-year career.  He was also amazingly friendly with the over 900 fans–many of whom waitied until close to midnight to get their books signed and shake the hand of this baseball legend. And, of course, showing why St. Louis Cardinals’ fans are the best in the world, Tony was greeted with the longest standing ovation in library history!

1. MADELEINE ALBRIGHT

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And the award for best event of the year goes to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright! The library was beyond honored to host Sec. Albright for a discussion and signing of her memoir, “Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948.” Sponsored by our prominent Westfall Favorite Author Series, the program was an on-stage interview with St. Louis Public Radios’s Don Marsh. Albright shared personal memories of her childhood in war-torn Czechoslovakia and reflected on the intense emotions she experienced after learning as an adult that several of her relatives had died during the Holocaust. Sec. Albright also took questions from the audience about her illustrious career promoting human rights and peace and offered advice to young people hoping to make a difference in their own lives.

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It was a huge challenge to narrow down this year’s events to just the Top 10! Honorable mentions go to the packed house events we hosted with top suspense writers Dennis Lehane and Daniel Silva, the unforgettable evening with  stellar debut novelist Amor Towles (“Rules of Civility”), and the events no one could stop talking about with non-fiction writers Amy Chua and Steven Pinker. Do you have any favorites not mentioned here? Let us know in the comments below.

And thanks to all our audience members who have made this the best year ever!

If you’d like to see more photos from these events and more, visit our flickr page.

A Special Opportunity for Library Friends & Book Club Members!

July 11, 2012

The St. Louis County Library Foundation invites members of St. Louis book clubs and Friends of the Library Foundation to a private reception and book discussion with bestselling novelist Jennie Fields, author of “The Age of Desire.”

Thursday, August 16, 5:30-6:30

St. Louis County Library Headquarters – Auditorium (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131)

Novelist Jennie Fields offers a sparkling glimpse into the life of American literary icon Edith Wharton and the scandalous love affair that threatened her career and closest friendship. Fields interweaves Wharton’s real diaries and letters and brings to life one of literature’s most beloved writers, whose own story was as complex and nuanced as that of any of the heroines she created.

Books will be available for purchase and signing from Left Bank Books. Coffee and dessert will be provided by Companion Baking.

Space is limited. The first 50 people to respond will be admitted to the recpetion. Please call (314) 994-3300 ext. 2280 or email crobb@slcl.org to RSVP. Seats will be reserved for reception guests at Ms. Field’s 7:00 pm public talk in the Library auditorium.

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