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More Events Added to Summer Schedule

April 17, 2012

As school lets out and the hot weather rolls in, things usually quiet down around the library–but not this summer! The June through August schedule includes bestselling suspense writers Daniel Silva and Jeffery Deaver and celebrated novelist Jodi Picoult, plus much, much more!

Check out the incredible summer line-up below. And click here to view the entire 2012 schedule of upcoming author events!

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


Monday, June 4, 7:00 pm – Library Headquarters, Auditorium

Dave and Janis Murray, “Graham and Jet Get Wet: The Wonders of Weather”

Children’s Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

Fox 2 Chief Meteorologist Dave Murray and his wife Janis tell the story of young Graham, who experiences a destructive thunderstorm. After the storm passes, Jet, a friendly hawk, takes the boy on an exploratory journey into the clouds. Through their adventure, Graham learns a lesson about weather that he’ll never forget.

Thursday, June 7, 7:00 pm – Library Headquarters, Auditorium

Ace Atkins, “The Lost Ones” and “Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby”

Praised by Michael Connelly as one of “the best crime writers at work today,” Ace Atkins was selected by the estate of Robert B. Parker to continue the popular Spenser detective series. Atkins will discuss his first addition to the series “Lullaby,” as well his novel “The Lost Ones,” the second installment in a new detective series set in the Deep South.

Friday, June 8, 7:00 pm – Library Headquarters, Auditorium

Lindsey Hilsum, “Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution”

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

International editor for Britain’s Channel 4 News, Lindsey Hilsum presents a vivid account of the revolution that overthrew Colonel Gaddafi’s forty-two year rule of Libya. Hilsum spent the last year reporting on the Arab Spring from Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya. “Sandstorm” is a marriage of courageous reportage and beautiful storytelling from an acclaimed and gifted international journalist.

Monday, June 18, 7:00 pm – Library Headquarters, Auditorium

Jeffery Deaver, “XO”

Newsweek calls bestselling author Jeffery Deaver a “suspense superstar,” and in his new novel, he lives up to the accolades once again as he sets his heroine Special Agent Kathryn Dance on a quest to stop an obsessive stalker from destroying a beautiful young country singer.

Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 pm – Library Headquarters, Auditorium

Dan Ariely, “The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves”

Behavioral economist and bestselling author of “Predictably Irrational,” Dan Ariely presents another groundbreaking book on the way we behave and examines the contradictory forces that drive us to cheat and keep us honest. From test-score scandals in our schools to the Ponzi schemes undermining our economy, dishonesty is an inescapable part of the human condition. Drawing on original experiments and research, Ariely reveals—honestly—what motivates these irrational, but entirely human, behaviors.

Friday, June 29, 7:00 pm – Library Headquarters, Main Reading Room

Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer, “Between the Lines”

Teen Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

Celebrated novelist Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha Van Leer present their first book for teen readers. Filled with romance, adventure, and humor, “Between the Lines” is a love story about a shy bookworm who falls head over heels for the fairy tale prince in her favorite book—then learns he is way more than fictional.


Monday, July 9, 7:00 pm – Library Headquarters, Auditorium

Amor Towles, “Rules of Civility”

One of the most talked about debut novels of the past year, “Rules of Civility” is a sophisticated tale about Jazz Age New York and an irresistible young woman with an uncommon sense of purpose. Armed with little more than her own brand of cool nerve, Katey Kontent embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

Saturday, July 14, 2:00 pm (Please note: The time for this event has changed.) – Library Headquarters, Auditorium

Chris Cleave, “Gold”

Author of the stunning “Little Bee,” Chris Cleave again writes with elegance, humor, and passion. “Gold” is the story of Zoe and Kate, world-class athletes who have been friends and rivals since their first days of training. Now on the eve of London 2012, their last Olympics, both women will be tested to their physical and emotional limits.

Monday, July 16, 6:00 pm – Auditorium

Carolyn Mueller, “Bubbles the Dwarf Zebu: A Story About Finding a Home at the Saint Louis Zoo”

Children’s Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

Zookeeper Carolyn Mueller shares the story of a little cow that makes a big journey from India to her new home at the Saint Louis Zoo. Carolyn will also answer questions about her job as a zookeeper and animal trainer for the Emerson Children’s Zoo and introduce guests to a couple visiting zoo friends!

Thursday, July 19, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

James Rollins, “Bloodline”

A lightning-paced thriller, “Bloodline” ties together a deadly conspiracy involving Somali pirates, the kidnapped daughter of the Vice President, and a dark secret hiding in the human genetic code. “Bloodline” is further proof that, when it comes to explosive adventure, bestselling author James Rollins is the best in the business!

Saturday, July 21, 7:00 pm – Main Reading Room

Eoin Colfer, “Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian”

Young Readers’ Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

New York Times best-selling author and comic genius Eoin Colfer returns to St. Louis County Library to celebrate the thrilling finale to his blockbuster Artemis Fowl series. In “The Last Guardian,” teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl and his arch rival Opal battle to the last. As a special treat for his loyal fans, Colfer will perform “8 in 8”–all eight Artemis Fowl books, including the finale, in eight minutes. A book must be purchased at this event to enter the signing line.

Monday, July 23, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Sophie Hannah, “The Other Woman’s House”

British suspense author Sophie Hannah is a new master of the crime novel and the author of the acclaimed psychological thrillers “The Wrong Mother” and “The Cradle in the Grave.” Featuring the return of detectives Charlie Zailer and Simon Waterhouse, “The Other Woman’s House” offers spine-tingling plot twists that will keep readers up all night.

Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 pm  – Library Headquarters, Auditorium

Daniel Silva, “The Fallen Angel”

Gabriel Allon—art restorer, spy, and assassin—returns in a spellbinding new thriller from the #1 bestselling master of intrigue. When the body of a beautiful woman is found under the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, Gabriel is asked to quietly investigate while not asking too many questions. He soon discovers that the dead woman had uncovered a dangerous secret that threatens powers beyond the Vatican.

Tuesday, July 31, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

John C. McManus, “September Hope: The American Side of a Bridge Too Far”

Acclaimed historian John C. McManus explores World War II’s most ambitious invasion, an immense, daring offensive to defeat Nazi Germany. Operation Market-Garden is one of the war’s most famous, but least understood, battles, and McManus tells the story of the American contribution to this crucial phase of the war.


Thursday, August 16, 7 pm  – Library Headquarters, Auditorium

Jennie Fields, “The Age of Desire”

Novelist Jennie Fields offers a sparkling glimpse into the life of 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.

Saturday, August 18, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Teen Paranormal Panel Featuring Lisa Desrochers, Kendare Blake, and Maria Acosta

A special night for teen readers of paranormal fiction featuring popular authors Lisa Desrochers, Kendare Blake, and Maria Acosta. Lisa Desrochers burst onto the literary scene with her edgy novel “Personal Demons.” Lisa will discuss the thrilling conclusion to the series, “Last Rite.” Kendare Blake presents a genre-bending, refreshing new take on paranormal romance in “Girl of Nightmares,” the sequel to her popular novel “Anna Dressed in Blood.”  Maria Acosta will discuss her graphic novel “Dark Companion,” a lush and romantic modern homage to “Jane Eyre.”


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