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Fall Author Events Announced!

July 3, 2012

It’s been an amazing year for author events at St. Louis County Library, but we plan to blow our audience away with the fall line-up! The schedule features the country’s hottest suspense authors and teen authors, acclaimed historians and journalists, and more.

Don’t miss out on any of these amazing events. Seriously, join us for every one–we are a big happy family of readers around here!

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and take place at St. Louis County Library Headquarters. Doors open one hour before event time. Arrive early; our events fill up quickly!

Click here for the complete 2012 season of events.


Thursday, August 16, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Jennie Fields, “The Age of Desire”

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.

Saturday, August 18, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Teen Paranormal Panel Featuring Lisa Desrochers, Kendare Blake, and Marta 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.”  Marta Acosta will discuss her graphic novel “Dark Companion,” a lush and romantic modern homage to “Jane Eyre.”


Thursday, September 6, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Candice Millard, “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President”

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

Bestselling historian Candice Millard presents the extraordinary account of James Garfield’s rise from poverty to the American presidency and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy. A New York Times Notable Book, “Destiny of the Republic” is a fascinating and suspenseful portrayal of a remarkable man all too often forgotten by history.

Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Tony Horwitz, “Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War”

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Horwitz tells the electrifying tale of the daring insurrection that put America on the path to the Civil War. Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown’s strike on the slaveholding South was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. “Midnight Rising” portrays the uprising in vivid color, revealing a country on the brink of explosive conflict.

Friday, September 21, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Teddy Wayne, “Kapitoil”

2012 Read St. Louis Fiction: New Voices Selection

With a fresh and singular voice, Teddy Wayne marks his literary debut with the story of a 26 year old Middle Eastern man’s attempt to live the American Dream in New York City. At times humorous and heartbreaking, “Kapitoil” provides an absorbing outsider’s look at American culture and the greedy world of high finance.

Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 pm- Auditorium

Alafair Burke, “Never Tell”

Detective Ellie Hatcher must uncover the truth behind the apparent suicide of a teenager with intriguing connections to both New York’s wealthiest and its most dispossessed. Acclaimed suspense writer Alafair Burke draws details from her own experiences as a deputy district attorney, creating an exhilarating, true-to-life tale of crime and its consequences.


Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Cory Doctorow, “Pirate Cinema”

Teen Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

From the author of the teen sensation “Little Brother,” “Pirate Cinema” is an edgy science fiction thriller set in a near-future dystopia where internet pirating is severely punished. Shamed and homeless after downloading and remixing movies, 16-year-old Trent bands with a group of other misfits to make a film that will change the world.

Wednesday, October 10, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Steven Pinker, “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined”

Acclaimed psychologist Steven Pinker offers a controversial history of violence. Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet Pinker’s groundbreaking combination of psychology and history proves the opposite and presents a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world.

Thursday, October 11, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Daniel Woodrell, “The Outlaw Album”

2012 Read St. Louis Distinguished Literary Achievement Selection

The author of the contemporary classic “Winter’s Bone,” Missouri Ozarks native Daniel Woodrell is widely considered one of the most distinctive fiction writers in America. “The Outlaw Album” presents twelve timeless tales of those on the fringes of society. Similar to Woodrell’s other “country noir” novels, the hardscrabble lives of Woodrell’s characters are full of poverty, vulnerability, and always the rich music of the Ozarks.

Saturday, October 13, 7:00 pm – Main Reading Room

Dennis Lehane, “Live by Night”

Combining edgy suspense and the vivid period detail that made “The Given Daya smashing success, award-winning, bestselling author Dennis Lehane delivers a masterful epic of Prohibition-era America told through the story of a charismatic young gangster on his rise through the glitz and the violence of the Roaring 20s. Lehane is also the author of the bestselling thrillers “Mystic River,” “Gone, Baby, Gone” and “Shutter Island.”

Tuesday, October 16, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Joanne Harris, “Peaches for Father Francis”

In this enchanting new novel, Joanne Harris brings back the characters of her beloved classic “Chocolat.” When Vianne receives a letter from beyond the grave, she returns to the French village in which eight years ago she opened a chocolate shop and learned the meaning of home. Now her old nemesis, Father Francis, desperately needs her help. Can Vianne work her magic once again?

Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Catherynne Valente, “The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There”

Young Readers’ Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

Catherynne M. Valente made her children’s book debut with the sensationally popular and groundbreaking novel “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.” Again accompanied by the breathtaking illustrations of artist Ana Juan, the sequel promises another unforgettable reading experience full of adventure and magic.

Thursday, October 18, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Susan Orlean, “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend”

Author of the stunning bestseller “The Orchid Thief,” Susan Orlean presents a powerfully moving account of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. Hailed as “a national treasure” by The Washington Post, Orlean spent nearly ten years researching her most captivating book to date: the story of a dog who was born in 1918 and never died.

Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Halloween Bash with Special Guest Heather Brewer

Teen Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

Calling all minions! Celebrate Halloween with St. Louis’s most popular paranormal author, Heather Brewer. New York Times bestselling author of the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series will discuss and sign the second installment in the Slayer Chronicles, “Second Chance.” The party will also include food, music, and games! Fans dressed in the best character costumes will win fabulous prizes.


Saturday, November 3, 3:00 pm – Auditorium

Bob Shea, “Dinosaur vs. Santa”

Children’s Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series

Author of the senstionally popular children’s books “Dinosaur vs. Bed Time” and “Dinosaur vs. the Library,” Bob Shea presents a new adventure for his lovable red dinosaur. In “Dinosaur vs. Santa,” Dinosaur tackles many challenges—decorating, making presents for Mom and Dad, trying not to be naughty—and defeats each one with his trademark ROAR! But on Christmas Eve, when he hears some rustling downstairs, he can’t resist a peek. Will our feisty red friend meet his match in the man in the red suit?

Friday, November 9, 7:00 pm – Main Reading Room (FREE)

Family Concert with PBS Kids’ Mr. Steve

Children’s Event Presented by the Reading Garden Event Series and KETC Channel 9

Children of all ages are invited to dance and sing along with the lovable musical host of PBS Kids. Mr. Steve has been writing and performing his award-winning music for children and families for the past ten years. As the host of PBS Kids, Mr. Steve’s original songs, with their clever stories and catchy melodies, engage and entertain kids. This will be a very popular event. Space is limited to the first 1,000 people; early arrival is recommended. Doors open at 6 pm.

Thursday, November 29, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

Robert Merry, “Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians”

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

Acclaimed biographer and National Interest editor, Robert Merry offers a fresh, playful and challenging way of playing “Rate the Presidents,” pitching historians’ views against the judgment and votes of the American people. HIs book invites readers to pitch their opinions against the voters of old, the historians, and against the author himself. This voyage through our history provides a provocative analysis of how presidential politics works and sheds interesting light on presidential legacy in an election year.


Monday, December 3, 7:00 pm – Auditorium

David Nasaw, “The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy”

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series 

Celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to life the story of Joseph Kennedy in the first biography based on unrestricted access to the Kennedy papers. The father of President John F. Kennedy and senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, “Joe” Kennedy was an indomitable and elusive figure whose dreams of advancement for his nine children were matched only by his extraordinary personal ambition. Though his incredible life encompasses the heart of the American century, Joseph Kennedy has remained shrouded in prejudice for decades. In this groundbreaking biography, Nasaw starts from scratch to discover the truth behind this misunderstood man.

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