Author Events

Meet Local (Children's) Authors

St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch 

St. Louis is consistently voted one of the most “literate” cities in the country, so it’s no surprise that we are home to a wide variety of children’s authors and illustrators. Like most of us, St. Louis writers like to stay close to home during the winter. We've invited several to make the short trip to Central Library in January to meet their local fans.

Tuesday, January 21, from 6-8 p.m., meet Heather Brewer, Margo L. Dill, Jody Feldman, Cole Gibson, Jan Greenberg, Antony John, Bobby Norfolk, and Inda Schaenen.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

Meet Local (Children's) Authors

St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch 

St. Louis is consistently voted one of the most “literate” cities in the country, so it’s no surprise that we are home to a wide variety of children’s authors and illustrators. Like most of us, St. Louis writers like to stay close to home during the winter. We've invited several to make the short trip to Central Library in January to meet their local fans.

Wednesday, January 15, from 6-8 p.m., Susan Grigsby, Patricia McKissack, Bobby Norfolk, and Jeanie Franz Ransom will speak and sign books in the Juvenile Fiction Room (by the fireplace).

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 6:00pm

Mohsin Hamid: How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Mohsin Hamid

Left Bank Books - Downtown

From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the boldly imagined tale of a poor boy's quest for wealth and love. The astonishing and riveting tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over "rising Asia."

Wine and beer available for purchase, provided by The Vino Gallery. 

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 7:00pm

Jamie Ford: Songs of Willow Frost

Jamie Ford

St. Charles City-County Library - Spencer Road Branch 

From Jamie Ford, author of the beloved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, comes a much-anticipated second novel. Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frostis a powerful tale of two souls--a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past--both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 7:00pm

Stephanie Pearl McPhee: The Amazing Thing About the Way it Goes

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Left Bank Books - Downtown 

Ticket information: $20 admits one, includes one copy of The Amazing Thing About The Way It Goes, and one complimentary glass of wine, courtesy of The Vino Gallery. Tickets are available at yarnharlot.brownpapertickets.com.

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Pearl McPhee (The Yarn Harlot) returns with a new collection of humorous essays, The Amazing Thing About the Way It Goes. In it, McPhee entertains directing her trademark wit and droll humor to everything from creative discipline to a way you would never think about fixing your email situation. Everyone encounters problems in daily life, and although The Amazing Thing About the Way it Goes won’t do much to solve them, at least it leaves readers laughing. A knitting and blogging rock star, Stephanie’s bookstore appearances are remarkable events.

Wine and beer available for purchase, provided by The Vino Gallery. 

Parking: Lot at 10th and Olive; garage at 10th between Locust and Washington; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 7:00pm

Anne Perry: Death on Blackheath

Anne Perry

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters 

Anne Perry's superb bestselling Victorian-era novels are loved by readers far and wide. Now, with this new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery, Pitt must investigate a mysterious murder at the home of one of Britain's most valuable scientists and is saddled with a conspiracy so devilishly clever that it may ruin him. Only Anne Perry could have created the tense unfolding of love and betrayal that follows. Death on Blackheath is rich with fascinating characters, authentic period flavor, and a haunting denouement.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 7:00pm

Young Readers Showcase: Jonathan Stroud, Eoin Colfer, and Ridley Pearson

Stroud Colfer Pearson 

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters 

In The Screaming Staircase, Jonathan Stroud launches a thrilling and chilling new series about three teen members of a Psychic Detection Agency who are battling an epidemic of ghosts in London. The Reluctant Assassin, the first book in the new W.A.R.P. series by Eoin Colfer, is a high-stakes, high-tech pursuit through time, Oliver Twist meets The Matrix. In Ridley Pearson's Kingdom Keepers series, five young teens tapped as models for theme park "guides" find themselves pitted against Disney villains and witches that threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and the stability of the world outside its walls.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 7:00pm

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Americanah

Chimamanda Adichie

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie presents a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young couple from Nigeria who face difficult choices in the countries they come to call home. Fearless, gripping, at once darkly funny and tender, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah" is a richly told story set in today's globalized world. Adichie is also the author of the critically-acclaimed novels Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 7:00pm

Gail Caldwell: New Life, No Instructions

Gail Caldwell

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters 

Author of the bestselling memoir Let's Take the Long Way Home, Gail Caldwell offers her personal story of family, friendship, and finding the strength to begin again. Crippled by grief and a debilitating injury, Caldwell entered mid-life with little hope. Then, a routine doctor's visit revealed that surgery could restore her ability to walk. The story of a woman's journey from loss and isolation to a sense of belonging, New Life, No Instructions is an inspiring testament to the unexpected transformations life can bring.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 7:00pm

George Packer: The Unwinding

George Packer

Left Bank Books - Downtown

The Unwinding is a riveting examination of a nation in crisis, from one of the finest political journalists of our generation. Packer journeys through the lives of several Americans including a son of a tobacco farmer, a factory worker in the Rust Belt, a Washington insider, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and others.

Read George Packer's New Yorker article, Is Amazon Bad For Books?here!

Watch George Packer on The Colbert Report here

Wine and beer available for purchase, provided by The Vino Gallery. 

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 7:00pm

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