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Dennis Owsley - St. Louis Jazz: A History

Thursday, July 18, 7pm
St. Louis Public Radio, 3651 Olive St

Dennis Owsley, St. Louis Jazz: A HistorySt. Louis Public Radio presents local author Dennis Owsley, who will sign and discuss his new book St. Louis Jazz: A History.

St. Louis Jazz: A History is the newest addition to The History Press. In the early twentieth century, St. Louis was a hotbed for ragtime and blues, both roots of jazz music. In 1914, Jelly Roll Morton brought his music to the area. In 1919, Louis Armstrong came to town to play on the “floating conservatories” that plied the Mississippi. Miles Davis, the most famous of the city’s jazz natives, changed the course of the genre four different times throughout a world-renowned career. The Black Artists Group of the 1970s was one of the first to bring world music practices into jazz.

Author Dennis C. Owsley chronicles the ways both local and national St. Louis musicians have contributed to the city and to the world of music.

This is a free event but space is limited. Please register here.



St. Louis Public Radio

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

David Lagercrantz - The Girl Who Lived Twice

Thursday, August 29, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

David Lagercrantz, The Girl Who Lived TwiceSLCL presents author, David Lagercrantz who will sign and discuss his new Lisbeth Salander novel, The Girl Who Lived Twice.

Fans of Stieg Larsson’s thrilling Millennium series starring genius punk hacker Lisbeth Salander have enthusiastically embraced Swedish author David Lagercrantz’s continuation of the crime fiction phenomenon that has sold more than 90 million copies worldwide. Of Lagercrantz’s earlier installments of the series, Esquire reviewed: "Not only do the matter-of-fact style and intricate plotting and sexy, chilling atmosphere feel very true to the original novels, but Lagercrantz transcends the source material.” Lagercrantz will discuss the highly anticipated Girl Who Lived Twice.

This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 7:00pm

Téa Obreht - Inland

Tuesday, August 27, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Téa Obreht, InlandSLCL presents the bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht, who will sign and discuss her new book Inland.

Inland is an epic and original saga of the American West. In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives collide. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life—her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons, who have vanished after an explosive argument. Lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. The way in which Nora’s and Lurie’s stories intertwine is the surprise and suspense of this brilliant novel.

This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 7:00pm

Sister Helen Prejean - River of Fire

Friday, August 16, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

sister helen Prejean, river of fireSLCL presents Sister Helen Prejean, author of the groundbreaking Dead Man Walking

Sister Helen Prejean’s work as an activist nun, campaigning to educate Americans about the inhumanity of the death penalty, is known to millions worldwide. Less widely known is the evolution of her spiritual journey from praying for God to solve the world’s problems to engaging full-tilt in working to transform societal injustices. Sister Helen’s revelatory, intimate memoir, River of Fire, is a book for anyone interested in journeys of faith and spirituality, doubt and belief, and “catching on fire” to purpose and passion. It is a book, written in accessible, luminous prose, about how to live a spiritual life that is wide awake to the sufferings and creative opportunities of our world.

This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Friday, August 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Robert Crais - A Dangerous Man

Monday, August 12, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Robert Crais, A Dangerous ManSLCL presents #1 bestselling thriller writer, Robert Crais who will sign and discuss A Dangerous Man, Joe Pike’s most perilous case to date.

Joe didn't expect to rescue a woman that day. After a routine trip to the bank, Joe is on hand when two men abduct lonely bank teller Isabel Roland. Joe chases them down, and the two men are arrested—but that is only the beginning of the trouble for Joe and Izzy. After posting bail, the two abductors are murdered and Izzy disappears. Pike calls on his friend, Elvis Cole, to help learn the truth. What Elvis uncovers is a twisted family story that involves corporate whistleblowing, huge amounts of cash, the Witness Relocation Program, and a long line of lies. But what of all that did Izzy know? And how far will Joe go to find out?

This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

An Evening of Mystery with Shari Lapena and Laura McHugh

Thursday, August 8, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Shari Lapena, Laura McHugh. Someone We Know, The Wolf Wants InSLCL presents nationally bestselling suspense writers Shari Lapena and Laura McHugh, who will team up to chat about their latest books and the craft of suspense writing.

New York Times bestselling author of “The Couple Next Door,” Shari Lapena presents “Someone We Know,” a new domestic thriller about the deadly secrets revealed by a teenager’s snooping into the private lives of his suburban neighbors.

From the award-winning author of “The Weight of Blood,” Laura McHugh’s latest, “The Wolf Wants In,” depicts a small-town ravaged by the opioid crisis where dark secrets and family loyalties impede the investigations into a series of shocking deaths.

This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 7:00pm

CANCELED: Letitia Gomez - Queer Brown Voices

Thursday, July 11, 7pm

Left Bank Books

Letita Gomez, Queer Brown VoicesThis event is canceled due to a flight delay.

Left Bank Books presents queer Latinx activist Letitia Gomez who will discuss and sign her book Queer Brown Voices.

Queer Brown Voices documents the efforts of some LGBT Latinx activists. Comprising essays and oral history interviews that present the experiences of fourteen activists across the United States and in Puerto Rico, the book offers a new perspective on the history of LGBT mobilization and activism. The activists discuss subjects that shed light not only on the organizations they helped to create and operate, but also on their broad-ranging experiences of being racialized and discriminated against, fighting for access to health care during the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and struggling for awareness.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Queer Brown Voices from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Mollie West Duffy - No Hard Feelings

Wednesday, August 21, 7pm

St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch, 1301 Olive St.

Mollie West Duffy, No Hard Feelings

St. Louis Public Library presents organizational designer Mollie West Duffy, who will sign and discuss her book No Hard Feelings.

A hilarious guide to effectively expressing your emotions at the office, finding fulfillment, and defining work-life balance on your own terms. How do you stop the office grouch from ruining your day? How do you enjoy a vacation without obsessing about the unanswered emails in your inbox? If you’re a boss, what should you do when your new, eager hire wants to follow you on Instagram? The modern workplace can be an emotional minefield, filled with confusing power structures and unwritten rules. We’re expected to be authentic, but not too authentic. Professional, but not stiff. Friendly, but not an oversharer. Easier said than done! As both organizational consultants and regular people, we know what it’s like to experience uncomfortable emotions at work - everything from mild jealousy and insecurity to panic and rage. Ignoring or suppressing what you feel hurts your health and productivity—but so does letting your emotions run wild. Our goal in this book is to teach you how to figure out which emotions to toss, which to keep to yourself, and which to express in order to be both happier and more effective.

Mollie West Duffy is the co-author of No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotion at Work. She is an Organizational Designer at the global innovation firm IDEO. Mollie formerly worked as a research associate for the Dean of Harvard Business School. She has worked with companies of all sizes to develop good workplace culture. Her work has been featured in Fast Company, Quartz, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Entrepreneur, Quiet Rev and other digital outlets. She has a B.A. in Organizational Behavior from Brown University and an MFA in Design from Parsons School of Design. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

This event is presented by the St. Louis Public Library. For more information, please call 314-241-2288.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

An Evening with Christopher Boucher and Joseph Scapellato

Tuesday, August 6, 7pm

Left Bank Books

Christopher Boucher, Joseph Scapellato, The made-up man, big giant floating head

Left Bank Books presents an Evening with Christopher Boucher and Joseph Scapellato, in conversation with UMSL creative writing professor Shane Seely

Big Giant Floating Head is a  wildly inventive, heartbreaking, and hilarious new novel about a man whose life is falling apart in very bizzare ways. After his wife announces on Twitter that she’s leaving him, Christopher’s life in small-town Coolidge just goes from one catastrophe to another. He contracts a strange illness that divides him in half, undergoes a failure competition, and is driven to join a cult called The Unloveables. How did it all get this bad? How can he regain his bearings, and find meaning and love once again?

Christopher Boucher is the author of the novels How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive (2011), Golden Delicious (2016), and Big Giant Floating Head (forthcoming in June 2019). He’s also the editor of Jonathan Lethem’s nonfiction collection More Alive and Less Lonely (2017) and the Managing Editor of the literary journal Post Road. Chris lives in western Massachusetts and teaches writing and literature at Boston College.

Existential noir meets absurd comedy when a young man reluctantly enlists as source material for an art project in The Made-Up Man. Stanley had known it was a mistake to accept his uncle Lech’s offer to apartment-sit in Prague—he’d known it was one of Lech’s proposals, a thinly veiled setup for some invasive, potentially dangerous performance art project. As the operation unfolds it becomes clear there’s more to this performance than he expected; they know more about Stanley’s state of mind than he knows himself. He may be able to step over chalk outlines in the hallway, may be able to turn away from the women acting as his mother and the men performing as his father, but when a man made up to look like Stanley begins to play out his most devastating memory, he won’t be able to stand outside this imitation of his life any longer.

Joseph Scapellato is the author of the story collection, Big Lonesome (2017), and the novel, The Made-Up Man (2019). He was born in the suburbs of Chicago and earned his MFA in Fiction at New Mexico State University.  Joseph teaches in the creative writing program at Bucknell University and lives in Lewisburg, PA, with his wife, daughter, and dog.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Made-Up Man or Big Giant Floating Head from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

Shane Seely is the author of three books of poems: The First EchoThe Surface of the Lit World, and The Snowbound House. He teaches poetry and creative nonfiction at University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he directs the MFA program. 


Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

Elliot Ackerman - Places and Names

Tuesday, June 18, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Elliot Ackerman, Places and names

From a decorated Marine war veteran, renowned war correspondent, and National Book Award-nominated novelist, Elliot Ackerman’s memoir “Places and Names” is an astonishing reckoning with the nature of combat and the human cost of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. Ackerman weaves his personal stories of battle into the latticework of a larger reckoning with contemporary geopolitics. At once an intensely personal book about the terrible lure of combat and a brilliant meditation on the larger meaning of the past two decades of strife, “Places and Names” bids fair to take its place among our greatest books about modern war.

Presented by the St. Louis County Library ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 7:00pm


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