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SLPL Presents: Eric Klinenberg - Palaces for the People

Wednesday, January 15, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library- Schlafly Branch, 225 N Euclid

eric klinenberg, palaces for the peopleSt. Louis Public Library presents New York Times bestselling author Eric Klinenberg who will discuss his vital, illuminating book, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life.

This provocative book reframes our conception of civic life, arguing that the resilience of our communities rests not on shared values but on shared spaces capable of fostering crucial, sometimes even life-saving connections. In clear, accessible prose, Klinenberg explains that today’s most pressing issues—crime, education, the opioid crisis and climate change—can all be addressed with place-based policies, and demonstrates how such policies have been put into effect with great success. 

Book signing follows the presentation.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents: Eliese Colette Goldbach - Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit

Thursday, March 5, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch, 225 N Euclid

eliese goldbach, rustLeft Bank Books presents award winning author and midwest steelworker, Eliese Colette Goldbach, who will sign and discuss her debut memoir Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit.

Rust is an incredibly affecting memoir that chronicles Eliese's decision, after years of pursuing higher education and struggling to find stable employment, to apply for a union job at the Cleveland steel mill. At the mill, Eliese is a rare breed: a woman working in a physically demanding and male-dominated industry, and a liberal millennial laboring alongside conservative Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers. With tremendous grace and empathy, Eliese straddles many of the fraught lines that are currently dividing our country and offers an evocative, illuminating portrait of blue-collar America in all its nuance and humanity. Beyond taking readers into the belly of the furnace, Eliese also explores how the steel mill provides her with a sense of stability that allows her to finally confront a years-long struggle with bi-polar disorder and the lingering trauma of a college sexual assault. For these reasons and more, RUST is a truly unforgettable memoir that will appeal to readers of Hillbilly Elegy, Heartland, and Educated—and many more.

Eliese Colette Goldbach is a steelworker at the ArcelorMittal Cleveland Temper Mill. She received an MFA in nonfiction from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Western Humanities Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Best American Essays 2017. She received the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Award and a Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant from the Ohioana Library Association, which is given to a young Ohio writer of promise.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Rust from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents: Steve Berry - The Warsaw Protocol

Monday, February 24, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

steve berry, warsaw protocolSt. Louis County Library presents bestselling author Charles Finch who will sign and discuss his new book The Last Passenger.

In international bestselling political suspense author Steve Berry’s latest Cotton Malone adventure, one by one the seven precious relics of the Arma Christi, the weapons of Christ, are disappearing from sanctuaries across the world. After former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone witnesses the theft of one of them, he learns a private auction is about to be held where incriminating information on the president of Poland will be offered to the highest bidder—blackmail that both the United States and Russia want. The price of admission to that auction is one of the relics. Malone is thrust into a bloody battle between three nations over information that, if exposed, could change the balance of power in Europe.

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

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents: Charles Finch - The Last Passenger

Wednesday, February 19, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

charles finch, last passengerSt. Louis County Library presents bestselling author Charles Finch who will sign and discuss his new book The Last Passenger.

Bestselling historical suspense author Charles Finch presents the third and final in a prequel trilogy to his lauded series starring Victorian era gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox. In “The Last Passenger,” a young and eager Charles Lenox faces his toughest case yet: a murder without a single clue. Slumped in a first-class car at Paddington Station is the body of a young, handsome gentleman. He has no luggage, empty pockets, and no sign of violence upon his person—yet Lenox knows instantly that it’s not a natural death. Pursuing the investigation against the best wishes of Scotland Yard, the detective encounters every obstacle London in 1855 has to offer, from obstinate royalty to class prejudice to the intense grief of his closest friend.

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

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:00pm

River Styx Reading Series Presents: Natalie Scenters-Zapico & Alan Shapiro

Monday, February 17, 7pm
High Low, 3301 Washington

River Styx cultivates the literary arts in St. Louis and beyond through its magazine and community programs.The River Styx Reading Series is their main recurring event during the fall, winter, and spring, in which they invite both local and national acclaimed writers to read their work for a St. Louis audience.

river styx february 2020

Natalie Scenters-Zapico is from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, U.S.A., and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México. Her first book The Verging Cities (Center for Literary Publishing 2015) won the PENAmerican/Joyce Osterweil Award, Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers Award, NACCS Foco Book Prize, and the Utah Book Award. Lima :: Limón, her second poetry collection, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2019. Scenters-Zapico's poems have appeared in a wide range of anthologies and literary magazines including Best American Poetry 2015, POETRY, Tin House, Kenyon Review, and more. Currently, she holds fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and CantoMundo. A recipient of the 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, Scenters-Zapico is Poet in Residence at the University of Puget Sound.

Alan Shapiro has published many poetry collections, including Reel to Reel, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Night of the Republic, finalist for both the National Book Award and the International Griffin Prize; four books of prose, including The Last Happy Occasion, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, LA Times Book Prize, an award in literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, he is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His new book, Against Translation, was published in March, 2019.

Readings start at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. $5 general admission. $4 students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents: Gabriel Bump - Everywhere You Don't Belong

Tuesday, February 11, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Gabriel Bump, Everywhere you don't belongSt. Louis County Library presents author Gabriel Bump who will sign and discuss his new book Everywhere You Don't Belong.

In this powerful, edgy, and funny debut novel about making right and wrong choices, Gabriel Bump gives us an unforgettable and lovable protagonist, Claude McKay Love. Claude is a young black man in search of a place where he can fit; born on the South Side of Chicago, he is raised by his Civil Rights-era grandmother, who tries to shape him into a principled actor for change. After a riot consumes his neighborhood, Claude decides to escape Chicago through college and discover a new life and identity. But as he learns, there’s no escaping the people and places that made him. Written in a fierce and original voice attuned to the ironies inherent in our 21st century landscape, “Everywhere You Don’t Belong” marks the arrival of a brilliant young talent.

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents: Jerry Mitchell - Race Against Time

Monday, February 10, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

jerry mitchell, race against timeSt. Louis County Library presents award winning reporter Jerry Mitchell who will sign and discuss his new book Race Against Time.

On June 21, 1964, more than twenty Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers—killings that would become known as the “Mississippi Burning” case. It took forty-one years before the mastermind was finally convicted. Investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell unearthed secret documents, found long-lost witnesses, and built up evidence strong enough to take on the Klan. Mitchell’s relentless investigations led to the reopening of three other infamous killings from the days of the Civil Rights Movement: the assassination of Medgar Evers, the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, and the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham. “Race Against Time” is an astonishing, courageour story of a historic race for justice, as the past is uncovered, clue by clue, and long-ignored evils are brought into the light.

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

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents: Valerie Jarrett - Finding My Voice

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

valerie Jarrett, finding my voiceSt. Louis County Library presents the keynote speaker for SLCL's 2020 Black History Celebration, Valerie Jarrett.

When Valerie Jarrett interviewed a promising young lawyer named Michelle Robinson in July 1991 for a job in Chicago city government, neither knew that it was the first step on a path that would end in the White House. Jarrett soon became Michelle and Barack Obama’s trusted personal adviser and family confidante; in the White House, she became President Obama’s longest serving senior advisor. From her work ensuring equality for women and girls, advancing civil rights, reforming our criminal justice system, and improving the lives of working families, to the real stories behind some of the most stirring moments of the Obama presidency, Jarrett shares her forthright, optimistic perspective on the importance of leadership and the responsibilities of citizenship in the 21st century, inspiring readers to lift their own voices.

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

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents: Jennifer Chiaverini - Resistance Women

Wednesday, February 5, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

jennifer chiaverini, resistance womenSt. Louis County Library presents New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini, who will sign and discuss her book Resistance Women.

American-born Mildred Fish Harnack is well known throughout modern Germany, where streets and schools have been named after her. A literary scholar and anti-Nazi resistance fighter, Mildred was the only American woman whose execution during World War II was personally ordered by Adolf Hitler. Yet here in her native country, Mildred’s story is largely unknown. Bestselling novelist Jennifer Chiaverini brings Mildred to life in “Resistance Women,” an enthralling saga that recreates the danger, romance, and sacrifice of this era. The novel, inspired by a true story, is the tale of a courageous, passionate American and the circle of women who waged a clandestine battle against Hitler in Nazi Berlin.

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

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents: Ticketed Event - Joseph “Rev Run” and Justine Simmons

Saturday, February 1, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Joseph Simmons, Justine Simmons, Reverend RunSt. Louis County Library presents RUN DMC.’s iconic rapper Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons and his wife, Justine, who will share their secrets to lasting love and the guiding principles that have kept them together for more than twenty years.

In this homage to classic courtship, Rev and Justine reveal the secrets to their marriage’s longevity and happiness. Each chapter of “Old School Love” offers stories, anecdotes, and memories of Rev and Justine’s marriage, their family, their experiences, their passion, and their deep faith and belief in God. Some will make you laugh, some will make you think, and some will make you cry. Yet all will make you wiser—more beautiful for the wear—and encourage you to be a kinder, more generous, and better human.

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

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Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 7:00pm


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