British suspense author Anne Perry visited SLCL last night to discuss her new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery, “Death on Blackheath.” Ms. Perry shed some light on her writing process, noting that she often turns to the news for story ideas, because it puts her characters in a difficult situation. “If the answer is easy, then it’s not worth asking the question.” When it comes to research, Ms. Perry had this to say, “”if you’re writing about the slums of London, read about them in books. If you’re writing about Capri, you need to see it in person, and then go back in a year to make sure you got it right.”

The spring author series offers something for everyone, get the full line-up here

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind discussed his new memoir, “Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism” at Library HQ last night. Mr. Suskind’s talk was at times funny, serious and emotional. The book deals with how Suskind’s family dealt with his son, Owen’s, autism, and how they were able to reconnect with him through Disney’s animated movies. An inspiring story that will change the way you see autism.

The spring author series at SLCL is in full swing, get the complete schedule here. 

Author Peter Stark discussed his new book “Astoria: Astor and Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire” last week at SLCL. The book chronicles the quest by Thomas Jefferson and John Jacob Astor to build a large fur-trade network on the west coast using the routes mapped by Lewis and Clark. The resulting saga pitted the band of explorers against nature, starvation and madness on what would become the Oregon Trail.

More author events are headed your way! Get the full schedule here. 

Author Peter Stark discussed his new book “Astoria: Astor and Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire” last week at SLCL. The book chronicles the quest by Thomas Jefferson and John Jacob Astor to build a large fur-trade network on the west coast using the routes mapped by Lewis and Clark. The resulting saga pitted the band of explorers against nature, starvation and madness on what would become the Oregon Trail.

More author events are headed your way! Get the full schedule here

Historian H.W. Brands discussed his book, “The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace,” last week at Library HQ. The book is the 2014 Read St. Louis Distinguished Literary Achievement selection. Brands described how Grant, a failure at everything else, found an inner calm in battle, even when all around him were panicking, or worse. 
SLCL hosts a variety of interesting authors each month. Get the complete scheduled here. 

Historian H.W. Brands discussed his book, “The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace,” last week at Library HQ. The book is the 2014 Read St. Louis Distinguished Literary Achievement selection. Brands described how Grant, a failure at everything else, found an inner calm in battle, even when all around him were panicking, or worse. 

SLCL hosts a variety of interesting authors each month. Get the complete scheduled here

SLCL is the place to be if you’re a fan of YA fiction! In the past week we’ve hosted events with Melissa de la Cruz, Brandon Mull, and a special showcase with Ridley Pearson, Eoin Colfer and Jonathan Stroud. Phew! You can see photos from all of these programs on our Flickr page. And don’t miss the one and only Lemony Snicket appearing at Library HQ on April 19. 

   
Author Gail Caldwell discussed her new memoir, “New Life, No Instructions” at Library HQ last night. The book tells her inspiring story of learning to walk again after a debilitating injury. After the reading, Ms. Caldwell signed books and chatted with audience members.
Don’t miss another author event at SLCL! Get the full spring schedule here. 

Author Gail Caldwell discussed her new memoir, “New Life, No Instructions” at Library HQ last night. The book tells her inspiring story of learning to walk again after a debilitating injury. After the reading, Ms. Caldwell signed books and chatted with audience members.

Don’t miss another author event at SLCL! Get the full spring schedule here

Adam Braun, founder of Pencils of Promise, discussed his innovative approach to fundraising last night at Library HQ. At the age of 21 with just $25, Braun started Pencils of Promise–an organization that has now built hundreds of schools in developing countries. Braun’s use of social media and the “for purpose” business model (instead of nonprofit) has been the key to his success.  

April is jam-packed with author events at SLCL. Get the full schedule here

Teens at the Cliff Cave Branch learned some self-defense tips from the pros at Maat Karate Do this week. SLCL offers lots of innovative programs for teens including laser tag, Minecraft and more. Find an event near you by searching our events calendar.  

Kids at the Prairie Commons Branch got the chance to learn a few magic tricks from the pros at the Freedom Arts & Education Center this week. The program was part of SLCL’s Art @ Your Library series. After the magic lesson, kids were able to practice their new skills in front of the group.

Find more Art @ Your Library programs here.  

St. Louis author Joan Barthel discussed her new biography, “The American Saint” at Library HQ last night. Elizabeth Seton founded the Sisters of Charity, which was the first congregation of nuns founded in the United States. The order’s community offered a free school, and it was the first parochial school established in the U.S. The order is still going, and is, particularly popular in South Korea.

SLCL has a jam-packed spring author schedule. Get the full listing here