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February Featured Authors
Each month the St. Louis County Library Foundation brings bestselling and award-winning authors from a variety of genres to the library, offering readers exclusive opportunities to meet and engage with their favorite writers.

Unless otherwise mentioned, all events are free and take place at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited; early arrival is highly recommended. Books for signing will be available for purchase at the events. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.
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Chloe Benjamin
Author of "The Immortalists"
Tuesday, February 5, 7:00 p.m.
Chloe Benjamin's instant-bestselling novel "The Immortalists" asks the question: If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children-four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness-sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades. Both a dazzling family love story and a sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, "The Immortalists" probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. 

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble.
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Dani Shapiro
Author of " Inheritance"
Wednesday, February 6, 7:00 p.m.
What makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us? Acclaimed author of "Hourglass" and other memoirs, Dani Shapiro shares her personal story about identity, paternity, and family secrets-a real-time exploration of the staggering discovery she recently made about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden story of her own life.   "Inheritance" is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in-a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.
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Tim Johnston & B.A. Shapiro
Authors of "The Current" & " The Collector's Apprentice"
Monday, February 11, 7:00 p.m.
Book published by the award-winning Algonquin Books, Tim Johnston and B.A. Shapiro approach the mystery genre from different angles but achieve similar riveting results.

Tim Johnston is the author of the bestselling thriller "Descent." In his latest book, "The Current," the story of a young woman's investigation into the mysterious death of a friend becomes a meditation on grief and loneliness.

B.A. Shapiro has made the historical art thriller her own. Set in Parisian art world of 1922, "The Collector's Apprentice" follows a woman desperately looking for a new life who becomes increasingly entangled in a sophisticated con game.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.
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Author of " Black Is the Body"
Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m.
Emily Bernard's fearless and penetrating memoir begins with an episode of violence: while a graduate student at Yale, she was working in a coffee shop when a stranger stabbed her. That shocking attack would eventually unleash the storyteller in her, and in these pages she seeks to find a language to capture the complexities of her experiences as a victim, a woman, a black American, a teacher, writer, mother, wife, and daughter. Bernard writes in "Black Is the Body" how each of the essays goes beyond a narrative of black innocence and white guilt, how each is anchored in a mystery, and how each sets out to discover a new way of telling the truth as the author has lived it.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.
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Author of " Finding Dorothy"
Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 p.m.
The author of two bestselling nonfiction books, Elizabeth Letts is a master at researching a fascinating historical story and transforming it into a page-turner. This richly imagined novel tells the story behind "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum's intrepid wife, Maud. "Finding Dorothy" is the result of Letts' journey into the amazing lives of Frank and Maud Baum, as well as her discovery of the real-life inspiration for the character of Dorothy. Written as fiction but based closely on the truth, Elizabeth Letts' new book tells a story of love, loss, inspiration, and perseverance, set in America's heartland.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.
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Author of "The Vanishing Man"
Wednesday, February 20, 7:00 p.m.
This chilling new mystery in the bestselling historical suspense series takes readers back to gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox's early career and a case in which the theft of an antique painting sends Detective Lenox on a hunt for a criminal mastermind. London, 1853: A painting has been stolen from the Duke of Dorset's private study, but hiding in plain sight is another painting of infinitely more value, one that holds the key to one of the country's best-kept secrets. Dorset believes the thieves took the wrong painting and may return when they realize their error-and when his fears result in murder, Lenox must unravel the mystery behind both paintings before tragedy can strike again.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.
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Author of " Say Something"
Sunday, February 24, 3:00 p.m. (Doors open at 2:30 p.m.)
From Peter Reynolds, the creator of the beloved picture books "The Dot" and "I Am Human," comes an empowering story about finding your own voice. Reynolds explores the many ways that a single voice can make a difference. Each of us, each and every day, have the chance to SAY SOMETHING with our actions, our words, and our voices. Perfect for kid activists everywhere, this timely story reminds readers of the undeniable importance and power of your voice. There's so many ways to tell the world who you are, what you are thinking, and what you believe--and how you'll make it better. The time is now: SAY SOMETHING.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from The Novel Neighbor.
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Author of " Adèle"
Wednesday, February 27, 7:00 p.m.
A uthor of the internationally bestselling thriller "The Perfect Nanny," Leila Slimani presents her prizewinning first novel-a captivating exploration of addiction, sexuality, and one woman's quest to feel alive. Adèle appears to have the perfect life: She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But underneath the surface, she is consumed by an obsession and soon becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making.

A journalist and frequent commentator on women's and human rights, Leila Slimani is French president Emmanuel Macron's personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture. She is the first Moroccan woman to win France's most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt.

Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.
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