Three local independent bookstores are celebrating birthdays this year: Left Bank Books turns 50, the Novel Neighbor is 5 and the resurrected Book Shop in Webster Groves is 1. The Novel Neighbor will celebrate at the store Sept. 28, and Left Bank has booked the Mahler Ballroom for an event Oct. 25. See the stores’ websites for details.

Local bookstores, along with libraries, are the primary drivers of events bringing renowned authors to town and introducing books. Exciting names this fall include Elizabeth Strout, Edwidge Danticat, Kevin Huizenga, Richard Russo and Ann Cleeves.

Readers will have another place to meet writers this fall with the High Low, a literary event/gallery/rotating library space developed by the Kranzberg Arts Foundation. Left Bank Books has scheduled some events there in October, although a firm opening date has not yet been set. River Styx is even moving into the midtown space and will hold readings there.

Here are many of the author events this fall, most of which are free. A few details are pending; dates and places are subject to change, so always check ahead with the venue.


J.C. Cervantes, “The Fire Keeper,” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3, Daniel Boone library (300 Clarkson Road, Ballwin), slcl.org

Ben Westhoff, “Fentanyl, Inc.,” 7 p.m. Sept. 4, St. Louis County Library (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard), slcl.org

Charles Anthony Silvestri, “A Silver Thread,” 7 p.m. Sept. 5, Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue), left-bank.com

Adam “Bucho” Rodenberger, “The Machinery of the Heart,” 7 p.m. Sept. 5, Subterranean Books (6275 Delmar Boulevard), subbooks.com

William Kent Krueger, “This Tender Land,” 7 p.m. Sept. 9, Left Bank Books

Joseph LeDoux, “The Deep History of Ourselves,” 7 p.m. Sept. 9, St. Louis County Library

Minda Harts, “The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table,” 7 p.m. Sept. 10, Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard), ticket info to come

Christopher Leonard, “Kochland,” 7 p.m. Sept. 11, St. Louis County Library

Kassandra Montag, “After the Flood,” 11:30 p.m. Sept. 11, the Novel Neighbor (7905 Big Bend Boulevard), $40 (includes lunch and book), thenovelneighbor.com

Eamonn Wall, “Junction City,” 7 p.m. Sept. 12, Subterranean Books

Tracie Morris & Faisal Moyhuddin, “Who Do With Words” and “The Displaced Children of Displaced Children,” 7 p.m. Sept. 13, Pulitzer Arts Foundation (3716 Washington Boulevard), pulitzerarts.org

Lisa McMann, “The Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Curse,” 4 p.m. Sept. 17, Left Bank Books

Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham, “Best Friends,” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17, St. Louis County Library

James Brandon, “Ziggy, Stardust and Me,” 7 p.m. Sept. 18, Left Bank Books

Rachel Moore, “The Space Between,” 7 p.m. Sept. 19, Schlafly library (225 North Euclid Avenue)

BookFest St. Louis with Tessa Bailey, James Brandon, Kalisha Buckhanon, Aaron Coleman, Sonali Dev, Amanda Goldblatt, Bryn Greenwood, Bassey Ikpi, Joshilyn Jackson, Edgar Kunz, Elizabeth McCracken, Karen Piper, Margaret Renkl, Saundra Mitchell, Alisha Rai, Jeffrey Ricker, Abbigail N. Rosewood, Lisa Unger, Crystal Wilkinson, Daniel Wiseman and more, Sept. 21, Central West End (various venues near Left Bank Books), bookfeststl.com

Karina Yan Glaser, “The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue,” 6 p.m. Sept. 22, the Novel Neighbor

Joy Poole, “Over the Santa Fe Trail to Mexico,” 3 p.m. Sept. 22, Middendorf-Kredell library (2750 Highway K, O’Fallon, Mo.), mylibrary.org

Seane Corn, “Revolution of the Soul,” 7 p.m. Sept. 23, Mercy Conference Center (2039 North Geyer Road, Frontenac), $30 (includes copy of the book), thenovelneighbor.com

Sean Connolly, “The Book of Terrifyingly Awesome Technology,” 4 p.m. Sept. 24, Spencer Road library (427 Spencer Road, St. Peters), mylibrary.org

Matt Tavares, “Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever,” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24, the Novel Neighbor

Gabby Rivera, “Juliet Takes a Breath,” 7 p.m. Sept. 25, Left Bank Books

Jodi Picoult, “A Spark of Light,” 7 p.m. Sept. 25, St. Louis County Library, sold out

Erin Entrada Kelly, “Lalani of the Distant Sea,” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Daniel Boone library

Jane Brox, “Silence,” 8 p.m. Sept. 26, Hurst Lounge at Washington University (1 Brookings Drive), subbooks.org

Candace Bushnell, “Is There Still Sex in the City?” 7 p.m. Sept. 27, St. Louis County Library

Brittney Morris, “Slay,” 7 p.m. Sept. 27, Middendorf-Kredell library

Carondelet Author Breakfast with Ron Austin, Lynn Cahoon, Amanda Doyle, Virvus Jones, Mardou, Angela Mitchell, Ann Lemons Pollack and Laura Stewart Schmidt, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 28, Carondelet library (6800 Michigan Avenue), slpl.org

Amy Stewart, “Kopp Sisters on the March,” 4 p.m. Sept. 29, the High Low (3301 Washington Boulevard), left-bank.com


Ann Leckie, “The Raven Tower,” 7 p.m. Oct. 1, Left Bank Books; 7 p.m. Oct. 2, Kisker Road library (1000 Kisker Road)

Meaghan Winter, “All Politics Is Local,” 7 p.m. Oct. 1, location to come

 Kim Horner, "Probably Someday Cancer: Genetic Risk and Preventative Mastectomy," 7 p.m. Oct. 3, Jewish Community Center (2 Millstone Campus Drive), jccstl.com

Dr. Marty Makary, “The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care — and How to Fix It,” 7 p.m. Oct. 2, St. Louis County Library

James S.A. Corey, “Tiamat’s Wrath,” 7 p.m. Oct. 3, Left Bank Books

Stephanie Dray, Eliza Knight and Sophie Perinot, “Ribbons of Scarlet,” 7 p.m. Oct. 3, St. Louis County Library

Craig Johnson, “Land of Wolves,” 7 p.m. Oct. 4, St. Louis County Library

Kat Zhang, “Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao,” 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5, Left Bank Books

Richard Russo, “Chances Are …,” 7 p.m. Oct. 7, St. Louis County Library

Kevin Huizenga, “The River at Night,” Oct. 9, Left Bank Books

Deborah Crombie, “A Bitter Feast,” 7 p.m. Oct. 9, Spencer Road library

Maxine Gordon, “Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon,” 7 p.m. Oct. 9, Schlafly library

Garth Nix, “Angel Mage,” 7 p.m. Oct. 10, Spencer Road library

Ron A. Austin, “Avery Colt Is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar,” 7 p.m. Oct. 10, Left Bank Books

Matt McCarthy, “Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic,” 7 p.m. Oct. 10, St. Louis County Library

Sheree K. Nielsen, “Mondays in October,” 7 p.m. Oct. 13, Main Street Books (307 South Main Street, St. Charles), time to come

Saeed Jones, “How We Fight for Our Lives,” 7 p.m. Oct. 14, the High Low

Brock Clarke, “Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe?” 7 p.m. Oct. 14, St. Louis County Library

Katie Parla, “Food of the Italian South,” 7 p.m. Oct. 16, Left Bank Books

Ruth Spiro, “Baby Loves the Five Senses,” 11 a.m. Oct. 17, Left Bank Books

Dylan Thuras, “Atlas Obscura: 2nd Edition: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders,” 7 p.m. Oct. 17, the High Low

Sarah Broom, “The Yellow House,” 8 p.m. Oct. 17, Hurst Lounge

Cyrus Grace Dunham, “A Year Without a Name,” 7 p.m. Oct. 21, ticket info to come

Bill Wallace, “Michelangelo, God’s Architect,” 7 p.m. Oct. 21, Left Bank Books

River Styx with J. Ryan Stradal, “The Lager Queen of Minnesota,” and Francesca Bell, “Bright Stain,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21, the High Low, $5

Ben Crump, “Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People,” 7 p.m. Oct. 22, ticket info to come

J. Ryan Stradal, “The Lager Queen of Minnesota,” 7 p.m. Oct. 22, Spencer Road library

Pete Souza, “Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents,” 7 p.m. Oct. 23, the Grandel (3610 Grandel Square), $22.13 (includes paperback book), left-bank.com

Kekla Magoon, “Light It Up,” 7 p.m. Oct. 24, Left Bank Books

Elizabeth Strout, “Olive, Again,” 7 p.m. Oct. 24, St. Louis County Library

Edwidge Danticat, receives St. Louis Literary Award, 7 p.m. Oct. 24, Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries (3648 Washington Boulevard), free ticket required; additional author reception is $100, register at lib.slu.edu/literaryaward

Micheline Aharonian Marcom, “The Brick House,” 8 p.m. Oct. 24, Hurst Lounge

Ann Leckie, “The Raven Tower,” 7 p.m. Oct. 28, University City Public Library (6701 Delmar Boulevard)

Eva Chen and Derek Desierto, “Juno Valentine and the Fantastic Fashion Adventure,” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30, St. Louis County Library


• Issac Mizrahi, "I. M.: A Memoir," 7 p.m. Nov. 3, Jewish Community Center, $45 or included in $110 premiere pass for St. Louis Jewish Book Festival. Mizrahi kicks off two-week festival with lineup including Pam Jenoff, Art Shamsky, Margalit Fox, Elizabeth Weitzman, David Itzkoff, Alana Newhouse, Jack Fairweather and more. jccstl.com

• Jeffrey Sterling, “Unwanted Spy: The Persecution of an American Whistleblower,” 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Left Bank Books

Ann Cleeves, “The Long Call,” 7 p.m. Nov. 4, St. Louis County Library

Melanie Mitchell, “Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans,” 7 p.m. Nov. 6, St. Louis County Library

H.W. Brands, “Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West,” 7 p.m. Nov. 5, the Grandel

Melanie Mitchell, “Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans,” 7 p.m. Nov. 6, St. Louis County Library

Susannah Cahalan, "The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness,” 7 p.m. Nov. 12, location info to come

Paul Hendrickson, “Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright,” 7 p.m. Nov. 12, St. Louis County Library

Lindy West, “The Witches Are Coming,” 7 p.m. Nov. 13, .ZACK (3224 Locust Street)

Tiffany D. Jackson, “Monday’s Not Coming,” 7 p.m. Nov. 13, Carpenter library (3309 South Grand Boulevard)

Nate Chinen, “Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century,” 7 p.m. Nov. 13, Schlafly library

Peter Caddick-Adams, “Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France,” 7 p.m. Nov. 13, St. Louis County Library

Lara Prescott, “The Secrets We Kept,” 7 p.m. Nov. 14, Left Bank Books

Patricia Smith, “Incendiary Art,” 8 p.m. Nov. 14, Hurst Lounge

Kevin Wilson, “Nothing to See Here,” 7 p.m. Nov. 15, the High Low

River Styx with Jane Ellen Ibur, “The Little Mrs.,/Misses,” and Rion Amilcar Scott, “The World Doesn’t Require You,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, the High Low

Elizabeth Berg, “The Confession Club,” 7 p.m. Nov. 20, Foundry Arts Centre (520 North Main Center, St. Charles)

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