St. Louis Press Club Co-Sponsors
St. Louis County Library Author Series


The St. Louis Press Club is teaming up with the St. Louis County Library on its acclaimed long-running author series. The new “In Conversation” sub-series typically will feature local media personalities interviewing best-selling authors. The series begins in November, with appearances by renowned historians Michael Beschloss and Doris Kearns Goodwin. They will be interviewed by St. Louis Radio’s Don Marsh, who was one of the Press Club’s “Media Persons of the Year” in 2015.

The St. Louis County Library Author Series, presented by lead sponsor Webster University, includes some 100 events each year with high-profile authors and additional program sponsors. The Press Club events will focus largely on authors of non-fiction books on politics, current events, history and media-related subjects.

“This is an opportunity for Press Club to expand our programs for the public and help bring top-quality writing and
authors to St. Louis,” said St. Louis Press Club president Bill Greenblatt.

St. Louis County Library Foundation vice president Barbara Turkington welcomed the Press Club as the Author Series’ newest sponsor. “The St. Louis County Library takes its mission very seriously; to help promote authors and the books they create. We couldn’t bring world class authors to St. Louis without support from our great sponsors, now including the St. Louis Press Club.”

Past president Tom Eschen added, “The Press Club is not just for journalists and other media-related professionals, but really for just about anyone curious and concerned about what’s going on in the world. Anyone interested in stimulating programs, current events and the importance of a free and unfettered media should be interested in what we do.”

Formats of “In Conversation” events will vary, with local media interviewing some of the authors. Other times, authors will make presentations and field follow-up questions. Some series events will be ticketed, and the cost will cover purchase of the books. For non-ticketed events, books will be on sale after the presentations.

The St. Louis County Library Author Series programs are listed on both the Library and St. Louis Press Club websites.

Founded in 1956, the St. Louis Press Club is the Bi-State area’s leading professional, social and charitable organization for people who make, cover, influence and consume the news. Our members include professionals in journalism, communication and media-related organizations and more. The St. Louis Press Club is committed to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and believes that the news should matter to everyone living in a free democracy and interested in the world around them.

For more information about the St. Louis County Library Authors Series, check www.slcl.org/authors or call 314-994-3300.

Programs begin at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.

November 1: Joe Hagan “Sticky Fingers”
The story of Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone’s founder, editor, and publisher, and the pioneering era he helped curate, is told here for the first time in glittering, glorious detail. Acclaimed journalist Joe Hagan provides readers with a backstage pass to storied concert venues and rock-star hotel rooms.

November 2: Michael Bechloss “Presidents of War”
Preeminent presidential historian Michael Beschloss presents a groundbreaking and often surprising saga of America’s wartime chief executives.

November 8: Nathaniel Philbrick “In the Hurricane’s Eye”
Acclaimed historian Nathaniel Philbrick shares the thrilling story of the year that won the Revolutionary War. In the fall of 1780, after five frustrating years of war, George Washington had come to realize that the only way to defeat the British Empire was with the help of the French navy.

November 12: Jane Sherron de Hart “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life”
The first comprehensive biography, written with the cooperation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, her meticulous jurisprudence and, above all, her desire to make We the People more united and our union more perfect.

November 13: Bob Spitz “Reagan”
Bestselling biographer Bob Spitz presents a full and rich biography of an epic American life, capturing what made Ronald Reagan both so beloved and so transformational.

November 15: Susan Orlean “The Library Book”
Susan Orlean, hailed as a “national treasure” by The Washington Post reopens the unsolved mystery of the catastrophic Los Angeles Library fire.