Meet Leading Authors and Illustrators
KPL welcomes leading and up-and-coming authors and illustrators for discussions, lectures and book signings. Enjoy noted children's authors and illustrators, poets, memoir writers, novelists, local and regional historical writers, award-winning teen authors, and more.
Listen & Learn
Hear authors describe their research and writing process, what inspires them, who influences them, and how they develop their personal style. Enjoy their stories and gain valuable insight into what it takes to write compelling prose.
Are you a local author or writer with a recent publication? If so, please tell us. Your work could be featured in a KPL Writers’ Block video, a forum where independently published local writers tell the community about their work. Visit Writers’ Block »
Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Oshtemo Branch Library
Come face to face with the malefactors who stained the pages of Michigan history with blood spatter: The Killer Dentist, a Grand Rapids native who tried to poison his way into his wife’s inheritance. The Detroit Bluebeard, who prowled matrimonial ads for victims. And others. Join crime historian and author Tobin T. Buhk as he unveils the truth behind some of Michigan’s most fiendish crimes.
Thursday, November 1, 6:30 pm - 9 pm, Central Library
Meet bestselling authors and illustrators Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. Jennifer and her brother Matt are the creators of two graphic novel series for children, Babymouse and Squish, which have garnered much critical attention and favorable reviews. Jenni’s books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, been the recipients of numerous awards and starred reviews, and have sold a combined total of over 1.9 million copies in print, digital, and audio formats. The Holms have also collaborated on the My First Comics board books for beginning readers and the New York Times bestseller Sunny Side Up. Matthew recently released his first middle-grade novel, Marvin and the Moths, co-written with Jonathan Follett. Bring the family and enjoy this evening with two of our favorite people in children’s literature! Books for signing will be available by Bookbug. Learn more...
Friday, November 2, 9 am - 3:30 pm, WMU Fetzer Center
Attn: teachers and education professionals! This year’s Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar is all about choice. If we allow children open access to all reading materials, they will Choose to Read! KPL is honored to welcome guest speakers Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, the best-selling authors of the acclaimed Babymouse and Squish series. Jennifer and Matthew will speak about the importance of choice for youth and how they consider choice a priority in their writing. Other featured speakers include author and educator Dr. Ernest Morrell, and teacher, author and creator Colby Sharp. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with others and learn from the pros. Registration required; Sign up today!
Thursday, November 8, 7 pm - 9 pm, Central Library
The history of Michigan is interesting, fascinating and filled with twists and turns. Join author and local historian Lynn Houghton for a multi-session journey looking at all aspects of Michigan’s growth and development from its early beginnings to recent years looking at events, topics, trends, themes and people, all of which have shaped this State.
Wednesday, November 14, 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Central Library
Can poetry be funny? Mildly amusing? Worth a smile? Join Friends of Poetry at this fun annual event to explore this question and hear great funny poems.
Visit our Webcasts page to view past presentations from KPL’s visiting authors.