Authors @ KPL


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.

Upcoming Events »


Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 7 pm, Central Library 

Author Katherine Applegate

Recent Newbery Medal winner, Katherine Applegate will be hosting a release event for her upcoming novel, Crenshaw. Applegate’s many books include her award-winning The One and Only Ivan, the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, the picture book The Buffalo Storm, and the novel Home of the Brave. This event will also be a food drive, benefiting Loaves & Fishes. Learn more...


Thursday, October 1, 5 pm, Powell Branch Library 

Author Greg Neri

Greg Neri is the Coretta Scott King honor-winning author of Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty and the recipient of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award for his free-verse novella, Chess Rumble. His novels include Knockout Games, Surf Mules, and the Horace Mann Upstander Award-winning, Ghetto Cowboy. His latest is the free-verse picture book bio, Hello, I’m Johnny Cash. Learn more...  


Wednesday, October 7, 7 pm, Central Library 

Author Emily St. John Mandel

In partnership with the Michigan Humanities Council, Kalamazoo Public Library is thrilled to present the 2015-16 Great Michigan Read author Emily St. John Mandel. Mandel’s novel Station Eleven is set in a future Michigan turned upside down, but is ultimately an exploration of people surviving and remaking their lives by preserving the qualities that make us human: culture, art, and the humanities. Learn more...  


Thursday, October 15, 7 pm, Central Library 

An Evening with Bonnie Jo Campbell

National Book Award finalist and local literary treasure Bonnie Jo Campbell will read from her newly released story collection, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters. Named by the Guardian as one of our top ten writers of rural noir, Bonnie Jo Campbell is a keen observer of life and trouble in rural America. Book sale and signing will follow. Learn more...  


Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 pm, Central Library 

2nd Annual ‘Can Poetry Be Funny?’

Can poetry be funny? Mildly amusing? Worth a smile? Join Friends of Poetry at a reading to explore this question. The event will feature local authors and poets reading from their favorite funny poems, as well as local celebrities. Learn more...  


Tuesday, October 27, 6:30 pm, Central Library 

Stop & Taste w/ ‘The Beervangelist’ Fred Bueltmann

With more than two decades in the Michigan brewing industry, Fred Bueltmann, aka “The Beervangelist” will share his perspective and insights on how craft beer has contributed to a connected lifestyle. You’ll hear about the history of New Holland Brewing, the Michigan Brewer’s Guild and original stories from his book, Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy.  


Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:30 pm, Central Library (free event, open to the public) 

Meet the Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Meet Jacqueline Woodson, winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, the recipient of multiple Newbery Honors, a two-time Finalist for the National Book Award, the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King Awards, and the 2014 National Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature. This is a free public event in conjunction with the 2015 Youth Literature Seminar. Learn more...


Friday, November 6, 2015, 9 am - 3:30 pm, Fetzer Center, WMU (registration and fee required)

2015 Youth Literature Seminar w/ Jason Reynolds

“Mirrors & Windows” is Kalamazoo Public Library’s 38th annual Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar. This year’s seminar features award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson, award-winning educator Kathleen T. Horning, and critically acclaimed author Jason Reynolds. Learn more...


Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 5:30 pm, Powell Branch Library

Author Yolanda Neals

Yolanda Neals, founder/visionary of The RED Panty Society (TRPS), an empowerment social enterprise, is a self-proclaimed Empowerment Specialist, who studied Spiritual Life Coaching at Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development. Neals, along with four other African American women, recently authored the book Dear Yvette: Shattered Fairytales, where Yolanda reveals a powerful account and narration of being a sexual abuse survivor, who empowered herself to overcome a turbulent childhood and adolescence. Meet Neals and learn about The RED Panty Society and her experiences as both a survivor and a writer. Learn more...




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