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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.


Writers’ Block

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 »




Are you a self-published author? KPL now makes the SELF-e submission platform freely available to library patrons and the local writing community. By submitting your indie-published book here, you can share your ebook(s) with KPL patrons and libraries throughout Michigan. Learn more...


Upcoming Events »


Thursday, March 22, 7 pm - 8 pm, Central Library

Meet Local Author: Mark Wedel

Kalamazoo journalist Mark Wedel spent last May pedaling his cheap cruiser-type bicycle from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington D.C. on the trails of the Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath. His new book, Mule Skinner Blues, hilariously chronicles that trip with dips into history, politics, and much more along the way. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.


Monday, April 9, 6 pm - 7 pm, Eastwood Branch Library

Local Author Sonya Bernard-Hollins presents “Classified: Who in the World is Merze Tate?”

Come and hear Sonya Bernard-Hollins as she walks us through her new book and tells us
about Merze Tate’s life using a neverbefore-published F.B.I. trail of documents that sought Tate’s loyalty to the United States. Bernard-Hollins is on a mission to not only bring Tate’s life and legacy to the world, but use Tate’s story to inspire others to live a life without limits.



View Past Programs »

Visit our Webcasts page to view past presentations from KPL’s visiting authors.