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.
Tuesday, January 19, 6 pm, Oshtemo Branch Library
The more you know about Michigan counties, the more you know about Michigan! In this highly interactive presentation, author Barbara VanderMolen will share fun filled facts and stories about every county in our great state. Participants will be able to follow along with a county by county map. VanderMolen’s book Discovering Michigan County by County will be available to purchase. Please register...
Tuesday, February 9, 6 pm, Alma Powell Branch Library
Meet author and self-publisher Sonya Hollins who co-wrote with her husband Sean, the brand new children’s book, Benjamin Losford and His Handy Dandy Clippers. This is a program for the entire family! Enjoy listening to Sonya read from her new book and the story behind it. Reception with food provided by Keneisha Morgan-Darden. Includes free haircuts provided by local barbers.
Monday, March 7, 7 pm, Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium
The 2016 Reading Together selection is Orphan Train by bestselling author Christina Baker Kline. Kline is the author of five novels, including the #1 New York Times bestseller, Orphan Train, about a young Irish immigrant who, as a child, is sent away from New York on a train that regularly transported unwanted and abandoned children from the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest. Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience. Her previous novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines and Sweet Water. Learn more...
See the Webcasts page to view past presentations from KPL’s visiting authors.