NOTE: The Friends Bookstore is closed January 18-21 for inventory management. Normal hours resume next week.

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 »


Monday, February 20, 6 pm, Eastwood Branch Library

Bringing Memoirs, Family & Community History to Life

Sonya and Sean Hollins will share how to bring memoirs, family, and community history to life. Sonya Hollins of Season Press has worked in the field of communications as an author and award-winning journalist. Sean Hollins of Fortitude Graphics was involved in the recent book, The Library Ladies of Kalamazoo: Their Home and History. They will lead a panel discussion with area authors on the ten steps to self-publishing. More...



Thursday, February 23, 7 pm, One Well Brewing, 4213 Portage St

Detroit Beer: A History of Brewing in the Motor City

Stephen Johnson, author of Detroit Beer: A History of Brewing in the Motor City, will speak about the long history of brewing in the Motor City, from the small brewers of the mid-1800s to the recent boom of breweries like Atwater Brewery, Motor City Brewing Works, and the triumphant return of Stroh’s. It’s Detroit history by the pint. Johnson is also the owner and founder of Motor City Brew Tours and a WMU grad. More...



Tuesday, February 28, 7 pm, Central Library

They Built This City w/ Lynn Houghton

Architects and builders have played a role in Kalamazoo since its beginnings. Join Lynn Houghton, Regional History Curator at the Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collections, for a look at those individuals and firms who designed and built structures during the 19th and early 20th centuries that have been and continue to be part of our community’s built environment. More...



Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 7 pm, Miller Auditorium, WMU

Meet the Author: Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Kalamazoo Public Library celebrates the 15th anniversary of Reading Together with Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White by bestselling author and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. More...



Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 6 pm, Alma Powell Branch Library

Meet the Author: Nikki Grimes

New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes will visit Kalamazoo schools and Kalamazoo Public Library this spring to share about her writing and career with Kalamazoo kids, teens, and families. More...





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See the Webcasts page to view past presentations from KPL’s visiting authors.

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