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 »


Tuesday, October 17, 6 pm - 7 pm, Alma Powell Branch Library

Music and Poetry with Jordan Hamilton

Songwriter, arranger, improviser, and cellist Jordan Hamilton, in collaboration with Fox Gospel Music School and FIRE Poetry House, B.A.C., will lead a lively interactive collaboration of music and poetry. “Jordan aims to play quality music in multiple genres. He brilliantly combines classical, pop, r&b, rap and more, pushing it into new artistic territory.”


Monday, November 6, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Oshtemo Branch Library

Author Jacquelyn Vincenta

Construction of a novel with a mystery at its core is a fascinating, sometimes tricky process. The Lake and the Lost Girl by Jacquelyn Vincenta is a mystery with two story lines – one set in the 1930s, and one in 1999 – that are driven by the secrets of a woman who disappeared in 1939 and was never found. How did the author use those secrets to create suspense? How did she structure and pace the plot to keep the reader both informed enough to be invested, but still intrigued about the unknown? Join us for a conversation about writing a tale of secrets and mystery!


Thursday, November 16, 6:30 pm - 8 pm, Central Library

Meet the Authors: Mitali Perkins, Gary D. Schmidt, Javaka Steptoe, Matt Faulkner

The 40th Annual Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar welcomes internationally recognized children’s author Mitali Perkins, award winning author Gary Schmidt, award winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe, and Award winning children’s book author and illustrator Matt Faulkner.

Mitali Perkins has written ten novels for young readers, including Rickshaw Girl (chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 100 books for children in the past 100 years) and Bamboo People (an American Library Association’s Top Ten Novels for Young Adults). 

Gary D. Schmidt is the author of more than fifteen books for children and young adults, including The Wednesday Wars, a 2008 Newbery Honor Award winner, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, which won a Newbery Honor award and a Michael L. Printz Honor award in 2005, and Orbiting Jupiter, listed to Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2015. 

Javaka Steptoe is an eclectic young artist, designer, and illustrator, building a national reputation as an outstanding contributor to the genre of children’s literature. His most recent illustration projects include the 2010 New York Times Bestseller, Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow and Radiant Child

A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Matt Faulkner has written and illustrated a number of children's books. His work has won wide praise for its humor, exuberance and sensitivity. In addition, he is a contributing illustrator to such national periodicals as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes.  

All four guest authors will share in the annual Meet the Author event on Thursday evening, November 16, 2017 at Central Library.



View Past Programs »

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