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 »


Upcoming Events »


Tuesday, September 27, 7 pm, Central Library

An Illustrated Reading with Mary Hatch and Elizabeth Kerlikowske

Mary Hatch calls her paintings little novels. Elizabeth Kerlikowske put those paintings into words. Hear the poems. See the paintings. Discover the method to their madness. Kalamazoo artist Mary Hatch studied art at Skidmore College in New York State and then earned a BA in Art Education and an MA in painting from Western Michigan University. Elizabeth Kerlikowske is the author of three chapbooks of poetry, a collection of children s stories, and a prose poem memoir of her father all from March Street Press in North Carolina. Elizabeth completed her doctorate at Western Michigan University in 2007. More...



Thursday, September 29, 7 pm, Central Library

History of the House of David with David Kohrman

David Kohrman will trace the development, faith, and business pursuits of the Israelite House of David from their arrival in Benton Harbor in 1903 to the present day. Highlights include their famed amusement park, traveling baseball teams, fascinating membership, and rare photographs from the colony’s private archive. More...



Tuesday, October 4, 6 pm, Oshtemo Branch Library

Gunpowder Percy Reading with Dr. Grace Tiffany

Dr. Grace Tiffany, professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance literature at Western Michigan University, will read from her newest book Gunpowder Percy and actor Chuck Bentley will read selected scenes from Shakespeare's works. Books available for purchase at event from Michigan News Agency. More...



October 6 & 7, Bronson Gilmore Center for Health Education

Meet Dr. Robert Needlman

Dr. Robert Needlman is a leading pediatrician, professor, and author of Dr. Spock’s Baby Basics. He is the cofounder of the Reach Out and Read literacy program, which now help millions of children to grow up loving books, and is a widely featured speaker on early learning, literacy, and developmental-behavioral pediatrics. More...



Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 pm, Central Library

Meet the Author: Gary D. Schmidt

Meet two-time Newbery Award winning author and National Book Award Finalist, Gary D. Schmidt. Gary is the author of Orbiting Jupiter, The Wednesday Wars, Okay for Now, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, and many more beloved novels. More...



Thursday, November 17, 6:30 pm, Central Library

Meet the Author: Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. She has spent 40 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye will be a featured speaker at Kalamazoo Public Library’s 39th annual Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar. More...





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

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