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 »


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...



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...





View Past Programs »

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

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