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.

Upcoming Events »


Thursday, October 15, 7 pm, Central Library 

An Evening with Bonnie Jo Campbell

National Book Award finalist and local literary treasure Bonnie Jo Campbell will read from her newly released story collection, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters. Named by the Guardian as one of our top ten writers of rural noir, Bonnie Jo Campbell is a keen observer of life and trouble in rural America. Book sale and signing will follow. Learn more...  


Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 pm, Central Library 

2nd Annual ‘Can Poetry Be Funny?’

Can poetry be funny? Mildly amusing? Worth a smile? Join Friends of Poetry at a reading to explore this question. The event will feature local authors and poets reading from their favorite funny poems, as well as local celebrities. Learn more...  


Tuesday, October 27, 6:30 pm, Central Library 

Stop & Taste w/ ‘The Beervangelist’ Fred Bueltmann

With more than two decades in the Michigan brewing industry, Fred Bueltmann, aka “The Beervangelist” will share his perspective and insights on how craft beer has contributed to a connected lifestyle. You’ll hear about the history of New Holland Brewing, the Michigan Brewer’s Guild and original stories from his book, Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy. Learn more...  


Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:30 pm, Central Library (free event, open to the public) 

Meet the Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Meet Jacqueline Woodson, winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, the recipient of multiple Newbery Honors, a two-time National Book Award Finalist, recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King Awards, and the 2014 National Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature. This is a free public event in conjunction with the 2015 Youth Literature Seminar. Learn more...


Friday, November 6, 2015, 9 am - 3:30 pm, Fetzer Center, WMU (registration and fee required)

2015 Youth Literature Seminar w/ Jason Reynolds

“Mirrors & Windows” is Kalamazoo Public Library’s 38th annual Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar. This year’s seminar features award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson, award-winning educator Kathleen T. Horning, and critically acclaimed author Jason Reynolds. Learn more...


Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 5:30 pm, Powell Branch Library

Author Yolanda Neals

Yolanda Neals, founder/visionary of The RED Panty Society (TRPS), an empowerment social enterprise, is a self-proclaimed Empowerment Specialist, who studied Spiritual Life Coaching at Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development. Neals, along with four other African American women, recently authored the book Dear Yvette: Shattered Fairytales, where Yolanda reveals a powerful account and narration of being a sexual abuse survivor, who empowered herself to overcome a turbulent childhood and adolescence. Meet Neals and learn about The RED Panty Society and her experiences as both a survivor and a writer. Learn more...


Monday, March 7, 2016, 7 pm, Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium

Reading Together 2016 Author Christina Baker Kline

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 WaterLearn more...




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