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 »


Friday, March 16, 7 pm - 9 pm, Chenery Auditorium (714 S Westnedge Ave)

Meet the 2018 Reading Together Author: Matthew Desmond

MacArthur Fellow Matthew Desmond’s New York Times bestselling book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City draws on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data. This landmark work of scholarship and reportage takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families living on the edge. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of twenty-first century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. Learn more...

Thursday, March 22, 7 pm - 8 pm, Central Library

Meet Local Author: Mark Wedel

Kalamazoo journalist Mark Wedel spent last May pedaling his cheap cruiser-type bicycle from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington D.C. on the trails of the Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath. His new book, Mule Skinner Blues, hilariously chronicles that trip with dips into history, politics, and much more along the way. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.



View Past Programs »

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