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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 2, 2014, 7 pm, Central Library

Prof. Brian C. Wilson: Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic Living

From 1876 to 1943, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg presided over the Battle Creek Sanitarium, an institution which was one of the largest and best known health and wellness facilities in the United States—"a combination nineteenth-century European health spa and a twentieth-century Mayo Clinic." In his talk, Professor Brian Wilson will trace this fascinating history, emphasizing the role Dr. Kellogg's developing religious views played in the rise and fall of the Battle Creek Sanitarium.


Monday, October 6, 2014, 6 pm, Oshtemo Branch Library

Author Teresa Irish: Journey of the Letters

Teresa Irish, author of A Thousand Letters Home: One WWII Soldier’s Story of War, Love and Life, presents the inspirational and life-affirming Journey of the Letters. Inspired by her father’s letters home from World War II, found after his death in 2006, Teresa takes her audience back in time to when a young man goes to war and returns home to marry his sweetheart and raise a family. It is a moving and heartfelt tribute to America’s history, freedoms and family values, and a call to citizenship in today’s world. Irish’s program reaches across generations with a little something for everyone. Her storytelling, accompanied by 1940’s photographs and music from Waltz Time and Hit Parade, has audiences laughing, crying, reminiscing and reflecting.


Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7 pm, Central Library

Author Susan Nenadic: A Purse of Her Own

Did you know that nineteenth century women were doctors and lawyers? Did you know that faculty at the University of Michigan were paid an extra 25-33% to teach women? Hear more about these and other facts regarding women’s employment and opportunities in Michigan and the nation during the 1800s with Susan Nenadic, author of A Purse of Her Own.


Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7 pm, Miller Auditorium, WMU

Author Yann Martel: Healing Journeys: Crossing the Pacific, Dealing With Trauma

Members of the public are invited to join Western Michigan University as it turns the spotlight on Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, winner of the 2002 Booker Prize and released as a film in 2012. The critically acclaimed novel is starring in the 2014-15 University Common Read. Martel is visiting Kalamazoo as part of the healing-arts speaker series being organized by the University Center for the Humanities. Both the book and movie are available now from KPL. Learn more...


Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:30 pm, Central Library - Free event; open to the public

Meet the Author: Todd Parr

Meet New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award winning creator of ToddWorld, Todd Parr. Author and illustrator of more than 30 books, Todd Parr is also the winner of two National Parenting Publication Awards and three Oppenheim Gold Awards. Bookbug, a local, independent bookseller will be selling books for signing. Learn more...


Friday, November 14, 2014, 9 am - 3:30 pm, KVCC - Registration and fee required

2014 Youth Literature Seminar featuring author Todd Parr

“It’s Okay to Read” is Kalamazoo Public Library’s 37th annual Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar. This year's keynote speaker is bestselling author and illustrator Todd Parr, along with educator and Michigan Cool Teacher winner Ed Spicer, and award winning EMU professor Dr. Mary Bigler. Join us and find out why “It’s okay to read! Learn more...