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 »


Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 6:30 pm, Oshtemo Branch Library 

Lost and Found: Legendary Lake Michigan Shipwrecks

Author and explorer Valerie van Heest will take you back in time to experience the careers and tragic sinking of ships on Lake Michigan, then beneath the lake to participate in the triumphant discovery and exciting exploration of their remains. Learn more...


Thursday, April 2, 2015, 7 pm, Central Library 

Author Loreen Niewenhuis: A 1000-Mile Great Lakes Walk

Author Loreen Niewenhuis will take you along the shores of all five Great Lakes and many of the waterways connecting them. In words, photos, and video, you’ll explore the geology, hydrology, and natural history of the largest system of fresh water lakes in the world. Learn more...


Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 6:30 pm, Eastwood Branch Library 

Author Sarah Stewart: Waking up Your Garden

Sarah Stewart, respected author of The Gardener and The Money Tree, both illustrated by David Small, will give a writer’s perspective of preparing your garden in the springtime. Books will be available for purchase. Learn more...


Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 6:30 pm, Washington Square Branch Library 

Jane and Ellen Knuth: Love Will Steer Me True

Local authors Jane and Ellen Knuth will discuss their newest book Love Will Steer Me True. The novel is based on discussions between Jane and her daughter Ellen. Come hear how their mother/daughter relationship grew. Learn more...


Thursday, May 14, 2015, 7 pm, Central Library 

Westnedge Hill Neighborhood Focus: History & Architecture

Lynn Houghton, co-author of Kalamazoo: Lost and Found, will offer an opportunity to examine more closely the history and architectural styles that are found in the Westnedge Hill neighborhood. Learn more...