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 »


Tuesday, June 14, 7 pm, Central Library

Author Bill Beverly: Dodgers

Welcome Kalamazoo native Bill Beverly back to town as we celebrate the success of his debut novel, Dodgers. Beverly grew up in Kalamazoo, and studied at Oberlin College and the University of Florida. He teaches American literature and writing at Trinity University in Washington, DC. Books available from Bookbug for signing.


Monday, July 11, 6:30 pm, Central Library

Meet the Author: Kate DiCamillo

Bestselling author Kate DiCamillo returns to Kalamazoo with her new book, Raymie Nightingale. Come meet the award winning author and former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.



Thursday, August 4, 2 pm, Oshtemo Branch Library

Meet the Author: Wong Herbert Yee

Spend an afternoon with the beloved author and illustrator of Eek! There’s a Mouse in the House, Summer Days and Nights, and Detective Small in the Amazing Banana Caper, among other timeless favorites.





View Past Programs »

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

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