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 »


Monday, July 30, 6 pm - 7 pm, Eastwood

Celebrate PBS’s Great American Read

Join us while we celebrate PBS’s Great American Read, an 8-part PBS series that explores the power of reading through the lens of 100 books. It looks at writers and readers, and what our favorite books say about our country. The series asks celebrities, authors, notable Americans, and book lovers to give their own testimonials about the impact of reading and writing. Join us for three special family book discussions in July. Learn more...


Tuesday, July 31, 6 pm - 7 pm, Alma Powell Branch Library

Mystery Writer Stephen Mack Jones

Stephen Mack Jones is a published poet, an award-winning playwright, and a recipient of the prestigious Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship. He was born in Lansing, Michigan, and currently lives in Farmington Hills, outside of Detroit. Stephen will join us at the Alma Powell Branch and share his story and tidbits from his latest novel, August Snow.


Monday, August 6, 5 pm - 6 pm, Eastwood Branch Library

Meet Author Amy Shrodes

Amy Shrodes, an Ypsilanti resident, is the co-author of the children’s book, Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey. The book tells the true story of one cat’s journey to be reunited with his war-torn family. Shrodes played an integral part in the reunion of a cat, Kunkush, and his refugee family that fled a war-zone home in Iraq.



View Past Programs »

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