Authors @ KPL

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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.

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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 »

 

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SELF-e

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 »

 

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Thursday, September 21, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm, Alma Powell Branch Library

The Art of the Essay with Jennifer Clark

Practice your personal writing with exercises and tips from writing teacher and published author, Jennifer Clark. Stay for the editing session afterwards to get help with a current piece. Please Register. Grades 9-12.

 


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Saturday, September 30, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, Oshtemo Branch Library

The Art of the Essay with Jennifer Clark

Practice your personal writing with exercises and tips from writing teacher and published author, Jennifer Clark. Stay for the editing session afterwards to get help with a current piece. Please Register. Grades 9-12.

 


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Thursday, November 16, 6:30 pm - 8 pm, Central Library

Meet the Authors: Mitali Perkins, Gary D. Schmidt, Javaka Steptoe, Matt Faulkner

The 40th Annual Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar welcomes internationally recognized children’s author Mitali Perkins, award winning author Gary Schmidt, award winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe, and Award winning children’s book author and illustrator Matt Faulkner.

Mitali Perkins has written ten novels for young readers, including Rickshaw Girl and Bamboo People. Gary D. Schmidt is the author of more than fifteen books for children and young adults, including The Wednesday Wars, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, and Orbiting Jupiter. Javaka Steptoe is an eclectic young artist, designer, and illustrator, building a national reputation as an outstanding contributor to the genre of children’s literature. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Matt Faulkner has written and illustrated a number of children’s books.  

All four guest authors will share in the annual Meet the Author event on Thursday evening, November 16, 2017 at Central Library.

 

 


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View Past Programs »

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


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