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 »


Wednesday, September 26, 7 pm - 9 pm, Central Library

Meet the Author: David Small

David Small’s graphic novel follow-up to the award-winning and critically acclaimed book Stitches is already being lauded as a masterpiece. Home After Dark: A Novel is the story of 13-year-old Russell’s struggle with not only making new friends but his own sexuality. The mostly wordless story moves like the best film noir with both small- and large-screen worthy art. Small will discuss the story behind this incredible tale, answer questions, and sign books.


Monday, October 1, 6 pm - 7 pm, Eastwood Branch Library

Author Maria Erazo: In Search of My Father

In Search of My Father is an inspirational biography that shares the struggles of a family amidst adversity, and one woman’s dream. Author Maria Erazo is a featured journalist on personal development and insurance education for El Informador USA and for Sport Latino magazine. 


Tuesday, October 16, 6 pm - 7 pm, Alma Powell Branch Library

Sonya Hollins: New Book Release Party

After the launch of her juvenile book Small Beginnings: The Photographic Journey Through the Life of Merze Tate, Sonya will now launch an edition for adults. 



Thursday, October 18, 7 pm - 9 pm, Central Library

Kalamazoo: An Evening with Notables

Every year, the Library of Michigan selects up to twenty of the most notable books, either written by a Michigan resident or about Michigan or the Great Lakes. Each selected title speaks to our state’s rich cultural, historical, and literary heritage. Join KPL along with the Library of Michigan Foundation for a celebration of the Michigan Notable Books program. Register today.


Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Oshtemo Branch Library

A True Crime History of Michigan w/ author Tobin T. Buhk

Come face to face with the malefactors who stained the pages of Michigan history with blood spatter: The Killer Dentist, a Grand Rapids native who tried to poison his way into his wife’s inheritance. The Detroit Bluebeard, who prowled matrimonial ads for victims. And others. Join crime historian and author Tobin T. Buhk as he unveils the truth behind some of Michigan’s most fiendish crimes.


Thursday, November 1, 6:30 pm - 9 pm, Central Library

Meet the Authors: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Meet bestselling authors and illustrators Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. Jennifer and her brother Matt are the creators of two graphic novel series for children, Babymouse and Squish, which have garnered much critical attention and favorable reviews. Jenni’s books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, been the recipients of numerous awards and starred reviews, and have sold a combined total of over 1.9 million copies in print, digital, and audio formats. The Holms have also collaborated on the My First Comics board books for beginning readers and the New York Times bestseller Sunny Side Up. Matthew recently released his first middle-grade novel, Marvin and the Moths, co-written with Jonathan Follett. Bring the family and enjoy this evening with two of our favorite people in children’s literature! Books for signing will be available by Bookbug. Learn more...


Friday, November 2, 9 am - 3:30 pm, WMU Fetzer Center

Choose to Read! 41st Annual Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar

Attn: teachers and education professionals! This year’s Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar is all about choice. If we allow children open access to all reading materials, they will Choose to Read! KPL is honored to welcome guest speakers Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, the best-selling authors of the acclaimed Babymouse and Squish series. Jennifer and Matthew will speak about the importance of choice for youth and how they consider choice a priority in their writing. Other featured speakers include author and educator Dr. Ernest Morrell, and teacher, author and creator Colby Sharp. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with others and learn from the pros. Registration required; Sign up today!


Thursday, November 8, 7 pm - 9 pm, Central Library

Michigan, My Michigan: A History of This State - Mining, Manufacturing, Agriculture

The history of Michigan is interesting, fascinating and filled with twists and turns. Join author and local historian Lynn Houghton for a multi-session journey looking at all aspects of Michigan’s growth and development from its early beginnings to recent years looking at events, topics, trends, themes and people, all of which have shaped this State. 


Wednesday, November 14, 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Central Library

5th Annual - Can Poetry Be Funny?

Can poetry be funny? Mildly amusing? Worth a smile? Join Friends of Poetry at this fun annual event to explore this question and hear great funny poems.




View Past Programs »

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