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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 »


Monday, April 15, 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Central Library

Author Gregory Sumner: Michigan POW Camps in WWII

During World War II, Michigan became a temporary home to 6,000 German and Italian POWs. Author Gregory Sumner tells the story of these detainees and the ordinary Americans who embodied our highest ideals, even amid a global war.



Monday, April 15, 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Central Library

Michigan: A History of This State—Urban Life, Immigration and Progressivism

Lynn Houghton will continue Michigan’s colorful history with this next session which will cover the state from the end of the 19th century to the beginnings and growth of the automotive industry which shaped Michigan tremendously during the early years of the 20th century and continues to this day.


Wednesday, April 17, 7 pm - 9 pm, Chenery Auditorium, 714 S Westnedge Ave

Reading Together Author: Angie Thomas

Join us at Chenery Auditorium on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7 pm to hear Thomas trace the development of her book The Hate U Give—and in so doing, speak to the heart of race, activism and social change in America today. Admission is free and open to the public. The presentation will be followed by a book signing. 


Thursday, April 25th, 7 pm - 9 pm, Central Library

Good People, Bad Luck

Join us for an evening with fiction writers, Andy Mozina (Contrary Motion, Quality Snacks), Bonnie Jo Campbell (Once Upon A River, American Salvage), Deborah Carol Gang (The Half-Life of Everything), and Kalamazoo College poet Oliver Baez Bendorf (The Advantage of Being EvergreenThe Spectral Wilderness) as they read from new work that considers the collision of bad luck and human nature.


Monday, May 6, 6 pm - 7 pm, Eastwood Branch Library

Meet the Author: Raeven Barnes, The Tales of a Broken Girl

Join us for an evening with local author Raeven Barnes, whose debut collection of short fiction, Tales of a Broken Girl, was released last year. Women who have been hurt, neglected, and battered pour out their hearts in this very sensitive collection. All are welcome to join the conversation with the author as we journey into the tales of broken girls and the resilience to recover.


Thursday, May 9, 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Central Library

Michigan: A History of This State—The Automotive Industry

Lynn Houghton explores Michigan’s colorful history with the beginnings and growth of the automotive industry, which shaped Michigan tremendously during the early years of the 20th century and continues to this day. The course continues to look at its residents, its institutions, its economy and the events and issues that have shaped it through the years.



View Past Programs »

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