Authors @ KPL: Archived Presentations


Walter Dean Myers, August 2013

Kalamazoo Public Library has long been recognized for its excellence in programming. Authors and illustrators—from local to world renowned—present compelling programs about a seemingly limitless variety of subject matter.

Many of these unique events are preserved on video for future reference. Visit the KPL YouTube channel for more clips and vintage items from our archives.

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March 4, 2015, Davenport University, Kalamazoo

Jerry Dennis: A Conversation about the Craft and Business of Writing

A casual classroom-style conversation with Jerry Dennis, author of "The Living Great Lakes," Kalamazoo Public Library's 2015 Reading Together selection. Jerry talks about his writing process and how he got started as a writer.


February 23, 2015, Central Library

Author and Historian Lynn Houghton: “Picturing Kalamazoo’s Past”  

Local historian Lynn Houghton looks at more than 100 years of Kalamazoo’s history through the work of six notable photographers: Schuyler Baldwin, Wallace White, Ward Morgan, George and Mamie Austin, and Lance Ferraro.


February 17, 2015, Alma Powell Branch Library

Sonya Hollins: 10 Steps to Self-Publishing 

Publisher and self-published author Sonya Hollins shows participants how to form the concept of a book, design it, and sell it. 


November 13, 2014, Central Library (photos only)

Author/Illustrator Todd Parr

New York Times Bestselling Author Todd Parr visited Central Library as part of the 37th annual Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar. Todd shared stories and macaroni and cheese with fans of all ages. (photos)  


October 23, 2014, Central Library, 51 minutes 

Author Susan Nenadic: A Purse of Her Own

Susan Nenadic, author of A Purse of Her Own, discusses women's work and employment in Michigan during the nineteenth century, as told through stories of women who endured the many challenges of a male-dominated society.


October 6, 2014, Oshtemo Branch Library, 71 minutes

Teresa Irish: Journey of the Letters

Inspired by her father’s letters home from World War II, Teresa Irish presents a moving and heartfelt tribute to America’s history, accompanied by 1940’s photographs and music.


October 2, 2014, Central Library, 47 minutes

Brian C. Wilson: Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic Living

Kalamazoo author Brian C. Wilson traces the fascinating history of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, emphasizing the role Dr. Kellogg's developing religious views played in the rise and fall of the Battle Creek Sanitarium.


September 10, 2014, Central Library, 51 minutes 

A Conversation with David Small and Hallie Durand (Holly McGhee)

Award-winning author and illustrator David Small and author/agent Holly McGhee talk with Kevin King about their creative partnership as artist and agent, and about their journey together over the past decade.


October 23, 2013, Central Library, 65 minutes 

John Urschel: Kalamazoo Area Boys in Blue, 1861-1865

Archivist, historian and author John Urschel follows the soldiers of the five most heavily-recruited Civil War regiments from the Kalamazoo area. Urschel is currently the supervisor of the local history room at the Buchanan (Michigan) District Library.


September 11, 2013, Central Library, 54 minutes 

Valerie van Heest: Fatal Crossing

Valerie van Heest, director of the Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates and award-winning author, discusses Fatal Crossing, her book about the 1950 crash of NWA flight 2501 into Lake Michigan.


August 7, 2013, Powell Branch Library, 35 minutes 

Walter Dean Myers: “Reading is Not Optional”

Walter Dean Myers, critically acclaimed author of books for young people and Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature speaks at Powell Branch Library.


August 6, 2013, Central Library, 29 minutes 

Walter Dean Myers: “Reading is Not Optional”

Walter Dean Myers, critically acclaimed author of books for young people and Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature speaks at Central Library.


July 30, 2013, Powell Branch Library, 61 minutes 

Author Earl Sewell: Keysha’s Drama

Urban fiction writer Earl Sewell explores his writing process, shares his family history, and discusses his latest passion, historical fiction, at Powell Branch Library.


May 22, 2013, Central Library, 59 minutes 

Lynn Houghton: Arcadia Creek Project

Lynn Houghton presents an examination of Arcadia Creek history and the major development project more than twenty years ago.


May 21, 2013, Washington Square Branch Library, 37 minutes 

Bob Tarte: Kitty Cornered

Michigan author Bob Tarte talks about his pets, and his latest book, Kitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their Home.


May 14, 2013, Oshtemo Branch Library, 1 hour 18 minutes 

Ed Martini: Agent Orange

WMU history professor Ed Martini discusses his latest book, Agent Orange: History, Science, and the Politics of Uncertainty at Oshtemo Branch Library, May 14, 2013.


May 14, 2013, Eastwood Branch Library, 4 minutes 

Leslie Helakoski: Doggone Feet

Highlights from the Doggone Fun! program, featuring Leslie Helakoski, who introduces her series of award-winning children's books, plus a visit from Zeus, the world's tallest dog!


May 8, 2013, Central Library, 55 minutes 

Lynn Houghton: Stuart Neighborhood Architecture

Lynn Houghton, co-author of Kalamazoo: Lost and Found, examines the variety of architectural styles that are found in Kalamazoo's Stuart Historic District.


May 2, 2013, Central Library, 25 minutes 

Victor Robinson: Never Say Never

Kalamazoo author Victor Robinson shares his remarkable story of rock n roll excess and self-discovery as a former bodyguard in his book, Never Say Never. May 2, 2013, at Central Library.


April 16, 2013, Washington Square Branch Library, 1 hour 25 minutes 

D. E. Johnson: Detroit Breakdown

Author D. E. Johnson discusses the research and writing process for his newest novel, “Detroit Breakdown,” the third book in his Will Anderson series.


May 6, 2012, Central Library, 1 hour 10 minutes 

Tim Pinnick : African American Newspapers

Author, historian and lecturer Tim Pinnick explains how to find and effectively use African American newspapers in genealogical research. Presented at Central Library, May 6, 2012. 


April 25, 2012, Central Library, 50 minutes 

Jaye Beeler and Dianne Carroll Burdick

Authors Jaye Beeler and Dianne Carroll Burdick discuss their book, Tasting and Touring Michigan's Homegrown Food: A Culinary Road Trip, at Central Library, April 25, 2012.


April 14, 2012, Central Library, 45 minutes 

Margean Gladysz: A Spy on the Bus

Author Margean Gladysz talks about her fascinating memoir, A Spy on the Bus: Memoir of a Company Rat. Presented at Central Library, April 14, 2012.


March 2012, Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium, 37 minutes 

Luis Alberto Urrea: Into the Beautiful North

Author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea talks about his book, Into the Beautiful North, as part of Reading Together 2012 featured programming.


February 7, 2011, Washington Square Branch Library, 1 hour 19 minutes 

Dan Johnson: Motor City Shakedown

Author Dan Johnson discusses his first novel, The Detroit Electric Scheme, and his second, Motor City Shakedown. Washington Square Branch Library, February 7, 2011.