Upcoming Events

  • Robert Goolrick: The Fall of Princes

    St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

    In this spellbinding new novel from the acclaimed author of A Reliable Wife, 1980s Manhattan shimmers as money, power, and invincibility seduce a group of young Wall Street turks. Together they reach the pinnacle, achieving the kind of wealth that grants them access to anything—and anyone. Until, one by one, they fall. With the literary chops of Bonfire of the Vanities and the dizzying decadence of The Wolf of Wall Street, The Fall of Princes takes readers into a world of hedonistic highs and devastating lows, weaving a visceral tale about these young men, winners all…until someone changes the rules.

    For more information, please contact the St. Louis County Library at 314-994-3300.

    Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 7:00pm
  • John Joseph Ryan: A Bullet Apiece

    Left Bank Books

    Ed Darvis, a St. Louis private eye, is pegged as a man who “likes justice too much.” Maybe that’s why business is slow. Turns out not everyone in post-World War II St. Louis is looking for justice. Revenge, deceit, and a little profit-taking on the side are all too often the modus operandi of cops and criminals alike. But when a beautiful woman walks into his bland storefront agency on the seedy side of town and asks him to help find her kidnapped daughter, Darvis’ life heats up.

    Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

    Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 7:00pm
  • R.L. Stine And Marc Brown: Little Shop of Monsters

    St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

    Are you are afraid of monsters? Welcome to the Little Shop of Monsters! Do you want a SNEEZER? A TICKLER? Or one of the CREEPIEST monsters of all? Come on in and choose your favorite, if you dare. Renowned children's book creators Marc Brown and R.L. Stine join forces for the very first time—in Stine's picture book debut—with a tale that is monstrously good fun. R.L Stine is the creator of the sensationally popular Goosebump series. Marc Brown is the author of the bestselling Arthur Adventure books and creative producer of the #1 children's PBS television series Arthur.

    For more information, please contact the St. Louis County Library at 314-994-3300.

    Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:00pm
  • Poetry + The Politics of Joy

    Pulitzer Arts Foundation

    Organized with ongoing collaborator fort gondo compound for the arts, this special event brings together poets Cole Swensen, Aaron Kunin, and Ronaldo Wilson, who will read works that address the “politics of joy” in response to the artistic processes and experimentation of Calder, Tuttle, and Sandback. Cole Lu, assistant director of fort gondo, will lead an interactive zine-making activity, and Left Bank Books, St. Louis’ premier independent bookstore, will be on-site selling books by featured poets.

    This program is part of Press Play, a five-month program series at Pulitzer Arts Foundation that invigorates the experience of Tadao Ando's architecture and the works of Alexander Calder, Richard Tuttle, and Fred Sandback through sound, activating every nook, corner, and expanse of space.
     
    Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 6:00pm
  • Reed Farrell Coleman: Robert B. Parker's The Devil Wins

    St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

    In the wake of a huge storm, three bodies are discovered in the rubble of an abandoned factory in an industrial part of Paradise, including the skeletal remains of two teenage girls who had gone missing during a Fourth of July celebration 25 years earlier. The dead girls were close friends of Police Chief Jesse Stone's right hand, Officer Molly Crane, and things become even more complicated when one of the dead girls' mothers returns to Paradise to bury her daughter and is promptly murdered.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 7:00pm
  • Jeff Smith: Mr. Smith Goes to Prison

    Left Bank Books

    In 2009, Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith pleaded guilty to a charge related to seemingly minor campaign malfeasance and earned himself a year and a day in Kentucky's FCI Manchester. Smith saw the power of millions of inmates harnessed as a source of renewable energy for America's prison-industrial complex, building better criminals instead of better citizens. In Mr. Smith Goes to Prison, he exposes the shortcomings of a race-based cycle of poverty and crime that sets inmates up to fail.

    Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 7:00pm
  • Launch Party for Antony John: Imposter

    Left Bank Books

    Join us for the Launch Party for Imposter, the new novel by the Central West End's own Antony John! Refreshments will be served.

    Seth Crane has hit rock bottom. His mom recently died, his dad is out of work, and he just lost out on a commercial. So when a producer offers him the lead role in an Indie film with major Hollywood buzz, it seems like the answer to all Seth's problems. But things suddenly start popping up in the tabloids—things no one else could know—and the line between the film and reality starts to blur. Seth has to decide just how far he's willing to go for fame, money, and to protect the people he loves.

    Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 7:00pm
  • Jonathan Franzen: Purity

    Ethical Society of St. Louis

    Left Bank Books presents celebrated author Jonathan Franzen, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Purity

    Ticket Information: $31 admits one and includes one copy of Purity. $36 admits two, includes one copy of Purity, and $5 will be rebatable towards the purchase of a second copy of Purity at the event.
     
    Signing Guidelines

    - Jonathan WILL be personalizing books.

    - NO photography will be allowed

    - Guests with more than three backlist titles will be required to return to the end of the signing line.

    Young Pip Tyler knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with student debt, and that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life. An encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world - including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins.



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    Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 7:00pm
  • Sammy Hagar: Are We Having Any Fun Yet?

    Left Bank Books

    Left Bank Books presents superstar rocker Sammy Hagar, who will sign copies of his new book, Are We Having Any Fun Yet?: The Cooking & Partying Handbook

    Ticket information: $33 admits up to two people to the signing line, and includes one copy of Are We Having Any Fun Yet? 

    Signing Guidelines

    - This event is a BOOKSIGNING ONLY.

    - Proof of purchase of Are We Having Any Fun Yet? from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

    - There is NO posed photography; candid photos taken from the signing line are allowed.

    - Sammy will NOT be personalizing books.

    - Sammy will ONLY be signing copies of Are We Having Any Fun Yet? No other books or memorabilia will be allowed.

    - Sammy will be happy to sign up to three copies of Are We Having Any Fun Yet?, purchased from Left Bank Books, per guest while time allows. Customers wishing to have more than three books signed may re-enter the line.

    Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

    For more than 20 years, Sammy Hagar has been a culinary fixture through his iconic Cabo Wabo Tequila and Sammy's Beach Bar Rum brands and legendary restaurants. But he has never shared the recipes or the stories behind his unique, self-made culinary journey. In Are We Having Any Fun Yet?, Sammy brings you into the kitchen, behind the bar, and into the center of the party like never before, spilling his secrets from a lifetime of rock and roll entertaining and making kick ass food and drinks.



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    Friday, September 18, 2015 - 4:00pm
  • River Styx: Michael Castro and Eugene B. Redmond

    Tavern of Fine Arts

    Michael Castro is the St. Louis Poet Laureate. He has published six book of poems, essays and translations and has appeared in in more than 100 magazines and numerous anthologies. In 1975 Castro co-founded the literary organization River Styx and pioneered the poetry radio shows River Styx Poets Radio Show, the Ars Poetica Show, and Poetry Beat. In 2000 he was presented with The Guardian Angel of St. Louis Poetry Award by River Styx and The Warrior Poet Award in 2005 by Word In Motion.

    Eugene B. Redmond is the Poet Laureate of East St. Louis, Emeritus Professor of English, Founding Editor of Drumvoices Revue, and former Chairman of the Creative Writing Committee at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. His groundbreaking Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry, A Critical History established the credentials of African-American writers within the academic world. Redmond has published seven volumes of poetry, and has won an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, an Outstanding Faculty Research Award, and a Pushcart Prize.

    Monday, September 21, 2015 - 7:30pm

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