Author Events

Rickey Smiley: Stand By Your Truth

Thursday, November 9, 4pm-6pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes radio personality Rickey Smiley, who will sign copies of his new book, Stand By Your Truth: And Then Run for Your Life!

Visit a church, comedy club, college campus, or barber shop, and its not easy to find people who aren't familiar with Rickey Smiley and his outrageous morning show radio crew. As the host of the huge nationally syndicated The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, which draws in at least 4 million listeners every day, hes also the star of his hit TV show Rickey Smiley for Real—one of the only reality show series to address life as single dad. But Rickey's always had something more to offer—and its more revealing than anything hes done so far. Stand By Your Truth is part memoir, part testimonial, and part life guide—mixing Rickey's down-home humor with values learned from three generations of elders, the Baptist church, and some of the most celebrated mentors in entertainment.

"I've known Rickey over twenty years, but I never knew anything about him till I read this book." 
—Marlon Wayans

Ticket Information:

– $29 admits ONE person to the signing line and includes ONE hardcover copy of Stand By Your Truth

Signing Guidelines:

– This event is a BOOKSIGNING ONLY. Rickey will not be speaking publicly at this event. 
– Rickey will sign all copies of Stand By Your Truth purchased from Left Bank Books. 
– Rickey will not be personalizing books at this event. 
– Those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of Stand By Your Truth or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 4:00pm

Natural Bridge Presents: Alexander Weinstein

Friday, October 27, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Alexander Weinstein, Natural Bridge, Left Bank BooksAlexander Weinstein will be reading at Left Bank Books in the Central West End on Oct 27 at 7:00 pm. Alexander is the Director of The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and the author of the short story collection Children of the New World (Picador 2016) which was chosen as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, NPR, Google, Electric Literature, and was featured by Entertainment Weekly as a Must-Read Book of 2016. His reading will be followed by an open mic session. Space limited.

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Elisabeth Rosenthal: An American Sickness

Thursday, November 16, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Elisabeth Rosenthal, An American Sickness, Left Bank BooksAt a moment of political upheaval, An American Sickness is a shocking investigation into our dysfunctional healthcare system. Breaking down this monolithic healthcare business, Rosenthal exposes the recent evolution of American medicine as never before. This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate the maze that is American healthcare and demand far-reaching reform.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series

This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.




Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

Flo Groberg: 8 Seconds of Courage

Tuesday, November 21, 7pm
Community Room at UMSL at Grand Center

Flo Groberg, 8 Seconds of Courage, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books and St. Louis on the Air welcome retired US Army Captain Flo Groberg, who will sign and discuss his new book, 8 Seconds of Courage: A Soldier’s Story from Immigrant to the Medal of Honor, with Don Marsh!

On November 12, 2015, Captain Florent “Flo” Groberg was given the nation’s highest military award, the Congressional Medal of Honor—the first immigrant to be so recognized since the Vietnam War. 8 Seconds of Courage tells Flo's story from his childhood in France to his decision to enlist to the grueling training he underwent at US Army Ranger School. Through trial and error, he learned to be a field commander and on the front lines in Afghanistan formed close and lasting bonds with his fellow soldiers. It was this powerful sense of responsibility that compelled him to take his brave action to save lives, even at the risk of his own, and dedicate his time to veterans outreach today.

“Flo’s incredible tale of bravery and service is also a stark reminder that for many of our warriors, coming home is not the end of the fight . . . Truly an inspiration.” —Jon Stewart

Don Marsh has extensive and broad media experience, with a career beginning in 1959. Starting as a managing editor for a small magazine in New Jersey, he went on to become anchorman/political specialist reporter/producer at KTVI-TV in St. Louis; and a talk show host for KMOX radio; an anchorman for KDNL-TV. He began as host of St. Louis Public Radio’s St. Louis on the Air in September 2005. His many professional awards include 12 Regional Emmy Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Don was inducted into the STL Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2015, he was named STL Media Person of the Year and also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of 8 Seconds of Courage from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

River Styx: Joe Aguilar & Michael Nye

Monday, April 16, 7:30pm
Contemporary Art Museum

River Styx, Joe Aguilar, Michael Nye, Left Bank BooksJoe Aguilar is the author of Half Out Where, winner of the 2013 Caketrain manuscript competition. His work appears in The Threepenny Review, Tin House, Okey-Panky, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He is currently writing a collaborative novel about hyper-intelligent dogs.

Michael Nye is the author of the story collection Strategies Against Extinction (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2012) and the novel All the Castles Burned, forthcoming from Turner Publishing in February 2018. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in American Literary Review, Boulevard, Cincinnati Review, Kenyon Review, and New South, among others.

Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit


Monday, April 16, 2018 - 7:30pm

River Styx: Mary Troy & Mary Jo Bang

Monday, March 19, 7:30pm
Contemporary Art Museum

River Styx, Mary Troy, Mary Jo Bang, Left Bank BooksMary Troy is the author of six books of fiction, most recently the novels Swimming on Hwy N (Moon City Press, 2016) and Beauties (BkMk 2010), winner of the USA Book Award. Her short story collection Cookie Lily (SMU Press, 2004) won the Devil’s Kitchen Award for best book of prose published in 2004. Troy teaches at University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Mary Jo Bang is the author of eight books of poems, most recently The Last Two Seconds (Graywolf, 2015) and Elegy (Graywolf, 2009), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her most recent collection is A Doll for Throwing (Graywolf, 2018). She has received a Hodder Fellowship, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit


Monday, March 19, 2018 - 7:30pm

River Styx: Sherwin Bitsui & Scott Phillips

Monday, February 19, 7:30pm
Contemporary Art Museum

Sherwin Bitsui is a Diné from the Navajo reservation in White Cone, Arizona, and the author of Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press, 2009) and Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press, 2003). He received a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Witter Bynner Foundation grant, and a Whiting Writers’ Award.

Scott Phillips is the author of nine crime-novels. His work has been translated into German and French. His debut novel, The Ice Harvest (Ballantine, 2000), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won the California Book Award, a Silver Medal for Best First Fiction, and was a finalist for the Edgar Awards, the Hammett Prize and the Anthony Award. It is a major motion picture from Focus Features. Phillips now resides in St. Louis with his wife and daughter.

Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit


Monday, February 19, 2018 - 7:30pm

River Styx: Chen Chen & Jessica Baran

Monday, January 15, 7:30pm
Contemporary Art Museum

Chen Chen is the author of the poetry collection When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2017), winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. A Kundiman and Lamda Literary Fellow, Chen is pursuing a PhD in English and creative writing at Texas Tech University.

Jessica Baran’s third poetry collection Common Sense was published by Lost Roads Press in March 2017. She previously served as the director of the St. Louis community arts forum Fort Gondo. She co-curates the poetry series 100 Boots at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Her writings have appeared in Pool Poetry, The Awl, and Poetry Society of America. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit


Monday, January 15, 2018 - 7:30pm

River Styx: Kea Wilson & Adrian Matejka

Monday, November 20, 7:30pm
Contemporary Art Museum

Kea Wilson is the author of the novel We Eat Our Own (Scribner, 2016.) She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis and works for Strong Towns, which helps America’s towns become financially resilient.

Adrian Matejka is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Map to the Stars (Penguin, 2017) and The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), winner of the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize. He teaches at Indiana University.

Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit




Monday, November 20, 2017 - 7:30pm

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo & Jorge Enrique Lage: Cuba In Splinters

Sunday, November 5, 4pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes editor Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo and contributor Jorge Enrique Lage, who will read from and discuss their new collection, Cuba in Splinters: Eleven Stories from the New Cuba!

Think Cuba, you're likely to think bearded revolutionaries in fatigues. Salsa. Sugar cane. Rock 'n' roll, zombies, drugs—anomie and angst—do not generally figure in our mental images of a country that's assumed an outsized place in the American imagination. But fresh from the tropics, in Cuba in Splinters—a sparkling package of stories we're assured are fictional—that's exactly what you'll find. Eleven writers largely unknown outside Cuba depict a world that veers from a hyperreal Havana in decay, against a backdrop of oblivious drug-toting German tourists, to a fantasy land—or is it?—where vigilant Cubans bar the door to zombies masquerading as health inspectors. Sex and knife-fights, stutterers and addicts, losers and lost literary classics: welcome to a raw and genuine island universe closed to casual visitors. 

Attendees will also get to enjoy Cuban music and samples of Cuban food at this event!

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Cuba in Splinters from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

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

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 4:00pm