Author Events

Steve Hamilton: Exit Strategy

St. Louis County Library HQ

Left Bank Books and the St. Louis County Library present bestselling author Steve Hamiton, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Exit Strategy: A Nick Mason Novel!

Nick Mason has been given a true mission impossible: Infiltrate WITSEC, the top secret federal witness protection program that has never been compromised, locate the three men who put his boss Darius Cole behind bars for life, and kill them. But first he has to find them, and the clock is ticking. It’s a brutal test of Mason’s will to survive, and this time there are no limits to how far Mason will go to fulfill the contract he’s been given—because the consequences of failure are not only his life, but the lives of his ex-wife and daughter, the two people he’ll do anything to protect.

“Steve Hamilton amazes me. Every time I think he’s going to zig he zags. As original as any writer I’ve ever read, Hamilton once again reinvents himself and the genre with another wonderful character and story.”
—Michael Connelly

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

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

Melissa Scholes-Young: Flood

Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books presents Hannibal, Missoui author Melissa Scholes-Young, who will sign and discuss her debut novel, Flood!

Laura Brooks fled her hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, ten years ago after a historic flood and personal heartbreak. Now she's returned unannounced, and her family and friends don't know what to make of it. She says she's just home for a brief visit and her high-school reunion, but she's carrying too much luggage for that: literal and metaphorical. Soon Laura is embroiled in small-town affairs—the contentious divorce of her rowdy best friend Rose; the campaign of her twelve-year-old godson, Bobby, to become the town's official Tom Sawyer; and the renewed interest of the man Laura once thought she'd marry, Sammy McGuire.

"Melissa Scholes-Young is immensely talented. Her eye is clear and her powers are on high. I read Flood with admiration and growing excitement. I so strongly recommend her." —Luis Alberto Urrea, Into the Beautiful North

 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Flood 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.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Augusten Burroughs: Lust & Wonder

St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch

Left Bank Books and the St. Louis Public Library welcome bestselling author Augusten Burroughs, who will sign and discuss his memoir, Lust & Wonder!

Picking up where Dry left off, Augusten Burroughs, with his signature wit, candor, and unique observations, chronicles the development and demise of three major relationships: Mitch, a famous author Augusten dates fresh out of rehab; Dennis, his life and business partner of ten years; and Christopher, his literary agent and now husband. Along the way, he describes the jubilation of selling his first novel, experimenting with Adderall, and nearly going bankrupt buying precious stones on the internet. Burroughs shows us his heart in Lust & Wonder, and examines what it means to be in love, what it means to be in lust, and what it means to be figuring it all out.

"In an era of tedious oversharing, the memoirist who wrote two of the genre’s defining titles reminds us yet again why he is an unstoppable force.” —Booklist, starred review

 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Lust & Wonder 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.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Sara Flannery Murphy: The Possessions

Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes author and Washington University alum Sara Flannery Murphy, who will sign and discuss her debut novel, The Possessions!

The Possessions is an arresting literary debut from Sara Flannery Murphy—a wholly original blend of mystery, psychological suspense, and otherworldly speculation that is both a chilling love story and a meditation on grief and memory. Set in an unnamed urban landscape, the electrifying narrative centers on a young woman who channels the dead for a living. But when she crosses the line of anonymity and becomes obsessed with one of her clients and his dead wife, the carefully balanced house of cards she has constructed for her own life begins to collapse.

"A gripping, chilling read that’s part love story, part mystery, and completely original, it’s sensuous, scary, and utterly thrilling. I’ve never read anything quite like it.” —Anton DiSclafani, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Possessions 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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 7:00pm

Traci Brimhall: Sophia & the Boy Who Fell

Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes poet and children's book author Traci Brimhall, who will sign and discuss her new illustrated book, Sophia & the Boy Who Fell!

Sophia lives in the Amazon and loves to climb trees, but she is very lonely. The Boy Who Fell is a ghost who has waited many years for a friend, too. An accident helps them find each other and through their friendship, they help teach each other the ways they see the world, its facts and its wonders. From the names of clouds and stones to the animals in the rainforest, Sophia and The Boy learn and grow by understanding their differences. Though conflicts arise, they learn to resolve them and overcome their fears. This story of a girl and a ghost teaches its readers that friendships that help us change and grow last forever.

 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Sophia & the Boy Who Fell 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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

F. Willis Johnson: Holding Up Your Corner

Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes author and Ferguson Wellspring Church pastor F. Willis Johnson, who will sign and discuss his new book, Holding Up Your Corner: Talking About Race in Your Community!

Holding Up Your Corner equips pastors and community leaders to respond with confidence when crises occur, lower their inhibitions about addressing topics, and reclaim their authority as prophetic witnesses and leaders in order to transform their communities. This book provides practical, foundational guidance, showing leaders how to live their calling to address injustice, and how to lead others to do the same. Holding Up Your Corner prompts readers to observe, identify and name the complex causes of violence in the community, including racial prejudice, entrenched poverty and exploitation, segregation, the loss of education and employment, and the ravages of addiction.

"Holding Up Your Corner is a passionate, fast-paced, wonderfully practical book. F. Willis Johnson has a gift for Christian communication." —Will Willimon, retired UM Bishop

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Holding Up Your Corner 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.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

Chelsea Clinton: It's Your World

Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes Chelsea Clinton, who will sign copies of her book It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!

In a book that tackles the biggest challenges facing us today, Chelsea Clinton combines facts, charts, photographs and stories to give readers a deep understanding of the world around them, and how anyone can make a difference. With stories about children and teens who have made real changes big and small—in their families, their communities, in our country and across the world—this book will inspire readers of all ages to do their part to make our world a better place. With suggestions and ideas for action, Chelsea shows readers that the world belongs to every single one of us, and every one of us counts. You can make a difference. You can make a change. It's your world.

"Clinton hits it out of the park as a guide to becoming a globally aware citizen and a more empowered young woman." —New York Post 
 

Ticket information:

– $11 ticket admits up to a family of FOUR (two adults maximum) and includes one PAPERBACK copy of It's Your World
– $21 ticket admits up to a family of FOUR (two adults maximum) and includes one HARDCOVER copy of It's Your World.

Tickets available below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of It's Your World or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. 

Signing Guidelines:

– This event is a BOOKSIGNING ONLY.
– You must purchase a ticket to enter the signing line. Your place in the signing line is first-come, first-served, and will be determined by when you arrive. 
– Chelsea WILL sign and personalize all copies of It's Your World purchased from Left Bank Books. Additional books will be available for purchase at the event.



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Friday, April 7, 2017 - 5:30pm

Karen White: The Night the Lights Went Out

St. Charles City-County Library, Spencer Road Branch

Left Bank Books and the St. Charles City-County Library welcome bestselling author Karen White, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The Night the Lights Went Out!

From the bestselling author of Flight Patterns comes a stunning new novel about a young single mother who discovers that the nature of friendship is never what it seems. Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It’s a place where reserved old-timers like town matriarch Sugar Prescott coexist uneasily with the wealthy school moms in their tennis whites and shiny SUVs, epitomized by Heather Blackford. Merilee knows that no life is perfect, especially her own. But just how dangerous deceptive appearances can be will shock all three women….

“Another winner by the Queen of Southern fiction.”—The Huffington Post

 

This event is free and open to the public, but please register at youranswerplace.org. Proof of purchase of The Night the Lights Went Out from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

Rick Ankiel: The Phenomenon

Ethical Society of St. Louis

Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome former St. Louis Cardinal Rick Ankiel, who will sign and discuss his memoir, The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch That Changed My Life.

On October 3, 2000, 21-year-old Rick Ankiel took the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game One of the National League division series. All was going well until Ankiel, lauded as the next Bob Gibson, threw a pitch that missed the mitt—wildly. Then he threw another. Then another. Slowly at first, then rapidly, his once-impenetrable psyche crumbled. He would forever look back on that day as the day the unwelcome, inexplicable Phenomenon arrived. In this book, Ankiel tells the story of his battle with an anxiety condition widely known as the Yips, the courageous soul-searching that followed, and his eventual triumph over the demons in his own mind to reenter the game.

“I couldn’t put this book down...it displays the power of the human spirit to overcome the odds.” 
—Mike Matheny, The Matheny Manifesto

Ticket information:

– $30 ticket admits ONE person and includes ONE copy of The Phenomenon.
– $35 ticket admits TWO people, includes ONE copy of The Phenomenon, and $5 will be redeemable towards the purchase of a second copy of The Phenomenon at the event.

Tickets available below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of The Phenomenon or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. 



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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

Jen Sincero: You Are a Badass at Making Money

UMSL at Grand Center, St. Louis Public Radio Community Room

Left Bank Books, Maryville Talks Books, and St. Louis Public Radio "And the Kitchen Sink" Event Series welcome author and motivational speaker Jen Sincero, who will sign and discuss her new book, You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth!

You Are a Badass at Making Money is a step-by-step guide to helping people overcome their blocks, push past their fears, and start making the kind of money theyve never made before. Jen herself went from living in a converted garage to traveling the  world in 5-star luxury in a matter of years, and knows all too well the layers of BS one can get wrapped up in around money, as well as what it takes to dig your way out. Written in the same style as her bestselling book You Are a BadassYou Are a Badass at Making Money combines entertaining essays with life-changing concepts. Jen boils all her wisdom down into manageable, bite-sized tips so her readers can put them into practice and get real results.

“If touchy-feely self-help tomes make you feel...less than inspired, this no-nonsense manifesto to awesomeness might be just what you’re looking for." —Bustle

Ticket information:

– $28 ticket admits ONE person and includes ONE copy of You Are a Badass at Making Money. A cash bar will be available at this event.

Tickets available below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of You Are a Badass at Making Money or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. 



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Monday, April 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

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