Author Events

John David Anderson: Posted

Left Bank Books

John David Anderson, PostedLeft Bank Books welcomes bestselling author for young readers John David Anderson, who will sign and discuss his new middle-grade novel, Posted!

When cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School, Frost and his friends come up with a new way to communicate: leaving sticky notes for each other all around the school. It catches on, and soon all the kids in school are leaving notes—though for every kind and friendly one, there is a cutting and cruel one as well. In the middle of this, a new girl named Rose arrives at school and sits at Frost’s lunch table. Rose is not like anyone else at Branton Middle School, and it’s clear that the close circle of friends Frost has made for himself won’t easily hold another. As the sticky-note war escalates, Frost soon realizes that after this year, nothing will ever be the same.

"Anderson dives into the world of middle school with a clear sense of how it works and what it needs. Kids, and the rest of the world, need more books like this one." —Kirkus Reviews

 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Posted 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, May 10, 2017 - 5:00pm

Celebrity Storytime with Ann Ingalls: Fairy Floss: The Sweet Story of Cotton Candy

Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books presents Celebrity Storytime with Missouri children's book author Ann Ingalls, who will read from her new picture book, Fairy Floss: The Sweet Story of Cotton Candy!

The 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, was an exhibition like none other. It had huge buildings for displaying all sorts of inventions and machines, exhibits from all around the world, and vendors selling new foods, including something called Fairy Floss, which we now call cotton candy. In this book, a young girl named Lily and her Aunt Mae are told all about Fairy Floss by John Wharton, one of the inventors. Lily can’t wait to go to the Fair and see how it’s made. While there, she even makes a batch for herself! Readers will get a glimpse of the excitement and innovation of the Fair through the descriptive text and the detailed illustrations in this beautiful historical fiction picture book. 

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

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 10:30am

Brian Freeman: Marathon

Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes international bestselling author Brian Freeman, who will sign and discuss his new suspense novel, Marathon!

Brian Freeman’s heart-pounding new Jonathan Stride thriller, Marathon, draws inspiration from recent events to paint a portrait of crime in an American city that is also a dark reflection of national politics. With echoes of the Boston Marathon bombing, when people’s lives were forever changed at the finish line, this timely and poignant novel addresses some of the defining issues of our time: terrorism, fear of the other, and the raw power of social media to shape the public’s understanding of events.

“A master of psychological suspense.” —Lisa Gardner, Right Behind You

 

 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Marathon 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, May 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

Thomas Shapiro: Toxic Inequality

Left Bank Books

Left Bank books welcomes author and sociologist Thomas Shapiro, who will sign and discuss his new book, Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, & Threatens Our Future!

Since the Great Recession, most Americans’ standard of living has stagnated or declined. Economic inequality is at historic highs, but its impact differs by race; African Americans’ net wealth is just a tenth that of white Americans, and over recent decades, white families have accumulated wealth at three times the rate of black families. In our increasingly diverse nation, sociologist Thomas M. Shapiro argues, wealth disparities must be understood in tandem with racial inequities—a dangerous combination he terms “toxic inequality.” In Toxic Inequality, Shapiro reveals how these forces combine to trap families in place.

“In this lucid and compelling book, Thomas M. Shapiro convincingly argues why we can’t understand wealth and income inequality in America without also understanding racial inequality." —Robert Reich, Saving Capitalism

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Toxic Inequality 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, April 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

William Least Heat-Moon: Celestial Mechanics

St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch

Left Bank Books and the St. Louis Public Library welcome famed Blue Highways author William Least Heat-Moon, who will sign and discuss his debut novel, Celestial Mechanics: A Tale for a Mid-Winter Night!

In Celestial Mechanics, William Least Heat-Moon embarks on an exploration into the value of knowledge and rational thinking, the essence of being harmoniously alive, and the very nature of the Cosmos. In this novel of haunted love, an amateur astronomer, finds himself in a marriage descending toward darkness until the arrival of his sister-in-law and soon thereafter the appearance of a witching neighbor. In ways enigmatic, ghostly, and funny, the three women draw him into the equivocal nature of reality and dreams, the threesome’s influences leading the young astronomer on a journey toward something vastly beyond himself.

"An entrancing journey toward deeper insight into the cosmos, an exploration readers will share and savor with every masterfully crafted sentence." —ALA Booklist

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Celestial Mechanics 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, April 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

Thomas Frank: Listen, Liberal

Christ Church Cathedral

Left Bank Books welcomes bestselling author of What's the Matter with Kansas Thomas Frank, who will sign and discuss his most recent book, Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?

Listen, Liberal is a scathing look at the failures of liberal politics, a book that helps explain the shocking outcome of the 2016 presidential election. It is a widespread belief among liberals that if only Democrats can continue to dominate national elections, if only those awful Republicans are beaten into submission, the country will be on the right course. But this is to fundamentally misunderstand the modern Democratic Party. Drawing on years of research and first-hand reporting, Frank points out that the Democrats have done little to advance traditional liberal goals: expanding opportunity, fighting for social justice, and ensuring that workers get a fair deal.

"An astute dissection of contemporary Democratic politics that demonstrates, cogently and at times acidly, how the party lost the allegiance of blue-collar Americans." —Publishers Weekly

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Listen, Liberal 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, April 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

Patricia Lockwood: Priestdaddy

Left Bank Books

Patricia Lockwood, PriestdaddyLeft Bank Books presents acclaimed poet and author Patricia Lockwood, who will sign and discuss her debut memoir, Priestdaddy!

Fr. Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met—a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates “like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972.” His daughter is an irreverent poet who long ago left the Church’s country. When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents’ rectory, their two worlds collide. In her beautifully written prose debut, Lockwood effortlessly pivots from the raunchy to the sublime, from the comic to the deeply serious, describing how she found her voice as a writer, reflecting on the Church’s recent history of scandal and abuse, and exploring issues of belief, belonging, and personhood.

"Patricia Lockwood's side-splitting Priestdaddy puts the poetry back in memoir...Her verbal verve creates a reading experience of effervescent joy...Priestdaddy is this year's must-read memoir." —Mary Karr, The Liar's Club

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

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 7:00pm

Doreen Cronin: Cyclone

Left Bank Books

Doreen Cronin, CycloneLeft Bank Books welcomes bestselling children's book author Doreen Cronin, who will sign and discuss her debut middle-grade novel, Cyclone!

Riding the Cyclone, the world famous Coney Island rollercoaster, was supposed to be the highlight of Nora’s summer. But right after they disembark, Nora’s cousin Riley falls to the ground…and doesn’t get up. Nora had begged and dragged Riley onto the ride, and no matter what the doctors say, that she had a heart condition, that it could have happened at any time, Nora knows it was her fault. Then, as Riley comes out of her coma, she’s not really Riley at all. Nora, guilt eating her up on the inside worse than a Coney Island hotdog, thinks she knows how to get 100% Riley back. But what Nora doesn’t realize is that the guilt will only get worse as that percentage rises.

 

 

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

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 4:00pm

Peter H. Green: Radio

Left Bank Books

Peter H. Green, RadioLeft Bank Books presents local author Peter H. Green, who will sign and discuss his new biography, Radio: One Woman's Family in War and Pieces!

World War II was a tipping point for social change in America. With their men at war, nineteen million women joined the work force. Radio, the first instantaneous mass medium, provided daytime serial drama, entertainment and news, including pronouncements of world leaders and terrifying war reports, as President Roosevelt used the new medium to rally the nation to arms and win the war. Alice Green's lost and recently found eyewitness accounts of her childhood, her own war, the Golden Years of Radio and the postwar housing shortage are told from the light-hearted viewpoint of a shy, youngest child, who learns she can make even the stormy and outrageous characters in her own family laugh. With a little help from her son, who (just barely) lived to escaped this madhouse to help tell it, her story stands for unsung American women in war and survives as Alice's triumph.

 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Radio 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, April 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

Raymond Arroyo: Will Wilder: The Lost Staff of Wonders

Left Bank Books

Raymond Arroyo, Will Wilder: The Lost Staff of WondersLeft Bank Books presents bestselling author and EWTN News producer Raymond Arroyo, who will sign and discuss his new book, Will Wilder: The Lost Staff of Wonders, with bestselling Kingdom Keepers author Ridley Pearson!

When the storied Staff of Moses—responsible for summoning the plagues of ancient Egypt—vanishes from the museum in Perilous Falls, Will Wilder is suspect number one. Desperate to prove his innocence and stop the thief from unleashing terrors upon the town of Perilous Falls, Will must use his supernatural gift to locate the beast—but it’s nowhere to be found. As the river runs with blood, sharp-toothed frogs surround his home, and clouds of swarming gnats choke the streets, Will must rely on his supernatural ability, everything he learned from his training, and help from his friends, siblings, and Great-Aunt Lucille to find the missing staff and unmask the hidden evil before time runs out for all of them.

"Open the cover, fasten your seat belt, and get ready for a rip-roaring ride!” —Ridley Pearson, Disney at Last

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Will Wilder: The Lost Staff of Wonders 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.

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

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