Author Events

Tess Gerritsen: I Know a Secret: A Rizzoli and Isles Mystery

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Bestselling suspense author Tess Gerritsen has created one of the most memorable teams in crime fiction—Boston PD Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isles. In their latest edge—of-your seat thriller, Jane and Maura are called to the home of a young indie movie producer, days after her birthday. The crime scene is gruesome production that echoes the terrifying films the victim produces. Is a crazed movie fan reenacting scenes from those disturbing films?

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

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

Jonathan Losos: Improbable Destinies

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Biology professor and director of the Losos Laboratory at Harvard University, Jonathan Losos presents a major new work overturning our assumptions about how evolution works. Losos takes us around the globe to meet the researchers who are solving the deepest mysteries of life through experimental evolutionary science. This compelling narrative offers a new understanding of ourselves and our role in the natural world and the cosmos.

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

 

 

 

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Lynne Cox: Swimming in the Sink: An Episode of the Heart

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Lynne Cox is an elite athlete who broke many world records, among them swimming the English Channel at fifteen and being the first to swim off Antarctica in 32-degree water for twenty-five minutes. Grieving from the sudden loss of her parents and stunned by a diagnosis of a severe heart-condition, Lynne faced the real possibility of living out her life as a heartbroken invalid. In her memoir, Cox shares her transformative journey back toward health and the freedom and transcendence of open waters, and the surprise that she never saw coming: falling in love.

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

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

Terry Tempest Williams: The Hour of Land

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

America’s national parks are breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing. Now Terry Tempest Williams, the author of the environmental classic Refuge and the beloved memoir When Women Were Birds, presents The Hour of Land, a literary celebration of our national parks, an exploration of what they mean to us and what we mean to them. Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of Land is a meditation and a manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.

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

 

 

 

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Don Winslow: The Force

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Based on years of research inside the NYPD, Don Winslow presents the great cop novel of our time; a haunting story of greed and violence that reveals the insurmountable tensions between the police and the diverse citizens they serve. Detective Denny Malone has done whatever it took to serve and protect in a city where no one is clean—including Malone himself. Now he is caught in a trap by the Feds and this heroic but deeply flawed man must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners and protecting his own family.

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

 

 

 

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

Reflections on Race & Justice: A Conversation with Carol Ruth Silver, Harper Barnes, Aaron Layton & Dr. Sandra Weissinger

St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch

Left Bank Books and the St. Louis Public Library present a conversation on race and justice with Carol Ruth Silver, author of Freedom Rider Diary: Smuggled Notes from Parchman Prison; Harper Barnes, author of Never Been A Time: The 1917 Race Riot That Sparked the Civil Rights Movement; and Aaron Layton, author of Dear White Christians; moderated by Dr. Sandra Weissinger, author of Violence Against Black Bodies.

Please note: this event begins at 6pm.

Arrested as a Freedom Rider in June of 1961, Carol Ruth Silver, spent the next forty days in Mississippi jail cells, including the Maximum Security Unit at the infamous Parchman Prison Farm. She chronicled the events and her experiences on hidden scraps of paper which amazingly she was able to smuggle out. These raw written scraps she fashioned into a manuscript, which has waited, unread for more than fifty years. Freedom Rider Diary is that account.

 

Never Been a Time is the dramatic and first popular account of one of the deadliest racial confrontations in the 20th century―in East St. Louis in the summer of 1917―which paved the way for the civil rights movement. Celebrated St. Louis journalist Harper Barnes has written the first full account of this dramatic turning point in American history, decisively placing it in the continuum of racial tensions flowing from Reconstruction and as a catalyst of civil rights action in the decades to come.

 

In the fall of 2014 during the racial and cultural events in Ferguson, MO, Aaron Layton desperately wanted to know what was going on in the minds of his white colleagues, friends, and fellow church members. So, he did what comes naturally to him, but might seem unnatural to many: he asked. Their responses propelled Aaron to action. Dear White Christian is intended to be a winsome examination of difficult issues, a humble attempt at “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15).

 

In Violence Against Black Bodies, Dr. Sandra Weissinger argues that black deaths at the hands of police are just one form of violence that black and brown people face daily in the western world. This book gives readers an opportunity to put the cases together and see that violent deaths in police custody are just one tentacle of the racial order—a hierarchy which is designed to produce trauma and discrimination according to one’s perceived race-ethnicity.

 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

Chavisa Woods: Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country

Left Bank Books

Chavisa Woods, Things To Do When You're Goth in the CountryLeft Bank Books welcomes award-winning author Chavisa Woods, who will sign and discuss her new short story collection, Things To Do When You're Goth in the Country!

The eight stories in this literary collection present a brilliantly surreal and sardonic landscape and language, and offer a periscope into the heart of the rural poor. Among the singular characters, you’ll meet: a “zombie” who secretly resides in a local cemetery; a queer teen goth who is facing ostracism from her small town evangelical church; a woman who leaves New York City once a year to visit her little brothers in the backwoods Midwest, only to discover they’ve been having trouble with some meth dealers and UFOs that trouble the area. Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country paints a vivid image of the bizarre characters that live on the fringes in America’s heartland.

"This book is tight, intelligent, and important, and sure to secure Woods a seat on the pantheon of critical 21st-century voices.” —Booklist, starred review

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Things To Do When You're Goth in the Country 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, June 14, 2017 - 7:00pm

Michael Wallis: The Best Land Under Heaven

Left Bank Books

Michael Wallis, The Best Land Under HeavenLeft Bank Books welcomes bestselling and award-winning author Michael Walls, who will sign and discuss his new book, The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny!

Few incidents in Western history have had such a hold on the American imagination as the story of the doomed Donner Party. Yet, as Michael Wallis argues, it’s a tale that is far more than cautionary—the underlying circumstances are a fascinating case study of the United States in the age of Manifest Destiny. Like his bestselling biographies of Billy the Kid and Davy Crockett, The Best Land Under Heaven taps into Wallis’s deep understanding of the frontier mindset that fueled westward expansion in the mid-nineteenth century, and gives a riveting account of the wrong turns, bad decisions, and reckless behavior that led to tragedy, and sensationalized the world.

"The Donner Party’s struggles and determination continues to fascinate, and Wallis’s comprehensive account of bravery, luck, and failure illuminates the realities of westward expansion.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Best Land Under Heaven 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, June 12, 2017 - 7:00pm

River Styx Literary Feast

LoRusso's on Grand

As cuts to funding for the arts continue at both the federal and state level, it is your generosity that allows River Styx to continue to serve the community. Each year they hold the Literary Feast in an effort to support their programming, including the magazine, the River Styx Reading Series, the Hungry Young Poets Reading Series, the River Styx Writers Workshops, and the Grand Boulevard Workshops. With every dollar from the ticket price and donations, they can sustain these programs and create new ones in the St. Louis community. They hope to expand each year, reaching people all over the United States and across the world.

Tickets are $75, include a meal, and can be purchased at riverstyx.org.

 

 

Reader: Nick Reding was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and received his B.A. in Creative Writing and English Literature from Northwestern University in 1994. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU, where he was a University Fellow from 1995 til 1997. He lived in New York City for 13 years, where he worked as a magazine editor, graduate school professor, and freelance writer. His first book, The Last Cowboys at the End of the World, was published by Crown in 2001. Methland is his second book. He has written for Harper’sFood and WineOutsideFast Company, and Details. He lives with his wife and son in St. Louis, where he is a Visiting Scholar at the Saint Louis University School of Law while working on his third book, Heartland, about what the Midwest will look like in 50 years.

 

MusicBluegrass duo The Dusty Pickers is made up of Nick Whitaker on the fiddle and multi-instrumentalist Andy Novara, best known for his work with traditional bluegrass band River Bend, which has been the featured musicians at The Sheldon Concert Hall, the Jacoby Arts Center, and the Pat Strawhum Memorial Festival, among others.

 

 

 

LocationLoRusso’s on Grand, a beloved St. Louis Italian-dining institution, will serve a three-course meal at our Literary Feast. There will be an open bar, and gluten free options are available. 

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

Paolo Bacigalupi: Tool of War

Left Bank Books

Paolo Bacigalupi, Tool of WarLeft Bank Books welcomes the bestselling and highly-acclaimed young adult author of The Drowned Cities and Ship Breaker Paolo Bacigalupi, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Tool of War!

Tool, a half-man/half-beast designed for combat, is capable of so much more than his creators had ever dreamed. He has gone rogue from his pack of bioengineered "augments" and emerged a victorious leader of a pack of human soldier boys. But he is hunted relentlessly by someone determined to destroy him, who knows an alarming secret: Tool has found the way to resist his genetically ingrained impulses of submission and loyalty toward his masters. The time is coming when Tool will embark on an all-out war against those who have enslaved him. From one of science fiction's undisputed masters comes a riveting page-turner that pulls no punches.

"Suzanne Collins may have put dystopian literature on the YA map . . . but Bacigalupi is one of the genre's masters, employing inventively terrifying details in equally imaginative story lines." —Los Angeles Times

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Tool of War 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, November 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

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