Author Events

Janet Evanovich: Dangerous Minds

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

#1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich presents a new thriller starring the perfectly mismatched crime-fighting duo of Emerson Knight and Riley Moon.

Ticket packages:

Individual Ticket–$31. Admits ONE and includes one copy of “Dangerous Minds” OR

Package Ticket–$38. Admits TWO and includes one copy of “Dangerous Minds.”

Tickets go on sale May 15 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. (No refunds.)

The presentation will be followed by a book signing. Additional copies of all of Janet Evanovich’s books will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

Victoria Bruce with Jim Kennedy: Sellout

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Award-winning journalist Victoria Bruce shares the story of one citizen’s fight to preserve a US stake in the future of clean energy. When Jim Kennedy bought a bankrupt rare earth mine, he was dismayed to discover China owned the entire global supply and manufacturing chain. Jim made a plan to restore technology companies’ ability to manufacture rare earth dependent technologies in the United States and develop safe, clean nuclear energy.

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

 

 

 

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

Ken Ilgunas: Trespassing Across America

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

It started as a far-fetched idea—to hike the entire length of the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline. But in the months that followed, it grew into an irresistible adventure. A reflection on climate change and a tribute to the Great Plains, Ilgunas’ travel memoir grapples with a difficult question about our place in the world: What is our personal responsibility as stewards of the land?

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

 

 

 

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 7:00pm

2017 Suspense Night

St. Louis County Library - HQ

One of the library’s most popular annual events, Suspense Night brings together popular mystery writers from across the country for an evening of readings and a panel discussion on the craft of suspense writing. The event features Blake Crouch, Hilary Davidson, Peter Blauner with a special guest appearance by Maureen Corrigan, NPR Book Critic and Mystery Genre Expert.

Master of ceremonies–Reed Farrel Coleman.

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

 

 

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 7:00pm

Jeff Shaara: The Frozen Hours

St. Louis County Library -  Headquarters

Jeff Shaara, The Frozen HoursThe master of military historical fiction turns his discerning eye to the Korean War in this riveting new novel, which tells the dramatic story of one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Written with the propulsive force Shaara brings to all his novels of combat and courage, The Frozen Hours transports us to the critical moment in the history of America’s “Forgotten War,” when the fate of the Korean peninsula lay in the hands of a brave band of brothers battling both the elements and a determined, implacable foe.

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

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

 

 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Yaa Gyasi: Homegoing

St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle First Book Prize, Ghana-born novelist Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing begins with the story of two half-sisters: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, “Homegoing” traces the generations of family as their destinies lead them through two continents and 300 years of history.

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

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

Garrett Graff: Raven Rock

Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes renowned journalist and historian Garrett Graff, who will sign and discuss his new book, Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself—While the Rest of Us Die!

Since the beginning of the Cold War, the U.S. government has been secretly planning for what would come after a nuclear attack on America. From hidden bunkers where generals and politicians would be evacuated to secret lists of “dangerous enemies” who would be arrested in the opening moments of war, Raven Rock provides the eye-opening truth about the multibillion-dollar Continuity of Government program. From the dawn of the nuclear era through the War on Terror, the COG determines the activities and processes that would allow the government to continue its essential operations following a nuclear attack—and even what totems of American culture should be saved.

“Graff has given us a colorful and frightening account of the American government’s plans for doomsday . . . Read it and be fascinated—and a little scared.” —Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Raven Rock 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, May 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Independent Bookstore Day 2017

Left Bank Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April! Help us celebrate the impact and importance of the community bookstore with an all day party featuring:

 All Day: Limited Edition Merchandise ONLY available at participating independent bookstores (like us) on April 29!

– 11amStorytime with a surprise Celebrity Author, followed by a Make Your Own Little Golden Book activity!

– 12pm: A visit from the St. Louis Small Press Expo featuring Jennifer Tappenden of Architrave Press, Lauren Wiser of WomenArts Quarterly, and more local representatives from St. Louis small presses!

1pmA guided tour of the bookstore by Kris Kleindienst, co-owner of Left Bank Books!

– 2pm: A one hour used book sale! All used books will be Buy One, Get One 50% off between 2 and 3! *excludes dot sale books*

 3pm: View a showcase of rare and collectible books for purchase from the Left Bank Books collection!

4pmJoin Children's and Teen specialist Sarah Holt for a Teen Mixer, and find out how to join the new Teen Book Chat (and get free books every month)!

5pm: The bar is open! For a donation to River City Readers, get a specially made cocktail from A Literary Cocktail Party, one of this year's exclusive IBD items!

7pm: Author Event Power Hour! Local authors Mary Jo BangDenise Bogard, Kea Wilson, and Mark Tiedemann will discuss their newest books!

– 8pm: Join Reader Beware!, our in-store horror reading group, as they meet in a secret spooky location!

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:00am

Joy Passanante: Through a Long Absence

Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes author and native St. Louisan Joy Passanante, who will sign and discuss her new book, Through a Long Absence: Words from My Father’s Wars!

Against the backdrop of World War II, Joy Passanante’s touching new book, Through a Long Absence: Words from My Father’s Wars, is the saga of a wartime medical unit, a passionate long-distance love, the making of a surgeon, and two first-generation American families. Told through her father’s eyes—drawing on hundreds of his letters to his beloved wife, his four-volume wartime diary, and his paintings—Passanante masterfully recreates his wartime journey and physically retraces his steps more than sixty years later in an attempt to understand a time in her parents’ lives that they’d spoken about very little.

“This intimate and epic portrait of a father from a daughter is both an act of love and of memory, lost and miraculously found. It’s absorbing and affecting in every detail." —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Through a Long Absence 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, October 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Reflections on the Legend: Chuck Berry with Wayne Schoeneberg

Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are cordially invited to a special preview event:
Remembering Chuck Berry
5:00 - 7:00 pm Reception and preview of fine and vintage musical instruments
6:00 - 6:30 pm Reflections on the Legend: Chuck Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) the American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. 


Wayne Schoeneberg—Speaker, Author, Coach and storyteller—will reflect on the life and music of rock legend Chuck Berry. Mr. Schoeneberg was a friend and personal legal counsel to Mr. Berry for more than 20 years.

Representatives of Left Bank Books will be in the gallery throughout the evening for guests who would like to purchase books about the life and music of Mr. Berry.

This event is Free and Open to the Public.

This is part of the Selkirk Auction Preview Week.
Join us for the auction as well on Saturday, April 22.
Session I: 10am A Gentleman's Auction
Session II: 4pm Fine & Vintage Musical Instruments

Visit selkirkauctions.com for full catalog approximately 2 weeks prior to the auction.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 5:00pm

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