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Daniel Smith - Monkey Mind

Dan Smith

Left Bank Books - Downtown 

Daniel Smith's Monkey Mind is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety's demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humon and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal incoherence. Here, finally, comes relief and recognition to all those who want someone to put what they fell, or what their loved ones feel, into words.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 7:00pm

Andy Carroll - Here is Where

Andy Carroll

St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch 

In the spring and summer of 2009, determined to identify the most fascinating forgotten-history sites in America's 50 states, Andy Carroll embarked on an odyssey that would require him to boat, bike, train, helicopter, and kayak into the past. The result is Here is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History, which has been chosen as the 2013 Read St. Louis nonfiction selection.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 7:00pm

Jeanine Cummins - The Crooked Branch

Jeanine Cummins

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

Jeanine Cummins will share from her new book, The Crooked Branch; the story of two mothers and their struggles to parent in difficult times. In the midst of the Irish famine, Ginny Doyle is struggling to feed her children. In present-day New York, Majella and Leo have just become first-time parents. When Majella discovers her ancestor Ginny's diary in the attic, he becomes engrossed in the story of Ginny's life.

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 7:00pm

David Tolin - Face Your Fears

David Tolin

St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch 

Dr. David Tolin will discuss fear and anxiety and tell you what you can do about it. His lecture will include Q&A and he will sign copies of his book, Face You Fears: A Proven Plan to Beat Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, and Obsessions afterwards. Dr. Tolin has been featured on AMC's Hoarders and is the founder and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Senter at The Institute of Living.

Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 1:00pm

Barry Wightman - Pepperland

Barry Wightman

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

Pepperland is a ‘70s rock and roll race through the heartland of America—a love letter to the power of new-fangled computers and the importance of a guitar pick. Barry Wightman is the fiction editor of Hunger Mountain, a literary journal based in Montpelier, Vermont, and plays guitar and keyboards in a rock ‘n’ roll band, The Outta State Plates.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 7:00pm

Steve Coll - Private Empire

Steve Coll

St. Louis County Library 

Now available in paperback, Private Empire is the newest book from Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Steve Coll. Beginning with the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989 and leading to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the action spans the globe and the narrative is driven by larger-than-life characters.

Monday, June 3, 2013 - 7:00pm

The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration

Left Bank Books - Downtown 

The Grannie Annie inspires young people to discover, write, and share stories from their family's history, and to publish collections of their work. Published The Grannie Annie authors and illustrators will share their stories, discuss their art, and sign copies of The Grannie Annie, Vol. 8. More information at

Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 2:00pm

Ridley Pearson - Choke Point

Ridley Pearson

St. Louis County Library 

Ridley Pearson will be reading, answering questions, and signing books at this special pre-publication event for his newest book, Choke Point. When a journalist reveals the existence of an Amsterdam-based sweatshop that employs and enslaves young girls, private security firm Rutherford Risk is hired to find it and shut it down. But with enemies around every corner, combat veteran John Knox can't tell the good from the bad.

Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 7:00pm

Read Between the Wines: A YMCA Fundraiser Event

3500 Winehaus 

The YMCA presents a fun book and wine tasting to benefit YMCA Community Literacy. A sommelier has paired six featured books with wines from around the world. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, available through Y Literacy at 314.776.7102,, or Left Bank Books will have the featured books available for sale at the event and will donate a percentage of sales to Y Literacy.

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 5:30pm


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