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Robin Marty & Jessica Mason - Crow After Roe

Robin Marty & Jessica Mason

Left Bank Books - Downtown 

Robin Marty and Jessica Mason Pieklo present a comprehensive look as the state of reproductive rights today in The Crow After Roe. Reproductive choice – be it terminating a pregnancy, preventing one in the first place, or even simple preventative health care – is now being limited to only those who can afford it, and the most vulnerable of women are paying the price.

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 7:00pm

Anchee Min - The Cooked Seed

Anchee Min

St. Louis Central Library 

Anchee Min's new work, The Cooked Seed, continues where her acclaimed memoir Red Azalea ended. Leaving China, she comes to America to find her way, her voice, and her love. An immigrant story that takes her from the shocking deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land of America, it is her struggle throughout toward genuine selfhood that elevates this dramatic, classic immigrant story to something powerfully universal.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 7:00pm

Children's Book Week: Antony John & Heather Brewer - Elemental & The Slayer Chronicles

Antony John & Heather BrewerYoung Adult fantasy authors Antony John and Heather Brewer will speak about their beloved books. Antony John's Elemental tells the tale of 16-year-old Thomas, the first and only child born without an element in a colony of the United States where everyone is born with powers of the elements: water, wind, earth, and fire. Heather Brewer is the author of The Slayer Chronicles, companion books to The Chronicles of Vladamir Tod. Joss McMillian is a member of Slayer Society, a group whose mission is to rid the world of vampires. The summer after Joss failed to kill the vampire Vladimir Tod, he gets a second chance to prove himself as a Slayer.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 7:00pm

Josh Hanagarne - The World's Strongest Librarian

Josh Hanagarne

St. Charles City-County Library 

An inspiring story of how a Mormon kid found salvation in books and weight-lifting. Josh Hanagarne's memoir, The World's Strongest Librarian, tells the story of the former U.S. Air Force tech sargeant's struggle with Tourette's. Determined to conquer his affliction, he underwent everything from quack remedies to lethargy-inducing drug regimes to finally find relief through strength training.

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 7:00pm

Suspense Night Featuring Megan Abbott, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Michael Koryta, Ace Atkins, and Reed Farrell Coleman

St. Louis County Library 

Join us for an evening with five outstanding mystery and suspense writers who will each read from recent work and discuss their craft. This event brings together top writers from across the country, including Michael Koryta (The Prophet), Ace Atkins (Wonderland), Reed Farrel Coleman (Onion Street), Megan Abbott (Dare Me), and Hank Phillippi Ryan (The Other Woman).

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 7:00pm

Mark Teague - The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf

Mark Teague

St. Louis County Library 

Celebrated children's author Mark Teague returns with The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf, a zany retelling of the beloved children's tale. Three pigs spend their money on different things: potato chips, sody-pop, and building supplies. When the hungry wolf gets to the third pig's brick house, everyone comes together and the fun begins. Bring the whole family for this reading and book signing!

Monday, May 6, 2013 - 7:00pm

Rami Shamir & m. craig

Rami Shamir & m. craig

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

Rami Shamir and m. craig join us from Brooklyn to discuss their new works of literary fiction from the small press, Underground Editions. According to Barney Rosset--founder of Grove Press and legendary publisher of Henry Miller, William S. Burroughs, and Samuel Beckett--"Train to Pokipse is a Catcher in the Rye for the new century, and Rami Shamir is an authentic literary voice for a new lost generation." m. craig likes to make ordinary things magical and shows the magic in ordinary with her first book, The Narrows.

Monday, April 1, 2013 - 7:00pm

Lit at the Library: Kevin Killeen & Jean Ellen Whatley

Kevin Killeen & Jean Ellen Whatley

The Future Helen Matthes Library 

Join Left Bank Books, Blank Slate Press, and the Helen Matthes Library for a special Lit at the Library event. Enjoy readings from two authors, followed by a Q&A and book signing. A reporter with KMOX Radio since 1995, Kevin Killeen has confused listeners for the past ten years with is regular morning feature, A Whole 'nother Story. In Never Hug a Nun, Killeen's comic novel, he takes us back to his youth when he spent long summer days on the train tracks or hanging out at the Velvet Freeze and wishing he were a teenager. Jean Ellen Whatley is an Emmy Award-winning journalist cum author and has been a guest columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, among many other publications. In her memoir, Off the Leash, Jean and her dog Libby set out from St. Louis and drive nearly 9,000 miles across America to revive her life. The authors' books will be for sale at the event courtesy of Left Bank Books. Attendees are also invited to a Lit at the Lake reception with the authors following the event.

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 5:00pm

Poetry Reading with Jessica Baran and Jennifer Kronovet

Jessica Baran & Jennifer KronovetJoin us for a poetry reading! Jessica Baran, the art writer for the Riverfront Times, and Jennifer Kronovet are the co-creators of the fort gondo poetry series in St. Louis. Baran's poems in her new collection, Equivalents, were described by Mary Jo Bang as "evidence of a mind that emits thought the way a quick-spinning, millisecond pulsar emits radio waves--with devastating precision… They are distinctive, inventive, intrepid, and discerning." Kronovet's collection, Awayward, was described by National Book Award-winning poet Jean Valentine as "surprising and compelling and beautiful, so intelligent and felt."
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 7:00pm


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