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Aaron Layton: Dear White Christian

Wednesday, September 13, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes diversity educator Aaron Layton, who will sign and discuss his book, Dear White Christian: What Every White Christian Needs to Know About How Black Christians See, Think, & Experience Racism in America, with We Live Here hosts Kameel Stanley & Tim Lloyd!

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. That response propelled Aaron to action to deepen the understanding of his white friends, with the hope that greater understanding would result in a greater unity believers possess in Christ. The lessons he learned are the foundation of this book. Dear White Christian is designed for any white Christian who seeks practical tools for beginning or continuing conversations with black brothers and sisters in Christ.

“This book will help you embrace the challenge to recognize the season we are in and steward it well.”
—Thurman L. Williams, Grace and Peace Fellowship Church, St. Louis

Kameel Stanley is a reporter with St. Louis Public Radio. She is also one of the producers of theWe Live Here podcast, covering race, class, power, and poverty in the St. Louis Region. Before moving to St. Louis in summer 2015, Kameel worked for several years as a public safety and city hall beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Times in Florida. In between investigating racial disparities in policing and reporting on racial tensions in city government, she also wrote for Deal Divas, the newspaper's fashion blog. Kameel has roots in the midwest and, like any good Michigander, can point to her hometown using her hand. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She is a pet-mom to a kooky Boston Terrier and loves yoga, shopping and books. 


Tim Lloyd grew up north of Kansas City and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Since joining St. Louis Public Radio in 2012, he has won eight Edward R Murrow Awards in categories that include Writing, Hard News, Continuing Coverage, Use of Sound and Sports Reporting. In 2015 he won the Education Writers Association's national award for best beat reporter, broadcast. In 2010 he received the national Debakey Journalism Award and in 2009 he won a Missouri Press Association award for Best News Feature. Previously, he launched digital reporting efforts for Harvest Public Media, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting funded collaboration between Midwestern NPR member stations that focuses on agriculture and food issues. His stories have aired on a variety of stations and shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, ​Marketplace, Only A Game and Here and Now.  

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Dear White Christian 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, September 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Steve Schafer: The Border

Wednesday, October 18, 7:30pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes debut author Steve Schafer, who will sign and discuss his young adult novel, The Border!

On a summer night in northern Mexico, four teens—Pato, Arbo, Marcos, and Gladys—have just snuck away from a quinceañera celebration when a gang of narcos attacks. After listening to their families being murdered, they narrowly escape, but are left with an awful truth. They've lost more than their loved ones—they've lost everything. And La Frontera, the gang responsible for the massacre, has put out a reward for their capture or death. They cannot stay in Mexico. As the teens flee through the desert, conflicts arise to divide them. But staying together will be their only hope of staying alive…and making it across the border.

“Steve Schafer walks us through the ebbs and flows in the lives of ordinary immigrants, the dramatic moments at the border, the fear, the yearnings, and the hope for a better future. An engrossing narrative."
—Mauro F. Guillén


This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Border 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, October 18, 2017 - 7:30pm

Nick Pistor: Shooting Lincoln

Wednesday, September 27, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books & St. Louis on the Air welcome former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Nick Pistor, who will sign and discuss his book, Shooting Lincoln: The Race to Photograph the Story of the Century, with Don Marsh! This event will be recorded for broadcast on St. Louis on the Air.

Matthew Brady and Alexander Gardner were the new media moguls of their day. Together they brought the Civil War and all of its terrible suffering into Northern living rooms. Newspapers sold out when they ran their photos, and, by the end of the war, they were locked in fierce competition. When the biggest story of the century-Lincoln's assassination-broke, their paparazzi-like race intensified. Whoever could take the most sensational-or ghastly-photo would achieve lasting fame. Shooting Lincoln tells the astonishing behind-the-photograph story of these two media pioneers who raced to "shoot" Lincoln in the days after he died and the assassins on the day they died.

"Pistor's gripping saga carries the reader onto battlefields and alongside the hangman's noose while chronicling the birth of modern photojournalism. A fascinating read." —Scott McGaugh, Surgeon in Blue

Don Marsh has extensive and broad media experience, with a career beginning in 1959. Starting as a managing editor for a small magazine in New Jersey, he went on to become anchorman/political specialist reporter/producer at KTVI-TV in St. Louis; and a talk show host for KMOX radio; an anchorman for KDNL-TV. He began as host of St. Louis Public Radio’s St. Louis on the Air in September 2005. His many professional awards include 12 Regional Emmy Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Don was inducted into the STL Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2015, he was named STL Media Person of the Year and also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Shooting Lincoln 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, September 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Scott Kelly: Endurance

Tickets will be available at the door!

Tuesday, November 7, 7pm
St. Louis University High School Performance Arts Center

Left Bank Books retired astronaut Scott Kelly, who will discuss his new book, Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery, with James S. McDonnell Professor of Space Sciences Ramanath Cowsik!

The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, astronaut Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have: How does it feel to be launched in a rocket? What happens to your body in zero gravity? What do you do when you get a toothache 250 miles above the Earth? Kelly discusses this and more in Endurance, which recounts his year aboard the ISS as well as his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and what sparked his astounding career, changing his trajectory from an unfocused, below-average student to a record-setting astronaut. Learn about his life on and off this planet, and what it will take to make the journey to Mars. As Kelly says—a lesson he's learned firsthand—"if we can dream it, we can do it."

"[Endurance] is replete with humor, thrills, surreal details, and recurring moments of ordinary humanity that turn Kelly's tale into a loving tribute to the pioneering individuals who risk all to shepherd man's exploration of the vast beyond." —Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

Ticket Information:

– A $35 ticket admits ONE and include ONE pre-signed copy of Endurance.
– A $40 ticket admits TWO and includes ONE pre-signed copy of Endurance and a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event.

Tickets available below. Please note: All copies of Endurance will come pre-signed. Scott will not be signing books at this event. Those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of Endurance or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event.

Ramanath Cowsik is the James S. McDonnell Professor of Space Sciences and Director, McDonnell Center of the Space Sciences at Washington University.  Cowsik’s scientific contributions span over several decades and are in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology and non-accelerator particle physics; these are recorded in over 200 research papers.  His paper describing the role of neutrinos and other weakly interacting particles in cosmology as dark matter, thence deriving strict bounds on their masses, was chosen by the American Physical Society in its heritage collection of 1000 seminal papers. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy, National Academy of Sciences and TWAS-The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tom Batiuk: Lisa's Legacy Trilogy

Tuesday, October 24, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes Funky Winkerbean cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize nominee Tom Batiuk, who will sign and discuss the Lisa's Legacy Trilogy, which includes Prelude: Lisa's Story BeginsLisa's Story: The Other Shoe, and The Last Leaf: Lisa's Story Concludes

Timed to the 10th anniversary of Lisa’s Story, in which Lisa battles and ultimately succumbs to breast cancer, Tom Batiuk expands Lisa’s universe with two new titles: Prelude and The Last Leaf. 

Prelude, a prequel to The Other Shoe, brings together a collection of early Funky Winkerbean comic strips depicting the beginning of Lisa and Les’s relationship. First introduced in 1984, Lisa became a pivotal character in Les’s story, as well as becoming a central figure in her own arc that has resonated with readers for decades. Prelude follows Les as he begins dating and then breaks up with Lisa, before realizing how much he misses her—only to discover she is pregnant with someone else’s child.

In The Last Leaf, the sequel to The Other Shoe, Batiuk depicts the fallout of Lisa’s death as her husband Les and their daughter mourn and try to find a way to move forward. Lisa returns to the strip in Les’s imagination as he works through his grief and struggles to make decisions regarding their family’s life.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of at least one of the books in Lisa's Legacy Trilogy 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 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

Jo Ann Kargus: Cardinals Splendor Drink & Draw

Tuesday, September 5, 7pm
Llywelyn's Pub CWE

Cardinals Splendor, Left Bank Books, Jo Ann KargusHappy Hour Specials, baseball on the flatscreen, and crayons for all sports fans! Join Jo Ann Kargus for the third in her series of St. Louis-themed coloring books for grown folks, Cardinals Splendor! Color in your favorite baseball scenes as we watch the away game and drain some pints.

Cardinals Splendor features beautifully rendered images of beloved players, events and places of the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball team. Drawing by hand to produce intricate line drawings, St. Louis artist Jo Ann Kargus (a lifetime Cardinal baseball fan) takes us through the celebrated history of the team. Enjoy World Series victories, celebrated players, and iconic images dear to every Cardinal fan. Encounter places and people we all know and love—from Sportsmans Park to the famous “Go Crazy Folks” Ozzie Smith—in this delightful, illustrated tour of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

David Collins: Accidental Activists

Monday, September 18, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes author David Collins, who will sign and discuss his new book, Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas, with Post-Dispatch reporter Doug Moore!

In early 2013 same-sex marriage was legal in only ten states and the District of Columbia. That year the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor appeared to open the door to marriage equality. In Texas, Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, together for sixteen years and deeply in love, wondered why no one had stepped across the threshold to challenge their state's 2005 constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. Accidental Activists is the deeply moving story of two men who struggled to achieve the dignity of which Justice Anthony Kennedy spoke in a series of Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage that recognized the essential humanity of gay and lesbian people.

“This is the best book on the hugely important topic of gay marriage that I have encountered."
—George Hodgman, Bettyville

Doug Moore has been a reporter with the Post-Dispatch since 2000. His current beat is diversity and demographics, which includes covering issues involving race, gay rights, refugee resettlement and immigration reform. He was the recipient of the 2010 Terry Hughes Award, given annually by the St. Louis Newspaper Guild to a reporter who champions the underdog and brings attention to populations that would not otherwise have a voice. He has also won writing awards from the Missouri Press Association (2015), the Missouri Associated Press Media Editors (2015), the Missouri Press Foundation (2014), and has twive been a finalist for a Great Plains Journalism Award (2017).



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

Dan Jones: The Templars

Tuesday, September 26, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Dan Jones, The Templars, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books welcomes bestselling author and historical consultant Dan Jones, who will sign and discuss his new book, The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors!

Jerusalem 1119. A small group of knights seeking a purpose in the violent aftermath of the First Crusade decides to set up a new order. These are the first Knights of Templar, a band of elite warriors prepared to give their lives to protect Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land. Their legend has inspired fervent speculation ever since. But who were they really and what actually happened? In this groundbreaking narrative history, the bestselling author of The Plantagenets tells the true story of the Templars for the first time in a generation, drawing on extensive original sources to build a gripping account of these Christian holy warriors whose heroism and depravity have so often been shrouded in myth.

“With engaging liveliness and not even a penknife to grind, Jones chronicles the Templars’ actual record of great military achievement, fiduciary responsibility, exceptional faithfulness, and lasting  cultural significance.” —Booklist 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Templars 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, September 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

River Styx: Morgan Parker & Aliki Barnstone

Monday, September 18, 7:30pm
Contemporary Art Museum

Aliki Barnstone, Morgan Parker, River Styx, Left Bank BooksRiver Styx’s beloved reading series opens its 43rd season with Aliki Barnstone and Morgan Parker on September 18th at 7:30 p.m. at the Contemporary Art Museum, located at 3750 Washington Boulevard. Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors. 

Aliki Barnstone, the current Missouri Poet Laureate, is author of eight books of poetry, most recently, Dwelling (Sheep Meadow, 2016) and Bright Body (White Pine, 2011). She is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Missouri.

Morgan Parker is the author of  poetry collections There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House Books, 2017) and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books, 2015), which was selected for the 2013 Gatewood Prize and as a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber Award. In 2017, she received a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship.


This event is presented by River Styx. To find out more about River Styx at CAM, visit

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 7:30pm

100 Boots Poetry Series: Wendy Xu & Rickey Laurentiis

Friday, September 22, 7pm
Pulitzer Arts Foundation

100 Boots, Wendy Xu, Rickey Laurentiis, Left Bank BooksIn the second season of the 100 Boots Poetry Series, co-organized by poet, curator, and former director of fort gondo, Jessica Baran, and St. Louis-based poet and educator, Ted Mathys, the Pulitzer continues its collaboration which presents readings by a range of emerging, mid-career, and established poets from St. Louis and across the United States. This season will open with poets Wendy Xu and Rickey Laurentiis.

Born in China, poet Wendy Xu was raised in New York and Iowa. She attended the University of Iowa, where she earned a BA, and she completed graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Xu’s collection You Are Not Dead (2013) was profiled as one of the year’s best debuts by Poets & Writers Magazine; her second collection of poetry is Phrasis (2017). She is also the author of the chapbooks I Was Not Even Born (2013, coauthored with Nick Sturm) and The Hero Poems (2011). Her poetry was featured in The Best American Poetry 2013, and selected for a Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry by D.A. Powell.

Rickey Laurentiis is the author of Boy with Thorn, selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (University of Pittsburgh Press). He is recipient of a 2014 fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, a 2013 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship.

This event is presented by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. For more information, please visit

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 7:00pm


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