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James Rollins: Demon Crown

Wednesday, December 13, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Bestselling author James Rollins combines historical mystery and scientific exploration in his latest thrilling Sigma Force adventure. A construction project unearths a cache of bones preserved in amber and buried more than a century ago by a cabal of scientists safeguarding a wonder like no other: the very secret of life after death. But this prize is linked to a horror that has remained dormant in the marrow of those bones—and has now been freed again to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting world. From a crystalline lab atop Mount Fuji to a verdant island teeming with the “dark matter of life,” Sigma Force must unlock a deadly mystery that winds back eons.

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



Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Women's History Month Event: Dana Levin & Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Wednesday, March 21, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books presents a event in honor of Women's History Month with poets Dana Levin, author of Banana Palace, and Natalie Scenters-Zapico, author of The Verging Cities

In Banana Palace, Dana Levin offers us poems responding to the deep anxieties of our age. With humor and a laser-sharp eye, Levin looks at the crisis of human appetite via the psychological and the sci-fi. The personal meets the collective: from mutation to social media, eco-collapse to a dream of an “End Time,” the future of the body is what is at stake: bodies corporeal and political, ecological and spiritual.

From undocumented men named Angel, to angels falling from the sky, Natalie Scenters-Zapico’s gripping debut collection, The Verging Cities, is filled with explorations of immigration and marriage, narco-violence and femicide, and angels in the domestic sphere. Deeply rooted along the US-México border in the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, these poems give a brave new voice to the ways in which international politics affect the individual. 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Banana Palace or The Verging Cities will be required to enter the signing line. 

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

Gabriel Fried – The Children Are Reading

Tuesday, February 20, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning poet and University of Missouri professor Gabriel Fried, who will sign and read from his new collection, The Children are Reading!

The Children Are Reading inhabits childhood spaces, physical and imaginative, on either side of the emergence of adult awareness, desires, and anxieties—which isn’t to say desires and anxieties don’t exist on the childhood end of the spectrum. In many ways, those are more emphatic, less mitigated in the poems, unconstrained by the delusions and rationalizations of adulthood. It would be inaccurate to think of adulthood as the place where wisdom pools in these poems, though it’s in adulthood that some of the fears are reconceived and articulated. Fried shows us that there are powers and wisdoms held in childhood that are lost in adulthood, even with its increased autonomy of one sort or another.

“Fried’s sophomore offering marks him as a poet on the rise, an important and individual voice. For all readers of contemporary poetry.“ —Library Journal (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Children are Reading from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Observable Readings: francine j. harris & Simone White

Monday, February 5, 7:30pm
Dressel's Public House

francine j. harris is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She earned a BA in English from Arizona State University and an MFA in Poetry from University of Michigan, where she was awarded a Zell Fellowship. harris spent several years working with grassroots organizing projects for community radio, social justice, and queer performing arts, while facilitating poetry workshops for young people and practicing visual art. She is the author of allegiance (2012), a finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award; and play dead (2016). Her poetry has appeared in many journals, including McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Poetry, Meridian, Indiana Review, Callaloo, and Boston Review. A 2008 Cave Canem fellow, she has also won the 2014 Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest and was awarded a 2015 NEA fellowship. harris has taught creative writing at University of Michigan and Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and she is currently writer in residence at Washington University in St. Louis.

Simone White was born Middletown, Connecticut, and raised in Philadelphia. She earned her BA from Wesleyan University, JD from Harvard Law School, and MFA from the New School. White is the author of the full-length collection House Envy of All the World (2010) and the chapbooks Dolly (2008) and Unrest (2013). Her work has been praised for its innovative complexity, allusive song, and “lyric deconstruction of desire, entitlement, blackness, the domestic, language and diction,” in the words of Anna Moschovakis. White has received fellowships from Cave Canem and was selected as a New American Poet for the Poetry Society of America. She is completing a PhD in English at the CUNY Graduate Center and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Suggested $5.00 donation at the door.

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 7:30pm

100 Boots: Don Mee Choi and Daniel Borzutzky

Friday, Feburary 23, 7pm
Pulitzer Arts Foundation

This series presents readings by a range of emerging, mid-career, and established poets from St. Louis and across the United States. 100 Boots is co-organized by Jessica Baran, poet and Associate Director of Curatorial and Program Development at Barrett Barrera & Projects Plus Gallery; and Ted Mathys, poet and educator at St. Louis University. At each reading, limited-edition broadsides are available for free to audience members, and a selection of the poets’ books are for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books. The third event of the season features readings by poets Don Mee Choi and Daniel Borzutzky.

Don Mee Choi was born in Seoul and came to the U.S. via Hong Kong. She is the author of Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), The Morning News is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), a chapbook, Petite Manifesto (Vagabond, 2014), and a Wave pamphlet, Freely Frayed. She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, and Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. Her most recent translation of Kim Hyesoon, a contemporary South Korean poet, is Poor Love Machine (Action Books, 2016) and Autobiography of Death (New Directions, forthcoming). She is currently co-editing with Joshua Beckman a book of Yi Sang’s poems and prose for Wave Books.

Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry for his collection The Performance of Becoming Human, Daniel Borzutzky is a Chilean-American writer and translator living in Chicago. His other poetry books are In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy, The Book of Interfering Bodies, The Ecstasy of Capitulations, and the chapbook Failure in the Imagination. Lake Michigan is forthcoming from University of Pittsburgh Press in 2018. He has published one collection of fiction, Arbitrary Tales. His books of translation include Song for his Disappeared Love by Raul Zurita and Port Trakl by Jaime Luis Huenun.

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Friday, February 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 25, All Day
Left Bank Books

Shop Small with Left Bank this Small Business Saturday! Support your local indie bookstore and reinvest in your community while shopping for the perfect holiday gifts and getting recommendations from local experts:





Local author Mariah Richardson will read from and sign copies of her new Madeline Delilah AdventureNot a Happy Camper! Left Bank Books will also have Madeline Delilah dolls for sale!




Columbia, MO author Jill Orr will sign copies of the first book in her Riley Ellison mystery series, The Good Byline, and recommend her favorite fiction! You'll also have a chance to win an advanced copy of the second book in the series, The Bad Break!

Jill's Recommendations



Local printmaker & bookmaker Sonja Petermann will lead and Art Project Hour and recommend holiday gifts for the art lover in your life from Taschen, Phaidon, and other art catalogs!

Sonja's Recommendations



The Central West End's own Antony John, author of Imposter, the Elemental series, and Five Flavors of Dumb, will recommend some of his favorite Young Adult books of the year!




Visit our Poetry on Demand Station, where poet Jessica Baran will compose a short poem on the spot for a small donation to a charity of her choice! Jessica will also recommend her favorite collections and sign copies of Common Sense!

Jessica's Recommendations



Author Rebecca Schuman will recommend a selection of her favorite non-fiction books, ranging from memoirs to essays, history, and social issues. She'll also sign copies of her book, Schadenfreude, a Love Story!

Rebecca's Recommendations



Grab a drink while DJ Crim Dolla Cray spins records at a special Happy Hour to benefit the Left Bank Books Foundation's River City Readers program!



Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 10:00am

Luis Alberto Urrea – The House of Broken Angels

Monday, April 9, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea, who will sign and discuss his new novel, The House of Broken Angels!

In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel De La Cruz, known affectionately as Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader. Across one bittersweet weekend in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers celebrate the lives of Big Angel and his mother, recounting the acts that brought them to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home. Teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn, The House of Broken Angels is Luis Alberto Urrea at his best, and it cements his reputation as a storyteller of the first rank.

“It’s difficult to find comparisons to an author as original as Urrea, a kind of literary badass who still believes in love . . . He is a master storyteller with a rock-and-roll heart.” —NPR

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The House of Broken Angels from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 7:00pm

John Heminway – In Full Flight

Monday, February 26, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

John Heminway, In Full Flight, Left Bank BooksPresented by the Medical Arts Series

Dr. Anne Spoerry treated hundreds of thousands of people across rural Kenya over the span of fifty years. A member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, the French-born Spoerry earned herself the cherished nickname, "Mama Daktari"—"Mother Doctor.”. Now, in the first comprehensive account of her life, Dr. Spoerry's revered selflessness gives way to a past marked by rebellion, submission, and personal decisions that earned her another nickname—this one sinister—working as a "doctor" in a Nazi concentration camp. In Full Flight explores the question of whether it is possible to rewrite one's troubled past simply by doing good in the present.

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

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

Tayari Jones – An American Marriage

Tuesday, February 20, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Tayari Jones, An American Marriage, Left Bank BooksAn onstage conversation with bestselling novelist Curtis Sittenfeld

From the acclaimed author of Silver SparrowAn American Marriage is a stirring love story. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream until Roy is sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.

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

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Dr. Jonathan Quick – The End of Epidemics

Thursday, February 8, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Presented by the Medical Arts Series

The 2014 Ebola epidemic in Liberia revealed how unprepared we are for the outbreak of infectious disease. Somewhere in nature, a not-yet-detected killer virus has the potential to wipe out millions of lives. In The End of Epidemics, Harvard Medical School professor and Chair of the Global Health Council Dr. Jonathan Quick examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of AIDS, SARS, and Ebola. Analyzing local and global efforts to contain these diseases, Dr. Quick proposes a new set of actions to end epidemics before they can begin.

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

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 7:00pm


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