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Gregg Hurwitz – Hellbent

Monday, February 5, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Evan Smoak—government assassin gone rogue—returns in the latest in Hurwitz’s #1 bestselling Orphan X series. Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man dedicated to helping the truly desperate. But this time, the person in need is Jack Johns, the man who raised and trained him. Secret forces are trying to scrub the remaining traces of the Orphan Program. With little time remaining, Jack gives Evan his last assignment: find and protect his last protégé and recruit for the program.

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


Monday, February 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

Brad Taylor – Operator Down

Thursday, January 11, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Former Delta Force Officer and New York Times bestselling author Brad Taylor delivers his twelfth heart-pounding thriller starring elite counter-terrorism Taskforce leader Pike Logan. In Operator Down, Logan's search for a Mossad agent and ally puts him on a collision course with a ruthless military coup in Africa. Untangling a web of corruption that extends through both the American and Israeli intelligence community, Pike is forced to choose between his Israeli friends and his Taskforce mission, even as the execution of the coup begins to form.

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




Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

Robert Crais – The Wanted

Monday, January 8, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike take on the deadliest case of their lives, in the new masterpiece of suspense from the #1 bestselling author Robert Crais. When single-mother Devon Connor hires Cole, it's because she fears her troubled son is dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two other partners in crime, he's been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of the teenagers is murdered and Devon’s son becomes the target of a ruthless team of hired killers.

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




Monday, January 8, 2018 - 7:00pm

Peter Hayes: Why?: Explaining the Holocaust

Thursday, December 14, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Peter Hays, Why?: Explaining the Holocaust, Left Bank Books, St. Louis County LibraryDespite the outpouring of books, movies, and memorials devoted to the Holocaust, a coherent explanation of why such ghastly carnage erupted from the heart of civilized Europe still seems elusive more than seventy years later. While responding to the questions he has been most frequently asked by students over the decades, world-renowned Holocaust historian and professor Peter Hayes brings a wealth of scholarly research and experience to bear on conventional, popular views of the history. “Why?” is an authoritative, groundbreaking exploration of the origins of one of the most tragic events in human history.

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



Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 7:00pm

100 Boots Poetry Series: Jennifer Nelson and Solmaz Sharif

Friday, December 1, 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 second event of the season features readings by poets Jennifer Nelson and Solmaz Sharif.

Jennifer Nelson is the author of Civilization Makes Me Lonely, chosen by Anne Boyer for the 2016 Sawtooth Prize (Ahsahta Press, 2017). She is also author of Aim at the Centaur Stealing Your Wife (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015). Nelson is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif holds degrees from New York University and U.C. Berkeley where she studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. Her debut collection LOOK was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 PEN Open Book Award (Graywolf Press, 2016). Sharif has published poetry in the New Republic and Poetry, and has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Sharif is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.

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Friday, December 1, 2017 - 7:00pm

Mark Epstein – Advice Not Given

Wednesday, January 24, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch

Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome renowned psychiatrist and author Mark Epstein, who will sign and discuss his new book, Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself!

Our ego, and its accompanying sense of nagging self-doubt as we work to be bigger, better, smarter, and more in control, is one affliction we all share. And, while our ego claims to have our best interests at heart, in its never-ending pursuit of attention and power, it sabotages the very goals it sets to achieve. In Advice Not Given, Dr. Mark Epstein reveals how Buddhism and Western psychotherapy, two traditions that developed in entirely different times and places, both identify the ego as the limiting factor in our well-being, and both come to the same conclusion: When we give the ego free reign, we suffer; but when it learns to let go, we are free.

“The wisdom [Epstein] imparts in Advice Not Given is an act of generosity and compassion. The book is a tonic for the ailments of our time.”
—Ann Patchett, Commonwealth

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Advice Not Given from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.





Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

Ann Leckie: Provenance

Thursday, December 7, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome St. Louisan and award-winning science fiction author Ann Leckie, who will sign and discuss her new novel, Provenance!

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good. Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, returns with an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege and birthright.

"There are few who write science fiction like Ann Leckie can. There are few who ever could." —John Scalzi


This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Provenance 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.





Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

Natural Bridge Presents: Alexander Weinstein

Friday, October 27, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Alexander Weinstein, Natural Bridge, Left Bank BooksAlexander Weinstein will be reading at Left Bank Books in the Central West End on Oct 27 at 7:00 pm. Alexander is the Director of The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and the author of the short story collection Children of the New World (Picador 2016) which was chosen as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, NPR, Google, Electric Literature, and was featured by Entertainment Weekly as a Must-Read Book of 2016. His reading will be followed by an open mic session. Space limited.

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Elisabeth Rosenthal: An American Sickness

Thursday, November 16, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Elisabeth Rosenthal, An American Sickness, Left Bank BooksAt a moment of political upheaval, An American Sickness is a shocking investigation into our dysfunctional healthcare system. Breaking down this monolithic healthcare business, Rosenthal exposes the recent evolution of American medicine as never before. This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate the maze that is American healthcare and demand far-reaching reform.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series

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




Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

Flo Groberg: 8 Seconds of Courage

Tuesday, November 21, 7pm
Community Room at UMSL at Grand Center

Flo Groberg, 8 Seconds of Courage, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books and St. Louis on the Air welcome retired US Army Captain Flo Groberg, who will sign and discuss his new book, 8 Seconds of Courage: A Soldier’s Story from Immigrant to the Medal of Honor, with Don Marsh!

On November 12, 2015, Captain Florent “Flo” Groberg was given the nation’s highest military award, the Congressional Medal of Honor—the first immigrant to be so recognized since the Vietnam War. 8 Seconds of Courage tells Flo's story from his childhood in France to his decision to enlist to the grueling training he underwent at US Army Ranger School. Through trial and error, he learned to be a field commander and on the front lines in Afghanistan formed close and lasting bonds with his fellow soldiers. It was this powerful sense of responsibility that compelled him to take his brave action to save lives, even at the risk of his own, and dedicate his time to veterans outreach today.

“Flo’s incredible tale of bravery and service is also a stark reminder that for many of our warriors, coming home is not the end of the fight . . . Truly an inspiration.” —Jon Stewart

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 8 Seconds of Courage from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 7:00pm


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