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River Styx: Joe Aguilar & Michael Nye

Monday, April 16, 7:30pm
Contemporary Art Museum

River Styx, Joe Aguilar, Michael Nye, Left Bank BooksJoe Aguilar is the author of Half Out Where, winner of the 2013 Caketrain manuscript competition. His work appears in The Threepenny Review, Tin House, Okey-Panky, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He is currently writing a collaborative novel about hyper-intelligent dogs.

Michael Nye is the author of the story collection Strategies Against Extinction (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2012) and the novel All the Castles Burned, forthcoming from Turner Publishing in February 2018. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in American Literary Review, Boulevard, Cincinnati Review, Kenyon Review, and New South, among others.

 

Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit riverstyx.org.

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 7:30pm

River Styx: Mary Troy & Mary Jo Bang

Monday, March 19, 7:30pm
Contemporary Art Museum

River Styx, Mary Troy, Mary Jo Bang, Left Bank BooksMary Troy is the author of six books of fiction, most recently the novels Swimming on Hwy N (Moon City Press, 2016) and Beauties (BkMk 2010), winner of the USA Book Award. Her short story collection Cookie Lily (SMU Press, 2004) won the Devil’s Kitchen Award for best book of prose published in 2004. Troy teaches at University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Mary Jo Bang is the author of eight books of poems, most recently The Last Two Seconds (Graywolf, 2015) and Elegy (Graywolf, 2009), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her most recent collection is A Doll for Throwing (Graywolf, 2018). She has received a Hodder Fellowship, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

 

Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit riverstyx.org.

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 7:30pm

River Styx: Sherwin Bitsui & Scott Phillips

Monday, February 19, 7:30pm
Contemporary Art Museum

Sherwin Bitsui is a Diné from the Navajo reservation in White Cone, Arizona, and the author of Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press, 2009) and Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press, 2003). He received a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Witter Bynner Foundation grant, and a Whiting Writers’ Award.

Scott Phillips is the author of nine crime-novels. His work has been translated into German and French. His debut novel, The Ice Harvest (Ballantine, 2000), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won the California Book Award, a Silver Medal for Best First Fiction, and was a finalist for the Edgar Awards, the Hammett Prize and the Anthony Award. It is a major motion picture from Focus Features. Phillips now resides in St. Louis with his wife and daughter.

 

Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit riverstyx.org.

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 7:30pm

River Styx: Chen Chen, Jessica Baran & Jacqui Germain

Monday, January 15, 7:30pm
Contemporary Art Museum

Chen Chen is the author of the poetry collection When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2017), winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. A Kundiman and Lamda Literary Fellow, Chen is pursuing a PhD in English and creative writing at Texas Tech University.

Jessica Baran’s third poetry collection Common Sense was published by Lost Roads Press in March 2017. She previously served as the director of the St. Louis community arts forum Fort Gondo. She co-curates the poetry series 100 Boots at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Her writings have appeared in Pool Poetry, The Awl, and Poetry Society of America. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Jacqui Germain is a poet, freelance writer, and an Arts and Culture contributor with ALIVE Magazine based in St. Louis, MO. She is a Callaloo Fellow, Emerging Poets Incubator Fellow, and author of When the Ghosts Come Ashore, published in 2016 through Button Poetry. She's been featured in Huffington Post, St. Louis Public Radio, and Ploughshares Journal's Activist-Poet Spotlight Series, and has poems published in multiple journals, in addition to Sundress Publication's 2015 Best of the Net Anthology and "Crossing the Divide," an anthology of St. Louis poets, published in 2016 by Vagabond Books. Her writing often involves an excavation of history and memory, attempting to challenge linear assumptions of time, progress, power and experience through an intimate lens.

Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit riverstyx.org.

 

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 7:30pm

River Styx: Kea Wilson & Adrian Matejka

Monday, November 20, 7:30pm
Contemporary Art Museum

Kea Wilson is the author of the novel We Eat Our Own (Scribner, 2016.) She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis and works for Strong Towns, which helps America’s towns become financially resilient.

Adrian Matejka is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Map to the Stars (Penguin, 2017) and The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), winner of the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize. He teaches at Indiana University.

Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit riverstyx.org.

 

 

 

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 7:30pm

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo & Jorge Enrique Lage: Cuba In Splinters

Sunday, November 5, 4pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes editor Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo and contributor Jorge Enrique Lage, who will read from and discuss their new collection, Cuba in Splinters: Eleven Stories from the New Cuba!

Think Cuba, you're likely to think bearded revolutionaries in fatigues. Salsa. Sugar cane. Rock 'n' roll, zombies, drugs—anomie and angst—do not generally figure in our mental images of a country that's assumed an outsized place in the American imagination. But fresh from the tropics, in Cuba in Splinters—a sparkling package of stories we're assured are fictional—that's exactly what you'll find. Eleven writers largely unknown outside Cuba depict a world that veers from a hyperreal Havana in decay, against a backdrop of oblivious drug-toting German tourists, to a fantasy land—or is it?—where vigilant Cubans bar the door to zombies masquerading as health inspectors. Sex and knife-fights, stutterers and addicts, losers and lost literary classics: welcome to a raw and genuine island universe closed to casual visitors. 

Attendees will also get to enjoy Cuban music and samples of Cuban food at this event!

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Cuba in Splinters 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.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 4:00pm

Stacks of Wax and Paperbacks: An Evening of Rock and Readings

Monday, October 23, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books and Vintage Vinyl present Stacks of Wax and Paperbacks: An Evening of Rock and Readings celebrating independent record labels and small press authors!

Featuring NY Tyrant author Scott McClanahan, who will read from his novel The Sarah Book, and Third Man Books poets erica lewis and Ciona Rouse, who will read from their collections mary wants to be a superwoman and Vantablack. In addition to the readings, we'll be spinning cuts from the latest Fat Possum and Third Man Records releases, with Vintage Vinyl on site to sell the newest albums by Courtney Marie Andrews, Pokey LaFarge, Bash & Pop, and Margot Price. Refreshments and adult party beverages will be provided. You don't want to miss an evening of heartbreakingly gorgeous fiction, pop punk poetics, and addictive tunes. Come with open hearts and full wallets, leave with stacks of wax and paperbacks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of either The Sarah Bookmary wants to be a superwoman or Vantablack 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, October 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Coach Gary Pinkel: The 100-Yard Journey

Monday, November 13, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes former University of Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel, who will sign and discuss his new book, The 100-Yard Journey: A Life in Coaching and Battling for the Win!

Gary Pinkel is one of the most successful coaches in college football history. With the incredible honor of being the winningest head coach for two different programs, as well as SEC Coach of the Year in 2014, there’s no disputing his ability to coach his teams to the top. But as is so often the case, his success did not exist freely of controversy or challenges. In The 100-Yard Journey, Pinkel recounts the course of his storied career without shying away from the challenges, professional and personal, that he faced along the way. Pinkel shares impressive stories from his early life and his playing days to his wildly successful coaching career and his retirement.

Coach Pinkel will not sign memorabilia at this event. Proof of purchase of The 100-Yard Journey 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, November 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Keisha Mabry: Hey Friend

Thursday, November 9, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes TED talk speaker, UMSL alum, and Friendworking expert Keisha Mabry, who will sign and discuss her new book, Hey Friend: 100 Ways to Connect with 100 People in 100 Days!

In a world plagued by no new friends, counting friends on one hand, transactional networking and where talking via tech is preferred over in-person chats—friendship is more important now than ever. BUT, the art and science of making friends is dying AND Keisha wants to revive it. Hey Friend: 100 Ways to Connect with 100 People in 100 Days is a mission-driven book or better yet—a movement. A movement to get people to stop networking and to start #friendworking. A movement to make the world friendly again or at the very least friendlier than it’s ever been. A movement to change the world one connection at a time with hundreds of people in 100 days in 100 ways.

“The workshop we had with Keisha was one of the most invaluable hours we’ve spent in conversation in quite awhile; Keisha is excellent at what she does, she’s very informative, she’s fun and engaging, and her energy is wonderful! She’s a true inspiration.” —Maryville University

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

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

River Styx: Maggie Smith and Bisa Adero

Monday, October 16, 7:30pm
Contemporary Art Museum

River Styx Reading series continues with its 43rd season, tonight welcoming Maggie Smith and the 2017 St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate. Join us on October 16th at 7:30 at the Contemporary Art Museum. Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors.

Maggie Smith is the author of the poetry collections Good Bones (Tupelo Press, 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015), winner of the Dorset Prize and the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry; Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council, among others.

Bisa Adero is the 2016 Youth Poet Laureate of St. Louis and the 2017 Grand Slam champion. She began writing poetry when she was younger to have another way to express herself in addition to stories. As she grew older, her passion for writing poetry intensified and becoming her primary way of expressing her truth. Her poems are inspired by her everyday experiences, spiritual lifestyle, personal struggles, the community, the state of the country, and even the world. She's also inspired by other poets, particularly those whose performances are featured on YouTube such as Crystal Valentine, Ashley August, Safia Ehhillo, Alyesha Wise, and iCON to name a few.

Bisa is currently a freshman at Harris Stowe State University and is a member of the 2018 St. Louis Poetry Slam team. Her forthcoming collection of poems will be released Fall of 2017 entitled, NO CHILL: Poems Challenging the Status Quo published by UrbArts.

This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit riverstyx.org.

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 7:30pm

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