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Whitney Cummings: I’m Fine…and Other Lies

Tuesday, October 17, 8pm
The Pageant

Get the best of Whitney Cummings – the stories she’ll share on stage, and the ones she normally won’t – during her I’m Fine… and Other Lies Book Tour this fall. Expect plentiful oversharing and laughs as Whitney dissects the adventures and struggles recounted in her upcoming book, I’m Fine… and Other Lies. Nothing’s off limits as Whitney tackles codependence, addiction, workaholism, dating narcissists and a host of other mortifying situations with her signature edge and irresistible charm.

Your ticket includes a Meet & Greet with Whitney, a copy of I’m Fine… and Other Lies, and access to the show. Tickets available at

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 8:00pm

Gabrielle Union: We're Going To Need More Wine

Saturday, October 28, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Gabrielle Union, We're Going to Need More Wine, Left Bank BooksGabrielle Union’s Real Life Book Club Tour

In We’re Going to Need More Wine, Gabrielle Union presents a powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman. Genuine, perceptive, and often humorous, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Ticket packages:

Individual Ticket–$31, Admits ONE and includes one copy of We're Going to Need More Wine

Package Ticket–$38, Admits TWO and includes one copy of We're Going to Need More Wine

Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters.

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

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

Observable Readings: Pamela Garvey & JR Tappenden

Monday, October 2, 7:30pm
Dressel's Public House

Pamela Garvey’s poetry, fiction and book reviews have appeared in Esquire, Missouri Review, Margie, Spoon River Poetry Review, The North American Review and many other journals. Honors include being a semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/The Nation prize. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Things Impossible to Swallow (2River Press, 2013), and Fear (Finishing Line Press, 2008), a finalist for the New Women’s Voices Competition and a fulllength collection of poems, Seven Miles Deep (Five Oaks Press, 2017). Garvey is professor of English at St. Louis Community College and co-founder of Words on Purpose, a committee of socially concerned writers who organize a benefit literary reading series.

JR Tappenden is the founding editor of Architrave Press. She earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Missouri – St. Louis where she also served as the university’s first Poet Laureate. Her poems have appeared in The Baltimore Review, Flyway, Compose, and elsewhere. She is poetry editor for december magazine, an organizer of both the St. Louis Small Press Expo and UMSL’s Natural Bridge Debut Writers Series as well as an all-out-fool for gears, lead type, and thick paper. She was a visiting writer at Wells College in October 2016 to coincide with the release of her chapbook, Independent City (2017), from Wells College Press.

Suggested $5.00 donation at the door.

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 7:30pm

Caroline Fraser: Prairie Fires

Tuesday, November 28, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes author and editor Caroline Fraser, who will sign and discuss her new book, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder!

Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true story of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series—masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books and uncovering the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life.

"It is its marriage of biography and history—the latter providing such a rich context for the life—that is one of the great strengths of this indispensable book, an unforgettable American story." —Booklist, starred review

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Prairie Fires 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, November 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

Christian Robinson: When's My Birthday?

Sunday, October 8, 11:30am
Left Bank Books

Christian Robinson, When's My Birthday?, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books welcomes award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson, who will sign and read from his new children's book, When's My Birthday?

when's my birthday?
where's my birthday?
how many days until my birthday?

When's My Birthday? is a boisterous celebration of everything that is wonderful about birthdays by acclaimed author Fogliano and illustrated by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honoree Robinson. In this enthusiastic celebration of all things BIRTHDAY, Fogliano and Robinson bring you the perfect birthday book! Join our excited narrator as she lists all the things that will make her birthday the BEST birthday.

"There might be a more perfect picture book about birthdays out there, but you'd be hard-pressed to find it." —Booklist, starred review


This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of When's My Birthday? 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, October 8, 2017 - 11:30am

John and Hank Green: Turtles All the Way Down

This event is SOLD OUT.

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Friday, October 20, 7pm
Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade College Prep

Left Bank Books welcomes #1 bestselling author John Green and special guest Hank Green on tour in support of John's new novel, Turtles All the Way Down. 

In this multimedia event, the brothers will talk about John's latest book, answer audience questions, perform live music, and more. All tickets include an autographed copy of Turtles All the Way Down.

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but theres a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Picketts son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Azas story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

Ticket Information:

– A $22 ticket admits one person and includes one pre-signed copy of Turtles All the Way Down.

Event Guidelines:

– All copies of Turtles All the Way Down will come pre-signed. There will be no public signing at this event.
– Limit four tickets per person. Ticket purchaser must be present with valid ID to receive their will call tickets at event.
– All seating is general admission.
– Those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of Turtles All the Way Down or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event.

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

Observable Readings: David Clewell and Sally Van Doren

Monday, September 11, 7:30pm
Left Bank Books

David Clewell has published a dozen books of poetry — most recently, Almost Nothing to Be Scared Of (Four Lakes Poetry Prize). His work has appeared regularly in a wide variety of magazines, including Harper’s, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, Ontario Review, New Letters, andYankee. His poetry is represented in five-dozen anthologies. He’s been the recipient of the Pollak Poetry Prize (for Now We’re Getting Somewhere) and the Lavan Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His Blessings in Disguise was a winner in the National Poetry Series. He directs the Creative Writing program and coordinates the attendant Visiting Writer Series, which he started in 1986. He was the Poet Laureate of Missouri from 2010-2012.

Sally Van Doren was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a graduate of Phillips Academy and Princeton University and received an MFA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Van Doren was awarded the 2007 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets for her first collection of poems, Sex at Noon Taxes (LSU Press, 2008). She is also the author of Possessive(LSU Press, 2012). She was a semi-finalist in the 2006 “Discovery”/The Nation Poetry Contest. Her poem, “The Sense Series,” was the text for a multimedia performance at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Van Doren has taught creative writing in the St. Louis Public Schools and curates the Sunday Poetry Workshops for the St. Louis Poetry Center. She divides her time between St. Louis and Cornwall, Connecticut.

Suggested $5.00 donation at the door.

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 7:30pm

Juli Berwald: Spineless

Tuesday, November 21, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome science writer Juli Berwald, who will sign and discuss her new book, Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone!

Juli Berwald’s journey into the world of jellyfish is a personal one. Over a decade ago she left the sea and her scientific career behind to raise a family in landlocked Austin, Texas. Increasingly dire headlines drew her back to jellies, as unprecedented jellyfish blooms toppled ecosystems and collapsed the world’s most productive fisheries. Berwald’s desire to understand jellyfish takes her on a scientific odyssey. Gracefully blending personal memoir with crystal-clear distillations of science, Spineless reveals that jellyfish are a bellwether for the damage we’re inflicting on the climate and the oceans and a call to realize our collective responsibility for the planet we share.

“Spineless is as mesmerizing, surprising, and beautiful as the jellyfish itself. Every page contains some astonishing treasure." —Sy Montgomery, The Soul of the Octopus

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Spineless 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, November 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

Dr. Chezare Warren: Urban Preparation

Wednesday, November 15, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes urban educator Dr. Chezare Warren, who will sign and discuss his new book, Urban Preparation: Young Black Men Moving from Chicago's South Side to Success in Higher Education!

Chezare A. Warren chronicles the transition of a cohort of young Black males from Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men to their early experiences in higher education. A rich and closely observed account of a mission-driven school and its students, Urban Preparation makes a significant contribution to our understanding of how young males of color can best be served in schools throughout the United States today. A founding teacher at Urban Prep, Warren offers a rich portrait of the school and a detailed exploration of what this single-sex public high school on the South Side of Chicago has managed to accomplish amid profoundly challenging circumstances.

"Warren shares the experiences of aspirational young men at the intersections of racial profiling and social unrest with rich counterstories of persistence, accomplishment, and triumph over adversity.''
—Eboni M. Zamani-GallaherUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Urban Preparation 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, November 15, 2017 - 7:00pm

Leonard Slatkin: Leading Tones

Thursday, October 5, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Leonard Slatkin, Leading Tones, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books welcomes former director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Leonard Slatkin, who will sign and discuss his new book, Leading Tones: Reflections on Music, Musicians, and the Music Industry, with Adam Crane, SLSO Senior Vice President of External Affairs & Strategic Initiatives!

Leading Tones is a glimpse into several aspects of the musical world. There are portions devoted to Leonard Slatkin’s life as a musician and conductor, portraits of some of the outstanding artists with whom he has worked, as well as anecdotes and stories both personal and professional. Much of the book discusses elements of the industry that are troubling and difficult during this first part of the 21st century. Auditions, critics, fiscal concerns, and labor negotiations are all matters that today’s conductors must be aware of, and this book provides helpful suggested solutions. Leading Tones is intended not only for musicians, but also for the music lover who wishes to know more about what goes into being a conductor.


Adam Crane is Senior Vice President of External Affairs & Strategic Initiatives for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as the Co-Host/Commentator for the live Saturday night broadcasts of the SLSO concerts on St. Louis Public Radio – 90.7 KWMU. In addition to Crane’s work with the SLSO, he is the Co-Founder and a member of the Board of Directors of Street Symphony, a Los Angeles based non-profit that engages deeply underserved communities through free musical performances, workshops and dialogue.



This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Leading Tones 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, October 5, 2017 - 7:00pm


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