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Celebrity Storytime with Mary Wissinger: Science Wide Open

Saturday, September 16, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books presents Celebrity Storytime with St. Louis children's book author Mary Wissinger, featuring an activity and reading from her new Science Wide Open series!

This three-part series, Women in Biology, Women in Chemistry, and Women in Physics tells the stories of the female scientists who blazed a trail of scientific discovery. This inspirational series cultivates curiosity and empowers girls to unleash their inner scientists! Spanning from ancient times to modern day, families can learn alongside these amazing scientists as they make observations, conduct experiments, and feel the triumphs of discoveries that have changed the world. It is illustrated by the incredible Danielle Pioli and recommended for scientists ages 4-8.

 

 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of any of the books in the Science Wide Open series 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.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 10:30am

BookFestSTL: Mary Engelbreit from the Archives Reception

Thursday, September 21, 6pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch

Join Mary Engelbreit for a reception and conversation about “Mary Engelbreit from the Archives,” a monthlong exhibit of rarely seen early work and ephemera from the Left Bank Books collection. A book signing featuring the artist’s newest book, The Bedtime Book, will follow.

Engelbreit’s work will be on display at the St. Louis Public Library — Schlafly Branch from Sept. 5-29; visit the branch’s website for hours of operation.

Book signing priority will be given to books purchased from Left Bank Books. This is an exhibit only; artwork is not for sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT BOOKFEST ST. LOUIS

BookFest St. Louis is a celebration of the literary arts that will bring dozens of local, regional and national authors together for a one-day festival in the Central West End Scene (CWEscene). Festival-goers will be able to enjoy author presentations, panel discussions, book signings and an array of family-friendly activities and programming throughout the day.

Presented Saturday, Sept. 23 by the CWE North Community Improvement District, Left Bank Books and the Left Bank Books Foundation. For more information, visit www.bookfeststl.com.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

Alex Prud'homme: The French Chef in America

Friday, November 17, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper. Now, her great-nephew and My Life in France coauthor vividly recounts the myriad ways in which she profoundly shaped how we eat today. He shows us Child in the aftermath of the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, suddenly finding herself America's first lady of French food. The French Chef in America uncovers Julia Child beyond her "French chef" persona and reveals her second act to have been as groundbreaking and adventurous as her first.

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

 

 

 

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Victoria Sweet: Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing

Thursday, October 26, 7pm
St. Louis County Library

Presented by the Medical Arts Series

Over the years that Victoria Sweet has been a physician, “healthcare” has replaced medicine, “providers” look at their laptops more than at their patients, and costs keep soaring, all in the ruthless pursuit of efficiency. Yet the remedy that economists and policy makers continue to miss is also miraculously simple. Good medicine takes more than amazing technology; it takes time—time to respond to bodies as well as data, time to arrive at the right diagnosis and the right treatment. Dr. Sweet relates unforgettable stories of the teachers, doctors, nurses, and patients through whom she discovered the practice of Slow Medicine, in which she has been a pioneer.

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

 

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

Brit Bennett: The Mothers

Thursday, October 19, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett's mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother's recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor's son. They are young; it's not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance—and the subsequent cover-up—will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. The Mothers asks whether a "what if" can be more powerful than an experience itself.

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

 

 

 

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

Jennifer Egan: Manhattan Beach

Thursday, October 12, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan presents her first historical novel—an exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of American women. Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna becomes the first female diver, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. When she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, she begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life and the reasons he might have vanished.

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

 

 

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:00pm

Sam Lightner, Jr.: Heavy Green

Thursday, October 12, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes author and avid climber Sam Lightner, Jr., who will sign and discuss his new historical novel, Heavy Green: The Collision of Two Unlikely Missions in America's Secret War!

By 1967 the Pentagon could see that stopping the flow of weapons into South Vietnam was the only way the US could win the war. Key to this effort was the aerial bombing of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, but the weather and air defenses of North Vietnam made that task nearly impossible. With the help of the Thai Special Forces and the Laotian hill tribes, the CIA put into place a covert program that could pinpoint each of the bombing raids. This top secret operation would tilt the axis of the war. Meticulously researched and based on information classified until 1988, Heavy Green is a historical novel that tells the true story of this secret operation and the daring raid that was designed to bring it down.

"Heavy Green is one of the best researched and most entertaining books of historical fiction I have read on this aspect of the 'secret war' in Laos." —Carl A. Wattenberg, Jr, former Army Intelligence Officer

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of pruchase of Heavy Green 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 12, 2017 - 7:00pm

Sally Mott Freeman: The Jersey Brothers

Thursday, September 14, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes author Sally Mott Freeman, who will sign and discuss her new book, The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family's Quest to Bring Him Home!

A World War II saga like no other, The Jersey Brothers follows two brothers—both Navy men—who embark on a complex rescue mission to save their youngest brother after he finds himself a POW in the Pacific. Based on ten years of research drawn from archives around the world, interviews with fellow shipmates and POWs, and primary sources including diaries, unpublished memoirs, and letters half-forgotten in basements, The Jersey Brothers is a remarkable true story of agony and triumph—from the home front to Roosevelt’s White House, and Pearl Harbor to Midway and Bataan. And it is, above all, a story of brotherly love: of three men finding their loyalty to each other tested under the tortures of war.

“Highly dramatic history. [Freeman’s] book is liable to break the hearts of Unbroken fans, and it’s all true.”
—The New York Times 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Jersey Brothers 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, September 14, 2017 - 7:00pm

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

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