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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

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

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

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

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


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




Monday, November 20, 2017 - 7:30pm


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