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Amy Bloom – White Houses

Tickets for this event will be available for purchase at the door, beginning at 6pm!

Thursday, February 15, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Join Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books for a special event with Amy Bloom, who will sign and discuss her new historical novel, White Houses, with Jane Ellen Ibur!

An untraditional life and love story, White Houses is inspired by the life of Lorena Hickok, and on her love affair and enduring friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Told from Lorena Hickok’s perspective, this novel is inspired by her life and by her relationship and long-term friendship with beloved Eleanor Roosevelt, the “First Lady of the World”. Hickok was the AP reporter who became “First Friend” and the love of Eleanor’s life. White Houses takes us behind the scenes in the Roosevelt White House, where Lorea lived, and follows Hickok’s life from childhood, and then in tandem with Eleanor’s, the ups and downs of being “First Friend,” through the death of FDR, and finally of Eleanor.

“It seems a minor miracle, what Amy Bloom has done in White Houses. Easily, the most intimate, crackling, and expansive rendering of Eleanor Roosevelt in print, and, more than this, a dizzyingly beautiful tale of what it means to be human, and what it is to love.” —Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

Ticket Information:

– A $30 ticket admits ONE person and includes ONE hardcover copy of White Houses.
– A $35 ticket admits TWO people and includes ONE hardcover copy of White Houses and a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy of White Houses at the event.

Tickets available below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of White Houses or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event.

Jane Ellen Ibur is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies since 1972. As an arts educator for more than 35 years, she has been lauded for her determination to bring the experience of poetry and creative writing to people of every age, in every imaginable setting, including public schools, jails, museums, residential schools, social service agencies, veterans’ facilities and homeless shelters. Lead faculty for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission’s Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute, she is one of its founders. For 19 years she co-hosted and co-produced Literature for the Halibut on community radio. Ibur is the author of “Both Wings Flappin’, Still Not Flyin’” (2014) and her newest collection of poetry, “The Little Mrs./Misses,” both from PenUltimate Press.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

Morgan Jerkins – This Will Be My Undoing

Monday, February 12, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes author Morgan Jerkins, who will sign and discuss her new book, This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America!

Morgan Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today—perfect for fans of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist. Whether she’s writing about Sailor Moon; Rachel Dolezal; the stigma of therapy; her complex relationship with her own physical body; the pain of dating when men say they don’t “see color”; being a black visitor in Russia; the paradox of black female sexuality; or disabled black women in the context of the “Black Girl Magic” movement, Jerkins is compelling and revelatory.

“Jerkins is one of the smartest young writers of her generation, and this is an insightful, revelatory collection of personal essays about a variety of today’s important issues. So fantastic.” —Bookriot

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of This Will Be My Undoing 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.

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

Victoria Price – The Way Of Being Lost

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

Left Bank Books welcomes author and inspirational speaker Victoria Price, who will sign and discuss her new book, The Way of Being Lost: A Road Trip to My Truest Self!

After a tumultuous period of crisis, Victoria Price rebuilt her life by embracing a daily practice of joy, healing childhood wounds and reconnecting to the example set by her father Vincent, the famed actor. Her journey involved stepping away from externalities and into her father's legacy — his love for people and compassion for others, his generosity of spirit and simple kindnesses, his enthusiasm for new experiences, and his love of life. This intimate and inspiring book shares the lessons learned from a powerful family heritage of remaining curious, giving back, and saying Yes. Join her as she shares the stories, experiences, and lessons that led her back to her truest self, including her lifesaving daily practice of joy.

"A brilliant account of finding and following one's inner light by a true pioneer that will help every reader do the same." — Mike Dooley, author of Infinite Possibilities

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Way of Being Lost 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.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

Women's History Month Event: Dana Levin & Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Wednesday, March 21, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books presents a event in honor of Women's History Month with poets Dana Levin, author of Banana Palace, and Natalie Scenters-Zapico, author of The Verging Cities

In Banana Palace, Dana Levin offers us poems responding to the deep anxieties of our age. With humor and a laser-sharp eye, Levin looks at the crisis of human appetite via the psychological and the sci-fi. The personal meets the collective: from mutation to social media, eco-collapse to a dream of an “End Time,” the future of the body is what is at stake: bodies corporeal and political, ecological and spiritual.

From undocumented men named Angel, to angels falling from the sky, Natalie Scenters-Zapico’s gripping debut collection, The Verging Cities, is filled with explorations of immigration and marriage, narco-violence and femicide, and angels in the domestic sphere. Deeply rooted along the US-México border in the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, these poems give a brave new voice to the ways in which international politics affect the individual. 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Banana Palace or The Verging Cities 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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

Gabriel Fried – The Children Are Reading

Tuesday, February 20, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning poet and University of Missouri professor Gabriel Fried, who will sign and read from his new collection, The Children are Reading!

The Children Are Reading inhabits childhood spaces, physical and imaginative, on either side of the emergence of adult awareness, desires, and anxieties—which isn’t to say desires and anxieties don’t exist on the childhood end of the spectrum. In many ways, those are more emphatic, less mitigated in the poems, unconstrained by the delusions and rationalizations of adulthood. It would be inaccurate to think of adulthood as the place where wisdom pools in these poems, though it’s in adulthood that some of the fears are reconceived and articulated. Fried shows us that there are powers and wisdoms held in childhood that are lost in adulthood, even with its increased autonomy of one sort or another.

“Fried’s sophomore offering marks him as a poet on the rise, an important and individual voice. For all readers of contemporary poetry.“ —Library Journal (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Children are Reading 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.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Daniel H. Pink – When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Wedesnday, January 17, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Walk-up ticket sales will be available at the door of the Ethical Society, beginning at 6pm. Online ticket sales for this event have ended. 

Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome bestselling author of Drive and To Sell is Human Daniel H. Pink, who will sign and discuss his new book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing!

Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don’t know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of “when” decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. In When, Pink shows that timing is really a science. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a fascinating, readable narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.

“Pink is rapidly acquiring international guru status…. He is an engaging writer, who challenges and provokes.” —Financial Times

Ticket Information:

– A $30 ticket admits ONE person to the event and includes ONE hardcover copy of When
– A $35 ticket admits TWO people to the event and includes ONE hardcover copy of When and a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy of When at the event.

Tickets available below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of When or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event.


 

 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

100 Boots: Don Mee Choi and Daniel Borzutzky

Friday, Feburary 23, 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 third event of the season features readings by poets Don Mee Choi and Daniel Borzutzky.

Don Mee Choi was born in Seoul and came to the U.S. via Hong Kong. She is the author of Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), The Morning News is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), a chapbook, Petite Manifesto (Vagabond, 2014), and a Wave pamphlet, Freely Frayed. She has received a Whiting Award, Lannan Literary Fellowship, and Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. Her most recent translation of Kim Hyesoon, a contemporary South Korean poet, is Poor Love Machine (Action Books, 2016) and Autobiography of Death (New Directions, forthcoming). She is currently co-editing with Joshua Beckman a book of Yi Sang’s poems and prose for Wave Books.

Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry for his collection The Performance of Becoming Human, Daniel Borzutzky is a Chilean-American writer and translator living in Chicago. His other poetry books are In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy, The Book of Interfering Bodies, The Ecstasy of Capitulations, and the chapbook Failure in the Imagination. Lake Michigan is forthcoming from University of Pittsburgh Press in 2018. He has published one collection of fiction, Arbitrary Tales. His books of translation include Song for his Disappeared Love by Raul Zurita and Port Trakl by Jaime Luis Huenun.

To learn more, visit pulitzerarts.org.

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Tayari Jones – An American Marriage

Tuesday, February 20, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Tayari Jones, An American Marriage, Left Bank BooksAn onstage conversation with bestselling novelist Curtis Sittenfeld

From the acclaimed author of Silver SparrowAn American Marriage is a stirring love story. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of the American Dream until Roy is sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.

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

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Dr. Jonathan Quick – The End of Epidemics

Thursday, February 8, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Presented by the Medical Arts Series

The 2014 Ebola epidemic in Liberia revealed how unprepared we are for the outbreak of infectious disease. Somewhere in nature, a not-yet-detected killer virus has the potential to wipe out millions of lives. In The End of Epidemics, Harvard Medical School professor and Chair of the Global Health Council Dr. Jonathan Quick examines the eradication of smallpox and devastating effects of AIDS, SARS, and Ebola. Analyzing local and global efforts to contain these diseases, Dr. Quick proposes a new set of actions to end epidemics before they can begin.

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

Thursday, February 8, 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

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