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SF STL: Marina Lostetter - Noumenon Infinity

Wednesday, October 24, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Marina Lostetter, Noemenon InfinityLeft Bank Books and Archon present and SF STL event with author Marina Lostetter, who will sign and discuss her new novel, Noumenon Infinity!

Generations ago, Convoy Seven and ICC left Earth on a mission that would take them far beyond the solar system. Launched by the Planet United Consortium, a global group formed to pursue cooperative Earth-wide interests in deep space, nine ships headed into the unknown to explore a distant star called LQ Pyx. Eons later, the convoy has returned to LQ Pyx to begin work on the Web, the alien megastructure that covers the star. Is it a Dyson Sphere, designed to power a civilization as everyone believes—or something far more sinister? Travel to the remotest reaches of deep space in this wondrous follow-up to the acclaimed Noumenon—a tale of exploration, adventure, science, and humanity.

“A novel that was anything less than stellar would be an especially disappointing follow-up to the brilliant Noumenon, but Lostetter has achieved that and much more . . . Sci-fi action and adventure held together by universally human themes; this is the genre at its very best.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Noumenon Infinity or Noumenon from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click the titles to pre-order your copy!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

River Styx - Judy Jordan and Lee Martin

Monday, October 15, 7:30pm
Rooster South Grand

River Styx, Judy Jordan, Lee MartinJudy Jordan’s first book of poetry, Carolina Ghost Woods, won the 1999 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, the 2000 National Book Critics Circle Award, the Utah Book of the Year Award, the OAY Award from the Poetry Council of North Carolina, as well as the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award. Her second book of poetry, Sixty Cent Coffee and a Quarter to Dance, was published by LSU press. Jordan currently lives in her own environmentally friendly earthbag-and-cob house, in which she lives with her rescued dogs off-grid, surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest. She teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Lee Martin is the author of the novels Late One Night (Dzanc, 2015); The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; River of Heaven; Quakertown; and Break the Skin. He has also published three memoirs, From Our House, Turning Bones, and Such a Life. His first book was the short story collection, The Least You Need to Know. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such places as Harper’s, Ms., Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and Glimmer Train. He is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He teaches in the MFA Program at The Ohio State University, where he is a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of English and a past winner of the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Readings start at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. $5 general admission. $4 students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit riverstyx.org.

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 7:30pm

Hope Ewing - Movers and Shakers

Wednesday, November 14, 7pm
Brennan's Central West End

Hope Ewing, Movers and ShakersLeft Bank Books and Brennan's welcomes author and veteran bartender Hope Ewing, who will sign and discuss her new book, Movers and Shakers: Women Making Waves in Spirits, Beer & Wine, with The Gin Room's Natasha Bahrami!

In her travels across the country, Hope Ewing discovers how women are paving the way and creating a more inclusive and sustainable world full of delicious drinks. A veteran bartender, Ewing had grown impatient with the surprisingly outdated perceptions of women in the alcohol industry. Entrepreneurial and ambitious, often the first in their fields, the women she knew in the business were leaders, mentors, and trailblazers. In Movers and Shakers, Ewing seeks out the first female master brewers, innovative self-starter winemakers, most badass bartenders and more, to share their stories as well as valuable business advice and insight into a constantly evolving industry.

"Women have been involved in making alcoholic beverages from the beginning, and Ewing showcases their many roles, including bartender, winemaker, marketer, and, CEO." —Library Journal (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. Please RSVP below. Proof of purchase of Movers and Shakers from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!



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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 6:30pm

Charlene Carruthers - Unapologetic

Friday, October 5, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Charlene Carruthers, Unapologetic Left Bank Books welcomes influential activist Charlene Carruthers, who will sign and discuss her new book, Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements, with St. Louis organizer Kayla Reed!

Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, including the Haitian Revolution, the US civil rights movement, and LGBTQ rights and feminist movements, Unapologetic challenges all of us to make the movement for Black liberation more radical, more queer, and more feminist. This book provides a vision for how social justice movements can become sharper and more effective through principled struggle, healing justice, and leadership development. And Unapologetic provides a clear framework for activists committed to building transformative power, encouraging young people to see themselves as visionaries and leaders.

“Charlene gives us not just a manual but a prayer, an intention, a critical path forward, and a deep analysis on where we’ve been. She educates us about community violence and state violence, and provides the clarity to show why Black liberation is crucial for us all.” —Patrisse Khan Cullors, co-author of When They Call You a Terrorist

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Unapologetic from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Click here to pre-order your copy!

Kayla ReedKayla Reed (she/her) is Black, queer, strategist and organizer from St. Louis, Missouri. After the killing of Michael Brown Jr in August 2014, Kayla was catapulted into organizing around issues of racial justice, economic justice and policing. She currently serves as Co-Chair of Action St. Louis, a millennial Black-led organizing collective working to build political power in the city of St. Louis through civic engagement and strategic political action. Through the collective's campaign, #WokeVoterSTL, Kayla has led grassroots campaigns to elect progressive candidates as St. Louis City Circuit Attorney, Mayor and St. Louis County Prosecutor.  Kayla is also Co-Founder and Director of Organizing for the Electoral Justice Project (EJP), a national campaign of the Movement for Black Lives, that seeks to build the capacity of Black political organizations in order to expand and mobilize the Black electorate to achieve victories in our communities and on the ballot. 

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

Peter Shinkle - Ike's Mystery Man

Wednesday, December 5, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Peter Shinkle, Ike's Mystery ManLeft Bank Books welcomes former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Peter Shinkle, who will sign and discuss his new book Ike's Mystery Man: The Secret Lives of Robert Cutler at this Launch Party event!

This page-turning narrative takes readers from top-secret Cabinet Room meetings to exclusive social clubs, and into the pages of a powerful man’s intimate diary. Ike’s Mystery Man shows that Eisenhower’s National Security Advisor Robert “Bobby” Cutler—working alongside Ike and also the Dulles brothers at the CIA and State Department—shaped US Cold War strategy in far more consequential ways than has been previously understood. In addition to Bobby’s diary, Ike’s Mystery Man relies on thousands of personal letters, interviews, and previously classified archives to tell a gripping story that has never before been told. 

Ike’s Mystery Man is an important, deeply researched contribution to the history of one of the sorrier episodes in American history . . . This is a book that deserves, and is sure to get, a wide audience.” --Michael Isikoff, author of Russian Roulette

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Ike's Mystery Man from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy! 

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

William Knoedelseder - Fins

Thursday, October 11, 7pm
Left Bank Books

William Knoedelseder, FinsLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis native and bestselling author of Bitter Brew William Knoedelseder, who will sign and discuss his new book, Fins: Harley Earl, the Rise of General Motors, and the Glory Days of Detroit!

The author of Bitter Brew chronicles the birth and rise to greatness of the American auto industry through the remarkable life of Harley Earl, an eccentric six-foot-five, stuttering visionary who dropped out of college and went on to invent the profession of automobile styling, thereby revolutionized the way cars were made, marketed, and even imagined. Knoedelseder tells the story in ways both large and small, weaving the history of the company with the history of Detroit and the Earl family as Fins examines the effect of the automobile on America’s economy, culture, and national psyche.

Fins pulls readers into the futuristic fantasies, intramural fights and forward thinking of the legendary GM executive who revolutionized America’s love affair with the automobile.” --David Cay Johnston

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Fins from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Click here to pre-order your copy!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

Michael Sandel - Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

Monday, October 8, 7pm
Ladue Chapel

Michael Sandal, JusticeThe Lee Institute Speaker Series welcomes Michael Sandel, Harvard political philosopher and best-selling author, presenting The Lost Art of the Democratic Argument: What’s Become of Civility? The 45-minute presentation will be followed by Q&A, book signing and a reception and is free and open to the all (no reservations needed). Left Bank Books will be available with a selection of Sandel's book for purchase at the event.

In these deeply divided times, is it possible to reason together, in public, about hard ethical and political questions? Harvard political philosopher and bestselling author, Micheal Sandel shows us how, challenging audiences to examine the ethical dilemmas we all confront in politics and in our everyday lives.

One of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers, Sandel has been described as "the most relevant living philosopher," "a rock-star moralist" (Newsweek), and "the most famous philosopher in the world." (New Republic). His writings on justice, democracy, morals. and markets have been translated into 27 languages.

This event is presented by the Lee Institute. For more information, please visit www.leeinstitute.net.

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 7:00pm

Shelia P. Moses - The Last Mile: Conversations with Dick Gregory

Thursday, February 28, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books award-winning author and National Book Award finalist Shelia P. Moses, who will sign and discuss her new book, The Last Mile: Conversations with Dick Gregory!

For 25 years, Dick Gregory's biographer, Shelia P. Moses, spent countless hours recording, researching and archiving the life of this icon. They discussed slavery, wars, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights Movement, presidents and poverty.  In a way only Dick Gregory could, he shared his true feelings about Malcolm X, John Lennon, Medgar Evers, Michael Jackson and so many famous and everyday people. This book will tell the real story of the world according to Dick Gregory.

 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Last Mile 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, February 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

100 Boots: Ange Mlinko and Tommy Pico

Friday, April 12, 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. The 100 Boots Poetry Series 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. Limited-edition broadsides, created by artist Sage Dawson, will be available for free to audience members, and a selection of the poets’ books are for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books. The final event of the season features readings by poets Ange Mlinko and Tommy Pico. We encourage visitors to arrive early due to limited seating. To learn more, visit pulitzerarts.org.

This event is presented by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. To learn more, visit pulitzerarts.org.

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

100 Boots: Roger Reeves and Sawako Nakayasu

Friday, February 1, 7pm
Pulizter Arts Foundation

100 BootsThis series presents readings by a range of emerging, mid-career, and established poets from St. Louis and across the United States. The 100 Boots Poetry Series 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. Limited-edition broadsides, created by artist Sage Dawson, will be 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 Roger Reeves and Sawako Nakayasu. We encourage visitors to arrive early due to limited seating. To learn more, visit pulitzerarts.org.

This event is presented by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. To learn more, visit pulitzerarts.org.

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

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