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Kat Zhang - The Memory of Forgotten Things

Monday, June 11, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Kat Zhang, The Memory of Forgotten ThingsLeft Bank Books welcomes acclaimed local author Kat Zhang, who will sign and discuss her new novel for middle readers, The Memory of Forgotten Things!

One of the happiest memories twelve-year-old Sophia Wallace has is of her tenth birthday. Her mother made her a cake that year—and not a cake from a boxed-mix, but from scratch. The truth is, Sophia Wallace’s mother died when she was six years old. But that isn’t how she remembers it. Not always. Sophia has never told anyone about her unusual memories—snapshots of a past that never happened. But everything changes when Sophia’s seventh grade English class gets an assignment to research solar eclipses. She becomes convinced that the upcoming solar eclipse will grant her the opportunity to make her alternate life come true, to enter a world where her mother never died. With the help of two misfit boys, she must figure out a way to bring her mother back to her.

“A heart-tugging and mind-bending exploration of time and possibility.” —School Library Journal

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Memory of Forgotten Things from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Pre-order your copy here!

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

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

Tower Grove Pride

Saturday, June 23, 12pm
Tower Grove Park @ Arsenal & South Grand

Tower Grove PrideTGP is growing a Pride that welcomes everyone from the LGBTQ+ community and our wonderful supportive allies and friends! This is PRIDE IN EVERYONE. Our communities, our loved ones, our friends, and ourselves. If you believe in freedom to love and be loved, this is your Pride. 

Tower Grove Pride is a FREE, diverse, open, and community-centric festival dedicated to bringing people together for fun and mutual support. There will be over 100+ local artists, businesses, and food trucks that are part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Live music, performances, activities, and much more will also be featured.

Left Bank Book's Tower Grove Pride author schedule TBA.

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 12:00pm

Michael Castro – We Need To Talk

Tuesday, June 5, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Michael Castro, We Need to Talk, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books welcomes former Laureate of St. Louis Michal Castro, who will read from his collection of new and selected works of poetry, We Need to Talk!

Michael Castro was the inaugural Poet Laureate of St. Louis. He has published six book of poems, essays and translations and has appeared in in more than 100 magazines and numerous anthologies. In 1975 Castro co-founded the literary organization River Styx and pioneered the poetry radio shows River Styx Poets Radio Show, Ars Poetica and Poetry Beat. In 2000 he was presented with The Guardian Angel of St. Louis Poetry Award by River Styx and The Warrior Poet Award in 2005 by Word In Motion.

This event was re-scheduled from his April 23rd reading with Walter Bargen.

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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

SF STL: Joseph Fink – Alice Isn't Dead

Saturday, November 17, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with bestselling Welcome to Night Vale author Joseph Fink, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Alice Isn't Dead!

Keisha Taylor lived a quiet life with her wife, Alice, until the day that Alice disappeared. After months of searching, presuming she was dead, Keisha held a funeral, mourned, and gradually tried to get on with her life. But that was before Keisha started to see her wife, again and again, in the background of news reports from all over America. Alice isn’t dead, and she is showing up at every major tragedy and accident in the country. Following a line of clues, Keisha takes a job with a trucking company, Bay and Creek Transportation, and begins searching for Alice. She eventually stumbles on an otherworldly conflict being waged in the quiet corners of our nation’s highway system—uncovering a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.

“This is a splendid, weird, moving novel…It manages beautifully that trick of embracing the surreal in order to underscore and emphasize the real - not as allegory, but as affirmation of emotional truths that don’t conform to the neat and tidy boxes in which we’re encouraged to house them.” —NPR.org (Welcome to Night Vale)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Alice Isn't Dead from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Pre-order your copy here!

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

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

Craig Johnson – Depth of Winter

Wednesday, September 12, 7pm
St. Charles City-County Library - Spencer Road Branch

Craig Johnson, Depth of Winter, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books and the St. Charles City-County Library welcome bestselling author Craig Johnson, who will sign and discuss his new Longmire mystery, Depth of Winter

Welcome to Walt Longmire’s worst nightmare. In Craig Johnson’s latest mystery, Depth of Winter, an international hit man and the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico has kidnapped Walt’s beloved daughter, Cady, to auction her off to his worst enemies, of which there are many. The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less. Walt heads into the one-hundred-and-ten degree heat of the Northern Mexican desert alone, one man against an army.

Craig will also celebrate the paperback release of his previous Longmire mystery, Western Star, at this event!

“Johnson’s hero only gets better—both at solving cases and at hooking readers—with age.” —Publishers Weekly

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at youranswerplace.org. Proof of purchase of either Depth of Winter or Western Star 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, September 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

Celebrity Storytime with Daniel Wiseman – Goodbye Brings Hello

Saturday, July 7, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis illustrator Daniel Wiseman for a Celebrity Storytime reading of his new picture book, Goodbye Brings Hello: A Book of Firsts!

This inspiring, vibrantly illustrated gift book is perfect for celebrating life's milestones, both great and small—especially that first day of kindergarten. From being pushed on a swing to learning how to pump your legs yourself, from riding a beloved trike to mastering your first bike ride, from leaving the comforts of home behind to venturing forth on that first day of school, milestones are exciting but hard. They mean having to say goodbye to one moment in order to welcome the next. Honest and uplifting, this cheerfully illustrated ode to change gently empowers readers to brave life's milestones, both large and small.

"This book will give courage to any child feeling a little nervous or scared to try something new." —Kirkus

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

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 10:30am

The Belles & Brujas Tour: Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova & Tracy Banghart

Thursday, June 21, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Dhonielle Clayton – The Belles
Dhonielle Clayton is the co-author of the Tiny Pretty Things series and COO of the non-profit, We Need Diverse Books. Her hit debut novel The Belles is a dystopian fantasy about beauty and power.

Zoraida Córdova – Bruja Born
Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of The Vicious Deep trilogy and the Brooklyn Brujas series. A follow up to her sensationally popular fantasy novel Labyrinth LostBrujas Born follows a family of sisters with magical abilities to both heal and raise the dead.

Tracy Banghart – Grace and Fury
One of the most highly anticipated young adult books of the summer, Tracy Banghart’s Grace and Fury is a must-read fantasy about fierce sisterhood, action, and political intrigue that has drawn comparisons to The Handmaid’s Tale.

Presented in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit organization that promotes the importance of representation in children’s literature.

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

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

SF STL: Sabaa Tahir – A Reaper at the Gates

Tuesday, June 19, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with bestselling author Sabaa Tahir, who will sign and discuss the third book in the Ember Quartet, A Reaper at the Gates, with Setsu Uzumé!

Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger. Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister's life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies in stopping the Nightbringer. But in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her. And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender—even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.

“Tahir proves to be a master of suspense and a canny practitioner of the cliffhanger, riveting readers’ attention throughout….[An] action-packed, breathlessly paced story.” —Booklist, starred review

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of any of the books in the Ember Quartet series from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Pre-order your copy here!

Setsu Uzumé is the host and assistant editor at PodCastle, and they are a member of Codex and SFWA. Setsu writes and occasionally narrates dark fantasy. Their work can be found at Podcastle, StarShipSofa, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Goodman Games, and Grimdark Magazine. While they have dabbled in many arts, only writing and martial arts seem to have stuck. Find Setsu on Twitter @KatanaPen.

 

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

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

Carey Gillam – Whitewash

Thursday, June 28, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes veteran journalist Carey Gillam, who will sign and discuss her new book, Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science!

Fifty-five years after Rachel Carson and Silent Spring awakened the world to the dangers of DDT and unchecked pesticide use, a new story illustrates how deeply we have failed to heed her warning. In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam lays bare disturbing details about the 40-year push to prominence of the world’s most popular pesticide: glyphosate, known commonly as Monsanto’s Roundup. The capstone of 20 years of meticulous reporting, Whitewash is an eerily familiar story of the dangerous consequences of putting corporate profits ahead of public safety, and Gillam is relentless in her search for truth—a champion for the health of our planet and ourselves, and a stalwart defender of the public’s right to know.

“Reads like a mystery novel..I am hopeful that Carey’s book will be a wake-up call for more transparency about the dangers surrounding many chemicals in the marketplace.” —Erin Brockovich

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

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

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 7:00pm

Alexis Clark – Enemies In Love

Thursday, August 2, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes journalist and former Town & Country editor Alexis Clark, who will sign and discuss her new book, Enemies in Love: A German POW, a Black Nurse, and an Unlikely Romance!

Twenty-five years before Loving v. Virginia, an African American nurse named Elinor Powell and a soldier in Hitler’s army, Frederick Albert, fell madly in love against all odds in Jim-Crow Arizona. Their story is revealed in full for the first time in Enemies in Love. Drawing on years of first-hand interviews with relatives and friends of Elinor and Frederick, journalist and former Town & Country editor Alexis Clark weaves a spellbinding American war story illuminating not just a remarkable love story, but the unmined history of black Army nurses and German soldiers on U.S. soil during World War II.

“[An] astonishing and necessary love story... A tour de force.” —Hilton Als, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of White Girls

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

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

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

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