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LBB Presents: Kathy Valentine - All I Ever Wanted

Tuesday, May 26, 7pm
The Grandel, 3610 Grandel Square

Left Bank Books presents musician, songwriter, and author Kathy Valentine, who will sign and discuss her book All I Ever Wanted, a memoir of her time as bass player with the all-female band the Go-Go's. Kathy will be in conversation Steve Ewing, former lead singer for the Urge.

At twenty-one, Kathy Valentine was at the Whisky in Los Angeles when she met a guitarist from a fledgling band called the Go-Go's--and the band needed a bassist. The Go-Go's became the first multi-platinum-selling, all-female band to play instruments themselves, write their own songs, and have a number one album. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 and featured the hit songs "We Got the Beat" and "Our Lips Are Sealed." The record's success brought the pressures of a relentless workload and schedule culminating in a wild, hazy, substance-fueled tour that took the band from the club circuit to arenas, where fans, promoters, and crew were more than ready to keep the party going.

For Valentine, the band's success was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream--but it's only part of her story. All I Ever Wanted traces the path that took her from her childhood in Texas--where she all but raised herself--to the height of rock n' roll stardom, devastation after the collapse of the band that had come to define her, and the quest to regain her sense of self after its end. Valentine also speaks candidly about the lasting effects of parental betrayal, abortion, rape, and her struggles with drugs and alcohol--and the music that saved her every step of the way. Populated with vivid portraits of Valentine's interactions during the 1980s with musicians and actors from the Police and Rod Stewart to John Belushi and Rob Lowe, All I Ever Wanted is a deeply personal reflection on a life spent in music.


Kathy Valentine is a working musician and songwriter known for being part of the all-female band the Go-Go's. She wrote or cowrote many of the band's most renowned songs, including "Vacation" and "Head Over Heels." In addition to playing music and writing songs, Valentine has worked as an actor, public speaker and spokesperson, and producer. In 2017 she created "She Factory," an event series to raise money for women-centered nonprofits. She currently lives in her hometown of Austin with her daughter, where she plays in a band and is completing her first college degree.

Purchase of a ticket is required to attend the event, enter the signing line, and meet Kathy Valentine. Your ticket includes ONE signed copy of ALL I EVER WANTED. Additional copies of ALL I EVER WANTED will be available for purchase at the event.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents: Cooper Lee Bombardier - Pass With Care

Thursday, May 14, 7pm
Left Bank Books

cooper lee bombardier, pass with careLeft Bank Books presents visual artist and writer Cooper Lee Bombardier, who will signs and discuss his debut book about queer and genderqueer identity, resilience, and joy, Pass with Care: Memoirs.

Pass with Care is a testament to trans resilience, queer joy, and the power of finding freedom and adventure within a community of your own creation. Transgender writer, artist, and activist Cooper Lee Bombardier shifts effortlessly between lyrical essays, poetry, and narrative nonfiction as his own landscape changes over the course of two decades. From working-class New England to the queer punk scene of early '90s-San Francisco to New Mexico's deserts, Bombardier documents his experiences with compassion and reverence, offering us an expansive view of gender and sexuality, masculinity and tenderness, and the difference between surviving and thriving. 

Cooper Lee Bombardier is a writer and visual artist from the South Shore of Boston. HuffPost named him one of "10 Transgender Artists Who Are Changing the Landscape of Contemporary Art." He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Pass with Care: Memoirs is his first book. 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Pass with Care: Memoirs 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, May 14, 2020 - 7:00pm

CANCELLED: SLCL Presents: Ruth Reichl - Save Me the Plums

Saturday, May 2, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

ruth reichl, save me the plums

Following recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event has been CANCELLED.

St. Louis County Library presents food writer Ruth Reichl who will sign and discuss her book, Save Me The Plums.

Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet. Complete with recipes, “Save Me the Plums” is a personal journey of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreams—even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.

Tickets go on sale March 12 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Call 314-994-3300 for more information. A limited number of pre-sale tickets go on sale March 10, 9:00 a.m. for Friends of the Foundation. Friends members will receive an email with purchasing instructions. Join the Friends at

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

Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 1:00pm

LBB Presents: Michael Kahn - Bad Trust

Thursday, May 7, 7pm
Kranzberg Arts Center Studio, 501 N Grand

Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis local award winning author Michale Kahn, who will sign and discuss his newest addition to the Rachel Gold Mystery Series, Bad Trust.

michael a kahn, bad trustTwo lawsuits spiral out of control, one ending in murder, the other in courtroom humiliation--both challenging St Louis attorney Rachel Gold

An ugly trust fund dispute among siblings turns deadly when the trustee brother, Isaiah, CEO of the family firm he stole from their father, is murdered in his office. St. Louis attorney Rachel Gold, hired to bring suit against Isaiah on behalf of his sisters, must now defend one against the charge of fratricide. As Rachel and her team seek essential evidence, the widowed Rachel struggles with family issues of her own, including relationships with her young son Sam and the attractive Abe her mother pushes her to do more than date. The jury is still out on whether or not Rachel can create the work-life balance she is seeking. Meanwhile what starts out as a lawsuit filed to cover up a minor fraud by a rich social climber spirals into a courtroom showdown when the victim refuses to be one and hires Rachel to defend him. With few strategic options, Rachel concocts a spectacular courtroom bluff.

Bad Trust, the 11th book in the fascinating Attorney Rachel Gold Mysteries, is the perfect pick for fans of Lisa Scottoline and Sara Paretsky.

Michael Kahn is a trial lawyer by day and an author at night. He wrote his first novel, Grave Designs, on a challenge from his wife Margi, who got tired of listening to the same answer whenever she asked him about a book he was reading. "Not bad," he would say, "but I could write a better book than that." "Then write one," she finally said, "or please shut up." So he shut up-no easy task for an attorney-and then he wrote one. Kahn is the award-winning author of: eleven Rachel Gold novels; three standalone novels: Played!, The Sirena Quest, and, under the pen name Michael Baron, The Mourning Sexton, and several short stories. In addition to his day job as a trial lawyer, he is an adjunct professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches a class on censorship and free expression. Married to his high school sweetheart, he is the father of five and the grandfather of, so far, seven. 

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents: Alex George - The Paris Hours

Wednesday, May 6, 7pm
Left Bank Books

alex george, the paris hoursLeft Bank Books welcomes Skylark Bookshop owner and author Alex George, who will sign and discuss his new book, The Paris Hours.

What would happen if instead of burning all of Marcel Proust’s notebooks, his maid kept the last remaining one? And what would happen if that last notebook made its way into Ernest Hemingway’s hands? The Paris Hours follows four characters, each on a quest to right a past wrong. Paris between the wars teems with artists, writers, and musicians, a glittering crucible of genius. But amidst the dazzling creativity of the city’s most famous citizens, four regular people are each searching for something they’ve lost. Camille was the maid of Marcel Proust, and she has a secret: when she was asked to burn her employer’s notebooks, she saved one for herself. Now she is desperate to find it before her betrayal is revealed. Souren, an Armenian refugee, performs puppet shows for children that are nothing like the fairy tales they expect. Lovesick artist Guillaume is down on his luck and running from a debt he cannot repay—but when Gertrude Stein walks into his studio, he wonders if this is the day everything could change. And Jean-Paul is a journalist who tells other people’s stories, because his own is too painful to tell. When the quartet’s paths finally cross in an unforgettable climax, each discovers if they will find what they are looking for. Told over the course of a single day in 1927, The Paris Hours takes four ordinary people whose stories, told together, are as extraordinary as the glorious city they inhabit.

A native of England, Alex George read law at Oxford University and worked for eight years as a corporate lawyer in London and Paris. He has lived in the Midwest of the United States for the last sixteen years. He is the founder and director of the Unbound Book Festival, and is the owner of Skylark Bookshop, an independent bookstore in downtown Columbia, Missouri.

Alex is the author of The Paris HoursA Good American, and Setting Free the Kites.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Paris Hours 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, May 6, 2020 - 7:00pm

POSTPONED: LBB Presents: Niki Smith - The Deep and Dark Blue

Monday, May 4, 6:30pm
Left Bank Books

niki smith, the deep and dark blueFollowing recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event is POSTPONED. Please check back for updates. 

Left Bank Books wlcomes author and illustrator Niki Smith to help us celebrate Children's Book Week with a special Kids Club event!

After a terrible political coup usurps their noble house, Hawke and Grayson flee to stay alive and assume new identities, Hanna and Grayce. Desperation and chance lead them to the Communion of Blue, an order of magical women who spin the threads of reality to their will. As the twins learn more about the Communion, and themselves, they begin to hatch a plan to avenge their family and retake their royal home. While Hawke wants to return to his old life, Grayce struggles to keep the threads of her new life from unraveling, and realizes she wants to stay in the one place that will allow her to finally live as a girl.

Niki Smith is a cartoonist based out of Munich. She is a Lambda Literary Award-nominated author for Crossplay, has been digitally published by DC Comics and The Nib, and has contributed to the Lambda Literary Award-winning Beyond anthology. This is her debut middle grade novel.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Deep and Dark Blue 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, May 4, 2020 - 6:30pm

Lindenwood University Presents: A Craft Talk with John Mauk - Field Notes for the Earthbound

Wednesday, April 22, 7pm
Lindenwood University, Harmon Hall

john mauk, field notes for the earthboundLindenwood University welcomes author John Mauk, who will host a craft talk on the art of writing!

John Mauk grew up on the flatland of Ohio. He has a Masters degree in language and literature from the University of Toledo and a PhD in rhetoric from Bowling Green State University. He writes and works at the intersection of rhetoric and fiction. He is a college professor and an avid student of philosophy. He teaches at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and spends summers in Traverse City, Michigan. He is currently developing a novel that explores the boundary between magic and science.

This event is presented by Lindenwood University. For more information, please call 363-949-4536.

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

POSTPONED: One Book, One Kirkwood - Lisa See

Wednesday, April 22, 7pm
St. Louis Community College-Meramec, Meramec Theatre, 11333 Big Bend

lisa see, one author, one kirkwood

Following recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event is POSTPONED. Please check back for updates. 

Kirkwood Public Library presents bestselling author Lisa See as part of their annual One Book, One Kirkwood event. One Book, One Kirkwood is a yearly community read for the people throughout our St. Louis community. All events are free and open to the public.

Lisa See is a Chinese-American author who has written historical fiction, mysteries, and non-fiction. We’ll be taking a closer look at her books The Island of Sea WomenChina Dolls, and On Gold Mountain to explore and discuss themes including Asian culture, immigration, and racism. Lisa See is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 10 books that have been translated into 39 languages!

This event will be an onstage interview. Lisa See will be signing books after the event. Books for signing will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books at the event.

This event is presented by Kirkwood Public Library. For more information call (314) 821 5770.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 7:00pm

POSTPONED: LBB Presents: Chuck Palahniuk - Fight Club 3

Saturday, April 25, 1pm start
Left Bank Books

Following recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event is POSTPONED. Check back for updates!

Left Bank Books presents bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk, who will sign copies of his graphic novel "Fight Club 3."

Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club 3A new movement has replaced Project Mayhem, and even Tyler Durden doesn't know how to play by these rules.  Marla Singer is about to deliver her second child, but the daddy isn't her husband--it's Tyler, who's very invested in his heir, and the world he'll inherit, as Die Off Industries plots to fine-tune mankind.  Bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk is back with his greatest creation, the sequel to the book that spent six months on the 2016 "New York Times" bestseller list.  Teaming once again with award-winning artists Cameron Stewart and David Mack, Palahniuk leads a full frontal assault of the culture, from online dating to weaponized STDs, as a strange picture frame opens a road to paradise.  2019's bestselling twelve-issue series is collected in one massive hardcover.  Get in touch with your ugly side.

Chuck Palahniuk's ten previous novels are the bestselling "Fight Club," which was made into a film by David Fincher; "Survivor;" "Invisible Monsters;" "Choke," which was made into a film by director Clark Gregg; "Lullaby," which is currently in development for film; "Diary;" "Haunted;" "Rant;" "Snuff;" and "Pygmy."  He is also the author of "Fugitives and Refugees," a nonfiction profile of Portland, Oregon, published as part of the Crown Journeys series, and the nonfiction collection "Stranger Than Fiction."  He lives in the Pacific Northwest.  Chuck's "Make Something Up," a collection of short stories and one novella, was released in 2015, and "Fight Club 2," the follow up to the enormously successful "Fight Club," debuted June 2016 from Dark Horse Comics.

Signing Guidelines:

- This "Fight Club 3" appearance is a signing ONLY.

- Chuck will not be performing or reading at this event.

- Tickets must be purchased in order to join the signing line.

- Each $50 ticket will admit ONE person to the signing line, include ONE hardcover copy of "Fight Club 3," and ONE raffle ticket to win a leather-bound special edition copy of "Fight Club" plus other great prizes.

- Additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event and will benefit Left Bank Books Foundation.

- In addition to "Fight Club 3," Chuck will sign other items (pieces of memorabilia or books) within reason.

- Chuck will happily pose for photos with fans.

- Line formation will begin at a time to be announced.  Please watch your e-mail as we approach the event for updates.

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

Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 1:00pm


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