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LBB Presents ONLINE: Richard J. Lazarus - Rule of Five

Wednesday, July 22, 7pm CST
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Left Bank Books and KDHX Earthworms welcome law professor and author Richard J. Lazarus, who will discuss his new book, The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court, on Facebook Live at 7pm CST on July 22. Lazarus will be in conversation with KDHX Earthworms' host Jean Ponzi. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of The Rule of Five from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

The gripping inside story of how an unlikely team of lawyers and climate activists overcame conservative opposition--and their own divisions--to win the most important environmental case ever brought before the Supreme Court.

When the Supreme Court announced its ruling in Massachusetts v. EPA, the decision was immediately hailed as a landmark. But this was the farthest thing from anyone's mind when Joe Mendelson, an idealistic lawyer working on a shoestring budget for an environmental organization no one had heard of, decided to press his quixotic case.

In October 1999, Mendelson hand-delivered a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency asking it to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from new cars. The Clean Air Act had authorized the EPA to regulate "any air pollutant" that could reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health. But could something as ordinary as carbon dioxide really be considered a harmful pollutant? And even if the EPA had the authority to regulate emissions, could it be forced to do so?

Environmentalists urged Mendelson to stand down. Thinking of his young daughters and determined to fight climate change, he pressed on--and brought Sierra Club, Greenpeace, NRDC, and twelve state attorneys general led by Massachusetts to his side. This unlikely group--they called themselves the Carbon Dioxide Warriors--challenged the Bush administration and took the EPA to court.

The Rule of Five tells the story of their unexpected triumph. We see how accidents, infighting, luck, superb lawyering, and the arcane practices of the Supreme Court collided to produce a legal miracle. An acclaimed advocate, Richard Lazarus reveals the personal dynamics of the justices and dramatizes the workings of the Court. The final ruling, by a razor-thin 5-4 margin, made possible important environmental safeguards which the Trump administration now seeks to unravel.

"The gripping story of the most important environmental law case ever decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Richard Lazarus's compelling narrative is enlivened by colorful characters, a canny dissection of courtroom strategy, and a case where the stakes are, literally, as big as the world." --Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent

"There's no better book if you want to understand the past, present, and future of environmental litigation." --Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction

Richard J. Lazarus is the Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He has represented the United States, state and local governments, and environmental groups in the United States Supreme Court in more than 40 cases and has presented oral argument in 14 of those cases. Professor Lazarus writes broadly on topics relating to Supreme Court decision-making, focusing on both advocacy before and within the Court, and on environmental law. He previously worked on the law faculty at Washington University in St. Louis and for the Solicitor General's Office (1986-89), where he was Assistant to the Solicitor General. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979 and has a B.S. from the University of Illinois in Chemistry and a B.A. in Economics.

Jean Ponzi has been an environmental advocate and resource person for the greater St. Louis community for over 30 years. As her volunteer community service, Jean produces and hosts the enviro-interview show Earthworms for KDHX St. Louis Independent Media. On her job as Green Resources Manager for the EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden, she coaches sustainable thinking and practice for businesses of all kinds through the St. Louis Green Business Challenge, and connects her fellow humans to nature as a Garden team leader of the regional initiative, BiodiverseCity St. Louis. Her column Earthworms Castings has been a local feature in The Healthy Planet Magazine since 1997. She has also written for GreenBiz.com, Missouri Resources, and professional magazines including The Designer, Home Energy, and the online environmental digest Grist.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Page, "Like" the page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins).

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Jennie Fields

Monday, August 24, 7pm
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St. Louis County Library presents Jennie Fields.

Jennie Fields, "Atomic Love"

Set against the backdrop of Chicago in the 1950’s, Jennie Fields’s "Atomic Love" is a captivating story of romance, science and espionage featuring a fearless woman determined to succeed in a man’s world. Rosalind Porter has always defied expectations—in her work as a physicist on the Manhattan Project and in her passionate love affair with colleague Thomas Weaver. Five years after the end of both, her guilt over the bomb and her heartbreak over Weaver are intertwined.  

Signed copies of the book are available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping. 

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

 

 

 

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Aimee Bender

Monday, August 17, 7pm
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St. Louis County Library presents Aimee Bender.

Aimee Bender, "The Butterfly Lampshade"

The first novel in 10 years from the author of the beloved bestseller "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake," Aimee Bender presents a luminous, poignant examination of mental illness; the broken love between a mother and daughter; and the universal pull to better understand ourselves, our relationships to our family, and our place in the world.  

Purchase an autographed book from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.

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

 

 

 

Monday, August 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Jill Orr

Thursday, August 13, 7pm
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St. Louis County Library presents Jill Orr.

Jill Orr, "The Full Scoop: A Riley Ellison Mystery"

Humorous suspense author Jill Orr continues her quirky mystery series about librarian-turned-small-town-sleuth Riley Ellison. In "The Full Scoop," Riley becomes obsessed with uncovering the secret that led to her grandfather's murder years before and that just took another life in Tuttle Corner. Just as she finally discovers the truth, she's forced to choose between exacting justice and protecting the people she loves most.   

Purchase signed books from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.

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

 

 

 

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Karin Slaughter

Wednesday, August 5, 7pm
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St. Louis County Library presents Karin Slaughter.

Karin Slaughter, "The Silent Wife"

Join us for a thrilling party with surprise guests to celebrate Karin Slaughter's 20th novel, "The Silent Wife."

After a young woman is brutally attacked, investigator Will Trent tracks down a prisoner who claims the crime looks identical to the one he was falsely accused of eight years earlier. As Will digs into both crimes, he turns to medical examiner Sara Linton to help him hunt down a ruthless murderer. But when the past and present collide, everything Will values is at stake. .

Purchase an autographed book from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.

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

 

 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Alice Wong

Tuesday, July 28, 7pm
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St. Louis County Library presents Alice Wong.

Alice Wong, "Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century"

Interview moderated by Aimee Wehmeier, President of Paraquad

One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent—but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people.

This virtual event will include an ASL interpreter and closed captioning.

Purchase "Disability Visibility" from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.

The image is of the book cover with multicolored triangles and the book title "Disability Visibility" over it. The image includes a photo of an Asian American woman in a power chair. She is wearing a blue shirt with a geometric pattern with orange, black, white, and yellow lines and cubes. She is wearing a mask over her nose attached to a gray tube and bright red lip color. She is smiling at the camera. Photo credit: Eddie Hernandez Photography

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

 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Anne Applebaum

Friday, July 24, 7pm
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St. Louis County Library presents Anne Applebaum.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist explains, with electrifying clarity, why some of her contemporaries have abandoned liberal democratic ideals in favor of strongman cults, nationalist movements, or one-party states. Describing politicians, journalists, and intellectuals who have abandoned democratic ideals in the UK, U.S., and Europe, Applebaum reveals the patterns that link the new advocates of illiberalism and charts how they use conspiracy theory, political polarization, and nostalgia to change their societies.

Purchase book from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.

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

 

 

 

 

Friday, July 24, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Wes Moore

Friday, July 17, 7pm
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St. Louis County Library presents Wes Moore.

Wes Moore, "Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City"

Acclaimed author of "The Other Wes Moore" and "The Work," Wes Moore presents a kaleidoscopic account of five days in the life of a city on the edge, told through seven characters on the frontlines of the uprising that overtook Baltimore following the killing of Freddie Gray. Each shifting point of view contributes to an engrossing, cacophonous account of one of the most consequential moments in our recent history--but also a passionate appeal about the deeper causes of the violence and the small seeds of hope planted in its aftermath.  

Interview moderated by Dr. Kira Banks, Associate Professor of Psychology - Saint Louis University and co-Founder of the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity 

Purchase the book from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

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

 

 

Friday, July 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Linda Castillo

Wednesday, July 15, 7pm
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St. Louis County Library presents Linda Castillo.

Linda Castillo, "Outsider: A Kate Burkholder Mystery"

Bestselling author Linda Castillo presents an electrifying new thriller in her series about Kate Burkholder, a woman who returns to the Amish community she was raised in as its Chief of Police. In "Outsider," Kate's past comes back to haunt her when a former friend shows up in Painter's Mill in the middle of a blizzard, desperate for help.   

Purchase signed books from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping. 

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

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Camilla Lackberg, "The Golden Cage"

Thursday, July 9, 7pm
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St. Louis County Library presents Camilla Lackberg.

With over 23 million books sold worldwide, Swedish author Camilla Lackberg is an international superstar in the suspense genre. Her latest, "The Golden Cage," is a sexy psychological thriller that tells the story of a scorned wife of a billionaire and her delicious plot to get her revenge. 

Purchase book from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.

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

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

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