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Eric Liu - Become America

Saturday, August 10, 10:30am
J.C. Penney Building, One, University Blvd

Eric Liu, Become AmericaCitizen University presents Civic Saturday with co-founder, CEO, and author Eric Liu.

Civic Saturday is a civic ritual — a place to come together in civic community, be inspired and encouraged to reflect and connect, and create new civic traditions that are joyful and communal.

What happens at Civic Saturday? We'll gather as friends and strangers to hear readings, sing together, share thoughts and ideas, and hear a "civic sermon" from Eric Liu. In partnership with the Center for Social Empowerment, The Vine, and the Walker Leadership Insitute. Join us as we come together to continue nurturing a spirit of shared civic purpose.

Doors open at 10:00AM.
Program begins at 10:30AM.

Free and open to all. RSVPs encouraged, but not required. 


Please email taneum@citizenuniversity.us if you would like to be an event volunteer, or ASL/interpretation services.
Find out more about Civic Saturday and sign up for our newsletter at citizenuniversity.us!

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 10:30am

Ben Westhoff - Fentanyl, Inc

Wednesday, September 4, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

ben westhoff, Fentanyl, IncSt. Louis County Library presents award-winning investigative reporter Ben Westhoff, who will sign and discuss his new book Fentanyl, Inc.

A deeply human story, Fentanyl, Inc. is the first deep-dive investigation of a hazardous industry that has created a worldwide epidemic. Drugs like fentanyl, K2, and Spice were all originally conceived in legitimate laboratories for proper scientific purposes, but now rogue chemists change their molecular structures to stay ahead of the law, making the drugs’ effects and much more lethal. Westhoff chronicles the lives of addicted users, victims families, and law enforcement officers to represent the full anatomy of a calamity we are just beginning to understand.

Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

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

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Karen Abbott - The Ghosts of Eden Park

Monday, August 12, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid

KArne Abbott, The Ghosts of Eden ParkLeft Bank Books welcomes Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, who will sign and discuss her new book The Ghosts of Eden Park.

In the early days of Prohibition, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George Remus quits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey. Within two years he's a multi-millionaire. The press calls him "King of the Bootleggers," writing breathless stories about the Gatsby-esque events he and his glamorous second wife, Imogene, host at their Cincinnati mansion, with party favors ranging from diamond jewelry for the men to brand-new cars for the women. By the summer of 1921, Remus owns 35 percent of all the liquor in the United States. 

Pioneering prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt is determined to bring him down. Willebrandt's bosses at the Justice Department hired her right out of law school, assuming she'd pose no real threat to the cozy relationship they maintain with Remus. Eager to prove them wrong, she dispatches her best investigator, Franklin Dodge, to look into his empire. It's a decision with deadly consequences. With the fledgling FBI on the case, Remus is quickly imprisoned for violating the Volstead Act. Her husband behind bars, Imogene begins an affair with Dodge. Together, they plot to ruin Remus, sparking a bitter feud that soon reaches the highest levels of government--and that can only end in murder. 

Combining deep historical research with novelistic flair, The Ghosts of Eden Park is the unforgettable, stranger-than-fiction story of a rags-to-riches entrepreneur and a long-forgotten heroine, of the excesses and absurdities of the Jazz Age, and of the infinite human capacity to deceive.

Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second CityAmerican Rose, and, most recently, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and the Christian Science Monitor. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in New York City.

“Prose so rich and evocative, you feel you’re living the story—and full of lots of ‘I didn’t know that’ moments. Gatsby-era noir at its best.”—Erik Larson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake and Devil in the White City

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

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Lisa Lutz - The Swallows

Monday, August 19, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Lisa Lutz, The SwallowsSt. Louis County Library presents bestselling author of the Spellman Files detective series and the hit thriller The Passenger , Lisa Lutz, who will discuss and sign her new book The Swallows.

Lisa Lutz presents a blistering, timely tale of revenge and disruption. When Alexandra Witt joins the faculty at Stonebridge Academy, she’s hoping to put a painful past behind her. Then one of her creative writing assignments generates some disturbing responses from students. Before long, Alex is immersed in an investigation of the students atop the school’s social hierarchy—and their connection to something called the Darkroom. As the school’s secrets begin to trickle out, a boys-versus-girls skirmish turns into an all-out war, with deeply personal—and potentially fatal—consequences for everyone involved.

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

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

William McKeever - Emperors of the Deep

Thursday, August 8, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch

William Mckeever, Emperors of the deepLeft Bank Books presents ocean conservationist, filmmaker and author, William McKeever, who will discuss and sign his new book, Emperor's of the Deep, along with a preview of his companion documentary.

Author and conservationist William McKeever is on a mission to change everyone’s views of the mysterious creatures of the deep. Emperor's of the Deep takes readers on a pulse-pounding journey around the world and deep under the water’s surface—from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific—to dispel the narrative about sharks (from Jaws to Shark Week), which claims they’re terrifying underwater predators. McKeever says, "Sharks are unequivocally essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. When these important apex predators are removed from the ocean, the effect on reefs, seagrass and all the marine ecosystems is catastrophic for generations to come."

After McKeever saw a shark tournament, he was so incensed that he left his job in finance and now donates all of his time to ocean conservation and saving sharks. He embarked on a two-year journey around the world to write Emperor's of the deep, and produce the film because every year the plight of the shark is getting worse. Emperors of the Deep features the first female captains of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior, the South African trackers of great whites, and the self-professed “last great shark hunter.” The book includes interviews with world-renowned shark scientists who have examined the Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White sharks. McKeever dispels the myth of sharks as man-eaters. Humans killed 100 million sharks last year while human fatalities from sharks were only 4 WORLDWIDE. An estimated 32 percent of open ocean sharks are currently threatened with extinction. Sharks are 450 million years old and have survived five extinction level events, including the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Shark fins sell for as much as $300 per pound to make soup. Around the world, consumers are eating more shark meat and using the sharks to make cosmetics. Shark tourism is a growing business. A single shark generates an estimated $100,000-$250,000 per year in revenues. As apex predators, sharks are crucial to the ocean’s health by maintaining reef and seagrass ecosystems.

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

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 7:00pm

SOLD OUT: Geddy Lee - Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass

Monday, July 15, 5pm

Left Bank Books

Geddy Lee, Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of BassThis event is sold out.

Left Bank Books welcomes Rush bassist and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Geddy Lee, who will sign his new book, Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass!

From Rush frontman Geddy Lee's personal collection of vintage electric bass guitars, dating from the 1950s to the 1980s, comes the definitive volume on the subject.  Geddy's love of the bass has been nurtured over a lifetime spent in the limelight as one of the world's premier rock bassists.  For the past seven years, he'd dedicated himself to studying the history of the instrument that's been so essential to his career, collecting hundreds of basses from around the globe.  

Written with arts journalist Daniel Richler, gorgeously photographed in breathtaking detail by Richard Sibbald, and with insight from Geddy's trusted bass tech and curator, John "Skully" McIntosh, Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass profiles over 250 classic basses from Geddy's extensive collection.  Representing every tone in the bass palette, every nuance of the rock and roll genre as well as blues, jazz, pop, and country, this one-of-a-kind collection features so-called "beauty queens"--pristine instruments never lifted from their cases--as well as "road warriors"--well-worn, sweat-soaked basses that proudly show their age and use.  Complete with personal commentary from Geddy that showcases his knowledge as both a musician and an aficionado, this luxuriously produced volume is a revelatory look at the heavy hitters in the world of bass--Fender, Gibson/Epiphone, Rickenbacker, Höfner, Ampeg--and lesser known but influential global luthiers such as Antonio Wandr Pioli, Dan Armstrong, and Tony Zemaitis.  

This book also features interviews with John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin); Adam Clayton (U2); Robert Trujillo (Metallica); Jeff Tweedy (Wilco); Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones); Les Claypool (Primus); Bob Daisley (Rainbow); Fender expert and owner of the legendary Gibson Explorer bass, Ken Collins; veteran guitar tech for The Who, Alan Rogan; plus comments from many other great players across three decades of rock and roll.  Written in Geddy's singular voice, this book reveals the stories, songs, and history behind the instruments of his inimitable collection.  

Complete with an index and graphically designed timeline of the history of the bass, as well as an up-close look at Geddy's basses on Rush's final R40 Tour, his stage and recording gear from 1968 to 2017, and forewords by author and respected vintage expert Terry Foster and Rush band member Alex Lifeson Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass is the ultimate compendium for the consummate collector, musician, Rush fan, and anyone who loves the bass guitar.

 

Ticket Information:

-- A $100 ticket admits UP TO TWO adults to the signing line and includes ONE hardcover copy of Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass

  • Geddy will sign and personalize all copies of Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass that accompany tickets.
  • Geddy won’t take posed photos at the signing table, but is fine with people taking candid photos from the line.
  • Geddy will not sign memorabilia or additional purchased copies.

Please note: No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Monday, July 15th.

 



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Monday, July 15, 2019 - 5:00pm

Dennis Owsley - St. Louis Jazz: A History

Thursday, July 18, 7pm
St. Louis Public Radio, 3651 Olive St

Dennis Owsley, St. Louis Jazz: A HistorySt. Louis Public Radio presents local author Dennis Owsley, who will sign and discuss his new book St. Louis Jazz: A History.

St. Louis Jazz: A History is the newest addition to The History Press. In the early twentieth century, St. Louis was a hotbed for ragtime and blues, both roots of jazz music. In 1914, Jelly Roll Morton brought his music to the area. In 1919, Louis Armstrong came to town to play on the “floating conservatories” that plied the Mississippi. Miles Davis, the most famous of the city’s jazz natives, changed the course of the genre four different times throughout a world-renowned career. The Black Artists Group of the 1970s was one of the first to bring world music practices into jazz.

Author Dennis C. Owsley chronicles the ways both local and national St. Louis musicians have contributed to the city and to the world of music.

This is a free event but space is limited. Please register here.

 

 

St. Louis Public Radio

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

David Lagercrantz - The Girl Who Lived Twice

Thursday, August 29, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

David Lagercrantz, The Girl Who Lived TwiceSLCL presents author, David Lagercrantz who will sign and discuss his new Lisbeth Salander novel, The Girl Who Lived Twice.

Fans of Stieg Larsson’s thrilling Millennium series starring genius punk hacker Lisbeth Salander have enthusiastically embraced Swedish author David Lagercrantz’s continuation of the crime fiction phenomenon that has sold more than 90 million copies worldwide. Of Lagercrantz’s earlier installments of the series, Esquire reviewed: "Not only do the matter-of-fact style and intricate plotting and sexy, chilling atmosphere feel very true to the original novels, but Lagercrantz transcends the source material.” Lagercrantz will discuss the highly anticipated Girl Who Lived Twice.

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

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 7:00pm

Téa Obreht - Inland

Tuesday, August 27, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Téa Obreht, InlandSLCL presents the bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht, who will sign and discuss her new book Inland.

Inland is an epic and original saga of the American West. In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives collide. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life—her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons, who have vanished after an explosive argument. Lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. The way in which Nora’s and Lurie’s stories intertwine is the surprise and suspense of this brilliant novel.

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

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 7:00pm

Sister Helen Prejean - River of Fire

Friday, August 16, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

sister helen Prejean, river of fireSLCL presents Sister Helen Prejean, author of the groundbreaking Dead Man Walking

Sister Helen Prejean’s work as an activist nun, campaigning to educate Americans about the inhumanity of the death penalty, is known to millions worldwide. Less widely known is the evolution of her spiritual journey from praying for God to solve the world’s problems to engaging full-tilt in working to transform societal injustices. Sister Helen’s revelatory, intimate memoir, River of Fire, is a book for anyone interested in journeys of faith and spirituality, doubt and belief, and “catching on fire” to purpose and passion. It is a book, written in accessible, luminous prose, about how to live a spiritual life that is wide awake to the sufferings and creative opportunities of our world.

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

Friday, August 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

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