Author Events

Curtis Sittenfeld - Romantic Comedy

Tuesday, April 11, 7pm CT
In person at Clayton High School Theatre
1 Mark Twain Circle
Clayton, MO 63105
Masks required for in person attendance
Tickets for the event: Admit One, Admit Two, Virtual
Left Bank Books welcomes literary superstar
Curtis Sittenfeld
back to St. Louis for a spectacular event to celebrate the much anticipated release of
Romantic Comedy
at Clayton High School Theatre on April 11th at 7pm!
Curtis Sittenfeld will be in conversation with award winning St. Louis author
Edward McPherson!
Tickets are on sale now for Admit One, Admit Two, or Virtual
Order copies of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Sittenfeld will personalize and sign copies for sale from Left Bank Books.
If you are unable to make it in person, leave a personalization note in your order.
Curtis Sittenfeld is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including RodhamEligible, PrepAmerican Wife, and Sisterland, as well as the collection You Think It, I'll Say It. Her books have been translated into thirty languages. In addition, her short stories have appeared in The New YorkerThe Washington Post MagazineEsquire, and The Best American Short Stories, for which she has also been the guest editor. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York TimesThe AtlanticTime, and Vanity Fair, and on public radio's This American Life.
Edward McPherson is the author of three books: Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat (Faber & Faber), The Backwash Squeeze and Other Improbable Feats (HarperCollins), and The History of the Future: American Essays (Coffee House Press). He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Paris ReviewTin House, the American Scholar, the Gettysburg ReviewGulf CoastSalonGuernicaTrue Story, the Southern ReviewEsopusEpochCatapultEssay DailyLiterary HubI.D., the New York Observer, and Talk, among others. He has received a Pushcart Prize, the PEN Southwest Book Award, the Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction, an Artist Fellowship from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, and the Gesell Award from the University of Minnesota, where he received his MFA. He is a contributing editor of the Common Reader. He teaches creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis.


A comedy writer thinks she's sworn off love, until a dreamy pop star flips the script on all her assumptions--a hilarious, observant, and deeply tender novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Eligible, Rodham, and Prep.

Sally Milz is a sketch writer for The Night Owls, a late-night live comedy show that airs every Saturday With a couple of heartbreaks under her belt, she's long abandoned the search for love, settling instead for the occasional hook-up, career success, and a close relationship with her stepfather to round out a satisfying life.

But when Sally's friend and fellow writer Danny Horst begins dating Annabel, a glamorous actress who guest-hosted the show, he joins the not-so-exclusive group of talented but average-looking and even dorky men at the show--and in society at large--who've gotten romantically involved with incredibly beautiful and accomplished women. Sally channels her annoyance into a sketch called the Danny Horst Rule, poking fun at this phenomenon while underscoring how unlikely it is that the reverse would ever happen for a woman.

Enter Noah Brewster, a pop music sensation with a reputation for dating models, who signed on as both host and musical guest for this week's show. Dazzled by his charms, Sally hits it off with Noah instantly, and as they collaborate on one sketch after another, she begins to wonder if there might actually be sparks flying. But this isn't a romantic comedy--it's real life. And in real life, someone like him would never date someone like her . . . right?

With her keen observations and trademark ability to bring complex women to life on the page, Curtis Sittenfeld explores the neurosis-inducing and heart-fluttering wonder of love, while slyly dissecting the social rituals of romance and gender relations in the modern age.


Praise for Curtis Sittenfeld

"Three cheers for Curtis Sittenfeld and her astute, sharp and ebullient anthropological interest in the human condition." --The New York Times Book Review

"[Sittenfeld] is a master of dramatic irony, creating fully realized social worlds before laying waste to her heroines' understanding of them. . . . Her prose [is] a rich delight." --The Boston Globe

"Whatever [Sittenfeld] writes, we'll read it." --People

"Sittenfeld is a clear thinker, a canny observer, and a solid, graceful stylist." --The Washington Post Book World

"A skilled storyteller [who] delivers a well-told, compelling story about characters so real they settle into your psyche like old friends." --Associated Press

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 - 7:00pm

Shelia P. Moses - We Were the Fire & Who Was Ketanji Brown Jackson

Thursday, April 27, 6pm CT
In person at Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Masks required for in person attendance
Please RSVP for the presentation here
Virtually at Left Bank Books' YouTube Page
Left Bank Books presents National Book Award Nominee & Coretta Scott King Honoree
Shelia P. Moses,
who will discuss her incredible new books
We Were the Fire: Birmingham 1963,
Who Is Ketanji Brown Jackson?, &
Who Is Stacey Abrams?
in our store on April 27th at 6pm!
Join us in the store or on YouTube Live Page.
Order copies of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Moses will personalize and sign copies for sale from Left Bank Books.
If you are unable to make it in person, leave a personalization note in your order.

Shelia P. Moses is an African American writer, director, producer, poet and playwright. Her subjects include comedian Dick Gregory, Dred Scott and the Legend of Buddy Bush. In 2004, she was nominated for the National Book Award and named the Coretta Scott King Honoree for The Legend of Buddy Bush. In 2009, her novel Joseph's Grace was nominated for the NAACP Image Award. Her most recent books include, We Were The Fire: Birmingham, 1963, Who Is Stacey Abrams? and Who Is Ketanji Brown Jackon?

The powerful story of an eleven-year-old Black boy determined to stand up for his rights, who's pulled into the action of the 1963 civil rights demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama.

Rufus Jackson Jones is from Birmingham, the place Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called the most segregated place in the country. A place that in 1963 is full of civil rights activists including Dr. King. The adults are trying to get more attention to their cause--to show that separate is not equal. Rufus's dad works at the local steel factory, and his mom is a cook at the mill. If they participate in marches, their bosses will fire them. So that's where the kids decide they will come in. Nobody can fire them. So on a bright May morning in 1963, Rufus and his buddies join thousands of other students to peacefully protest in a local park. There they are met with policemen and firemen who turn their powerful hoses on them, and that's where Rufus realizes that they are the fire. And they will not be put out. Shelia Moses gives readers a deeply personal account of one boy's heroism during what came to be known as the Children's Crusade in this important novel that highlights a key turning point in the civil rights movement.

* "An African American tween finds a way to contribute to his community's struggle for an end to segregation. . . . Moses takes readers inside the movement that saw its youngest become effective challengers to the segregation status quo. Her narrative seamlessly weaves a personal family story with the larger one of the fight for change. Rufus is an engaging, thoughtful narrator whose voice and perspective ring true as he works to make a difference, even disobeying his mother, who is terrified about what might happen. The love and determination of his community are realistically and richly portrayed. A stirring, cleareyed look at the young people who risked much for social change as they fought for their civil rights." -- Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

* "Moses ( The Legend of Buddy Bush) pays homage to Black children living during the civil rights era whose contributions to the movement were often left undocumented, in this riveting historical fiction volume set in 1963 Birmingham, Ala. . . . Birmingham and its citizens, culture, and struggles are empathetically wrought in this eye-opening novel. With intention, Moses thoughtfully highlights the real-world horrors that Rufus courageously faces--including police, fire hoses, and dogs--and provides levity through his introspective and energetic first-person narration." -- Publishers Weeklystarred review

* "Rufus is a keen observer . . . Rufus's voice is appropriately child-like, even though he, his family, and friends experience overt racism and threats. He is a thoughtful and endearing character, even while suspense is high. The setting and strong sense of community among his Black neighbors are vividly drawn. This compelling and powerful story will resonate with many readers. A first purchase." -- School Library Journalstarred review


About Who Is Ketanji Brown Jackson?

Discover how a young girl who was the star of her school's debate team became a federal jurist and the first Black woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court.

Presenting Who HQ Now: an exciting addition to the #1 New York Times Best-Selling Who Was? series!

Born in Washington, DC, in 1970, and raised in Miami, Florida, Ketanji Brown Jackson developed an interest in law and politics at an early age. As a preschooler, she sat with her father and watched him complete his law school assignments. And even though some people, including a school guidance counselor, discouraged Ketanji from aiming high, she proved them wrong and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School. She went on to serve on the U.S. District Court in 2013 and the United States Court of Appeals in 2021 before making history and becoming the first Black woman to be confirmed to the United States Supreme Court in 2022.

Learn more about Ketanji Brown Jackson's story in this addition to the New York Times bestselling series.


About Who Is Stacey Abrams?

Discover how a young girl who loved to read and write became a voting rights activist, a candidate for governor of Georgia, and an author.

Presenting Who HQ Now: an exciting addition to the #1 New York Times Best-Selling Who Was? series!

Stacey Abrams began her career in politics at the age of seventeen when she was hired as a typist for a congressional campaign. From there, she worked hard to get into Yale law school and, eventually, was elected into the House of Representatives. In 2018, she became the first Black woman in the United States to be a major party's nominee for governor when she was selected as the Democratic candidate. Although she didn't win that race, she decided to run again in 2022, proving that she never backs down from a challenge. Stacey made it her mission to help ensure that all people who are eligible have the right and ability to vote. Her Fair Fight Action organization helps prevent voter suppression across the country.

When she was growing up, Stacey was taught three important principles by her parents: go to school, go to church, and take care of each other. And these are the same beliefs she holds today.

Thursday, April 27, 2023 - 6:00pm

Amy Spalding - No Boy Summer

Monday, April 24, 6pm CT
In person at Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Masks required for in person attendance
Please RSVP for the presentation here
Virtually at Left Bank Books' YouTube Page
Left Bank Books presents bestselling, St. Louis-raised, YA superstar,
Amy Spalding,
who will discuss her "buoyant and genuinely funny", 
No Boy Summer,
in our store on April 24th at 6pm!
Join us in the store or on YouTube Live Page.
Order copies of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Spalding will personalize and sign copies for sale from Left Bank Books.
If you are unable to make it in person, leave a personalization note in your order.
Amy Spalding is the author of several novels, including Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles), and We Used to Be Friends, which Becky Albertalli called "complex, earnest, and unflinching." She lives in Los Angeles.
"Buoyant and genuinely funny. A love letter to summer friends, summer girls, and the city of Los Angeles."-- Rainbow Rowell, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Scattered Showers

Lydia and her younger sister Penny make a pact to avoid boy drama for the summer--but Lydia can't help looking for a loophole when she falls for a cute girl

Lydia Jones and her younger sister Penny have had it with boy drama. Last year was marred by relationship disasters for both of them, threatening Lydia's standing with her school's theater tech club and Penny's perfect GPA. Penny has, naturally, diagnosed the problem and prescribed a drastic solution: a summer off from boys.

Lydia and Penny decide to stay with their Aunt Grace and her boyfriend Oscar in Los Angeles while their parents are off on a European cruise. Penny follows her future-business-school dreams with an internship at Oscar's office, and Lydia gets a part-time job at Grace's neighborhood coffeeshop, Grounds Control.

Even when they spent hours, days, weeks dissecting their various boy drama, Lydia's never felt this connected to her sister before, and it makes her wonder what else in her life could be different. She finds herself drawn to a group of friends she meets through her Grounds Control coworker, Margaret, as well as an intriguing customer, Fran, an aspiring filmmaker and--while not the first girl Lydia finds herself attracted to--the first girl who has mutual feelings for her. But she's not breaking her pledge to Penny, right? That was just about boys. Even though in her heart Lydia knows she's bending the rules, she hasn't had a connection with anyone as strong as her connection with Fran, so she thinks it can't be wrong. And Penny won't mind as long as she's happy . . . Right?


"No Boy Summer is the perfect summer hangout book-- warm, witty, and heartfelt. Watching Lydia turn into a person who's more than the sum of her romantic relationships is an empowering, relatable journey."-- Mary McCoy, award-winning author of Indestructible Object

"I want to spend every summer with Amy Spalding's characters. Thoughtful, funny, and a great escape from whatever ails you."-- Sara Farizan, author of Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

Monday, April 24, 2023 - 6:00pm