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Andy Cohen - Glitter Every Day

Tueday, November 23, 7pm CT
In person at TBA
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Andy Cohen: In Person & Online
Glitter Every Day: 365 Quotes from Women I Love
Tuesday, November 23rd, 7pm CT
Details will be announced soon for ticket information!
This will be a ticketed event. Please stay tuned for ticket information.
**Proof of vaccination and mask will be required for entry to the in person event.** Guests will need to bring a photo ID AND either their physical vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card.
About Glitter Every Day: 365 Quotes from Women I Love

From New York Times bestselling author and host of Watch What Happens Live comes an inspiring collection of quotes from the women that defined Andy Cohen's life, offering inspiration, affirmation, and (just enough) intoxication to make any day shine bright - the perfect gift for the holidays!

Andy Cohen has made a career, and a life, out of making the ordinary extraordinary. The inspiration for this fabulous view of the world has always come from the incredible women (from his mother to Madonna) he loves. In Glitter Every Day Andy shares his most needed words of wisdom from his favorite icons for every day, just in time to kick off the new year!

Andy not only gathers 365 sayings and quotes from the icons, thought leaders, Real Housewives and legendary celebs that fuel his fun, he writes about the people and experiences that have made him live one of the most joyous lives that any little boy growing up in St. Louis could dream of so that you can, too. And like Andy himself, Glitter Every Day is irresistible, infusing your day with a laugh, a pep talk and a shot(ski) of fun.

So pour a drink, put on your heels, and always remember to let yourself shine.


Andy Cohen is the author of several New York Times bestselling books, including Most Talkative and Superficial. He is the host and executive producer of Watch What Happens Live, Bravo's late night, interactive talk show. He also serves as executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise and hosts the network's highly rated reunion specials. He's won an Emmy and two Peabody Awards for his work, and he lives in New York City.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents John C. McManus

Friday, November 12th, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library Headquarters
Left Bank Books and The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Westfall Politics & History Series Presents Acclaimed Military Historian John C. McManus, Author of “Island Infernos: The US Army’s Pacific War Odyssey, 1944.”

In “Fire and Fortitude,”award-winning historian John C. McManus presented a riveting account of the US Army's fledgling fight in the Pacific following Pearl Harbor. Now, in “Island Infernos,” he explores the Army’s dogged pursuit of Japanese forces, island by island, throughout 1944, a year that would bring America ever closer to victory or defeat. Brilliantly researched and written, “Island Infernos” moves seamlessly from the highest generals to the lowest foot soldiers and in between, capturing the true essence of this horrible conflict. This masterful history is the second volume of McManus’s trilogy on the US Army in the Pacific War, proving McManus to be one of our finest historians of World War II.

Face masks required for all event attendees. St. Louis County Library is mindful of all CDC guidelines and social distancing requirements. Seating is limited and is first come, first serve.

Books for signing will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.  Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.

Friday, November 12, 2021 - 1:00pm

SLCL Presents Blair Braverman and Quince Mountain

Monday, November 22nd, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Blair Braverman and Quince Mountain, "Dogs on the Trail: A Year in the LIfe."

When Blair Braverman started posting pictures of her sled dog team on social media, she had no idea the response she would get. Being a musher, after all, isn’t just about racing—raising dogs from puppyhood to retirement (and beyond) is a full-time job. She and her husband, musher Quince Mountain, wanted to share stories about their dog team: goofy stories, scary stories, heartfelt stories, the stories that clearly connected with people and kept going viral. An irresistible adventure chronicling a year in the life of a dog team, “Dogs on the Trail” will delight and entertain while taking you inside a musher’s world, and showing you why the wilderness isn’t simply a place to visit but also a home to return to.

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.


Monday, November 22, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents H.W. Brands

Thursday, November 18th, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present H.W. Brands, "Our First Civil War: Patriots and Loyalists in the American Revolution."

In conversation with bestselling historian and podcast host Alexis Coe.

From bestselling historian and Pulitzer Prize finalist H.W. Brands comes a gripping narrative of the American Revolution that shows it to be more than a fight against the British: it was also a violent battle among neighbors forced to choose sides, Loyalist or Patriot. What causes people to forsake their country and take arms against it? What prompts their neighbors, hardly distinguishable in station or success, to defend that country against the rebels?  After the Revolution, the Patriots were cast as heroes and founding fathers while the Loyalists were relegated to bit parts best forgotten. “Our First Civil War” reminds us that before America could win its revolution against Britain, the Patriots had to win a bitter civil war against family, neighbors, and friends.


Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Linda Greenhouse

Tuesday, November 16th, 7pm CST

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Linda Greenhouse, “Justice on the Brink: The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Rise of Amy Coney Barrett, and Twelve Months that Transformed the Supreme Court."

In conversation with Missouri Supreme Court Justice Mary R. Russell.

Linda Greenhouse has reported on the Supreme Court for the New York Times for more than four decades, earning numerous accolades, including a Pulitzer Prize. In “Justice on the Brink,” she tells the gripping story of a year that drastically transformed the Supreme Court. From the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the rise of Amy Coney Barrett, from the pandemic to the election, from the Trump campaign’s legal challenges to the ongoing debate about the role of religion in American life, the Supreme Court has been at the center of many of the biggest events of 2020 and 2021. Throughout “Justice on the Brink,” Greenhouse  gives us unique insight into a court under stress, providing the context and brilliant analysis readers of her work have come to expect.

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Jerad Alexander

Wednesday, November 10th, 7pm CST

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Jerad Alexander, "Volunteers: Growing Up in the Forever War."

In conversation with acclaimed novelist Elliot Ackerman.


To many, joining the military can be a path out of a difficult life, a chance to acquire vocational training, a college scholarship, a patriotic career. But to those, like Jerad Alexander, raised on military bases by a family that all served in the armed forces, enlisting was a way of life. As soon as he was able, Jerad joined the US Marines. Once on the ground in Iraq, part of the same war his parents had fought before him----Jerad began to question all that he had taken on faith. Alexander’s powerful memoir tackles the mythology of American patriotism, from the eloquent perspective of an enlisted man--not some elite warrior, but a simple volunteer.


Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.




Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Dan Jones

Tuesday, November 9th, 7pm CST

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Dan Jones, "Power and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages."


Internationally bestselling historian Dan Jones presents an epic history of the medieval world and a rich and complicated reappraisal of the era’s legacy and lessons. “Powers and Thrones” takes readers on a journey through an emerging Europe, the great capitals of late Antiquity, as well as the influential cities of the Islamic West, and culminates in the first European voyages to the Americas. The medieval world was forged by the big forces that still occupy us today: climate change, pandemic disease, mass migration, and technological revolutions. As we face a critical turning point in our own millennium, Dan Jones shows that how we got here matters more than ever.



Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.



Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Jorge L. Contreras

Thursday, November 4th, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Jorge L. Contreras, “The Genome Defense: Inside the Epic Legal Battle to Determine Who Owns Your DNA."
In conversation with Dr. Jessica Mozersky - Assistant Professor, Washington University Bioethics Research Center.
When Chris Hansen, an ACLU lawyer, learned that the US government was issuing patents for human genes to biotech companies, his first thought was: How can a corporation own what makes us who we are? Then he discovered that women were being charged exorbitant fees to test for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer--all because Myriad Genetics had patented the famous BRCA genes. So he sued them. In “The Genome Defense,” Jorge Contreras, an attorney at the forefront of genetics law, gives us a front row seat as Hanson’s brilliant legal team battles corporate greed for our fundamental right to control our genes.
Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.
Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Heather Clark

Tuesday, November 2nd, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Heather Clark, “Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath.”
With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials, literary historian Heather Clark brings to life the brilliant Sylvia Plath. A finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, “Red Comet” focuses on Plath’s remarkable literary and intellectual achievements, while thoroughly exploring Plath’s life, including her troubles with an unenlightened mental health industry and her thunderclap meeting with Ted Hughes. Along with illuminating readings of the poems themselves, Clark’s meticulous, compassionate research brings us closer than ever to the spirited woman and visionary artist who blazed a trail for women poets the world over.
Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 7:00pm

Areva Martin - Awakening

Thursday, November 4, 7pm CT
St. Louis Public Radio Community Room
3651 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63108
In Person Event - Please Register Here
Left Bank Books & St. Louis Public Radio welcome St. Louis native, award-winning attorney, advocate, legal and social issues commentator, talk show host, and producer
Areva Martin,
who will discuss her new book 
Awakening: Ladies, Leadership, and the Lies We've Been Told,
in person at St. Louis Public Radio on November 4th at 7pm Central.
Martin will be in conversation with St. Louis Public Radio host of St. Louis On the Air
Sarah Fenske.
Please RSVP and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Books will also be available for sale at the event. Areva will be signing copies after the event.
If you are unable to make it to the in person event,
personalized copies are available to order through Left Bank Books online or over the phone.
Masks and proof of vaccination are required to attend this event. Vaccination cards or an electronic copy will be accepted.

About Awakening: Ladies, Leadership, and the Lies We've Been Told

Anyone who is looking to move forward in their career will gain insight and enjoy anecdotes from Areva Martin's Awakening, which calls out the lies told by a patriarchal society and calls in all people to work toward a more equitable one.


Awakening goes beyond the idea that women should ask for a seat at the table. Areva Martin makes the case for women to tear down the building, build anew, and choose tables that make room for everyone.

Martin does this by exposing five lies told by society that have kept women held back for so long. By further exploring the problem and offering solutions that benefit all people, Awakening gives women in all careers a path toward a more equitable world. Pick up Awakening for your next book club, to gift to a new grad, or to show a woman in your life that you support their journey.

Uncover the lies we have been told and discover how we can move toward a more equitable world.

  • Areva Martin provides statistics and stories on how our current system works to keep women as the inferior sex and why it needs a complete overhaul. Case studies from real women at work demonstrate the barriers that hold women back and the conflicts that they face if they choose to start a family. Readers will explore "how we got here" and the movements, milestones, and men who have shaped where women stand in the workplace today. Martin zooms out to describe how expectations, norms, and culture need to change before equity can be achieved. Action items throughout the book offer small and quick exercises that become stepping stones to larger solutions.

The past decade has been a whirlwind of fighting for equity, seeing the consequences of small-scale strategies, and being pushed back by the COVID-19 pandemic. Areva Martin lays all of this out on the table and provides a map for pushing forward in the corporate jungle, nonprofit world, and society at large.

Grab your copy of Awakening today to expose the lies told by society and become leaders at work and home.


About our Speakers

A best-selling author, Areva Martin has dedicated her fourth book to helping women worldwide recognize, own and assert their limitless power.
Areva is the founder of Special Needs Network, Inc., California's premier autism advocacy organization. She has raised millions of dollars for autism, and has played a leadership role in advocating for state and federal laws to eliminate disparities in state funding for individuals with disabilities. Her extensive experience in community outreach and activism has positioned her to become one of the top female entrepreneurs of the 21st century. Those credentials, along with her humble beginnings in North St. Louis and passion for life as a mother, wife, and entrepreneur, make her uniquely qualified to speak on the current state of affairs regarding female leadership, and the need for an empowered female workforce.
A Harvard Law School graduate, Areva founded the Los Angeles based civil rights firm, Martin & Martin, LLP and the health technology company Butterflly Health, Inc.
Sarah Fenske joined St. Louis Public Radio as host of St. Louis on the Air in July 2019. Before that, she spent twenty years in newspapers, working as a reporter, columnist and editor in Cleveland, Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles and St. Louis.
She won the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for her work in Phoenix exposing corruption at the local housing authority. She also won numerous awards for column writing, including multiple first place wins from the Arizona Press Club, the Association of Women in Journalism (the Clarion Awards) and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
From 2015 to July 2019, Sarah was editor in chief of St. Louis' alt-weekly, the Riverfront Times. She and her husband, John, are raising their two young daughters and ill-behaved border terrier in Lafayette Square.
Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 7:00pm


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