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LBB Presents ONLINE: Katherine Angel with Breanne Fahs - Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again

Friday, March 19, 1pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books welcomes author
Katherine Angel,
who will discuss her new book, 
Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again: Women and Desire in the Age of Consent,
on our Facebook Live Page at 1pm CT on March 19.
Angel will be in conversation with Founder and Director of the Feminist Research on Gender and Sexuality Group at Arizona State University
Breanne Fahs.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

 

About Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again

A provocative, elegantly written analysis of female desire, consent, and sexuality in the age of MeToo

Women are in a bind. In the name of consent and empowerment, they must proclaim their desires clearly and confidently. Yet sex researchers suggest that women’s desire is often slow to emerge. And men are keen to insist that they know what women—and their bodies—want. Meanwhile, sexual violence abounds. How can women, in this environment, possibly know what they want? And why do we expect them to?

In this elegant, searching book—spanning science and popular culture; pornography and literature; debates on Me-Too, consent and feminism—Katherine Angel challenges our assumptions about women’s desire. Why, she asks, should they be expected to know their desires? And how do we take sexual violence seriously, when not knowing what we want is key to both eroticism and personhood?

In today’s crucial moment of renewed attention to violence and power, Angel urges that we remake our thinking about sex, pleasure, and autonomy without any illusions about perfect self-knowledge. Only then will we fulfil Michel Foucault’s teasing promise, in 1976, that “tomorrow sex will be good again.”

“Thought-provoking … [Angel’s] jargon-free prose and nuanced readings of popular culture and postmodern theory enlighten. Readers will value this lively and incisive inquiry into the sexual dynamics of the #MeToo era.” Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“An ardent, rigorous, nuanced investigation into the question of consent, at once illuminating and empowering. A truly vital guide to navigating the difficult waters of 21st century desire.” —Olivia Laing, author of Funny Weather

About the Speakers

Katherine Angel is the author of Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell and Daddy Issues. She directs the MA in Creative and Critical Writing at Birkbeck, University of London, and has a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Breanne Fahs is Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. She is the author of Burn It Down!Performing SexValerie SolanasOut for Blood, and Firebrand Feminism, and co-editor of The Moral Panics of Sexuality and Transforming Contagion. She is the Founder and Director of the Feminist Research on Gender and Sexuality Group at Arizona State University, and also works as a Clinical Psychologist.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

 

Friday, March 19, 2021 - 1:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Stephanie Schriock - Run to Win

Wednesday, March 10, 3:30pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books welcomes President of EMILY's List
Stephanie Schriock,
who will discuss her new book, 
Run to Win: Lessons in Leadership for Women Changing the World,
on our Facebook Live Page at 3:30pm CT on March 10.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

 

 

About Run to Win

“I have long believed that women who dream big, work hard, and get back up after they get knocked down can do anything; Stephanie Schriock is one of those women. I’m so glad her thoughtful guidance is now available for women everywhere.”—Hillary Rodham Clinton
 
"Stephanie Schriock leads the leaders.”—Michelle Lujan Grisham, governor of New Mexico
 
Run to Win is an antidote to anxiety and a welcome call to action. I encourage every woman (and a few good men) to dive into Run to Win and take your turn at saving the world.”—Stacey Abrams

From the president of EMILY's List, a playbook for women changing the world in politics, business, or any arena, with a foreword from Vice President Elect Kamala Harris. 


For the past thirty-five years EMILY's List has helped the campaigns of thousands of pro-choice Democratic women, but the hardest part has always been convincing more women to run. Then Donald Trump was elected, and something shifted into place. American women who were furious and frustrated were looking for a way to channel their outrage into action, united in proclaiming, "If that guy can get elected, why not me?"

The day after the 2016 election, dozens of women searched out an old sign-up link buried on the EMILY's List website. By Thanksgiving, those dozens had grown to a few thousand. And that was only the beginning. By the end of 2018, there were nearly fifty thousand women signed up to run for office, with scores more signing up each day.

Run to Win is for all women who are looking to lead. Organized around the steps that EMILY's List coaches its candidates through (from deciding to run through celebrating victory), this book is full of essential lessons for any woman trying to succeed in a male-dominated field. Their arena is politics but their message is universal.

And Stephanie Schriock is the most qualified person to share these lessons. Not only is she a powerful figure in politics but she's also a woman who commands respect for her astounding success as president of EMILY's List and a longtime Democratic operative. Her message is uplifting and actionable, her voice is that of your best girlfriend walking you through what you need to consider as you make your plan, and her experience coaching the biggest female candidates in recent elections (including all of the female 2020 Democratic presidential candidates) makes her the de facto authority on the strategies women can employ to run, fight, and win, whatever their field or goal.

About the Author

Raised in the copper-mining town of Butte, Montana, Stephanie Schriock has been working to get Democrats elected for twenty-five years. Since Schriock became president of EMILY's List in 2010, she has overseen a decade of phenomenal growth in the organization, raising hundreds of millions of dollars, helping elect record numbers of women to the House and Senate, and recruiting and training hundreds more. EMILY's List is now nearly five million members strong.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 3:30pm

SLCL Presents Andrew Steele

Monday, March 29, 7pm
 

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Andrew Steele, "Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old."

Aging–not cancer or heart disease–is the true underlying cause of most human death. We accept as inevitable that as we advance in year our bodies and minds begin to deteriorate. But we never really ask–is aging necessary? Computational biologist and science writer Andrew Steele presents a journey through the frontiers of science and aging, and reveals how closer we are to an astonishing extension of our life spans and a vastly improved quality of life in our later years.

Medical Arts Author Series

Signed books available 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.

Monday, March 29, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Lisa Scottoline

Friday, March 26, 7pm
 

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Lisa Scottoline, "Eternal."

#1 bestselling author Lisa Scottoline offers a sweeping epic of historical fiction. Set in Rome during the ventennio, the twenty years of Mussolini’s rise and fall, “Eternal” centers on Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro, who grew up as the best of friends despite their differences. But in the autumn of 1937, all of that changes as Mussolini asserts his power, aligning Italy's Fascists with Hitler's Nazis. Everything that the three friends hold dear--their families, their homes, and their connection to one another--is tested in ways they never could have imagined.“Eternal” is a saga of loyalty and loss, family and food, love and hate—all set in one of the world's most beautiful cities at its darkest moment. 
 
Signed books available 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, March 26, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Emily St. John Mandel

Tuesday, March 23, 7pm
 

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Emily St. John Mandel, “The Glass Hotel.”

In conversation with Ryan Krull, Interviews Editor - Boulevard Magazine

From the award-winning author of “Station Eleven,” Emily St. John Mandel’s exhilarating new novel is set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events–a massive Ponzi scheme collapse and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea. In this story of crisis and survival, Mandel takes readers through often hidden landscapes: campgrounds for the near-homeless, service in luxury hotels, and life in a federal prison. “The Glass Hotel” is a captivating portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives.

Signed books available 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.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents C.J. Box

Friday, March 5, 7pm
 

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present C.J. Box, "Dark Sky: A Joe Pickett Novel."

C.J. Box has created one of suspense fiction’s most enduring protagonists in Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett, an everyman hero with a penchant for stepping into trouble. In Box’s 21st Joe Pickett thriller, “Dark Sky,” the governor of Wyoming gives Joe the thankless assignment of taking a tech baron on an elk hunting trip. Unbeknownst to them, a manhunter is hot on their heels. Finding himself without a weapon, a horse, or a way to communicate, Joe must rely on his wits and his knowledge of the outdoors to protect himself and his charge. 
 
Signed books available 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, March 5, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Nicole Perlroth

Thursday, March 4, 7pm
 

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Nicole Perlroth, "This is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyber Weapons Arms Race."

New York Times cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth presents the untold story of the cyberweapons market--the most secretive, invisible, government-backed market on earth. Filled with spies, hackers, arms dealers, and a few unsung heroes, “This is How They Tell Me the World Ends,” is an astonishing feat of journalism. Based on years of reporting and hundreds of interviews, Perlroth lifts the curtain on a market in shadow, revealing the urgent threat faced by us all if we cannot bring the global cyber arms race to heel.
 
Westfall - Politics & History Series
 
Signed books available 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.

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Charles Finch

Tuesday, March 2, 7pm
 

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Charles Finch, “An Extravagant Death: A Charles Lenox Mystery.”

In conversation with Rhys Bowen, author of The Royal Spyness mystery series

Bestselling historical suspense author Charles Finch presents the latest installment in his lauded series starring Vicorian era gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox. London, 1878: With faith in Scotland Yard shattered after a corruption investigation, Charles Lenox’s detective agency is rapidly expanding. On a diplomatic mission for the Queen, Lenox travels to New York to investigate the death of a beautiful socialite. Witty, complex, and tender, “An Extravagant Death” is a devilish mystery from a master of historical detail and atmospheric suspense. 

Signed books available 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.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Miranda Popkey with Karen Russell - Topics of Conversation

Monday, March 15, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books welcomes local debut author
Miranda Popkey,
who will discuss her new novel, 
Topics of Conversation,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on March 15.
Popkey will be in conversation with award-winning author
Karen Russell.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

 

About Topics of Conversation

A compact tour de force about sex, violence, and self-loathing from a ferociously talented new voice in fiction, perfect for fans of Sally Rooney, Rachel Cusk, Lydia Davis, and Jenny Offill.

Composed almost exclusively of conversations between women—the stories they tell each other, and the stories they tell themselves—Topics of Conversation careens through twenty years in the life of an unnamed narrator hungry for experience and bent on upending her life. In exchanges about shame and love, infidelity and self-sabotage, Popkey touches upon desire, disgust, motherhood, loneliness, art, pain, feminism, anger, envy, and guilt. Edgy, wry, and written in language that sizzles with intelligence and eroticism, this novel introduces an audacious and immensely gifted new novelist.

Named a best book of the year by TIMEEsquire, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, Glamor, and Bustle

"Sally Rooney-esque... Popkey's sentences careen breathlessly as her halting, staccato prose mirrors the "churning" within the narrator's mind... Her manner of parceling out information evoke at times the fragmentary and diaristic sensibilities of Jenny Offill's "Dept. of Speculation"... a shrewd record of the act of unflinchingly circling these amorphous notions of pain, desire and control."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Slim but potent... has the flavor of Rachel Cusk... provocative... sure to spark conversation."
--NPR

About the Speakers

Miranda Popkey was born in Santa Cruz, California in 1987. She graduated with a BA in Humanities from Yale in 2009 and with an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis in 2018. She has written for, among other outlets, The New RepublicThe New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog, the Paris Review Daily, The Hairpin, The Awl, GQ, and New York magazine’s The Cut.

Karen Russell has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, the "5 Under 35" prize from the National Book Foundation, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, son, and daughter.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Monday, March 15, 2021 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Diane Seuss with Jane Huffman & Dana Levin - frank: sonnets

Thursday, March 25, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning poet
Diane Seuss,
who will discuss her new collection, 
frank: sonnets,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on March 25.
Seuss will be in conversation with fellow poets
Jane Huffman & Dana Levin.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

 

About frank: sonnets:

A resplendent life in sonnets from the author of Four-Legged Girl, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

“The sonnet, like poverty, teaches you what you can do / without,” Diane Seuss writes in this brilliant, candid work, her most personal collection to date. These poems tell the story of a life at risk of spilling over the edge of the page, from Seuss’s working-class childhood in rural Michigan to the dangerous allures of New York City and back again. With sheer virtuosity, Seuss moves nimbly across thought and time, poetry and punk, AIDS and addiction, Christ and motherhood, showing us what we can do, what we can do without, and what we offer to one another when we have nothing left to spare. Like a series of cels on a filmstrip, frank: sonnets captures the magnitude of a life lived honestly, a restless search for some kind of “beauty or relief.” Seuss is at the height of her powers, devastatingly astute, austere, and—in a word—frank.

“Good lord. I’ve rarely read a book that feels so intimate, so spoken. I’ve rarely read a book that makes me feel so spoken to. So with. These are poems born of a kind of wrought faith that, despite all the breaking, language still might bring us closer to each other, and closer to ourselves. Diane Seuss’s frank: sonnets shares that faith with us. And goddamn, I am so grateful for that.”—Ross Gay

“The lightning intelligence of Diane Seuss’s poems strikes equally the lavish external world and the harrowed interior. A brilliant and devastating account of the making and survival of a poet, frank: sonnets has a relentless, lambent urgency; by its final pages I had to remind myself to breathe.”—Garth Greenwell

About the Speakers

Diane Seuss is the author of four poetry collections, including Still Life With Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl,Four-Legged Girl, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open, winner of the Juniper Prize. She lives in Michigan.

Jane Huffman's poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review (forthcoming), and elsewhere, and she was a 2019 recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Jane is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is editor-in-chief of Guesthouse (www.guesthouselit.com), an online literary journal. She currently lives in Iowa City, IA and works for the Iowa Youth Writing Project.

Dana Levin’s most recent books are Banana Palace (Copper Canyon Press, 2016) and Sky Burial (Copper Canyon Press, 2011), which The New Yorker called “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” Levin is a grateful recipient of many fellowships and awards, including those from the Rona Jaffe, Whiting, and Guggenheim Foundations. She serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in Saint Louis. Copper Canyon Press will publish her fifth book, Now Do You Know Where You Are, in 2022.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 7:00pm

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