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Sarah Fawn Montgomery - Quite Mad

Tuesday, October 16, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Sarah Fawn Montgomery, Quite MadLeft Bank Books welcomes author Sarah Fawn Montgomery, who will sign and discuss her new book, Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir!

Diagnosed with severe anxiety, PTSD, and OCD in her early twenties, Sarah Fawn Montgomery spent the next ten years seeking treatment and the language with which to describe the indescribable consequences of her mental illness. Faced with disbelief, intolerable side effects, and unexpected changes in her mental health as a result of treatment, Montgomery turned to American history and her own personal history to make sense of the experience. Blending memoir with literary journalism, Montgomery’s Quite Mad examines America’s history of mental illness treatment—lobotomies to sterilization, the Rest Cure to Prozac—to challenge contemporary narratives about mental health.

Quite Mad, Sarah Fawn Montgomery’s mental illness memoir, is nothing short of mesmerizing . . . the book contains quiet triumphs and self-discovery, shining with unyielding grace and humor . . . the result is a stellar work of literary journalism." --Foreword Reviews

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Quite Mad from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Carol Moldaw - Beauty Refracted

Tuesday, October 23, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Carol Moldaw, Beauty RefractedLeft Bank Books welcomes award-winning poet and author Carol Moldaw, who will sign and read from her new poetry collection, Beauty Refracted!

“... Life itself can feel like a sprawl these days, but I’m grateful
emotions no longer roil heedlessly inside me...”
from “For a Lost Fragment”

In iridescent, intimate lines, Carol Moldaw’s Beauty Refracted is a stunning tapestry of the ways we are marked by time. From the “unstaunchable grief” of losing a parent to the experience of raising a child through adolescence, Moldaw peels back the veil of the everyday to discover the metaphysical passions hidden underneath.

“...Earthy in diction, elegant in syntax, Beauty Refracted is a rich, surprising, and moving read.” —Dana Levin

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Beauty Refracted from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Robert Horsey - Gifted

Thursday, August 23, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Robert Horsey, GiftedLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis author and critical care registered nurse Robert Horsey, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Gifted!

JT Stone is a national standout, the number one recruited high-school basketball phenom from St. Louis. His plans for college ball, followed by the NBA, are in direct conflict with his mother Loretta Stone’s schemes. She’s a widowed, single mother of two boys with immediate aspirations of her small family rising out of her perceived poverty on the wings of JT’s great athletic ability. Kevin Mills, a man pressed to choose between his marriage or the healthcare career he loves, is no more than a familiar acquaintance to Loretta. But, he becomes a trusted friend when their lives meaningfully intersect. He must be the bridge between the gap of Loretta’s dreams of NBA greatness and the reality with which she is forced to accept.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Gifted from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Pre-order your copy here!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Chaya Bhuvaneswar - White Dancing Elephants

Monday, November 5, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes physician and award-winninng author Chaya Bhuvaneswar, who will sign and discuss her debut short story collection, White Dancing Elephants!

A woman grieves a miscarriage, haunted by the Buddha’s birth. Orphans in India get pulled into a strange “rescue” mission aimed at stripping their mysterious powers. A brief but intense affair between two women culminates in regret and betrayal. A boy seeks memories of his sister in the legend of a woman who weds death. In sixteen remarkable stories, Chaya Bhuvaneswar spotlights diverse women of color—cunning, bold, and resolute—facing sexual harassment and racial violence, and occasionally inflicting that violence on each other. Winner of the 2017 Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize, White Dancing Elephants marks the emergence of a new and original voice in fiction and explores feminist, queer, religious, and immigrant stories with precision, drama, and compassion.

“Reading Chaya Bhuvaneswar is like receiving Lasik via literature—the world you return to is a little clearer and sharper for the time you’ve spent in her pages. She is a formidable talent, formally accomplished and intellectually alive."  --Anthony Marra (A Constellation of Vital Phenomena)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of White Dancing Elephants from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Pre-order your copy here!

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

Jason Kander - Outside the Wire

Monday, August 13, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Left Bank Books welcomes former Missouri Secretary of State and Let America Vote president Jason Kander, who will sign and discuss his new book, Outside the Wire: Ten Lessons I've Learned in Everyday Courage!

Jason Kander is a former Army Captain and Afghanistan veteran who became the first millennial ever elected to statewide office. Today, he is the founder and president of Let America Vote—and a bold new presence in national politics. In Outside the Wire, Kander guides readers through his journey from Midwestern kid to soldier to politician, detailing with humor and intimacy the lessons he's learned along the way. Outside the Wire is smart and revealing political memoir from a rising star who Barack Obama has called the future of the Democratic Party, and a practical guide for engaging in public service, as told by someone who's lived it.

"Jason Kander is in the vanguard of a new generation of public servants working tirelessly to realize the promise of our country for every American. OUTSIDE THE WIRE vividly captures his experience, energy, ideas, and vision for the future of our democracy." —Senator Cory Booker

Ticket Information

-- A $31 ticket admits one person and includes one hardcover copy of Outside the Wire
-- A $36 ticket admits two people and includes one hardcover copy of Outside the Wire, plus a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event

Tickets available below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of Outside the Wire or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Monday, August 13.



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Monday, August 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

Michael Kinch - Between Hope and Fear

Thursday, August 16, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Michael Kinch, Between Hope and FearLeft Bank Books welcomes author and Washington University Vice Chancellor Michael Kinch, who will sign and discuss his new book, Between Hope and Fear: A History of Vaccines and Human Immunity!

If you have a child in school, you may have heard stories of long-dormant diseases suddenly reappearing—cases of measles, mumps, rubella, and whooping cough cropping up everywhere from elementary schools to Ivy League universities because a select group of parents refuse to vaccinate their children. Between Hope and Fear tells the remarkable story of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases and their social and political implications. While detailing the history of vaccine invention, Kinch reveals the ominous reality that our victories against vaccine-preventable diseases are not permanent—and could easily be undone.

“A terrific book—insightful, authoritative, and endlessly absorbing.” —Bill Bryson (A Short History of Nearly Everything)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Between Hope and Fear from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Karin Slaughter - Pieces of Her

Monday, August 27, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Karin Slaughter, Pieces of HerThe #1 internationally bestselling author returns with a story even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she’s written before. What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all? Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. But all that changes when a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. For nearly 30 years Laura has been hiding from her previous identity. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again. Andrea embarks on a desperate journey following the breadcrumbs of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them.

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

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

Celebrity Storytime with Ed Wheatley - Incredible Cardinals

Saturday, August 11, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Ed Wheatley, Incredible CardinalsJoin us for a Celebrity Storytime with author Ed Wheatley, who will read from his new picture book, Incredible Cardinals, and share baseball memorabilia!

Deep in Busch Stadium's left field, you'll find a wall of heroes. The greatest Cardinals of all time are painted there, reminding us that dreams do come true. On this wall, Dizzy Dean still throws his flaming fastball. Lou Brock flashes his supersonic speed around the bases. Ozzie Smith puts on a show with his fielding magic. Just like players today, young Cardinal fans dream of joining their heroes on the wall. Will you join them one day too?
 

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 10:30am

Craig Smith - American Honor

Wednesday, August 8, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Craig Smith, American HonorLeft Bank Books welcomes early-American historian Craig Smith, who will sign and discuss his new book, American Honor: The Creation of the Nation's Ideals during the Revolutionary Era!

The American Revolution was not only a revolution for liberty and freedom, it was also a revolution of ethics, reshaping what colonial Americans understood as "honor" and "virtue." As Craig Bruce Smith demonstrates, these concepts were crucial aspects of Revolutionary Americans' ideological break from Europe and shared by all ranks of society. Focusing his study primarily on prominent Americans who came of age before and during the Revolution—notably John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington—Smith shows how a colonial ethical transformation caused and became inseparable from the American Revolution, creating an ethical ideology that still remains.

"In this conceptually daring and analytically original overview of the entire Revolutionary age, Smith explores the genesis of American political and ethical traditions and sheds important light on some of the oldest and most familiar themes in early American history."—Jason Opal

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of American Honor from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 7:00pm

An Evening with Martin Riker & Danielle Dutton

Tuesday, October 2, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Martin Riker, Danielle DuttonLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis authors and Dorothy Press co-founders Martin Riker and Danielle Dutton, who will read from and sign their new books, Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return and SPRAWL!

When Samuel Johnson dies, he finds himself in the body of the man who killed him, unable to depart this world but determined, at least, to return to the son he left behind. Moving from body to body as each one expires, Samuel’s soul journeys on a comic quest through domestic America, inhabiting a series of lives as stymied, in their ways, as his own. A passive action-novel, a ghost story of the most unexpected sort, Martin Riker’s wholly original debut is about the ways experience is mediated, the unstoppable drive for human connection, and the struggle to be more fully alive in the world.

When Danielle Dutton’s SPRAWL first broke upon the world in 2010, critics likened it to collage, a poetics of the suburbs, a literal unpacking of et cetera. This updated edition, with a new afterword by Renee Gladman, reopens the space of SPRAWL’s “fierce, careful composition”—as Bookforum wrote—“which changes the ordinary into the wonderful and odd.”

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return or SPRAWL from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

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