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Jewell Parker Rhodes - Paradise on Fire

Friday, September 17, 1pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes beloved award-winning and bestselling author
Jewell Parker Rhodes,
who will discuss her new book 
Paradise on Fire,
on our Facebook Live Page at 1pm CT on September 17th.
Classrooms are invited to join us for this public virtual event.
Join us on our YouTube Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
About Paradise on Fire
From award-winning and bestselling author Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age survival tale exploring issues of race, class, and climate change

Addy is haunted by the tragic fire that killed her parents, leaving her to be raised by her grandmother. Now, years later, Addy's grandmother has enrolled her in a summer wilderness program. There, Addy joins five other Black city kids--each with their own troubles--to spend a summer out west.

Deep in the forest the kids learn new (and to them) strange skills: camping, hiking, rock climbing, and how to start and safely put out campfires. Most important, they learn to depend upon each other for companionship and survival.

But then comes a devastating forest fire...

Addy is face-to-face with her destiny and haunting past. Developing her courage and resiliency against the raging fire, it's up to Addy to lead her friends to safety. Not all are saved. But remembering her origins and grandmother's teachings, she's able to use street smarts, wilderness skills, and her spiritual intuition to survive.

About our Speaker
Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of Ninth Ward, winner of a Coretta Scott King Honor; Sugar, winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award; and the New York Times-bestselling Ghost Boys; as well as Bayou Magic; Towers Falling; Black Brother, Black Brother; and Paradise on Fire. She has written many award-novels for adults, including, MAGIC CITY, a novel about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Jewell is the Virginia G. Piper Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

 

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, September 17, 2021 - 1:00pm

SLCL Presents Leonard Slatkin

Monday, September 13, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library Headquarters
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis MO. 63131-3598
 
The Grammy Award-winning, Conductor Laureate and former Music Director for St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, will discuss the release of his third book, “Classical Crossroads: The Path Forward for Music in the 21st Century” with CEO and General Manager at Classic 107.3, John Clare. Guests will enjoy a live performance by Leonard Slatkin of Leroy Anderson - "The Typewriter" (arr. Woehr), a pre-recorded performance of Charles Ives "Variations on America" (arr. McCall) and a live string quartet performance by Chamber Music Society of St. Louis. 
 
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
 

Tickets go on sale August 2 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Books provided by Left Bank Books.

St. Louis County Library is mindful of all CDC guidelines and social distancing requirements. The proceeds from this event will benefit the St. Louis County Library Foundation and the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis.

 

TICKET PRICES

For an additional donation, guests can mingle in-person with Mr. Slatkin at an exclusive pre-event cocktail reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m. held at Library Headquarters. Tickets are limited. 

  • VIP TICKET - $150
    Admits ONE and includes cocktail reception and one pre-signed copy of "Classical Crossroad"

 

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

Monday, September 13, 2021 - 7:00pm

Kristin Hannah with Christina Baker Kline - Four Winds

Thursday, September 23, 6pm CDT / 7pm EDT
Register for the free Zoom event here

Left Bank Books and Macmillan’s Book + Author series welcome #1 New York Times Bestselling author
Kristin Hannah,
who will discuss her new book 
The Four Winds,
in a virtual book club event on Zoom at 6pm CT/7pm ET on September 23rd.
Hannah will be in conversation with fellow #1 New York Times Bestselling author
Christina Baker Kline.
Join us on Zoom and order a SIGNED copy* of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
*Signed bookplates available while supplies last
 
Come join us! Sign up to participate in the next event in Macmillan’s Book + Author series: a virtual book club event with Kristin Hannah for her #1 bestseller The Four Winds. We've partnered with Macmillan to bring this opportunity to book club members across the country, who can tune in to hear a discussion with fellow author Christina Baker Kline and participate in the live Q&A. Register through the link.

 

About The Four Winds
Since its release in February of 2021, THE FOUR WINDS has become a #1 New York Times Bestseller, a #1 USA Today Bestseller, a #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller, and a #1 Indie Bestseller. We are thrilled to bring this exclusive conversation to you, the enthusiastic readers of this book!

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
#1 USA TODAY BESTSELLER
#1 WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER
#1 INDIE BESTSELLER

The Four Winds seems eerily prescient in 2021 . . . Its message is galvanizing and hopeful: We are a nation of scrappy survivors. We've been in dire straits before; we will be again. Hold your people close."--The New York Times

A spectacular tour de force that shines a spotlight on the indispensable but often overlooked role of Greatest Generation women.--People

Through one woman's survival during the harsh and haunting Dust Bowl, master storyteller, Kristin Hannah, reminds us that the human heart and our Earth are as tough, yet as fragile, as a change in the wind. -- Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing

From the number-one bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes a powerful American epic about love and heroism and hope, set during the Great Depression, a time when the country was in crisis and at war with itself, when millions were out of work and even the land seemed to have turned against them.

Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman's only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows.

By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as crops fail and water dries up and the earth cracks open. Dust storms roll relentlessly across the plains. Everything on the Martinelli farm is dying, including Elsa's tenuous marriage; each day is a desperate battle against nature and a fight to keep her children alive.

In this uncertain and perilous time, Elsa--like so many of her neighbors--must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or leave it behind and go west, to California, in search of a better life for her family.

The Four Winds is a rich, sweeping novel that stunningly brings to life the Great Depression and the people who lived through it--the harsh realities that divided us as a nation and the enduring battle between the haves and the have-nots. A testament to hope, resilience, and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity, The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

 

Kristin Hannah is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The Nightingale and The Great Alone. A former lawyer turned writer, she lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.

Christina Baker Kline is the author of six novels, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train as well as A Piece of the World. She lives outside New York City and spends as much time as possible on the coast of Maine. Learn more about Christina at www.christinabakerkline.com.
 
 
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Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 6:00pm

Alice Feeney with Mary Kubica - Rock Paper Scissors

Sunday, September 12, 2pm CT
TBD

Left Bank Books and Anderson's Bookshop welcomes NY Times Bestselling Author
Alice Feeney,
who will discuss her "the latest exciting domestic thriller from the queen of the killer twist"
Rock Paper Scissors,
on our Facebook Live Page at 2pm CT on September 12th.
Feeney will be in conversation with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
Mary Kubica.
Register here (TBA) and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
About Rock Paper Scissors

Rock Paper Scissors is the latest exciting domestic thriller from the queen of the killer twist, New York Times bestselling author Alice Feeney.

Think you know the person you married? Think again...

Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can't recognize friends or family, or even his own wife.

Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts--paper, cotton, pottery, tin--and each year Adam's wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now. They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn't randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn't want them to live happily ever after.

Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget.

"Chilling and clever, with a twist so sharp you'll get whiplash. Rock Paper Scissors is the kind of blistering, one-sit-read that Alice Feeney is just so incredibly good at." --Chris Whitaker, bestselling author of We Begin at the End

"This one's already been optioned, but I'd encourage everyone to read it before it heads to the screen... The two dovetail towards an explosive conclusion that leaves us with just enough ambiguity to linger in the reader's mind long after finishing." --CrimeReads

 

About our Speakers

Alice Feeney is a writer and a journalist. She spent fifteen years with BBC News, where she worked as a reporter, news editor, an arts and entertainment producer, and a One O' Clock news producer. Alice has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her husband and dog. Alice is the New York Times bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie, I Know Who You Are, and His & HersHis & Hers will be adapted for TV by Jessica Chastain's Freckle Films, and Sometimes I Lie will soon be a major Warner Bros. TV series, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and produced by Ellen DeGeneres. Rock Paper Scissors is her fourth novel.

Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL and PRETTY BABY. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

 

 

Sunday, September 12, 2021 - 2:00pm

Marlowe Granados with Sandi Tan - Happy Hour

Wednesday, September 8, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes debut novelist and filmmaker
Marlowe Granados,
who will discuss her "amusingly mischievous debut" (Publishers Weekly)
Happy Hour,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on September 8th.
Granados will be in conversation with award winning director and author
Sandi Tan.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
About Happy Hour

With the verve and bite of Ottessa Moshfegh and the barbed charm of Nancy Mitford, Marlowe Granados's stunning début brilliantly captures a summer of striving in New York City

Refreshing and wry in equal measure, Happy Hour is an intoxicatingnovel of youth well spent. Isa Epley is all of twenty-one years old, and already wise enough to understand that the purpose of life is the pursuit of pleasure. She arrives in New York City for a summer of adventure with her best friend, one newly blond Gala Novak. They have little money, but that's hardly going to stop them from having a good time.

In her diary, Isa describes a sweltering summer in the glittering city. By day, the girls sell clothes in a market stall, pinching pennies for their Bed-Stuy sublet and bodega lunches. By night, they weave from Brooklyn to the Upper East Side to the Hamptons among a rotating cast of celebrities, artists, Internet entrepreneurs, stuffy intellectuals, and bad-mannered grifters. Resources run ever tighter and the strain tests their friendship as they try to convert their social capital into something more lasting than precarious gigs as au pairs, nightclub hostesses, paid audience members, and aspiring foot fetish models. Through it all, Isa's bold, beguiling voice captures the precise thrill of cultivating a life of glamour and intrigue as she juggles paying her dues with skipping out on the bill.

Happy Hour is a novel about getting by and looking great in a system that wants you to do neither.

A dreamy account of one heady summer, Marlowe Granados's début is a dispatch from another land; not only New York City, but youth itself. Happy Hour is aptly titled--it's an intoxicating book, at once heartbreaking and joyful. --Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind

Happy Hour is filled with charm, memorable insight, and witty aperçus, adding up to the realization that life, while unfair, is antic enough to be worth all the trouble. --A. S. Hamrah, author of The Earth Dies Streaming

 

About our Speakers

Marlowe Granados is a writer and filmmaker. She co-hosts The Mean Reds, a podcast dedicated to women-led films, and her advice column, Designs for Living, appears in The Baffler. Granados currently resides in Toronto. Happy Hour is her debut novel.

Sandi Tan was born in Singapore. She directed the Netflix film Shirkers, which won a Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival, was named Best Documentary by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and was shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Documentary. The Black Isle was her debut novel. She's lived in Los Angeles for 20 years but everyone still thinks she lives in New York.
Instagram: @_sanditan_

 

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 7:00pm

Carla Power - Home, Land, Security

Tuesday, September 7, 1pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcome St. Louis native & Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award finalist
Carla Power,
who will discuss her new book 
Home, Land, Security: Deradicalization and the Journey Back from Extremism,
on our Facebook Live Page at 1pm CT on September 7th.
Power will be in conversation with
TBA.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About Home, Land, Security: Deradicalization and the Journey Back from Extremism
A groundbreaking look inside the controversial field of deradicalization, told through the stories of former militants and the people working to bring them back into society, from National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist Carla Power

What are the roots of radicalism? Journalist Carla Power came to this question well before the January 6, 2021, attack in Washington, D.C., turned our country's attention to the problem of domestic radicalization. Her entry point was a different wave of radical panic--the way populists and pundits encouraged us to see the young people who joined ISIS or other terrorist organizations as simple monsters. Power wanted to chip away at the stereotypes by focusing not on what these young people had done but why: What drew them into militancy? What visions of the world--of home, of land, of security for themselves and the people they loved--shifted their thinking toward radical beliefs? And what visions of the world might bring them back to society?

Power begins her journey by talking to the mothers of young men who'd joined ISIS in the UK and Canada; from there, she travels around the world in search of societies that are finding new and innovative ways to rehabilitate former extremists. We meet an American judge who has staked his career on finding new ways to handle terrorist suspects, a Pakistani woman running a game-changing school for former child soldiers, a radicalized Somali American who learns through literature to see beyond his Manichean beliefs, and a former neo-Nazi who now helps disarm white supremacists. Along the way Power gleans lessons that get her closer to answering the true question at the heart of her pursuit: Can we find a way to live together?

An eye-opening, page-turning investigation, Home, Land, Security speaks to the rise of division and radicalization in all forms, both at home and abroad. In this richly reported and deeply human account, Carla Power offers new ways to overcome the rising tides of extremism, one human at a time.

 

About our Speakers

Carla Power is the author of If the Oceans Were Ink, a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. She began her journalistic career at Newsweek in the 1990s. Her reportage and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Time, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The Guardian. She lives with her family in East Sussex, England.

 

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 1:00pm

Gordy Sauer with Michael Nye - Child in the Valley

Tuesday, August 31, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes Missouri debut novelist
Gordy Sauer,
who will discuss his highly anticipated debut, an "accomplished literary western" set partially in St. Louis, 
Child in the Valley,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on August 31st.
Sauer will be in conversation with UMSL MFA Alum
Michael Nye.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About Child in the Valley

Seventeen-year-old Joshua Gaines is the orphaned foster son of a failed doctor on the run from his father's debt. In 1849, he travels to Independence, Missouri and falls in with the mysterious, four-fingered Renard, and his companion, formerly-enslaved Free Ray. Joshua offers his medical expertise to their party, and together they embark on the fifteen-hundred mile overland journey to Gold Rush California.

Following the hardship, disease, and death on the trail, the company abandons panning the river in favor of robbery and murder. Engulfed by violence, the young doctor-turned-marauder must reckon with his own morality, his growing desire for the men around him, and the brutality that has haunted him all his life.

For fans of The Revenantand Ian McGuire's The North WaterChild in the Valley is a gorgeously rendered tale cut from the turmoil of a fledgling America. Gordy Sauer's careful eye and penetrating literary lens offers a modern, incisive look into the complexities of masculinity, isolation, and the impenetrable nature of greed.

Child in the Valley is vividly brutal and haunting, well beyond its subject matter. Gordy Sauer has a bright future ahead of him. --Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove

Set during the era of the California gold rush, Child in the Valley is the brutal telling of one man's journey as he travels west in the hope of changing his life's circumstance. Richly detailed and beautifully written, Sauer's novel is an examination of the lengths people are willing to go for the promise of the American dream. --LaTanya McQueen, author of When the Reckoning Comes

"Gordy Sauer is a serious talent, an assured voice reminiscent of Ian McGuire. Early in Child in the Valley there is some temptation to stop to marvel at the language, the vivid imagery, but the characters are real and the story compels, insists upon headlong reading. Unflinching and piercing, pungent with surprising details, Sauer's prose transports to a fully-realized 19th century frontier milieu, a violent, energetic, uncomfortable place and time." --James A. McLaughlin, Edgar Award-winning author of Bearskin

 

About our Speakers

Gordy Sauer is a native Texan and transplant Missourian. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and an MA from Clemson University. His writing has appeared in Narrative Magazine and Boulevard, among other places, and he received a 2013 artist's grant for residency at the Vermont Studio Center. A lifelong educator, he has taught snowboarding, fly fishing, middle school math and science, and now works as a speechwriter at Mizzou. He lives in Columbia, Missouri.

Michael Nye is the author of three books of fiction, most recently the story collection Until We Have Faces. His writing has appeared in BoulevardEpochKenyon ReviewLit Hub, and the Millions, among many others. He is the editor of Story.

 

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.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 7:00pm

Debbye Turner Bell with Kelly Jackson - Courageous Faith

Thursday, August 26, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes veterinarian, broadcast journalist, motivational speaker, and Miss America 1990
Debbye Turner Bell,
who will discuss her inspirational new book, 
Courageous Faith: A Lifelong Pursuit of Faith Over Fear,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on August 26th.
Turner Bell will be in conversation with Emmy-winning journalist and anchor at KSDK
Kelly Jackson.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About Courageous Faith: A Lifelong Pursuit of Faith Over Fear
When you feel like giving up, seek God and ask for Courageous Faith. Set-backs, failures, and fatigue impacts us all. And at times we don't feel like going on. But we must! In this book you'll discover faith-filled principles to use as a blueprint for perseverance, and a new definition of success for your life.
 
About our Speakers
Dr. Debbye Turner Bell is a veterinarian, broadcast journalist, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, corporate trainer, and Miss America 1990. For more than two decades, she has addressed audiences in the corporate, academic, and community service arenas. In addition to her speaking and media work, she is also the Founder and CEO of Debbye Turner Bell Consulting, a faculty member of the Institute for Management Studies, and an Affiliate Trainer for the TransPorter Group Inc. Dr. Turner Bell lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, Gerald, and daughter Lynlee.
 
Kelly Jackson is an Emmy Award winning television journalist and has been in the business for 30 years.  Kelly is a news anchor at the NBC affiliate KSDK-TV. She also co-hosts a morning talk radio show, “McGraw Live,” on KTRS, and is the Executive Producer and host of the YouTube series, How My Pet Lives.  Kelly has received numerous honors including the St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 under 40.” The former dog walking service she founded, My BFF Network, received St. Louis Magazine’s Editor’s Choice for Best Pet Service in St Louis in 2012. Kelly volunteers her time to various animal welfare organizations by hosting and emceeing fundraisers, including telethons for the Humane Society of Missouri.  Kelly lives in her adopted home of St. Louis, Missouri. 
 
 
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, August 26, 2021 - 7:00pm

Merissa Nathan Gerson with Rebecca Lester - Forget Prayers, Bring Cake

Thursday, August 19, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes Washington University alum, writer, professor and sex educator
Merissa Nathan Gerson,
who will discuss her heartrending, relatable account, 
Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman's Guide to Grieving,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on August 19th.
Gerson will be in conversation with St. Louis author of Famished
Rebecca Lester.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 

 

About Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman's Guide to Grieving

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Though at times it may seem impossible, we can heal with help from our friends and community- if we know how to ask. This heartrending, relatable account of one woman's reckoning with loss is a guide to the world of self-recovery, self-love, and the skills necessary to meeting one's own needs in these times of pain- especially when that pain is suffered alone.

Grief is all around us. In the world of today it has become common and layered, no longer only an occasional weight. A book needed now more than ever, Forget Prayers, Bring Cake is for people of all ages and orientations dealing with grief of any sort--professional, personal, romantic, familial, or even the sadness of the modern day. This book provides actions to boost self-care and self-worth; it shows when and how to ask for love and attention, and how to provide it for others. It shows that it is okay to define your needs and ask others to share theirs. In a moment in which community, affection, and generosity are needed more than ever, this book is an indispensable road map.

This book will be a guiding light to a healthier mental state amid these troubled times.

"Gerson debuts with an illuminating memoir-cum-guide to dealing with grief as a single woman...Gerson's willingness to explore the depth and breadth of personal loss will help those grieving know they are not alone."-- Publishers Weekly

 

About our Speakers

Merissa Nathan Gerson, author of the forthcoming Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman’s Guide to Grieving, is a New Orleans-based writer, professor and sex educator. Her written work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Playboy, and Tablet, among others, and she was the inherited trauma consultant for Amazon’s Emmy Award winning television show, Transparent.  Merissa is a graduate of Washington University class of 2004 where she majored in American Culture Studies and Women & Gender Studies. Rebecca Lester was her professor in an amazing course on Gender, Culture, and Madness.

Rebecca J. Lester is Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis and a licensed clinical social worker. She is the author of numerous academic articles and the award-winning book Jesus in Our Wombs.

 

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Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 7:00pm

Cait Stevenson with Thea James - How to Slay a Dragon

Wednesday, August 18, 7pm CT
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Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis author
Cait Stevenson,
who will discuss her fun and historically accurate how-to guide to conquering an epic quest, 
How to Slay a Dragon,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on August 18th.
Stevenson will be in conversation with author & Hugo Award-winning co-founder of The Book Smugglers
Thea James.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About How to Slay a Dragon
Grab your magical sword and take the place of your favorite fantasy character with this fun and historically accurate how-to guide to solving epic quests.
What should you ask a magic mirror? How do you outwit a genie? Where should you dig for buried treasure? Fantasy media's favorite clichés get new life from How to Slay a Dragon: A Fantasy Hero's Guide to the Real Middle Ages, a historically accurate romp through the medieval world. Each entry presents a trope from video games, books, movies, or TV--such as saving the princess or training a wizard--as a problem for you to solve, as if you were the hero of your own fantasy quest. Through facts sourced from a rich foundation of medieval sources, you will learn how your magical problems were solved by people in the actual Middle Ages.
Divided into thematic subsections based on typical stages in a fantastical epic, and inclusive of race, gender, and continent, How to Slay a Dragon is perfect if you're curious to learn more about the time period that inspired some of your favorite magical worlds or longing to know what it would be like to be the hero of your own mythical adventure.
 
About Cooking for Wizards, Warriors, and Dragons (available for preorder)
100+ Spell-Binding Recipes Inspired by Diverse Fantasy Worlds, from The Witcher to The Broken Earth
Created by Hugo Award-winning co-founder of The Book Smugglers, Thea James, Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons collects recipes inspired by fantasy classics and groundbreaking new voices, including: Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher, N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth Trilogy, Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, Tomi Adeyemi's Legacy of Orïsha, Patrick Rothfuss's The Kingkiller Chronicle , Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness , and many more.
Fortify yourself for the road with classic dishes, such as Pernese Meatrolls or Geralt's Life Saving Chicken Sando. Embrace your dark side with King's Landing Barbecue smoked meats a la Daenerys, channel your inner Saruman with Charred Broccoli Stalk Salad, or a Fifth Season-inspired Solving the Meat Shortage Osso Bucco. Learn to make your own Grishaverse-inspired Butter Week Cakes or Orïshan Coconut Pie, and try your hand at a Spiritwalkerverse-inspired Lamb Tajine.
Organized by different meal types and ingredients (including Breakfasts & Second Breakfasts, Soups & Stews, The Hunt, The Farm, The Catch, Snacks & Sides, and Desserts), Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons includes illustrations from noted artist Tim Foley and recipes developed and tested by professional chef Isabel Minunni. With five bonus feast spreads, this grimoire is sure to sate hungry readers from any realm.

 

About our Speakers

Cait Stevenson earned her PhD in medieval history from the University of Notre Dame. She concentrates on breaking down the barriers and hierarchy among academic and popular history. As @SunAgainstGold, she has contributed to AskHistorians, the internet's largest public history forum, where she also writes on topics ranging from medieval inheritance laws to whether 17th-century children playing with toy guns said their equivalent of "Pew, pew, pew." She is proud to live and work in St. Louis, Missouri.

Thea James is one half of the maniacal duo behind The Book Smugglers, a Hugo Award-winning sci-fi and fantasy book review blog. Thea is Filipina-American, but grew up in Hawaii, Indonesia, and Japan. She is a full-time book nerd who works in publishing for her day job and currently resides in Astoria, Queens with her partner and rambunctious cat. Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons (available August 31, 2021) is her first cookbook.

 

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, August 18, 2021 - 7:00pm

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