Author Events

Quan Barry - When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East

Wednesday, March 2, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes acclaimed author
Quan Barry,
who will discuss one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2022
When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on March 2nd.
Barry will be in conversation with Left Bank Books' Event Coordinator
Shane Mullen.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
About our Speaker
Born in Saigon and raised in Massachusetts, QUAN BARRY is the author of the novels She Weeps Each Time You're Born and We Ride Upon Sticks (winner of the 2020 ALA Alex Award), and four books of poetry, including Water Puppets (winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and a PEN Open Book finalist). Barry's first play, The Mytilenean Debate, premiers in the spring of 2022. She is the Lorraine Hansberry Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 
About When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East
From the acclaimed author of We Ride Upon Sticks comes a luminous novel that moves across a windswept Mongolia, as estranged twin brothers make a journey of duty, conflict, and renewed understanding.

Tasked with finding the reincarnation of a great lama--a spiritual teacher who may have been born anywhere in the vast Mongolian landscape--the young monk Chuluun sets out with his identical twin, Mun, who has rejected the monastic life they once shared. Their relationship will be tested on this journey through their homeland as each possesses the ability to hear the other's thoughts.

Proving once again that she is a writer of immense range and imagination, Quan Barry carries us across a terrain as unforgiving as it is beautiful and culturally varied, from the western Altai mountains to the eerie starkness of the Gobi Desert to the ancient capital of Chinggis Khaan. As their country stretches before them, questions of faith--along with more earthly matters of love and brotherhood--haunt the twins.

Are our lives our own, or do we belong to something larger? When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East is a stunningly far-flung examination of our individual struggle to retain our convictions and discover meaning in a fast-changing world, as well as a meditation on accepting what simply is.

 

MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022: TimeBustle, PopSugar, Literary Hub, Essence

A dreamlike and lyrical journey steeped in the tenets of Tibetan Buddhism. --Kirkus Reviews (starred revew)

"An imaginative tour de force . . . Evincing the same dazzling talents that won high critical praise for We Ride upon Sticks, Barry vastly expands readers' horizons, both geographical and metaphysical . . . Readers' most transformative experience comes by reflecting--through Chulun's thoughts, strangely tangled with Mun's--on the Four Noble Buddhist Truths and the Eight-Fold Path. . .Though the narrative focuses on Mongolian Buddhism, readers learn how Buddhists everywhere have suffered as Chinese communists have persecuted the faith rooted in Tibet." --Bryce Christensen, Booklist (starred review)

The expansive imagination of Massachusetts-raised Quan Barry knows no bounds . . . Barry explores large questions about Buddhist philosophy and faith in general while painting a lush portrait of the Mongolian terrain. --Katherine Ouelette, WBUR

This novel couldn't be any more different from Quan Barry's deliciously irreverent 2020 novel We Ride Upon Sticks--except that it is similarly excellent, and similarly immersive, a full-throated plunge into a very specific, fascinating world. --Emily Temple, Literary Hub

 

You can watch live on Left Bank's YouTube channel. To participate on Facebook, 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 can watch on either location without logging in, but in order to comment or interact with the program, you must be logged in.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 - 7:00pm

River Styx Reading Series with Carl Phillips and Sufiya Abdur-Rahman

Monday, February 21st, 7pm CST
Zoom link will be announced here
 
About the Speakers
Carl Phillips is the author of several books of poetry, including Silverchest, a finalist for the International Griffin Prize, and Double Shadow, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is also the author of The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination. Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
Sufiya Abdur-Rahman is creative nonfiction editor for Cherry Tree, and teaches nonfiction at Washington College. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
 
About the Carl Phillips's Then the War
A new collection of poems from one of America's most essential, celebrated, and enduring poets, Carl Phillips's Then the War
I'm a song, changing. I'm a light
rain falling through a vast
 
darkness toward a different
darkness.
 
Carl Phillips has aptly described his work as an "ongoing quest"; Then the War is the next step in that meaningful process of self-discovery for both the poet and his reader. The new poems, written in a time of rising racial conflict in the United States, with its attendant violence and uncertainty, find Phillips entering deeper into the landscape he has made his own: a forest of intimacy, queerness, and moral inquiry, where the farther we go, the more difficult it is to remember why or where we started.
 
Then the War includes a generous selection of Phillips's work from the previous thirteen years, as well as his recent lyric prose memoir, "Among the Trees," and his chapbook, Star Map with Action Figures.
 
Ultimately, Phillips refuses pessimism, arguing for tenderness and human connection as profound forces for revolution and conjuring a spell against indifference and the easy escapes of nostalgia. Then the War is luminous testimony to the power of self-reckoning and to Carl Phillips as an ever-changing, necessary voice in contemporary poetry.
 
A master class in [Phillips's] deceptively gentle voice and striking depictions of raw humanity . . . Every selection provides a portal to this accomplished author's work. An important milestone in the still flourishing career of a most brilliant poet. --Booklist
 
 
About Heir to the Crescent Moon
From age five, Sufiya Abdur-Rahman, the daughter of two Black Power-era converts to Islam, feels drawn to the faith even as her father, a devoted Muslim, introduces her to and, at the same time, distances her from it. Abdur-Rahman's father and mother abandoned their Harlem mosque before she was born and divorced when she was twelve. Forced apart from her father--her portal into Islam--she yearns to reconnect with the religion and, through it, reconnect with him.

In Heir to the Crescent Moon, Abdur-Rahman's longing to comprehend her father's complicated relationship with Islam leads her first to recount her own history, and then delves into her father's past. She journeys from the Christian righteousness of Adam Clayton Powell Jr.'s 1950s Harlem, through the Malcolm X-inspired college activism of the late 1960s, to the unfulfilled potential of the early 1970s Black American Muslim movement. Told at times with lighthearted humor or heartbreaking candor, Abdur-Rahman's story of adolescent Arabic lessons, fasting, and Muslim mosque, funeral, and Eid services speaks to the challenges of bridging generational and cultural divides and what it takes to maintain family amidst personal and societal upheaval. She weaves a vital tale about a family: Black, Muslim, and distinctly American.

Monday, February 21, 2022 - 7:00pm

Daniel Pink - “The 10 Most Important Lessons I’ve Ever Learned” with Malcom Gladwell, Anne Lamott, and Al Gore

Sunday, January 30, (exact time TBD)
Private Online Event - Book Purchase Required

The 10 Most Important Lessons I’ve Ever Learned

On January 30, Daniel Pink will host a one-of-a-kind online gathering called The 10 Most Important Lessons I’ve Ever Learned, featuring guest appearances from Malcolm GladwellAnne Lamott, and Al Gore.

The event will be open exclusively to people who have pre-ordered my new book, The Power of Regret, to thank them for their crucial early support.

 

 

In the session I will discuss – yep – the 10 most important lessons I’ve ever learned about work, success, happiness, and life in general. Among them:

  • The best way to make a decision
  • The best way to get a good idea
  • The best way to persuade someone (including yourself)
  • The best three words to say regularly
  • And more!

The event will also feature appearances from some of the people who've taught me these lessons, including:

  • Anne Lamott, mega-bestselling author
  • Malcolm Gladwell, mega-bestselling author and podcaster
  • Al Gore, former US Vice President 

The event will take place on January 30 on a simple yet powerful online platform. It will not be repeated. This will be the first, last, and only instance of this event. In other words, if you don't sign up, you might regret it!

(To accommodate readers in non-US time zones, we will make a recording available on a password-protected site, but only for 48 hours after the broadcast. Then it will disappear forever.)

 

How To Register

Step 1

Pre-order The Power of Regret from Left Bank Books by Sunday January 30 at Noon ET (11am CT).

Pre-order Now!

Step 2

Forward your pre-order receipt to:

orders@pinkpreorder.com

Step 3

We'll verify your receipt and a few days before the event, we will send you the link and password.

 

You may purchase a copy of Power of Regret from Left Bank Books online or by phone. Once you have preordered your book, forward your receipt to orders@pinkpreorder.com. After verifying your preorder, Daniel Pink's team will send you the link and password for the event. Thank you for supporting Left Bank Books!

Sunday, January 30, 2022 - 12:00pm

Leah Gunning Francis - Faith After Ferguson

Thursday, February 24, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with a cover picture of the book "Faith After Ferguson" on the right half, while the left half has the headshots of author Leah Gunning Francis and event panelists Rev. Traci Blackmon, Rev. Mike Kinman, Rev. Karen Anderson, Rev. Shaun Jones, and Rev. Starsky Wilson.Left Bank Books welcomes author of Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community
Leah Gunning Francis,
who will discuss her anticipated follow-up
Faith After Ferguson: Resilient Leadership in Pursuit of Racial Justice,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on February 24th.
Leah Gunning Francis will be in conversation with
Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ (UCC)
Rev. Mike Kinman, Rector, All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA
Rev. Karen Anderson, Pastor, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Las Vegas, NV
Rev. Shaun Jones, Pastor, Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Ossining, NY
& Rev. Starsky Wilson, President of the Children's Defense Fund.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
About our Speakers
Dr. Leah Gunning Francis is a seminary dean, mother and the author of Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community. In June 2016, she became the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a Black mother of two sons, she has grounded her scholarship and activism in an ethic of love that honors the humanity of young black men in a society that too often has little regard for them.

Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ (UCC)

Rev. Mike Kinman, Rector, All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA

Rev. Karen Anderson, Pastor, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Las Vegas, NV

Rev. Shaun Jones, Pastor, Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Ossining, NY

Rev. Starsky Wilson, President of the Children's Defense Fund

 

About Faith After Ferguson: Resilient Leadership in Pursuit of Racial Justice

Learn from the courageous and resilient leaders on the front lines for justice and discover new ways of leading in the movement for racial justice.

Leah Gunning Francis (Ferguson and Faith, 2015) revisits the clergy and activists at the front lines of the Ferguson, MO, Black Lives Matter protests, to hear what they've learned in the struggle for justice and healing five years later. Weaving personal accounts of these activists and clergy with her own journey of activism over the past five years, Francis offers new insights on faith-filled living in response to social injustice, and shares lessons for organizing and mobilizing people to effect real change. The wisdom that emerges out of the stories in each chapter challenge us to awaken all of our senses and equip us to join God's transformative work of racial justice.

Francis also reflects on the traumatic impact of the four years under the Trump administration and the more recent events of racism and white supremacy showcased in the murder of George Floyd, the presidential election, and the Capitol riots in January 2021.

 

You can watch live on Left Bank's YouTube channel. To participate on Facebook, 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 can watch on either location without logging in, but in order to comment or interact with the program, you must be logged in.

Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 7:00pm

Mark Prins - The Latinist

Monday, February 7, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with a cover picture of the book "The Latinist" on the right half and, on the left half, a headshot of author Mark Prins on the top left,  a headshot of event panelist Rabbi Susan Talve on the middle left, and a headshot of author Hannah Tinti on the bottom left.Left Bank Books welcomes author of one of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of 2022
Mark Prins,
who will discuss his highly anticipated new book
The Latinist,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on February 7th.
Prins will be in conversation with founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation
Rabbi Susan Talve
and bestselling novelist of Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
Hannah Tinti.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 

About The Latinist

One of The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of 2022
A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Crime Fiction of 2022 selection

Tessa Templeton has thrived at Oxford University under the tutelage and praise of esteemed classics professor Christopher Eccles. And now, his support is the one thing she can rely on: her job search has yielded nothing, and her devotion to her work has just cost her her boyfriend, Ben. Yet shortly before her thesis defense, Tessa learns that Chris has sabotaged her career--and realizes their relationship is not at all what she believed.

Driven by what he mistakes as love for Tessa, Chris has ensured that no other institution will offer her a position, keeping her at Oxford with him. His tactics grow more invasive as he determines to prove he has her best interests at heart. Meanwhile, Tessa scrambles to undo the damage--and in the process makes a startling discovery about an obscure second-century Latin poet that could launch her into academic stardom, finally freeing her from Chris's influence.

A contemporary reimagining of the Daphne and Apollo myth, The Latinist is a page-turning exploration of power, ambition, and the intertwining of love and obsession.

"Within the first few pages of this book, I knew I was in the hands of a masterful storyteller. The Latinist is imaginative, propulsive, and wildly intelligent. What a joy to encounter a thrilling and singular new voice in fiction."--Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest and Good Company

"Ingenious.... a superb literary suspense novel that calls to mind an earlier such debut, Donna Tartt's The Secret History.... Like the classics that inspire it, The Latinist is an inventive wedding of the elegant and the barbaric."--Maureen Corrigan "Washington Post"

 

About our Speakers

Mark Prins is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of fellowships from the Truman Capote Literary Trust, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Sun Valley Writers' Conference. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Rabbi Susan Talve is the founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation, the only Jewish Congregation located within the city limits of St. Louis, Missouri. When other congregations were leaving the city for the suburbs, Rabbi Susan joined with a small group to keep a vibrant presence in the city to be on the front line of fighting the racism and poverty plaguing the urban center. Today she performs life cycle events, leads worship services for the seven hundred fifty plus households that comprise the congregation, and is actively involved in the teaching of young and adult members. She also teaches courses on Jewish life and thought and in both the Jewish and non-Jewish Communities. Rabbi Susan was ordained by Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1981, where she earned a Master's Degree in Hebrew Letters and a Doctor of Divinity. She was honored with the college's Stephen Levinson Award for Community Service after founding the Jewish Early Learning Cooperative, Ohio's first licensed infant childcare program in the workplace. She was the first non-Christian to receive an honorary Doctorate from Eden Theological Seminary in 2011 for a career of visionary and bold leadership and supporting interfaith relations in the St. Louis community. She was awarded honorary degrees from Washington University, St Lawrence University and has received many awards for her efforts on behalf of the Jewish and non-Jewish community. She and her husband, Rabbi James Stone Goodman are the proud parents of three wonderful adults and two grandsons.

From 2010 to 2013, Hannah Tinti was the literary commentator on Selected Shorts. She is the author of the bestselling books Animal CrackersThe Good Thief, and The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley. Tinti is also the cofounder and executive editor of One Story magazine, which won the AWP Small Press Publisher Award, CLMP's Firecracker Award, and the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Magazine Editing. She teaches creative writing at New York University's MFA program and cofounded the Sirenland Writers Conference.

 

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, February 7, 2022 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Nancy Castaldo

Thursday, February 22nd, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Nancy Castaldo, “When the World Runs Dry: Earth’s Water in Crisis.”
 

Presented by the Reading Garden Series for Young Audiences

 

What would you do if you turned on the faucet one day and nothing happened? What if you learned the water in your home was harmful to drink? Water is essential for life on this planet, but not every community has the safe, clean water it needs. In “When the World Runs Dry,” award-winning science writer Nancy Castaldo takes readers from Flint, Michigan, and Newark, New Jersey, to Iran and Cape Town, South Africa, to explore the various ways in which water around the world is in danger, why we must act now, and why you’re never too young to make a difference

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 7:00pm

Daniel Abraham with Ty Franck - Age of Ash

Tuesday, February 22, 7pm CT
Virtual Event - Purchase the Book to gain access to the event

Rectangular image with headshot of author Daniel Abraham on the left half, a cover image of the book "Age of Ash" in the top right corner, and a headshot of author Ty Franck in the bottom right corner.Left Bank Books welcomes bestselling coauthor of the Expanse space opera series
Daniel Abraham,
who will discuss his new book in a new series,
Age of Ash (The Kithamar Trilogy #1),
in a private online event at 7pm CT on February 22nd.
Abraham will be in conversation with his co-author for the Expanse Series
Ty Franck.
To attend the event order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
About our Speakers
Daniel Abraham is the author of the critically-acclaimed Long Price Quartet and The Dagger and the Coinseries. He has been nominated for the Nebula and World Fantasy awards, and won the Hugo award and International Horror Guild award. He also writes as James S. A. Corey (with Ty Franck) and MLN Hanover. He lives in New Mexico.
James S.A. Corey is the pen name of fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. They both live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 
About Age of Ash (The Kithamar Trilogy #1)
From New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author Daniel Abraham, co-author of The Expanse , comes a monumental epic fantasy trilogy that unfolds within the walls of a single great city, over the course of one tumultuous year, where every story matters, and the fate of the city is woven from them all.
"An atmospheric and fascinating tapestry, woven with skill and patience." -Joe AbercrombieNew York Times bestselling author of A Little Hatred
Kithamar is a center of trade and wealth, an ancient city with a long, bloody history where countless thousands live and their stories unfold.
This is Alys's.
When her brother is murdered, a petty thief from the slums of Longhill sets out to discover who killed him and why. But the more she discovers about him, the more she learns about herself, and the truths she finds are more dangerous than knives.
Swept up in an intrigue as deep as the roots of Kithamar, where the secrets of the lowest born can sometimes topple thrones, the story Alys chooses will have the power to change everything.
"Age of Ash's Kithamar is a spectacular creation, a city brought to life by dense, intricate worldbuilding and subtle magic. Fans of Scott Lynch or Robert Jackson Bennett will enjoy this one."-- Django Wexler, author of Ashes of the Sun

 

To access the event, please purchase a copy of Age of Ash from Left Bank Books. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. You will receive an email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event. Thank you for supporting Left Bank Books!

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 7:00pm

PJ & Jamie Creek - We the People and the President

Wednesday, February 23, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with headshot of author PJ Creek on the top left, a headshot of author Jamie Creek on the bottom left, and a cover image of the book "We the People and the President" in the right half.Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis area authors and teachers
PJ Creek & Jamie Creek,
who will discuss their new book perfect for classrooms and curious readers
We the People and the President: An Infographic Look at the American Presidency,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on February 23rd.
The Creeks 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!
Signed copies are available now. PJ & Jamie Creek will also personalize copies upon request.
Discounts for classroom sets are available.
 
About We the People and the President: An Infographic Look at the American Presidency
Perfect for reluctant readers, and anyone interested in American history, We the People and the President offers a glimpse into the intricacy of the American presidency for a foundation of knowledge for the youngest of readers.
Ever wonder who the presidents really were?
Ever wonder if our electoral system will evolve or remain the same?
Who's your favorite president?
This accessible, uniquely formatted picture book from PJ and Jamie Creek covers it all! Find out everything you want to know about the United States presidency--who the presidents were; how we vote; whose votes count the most--in this book completely comprised of infographics.

 

About our Speakers

PJ and Jamie Creek teach middle school in southern Illinois. Each summer they travel the United States, exploring historic sites with their three children, Noah, Everett, and Charlotte. In 2006, they founded Periodic Presidents, a company designed to teach American history through art and infographics.

 

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, February 23, 2022 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Joel J. Schwartz and Charles Bosworth Jr.

Saturday, February 26th, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Joel J. Schwartz and Charles Bosworth Jr., "Bone Deep: Untangling the Betsy Faria Murder Case."
 
In conversation with St. Louis Post Dispatch reporter Robert Patrick.
 
 
Two days after Christmas, 2011, Russel Faria returned to his Troy, Missouri home to find his wife, Betsy, murdered The brutal crime set off a chain of events leading to one man’s wrongful conviction and imprisonment, another man’s death, the revelation of a diabolical scheme, and an astounding miscarriage of justice left unresolved for another ten years. Joel Schwartz, the defense attorney who fought for justice on behalf of Russel Faria, and New York Times bestselling author Charles Bosworth, Jr. present the explosive, first-ever insider’s account of the case that has captivated millions. 
 
Doors open at 6:00pm.
MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES.

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

 

Saturday, February 26, 2022 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano

Thursday, February 17th, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Chef Mashama Bailey and restaurateur John O. Morisano, "Black, White, and The Grey."
 

Presented by St. Louis County Library’s 2022 Black History Celebration and Sauce Magazine

 

Chef Mashama Bailey and restaurateur John O. Morisano share how they went from tentative business partners to dear friends while turning a dilapidated formerly segregated Greyhound bus station into The Grey, now one of the most celebrated restaurants in the country. Recounting the trying process of building their restaurant business, they examine their most painful and joyous times, revealing how they came to understand their differences, recognize their biases, and continuously challenge themselves and each other to be better. Through it all, Bailey and Morisano display how two citizens commit to playing their own small part in advancing equality against a backdrop of racism.

Doors open at 6:00pm.
MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES.

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

Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 7:00pm

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