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Luke Geddes - Heart of Junk

Monday, January 27, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Luke Geddes, Heart of JunkLeft Bank Books welcomes debut author, Luke Geddes, who will sign and discuss his novel Heart Of Junk

Vacant booths and dwindling shoppers foreshadow a bleak fate for The Heart of American Antique Mall in Wichita, Kansas. Husband and wife co-owners Keith and Stacey Stoller polished off the last of their daughter’s college savings fund and the mall is all but doomed. But a visit from the famed television show Pickin’ Fortunes stars Mark and Grant could turn everything around. Meanwhile, the dealers are too preoccupied by their own neurotic compulsions—eBay bidding wars, Barbie collections, and the new rule-breakers in booth #1-146—to notice that citywide panic over the abduction of toddler pageant princess Lindy Bobo could derail the visit. So Keith makes a plan: find Lindy and everything would go back to normal. Yet the mall and the missing beauty queen have more to do with each other than the dealers might think, and before long, the group sets in motion a series of events that uncover shocking information about Lindy’s disappearance.

“Luke Geddes has written something truly wonderful with Heart of Junk. His tender portrayal of each uniquely strange character who inhabits the Heart of America Antique Mall is strengthened by such perfect comedic timing. As Geddes digs deeper and deeper into a world most people would ignore, he finds real treasure, something beautiful and life-affirming.” —Kevin Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of The Family Fang and Nothing to See Here

Luke Geddes holds a PhD in comparative literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of the short story collection I Am a Magical Teenage Princess and his writing has appeared in Conjunctions, Mid-American Review, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. Originally from Appleton, Wisconsin, he now lives Cincinnati, Ohio.

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

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Kids Club: Nathan Hale - Major Impossible

Tuesday, January 14, 4pm
Left Bank Books

nathan hale, major impossibleA super special Kids Club meeting with author of Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, Nathan Hale himself!

John Wesley Powell (1834–1902) always had the spirit of adventure in him. As a young man, he traveled all over the United States exploring. When the Civil War began, Powell went to fight for the Union, and even after he lost most of his right arm, he continued to fight until the war was over. In 1869 he embarked with the Colorado River Exploring Expedition, ten men in four boats, to float through Grand Canyon. Over the course of three months, the explorers lost their boats and supplies, nearly drowned, and were in peril on multiple occasions. Ten explorers went in, only six came out. Powell would come to be known as one of the most epic explorers in history! Equal parts gruesome and hilarious, this latest installment in the bestselling series takes readers on an action-packed adventure through American history.

Grab your Kids Club Passport* and get ready for adventure with Nathan Hale!

*New members can pick up a passport at the event

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

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 4:00pm

Left Bank Books Presents: Amy Spalding - We Used to Be Friends

Sunday, January 12, 2pm
Left Bank Books

we used to be friends, amy spaldingLeft Bank Books welcomes Kirkus starred review author of The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles), Amy Spalding, who will be signing and discussing her new novel, We Used To Be Friends.

Told in dual timelines—half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward—We Used to Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boy’s name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue to be her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce. Funny, honest, and full of heart, We Used to Be Friends tells of the pains of growing up and growing apart.

“Amy Spalding knows that best friendships are love stories, and this one is complex, earnest, and unflinching. A must-read for anyone who's ever had or lost a friend.”

-Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of We Used To Be Friends 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.

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 2:00pm

Young Professionals Network Presents: Caitlyn Collins & Lauren Trager

Wednesday, November 20, 5:30pm
ThriveCo, 222 S Meramec #202

The Women's Foundation of Greater St. Louis Young Professionals Network presents a conversation with Caitlyn Collins, author of Making Motherhood Work, and Lauren Trager of KMOV News 4.

Join fellow young professionals for an evening of networking, light refreshments and a fireside chat featuring Caitlyn Collins, Assistant Professor of Sociology and of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis and author of 'Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving.' Collins will be interviewed by Lauren Trager, award-winning Investigative Reporter for KMOV-TV, and the two of them will discuss Collins' book which was published early this year. The event is not just for women who are young professionals, it’s for everyone!

About Caitlyn Collins: Professor Collins conducts cross-national qualitative research on gender inequality in the workplace and family life. She is broadly interested in the relationship between policy, culture, and social inequality.

Her current project is an interview study of 135 working mothers in Sweden, Germany, Italy, and the United States. These countries offer distinct policy approaches to reconciling work-family conflict. Collins examines how different ideals of gender, motherhood, and employment are embedded in these policies, and how they shape the daily lives of working mothers in each country. A book based on this research, Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving, was published in February 2019 with Princeton University Press.

Register and Purchase tickets here!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 5:30pm

River Styx Reading Series: Rion Amilcar Scott & Jane Ellen Ibur

Monday, November 18, 7pm
High Low, 3301 Washington Ave

River Styx cultivates the literary arts in St. Louis and beyond through its magazine and community programs.The River Styx Reading Series is their main recurring event during the fall, winter, and spring, in which they invite both local and national acclaimed writers to read their work for a St. Louis audience.

Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the story collection The World Doesn't Require You (Norton/Liveright, August 2019). His debut story collection, Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), was awarded the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His work has been published in Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, and other journals.

Jane Ellen Ibur, born in St. Louis, is currently the Poet Laureate for the City of St. Louis. She is the author of Both Wings Flappin’, Still Not Flyin’ and The Little Mrs./Misses, both published by PenUltimate Press. She has garnered much recognition as an Arts Educator with more than thirty-five years of experience teaching writing in public schools, jails, museums, residential schools, social service agencies, with veterans, homeless men, the young and the old. Lead Faculty for the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute, she is one of its founders. For nineteen years she co-hosted and co-produced Literature for the Halibut on community radio.

Readings start at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. $5 general admission. $4 students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

Allen Eskens - Nothing More Dangerous

Wednesday, December 4, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Allen Eskens, Nothing More DangerousLeft Bank Books presents an event with best-selling author Aleen Eskens, who will sign and discuss his new novel set in 1976 Missouri, Nothing More Dangerous!

After fifteen years of growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother, high-school freshman Boady Sanden is beyond ready to move on. He dreams of glass towers and cityscapes, driven by his desire to be anywhere other than Jessup, Missouri. Even his beloved woods, his playground as a child and his sanctuary as he grew older, seem to be closing in on him, suffocating him. Then Thomas Elgin moves in across the road, and Boady's life begins to twist and turn. Coming to know the Elgins -- a black family settling into a community where notions of "us" and "them" carry the weight of history -- forces Boady to rethink his understanding of the world he's taken for granted. Secrets hidden in plain sight begin to unfold. But the biggest secret of all is the disappearance of Lida Poe, the African-American woman who keeps the books at the local plastics factory. As the mystery of her fate plays out, Boady begins to see the stark lines of race and class that both bind and divide this small town -- and he will be forced to choose sides.

Allen Eskens is the USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, and The Heavens May Fall. His debut novel, The Life We Bury, has been published in 16 languages and is being developed as a feature film.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Nothing More Dangerous from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 
Click here to order your copy!

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

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Whitaker Jazz Speaks: Nate Chinen - Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century

Wednesday, November 13, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - S
chlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid

Nate Chinen, Playing ChangesJazz St. Louis presents, Nate Chinen, who will sign and discuss his book, Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century.

“Playing changes,” in jazz parlance, has long referred to an improviser’s resourceful path through a chord progression. Nate Chinen’s Playing Changes boldly expands on the idea, highlighting a host of real changes—ideological, technological, theoretical, and practical—that jazz musicians have learned to navigate since the turn of the century. Woven throughout the book is a vibrant cast of characters—from the saxophonists Steve Coleman and Kamasi Washington to the pianists Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer to the bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding—who have exerted an important influence on the scene. This is an adaptive new music for a complex new reality, and Playing Changes is the definitive guide.

This event is free and open to the public!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Paul Hendrickson - Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright

Tuesday, November 12, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

paul hendrickson, plagued by fireSt. Louis County Library presents best-selling author Paul Hendrickson, who will sign and discuss his new book Plagued By Fire.

Bestselling author Paul Hendrickson presents an illuminating biography that will change the way we understand the life, mind, and work of America's premier architect–Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright has long been known as a rank egotist who held in contempt almost everything aside from his own genius. Harder to detect, but no less real, is a Wright who fully understood, and suffered from, his often alienating behavior. This is the Wright whom Hendrickson reveals in this masterful biography. In showing us Wright's facades along with their cracks, Hendrickson helps us form a fresh, deep, and more human understanding of the man behind the genius.

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Books Presents: Andrea S. Boyles - You Can't Stop the Revolution

Wednesday, Novemer 6, 7pm
Left Bank Books

andrea s boyle, you cant stop the revolutionLeft Bank Books welcomes local professor and author of You Can't Stop the Revolution, Andrea S. Boyles, in conversation with St. Louis community activist Amy Hunter. 

You Can’t Stop the Revolution is a vivid participant ethnography conducted from inside of Ferguson protests as the Black Lives Matter movement catapulted onto the global stage. Sociologist Andrea S. Boyles offers an everyday montage of protests, social ties, and empowerment that coalesced to safeguard black lives while igniting unprecedented twenty-first-century resistance. Focusing on neighborhood crime prevention and contentious black citizen–police interactions in the context of preserving black lives, this book examines how black citizens work to combat disorder, crime, and police conflict. Boyles offers an insider’s analysis of cities like Ferguson, where a climate of indifference leaves black neighborhoods vulnerable to conflict, where black lives are seemingly expendable, and where black citizens are held responsible for their own oppression. You Can’t Stop the Revolution serves as a reminder that community empowerment is still possible in neighborhoods experiencing police brutality and interpersonal violence.

Andrea S. Boyles is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Lindenwood University, Belleville. She is a feminist, race scholar, and the author of Race, Place, and Suburban Policing: Too Close for Comfort.

Amy Hunter is a longtime community activist based in St. Louis, as well as a diversity and inclusion specialist for Boeing. Previously, she was the manager of diversity and inclusion at St. Louis Children's Hospital and director of racial justice for the St. Louis YWCA.

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

Observable Reading Series: Rosalie Moffett & Christine Gosnay

Monday, November 4, 7:30pm
Dressel's Public House, 419 N Euclid

observable readings November 2019The Observable Reading Series, brought to you by St. Louis Poetry Center, welcomes poets to Dressel’s Public House (CWE) on first Mondays. Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs loft of the restaurant. Suggested $5.00 donation at the door.

Rosalie Moffett is the author of June in Eden, winner of the Ohio State University Press/The Journal prize. She has been awarded the “Discovery”/Boston Review prize, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing from Stanford University, and scholarships from the Tin House and Bread Loaf writing workshops. Her poems and essays have appeared in Tin House, The Believer, FIELD, Narrative, Kenyon Review, Agni, Ploughshares, and other magazines, as well as in the anthology “Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets.” She lives in Athens, GA where she teaches and manages the Avid Poetry Series.

Christine Gosnay’s first book, Even Years (Kent State University Press, 2017), won the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. Her most recent collection is The Wanderer (Beloit Poetry Journal, 2019), which is part of the Walsh Chapbook Series. She studies classics at the University of Maryland. She is the founding editor of The Cossack Review. Her work has been published in POETRY, Redivider, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Sixth Finch, Sugar House Review, Juked, The Rumpus, and other magazines.

This event is presented by the St. Louis Poetry Center. For more information, please visit

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 7:30pm


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