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LBB Presents ONLINE: Rabbi Susan Talve & Siona Benjamin - Zodiac Floor

Wednesday, December 9, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books and Central Reform Congregation welcome the founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation
Rabbi Susan Talve
and artist and speaker
Siona Benjamin,
who will discuss their new book, 
The Zodiac Floor: at Central Reform Congregation,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on December 9.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

 

About The Zodiac Floor

Rabbi Susan Talve and Indian-Jewish artist Siona Benjamin sat together in the back of a bus leaving Jaipur, India, and they began imagining. What they dreamed about on that trip across the world in 2014 were their plans for a circular mosaic floor for Central Reform Congregation that would be like those that adorn the floors of ancient synagogues in Israel. But theirs would have an edge: It would celebrate traditional Jewish holidays but also feminism and racial, cultural and gender diversity. It would feature astrological symbols of the Zodiac wheel.

Now, those ideas that Benjamin and Talve envisioned on a back road in India have been transformed into a 15-foot diameter mosaic on the floor of the synagogue's entrance lobby.

Benjamin, who lives outside New York City in Montclair, N.J., spent over a year working on the CRC floor design and painting in close consultation with the rabbi. A scan of the painting was created, and 320 porcelain tiles with ceramic glaze were fired at a very high temperature and numbered to fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.

On Shabbat on Aug. 14, 2015, the congregation saw the completed mosaic floor for the first time. While its holiday themes, laid out in chronological order around the circle, elicit feelings of warmth and tradition, the mosaic is provocative and challenging.

The Mosaic Floor offers beautiful photographs of the artwork and the story of the journey.

About the Speakers

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.

Siona Benjamin's unique perspective as an Indian-American-Jewish artist has inspired her to create art that represents her transcultural and multicultural narrative. Often featuring blue characters, Siona's work illuminates vibrant colors, cultural & religious symbols in various mediums to create works that have synergy and meaning. Her art has been shown in galleries, museums & sacred spaces around the world. She was awarded two prestigious Fulbright Fellowships to explore the theme of multicultural art in Israel and India. She creates art installations, art commissions, and artworks for private and public spaces. As an artist & speaker, she shares her personal journey through live speaking engagements.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Sam J. Miller - Blade Between

Thursday, December 3, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning author
Sam J. Miller,
who will discuss his new novel, 
The Blade Between,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on December 3.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

 

About The Blade Between

A Recommended Book from CrimeReads

From Nebula Award winner Sam J. Miller comes a frightening and uncanny ghost story about a rapidly changing city in upstate New York and the mysterious forces that threaten it.

Ronan Szepessy promised himself he’d never return to Hudson. The sleepy upstate town was no place for a restless gay photographer. But his father is ill and New York City’s distractions have become too much for him. He hopes that a quick visit will help him recharge. 

Ronan reconnects with two friends from high school: Dom, his first love, and Dom’s wife, Attalah. The three former misfits mourn what their town has become—overrun by gentrifiers and corporate interests. With friends and neighbors getting evicted en masse and a mayoral election coming up, Ronan and Attalah craft a plan to rattle the newcomers and expose their true motives. But in doing so, they unleash something far more mysterious and uncontainable. 

Hudson has a rich, proud history and, it turns out, the real-state developers aren’t the only forces threatening its well-being: the spirits undergirding this once-thriving industrial town are enraged. Ronan’s hijinks have overlapped with a bubbling up of hate and violence among friends and neighbors, and everything is spiraling out of control. Ronan must summon the very best of himself to shed his own demons and save the city he once loathed.

About the Author

Sam J. Miller is the Nebula Award–winning author of The Art of Starving (NPR best of the year) and Blackfish City (Nebula finalist, John J. Campbell Award winner). A recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award and a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, Sam’s short stories have been nominated for the World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon, and Locus awards, and reprinted in dozens of anthologies. He lives in New York City. 

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Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Jean Kwok with Rumaan Alam - Searching for Sylvie Lee

Tuesday, December 8, 5pm CT
Private Online Event - Book Purchase Required

Left Bank Books welcomes internationally bestselling author
Jean Kwok,
who will discuss her new novel,
Searching for Sylvie Lee,
on December 8 at 5pm CT in a private online event. 
Kwok will be in conversation with New York Times bestselling author
Rumaan Alam.
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of 
from Left Bank Books for admission.

 

About Searching for Sylvie Lee

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!

A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick & Emma Roberts Belletrist Book Club Pick!

NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK BY New York Times • Time • Marie Claire • Elle • Buzzfeed • Huffington Post • Good Housekeeping • The Week • Goodreads • New York Post • and many more!

“Powerful . . . A twisting tale of love, loss, and dark family secrets.”  — Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water

A poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women—two sisters and their mother—in one Chinese immigrant family and explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge, from the New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Translation

It begins with a mystery. Sylvie, the beautiful, brilliant, successful older daughter of the Lee family, flies to the Netherlands for one final visit with her dying grandmother—and then vanishes.

Amy, the sheltered baby of the Lee family, is too young to remember a time when her parents were newly immigrated and too poor to keep Sylvie. Seven years older, Sylvie was raised by a distant relative in a faraway, foreign place, and didn’t rejoin her family in America until age nine. Timid and shy, Amy has always looked up to her sister, the fierce and fearless protector who showered her with unconditional love.

But what happened to Sylvie? Amy and her parents are distraught and desperate for answers. Sylvie has always looked out for them. Now, it’s Amy’s turn to help. Terrified yet determined, Amy retraces her sister’s movements, flying to the last place Sylvie was seen. But instead of simple answers, she discovers something much more valuable: the truth. Sylvie, the golden girl, kept painful secrets . . . secrets that will reveal more about Amy’s complicated family—and herself—than she ever could have imagined.

A deeply moving story of family, secrets, identity, and longing, Searching for Sylvie Lee is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive portrait of an immigrant family. It is a profound exploration of the many ways culture and language can divide us and the impossibility of ever truly knowing someone—especially those we love.

“This is a true beach read! You can’t put it down!” – Jenna Bush Hager, Today Show Book Club Pick

About the Speakers

Jean Kwok is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown. Her work has been published in twenty countries and is taught in universities, colleges, and high schools across the world. She has been selected for numerous honors, including the American Library Association Alex Award, the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award international shortlist. She received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and earned an MFA from Columbia University. She is fluent in Chinese, Dutch, and English, and currently lives in the Netherlands.

Rumaan Alam is the author of the novels Rich and PrettyThat Kind of Mother, and the instant New York Times bestseller Leave the World Behind. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesNew York MagazineThe New YorkerThe New York Review of Books, Bookforum, and the New Republic, where he is a contributing editor. He studied writing at Oberlin College and lives in New York with his family.

You may purchase a copy of Searching for Sylvie Lee from Left Bank Books online or by phone. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. If you have purchased the book from Left Bank, you will receive an email event reminder a few days prior to the event. You will receive the actual email invite to join the private online event on the DAY OF the event.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 5:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Maggie Stiefvater & Melissa Cynova with Sarah Kate - Scorpio Sea Tarot

Tuesday, December 1, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books welcomes bestselling author
Maggie Stiefvater
and award-winning author
Melissa Cynova,
who will discuss their recently released 
Scorpio Sea Tarot
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on December 1.
Stiefvater and Cynova will be in conversation with Fortune Teller Bar owner
Sarah Kate.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

 

About Scorpio Sea Tarot

From Maggie Stiefvater--#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Scorpio Races--comes a new tarot deck of rugged beauty and mystery. Like a charming flower that turns out conceal poison beneath its petals, Scorpio Sea Tarot seems simple on the surface but demands a closer look. Maggie Stiefvater's phenomenal art shows us that hard times may lie on the horizon, but if you brave the ocean, you will be rewarded in incredible ways. With its full-color companion book to guide you, this powerful deck gives you a deep sense of pride when the work is complete.

About the Authors

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shiver Trilogy, the Raven Cycle series, and The Scorpio Races. All of her life decisions have been formed by a desire to leave a mark, resulting in spray-painted cars, sharpie-covered guitars, ink-splattered walls, and stories told in books, in magazines, and on stages. Maggie Stiefvater lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband, two children, many dogs, many goats, and more mechanical horsepower than you can shake a stick at.

Melissa Cynova (she/her) has been slinging tarot cards for thirty years. Her first book, Kitchen Table Tarot, won the Independent Publishing Award for Best First Book and COVR Visionary awards. Her second book, Tarot Elements: Five Readings to Reset Your Life, was released in 2019.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Charlie Brennan - Only In St. Louis

Monday, November 30, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis KMOX Radio's
Charlie Brennan,
who will discuss his new book, 
Only In St. Louis: The Most Incredible, Strange and Inspiring Tales,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on November 30.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

 

 

About Only In St. Louis

In Only in St. Louis!, Charlie Brennan shares the Gateway City’s most incredible, strange and inspiring stories:
   Wilt Chamberlain was traded in a St. Louis restaurant.
   Jesus Christ Superstar was first staged in St. Louis, not New York.
   An inebriated St. Louis Cardinals pitcher outdueled Randy Johnson.
   A St. Louis woman woke up when she heard an intruder…
   who turned out to be a national celebrity.
   J.S. Bach’s personal bibles are in St. Louis.
   The Air Force’s biggest weapon is made in St. Louis.
   John Lennon’s song “Imagine” has a St. Louis connection.
   General William Tecumseh Sherman could defeat the south but not City Hall.
   A man was attacked by a shark in downtown St. Louis.

"If you don’t like to laugh and you don’t like history OR St. Louis, then this is not the book for you. If you do then walk straight to the counter and buy it. I loved it and you will too.” –Joe Buck, Emmy Award-winning Fox Sports Announcer and 2020 recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Award

“I couldn’t stop reading Charlie Brennan’s Only In St. Louis. It’s a tell-all written in fast jabs, covering everything — and I mean everything — odd, funny, outrageous, scandalous, and interesting about St. Louis from the 1800s onward. The Mississippi ran backwards! JFK took a bag full of cash in a restroom. Queen Marie of Romania’s custom mattress was stuffffed so full of feathers it dumped her onto her St Louis hotel floor multiple times. She left to sleep in a train instead. ‘Only In St. Louis’ indeed.” –Ridley Pearson, bestselling co-author of Peter and the Starcatchers, author of 60 novels, and enshrined on the St. Louis Walk of Fame

About the Author

Charlie Brennan is co-author of Walking Historic Downtown St. Louis and Here's Where; A Guide to Illustrious St. Louis. He hosts The Charlie Brennan Show on KMOX, CBS Radio in St. Louis, and Donnybrook on PBS' KETC. He lives in St. Louis with his wife Beth and two children.

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Monday, November 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Roxane Gay and Okey Ndibe with Independent Publishers Caucus

Thursday, November 19, 6:00pm CT
Zoom Event - Registration Required

Roxane Gay and Okey Ndibe discuss their transformative debut novels and explore the concept of courage in a chaotic time.


Indie bookstores and indie presses partner to present this compelling conversation between two brilliant writers. Roxane Gay (Untamed State, Bad Feminist) and Okey Ndibe (Arrows of Rain, Foreign Gods, Inc.) discuss their transformative debut novels and explore the concept of courage amid chaos. This event will be moderated by Anderson Tepper, co-chair of the international committee of the Brooklyn Book Festival.

This is an Indie Playlist event, created to support your local independent bookstore! Please consider buying these two brilliant books from our wonderful bookstore partner Left Bank Books!

This event is also hosted by Independent Publishers Caucus, Grove Atlantic, and Soho Press.

Registration for this event is required.

 

An Untamed State, by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is a powerful new literary voice whose short stories and essays have already earned her an enthusiastic audience. In An Untamed State, she delivers an assured debut about a woman kidnapped for ransom, her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her husband fights for her release over thirteen days, and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.

Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti's richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father's Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents.

An Untamed State is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a willful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places. An Untamed State establishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent.

"From the astonishing first line to the final scene, An Untamed State is magical and dangerous. I could not put it down. Pay attention to Roxane Gay; she's here to stay."--Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow and Leaving Atlanta

" Haiti's] better scribes, among them Edwidge Danticat, Franketienne, Madison Smartt Bell, Lyonel Trouillot, and Marie Vieux Chavet, have produced some of the best literature in the world. . . . Add to their ranks Roxane Gay, a bright and shining star."--Kyle Minor, author of In the Devil's Territory, on Ayiti

Roxane Gay's writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, The Rumpus, Salon, The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy culture blog, and many others including her Tumblr, roxanegay.tumblr.com. She is the co-editor of PANK and essays editor for The Rumpus. She teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University. She tweets at @rgay.

Arrows of Rain, by Okey Ndibe

In Nigerian novelist and journalist Okey Ndibe's powerful debut novel, living to tell the tale is not enough--you must also tell it. Twenty years after its original publication, and now with a new Foreword by the author, Arrows of Rain remains a vital exploration of the importance of story in opposition to corruption and the steep cost of speaking truth to power.

"A story that must be told never forgives silence."

In the country of Madia (based in part on Ndibe's native Nigeria) a young sex worker runs into the sea and drowns. The last man who spoke to her, the "madman" Bukuru, is asked to account for her last moments. When his testimony implicates the Madian armed forces, Bukuru is arrested and charged with her death. At the first day of trial, Bukuru, acting as his own attorney, counters these charges with allegations of his own, speaking not only of government complicity in a series of violent assaults and killings, but telling the court that the president of Madia himself is guilty of rape and murder. The incident is hushed up, and Bukuru is sent back to prison, where he will likely meet his end. But a young journalist manages to visit him, and together they journey through decades of history that illuminate Bukuru's life, and that of the entire nation.

A brave and powerful work of fiction, Arrows of Rain continues to resonate as a necessary morality tale and a brilliant dramatization of the complex factors behind the near-collapse of a nation from one of the most exciting novelists writing today.

"Smart and often deftly written, a parable of power and the humanity it strips away . . . Arrows of Rain remains a novel of resistance—if not political resistance, exactly, then resistance at the level of the soul." —David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times

"Ndibe is a gifted writer and an adept storyteller, who clearly exults in the telling." —Essence Magazine

Okey Ndibe first came to the US to act as founding editor of African Commentary, a magazine published by Chinua Achebe. He has taught at Brown University, Connecticut College, Simon's Rock College, Trinity College, and the University of Lagos (as a Fulbright scholar). He is the author of two novels, Arrows of Rain and Foreign Gods, Inc., and the memoir Never Look an American in the Eye, and his award-winning journalism has appeared in The New York TimesThe Guardian, and The Hartford Courant. Mr. Ndibe lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with his wife, Sheri, and their three children.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 6:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Claire Saffitz - Dessert Person

Thursday, November 19, 7:00pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books welcomes host of Bon Appétit's Gourmet Makes and Baking School
Claire Saffitz,
who will discuss her new cookbook, 
Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on November 19.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 

 

About Dessert Person

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In her first cookbook, Bon Appétit and YouTube star of the show Gourmet Makes offers wisdom, problem-solving strategies, and more than 100 meticulously tested, creative, and inspiring recipes.

“There are no ‘just cooks’ out there, only bakers who haven't yet been converted. I am a dessert person, and we are all dessert people.”—Claire Saffitz

Claire Saffitz is a baking hero for a new generation. In Dessert Person, fans will find Claire’s signature spin on sweet and savory recipes like Babkallah (a babka-Challah mashup), Apple and Concord Grape Crumble Pie, Strawberry-Cornmeal Layer Cake, Crispy Mushroom Galette, and Malted Forever Brownies. She outlines the problems and solutions for each recipe—like what to do if your pie dough for Sour Cherry Pie cracks (patch it with dough or a quiche flour paste!)—as well as practical do’s and don’ts, skill level, prep and bake time, step-by-step photography, and foundational know-how. With her trademark warmth and superpower ability to explain anything baking related, Claire is ready to make everyone a dessert person.

“This is a wonderful book for experienced bakers—there are plenty of surprises and challenges—and an ideal one for beginners. Look at the Recipe Matrix, choose an easy recipe that doesn’t take much time, follow Claire’s directions, and chalk up your first win. If you’re not already a dessert person, Claire will make you one.”—Dorie Greenspan, author of Dorie’s Cookies and Everyday Dorie 

“Claire Saffitz is a skillful and imaginative baker with a knack for writing beautiful recipes. Her gorgeous book will unleash the inner dessert person in a novice and inspire those who know their way around a pastry kitchen. It certainly has a place on my shelf.”—Claudia Fleming, chef and author of The Last Course

About the Author

Claire Saffitz is the host of Bon Appétit's Gourmet Makes and Baking School, both on YouTube and iTunes, and contributes stories and recipes to the print magazine. After graduating from Harvard University, Saffitz received a master's degree in culinary history from McGill in Montreal and then studied pastry in Paris at École Grégoire Ferrandi. She lives in New York City.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB & Missouri Abortion Fund Present ONLINE: Diana Greene Foster with Pamela Merritt & Dr. Erin King - The Turnaway Study

Wednesday, November 18, 7:00pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books and Missouri Abortion Fund welcome Director of Research at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH)
Diana Greene Foster,
who will discuss her new book, 
The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having—or Being Denied—an Abortion,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7:00pm CT on November 18.
Foster will be in conversation with Co-Founder and Co-Director of Reproaction
Pamela Merritt
and Executive Director of the Hope Clinic for Women
Dr. Erin King.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

 

About The Turnaway Study

A groundbreaking and illuminating look at the state of abortion access in America and the first long-term study of the consequences—emotional, physical, financial, professional, personal, and psychological—of receiving versus being denied an abortion on women’s lives.

What happens when a woman seeking an abortion is turned away? Diana Greene Foster, PhD, decided to find out. With a team of scientists—psychologists, epidemiologists, demographers, nursing scholars, and public health researchers—she set out to discover the effect of receiving versus being denied an abortion on women’s lives. Over the course of a ten-year investigation that began in 2007, she and her team followed a thousand women from more than twenty states, some of whom received their abortions, some of whom were turned away.

Now, for the first time, the results of this landmark study—the largest of its kind to examine women’s experiences with abortion and unwanted pregnancy in the United States—have been gathered together in one place. Here Foster presents the emotional, physical, and socioeconomic outcomes for women who received their abortion and those who were denied. She analyzes the impact on their mental and physical health, their careers, their romantic lives, their professional aspirations, and even their existing and future children—and finds that women who received an abortion were almost always better off than women who were denied one. Interwoven with these findings are ten riveting first-person narratives by women who share their candid stories.

As the debate about abortion rights intensifies, The Turnaway Study offers an in-depth examination of the real-world consequences for women of being denied abortions and provides evidence to refute the claim that abortion harms women. With brilliant synthesis and startling statistics—that thousands of American women are unable to access abortions; that 99% of women who receive an abortion do not regret it five years later—The Turnaway Study is a necessary and revelatory look at the impact of abortion access on people’s lives.

“If you read only one book about democracy, The Turnaway Study should be it. Why? Because without the power to make decisions about our own bodies, there is no democracy." —Gloria Steinem

“Dr. Diana Greene Foster brings what is too often missing from the public debate around abortion: science, data, and the real-life experiences of people from diverse backgrounds…This should be required reading for every judge, member of Congress, and candidate for office—as well as anyone who hopes to better understand this complex and important issue.” —Cecile Richards, cofounder of Supermajority, former president of Planned Parenthood, and author of Make Trouble

About the Speakers

Diana Greene Foster is a professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and director of research at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH). An internationally recognized expert on women’s experiences with contraception and abortion, she is the principal investigator of the Turnaway Study. She has a bachelor’s of science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctorate from Princeton University. She lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Pamela Merritt is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Reproaction, a national organization that leads bold action to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice. Pamela was a 2017 Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Fellow at the Rockwood Leadership Institute, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Guttmacher Institute and NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri. Her writing has been published in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Guardian, and Rolling Stone. Pamela lives in Southern Illinois, and enjoys St. Louis Blues hockey and spending time with her rescue dogs. Follow her on Twitter @SharkFu.

Erin King, MD is the Executive Director of the Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, Illinois. Hope Clinic is an independent clinic that has been providing abortion care in the St. Louis region for over 40 years. Being in Illinois has become critical since 2019 while across the Mississippi River, just a few miles away, the state of Missouri has eliminated nearly all access to abortion. Providing abortion care has been central to Dr. King's career as a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist. Living in Missouri has solidified her commitment to reproductive healthcare advocacy.

About Missouri Abortion Fund

Our mission at Missouri Abortion Fund (MoAF) (formerly Gateway Women’s Access Fund) is to provide public education and support for people needing reproductive health services, primarily by providing financial assistance to Missouri residents who cannot afford the full cost of abortion care. MoAF works directly with clinics on behalf of the people we serve. When a clinic we work with sees a patient who needs assistance, MoAF is a potential funding source to which they turn for a portion of the cost. The clinic then bills us for the amount we commit to covering.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Andrew Krivak with Independent Publishers Caucus

Wednesday, November 11, 4:00pm CT
Zoom Event - Registration Required

Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil and novelist Andrew Krivak discuss their most recent books in a conversation centered around the environment.

 

Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of World of Wonders, and novelist Andrew Krivak, author of The Bear, will discuss their work and our relationship to the natural world. Lauren LeBlanc, an independent writer and editor, will moderate the conversation.

This is an Indie Playlist event, created to support your local independent bookstore! Please consider buying these two brilliant books from our wonderful bookstore partner Left Bank Books!

This event is also hosted by Independent Publishers Caucus, Bellevue Literary Press, and Milkweed Editions.

Registration for this event is required.

 

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction--a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.
As a child, Nezhukumatathil called many places home: the grounds of a Kansas mental institution, where her Filipina mother was a doctor; the open skies and tall mountains of Arizona, where she hiked with her Indian father; and the chillier climes of western New York and Ohio. But no matter where she was transplanted--no matter how awkward the fit or forbidding the landscape--she was able to turn to our world's fierce and funny creatures for guidance.
"What the peacock can do," she tells us, "is remind you of a home you will run away from and run back to all your life." The axolotl teaches us to smile, even in the face of unkindness; the touch-me-not plant shows us how to shake off unwanted advances; the narwhal demonstrates how to survive in hostile environments. Even in the strange and the unlovely, Nezhukumatathil finds beauty and kinship. For it is this way with wonder: it requires that we are curious enough to look past the distractions in order to fully appreciate the world's gifts.
Warm, lyrical, and gorgeously illustrated by Fumi Nakamura, World of Wonders is a book of sustenance and joy.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of four collections of poems, including, most recently, Oceanic, winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award. Other awards for her writing include fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Mississippi Arts Council, and MacDowell. Her writing appears in Poetry, the New York Times Magazine, ESPN, and Tin House. She serves as poetry faculty for the Writing Workshops in Greece and is professor of English and creative writing in the University of Mississippi's MFA program.

The Bear, by Andrew Krivak

From National Book Award in Fiction finalist Andrew Krivak comes a gorgeous fable of Earth's last two human inhabitants, and a girl's journey home

In an Edenic future, a girl and her father live close to the land in the shadow of a lone mountain. They possess a few remnants of civilization: some books, a pane of glass, a set of flint and steel, a comb. The father teaches the girl how to fish and hunt, the secrets of the seasons and the stars. He is preparing her for an adulthood in harmony with nature, for they are the last of humankind. But when the girl finds herself alone in an unknown landscape, it is a bear that will lead her back home through a vast wilderness that offers the greatest lessons of all, if she can only learn to listen.

A cautionary tale of human fragility, of love and loss, The Bear is a stunning tribute to the beauty of nature's dominion.

Andrew Krivak is the author of two previous novels: The Signal Flame, a Chautauqua Prize finalist, and The Sojourn, a National Book Award finalist and winner of both the Chautauqua Prize and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He lives with his wife and three children in Somerville, Massachusetts, and Jaffrey, New Hampshire, in the shadow of Mount Monadnock, which inspired much of the landscape in The Bear.

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 4:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Peggy Panosh & Susie Arons - Billions of Besties

Tuesday, November 10, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books welcomes marketing expert and illustrator
Peggy Panosh
and strategic communications adviser
Susie Arons,
who will discuss their new book, 
Billions of Besties: A Celebration of Fascinating and Simply Exceptional Friendships,
on Facebook Live at 7pm CT on November 10.
Panosh and Arons will be in conversation with St. Louis' former Classic 107.3 Station Manager
 Jim Connett.
Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

 

About Billions of Besties

This beautifully illustrated and joyful tribute celebrates famous friendships (both real and fictional) and proves that there is no relationship more important than friendship.

Our best friends are our soulmates. They understand us when no one else does, lift us up, and bring out the best in us. It’s a relationship based on a bond that can’t always be described, but is always magical.

Billions of Besties shines a light on some of the most engaging, funny, inspiring, and sometimes unexpected sets of friends. In this gorgeous and playfully illustrated volume, creators and besties Peggy and Susie highlight more than 100 besties, both real and fictional, from all walks of life. From the comedic powerhouse of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, to the unexpected camaraderie between RGB and Antonin Scalia, the glamourous friendship between Anna Wintour and Roger Federer, or the fictional ride-or-die bond between Thelma and Louise, this book is a timeless salute to friendship in all its forms.

Uplifting and charming, Billions of Besties celebrates the power and vitality of friendship—from bromances to work wives—reminding us that when we have each other’s backs, we have the power to change the world.

“Full of gorgeous illustrations and odes to friendships both real and fictional, Billions of Besties by Peggy Panosh and Susie Arons is a celebration of the power of friendship. The book features 100 entries covering the bonds between Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, and more. Pick up a copy for yourself, and go ahead and grab one for your bestie, too, because this beautiful book will make a great gift.”—POPSUGAR

About the Authors

Peggy Panosh has carved a unique dual career path as both a highly respected marketing expert + illustrator. With more than 30 years in media and entertainment, Peggy has worked with some of the most prolific celebrities, namely Oprah, and world-renowned events from the Grammys to the Super Bowl, creating memorable moments for audiences all along the way. As a passionate traveler, having explored more than 70 countries, Peggy’s love for creating art was ignited during one of her many global adventures. Her illustrations capture the heart and spirit of the people, places, and moments that touch her soul. In fact, if you look very closely at her drawings, you will find a teeny little heart in each one. Peggy’s illustrations have been seen on CBS Sunday Morning, and she was a featured artist at Soho House’s Ludlow House in New York City. She splits her time between Brooklyn, New York, and Madison, Wisconsin. More of her work can be seen at peggypanosh.com

Susie Arons is a strategic communications adviser, working with some of the most recognized names in entertainment, lifestyle, and media. She has honed her writing skills penning billions of messages throughout her 30-plus-year career; some people might say she has also been a professional bestie to some of the besties in the business, including Netflix, HBO, Color Force, Marlo Thomas, The Defiant Ones, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, A24, Refinery29, Child Mind Institute, The Hunger Games, Amazon Studios, BMW, Focus Features, Starz, AMC Networks, West of Memphis, Apple Music, Jimmy Iovine, Sundance TV, Jonah Hill, The Orchard, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and the Tribeca Film Festival. Inspired every day by her colleagues or poolside with her treasured circle of friends and family, Susie learned early to lead with her heart, be smart, and always keep the joy.

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 right here on this event page.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 7:00pm

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