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Ann Lemons Pollack - Lost Restaurants of St. Louis

Tuesday, December 4, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Ann Lemons Pollack, Lost Restaurants of St. LouisLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis food writer Ann Lemons Pollack, who will sign and discuss her new book, Lost Restaurants of St. Louis, at this official launch event!

St. Louis is a food town, and there are many restaurants that have captured the heart of the city. Some of them are no longer around. Rossino’s low ceilings and even lower pipes didn’t stop the pizza-hungry residents from crowding in. Jefferson Avenue Boarding House served elegant “Granny Food” in plush surroundings. King Burgers and onion rings ruled at Parkmoor. Dohack’s claimed it was the first to name the “jack salmon.” Author Ann Lemons Pollack details these and more restaurants -- including the Central West End's own Duff's, Balaban's, and The Majestic -- lost to time in the Gateway City.
 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Lost Restaurants of St. Louis from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!

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

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 7:00pm

Anthony Ray Hinton - The Sun Does Shine

Friday, January 25, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Antony Ray Hinton, The Sun Does Shine2019 Black History Keynote Event: Oprah’s Book Club’s 2018 selection, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence. But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. For the next 30 years Hinton was a beacon on Death Row—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, 54 of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. He ultimately won his release in 2015. Destined to be a classic, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor or joy.
 

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

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

Mesha Maren - Sugar Run

Wednesday, January 23, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Mesha Maren, Sugar Run, Left Bank BooksSet within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, Mesha Maren’s vibrant and compassionate debut, Sugar Run, is a novel of dreams and dark consequences. In 1989, Jodi McCarty is 17-years-old when she’s sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter. She’s released 18 years later and finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian mountains, she goes searching for someone she left behind, but on the way, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother. Together, they try to make a fresh start, but is that even possible in a town that refuses to change? Set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, Sugar Run is a searing and gritty debut about making a run for another life.

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

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

Andrew Delbanco - The War Before the War

Wednesday, December 5, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Andrew Delbanco, The War Before the WarFor decades after America’s founding, fugitive slaves exposed the contradiction between the myth that slavery was a benign institution and the reality that a nation based on the principle of human equality was in fact a prison-house in which millions of Americans had no rights at all. By awakening northerners to the true nature of slavery, and by enraging southerners who demanded the return of their human “property,” fugitive slaves forced the nation to confront the truth about itself and ultimately set the country on the path to civil war. The fugitive slave story illuminates what brought us to war with ourselves and the terrible legacies of slavery that are with us still.

This event is presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series at the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

Christopher Castellani - Leading Men

Thursday, April 18, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Christopher Castellani, Leading MenLeft Bank Books welcomes author and GrubStreet artistic director Christopher Castellani, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Leading Men!

In July of 1953, at a glittering party thrown by Truman Capote in Portofino, Italy, Tennessee Williams and his longtime lover Frank Merlo meet Anja Blomgren, a mysteriously taciturn young Swedish beauty and aspiring actress. Their encounter will go on to alter all of their lives. Ten years later, Frank revisits the tempestuous events of that fateful summer from his deathbed in Manhattan, where he waits anxiously for Tennessee to visit him one final time. Anja, now legendary film icon Anja Bloom, lives as a recluse in the present-day U.S., until a young man connected to the events of 1953 lures her reluctantly back into the spotlight after he discovers she possesses the only surviving copy of Williams’s final play.

“I read Christopher Castellani’s Leading Men in one quiet, sunny, rapt afternoon, and spent hours afterwards just stunned from having been immersed in such a tender, psychologically devastating, and gorgeously precise novel. An extraordinary book.” —Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies

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

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

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

Nikki Furrer - A Woman's Guide to Cannabis

Wednesday, January 9, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Nikki Furrer, A Woman's Guide to CannabisLeft Bank Books welcomes cannabis lawyer, consultant, and former Puddn’head Books owner Nikki Furrer, who will sign and discuss her new book, A Woman's Guide to Cannabis, with BeLeaf CEO Mitch Meyers!

Women of all ages are using cannabis to feel and look better. For rookies and experienced marijuana users alike, this lively, information-filled book is just the supportive guide you need to find the right dose to relieve anxiety, depression, and inflammation, and mitigate the onset of dementia and other signs of aging. Plus boost moods, ease aches, even lose weight, and get restful sleep. And a dose just for fun? Well, that works, too! Here’s how to navigate the typical dispensary, with its overwhelming options. Understand the amazing health-giving compounds found in cannabis and how to use topicals to reduce pain and give your skin a healthy glow.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of A Woman's Guide to Cannabis from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!

Mitch MeyersBacked by an impressive resume of achievements in the marketing field, Mitch Meyers brings a fresh perspective to the cannabis and hemp industry. She was hired to introduce Bud Light for Anheuser-Busch, now the largest selling beer in the world. She was named AdWeek’s Advertising Woman of the Year in 1996. After leaving there, she formed a marketing and brand development agency, The Zipatoni Company, that worked with many Fortune 100 companies. Since that time she has entered the cannabis industry receiving a dispensary license in the Illinois medical market in 2014. The following year, she received a cultivation, production and dispensing license in Missouri for CBD to treat Epilepsy. She continues to consult with companies around the country on cannabis business.

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

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

Small Business Saturday 2018

Saturday, November 24, All Day
Left Bank Books

 

 

 

     

Shop Small with Left Bank this Small Business Saturday! Support your local indie bookstore and reinvest in your community while shopping for the perfect holiday gifts and participating in special activities throughout the day:

10:30am:
Join us for a special The Grinch themed storytime, with giveaways, activities, and a storytime reading of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

4pm-6pm:
The bar is open! During Holiday Happy Hour, get a glass of sangria, a special themed cocktail, or a beer provided by Schlafly for a donation of any amount to the Left Bank Books Foundation!

All Day Activities:
- Go on a Blind Date with a Book! For a donation of any amount to the Left Bank Books Foundation, choose a wrapped mystery book (with a few helpful context clues) to take home with you!

- See some items for your holiday wish list? Grab them and send a hint to your loved ones with our special Small Business Saturday photo opportunity!

- Send an exclusive "Wish You Were Here" Left Bank Books postcard to friends and family across the country - we'll stamp and mail it for you!

- Celebrate the launch of our 2018 Angel Tree Book Drive! This year's drive will be collecting books for St. Louis Public Schools' ESOL Bilingual Migrant Program.

- Can't make it to the store? Take advantage of our digital audiobook partner Libro.fm's Small Business Saturday audiobook sale! Over 150 great audiobooks are on sale through November 24th at libro.fm/indiesfirst.

Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 10:00am

National Poetry Month: Holly Iglesias - Sleeping Things

Thursday, April 25, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Holly IglesiasLeft Bank Books welcomes poet and former St. Louisan Holly Iglesias, who will sign and read from her new collection, Sleeping Things, at this special National Poetry Month event!

Holly Iglesias is the author of three poetry collections, Souvenirs of a Sunken World (Kore Press), Angles of Approach (White Pine Press), and Sleeping Things (Press 53) and a critical work, Boxing Inside the Box: Women’s Prose Poetry (Quale Press). She has taught at University of North Carolina-Asheville and University of Miami, focusing on documentary and archival poetry, and translated the work of Cuban poet, Caridad Atencio. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Cultural Council, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

"Whether turning her attention to Catholic grade school Cold War days where "students pray to pure space, that place where the future blooms," the Cuban community in Miami conjuring an island that seems almost imaginary, or the glimpse of a younger self sipping coffee in Spain "dressed as the girl in Dylan's song who never stumbles, who's got no place to fall," Iglesias unfailingly finds the pitch-perfect, sonic delight that only poetry can provide." --David Clewell

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

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

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

SF STL: Jasper Fforde - Early Riser

Wednesday, February 20, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Jasper Fforde, Early RiserLeft Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with bestselling author of the Thursday Next series Jasper Fforde, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Early Riser!

Every Winter, the human population hibernates. During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, devoid of human activity. Well, not quite. Your name is Charlie Worthing and it's your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses. You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense; nothing more than a quirky artefact borne of the sleeping mind. When the dreams start to kill people, it's unsettling. When you get the dreams too, it's weird. When they start to come true, you begin to doubt your sanity. But so long as you remember to wrap up warmly, you'll be fine.

"Charlie's journey . . . is so absorbing, and Fforde's wit so sharp, the reveal that the narrative is also a commentary on capitalism comes across as a brilliant twist . . . Whip-smart, tremendous fun, and an utter delight from start to finish." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:00pm

Jim Merkel - The Making of an Icon

Wednesday, November 7, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Jim Merkel, The Making of an IconLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis author Jim Merkel, who will sign and discuss the new second edition of his book, The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, the Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch!

With The Making of an Icon, Jim Merkel captured the spirit behind the conception and construction of one of America's most distinctive and beloved national monuments. More than two million visitors stand in awe at The Gateway Arch each year, and the stories behind it were unearthed in breathless detail in the first edition. Back with even more lore, Merkel brings new updates on the Arch grounds and museum to the updated and revised second edition. Now expanded, his book includes more stories, compiled from hundreds of interviews with the visionaries, finaglers, protesters, and intrepid workers who built the arch while one misstep away from a fatal fall. 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Making of an Icon from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

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