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River Styx Reading Series - Meagan Cass & Lee Ann Roripaugh

Monday, September 16, 7pm
Sophie's Artist Lounge & Cocktail Club, 3224 Locust Street

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.

River Styx, Megan Cass, Lee Ann RoripaughMeagan Cass' first full-length collection, ActivAmerica, won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, judged by Claire Vaye Watkins and was published by UNT Press. She is author of the chapbook Range of Motion(Magic Helicopter Press) and her stories have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry ReviewDIAGRAMJoylandThe Pinch, andPuerto del Sol, among other places. She teaches creative writing and publishing at University of Illinois Springfield and serves as an assistant editor for Sundress Publications, where she is co-managing editor of Craft Chaps. She lives in St. Louis. 

Lee Ann Roripaughis the author of five volumes of poetry: tsunami vs. the fukushima 50(Milkweed Editions, 2019), Dandarians(Milkweed, Editions, 2014), On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year(Southern Illinois University Press, 2009), Year of the Snake(Southern Illinois University Press, 2004), and Beyond Heart Mountain(Penguin, 1999). She was named winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry/Prose for 2004, and a 1998 winner of the National Poetry Series. The current South Dakota State Poet Laureate, Roripaugh is a Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as Director of Creative Writing and Editor-in-Chief of South Dakota Review.

Readings start at 7:30 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, September 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Amy Stewart - Kopp Sisters on the March

Sunday, September 29, 4pm
The High Low, 3301 Washington

Amy Stewart, Kopp sisters on the marchLeft Bank Books welcomes New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Kopp Sisters series, Amy Stewart, who will sign and discuss her most recenet addition to the series, Kopp Sisters on the March. 

In the fifth installment of Amy Stewart’s clever and original Kopp Sisters series, the sisters learn some military discipline—whether they’re ready or not—as the U.S. prepares to enter World War I. It’s the spring of 1917 and change is in the air. American women have done something remarkable: they’ve banded together to create military-style training camps for women who want to serve. These so-called National Service Schools prove irresistible to the Kopp sisters, who leave their farm in New Jersey to join up. When an accident befalls the matron, Constance reluctantly agrees to oversee the camp—much to the alarm of the Kopps’ tent-mate, the real-life Beulah Binford, who is seeking refuge from her own scandalous past under the cover of a false identity. Will she be denied a second chance? And after notoriety, can a woman’s life ever be her own again?

In Kopp Sisters on the March, the women of Camp Chevy Chase face down the skepticism of the War Department, the double standards of a scornful public, and the very real perils of war. Once again, Amy Stewart has brilliantly brought a little-known moment in history to light with her fearless and funny Kopp sisters novels

Amy Stewart is the New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Kopp Sisters series, which began with Girl Waits with Gun. Her six nonfiction books include The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants. She and her husband own a bookstore called Eureka Books. She lives in Portland, Oregon. For book club resources, Skype chats, and more, visit


Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 4:00pm

Gabby Rivera - Juliet Takes A Breath

Wednesday, September 25, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Gabby Rivera, Juliet Takes A BreathLeft Bank Books presents queer Latinx author and comic writer Gabby Rivera who will sign and discuss her book Juliet Takes a Breath in conversation with St. Louis illustrator Christina "Steenz" Stewart. 

A candid, feminist, queer, coming-of-age story, Juliet Takes A Breath centers around the main character, Juliet, a closeted Puerto Rican teenager from the Bronx interning for a white feminist professor in Portland. In a summer bursting with queer brown dance parties, a sexy fling with a motorcycling librarian, and intense explorations of race and identity, Juliet learns what it means to come out—to the world, to her family, to herself.

“Dazzling, funny as hell, poignant, all the things.”—Roxane Gay, author of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Author Gabby Rivera is a self-described Bronx-born queer Latinx babe on a mission to create the wildest, most fun stories ever! Gabby is an absolute star – she is the first Latina to write for Marvel comics and her incredible TED Talk has been viewed over 1 million times!

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Juliet Takes A Breath 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.


Steenz is an illustrator from St. Louis, MO. According to her mom, Steenz has only ever answered "an artist" when asked what she wants to be when she grows up. Here we are, years later. Steenz spends a lot of time watching reality TV, eating pizza, working at Lion Forge and drawing comics. She can officially call herself a professional artist. Steenz lives with her fiancé, Keya, and her cat, Marko. Steenz is short for Christina.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

Minda Harts - The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table

Tuesday, September 10, 7pm
Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand

Minda Harts, MemoLeft Bank Books welcomes speaker and founder of The Memo LLC, Minda Harts, who will sign and discuss her book The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table.

From the wage gap to biases and micro-aggressions, with actionable takeaways, this resource is the much-needed career advice guide for women of color specifically, finally ending the one-size-fits-all approach of business books that lump together women across races and overlook the unique barriers to success for women of color.

Minda Harts is a well connected, sought after speaker and thought-leader, frequently speaking on topics of Advancing Women of Color, Leadership, Diversity, and Entrepreneurship. In 2018, Minda was named as one of 25 Emerging Innovators by American Express. Minda is an assistant professor of public service of NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company for women of color. Minda was also chosen by General Assembly to serve as one of their Dream Mentors, alongside women like Cindy Gallop. Secure The Seat is her weekly career podcast for women of color. Minda is originally from Southern California and currently resides in New York City.

Ticket purchases include a copy of Minda's book, The Memo.

Tickets available at MetroTix!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

Teresa Sabankaya - The Posy Book

Saturday, September 7, 9am
The Tower Grove Farmers' Market, Center Cross Dr

teresa sabankaya, the posy bookJoin us for Teresa Sabankaya's demonstration on how to make a posy using local flowers she sources and brings.

Inspired by the Victorian-era language of flowers, a posy is a small, round bouquet of flowers, herbs, and plants meant to convey a message, such as dahlias for gratitude, sunflowers for adoration, or thyme for bravery. These floral poems have become Teresa Sabankaya’s signature. Brides want them for their weddings, but a posy is a lovely gift any time of year, and one that readers can easily put together from their garden or with blooms from their local florist.

Teresa H. Sabankaya, a pioneer of the Slow Flower movement, runs the Bonny Doon Garden Company in Santa Cruz, California. She was featured in Michael Pollan's PBS documentary The Botany of Desire and has appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning. Her work has been featured in Elle magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and many bridal magazines.

Teresa will be at the event from 9am-12pm. She will be discussing her book from 9:30am-10:00am, giving a posy demonstrations from 10am-10:45am, and signing books for the remainder of the time. Purchase the book to be entered into a drawing to get the posy she makes!

Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 9:00am

Elizabeth Strout - Olive, Again

Thursday, October 24, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

elizabeth strout, olive,againSt. Louis County Library presents #1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, Elizabeth Strout, who will sign and discuss her new book Olive, Again.

Elizabeth Strout continues the life of her beloved Olive Kitteridge, a character who has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is “a compelling life force” (San Francisco Chronicle). The New Yorker has said that Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” and she has never done so more clearly than in “Olive, Again,” where the iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine.

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

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

William E. Wallace - Michelangelo, God's Architect

Monday, October 21, 7pm
Left Bank Books

william wallace, Michelangelo, God's ArchitectLeft bank books presents the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History at Washington University in St. Louis, William E. Wallace, who will sign and discusse his book Michelangelo, God's Architect.

Michelangelo, God's Architect is the first book to tell the full story of Michelangelo's final two decades, when the peerless artist refashioned himself into the master architect of St. Peter’s Basilica and other major buildings. When the Pope handed Michelangelo control of the St. Peter’s project in 1546, it was a study in architectural mismanagement, plagued by flawed design and faulty engineering. Assessing the situation with his uncompromising eye and razor-sharp intellect, Michelangelo overcame the furious resistance of Church officials to persuade the Pope that it was time to start over.

William E. Wallace is the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History at Washington University in St. Louis. His books include Discovering Michelangelo: The Art Lover's Guide to Understanding Michelangelo's MasterpiecesMichelangelo: The Artist, the Man, and His Times; and Michelangelo at San Lorenzo.

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

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

Dylan Thuras - Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

Thursday, October 17, 7pm
The High Low, 3301 Washington

Dylan Thuras, Atlas ObscuraLeft Bank Books presents cofounder and creative director of Atlas Obscura, Dylan Thuras, who will sign and discuss the second edition of Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders.

Dylan Thuras is the co-founder of Atlas Obscura, a multimedia company and "Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders" visited by over 5 million monthly users, and co-author of NY Times #1 best seller Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders. He is the author of the 2018 kids book The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid.

Dylan has spoken at conferences including SXSW, and the New Yorker Festival about discovery, wonder, and changing nature of travel. Dylan lives in Rosendale, NY with his wife Michelle, his three year old son Phineas, and the brand new addition to the household, his daughter Jean. When not traveling, changing diapers or sleeping, Dylan enjoys drawing, science fiction, and general nerdery.

“I thought I had seen most of the interesting bits of the world. Atlas Obscura showed me that I was wrong. It's the kind of book that makes you want to pack in your workaday life and head out to places you'd never have dreamed of going, to see things you could not even have imagined. A joy to read and to reread.” —NEIL GAIMAN, author of Sandman and American Gods

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

Launch Party: Ruth Spiro - Baby Loves the Five Senses: Hearing!, Baby Loves the Five Senses: Sight! & Baby Loves Scientists

Thursday, October 17, 11 am
Left Bank Books

Ruth Spiro, Baby LovesLeft Bank Books presents best-selling author of the Baby Loves Science series, Ruth Spiro, for the launch of Baby Loves Scientists and her Baby Loves the Five Senses series!

Baby loves the five senses! Accurate enough for experts, yet simple enough for baby, Baby Loves the Five Senses: Hearing! explores the science of sound and hearing. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two as well. Baby Loves the Five Senses: Sight! explores the science of vision, light, and color. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two as well.

Baby Loves Scientists looks at several scientific careers, parents and children can talk about different science fields and the everday heroes that work in them. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two as well.

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

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 11:00am

Left Bank Books Presents: Saeed Jones - How We Fight for Our Lives

Monday, October 14, 7pm
The High Low, 3301 Washington

Saeed Jones, How We Fight For Our LivesLeft Bank Books presents award-winning poet Saeed Jones, who will sign and discuss his stunning coming-of-age memoir written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power, How We Fight For Our Lives.

Haunted and haunting, Jones’s memoir tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence—into tumultuous relationships with his mother and grandmother, into passing flings with lovers, friends and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another—and to one another—as we fight to become ourselves.

Blending poetry and prose, Jones has developed a style that is equal parts sensual, beautiful, and powerful—a voice that’s by turns a river, a blues, and a nightscape set ablaze. HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES is a one of a kind memoir and a book that cements Saeed Jones as an essential writer for our time.

"How We Fight for Our Lives is a coming-of-age story, it is a love letter to a black single mother, it is an indictment of our culture that creates so little space for gay men to learn how to be who they truly are. Most of all, this memoir is a rhapsody in the truest sense of the word, fragments of epic poetry woven together so skillfully, so tenderly, so brutally, that you will find yourself aching in the way only masterful writing can make a person ache. How We Fight for Our Lives is that rare book that will show you what it means to be needful, to be strong, to be gloriously human and fighting for your life.” —Roxane Gay, author of Hunger

Saeed Jones is the author of Prelude to Bruise, winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award. The poetry collection was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as awards from Lambda Literary and the Publishing Triangle in 2015. Jones is a co-host of BuzzFeed’s morning show, AM to DM, and previously served as BuzzFeed’s LGBT editor and Culture editor. Jones was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Lewisville, Texas. He earned a BA at Western Kentucky University and an MFA at Rutgers University-Newark. He lives in New York City and tweets @TheFerocity.

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 7:00pm


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