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Denise Pattiz Bogard – After Elise

Monday, August 6, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis author and UMSL alum Denise Pattiz Bogard, who will sign and discuss her new novel, After Elise!

After Elise is a novel about unexpected tragedy and how it changes the lives of a dysfunctional family while demonstrating that patience, understanding and forgiveness bring hope. Teri Berger’s car skids in the rain, killing twenty-year-old Elise and leaving Teri reeling with guilt and the rest of her family in disarray as they struggle to adjust to this new reality. Already strained family relationships are tested, and Teri’s marriage suffers, her son withdraws, and her daughter faces a heartbreaking decision. After Elise confronts readers with the most everyday tragedy—an accident that could happen to anyone—and its effects, changing the lives forever of everyone involved.


"The Middle Step is not only fast-paced and expertly plotted, but is full of characters we worry about, root for, are frightened for, and come to love.”
—Mary Troy, Swimming on Hwy N

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of After Elise 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.

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 7:00pm

Lori Rader-Day – Under A Dark Sky

Thursday, August 9, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning mystery author Lori Rader-Day, who will sign and discuss her new novel, Under a Dark Sky!

Since her husband died, Eden Wallace’s life has diminished down to a tiny pinprick. She doesn’t work, has given up on her love of photography, and is so plagued by night terrors that she can’t sleep without the lights on. So when she finds paperwork in her husband’s effects indicating that he reserved a week at a dark sky park, she goes, even if it means facing her paralyzing phobia of the dark. But when she arrives at the park, the guest suite she thought was a private retreat is teeming with a group of twenty-somethings. Eden decides to head home the next day. But then a scream wakes the house in the middle of the night. One of the friends has been murdered. Now everyone—including Eden—is a suspect.

“In her masterful novel...Lori Rader-Day offers readers one of the most compelling and original voices in literature today...I found it beautifully written, satisfying on every level, and I couldn’t help but love it. I guarantee that you will, too.” —William Kent Krueger

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Under a Dark Sky 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.

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 7:00pm

Laurell K. Hamilton - Serpentine

Tuesday, August 14, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louisan and bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter author Laurell K. Hamilton, who will discuss her newest Anita Blake novel, Serpentine!

Return to vampire hunter Anita Blake’s thrilling world in the next novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Crimson Death. Anita Blake faces new, even deadlier enemies as she and the people she loves confront major changes in their lives, in the latest thrilling adventure featuring the fan favorite vampire hunter.

Ticket Information

– A $31 ticket admits ONE person and includes ONE pre-signed hardcover copy of Serpentine
A $36 ticket admits TWO people and includes ONE pre-signed hardcover copy of Serpentine and a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event

Tickets available below. Please note: All copies of Serpentine will come pre-signed; Laurell K. Hamilton will not be signing books at the event. Those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of Serpentine or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Tuesday, August 14.



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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

Celebrity Storytime with Carolyn Lesser – Great Polar Bear

Saturday, April 14, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Join us for Celebrity Storytime with children's author and illustrator Carolyn Lesser, who will read from and sign her new picture book, Great Polar Bear!

"Great polar bear...how do you survive on the thick ice covering the deep Arctic Sea?" Journey into the magnificent and mysterious world of the far north in Great Polar Bear, Carolyn Lesser's poetic and scientifically accurate story about a year in the life of a polar bear. Learn how this impressive animal thrives in one of the harshest—and imperiled—environments in the world. Carolyn Lesser also makes her illustrative debut in Great Polar Bear, using collage to capture the bear hunting, swimming, and playing in the far north. Great Polar Bear is a stunning one-on-one reading and sharing title.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Great Polar Bear 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.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 10:30am

Steenz – Archival Quality

Wednesday, May 2, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis illustrator Christina "Steenz" Stewart, who will sign and discuss her new graphic novel, Archival Quality!

After losing her job at the library, Cel Walden starts working at the haunting Logan Museum as an archivist. But the job may not be the second chance she was hoping for, and she finds herself confronting her mental health, her relationships, and before long, her grasp on reality as she begins to dream of a young woman she's never met, but feels strangely drawn to. Especially after she asks Cel for help… As Cel attempts to learn more about the woman, she begins losing time, misplacing things, passing out—the job is becoming dangerous, but she can't let go of this mysterious woman. Who is she? Why is she so fixated on Cel? And does Cel have the power to save her when she's trying to save herself? Archival Quality is co-created by Steenz and author Ivy Noelle Weir. 

"In their appealing protagonist, Weir and Steenz return both librarians and people with mental and emotional distress to their original, esteemed roles as keepers of truthful history." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Archival Quality 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.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

Jon Meacham – The Soul of America

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

In The Soul of America, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment of crisis in American politics by looking back at critical times in history when hope overcame hatred. Our current climate of partisan division is not new, and by exploring past dark moments in American history Meacham shows us how our "better angels" have again and again won the day. 

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $30 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of The Soul of America
OR
PACKAGE TICKET $35 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of The Soul of America)

**All books will be pre-signed but Mr. Meacham will stay to personalize books after the talk.

Tickets available at brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are general admission. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Call 314-994-3300 for more information.
 

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

Bullets Into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence

Saturday, April 14, 7:30pm
The Stage at KDHX

St. Louis Poetry Center, KDHX and Left Bank Books present: Bullets Into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence

We live in an age where gun violence and mass shootings have become commonplace in the US. Focused intensively on the crisis of gun violence in America, Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence brings together the voices of poets and citizens most impacted. The result is a stunning collection of poems and prose that speaks directly to the heart.

Editor Brian Clements is joined by St. Louis poets, community leaders and advocates for a poetry reading and panel conversation.
Doors at 7pm; event start at 7:30pm.

Scheduled Poets and Guests:

Brian Clements

Dana Levin

Aaron Coleman

Mary Jo Bang

Cheeraz Gormon

St. Louis Story Stitchers

 

Scheduled Community Activists:

Rep. Stacey Newman

Dr. Laurie Punch

Moms Demand Action

Sibling Support Networrk

Co-sponsored by:

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 7:30pm

Independent Bookstore Day 2018

Saturday, April 28, All Day!
Left Bank Books

Last Saturday in April: Join the Party! Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, scavenger hunts, kids events, readings, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

Independent bookstores are not just stores, we're community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. We are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. We are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  We are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of us this year than there were last year. And we are at your service.

This year's featured events include:

– ALL DAY: Limited Edition Merchandise ONLY available at participating independent bookstores (like us) on April 28!

ALL DAY: A limited number of select Mary Engeldark prints, autographed by Mary Engelbreit, will be for sale ONLY at Left Bank Books! 

– ALL DAY: We'll be giving away free audiobooks through Libro.fm, available only on April 28! Sign up for your free Libro.fm account now!

10AM - 12PM: St. Louis pancake artist Dancakes will be in store whipping up custom, literary-themed pancakes!

10:30AM: Calling all kids! Join us for a Llama Llama Coloring Party and Storytime with Cliff & children's specialist Sarah!

– 12PM: Staffers Shane and Lauren will compete head to head to handsell their favorite books during Staff Pick Supermarket Sweep!

– 1PM: Join Margaret Duncan for a Bullet Journaling Class, a beautiful and useful way to combine data and creativity! Purchase of journal from Left Bank required to attend.

2PM: Join The Magnificoes! for a dramatic reading of William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh!

 3PM: Back by popular demand: the One-Hour Used Book Sale! All used books will be Buy One, Get One 50% off between 3pm and 4pm! *excludes dot sale books*

 4PM: Spend $20 or more during Anonymous Autograph Hour between 4pm and 5pm and choose a random book from our collection of autographed advanced reader copies!

 5PM: Compete against your fellow shoppers to find clues and win prizes in a Bookstore Scavenger Hunt!

 6PM: Art Imitates Art: literature, R&B and hip-hop mix to make the perfect literary cocktail! Join us for an hour of music, books, and drinks to benefit River City Readers

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am

Matthew Horace – The Black and the Blue

Tuesday, September 25, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes internationally-recognized law enforcement and security contributor Matthew Horace, who will sign and discuss his new book, The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America's Law Enforcement!

Matthew Horace was an officer at the federal, state, and local level for 28 years working in every state in the country. Yet it was after seven years of service when Horace found himself face-down on the ground with a gun pointed at his head by a white fellow officer, that he fully understood the racism seething within America's police departments. Using gut-wrenching reportage, on-the-ground research, and personal accounts garnered by interviews with police and government officials around the country, Horace presents an insider's examination of police tactics, which he concludes is an "archaic system" built on "toxic brotherhood."

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Black and the Blue 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.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

Tom Perrotta – Mrs. Fletcher

Friday, May 4, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Tom Perrotta, Mrs. Fletcher, Left Bank BooksBestselling author of The Leftovers and Little Children, Tom Perrotta shares a penetrating and hilarious new novel about sex, love, and identity on the frontlines of America’s culture wars. A 46-year-old divorcee whose beloved only child has just left for college, Eve Fletcher is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night her phone lights up with a text message from an anonymous admirer. Before long, Eve’s online fixations begin to spill over into real life, revealing new romantic possibilities that threaten to upend her quiet suburban existence.

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

 

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 7:00pm

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