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Beatriz Williams - The Golden Hour

Monday, July 15, 7pm

St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Beatriz Williams, Golden HourSt. Louis County Library presents Beatriz Williams, the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives and A Certain Age creates a dazzling epic of World War II-era Nassau—a hotbed of spies, traitors, and the most infamous couple of the age, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Leonora “Lulu” Randolph arrives in Nassau to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine. As she infiltrates the Duke and Duchess’s social circle, and the powerful cabal that controls the islands’ political and financial affairs, she uncovers evidence that beneath the glister of Wallis and Edward’s marriage lies an ugly reality. In fact, Nassau seethes with spies, financial swindles, and racial tension, and in the middle of it all stands Benedict Thorpe. Then Nassau’s wealthiest man is murdered in one of the most notorious cases of the century, and the resulting coverup reeks of royal privilege. Benedict Thorpe disappears without a trace, and Lulu embarks on a journey to London and beyond to unpick Thorpe’s complicated family history: a fateful love affair, a wartime tragedy, and a mother from whom all joy is stolen.

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

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Jenney Egertson - Before I Leave

Thursday, June 13, 7pm

Left Bank Books

Jenney Egertsen, Before I LeaveLeft Bank Books presents author Jenney Egertson, who will sign and discuss her debut book Before I Leave.

Jenney began writing Before I Leave—her first and only book to date—in 2000, after meeting an 80-year-old woman she couldn’t forget. For the next 18 years she interviewed, came to love, and wrote about a total of six women, all over the age of eighty at the time she met them, and most in their mid-to late nineties by the time they died. Her final subject—her mother, Edith—still lives with her dad in St. Louis, Missouri.

Writing has been a significant part of every professional job she has had: as an English teacher at a St. Louis alternative high school in the 1980s; as a freelance writer and later as a corporate executive in the 1990s; and ever since then, as she has worked herself in and out of several corporate communications jobs, with happy periods in between as a freelance communications strategist, writer/editor, and meeting facilitator.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Before I Leave 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.

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Celebrity Storytime with Lisl Detlefsen

Saturday, July 13, 10:30am

Left Bank Books

Lisl Detlefsen, 1, 2, 3, Jump!Left Bank Books welcomes Lisl Detlefsen, author of Time for Cranberries and If You Had a Jetpack, for a Celebrity Storytime reading of her new book, 1,2,3, Jump!

First swimming lessons can be exciting and terrifying, but this joyful and imaginative guide shows young readers how to conquer the pool.

From what to wear (a bathing suit, of course!) to what to expect (no, your teacher will not be a mermaid), 1, 2, 3 Jump! covers the what if’s and how to’s of getting in the pool for the first time. There’s a lot to worry about (can I be sucked in the filter?) and even more to be excited about (when can I wear flippers?), and our narrator has thought of everything. By the time she’s ready, you to will want to jump in!

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

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 10:30am

An Evening With Rebecca Makkai & Jean Kwok

Tuesday, June 4, 7pm

St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Rebecca Makkai, The Great BelieversLeft Bank Books and the St. Louis County Library welcome best-selling authors Rebecca Makkai and Jean Kwok, who will sign and discuss their books, The Great Believers and Searching For Sylvie Lee.

One of the most critically acclaimed novels of 2018, “The Great Believers” is a dazzling novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss. In 1985, Yale Tishman’s career is flourishing while the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. After his friend Nico’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her estranged daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

From the bestselling author of “Girl in Translation,’ Jean Kwok’s “Searching for Sylvie Lee” is a poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women in a Chinese immigrant family. A deeply moving story of family, secrets, identity, and longing, "Searching for Sylvie Lee" is a gripping page-turner, a sensitive portrait of an immigrant family, and 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 event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Karl Marlantes - Deep River

Monday, July 22, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid

Karl Marlantes, Deep RiverLeft Bank Books welcomes bestselling author Karl Marlantes, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Deep River!

From the New York Times-bestselling author of Matterhorn and What It Is Like to Go to War Karl Marlates, Deep River is a rich family saga about Finnish immigrants who settle and tame the Pacific Northwest, set against the early labor movements, World War I, and the upheaval of early twentieth-century America. Layered with fascinating historical detail, this is a novel that breathes deeply of the sun-dappled forest and bears witness to the stump-ridden fields the loggers, and the first waves of modernity, leave behind. At its heart, Deep River is an ambitious and timely exploration of the place of the individual, and of the immigrant, in an America still in the process of defining its own identity.

"One of the most profound and devastating novels ever to come out of Vietnam—or any war.” —New York Times Book Review, on Matterhorn

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Deep River 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.

Monday, July 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

Scott Alexander Hess - River Runs Red

Thursday, August 1, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Scott Alexander Hess, River Runs RedLeft Bank Books welcomes former St. Louisan Scott Alexander Hess, who will sign and discuss his new novel, River Runs Red!

The christening of the world’s first skyscraper on the shores of the Mississippi River is the backdrop for River Runs Red, Lambda Literary Award finalist Scott Alexander Hess' new novel set in St. Louis circa 1891. Clement Cartwright returns to his St. Louis hometown as the heralded architect of the Landsworth Building. He soon becomes embroiled in both a business feud, and an illicit affair with a young card shark. The city's wealthiest citizen mounts a vicious crusade to ruin Cartwright—a plan that includes blackmail and culminates in a sensational court trial. Amidst it all, the Mississippi river surges higher and higher, threatening to flood as the scandalous trial speeds to a shocking and violent conclusion.

"At once gritty, poetic, and romantic, Hess' masterful, elegant style weaves these diverse elements into a seamless narrative that touches the heart of what it means to be human." --Kirkus Reviews (of The Butcher's Sons)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of River Runs Red 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 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

William J. Burns - The Back Channel

Monday, June 24, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

William J Burns, The Back ChannelOver the course of more than three decades as an American diplomat, William J. Burns played a central role in the most consequential diplomatic episodes of his time—from the bloodless end of the Cold War to the collapse of post–Cold War relations with Putin’s Russia, from post–9/11 tumult in the Middle East to the secret nuclear talks with Iran. Drawing on a trove of newly declassified cables and memos, Burns gives readers a rare inside look at American diplomacy in action. “The Back Channel” is an eloquent, deeply informed, and timely story of a life spent in service of American interests abroad. It is also a powerful reminder, in a time of great turmoil, of the enduring importance of diplomacy.

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

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Casey Cep - Furious Hours

Tuesday, June 11, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Casey Cep, Furious HoursReverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a vigilante shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante's trial was Harper Lee, who returned to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own “In Cold Blood,” the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research 17 years earlier. Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

2019 Suspense Night

Thursday, June 6, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Suspense NightOne of the library’s most popular annual events, Suspense Night brings together popular mystery writers from across the country for an evening of readings and a panel discussion on the craft of suspense writing. The theme for the 2019 Suspense Night will be crime fiction for movies and television.

This year's authors are: Reed Farrel Coleman (What You BreakRobert B. Parker’s Colorblind), Jeffery Deaver (The Never GameThe Burial Hour), Meg Gardiner (UnsubInto the Black Nowhere), and Greg Hurwitz (Out of the Dark; Orphan X). With Special Guest Appearance by actor, director and television producer Ken Olin.

Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America—Midwest Chapter, presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

Monte Reel - A Brotherhood of Spies

Monday, June 17, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Monte Reel, A Brotherhood of SpiesAward-winning journalist Monte Reel presents a thrilling narrative of the top-secret Cold War-era spy plane operation that transformed the CIA. On May 1, 1960, an American U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union just weeks before a peace summit between the two nations. The CIA concocted a cover story for President Eisenhower to deliver, assuring him that no one could have survived a fall from that altitude. But against all odds, pilot Francis Gary Powers emerged from the wreckage and was seized by the KGB. He confessed to espionage charges, revealing to the world that Eisenhower had just lied to the American people—and to the Soviet Premier. In this true-life thriller, Reel reveals how the U-2 spy program, principally devised by four men working in secret, upended the Cold War.

 

Presented by the St. Louis County Library ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series. For more information please call 314-994-3300.

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

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