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POSTPONED: LBB Presents: Jim Merkel - Growing Up St. Louis

Monday, April 20, 7pm
Left Bank Books

jim merkel, growing up in st louisFollowing recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event is POSTPONED. Check back for updates!

Left Bank Books presents longtime St. Louisian and journalist, Jim Merkel, who will sign and discuss his new book Growing Up In St. Louis.

A new book takes a different view of life’s first years, and how they’re lived in St. Louis. In Growing Up St. Louis, Author Jim Merkel tells the stories of more than 100 people he interviewed from every background and age about their growing up years. The only thing they had in common was that they grew up in St. Louis. For the book, Merkel spent more than two years interviewing blacks and whites, rich and poor, with memories sad and happy. He also wrote 10 essays about how events of different times affected kids, from 1900 to the present

Jim Merkel grew up in St. Louis where he watched the progress of construction on the Gateway Arch with his father in the 1960s. He is the author of The Colorful Characters of St. Louis, Hoosiers and Scrubby Dutch: St. Louis's South Side, and Beer, Brats, and Baseball: German-Americans in St. Louis. He has appeared on KWMU, KDHX, and Fox 2's News in the Morning, among other programs. For more information, visit www.jimmerkelthewriter.com.  

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Growing Up In St. Louis 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, April 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

CANCELLED: River Styx Reading Series Presents: Shane Seely & Erika T. Wurth

Monday, April 20, 7pm
High Low, 3301 Washington

shane seely, erika t wurth, river styx reading

Following recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event is CANCELLED. 

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.

Erika T. Wurth’s publications include a novel, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend, two collections of poetry, and a collection of short stories, Buckskin Cocaine. Her most recent novel You Who Enter Here was published by SUNY. A writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Boulevard, Drunken Boat, The Writer’s Chronicle, Waxwing, and The Kenyon Review. She is represented by Peter Steinberg. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver.

Shane Seely directs the MFA program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He was born in 1972 along the Grand Army of the Republic Highway, beneath a sky draped by the Milky Way. He was educated in Pennsylvania and Kansas before attending the MFA program at Syracuse University, where he met his wife. In 2002, they moved to St. Louis, and Shane began teaching as an adjunct. He joined the UMSL faculty in 2012. He and his wife live in the picturesque suburbs of St. Louis with their daughter and dog.

Readings start at 7 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 riverstyx.org.

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Wes Moore - Five Days

Thursday, April 30, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

wes moore, five daysSt. Louis County Library presents bestselling author Wes Moore.

When Freddie Gray was arrested for possessing an "illegal knife" in April 2015, he was, by eyewitness accounts, treated "roughly" by Baltimore police. By the end of his trip in the police van, Gray was in a coma he would never recover from. The killing led to five days described alternately as a riot or an uprising that caught the nation's attention. Bestselling author and former White House fellow, Wes Moore tells the story of the Baltimore uprising, both hrough both his own observations, and through the eyes of other Baltimoreans. Each shifting point of view contributes to an engrossing, cacophonous account of one of the most consequential moments in our recent history. 

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

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Don Winslow - Broken

Monday, April 20, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

don winslow, brokenSt. Louis County Library presents bestselling author Don Winslow.

In six intense, short novels connected by themes of corruption and redemption, #1 bestselling crime fiction writer Don Winslow is at his nerve-shattering best. With his trademark blend of insight, action, and the highest level of literary craftmanship, Winslow delivers a collection that will become a classic of crime fiction.

 

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

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

CANCELLED: SOLD OUT: "Last Book on the Left" book tour at the Pageant

Sunday, April 19, 7pm
The Pageant, 6161 Delmar

last book on the left

Following recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event is CANCELLED. Please check back for updates on possible rescheduling. 

SOLD OUT

The Pageant presents comedy podcast Last Podcast On The Left for the tour of their new boook The Last Book On The Left.

Join us as we crisscross the US “edutaining” the masses with a delightful live show in support of our new book “The Last Book On The Left,” which will be available in April, directly to your fingertips. Come to our live show and see how our bodies jiggle in the stage light, and this is where it gets different: we are giving you the chance to buy the book when you purchase your ticket, this will be a signed book waiting for you to pick up on the night of the show. It will have our kisses on them which means actual viable DNA. Don’t you want to smell our beard oil?  Don’t want to have our autographs ruining a page of your book? Well, the book is also available now for pre-order and this is a perfect chance to help support your local book store.  You will not be disappointed with the deep dive we’ve taken into nine of the most dangerous serial killers that our planet has ever known.

We will be hitting twenty cities in thirty days. Are you ready for the day of reckoning?

VIP PACKAGES:
Packages include the best seats in the house, a Last Podcast on the Left VIP laminate, a signed exclusive tour poster, and a post-show Meet & Greet.

Last Podcast On The Left is a comedy podcast that covers all the horrors our world has to offer both imagined and real, from demons and aliens to cults and serial killers. Each week three comedians investigate spooky and violent events in history using gallows humor and detailed research and prove that the true crime community isn’t just for “doctors” with “expertise” in their “field”. The Last Podcast is guaranteed to satisfy your blood lust and make you laugh at things you will probably feel guilty about later.

This event is presented by the Pageant. For tickets and more information, please visit thir site.

Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Julia Phillips - Disappearing Earth

Thursday, April 16, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

julia Phillips, disappearing earthSt. Louis County Library presents National Book Award Finalist Julia Phillips.

A finalist for the 2019 National Book Award, “Disappearing Earth” announces the debut of a gifted writer. On the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the edge of Russia, two young sisters go missing. “Disappearing Earth” enters the worlds of a cast of characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a detective, a mother.

 

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

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 7:00pm

CANCELLED: SLCL Presents Eduardo Porter - American Poison

Thursday, April 2, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

eduardo porter, American PoisonDue to concerns about Coronavirus, this event has been cancelled.

St. Louis County Library presents NYT reporter and author Eduardo Porter.

New York Times reporter Eduardo Porter shows how racial animus has stunted the development of nearly every institution, including organized labor, public education, and the social safety net. “American Poison” also illuminates how the nation’s increasing diversity may lead to a new understanding of racial identity.

Presented by the Westfall Politics & History Series.

 

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

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 7:00pm

CANCELLED: SLCL Presents Ariel Lawhon - Code Name Helene

Wednesday, April 1, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

ariel Lawhon, Code name heleneFollowing recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event is CANCELLED.

St. Louis County Library presents Bestselling author Ariel Lawhon.

Bestselling author of “I Was Anastasia,” Ariel Lawhon’s new novel is based on the real-life story of socialite and spy Nancy Wake, one of the most decorated women of WWII. Told in interweaving timelines organized around the code names Nancy used during the war, “Code Name Hélène” is a spellbinding story of unfaltering resolve.

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

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 7:00pm

NEW DATE ANNOUNCED: SOLD OUT: Lauren Akins - Live in Love

Thursday, May 14, 7pm
St. Charles City-County Library, Spencer Road Branch, 427 Spencer Rd

lauren akins, live in love

We hope this finds you all healthy and safe. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and CDC recommendations, we are postponing Lauren Akins’ LIVE IN LOVE book tour event. The new date is August 27 and your purchased ticket will be honored. Event time, location, and all other logistics remain the same. Ticket holders will receive an email with the new date and how to request refunds, if needed. The release of LIVE IN LOVE is postponed until August 18, but can still be preordered.

Join Lauren Akins this spring to celebrate her first book Live in Love, a deeply personal love story of her modern family with long-time partner and childhood best friend, multi-PLATINUM selling performer Thomas Rhett. 

In this hour-long moderated talk, Lauren will offer inspiring guidance from her own experiences on staying in love, balancing children and marriage, practicing faith, and living a life of purpose. Guests will get a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of being married to her music star best friend and the struggle to find her own footing in the frenzy of her husband’s fame. 

Lauren will open up about her life-changing experiences doing mission work in Uganda, where she met the precious baby who would become their first daughter a year later. From sharing the romance of their handwritten wedding vows, to the challenges they faced as they adjusted to the reality of becoming first-time parents, Lauren will share her path to self-discovery. 

Every ticket includes a signed copy of Live in Love (a $28 value, published by Ballantine Books).

Lauren Akins is a devoted mother, wife and philanthropist who lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, Country super-star Thomas Rhett and their three little girls Willa Gray, Ada James and Lennon. Lauren has been a passionate supporter and active volunteer for years and is enthusiastically continuing to support children in Uganda through her efforts with Love One International.

LAUREN AKINS LIVE IN LOVE VIP MEET & GREET EXPERIENCE

(Limit 100)

  • One (1) premium seat for the Live In Love Author Q&A with Lauren*
  • One (1) pre-signed copy of Live In Love with the opportunity to have it personalized during your meet & greet with Lauren
  • Meet & greet and photo opportunity with Lauren Akins
  • Hassle-free VIP check in with on-site host
  • All net proceeds from the Live in Love VIP Meet & Greet Experience will go to Love One. For more information on Love One, visit www.loveoneinternational.org

*Exact seat location available at the show. Ticket is allocated based on time and date of purchase. Package details subject to change without notice. Please check with the venue directly for any age restrictions

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Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 7:00pm

POSTPONED: LBB Presents: Vitale Buford - Addicted to Perfect

Wednesday, April 15, 7pm
Left Bank Books

vitale buford, addicted to perfectFollowing recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event is POSTPONED. Please check back for updates. 

Left Bank Books presents Vitale Buford, who will sign and discus her book, Addicted To Perfect, that chronicles her struggles with perfectionism and adderall.

Perfection is a mask we use to avoid pain. We think that if we can achieve perfection, we will achieve happiness. We believe that if we can avoid pain, we can also avoid abandonment and loneliness and unworthiness. Perfection is the thief of joy. It’s a lie that keeps us in a stranglehold of chaos and people-pleasing and addiction and lack. Perfection says we are never good enough. It holds us back from being our truest, most authentic selves. In Addicted to Perfect, Vitale shares the highs and lows of having been a slave to Adderall, the destructive relationships that ensued, and the way that she finally broke free. She details the many twists and turns involved in the years leading up to her getting sober and the eating disorder that followed her into sobriety. It took parenthood and radical honesty for her to begin the road to true healing. Perfectionism is no longer something that enslaves her, and Vitale’s story is one of hope that no matter where you are in your life, you can release the grip of perfection. You can heal your pain and your abandonment and your loneliness and your fear and your guilt and your shame. You can experience true freedom, and most importantly, replace perfection with self-love.

 

Vitale Buford is a former Adderall addict who successfully hid her addiction for more than a decade. During this time, she was climbing the corporate ladder and looked “perfect” on the outside. She checked all the external success boxes, yet on the inside she was dying. It took sobriety to awaken her to her true self and begin healing. Vitale is now a certified professional coach, author, speaker and former corporate executive who held leadership roles in marketing, business development, human resources and executive coaching. Vitale graduated from the University of Georgia and received her professional coaching certification through the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She has more than 12 years of corporate experience. Vitale lives in Central Kentucky with her son and their dog. You can learn more about her and how she changes lives on her website at www.vitalebuford.com.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Addicted To Perfect 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, April 15, 2020 - 7:00pm

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