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SLCL Presents Ace Atkins

Wednesday, January 13, 7pm
 
St. Louis County Library, Left Bank Books, and HEC-Media Presents Ace Atkins
 

Video premiere: January 13, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv

Ace Atkins, "Robert B. Parker’s Someone to Watch Over Me"

Praised by Michael Connelly as one of “the best crime writers at work today,” Ace Atkins was selected by the estate of Robert B. Parker to continue the popular detective series starring the iconic, tough-but-tender PI Spenser. In Atkins’s latest installment in the series, Spenser and his young protégé Mattie Sulivan take on a billionaire money manager running a network of underaged girls for his rich and powerful clients.

Signed copies of the book are available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pickup and shipping available. 

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

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Tom Vanderbilt

Monday, January 11, 7pm
 

Video premiere: January 11, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv

Tom Vanderbilt, "Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning”

Bestselling author Tom Vanderbilt gives us an inspirational journey into the transformative joys that come with starting something new, no matter your age. Inspired by his young daughter's insatiable curiosity, Vanderbilt begins a year of learning purely for the sake of learning. He tackles five main skills, choosing them for their difficulty to master and their distinct lack of career marketability--chess, singing, surfing, drawing, and juggling. Along the way, he interviews dozens of experts to explore the fascinating psychology behind the benefits of becoming an adult beginner. Weaving comprehensive research and surprising insight gained from his year of learning dangerously, Vanderbilt shows how small acts of reinvention, at any age, can make life seem magical. 

Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

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

Monday, January 11, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Lars Kepler

Wednesday, January 6, 7pm

St. Louis County Library, Left Bank Books, and HEC-Media Presents Lars Kepler

Video premiere: January 6, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv

Lars Kepler, "Lazarus"

LARS KEPLER is the pseudonym of the critically acclaimed Swedish husband-and-wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril. Their novels have sold more than fifteen million copies worldwide. In their latest thriller, “Lazarus,” a mysterious killer is brutally murdering Europe's most loathsome criminals. When police discover that two of the victims have disturbing connections to Detective Joona Linna, it's clear that a ghost from his past is trying to send him a message.

Copies of the book are available from Left Bank Books.

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

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Charles M. Blow with Bakari Sellers - The Devil You Know

Wednesday, February 3, 6pm CT
Crowdcast Event - Book Purchase or Event Ticket Required

Admission to the live event is closed. If you would still like access to the video, just note that in your order for the book.

Left Bank Books welcomes journalist and author
Charles M. Blow,
who will discuss his new book,
The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto,
on February 3 at 6pm CT in a private Crowdcast event. 
Blow will be in conversation with CNN political analyst
Bakari Sellers.
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of 
or
purchase of a $5 event ticket
from Left Bank Books for admission.
 
 
 
About The Devil You Know

From journalist and New York Times bestselling author Charles Blow comes a powerful manifesto and call to action for Black Americans to amass political power and fight white supremacy.

Race, as we have come to understand it, is a fiction; but, racism, as we have come to live it, is a fact. The point here is not to impose a new racial hierarchy, but to remove an existing one. After centuries of waiting for white majorities to overturn white supremacy, it seems to me that it has fallen to Black people to do it themselves.

Acclaimed columnist and author Charles Blow never wanted to write a “race book.” But as violence against Black people—both physical and psychological—seemed only to increase in recent years, culminating in the historic pandemic and protests of the summer of 2020, he felt compelled to write a new story for Black Americans. He envisioned a succinct, counterintuitive, and impassioned corrective to the myths that have for too long governed our thinking about race and geography in America. Drawing on both political observations and personal experience as a Black son of the South, Charles set out to offer a call to action by which Black people can finally achieve equality, on their own terms.

So what will it take to make lasting change when small steps have so frequently failed? It’s going to take an unprecedented shift in power. The Devil You Know is a groundbreaking manifesto, proposing nothing short of the most audacious power play by Black people in the history of this country. This book is a grand exhortation to generations of a people, offering a road map to true and lasting freedom.

“In his provocative manifesto Charles Blow gives us one of the most thrilling experiences as readers: the challenge of imagining an alternate future. Writing in a long tradition of Black visionaries who’ve wrestled with the political implications of place and power, he exhorts African Americans to reconsider the possibilities of home against an historical backdrop of past migrations. Blow is one of our most penetrating thinkers and brilliant essayists, and in The Devil You Know he is putting it all on the line.” — Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

About the Speakers

CHARLES M. BLOW is an acclaimed journalist and op-ed columnist for the New York Times who appears frequently on CNN. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which has been adapted into an opera by Terence Blanchard that will open the 2021–22 season of the Metropolitan Opera. This will be a historic occasion—the first time an opera by a Black composer appears on the Met stage. He graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University in Louisiana, where he received a B.A. in mass communications. He lives in Atlanta and has three children.

BAKARI SELLERS made history in 2006 when, at just twenty-two years old, he defeated a twenty-six-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2014 he was the Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor in the state of South Carolina. Sellers is a CNN political analyst and served in the South Carolina state legislature. Recently named to Time's ""40 Under 40"" list, he is also a practicing attorney who fights to give a voice to the voiceless.

You may purchase a copy of The Devil You Know from Left Bank Books online or by phone. If you opt to only purchase the $5 event ticket, you may do so online.  You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. If you have purchased the book or event ticket from Left Bank, you will receive an email event reminder a few days prior to the event. You will receive the actual email invite to join the private online event on the DAY OF the event.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 6:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Susan Mallery with Katherine Center - The Vineyard at Painted Moon

Tuesday, February 9, 6pm CT
Private Online Event - Book Purchase Required

Join Left Bank Books and HQN Books for a ONE-NIGHT ONLY special virtual event for
Susan Mallery’s
THE VINEYARD AT PAINTED MOON
Tuesday February 9, 2021 at 6:00 PM CT
In Conversation with
Katherine Center.
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of 
THE VINEYARD AT PAINTED MOON
from Left Bank Books for admission.
 
Each ticket includes an exclusive signed copy of THE VINEYARD AT PAINTED MOON.
Each ticket holder will be entered to win raffle prizes!
A CrowdCast link for entry will be emailed on the day of the event (2/9).

Raffle Prize Information

There will be seven raffle prize winners (one per each store). The prize package includes:
 
- Sugarfina Rosé All Day wine gummies
- Glow-in-the-dark moon handmade art glass wine stopper
 

About THE VINEYARD AT PAINTED MOON

Step into the vineyard with Susan Mallery’s most irresistible novel yet, as one woman searches for the perfect blend of love, family and wine.

Mackenzie Dienes seems to have it all—a beautiful home, close friends and a successful career as an elite winemaker with the family winery. There’s just one problem—it’s not her family, it’s her husband’s. In fact, everything in her life is tied to him—his mother is the closest thing to a mom that she’s ever had, their home is on the family compound, his sister is her best friend. So when she and her husband admit their marriage is over, her pain goes beyond heartbreak. She’s on the brink of losing everything. Her job, her home, her friends and, worst of all, her family.

Staying is an option. She can continue to work at the winery, be friends with her mother-in-law, hug her nieces and nephews—but as an employee, nothing more. Or she can surrender every piece of her heart in order to build a legacy of her own. If she can dare to let go of the life she thought she wanted, she might discover something even more beautiful waiting for her beneath a painted moon.

About the Speakers

Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women's lives—family, friendship, romance. Library Journal says, “Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations," and readers seem to agree—40 million copies of her books have sold worldwide. Her warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live. Susan grew up in California and now lives in Seattle with her husband. She's passionate about animal welfare, especially that of the two ragdoll cats and adorable poodle who think of her as mom.

Katherine Center's newest novel is WHAT YOU WISH FOR. She's the New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including How to Walk Away and Things You Save in a Fire. Her novel The Lost Husband is now a movie starring Josh Duhamel that hit #1 on Netflix. She writes laugh-and-cry books about how life knocks us down—and how we get back up. BookPage calls her “the reigning queen of comfort reads.” Katherine has been compared to both Jane Austen and Nora Ephron, and the Dallas Morning News calls her stories, “satisfying in the most soul-nourishing way.” Her books have made countless Best-Of lists, including Real Simple’s Best Books of 2020, Amazon's Top 100 Books of 2019, Goodreads' Best Books of the Year, the Indie Next Great Reads List, and many more. Katherine lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas, with her husband, two kids, and their fluffy-but-fierce dog.

You may purchase a copy of THE VINEYARD AT PAINTED MOON from Left Bank Books online or by phone. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. If you have purchased the book from Left Bank, you will receive an email event reminder a few days prior to the event. You will receive the actual email invite to join the private online event on the DAY OF the event.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 6:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Enrique Salmón - Iwígara

Thursday, December 10, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books and Missouri Botanical Garden welcome head of the American Indian Studies Program at California State University–East Bay
Enrique Salmón,
who will discuss his new book, 
Iwígara: American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions and Science,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on December 10.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

 

 

About Iwígara

Tap into Thousands of Years of Plant Knowledge

The belief that all life-forms are interconnected and share the same breath—known in the Rarámuri tribe as iwígara—has resulted in a treasury of knowledge about the natural world, passed down for millennia by native cultures. Ethnobotanist Enrique Salmón builds on this concept of connection and highlights 80 plants revered by North America’s indigenous peoples. Salmón teaches us the ways plants are used as food and medicine, the details of their identification and harvest, their important health benefits, plus their role in traditional stories and myths. Discover in these pages how the timeless wisdom of iwígara can enhance your own kinship with the natural world.

“A beautifully illustrated and philosophically uplifting guide to indigenous North American plant use…this lovely compendium will strike a chord with many a nature-loving reader.” —Publishers Weekly

“I appreciate all of the practical information and lore contained in these descriptions, which will cause me to look at familiar plants such as the stinging nettle and the staghorn sumac in new ways.” —Hudson Valley 360

About the Author

Enrique Salmón, PhD, is head of the American Indian Studies Program at California State University–East Bay, in Hayward, California. His own Rarámuri family has always gathered, grown, and used plants for many medicinal and cultural purposes.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast right here on this event page.

Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Rabbi Susan Talve & Siona Benjamin - Zodiac Floor

Wednesday, December 9, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books and Central Reform Congregation welcome the founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation
Rabbi Susan Talve
and artist and speaker
Siona Benjamin,
who will discuss their new book, 
The Zodiac Floor: at Central Reform Congregation,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on December 9.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

 

About The Zodiac Floor

Rabbi Susan Talve and Indian-Jewish artist Siona Benjamin sat together in the back of a bus leaving Jaipur, India, and they began imagining. What they dreamed about on that trip across the world in 2014 were their plans for a circular mosaic floor for Central Reform Congregation that would be like those that adorn the floors of ancient synagogues in Israel. But theirs would have an edge: It would celebrate traditional Jewish holidays but also feminism and racial, cultural and gender diversity. It would feature astrological symbols of the Zodiac wheel.

Now, those ideas that Benjamin and Talve envisioned on a back road in India have been transformed into a 15-foot diameter mosaic on the floor of the synagogue's entrance lobby.

Benjamin, who lives outside New York City in Montclair, N.J., spent over a year working on the CRC floor design and painting in close consultation with the rabbi. A scan of the painting was created, and 320 porcelain tiles with ceramic glaze were fired at a very high temperature and numbered to fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.

On Shabbat on Aug. 14, 2015, the congregation saw the completed mosaic floor for the first time. While its holiday themes, laid out in chronological order around the circle, elicit feelings of warmth and tradition, the mosaic is provocative and challenging.

The Mosaic Floor offers beautiful photographs of the artwork and the story of the journey.

About the Speakers

Rabbi Susan Talve is the founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation, the only Jewish Congregation located within the city limits of St. Louis, Missouri. When other congregations were leaving the city for the suburbs, Rabbi Susan joined with a small group to keep a vibrant presence in the city to be on the front line of fighting the racism and poverty plaguing the urban center. Today she performs life cycle events, leads worship services for the seven hundred fifty plus households that comprise the congregation, and is actively involved in the teaching of young and adult members. She also teaches courses on Jewish life and thought and in both the Jewish and non-Jewish Communities. Rabbi Susan was ordained by Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1981, where she earned a Master's Degree in Hebrew Letters and a Doctor of Divinity. She was honored with the college's Stephen Levinson Award for Community Service after founding the Jewish Early Learning Cooperative, Ohio's first licensed infant childcare program in the workplace. She was the first non-Christian to receive an honorary Doctorate from Eden Theological Seminary in 2011 for a career of visionary and bold leadership and supporting interfaith relations in the St. Louis community. She was awarded honorary degrees from Washington University, St Lawrence University and has received many awards for her efforts on behalf of the Jewish and non-Jewish community. She and her husband, Rabbi James Stone Goodman are the proud parents of three wonderful adults and two grandsons.

Siona Benjamin's unique perspective as an Indian-American-Jewish artist has inspired her to create art that represents her transcultural and multicultural narrative. Often featuring blue characters, Siona's work illuminates vibrant colors, cultural & religious symbols in various mediums to create works that have synergy and meaning. Her art has been shown in galleries, museums & sacred spaces around the world. She was awarded two prestigious Fulbright Fellowships to explore the theme of multicultural art in Israel and India. She creates art installations, art commissions, and artworks for private and public spaces. As an artist & speaker, she shares her personal journey through live speaking engagements.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast right here on this event page.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Sam J. Miller - Blade Between

Thursday, December 3, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning author
Sam J. Miller,
who will discuss his new novel, 
The Blade Between,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on December 3.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

 

About The Blade Between

A Recommended Book from CrimeReads

From Nebula Award winner Sam J. Miller comes a frightening and uncanny ghost story about a rapidly changing city in upstate New York and the mysterious forces that threaten it.

Ronan Szepessy promised himself he’d never return to Hudson. The sleepy upstate town was no place for a restless gay photographer. But his father is ill and New York City’s distractions have become too much for him. He hopes that a quick visit will help him recharge. 

Ronan reconnects with two friends from high school: Dom, his first love, and Dom’s wife, Attalah. The three former misfits mourn what their town has become—overrun by gentrifiers and corporate interests. With friends and neighbors getting evicted en masse and a mayoral election coming up, Ronan and Attalah craft a plan to rattle the newcomers and expose their true motives. But in doing so, they unleash something far more mysterious and uncontainable. 

Hudson has a rich, proud history and, it turns out, the real-state developers aren’t the only forces threatening its well-being: the spirits undergirding this once-thriving industrial town are enraged. Ronan’s hijinks have overlapped with a bubbling up of hate and violence among friends and neighbors, and everything is spiraling out of control. Ronan must summon the very best of himself to shed his own demons and save the city he once loathed.

About the Author

Sam J. Miller is the Nebula Award–winning author of The Art of Starving (NPR best of the year) and Blackfish City (Nebula finalist, John J. Campbell Award winner). A recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award and a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, Sam’s short stories have been nominated for the World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon, and Locus awards, and reprinted in dozens of anthologies. He lives in New York City. 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast right here on this event page.

Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Jean Kwok with Rumaan Alam - Searching for Sylvie Lee

Tuesday, December 8, 5pm CT
Private Online Event - Book Purchase Required

Left Bank Books welcomes internationally bestselling author
Jean Kwok,
who will discuss her new novel,
Searching for Sylvie Lee,
on December 8 at 5pm CT in a private online event. 
Kwok will be in conversation with New York Times bestselling author
Rumaan Alam.
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of 
from Left Bank Books for admission.

 

About Searching for Sylvie Lee

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!

A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick & Emma Roberts Belletrist Book Club Pick!

NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK BY New York Times • Time • Marie Claire • Elle • Buzzfeed • Huffington Post • Good Housekeeping • The Week • Goodreads • New York Post • and many more!

“Powerful . . . A twisting tale of love, loss, and dark family secrets.”  — Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water

A poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women—two sisters and their mother—in one Chinese immigrant family and explores what happens when the eldest daughter disappears, and a series of family secrets emerge, from the New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Translation

It begins with a mystery. Sylvie, the beautiful, brilliant, successful older daughter of the Lee family, flies to the Netherlands for one final visit with her dying grandmother—and then vanishes.

Amy, the sheltered baby of the Lee family, is too young to remember a time when her parents were newly immigrated and too poor to keep Sylvie. Seven years older, Sylvie was raised by a distant relative in a faraway, foreign place, and didn’t rejoin her family in America until age nine. Timid and shy, Amy has always looked up to her sister, the fierce and fearless protector who showered her with unconditional love.

But what happened to Sylvie? Amy and her parents are distraught and desperate for answers. Sylvie has always looked out for them. Now, it’s Amy’s turn to help. Terrified yet determined, Amy retraces her sister’s movements, flying to the last place Sylvie was seen. But instead of simple answers, she discovers something much more valuable: the truth. Sylvie, the golden girl, kept painful secrets . . . secrets that will reveal more about Amy’s complicated family—and herself—than she ever could have imagined.

A deeply moving story of family, secrets, identity, and longing, Searching for Sylvie Lee is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive portrait of an immigrant family. It is 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 is a true beach read! You can’t put it down!” – Jenna Bush Hager, Today Show Book Club Pick

About the Speakers

Jean Kwok is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Girl in Translation and Mambo in Chinatown. Her work has been published in twenty countries and is taught in universities, colleges, and high schools across the world. She has been selected for numerous honors, including the American Library Association Alex Award, the Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award international shortlist. She received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and earned an MFA from Columbia University. She is fluent in Chinese, Dutch, and English, and currently lives in the Netherlands.

Rumaan Alam is the author of the novels Rich and PrettyThat Kind of Mother, and the instant New York Times bestseller Leave the World Behind. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesNew York MagazineThe New YorkerThe New York Review of Books, Bookforum, and the New Republic, where he is a contributing editor. He studied writing at Oberlin College and lives in New York with his family.

You may purchase a copy of Searching for Sylvie Lee from Left Bank Books online or by phone. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. If you have purchased the book from Left Bank, you will receive an email event reminder a few days prior to the event. You will receive the actual email invite to join the private online event on the DAY OF the event.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 5:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Maggie Stiefvater & Melissa Cynova with Sarah Kate - Scorpio Sea Tarot

Tuesday, December 1, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books welcomes bestselling author
Maggie Stiefvater
and award-winning author
Melissa Cynova,
who will discuss their recently released 
Scorpio Sea Tarot
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on December 1.
Stiefvater and Cynova will be in conversation with Fortune Teller Bar owner
Sarah Kate.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

 

About Scorpio Sea Tarot

From Maggie Stiefvater--#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Scorpio Races--comes a new tarot deck of rugged beauty and mystery. Like a charming flower that turns out conceal poison beneath its petals, Scorpio Sea Tarot seems simple on the surface but demands a closer look. Maggie Stiefvater's phenomenal art shows us that hard times may lie on the horizon, but if you brave the ocean, you will be rewarded in incredible ways. With its full-color companion book to guide you, this powerful deck gives you a deep sense of pride when the work is complete.

About the Authors

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shiver Trilogy, the Raven Cycle series, and The Scorpio Races. All of her life decisions have been formed by a desire to leave a mark, resulting in spray-painted cars, sharpie-covered guitars, ink-splattered walls, and stories told in books, in magazines, and on stages. Maggie Stiefvater lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband, two children, many dogs, many goats, and more mechanical horsepower than you can shake a stick at.

Melissa Cynova (she/her) has been slinging tarot cards for thirty years. Her first book, Kitchen Table Tarot, won the Independent Publishing Award for Best First Book and COVR Visionary awards. Her second book, Tarot Elements: Five Readings to Reset Your Life, was released in 2019.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast right here on this event page.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 7:00pm

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