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Dr. Ed Migneco - That's Why They Call It Practice

Left Bank Books and Gateway Pet Guardians present Dr. Ed Migneco to celebrate his new book That's Why They Call It Practice. Join us in the store for a book signing and benefit for Gateway Pet Guardians. A portion of the proceeds of the book is going to Gateway Pet Guardians.

Dr. Ed will be entertaining everyone with stories, answering your questions, and signing books.

Dr. Ed will personalize and sign copies! Personalized and signed copies will be available to be mailed anywhere in the country. For personalized copies, please order before noon on May 17th.

Join us at Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
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About the Author

Dr. Ed Migneco graduated from the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 and took ownership of Hillside Animal Hospital. At the end of 2019 he sold the practice to his daughter and son-in-law and went to work for Gateway Pet Guardians, serving the community of East St. Louis, IL. He is very active in the animal welfare community and over his career he has served with organizations including Gateway Pet Guardians, Stray Rescue of St. Louis, Five Acres Animal Shelter, Pets Are Wonderful Support, and Tenth Life Cat Rescue, among others. He has won numerous awards including the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year in 2002, the Hartz Corporation Veterinarian of the Year in 2007, and the William Wolff Volunteerism Award in 2016.

Dr. Migneco is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, specializing in Canine and Feline Practice. He is the proud father of three adult daughters. He is engaged to Dr. Nicole Fulcher, DVM, and together they have two rescue cats named Helen and Carter. In his leisure time, Dr. Ed enjoys travel, photography, and trivia.


About That's Why They Call It Practice

From providing as assist to a silverback gorilla undergoing surgery to spending a long morning in pursuit of a loose peacock harassing the nuns and students at a local Catholic school, Dr. Ed Migneco has rarely had a dull day at work. Even the routine dog and cat visits in his veterinary office and animal rescue work carry moments of drama, triumph, and heartbreak that often reveal as much about the humans involved as the animals themselves. The St. Louis veterinarian has close to 40 years' experience, and his longtime practice, Hillside Animal Hospital, opened more than 60 years ago as one of the first veterinary clinics in the city.

In the collection of short and poignant stories, Dr. Ed employs a gentle humor and sharp observation to share tales reminiscent of James Herriot's work in "All Creatures Great and Small." The incredible bonds between people and their pets make these pages relatable for readers of every age. And don't be surprised if you recognize yourself or someone you know in the anecdotes about poorly explained symptoms, miraculous recoveries, embarrassing dog behaviors, and moments of hope for animal in desperate situations! As dr. Ed writes, among his veterinary friends, "we all seem to have the same clients, just the names have been changed to protect the innocent."

Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 1:00pm

Hadara Bar-Nadav & Asha Futterman

Hadara Bar-Nadav & Asha Futterman

April 29 @ 7:00 pm


The reading will be held in-person at High Low.

Join Saint Louis Poetry Center and Left Bank Books for a reading and celebration of poetry by Hadara Bar-Nadav & Asha Futterman. Copies of The Animal is Chemical will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books. Cash bar.


Patrons are encouraged to wear face masks when attending this reading in-person at High Low.


Hadara Bar-Nadav is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Lucille Medwick Award from the Poetry Society of America, and other honors. Her books include The Animal Is Chemical (Four Way Books, 2023), awarded the Levis Prize in Poetry; The New Nudity (Saturnalia Books, 2017); Lullaby (with Exit Sign) (Saturnalia Books, 2013), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; The Frame Called Ruin (New Issues, 2012), Editor’s Selection/Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/Intuit House, 2007), awarded the Margie Book Prize. In addition, she is co-author with Michelle Boisseau of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed. (Pearson, 2011). Her poetry has appeared in The American Poetry ReviewThe BelieverThe Kenyon ReviewPloughsharesPoetry, and elsewhere. She is a Professor of English and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Asha Futterman is a poet and an actor from Chicago. She has an MFA in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis, and is now a teaching fellow at WashU. Her chapbook, song of gray, is forthcoming from The Song Cave. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Conduit MagazineBennington ReviewThe Journal, and Interim Poetics.


Monday, April 29, 2024 - 7:00pm

Ben Greene - My Child Is Trans, Now What?

Left Bank Books presents Ben Greene, public speaker, LGBTQ+ inclusion consultant, and openly transgender man to celebrate the release of My Child Is Trans, Now What?: A Joy-Centered Approach to Support! Join us to help Ben celebrate and see the joyful ways to support a trans child.

Greene will personalize and sign copies after the presentation! Personalized and signed copies will be available to be mailed anywhere in the country. For personalized copies, please order before noon on May 6th.

Join us at Contemporary Art Museum
3750 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
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About the Author

Ben V. Greene is a public speaker, LGBTQ+ inclusion consultant, and openly transgender man. Ben has dedicated his career to spreading empathy, awareness, and understanding about the transgender community. He is active on the speaking circuit, with audiences ranging from the UK's Diversity Live! to NASA. Ben is a guest lecturer on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Cornell University in addition to serving on the board of the Tufts Master's Degree in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He resides in St. Louis, Missouri.


About My Child Is Trans, Now What?: A Joy-Centered Approach to Support

A powerful book for readers aiming to support trans youth that Booklist calls a "warm and generous book [that] will help a wide range of readers" and Publishers Weekly says is "a pragmatic program for parenting beyond the gender binary."

As a full-time public speaker specializing in spreading awareness and understanding of the transgender community, what Ben Greene hears most from parents and loved ones is the phrase "I'm sorry." They're sorry for using the wrong word, sorry for asking an offensive question, sorry for not knowing this already, sorry for asking a question at all. The combination of exhaustion from trans people who have become their community's designated educator and the growing trend of "canceling" anyone who says anything wrong has created a culture where people who have good hearts and minimal access to information are so afraid to make a mistake they don't even try.

In My Child is Trans, Now What? A Joy-Centered Approach to Support, Greene breaks the mold by offering a judgement-free guide to people across generations, from millennial parents to members of older generations who may not have had previous positive exposure to the trans community. Greene focuses on providing two key resources in this book: information and emotional support. He explains what to expect, what systems exist to support trans youth, and what loved ones can do to help.

Using a combination of personal stories and experiences, definitions, and additional resources, My Child is Trans, Now What? is an essential guide for anyone looking to help trans youth thrive.


Review Quotes:

Amidst these dark and troubling times for trans youth and their families in America, Greene's book is a beacon of light and hope. Bursting with love and compassion, this guidebook offers practical and user-friendly advice about how to support the transgender loved one in your life. --Jeannie Gainsburg, author of The Savvy Ally: A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate

By sharing his story with the world, Ben Greene powerfully demonstrates how people of every gender can thrive when they are fully affirmed and loved for who they are. Ben empathetically, openly, and willingly answers the sometimes complicated questions, making it possible for parents and caregivers who are newly navigating this path to get the education and encouragement needed to support their own--and every--transgender and nonbinary kid. In doing so, these families will help to ensure that every trans person is safe, celebrated, empowered, and loved. --Brian Bond, CEO of PFLAG National

A timely book with an important message written from a uniquely fresh perspective. While the purpose of Ben's book is to support trans youth and young adults, we could all benefit from his heartfelt message of compassion and joy. --Chris Tompkins, LGBTQ-affirming therapist and author of Raising LGBTQ Allies: A Parent's Guide to Changing the Messages from the Playground

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 7:00pm