Author Events

Antoni Porowski - An Evening with Antoni Virtual Book Tour

Thursday, September 16, 7pm CT
Ticketed event - Signed Book Purchase for entry to event 

Left Bank Books and Mariner Books welcome Queer Eye star and New York Times bestselling author
Antoni Porowski,
who will discuss his new book 
Antoni: Let's Do Dinner,
in a virtual event at 7pm CT on September 16th.
Featuring Cooking and Conversation with Antoni + Friends.
For admission to the event order a SIGNED copy* of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
*Limited amount of signed copies, not bookplates, are available for this event.
 
 
Join Queer Eye star and New York Times bestselling author Antoni Porowski for a special virtual event to celebrate the publication of his next cookbook, Antoni: Let’s Do Dinner*. Antoni’s trademark inclusive and accessible approach to food will inspire both newbies and knowledgeable cooks to look at dinner differently. He will demo a recipe from the book and answer your kitchen questions about everything from simple but special post-work suppers to casual entertaining tips.
 
About Antoni: Let's Do Dinner
 
In the follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Antoni in the KitchenQueer Eye star Antoni Porowski shares exuberantly easy dinners for every night of the week

Let's Do Dinner is an invitation into Antoni's easy kitchen. Dinner with Antoni means satisfying meals full of clean protein and loads of vegetables, with splurges of carbs and decadence. Simple, yes, but always special. Antoni keeps shopping lists short and steps and pans to a minimum.

Pulled chicken nachos, pasta carbonara with scallions and peas, or pan-seared steak with harissa butter and crispy potatoes--it's all good for post-work evenings or casual entertaining. Antoni shows how to crank the flavor, make exciting suppers from pantry staples, create new takes on classics by swapping in one surprising ingredient, and build a rousingly flavored vegan grain bowl. Plus, he lets you in on the secret weapons in every kitchen that get great food on the table fast.

 

About our Speakers

Antoni Porowski is the Emmy Award-winning food and wine expert on the Netflix smash hit Queer Eye. A television personality, author, chef, and model, he has worked as a food consultant and sommelier. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

You may purchase a SIGNED copy of Antoni: Let's Do Dinner from Left Bank Books online or by phone. You will need to supply us with the email address to send the email to attend the event. Purchase of a signed copy from Left Bank Books will gain you admission to this event. Thank you for supporting Left Bank Books!

 

*Signed copies, not bookplates,are available for this event.

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 7:00pm

Amanda Uhle with contributors - Dear McSweeney's

Tuesday, September 28, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes Executive Director and Publisher of McSweeney’s
Amanda Uhle,
who will discuss 
Dear McSweeney's,
with contributors to the collection
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on September 28th.
Contributors to the collection will join us for the conversation.
Contribitors will be announced.
Join us on our YouTube Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
We will be joined by contribors to the book: Jamie Allen, Benjamin R. Cohen, Kathryn Davis, Brian T. Edwards, Marco Kaye, Dan Keane, & Alex Ryan Bauer!
 
 
About Dear McSweeney's: Two Decades of Letters to the Editor from Writers, Readers, and the Occasional Bewildered Consumer

McSweeney's Quarterly Concern has been printing issues since 1998, and sending them into the world with reckless faith. Now and then, the world writes back. In two decades and change, we've accumulated a heady archive of dispatches, pleas, confessions, treatises, ruminations, rants, raves, and the occasional misdirected customer service query. Collected here are one hundred installments from this sprawling many-to-one correspondence, including but not limited to musings on moths and mummies and macaroons, cats and armadillos and homicidal sea worms, and the arcana of Jerry Lewis's acting career. By turns poignant and absurd, these letters are a sparkling glimpse into the strange and unforgettable lives of McSweeney's readers.

Featuring letters by Sarah Vowell, Brandon Hobson, R.O. Kown, Jonathan Lethem, Jenny Odell, Hanif Abdurraqib, Julie Klausner, Thao Nguyen, Ana Marie Cox, Jason Polan, and dozens more.

 

About our Speakers

Amanda Uhle is Executive Director and Publisher of McSweeney’s, known for its award-winning quarterly literary journal, humor website and eclectic book publishing program. She is co-founder, with Dave Eggers, of The International Congress of Youth Voices. For more than 11 years, Uhle was executive director 826michigan, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for school-aged students in Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Ypsilanti. Trained as a journalist, she is the occasional host of the author interview radio program and podcast, Living Writers. She remains involved with numerous youth writing organizations in Michigan and around the world, supporting their fundraising and programming as a volunteer consultant. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Newsweek, Think Progress, LitHub, and other publications.

Jamie Allen is a writer based in Atlanta and the creator of the Squirrel Census.

Benjamin R. Cohen is Associate Professor at Lafayette College and the author of Pure Adulteration: Cheating on Nature in the Age of Manufactured Food. Michael S. Kideckel teaches history at Princeton Day School and is the author of the forthcoming Fresh from the Factory: Breakfast Cereal, Natural Food, and the Marketing of Reform, 1890-1920. Anna Zeide is Associate Professor of History and Director of Food Studies at Virginia Tech. She is the author of Canned: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry, winner of the 2019 James Beard Award in Reference, History and Scholarship.

Kathryn Davis is the author of seven novels, most recently Duplex. She is the senior fiction writer on the faculty of the writing program at Washington University.

Brian T Edwards is Crown Professor in Middle East Studies and Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern, where he is also the founding director of the Program in Middle East and North African Studies. His previous books include Morocco Bound: Disorienting America’s Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express (Duke 2005) and Globalizing American Studies (coeditor, Chicago, 2010)and he has contributed to a wide range of publications, including Public Culture, The Believer, McSweeney’s, Foreign Policy, Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Chicago Tribune. Twitter: @briantedwards

Marco Kaye has contributed to McSweeney's Internet Tendency since 2007. He has an MFA from NYU, and has been published in the New Yorker's Daily Shouts & Murmurs.

Dan Keane is a writer, teacher, and librarian in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Alex Ryan Bauer studied comparative literature at the University of Iowa.

 

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 on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 7:00pm

Kekla Magoon - Revolution in Our Time

Tuesday, January 11, 1pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

A rectangular image with the left half showing a headshot of author Kekla Magoon and the right half showing her book cover, "Revolution in Our Time." The cover has a yellow background with a collage of pictures forming the black power fist symbol.Left Bank Books welcomes beloved award-winning and bestselling author
Kekla Magoon,
who will discuss her new book 
Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party's Promise to the People,
on our Facebook Live Page at 1pm CT on January 11th.
Magoon will be in conversation with Left Bank Books'
Cliff Helm & Danielle King.
Classrooms are invited to join us for this public virtual event.
This event will only be available for a VERY limited time.
Live attendance is strongly encouraged.
Join us on our YouTube Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party's Promise to the People
With passion and precision, Kekla Magoon relays an essential account of the Black Panthers--as militant revolutionaries and as human rights advocates working to defend and protect their community.

In this comprehensive, inspiring, and all-too-relevant history of the Black Panther Party, Kekla Magoon introduces readers to the Panthers' community activism, grounded in the concept of self-defense, which taught Black Americans how to protect and support themselves in a country that treated them like second-class citizens. For too long the Panthers' story has been a footnote to the civil rights movement rather than what it was: a revolutionary socialist movement that drew thousands of members--mostly women--and became the target of one of the most sustained repression efforts ever made by the U.S. government against its own citizens.

Revolution in Our Time puts the Panthers in the proper context of Black American history, from the first arrival of enslaved people to the Black Lives Matter movement of today. Kekla Magoon's eye-opening work invites a new generation of readers grappling with injustices in the United States to learn from the Panthers' history and courage, inspiring them to take their own place in the ongoing fight for justice.

This comprehensive, meticulously researched volume helps readers understand the Panthers within the spectrum of Black resistance. The narrative is cinematic in its descriptions of the personalities and incidents that make up the party's history while presenting a throughline to the anti-racist activism of today. The book's attractive graphic design, with ample use of robin's egg blue in contrast to dramatic black-and-white photographs, and with memorable quotes scattered throughout, makes it visually pleasing. The highly readable and not-to-be-missed story of America's history and current reality. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Kekla Magoon is a national treasure, and Revolution in Our Time passionately and meticulously details a critical truth that is both feared and necessary in the classroom. --Rita Williams-Garcia, award-winning author of A Sitting in St. James

 

About our Speaker

Kekla Magoon's young adult novel The Rock and the River, which won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award, was the first mainstream novel for young people to feature the Black Panther Party. She is the Margaret A. Edwards Award-winning author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including Fire in the Streets and How It Went Down. She is also the coauthor, with Ilyasah Shabazz, of X: A Novel, which was long-listed for the National Book Award and received an NAACP Image Award and a Coretta Scott King Honor. Kekla Magoon grew up in Indiana and now lives in Vermont, where she serves on the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

 

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 on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - 1:00pm

Craig Johnson with Lou Diamond Phillips - Daughter of the Morning Star

Thursday, September 23, 6pm CT
Private Online Event - Book Purchase Required

Left Bank Books welcome New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire series
Craig Johnson,
who will discuss his new book in the Longmire series
Daughter of the Morning Star,
on September 23rd at 6pm CT in a private online event.
Johnson will be in conversation with Emmy Nominated & Imagen Award-Winning Actor and Author
Lou Diamond Phillips.
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a SIGNED copy of
Daughter of the Morning Star

from Left Bank Books for admission.
Next to Last Stand is available now for pre-order in paperback!
 
 
About Daughter of the Morning Star

A new novel in the beloved New York Times bestselling Longmire series.

When Lolo Long's niece Jaya begins receiving death threats, Tribal Police Chief Long calls on Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire along with Henry Standing Bear as lethal backup. Jaya Longshot Long is the phenom of the Lame Deer Lady Stars High School basketball team and is following in the steps of her older sister, who disappeared a year previously, a victim of the scourge of missing Native Woman in Indian Country. Lolo hopes that having Longmire involved might draw some public attention to the girl's plight, but with this maneuver she also inadvertently places the good sheriff in a one-on-one with the deadliest adversary he has ever faced in both this world and the next.

Praise for Craig Johnson and the Longmire Mystery series

“It’s the scenery—and the big guy standing in front of the scenery—that keeps us coming back to Craig Johnson’s lean and leathery mysteries.” The New York Times Book Review

“Johnson’s hero only gets better—both at solving cases and at hooking readers—with age.” Publishers Weekly

“Like the greatest crime novelists, Johnson is a student of human nature. Walt Longmire is strong but fallible, a man whose devil-may-care stoicism masks a heightened sensitivity to the horrors he’s witnessed.” Los Angeles Times

 

About our Speakers

Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mysteries, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. He is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction and the Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association's Reading the West Book Award for fiction. His novella Spirit of Steamboat was the first One Book Wyoming selection. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population 25.

Lou Diamond Phillips is currently starring in the FOX series “Prodigal Son,” having recently starred on the acclaimed Netflix series, “Longmire,” based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by Craig Johnson. Other recent credits include Amazon’s “Goliath,” FX’s “You’re the Worst,” CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” and recurring roles on Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and Netflix’s “The Ranch.” He received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Drama or Comedy” for his roles in both Amazon’s “Conversations in LA” and History Channel’s “Crossroads of History.”

Recent film credits include Warner Brothers’ “The 33,” “Created Equal” directed by Bill Duke, and Sundance Festival favorite “Filly Brown,” for which he was named Best Actor at the Imagen Awards.

As a director, Phillips recently helmed episodes of AMC’s hit series “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Longmire,” and ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Phillips is also an author. His novel “The Tinderbox: Soldier of Indira,” with illustrations by his wife Yvonne, will be published October 20th. He has co-written the screenplays for ‘Trespasses,’ and HBO’s ‘Dangerous Touch.’ He wrote the Miramax feature ‘Ambition.’ He recently produced his play ‘Burning Desire,’ a romantic comedy in two acts, which received its world premiere at The Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, Connecticut. Phillips was also asked by his good friend, novelist Craig Johnson, to write the forward to his collection of short stories ‘Wait For Signs.’

Originally born in the Philippines, Phillips was raised in Texas and is a graduate of University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Drama.

 

You may purchase a SIGNED copy of Daughter of the Morning Star 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 email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event.

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 6:00pm

Daryl Gregory with Sarah Gailey & Mark Tiedemann - Revelator

Thursday, September 2, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes acclaimed author of Spoonbenders,
Daryl Gregory,
who will discuss his new book 
Revelator,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on September 2nd.
Gregory will be in conversation with Hugo Award Winner and Bestselling author
Sarah Gailey
& Left Bank Books' resident sci-fi author
Mark Tiedemann.
Join us on our YouTube Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
 
About Revelator
The dark, gripping tale of a 1930's family in the remote hills of the Smoky Mountainstheir secret religion, and the daughter who turns her back on their mysterious god--from the acclaimed author of Spoonbenders.

In 1933, nine-year-old Stella is left in the care of her grandmother, Motty, in the backwoods of Tennessee. The mountains are home to dangerous secrets, and soon after she arrives, Stella wanders into a dark cavern where she encounters the family's personal god, an entity known as the Ghostdaddy.

Years later, after a tragic incident that caused her to flee, Stella--now a professional bootlegger--returns for Motty's funeral, and to check on the mysterious ten-year-old girl named Sunny that Motty adopted. Sunny appears innocent enough, but she is more powerful than Stella could imagine--and she's a direct link to Stella's buried past and her family's destructive faith.

Haunting and wholly engrossing, summoning mesmerizing voices and giving shape to the dark, Revelator is a southern gothic tale for the ages.

"Daryl Gregory never fails to conjure a uniquely enthralling reading experience. With Revelator, he expertly mixes Tennessee bootlegging, the fervor of old time religion, and a new, hungry god in the mountain. Humane, heady, and thrilling, you'll believe in Revelator--Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Survivor Song

"Gods and moonshine in the Great Depression, written with a tenderness and brutality only Daryl Gregory could have done--this is as good as novels get." --Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians

Revelator is a brilliant, dark examination of glorious horror and horrific glory. A monstrous, hypnotic tale of worship, devotion, and family secrets--I'll be thinking about this one for a long time." --Sarah Gailey, author of The Echo Wife

"Gregory has spun a strange, haunting tale about faith, greed, and power--and the families we choose and the ones we cannot escape. You won't be able to put it down until you see what's at the bottom of the cavern." --Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M

"Daryl Gregory has gifted readers with a period horror novel that somehow feels completely modern, a fast-paced ghost train through a labyrinth of dark wonders. Revelator is the perfect autumn read for fans of the Southern Gothic and the Weird." --Shaun Hamill, author of A Cosmology of Monsters

 

About our Speakers

Daryl Gregory is the author of Spoonbenders, Afterparty, The Devil's Alphabet, and other novels. His novella We Are All Completely Fine won the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award.

Hugo Award Winner and Bestselling author Sarah Gailey is an internationally published writer of fiction and nonfiction. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe. Their short fiction credits include Vice and The Atlantic. Their debut novella, River of Teeth, was a 2018 Hugo and Nebula award finalist. Their bestselling adult novel debut, Magic For Liars, was published in 2019. Their most recent novel, The Echo Wife, is available now. You can find links to their work at sarahgailey.com and on social media at @gaileyfrey.

Mark W. Tiedemann has published ten novels. As well, he has published over fifty short stories, all this between 1990 and 2005. Compass Reach was shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award in 2002 and Remains was shortlisted for the James Tiptree Jr. Award in 2006. For five years he served as president of the Missouri Center for the Book (http://books.missouri.org). He is now concentrating on writing new novels, a few short stories, and stirring a little chaos in the blogosphere at DangerousIntersection.org and his own blog at MarkTiedemann.com. He is also currently a bookseller at Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

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 on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 7:00pm

Anderson Cooper with Katherine Howe - Vanderbilt

Friday, September 24, 5pm CT/6pm ET
Private Online Event - Book Purchase Required

Left Bank Books, Books & Books, and other independent bookstores welcome New York Times bestselling author and journalist
Anderson Cooper,
who will discuss his new book
Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty,
on September 24 at 5pm CT in a private online event.
Cooper will be in conversation with co-author and historian
Katherine Howe.
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a copy of
Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty

from Left Bank Books for admission.
 
 
 
About Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty

New York Times bestselling author and journalist Anderson Cooper teams with New York Times bestselling historian and novelist Katherine Howe to chronicle the rise and fall of a legendary American dynasty--his mother's family, the Vanderbilts.

When eleven-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt began to work on his father's small boat ferrying supplies in New York Harbor at the beginning of the nineteenth century, no one could have imagined that one day he would, through ruthlessness, cunning, and a pathological desire for money, build two empires--one in shipping and another in railroads--that would make him the richest man in America. His staggering fortune was fought over by his heirs after his death in 1877, sowing familial discord that would never fully heal. Though his son Billy doubled the money left by "the Commodore," subsequent generations competed to find new and ever more extraordinary ways of spending it. By 2018, when the last Vanderbilt was forced out of The Breakers--the seventy-room summer estate in Newport, Rhode Island, that Cornelius's grandson and namesake had built--the family would have been unrecognizable to the tycoon who started it all.

Now, the Commodore's great-great-great-grandson Anderson Cooper, joins with historian Katherine Howe to explore the story of his legendary family and their outsized influence. Cooper and Howe breathe life into the ancestors who built the family's empire, basked in the Commodore's wealth, hosted lavish galas, and became synonymous with unfettered American capitalism and high society. Moving from the hardscrabble wharves of old Manhattan to the lavish drawing rooms of Gilded Age Fifth Avenue, from the ornate summer palaces of Newport to the courts of Europe, and all the way to modern-day New York, Cooper and Howe wryly recount the triumphs and tragedies of an American dynasty unlike any other.

Written with a unique insider's viewpoint, this is a rollicking, quintessentially American history as remarkable as the family it so vividly captures.

 

"A dramatic tale expertly told of rapacious ambition, decadent excess, and covert and overt tyranny and trauma. . . . With resplendent detail, the authors capture the gasp-eliciting extravagance of the Vanderbilt Gilded Age mansions. . . . With its intrinsic empathy and in-depth profiles of women, this is a distinctly intimate, insightful, and engrossing chronicle of an archetypal, self-consuming American dynasty. . . . Irresistible."-- Booklist (starred review)

 

About our Speakers

Anderson Cooper joined CNN in 2001 and has anchored his own program, Anderson Cooper 360°, since March 2003. Cooper has won 18 Emmys and numerous other major journalism awards. He lives in New York with his son, Wyatt.

Katherine Howe is a novelist and historian of America. She holds a BA in art history and philosophy from Columbia and an MA in American and New England Studies from Boston University, where she also did doctoral work. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and The House of Velvet and Glass, as well as the young adult novels Conversion and The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen. She served as editor of The Penguin Book of Witches. She has appeared on NPR, National Geographic, Smithsonian TV, the Travel Channel, and Good Morning America. She lives with her family in New England and New York City.

 

You may purchase a copy of Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty 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 email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event.

If you are unable to attend the live event, a link will be sent out to attendees in the days following the event.

Friday, September 24, 2021 - 5:00pm

Jonathan Franzen with Kathy Wang - Crossroads

Thursday, October 7, 7pm CT
Private Online Event - Book Purchase Required

Left Bank Books, Anderson's Bookshop, Literati Books, McLean and Eakin, and Magers & Quinn welcome bestselling author & St. Louis native
Jonathan Franzen,
who will discuss his new book
Crossroads,
on October 7th at 7pm CT in a private online event.
Franzen will be in conversation with author of Family Trust and Impostor Syndrome,
Kathy Wang.
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a SIGNED copy (while supplies last)* of
Crossroads

from Left Bank Books for admission.
 
*We have a limited supply of signed copies. All attendees will receive a copy of Crossroads.
 
About Crossroads

Jonathan Franzen's gift for wedding depth and vividness of character with breadth of social vision has never been more dazzlingly evident than in Crossroads.

It's December 23, 1971, and heavy weather is forecast for Chicago. Russ Hildebrandt, the associate pastor of a liberal suburban church, is on the brink of breaking free of a marriage he finds joyless--unless his wife, Marion, who has her own secret life, beats him to it. Their eldest child, Clem, is coming home from college on fire with moral absolutism, having taken an action that will shatter his father. Clem's sister, Becky, long the social queen of her high-school class, has sharply veered into the counterculture, while their brilliant younger brother Perry, who's been selling drugs to seventh graders, has resolved to be a better person. Each of the Hildebrandts seeks a freedom that each of the others threatens to complicate.

Jonathan Franzen's novels are celebrated for their unforgettably vivid characters and for their keen-eyed take on contemporary America. Now, in Crossroads, Franzen ventures back into the past and explores the history of two generations. With characteristic humor and complexity, and with even greater warmth, he conjures a world that resonates powerfully with our own.

A tour de force of interwoven perspectives and sustained suspense, its action largely unfolding on a single winter day, Crossroads is the story of a Midwestern family at a pivotal moment of moral crisis. Jonathan Franzen's gift for melding the small picture and the big picture has never been more dazzlingly evident.

"[Franzen] imbues his books with big ideas, in this case about responsibility to family, self, God, country, and one's fellow man, among other matters, all the while digging deep into his characters' emotions, experiences, desires, and doubts in a way that will please readers seeking to connect to books heart-first . . . Franzen's intensely absorbing novel is amusing, excruciating, and at times unexpectedly uplifting--in a word, exquisite."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Franzen returns with a sweeping and masterly examination of the shifting culture of early 1970s America, the first in a trilogy . . . Throughout, Franzen exhibits his remarkable ability to build suspense through fraught interpersonal dynamics. It's irresistible." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[A] masterful, Tolstoian saga . . . Franzen adroitly portrays eternal generational conflicts . . . This masterpiece of social realism vividly captures each character's internal conflicts as a response to and a reflection of societal expectations, while Franzen expertly explores the fissions of domestic life, mining the rich mineral beneath the sediments of familial discord. In this first volume of a promised trilogy, Franzen is in rarified peak form." -- Booklist (starred review)

 

About our Speakers

Jonathan Franzen is the author of six novels, including The CorrectionsFreedomPurity, and now Crossroads, just published this week, as well as five works of nonfiction, most recently The End of the End of the Earth and The Kraus Project, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He lives in Santa Cruz, California. 

Kathy Wang is the author of Family Trust and Impostor Syndrome. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School, and lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.

 

You may purchase a SIGNED copy (while supplies last) of Crossroads 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 email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event.

 

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 7:00pm

Keith Boykin - Race Against Time

Tuesday, September 21, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis native, CNN political commentator, New York Times best-selling author,
and a former White House aide to President Bill Clinton,
Keith Boykin,
who will discuss his new book 
Race Against Time: The Politics of a Darkening America,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on September 21st.
Boykin will be in conversation with Webster University's Chief Diversity Officer
Vincent C. Flewellen.
Join us on our YouTube Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About Race Against Time: The Politics of a Darkening America

A Cold Civil War has engulfed the nation.

After a deadly pandemic, shocking incidents of police brutality, a racial justice crisis, and the fall of a dangerous demagogue, America remains more divided than at any time in decades. At the heart of this national crisis is the fear of a darkening America--a country in which there is no longer a predominant white majority.

As the Republican Party has lost the popular vote in seven of the last eight presidential elections, its leaders have incited white Americans in a last-ditch race against time to stop the advance of a new, multiracial emerging majority. Keith Boykin, long time political commentator, has watched this white resentment consume the GOP over the course of a life in politics, activism, and journalism. He has also observed the divisions among Democrats, as white progressives have postponed demands for full racial equity, while Black voters have often been too forgiving of party leaders who have failed to deliver. America can no longer avoid its long overdue reckoning with the past, Boykin argues. With the familiarity of personal experience and the acuity of historical insight, Boykin urges us to fight racism, sexism, xenophobia, and homophobia, and save the union, not just by making Black lives matter, but by making Black lives equal.

"Race Against Time is Keith Boykin's best book yet in a long list of books and anthologies that have helped define what cultural criticism is. This book is also an account of what it means to be overlooked in a capitalist landscape that denies the existence and contribution of black queer citizens. What floors me is that Boykin's genius--from all the political and racial history from Reconstruction onward, to his well-wrought recounting of the antics of US presidents from Reagan to Trump--still allows him to remain a man of hope and a writer that affirms the spirit in essays that speak to us as a comforting brother would." -- Jericho Brown, author of The Tradition

"A provocative and compulsively readable guide to racial politics in the Black Lives Matter era, Race Against Time is the right book at the right time. We would ignore Boykin's searing analysis and urgent solutions at our peril."-- Paul Butler, MSNBC legal analyst and author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men

Booklist (08/01/2021): CNN political commentator Boykin (Beyond the Down Low) reflects on America's violent past and policies made by white politicians concerning the country's shifting demographics and its dwindling proportion of white people. Drawing on both legal scholarship and his own experiences, Boykin argues that the fear of a darkening America has a deep-rooted history, and outlines how this fear transpired in the rhetoric and policies of all political parties. Boykin reflects on his upbringing in St. Louis, his work during the Clinton Administration, and moments of racial violence in history, from the American Civil War to the East St. Louis Riots to the murders of Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor. He writes lucidly on these crises and explains how we must eradicate racial disparities and move beyond glib gestures and reconciliation for African Americans. Readers interested in American politics and the role of racism in U.S. history should pick up this insightful and alarming book to better understand how America's political system perpetuates racial injustice. COPYRIGHT(2021) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

About our Speakers

Keith Boykin is a CNN political commentator, New York Times best-selling author, and a former White House aide to President Bill Clinton. Boykin teaches at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York and previously taught at American University in Washington, D.C. He is a co-founder and first board president of the National Black Justice Coalition. He was a co-host of the BET Networks talk show My Two Cents, starred on the Showtime reality television series American Candidate, was an associate producer of the film Dirty Laundry, and he has appeared on many other TV shows, including BET's Being Mary Jane. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, Boykin is a Lambda Literary Award-winning author of four books. He lives in New York City.

Vincent C. Flewellen joined Webster University in October, 2018. Reporting directly to the Chancellor, he provides key leadership for the University’s core value of advancing diversity and inclusion as part of the educational mission through the University’s network of domestic and international locations.

With more than twenty years of experience weaving diversity, inclusion and equity into the culture of education in the St. Louis area, Flewellen most recently served as Director of Equity & Inclusion at The College School in Webster Groves. Before taking his role at The College School, he taught in the Ladue School District and for Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School. He also served as Center Director of the University City Children’s Center.

Additionally, Flewellen served as an adjunct professor at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis from 2012-2018. He also served as a consultant to Washington University in St. Louis in 2006 and 2007. He has also provided consultation on diversity and inclusion issues for a variety of schools he has served as a consultant on diversity and inclusion issues for a variety of schools and organizations, including: the Kirkwood School District; the John Burroughs School; the Forsyth School; the Cochran Community Center; and FOCUS St. Louis.

He has also served as the Director of Development for St. Louis non-profit Neighborhood Houses (now known as Unleashing Potential). Flewellen served as Managing Director of Program for Teach For America-St. Louis and he was the Speakers Bureau Coordinator for the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures.

In response to the murder of George Floyd, Flewellen launched Webster Speaks: Dialogues on RACE, EQUITY and INCLUSION. As host of the virtual series, he sits down with thought leaders and prominent Black voices and other people of color to discuss issues surrounding systemic racism.

For his years of work promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in education, Flewellen was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2020 Class of Diverse Business Leaders.

Flewellen holds a Master of Social Work from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and his Bachelor of Arts in education is from Maryville University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education through Webster University’s School of Education.

 

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 7:00pm

Kei Miller with Rajiv Mohabir - Things I Have Withheld

Wednesday, September 15, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes acclaimed Forward Prize winner, novelist, and poet,
Kei Miller,
who will discuss his new book 
Things I Have Withheld,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on September 15th.
Miller will be in conversation with award winning poet and author
Rajiv Mohabir.
Join us on our YouTube Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
 
About Things I Have Withheld
In a deeply moving, critical and lyrical collection of interconnected essays, award-winning writer Kei Miller explores the silences in which so many important things are kept. Miller examines the experience of discrimination through this silence and what it means to breach it, "to risk words, to risk truth; and through the body and the histories those bodies inherit" the crimes that haunt them, and how the meanings of our bodies can shift as we move through the world, variously assuming privilege or victimhood.

Through letters to James Baldwin, encounters with Soca, Carnival, family secrets, love affairs, questions of aesthetics and more, Miller powerfully and imaginatively recounts everyday acts of racism and prejudice from a black, male, queer perspective. An almost disarmingly personal collection, Kei dissects his experiences in Jamaica and Britain, working as an artist and intellectual, making friends and lovers, discovering the possibilities of music and dance, literary criticism, culture, and storytelling.

With both the epigrammatic concision and conversational cadence of his poetry and novels, Things I Have Withheld is a great artistic achievement: a work of innovation and beauty which challenges us to interrogate what seems unsayable as well as "our actions, defense mechanisms, imaginations and interactions" and those of the world around us.

"This book is tender and magnificent. An expression of the thoughts and feelings we rarely share -- about race, gender, and nationality -- from a poet of incredible skill." -- Left Bank Books' Jeff Sjerven

Praise for Things I Have Withheld:

BOMB Magazine's Editor's Choice

"Reverent and forthright." —BOMB Magazine

"Entrancing... Miller vividly depicts the ways colonialism, racism, homophobia, and privilege have shaped his life . . . Sharp as blades, [his] words cut to the core." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Miller's storytelling is impeccable, and his verse is arresting and beautiful. Things I Have Withheld is a remarkable contribution to literature." —De'Shawn Winslow, author of In West Mills

Praise for Kei Miller

"Miller's writing has a cool immediacy [that] gives more than a nod to García Márquez" --Guardian

"[His work] seduces and shocks you even as it wrestles with the very nature of storytelling itself." --Marlon James

 

About our Speakers

Kei Miller is a Jamaican poet, essayist, and novelist, shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and winner of the prestigious Forward poetry prize for his collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion. His story collection Fear of Stones was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, and his most recent novel, Augustown was a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award, and won the Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the Prix Les Afriques, and the Prix Carbet de la Caraïbe et du Tout-Monde. In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature and in 2018 he was awarded the Anthony Sabga medal for Arts & Letters. He has taught at the Universities of Glasgow, Royal Holloway and Exeter and, in 2019, he was the Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor to the University of Iowa.

Rajiv Mohabir, an immigrant to the United States, is the author of The Cowherd 's Son (Tupelo Press 2017, winner of the 2015 Kundiman Prize; Eric Hoffer Honorable Mention 2018) and The Taxidermist's Cut (Four Way Books 2016, winner of the Four Way Books Intro to Poetry Prize, Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry in 2017), and translator of I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara (1916) (Kaya Press 2019) which received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant Award. His memoir Antiman received Reckless Books' New Immigrant Writing Prize. He received his PhD in English from the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa and his MFA in Poetry from Queens College, CUNY. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of poetry in the MFA program at Emerson College. He lives in the Boston area.

 

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 on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 7:00pm

An Evening with David Sedaris - A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020)

Sunday, December 5, 2021
Stifel Theatre
1400 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
 

David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Calypso, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor will be appearing for one night only at Stifel Theatre on Sunday, December 5 at 7:00PM, following the release of his newest books The Best of Me and A Carnival of Snackery. 

This is a unique opportunity to see the best-selling humorist in an intimate setting. As always, Sedaris will be offering a selection of all-new readings and recollections, as well as a Q&A session and book signing. 

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Mr. Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. His new book, The Best of Me (Little Brown/ Hachette, Fall 2020), is a collection of 42 previously published stories and essays, about which novelist Andrew Sean Greer wrote in the New York Times: “You must read “The Best of Me.” It will be a new experience, knowing that enough time has passed to find humor in the hardest parts of life. More than ever — we’re allowed to laugh.” 

If you love David Sedaris’s cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you’re getting into at his live readings. You’d be wrong. To see him read his own work on stage allows his autobiographical narrative to reveal a uniquely personal narrative that will keep you laughing throughout the evening. Don’t miss this event! 

 
Event tickets on sale now! 
 
David Sedaris will be signing before and after the event!
 
A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020) available for preorder now from Left Bank Books! Signed copies will be available after the event while supplies last. Order now to ensure a signed copy.
 
**David will also be signing commemorative postcards for people who purchase an audiobook version of Carnival of Snackery from Libro.fm. Bring proof of purchase of the audiobook from Libro.fm to the event to receive your commemorative postcard that David will sign.**
 
Tickets for the event are sold separately from the book. 
 
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.
 
 

STIFEL THEATRE

St. Louis, MO 

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An Evening With David Sedaris

Important Event Info: Ages 2+ require a ticket.

Additional Info

Ages 2+ require a ticket.

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David Sedaris
David Sedaris

Ticket Limits

There is an overall 10 ticket limit for this event.

 

Accessible Tickets

To better accommodate your needs, Stifel Theatre has requested that all special seating accommodations be solicited only through their representatives. Please contact a Stifel Theatre representative for further help with your ticket purchase.* Advance ticket purchase may be required.

Telephone Number(s): 800-877-7575

Due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19, the Stifel Theatre Box Office will not open until further notice. * Box office information is subject to change.

DOORS OPEN: 1 hour prior to ticketed event time.

Prices are in US $

 
 
Sunday, December 5, 2021 - 7:00pm

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