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Maxine Gordon - Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon

Thursday, October 9, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - S
chlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid

Jazz St. Louis presents, Maxine Gordon, who will sign and discuss her biography of Dexter Gordon, Sophisticated Giant.

Sophisticated Giant presents the life and legacy of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923–1990), one of the major innovators of modern jazz. In a context of biography, history, and memoir, Maxine Gordon has completed the book that her late husband began, weaving his “solo” turns with her voice and a chorus of voices from past and present.

This event is free and open to the public!


Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

Michael MacCambridge - '69 Chiefs: A Team, A Season, and the Birth of Modern Kansas City

Monday, October 28, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books presents award-winning sports journalist and author, Michael MacCambridge, who will sign and discuss his new book about the Kansas City Chiefs, '69 Chiefs.

michael maccambridge, '69 chiefs’69 Chiefs is a vibrantly written and vividly photographed narrative of the legendary season of the 1969 Kansas City Chiefs’ journey to a world championship in Super Bowl IV. Along with an intimate view of the team and their historic season, readers are given a clear perspective of a crucial point in Kansas City’s history, when the Heart of America stood on the verge of becoming a thoroughly modern American city.

The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of this legendary season in Kansas City sports history—when the Kansas City Chiefs reached the pinnacle of pro football, defeating the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV to become world champions. Experience the magic of this epic journey through the words of award-winning writer, Michael MacCambridge, and pictures, including a treasure trove of photographs from Rod Hanna, the Chiefs’ team photographer during that historic season (many never-before-seen). You’ll join the Chiefs on their extraordinary journey, from the heat of training camp at William Jewell College in Liberty, to the adversity of losing quarterback Len Dawson to an early-season injury, to the triumph of upset playoff wins over the defending world champion New York Jets and the arch-rival Oakland Raiders, to the final triumph in Super Bowl IV, after one of the most chaotic Super Bowl weeks ever. This lavish book documents how the Chiefs revolutionized pro football, transformed the way the rest of the nation saw Kansas City, and helped Kansas Citians see themselves more clearly. Whether you’re a longtime Chiefs fan who wants to relive that thrilling season, or a younger Chiefs diehard seeking to better understand why the Chiefs of that era were so beloved, this is the book for you.

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

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

Kristen Tomlan - Hello, Cookie Dough: 110 Doughlicious Confections to Eat, Bake, and Share

Saturday, November 30, 3pm
Pi Pizzeria - Central West End, 400 N Euclid


Kristen Tomlan, Hello, Cookie DoughHello, Cookie Dough is filled with recipes for cookie dough lovers at every age and skill level. All 40 flavors, spanning the classic to the wildly creative, are ready to eat off the spatula OR can be baked into perfect, chewy cookies. Kristen's baked creations are equally tempting, with treats like cookie dough-stuffed cinnamon rolls, deep dish skillet cookies, and molten cookie dough cupcakes. Sprinkled throughout are her tips on perfecting your confections plus easy swaps to make the recipes gluten-free or vegan. Since cookie dough is best when shared, Kristen is serving up inspiration for all your party needs, including ideas for baby showers, weddings, ice cream parties, and the all-important girls' night in.

Kristen Tomlan is the founder and CEO of DO, Cookie Dough Confections, the world’s first cookie dough scoop shop. A former design and brand consultant, Tomlan launched DO as an ecommerce site out of her New York City apartment, and has since grown the business into a national phenomenon. Her flagship shop in New York City’s Greenwich Village has expanded to include pop-up shops and now ships nationwide. Kristen lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Chris, and their rescue pup, Nelly. This is her first cookbook. 

Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 3:00pm

100 Boots: Tarfia Faizullah and Tiana Clark

Friday, November 22, 7pm
Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington

100 boots, faizullah, clarkThis series presents readings and performances by a range of emerging, mid-career, and established writers from St. Louis and across the United States. 100 Boots is organized by Ted Mathys, poet and educator at St. Louis University. At each program, a selection of the writers’s books are for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books. The first event of the season features readings by poets Tracie Morris and Faisal Mohyuddin. We encourage visitors to arrive early due to limited seating.

This event is presented by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. To learn more, visit


Friday, November 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Books Presents: Kevin Wilson - Nothing to See Here

Friday, November 15, 7pm
The High Low, 3301 Washington

kevin wilson, Nothing to See HereLeft Bank Books presents New York Times-bestselling and award-winning author, Kevin Wilson, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Nothing to See Here.

Lillian and Madison were the unlikeliest of roommates at their elite boarding school: Madison, the daughter of a prominent Atlanta family, being groomed for greatness; Lillian, a scholarship student, plucked out of nowhere based solely on her intellect and athletic prowess. The two were as tight as could be, reveling in their unique weirdnesses, until Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly.

Years later, the two have lost touch, but Madison writes and begs Lillian for help. Her husband’s twin stepkids are moving in with them and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there’s a catch: the twins can spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a disturbing but beautiful way.

Disbelieving at first but ultimately too intrigued by these strange children, Lillian agrees. And as they hunker down in the pool house, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other—and stay cool—just as Madison’s family is bracing for a major announcement. It all seems impossible to manage, but Lillian soon accepts that she and the children need each other, urgently and fiercely.With a white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Kevin Wilson has written a most unusual story of deep parental love that proves to be his best book yet.

Kevin Wilson is the author of the novels The Family Fang, a New York Times bestseller adapted into an acclaimed film starring Nicole Kidman, and Perfect Little World; as well as the story collections Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, and Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, with his wife and two sons.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Nothing To See Here 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.

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Books Presents: Lara Prescott - The Secrets We Kept

Thursday, November 14, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Lara Prescott, The Secrets We KeptLeft Bank Books is proud to welcome New York Times bestselling author, Lara Prescott, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The Secrets We Kept, a Reese Witherspoon book club pick.

A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice--inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago.
At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak's magnum opus make its way into print around the world. Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world--using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Irina is a complete novice, and under Sally's tutelage quickly learns how to blend in, make drops, and invisibly ferry classified documents.
The Secrets We Kept combines a legendary literary love story--the decades-long affair between Pasternak and his mistress and muse, Olga Ivinskaya, who was sent to the Gulag and inspired Zhivago's heroine, Lara--with a narrative about two women empowered to lead lives of extraordinary intrigue and risk. From Pasternak's country estate outside Moscow to the brutalities of the Gulag, from Washington, D.C. to Paris and Milan, The Secrets We Kept captures a watershed moment in the history of literature--told with soaring emotional intensity and captivating historical detail. And at the center of this unforgettable debut is the powerful belief that a piece of art can change the world.

Lara Prescott received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin. She was previously an animal protection advocate and a political campaign operative. Her stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Day One, and Tin House Flash Fridays. She won the 2016 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for the first chapter of The Secrets We Kept. She lives in Austin, Texas.


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

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Books Presents: Jeffrey Sterling - Unwanted Spy: The Persecution of an American Whistleblower

Monday, November 11, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Jeffrey sterling, unwanted spyLeft Bank Books presents CIA whistleblower and Missouri native, Jeffrey Sterling, who will sign and discuss his new book Unwanted Spy.

In 2015, Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced to prison, convicted of violating the Espionage Act. Sterling, it is now clear, was another victim of our government's draconian crackdown on alleged leakers and whistleblowers. Sterling grew up in a small, segregated town in Missouri and jumped at the chance to broaden his world and serve his country, first in law school and later in the CIA. After an impressive career, Sterling's progress came to a sudden halt: he was denied opportunities because of his race and was pushed out of the Agency. Later, Sterling courageously blew the whistle on the CIA's botched covert operation in Iran to Senate investigators. After a few quiet years in Missouri with his wife, he was arrested suddenly and charged with espionage. Unwanted Spy is an inspiring account of one man's uncompromising commitment to the truth and a reminder of the principles of justice and integrity that should define America.

Jeffrey Sterling is a lawyer and former CIA case officer who was convicted of violating the Espionage Act and was in federal prison in Colorado. Before his trial and conviction, Sterling worked at the CIA, including for the Iran task force, for nearly a decade. He studied political science at Millikin University and holds a law degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He was released from prison in January 2018.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Unwanted Spy 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, November 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Books Presents: Virginia Slachman - Blood in the Bluegrass

Monday, November 4, 7pm
Left Bank Books

virginia slachman, blood in the bluegrassLeft Bank Books presents award-winning author and St. Louis native, Virginia Slachman, who will sign and discuss her new book Blood in the Bluegrass.

Harper had put the past behind her. Or so she thought. Fleeing the flashy, high dollar world of Kentucky horse racing for NYC, she’d been content living the life of a successful painter. But escape isn’t an option after the accidental death of her sister sends her back to The Bluegrass, a horse racing world filled with drugs and corruption. As the body count rises at Eden Hill, Harper becomes convinced her sister’s death was no accident. Probing more deeply, Harper discovers Paris’ death is tied to a dark and deadly secret, one that’s killing her racehorses. Finding the reason behind her sister’s death and saving her family’s stud farm will take every ounce of Harper’s wit and courage. When seven skeletons are discovered on her property, and the barn with her best Kentucky Derby prospects is set on fire, Harper bears down to find the killer. The problem is, the culprit could be anyone: Is it JD, her childhood sweetheart, Marshall, their long-time trainer, or is it their nasty neighbor Red Cole, in partnership with her family for generations? Someone is on a killing spree, and though Harper doesn’t know why, she is sure of one thing—the murderer is someone she’s known and trusted her whole life.

Horsewoman and novelist Virginia Slachman, captures the essence of why devotees of Thoroughbred racing are so enraptured by the majesty, courage, and sensitivity of the animal. The author has crafted a fast-paced tale of mystery, highlighted by drugs, murder, love, and family, against a backdrop of Bluegrass traditions. Action packed from the get-go and filled with unique characters, the book is hard to put down as it races headlong at full speed to the finish line.

Virginia Slachman spent many years as an award-winning poet and college professor before launching into a career as a memoirist and novelist. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, she traveled to Los Angeles and then Aspen following college to discover life outside her Midwest roots. Poetry led to Ph.D. studies at the University of Cincinnati and a long, successful career in the college classroom teaching literature and writing.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Blood in the Bluegrass 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, November 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Ann Cleeves - The Long Call

Monday, November 4, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

ann cleeves, the long callSt. Louis County Library presents Ann Cleeves, who will be signing and discussing her book The Long Call

From Ann Cleeves, bestselling author of “Vera” and “Shetland,” beloved by readers and TV viewers alike, comes a spectacular new series, told with deep compassion and searing insight. In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church during his estranged father’s funeral. As he turns to walk away, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck. As deadly secrets are revealed, the case calls Matthew back to the people and places of his past.

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

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Dapper Dan - Made in Harlem

Saturday, October 19, 12 pm
Washington University, Knight Hall Emerson Auditorium

Join the Saint Louis Fashion Fund for a very special Speaking of Fashion featuring the legendary Daniel “Dapper Dan” Day

Dapper Dan, Made In HarlemModerated by Tania Beasley-Jolly, Co-Founder, Saint Louis Fashion Fund

With his eponymous store on 125th Street, Dapper Dan pioneered streetwear in the early 1980s, co- opting luxury branding to design original garments with high-end detail. Known for using exquisite leathers, furs, and other fine materials, he first drew powerful New York City hustlers as clientele, who all came due to his strong street reputation as a legendary professional gambler and dandy. He then went on to outfit entertainers and other celebrities, including Eric B. & Rakim, LL Cool J, Salt-N-Pepa, Mike Tyson, Missy Elliott, JAY-Z, Aaliyah, P. Diddy, Floyd Mayweather, and many more. Dapper Dan has been featured on platforms including The New York Times, Elle, Vogue, W, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, CNN, and Netflix. His works have been on display at The Smithsonian, The Museum at FIT, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art.

There will be an opportunity on-site to purchase a copy of Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir and have it signed live by Dapper Dan following the event.

“Speaking of Fashion” is a series of talks featuring industry professionals in fashion and design. The series is hosted by Saint Louis Fashion Fund.

The event is presented by the Saint Louis Fashion Fund. It is free and open to the public. Contact 314.400.9300 for more information.

Generously supported by Urban League of St. Louis and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts/Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement & Institutional Diversity/The Academy for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion of Washington University-St. Louis

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 12:00pm


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