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Andrew Delbanco - The War Before the War

Wednesday, December 5, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Andrew Delbanco, The War Before the WarFor decades after America’s founding, fugitive slaves exposed the contradiction between the myth that slavery was a benign institution and the reality that a nation based on the principle of human equality was in fact a prison-house in which millions of Americans had no rights at all. By awakening northerners to the true nature of slavery, and by enraging southerners who demanded the return of their human “property,” fugitive slaves forced the nation to confront the truth about itself and ultimately set the country on the path to civil war. The fugitive slave story illuminates what brought us to war with ourselves and the terrible legacies of slavery that are with us still.

This event is presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series at the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

Christopher Castellani - Leading Men

Thursday, April 18, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Christopher Castellani, Leading MenLeft Bank Books welcomes author and GrubStreet artistic director Christopher Castellani, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Leading Men!

In July of 1953, at a glittering party thrown by Truman Capote in Portofino, Italy, Tennessee Williams and his longtime lover Frank Merlo meet Anja Blomgren, a mysteriously taciturn young Swedish beauty and aspiring actress. Their encounter will go on to alter all of their lives. Ten years later, Frank revisits the tempestuous events of that fateful summer from his deathbed in Manhattan, where he waits anxiously for Tennessee to visit him one final time. Anja, now legendary film icon Anja Bloom, lives as a recluse in the present-day U.S., until a young man connected to the events of 1953 lures her reluctantly back into the spotlight after he discovers she possesses the only surviving copy of Williams’s final play.

“I read Christopher Castellani’s Leading Men in one quiet, sunny, rapt afternoon, and spent hours afterwards just stunned from having been immersed in such a tender, psychologically devastating, and gorgeously precise novel. An extraordinary book.” —Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Leading Men from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 
Click here to pre-order your copy!

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

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

Nikki Furrer - A Woman's Guide to Cannabis

Wednesday, January 9, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Nikki Furrer, A Woman's Guide to CannabisLeft Bank Books welcomes cannabis lawyer, consultant, and former Puddn’head Books owner Nikki Furrer, who will sign and discuss her new book, A Woman's Guide to Cannabis, with BeLeaf CEO Mitch Meyers!

Women of all ages are using cannabis to feel and look better. For rookies and experienced marijuana users alike, this lively, information-filled book is just the supportive guide you need to find the right dose to relieve anxiety, depression, and inflammation, and mitigate the onset of dementia and other signs of aging. Plus boost moods, ease aches, even lose weight, and get restful sleep. And a dose just for fun? Well, that works, too! Here’s how to navigate the typical dispensary, with its overwhelming options. Understand the amazing health-giving compounds found in cannabis and how to use topicals to reduce pain and give your skin a healthy glow.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of A Woman's Guide to Cannabis from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!

Mitch MeyersBacked by an impressive resume of achievements in the marketing field, Mitch Meyers brings a fresh perspective to the cannabis and hemp industry. She was hired to introduce Bud Light for Anheuser-Busch, now the largest selling beer in the world. She was named AdWeek’s Advertising Woman of the Year in 1996. After leaving there, she formed a marketing and brand development agency, The Zipatoni Company, that worked with many Fortune 100 companies. Since that time she has entered the cannabis industry receiving a dispensary license in the Illinois medical market in 2014. The following year, she received a cultivation, production and dispensing license in Missouri for CBD to treat Epilepsy. She continues to consult with companies around the country on cannabis business.

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

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

Small Business Saturday 2018

Saturday, November 24, All Day
Left Bank Books

 

 

 

     

Shop Small with Left Bank this Small Business Saturday! Support your local indie bookstore and reinvest in your community while shopping for the perfect holiday gifts and participating in special activities throughout the day:

10:30am:
Join us for a special The Grinch themed storytime, with giveaways, activities, and a storytime reading of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

4pm-6pm:
The bar is open! During Holiday Happy Hour, get a glass of sangria, a special themed cocktail, or a beer provided by Schlafly for a donation of any amount to the Left Bank Books Foundation!

All Day Activities:
- Go on a Blind Date with a Book! For a donation of any amount to the Left Bank Books Foundation, choose a wrapped mystery book (with a few helpful context clues) to take home with you!

- See some items for your holiday wish list? Grab them and send a hint to your loved ones with our special Small Business Saturday photo opportunity!

- Send an exclusive "Wish You Were Here" Left Bank Books postcard to friends and family across the country - we'll stamp and mail it for you!

- Celebrate the launch of our 2018 Angel Tree Book Drive! This year's drive will be collecting books for English language learners in Saint Louis Public Schools.

- Can't make it to the store? Take advantage of our digital audiobook partner Libro.fm's Small Business Saturday audiobook sale! Over 150 great audiobooks are on sale through November 24th at libro.fm/indiesfirst.

Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 10:00am

National Poetry Month: Holly Iglesias - Sleeping Things

Thursday, April 25, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Holly IglesiasLeft Bank Books welcomes poet and former St. Louisan Holly Iglesias, who will sign and discuss her new collection, Sleeping Things, with St. Louis author Kevin Killeen at this special National Poetry Month event!

Holly Iglesias is the author of three poetry collections, Souvenirs of a Sunken World (Kore Press), Angles of Approach (White Pine Press), and Sleeping Things (Press 53) and a critical work, Boxing Inside the Box: Women’s Prose Poetry (Quale Press). She has taught at University of North Carolina-Asheville and University of Miami, focusing on documentary and archival poetry, and translated the work of Cuban poet, Caridad Atencio. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Cultural Council, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

"Whether turning her attention to Catholic grade school Cold War days where "students pray to pure space, that place where the future blooms," the Cuban community in Miami conjuring an island that seems almost imaginary, or the glimpse of a younger self sipping coffee in Spain "dressed as the girl in Dylan's song who never stumbles, who's got no place to fall," Iglesias unfailingly finds the pitch-perfect, sonic delight that only poetry can provide." --David Clewell

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Sleeping Things from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 
Click here to pre-order your copy!

Kevin Killeen grew up as the second oldest son of a family of eight children, attending the same grade school as Holly Iglesias, Mary Queen of Peace. The two may have been lectured by the same nuns and sat in the same desks, although about ten years apart. Kevin has worked as a reporter for KMOX Radio since 1995, covering city hall, the courts, crime news and human interest stories. In 2012 he published his debut novel, Never Hug a Nun, which was followed by three others in the series--Try to Kiss a Girl, Snow Globes and Hand Grenades, and Most Improved Sophomore. Currently, he's working on a comic novel set in a radio news room in the innocent days before smart phones. Kevin loves it when readers tell him about something in particular that made them laugh in one of his books.

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

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

SF STL: Jasper Fforde - Early Riser

Wednesday, February 20, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Rd.

Jasper Fforde, Early RiserLeft Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with bestselling author of the Thursday Next series Jasper Fforde, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Early Riser!

Every Winter, the human population hibernates. During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, devoid of human activity. Well, not quite. Your name is Charlie Worthing and it's your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses. You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense; nothing more than a quirky artefact borne of the sleeping mind. When the dreams start to kill people, it's unsettling. When you get the dreams too, it's weird. When they start to come true, you begin to doubt your sanity. But so long as you remember to wrap up warmly, you'll be fine.

"Charlie's journey . . . is so absorbing, and Fforde's wit so sharp, the reveal that the narrative is also a commentary on capitalism comes across as a brilliant twist . . . Whip-smart, tremendous fun, and an utter delight from start to finish." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Early Riser from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Click here to pre-order your copy!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:00pm

Jim Merkel - The Making of an Icon

Wednesday, November 7, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Jim Merkel, The Making of an IconLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis author Jim Merkel, who will sign and discuss the new second edition of his book, The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, the Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch!

With The Making of an Icon, Jim Merkel captured the spirit behind the conception and construction of one of America's most distinctive and beloved national monuments. More than two million visitors stand in awe at The Gateway Arch each year, and the stories behind it were unearthed in breathless detail in the first edition. Back with even more lore, Merkel brings new updates on the Arch grounds and museum to the updated and revised second edition. Now expanded, his book includes more stories, compiled from hundreds of interviews with the visionaries, finaglers, protesters, and intrepid workers who built the arch while one misstep away from a fatal fall. 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Making of an Icon from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

Bernie Federko - My Blues Note

Wednesday, October 24, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Bernie Federko, My Blues NoteLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis Blues Hall of Famer Bernie Federko, who will sign and discuss his new book, Bernie Federko: My Blues Note, with co-author Jeremy Rutherford!

Take a look in the St. Louis Blues' record books, and the name Bernie Federko is impossible to miss. A skilled, unselfish playmaker, Federko made those around him better; while his journey did lead him to the Hall of Fame, he is regarded by many as one of the most overlooked talents in hockey. In this volume, Federko reflects on his life on and off the ice. From his childhood in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, to years in St. Louis playing with teammates like Brian Sutter and Mike Liut, and his recent years in the Blues' broadcasting booth, this is a refreshing chronicle of a legendary career.

 

Ticket Information
-- A $30 ticket admits one person and includes one hardcover copy of My Blues Note
-- A $35 ticket admits two people and includes one hardcover copy of My Blues Note, plus a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event

Signing Guidelines
-- Bernie WILL take photos with fans
-- Bernie will NOT be signing any memorabilia at this event

-- Bernie will sign ALL copies of My Blues Note purchased from Left Bank Books

Tickets are available below. Please note: Those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of My Blues Note or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Wednesday, October 24

 Jeremy Rutherford is the Blues' hockey beat writer for The Athletic St. Louis. A lifelong St. Louisan who attended the University of Missouri—St. Louis, he previously covered the Blues for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He is the author of 100 Things Blues Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.



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Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

Chris McGreal - American Overdose

Wednesday, January 16, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Chris McGreal, American OverdoseLeft Bank Books welcomes Guardian reporter and former BBC journalist Chris McGreal, who will sign and discuss his new book, American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts!

The opioid epidemic has been described as "one of the greatest mistakes of modern medicine." But calling it a mistake is a generous rewriting of the history of greed, corruption, and indifference that pushed the US into consuming more than 80 percent of the world's opioid painkillers. Journeying through lives and communities wrecked by the epidemic, Chris McGreal reveals not only how Big Pharma hooked Americans on powerfully addictive drugs, but the corrupting of medicine and public institutions that let the opioid makers get away with it. A comprehensive portrait of a uniquely American epidemic, American Overdose is devastating in its findings and damning in its conclusions.

"This urgent, readable chronicle, which names names and pulls no punches, clearly and compassionately illuminates the evolution of America's mass addiction problem." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of American Overdose from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!

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

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Michael Beschloss - Presidents of War

Friday, November 2, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Michael Beschloss, Presidents of WarPreeminent presidential historian Michael Beschloss presents a groundbreaking and often surprising saga of America’s wartime chief executives. Ten years in the research and writing, “Presidents of War” is a fresh look at a procession of American leaders as they took the nation into conflict and mobilized their country for victory. It brings us into the room as they make the most difficult decisions that face any President, at times sending hundreds of thousands of American men and women to their deaths. “Presidents of War” combines the sense of being there with the overarching context of two centuries of American history.

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

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

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