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Matthew Goodman - Eighty Days

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

Matthew Goodman's Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World is a New York Times and Indiebound bestseller. It tells the amazing tale of two trailblazing women and their real amazing race against time, each other, and Jules Verne's fictional record. As Nellie Bly traveled east and Elizabeth Bisland traveled west, ever aware that the slightest delay could mean the difference between victory and defeat, their race captivated the nation.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 7:00pm

Reading Group Appreciation with Graeme Simsion - The Rosie Project

Graeme Simsion

Left Bank Books - Downtown

Join us for a special celebration of our Reading Groups! (Note - You don't have to be a member of a reading group to come!)

Graeme Simsion will bring his debut novel The Rosie Project, which is already internationally renown.

The evening will also feature

  • A sneak peak at some upcoming books presented by sales reps from major publishers.
  • Goshen Coffee (free)
  • Schlafly Beer (also free)
  • Park Avenue Gooey Butter Cake (yep, free)
  • Gifts and giveaways

 

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Simsion has crafted a terrifically original voice—uncommon for first time novelists. His main character, Don, is a brilliant member of academia and rigidly committed to his structured schedule. He is convinced that he’s not wired for romance, but decides that, statistically speaking, there’s likely a match for him out there. So, he decides to design a 16-page questionnaire to find the perfect mate. When Don meets the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie, you can imagine that, on paper at least, she doesn’t make the cut.

Parking: Lot at 10th and Olive; garage at 10th between Locust and Washington; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 7:00pm

Richard Burgin & Michael Nye - Hide Island & Strategies Against Extinction

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

Two fantastic authors will read from their short story collections. Saint Louis University's own Richard Burgin explores themes of love and crime, memory and identity, abuse and redemption, and the contradictory battle between our fierce struggle to live lives worth remembering in Hide Island. Michael Nye's debut short story collection, Strategies Against Extinction, presents nine stories about people who find themselves at turning points in the lives. Michael Nye is the Managing Editor of The Missouri Review

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:00pm

Thomas Cathcart - The Trolley Problem

Tom Cathcart

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

Tom Cathcart, author of Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar, will be speaking about The Trolley Problem and signing books. The Trolley Problem is an ethical thought experiment dreamed up in 1978 by British philosopher Philippa Foot. The Trolley Problem explores the problem through the lens of a trial in the court of public opinion—readers are members of the jury. Cathcart presents two distinct philosophical takes on the problem through the lawyers’ closing statements, but also offers up a number of alternate outlooks on related conundrums through a variety of other media.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 7:00pm

Anton Piatigorsky - The Iron Bridge

Anton Piatigorsky

Left Bank Books - Downtown

In The Iron Bridge, Anton Piatigorsky pushes at the boundaries of the unexpected as he breathes fictionalized life into the adolescents who would grow up to become the most brutal dictators the world has ever known. We discover a teenaged Mao Tse-Tung refusing an arranged marriage; Idi Amin cooking for the British Army; Stalin living in a seminary; and a melodramatic young Adolf Hitler dreaming of vast architectural achievements. Pol Pot and Rafael Trujillo are also subjects of separate stories. Piatigorsky explores moments that are nothing more than vague incidents in the biographies of these men, expanding mere footnotes into entire realities.

Parking: Lot at 10th and Olive; garage at 10th between Locust and Washington; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 7:00pm

Elizabeth Kendall - Balanchine and the Lost Muse

Elizabeth Kendall

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

St. Louis native Elizabeth Kendall will be speaking about Balanchine & The Lost Muse: Revolution & The Making of a Choreographer, the story of how and why so many great dancers and choreographers came out of repressive, revolutionary Russia. This is not so much a biography of Balanchine but a story of the dedication of all these young dancers and their drive for perfection. Their determination to perform, along with all Russians' love for the arts, particularly ballet, ensured their survival under the Bolsheviks.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

 

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 7:00pm

Lee Child - Never Go Back

Ethical Society 

Lee Child will be discussing his most recent Jack Reacher thriller, Never Go Back, as a part of Charlie Brennan's Fontbonne Book of the Month club. Jack Reacher pokes a head into his old D.C. office, and things promptly go ballistic. For the pure pleasure of uncomplicated, nonstop action, no one touches Reacher, who accurately observes that "I trained myself...to turn fear into aggression."

Event is ticketed and are $31 to admit one person or $36 to admit two people.  Both ticket packages include a copy of Never Go Back. Tickets go on sale Thursday, August 29 at http://nevergoback.brownpapertickets.com/.

 

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 7:00pm

Gregory Petersen - Open Mike

Left Bank Books - Downtown 

Open Mike is a dark love story between a comedian and a stripper. Michael Clover is a stand-up comic and Dana Wisby is a stripper. They both hide similar vulnerabilities under their respective spotlights, but when two broken people try to fix one another, the results can be funny, but also dangerous. Gregory Petersen will read from Open Mike and sign copies of the book.

Parking: Lot at 10th and Olive; garage at 10th between Locust and Washington; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 4:00pm

Mark Lee Gardner - Shot All to Hell

St. Louis County Library 

Mark Lee Gardner will discuss his book Shot All To Hell, which recounts the thrilling life of Jesse James, Frank James, the Younger brothers, and the most famous bank robbery of all time. Follow the Wild West's most celebrated gang of outlaws as they step inside Northfield's First National Bank and back out on the streets to square off with heroic citizens who risked their lives to defend justice in Minnesota.

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 7:00pm

Middle Grade Mania: Jasper Fforde, Catherine Jinks, and Catherine Murdock

St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch, Youth Lounge

Join in on a panel discussion with three fantastic middle grade authors. Jasper Fforde's Song of the Quarkbeast is the latest installment of the Chronicles of Kazam. Catherine Jinks explores the mysterious disappearance of children of Old London in How to Catch a Bogle. Catherine Murdock's new novel, Heaven is Paved with Oreos, explores first love, and family secrets, and the magic of Rome.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 7:00pm

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