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POSTPONED: LBB Presents: Malaika B Horne - Mother Wit

Monday, March 16, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Following recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event has been POSTPONED. You can order an autographed copy of the book below. If you would like a copy personalized, specify in the comments in check-out to whom you want the personalization addressed.

Left Bank Books presents local journalist, academic writer, and author, Malaika B Horne, who will sign and discuss her new book, Mother Wit.

malaika b horne, mother wit"This book describes in a vivid and poignant manner the remarkable ability of a mid-twentieth century Black woman--living under conditions of Apartheid as practiced in the United States--to overcome harsh and even grotesque societal obstacles, and succeed in rearing six children. That each of them went on to excel in their chosen fields is worthy of serious contemplation. In addition, the reader is provided insight and illumination on still taboo topics such as "colorism" and intra-group violence that engender and nourish self-hate among many in the African American Community. Moreover, the author's penchant for candor is coupled with a constructive theme of hope and faith in the future."

--William M Harvey, PhD, psychologist

Malaika Horne is founding director of the Executive Leadership Consortium at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  She is an academic writer, book author and journalist, writing extensively on topics from politics, health, social causes to women’s issues. Dr. Horne serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. She is currently a contributing writer for the on-line publication, Arts Today.  Recently, she authored the book:  Mother Wit:  Exalting Motherhood while Honoring a Great Mother. She founded and chaired the Chancellor’s Cultural Diversity Initiative at UMSL from 2004 to 2011. She created a student radio show, The University World View, a diversity program interviewing cultural diversity specialists. Now, she has a podcast with the same name as the radio show. Prior to her work in academia, she was managing director of Narcotics Service Council, at the time, one of the largest private non-profit agencies of its kind in the state. She is a board member of several non-profits in the area. Her hobbies are travel, reading, fashion, health and fitness and becoming proficient in Spanish.  She is married to Prince A. Wells, III, professor of music, SIUE.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Mother Wit 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, March 16, 2020 - 7:00pm

NOW ONLINE ON NEW DATE: LBB Presents: Neal Bascomb - Faster

Monday, April 13, 7pm
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page

Considering recommendations from the CDC, Neal now will be in conversation ON A NEW DATE, April 13 at 7pm, with Left Bank Books' Shane Mullen in a Facebook Live discussion of his new book "Faster." Join us for this interactive conversation and order a copy of "Faster" from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 

Left Bank Books presents award winning author and St. Louis Native, Neal Bascomb, who will sign and discuss his new book Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler's Best.

neal bascomb, fasterThey were the unlikeliest of heroes. Rene Dreyfus, a former top driver on the international racecar circuit, had been banned from the best European teams—and fastest cars—by the mid-1930s because of his Jewish heritage. Charles Weiffenbach, head of the down-on-its-luck automaker Delahaye, was desperately trying to save his company as the world teetered toward the brink. And Lucy Schell, the adventurous daughter of an American multi-millionaire, yearned to reclaim the glory of her rally-driving days.

As Nazi Germany launched its campaign of racial terror and pushed the world toward war, these three misfits banded together to challenge Hitler’s dominance at the apex of motorsport: the Grand Prix. Their quest for redemption culminated in a remarkable race that is still talked about in racing circles to this day—but which, soon after it ended, Hitler attempted to completely erase from history.

Bringing to life this glamorous era and the sport that defined it, Faster chronicles one of the most inspiring, death-defying upsets of all time: a symbolic blow against the Nazis during history’s darkest hour.

"Faster is a full-throttle reminder of the power of heroes to inspire us in dark times. Neal Bascomb has brought to life a gripping, expertly researched tale of an unlikely band of dreamers who risked everything to challenge evil."
--Mitchell Zuckoff, New York Times best-selling author of Lost in Shangri-La and 13 Hours

"Sport, politics, and human passion collide in this sizzling ride of a book. Bringing the excitement of motor racing to life on a page is no easy task but Bascomb succeeds hugely. Rene Dreyfus's victory over the Nazis is a victory for us all."
--A.J. Baime, New York Times best-selling author of Go Like Hell and The Accidental President  

Neal Bascomb is the award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of The Winter Fortress, Hunting Eichmann, The Perfect Mile, among others. 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Page, "Like" the page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins).

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 7:00pm

NOW ONLINE ON NEW DATE: LBB Presents: An Evening with Cara Black & Scott Phillips

Wednesday, April 8, 7pm
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page

Considering recommendations from the CDC, Cara Black now will be in conversation with author Scott Phillips in a Facebook Live discussion. Join us on A NEW DATE, April 8 at 7pm, for this interactive conversation and order a copy of Three Hours in Paris (Cara Scott) and That Left Turn at Albuquerque (Scott Phillips) from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

Left Bank Books presents an evening with the New York Times bestselling author of the Aimée Leduc series, Cara Black, with award-winning and bestselling author, Scott Phillips!
cara black, three hours in parisKate Rees, a young American markswoman, has been recruited by British intelligence to drop into Paris with a dangerous assignment: assassinate the Führer. Wrecked by grief after a Luftwaffe bombing killed her husband and infant daughter, she is armed with a rifle, a vendetta, and a fierce resolve. But other than rushed and rudimentary instruction, she has no formal spy training. Thrust into the red-hot center of the war, a country girl from rural Oregon finds herself holding the fate of the world in her hands. When Kate misses her mark and the plan unravels, Kate is on the run for her life--all the time wrestling with the suspicion that the whole operation was a set-up.

Cara Black is the author of nineteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently. Cara Black, doyenne of the Parisian crime novel, is at her best as she brings Occupation-era France to vivid life in this gripping story about one young woman with the temerity--and drive--to take on Hitler himself. 

scott phillips, that left turn at albuquerqueThat Left Turn at Albuquerque is written with hard-knock sensibility and wicked humor, great for lovers of Better Call Saul and Pulp Fiction. It features Douglas Rigby, a bankrupt attorney-at-law who has just sunk his last $200,000—a clandestine “loan” from his last remaining client, former bigshot TV exec Glenn Haskill—into a cocaine deal gone wrong. Desperate to get back on top, he formulates an art forgery scheme involving one of Glenn’s priceless paintings, but for Rigby to pull this one off he’ll need to negotiate a whole cast of players with their own agendas, including his wife, his girlfriend, an embittered art forger, Glenn’s resentful nurse, and the man’s money-hungry nephew. One misstep, and it all falls apart.

Scott Phillips is the author of seven novels and numerous short stories. His bestselling debut novel, The Ice Harvest, was a New York Times Notable Book and was adapted into a major motion picture of the same name starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton. Scott is also the recipient of the California Book Award, and was a finalist for the Edgar Award, the Hammett Prize, and the CWA Gold Dagger Award. Scott is a true master of the genre, as lauded by fellow authors such as Blake Crouch, Reed Farrel Coleman, and Ace Atkins (their blurbs below!), so this novel marking his return is something extra special.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Page, "Like" the page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins).

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 7:00pm

NOW ONLINE: Sarah Kendzior - Hiding in Plain Sight

Tuesday, April 7, 7pm
Sarah's Twitter platform

Following recommendations from the CDC, this event is now a virtual event on Sarah's Twitter platform on the same day, April 7 at 7pm. Sarah is offering live signing and personalization available with special orders. Details will be announced on Sarah's Twitter.

Left Bank Books presents New York Times bestselling author Sarah Kendzior. and her new bitingly honest examination of the erosion of American liberty and the calculated rise to power of Donald Trump, Hiding in Plain Sight. Sarah Kendzior will be in conversation with St. Louis Public Radio's Jason Rosenbaum.

sarah kendzior, hiding in plain sightThe rise of Donald Trump may have shocked Americans, but it should not have surprised them. His anti-democratic movement is the culmination of a decades-long breakdown of U.S. institutions. The same blindness to U.S. decline – particularly the loss of economic stability for the majority of the population and opportunity-hoarding by the few – is reflected in an unwillingness to accept that authoritarianism can indeed thrive in the so-called “home of the free”.

As Americans struggle to reconcile the gulf between a flagrant aspiring autocrat and the democratic precepts they had been told were sacred and immutable, the inherent fragility of American democracy has been revealed. Hiding in Plain Sight exposes this continual loss of freedom, the rise of consolidated corruption, and the secrets behind a burgeoning autocratic United States that have been hiding in plain sight for decades. In Kendzior’s signature and celebrated style, she expertly outlines Trump’s meteoric rise from the 1980s until today, interlinking key moments of his life with the degradation of the American political system and the continual erosion of our civil liberties by foreign powers.

Kendzior also offers a never-before-seen look at her personal life and her lifelong tendency to be in the wrong place at the wrong time – living in New York through 9/11 and in St. Louis during the Ferguson uprising, and researching media and authoritarianism when Trump emerged using the same tactics as the post-Soviet dictatorships she had long studied. Hiding in Plain Sight is about confronting injustice – an often agonizing process, but an honest and necessary one – as the only way that offers the possibility of ending it.

Sarah Kendzior is best known for her reporting on St. Louis and the 2016 election, her academic research on authoritarian states, and her New York Times bestselling debut The View from Flyover Country. She is an op-ed columnist for the Globe and Mail and was named one of Foreign Policy's “100 people you should be following on Twitter to make sense of global events.” Her reporting has been featured in Politico, The AtlanticFast CompanyThe New York Times, and more. She lives in St. Louis.

Jason Rosenbaum is St. Louis Public Radio’s political correspondent. Since becoming a professional journalist in 2006, Rosenbaum has extensively covered local, state and federal politics for an array of publications — including the Columbia Daily Tribune, the St. Louis Beacon and Missouri Lawyers Media. Rosenbaum has filed more than 35 feature stories for shows like Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Marketplace. And he’s extensively reported on the aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting death in Ferguson and the fall of Eric Greitens from the Missouri governorship. Rosenbaum is an adjunct instructor at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches a class on radio news reporting and podcasting. He resides in Richmond Heights with his wife and two sons.  

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents: John Launius - The Life and Times of Missouri's Charles Parsons

Wednesday, March 4, 7pm
Left Bank Books

John Launius, Life and Times of Missouri's Charles ParsonsLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis local tech executive, John Launius, who will sign and discuss his new book focused on a St. Louis historical figure, The Life and Times of Missouri's Charles Parsons.

Charles Parsons is one of St. Louis's and the nation's most influential yet little-known figures. He was instrumental to the Union cause as a Civil War quartermaster and advisor to generals, politicians and presidents alike. As a world-traveling art connoisseur, he helped found the first art museum west of the Mississippi, to which he donated his remarkable collection of American, European and Asian art. To this day, his philanthropic work and dedication to education live on in some of the country's grandest institutions. Author John Launius tells the full story for the first time, from business failures in a riverside boomtown to national renown.

John Launius is a media and technology executive based in St. Louis, Missouri. He has provided leadership across governmental and educational sectors and has worked in all forms of media during his career. As a designated "Show Me Missouri" Historical Speaker, representing the Missouri Humanities Council and the Missouri State Historical Society, he enjoys research, writing and lecturing about nineteenth- and twentieth-century America. As a public speaker, he enjoys discussing leadership, management and other business-related topics. He is a Hillman Scholar mentor and has engaged with nonprofits and charitable organizations focused on improving the quality of life for others. With thirty-eight years of martial arts training, he holds numerous black belts in several martial art styles. He has a BA from Webster University and studied at Washington University in St. Louis, DePaul University's Goodman School of Theatre and The Second City in Chicago.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Life and Times of Missouri's Charles Parsons 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.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 7:00pm

Facebook Live Event: LBB Presents: Michael Signer - Cry Havoc

Thursday, March 26, 7pm
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Left Bank Books presents the former mayor of Charlottesville, Michael Signer, who delivers a vivid, first-person chronicle of the terror and mayhem of the August 2017 "Unite the Right" event, and shows how issues of extremism are affecting not just one city but the nation itself in his new book, Cry Havoc.

michael signer, Cry HavocThe deadly invasion of Charlottesville, Virginia, by white nationalist militias in August 2017 is a microcosm of the challenges facing American democracy today. In his first-person account of one of recent American history's most polarizing events, Michael Signer, then Charlottesville's mayor, both tells the story of what really happened and draws out its larger significance.

Signer's gripping, strikingly candid "you are there" narrative sets the events on the ground-the lead-up to August's "Unite the Right" rally, the days of the weekend itself, the aftermath-in the larger context of a country struggling to find its way in a disruptive new era. He confronts some of the most challenging questions of our moment, namely how can we:

  • Reconcile free speech with the need for public order?
  • Maintain the values of pragmatism, compromise, even simple civility, in a time of intensification of extremes on the right and the left?
  • Address systemic racism through our public spaces and memorials?
  • Provide accountability after a crisis?

While Signer shows how easily our communities can be taken hostage by forces intent on destroying democratic norms and institutions, he concludes with a stirring call for optimism, revealing how the tragic events of Charlottesville are also bolstering American democracy from within.

Michael Signer served as Mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, from 2016 to 2018. He has been profiled by CNN, The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Guardian and has been interviewed by Meet the Press, Face the Nation, the Rachel Maddow Show, and NPR’s Morning Edition. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from U.C., Berkeley, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow; a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law; and a B.A. in politics, magna cum laude, from Princeton University. He is also the author of two books, Demagogue: The Fight to Save Democracy from Its Worst Enemies and Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Fathers. He lives in Charlottesville with his wife and twin boys.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 7:00pm

POSTPONED: Left Bank Books Presents: Rob Larson - Bit Tyrants

Tuesday, March 24, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Following recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event is POSTPONED.

Left Bank Books presents author Rob Larson who will sign and discuss his new critique on the Big Five of the tech world, Bit Tyrants.

rob larson, bit tyrantsFor all their famed disruption of the economy, Big Tech’s secret sauce turns out to be Capitalism’s standard issue blend of exploitation and corporate maleficence.

If the stories they tell about themselves are to be believed, all of the tech giants—Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon—were built from the ground up through hard work, a few good ideas, and the entrepreneurial daring to seize an opportunity when it presented itself.

With searing wit and blistering commentary Bit Tyrants provides an urgent corrective to this froth of board room marketing copy that is so often passed off as analysis. For fans of corporate fairy-tales there are no shortage of official histories that celebrate the innovative genius of Steve Jobs, liberal commentators who fall over themselves to laude Bill Gates's selfless philanthropy, or politicians who will tell us to listen to Mark Zuckerberg for advice on how to protect our democracy from foreign influence.

In this highly unauthorized account of the Big Five's origins, Rob Larson sets the record straight, and in the process shreds every focus-grouped bromide about corporate benevolence he could get his hands on. Those readers unwilling to smile and nod as every day we become more dependent on our phones and apps to do our chores, our jobs, and our socializing can take heart as Larson provides us with maps to all the shallow graves, skeleton filled closets, and invective laced emails Big Tech left behind on its ascent to power. His withering analysis will help readers crack the code of the economic dynamics that allowed these companies to become near-monopolies very early on, and, with a little bit of luck, his calls for digital socialism might just inspire a viral movement for online revolution.

Rob Larson is Professor of Economics at Tacoma Community College and author of Capitalism vs. Freedom and Bleakonomics. He writes for a number of venues including Current Affairs, Dollars & Sense and Jacobin.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Bit Tyrants 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.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 7:00pm

CANCELLED: 100 Boots Poetry Series Presents: Nathaniel Mackey & Natalie Shapero

Friday, March 20, 7pm
Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington

100 Boots, Mackey, ShaperoThis event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Please check back at a later date for rescheduling.

This 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.

Nathaniel Mackey is the author of books of poetry, fiction, and criticism, editor of the Literary Jounal Hambone, and radio show host. His collection, Splay Anthem, won the 2006 National Book Award for Poetry. He is also on the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets, and is Professor of Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Natalie Shapero has worked as a civil rights lawyer and is currently Professor of the Practice of Poetry at Tufts University and an Editor at Large of the Kenyon Review. Her first poetry collection No Object was published by Saturnalia in 2013, and her writing has appeared in The Believer, The New Republic, Poetry, and The Progressive. She lives in Massachusetts.

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

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

CANCELLED: LBB Presents: Craig Fehrman - Author in Chief

Thursday, March 26, 7pm
Left Bank Books

craig fehrman, author in chiefFollowing recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event has been CANCELLED.

Left Bank Books presents journalist and historian, Craig Fehrman, and his groundbreaking work of history, Author in Chief, the story of America’s presidents and their books. 

 From the titles lost to history, like the book of naval history Teddy Roosevelt wrote on his honeymoon, to the books we know and love - from Kennedy's Profiles in Courage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book he didn't actually write, to Obama's Dreams from My Father, which was almost never published after he took too long to deliver the manuscript - Fehrman uncovers countless fresh insights about the presidents through their literary works.

Deep in the archives of presidential libraries, Fehrman has found documents that even the librarians haven't touched yet. From a secret memo that the editor of Profiles in Courage wrote to Kennedy, urging him to accept the services of a ghostwriter, to correspondence from Jefferson contradicting the widely-held opinion that he was against publishing his Notes on the State of Virginia, Fehrman's finds will transform our understanding of the presidents as writers.

Craig Fehrman is a journalist and historian who’s written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, and Slate, among others. He has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He lives in Indiana with his wife and children.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Author In Chief 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.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 7:00pm

NOW ONLINE: LBB Presents: TaraShea Nesbit - Beheld

Thursday, March 19, 7pm
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page

Considering recommendations from the CDC, TaraShea will be in conversation with Left Bank Books' Shane Mullen in a Facebook Live discussion of her new book "Beheld." Join us for this interactive conversation and order a copy of your book from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
https://www.left-bank.com/book/9781635573220

Left Bank Books presents best-selling and award winning author, TaraShea Nesbit, who will sign and discuss her historical fiction novel, Beheld, about the first killing in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

tarashea nesbit, beheldIt begins with a killing. Ten years after the Mayflower struck shore on rocky, unfamiliar soil, Plymouth is not the land its residents had imagined. Seemingly established on a dream of religious freedom, the town is led by fervent Puritans who prevent the Anglican residents from worshipping as they choose. The Billingtons—Anglicans, outsiders, and rebels—have just about had enough, and that’s when a stranger arrives.

 With gripping, immersive details and beautiful prose, TaraShea Nesbit reframes the story of the pilgrims in the voices of two women of very different status and means. She evokes a vivid, ominous Plymouth, populated by famous and unknown characters alike, each with conflicting desires and questionable behavior. Suspenseful and literary, Beheld is about a murder and a trial; but it’s also about the motivations—personal and political—that cause people to act in unsavory ways.

 Whose stories get told over time, who gets believed—and subsequently, who gets punished? Beheld is an intimate, personal portrait of love, motherhood, and friendship, and an exploration of what people lose and whet they struggle to maintain.

TaraShea Nesbit is the author of The Wives of Los Alamos, which was a national bestseller, a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize, and a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice,” and the winner of two New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. She earned a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Denver. She is an assistant professor at Miami University and lives in Oxford, OH with her family.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 7:00pm

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