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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!

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

CANCELLED: River Styx Reading Series Presents: Jenny Molberg, Carl Phillips, & Martin Riker

Monday, March 16, 7pm
High Low, 3301 Washington

Following recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event has been CANCELLED.

River Styx cultivates the literary arts in St. Louis and beyond through its magazine and community programs.The River Styx Reading Series is their main recurring event during the fall, winter, and spring, in which they invite both local and national acclaimed writers to read their work for a St. Louis audience.

Jenny Molberg is the author of Marvels of the Invisible (winner of the Berkshire Prize) and Refusal: Poems. She coedited the Unsung Masters Series collection Adelaide Crapsey: On the Life & Work of an American Master. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Missouri Review, Poetry International, Boulevard, Copper Nickel, The Adroit Journal, Best New Poets, and other publications. She is the recipient of a 2019-2020 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as scholarships and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers Conference, the C.D. Wright Conference, and Vermont Studio Center. Molberg holds an MFA from American University and a PhD from the University of North Texas. She currently teaches at the University of Central Missouri, where she directs Pleiades Press and edits Pleiades: Literature in Context

Carl Phillips, referred to as “one of America’s most original, influential, and productive of lyric poets,” is the author of a dozen books of poetry and two works of criticism. He was born in Everett, Washington in 1959, and his family moved frequently around the United States. He earned a BA from Harvard, an MAT from the University of Massachusetts, and an MA in creative writing from Boston University. Before teaching English at the university level, he taught Latin at several high schools. He is Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also teaches creative writing. Phillips was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2006, and since 2011 he has served as the judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

Martin Riker grew up in Central Pennsylvania. He worked as a musician for most of his twenties, in nonprofit literary publishing for most of his thirties, and has spent the first half of his forties teaching in the English department at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2010, he and his wife Danielle Dutton co-founded the feminist press Dorothy, a Publishing Project ( His fiction and criticism have appeared in publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, London Review of Books, The Baffler, and Conjunctions. Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return is his first novel.

Readings start at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. $5 general admission. $4 students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 7:00pm

CANCELLED: SLPL Presents: Lisa M. Corrigan - Black Feelings

Thursday, March 12, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch, 1301 Olive

lisa corrigan, black feelingsDue to concerns about the Coronavirus, this event is cancelled.

Lisa M. Corrigan, author of Black Feelings: Race and Affect in the Long Sixties, will lecture and sign books at the Central Library auditorium.

In the 1969 issue of Negro Digest, a young Black Arts Movement poet then-named Ameer (Amiri) Baraka published “We Are Our Feeling: The Black Aesthetic.” Baraka’s emphasis on the importance of feelings in black selfhood expressed a touchstone for how the black liberation movement grappled with emotions in response to the politics and racial violence of the era.

In her latest book, award-winning author Lisa M. Corrigan suggests that Black Power provided a significant repository for negative feelings, largely black pessimism, to resist the constant physical violence against black activists and the psychological strain of political disappointment. Corrigan asserts the emergence of Black Power as a discourse of black emotional invention in opposition to Kennedy-era white hope. As integration became the prevailing discourse of racial liberalism shaping mid-century discursive structures, so too, did racial feelings mold the biopolitical order of postmodern life in America.

By examining the discourses produced by Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, and other Black Power icons who were marshaling black feelings in the service of black political action, Corrigan traces how black liberation activists mobilized new emotional repertoires.

Dr. Lisa M. Corrigan (Ph.D. University of Maryland) is an Associate Professor of Communication, Director of the Gender Studies Program, and Affiliate Faculty in both African & African American Studies and Latin American Studies at the University of Arkansas. She is author of Prison Power: How Prison Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation and Black Feelings: Race and Affect in the Long Sixties, both published by University Press of Mississippi. Her writings and reviews have also appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, Women & Language, Communication Quarterly, The National Journal of Urban Education and Practice, The Journal of Post-Colonial Writing, Intertexts, Review of Communication, the Southern Journal of Communication, the Journal of American Studies, and QED: A Journal in Queer Worldmaking. She is also a contributor to the Indivisible Guide and regularly leads political trainings and workshops in Arkansas and around the country. She also co-hosts a podcast with Laura Weiderhaft called "Lean Back: Critical Feminist Conversations", which was named the top podcast in Arkansas and one of the top thirty-five podcasts in the country by Paste magazine. It can be found on iTunes, Google Play, and your preferred podcast platform.

Doors to the auditorium will open at 6:30 pm and the event will begin at 7 pm. Books will be for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books in the lobby. This event is free and open to the public, no purchase is necessary to attend, no reservations required. Seating is first come-first served.

For More information contact the St Louis Public Library at (314) 241-2288.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 7:00pm

Jeff Fleischer - Votes of Confidence: A Young Person's Guide to American Elections, 2nd Ed.

Sunday, March 8, 2pm
Left Bank Books

jeff fleischer, votes of confidenceLeft Bank Books presents jouranlist and author, Jeff Fleischer, who will be discussing his book Votes of Confidence, 2nd Edition: A Young Person's Guide to American Elections, which gives an in-depth introduction to the electoral college, the history of debates, political parties, how to get involved even if you’re not old enough to vote, and more. Jeff will be in conversation with Gabe Fleisher from Wake Up to Politics.

Every two years, media coverage of American elections turns into a horse-race story about who's leading the polls and who said what when. Votes for Confidence gives young adult readers clear explanations about how our election process actually works, why it matters, and how they can become involved. Using real-world examples and anecdotes, this book provides readers with thorough, nonpartisan explanations about primaries, the electoral college, checks and balances, polls, fundraising, and more. Updated with statistics and details from the 2018 elections, the revised second edition will prepare the next generation of voters for what is sure to be a fascinating 2020 election cycle.

Jeff Fleischer is a Chicago-based journalist and author, who has written for Mother Jones, the Sydney Morning Herald, National Geographic Traveler, Mental Floss, and Chicago Magazine.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Votes of Confidence 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.

Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 2:00pm

NOW ONLINE: LBB Presents: Laurell K. Hamilton, William McCaskey, Patricia Briggs, Sharon Shinn, and M.C. Sumner - Fantastic Hope

Monday, April 6, 7pm
.ZACK, 3224 Locust

laurell k hamilton, patricia briggs, sharon shinn, mark sumner, william mccaskey fantastic hopeUpdate: TONIGHT! Laurell K. Hamilton and William McCaskey will be LIVE on Laurell's Facebook page on Monday, April 6 at 7 PM CST discussing the anthology Fantastic Hope and answering your questions! Submit questions here.


Following recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this in-person event is canceled. MetroTix will be reaching out to all ticket buyers instructing them to respond for a refund or to donate the ticket.

Join Left Bank books and #1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton and co-editor William McCaskey in conversation with #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs, and local authors Sharon Shinn and M.C. Sumner about the anthology Fantastic Hope.

A collection of sixteen sci-fi and fantasy stories edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton and debut author William McCaskey. A girl who will go to any lengths to save her newborn brother. A woman who is stuck in a continuous loop, reliving her life after being murdered over and over again by the same man. Martyrs who make the ultimate sacrifice for humanity. In this anthology, sixteen authors have weaved together brand-new stories that speak to the darkness and despair that life brings but, above all, the hope that shimmers within it. Laurell K. Hamilton and William McCaskey are joined by Kevin J. Anderson, Griffin Barber, Patricia Briggs, Larry Correia, Kacey Ezell, Monalisa Foster, Robert E. Hampson, John G. Hartness, Jonathan Maberry, L. E. Modesitt Jr., Sharon Shinn, M.C. Sumner, Patrick Tracy, and Michael Z. Williamson.

All who purchase a full-price ticket to the event will receive a copy of FANTASTIC HOPE. Each copy of FANTASTIC HOPE will be pre-signed by Laurell K. Hamilton. At the event William McCaskey, Patricia Briggs, Sharon Shinn, and M.C. Sumner will sign books and take photos with readers. Laurell will also have a photo line and meet and greet readers.

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents: Vicki Berger Erwin & James Erwin - Steamboat Disasters of the Lower Missouri River

Monday, February 24, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Vicki Berger Erwin, James Erwin, Steamboat Disasters of the Lower Missouri RiverLeft Bank Books presents local Kirkwood authors Vicki Berger Erwin and James Erwin, who will discuss snd sign their first book written together, Steamboat Disasters of the Lower Missouri River.

During the nineteenth century, more than three hundred boats met their end in the steamboat graveyard that was the Lower Missouri River, from Omaha to its mouth. Although derided as little more than an “orderly pile of kindling,” steamboats were, in fact, technological marvels superbly adapted to the river’s conditions. Their light superstructure and long, wide, flat hulls powered by high-pressure engines drew so little water that they could cruise on “a heavy dew” even when fully loaded. But these same characteristics made them susceptible to fires, explosions and snags—tree trunks ripped from the banks, hiding under the water’s surface. Authors Vicki and James Erwin detail the perils that steamboats, their passengers and crews faced on every voyage.

Vicki Berger Erwin has had 29 books published – middle-grade mysteries, local history and true crime. Her recent works include Different Days, a novel about a young girl whose German-American parents were interned in Hawaii after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Slaying in South St. Louis: Justice Denied for Nancy Zanone, the story of the murder of a young mother and how it changed Missouri’s juvenile criminal law (co-authored with son Bryan), and Mexico, an illustrated history of her hometown.

James Erwin attended law school at the University of Missouri-Columbia after service in the Army. Jim was an attorney in St. Louis for 38 years, concentrating in business litigation. He argued his first appeal in the United States Supreme Court in 1979, launching a career in appellate practice. He sneaked in the time to write three books on the Civil War – Guerrillas in Civil War Missouri, Guerrilla Hunters in Civil War Missouri, and Homefront in Civil War Missouri. He wrote St. Charles: A Brief History, published just before the city’s 250th birthday. 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Steamboat Disasters of the Lower Missouri River 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, February 24, 2020 - 7:00pm

NOW ONLINE: SLCL Presents: James Rollins - The Last Odyssey

Monday, March 30, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Due to concerns about Coronavirus, this event will be streamed by St. Louis County Library and HEC-Media. Check St. Louis County Library's website for more info.

St. Louis County Library presents the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, James Rollins.

Bestselling author James Rollins combines historical mystery and scientific exploration in his latest Sigma Force adventure. For eons, the city of Troy—whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer’s “Iliad”—was believed to be myth. In the frozen tundra of Greenland, a group of modern-day climatologists stumble on a medieval ship buried below the ice. The ship’s hold contains a collection of weapons dating back to the Bronze Age and a clockwork gold atlas. Once activated, the moving globe traces the path of Odysseus’ famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal a path leading under the Mediterranean Sea and on to Tarturus, the Greek name for hell. Now, Sigma Force must go where humans fear to tread to prevent a tyrant from igniting a global war.

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

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

NOW VIRTUAL: SLCL Presents: Elizabeth Little, Lori Rader-Day, & Jennifer McMahon

Saturday, April 11th, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Elizabeth Little, Lori Rader-Day, Jennifer McMahonDue to concerns about traveling and the coronavirus, the authors have cancelled this event.  Please check back for rescheduling at a later date.

St. Louis County Library, Left Bank Books, and HEC-Media presents an evening of suspense with Jennifer McMahon, Elizabeth Little and Lori Rader-Day

Jennifer McMahon’s latest, The Invited, is the chilling story of a husband and wife who don’t simply move into a haunted house—they build one.

St. Louis native, Elizabeth Little’s addictive new novel, Pretty as a Picture, revolves around an egomaniacal movie director, an isolated island, and a decades-old murder.

Lori Rader-Day’s latest, The Lucky Ones is an unforgettable novel about a young woman who recognizes the man who kidnapped her as a child, setting off a search for justice, and into danger.

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

Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 7:00pm

CANCELLED: SLCL Presents: Chris Bohjalian - The Red Lotus

Monday, March 23, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

 chris bohjalion, red lotusDue to Coronavirus concerns, this event has been CANCELLED.

St. Louis County Library presents New York Times bestseling author of Midwives and The Flight Attendant, Chris Bohjalian.

#1 bestselling novelist Chris Bohjalian presents a twisting story of love and deceit about a young doctor searching for clues after her fiance is abducted. Set amidst the adrenaline-fueled world of the emergency room, The Red Lotus is a global thriller about those who dedicate their lives to saving people, and those who peddle death to the highest bidder.

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

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

CANCELLED: SLCL Presents: Ellen Carol DuBois - Suffrage

Thursday, March 19, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

suffrage, ellen carol duboisDue to concerns about traveling during the coronavirus situation, Ellen Carol DuBois has decided to cancel her current event schedule.  Please check back for rescheduling later in the year.

St. Louis County Library presents Distinguished Research Professor in the History Department of UCLA, Ellen Carol Dubois.

The year 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Ellen Carol DuBois’ Suffrage explores the full scope of the inspiring movement—which brought half of the American population into the voting body and recognized their existence as individuals beyond the scope of family roles.

Presented by the Westfall Politics & History Series.

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

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 7:00pm


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