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SLCL Presents: Ticketed Event - Joseph “Rev Run” and Justine Simmons

Saturday, February 1, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Joseph Simmons, Justine Simmons, Reverend RunSt. Louis County Library presents RUN DMC.’s iconic rapper Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons and his wife, Justine, who will share their secrets to lasting love and the guiding principles that have kept them together for more than twenty years.

In this homage to classic courtship, Rev and Justine reveal the secrets to their marriage’s longevity and happiness. Each chapter of “Old School Love” offers stories, anecdotes, and memories of Rev and Justine’s marriage, their family, their experiences, their passion, and their deep faith and belief in God. Some will make you laugh, some will make you think, and some will make you cry. Yet all will make you wiser—more beautiful for the wear—and encourage you to be a kinder, more generous, and better human.

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

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Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents: Candacy Taylor - Overground Railroad

Thursday, February 13, 7pm
Left Bank Books

overground railroad, candacy taylorLeft Bank Books presents award-winning author, photographer and cultural documentarian, Candacy Taylor, who will sign her new book, Overgorund Railroad that explores the historical role and residual impact of the Green Book, a travel guide for black motorists.

Published from 1936 to 1966, the Green Book was hailed as the "black travel guide to America." At that time, it was very dangerous and difficult for African-Americans to travel because black travelers couldn't eat, sleep, or buy gas at most white-owned businesses. The Green Book listed hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and other businesses that were safe for black travelers. It was a resourceful and innovative solution to a horrific problem. It took courage to be listed in the Green Book, and Overground Railroad celebrates the stories of those who put their names in the book and stood up against segregation. It shows the history of the Green Book, how we arrived at our present historical moment, and how far we still have to go when it comes to race relations in America.

Candacy Taylor's work has been featured in over 50 media outlets including the New Yorker and The Atlantic. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants including The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at and follow her on Twitter @candacytaylor.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Overground Railroad 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, February 13, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents: Rebecca J. Lester - Famished

Tuesday, February 4, 7pm
Left Bank Books

famished, rebecca lesterLeft Bank Books Presents, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis and a licensed clinical social worker, and author of the award-winning book Jesus in Our Wombs, Rebecca J. Lester,  who will sign and discuss her new book Famished in conversation with licensed counselor Katie Thompson.

When Rebecca Lester was eleven years old—and again when she was eighteen—she almost died from anorexia nervosa. Now both a tenured professor in anthropology and a licensed social worker, she turns her ethnographic and clinical gaze to the world of eating disorders—their history, diagnosis, lived realities, treatment, and place in the American cultural imagination.

Famished, the culmination of over two decades of anthropological and clinical work, as well as a lifetime of lived experience, presents a profound rethinking of eating disorders and how to treat them. Through a mix of rich cultural analysis, detailed therapeutic accounts, and raw autobiographical reflections, Famished helps make sense of why people develop eating disorders, what the process of recovery is like, and why treatments so often fail. It’s also an unsparing condemnation of the tension between profit and care in American healthcare, demonstrating how a system set up to treat a disease may, in fact, perpetuate it. Fierce and vulnerable, critical and hopeful, Famished will forever change the way you understand eating disorders and the people who suffer with them.

Katie Thompson is a Missouri-based licensed professional counselor, nationally certified with an additional certification as an eating disorder specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP).

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Famished 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, February 4, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents: Tony Pecinovsky - Let Them Tremble

Monday, February 3, 7pm
Left Bank Books

let them tremble, Tony PecinovskyLeft Bank Books presents, local journalist, activist, and politician, and President of the Saint Louis Workers' Education Society, Tony Pecinovsky, who will sign and discuss his book Let Them Tremble.

Let Them Tremble: Biographical Interventions Marking 100 Years of the Communist Party, USA is a collection of six biographies exploring unique and often neglected aspects of the Communist Party, USA. Each biographical intervention explores a specific CPUSA leader's life, work and times and places them within political and historical context. The subjects are CPUSA leaders Arnold Johnson, Charlene Mitchell, Gus Hall, Henry Winston, Judith LeBlanc and W. Alphaeus Hunton.

The interventions collectively span the bulk of the party's history, not just the so-called Hey Day, Popular Front, McCarthy or Old Left periods. Special emphasis is placed on CPUSA activity and analysis post-1956. Let Them Tremble adds to our understanding of the 20th Century domestic Communist movement and fills the gap in the historiography of U.S. radicalism through biographical narratives.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Let Them Tremble 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 3, 2020 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Books Presents: Anissa Gray - The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

Tuesday, January 28, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Anissa gray, the care and feeding of ravenously hungry girlsLeft Bank Books presents senior editor at CNN Worlwide, Anissa Gray, who will sign and discuss the paperback release of her debut her novel The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls.

In The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, a family’s world is turned upside down when oldest sister Althea, and her husband Proctor—upstanding pillars of the community and owners of a local beloved restaurant in their close-knit town—are incarcerated.  Their friends and neighbors feel betrayed, and their twin teenage daughters are unsure of their fate with their parents in jail.  Althea’s sisters Viola and Lillian—each contending with their own individual struggles including a secret, debilitating eating disorder for Viola and nightmarish memories of abuse for Lillian—must deal with the pain of their pasts and put their issues aside to help their nieces maintain a stable life.  A stunning portrait of a family that exemplifies the importance of healing past heartbreak in an effort to thrive when the worst happens, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls explores familial love at its most difficult: unconditional when it matters most.

Anissa Gray is a senior editor at CNN Worldwide and a contributor to Emmy and duPont-Columbia award-winning coverage of some of the most consequential stories of our time. She began her career at Reuters as a reporter, based in New York, covering business news and international finance. Born in St. Joseph, Michigan, Gray studied English and American literature at New York University. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her wife.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls 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, January 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents: Lisa Gardner - When You See Me

Friday, January 31, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

lisa gardener, when you see meSt. Louis County Library presents Lisa Gardner, who will be signing and discussing her book When You See Me.

#1 New York Times bestselling suspense author Lisa Gardner unites three of her most beloved characters—Detective D. D. Warren, Flora Dane, and Kimberly Quincy—in a twisty new thriller. FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant Detective D. D. Warren have built a task force to follow the digital bread crumbs left behind by deceased serial kidnapper Jacob Ness. When a disturbing piece of evidence is discovered in the hills of Georgia, they bring Flora Dane and true-crime savant Keith Edgar to a small town where something seems to be deeply wrong. The team soon discovers that for all the evil Jacob committed while alive, his worst secret is still to be revealed.

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

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents: Brad Taylor - Hunter Killer

Thursday, January 16, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Brad Taylor, Hunter KillerSt. Louis County Library presents Brad Taylor, who will be signing and discussing his book Hunter Killer.

No other thriller writer today has the kind of authenticity that Brad Taylor can claim. Taylor served with US Special Forces for 20+ years, the last eight as a Delta commander chasing terrorists in hot spots around the world. He brings real world experience to the page in his incredibly popular Pike Logan series. In Hunter Killer, Pike Logan tracks highly-trained Russian assassins to Brazil after a vicious explosion kills a friend in Charleston, South Carolina. Soon Pike is entangled in a byzantine scheme involving a battle for control of offshore oil fields. The Russians are the equal of anything the Taskforce has encountered before, but they make a mistake in attacking Pike’s team, because he will stop at nothing to protect his family.

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

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 7:00pm

River Styx Reading Series Presents: Kathryn Davis, Alison C. Rollins, & Jeffrey Thomson

Monday, January 20, 7pm
High Low, 3301 Washington

River Styx, Davis, Rollins, ThomsonRiver 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.

Alison C. Rollins, born and raised in St. Louis city, currently works as a librarian for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature fellow. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Meridian, Missouri Review, The Offing, Poetry, The Poetry Review, River Styx, Solstice, TriQuarterly, Tupelo Quarterly, Vinyl, and elsewhere. A Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, she is also a 2016 recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. In 2018 she was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award. Her debut poetry collection, Library of Small Catastrophes, was published in 2019 by Copper Canyon Press.

Kathryn Davis is the author of eight novels, the most recent of which is The Silk Road (2019). Her other books are Labrador (1988), The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf (1993), Hell: A Novel (1998), The Walking Tour (1999), Versailles (2002), The Thin Place (2006) and Duplex (2013). She has received a Kafka Prize for fiction by an American woman, both the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award and the Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2006, she won the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. She is the senior fiction writer on the faculty of The Writing Program at Washington University.

Jeffrey Thomson grew up in St. Louis. He is a poet, memoirist, and translator and is the author of multiple books including Fragile, Birdwatching in Wartime, The Complete Poems of Catullus, and From the Fishouse. His newest collection of poems is The Belfast Notebooks. He has been an NEA Fellow and a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar as well as the Hodson Trust John Carter Brown Fellow at Brown University. He is a professor at the University of Maine Farmington.

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, January 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

Tara Conklin - The Last Romantics

Tuesday, January 14, 4pm
St. Charles City-County Library Express at Winghaven, 7435 Village Center

tara conklin, the last romanticsSt. Charles City-County Library and Left Bank Books presents New York Times bestselling author, Tara Conklin, for the paperback tour of her novel The Last Romantics.

A sweeping yet intimate epic about one American family, The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can lose—and sometimes rescue—the ones we love. A novel that pierces the heart and lingers in the mind, it is also a beautiful meditation on the power of stories—how they navigate us through difficult times, help us understand the past, and point the way toward our future.

Tara Conklin is a writer and former lawyer currently living with her family in Seattle, WA. The House Girl, her first novel, was a New York Times bestseller, #1 IndieNext pick, Target book club pick and has been translated into 8 languages. Before turning to fiction, Tara worked for an international human rights organization and as a litigator at a corporate law firm in London and New York.  Her short fiction has appeared in The Bristol Prize Anthology and Pangea: An Anthology of Stories from Around the Globe. Tara was born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and grew up in western Massachusetts. She holds a BA in history from Yale University, a JD from New York University School of Law and a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School (Tufts University).

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents: Miranda Popkey - Topics of Conversation

Tuesday, January 14, 7pm
Left Bank Books

miranda popkey, topics of conversationLeft Bank Books presents debut author Miranda Popkey, who will sign and discuss her novel Topics of Conversation. For readers of Rachel Cusk, Lydia Davis, and Jenny Offill— Topics of Conversation is a compact tour de force about sex, violence, and self-loathing from a ferociously talented new voice in fiction

Topics of Converstaion follows an unnamed female narrator from her first summer post-college to her years as a single mother in California’s Central Valley, always hungry for experience and hell bent on upending her life. The narrative unfolds in a series of conversations between women—the stories they tell one another; the stories they tell themselves—circling questions of desire, disgust, anger, envy, guilt, and despair. Topics of Converstaion is a searing look at what it means to come of age, to grow up, to love, to lust as a woman in this world. “There’s always someone, or so I’d been led to believe: on business or in the dog house or out on the proverbial prowl,” pronounces Miranda’s narrator. “That was the danger of being a woman.” At the center of her striking debut is this: how much bad behavior are we still willing to permit?

Miranda Popkey was raised in Santa Cruz, CA. After receiving her degree from Yale, she spent 2009 – 2010 living in McAllen, Texas, teaching at a high school through Teach for America. (She, admittedly, was underprepared and cried in class more than once.) She left Texas for an internship with The Paris Review and shortly thereafter was hired as an assistant at FSG, where she worked from February of 2011 to November of 2014. She currently lives in Boston with her husband.

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

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 7:00pm


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