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Jennifer Chiaverini: Mrs. Lincoln's Rival

Jennifer Chiaverini

St. Charles Library - Spencer Road Branch 

Author of the best-selling Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker returns with the story of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s famous enemy, Kate Chase Sprague, who was memorialized as “one of the most remarkable women ever known to Washington society.”

Please register online in the Program & Events Calendar at or call the library at (636) 441-0522.






Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 2:00pm

December Magazine Launch Party

Regional Arts Commission 

Join the editors of December literary journal and contributors Albert Goldbarth, Sally Van Doren, Robert Nazarene and Inda Schaenen for readings and a reception featuring food and drink.  

Left Bank will be on hand selling copies of Everyday People by Albert Goldbarth and Possessive by Sally Van Doren.

Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 4:30pm

Josh Ruebner: Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Josh Ruebner

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

In Shattered Hopes, Ruebner, a former Middle East analyst for the Congressional Research Service, charts Obama’s journey from optimism to frustration, in a hard-hitting investigation into why the president has failed to make any progress on Israel-Palestine, and how his unwillingness to challenge the Israel lobby has destroyed aspirations for peace.

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

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 7:00pm

Small Business Saturday - Local Authors Become Booksellers

What books do your favorite authors recommend?  Find out on Small Business Saturday at Left Bank Books in the Central West End!
Join authors Curtis Sittenfeld, Michael Kahn, Ridley Pearson, Eric Lundgren, Antony John, Heather Brewer, and Mark Tiedemann as they turn in to booksellers and recommend their favorites!

Come by to chat, have some hot cider, and get gift recommendations from the experts! 


Curtis Sittenfeld

Author of Sisterland, American Wife

The Man of My Dreams and Prep 

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Antony John

Author of FirebrandElementalThou

Shall Not Road TripFive Flavors of

Dumb, and Busted 

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm  
 Michael Kahn

Author of the Rachel Gold

Mystery Series

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 

   Ridley Pearson

Popular author of suspense and thriller

novels, most recently Chokepoint,

and children's books including the

Kingdom Keepers series and

Peter and the Starcatchers series.

2:30 pm -3:30 pm

 Mark Tiedemann

Author of Remains and the 

Secantis series

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Eric Lundgren

Author of The Facades 

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Heather Brewer

Author of the Slayer Chronicles and

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

"Here's the plan: We book nerds will become booksellers. We will make recommendations. We will practice nepotism and urge readers to buy multiple copies of our friends' books. Maybe you'll sign and sell books of your own in the process. I think the collective results could be mind-boggling (maybe even world-changing)." -- Sherman Alexie, Indies First mastermind

Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 11:35am

S. Bear Bergman - Gathering Light: A Suite Of Stories About Creating Family


Left Bank Books Downtown - 7PM

90 Minutes of Pure Storytelling!   

$15 Suggested Price.  

Tickets available HERE or at the door. 

Family. How we create it, nurture it, and are nurtured within it; whether our family is original, chosen, or a hearty blend. Bergman's stories describe and exalt the lives of his grandparents and the hilarity of planning his wedding, while giving the same enthusiasm for drag mothers, Sparkles, sperm-donor's parents, and more. Described as "mesmerizing," "touching," and "hilarious," these stories are an amazing experience for anyone who has a family or wants one.

S. Bear Bergman is an author, storyteller and educator working to create positive, celebratory representations of trans lives. Recent or current projects include two fabulous children’s storybooks featuring trans-identified kid characters, a performance about loving and living in a queer/ed Jewish family, teaching pleasure-positive trans/genderqueer sex ed, and his sixth book Blood, Marriage, Wine & Glitter (Arsenal Pulp, 2013).

"Bear is absolutely mesmerizing and enchanting--a consummate storyteller--who makes his audience laugh and cry, feel joy and compassion. It's a fantastic piece, and is wonderfully accessible to those who are not queer, not Jewish, or not either. Highly, highly recommended." - Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, author "How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love God"

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 7:00pm

Bill Ayers - Public Enemy

Bill Ayers

Left Bank Books - Central West End

In Public Enemy, Bill Ayers charts his life after the Weather Underground, from the moment he and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, emerged from years on the run and rebuilt their lives as public figures, to the 2008 campaign when he was labeled a "domestic terrorist" by the McCain campaign. Bill Ayers is the founder of the Small Schools Workshop and was Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 7:00pm

Trooper's Triumphs (The Brave Puppy Who Wouldn't Give Up)

Trooper's Triumphs

Left Bank Books - Downtown 

Meet Trooper, the brave little puppy who was badly injured in a dragging accident, rescued and brought back to health by the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force. The sale of this children’s book and plush toy benefit the Task Force.

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.

Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 3:00pm

Tim O'Mara: Crooked Numbers

Tim O'Mara

Left Bank Books - Downtown 

The critically claimed author signs his latest installment: School teacher and ex-cop Raymond Donne finds the expanse of the Williamsburg Bridge wider than he expected after his former student transfers out of the Brooklyn public schools to a high-stakes Manhattan private high school and winds up murdered.

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.

Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 12:00pm

Pat Conroy: The Death of Santini

Pat Conroy

Ethical Society 

In this heart-wrenching memoir of personal and family struggle, Pat Conroy - the beloved bestselling author of The Prince of Tides - and his father, the inspiration for The Great Santini, find some common ground at long last in a poignant lesson of how blood ties can both strangle and offer succor.

This is a ticketed event. $29 admits one person and includes one copy of the Death of Santini. $34 admits two people, includes one copy of The Death of Santini, and $5 will be rebatable towards the purchase of another copy at the event. Tickets are available at

Friday, November 15, 2013 - 7:00pm


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