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Children's Book Week: Carolyn DeCristofano - A Black Hole is Not a Hole

Carolyn DeCristofano

St. Louis County Library 

What is a black hole? How were they discovered? Can we visit one? Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano takes readers on a ride through the galaxies (ours, and others), answering these questions and many more about the phenomenon known as a black hole. The St. Louis Science Center will provide pre-event activities starting at 2pm.

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 2:00pm

Rebecca Kanner - Sinners and the Sea

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

Rebecca Kanner received her Masters in Fine Arts from Washington University and is returning to St. Louis with Sinners and the Sea. It's an unforgettable novel about the story of Noah that blends biblical history, mythology, and the inimitable strength of women. Cursed with a birthmark that some think demonic, the young woman's father gives her to the righteous Noah, who weds her and takes her to a land of outcasts.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 7:00pm

Observable Readings: Michael Bazzett, Kent Shaw, Greg Brownderville, and Rickey Laurentiis

Regional Arts Commission 

St. Louis Poetry Center presents Michael Bazzett (They: A Field Guide and The Imaginary City), Kent Shaw (Calenture), Greg Brownderville (Gust), and Rickey Laurentiis (Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Poetry Winner). For more information, visit

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 8:00pm

An Evening with David Sedaris - "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls"

Left Bank Books and Fifth Third Bank present "An Evening with David Sedaris." David Sedaris is coming to Left Bank Books Downtown (321 N. 10th St.) to read from, discuss, and sign his new collection of essays, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls! Our neighbors at Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar and FIAT are also co-sponsoring. 

 Outdoor Listening Party – Because David Sedaris has more fans than can fit in our store, we’re expanding the party outside! We’re closing down Locust Streetbetween 10th and 11th and will be piping Sedaris’s talk outside via speakers. Our neighbors at Bridge will provide food and drink for purchase. We have a limited amount of patio seating, so we encourage guests to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets. FIAT will also offer test drives to anyone who's interested. The Outdoor Listening Party is free and open to the public.


How to Get Books Signed


1) Signing Line Tickets are now available! Purchase a copy of Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls from Left Bank Books to also receive a Signing Line TicketWe’ll be calling guests into the signing line based on the group number on your ticket, so buy early to ensure a good spot! To order a book and signing line ticket, please call 314.367.6731 and select option 2 for Downtown. 


2) There will be time at the end for anyone without a ticket to have books signed. (Fair warning: A Sedaris signing line is loooong and he spends time with each person, so if you’re waiting until the end, be prepared for a late night.)


3) If you can’t attend but would like signed books, call 314.367.6731 and select option 2 for Downtown, and we would be happy to take your order.


Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need a ticket for the Outdoor Listening Party?

Nope! You only need a ticket to get inside the bookstore for the talk or signing.


Can I bring a friend with me in the signing line?

Indoor tickets admit one person only. But if you attend the Outdoor Listening party and purchase a Signing Line Ticket, you may have one person stand in line with you as long as s/he is not having anything signed.


How do I get my book?

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls is released on April 23. If you placed your order with Left Bank Books Downtown, you will be able to pick it up at our Downtown location starting April 23. We will cut off the "Book Ticket" part of your ticket and hand you a copy of the book. (If you haven't already picked up your ticket, we'll give you both the ticket and book when you come in.)


May I pick up my book(s) and ticket(s) at Will Call at the event?


Will he sign other books?

Yes! You can purchase copies of David Sedaris's previous books from Left Bank Books or bring your own from home. He will sign any books he has written.


I'm a collector. Will my book be a first edition?

Yes! Our copies of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls are first editions. 


Will he pose for a photo?

We will not be allowing photographs inside the store or at David's table. But you're welcome to take pictures of the outside festivities.


Will he personalize my book, "To Jane"?

Yes, David will personalize books! 


How long will the event last?

David's talk and Q&A will take about 60-90 minutes. The book signing is completey dependent on the number of people attending, but his signings have lasted past midnight on previous visits. If you'd like to ensure an early spot in the signing line, call us at 314.367.6731 and select option 2 for Downtown. Your book purchase from us will guarantee you an earlier signing line ticket.  





Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 6:00pm

SNAP: Michael D'Antonio - Mortal Sins

Michael D'Antonio

Left Bank Books - Downtown 

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael D'Antonio discusses Mortal Sins, a part history, part journalism and part true-crime thriller that follows a dynamic young monsignor assigned to the Vatican's embassy in Washington in the mid-1980s to investigate the problem of sexually abusive priests. This event is presented by SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 6:30pm

Jackson Galaxy - Cat Daddy

Jackson Galaxy

St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch 

Jackson Galaxy, the star of Animal Planet's popular TV show My Cat from Hell shares the inspiring story of one petite gray-and-white cat who turned his life around. His new book, Cat Daddy includes his singular advice for living with, caring for, and loving special feline friends. Left Bank Books presents this in conjuction with Tenth Life cat rescue--who will be bringing a couple of cats to the event!--and a percentage of book sales will be donated to the organization.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 7:00pm

Bob Spitz - Dearie

Bob Spitz

Left Bank Books - Downtown 

New York Times bestselling author Bob Spitz will speak on his book, Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, as part of our Feast Reading Group. The original celebrity chef, Julia Child was already fifty when The French Chef went on the air at a time in our history when women weren't making those leaps. In Spitz's definitive biography, Julia comes vividly--and surprisingly--to life. Also, enjoy hors d'oeuvres related to the book courtesy of L'Ecole Culinaire at this event.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 7:00pm

Elaine Viets - Board Stiff

Elaine Viets

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

Come to the store after your Mother's Day brunch to hear Elaine Viets speak about her new mystery, Board Stiff. Husband and wife PI team Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont are about to find out murder is not a day at the beach!

Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 4:00pm


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