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Lee Institute: Jeffrey Stout - Blessed are the Organized

Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church 

In Blessed Are the Organized, Jeffrey Stout bears witness to the successes and failures of progressive grassroots organizing, and the daunting forces now arrayed against it. Working outside the notice of the national media, ordinary citizens across the nation are meeting in living rooms, church basements, synagogues, and schools to identify shared concerns, select and cultivate leaders, and take action. Their goal is to hold big government and big business accountable.

Monday, October 28, 2013 - 7:30pm

Ellen Stimson - Mud Season

Ellen Stimson

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

Former St. Louisian Ellen Stimson's hilarious memoir, Mud Season, tells the story of her family's move from St. Louis to the idyllic Vermont countryside, which turned out to be a little less idyllic than it seemed. It chronicles her full transition from city to small rural village living, where reshelving the bread in another part of the store is the stuff that local boycotts are made of. No, seriously. And it all comes unraveled from there.

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

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Monday, October 28, 2013 - 7:00pm

Michael Buckley and Shannon Messenger

Michael Buckley & Shannon Messenger

St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch

Join the St. Louis Public Library for this joint event with middle grade authors, Michael Buckley and Shannon Messenger! Michael Buckley will read from and sign his new book, NERDS: Attack of the Bullies. The grand finale to the New York Times bestselling series, Attack of the BULLIES stars Ruby Peet, aka Agent Pufferfish, the team captain with super nanobyte-enhanced allergies. Shannon Messenger will be speaking about Exile, the sequel to Keeper of the Lost Cities. It continues the story of Sophie, who is settling into her new life in the world of lost cities. But soon secrets buried deep in Sophie's memories resurface.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 7:00pm

River Styx: John Dalton & Holly Goddard Jones

Tavern of Fine Arts 

River Styx at the Tavern presents UMSL professor John Dalton, author of The Inverted Forest, selected as a best book of 2011 by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Wall Street Journal. He will be joined by Holly Goddard Jones, recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award and a 2013 recipient of the Hillsdale Award for Fiction. $5 at the door. For more information, visit

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 7:30pm

John Bemelmans Marciano - Madeline and the Old House in Paris

St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch 

John Bemelmans Marciano carries on his grandfather's legacy by writing new Madeline stories. In Madeline and the Old House in Paris, Lord Cucuface, head of Madeline's school, takes a telescope from the attic during a surprise inspection. Its ghostly owner convinces Madeline to help get it back with help from neighbor Pepito and her fellow schoolmates.

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 6:00pm

Simon Winchester - The Men Who United the States


St. Louis County Library 

Simon Winchester, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author, delivers his first book about America: The Men Who United the States. How did America become "one nation, indivisible"? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, Winchester follows in the footsteps of America's most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators. He treks vast swaths of territory, from Pittsburgh to Portland, Rochester to San Francisco, Seattle to Anchorage, introducing the fascinating people who played a pivotal role in creating today's United States.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 7:00pm

Observable Readings: Lisa Ampleman, Ansel Elkins, Erika Sanchez

Llywelyn's Pub 

St. Louis Poetry Center presents Lisa Ampleman, Ansel Elkins, and Erika Sanchez. Ampleman is a former professor at Fontbonne University and author of Full Cry, winner of the Stevens Manuscript Competition. Elkins is the winner of the 2011 "Discover"/Boston Review Poetry Prize and recipient of a 2011 North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship. Sanchez was a Fulbright Scholarship recipient and winner of the 2013 "Discover"/Boston Review Poetry Prize. For more information, visit

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 7:30pm

Matthew Goodman - Eighty Days

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

Matthew Goodman's Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World is a New York Times and Indiebound bestseller. It tells the amazing tale of two trailblazing women and their real amazing race against time, each other, and Jules Verne's fictional record. As Nellie Bly traveled east and Elizabeth Bisland traveled west, ever aware that the slightest delay could mean the difference between victory and defeat, their race captivated the nation.

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

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 7:00pm

Reading Group Appreciation with Graeme Simsion - The Rosie Project

Graeme Simsion

Left Bank Books - Downtown

Join us for a special celebration of our Reading Groups! (Note - You don't have to be a member of a reading group to come!)

Graeme Simsion will bring his debut novel The Rosie Project, which is already internationally renown.

The evening will also feature

  • A sneak peak at some upcoming books presented by sales reps from major publishers.
  • Goshen Coffee (free)
  • Schlafly Beer (also free)
  • Park Avenue Gooey Butter Cake (yep, free)
  • Gifts and giveaways


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Simsion has crafted a terrifically original voice—uncommon for first time novelists. His main character, Don, is a brilliant member of academia and rigidly committed to his structured schedule. He is convinced that he’s not wired for romance, but decides that, statistically speaking, there’s likely a match for him out there. So, he decides to design a 16-page questionnaire to find the perfect mate. When Don meets the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie, you can imagine that, on paper at least, she doesn’t make the cut.

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.

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 7:00pm

Richard Burgin & Michael Nye - Hide Island & Strategies Against Extinction

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

Two fantastic authors will read from their short story collections. Saint Louis University's own Richard Burgin explores themes of love and crime, memory and identity, abuse and redemption, and the contradictory battle between our fierce struggle to live lives worth remembering in Hide Island. Michael Nye's debut short story collection, Strategies Against Extinction, presents nine stories about people who find themselves at turning points in the lives. Michael Nye is the Managing Editor of The Missouri Review

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

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:00pm


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