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Lee Child - Never Go Back

Ethical Society 

Lee Child will be discussing his most recent Jack Reacher thriller, Never Go Back, as a part of Charlie Brennan's Fontbonne Book of the Month club. Jack Reacher pokes a head into his old D.C. office, and things promptly go ballistic. For the pure pleasure of uncomplicated, nonstop action, no one touches Reacher, who accurately observes that "I trained turn fear into aggression."

Event is ticketed and are $31 to admit one person or $36 to admit two people.  Both ticket packages include a copy of Never Go Back. Tickets go on sale Thursday, August 29 at


Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 7:00pm

Gregory Petersen - Open Mike

Left Bank Books - Downtown 

Open Mike is a dark love story between a comedian and a stripper. Michael Clover is a stand-up comic and Dana Wisby is a stripper. They both hide similar vulnerabilities under their respective spotlights, but when two broken people try to fix one another, the results can be funny, but also dangerous. Gregory Petersen will read from Open Mike and sign copies of the book.

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.

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 4:00pm

Mark Lee Gardner - Shot All to Hell

St. Louis County Library 

Mark Lee Gardner will discuss his book Shot All To Hell, which recounts the thrilling life of Jesse James, Frank James, the Younger brothers, and the most famous bank robbery of all time. Follow the Wild West's most celebrated gang of outlaws as they step inside Northfield's First National Bank and back out on the streets to square off with heroic citizens who risked their lives to defend justice in Minnesota.

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 7:00pm

Middle Grade Mania: Jasper Fforde, Catherine Jinks, and Catherine Murdock

St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch, Youth Lounge

Join in on a panel discussion with three fantastic middle grade authors. Jasper Fforde's Song of the Quarkbeast is the latest installment of the Chronicles of Kazam. Catherine Jinks explores the mysterious disappearance of children of Old London in How to Catch a Bogle. Catherine Murdock's new novel, Heaven is Paved with Oreos, explores first love, and family secrets, and the magic of Rome.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 7:00pm

Observable Readings: Erin Belieu & Lee Ann Roripaugh

Llywelyn's (CWE) 

St. Louis Poetry Center present poets Erin Belieu and Lee Ann Roripaugh. Belieu, reciepient of the Ohioana Award and the Society of Midland Authors Award, was selected by Hayden Caruth for the 1994 National Poetry Series. Roripaugh's Beyond Heart Mountain, was also selected for the national Poetry Series in 1999. Her awards include the 1995 Randall Jarrell International Poetry Prize. For more information, visit

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 7:30pm

River Styx: Annie Finch & Joe Schuster

Tavern of Fine Arts 

River Styx at the Tavern presents Annie Finch, recipient of the Robert Fitzgerald Award and the Saravati Award. She is the author or editor of fifteen books of poetry, translation, and criticism and the newly released Spells: New and Selected Poems. She will be joined by local novelist Joe Schuster, author of The Might Have Been. $5 at the door. For more information, visit

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 7:30pm

Michael Chabon - Telegraph Avenue

St. Louis County Library 

Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon's newest book, Telegraph Avenue, explores the profoundly intertwined lives of two families in Oakland, California. He lovingly creates a world grounded in pop culture and delivers a bravura epic of friendship, race, and secret histories. Don't miss a chance to meet the New York Times bestseller!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 7:00pm

Tom Angleberger: Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett

Tom Angleberger

Left Bank Books Downtown 

Tom Angleberger, author of the popular Origami Yoda series is back with more tales of McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight's back--and not a moment too soon, as the gang faces the FunTime Menace: a new educational program designed to raise students' standardized test scores. When Principal Rabbski cancels the students' field trip--along with art, music, and LEGO classes--to make time for FunTime, the students turn to Origami Yoda for help. United, can they defeat the FunTime Menace and cope with a surprise attack from Jabba the Puppett?

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. 


Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 2:00pm

John Van Kirk - Song for Chance

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

John Van Kirk returns to St. Louis with his debut novel, Song for Chance. Middle-aged rock star Jack Voss leaves his home in Carmel, Calif., in July 2004 to visit old friends in New York City, only to discover that his daughter Chance has just died in an apparent suicide pact inside a Hoboken flat. As Jack searches for answers in the wake of her death, he recalls his early days in St. Louis. An invented discography, excerpts of lyrics, and cameos by real-life figures like Nick Cave give a feeling of authenticity to Van Kirk's fictional rock star.

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

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 7:00pm

Patrick Ness - A Monster Calls

St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch 

Best-selling author Patrick Ness in conversation with Dr. Jennifer Buehler about his newest tale, A Monster Calls. An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 6:00pm


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