Author Events

Joe Mohr - Robot + Bike = Kitten

Joe Mohr

Left Bank Books - Downtown 

Join Joe Mohr for a special Downtown Storytime, where he will read from Robot + Bike = Kitten! Mohr inspires kids to be imaginative, caring, and self-respecting good people. He does this with poignant poetry and unique illustrations sure to spark conversations on many themes.

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 9, 2013 - 10:30am

Erin Jade Lange - Butter

Erin Jade Lange

St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch 

A lonely obese boy everyone calls "Butter" is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death-live on the Internet, and everyone is invited to watch. When he first makes the announcement online to his classmates, Butter expects pity, insults, and possibly sheer indifference. What he gets are morbid cheerleaders rallying around his deadly plan. Yet as their dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. And that feels good.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 7:00pm

Steve Taravella - Mary Wickes: I Know I've Seen That Face Before

Mary Wickes

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

Moviegoers know the St. Louis native Mary Wickes as the housekeeper in White Christmas, the nurse in Now, Voyager, and the crotchety choir director in Sister Act. Award-winning writer Steve Taravella shares never-published behind-the-scenes stories that chronicle the life of a complicated woman who brought an assortment of unforgettable characters to life on screen and stage.

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

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 7:00pm

Antony John - Firebrand Release Party

Antony John

Left Bank Books - Central West End 

Join us in celebrating the release of the second novel in Antony John's Elemental series, Firebrand. In a dystopian United States, the colonists of Roanoke Island must find safety at the mysterious Fort Sumter, but as they get further from their home, their elemental powers begin to fade. Don't miss your chance to purchase Firebrand two days before it is available anywhere else! Refreshments will be provided.

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

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 7:00pm

Hope Lynne Price - Luke Warm

Hope Lynne Price

St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch 

In this poignant novel by a St. Louis native and daughter of poet Shirley LeFlore, a middle-aged woman on a frenzied search for satisfaction is forced to confront her demons. It takes the spoon-fed wisdom of a well-seasoned, jazzy, old soul to nurse Shelby back to health and lead her to the road of self discovery where Shelby begins her quest to find authentic happiness.

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 7:00pm

Ann Patchett: This is the Story of a Happy Marriage

Ann Patchett

St. Louis Ethical Society 

Left Bank Books and Maryville University present novelist Ann Patchett, with her new memoir, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Stretching from her childhood to the present day, from a disastrous early marriage to a later happy one, it’s all here: relationships with family and friends, the hard work and joy of writing, and the unexpected thrill of opening a bookstore.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 7:00pm

Richard Paul Evans: The Four Doors: A Guide to Joy, Freedom, and a Meaninful Life

Richard Paul Evans

St. Louis County Library, 1640 S. Lindbergh 

The Four Doors is Evans’s message to those who seek inspiration in their lives. It began as a talk he gave on the spur of the moment, and over the course of 10 years, it has evolved into a message he has shared with people from all walks of life It includes stories his readers have told him, stories about great achievers who overcame hardships, and stories about his own struggle growing up in a large family with financial difficulties and a suicidal mother, and about his diagnosis of Tourette’s Syndrome later in life.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 7:00pm

Ifeoma Onyefulu: A is for Africa

St. Louis Public Library - Carpenter Branch 

Photographer and children’s author Ifeoma Onyefulu will read from and sign her books. She is the author of several books including A is for Africa, A Triangle for Adaora, One Big Family: Sharing Life in an African Village, and many others. Ms. Onyefulu was born into the Igbo tribe and brought up in eastern Nigeria. Books for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 6:00pm

Mark Leibovich - This Town, presented by The St. Louis Beacon and SLU School of Law

The 2013 Millstone Lecture features Mark Leibovich, author of "This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! – in America's Gilded Capital." 
 Is our two-party system really a one-party system? Does the "machine" in Washington change as the majority party changes, or is it party-agnostic, set up to benefit from whatever party is in power?

Author and New York Times Magazine correspondent Mark Leibovich will talk about his book, "This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! – in America's Gilded Capital." It's an inside look at the players and the system at the core of American democracy. His speech is titled “How Self-Service Has Replaced Public Service in the Gilded Capital.”

This talk is free and open to the public and will be followed by an audience discussion. 

The pre-lecture reception with Mark Leibovich is $150 per person, which includes a souvenir copy of “This Town” and, of course “Plenty of Valet Parking!”
 2013 Millstone Lecture Speaker Reception
The St. Louis Beacon and its distinguished party co-chairs Sally and Jack Danforth and Barbara Eagleton hope you’ll come for drinks and hors d’oeuvres and toast this year’s James C. Millstone Memorial Lecturer Mark Leibovich.
Mr. Leibovich’s Millstone Lecture will follow the reception at 7:30 p.m. at the Courtroom of Scott Hall, St. Louis University’s new Law School Building, 100 North Tucker Boulevard (around the corner from the Majestic Hotel).

You can register for the reception here. If you’re attending the party and the lecture, the valet will deliver your car after the lecture to the front of Scott Hall.  
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 7:30pm


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