Author Events

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

Edward Lee: Smoke & Pickles, presented by Left Bank Books and Sauce Magazine

Edward Lee

Top Chef: Texas alum, three-time James Beard Award finalist for "Best Chef: Southeast," & chef/owner of 610 Magnolia and Milkwood in Louisville, Edward Lee visits St. Louis in celebration of his first cookbook, Smoke and Pickles: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Kitchen for a very special meet & greet event Tuesday, August 13 at 5:30pm at Taste Bar 4584 Laclede Ave in the Central West End.

Tickets are $50 and include:

Cocktail tasting featuring Edward Lee's sweet tea bourbon recipe by Jefferson’s Reserve

Delectable appetizers inspired by Smoke & Pickles

A personalized, autographed copy of Smoke & Pickles

Also featuring:

A special conversation with Chef Edward Lee and Sauce Magazine editor Ligaya Figueras


"Edward Lee is one of America’s most important young chefs— and what he has to say with his delicious food and in the pages of this book will help redefine American food as a whole.”

—Anthony Bourdain

Tickets are available at edwardlee.brownpapertickets.com


Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 5:30pm

Julie Garwood - Hotshot

Julie Garwood

St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch 

Julie Garwood will discuss and sign her new book, Hot Shot. New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood returns with a novel of family drama, suspense, and - of course - romance. Peyton Lockhart and her sisters have inherited Bishop's Cove, a small, luxurious oceanfront resort. There are countless challenges and too many people who want to stop the sisters from succeeding, so Peyton calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn McBain, and asks for his help.

For parking, directions, and public transportation information, click here. 


Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 7:00pm

Storytime with Amy Sklansky - You Are My Little Pumpkin Pie

Amy Sklansky

Left Bank Books - Downtown 

Bring your littlest readers to a special storytime with St. Louisan Amy Sklansky, author of You Are My Little Pumpkin Pie. This sweet tribute to adorable babies evokes the warmth and comfort of a delicious piece of yummy pumpkin pie with its delightful rhyming text. The event will include a fun craft appropriate for kids up to age 8 and refreshments for kids and their adults.

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, August 24, 2013 - 10:30am

Michael Kahn - The Flinch Factor

Michael Kahn

St. Louis County Library 

Several years have passed since we last saw Rachel Gold, star of St. Louis suspense author Michael Kahn's popular series. In The Flinch Factor, she represents a blue-collar neighborhood fighting a powerful developer intent on bulldozing their homes to erect a swanky gated community.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 7:00pm

SOLD OUT: Nicholas Sparks - Longest Ride



St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch 

Co-sponsored by Left Bank Books 

An Evening With Nicholas Sparks and KSDK's Heidi Glaus Discussing The Longest Ride

Support the St. Louis Public Library when you spend an special evening with one of America's most beloved authors, New York Times bestseller Nicholas Sparks. This is an on-stage conversation with a Q&A and meet & greet to follow.

 Nicholas Sparks's appearance is a ticketed event. Tickets are $30, will be available here through Left Bank Books beginning August 1, and will include one pre-signed copy of The Longest Ride. An additional, limited number of pre-signed books will be available for purchase at the event. The author will not be signing at the event, but ticketed guests will have the chance to greet the author after the evening's presentation.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to support the Library's mission to enhance individual, family, and community life.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet Nicholas Sparks and support the St. Louis Public Library. 

Tickets may be purchased at longestride.brownpapertickets.com


Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 7:00pm

Lisa Lutz - Last Word

St. Louis County Library 

New York Times Bestselling author Lisa Lutz will be speaking about her new book, Last Word, the sixth novel featuring the wacky San Francisco family of PIs. Everyone in the Spellman clan is in an uproar because of Isabel's hostile takeover of the firm; her mother and father lack and semblance of professionalism, her younger sister has proven herself a master of blackmail, and a former client has accused Izzy of embezzlement! The hilarious office memos and footnotes add to the fun.

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 7:00pm

Eleanor Sullivan - Graven Images

Eleanor SullivanLeft Bank Books - Central West End 

Eleanor Sullivan will be at our store with Graven Images, a new Singular Village mystery. After an itinerant artist is found hanging in a barn, local villagers are quick to blame an Irish traveller conveniently passing through town. Adelaide must risk her own life to find the killer before the traveller is delivered to the authorities where he’ll surely be hanged.

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

For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 7:00pm

Vanessa Gezari - Tender Soldier

Vanessa Gezari

St. Louis County Library 

In November 2008, small group of American civilians took their optimism and experience to Afghanistan. They were part of the Pentagon's controversial attempt to bring social science to the battlefield; a program called the Human Terrain System. In Tender Soldier, a tale of moral suspense, journalist Vanessa Gezari follows these three idealists from the hope that brought them to Afghanistan through the events of the fateful day when one is gravely wounded, an Afghan is dead, and a proponent of cross-cultural engagement is charged with his murder.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 7:00pm


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