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SHAKE 38: King John

Friday, April 20, 7pm
Left Bank Books

The Magnificoes! present a staged reading of The Life and Death of King John by William Shakespeare. Join us at 7:00pm on Friday, April 20th as we read for you the best parts of King John.

The Magnificoes! are interested and interesting folks who gather once a month to talk plays, poems, criticism, history, and fiction! The group began in May of 2012 just in time for that year’s production of Othello #InTheGlen by Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Our long-term goal is to read all of the plays in the canon (38 of them) while enjoying the many creative works written that illuminate, complicate, and build on them. By December, we’ll have read 28 of the plays; our plan is to finish the canon in 2020.

This story of accidents, betrayals, and failed diplomacy gives us flawed leaders, cunning women, and constant reversals of fortune in the grand tapestry of British and French histories. Never fear, there is little fact and much entertainment here. We’ve honed it down to under an hour and kept only the best parts to share.

“Be great in act as you have been in thought:
Let not the world see fear and sad distrust
Govern the motion of a kingly eye:
Be stirring as the time, be fire with fire,
Threaten the threat’ner and outface the brow
Of bragging horror: so shall inferior eyes,
That borrow their behaviours from the great,
Grow great by your example, and put on
The dauntless spirit of resolution.”

—Philip Falconbridge, The Bastard Act 5 Scene 1 46-54

This event is presented as part of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ SHAKE 38, a free, five-day community marathon of Shakespeare’s 38 plays. For more information and a full schedule, visit

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Adrian Todd Zuniga – Collision Theory

Wednesday, May 9, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes author, Literary Death Match founder, and former St. Louisan Adrian Todd Zuniga, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Collision Theory!

Thomas Mullen is struggling. Everything for him feels at risk, spiked with threat, since he witnessed a woman jump to her death fifteen months ago. Now there are the pleading calls from his parents to come home, please come home. But it is not until his best friend shows up unannounced that Thomas is awakened. He soon finds himself on an unpredictable journey in which he is forced to confront difficult truths: girlfriends leave, mothers fall ill, and attempts to deny pain will ultimately fail. A dazzling debut from Adrian Todd Zuniga, Collision Theory is a headlong and heartaching modern masterwork. It’s suddenness, unexpectedness, humor, and humanity make for an unforgettable read.

“Collision Theory is hard book to categorize—part ghost story, part slacker comedy, part grief chronicle—but an easy one to enjoy. Adrian Todd Zuniga’s first novel is creepy, funny, and full of dark surprises.” —Tom Perrotta

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Collision Theory from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 7:00pm

Seamus McGraw – A Thirsty Land

Tuesday, May 1, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning author Seamus McGraw, who will sign and discuss his new book, A Thirsty Land: The Making of an American Water Crisis!

As a changing climate threatens the whole country with deeper droughts and more furious floods that put ever more people and property at risk, Texas has become a bellwether state for water debates. Is it in the nature of Americans to adapt to nature in flux? The most comprehensive—and comprehensible—book on contemporary water issues, A Thirsty Land delves deep into the challenges faced not just by Texas but by the nation as a whole, as we struggle to find a way to balance the changing forces of nature with our own ever-expanding needs.  Part history, part science, part adventure story, and part travelogue, this book puts a human face on the struggle to master that most precious and capricious of resources. 

"A timely, important book that manages to be a romp, too. You’ll meet dreamers, schemers, and even a few genuine heroes who have been fretting and feuding over the water woes of the Lone Star State for centuries . . . Seamus McGraw raises urgent questions that we will all have to face to avoid a parched future." —Dan Fagin

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of A Thirsty Land from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 7:00pm

Raymond Luczak – The Kinda Fella I Am

Wednesday, April 4, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes author and Lambda Literary Award nominee Raymond Luczak, who will sign and discuss his new story collection, The Kinda Fella I Am! Loretta Freeman will serve as ASL interpreter for this event.

"I used to be the kinda fella who was expected to sit quietly in his wheelchair by the sidelines…” So begins Raymond Luczak’s extraordinary collection of short stories. Through a variety of characters with disabilities, The Kinda Fella I Am explores the disabled queer male experience. Raymond transforms the unfamiliar into universal human experiences. Through the ups of new love and great sex to the downs of lonliness and discrimination, these stories carry the optimism of life and the strength of survival. Luczak goes boldly into bedrooms and other places where most able-bodied men fear to tread.

"Raymond Luczak's narrators tell their stories with voices brimming with pride, rage, and hope. Their experiences rise from the page like wildfire, ferocious and breathtaking, burning away our pre-conceptions of disability and leaving us dazzled." —Michael Thomas Ford

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Kinda Fella I Am from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 7:00pm

Richard Rothstein – The Color of Law

Wednesday, April 25, 5:30pm
St. Louis Public Library - Julia Davis Branch

Left Bank Books, A History to You, and the Rolla Renters Association welcome author and housing policy expert Richard Rothstein, who will sign and discuss his book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Governent Segregated America!

In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation—that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation—the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments—that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. Rothstein shows how this process of segregation began with explicit racial zoning.

"Rothstein has presented what I consider to be the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation." —William Julius Wilson

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Color of Law from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 5:30pm

Areva Martin – Make It Rain

Monday, May 7, 7pm
Maryville University Auditorium

Left Bank Books, Maryville Women & Leadership and the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis welcome St. Louis native, award-winning civil rights attorney and talk show host Areva Martin, who will sign and discuss her new book, Make It Rain, with Marylen Mann!

What if you could get in front of millions of prospects with the avid endorsement of famous influencers—without spending a dime? It's happening right in front of you every day. Guest experts on TV, radio, podcasts, blogs, and live streaming are getting local and national exposure for their business and brand that they could never have afforded to reach with ads. In Make It Rain, Areva Martin, one of America's most sought-after thought leaders, breaks the silence to reveal what insiders know about the power of media appearances to revolutionize a business and brand and get your core message out to the people who need it most. 

"Areva Martin provides clear, smart, apply-it-now advice and effective insider tips on how to spot opportunities, amplify your message, and reach your audience."
—Dr. Jennifer Ashton

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. Please RSVP below. Proof of purchase of Make It Rain from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.  Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Marylen Mann is the founder of Oasis, a national public-private partnership offering lifelong learning, health promotion and volunteer opportunities for older adults. Although these concepts are now widely accepted, when Marylen first started Oasis in 1981, these were new ideas.  Her civic involvement outside of Oasis has included chairing the Advisory Council of the Washington University Center for Aging, the National Council for the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, board member of the St. Louis Symphony, The St. Louis Science Center, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Newmark Institute for Human Relations and the Whitaker Foundation. She serves on the advisory boards of Provident Care and counseling and Memory Care Home Solutions. Mann also served on the Clayton School Board for 13 years, and as chair for three year.

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Monday, May 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

Mother's Day High Tea with Elaine Viets – Ice Blonde

Sunday, May 13, 4pm
Mary Ann's Tea Room

Left Bank Books and Mary Ann's Tea Room welcome St. Louis native and award-winning mystery author Elaine Viets, who will sign and discuss her new Angela Richman novel, Ice Blonde, at a special Mother's Day High Tea event!

Juliet Du Pres, the daughter of a wealthy Chouteau Forest family, sneaks out of her house to go to a high school party with her forbidden boyfriend, Dex, a low-rent mechanic's son. She wears only heels and a blue velvet dress in sub-zero Missouri weather. At the party are drugs, booze, and rivals for Juliet's dazzling blonde beauty. On the drive home, Juliet has a fight with her boyfriend, runs into the woods near her house and disappears in the snow. Was Juliet kidnapped? Murdered? Or is she hiding out with a high school stud? Death investigator Angela Richman fights to find the missing girl and save a young man's life.

"[A] well-paced, darkly humorous series . . . Angela [Richman]'s endearing, spirited, and resilient humanity resonates on the page." —Publishers Weekly

Ticket Information:

A $45 ticket includes:
– An exclusive presentation and book signing by Elaine Viets
– A copy of the new Angela Richman novella, Ice Blonde
– Full service High Tea, which includes tea, scones with jam, sandwiches, and dessert

Tickets available below. Please note: all dietary restrictions and allergies must be communicated to Mary Ann's Tea Room at least 48 hours in advance of the event. Those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of Ice Blonde or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. 

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Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 4:00pm

Mary Kay Andrews – The High Tide Club

Wednesday, May 23, 7pm
St. Charles City-County Library, Spencer Road Branch

Left Bank Books and the St. Charles City-County Library welcome bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The High Tide Club!

When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons attorney Brooke Trappnell to her 20,000 acre barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Over the course of a few meetings, Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, dark secrets, betrayal, and a long-unsolved murder. She is hiring Brooke for two reasons: first, to protect her island from those who would despoil her land, and second, to help her make amends with the heirs of the women who were her closest friends. The High Tide Club is Mary Kay Andrews at her Queen of the Beach Reads best: a story shrouded in mystery, Spanish moss, verandah cocktails, 1940s dinner dances, love lost, and found.

“Andrews has this ‘perfect beach read’ label down pat—and then some . . . Summer doesn’t truly begin without a Mary Kay Andrews book in your beach bag.”
—RT Book Reviews

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at Proof of purchase of The High Tide Club from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Observable Readings: Camille Guthrie, Lorin Cuoco & Sally Ball

Monday,  May 7, 7:30pm
Dressel's Public House

Camille Guthrie earned an MFA at Brown University. She is the author of The Master Thief (2000), In Captivity (2006) and Articulated Lair: Poems for Louise Bourgeois (2013). Her experimental long poems and inter-textual poetic sequences often engage with the history of ekphrasis. She is the Director of Undergraduate Writing Initiatives at Bennington College.

Lorin Cuoco, with the late William Gass, founded the International Writers Center at Washington University. They published six books, including The Dual Muse: the Writer As Artist, the Artist As Writer and Literary St. Louis: A Guide. Her writings have appeared in Flood Stage, New Letters, Poetry Quarterly, River Styx, Sou’wester and The Review of Contemporary Fiction. She was the 2015 recipient of the Loy Ledbetter Award from St. Louis Poetry Center.

Sally Ball is the author of Wreck Me and Annus Mirabilis. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Threepenny Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the James Merrill House, among others. An associate professor of English at Arizona State University, Ball is also an associate director of Four Way Books.

Suggested $5.00 donation at the door. This event is presented by the St. Louis Poetry Center. For more information, please visit

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 7:30pm

Paula McLain – Love and Ruin

Monday, May 7. 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Bestselling author of The Paris Wife, Paula McLain returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn—a fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th Century. In 1937, 28-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War. It’s the adventure she’s been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly—and uncontrollably—falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.

The event will be an onstage interview with KMOX Radio host Debbie Monterrey.


This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 7:00pm


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