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Brock Clarke - Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe?

Monday, October 14, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

brock clarke, who are you, clavin bledsoeSLCL presents award winning author Brock Clarke, who will sign and discuss his new novel Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe?

Acclaimed author of An Arsonist’s Guide to Writer’s Homes in New England, Brock Clarke’s Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe? is a novel about grabbing life, and holding on—wherever it may take you. Calvin Bledsoe’s journey begins at the funeral of his domineering mother when a mysterious aunt whisks him off to Europe for a grand adventure. Facing a menagerie of antiquities thieves, secret agents, and religious fanatics, it soon becomes apparent Aunt Beatrice’s clandestine behavior is leading Calvin into danger. Inspired by Graham Greene’s classic “Travels with My Aunt,” “Where are You, Calvin Bledsoe?” is a quirky, touching tale of an ordinary man on an absurdly extraordinary adventure.

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

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Books Presents: Ron Austin - Avery Colt is a Snake a Thief and a Liar

Thursday, October 10, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Ron Austin, Avery Colt is a Snake a Thief and a LiarLeft Bank Books presents local author, 2016 Reginal Arts Commision fellow, and the 2017 Nilsen Prize-winner Ron A. Austin, who will sign and discuss his new semi-autobiographical story collection, Avery Colt is a Snake a Thief and a Liar.

Austin’s semi-autobiographical, linked story collection follows the misadventures of Avery Colt as he struggles to survive in North St. Louis alongside his family. Learning the best way to slaughter a goat, rebuilding his family’s corner market, and reckoning the weight of a revolver are a few of the challenges Avery faces. As he matures through each page, Avery takes control of his circumstances and attempts dangerous feats of alchemy. Charged with urgency and emotion, Austin’s prose faithfully renders a community determined to overcome crisis with strength, dark humor, and plenty of heart.

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, 2019 - 7:00pm

Richard Russo - Chances Are...

Monday, Ocotober 7, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Richard Russo, Chances AreSt. Louis County Library Presents Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo, who will sign and discuss his new book Chances Are...

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Empire Falls” comes a riveting novel about the abiding yet complex power of friendship. One beautiful September day, three men convene on Martha’s Vineyard, friends since college. They couldn’t have been more different then, or even today. Each man holds his own secrets, in addition to a monumental mystery. None of them has ever stopped puzzling over the disappearance of the woman each of them loved. Shot through with Russo’s trademark comedy and humanity, “Chances Are…” presents an absorbing saga of the rewarding and sometimes constricting bonds of friendship.

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

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

Celebrity Storytime with Kat Zhang - Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

Saturday, October 5, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes  local YA and middle reader author Kat Zhang, who will sign and discuss her debut children's book, Amy Wu & the Perfect Bao.

kat zhang, amy wu and the perfect baoPerfect for fans of Olivia and Madeline, meet the funny, fierce, and fearless Amy Wu, who is determined to make a perfect bao bun today. Can she rise to the occasion? Amy Wu & the Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang, illustrated by Charlene Chua, gives readers a glimpse into the home and routines of a Chinese-American family, and with it, providing representation at the young reader level that isn’t often seen in the picture book space. Amy loves to make bao with her family. But it takes skill to make the bao taste and look delicious. And her bao keep coming out all wrong. Then she has an idea that may give her a second chance…Will Amy ever make the perfect bao?

Zhang’s tale captures the universal story about family, problem-solving, and the ways that food brings people together. Combined with Chinese-Canadian Chua’s illustrations, which are full of humor, warmth, and vibrancy, this duo brings the bao-making process to bold, mouthwatering life. Readers are guaranteed to be hungry by the end of the story, and there’s no better way to end the read than utilizing the recipe in the back of the book based on the author's family's recipe!

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

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 10:30am

Craig Johnson - Land of Wolves

Friday, October 4, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Land of wolves, Craig JohnsonSLCL presents New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire series, Craig Johnson, who will discuss and sign his new addition Land of Wolves.

Wyoming Sherriff Walt Longmire embarks on his latest adventure in a new installment in the bestselling Longmire series—the basis for the hit Netflix original series “Longmire.” Attempting to recover from his harrowing experiences in Mexico, Sheriff Longmire is neck deep in the investigation of what could or could not be the suicidal hanging of a shepherd. Matters become even more complicated with the appearance of an oversize wolf in the Big Horn Mountains to which Walt finds himself feeling more and more empathetic.

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

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Richard Rothstein – The Color of Law

Thursday, September 26, 9am
Greater St. Mark Family Church, 9950 Glen Owen

Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books, and Missouri Jobs with Justice 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. 

Sponsored By:
Missouri Jobs with Justice, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis’ Peace & Justice Commission, Forward Through Ferguson, Gladiator Consulting, Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice, Deaconess Anne House: Episcopal Service Corps of St. Louis, WEPOWER, the St. Louis Labor Council, Service Employees International Union Local 1, National Council of Jewish Women – St. Louis, Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), Empower Missouri, Organization for Black Struggle & Faith & For the Sake of All 

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 9:00am

Carondelet Author Breakfast 2019

Saturday, September 28, 9:30am
St. Louis Public Library - Carondelet Branch

Meet eight local authors "speed-dating" style while enjoying a light continental breakfast.  Left Bank books will be on hand to sell books by the authors. Authors include Ron Austin, Lynn Cahoon, Amanda Doyle, Virvus Jones, Mardou, Angela Mitchell, Ann Lemons Pollack, and Laura Stewart Schmidt. Registration Required. Register here!

Ron Austin holds a MFA from the U. of Missouri-St. Louis and is a 2016 Regional Arts Commission Fellow. Austin’s semi-autobiographical, linked story collection follows the misadventures of Avery Colt as he struggles to survive in North St. Louis alongside his family. Learning the best way to slaughter a goat, rebuilding his family’s corner market, and reckoning the weight of a revolver are a few of the challenges Avery faces. As he matures through each page, Avery takes control of his circumstances and attempts dangerous feats of alchemy. Charged with urgency and emotion, Austin’s prose faithfully renders a community determined to overcome crisis with strength, dark humor, and plenty of heart.

Lynn Cahoon is the award-winning author of several New York Times and USA Today bestselling cozy mystery series. The Tourist Trap series is set in central coastal California with six holiday novellas releasing in 2018–2019. She also pens the Cat Latimer series available in mass market paperback. Her newest series, the Farm to Fork mystery series, debuted in 2018. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies.

Amanda Doyle is a long-time resident of St. Louis. She is the author of Finally! A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis by and for St. Louisans, Neighborhood by Neighborhood100 Things to Do in St. Louis Before You Die; and To the Top! A Gateway Arch Story. Her most recent book, St. Louis Sound, is an illustrated timeline of music in St. Louis.

Virvus Jones has experienced the good, the bad and the ugly of big city politics. In his breakthrough novel, Stalking Horse, Virvus uses this experience to provide us with an insider's view of how Black politics evolved in a midwestern city from 1954 to 1974. Virvus was first elected to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen in 1981. He was appointed Assessor in 1986 and was elected Comptroller of the city of St. Louis in 1989. Virvus has been a radio talk show host, wrote a weekly political column and spent 12 years working in commercial real estate before becoming semi-retired in 2012. Since 2012 he has been a campaign consultant for state and local candidates.

Mardou was born and raised in Manchester, England in 1975. After gaining her BA in English Literature she started making mini-comics, mostly stories about women trying to figure life out. She has made comics for web, print and film and now lives in St Louis, Missouri with her husband, the cartoonist Ted May, and their daughter. Mardou returns with the second volume of her critically acclaimed graphic novel, Sky in Stereo. In Volume 2, 17-year-old Iris’s LSD journey has ended behind the locked doors of a psychiatric ward. As she tries to make sense of hospital life and fellow patients, Iris is forced to confront her self while defiantly trying to find meaning and regain her freedom. With her usual visual flourish, Mardou takes the reader on a maze-like journey into the inner world of mental illness in this powerful and trippy coming-of-age story.

Angela Mitchell is a St. Louis native and UMSL alumini. Unnatural Habitats, Mitchell's debut short story collection, is a work of seven connected stories set in the Ozarks that explores the relationships between people and place and the changing culture of rural America. The characters explore the conflict between what is instinct and what is learned, as well as what it means to belong to a place and to a people. 

Ann Lemons Pollack  has been writing about food a good while, but not so long that she remembers all the restaurants in this book. She's reviewed restaurants, written cooking columns, traveled for food and was daring enough to cook for and then marry the restaurant critic of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Joe Pollack. Together, they wrote three guidebooks to St. Louis food and many food and travel stories. Ann carries on the tradition and is currently found monthly in and online at St. Louis Magazine and on her blog, stlouiseats.typepad.com, where she also writes about theater.

Laura Stewart Schmidt is a lifelong avid reader and writer. She spent several years working as a community education coordinator, starting reading clubs for middle-school students and encouraging parents to read to their preschoolers. Laura spent much of her childhood in southern Missouri, where there are plenty of abandoned buildings to explore. Unfortunately for her and her brothers, they never found a mystery. She lives near St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and dogs.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:30am

Bookfest St. Louis 2019

Saturday, September 21, All Day
Central West End

Book lovers of all ages can celebrate St. Louis’ literary heritage at BookFest St. Louis, presented Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, by the Central West End, Left Bank Books and the Left Bank Books Foundation.

The book festival will bring a diverse mix of locally and internationally renowned writers to St. Louis for this one day event.

BookFest St. Louis will take place in the heart of city’s Central West End, home to “Writer’s Corner” — where statues of authors and one-time St. Louisans Kate Chopin, T.S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams and William Burroughs pay homage to the neighborhood’s literary legacy.

Festival-goers will be able to enjoy panels highlighting several different genres, as well as participate in family-friendly activities including book sales, literary crafts, live music and more within the McPherson Avenue festival zone and at other venues throughout the Central West End. All BookFest St. Louis activities are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

For a list of 2019 authors, schedules, and updates, visit BookFestSTL.com!

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:00am

Candace Bushnell - Is There Still Sex in the City?

Friday, September 27, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Candace Bushnell, Is There Still Sex in the citySLCL presents internationally bestselling author of Sex and the City, Candace Bushnell.

Twenty years after her sharp, seminal first book “Sex and the City” reshaped the landscape of pop culture and dating with its fly on the wall look at the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite, the trailblazing Candace Bushnell delivers a new book on the wilds and lows of sex and dating after 50. Drawing from her own experience, Bushnell spins a smart, lively satirical story of love and life from all angles—marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, as well as the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all. This is an indispensable companion to one of the most revolutionary dating books of the 20th century.

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

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 7:00pm

St. Louis Launch Party: James Brandon - Ziggy, Stardust and Me

Wednesday, September 18, 7pm
Left Bank Books

James Brandon, Ziggy, Stardust and MeLeft Bank books is happy to present the St. Louis launch party for local author James Brandon's debut YA novel Ziggy, Stardust and Me.

In this tender-hearted debut, set against the tumultuous backdrop of life in 1973, when homosexuality is still considered a mental illness, two boys defy all the odds and fall in love.

The year is 1973. The Watergate hearings are in full swing. The Vietnam War is still raging. And homosexuality is still officially considered a mental illness. In the midst of these trying times is sixteen-year-old Jonathan Collins, a bullied, anxious, asthmatic kid, who aside from an alcoholic father and his sympathetic neighbor and friend Starla, is completely alone. To cope, Jonathan escapes to the safe haven of his imagination, where his hero David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and dead relatives, including his mother, guide him through the rough terrain of his life. In his alternate reality, Jonathan can be anything: a superhero, an astronaut, Ziggy Stardust, himself, or completely “normal” and not a boy who likes other boys. When he completes his treatments, he will be normal—at least he hopes. But before that can happen, Web stumbles into his life. Web is everything Jonathan wishes he could be: fearless, fearsome and, most importantly, not ashamed of being gay. A poignant coming-of-age tale, Ziggy, Stardust and Me heralds the arrival of a stunning and important new voice in YA.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Ziggy, Stardust and Me from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!

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

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

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