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Lisa Ko – The Leavers

Tuesday, May 8, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Lisa Ko’s debut novel won the 2017 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded by Barbara Kingsolver for a novel that addresses issues of social justice, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. A powerful story of borders and belonging, The Leavers follows the life of 11-year-old Deming Guo after his mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon—and never comes home. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is renamed Daniel Wilkinson. But far from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents’ desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind.

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


Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 7:00pm

Nicholas Reynolds – Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy

Tuesday, May 15, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

In 2010, while he was the historian at the esteemed CIA Museum, Nicholas Reynolds, a longtime American intelligence officer, former U.S. Marine colonel, and Oxford-trained historian, began to uncover clues suggesting Nobel Prize-winning novelist Ernest Hemingway was deeply involved in mid 20th Century spycraft — a mysterious and shocking relationship that was far more complex and fraught with risks than has ever been previously supposed. A literary biography with the soul of an espionage thriller, Reynolds's meticulously researched narrative reveals for the first time the whole story of this hidden side of Hemingway's life.

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


Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

Jessica Knoll – The Favorite Sister

Wednesday, May 23, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

From Jessica Knoll—author of Luckiest Girl Alive, the bestselling debut novel of 2015—comes a blisteringly paced thriller. When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder. The Favorite Sister explores the invisible barriers that prevent women from rising up the ranks in today’s America—and offers a scathing take on the bonds of sisterhood, and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant, and salable.

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


Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

SF STL: TOR #Fearless Women – Tessa Gratton, Sue Burke, K. Arsenault Rivera

Thursday, May 10, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch

Left Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL and Tor #FearlessWomen event with authors Tessa Gratton, Sue Burke, and K. Arsenault Rivera, who will sign and discuss their new books The Queens of Innis Lear, Semiosis, and The Tiger's Daughter!

Inspired by Shakespeare's King Lear, dynasties battle for the crown in Tessa Gratton's debut epic adult fantasy, a story of deposed kings and betrayed queens for fans of Red Rising and Queen of the Tearling. The Queens of Innis Lear brings to life a world that hums with ancient magic, and characters as ruthless as the tides.

Sue Burke's Semiosis is a sweeping SF epic of first contact that spans generations of humans struggling to survive on an alien world. Colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they’ll have to survive on the one they found. They don’t realize another life form watches . . . and waits.

K. Arsenault Rivera's lush new epic historical fantasy series evokes the ambition and widespread appeal of Patrick Rothfuss and the vivid storytelling of Naomi Novik. The Tiger's Daughter is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of one of the featured titles will be required to enter the signing line. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 7:00pm

Beth Kobliner – Make Your Kid A Money Genius

Monday, April 9, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Author of the bestselling Get a Financial Life, Beth Kobliner shares how to teach children to manage money in a smart way. Regardless of your income, this New York Times bestseller is an essential guide for passing along enduring financial principles to serve kids from preschool through college. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required

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



Monday, April 9, 2018 - 7:00pm

2018 Suspense Night

Thursday, May 10, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

One of the library’s most popular annual events, Suspense Night brings together popular mystery writers from across the country for an evening of readings and a panel discussion on the craft of suspense writing. This year's authors are Reed Farrel Coleman (What You Break, Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet), Megan Abbott (You Will Know MeThe Fever), Laura Lippman (SunburnWilde Lake), Lori Rader Day (The Day I DiedLittle Pretty Things) and Nick Petrie (Light It UpThe Drifter). 

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


Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 7:00pm

100 Boots Poetry Series: Layli Long Soldier and Douglas Kearney

Friday, April 13, 7pm
Pulizter Arts Foundation

This series presents readings by a range of emerging, mid-career, and established poets from St. Louis and across the United States. The 100 Boots Poetry Series is co-organized by Jessica Baran, poet and Associate Director of Curatorial and Program Development at Barrett Barrera & Projects Plus Gallery; and Ted Mathys, poet and educator at St. Louis University. At each reading, limited-edition broadsides are available for free to audience members, and a selection of the poets’ books are for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books. The fourth event of the season features readings by poets Layli Long Soldier and Douglas Kearney.

Layli Long Soldier is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She has served as a contributing editor of Drunken Boat, and her poems have appeared in The American PoetThe American Reader, and The Kenyon Review Online. Long Soldier is the recipient of the 2015 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, a 2015 Lannan Literary Fellowship, and a 2016 Whiting Award. In 2017, she published her newest collection of poems, WHEREAS (Graywolf Press). She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Douglas Kearney has published six books, most recently, Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016), winner of the Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, the CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry and silver medalist for the California Book Award (Poetry). He was the guest editor for 2015’s Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan). He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including PoetrynocturnesPleiadesIowa ReviewBoston Review, and Indiana Review; and anthologies, including Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the SkyBest American PoetryBest American Experimental WritingOf Poetry and ProtestWide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and BeyondThe Breakbeat Poets, and What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Poets in America. Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts.

This event is presented by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. For more information, please visit

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

Jenna Fischer – The Actor's Life

Monday, April 16, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis

This event is now AT CAPACITY. The Wait List is now CLOSED.

Left Bank Books welcomes actress and St. Louis native Jenna Fischer, who will sign and discuss her new book, The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide!

Jenna Fischer's Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was determined, confident, and ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong? Uh, basically everything. It would be eight long years before she landed her iconic role on The Office, nearly a decade of frustration, struggle, rejection and doubt. With amusing candor and wit, Fischer spells out the nuts and bolts of getting established in the profession, based on her own memorable and hilarious experiences. Her inspiring, helpful guidance feels like a trusted friend who’s made the journey, and has now returned to walk beside you, pointing out the pitfalls as you blaze your own path towards the life of a professional actor.

"I loved reading Jenna's honest and sincere appraisal of the actualities of breaking into, finding one’s way, and then thriving in this business. I hope it is given out as a guidebook of sorts to any young actor when they land at LAX." —Jon Hamm

Ticket Information:

– This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are REQUIRED to guarantee admission to the event.
– Proof of purchase of The Actor's Life from Left Bank Books will be REQUIRED to enter the signing line.
– If you have pre-purchased your copy of The Actor's Life from Left Bank Books, receipt or proof of purchase will be REQUIRED to enter the signing line. 

Signing Guidelines

– Jenna will only sign copies of The Actor's Life.
– Jenna will personalize copies of The Actor's Life for attendees.
– Jenna will not be posing for photos. Attendees will be able to take candid photos from the line and while Jenna signs your book. 

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Celebrity Storytime with Amy Sklansky – These Little Piggies Go to the Beach

Saturday, May 19, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Join bestselling St. Louis author Amy Sklansky for a Celebrity Storytime reading of her new picture book, These Little Piggies Go to the Beach, book and beach-themed games and snacks!

From bestselling illustrator Christine Davenier and bestselling author Amy E. Sklansky comes this utterly charming, silly, and irresistible read-aloud that sends the little piggies from everyone's favorite nursery rhyme off to the beach. Following the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the original (This little piggy went to market...), young children get to follow along as the five piggies pack the car, arrive at the beach, build a sand castle, swim and explore, and play with a beach ball. It's the perfect read-aloud for young children and their adults, providing lots to look at, loads of fun action, and a perfect ending to a perfect day at the beach.

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

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:30am

An Evening with Tongo Eisen-Martin & Eileen G'Sell

Saturday, March 3, 6pm

Born in San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry book, “Someone’s Dead Already,” and his much-awaited second book, “Heaven is All Goodbyes.” He is a movement worker, educator and poet who has organized against mass incarceration and extrajudicial killing of black people throughout the United States. He has educated in detention centers from New York’s Rikers Island to California’s San Quentin State Prison. He was also adjunct faculty at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York. Subscribing to the Freirian model of education, he designed curricula for oppressed people’s education projects from San Francisco to South Africa. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of black people, “We Charge Genocide Again,” has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. He uses his craft to create liberated territory wherever he performs and teaches. He recently lived and organized around issues of human rights and self-determination in Jackson, Mississippi.

Eileen G’Sell is author of the chapbook “Portrait of My Ex with Giant Burrito,” from BOAAT Books, and “Euphoria Takes One for the Team,” from Dancing Girl Press. Her cultural criticism and poetry have been featured in Salon, VICE, DIAGRAM, the Boston Review and Conduit, among other publications, and she is features editor at The Rumpus. She teaches rhetoric, film and poetry at Washington University in St. Louis; and creative writing for the Prison Education Project at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center. Her first full-length book is "Life After Rugby" currently out with Gold Wake Press.

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 6:00pm


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