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Michael Don - Partners and Strangers

Monday, May 13, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Michael Don, Partners and StrangersLeft Bank Books welcomes author and St. Louis native Michael Don, who will sign and discuss his new short story collection, Partners and Strangers!

Dark, enigmatic, and sometimes comic, the stories in Partners and Strangers unite intimate anxieties with public dangers. Its characters embody grief, deviance, and the repressed: In “Yoav Feinsten’s Last Year at Home,” a teenager’s pain over his father’s death becomes unpredictably intertwined with an obsession with a cable man. In “A Home for an Eggplant,” the specter of a Craigslist killer provides a backdrop for a couple’s struggle with fertility. In “The Best Delivery Service,” the narrator and his sister, living together after their parents’ disappearance, obsessively order items through a hotline that promises delivery of anything one can imagine. The collection highlights a contemporary age characterized by loneliness and alienation.

"How does Michael Don do it? The more absurd his situations...the more real they feel. The more palpably real his characters’ yearnings...the more beautiful absurdity he unearths." —Alex Shakar, author of Luminarium

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Partners and Strangers 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.

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Kara Cooney - Women Who Ruled the World

Thursday, April 25, 7pm
Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Blvd.

Kara CooneyPresenting work from her newly published book, When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt (2018), Egyptologist Dr. Kara Cooney will discuss the lives of remarkable female pharaohs from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra, shining a piercing light on perceptions of women in power today. The book will be for sale to audience members courtesy of Left Bank Books.

This event is presented by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. This program is free to attend; however, seating will be limited. Sign up at pulitzerarts.org to receive a notification when reservations for seating become available.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

Observable Reading: Wendy Trevino & Nathaniel Farrell

Monday, April 1, 7:30pm
Dressel's Public House, 419 N. Euclid

Wendy Trevino & Nathaniel FarrellThe Observable Reading Series, brought to you by St. Louis Poetry Center, welcomes poets to Dressel’s Public House (CWE) on first Mondays. Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs loft of the restaurant. Suggested $5.00 donation at the door.

Wendy Trevino is the author of Cruel Fiction (Commune Editions, 2018). She hails from the Rio Grande Valley and works as a grant writer in San Francisco, California, where she lives.

Nathaniel Farrell was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in English Literature from Columbia University in New York City. He is the author of Newcomer, and Lost Horizon (forthcoming). He teaches composition at Washington University in St. Louis and hosts a weekly experimental music program on 88.1 KDHX. Farrell’s poetry has been published in 6x6, New York Nights, Greetings Magazine, VLAK, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Recluse. His collages have been exhibited at Bushel (Delhi, NY), and Some Other Ways — his collaborative poetic project with Jessica Baran on the first month of Trump’s presidency — was part of the World Chess Hall of Fame’s Imagery of Chess exhibition.

This event is presented by the St. Louis Poetry Center. For more information, please visit stlpoetrycenter.org.

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 7:30pm

Observable Reading: Diane Seuss & Eileen G'Sell

Monday, March 4, 7:30pm
Dressel's Public House, 419 N. Euclid

Diane Seuss & Eileen G'SellThe Observable Reading Series, brought to you by St. Louis Poetry Center, welcomes poets to Dressel’s Public House (CWE) on first Mondays. Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs loft of the restaurant. Suggested $5.00 donation at the door.

Diane Seuss was born in Michigan City, Indiana and raised in Edwardsburg and Niles, Michigan. She studied at Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University, where she received a master’s degree in social work. Seuss is the author of four books of poetry: Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl; Four-Legged Girl; Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open; and It Blows You Hollow. Seuss served as the MacLean Distinguished Visiting Professor in the English department at Colorado College in 2012 and is currently writer-in-residence at Kalamazoo College, where she has been on the faculty since 1988. She lives in Michigan.

Eileen G’Sell received an MA from the University of Rochester and an MFA in creative writing from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2012 she co-cofounded The Hinge, an award-winning art gallery and creative project space. Her cultural criticism, essays, and poetry can be found in Salon, VICE, Boston Review, DAME, DIAGRAM, Conduit, Ninth Letter, Secret Behavior, and the Denver Quarterly, among others; and she was awarded the 2013 American Literary Review prize for poetry. Her chapbooks are available from Dancing Girl and BOAAT Press, and she is a features editor for The Rumpus. She currently teaches rhetoric and poetry at Washington University, and creative writing for the Prison Education Project at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center. She lives in St. Louis and New York.

This event is presented by the St. Louis Poetry Center. For more information, please visit stlpoetrycenter.org.

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 7:30pm

Vedran Husić - Basements and Other Museums

Thursday, February 21, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Vedran Husic, Basements and Other MuseumsLeft Bank Books welcomes award-winning author and University of Missouri PhD candidate Vedran Husić, who will sign and discuss his short story collection, Basements and Other Museums!

Winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award from Black Lawrence Press and longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, Basements and Other Museums cycles in and out of the tumultuous history of the Balkans—more specifically, Vedran Husić’s Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he was born. These are stories rooted in place and the loss of that place, stories anchored in the wars of the 1990s as much as in the Bosnian diaspora, where characters live in the present day in places like suburban Phoenix, Arizona, and wrestle with their inherited histories of violence. Basements and Other Museums marks the debut of a crucial new voice in contemporary fiction.

"In an age of conformity, this is a writer who boldly stands apart." —Matthew Neill Null

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Basements and Other Museums 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.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

Maryville Talks Books: George Packer - Our Man

Thursday, May 16, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid

George Packer, Our ManLeft Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome award-winning author of The Unwinding George Packer, who will sign and discuss his new book, Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century!

Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America’s greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke’s diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Our Man from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
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Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Maryville Talks Books: Janet Napolitano - How Safe Are We?

Friday, March 29, 7pm
Maryville University Auditorium, 650 Maryville University Dr.

Janet Napolitano, How Safe Are We?Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, who will sign and discuss her new book, How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security Since 9/11!

Created in the wake of the greatest tragedy to occur on U.S. soil, the Department of Homeland Security was handed a sweeping mandate: make America safer. It would encompass intelligence and law enforcement agencies, border security and ICE, cybersecurity, and terrorism, among others. In How Safe Are We?, former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano pulls no punches, reckoning with the critics who call it Frankenstein's Monster of government run amok, and taking a hard look at the challenges we'll be facing in the future. Napolitano not only answers the titular question, but grapples with how these security efforts have changed our country and society.

“Janet Napolitano has distilled a lifetime of service in How Safe Are We?. Her thinking is clear and her vision for the future is expansive. The message could not be more timely.” —George Stephanopoulos, ABC News

Ticket Information

- A $29 ticket admits one person and includes one hardcover copy of How Safe Are We?
- A $34 ticket admits two people and includes one hardcover copy of How Safe Are We?, plus a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event. 

Tickets on sale below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of How Safe Are We? or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Friday, March 29.



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Friday, March 29, 2019 - 7:00pm

Elizabeth Minchilli - The Italian Table

Tuesday, April 30, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Elizabeth Minchilli, The Italian Table, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books welcomes food writer and St. Louis native Elizabeth Minchilli, who will sign and discuss her new book, The Italian Table: Creating Festive Meals for Family and Friends!

The Italian Table delivers both parts of the fantasy and reality of Italian meals as they would be eaten on location. Combining menus and recipes with visual experience and inspiration—as well as insight into the traditions of the food and celebrations—it serves as a practical resource that gives home cooks and hosts step-by-step guidance on how to re-create these fabulous meals at their own tables. With a resources section for Italian ingredients; headnotes brimming with interesting history, recipe shortcuts, and serving suggestions; and menu introductions detailing what to drink, how to set the table, and how to time the preparation and the party itself, this is an essential guide for those who love to entertain.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided at this event!

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Italian Table 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.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

Chris Wilson - The Master Plan

Tuesday, February 19, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Central Library, 1301 Olive St.

Chris Wilson, The Master Plan, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books welcomes social entrepreneur, mentor, and public speaker Chris Wilson, who will sign and discuss his new book, The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose, with Missouri Workforce Housing Association executive director Jeff Smith! 

Growing up in a tough Washington, D.C., neighborhood, Chris Wilson was so afraid for his life he wouldn’t leave the house without a gun. One night, defending himself, he killed a man. At eighteen, he was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole. But what should have been the end of his story became the beginning. Deciding to make something of his life, Chris embarked on a journey of self-improvement—reading, working out, learning languages, even starting a business. He wrote his Master Plan: a list of all he expected to accomplish or acquire. He is the embodiment of second chances, and this is his unforgettable story.

“This is a brave book full of thought-provoking insight on criminal justice, the modern prison system and the possibility of redemption." —Beth Macy, author of Dopesick

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

Jeff Smith, Left Bank BooksJeff Smith is executive director of the Missouri Workforce Housing Association, which comprises 190 organizations dedicated to preserving and developing safe, decent affordable housing throughout the state. He also consults for Concordance Academy, a non-profit focused on helping former prisoners successfully transition back to the community. Previously, Jeff was a professor of urban policy at The New School's Milano Graduate School. From 2006-2009, Jeff represented St. Louis City in the Missouri Senate. Jeff has written three books: Trading Places, Mr. Smith Goes to Prison, and Ferguson in Black and White. Jeff, whose TED talk on prison entrepreneurship has garnered over a million views, serves on the national boards of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program and American Prison Data Systems.

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

Kyle Swenson - Good Kids, Bad City

Monday, February 25, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Kyle Swenson, Good Kids, Bad CityLeft Bank Books welcomes award-winning investigative journalist Kyle Swenson, who will sign and discuss his new book, Good Kids, Bad City: A Story of Race and Wrongful Conviction in America with Midwest Innocence Project Executive Director Tricia Bushnell!

After 39 years – at the age of 60 – Wiley Bridgeman walked out of Cuyahoga County Justice Center in Cleveland, OH, arm-in-arm with his brother Kwame Bridgeman. After a cumulative 106 years serving time for a crime they didn’t commit, the Bridgeman brothers and their best friend, Rickey Jackson, were suddenly free men after their murder conviction was thrown out based on the key witness—after decades—confessing to false testimony. In Good Kids, Bad City, Kyle Swenson tells their stunning story, a story of a Midwestern city’s struggle against larger forces of deindustrialization and corruption, and a story of race in America against a flawed justice system.

"Compelling and heartfelt...In this sharply written, emotionally resonant rendering, the author makes crystal-clear the heartbreaking realities of wrongful imprisonment, race, and the many flaws of the American criminal justice system." --Kirkus Reviews

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

Tricia BushnellTricia Bushnell is the Executive Director of the Midwest Innocence Project. Prior to coming to Kansas City, she served as clinical faculty at University of Wisconsin Law School. There she supervised students in the direct appeal clinic and in the investigation and litigation of innocence cases involving both DNA and non-DNA evidence. Previously, Bushnell was a fellow with the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, where she represented indigent clients sentenced to death, juveniles sentenced to life without parole, and sexual offenders challenging the collateral consequences of their convictions. She earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Fellow, an received a Bachelor of Arts in German and Political Science from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. She currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Innocence Network and is the former President for the ACLU of Missouri.

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

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

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