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Linda Kay Klein - Pure

Monday, July 1, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Linda Kay Klein, PureLeft Bank Books welcomes author and Break Free Together founder Linda Kay Klein, who will sign and discuss her new book, Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free!

In the 1990s, a “purity industry” emerged out of the white evangelical Christian culture. Purity rings, purity pledges, and purity balls came with a dangerous message: girls are potential sexual “stumbling blocks” for boys and men, and any expression of a girl’s sexuality could reflect the corruption of her character. This message traumatized many girls and trapped them in a cycle of shame. This is the sex education Linda Kay Klein grew up with. In Pure, Klein uses a potent combination of journalism, cultural commentary, and memoir to reveal the devastating effects evangelical Christianity’s views on female sexuality has had on a generation of young women.

"Linda Kay Klein’s book about the devastating effects of Christianity’s obsession with purity culture is a revelation... Part memoir and part journalism, Pure is a horrendous, granular, relentless, emotionally true account." --The Cut

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Pure 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, July 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

SF STL: James S. A. Corey - Tiamat's Wrath

Thursday, October 3, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.

James S. A. Cory, Tiamat's WrathLeft Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with the bestselling writing duo behind James S. A. Corey, who will sign and discuss the eighth book in The Expanse series, Tiamat's Wrath!

Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper. In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed, and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. At the heart of the empire, Teresa Duarte prepares to take on the burden of her father's godlike ambition. And throughout the wide human empire, the scattered crew of the Rocinante fights a brave rear-guard action against Duarte's authoritarian regime.

"Corey deftly weaves multiple points of view to create a dense and colorful tapestry of political intrigue, personal relationships, and sophisticated technology that bursts with action but also delivers an introspective view of the characters as they age and reflect on their purpose and the value of their lives." —Booklist (starred review)

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

A free, secure and well-lit parking lot is located directly across from the Mad Art Gallery event space. It can accommodate up to 100 cars. Plus, on-street parking in the neighborhood is also free.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 7:00pm

Lindenwood Craft Talks - TaraShea Nesbit and Shena McAuliffe

Wednesday, June 5, 7pm
Lindenwood University, Harmon Hall 209 S Kingshighway St.

TaraShea Nesbit, Shena McAullifeLindenwood University welcomes authors TaraShea Nesbit and Shena McAullife, who will host a craft talk on the art of writing historical fiction!

TaraShea Nesbit the author of The Wives of Los Alamos, which was a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice, among other accolades. Her second novel, Beheld, about the arrival of the Mayflower passengers, will be published in early 2020.  Her essays have been featured in GrantaNinth LetterThe GuardianFourth Genre, Salon, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor at Miami University.

Shena McAuliffe's stories and essays have appeared in Conjunctions, Alaska Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, Better: Culture and Lit, and elsewhere. Her debut novel, The Good Echo, won the 2017 Big Moose Prize and will be published by Black Lawrence Press in late 2018. She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Washington University in St. Louis and  a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah. A former R.P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College, she is an Assistant Professor of Fiction at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

This event is presented by Lindenwood University. For more information, please call 363-949-4536.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

Hip Hop Appreciation Week: An Evening with Hanif Abdurraqib

Wednesday, May 15, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch, 1301 Olive St.

Hanif AbdurraqibSt. Louis Public Library's Hip Hop Appreciation Week presents An Evening with Hanif Abdurraqib!

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of The Crown Ain't Worth Much, nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, named a best book of 2017 by NPR, Pitchfork, Oprah Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Slate, Esquire, GQ, and Publisher's Weekly, among others. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine, and a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing. Abdurraqib has multiple forthcoming books including a new collection of poems A Fortune For Your Disaster and a history of Black performance in the United States titled They Don't Dance No Mo'.

Hanif Abdurraqib will be reading from his latest work, a biography on A Tribe Called Quest titled Go Ahead In The Rain, and a moderated question and answer session will follow the reading. Following the event Hanif will be signing books outside Central Library's auditorium. Books will be available to purchase from Left Bank Books.

This event is presented by the St. Louis Public Library. For more information, please call 314-241-2288.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Children's Book Week: Teen Writing Panel

Wednesday, May 1, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Antony John, Cole GibsenJoin us for a special Children's Book Week event with local authors Antony John and Cole Gibsen, who will host a panel discussion on writing and getting published for teens and adults interested in writing for them!

Antony John is the author of several novels, including Five Flavors of Dumb, Mascot, and the fantasy trilogy Elemental. A native of England, he graduated from Oxford University with a degree in music and received his Ph.D. from Duke University. He crisscrossed the country, living on both coasts, before settling in St. Louis with his family, where he writes full-time. Today he enjoys exploring the city’s neighborhoods, sampling Midwestern food, and watching Fredbird at Cardinals games. Sadly, he still can’t throw a pitch or bat a ball, but he has become very good at eating hot dogs.

At seventeen Cole Gibsen found herself homeless with only a beat-up Volkswagen and a bag of Goodwill clothing to her name. The only things that got her through the nights she spent parked in truck stops and fields were the books she checked out from the library along with her trusty flashlight. Because of the reprieve these books gave her from her troubles, Cole vowed to become a writer so she could provide the same escape to readers who needed a break from the reality. Some of Cole's most recent books include RisenLife Unaware, and Katana.

Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books are connected! The 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week will take place all year long with a dedicated week of celebrations April 29th - May 5th, and another week this fall, November 4th - 10th!

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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

William Kent Krueger - This Tender Land

Monday, September 9, 7pm
Left Bank Books

William Kent Krueger, This Tender LandLeft Bank Books welcomes award-winning author of Ordinary Grace William Kent Krueger, who will sign and discuss his new novel, This Tender Land!

1932, Minnesota—the Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O’Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent’s wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with lost souls of all kinds. This Tender Land is an enthralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.

"Krueger aims higher and hits harder with a standalone novel that shares much with his other work....A novel that transforms narrator and reader alike."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of This Tender Land 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, September 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

Lisa Damour: Guiding Girls Into Adulthood

Thursday, April 11, 7pm
John Burroughs School, Haertter Hall, 777 S. Price

Join New York Times bestselling author Lisa Damour, Ph.D. for a discussion on Guidling Girls Into Adulthood: Helping our daughters manage stress, anxiety, and other challenges along the way!

Dr. Damour is a psychologist, author, teacher, speaker and consultant. She is also a columnist for the New York Times and the executive director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls. Her bestseller Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood was called “the new bible of parenting books” by Your Teen Magazine. Her new book, Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls, was just released. For more on Dr. Damour’s work, visit

Please RSVP to Prue Gershman at This event is sponsored by Sponsored by Burroughs, MICDS and Whitfield School.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Melanie Benjamin - Mistress of the Ritz

Wednesday, May 29, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Melanie Benjamin, Mistress of the RitzFrom the bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife and The Swans of Fifth AvenueMistress of the Ritz is a love story for the ages. June 1940: When the German army sweeps into Paris, setting up headquarters at the iconic Hôtel Ritz, beautiful, reckless American Blanche Auzello, and her very proper French husband, Claude, must navigate a terrifying new reality. For the falsehoods they tell to survive, and to strike a blow against their Nazi “guests,” spin a web of deceit that ensnares everything and everyone they cherish. Based on true events, “Mistress of the Ritz” is an inspiring story of a woman and a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war.

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

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 7:00pm

Pie-Palooza with Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin: The New Pie

Saturday, May 4, 11am
La Pâtisserie Chouquette, 1626 Tower Grove Ave.

Join Master Pie Makers Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin as they launch their beautiful new cookbook, The New Pie!

You've seen them on Food Network, The New York Times and The National Pie Championship. Now see them up close and personal as they answer your burning pie questions at this delicious book signing event. It's the perfect Mother's day gift for the mom who loves to bake. We'll even be featuring some of their most popular recipes from the book on our menu during the signing. Learn more about Chris and Paul at:!

This event is presented by La Pâtisserie Chouquette. For more information, please visit
Click here to pre-order your copy of The New Pie!

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 11:00am

Andrew Shaffer - Hope Rides Again

Thursday, July 25, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Andrew Shaffer, Hope Rides GainLeft Bank Books welcomes New York Times bestselling author Andrew Shaffer, who will sign and discuss his new book, Hopes Rides Again: An Obama Biden Mystery!

Following a long but successful book tour, Joe Biden has one more stop before he can return home: Chicago. His old pal Barack Obama has invited him to meet a wealthy benefactor whose endorsement could turn the tide for Joe if he decides to run for president. The two friends barely have time to catch up before another mystery lands in their laps: Obama’s prized Blackberry is stolen. When their number-one suspect winds up full of lead on the South Side, the police are content to write it off as just another gangland shooting. But Joe and Obama smell a rat… Set against the backdrop of a raucous city on St. Patrick’s Day, Joe and Obama race to find the shooter, only to uncover a vast conspiracy that goes deeper than the waters of Lake Michigan.

“It’s easy to imagine that if these fist-bumping brothers were ever to become a modern Sherlock and Watson, the world might be a better, more interesting place.”
—USA Today

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Hope Rides Again 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, July 25, 2019 - 7:00pm


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