Author Events

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi - How to Raise an Antiracist

Tuesday, June 21, 7pm CT
In person at The Grandel Theatre
3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis, MO 63103
Tickets available through MetroTix for in person attendance with each ticket to include one book.
**Vaccination and masks required for in-person attendance**
To attend virtually, please purchase a virtual ticket to include one book.
Left Bank Books welcomes one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi,
who will discuss the book that every parent, caregiver, and teacher needs to raise the next generation of antiracist thinkers,
How to Raise an Antiracist,
in person at The Grandel
and virtually at 7pm CT on June 21st.
Tickets are available through MetroTix for the in person event or for the virtual event.
Join us in person or virtually. Each ticket will include one copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Dr. Kendi will be joined by special guest
Cbabi Bayoc
to celebrate the release of Goodnight Racism by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and illustrated by St. Louis artist Cbabi Bayoc.
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor. He is the host of the new action podcast Be Antiracist. Dr. Kendi is the author of many highly acclaimed books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, making him the youngest-ever winner of that award. He has also produced five straight #1 New York Times bestsellers, including How to Be an Antiracist, Antiracist Baby, and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored by Jason Reynolds. In 2020, Time magazine named Dr. Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He was awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the Genius Grant.
The book that every parent, caregiver, and teacher needs to raise the next generation of antiracist thinkers, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Grant.

The tragedies and reckonings around racism that are rocking the country have created a specific crisis for parents, educators, and other caregivers: How do we talk to our children about racism? How do we teach children to be antiracist? How are kids at different ages experiencing race? How are racist structures impacting children? How can we inspire our children to avoid our mistakes, to be better, to make the world better?

These are the questions Ibram X. Kendi found himself avoiding as he anticipated the birth of his first child. Like most parents or parents-to-be, he felt the reflex to not talk to his child about racism, which he feared would stain her innocence and steal away her joy. But research and experience changed his mind, and he realized that raising his child to be antiracist would actually protect his child, and preserve her innocence and joy. He realized that teaching students about the reality of racism and the myth of race provides a protective education in our diverse and unequal world. He realized that building antiracist societies safeguards all children from the harms of racism.

Following the accessible genre of his internationally bestselling How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi combines a century of scientific research with a vulnerable and compelling personal narrative of his own journey as a parent and as a child in school. The chapters follow the stages of child development from pregnancy to toddler to schoolkid to teenager. It is never too early or late to start raising young people to be antiracist.


"Both memoir and call to action, Ibram X. Kendi's insightful book rightly encourages the critical thinking that all adults need to engage the children they love in the most essential conversations about racism. Don't fool yourself--silence is not a helpful strategy! If you want to raise empowered, antiracist children, read this book, take a deep breath, and start talking." --Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations About Race

"With the fierce devotion of a parent who demands a safer world for his child, our most trusted voice on antiracism reveals the critical role of parents, caregivers, and teachers in fostering either racist or antiracist attitudes in all children. Rendered intimate with stories from his own childhood and his parenting journey, this book is as compassionate as it is cogent and timely. Ibram X. Kendi once again lights the way." --Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kids for Success

"The littlest human being can learn to be an antiracist. Antiracist parenting is imperative as white supremacists recruit on the internet daily; parents need to be proactive by developing the skills and language to understand the parenting journey of antiracism. With love, vulnerability, and the remarkable brilliance we have now come to expect in his books, Kendi walks us through this journey. No matter where you are as an antiracist parent or the age of your child, this book is for you." --Bettina Love, author of We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Will Jawando

Friday, May 13th, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Westfall Politics & History Series, and Left Bank Books present Activist and Community Leader, Will Jawando, Author of “My Seven Black Fathers: A Young Activist’s Memoir of Race, Family, and the Mentors Who Made Him Whole.” 
In Conversation with St. Louis City Mayor Tishaura Jones.
Will Jawando tells a deeply affirmative story of hope and respect for men of color at a time when Black men are routinely stigmatized. In “My Seven Black Fathers,” Will looks back on the relationships with an extraordinary series of mentors that enabled him to thrive, including President Barack Obama, who made Will his associate director of public engagement at the White House—and who invited him to play basketball on more than one occasion. Without the influence of these men, Will knows he would not be who he is today: a civil rights and education policy attorney, a civic leader, a husband, and a father. Drawing on Will’s inspiring personal story and involvement in My Brother’s Keeper, President Obama’s national initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color, “My Seven Black Fathers” offers a transformative way for Black men to shape the next generation.
Doors open at 6:00pm.
Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.
Books available for purchase from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.
Friday, May 13, 2022 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Jeremy Denk

Wednesday, May 11th, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Jeremy Denk, "Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Love Story, In Music Lessons."

In Conversation with Internationally Renowned Conductor Leonard Slatkin.


Recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and a frequent performer at Carnegie Hall, Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists. “Every Good Boy Does Fine” follows Denk’s journey from temperamental six-year-old piano prodigy to world-touring, celebrated musician. Denk shares the most meaningful lessons of his life, and tries to repay a debt to his many teachers.“Every Good Boy Does Fine” is a beautifully written, witty exploration of classical music: its power, its meanings, and what it can teach us about ourselves. 

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Mark Updegrove

Thursday, May 5th, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Mark Updegrove, “Incomparable Grace: JFK in the Presidency.”
Acclaimed author and historian Mark K. Updegrove, head of the LBJ Foundation and presidential historian for ABC News, offers an illuminating account of John F. Kennedy’s brief but transformative tenure in the White House. Kennedy entered office inexperienced but alluring, his reputation more given by an enamored public than earned through achievement. Updegrove reveals how JFK’s first months were marred by setbacks: the botched Bay of Pigs invasions, a disastrous summit with the Soviet premier, and a mismanaged approach to the Civil Rights movement. But the young president soon proved that behind the glamor was a leader of uncommon fortitude and vision.
Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.
Thursday, May 5, 2022 - 7:00pm

G'Ra Asim - Boyz N the Void - Paperback Release Party with special guests Baby Got Back Talk

Tuesday, May 10, 7pm CT
In person at Heavy Anchor
5226 Gravois Ave, St. Louis, MO 63116
$10 cover or $8 discounted cover with purchase of Boyz N the Void
Tickets available at the door
This event is strictly 21+
Left Bank Books welcomes writer, musician, and St. Louis native
G'Ra Asim,
who will celebrate the paperback release of 
Boyz n the Void: a mixtape to my brother,
at the Heavy Anchor at 7pm CT on May 10th.
Baby Got Back Talk
will follow the discussion and reading with a live concert!
Join us in person and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
G'Ra Asim is a writer, a musician, and an assistant professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis. He has served as writing director at the African American Policy Forum and as graduate teaching fellow in Columbia's Undergraduate Writing Program. His work has appeared in SlateSalonGuernicaThe Baffler, and The New Republic. When not writing prose or teaching, he sings, plays bass and writes lyrics for NYC DIY pop punk band babygotbacktalk, who were named one of AfroPunk's "Top 8 Punkest Bands on the Planet Right Now."

Baby Got Back Talk is a D–I–Why?–because–we–gotta punk party. Their debut album “Genre Reveal Party” is OUT NOW! Driven by a DIY ethic, conversant with social issues — especially as they pertain to gender and race, enabled by interweb, bankrolled by day jobs, resonant with the most venerable iterations of punk but firmly committed to injecting some new flavor into the mold. Visit their website at

G'Ra Asim- vocals/bass
Rhi Hernandez - keys/vocals
Jake Lazaroff - guitar/vocals
Wes Ruiz - drums
Writing to his brother, G'Ra Asim reflects on building his own identity while navigating Blackness, masculinity, and young adulthood--all through wry social commentary and music/pop culture critique

How does one approach Blackness, masculinity, otherness, and the perils of young adulthood? For G'Ra Asim, punk music offers an outlet to express himself freely. As his younger brother, Gyasi, grapples with finding his footing in the world, G'Ra gifts him with a survival guide for tackling the sometimes treacherous cultural terrain particular to being young, Black, brainy, and weird in the form of a mixtape.

Boyz n the Void: a mixtape to my brother blends music and cultural criticism and personal essay to explore race, gender, class, and sexuality as they pertain to punk rock and straight edge culture. Using totemic punk rock songs on a mixtape to anchor each chapter, the book documents an intergenerational conversation between a Millennial in his 30s and his zoomer teenage brother. Author, punk musician, and straight edge kid, G'Ra Asim weaves together memoir and cultural commentary, diving into the depths of everything from theory to comic strips, to poetry to pizza commercials to mapping the predicament of the Black creative intellectual.

With each chapter dedicated to a particular song and placed within the context of a fraternal bond, Asim presents his brother with a roadmap to self-actualization in the form of a Doc Martened foot to the behind and a sweaty, circle-pit-side-armed hug.

Listen to the author's playlist while you read! Access the playlist here:


"With Boyz n the Void, [Asim] uses the virtues that have been used against him--his skepticism, shrewdness and liminality--to assert his existence, as a young Black man insisting to be acknowledged in a world that either cannot or refuses to see him." -- The Washington Post

"Like any great mixtape, Asim's compilation is the most personalized of gifts. . . . Written with love, erudition, and the utmost respect, Boyz n the Void is a genuine keepsake." --Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout

"There are just some voices that stop you cold, as resonances of some familiar brilliance but also of something so original, so compelling that you have no choice but to take notice. G'Ra Asim is one of those voices." --Mark Anthony Neal, author of Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities

"A spellbinding odyssey and a magnificent debut for an exciting young author and thinker." --Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, cofounder and executive director of the African American Policy Forum

"Full of dopamine hits and heartbreak. You don't want to stop listening, even when it aches. It becomes part of you. These essays are rigorous and tender and funny all at once, charged with humor that doesn't deflect from difficult honesty so much as it takes you deeper into the maze of truth." --Leslie JamisonNew York Times best-selling author of The Empathy Exams

"A critical ethnography of growing up black and punk in the aughts. Asim strikes a balance between total immersion in the scene and the intimacy of a letter sent between brothers. . . . Boyz n the Void is essential reading for black weirdos, punks of all ages, and those invested in impeccably rendered American history." --Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, author of Slingshot

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Erin Gruwell and The Freedom Writers

Thursday, April 28th, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Erin Gruwell and The Freedom Writers, "Dear Freedom Writer: Stories of Hardship and Hope From the Next Generation."
In conversation with Dr. Paula Knight, Superintendent of Schools - Jennings School District.
Over twenty years ago, the students in first-year teacher Erin Gruwell’s high school class were labeled “unteachable.” Gruwell  understood that each of her students had a unique story to tell. Inspired by books like Anne Frank’s diary, her students began writing their own diaries, eventually dubbing themselves the Freedom Writers. Together, they launched a movement that remains incredibly impactful today. In “Dear Freedom Writer,” the next generation of Freedom Writers shares its struggles with racism, poverty, mental health, and LGBTQIA+ identity. Through its inspiring stories, “Dear Freedom Writer” paints an unflinchingly honest portrait of today’s youth and offers a powerful message of perseverance, understanding, and hope.
Books available from Left Bank Books.
Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.
Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 7:00pm

Daniel James Brown - Facing the Mountain

Friday, May 20, 7pm CT / 8pm ET
Online Event - Book Purchase or $10 donation or RSVP for free to gain admission

Left Bank Books, Anderson's Bookshop (Naperville, IL) & Boswell Books (Milwaukee, WI)
welcome #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Daniel James Brown,
for a special virtual event to celebrate the paperback release of
Facing the Mountain: An Inspiring Story of Japanese American Patriots in World War II,
in an exclusive online event at 7pm CT / 8pm ET on Friday, May 20th.
Brown will be in conversation with the former executive director of Densho,
Tom Ikeda.
To receive the link to access the event, you can either:
1) order a SIGNED copy of Facing the Mountain from Left Bank Books; OR
2) make a $10 donation to Left Bank Books; OR
Please purchase, donate, or RSVP before May 20th, 6pm CT.
If you are not able to attend live, the recording will be available to attendees following the event.
Bookplates are available for the event for customers that purchase a copy from Left Bank Books.
Daniel James Brown is the author of The Indifferent Stars Above and Under a Flaming Sky, which was a finalist for the B&N Discover Great New Writers Award, as well as The Boys in the Boat, a New York Times bestselling book that was awarded the ALA’s Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. He has taught writing at San José State University and Stanford University. He lives outside Seattle.
Tom Ikeda is the former executive director of Densho, a Seattle-based non-profit dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Japanese American history and promoting social justice and equity.
One of NPR's Books We Love of 2021

"Masterly. An epic story of four Japanese-American families and their sons who volunteered for military service and displayed uncommon heroism... Propulsive and gripping, in part because of Mr. Brown's ability to make us care deeply about the fates of these individual soldiers...a page-turner." - Wall Street Journal

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat, a gripping World War II saga of patriotism and resistance, focusing on four Japanese American men and their families, and the contributions and sacrifices that they made for the sake of the nation.

In the days and months after Pearl Harbor, the lives of Japanese Americans across the continent and Hawaii were changed forever. In this unforgettable chronicle of war-time America and the battlefields of Europe, Daniel James Brown portrays the journey of Rudy Tokiwa, Fred Shiosaki, and Kats Miho, who volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and were deployed to France, Germany, and Italy, where they were asked to do the near impossible. Brown also tells the story of these soldiers' parents, immigrants who were forced to submit to life in concentration camps on U.S. soil. Woven throughout is the chronicle of Gordon Hirabayashi, one of a cadre of patriotic resisters who stood up against their government in defense of their own rights. Whether fighting on battlefields or in courtrooms, these were Americans under unprecedented strain, doing what Americans do best--striving, resisting, pushing back, rising up, standing on principle, laying down their lives, and enduring.


Daniel James Brown has done it again. HIs rich, nuanced recreation of the dark years when thousands of our fellow citizens were incarcerated because of their ancestry is a must-read contribution to the history of the 20th century. It's also uplifting. I'll never look at the World War II story in the same light. --Timothy Egan, author of The Worst Hard Time

"A must-read. You will not be able to put it down." --Scott Oki, former VP Microsoft, Founder, Densho

"Facing the Mountain arrives at the perfect time, to remind us of the true meaning of patriotism. In Daniel James Brown's gifted hands, these overlooked American heroes are getting the glory they deserve. Read this book and know their stories." --Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Lost in Shangri-La

"Daniel James Brown brings to life the gripping true story of Japanese Americans whose steely heroism fought Nazism abroad and racism at home. Bound by Japanese values of filial piety, giri (social obligation) and gaman (endurance) and forged in the crucible of brutal combat, the soldiers served the very country that locked their families in American concentration camps for no crime other than looking like the enemy while camp resisters fought for justice denied." --Lori L. Matsukawa, News anchor, KING TV, Seattle

"This book's breadth and depth are unparalleled as it poignantly traces the Japanese American thread in the rich fabric of America. We meet compelling individuals, witness war's horrors and celebrate moments of triumph of the human spirit. The author vividly describes communities confronting prejudice with resilience and patriotism, surviving and ultimately having the opportunity to thrive." --Terry Shima, T/4, 442nd Regimental Combat Team

"Riveting. Facing the Mountain is a book that is as much about the present as it is about the past. In it are vital lessons about courage, truth, justice, and an abiding love of country. Drawing on impeccable historic research, the narrative movingly shines the light of history on prejudice and discrimination and the unfinished struggle for a more just future." --Ann Burroughs, President & CEO, Japanese American National Museum

To access the event, please purchase a copy of Facing the Mountain or make a $10 donation or RSVP for free with Left Bank Books. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. You will receive an email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event. Thank you for supporting Left Bank Books!
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 7:00pm

Kelly Barnhill - When Women Were Dragons

Saturday, May 7, 7pm CT
In person at Ethical Society of St. Louis
9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117
Watch virtually at Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page
**Vaccination and masks required for in-person attendance**
RSVP for in-person attendance requested here
Left Bank Books welcomes Newbery Award-Winning and Bestselling Author
Kelly Barnhill,
who will discuss her debut adult novel that "packs a punch,"
When Women Were Dragons,
in person at Ethical Society of St. Louis
and virtually at 7pm CT on May 7th.
Join us in person or on our YouTube or Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
You can request a personalized copy of the book by leaving your request in the order comments.
KELLY BARNHILL has written several middle grade novels, including The Girl Who Drank the Moon, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2017 John Newbery Medal. She is also the recipient of the World Fantasy Award, and has been a finalist for the SFWA Andre Norton Nebula Award and the PEN America Literary Award. She lives in Minneapolis with her family.
A rollicking feminist tale set in 1950s America where thousands of women have spontaneously transformed into dragons, exploding notions of a woman's place in the world and expanding minds about accepting others for who they really are. - The first adult novel by the Newbery award-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Alex Green is a young girl in a world much like ours, except for its most seminal event: the Mass Dragoning of 1955, when hundreds of thousands of ordinary wives and mothers sprouted wings, scales, and talons; left a trail of fiery destruction in their path; and took to the skies. Was it their choice? What will become of those left behind? Why did Alex's beloved aunt Marla transform but her mother did not? Alex doesn't know. It's taboo to speak of.

Forced into silence, Alex nevertheless must face the consequences of this astonishing event: a mother more protective than ever; an absentee father; the upsetting insistence that her aunt never even existed; and watching her beloved cousin Bea become dangerously obsessed with the forbidden.

In this timely and timeless speculative novel, award-winning author Kelly Barnhill boldly explores rage, memory, and the tyranny of forced limitations. When Women Were Dragons exposes a world that wants to keep women small--their lives and their prospects--and examines what happens when they rise en masse and take up the space they deserve.

"Ferociously imagined, incandescent with feeling, this book is urgent and necessary and as exhilarating as a ride on dragonback." -- Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians Trilogy

"Completely fierce, unmistakably feminist, and subversively funny, When Women Were Dragons brings the heat to misogyny with glorious imagination and talon-sharp prose. Check the skies tonight--you might just see your mother." -- Bonnie Garmus, author of Lessons in Chemistry

"A complex, heartfelt story about following your heart and opening your mind to new possibilities. This novel's magic goes far beyond the dragons." -- Kirkus (starred review)

"A deeply felt exploration of feminism in an alternate fantastical history...This allegory packs a punch." -- Publishers Weekly

Saturday, May 7, 2022 - 7:00pm

Lucy Jane Bledsoe - No Stopping Us Now

Thursday, May 19, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes award winning and acclaimed author
Lucy Jane Bledsoe,
who will discuss "a timeless and triumphant story of courage in the face of opposition,"
No Stopping Us Now,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on May 19th.
Bledsoe will be in conversation with Left Bank Books' owner
Kris Kleindienst.
Join us on our YouTube & Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Lucy Jane Bledsoe will be signing bookplates available with purchase from Left Bank Books.
Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of eight books of fiction, for both adults and young people. Lava Falls, stories about kickass survivor girls who take on the religious right and uranium mining lobbyists, won of the 2019 Devil's Kitchen Fiction Award. Ms. Magazine called her novel The Evolution of Love, about how those who develop the muscles of compassion and inclusion will win the evolutionary lottery (in the long run), "fabulous feminist fiction." The New York Times said her novel A Thin Bright Line "triumphs as an intimate and humane evocation of day-to-day life under inhumane circumstances." Bledsoe's fiction has won a California Arts Council Fellowship in Literature, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, a Pushcart nomination, a Yaddo Fellowship, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. She's been a writer in residence in Antarctica and Cuba. Bledsoe loves basketball, mountains, cats, and books. She currently lives in Berkeley, CA.

"A timeless and triumphant story of courage in the face of opposition." --Foreword Reviews (starred review)

It's 1974. Title IX has passed two years ago, but Louisa's high school still refuses to fund an all girls' basketball team. After hearing Gloria Steinem speak, Louisa learns an important lesson: "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off." Now what can she do but stand up and fight back?

When Louisa asks her principal to start a girls team, she's soon viciously targeted by male coaches at her school, lied to by the school board, and dismissed as "out of line" as she fights for a fair chance to be an athlete. No Stopping Us Now is a story about finding one's own voice through the joys of sports, love, and the power of sisterhood. Based on the author's true story, it is a compelling examination of the courage it takes to stand up for what's right.

Young adult, LGBTQ historical fiction perfect for the 50th anniversary of Title IX in June 2022.

"Lucy Bledsoe conjures up everyday sexism on the cusp of Title IX with powerful immediacy. From Shirley Chisholm and Gloria Steinem, to macrame and hip-huggers, we are solidly in 1974. Yet there's something absolutely contemporary in the way Bledsoe captures the perils, the highs, and the awkward, nonverbal jostling of high school social life. No Stopping Us Now takes a historic moment for women's sports and replays it in all its sweaty, visceral glory." --Alison Bechdel, author, Fun Home and The Secret to Superhuman Strength

"No Stopping Us Now is full of such heart, love and courage. A stunning and brave journey from start to finish, I loved Louisa and her bold crew of superstar athletes who rose up together to be seen, valued and heard. This is a book to be treasured, taught and shared. I want my children and students to know what it means to fight for what you believe in. To take up space, to raise your voice and most of all, to get on the court and play." --Ellen Hagan, author, Don't Call Me a Hurricane

"A timeless and triumphant story of courage in the face of opposition, as well as a glimpse into the early days of Title IX's implementation. Knowledgeable about, and appreciative of, the trailblazers who fought for fairness and equal opportunities for women in sports, No Stopping Us Now is an excellent historical novel." --Foreword Reviews (starred review)

"The cause is just, the action absorbing, the sexist flack still all too familiar." --Kirkus Reviews

Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 7:00pm

Mieko Kawakami with Nadja Spiegelman - All the Lovers in the Night

Saturday, April 30, 7pm CT / 8pm ET
Exclusive Online Event - Book Purchase or $5 donation to gain admission

Left Bank Books, Raven Bookstore (Lawrence, KS), Prairie Lights (Iowa City, IA), A Room of One's Own (Madison, WI), and Moon Palace Books (Minneapolis, MN) with Europa Editions 
welcome internationally bestselling author
Mieko Kawakami,
for a special virtual event on Independent Bookstore Day to celebrate the release of
All the Lovers in the Night,
in an exclusive online event at 7pm CT / 8pm ET on Saturday, April 30th.
Kawakami will be in conversation with author and Editor-in-Chief of Astra Magazine,
Nadja Spiegelman.
Order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to gain access to the event OR make a $5 donation to Left Bank Books to receive access.
Please purchase before April 30th, 6pm CT for event access.
If you are not able to attend live, the recording will be available to attendees following the event.
Mieko Kawakami is the author of the internationally best-selling novel Breasts and Eggs, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of TIME's Best 10 Books of 2020; and the highly-acclaimed Heaven, her second novel to be translated and published in English, which Oprah Daily described as written "with jagged, visceral beauty." Born in Osaka, Japan, Kawakami made her literary debut as a poet in 2006, and in 2007 published her first novella, My Ego, My Teeth, and the World. Known for their poetic qualities, their insights into the female body, and their preoccupation with ethics and modern society, her books have been translated into over twenty languages. Kawakami's literary awards include the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Murasaki Shikibu Prize. She lives in Tokyo, Japan.
Nadja Spiegelman is the Editor-in-Chief of Astra Magazine, the new international magazine of literature. Formerly an editor at The Paris Review, she is also the author of the memoir I'm Supposed to Protect You From All This, as well as three children's books, including Lost in NYC. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, and more.
Bestselling author of Breasts and Eggs Mieko Kawakami invites readers back into her immediately recognizable fictional world with this new, extraordinary novel and demonstrates yet again why she is one of today's most uncategorizable, insightful, and talented novelists.

Fuyuko Irie is a freelance copy editor in her mid-thirties. Working and living alone in a city where it is not easy to form new relationships, she has little regular contact with anyone other than her editor, Hijiri, a woman of the same age but with a very different disposition. When Fuyuko stops one day on a Tokyo street and notices her reflection in a storefront window, what she sees is a drab, awkward, and spiritless woman who has lacked the strength to change her life and decides to do something about it.

As the long overdue change occurs, however, painful episodes from Fuyuko's past surface and her behavior slips further and further beyond the pale. All the Lovers in the Night is acute and insightful, entertaining and engaging; it will make readers laugh, and it will make them cry, but it will also remind them, as only the best books do, that sometimes the pain is worth it.

"In the skilled hands of Bett and Boyd, Kawakami's prose is instantly recognizable--immediate, incisive, and unfailingly honest."--Katie Kitamura, Entertainment Weekly (A Most Anticipated Book of 2022)


To access the event, please purchase a copy of All the Lovers in the Night from Left Bank Books or make a $5 donation online to Left Bank Books. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. You will receive an email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event. Thank you for supporting Left Bank Books!

Saturday, April 30, 2022 - 7:00pm


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