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Chris Pavone - The Paris Diversion

Thursday, May 16, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Chris Pavone, The Paris DistractionBestselling author of The Expats, Chris Pavone presents his latest nail-biting thriller featuring former CIA agent Kate Moore. Now semi-retired in Paris, Kate hasn’t received a new assignment in some time, so when news breaks of bomb threats in multiple locations, and a man in an explosive vest entering the Louvre, she decides to prove her continued relevance by investigating. The Paris Diversion is another smart, stylish non-stop adventure ride from a new master of international intrigue.

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

 

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Jonathan Drori - Around the World in 80 Trees

Monday, May 6, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Jonathan Drori, Around the World in 80 TreesIn Around the World in 80 Trees, former trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Jonathan Drori uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life. Stops on the trip include the lime trees of Berlin's Unter den Linden boulevard, which intoxicate amorous Germans and hungry bees alike, the swankiest streets in nineteenth-century London, which were paved with Australian eucalyptus wood, and the redwood forests of California, where the secret to the trees' soaring heights can be found in the tiniest drops of water. Populated by self-mummifying monks, tree-climbing goats and ever-so-slightly radioactive nuts, each of these strange and true tales takes the reader on a journey that is as informative as it is beautiful.

Presented by the St. Louis County Library in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

Louis Bayard - Courting Mr. Lincoln

Thursday, June 27, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Louis Bayard, Courting Mr. LincolnFrom the prizewinning author of Mr. Timothy comes the page-turning and surprising story of a young Abraham Lincoln and the two people who loved him best: Mary Todd and Lincoln’s best friend, Joshua Speed. Told in the alternating voices of Mary Todd and Joshua Speed, Courting Mr. Lincoln creates a sympathetic and complex portrait of Mary unlike any that has come before; a moving portrayal of the deep and very real connection between the two men; and most of all, an evocation of the unformed man who would grow into one of the nation’s most beloved presidents. Louis Bayard, a master storyteller at the height of his powers, delivers here a page-turning tale of love, longing, and forbidden possibilities.

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

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 7:00pm

Susan Mallery - The Summer of Sunshine and Margot

Wednesday, June 12, 7pm
St. Charles City-County Library - Spencer Road Branch, 427 Spencer Rd.

Susan Mallery, The Summer of Sunshine and MargotLeft Bank Books and the St. Charles City-County Library welcome NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The Summer of Sunshine and Margot!

The Baxter sisters come from a long line of women with disastrous luck in love. As an etiquette coach, Margot teaches her clients to fit in. But schooling aging movie star Bianca on behaving like a proper diplomat’s wife requires intensive lessons, forcing Margot to move into the mansion owned by the actress’s intensely private son. Alec's stony exterior hides secret depths Margot would love to explore. Will he trust her enough to let her in? Sunshine has always been the good-time sister, abandoning jobs to chase after guys who used her, then threw her away. This time, she’ll finish college, dedicate herself to her job as a nanny, and she 100 percent will not screw up her life again by falling for the wrong guy. Especially not the tempting single dad who also happens to be her boss.

"Mallery blends the friend-and-family relationships and self-actualization focus common to women's fiction [with the] happy ending of a contemporary romance, making this an excellent summer read for fans of both genres." --Booklist

Ticket Information:

-- A $30 ticket admits ONE person and includes ONE hardcover copy of The Summer of Sunshine and Margot
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A $35 ticket admits TWO people and includes ONE hardcover copy of The Summer of Sunshine and Margot, plus a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event

Tickets available below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of The Summer of Sunshine and Margot or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Wednesday, June 12th.



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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Anne Valente - The Desert Sky Before Us

Tuesday, May 14, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Anne Valente, The Desert Sky Before UsLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis native Anne Valente, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The Desert Sky Before Us, at this special launch party event!

When Billie is released from a correctional facility in Decatur, her sister Rhiannon is there to meet her, even though the two haven’t seen each other in months. Painful secrets and numerous unspoken betrayals linger between them—but most agonizing is the sudden passing of their mother, a renowned paleontologist. Rhiannon and Billie must overcome their differences as they set off on a road trip west, following the breadcrumb-trail of their late mother’s scavenger hunt, a sort of second funeral she planned in her final days. As they travel across the heart of America, the two sisters begin to rediscover each other and to uncover their late mother’s veiled second life, taking them on an unexpected emotional journey inward.

"Valente is a sorceress...This is a gorgeous book full of mysteries. It scorches with truth, and sings with hope. Valente writes like all of our lives depend on it." Diane Cook, author of Man V. Nature

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Desert Sky Before Us 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, May 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

Thomas Lennon & John Hendrix - Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles

Tickets for this event will now be available at the door! For more information, please call 314-367-6731.

Thursday, April 11, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.

Thomas Lennon, John Hendrix, Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of RiddlesLeft Bank Books welcomes writer, comedian, and actor Thomas Lennon and St. Louis illustrator John Hendrix, who will sign and discuss the first book in their new middle-grade series, Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles!

Fourteen-year-old Ronan Boyle is the youngest and lowliest recruit to the secret Garda, an Irish police force that handles the misdeeds of numerous magical creatures. Ronan’s parents are in jail, but Ronan is convinced that they were framed by the wee people. So, despite his small size, poor eyesight, and social awkwardness, he’s determined to learn all he can in order to prove his parents’ innocence. To show he’s got what it takes, he’ll have to confront a fiery leprechaun, a sinister harpy, and a whole world of monsters hidden in plain sight next to real-life Ireland in this fast paced, action packed, and completely hilarious new series.

"A touching, funny read for smart kids young and old. Flat-out laughed out loud!” --Patton Oswalt

Ticket Information:

-- A $20 ticket admits ONE person and includes ONE copy of Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles.
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A $25 ticket admits TWO people and includes ONE copy of Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles, plus a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event.
-- A $5 family companion ticket admits ONE additional child (under the age of 12) and does NOT include a copy of Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles. This ticket holder MUST be accompanied by a full-priced ticket holder.

Tickets on sale below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Thursday, April 11. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Planned Parenthood WLC Annual Luncheon with Irin Carmon

Thursday, April 11, 11:15am
The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis, 100 Carondelet Plaza

Irin Carmon, Notorious RBGPlanned Parenthood Women's Leadership Circle presents their annual luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Irin Carmon, co-author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Senior Correspondent for New York Magazine!

Irin Carmon is a journalist, author and speaker who has been described by the New York Times as "known for her smarts and feminist bona fides." She recently became the Senior Correspondent at New York Magazine and will be covering reproductive rights, the Supreme Court, sexual harassment, media and other topics. 

Registration & Reception: 11:15am - Noon, Lunch & Program: Noon - 1:30pm
 

Ticket Information: Table of 10: $1,500 OR Individual Tickets: $150. To purchase tickets, please visit bit.ly/2019WLCLuncheon. For more information, email Ania L. Colvin at ania.colvin@ppslr.org.

10% of all Left Bank Books' proceeds at the event will benefit Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 11:15am

CANCELLED: Current Conversations: Motherhood and the Workforce with Caitlyn Collins

This event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Caitlyn Collins, Making Motherhood WorkWork-family conflict is a crisis in the United States. Out of all Western industrialized countries, the United States ranks dead last for supportive work-family policies. In her book, Making Motherhood Work, sociologist Caitlyn Collins explores how women in specific countries and the United States navigate their professional and family lives given the different work-family policies available. Collins will discuss just how crucial government policies and cultural support are to ensuring “work-family justice."

This event presented by the St. Charles City-County Library. Please RSVP at youranswerplace.org.

 

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

Damon Young - What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

Friday, March 29, 7pm
The Studio at KAC, 501 N. Grand Blvd.

Damon Young, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You BlackerLeft Bank Books welcomes Very Smart Brothas co-founder Damon Young, who will sign and discuss his new memoir-in-essays, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker, with St. Louis American Young Leader Alona Sistrunk!

For Damon Young, existing while Black is an extreme sport. The act of possessing black skin while searching for space to breathe in America is enough to induce a ceaseless state of angst where questions such as “How should I react here, as a professional black person?” and “Will this white person’s potato salad kill me?” are forever relevant. Young chronicles his efforts to survive while battling and making sense of the various neuroses his country has given him. What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker is a hilarious and honest debut that is both a celebration of the idiosyncrasies and distinctions of Blackness and a critique of white supremacy and how we define masculinity.

“Damon Young is one of the most fearless and important young writers today. A devastatingly funny critique of racism, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker is a humorous and deep dive into the culture and a life lived in that precarious state we call blackness.” --Michael Eric Dyson, author of What Truth Sounds Like

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!

Alona SistrunkFrom singing the house down as lead in a negro spiritual-inspired musical, to investigating alleged voting rights violations at the Department of Justice, to blogging about the politics of hair in the black community, to protesting for civil rights at the nation’s capital and on the streets of Ferguson, Alona Sistrunk has traveled a winding road to self-discovery. But, through it all, being unapologetically Black has never led her astray. Today, the St. Louis native still lives at the intersection of creativity and advocacy. In 2017, Alona was elected to serve as trustee of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri board. She is a proud 2018 St. Louis American Young Leader award recipient and a 2017 New Leaders Council fellow.

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

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Friday, March 29, 2019 - 7:00pm

Pierre Jarawan - The Storyteller

Tuesdsay, April 16, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Pierre Jarawan, The StorytellerLeft Bank Books welcomes international prize-winning author Pierre Jarawan, who will sign and discuss his debut novel, The Storyteller!

Samir leaves the safety and comfort of his family's adopted home, Germany, for volatile Beirut in an attempt to find his missing father. The only clues Samir has are an old photo and the bedtime stories his father used to tell him. In this moving and engaging novel about family secrets, love, and friendship, Pierre Jarawan does for Lebanon what Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner did for Afghanistan. He pulls away the curtain of grim facts and figures portrayed in the media and shows an intimate truth of what it means to come from a country torn apart by civil war. With this beautiful and suspenseful story, full of images, Jarawan proves to be a masterful storyteller himself.

“Jarawan has produced a fairytale that could be straight out of One Thousand and One Nights. From the very beginning, you float away on the story as if on a flying carpet.” —NRC

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Storyteller 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 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

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