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CANCELLED: SLCL Presents: James Rollins - The Last Odyssey

Monday, March 30, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Due to Coronavirus concerned, this event has been CANCELLED.

St. Louis County Library presents the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, James Rollins.

Bestselling author James Rollins combines historical mystery and scientific exploration in his latest Sigma Force adventure. For eons, the city of Troy—whose legendary fall was detailed in Homer’s “Iliad”—was believed to be myth. In the frozen tundra of Greenland, a group of modern-day climatologists stumble on a medieval ship buried below the ice. The ship’s hold contains a collection of weapons dating back to the Bronze Age and a clockwork gold atlas. Once activated, the moving globe traces the path of Odysseus’ famous ship as it sailed away from Troy. But the route detours as the map opens to reveal a path leading under the Mediterranean Sea and on to Tarturus, the Greek name for hell. Now, Sigma Force must go where humans fear to tread to prevent a tyrant from igniting a global war.

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

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

CANCELLED: SLCL Presents: Elizabeth Little, Lori Rader-Day, & Jennifer McMahon

Tuesday, March 24, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Elizabeth Little, Lori Rader-Day, Jennifer McMahonDue to concerns about traveling and the coronavirus, the authors have cancelled this event.  Please check back for rescheduling at a later date.

St. Louis County Library presents an evening of suspense with Jennifer McMahon, Elizabeth Little and Lori Rader-Day

Jennifer McMahon’s latest, The Invited, is the chilling story of a husband and wife who don’t simply move into a haunted house—they build one.

St. Louis native, Elizabeth Little’s addictive new novel, Pretty as a Picture, revolves around an egomaniacal movie director, an isolated island, and a decades-old murder.

Lori Rader-Day’s latest, The Lucky Ones is an unforgettable novel about a young woman who recognizes the man who kidnapped her as a child, setting off a search for justice, and into danger.

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 7:00pm

CANCELLED: SLCL Presents: Chris Bohjalian - The Red Lotus

Monday, March 23, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

 chris bohjalion, red lotusDue to Coronavirus concerns, this event has been CANCELLED.

St. Louis County Library presents New York Times bestseling author of Midwives and The Flight Attendant, Chris Bohjalian.

#1 bestselling novelist Chris Bohjalian presents a twisting story of love and deceit about a young doctor searching for clues after her fiance is abducted. Set amidst the adrenaline-fueled world of the emergency room, The Red Lotus is a global thriller about those who dedicate their lives to saving people, and those who peddle death to the highest bidder.

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

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

CANCELLED: SLCL Presents: Ellen Carol DuBois - Suffrage

Thursday, March 19, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

suffrage, ellen carol duboisDue to concerns about traveling during the coronavirus situation, Ellen Carol DuBois has decided to cancel her current event schedule.  Please check back for rescheduling later in the year.

St. Louis County Library presents Distinguished Research Professor in the History Department of UCLA, Ellen Carol Dubois.

The year 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Ellen Carol DuBois’ Suffrage explores the full scope of the inspiring movement—which brought half of the American population into the voting body and recognized their existence as individuals beyond the scope of family roles.

Presented by the Westfall Politics & History Series.

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

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents: Nelson D. Schwartz - The Velvet Rope Economy

Thursday, March 12, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

velvet Rope economy, nelson schwartzSt. Louis County Library presents New York Times business reporter Nelson D. Schwartz.

New York Times business reporter Nelson D. Schwartz investigates the virtual velvet rope that divides Americans in nearly every realm of daily life. On one side of the rope, for a price, red tape is cut, appointments are secured, and doors are opened. On the other side, middle- and working-class Americans fight to find an empty seat on the plane, a college acceptance, or a hospital bed.

Presented by the Westfall Politics & History Series.

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

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 7:00pm

Philip Kennicott - Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning

Friday, February 14, 1pm
Webster University, Sverdrup Room 101

philip kennicott, counterpointWebster University presents Pulitzer-Prize-winning culture critic for the Washington Post and a former Post-Dispatch writer and editor, Philip Kennicott, who will discuss his memoir on greif and Bach, Counterpoint.  

While his mother was dying from cancer, Kennicott began to listen to Bach’s music obsessively, finding that it enabled him both to experience her death and remove himself from it. As he recovered from losing his mother he resolved to learn one of Bach’s most extraordinarily challenging keyboard compositions, the Goldberg Variations, known for their interdependent “counterpoint” melodies that merge into one rich harmony. In Counterpoint, Kennicott echoes Bach’s structuring with contrapuntal chapters that alternate between the story of his turbulent relationship with his mother—a difficult, abusive woman who was never satisfied with her circumscribed role in life—and the ups and downs of his seven-year-long attempt to master Bach’s composition. The result is a hauntingly beautiful memoir that counterbalances personal grief with transcendent music.

“An approachable, uniquely thoughtful rumination on a range of musical topics, from the unrelenting demands of musical practice and performance to the mysterious and fraught dynamic between parent and child....Recommended for anyone with an ear for classical music and an interest in biography.”
—Booklist (starred review)

Philip Kennicott, author of Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning (Norton), is the Pulitzer Prize-winning Senior Art and Architecture Critic of The Washington Post. He is also a two-time Pulitzer finalist (for editorial writing in 2000 and criticism in 2012), a former contributing editor to The New Republic, and a regular contributor to Opera News and Gramophone. His 2015 essay, “Smuggler” was a finalist for the National Magazine Award and anthologized in that year’s volume of “Best American Essays.” He lives in Washington, D.C.

 

Philip Kennicott is speaking in Sverdrup Room 101. Sverdrup is building #28 on this campus map.

Parking is available in the garage on Garden Ave. For questions and additional information contact wrosenbl@webster.edu

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 1:00pm

Kevin Salwen - The Suspect

Tuesday, February 25, 7pm
Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman

Left Bank Books welcomes author, reporter, and award-winner, Kevin Salwen, who will sign and discuss his book The Suspect

kevin salwen, the suspectThe Suspect is a masterful narrative nonfiction account of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing that captured the world's attention, and the heroic security guard-turned-suspect at the heart of it all. A source for Clint Eastwood’s latest film, Richard Jewell, the book tells the gripping story of the rise of domestic terrorism in America, the advent of the 24/7 news cycle, and an innocent man’s desperate fight to clear his name. The culmination of more than five years of reporting, The Suspect is a page-turning cautionary tale about our society’s rush to judgment.

"Meticulously reported, bracingly written, full of memorable and bizarre characters” -- Jeffrey Toobin, bestselling author and CNN contributor

“Intensively reported and fluidly written” – Wall Street Journal

“The Suspect is absolutely thrilling. So vivid I feel I’m experiencing it all as it happened. Beautifully researched. Smart and jaw dropping.” – Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates

Kevin Salwen was a reporter, columnist and editor at the Wall Street Journal for 18 years. At the nation’s largest newspaper, he helped cover two presidential administrations, wrote two columns and launched two publications. After leaving the paper in 2000, Kevin built several media companies, consulted to the U.S. Olympic Committee and Yahoo, and wrote (along with his then-teenaged daughter, Hannah) The Power of Half: One Family’s Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back. In 2016, Kevin was a partner at Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute, and is a recipient of the Northwestern University Service to Society Award.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 7:00pm

Adam Smith - At the End of Your Tether

Tuesday, February 25, 7pm
Left Bank Books

adam smith, at the end of your tetherLeft Bank Books presents Eisner and Harvey nominee, Adam Smith, who will sign and discuss his new graphic novel At The End Of Your Tether.

At The End Of Your Tether is a period coming-of-age story set in the late 1990s, centering around a mystery: When a teen returns home to be reunited with a childhood friend, he discovers that she’s been missing for a week — even though he just spoke with her on the phone the day before.

Adam Smith was part of Scott Snyder’s first DC Talent Workshop. His first graphic novel, Long Walk To Valhalla, was nominated for both an Eisner and a Harvey award. He is currently writing Jim Henson’s Beneath the Dark Crystal and his upcoming book, Down River People, is currently being illustrated at Archaia.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of At The End Of Your Tether from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

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

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 7:00pm

Webster Diversity Conference presents Shelly Tochluk - Witnessing Whiteness

Thursday, February 27, 8:30am -12pm
Winifred Moore Auditorium, Webster University

shelly tochluk, witnessing whitenessWebster university presents it's fifth annual Diversity & Inclusion conference. The Diversity & Inclusion Conference will address issues of diversity and explore how everyone can act as an ally and support inclusion. This year’s topics to include: St. Louis Business Journal roundtable on workforce diversity, being an ally, a student panel discussions on recent study abroad trips to Costa Rica and Ghana and guest speakers.

Left Bank Books will be selling educator and author, Shelly Tochluk's, book Witnessing Whiteness from 8:30am-12pm.

Registration opens at 8:30am

Event begins at 9:00am

For more information and to RSVP for the free conference click here!

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 8:30am

Webster Diversity Conference presents Michele Norris - The Grace of Silence

Wednesday, February 26, 8:30am -12pm
Winifred Moore Auditorium, Webster University

michele norris, the grace of silenceWebster university presents it's fifth annual Diversity & Inclusion conference. The Diversity & Inclusion Conference will address issues of diversity and explore how everyone can act as an ally and support inclusion. This year’s topics to include: St. Louis Business Journal roundtable on workforce diversity, being an ally, a student panel discussions on recent study abroad trips to Costa Rica and Ghana and guest speakers.

Left Bank Books will be selling Peabody Award-winning journalist & Founder of The Race Card Project, Michelle Norris', new memoir The Grace of Silence from 8:30am-12pm.

Registration opens at 8:30am

Event begins at 9:00am

For more information and to RSVP for the free conference click here!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 9:00am

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