Author Events

Independent Bookstore Day 2024

Storytime & Activities

11am - Shelley Dieterichs, author and illustrator for ABC Flipbook

1:30pm - Beth Bacon and Kat Bourek, author and illustrator for Grandmother Effect

Author Happy Hour from 4-6pm

Appearing Authors

  • Michelle Collins Anderson - The Flowers Sisters
  • Linda Keir - The Royal Game
  • Shawntelle Madison - The Fallen Fruit

Authors will be signing books during the happy hour. Madison will be taking pre-orders for signed books for Fallen Fruit out in August 2024.

Cocktails and Mocktails created by LBB's Shane Mullen. $5 suggested donation per cocktail to support the Left Bank Books Foundation

Preview the LIMITED IBD MERCH here!

Stay tuned for more great announcements!!!

 

Programming will be throughout the day with fun authors, great exclusive items, and ways to support Independent Bookstores!

Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 10:00am

Michael McDonald with Paul Reiser - What a Fool Believes (Ticketed Event)

Michael McDonald with Paul Reiser - "What a Fool Believes" book cover and color photos

Ticketed Event: Michael McDonald with Paul Reiser

St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents 
Michael McDonald with Paul Reiser

Author of “What a Fool Believes: A Memoir”

The Pageant
6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis MO 63112
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Across a half-century of American music, Michael McDonald’s unmistakably smooth baritone voice defined an era of rock and R&B. In his candid, freewheeling memoir, written with his friend, the Emmy Award-nominated actor and comedian Paul Reiser, Michael tells the story of his life and music—from joining Steely Dan and becoming a defining member of The Doobie Brothers to forging a path as a breakout solo R&B artist. Interwoven with the unforgettable tales of the music, Michael tells a deeply affecting story of losing and finding himself as a man.  

 

Ticket Information

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

 

Books provided by Left Bank Books.

Proceeds from this event benefit the St. Louis County Library Foundation's community literacy initiatives. 

 

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Michael McDonald's career encompasses five Grammys, countless platinum hits, and chart successes. After being an integral part of Steely Dan, McDonald was invited to join the Doobie Brothers as the band redefined their sound with McDonald serving as singer, keyboardist, and songwriter on numerous Top 40 singles. Throughout the '80s and '90s McDonald's solo career took off with a string of hits including "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)," "Sweet Freedom," "On My Own" (with Patti LaBelle), and the Grammy-winning James Ingram duet "Yah Mo B There." McDonald has performed with a who's-who of critically acclaimed artists, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Vince Gill, Grizzly Bear, Thundercat, and Solange Knowles.

Paul Reiser is a comedian, Emmy Award-nominated actor, screenwriter, and #1 New York Times bestselling author. Reiser has recently appeared in Netflix's Stranger Things and The Kominsky Method as well as Hulu's critically acclaimed comedy Reboot and Amazon's The Boys. Reiser created and starred (along with Helen Hunt) in the long-running hit 90s comedy Mad About You and has appeared in classic films like DinerAliens, the Beverly Hills Cop franchise, and Whiplash. His latest film The Problem With People, which he wrote, starred in, and produced, is slated to be in theaters early 2024. As an author, Reiser's New York Times bestselling books CouplehoodBabyhood, and Familyhood have sold millions of copies.

 

A sweeping and evocative memoir from the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Grammy Award-winning, platinum selling singer-songwriter Michael McDonald, written with his friend, Emmy Award-nominated actor, comedian, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Paul Reiser.

Doobie Brothers. Steely Dan. Chart topping soloist. Across a half-century of American music, Michael McDonald's unmistakably smooth baritone voice defined an era of rock and R&B with hit records like "What A Fool Believes," "Takin' It to the Streets," "I Keep Forgettin'," "Peg," "It Keeps You Running," "You Belong to Me," and "Yah Mo B There."

In his candid, freewheeling memoir, written with his friend, the Emmy Award-nominated actor and comedian Paul Reiser, Michael tells the story of his life and music. A high school dropout from Ferguson, Missouri, Michael chased his dreams in 1970's California, a heady moment of rock opportunity and excess. As a rising session musician and backing vocalist, a series of encounters would send him on a wild ride around the world and to the heights of rock stardom--from joining Steely Dan and becoming a defining member of The Doobie Brothers to forging a path as a breakout solo R&B artist.

Interwoven with the unforgettable tales of the music, Michael tells a deeply affecting story of losing and finding himself as a man. He reckons with the unshakeable insecurities that drove him, the drug and alcohol addictions that plagued him, and the highs and lows of popularity. Along the way he relays the lessons he's learned, and that if he's learned anything at all it's that there's often little correlation between what you get and what you deserve.

Filled with unbelievable stories and a matchless cast of music greats including James Taylor, Ray Charles, Carly Simon, and Quincy Jones, What a Fool Believes is a moving and entertaining memoir that is sure to be a classic.

 
Thursday, May 23, 2024
7:00 p.m.
The Pageant
Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 7:00pm

Danielle Dutton - Prairie, Dresses, Art, Other

Left Bank Books presents Danielle Dutton, English professor at Washington University in St. Louis and cofounder and editor of Dorothy, a publishing project. Join us to celebrate the release of Prairie, Dresses, Art, Other, a most anticipated book of 2024! Kirkus describes the book as a "shimmering and perplexing work that challenges the constraints of traditional prose."

Dutton will be in conversation with Kathryn Davis, award winning author and senior fiction writer on the faculty of The Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dutton will personalize and sign copies after the presentation! Personalized and signed copies will be available to be mailed anywhere in the country. For personalized copies, please order before noon on April 29th.

Join us at Left Bank Books
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Watch the livestream on Left Bank Books' YouTube Page
Please RSVP as space is limited.

 

About the Speakers

Danielle Dutton's previous books are Margaret the FirstSPRAWL, and Attempts at a Life. Her writing has appeared in magazines and journals including The New YorkerHarper'sThe Paris ReviewBOMBThe White Review, and NOON. Dutton teaches at Washington University in Saint Louis and is the cofounder and editor of Dorothy, a publishing project. Born and raised in California, she has lived on the (former) prairie for nearly twenty years.

Kathryn Davis is the author of eight novels, the most recent of which is The Silk Road (2019), and the memoir Aurelia, Aurélia (2022). Her other books are Labrador (1988), The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf (1993), Hell: A Novel (1998), The Walking Tour (1999), Versailles (2002)The Thin Place (2006), and Duplex (2013). She has received a Kafka Prize for fiction by an American woman, both the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award and the Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2006, she won the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. She is the senior fiction writer on the faculty of The Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis.

About Prairie, Dresses, Art, Other

Literary Hub, "Most Anticipated Books of 2024"
The Rumpus, "Most Anticipated Books of (early) 2024"
Bookshop.org "100 Most Anticipated Books of 2024"

From the "strikingly smart and daringly feminist" (Jenny Offill) author of Margaret the First and SPRAWL comes a prose collection like no other, where different styles of writing and different spaces of experience create a collage of the depths and strangeness of contemporary life.

"Luminous" ( The Guardian) and "brilliantly odd" ( The Irish Independent), Danielle Dutton's writing is as protean as it is beguiling. In the four eponymous sections of Prairie, Dresses, Art, Other, Dutton imagines new models for how literature might work in our fractured times.

"Prairie" is a cycle of surreal stories set in the quickly disappearing prairieland of the American Midwest. "Dresses" offers a surprisingly moving portrait of literary fashions. "Art" turns to essay, examining how works of visual art and fiction might relate to one another, a question central to the whole book; while the final section, "Other," includes pieces of irregular ("other") forms, stories-as-essays or essays-as-stories that defy category and are hilarious and heartbreaking by turns.

Out of these varied materials, Dutton builds a haunting landscape of wildflowers, megadams, black holes, violence, fear, virtual reality, abiding strangeness, and indefinable beauty.

 

"A shimmering and perplexing work that challenges the constraints of traditional prose... Highbrow while remaining mischievously playful, reminiscent of the form-smashing thrills of writers like Lydia Davis and Anne Carson." --Kirkus, starred review

"Relentlessly surprising and thoroughly original, this dazzles." --Publishers Weekly

"This is one everyone will be talking about." --Emily Firetog, Literary Hub

"Pieces included in Prairie, Dresses, Art, Other are not short stories or essays in the strict (and limited) sense, but spells, incantatory hallucinations, organically shared phantasmagoria, bodily immersions in materials worldly and other-wordly. It is a book and yet it is definitely way more: a field of irruptions. This is Dutton at her best yet." --Cristina Rivera Garza

"Danielle Dutton is a writer whose work I wait for. Her growing body of work is among the most formally inventive (and therefore essential) I can think of, and Prairie, Dresses, Art, Other is a vital, enlivening addition to it." --Kate Briggs

"I know it sounds absurd, but I am fairly certain that some undiscovered, hallucinogenic essence is working through Danielle Dutton's surreal and disorienting prose, because the prairie I thought I knew is not, I now realize, the prairie I know at all. ¡Carajo! Whatever chaos or existential doubt is unearthed by these uncanny and highly stylized contemporary parables deserves to be played out. This book is so wild--I'm obsessed." --Lara Mimosa Montes

"This surreal, (in)sightful collection of essays and stories is riotous and sublime, a love letter to making art." --Mairead Small Staid

Prairie, Dresses, Art, Other is an absorbing assemblage of surrealist prose threaded with deep unease. Danielle Dutton's densely woven psychological landscapes render the world as strange, slippery, and surprising as some of us believe it to be." --Kathryn Scanlan

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 - 6:00pm

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