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SF STL: Chandler Klang Smith – The Sky Is Yours

Wednesday, April 18, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with Chandler Klang Smith, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The Sky Is Yours, with St. Louis science fiction author Ann Leckie!

In the burned-out, futuristic city of Empire Island, three young people navigate a crumbling metropolis constantly under threat from a pair of dragons that circle the skies. When violence strikes, reality star Duncan Humphrey Ripple V, the spoiled scion of the metropolis’ last dynasty; Baroness Swan Lenore Dahlberg, his tempestuous, death-obsessed betrothed; and Abby, a feral beauty he discovered tossed out with the trash; are forced to flee everything they’ve ever known. As they wander toward the scalded heart of the city, they face fire, conspiracy, mayhem, unholy drugs, dragon-worshippers, and the monsters lurking inside themselves. The Sky Is Yours is incredibly cinematic, bawdy, rollicking, hilarious, and utterly unforgettable.

“Smith’s gifts of imagination are staggering. Her world-building is a tangled sprawl of past, present, and future, a wickedly satirical synthesis that underlines just how fractured our own realities can be during periods of fear, unrest, inequality, and instability.” —NPR

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Sky Is Yours from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

Ann Leckie is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and British Science Fiction Award-winning novel Ancillary Justice, and its Locus Award-winning sequel, Ancillary Sword. She has also published short stories in Subterranean Magazine, Strange Horizons and Realms of Fantasy. Her story “Hesperia and Glory” was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year (2007 edition edited by Rich Horton). Leckie has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew and a recording engineer. She lives in St. Louis. Her new novel, Provenance, was released in September 2017.

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 7:00pm

Ruth Ware – The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Thursday, June 7, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Left Bank Books welcomes #1 New York Times bestselling author of In A Dark, Dark WoodThe Woman in Cabin 10 and The Lying Game Ruth Ware, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The Death of Mrs. Westaway!

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

"I love all of Ruth Ware's books and would be hard pressed to find a favorite. She is the Agatha Christie of today." —Shane Mullen, Left Bank Books

Ticket Information

– A $30 ticket admits ONE person and includes ONE hardcover copy of The Death of Mrs. Westaway
– A $35 ticket admits TWO people and includes ONE hardcover copy of The Death of Mrs. Westaway and 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 Death of Mrs. Westaway or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Thursday, June 7. 



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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

LU MFA Craft Talks: An Evening with Ann Leckie

Wednesday, April 25, 7pm
Lindenwood University, Dunseth Auditorium in Harmon Hall

Hugo, Nebula, Locus, & Arthur C. Clarke award winning author Ann Leckie will share her expert insights on crafting a compelling story. 

Join us on April 25, 2018, at 7pm in Dunseth Auditorium in Harmon Hall on the main Lindenwood University campus (209 S. Kingshighway, St. Charles, MO 63301). 

Ann Leckie is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, and British Science Fiction Award-winning novel Ancillary Justice, and its Locus Award-winning sequel Ancillary Sword. She has also published short stories in Subterranean MagazineStrange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy. Her story "Hesperia and Glory" was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition edited by Rich Horton. Ann has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, and a recording engineer. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

This event is presented by Lindenwood University. For more information please visit lindenwood.edu.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

Steve Cavanagh – The Plea

Thursday, March 1, 4pm
Schlafly Tap Room, The Club Room

Take The Plea with Irish Civil Rights lawyer & best-selling author Steve Cavanagh, in conversation with St. Louis author and lawyer Michael A. Kahn talking about Cavanagh’s newly published book, The Plea. Share the path he took getting published; his ideas for incorporating the law and courtroom into his writing; stories of his most controversial courtroom cases, and legal practices in the U.K. Cavanagh and Kahn will also share their experiences writing legal thrillers as practicing lawyers and balancing careers and writing.

Event includes:
• Mini writing workshop
• Author conversation and audience Q&A
• Book signings by both Cavanagh & Kahn
• Food, beer, wine and soda and free parking included

 

Ticket Information

  • $55 - Advance Tickets (Includes presentation, food, one free beer or wine, free soda & Cavanagh book)
  • $35 - General Admission & Tickets Purchased at Door (Book not included / Space permitting)
  • $28 - Students w/ Valid ID (Book not included)

For tickets and more information, visit meetmestlouis.org.

The event is open to the public, targeted to lawyers, law firms and legal personnel. Learn from the best & earn 2.1 MO MCLE Hours!

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 4:00pm

Katherine Reynolds Lewis – The Good News About Bad Behavior

Monday, May 14, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning journalist Katherine Reynolds Lewiswho will sign and discuss her new book, The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids are Less Disciplined Than Ever—And What to Do About It, with columnist Aisha Sultan!

Today's parents live with an exhausting reality: persistent defiance from children. About half of the current generation of children will develop a mood or behavioral disorder or a substance addiction by age eighteen. And many parents feel increasingly unable to exert any influence over their children. In this book, journalist and parenting expert Lewis proposes a radical solution: empathy. As she journeys from parenting seminars to neuroscience labs to schools to the homes of modern parents, Lewis documents a crisis of self-regulation—and shows how children rise to the occasion when their parents train them in the art of self-control.

"An absolute must-read for anyone raising or teaching 'difficult' children, and insightful to anyone eager to teach kids how to regulate their own behavior and ultimately thrive in society on their own." —Julie Lythcott-Haims, How to Raise an Adult

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Good News About Bad Behavior from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

Aisha Sultan is a nationally syndicated features columnist. Her work has run in more than a hundred publications, including the The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. She has won several national awards recognizing her writing, including the Knight Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan. Her work examines social change and how it impacts families.

 

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

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

SF STL: Charles Soule – The Oracle Year

Tuesday, May 8, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch

Left Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with comic book writer Charles Soule, who will sign and discuss his debut novel, The Oracle Year, with local author Van Allen Plexico!

Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world.  With only a handful of people he can trust—including a beautiful journalist—it’s all Will can do to simply survive, elude exposure, and protect those he loves long enough to use his knowledge to save the world. Delivering fast-paced adventure on a global scale as well as sharp-witted satire on our concepts of power and faith, Marvel writer Charles Soule’s audacious debut novel takes readers on a rollicking ride where it’s impossible to predict what will happen next.

“Wildly entertaining . . . the relentless pacing, richly developed characters, and brilliant ending make this apocalyptic speculative thriller an undeniable page-turner.”
—Publishers Weekly

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Oracle Year from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

Van Allen Plexico won the 2017 "Novel of the Year" award from the Pulp Factory Awards in Chicago for his superhero novel, Sentinels: The Dark Crusade; the same award in 2015 for his space opera/Military SF novel, Legion III: Kings of Oblivion, and the "Anthology of the Year" award for Pride of the Mohicans. He has twice been nominated for "Pulp Writer of the Year" and won "Best New Character" at PulpArk 2012. He is best known for his "Sentinels" superhero novel series, his "Shattering" space opera series, and the books he has co-authored about Marvel's Avengers and about Auburn University football history. He is also host of the Parsec Awards-nominated White Rocket Podcast, discussing popular culture, the Avengers Assemble Podcast, and the very popular AU Wishbone, an Auburn football podcast. He lives in Illinois and serves as an Associate Professor at Southwestern Illinois College.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 7:00pm

Amy Spalding – The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

Saturday, June 16, 4pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes author and St. Louis native Amy Spalding, who will sign and discuss her new young adult novel, The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)!

Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives, happy to focus on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a great internship at her favorite boutique, she’s thrilled to take the first step toward her dream career. Then she falls for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Hard. And now she’s competing against the girl she’s kissing to win the coveted paid job at the end of the internship. Just as Abby starts to feel like she’s no longer the sidekick in her own life, Jordi’s photography surprisingly puts her in the spotlight. Can Abby find a way to reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image others have of her?

"This book is the queer, fat girl rom-com of my dreams! Plus-size fashion, a fat girl falling in love, nuanced friendships, and cheeseburgers! Did I mention cheeseburgers?"
—Julie Murphy, Dumplin'

This event is free and open to the public, but book purchase is required for signing. 

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

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 4:00pm

Jewell Parker Rhodes – Ghost Boys

Thursday, April 19, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes, who will sign and discuss her new middle grade novel, Ghost Boys!

Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that's been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing. Soon Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a very different time but similar circumstances. Emmett helps Jerome process what has happened, on a journey towards recognizing how historical racism may have led to the events that ended his life. Jerome also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police officer, who grapples with her father's actions. Once again Jewell Parker Rhodes deftly weaves historical and socio-political layers into a gripping and poignant story about how children and families face the complexities of today's world.

"Rhodes captures the all-too-real pain of racial injustice and provides an important window for readers who are just beginning to explore the ideas of privilege and implicit bias." —School Library Journal, starred review

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Ghost Boys 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.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

Katherine Applegate – Sometimes You Fly

Sunday, April 8, 4pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes Newbery Medalist and bestselling children's author Katherine Applegate, who will sign and read from her new picture book, Sometimes You Fly!

This gorgeous gift book, equally perfect for preschool graduations or college commencements, baby showers or birthdays, is an inspirational tribute to the universal struggles and achievements of childhood. Beginning with a first birthday, the scenes travel through childhood triumphs and milestones, coming full circle to graduation. A magical blend of succinct text and beautiful watercolors renders each moment with tenderness and humor and encourages readers to “remember then, with every try, sometimes you fail . . . sometimes you fly.”

"This charming and engaging celebration of life is a must-read and a must-have. A natural successor to Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You’ll Go! that deals with navigating life’s ups and downs." —Booklist, starred review

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Sometimes You Fly 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.

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 4:00pm

Daniel Stone – The Food Explorer

Wednesday, March 14, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books and the Missouri Botanical Garden welcome National Geographic staff writer Daniel Stone, who will sign and discuss his new book, The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of a Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats, with Senior Vice President for Science and Conservation James S. Miller!

In the 19th century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable lust to explore the world, set out in search of foods—avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes, and thousands more—that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater. The Food Explorer tells stories taken directly from Fairchild’s unpublished journals and letters, as well as never-before-seen photographs from remote parts of the world.

"The Food Explorer shows you the history and drama hidden in your fruit bowl. It's a delicious piece of writing.” —Susan Orlean, The Orchid Thief

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Food Explorer from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

James S. Miller, PhD, is the Senior Vice President for Science and Conservation at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Through his various research endeavors, Dr. Miller has traveled to more than 60 countries, both collecting plants and conducting cooperative research. Dr. Miller is an authority on the systematics of the plant group Boraginales, a group of ten families and about 2,500 species that are widely scattered in the world. He has worked with numerous plant families in Mexico and Central America, Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Madagascar. He is actively involved with using information from these studies to inform conservation initiatives, including which species are in most need of our attention to ensure their future survival and how they can adapt to climate change. 

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

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

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