Author Events

Will Leitch - The Time Has Come

Thursday, May 25, 7pm CT
In person at Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Please RSVP for the presentation here
Virtually at Left Bank Books' YouTube Page
Left Bank Books presents author of the Edgar nominated and ALEX Award-winning How Lucky,
Will Leitch,
who will discuss his new "compelling and propulsive novel​"​​​​​​,
The Time Has Come,
in our store on May 25th at 7pm!
Join us for in the store or on YouTube Live Page.
Leitch will be in conversation with his co-host for Seeing Red podcast, sportswriter and sports radio personality
Bernie Miklasz!
Order copies of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Leitch will personalize and sign copies for sale from Left Bank Books.
If you are unable to make it in person, leave a personalization note in your order.
Will Leitch is a contributing editor at New York magazine and the founder of the late sports website Deadspin. He also writes regularly for the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News, Medium, and He lives in Athens, Georgia, with his wife and two sons.
Bernie Miklasz is an American sportswriter and sports radio personality. He currently hosts the weekday afternoon show on 590 The Fan. He was the lead sports columnist at the St. Louis Post Dispatch from 1999 to 2015. He previously hosted the morning show on 101 ESPN in St. Louis until May 1, 2020. Miklasz is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and moved to St. Louis in 1985 to cover professional football for the Post-Dispatch. He has also worked at the Baltimore News-American and The Dallas Morning News.

The author of the Edgar nominated and ALEX Award-winning How Lucky ("an absorbing thriller with heart"--People), blends suspense, humor, and compassion in a new novel about seven strangers and one very intense evening at a small-town Georgia pharmacy.

Lindbergh's Pharmacy is an Athens, Georgia, institution--the type of beloved mom and pop shop that once dotted every American town but has mostly disappeared. But Lindbergh's has recently become the object of attention of a local fourth grade teacher Tina Lamm ("Ms. Lamm to my students"). Tina is certain something very, very bad is happening behind its famous black door and she intends to do something about it.

Her suspicions--and the drastic actions she plans--are the unlikely glue that will connect her to a group of six employees and customers inside the pharmacy one hot Georgia evening. They include Theo, the Lindbergh's scion with a secret of his own; Daphne, a nurse and Army veteran struggling with her faith; Jason, a local contractor uncertain how to deal with his gifted teenage son; Karson, a young lawyer and activist wrestling with a job offer that makes him uncomfortable; David, an Athens music scene lifer whose sobriety has been sorely tested by isolation; and Dorothy, a widow just beginning to regain her bearings.

The fates of these individuals--and their fateful encounter with Tina Lamm--become intertwined in a story that is by turns funny, touching, and tense. As he did in How Lucky, Will Leitch illuminates how we live today through a story of human beings struggling to do their best.


"Will Leitch has written another compelling and propulsive novel that I could not put down. What makes him such an amazing writer is his keen eye for what makes us human, all the seemingly invisible threads that connect us and those shocking moments when we're pulled together and forced to reckon with the world. Leitch is as empathetic a writer as they come, and I trust him to guide me through any danger, any story, and know I'll come out of it with something special." -- Kevin Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Now Is Not the Time to Panic

"With kindness, empathy, and the generosity of spirit that is the hallmark of his work, Will Leitch takes seven very different characters and brings them vividly to life, skillfully weaving their fates in a story that is taut, surprising, and ultimately speaks to the character of America itself." -- Jenny Jackson, author of Pineapple Street

"I'm reading a fantastic novel by Will Leitch called How Lucky. Publishes in May, I think. It's suspenseful and often wildly funny. You are going to like this a lot, and I think a lot of you are going to like it. It has that Where the Crawdads Sing vibe." -- Stephen King

"An absorbing thriller with heart." -- People

"Not many writers can shift gears from hilarious to heart-rending to harrowing, all on the same page. Will Leitch does it again and again. How Lucky is one of the most original thrillers I've read in years, with an improbable hero that no reader will ever forget." -- Carl Hiaasen

Thursday, May 25, 2023 - 7:00pm

Mark Guarino - Country and Midwestern

Tuesday, May 2, 7pm CT
In person at Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Please RSVP for the presentation here
Virtually at Left Bank Books' YouTube Page
Left Bank Books presents veteran journalist
Mark Guarino,
who will discuss the untold story of Chicago's pivotal role as a country and folk music capital and the ties to St. Louis in
Country and Midwestern: Chicago in the History of Country Music and the Folk Revival,
in our store on May 2nd at 7pm!
Join us in the store or on our YouTube Live Page.
Guarino will be in conversation with TBA.
Order copies of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Guarino will personalize and sign copies for sale from Left Bank Books.
If you are unable to make it in person, leave a personalization note in your order.
Mark Guarino covers national news and culture from Chicago for the Washington PostABC News, the New York Times, and other outlets. He was the Midwest bureau chief for the Christian Science Monitor for seven years. Visit for more information.

The untold story of Chicago's pivotal role as a country and folk music capital.

Chicago is revered as a musical breeding ground, having launched major figures like blues legend Muddy Waters, gospel soul icon Mavis Staples, hip-hop firebrand Kanye West, and the jazz-rock band that shares its name with the city. Far less known, however, is the vital role Chicago played in the rise of prewar country music, the folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s, and the contemporary offspring of those scenes.

In Country and Midwestern, veteran journalist Mark Guarino tells the epic century-long story of Chicago's influence on sounds typically associated with regions further south. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and deep archival research, Guarino tells a forgotten story of music, migration, and the ways that rural culture infiltrated urban communities through the radio, the automobile, and the railroad. The Midwest's biggest city was the place where rural transplants could reinvent themselves and shape their music for the new commercial possibilities the city offered. Years before Nashville emerged as the commercial and spiritual center of country music, major record labels made Chicago their home and recorded legendary figures like Bill Monroe, The Carter Family, and Gene Autry. The National Barn Dance--broadcast from the city's South Loop starting in 1924--flourished for two decades as the premier country radio show before the Grand Ole Opry. Guarino chronicles the makeshift niche scenes like "Hillbilly Heaven" in Uptown, where thousands of relocated Southerners created their own hardscrabble honky-tonk subculture, as well as the 1960s rise of the Old Town School of Folk Music, which eventually brought national attention to local luminaries like John Prine and Steve Goodman. The story continues through the end of the twentieth century and into the present day, where artists like Jon Langford, The Handsome Family, and Wilco meld contemporary experimentation with country traditions.

Featuring a foreword from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks and casting a cross-genre net that stretches from Bob Dylan to punk rock, Country and Midwestern rediscovers a history as sprawling as the Windy City--celebrating the creative spirit that modernized American folk idioms, the colorful characters who took them into new terrain, and the music itself, which is still kicking down doors even today.


"Long before Nashville's emergence as the country music capital, Chicago held sway with the nationally-broadcast Barn Dance and a row of honky-tonk venues on Madison Street. Guarino masterfully connects the dots between that star-making era to a contemporary scene devoted to insurgent country. This is a definitive and long-overdue look at a vital, if underappreciated, thread in how so-called hillbilly music evolved and flourished in a seemingly incongruous setting: the hard streets of Chicago."-- Greg Kot, cohost of Sound Opinions and author of I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the Music That Shaped the Civil Rights Era

"With an epic scope, gorgeous photographs, and useful discographies, this is a vital contribution to the history of American music and required reading for country and folk music fans."-- Booklist starred review

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 - 7:00pm

Gustavo Tosta - Guga: Breaking the Barbecue Rules

Tuesday, April 25th, 7pm CT
In person at Stellar Hog - Holly Hills
5623 Leona St, St.Louis, MO 63116
Admit Two Ticket with Book, Admit One Ticket with Tasting Menu (Tasting Menu SOLD OUT) Inspired by the Cookbook prepared by Stellar Hog
Tasting Menu has sold out. We still have Admit Two tickets which will be available at the door!
Left Bank Books & Stellar Hog presents
wildly popular Guga Foods YouTube channel host
Gustavo Tosta,
who will share his bold new cookbook from the most adventurous BBQ guru on YouTube
Guga: Breaking the Barbecue Rules
at the Stellar Hog - Holly Hills on April 25th at 7pm!
Tickets for the event will include a book and a limited number of tickets will include a tasting menu inspired by recipes from the book prepared by Stellar Hog.
Please purchase a ticket to attend the meet and greet event.
Order additional copies of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Guga will sign additional copies for sale from Left Bank Books.
If you are unable to make it in person, you can have books shipped to you.
Guga (aka Gustavo Tosta) and his wildly popular Guga Foods YouTube channel are known for teaching fans how to make both classic recipes as well as more adventurous recipes for incredible barbecue that is out of this world. In Guga: Breaking the Barbecue Rules, Guga teaches readers how to make classic smoking and grilling recipes along with amazing sides, sandwiches, seasonings, rubs, and sauces that all feature Guga's fun and bold approach to cooking with smoke and fire. With his energetic and enthusiastic approach to all things BBQ, Guga encourages his fans and followers to try new things and never be afraid to fail. Featuring over 90 incredible recipes as well as simple tips and tricks that will teach fans everything Guga has learned through the years, this is not just another barbecue book!

A bold new cookbook from the most adventurous BBQ guru on YouTube.

There are lots of barbecue gurus out there, but Guga (aka Gustavo Tosta) does it just a bit differently and bit more boldly. Through his popular Guga Foods YouTube channel, Guga teaches his fans how to make out-of-this-world barbecue, as well as incredible sides, sandwiches, tacos, sauces, and more. In Guga: Breaking the Barbecue Rules, Guga shows readers how to make traditional barbecue recipes like smoked brisket, Texas-style ribs, and steak, but he also adds his larger-than-life flair to recipes like picanha (a Brazilian specialty), Korean-style chicken wings, and sweet-and-spicy pork belly. In addition to barbecue recipes, this beautiful cookbook contains recipes for sides like smoked mac and cheese, Japanese potato salad, and elotes (grilled Mexican street corn), fried bacon bread knots, and even Brazilian deep-fried bananas. Guga will teach even the most seasoned barbecue connoisseurs some new tricks, and beginning enthusiasts will learn how to take barbecue to an entirely different level. This is not just another barbecue book!

Here's what's inside:

  • 100 amazing recipes that will inspire even the most seasoned BBQ fans, including recipes for beef, pork, poultry, and fish, as well as recipes for sandwiches, sides, sauces, rubs, and more!
  • Beautiful photography throughout the book.
  • Expert cooking tips and tricks that Guga's fans have come to love and appreciate.
  • Simple, straightforward instructions for techniques like dry-aging, smoking, deep-frying, and more.


The Stellar Hog is a family-owned BBQ joint in South St. Louis, MO. Head Chef, Alex Cupp has created an out-of-this-world barbecue experience by using the highest quality meats seasoned with house-made rubs while served in a humble, but spacious classic BBQ setting.




Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - 7:00pm