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100 Boots: Roger Reeves and Sawako Nakayasu

Friday, February 1, 7pm
Pulizter Arts Foundation

100 BootsThis series presents readings by a range of emerging, mid-career, and established poets from St. Louis and across the United States. The 100 Boots Poetry Series is co-organized by Jessica Baran, poet and Associate Director of Curatorial and Program Development at Barrett Barrera & Projects Plus Gallery; and Ted Mathys, poet and educator at St. Louis University. Limited-edition broadsides, created by artist Sage Dawson, will be available for free to audience members, and a selection of the poets’ books are for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books. The third event of the season features readings by poets Roger Reeves and Sawako Nakayasu. We encourage visitors to arrive early due to limited seating. To learn more, visit pulitzerarts.org.

This event is presented by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. To learn more, visit pulitzerarts.org.

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

100 Boots: Jen Bervin and Julian Talamantez Brolaski

Friday, November 16, 7pm
Pulitzer Arts Foundation

This series presents readings by a range of emerging, mid-career, and established poets from St. Louis and across the United States. The 100 Boots Poetry Series is co-organized by Jessica Baran, poet and Associate Director of Curatorial and Program Development at Barrett Barrera & Projects Plus Gallery; and Ted Mathys, poet and educator at St. Louis University. Limited-edition broadsides, created by artist Sage Dawson, will be available for free to audience members, and a selection of the poets’ books are for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books. The second event of the season features readings by poets Jen Bervin and Julian Talamantez Brolaski. We encourage visitors to arrive early due to limited seating. To learn more, visit pulitzerarts.org.

This event is presented by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. To learn more, visit pulitzerarts.org.

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Killing Commendatore Midnight Release Party

Monday, October 8, 9pm
Left Bank Books

Calling all Haruki Murakami fans: join us Monday, October 8, for a discussion of Murakami's oft overlooked gem, South of the Border, West of the Sun, at this Midnight Release Party for Killing Commendatore!

While listening to a Murakami playlist, we'll talk about one of LBB bookseller Randy's favorite books and all things Murakami! Adult beverages will be available, with all donations made at the bar going to River City Readers. As the clock approaches midnight, we'll throw around some thoughts about where we think Killing Commendatore will take us. Here's a hint: "In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since."

Then, at the stroke of midnight, you'll recieve your copy of Killing Commendatore! Pre-order your copy, and you'll also get a free, exclusive tote bag, while supplies last! Click here to pre-order your copy!

The bar will be open and music will begin at 9PM; the discussion of South of the Border, West of the Sun will begin at 10PM!

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

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 9:00pm

Caitlyn Collins - Making Motherhood Work

Wednesday, February 27, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Caitlyn Collins, Making Motherhood WorkLeft Bank Books welcomes Washington University assistant professor of sociology Caitlyn Collins, who will sign and discuss her new book, Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving, at this official Launch Party event! Refreshments will be provided.

Of all Western industrialized countries, the United States ranks dead last for supportive work-family policies: No federal paid parental leave. The highest gender wage gap. No minimum standard for vacation and sick days. The highest maternal and child poverty rates. Can American women look to European policies for solutions? Making Motherhood Work draws on interviews that sociologist Caitlyn Collins conducted over five years with 135 middle-class working mothers in Sweden, Germany, Italy, and the United States. She explores how women navigate work and family given the different policy supports available in each country.

Making Motherhood Work is the first cross-cultural investigation of what it feels like to live within different cultural and policy worlds. Mothers (and fathers)—even future ones—need to read this fascinating, thought-provoking, and illuminating book.” —Allison J. Pugh, author of The Tumbleweed Society

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Making Motherhood Work 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.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 7:00pm

Celebrity Storytime Pajama Party with Daniel Wiseman - When Your Monkeys Won't Go to Bed

Saturday, September 15, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Daniel Wiseman, When Your Monkeys Won't Go to BedLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis, illustrator Daniel Wiseman for a Celebrity Storytime Pajama Party, celebration and reading of his new children's book, When Your Monkeys Won't Go to Bed!

Come in your pajamas to participate in the Storytime Pajama Content: the winner will receive a free copy of When Your Monkeys Won't Go to Bed!

Do your monkeys go wild at bedtime? When your monkeys won’t go to bed, you’ll have to be smart. After you race them upstairs and trick them into the tub, it’s time to convince them to get into bed. Let them pick out a good book—or five—and snuggle in close. But be careful…or you just might fall asleep, too!

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

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:30am

Marc Perrusquia - A Spy in Canaan

Wednesdsay, September 26, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Marc Perrusquia, A Spy in CanaanLeft Bank Books welcomes journalist Marc Perrusquia, who will sign and discuss his new book, A Spy in Canaan: How the FBI Used a Famous Photographer to Infiltrate the Civil Rights Movement!

Renowned photographer Ernest Withers captured some of the most stunning moments of the civil rights era—from the age-defining snapshot of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., riding one of the first integrated buses in Montgomery, to the haunting photo of Emmett Till’s great-uncle pointing an accusing finger at his nephew’s killers. But few people know that Withers was also an informant for the FBI. After a long investigation, Memphis journalist Marc Perrusquia broke the story of Withers’s secret life. Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of King’s assassination, A Spy in Canaan explores the life, complex motivations, and legacy of this fascinating figure Ernest Withers, as well as the dark shadow that era’s culture of surveillance has cast on our own time.

”A triumph of investigative reporting, the product of the author’s dogged research . . . A Spy in Canaan brims with new details about the inner workings of the movement in Memphis and beyond.“ —The Washington Post

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of A Spy in Canaan 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.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

Jabari Asim - We Can't Breathe

Wednesday, November 28, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch

Jabari Asim, We Can't BreatheLeft Bank Books welcomes author and St. Louis native Jabari Asim, who will sign and discuss his new book, We Can't Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival!

In We Can’t Breathe, Jabari Asim disrupts what Toni Morrison has exposed as the “Master Narrative” and replaces it with a story of black survival and persistence through art and community in the face of centuries of racism. In eight wide-ranging and penetrating essays, he explores such topics as the twisted legacy of jokes and falsehoods in black life; the importance of black fathers and community; the significance of black writers and stories; and the beauty and pain of the black body. What emerges is a rich portrait of a community and culture that has resisted, survived, and flourished despite centuries of racism, violence, and trauma. These thought-provoking essays present a different side of American history, one that doesn’t depend on a narrative steeped in oppression.

"The author of The N Word upends the standard narrative of African American history and culture in America, told from the perspective of whites, and offers a more accurate understanding of that culture by emphasizing its vibrancy." --Library Journal

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of We Can't Breathe from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 
Click here to pre-order your copy!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 7:00pm

Gay Men's Reading Group - Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Monday, December 17, 7:30pm
Left Bank Books

Join the Gay Men's Reading Group for a discussion of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli!

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met. Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.

Get Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda for 20% off in store and online during the months of November and December!

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

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 7:30pm

100 Boots: Aditi Machado and Geoffrey G. O’Brien

Friday, September 21, 7pm
Pulitzer Arts Foundation

This series presents readings by a range of emerging, mid-career, and established poets from St. Louis and across the United States. The 100 Boots Poetry Series is co-organized by Jessica Baran, poet and Associate Director of Curatorial and Program Development at Barrett Barrera & Projects Plus Gallery; and Ted Mathys, poet and educator at St. Louis University. Limited-edition broadsides, created by artist Sage Dawson, will be available for free to audience members, and a selection of the poets’ books are for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books. The first event of the season features readings by poets Aditi Machado and Geoffrey G. O’Brien.


This event is presented by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. To learn more, visit pulitzerarts.org.

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

Feminist's Night Out with Rebecca Traister - Good and Mad

*Please note: This event has been moved from Foam to the Mad Art Gallery.

Thursday, October 18, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th

Rebecca Traister, Good and MadJoin Left Bank Books for a Feminist's Night Out with bestselling author of All the Single Ladies Rebecca Traister, who will sign and discuss her new book, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger, with activist Pamela Merritt!

In the year 2018, it seems as if women’s anger has suddenly erupted into the public conversation. But long before the Women’s March and the #MeToo movement, women’s anger was not only politically catalytic—but politically problematic. The story of female fury and its cultural significance demonstrates the long history of bitter resentment that has enshrouded women’s slow rise to political power in America, as well as the ways that anger is received when it comes from women as opposed to when it comes from men. With eloquence and fervor, Rebecca Traister tracks the history of female anger as transformative political fuel—as is most certainly occurring today.

Doors and the bar will be open at 6:00pm! Come early, grab a drink, and mingle with your fellow feminists before the show gets started!

“Rebecca Traister has me convinced in this deftly and powerfully argued book that there will be no 21st century revolution, until women once again own the power of their rage."  —Dr. Brittney Cooper (Eloquent Rage)

Ticket Information:

-- A $30 ticket admits one person and includes one hardcover copy of Good and Mad
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 A $35 ticket admits two people and includes one hardcover copy of Good and Mad, plus a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event

Tickets available below. Those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of Good and Mad or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Thursday, October 18. 

Pamela Merritt is co-founder and co-director of Reproaction, a new direct action group forming to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice. Merritt is a founding member of the Trust Black Women Partnership, and she is a contributor to Rewire News. Her writing has been published in the Chicago Sun-Times, Guardian, and Rolling Stone. In 2008, her personal blog, AngryBlackBitch.com, was named one of the world’s 50 most powerful blogs by the Guardian.



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