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SF STL: Charlie Jane Anders - The City in the Middle of the Night

Monday, February 18, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S 12th St.

Charlie Jane Anders, The City in the Middle of the NightLeft Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with Nebula Award-winning author Charlie Jane Anders, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The City in the Middle of the Night!

The bestselling author of All the Birds in the Sky delivers a brilliant new novel set in a hauntingly strange future. January is a dying planet —divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other. Humanity clings to life, spread across two archaic cities built in the sliver of habitable dusk. But life inside the cities is just as dangerous as the uninhabitable wastelands outside. Sophie, a student and reluctant revolutionary, is supposed to be dead, after being exiled into the night. Saved only by forming an unusual bond with the enigmatic beasts who roam the ice, Sophie vows to stay hidden from the world. But fate has other plans —and Sophie's ensuing odyssey and the ragtag family she finds will change the entire world.

“Like a classic from another timeline…This book has notes of Ursula K. LeGuin and Philip Pullman.” —Robin Sloan, author of Sourdough

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The City in the Middle of the Night from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!

A free, secure and well-lit parking lot is located directly across from the Mad Art Gallery event space. It can accommodate up to 100 cars. Plus, on-street parking in the neighborhood is also free.

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

Andrew Ridker - The Altruists

Tuesday, March 19, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.

Andrew Ridker, The AltruistsLeft Bank Books welcomes Washington University alumnus Andrew Ridker, who will sign and discuss his debut novel, The Altruists, with author and Wash U professor Edward McPherson!

Arthur Alter is in trouble. A middling professor at a Midwestern college, he can’t afford his mortgage, he’s exasperated his much-younger girlfriend, and his kids won’t speak to him. Those children are Ethan, an anxious recluse living off his mother’s money on a choice plot of Brooklyn real estate; and Maggie, a would-be do-gooder trying to fashion herself a noble life of self-imposed poverty. On the verge of losing the family home, Arthur invites his children back to St. Louis under the guise of a reconciliation. But in doing so, he unwittingly unleashes a Pandora’s box of age-old resentments and long-buried memories—memories that orbit Francine, the matriarch whose life may hold the key to keeping them together.

"...one of those super-brilliant, super-funny novels one enjoys in the manner of a squirrel with an especially delicious acorn. I found myself trying to get out of every activity and responsibility just to come back to this novel.” —Gary Shteyngart, author of Lake Success

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Altruists from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 
Click here to pre-order your copy!

Edward McPherson is the author of three books, most recently The History of the Future: American Essays. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, the American Scholar, the Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Salon, Guernica, True Story, the Southern Review, Epoch, Catapult, Essay Daily, Literary Hub, the New York Observer, and Talk, among others. He has received a Pushcart Prize, the PEN Southwest Book Award, the Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction, an Artist Fellowship from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, and the Gesell Award from the University of Minnesota, where he received his MFA. He teaches creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis.

A free, secure and well-lit parking lot is located directly across from the Mad Art Gallery event space. It can accommodate up to 100 cars. Plus, on-street parking in the neighborhood is also free.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

CANCELED: David and Nic Sheff - High

Due to weather conditions, the author event with David & Nic Sheff has been canceled. The St. Louis County Library hopes to reschedule.

Saturday, January 12, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

High, David and Nic SheffFrom David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy, and Nic Sheff, author of Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines, comes the ultimate resource for learning about the realities of drugs and alcohol for middle grade readers. High tells it as it is, with testimonials from peers who have been there and families who have lived through the addiction of a loved one. From how to navigate peer pressure to potential consequences for experimenting, Nic and David Sheff lay out the facts so that young readers can educate themselves.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $20 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of High)
OR
PACKAGE TICKET $25 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of High)

A book signing will follow the presentation.

Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Call 314-994-3300 for more information.

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Steve Legomsky - The Picobe Dilemma

Tuesday, January 15, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Steve Legomsky, The Picobe DilemmaLeft Bank Books welcomes local author and Washington University professor Steve Legomsky, who will sign and discuss his new novel, The Picobe Dilemma!

Brilliant neurosurgeon Jason Stramm sets out to create the practical equivalent of eternal life. He discovers that the human brain permanently stores every memory it has ever recorded, even after death. If only he could access all those memories and store them digitally, he could replay the entirety of a person's experience over and over, forever. Jason plunges in. But as his project progresses, he is increasingly tormented by psychological demons – obsession, fears of failure, fears of success, guilt, marital friction, unrequited love, deepening ethical doubts, and things he wishes he didn't know. Jason’s story is that of a once-happy, reasonably normal husband, father, and professional whose life work steers him along a risky path to possible psychic destruction.

"Very impressive: energetic, suspenseful, and (maybe most importantly) born out of a truly clever & original concept. It made me think, in places, of Poe..." —Ben Dolnick, author of The Ghost Notebooks

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Picobe Dilemma 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.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

CANCELED: SF STL: Ann Leckie - The Raven Tower

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Ann Leckie's event at Left Bank Books has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, February 26, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Ann Leckie, Raven TowerLeft Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with award-winning St. Louis author Ann Leckie, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The Raven Tower, at this special launch event!

For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven's Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven's watch, the city flourishes. But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts. And they have made their own alliances with other gods. The Raven Tower is the breathtaking first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, NYT bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.

"Leckie's tale takes on a mythic, metafictional quality...and the story's elements weave into a stunning conclusion. This impressive piece of craftsmanship cements Leckie's place as a powerful voice in both SF and fantasy." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Raven Tower 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.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

An Evening with Halle Butler & Kea Wilson

Thursday, March 28, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Halle Butler, Kea Wilson, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books welcomes Granta Best Young American Novelist Halle Butler and Washington University alumnus Kea Wilson, who will sign and discuss their newest books, The New Me and We Eat Our Own!

Thirty-year-old Millie just can’t pull it together. Misanthropic and morose, she spends her days killing time at a thankless temp job until she can return home to her empty apartment, where she oscillates wildly between self-recrimination and mild delusion, fixating on all the little ways she might change her life. When the possibility of a full-time job offer arises, it seems to bring the better life she’s envisioning within reach. But with it also comes the paralyzing realization of just how hollow that vision has become. Darkly hilarious and devastating, The New Me is a dizzying descent into the mind of a young woman trapped in the funhouse of American consumer culture.

When a nameless, struggling actor in 1970s New York gets the call that an enigmatic director wants him for an art film set in the Amazon, he doesn’t hesitate: he flies to South America, no questions asked. He quickly realizes he’s made a mistake. The movie is over budget. The production team seems headed for a breakdown. The air is so wet that the celluloid film disintegrates. But what the actor doesn’t realize is that the greatest threat might be the town itself, and the mysterious shadow economy that powers this remote jungle outpost. We Eat Our Own is a thrilling journey behind the scenes of a shocking film and a thoughtful commentary on violence and its repercussions.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The New Me or We Eat Our Own from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click the titles to pre-order your copies!

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

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

OTSL: Representation & Responsibility: Racial and Gender Equity in Film and Television

Sunday, January 20, 1pm
Regional Arts Commission, 
6128 Delmar Blvd.

Kasi Lemmons

Please join us for the second installment of Opera Theatre's 2019 Representation & Responsibility series on Sunday, January 20, at 1 p.m. This community conversation will focus on the topic of racial and gender equity in film and television.

The panel discussion will be followed by a light wine and cheese reception. It is free to attend, but RSVPs are encouraged at opera-stl.org.

Kasi Lemmons
A native of St. Louis, Kasi Lemmons has been acting, writing, and directing for 40 years. She has written and directed films including Eve's Bayou (1997), starring Samuel L. Jackson, and Talk to Me (2007), starring Don Cheadle, and her film Harriet about the life of Harriet Tubman is set to be released in 2019. Some of the stars of Harriet include Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe, and Leslie Odom Jr. She wrote the libretto for Opera Theatre's 2019 world premiere Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

Colleen McGuinness
Colleen McGuinness has written for numerous television shows, including NBC's Emmy-winning 30 Rock, for which she also received Emmy, WGA, and PGA award nominations. She most recently served as a consulting producer on Amazon's Forever, starring Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen, and is now a co-executive producer on Stargirl, an upcoming series for the DC Comics streaming service. She has developed pilots with Tina Fey, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, HBO, and F/X, and is currently creating a show with Reese Witherspoon producing, based on the Curtis Sittenfeld book You Think It, I'll Say It. McGuinness graduated cum laude in English from Harvard University and lives in Los Angeles with her husband Blake, son James, and dog Elaine. 

Cat Neville
Catherine Neville is the producer of St. Louis's own nationally syndicated television series TasteMAKERS and host of Feast TV on KETC. She co-created Sauce Magazine in the early 2000s and launched Feast Magazine in 2010.

This event is presnted by Opera Theatre of St. Louis. For more information, visit www.opera-stl.org.

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 1:00pm

CWE Window Walk 2018

Saturday, December 1, 8, 15 & 22
Central West End

Experience the magic of the holidays at the Central West End's annual Window Walk, now in its 9th year!

Window Walk is a month-long celebration highlighting the many wonderful attributes of the holidays in the CWE, with Holiday fun every Saturday in December. Visitors are invited to stroll amidst elegantly decorated windows while shopping at boutiques, enjoying seasonal libations and delicious meals at local restaurants.

The ninth annual CWE Window Walk kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 1, with additional programming on Dec. 8, 15 and 22.

Activities include street entertainment, live music, special discounts, food and drink offerings, free carriage rides and pictures with Santa. 

For a full schedule of events each Saturday, click here: www.cwewindowwalk.com.

Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 1:00pm

CWE Window Walk 2018

Saturday, December 1, 8, 15 & 22
Central West End

Experience the magic of the holidays at the Central West End's annual Window Walk, now in its 9th year!

Window Walk is a month-long celebration highlighting the many wonderful attributes of the holidays in the CWE, with Holiday fun every Saturday in December. Visitors are invited to stroll amidst elegantly decorated windows while shopping at boutiques, enjoying seasonal libations and delicious meals at local restaurants.

The ninth annual CWE Window Walk kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 1, with additional programming on Dec. 8, 15 and 22.

Activities include street entertainment, live music, special discounts, food and drink offerings, free carriage rides and pictures with Santa. 

For a full schedule of events each Saturday, click here: www.cwewindowwalk.com.

Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 1:00pm

CWE Window Walk 2018

Saturday, December 1, 8, 15 & 22
Central West End

Experience the magic of the holidays at the Central West End's annual Window Walk, now in its 9th year!

Window Walk is a month-long celebration highlighting the many wonderful attributes of the holidays in the CWE, with Holiday fun every Saturday in December. Visitors are invited to stroll amidst elegantly decorated windows while shopping at boutiques, enjoying seasonal libations and delicious meals at local restaurants.

The ninth annual CWE Window Walk kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 1, with additional programming on Dec. 8, 15 and 22.

Activities include street entertainment, live music, special discounts, food and drink offerings, free carriage rides and pictures with Santa. 

For a full schedule of events each Saturday, click here: www.cwewindowwalk.com.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 1:00pm

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