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SLCL Presents Alice Wong

Tuesday, July 28, 7pm
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St. Louis County Library presents Alice Wong.

Alice Wong, "Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century"

Interview moderated by Aimee Wehmeier, President of Paraquad

One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent—but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong brings together this urgent, galvanizing collection of contemporary essays by disabled people.

This virtual event will include an ASL interpreter and closed captioning.

Purchase "Disability Visibility" from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.

The image is of the book cover with multicolored triangles and the book title "Disability Visibility" over it. The image includes a photo of an Asian American woman in a power chair. She is wearing a blue shirt with a geometric pattern with orange, black, white, and yellow lines and cubes. She is wearing a mask over her nose attached to a gray tube and bright red lip color. She is smiling at the camera. Photo credit: Eddie Hernandez Photography

This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Anne Applebaum

Friday, July 24, 7pm
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St. Louis County Library presents Anne Applebaum.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist explains, with electrifying clarity, why some of her contemporaries have abandoned liberal democratic ideals in favor of strongman cults, nationalist movements, or one-party states. Describing politicians, journalists, and intellectuals who have abandoned democratic ideals in the UK, U.S., and Europe, Applebaum reveals the patterns that link the new advocates of illiberalism and charts how they use conspiracy theory, political polarization, and nostalgia to change their societies.

Purchase book from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.

This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.'

 

 

 

 

Friday, July 24, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Wes Moore

Friday, July 17, 7pm
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St. Louis County Library presents Wes Moore.

Wes Moore, "Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City"

Acclaimed author of "The Other Wes Moore" and "The Work," Wes Moore presents a kaleidoscopic account of five days in the life of a city on the edge, told through seven characters on the frontlines of the uprising that overtook Baltimore following the killing of Freddie Gray. Each shifting point of view contributes to an engrossing, cacophonous account of one of the most consequential moments in our recent history--but also a passionate appeal about the deeper causes of the violence and the small seeds of hope planted in its aftermath.  

Interview moderated by Dr. Kira Banks, Associate Professor of Psychology - Saint Louis University and co-Founder of the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity 

Purchase the book from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

 

 

Friday, July 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Linda Castillo

Wednesday, July 15, 7pm
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St. Louis County Library presents Linda Castillo.

Linda Castillo, "Outsider: A Kate Burkholder Mystery"

Bestselling author Linda Castillo presents an electrifying new thriller in her series about Kate Burkholder, a woman who returns to the Amish community she was raised in as its Chief of Police. In "Outsider," Kate's past comes back to haunt her when a former friend shows up in Painter's Mill in the middle of a blizzard, desperate for help.   

Purchase signed books from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping. 

This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Camilla Lackberg, "The Golden Cage"

Thursday, July 9, 7pm
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St. Louis County Library presents Camilla Lackberg.

With over 23 million books sold worldwide, Swedish author Camilla Lackberg is an international superstar in the suspense genre. Her latest, "The Golden Cage," is a sexy psychological thriller that tells the story of a scorned wife of a billionaire and her delicious plot to get her revenge. 

Purchase book from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick up and $10.00 delivery in St. Louis. $3.99 standard shipping.

This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Jackson Bird - Sorted

Wednesday, August 12, 7pm CST
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This event is also a fundraiser to support St. Louis' MTUG (Metro Trans Umbrella Group). We ask that monetary donations be made directly to MTUG, or, you can buy a copy of Sorted by Jackson Bird to be gifted to someone in the trans community here in St. Louis (just leave a note in the comments while buying the book that it is a donation to MTUG).

Left Bank Books welcomes  LGBTQ+ advocate Jackson Bird, who will discuss his new memoir, Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place, on Facebook Live at 7pm CST on August 12. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of Sorted from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

An unflinching and endearing memoir from LGBTQ+ advocate Jackson Bird about how, through a childhood of gender mishaps and an awkward adolescence, he finally sorted things out and came out as a transgender man in his mid-twenties.

When Jackson Bird was twenty-five, he came out as transgender to his friends, family, and anyone in the world with an internet connection. Assigned female at birth and raised as a girl, he often wondered if he should have been born a boy. Jackson didn’t share this thought with anyone because he didn’t think he could share it with anyone. Growing up in Texas in the 1990s, he had no transgender role models. He barely remembers meeting anyone who was openly gay, let alone being taught that transgender people existed outside of punchlines.

In this “soulful and heartfelt coming-of-age story” (Jamia Wilson, director and publisher of the Feminist Press), Jackson chronicles the ups and downs of growing up gender confused. Illuminated by journal entries spanning childhood to adolescence to today, he candidly recalls the challenges and loneliness he endured as he came to terms with both his gender and his bisexual identity. With warmth and wit, Jackson also recounts how he navigated the many obstacles and quirks of his transition––like figuring out how to have a chest binder delivered to his NYU dorm room and having an emotional breakdown at a Harry Potter fan convention. From his first shot of testosterone to his eventual top surgery, Jackson lets you in on every part of his journey—taking the time to explain trans terminology and little-known facts about gender and identity along the way. “A compassionate, tender-hearted, and accessible book for anyone who might need a hand to hold as they walk through their own transition or the transition of a loved one” (Austin Chant, author of Peter Darling), Sorted demonstrates the power and beauty in being yourself, even when you’re not sure who “yourself” is.

Jackson Bird is a YouTube creator and LGBTQ+ advocate dedicated to demystifying the transgender experience. His TED Talk “How to talk (and listen) to transgender people” has been viewed over a million times. Jackson is a recipient of the GLAAD Rising Star Digital Innovator Award and lives in New York City. You can follow him online @JackIsNotABird.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Page, "Like" the page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins).

 

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Larry Tye - Demagogue

Tuesday, July 28, 6pm CST
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Left Bank Books welcomes New York Times bestselling author Larry Tye, who will discuss his new book, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy, on Facebook Live at 6pm CST on July 28. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of Demagogue from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

The definitive biography of the most dangerous demagogue in American history, based on first-ever review of his personal and professional papers, medical and military records, and recently unsealed transcripts of his closed-door Congressional hearings

In the long history of American demagogues, from Huey Long to Donald Trump, never has one man caused so much damage in such a short time as Senator Joseph McCarthy. We still use “McCarthyism” to stand for outrageous charges of guilt by association, a weapon of polarizing slander. From 1950 to 1954, McCarthy destroyed many careers and even entire lives, whipping the nation into a frenzy of paranoia, accusation, loyalty oaths, and terror. When the public finally turned on him, he came crashing down, dying of alcoholism in 1957. Only now, through bestselling author Larry Tye’s exclusive look at the senator’s records, can the full story be told.

Demagogue is a masterful portrait of a human being capable of immense evil, yet beguiling charm. McCarthy was a tireless worker and a genuine war hero. His ambitions knew few limits. Neither did his socializing, his drinking, nor his gambling. When he finally made it to the Senate, he flailed around in search of an agenda and angered many with his sharp elbows and lack of integrity. Finally, after three years, he hit upon anti-communism. By recklessly charging treason against everyone from George Marshall to much of the State Department, he became the most influential and controversial man in America. His chaotic, meteoric rise is a gripping and terrifying object lesson for us all. Yet his equally sudden fall from fame offers reason for hope that, given the rope, most American demagogues eventually hang themselves.

“Larry Tye’s Demagogue nails the defining biography of Joe McCarthy. I grew up a Cold War kid watching it all on television. I thought I knew it all, but Tye makes it real. To understand Donald Trump, you have to understand Joe McCarthy first, and Tye’s your guide.” —John Kerry, former US Secretary of State

“Tye has written a fabulous, can't-put-down examination of one of the most dangerous politicians in American history. But Demagogue is more than a biography—it's a warning of the peril we are facing.” — William Cohen, former US Secretary of Defense

Larry Tye is the best-selling author of Bobby Kennedy and Satchel, as well as Superman, The Father of Spin, Home Lands, and Rising from the Rails, and co-author, with Kitty Dukakis, of Shock. Previously an award-winning reporter and national writer at the Boston Globe and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, he now runs the Boston-based Health Coverage Fellowship. He lives in Massachusetts.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Page, "Like" the page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins).

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Mary Robinette Kowal - Relentless Moon

Wednesday, July 29, 7pm CST
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Left Bank Books welcomes Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal, who will discuss her new book, The Relentless Moon: A Lady Astronaut Novel, on Facebook Live at 7pm CST on July 29. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of The Relentless Moon: A Lady Astronaut Novel from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

Mary Robinette Kowal continues her Hugo and Nebula award-winning Lady Astronaut series, following The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky, with The Relentless Moon.

The Earth is coming to the boiling point as the climate disaster of the Meteor strike becomes more and more clear, but the political situation is already overheated. Riots and sabotage plague the space program. The IAC’s goal of getting as many people as possible off Earth before it becomes uninhabitable is being threatened.

Elma York is on her way to Mars, but the Moon colony is still being established. Her friend and fellow Lady Astronaut Nicole Wargin is thrilled to be one of those pioneer settlers, using her considerable flight and political skills to keep the program on track. But she is less happy that her husband, the Governor of Kansas, is considering a run for President.

“An immersive world that will stay with the reader well past the final page.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This is what NASA never had, a heroine with attitude.”The Wall Street Journal

Mary Robinette Kowal was the 2008 recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and a Hugo winner for her story “For Want of a Nail.” Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies. She also writes the Glamourist History series, which began with Shades of Milk and Honey. A professional puppeteer and voice actor, she spent five years touring nationally with puppet theaters. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and many manual typewriters.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Page, "Like" the page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins).

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: S. A. Cosby - Blacktop Wasteland

Tuesday, July 14, 7pm CST
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Left Bank Books welcomes 2019 Anthony Award winner S. A. Cosby, who will discuss his new novel, Blacktop Wasteland, on Facebook Live at 7pm CST on July 14. Cosby will be in conversation with Independent Publisher "IPPY" award winner Kellye GarrettJoin us on our Facebook Page and order copies of Blacktop Wasteland from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

A husband, a father, a son, a business owner…And the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi.

Beauregard “Bug” Montage is an honest mechanic, a loving husband, and a hard-working dad. Bug knows there’s no future in the man he used to be: known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best wheelman on the East Coast.

He thought he'd left all that behind him, but as his carefully built new life begins to crumble, he finds himself drawn inexorably back into a world of blood and bullets. When a smooth-talking former associate comes calling with a can't-miss jewelry store heist, Bug feels he has no choice but to get back in the driver's seat. And Bug is at his best where the scent of gasoline mixes with the smell of fear.

Haunted by the ghost of who he used to be and the father who disappeared when he needed him most, Bug must find a way to navigate this blacktop wasteland...or die trying.

Like Ocean’s Eleven meets Drive, with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.

“Sensationally good—new, fresh, real, authentic, twisty, with characters and dilemmas that will break your heart. More than recommended.” —Lee Child

“The gritty, brutal narrative is complemented by the author’s sublime use of sensory description and regional imagery. In addition, the epic, jaw-dropping chase sequences that figure prominently are reason alone to read this pedal-to-the-metal but profoundly sorrowful novel. Cosby is definitely a writer to watch." —Publishers Weekly

Shawn A. Cosby is a writer from Southeastern Virginia, now residing in Gloucester, Virginia. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. His short story "The Grass Beneath My Feet" won the Anthony award for best short story in 2019. He is also the author of My Darkest Prayer and Brotherhood of the Blade. His writing is influenced by his experience as a bouncer, construction worker, retail manager and for six hours a mascot for a major fast food chain inside the world's hottest costume. When he isn't crafting tales of murder and mayhem he assists the dedicated staff at J.K. Redmond Funeral home as a mortician's assistant. He is an avid hiker and is also known as one hell of a chess player.

Kellye Garrett (East Orange, NJ) spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for Cold Case. The first book in her Detective by Day Mystery series, Hollywood Homicide, won the Agatha, Lefty and Independent Publisher "IPPY" awards for best first novel. A former magazine editor, she holds a BS in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC's famed film school. She now works for a leading media company and brainstorms ways to commit murder for her novels.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Page, "Like" the page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins).

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Virtual Celebrity Storytime: Nick Kennedy & Josh Trujillo - Lost Beast, Found Friend

Tuesday, July 7, 11am CST
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Left Bank Books is excited to present another Virtual Celebrity Storytime! We welcome illustrator Nick Kennedy and author Josh Trujillo, who will read aloud their new picture book, Lost Beast, Found Friend, on Facebook Live at 11am CST on July 7. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of Lost Beast, Found Friend from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

Lost Beast, Found Friend is the moving, uplifting adventure story about an unlikely friendship between a young girl and a magical beast.

Keelee is a brave, young girl who discovers a purple, fuzzy, funny beast! Together the two must make their way across this fantastic land to return Beast to his home. This is a touching tale of friendship and fun that children will want to revisit again and again. The children’s book is the debut of painter Nick Kennedy and comics writer Josh Trujillo (Dodge City). Lost Beast, Found Friend transports readers to a lush, tropical world, and Kennedy’s unique style gives Keelee and her new friend a vivid fantasy world to play in. This book will stick with readers of all ages long after story-time is over. Lost Beast, Found Friend is a charming and vibrant adventure story for the explorer in all of us!

Josh Trujillo is a writer, editor, and comic book creator based in San Rafael, California. He has worked with clients including Boom! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, Shanken Creative Group, Oni Press, Telltale Games, and DC Comics, among others. His work spans different genre and audiences, specializing in children's fiction, fantasy, humor, history, romance, gaming, and LGBTQ issues. Trujillo speaks for inclusiveness and diversity in popular media, and works alongside groups including the USC ONE Archive and Prism Comics. Josh loves his dog, his country, and is of good moral fiber. You can remain updated on his work by following Josh on Twitter @LostHisKeysMan.

Nick Kennedy grew up in Alabama, drawing all day long. When he got older, he moved to California. He kept drawing and painting and creating all kinds of art. He is home whenever there is a box of colors and an empty piece of paper.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Page, "Like" the page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins).

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 11:00am

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