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LBB Presents: StacyPlays - Wild Rescuers: Expedition on the Tundra

Thursday, March 5, 6pm
Left Bank Books

stacyplays, wild rescuersLeft Bank Books presents  YouTube superstar, StacyPlays, who will sign her third installment in her Minecraft-inspired fantasy adventure series, Wild Rescuers: Expedition on the Tundra. 

Stacy is determined to uncover the truth about the special abilities of the wolf pack that raised her.

Stacy always knew that the wolves who raised her weren’t like other animals. Normal wolf packs don’t free hedgehogs from traps or bake pumpkin pies for adopted children. But ever since Basil recovered from getting struck by lightning, Stacy’s wolves have become supernaturally special. They’ve each developed their own unique ability—able to breathe underwater, run at impossible speeds, heal wounds, and more—but how?

Determined to uncover the truth, Stacy leads the pack north, toward their arctic ancestors. But the harsh tundra biome pushes the pack to its limits—especially because Stacy is still determined to rescue animals in need that they meet along the way. Can the pack make it in this frozen environment long enough to discover the truth? And is Stacy prepared for what the truth actually is?

The friendship and high-stakes adventure continue in the third installment of the Minecraft-inspired series based on Stacy’s YouTube channel. Join the wolf pack for more daring animal rescues and a quest to unravel a mystery that will take the pack far beyond the world they know.

Stacy Hinojosa, better known as StacyPlays on the internet, holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University and spent several years as a website editor and celebrity interviewer before she was introduced to Minecraft in 2012. She immediately fell in love with telling stories through video games and began posting them to YouTube. Her imaginative building series and fun-filled adventures with her wolf pack earned her a loyal audience of over 1.9 million subscribers and more than a billion total views. When she’s not visiting Minecraft biomes in real life around the world, Stacy splits her time between the mountains of northern Utah and the desert in southern Utah with her dog, Molly, and her cats, Milquetoast and Pipsqueak (all rescued by her, of course). Visit her at

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


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Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm

Progresswomen presents: WE REFUSE TO BE SILENT

Thursday, February 20, 6:30pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton

ProgressWomen presents WE REFUSE TO BE SILENT, an event on democracy, gun violence, & abortion. Moderated by Kimberly Norwood, Henry H. Oberschelp Professor, Washington University School of Law.

progresswomen, we refuse to be silentCharles Jaco is a journalist, novelist and author who has worked for NBC News, CNN, Fox 2, KMOX and KTRS. He is a columnist for the Northsider/Southsider newspapers and Host of The Jaco Report.

Sarah Kendzior is best known for her reporting on St. Louis and the 2016 election, her academic research on authoritarian states, and her New York Times bestselling debut The View from Flyover Country. She is an op-ed columnist for the Globe and Mail and was named one of Foreign Policy's “100 people you should be following on Twitter to make sense of global events.” Her reporting has been featured in Politico, The Atlantic, Fast Company, The New York Times, and more. She lives in St. Louis.

Jonathan M. Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II professor of sociology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and director of its Center for Medicine, Health, and Society. He is the author of several books and a prominent expert on gun violence and mental illness. He hails from Kansas City, Missouri, and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Meet the authors and book signing after the program!


$75 = Program, signed copies of both books, preferred front row reserved seating

$25 = Program Only

$10 NOW FREE = Students with School ID

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:30pm

LBB Presents: Cassandra Clare - Chain of Gold

Monday, March 9, 7pm
The Link Auditorium, 4504 Westminster

Left Bank Books presents #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare, who will sign and discuss her first novel in a brand-new trilogy where evil hides in plain sight and love cuts deeper than any blade. Chain of Gold is a Shadowhunters novel. Cassandra will be in conversation with Libba Bray.

cassandra clare, chain of goldCordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to London in hopes of preventing the family’s ruin. Cordelia’s mother wants to marry her off, but Cordelia is determined to be a hero rather than a bride. Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms, secret assignations, and supernatural salons, where vampires and warlocks mingle with mermaids and magicians. All the while, she must hide her secret love for James, who is sworn to marry someone else.

But Cordelia’s new life is blown apart when a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London. These monsters are nothing like those Shadowhunters have fought before—these demons walk in daylight, strike down the unwary with incurable poison, and seem impossible to kill. London is immediately quarantined. Trapped in the city, Cordelia and her friends discover that their own connection to a dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers—and forced a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero.

Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Eldest Curses series, as well as the internationally bestselling Dark Artifices trilogy, Mortal Instruments series, and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson; Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman; and Ghosts of the Shadow Market with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Kelly Link, and Robin Wasserman. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and made into a feature film and a TV show. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at

libba brayLibba Bray is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Diviners series, the Los Angeles Times Book prize finalist Beauty Queens, the 2010 Printz Award-winning Going Bovine, and the acclaimed Gemma Doyle trilogy. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit her website at

Purchase of a ticket is required to attend the event, enter the singing line and meet Cassandra Clare. Cassandra will personalize ONE presigned copy of CHAIN OF GOLD and each attendee will receive ONE signed bookplate to add to the backlist book of their choice.  Additional signed copies of CHAIN OF GOLD will be available at the event. There will be no posed photos, however an action photo can be taken while Cassie is signing your book.

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Monday, March 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLPL Presents: Eric Klinenberg - Palaces for the People

Wednesday, January 15, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library- Schlafly Branch, 225 N Euclid

eric klinenberg, palaces for the peopleSt. Louis Public Library presents New York Times bestselling author Eric Klinenberg who will discuss his vital, illuminating book, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life.

This provocative book reframes our conception of civic life, arguing that the resilience of our communities rests not on shared values but on shared spaces capable of fostering crucial, sometimes even life-saving connections. In clear, accessible prose, Klinenberg explains that today’s most pressing issues—crime, education, the opioid crisis and climate change—can all be addressed with place-based policies, and demonstrates how such policies have been put into effect with great success. 

Book signing follows the presentation.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents: Eliese Colette Goldbach - Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit

Thursday, March 5, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch, 225 N Euclid

eliese goldbach, rustLeft Bank Books presents award winning author and midwest steelworker, Eliese Colette Goldbach, who will sign and discuss her debut memoir Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit.

Rust is an incredibly affecting memoir that chronicles Eliese's decision, after years of pursuing higher education and struggling to find stable employment, to apply for a union job at the Cleveland steel mill. At the mill, Eliese is a rare breed: a woman working in a physically demanding and male-dominated industry, and a liberal millennial laboring alongside conservative Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers. With tremendous grace and empathy, Eliese straddles many of the fraught lines that are currently dividing our country and offers an evocative, illuminating portrait of blue-collar America in all its nuance and humanity. Beyond taking readers into the belly of the furnace, Eliese also explores how the steel mill provides her with a sense of stability that allows her to finally confront a years-long struggle with bi-polar disorder and the lingering trauma of a college sexual assault. For these reasons and more, RUST is a truly unforgettable memoir that will appeal to readers of Hillbilly Elegy, Heartland, and Educated—and many more.

Eliese Colette Goldbach is a steelworker at the ArcelorMittal Cleveland Temper Mill. She received an MFA in nonfiction from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Western Humanities Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Best American Essays 2017. She received the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Award and a Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant from the Ohioana Library Association, which is given to a young Ohio writer of promise.

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

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents: Steve Berry - The Warsaw Protocol

Monday, February 24, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

steve berry, warsaw protocolSt. Louis County Library presents bestselling author Charles Finch who will sign and discuss his new book The Last Passenger.

In international bestselling political suspense author Steve Berry’s latest Cotton Malone adventure, one by one the seven precious relics of the Arma Christi, the weapons of Christ, are disappearing from sanctuaries across the world. After former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone witnesses the theft of one of them, he learns a private auction is about to be held where incriminating information on the president of Poland will be offered to the highest bidder—blackmail that both the United States and Russia want. The price of admission to that auction is one of the relics. Malone is thrust into a bloody battle between three nations over information that, if exposed, could change the balance of power in Europe.

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

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents: Charles Finch - The Last Passenger

Wednesday, February 19, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

charles finch, last passengerSt. Louis County Library presents bestselling author Charles Finch who will sign and discuss his new book The Last Passenger.

Bestselling historical suspense author Charles Finch presents the third and final in a prequel trilogy to his lauded series starring Victorian era gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox. In “The Last Passenger,” a young and eager Charles Lenox faces his toughest case yet: a murder without a single clue. Slumped in a first-class car at Paddington Station is the body of a young, handsome gentleman. He has no luggage, empty pockets, and no sign of violence upon his person—yet Lenox knows instantly that it’s not a natural death. Pursuing the investigation against the best wishes of Scotland Yard, the detective encounters every obstacle London in 1855 has to offer, from obstinate royalty to class prejudice to the intense grief of his closest friend.

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

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:00pm

River Styx Reading Series Presents: Natalie Scenters-Zapico & Alan Shapiro

Monday, February 17, 7pm
High Low, 3301 Washington

River Styx cultivates the literary arts in St. Louis and beyond through its magazine and community programs.The River Styx Reading Series is their main recurring event during the fall, winter, and spring, in which they invite both local and national acclaimed writers to read their work for a St. Louis audience.

river styx february 2020

Natalie Scenters-Zapico is from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, U.S.A., and Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México. Her first book The Verging Cities (Center for Literary Publishing 2015) won the PENAmerican/Joyce Osterweil Award, Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers Award, NACCS Foco Book Prize, and the Utah Book Award. Lima :: Limón, her second poetry collection, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2019. Scenters-Zapico's poems have appeared in a wide range of anthologies and literary magazines including Best American Poetry 2015, POETRY, Tin House, Kenyon Review, and more. Currently, she holds fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and CantoMundo. A recipient of the 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, Scenters-Zapico is Poet in Residence at the University of Puget Sound.

Alan Shapiro has published many poetry collections, including Reel to Reel, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Night of the Republic, finalist for both the National Book Award and the International Griffin Prize; four books of prose, including The Last Happy Occasion, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, LA Times Book Prize, an award in literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, he is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His new book, Against Translation, was published in March, 2019.

Readings start at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. $5 general admission. $4 students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents: Gabriel Bump - Everywhere You Don't Belong

Tuesday, February 11, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Gabriel Bump, Everywhere you don't belongSt. Louis County Library presents author Gabriel Bump who will sign and discuss his new book Everywhere You Don't Belong.

In this powerful, edgy, and funny debut novel about making right and wrong choices, Gabriel Bump gives us an unforgettable and lovable protagonist, Claude McKay Love. Claude is a young black man in search of a place where he can fit; born on the South Side of Chicago, he is raised by his Civil Rights-era grandmother, who tries to shape him into a principled actor for change. After a riot consumes his neighborhood, Claude decides to escape Chicago through college and discover a new life and identity. But as he learns, there’s no escaping the people and places that made him. Written in a fierce and original voice attuned to the ironies inherent in our 21st century landscape, “Everywhere You Don’t Belong” marks the arrival of a brilliant young talent.

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents: Jerry Mitchell - Race Against Time

Monday, February 10, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

jerry mitchell, race against timeSt. Louis County Library presents award winning reporter Jerry Mitchell who will sign and discuss his new book Race Against Time.

On June 21, 1964, more than twenty Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers—killings that would become known as the “Mississippi Burning” case. It took forty-one years before the mastermind was finally convicted. Investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell unearthed secret documents, found long-lost witnesses, and built up evidence strong enough to take on the Klan. Mitchell’s relentless investigations led to the reopening of three other infamous killings from the days of the Civil Rights Movement: the assassination of Medgar Evers, the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, and the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham. “Race Against Time” is an astonishing, courageour story of a historic race for justice, as the past is uncovered, clue by clue, and long-ignored evils are brought into the light.

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

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 7:00pm


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