Author Events

LBB Virtual Kids Club: James Solheim - Eat Your Woolly Mammoths! - Book Launch

Saturday, April 23, 1pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with a headshot of author James Solheim on the left half and a picture of the cover of "Eat Your Woolly Mammoths!" on the right halfLeft Bank Books welcomes Missouri native & children's book author
James Solheim,
who will discuss the stories behind the world's most delicious, nutritious, and amazing foods--from the Stone Age to the future in
Eat Your Woolly Mammoths!: Two Million Years of the World's Most Amazing Food Facts, from the Stone Age to the Future,
on our Facebook Live Page at 1pm CT on April 23rd.
James will read aloud from the book and discuss some of the fun facts and recipes from the book.
Join us for this Pre-Publication LAUNCH EVENT on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED* copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
*James Solheim will sign bookplates for this event!
 
 

Food, glorious food!

If there's one thing that transcends time, it's our love for food! But what did people generations ago consume? And what will we eat in the years ahead? James Solheim's Eat Your Woolly Mammoths! serves up the stories behind the world's most delicious, nutritious, and amazing foods--from the Stone Age to the future. For readers who love the fascinating facts that bring history to life. Let the feast begin!

Would you like a plate of woolly mammoth? Or perhaps a sample of fresh tuna eyeballs? From scorpions on sticks and llama salami to oysters and chocolate chip cookies, you'll travel through the centuries and around the world and discover the amazing foods that have been eaten--and enjoyed--throughout history.

Eat Your Woolly Mammoths! explores the history of food and is full of fun, digestible facts that young historians, cooks, and scientists will gobble up. An accessible, educational, and funny text combined with laugh-out-loud illustrations make this ideal pick for independent readers and snackers everywhere. A great choice for readers who munched through Ripley's Believe It or Not: Fun Facts and Silly Stories and the National Geographic Kids: Weird but True books.

Includes sidebars, fun facts, recipes, additional resources, and more!

 

James Solheim is the author of It's Disgusting and We Ate It!, illustrated by Eric Brace. Powered as a child by his grandmas' Norwegian cooking--lefse and sandbakkels and søtsuppe (potato tortillas, sugar cookies, and sweet soup)--he now speaks Norwegian with his own kids and continues his family's traditions. But his grandmas' kindness is his biggest family tradition of all. He lives in Nebraska.

 

To order a personalized bookplate, just leave your note for personalization in the order comments on your online order. James will sign bookplates that will be sent out with your book. The book will be officially released on May 3rd. Order a copy before that date to request personalization.

 

You can watch live on Left Bank's YouTube channel. To participate on Facebook, log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You can watch on either location without logging in, but in order to comment or interact with the program, you must be logged in.

Saturday, April 23, 2022 - 1:00pm

Clark Lecture Series: Tony Messenger - Profit and Punishment

Sunday, April 10, 7pm CT
In person at the First Unitarian Church of St. Louis
5007 Waterman Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63108
Click to register for the free event
 
Clark Lecture Series
Profit and Punishment: How America Criminalizes the Poor in the Name of Justice
with Tony Messenger
 

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Tony Messenger is the metro columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and author of Profit and Punishment: How America Criminalizes the Poor in the Name of Justice, his first book.

In 2019, Messenger won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his series of columns on debtors' prisons in Missouri. In 2016, Messenger was awarded a Missouri Honor Medal, the highest award bestowed by the University of Missouri's School of Journalism. That same year he won a National Headliner for editorial writing. In 2015, Messenger was a Pulitzer finalist for his series of editorials on Ferguson, and won the Sigma Delta Chi award for best editorials of the year, given by the Society of Professional Journalists.

 

Tony will be available for a Q&A and book signing after his lecture. Books will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books.

Please register for the free event HERE

Sunday, April 10, 2022 - 7:00pm

Barbara Ballinger & Margaret Crane with Ellen Futterman - Not Dead Yet: Rebooting Your Life After 50

Thursday, April 21, 6pm CT
In person at the St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch
225 N Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
RSVP for the in person event HERE
Watch virtually at Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page
 
Rectangular image with a picture of the two authors Barbara Bollinger and Margaret Crane on the left half and a picture of the cover of "Not Dead Yet" on the right halfLeft Bank Books & St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch welcome former St. Louisans
Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane,
who will discuss with humor, optimism, energy and honesty the book that will help readers face what comes their way as they age,
Not Dead Yet: Rebooting Your Life After 50,
in person at the St. Louis Public Library - Schafly Branch
and virtually on our Facebook Live Page at 6pm CT on Thursday, April 21st.
Editor for the St. Louis Jewish Light,
Ellen Futterman,
will emcee the program.
Join us in person or on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
RSVP for the in person event HERE
 
Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane will sign copies available for purchase at the event or online (for pick up or for mail out).
 
 
 
Barbara Ballinger is an award-winning freelance journalist, author, and reporter who has interviewed a variety of celebrities and experts from Tipper Gore to Martha Stewart, Danny Meyer, Rosalynn Carter, Lorraine Bracco, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Ruth Reichl. She has covered diverse topics from business to design, real estate, entertaining, food, law, and personal finance. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Crain's ChicagoBusiness, HGTV, American Bar Association Journal, House Beautiful, Multifamily Executive, Developer, Realtor, Robb Report, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Travel & Leisure, Triple AAA magazine, Midwest Living, Units, and more. Of the 19 books she has authored, 10 have been with Margaret Crane. The first was Corporate Bloodlines: The Future of the Family Firm, and the most recent, Suddenly Single after 50 and The Kitchen Bible.
 
Margaret Crane is a nationally known freelance writer focusing on business, food, wine, fashion, home furnishings, and real estate. She has interviewed such luminaries as Jack Buck, Virginia Johnson, Sally Quinn, Moshe Dayan, Shimon Peres, Dr. Benjamin Spock, David Ben Gurion, Tippi Hedren, and many others. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Beverage Journals, Crain's Chicago Business, Family Business Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Midwest Living, The New York Times, Newsweek, Realtor, St. Louis Business Journal, St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis Magazine, St. Louis Town & Style, The Wine Spectator, and Your Company. A proven author with 10 titles to her credit, Margaret's latest book with Barbara is Suddenly Single After 50 and The Kitchen Bible. She formerly worked as a senior writer and researcher at Jewish Federation of Saint Louis, where she helped launch and maintain an award-winning website. In 2019, she moved from her childhood home in St. Louis, MO., to New York City to live and write.
 
Not Dead Yet is the mantra of the current boomer population of 73 million who still think of themselves as young. This cohort is facing challenges as they age but are not content to throw in the towel on a full and rewarding life. The authors help readers face what's comes their way as they age with humor, optimism, energy, and honesty
Two long-time, seventy-something writing partners share how they and other aging boomers can navigate this new stage of their lives with optimism, energy, humor, honesty, and empathy. It's a gift to reach old age and to arrive there well and ready for more years. The two authors of Not Dead Yet find that it's time now to tidy-up their lives--to live fully in the moment with less clutter, better planning, and to free themselves to travel more, read, work, volunteer, and enjoy grown children and grandchildren. These later years bring challenges but also the advantage of wisdom about their minds and bodies. Not Dead Yet is the one book that brings home all the challenges in witty, meaty chapters that provide realistic solutions through the experiences of its two female septuagenarian authors, as well as through those of other boomer women and men of varying incomes, religions, ethnicities, and locations. From sex and dating to travel and volunteer work, writers Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane, who faced becoming single in their last book, Suddenly Single After 50, now cope with the older decades by employing the same humor, honest storytelling, empathy, and energy. Their conclusions reflect a firm resolve that there is much life yet to be lived. Giving hope, guidance, and optimism to readers, they provide affirmation for anyone hoping to clear the hurdles and live life fully, presently, and with an eye toward fulfillment and wellness.
 
 
"In their second book on the topic, Barbara and Margaret share their refreshingly funny points of view on what it means to find joy in daily life regardless of the challenges we all face. While everyone has their own unique prescription to happiness, lessons on inventorying one's work life before retirement, focusing on relationships and staying connected to our own needs have proven time and again to be the best medicine. My mother told me she felt like she really came into her own in her 50s, and my experience has been the same. As this book shows, we all still have much to look forward to - and because of our life experience, more tools to call on."--Penny Pennington, managing partner, Edward Jones
 
"Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane provide their reader with positive and thought-provoking stories in their page-turner book, Not Dead Yet. Their personal interviews with a diverse group of women in the second half of life encourage a woman to explore positive options on how to thrive, not just survive. The explorer Ponce de Leon discovered 'The Fountain of Youth;' Barbara and Margaret discovered several choices on the way 'happiness thinks' in a woman's journey over 60."--Susan Honey Good, author, named a Top 50 Influencer 2021, founder of HoneyGood.com
 

For the in person event, the presentation and conversation will start at 6pm at the St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch, 225 N Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108. RSVP for the in person event HERE

You can watch live on Left Bank's YouTube channel. To participate on Facebook, log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You can watch on either location without logging in, but in order to comment or interact with the program, you must be logged in.

Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 6:00pm

Kathryn Davis - Aurelia, Aurelia: A Memoir

Thursday, April 14, 7pm CT
In person at the High Low
3301 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103
Watch virtually at Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page
**Vaccination and masks required for in person attendance**
 
Rectangular image with headshot of author Kathryn Davis on the left and a picture of the cover of "Aurelia, Aurelia" on the rightLeft Bank Books welcomes Washington University professor and novelist
Kathryn Davis,
who will discuss the first work of nonfiction by one of our most inventive novelists,
Aurelia, Aurélia: A Memoir,
in person at the High Low literary arts cafe
and virtually on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on Thursday, April 14th.
Join us in person or on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Davis will be in conversation with David Schuman, director of the MFA program at Washington University in St. Louis.
 
**Proof of vaccination and mask will be required for entry to the in person event.** Guests will need to bring a photo ID AND either their physical vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card.
 
Kathryn Davis will sign copies ahead of the event available for purchase at the event or online (for pick up or for mail out).
 
 
 
Kathryn Davis is the author of six novels. She has received the Kafka Prize, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. She teaches at Washington University, and lives in Vermont and St. Louis, Missouri.
 
 

An eerily dreamlike memoir, and the first work of nonfiction by one of our most inventive novelists.

Aurelia, Aurélia begins on a boat. The author, sixteen years old, is traveling to Europe at an age when one can "try on personae like dresses." She has the confidence of a teenager cultivating her earliest obsessions--Woolf, Durrell, Bergman--sure of her maturity, sure of the life that awaits her. Soon she finds herself in a Greece far drearier than the Greece of fantasy, "climbing up and down the steep paths every morning with the real old women, looking for kindling."

Kathryn Davis's hypnotic new book is a meditation on the way imagination shapes life, and how life, as it moves forward, shapes imagination. At its center is the death of her husband, Eric. The book unfolds as a study of their marriage, its deep joys and stinging frustrations; it is also a book about time, the inexorable events that determine beginnings and endings. The preoccupations that mark Davis's fiction are recognizable here--fateful voyages, an intense sense of place, the unexpected union of the magical and the real--but the vehicle itself is utterly new.

Aurelia, Aurélia explodes the conventional bounds of memoir. It is an astonishing accomplishment.

"As a fan of her novels, I knew what to expect from Kathryn Davis: the beautiful prose, the depth of thought, the originality, the wit. But I was not prepared to be as moved as I was reading her intensely poignant memoir. She has a gift for writing about the most difficult subjects with honesty, precision, and grace, and though much of it is heartbreaking Aurelia, Aurélia made me rejoice." --Sigrid Nunez

"This is simply an incomparable book. Kathryn Davis has created what feels like a parallel plane of existence where lucky strangers--readers--are allowed to briefly visit." --Heidi Julavits

"[Aurelia, Aurélia is] like one of those remote places populated by landrace flora and fauna that exist nowhere else on earth. . . . [Kathryn Davis] has written a memoir that mimics the atemporal quality of the episodes that give meaning to life. Aurelia, Aurélia doesn't care for the constraints of melody, but is nonetheless an entrancing song."--Molly Young, The New York Times

 

For the in person event, the presentation and conversation will start at 7pm at the High Low, 3301 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103. Vaccination and masks are required for in person attendees.

You can watch live on Left Bank's YouTube channel. To participate on Facebook, log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You can watch on either location without logging in, but in order to comment or interact with the program, you must be logged in.

Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 7:00pm

Robin Roberts - Brighter by the Day

Thursday, April 14, 5:30pm CT / 6:30pm ET
Exclusive Online Event - SIGNED Book Purchase to gain admission

Left Bank Books, Blue Willow Bookstore, A Likely Story, Vroman's, Old Firehouse Books, Books & Greetings, and the Cuyahoga Public Library
welcome Emmy-winning Good Morning America anchor
Robin Roberts,
for a special virtual event to celebrate the release of
Brighter by the Day: Waking Up to New Hopes and Dreams,
in an exclusive online event at 5:30pm CT / 6:30pm ET on Thursday, April 14th.
Robin Roberts will be in conversation with award winning correspondent with ABC News
Deborah Roberts.
Order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to gain access to the event & support authors and independent bookstores!
Please purchase before April 14th, 5pm CT to gain access to the event.
If you are not able to attend live, a recording will be available a few days after the event for people who have purchased the book.
 
About our Speaker
Robin Roberts is the anchor of ABC's Good Morning America and the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Everybody's Got Something. Under her leadership, the broadcast has won three consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program and has been the #1 morning show in America for 9 years running. She also serves as the president at Rock'n Robin Productions, where she actively oversees creative content and new business partnerships. Previously, Roberts was a contributor to ESPN. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Peabody for her documentation of her own medical odyssey and the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
 

Previously, Roberts was the bureau chief of WFTV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando, from February 1987 to May 1990, and also served as the field anchor for NASA and co-anchor of the weekend news.

Roberts began her career in 1982 at WTVM-TV in Columbus, Georgia, and subsequently worked at WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she was highly praised for her coverage of the state legislature.

A 1982 graduate of the University of Georgia, Roberts was awarded the 1992 University of Georgia Distinguished Alumnus Award, presented annually to recent graduates who have excelled rapidly in their professions. She also earned a Sports Emmy nomination for her coverage of the 1992 Olympics and was cited as top local female anchor by the Orlando Sentinel.

Roberts is also an author, recently penning a book with her husband, NBC weatherman Al Roker, called Been There Done That. She resides in Manhattan with her husband and their two children.

 

 

From the beloved host of Good Morning America and New York Times bestselling author Robin Roberts, a guide to instilling hope and optimism into readers' lives, infusing their days with positivity and encouragement.

Over the last 16 years as the esteemed anchor of Good Morning America, Robin Roberts has helped millions of people across the country greet each new morning, gracing our screens with heart and humility. She has sought to bring a bit of positivity into each day, even in the most trying of times. Now, she shares with readers the guidance she's received, her own hard-won wisdom, and eye-opening experiences that have helped her find the good in the world and usher in light--even on the darkest days.

Drawing on advice and knowledge she gleaned from conversations with loved ones, spiritual practices, and life experiences, Robin offers a window into how she feeds her own mind, spirit, and soul and invites readers to do the same. With a deeply personal touch, she explains that just like any skill, optimism requires practice and demonstrates how we can shift our mindsets and give ourselves permission to let our best intentions take root and be true.

Full of profound insight and the compassion to meet readers wherever they are on their journey, this contemplative and uplifting read is a breath of fresh air that will bring a dose of joy into your daily life.

"Heartfelt and encouraging. Fans of Roberts and newcomers alike can benefit from the continuation of her message as they begin forging their own paths."-- Kirkus Reviews

 

To access the event, please purchase a SIGNED copy of Brighter by the Day: Waking Up to New Hopes and Dreams from Left Bank Books. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. You will receive an email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event. Thank you for supporting Left Bank Books!

Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 5:30pm

John Hendrix with Abram C. Van Engen - Holy Ghost LAUNCH EVENT

Tuesday, May 10, 7:15pm CT
In person at the High Low performing arts space
3301 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103
Watch virtually at Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page
**Vaccination and masks required for in person attendance**
**NOTE NEW DATE** This event has been moved to May 10th to the new publication date for the book
 
Rectangular image with headshot of author John Hendrix on the left, a picture of the cover of "Holy Ghost" on the top right, and a headshot of Abram C. Van Engen on the bottom rightLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis' New York Times bestselling and award-winning artist
John Hendrix,
who will discuss the new charming, funny, and thought-provoking collection of spiritual comics
The Holy Ghost: A Spirited Comic,
in person for this LAUNCH EVENT at the High Low Performing Arts Space
and virtually on our Facebook Live Page at 7:15pm CT on Tuesday, May 10th.
Hendrix will be in conversation with Washington University Associate Professor of English
Abram C. Van Engen.
Join us in person or on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
**Proof of vaccination and mask will be required for entry to the in person event.** Guests will need to bring a photo ID AND either their physical vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card.
 
John Hendrix will sign copies ahead of the event available for purchase at the event or online (for pick up or for mail out).
 
About our Speakers

John Hendrix is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator. His books include The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler, named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, and Drawing Is Magic: Discovering Yourself in a Sketchbook. His award-winning illustrations have appeared on book jackets and in newspapers and magazines. He is chair of the MFA Illustration and Visual Culture program in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Hendrix lives in Webster Groves, Missouri.

Abram C. Van Engen is associate professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, where he is also associate professor (by courtesy) at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.

 

About Holy Ghost: A Spirited Comic

From the New York Times bestselling and award-winning artist John Hendrix comes this charming, funny, and thought-provoking collection of spiritual comics

Does God exist? Is there a heaven? What's the point of it all? Do we even matter?

This collection of thought-provoking, humorous comic strips is a series of conversations between a squirrel, a badger, and a friendly blue ghost who may or may not be one third of the Holy Trinity. Charming, witty, and at times poignant, yet never holier-than-thou, New York Times bestselling and award-winning illustrator John Hendrix tackles some of life's greatest questions. Whether you consider yourself faithful or a nonbeliever, these delightfully off-kilter comics deliver laughter, comfort, and philosophical musings with humble, honest spirit--and just the right dose of playful irreverence.

 

Publishers Weekly (02/28/2022):

Cartoonist Hendrix's first collection is an amusing and sensitive exploration of Christian belief. In single-page comics, the Holy Ghost collects prayers, ponders beauty, and thwarts evil spirits. The majority, though, are conversations between the Ghost and an unnamed squirrel who vacillates between yearning to find meaning in pain and refusing to accept that God exists, with the periodic appearance of a fundamentalist badger. In a masterful avoidance of treacle, Hendrix probes tender ideas like seeing God in emptiness and ugliness, the challenge of loving the outsider, and cosmic insignificance. There are niche Christian theology jokes (Ghost gives the squirrel the ability to speak French on Pentecost and claims God made farts to remind humans of their inner state of decay) alongside more universal laughs (Ghost's reflection on beauty is undercut by bird poop). Hendrix portrays a surprising range of emotions with his simple character drawings. The Ghost plays across a range with only empty eyes and a mouth, and squirrel's tight lines play into his tensions. The handwritten text adds a charming earnestness. Hendrix sidesteps the try-hard "cool pastor" problem and also the schmaltz of Precious Moments. It's a delightful trove that'll provoke reflection and grins. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Apr.)

Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

 

For the in person event, the presentation and conversation will start at 7:15pm at the High Low, 3301 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103. Vaccination and masks are required for in person attendees.

You can watch live on Left Bank's YouTube channel. To participate on Facebook, log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You can watch on either location without logging in, but in order to comment or interact with the program, you must be logged in.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 7:15pm

Jane McGonigal with Charles Duhigg - Imaginable

Saturday, March 26, 5pm CT / 6pm ET
Exclusive Online Event - Register here to gain admission to this free event*

Left Bank Books and Books & Books with Miami Book Fair + independent bookstores welcome future forecaster
Jane McGonigal,
for a special virtual event to celebrate
Imaginable: How to See the Future Coming and Feel Ready for Anything--Even Things That Seem Impossible Today,
in an exclusive online event at 5pm CT / 6pm ET on March 26th.
McGonigal will be in conversation with bestselling author of The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg.
Order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
If you are not able to attend live, a recording will be available.
 

About the Author:

Jane McGonigal is a future forecaster and designer of reality games created to improve real lives and solve real problems. She is also the author of two New York Times bestselling books, Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (Penguin Press, 2011) and SuperBetter: The Power of Living Gamefully (Penguin Press, 2016), and her TED talks on how gaming can improve our lives have more than 15 million views. She is the Director of Games Research & Development at the Institute for the Future, a non-profit research group in Palo Alto, California, currently teaches the course “How to Think Like a Futurist” at Stanford University, and is the lead instructor for the Institute for the Future's series on the Coursera platform. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

About the Moderator: 

Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and the author of The Power of Habit, which has spent over three years on bestseller lists and has been translated into 40 languages, and Smarter Faster Better, also a bestseller. Mr. Duhigg writes for The New Yorker Magazine and is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School. He has been a frequent contributor to CNBC, This American Life, NPR, The Colbert Report, PBS’s NewsHour and Frontline. He was also, for one terrifying day in 1999, a bike messenger in San Francisco.

 

A world-renowned future forecaster and game designer teaches us to envision the future before it arrives--and gives us the tools to help shape the world we want to live in.

The COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most disruptive events in human history, has made it more challenging than ever to feel prepared, hopeful, and equipped to face the future with optimism. How do we map out our lives when it feels impossible to predict what the world will be like next week, let alone next year or next decade? What we need now are strategies to help us recover our confidence and creativity in facing uncertain futures.

In Imaginable, Jane McGonigal draws on the latest scientific research in psychology and neuroscience to show us how to train our minds to think the unthinkable and imagine the unimaginable. She invites us to play with the provocative thought experiments and future simulations she's designed exclusively for this book, with the goal to: 

  • Build our collective imagination so that we can dive into the future and envision, in surprising detail, what our lives will look like ten years from now
  • Develop the courage and vision to solve problems creatively
  • Take actions and make decisions that will help shape the future we desire
  • Access "urgent optimism," an unstoppable force within each of us that activates our sense of agency 

Imaginable teaches us to be fearless, resilient, and bold in realizing a world with possibilities we cannot yet imagine--until reading this transformative, inspiring, and necessary book.

 

This event is free. Your support for Left Bank Books helps us continue to bring incredible authors to the St. Louis literary community.

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Saturday, March 26, 2022 - 5:00pm

Anna Quindlen with Kelly Corrigan - Write for Your Life

Tuesday, April 12, 6pm CT / 7pm ET
Exclusive Online Event - Book Purchase to gain admission

Rectangular image with a headshot of author Anna Quindlen on the left, a picture of the cover of "Write for Your Life" on the top right, and a headshot of Kelly Corrigan on the bottom rightLeft Bank Books and Books & Books with Miami Book Fair + independent bookstores welcome #1 NY Times Bestselling Author
Anna Quindlen,
for a special virtual event to celebrate the release of
Write for Your Life,
in an exclusive online event at 6pm CT / 7pm ET on Tuesday, April 12th.
Quindlen will be in conversation with NY Times Bestselling Author, 
Kelly Corrigan.
Order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to gain access to the event & support authors and independent bookstores!
Please purchase before April 12th, 5pm CT to gain access to the event.
If you are not able to attend live, a recording will be available a few days after the event for people who have purchased the book.
 

About our Speakers

Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of many novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller’s Valley. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.

Kelly Corrigan is an author of 4 NYT bestsellers, host of a weekly podcast and radio show, Kelly Corrigan Wonders, and the host and Exec Producer of a new interview show on PBS, Tell Me More.

 

About Write for Your Life

In this clarion call to pick up a pen and find yourself from "one of our most astute chroniclers of modern life" (The New York Times Book Review), #1 New York Times bestselling author Anna Quindlen shows us how anyone can write, and why everyone should.

What really matters in life? What truly lasts in our hearts and minds? Where can we find community, history, humanity? In this lyrical new book, the answer is clear: through writing. This is a book for what Quindlen calls "civilians," those who want to use the written word to become more human, more themselves.

Write for Your Life argues that there has never been a more important time to stop and record what we are thinking and feeling. Using examples from past, present, and future--from Anne Frank to Toni Morrison, from love letters written after World War II to journal reflections from nurses and doctors today-- Write for Your Life vividly illuminates the ways in which writing connects us to ourselves and to those we cherish. Drawing on her personal experiences not just as a writer but as a mother and daughter, Quindlen makes the case that recording our daily lives in writing is essential.

When we write we not only look, we see; we not only react but reflect. Writing gives you something to hold onto in a changing world. "To write the present," Quindlen says, "is to believe in the future."

"[Quindlen] is one of our most astute chroniclers of modern life." --The New York Times Book Review

"Thank goodness for Anna Quindlen. [She] is smart. And compassionate. And witty. And wise." --Detroit Free Press

 

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 6:00pm

SLCL Presents Adriana Trigiani

Friday, April 29th, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Bestselling Novelist Adriana Trigiani, author of “The Good Left Undone.” 
 
From Adriana Trigiani, the beloved author of twenty novels including “The Shoemaker’s Wife” and “Kiss Carlo,” comes a lush, immersive novel about three generations of Tuscan artisans with one remarkable secret. Matelda, the Cabrelli family’s matriarch, has always been brusque and opinionated. Now, as she faces the end of her life, she is determined to share a long-held secret with her family about her own mother’s great love story. Riveting, beautifully written, and based on a meticulously researched true story, “The Good Left Undone” transports readers to the beautiful Italian coastline on the brink of World War II. 
 
Doors open at 6:00pm.
MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES.
Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.
Books for signing will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.
 
Friday, April 29, 2022 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Theresa Brown

Thursday April 21st, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Theresa Brown, author of “Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient.”
 
 
Nurse, New York Times contributing writer, and bestselling author Theresa Brown tells an intensely personal story about breast cancer. She brings us along with her from the mammogram that would change her life through her diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Despite her training and years of experience as an oncology and hospice nurse, she finds herself continually surprised by the lack of compassion in the medical maze. Brown draws us into her work with the unforgettable details of her daily life—the needles, the chemo drugs, the rubber gloves, the frustrated patients—but from her new perch as a patient, she also takes a look back with rare candor at some of her own  cases as a nurse and considers what she didn’t know then and what she could have done better.  
 
 
Doors open at 6:00pm.
MASKS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES.
Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended.

Books for signing will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.

Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 7:00pm

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