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Scott Alexander Hess - River Runs Red

Thursday, August 1, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Scott Alexander Hess, River Runs RedLeft Bank Books welcomes former St. Louisan Scott Alexander Hess, who will sign and discuss his new novel, River Runs Red!

The christening of the world’s first skyscraper on the shores of the Mississippi River is the backdrop for River Runs Red, Lambda Literary Award finalist Scott Alexander Hess' new novel set in St. Louis circa 1891. Clement Cartwright returns to his St. Louis hometown as the heralded architect of the Landsworth Building. He soon becomes embroiled in both a business feud, and an illicit affair with a young card shark. The city's wealthiest citizen mounts a vicious crusade to ruin Cartwright—a plan that includes blackmail and culminates in a sensational court trial. Amidst it all, the Mississippi river surges higher and higher, threatening to flood as the scandalous trial speeds to a shocking and violent conclusion.

"At once gritty, poetic, and romantic, Hess' masterful, elegant style weaves these diverse elements into a seamless narrative that touches the heart of what it means to be human." --Kirkus Reviews (of The Butcher's Sons)

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

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

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

William J. Burns - The Back Channel

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

William J Burns, The Back ChannelOver the course of more than three decades as an American diplomat, William J. Burns played a central role in the most consequential diplomatic episodes of his time—from the bloodless end of the Cold War to the collapse of post–Cold War relations with Putin’s Russia, from post–9/11 tumult in the Middle East to the secret nuclear talks with Iran. Drawing on a trove of newly declassified cables and memos, Burns gives readers a rare inside look at American diplomacy in action. “The Back Channel” is an eloquent, deeply informed, and timely story of a life spent in service of American interests abroad. It is also a powerful reminder, in a time of great turmoil, of the enduring importance of diplomacy.

Presented by the St. Louis County Library ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Casey Cep - Furious Hours

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

Casey Cep, Furious HoursReverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a vigilante shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante's trial was Harper Lee, who returned to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own “In Cold Blood,” the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research 17 years earlier. Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

2019 Suspense Night

Thursday, June 6, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Suspense NightOne of the library’s most popular annual events, Suspense Night brings together popular mystery writers from across the country for an evening of readings and a panel discussion on the craft of suspense writing. The theme for the 2019 Suspense Night will be crime fiction for movies and television.

This year's authors are: Reed Farrel Coleman (What You BreakRobert B. Parker’s Colorblind), Jeffery Deaver (The Never GameThe Burial Hour), Meg Gardiner (UnsubInto the Black Nowhere), and Greg Hurwitz (Out of the Dark; Orphan X). With Special Guest Appearance by actor, director and television producer Ken Olin.

Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America—Midwest Chapter, presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

Monte Reel - A Brotherhood of Spies

Monday, June 17, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Monte Reel, A Brotherhood of SpiesAward-winning journalist Monte Reel presents a thrilling narrative of the top-secret Cold War-era spy plane operation that transformed the CIA. On May 1, 1960, an American U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union just weeks before a peace summit between the two nations. The CIA concocted a cover story for President Eisenhower to deliver, assuring him that no one could have survived a fall from that altitude. But against all odds, pilot Francis Gary Powers emerged from the wreckage and was seized by the KGB. He confessed to espionage charges, revealing to the world that Eisenhower had just lied to the American people—and to the Soviet Premier. In this true-life thriller, Reel reveals how the U-2 spy program, principally devised by four men working in secret, upended the Cold War.

 

Presented by the St. Louis County Library ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series. For more information please call 314-994-3300.

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

Martin Walker - The Body in the Castle Well

Wednesday, June 12, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Martin Walker, The Body in the Castle WellInternationally bestselling suspense writer Martin Walker presents his latest mystery featuring Benoît “Bruno” Courrèges, the unconventional Chief of Police of a small French village. When Claudia, a young American, turns up dead in the courtyard of an ancient castle in Bruno’s jurisdiction, her death is assumed to be an accident related to opioid use. But her doctor persuades Bruno that things may not be so simple. Thus begins an investigation that leads Bruno to Monsieur de Bourdeille, the scholar with whom the girl had been studying. He is a renowned art historian who became extraordinarily wealthy through the sale of paintings that may have been falsely attributed—or so Claudia suggested shortly before her death.

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Linda Kay Klein - Pure

Monday, July 1, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Linda Kay Klein, PureLeft Bank Books welcomes author and Break Free Together founder Linda Kay Klein, who will sign and discuss her new book, Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free!

In the 1990s, a “purity industry” emerged out of the white evangelical Christian culture. Purity rings, purity pledges, and purity balls came with a dangerous message: girls are potential sexual “stumbling blocks” for boys and men, and any expression of a girl’s sexuality could reflect the corruption of her character. This message traumatized many girls and trapped them in a cycle of shame. This is the sex education Linda Kay Klein grew up with. In Pure, Klein uses a potent combination of journalism, cultural commentary, and memoir to reveal the devastating effects evangelical Christianity’s views on female sexuality has had on a generation of young women.

"Linda Kay Klein’s book about the devastating effects of Christianity’s obsession with purity culture is a revelation... Part memoir and part journalism, Pure is a horrendous, granular, relentless, emotionally true account." --The Cut

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Pure 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.

Monday, July 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

SF STL: James S. A. Corey - Tiamat's Wrath

Thursday, October 3, 7pm
Left Bank Books

James S. A. Cory, Tiamat's WrathLeft Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with the bestselling writing duo behind James S. A. Corey, who will sign and discuss the eighth book in The Expanse series, Tiamat's Wrath!

Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper. In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed, and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. At the heart of the empire, Teresa Duarte prepares to take on the burden of her father's godlike ambition. And throughout the wide human empire, the scattered crew of the Rocinante fights a brave rear-guard action against Duarte's authoritarian regime.

"Corey deftly weaves multiple points of view to create a dense and colorful tapestry of political intrigue, personal relationships, and sophisticated technology that bursts with action but also delivers an introspective view of the characters as they age and reflect on their purpose and the value of their lives." —Booklist (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Tiamat's Wrath 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.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 7:00pm

Lindenwood Craft Talks - TaraShea Nesbit and Shena McAuliffe

Wednesday, June 5, 7pm
Lindenwood University, Harmon Hall 209 S Kingshighway St.

TaraShea Nesbit, Shena McAullifeLindenwood University welcomes authors TaraShea Nesbit and Shena McAullife, who will host a craft talk on the art of writing historical fiction!

TaraShea Nesbit the author of The Wives of Los Alamos, which was a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice, among other accolades. Her second novel, Beheld, about the arrival of the Mayflower passengers, will be published in early 2020.  Her essays have been featured in GrantaNinth LetterThe GuardianFourth Genre, Salon, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor at Miami University.

Shena McAuliffe's stories and essays have appeared in Conjunctions, Alaska Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, Better: Culture and Lit, and elsewhere. Her debut novel, The Good Echo, won the 2017 Big Moose Prize and will be published by Black Lawrence Press in late 2018. She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Washington University in St. Louis and  a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah. A former R.P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College, she is an Assistant Professor of Fiction at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

This event is presented by Lindenwood University. For more information, please call 363-949-4536.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

Hip Hop Appreciation Week: An Evening with Hanif Abdurraqib

Wednesday, May 15, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch, 1301 Olive St.

Hanif AbdurraqibSt. Louis Public Library's Hip Hop Appreciation Week presents An Evening with Hanif Abdurraqib!

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of The Crown Ain't Worth Much, nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, named a best book of 2017 by NPR, Pitchfork, Oprah Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Slate, Esquire, GQ, and Publisher's Weekly, among others. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine, and a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing. Abdurraqib has multiple forthcoming books including a new collection of poems A Fortune For Your Disaster and a history of Black performance in the United States titled They Don't Dance No Mo'.

Hanif Abdurraqib will be reading from his latest work, a biography on A Tribe Called Quest titled Go Ahead In The Rain, and a moderated question and answer session will follow the reading. Following the event Hanif will be signing books outside Central Library's auditorium. Books will be available to purchase from Left Bank Books.

This event is presented by the St. Louis Public Library. For more information, please call 314-241-2288.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

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