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Jill Orr – The Bad Break

Wednesday, April 11, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books and the Greater St. Louis Branch of Sisters in Crime welcome Columbia, MO author Jill Orr, who will sign and discuss the second book in her Riley Ellison mystery series, The Bad Break, with author and SinC Greater St. Louis president Fedora Amis!

Riley Ellison has taken a leap of faith by giving up her comfortable job at the Tuttle Corner Library for the exciting world of print journalism. Except that so far, it hasn’t been very exciting. Everything changes when Riley’s former co-worker Tabitha finds her future father-in-law dead on the floor of his office, and Riley is asked to write his obituary—but when they discover Tabitha’s fiancé’s knife sticking out of his father’s chest, Riley finds herself with a murder investigation to cover as well. Despite warnings from her new boyfriend Jay, Riley blurs the line between reporter and investigator. Will Riley’s rookie mistakes lead to more than just her byline on the obituary page?

“Riley 'Bless Her Heart' Ellison is a breath of fresh air—a funny, empathic, millennial heroine.” —Susan M. Boyer, Lowcountry Bonfire

Sisters in Crime will also present Left Bank Books with their We Love Bookstores award at this event.

Fedora Amis won the Mayhaven Fiction Prize for her Victorian whodunit, Jack the Ripper in St. Louis. Mayhem at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, Fedora’s tribute to Sedalia, Missouri and the world’s biggest traveling show, was a finalist in the 2017 Missouri Writers’ Guild contest. She dons corset and hoop skirts to perform as real historical people and imagined characters from the 1800s. She has one son, Skimmer, who partners Fedora in writing science fiction, fantasy and magical realism.

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

Bob Tewksbury – Ninety Percent Mental

Thursday, May 3, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Tewksbury, who will sign and discuss his new book, Ninety Percent Mental: An All-Star Player Turned Mental Skills Coach Reveals the Hidden Game of Baseball!

In Ninety Percent Mental, Bob Tewksbury shows readers a side of the game only he can provide, given his singular background as both a longtime MLB pitcher and a mental skills coach for two of the sport's most fabled franchises. Tewksbury explores the fascinating psychology behind baseball, such as how players use techniques of imagery, self-awareness, and strategic thinking to maximize performance, and how a pitcher's strategy changes throughout a game. With Tewksbury's esoteric knowledge as a thinking-fan's player and his expertise as a "baseball whisperer," this entertaining book is perfect for any fan who wants to see the game in a way he or she has never seen it before.

“Nobody I've come across in my almost 30 years in the game did more with his God-given talent than Tewks . . . This book is a must read for anyone who wants an inside look into the mental aspects of baseball.” —Joe Buck

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Ninety Percent Mental 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, May 3, 2018 - 7:00pm

Valentine's Celebrity Storytime with Amy E. Sklansky

Saturday, February 10, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Join us for a special Valentine's Celebrity Storytime with St. Louis author Amy E. Sklansky! Amy will read from her children's books Sweet Hearts and My Rainbow Surprise, lead a Valentine's day craft, and share frosted sugar cookies!

Each day is a chance to open our hearts. Let love lead the way—that's how it all starts!! Celebrate your little sweet heart in this imaginative rhyming novelty book with colorful tiered pages and a clever die-cut shape that looks just like a heart! Sweet Hearts is sure to delight curious readers of all ages with its irresistible Valentine's Day theme, rhyming text, and eye-catching illustrations. A satisfying message of love and an irresistible heart shape perfect for reminding little ones they are cherished!

Open your eyes and celebrate a dazzling world of colors in this imaginative rhyming board book with colorful tiered pages and a clever die-cut shape that looks just like a rainbow! My Rainbow Surprise is sure to delight curious readers of all ages with its irresistible rainbow theme, rhyming text, foil title, and eye-catching illustrations by the talented Anna Dunn. A chunky, satisfying novelty board book that celebrates every color of the rainbow!

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

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:30am

Lucy Jane Bledsoe – The Evolution of Love

Thursday, May 17, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning author Lucy Jane Bledsoe, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The Evolution of Love!

A devastating earthquake has just hit the San Francisco Bay Area, cutting off the outside world completely. When Lily decides to fly from Nebraska to California and make the treacherous journey into the Bay Area to find her sister, she knows she's headed for a disaster zone, but nothing prepares her for what she finds. Those who survived and didn’t evacuate are making shelters, running meals programs, rigging their own technologies—and redefining the very meaning of community. A piercing, unforgettable story of hope in the face of crisis, The Evolution of Love asks what it takes for people to come together, what dangers must they fend off in their bid for survival, and what lengths will they go to rebuild home. 

"Given our current seemingly endless string of natural disasters, this is a timely story and a compelling one . . . Bledsoe asks us to think about the resilience of love and hate; what our responsibility to each other is; and who we really are, right down to our DNA. Highly recommended." —Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Evolution of Love 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, May 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

An Evening with David Sedaris

Sunday, April 22, 7:30pm
Peabody Opera House

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms & political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. 

Sedaris is the author of the collections of personal essays Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, & Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, all of which have become bestsellers.

Sedaris's pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker & have twice been included in "The Best American Essays." Since 2011, he can be heard annually on a series of live recordings on BBC Radio 4 entitled "Meet David Sedaris." David Sedaris' new book is a collection of his diaries, entitled Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002).

Tickets may be purchased at the Scottrade Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at ticketmaster.com. There is a facility fee on all tickets purchased at all locations, including at the Scottrade Center Box Office. Additional Ticketmaster service charges and handling fees apply to all tickets purchased through Ticketmaster outlets, by phone or online. For disabled seating, call 314-622-5420.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 7:30pm

The Dramatic Vision of David Henry Hwang

Thursday, January 25, 7pm
St. Louis University Sinquefield Stateroom

An American Soldier traces Private Danny Chen’s journey in the US Army. In boot camp, Danny is welcomed by his band of brothers. But in Afghanistan, his own base becomes enemy territory as military hazing turns deadly. Based on a true story, this opera asks powerful questions about what it means to be an American today.

Opera Theatre’s nationally acclaimed New Works, Bold Voices series is dedicated to creating new operas that resonate with our country in the 21st century. As OTSL prepares to launch the world premiere of An American Soldier, go behind the scenes with a series of exciting events across the St. Louis region. David Henry Hwang is one of America’s most esteemed playwrights and opera librettists, best known for his Tony Award-winning drama M. Butterfly. Hear how he crafted Private Danny Chen’s story into an opera libretto. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at opera-stl.org.

This event is presented by Opera Theatre of St. Louis in partnership with the St. Louis University Library Associates. For more information, please visit opera-stl.org.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

David Wiesner – I Got It!

Friday, April 13, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes three-time Caldecott Medalist and three-time Caldecott honoree David Wiesner, who will sign and discuss his new picture book, I Got It!

David Wiesner brings his trademark artistry and rich imagination to the iconic American game of baseball. The few seconds after the ball leaves the bat can be infinitely long. For this eager young outfielder, there's plenty of time to envision the increasingly fantastic and funny situations that might interfere with making the catch. Summoning determination and courage, he overcomes the imaginary obstacles and turns them into a springboard for success. I Got It! reveals the extraordinary within the ordinary, taking readers on an amazing journey in a few seconds on a baseball field.

"Three-time Caldecott Medalist David Wiesner hits it out of the park with this almost-wordless picture book about a boy who just wants to be part of the baseball team." —Booklist, starred review

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of I Got It! 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.

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

Reading Without Walls with Gene Luen Yang

Saturday, April 7, 4pm
MICDS, Brauer Hall

Left Bank Books welcomes former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang, who will discuss Reading Without Walls, a nationwide program celebrating reading and diversity!

Former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang calls us all to Read Without Walls, exploring books about characters who look or live differently than you, topics you haven’t discovered, or formats that you haven’t tried. Reading Without Walls promotes diversity and opens readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences. In this divided time in our nation’s history, Reading Without Walls is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things.

Reading Without Walls is happening now, and anyone can participate — teachers, librarians, book-sellers, and readers. Just find something new and different to read — and let books open up the world around you. What can YOU do to read without walls?

Gene will also sign books at this event. This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of at least one of Gene's books from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 4:00pm

Celebrity Storytime with Daniel Wiseman – When Your Llama Needs a Haircut

Saturday, January 27, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Join us for Celebrity Storytime with St. Louis illustrator Daniel Wiseman, who will draw and read from his new children's book, When Your Llama Needs a Haircut!

When it’s picture day and you realize your llama needs a haircut, you’ll need a good comb and some luck! This charming and hilarious board book features one shaggy llama and a whole lot of hairstyles! Uh-oh. It’s picture day and someone's a mess! Does your llama need a haircut? After a hilarious shampoo, it’s time to decide which style would be best for your shaggy llama. A mohawk? Layers? Or how about a brand-new fur color? But be careful…or you just might end up with a haircut, too!

 

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

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 10:30am

Tim Youd: St. Louis Retyped

Saturday, March 10, 10:30am - 4pm
Sunday, March 11, 10:30am - 4pm
Monday, March 12, 10:30am - 4pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books and the Contemporary Art Museum welcome performance artist Tim Youd, who will by typing Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs in its entirety in Left Bank Books' Euclid facing window as part of his St. Louis Retyped project for CAM!

Tim Youd has long made drawings and paintings inspired by words and literature. But after a meaningful pilgrimage to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West home, he began to involve himself more directly in the art of the written word, with his decade-long 100 Novels project. Youd types novels. In fact, he retypes already written novels. And he performs these re-typings on the models of typewriters the authors used in the creation of their works. He types each book on a single sheet of paper, which is laid on top of a second sheet of paper and run consecutively through the typewriter. Not surprisingly, Youd came upon the idea for these durational art actions while reading a book. “I understood that, on a formal level what I’d been looking at all those years was a rectangle of black text inside the larger white rectangle,” he says. “I had this urge to compress the book—a physical, palpable urge—so that all the words in the entire novel would be present on that one page.”

At CAM, Youd is scheduled to type works by authors with St. Louis origins: T.S. Eliot, Stanley Elkin, William Burroughs, and Marianne Moore.

For more information, please visit camstl.org.

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

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 10:30am

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