Author Events

Ed Wheatley - Wrestling at the Chase

Wednesday, October 6, 7pm CT
Meet and Greet from 6pm to 7pm
In person event - West End Grill and Pub (WEGAP)
354 N Boyle Ave,
St. Louis, MO 63108
Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis sports author
Ed Wheatley,
who will discuss his new book
Wrestling at the Chase,
at 7pm CT on October 6th.
This event will be in person. West End Grill and Pub will be co-hosting the festivities.
Social hour and meet & greet will start at 6pm
with the author giving a presentation at 7pm.
Cowboy Bob Orton
will join us in person for this event along with others who were part of the program!
Join us on and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
If you are unable to attend the in person event but would like a signed or personalized copy, just order the book online or over the phone. We will have Ed Wheatley sign your book and have it available for pick up or mail out.
About Wrestling at the Chase

Today, WWE professional wrestling rules television and arenas nationwide. Without Sam Muchnick’s leadership, promotions, and his iconic Wrestling at the Chase program; the sport may never have reached its standing today. Sam was the Vince McMahon of his day and this is the story of the rise of professional wrestling that still continues today on television and local venues across the region and country.

What began as a conversation between two men on an airplane, turned into a near 25-year love affair spanning multiple generations of fans. Wrestling at the Chase’s 1959 premier fueled a phenomenon during wrestling’s “golden years.” It would start a trend that would draw hundreds of men and women dressed to the nines ringside each week in the Khorassan Room of the opulent Chase Park Plaza Hotel. At the same time, as the clock struck 9 o’clock each Saturday evening, hundreds of thousands more sat before their television sets watching the show. They would sit in the comfort of their living rooms feeling just like those swells of society all dressed up ringside. A new audience of thousands more would tune in the next morning for a re-airing of the show.

This is more than the story of Sam Muchnick and Harold Koplar, two men on a plane ride who created their own successful ride of a lifetime with this innovative program. Filled with hundreds of photos, this coffee table style book is the history of professional wrestling and the men and women with the monikers of Bruiser, the Fabulous Moolah, Gorgeous George, King Kong, and Nature Boy to name just a few. It is the story of Wrestling at the Chase and how the three legs of the stool (the location, the delivery, and the product) came together to support nearly three decades of entertainment and countless memories for generations beyond.

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About the Author

Ed Wheatley is an award winning author, film producer, and sports historian. His works have received numerous accolades and awards including Sports Collectors Digest selection as the best book published on baseball in 2017, a 2017 nomination for the Lawrence Ritter Award by the Society for American Baseball Research for the best book in baseball, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s selection as one of the top 25 books of 2020. He has produced two films shown on the PBS network that each received EMMY award nominations, as well as a win in 2020.

"Cowboy" Bob Orton is a retired professional wrestler still residing in the St. Louis area. He is the son of professional wrestler Bob Orton Sr., the brother of professional wrestler Barry Orton, and the father of Randy Orton, one of today’s top wrestlers. Fans will remember “Cowboy” Bob making his presence known on the Wrestling at the Chase program during its latter years.  His dad, in fact, was one of the wrestlers in the premiere episode of the show in 1959.  As the show was winding up its near three decade run, Bob left the fledging NWA (National Wrestling Alliance) and joined the WWF (World Wrestling Federation, now WWE) where he continued his stellar international wrestling career.


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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 7:00pm

Jayne Allen with Tia Williams - Black Girls Must Die Exhausted

Tuesday, October 5, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes debut "author to watch"
Jayne Allen,
who will discuss her debut novel 
Black Girls Must Die Exhausted,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on October 5th.
Allen will be in conversation with bestselling novelist
Tia Williams.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

About Black Girls Must Die Exhausted

"An author to watch!--Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read

The first novel in a captivating three-book series about modern womanhood, in which a young Black woman must rely on courage, laughter, and love--and the support of her two longtime friends--to overcome an unexpected setback that threatens the most precious thing she's ever wanted.

Tabitha Walker is a black woman with a plan to "have it all." At 33 years old, the checklist for the life of her dreams is well underway. Education? Check. Good job? Check. Down payment for a nice house? Check. Dating marriage material? Check, check, and check. With a coveted position as a local news reporter, a paper-perfect boyfriend, and even a standing Saturday morning appointment with a reliable hairstylist, everything seems to be falling into place.

Then Tabby receives an unexpected diagnosis that brings her picture-perfect life crashing down, jeopardizing the keystone she took for granted: having children. With her dreams at risk of falling through the cracks of her checklist, suddenly she is faced with an impossible choice between her career, her dream home, and a family of her own.

With the help of her best friends, the irreverent and headstrong Laila and Alexis, the mom jeans-wearing former Sexy Lexi, and the generational wisdom of her grandmother and the nonagenarian firebrand Ms. Gretchen, Tabby explores the reaches of modern medicine and tests the limits of her relationships, hoping to salvage the future she always dreamed of. But the fight is all consuming, demanding a steep price that forces an honest reckoning for nearly everyone in her life. As Tabby soon learns, her grandmother's age-old adage just might still be true: Black girls must die exhausted.

"An impossible-to-put-down novel chronicling Tabitha Walker's extremely relatable journey through relationships - with men, friends, family, and most importantly, herself. With finely-drawn characterizations and touching life lessons, Jayne Allen paints Tabitha's "adulting" journey with heartbreaking, heartwarming strokes that stayed with me long after I'd finished reading. (On a personal note, as a Black woman who struggles with infertility, it's so refreshing that Allen sheds a light on this rarely-told story.) Sign me up for the trilogy!"--Tia Williams, award-winning author of The Perfect Find and Seven Days in June

"Black Girls Must Die Exhausted is a smart, sophisticated portrait of three very different women, united in both their struggles and their joy. Allen seamlessly blends sharp social commentary with a heartwarming story of friendship between irresistibly complex characters. A fresh, punch-packing debut from an author to watch!" --Emily HenryNew York Times bestselling author of Beach Read


About our Speakers

Jayne Allen is the pen name of Jaunique Sealey, a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School. An avid traveler, she speaks three languages and has visited five continents. Drawing from her unique experiences as an attorney and entrepreneur, she crafts transcultural stories that touch upon contemporary women's issues such as workplace and career dynamics, race, fertility, modern relationships and mental health awareness. Her writing echoes her desire to bring both multiculturalism and multidimensionality to a rich and colorful cast of characters inspired by the magic uncovered in everyday life. Black Girls Must Die Exhausted is her first novel which she calls "the epitaph of my 30s." A proud native of Detroit, she currently lives in Los Angeles.

Tia Williams had a fifteen-year career as a beauty editor for magazines including ElleGlamour, and Essence. In 2004, she pioneered the beauty blog industry with Shake Your Beauty. She wrote the bestselling novel, The Accidental Diva, and penned two YA novels: It Chicks, and Sixteen Candles. Her award-winning novel, The Perfect Find, will be adapted into a Netflix film starring Gabrielle Union. Tia is currently an Editorial Director at Estee Lauder Companies, and lives with her daughter and husband in Brooklyn.


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Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 7:00pm

Yiyun Li with Ayana Mathis - Tolstoy Together

Wednesday, September 29, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books & A Public Space welcome Award-Winning Author
Yiyun Li,
who will discuss her new book 
Tolstoy Together: 85 Days of War and Peace with Yiyun Li,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on September 29th.
Li will be joined by NY Times Bestselling Author
Ayana Mathis.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
A Public Space founder and editor Brigid Hughes will moderate a conversation between author Yiyun Li & author and Tolstoy Together contributor Ayana Mathis about the art of reading, #TolstoyTogether, and their work. 

About Tolstoy Together: 85 Days of War and Peace with Yiyun Li

From the acclaimed author of Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life, a book about the art of reading. In Tolstoy Together: 85 Days of War and Peace, Yiyun Li invites you to travel with her through Tolstoy's novel--and with fellow readers around the world who joined her for an online book club and an epic journey during a pandemic year.

"I've found that the more uncertain life is," Yiyun Li writes, "the more solidity and structure War and Peace provides." Tolstoy Together expands the epic novel into a rich conversation about literature and ways of reading, with contributions from Garth Greenwell, Elliott Holt, Carl Phillips, Tom Drury, Sara Majka, Alexandra Schwartz, and hundreds of fellow readers.

Along with Yiyun Li's daily reading journal and a communal journal with readers' reflections--with commentary on craft and technique, historical context, and character studies, Tolstoy Together: 85 Days of War and Peace includes a schedule and framework, providing a daily motivating companion for Tolstoy's novel and a reading practice for future books.

"Among the many pleasures of the #TolstoyTogether group, while life has often felt on pause (which has ups and downs to it) seeing how much we've read reminds me I've been traveling all along, and not alone."-- Carl Phillips

"A Public Space initiated a communal reading of Tolstoy's War and Peace under the aegis of the novelist Yiyun Li, with the intention of lifting spirits and establishing a common bond among lovers of good literature."-- Joyce Carol Oates, Wall Street Journal

"The brilliant novelist Yiyun Li has started a War and Peace book club online... at A Public Space. You read 12 pages a day of War and Peace in a whole community of readers. And the next thing you know, you have read the book and the pandemic is over and you have read War and Peace, which is terrific."-- Ann Patchett, the PBS Newshour


About our Speakers

Yiyun Li is the author of seven books, including Where Reasons End, which received the PEN/Jean Stein Award; the essay collection Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life; and the novels The Vagrants and Must I Go. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Windham-Campbell Prize, among other honors. A contributing editor to A Public Space, she teaches at Princeton University.

Ayana Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is her first novel.

A Public Space is an independent nonprofit publisher of an eponymous award-winning literary, arts, and culture magazine, and A Public Space Books. Under the direction of founding editor Brigid Hughes since 2006, it has been our mission to seek out overlooked and unclassifiable work, and to publish writing from beyond established confines.


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Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 7:00pm

Kristin Henning with Justin Hansford - Rage of Innocence

Monday, October 4, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcome nationally recognized trainer and consultant on the intersection of race, adolescence, and policing
Kristin Henning,
who will discuss her new book 
The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on October 4th.
Henning will be in conversation with law professor at Howard Law and executive director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center,
Justin Hansford.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
About The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth
A brilliant analysis of the foundations of racist policing in America: the day-to-day brutalities, largely hidden from public view, endured by Black youth growing up under constant police surveillance and the persistent threat of physical and psychological abuse
Drawing upon twenty-five years of experience rep­resenting Black youth in Washington, D.C.'s juve­nile courts, Kristin Henning confronts America's irrational, manufactured fears of these young peo­ple and makes a powerfully compelling case that the crisis in racist American policing begins with its relationship to Black children.
Henning explains how discriminatory and aggressive policing has socialized a generation of Black teenagers to fear, resent, and resist the police, and she details the long-term consequences of rac­ism that they experience at the hands of the police and their vigilante surrogates. She makes clear that unlike White youth, who are afforded the freedom to test boundaries, experiment with sex and drugs, and figure out who they are and who they want to be, Black youth are seen as a threat to White Amer­ica and are denied healthy adolescent development. She examines the criminalization of Black adoles­cent play and sexuality, and of Black fashion, hair, and music. She limns the effects of police presence in schools and the depth of police-induced trauma in Black adolescents.
Especially in the wake of the recent unprece­dented, worldwide outrage at racial injustice and inequality, The Rage of Innocence is an essential book for our moment.
"We've long needed a great book on race and the juvenile legal system. Thanks to Kris Henning, we have it. Deeply researched and passionately argued, The Rage of Innocence details how we criminalize Black children--and explains how we can stop."
--James Forman, Jr., J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, Yale Law School, and Pulitzer-prize winning author of Locking Up Our Own
"Henning's vividly told stories, meticulous research, and trenchant analysis teach us just how widespread the pernicious mistreatment of children of color in contemporary America is--not just on the streets, but in our schools, courts, and social institutions. The Rage of Innocence is much, much more than a compelling and timely indictment of our justice system. It is a deeply disturbing look at what it means to grow up as a Black child in a society that fears, vilifies, and demonizes young people simply because of the color of their skin."
--Laurence Steinberg, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Temple University, and former director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice.
"A vivid and enraging account of how Black children don't get to be children in the eyes of police, politicians, and sometimes their own teachers. Henning, a star defense attorney and law professor, tells stories--in and out of school--of how the new Jim Crow targets Black boys and girls and tears apart families. Lucid analysis from a brilliant scholar at the top of her game, The Rage of Innocence blesses readers with common sense solutions that provide hope that we can do better for our children and our democracy."
--Paul Butler, Albert Brick Professor in Law, Georgetown University, and author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men


About our Speakers

Kristin Henning is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant on the intersection of race, adolescence, and policing. She is the Blume Professor of Law and director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative at the Georgetown University Law Center; from 1998 to 2001 she was the lead attorney of the Juvenile Unit at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Awards she has received include the 2021 Leadership Prize from the Juvenile Law Center and the 2013 Robert E. Shepherd, Jr. Award for Excellence in Juvenile Defense from the National Juvenile Defender Center.

Justin Hansford is a Professor of Law at Howard University also Founder and Executive Director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center. Professor Hansford was previously a Democracy Project Fellow at Harvard University, a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and an Associate Professor of Law at Saint Louis University. He has a B.A. from Howard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He was a founder of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives.

Professor Hansford has received a Fulbright Scholar award to study the legal career of Nelson Mandela and served as a clerk for Judge Damon J. Keith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is a leading scholar and activist in critical race theory, human rights, and law and social movements. He is the co-author of the forthcoming Seventh Edition of Race, Racism, and American Law.

In the wake of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Professor Hansford worked to empower the Ferguson community through community-based legal advocacy. He co-authored the Ferguson to Geneva human rights shadow report and accompanied the Ferguson protesters and Mike Brown’s family to Geneva, Switzerland, to testify at the United Nations.

Professor Hansford has served as a policy advisor for proposed post-Ferguson reforms. At the local, state, and federal level, he testified before the Ferguson Commission, the Missouri Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.


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Monday, October 4, 2021 - 7:00pm

Tarana Burke - Unbound

Thursday, September 23, 6pm CT
Zoom Event - Register for free or purchase book from Left Bank Books for registration link

Left Bank Books and Flatiron Books welcomes Founder of the 'Me Too' Movement and Nonprofit,
Tarana Burke,
who will discuss her highly anticipated memoir
Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement.
The event will be pretaped to air on September 23rd at 7 PM EST / 6 PM CST on Zoom Webinar
with the author participating in a live audience Q&A during the event.
Join us for a CELEBRATION of Tarana Burke's Unbound.
Tarana will be joined by various guests at the NYC Botanical Gardens.
Register here for free and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

About Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement

Searing. Powerful. Needed. --Oprah
"Sometimes a single story can change the world. Unbound is one of those stories. Tarana's words are a testimony to liberation and love." --Brené Brown

From the founder and activist behind one of the largest movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the me too movement, Tarana Burke debuts a powerful memoir about her own journey to saying those two simple yet infinitely powerful words-- me too-- and how she brought empathy back to an entire generation in one of the largest cultural events in American history.

Tarana didn't always have the courage to say me too. As a child, she reeled from her sexual assault, believing she was responsible. Unable to confess what she thought of as her own sins for fear of shattering her family, her soul split in two. One side was the bright, intellectually curious third generation Bronxite steeped in Black literature and power, and the other was the bad, shame ridden girl who thought of herself as a vile rule breaker, not of a victim. She tucked one away, hidden behind a wall of pain and anger, which seemed to work...until it didn't.

Tarana fought to reunite her fractured soul, through organizing, pursuing justice, and finding community. In her debut memoir she shares her extensive work supporting and empowering Black and brown girls, and the devastating realization that to truly help these girls she needed to help that scared, ashamed child still in her soul. She needed to stop running and confront what had happened to her, for Heaven and Diamond and the countless other young Black women for whom she cared. They gave her the courage to embrace her power. A power which in turn she shared with the entire world. Through these young Black and brown women, Tarana found that we can only offer empathy to others if we first offer it to ourselves.

Unbound is the story of an inimitable woman's inner strength and perseverance, all in pursuit of bringing healing to her community and the world around her, but it is also a story of possibility, of empathy, of power, and of the leader we all have inside ourselves. In sharing her path toward healing and saying me too, Tarana reaches out a hand to help us all on our own journeys.


About our Speaker

Tarana Burke has always been struck by a commitment to justice and equity. As the founder of the 'me too' movement and subsequent nonprofit, Burke works to dismantle the cycle of sexual violence and other systemic issues that disproportionately impact marginalized people. Tarana's passion for community organizing began in the late 1980s, when as a young girl she joined a youth development organization called 21st Century. Since then she has launched initiatives around issues of racial discrimination, housing inequality, and economic justice. Her work has connected a vast network of influential people, including much of Hollywood, the founder of the Women's March Tamika Mallory, leading intellectuals and authors like Ishmael Beah and Gloria Steinem. She was 2017 TIME Person of the Year and the winner of the 2019 Sydney Peace Prize, and has been the recipient of countless other accolades. She is the co-editor with Brené Brown of the instant New York Times bestseller You Are Your Best Thing.


You may purchase a copy of Unbound from Left Bank Books online or by phone. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. If you have purchased the book from Left Bank, you will receive an email event reminder a few days prior to the event. You will receive the email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event. You may register for the event for free here. Registration or book purchase is required to attend the event.

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 6:00pm

Eric Garcia with Jason Rosenbaum - We're Not Broken

Tuesday, September 28, 12pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes political journalist
Eric Garcia,
who will discuss his new highly anticipated book 
We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation,
on our Facebook Live Page at 12pm CT on September 28th.
Garcia will be in conversation with St. Louis Public Radio's Political Correspondent
Jason Rosenbaum.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
About We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation
"This book is a message from autistic people to their parents, friends, teachers, coworkers and doctors showing what life is like on the spectrum. It's also my love letter to autistic people. For too long, we have been forced to navigate a world where all the road signs are written in another language."

With a reporter's eye and an insider's perspective, Eric Garcia shows what it's like to be autistic across America.

Garcia began writing about autism because he was frustrated by the media's coverage of it; the myths that the disorder is caused by vaccines, the narrow portrayals of autistic people as white men working in Silicon Valley. His own life as an autistic person didn't look anything like that. He is Latino, a graduate of the University of North Carolina, and works as a journalist covering politics in Washington D.C. Garcia realized he needed to put into writing what so many autistic people have been saying for years; autism is a part of their identity, they don't need to be fixed.

In We're Not Broken, Garcia uses his own life as a springboard to discuss the social and policy gaps that exist in supporting those on the spectrum. From education to healthcare, he explores how autistic people wrestle with systems that were not built with them in mind. At the same time, he shares the experiences of all types of autistic people, from those with higher support needs, to autistic people of color, to those in the LGBTQ community. In doing so, Garcia gives his community a platform to articulate their own needs, rather than having others speak for them, which has been the standard for far too long.

"We're Not Broken is a landmark book at a crucial moment in history, when autistic people are finally being recognized as the ultimate authority on their own lives. Surveying the whole autism landscape - from federal policy to intimate relationships - with heart, insight, and wit, Garcia's book will inspire generations of people on the spectrum to realize their fullest potential." - Steve SilbermanNew York Times best-selling author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

"A bold and progressive exploration of autism in America today, We're Not Broken is an instant classic. Whether it's demystifying policy or profiling the next generation of autistic leaders, Garcia's story is guided by a simple principle: let autistic people articulate their own needs. In that way, to read this book is to listen to them." - Ron FournierNew York Times best-selling author and journalist

"Eric Michael Garcia has written a powerful and immensely clarifying book. We're Not Broken is more than a book about politics, autism and disability. It is an essential meditation on the many ways of being human." - Zachary D. CarterNew York Times best-selling author of The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes

"In this groundbreaking and important book, reporter Eric Garcia uses in-depth interviews, media reports, and the most up-to-date scientific research to write a new narrative about autism. Turning his investigative skills inward, he plumbs his own life as an autistic person to tell the definitive story of how such a common condition came to be so misunderstood. We're Not Broken is essential, humane, and necessarily provocative reading." - Jill Filipovic, author of Ok, Boomer, Let's Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind


About our Speakers

Eric Garcia is a journalist based in Washington, DC. Previously, he was an assistant editor at the Washington Post's Outlook section and an associate editor at The Hill, as well as a correspondent for National Journal, MarketWatch, and Roll Call. He has also written for the Daily Beast, the New Republic, and Garcia is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jason Rosenbaum is St. Louis Public Radio’s political correspondent. Since becoming a professional journalist in 2006, Rosenbaum has extensively covered local, state and federal politics for an array of publications — including the Columbia Daily Tribune, the St. Louis Beacon and Missouri Lawyers Media. Rosenbaum has filed more than 35 feature stories for shows like Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Marketplace. And he’s extensively reported on the aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting death in Ferguson and the fall of Eric Greitens from the Missouri governorship. Rosenbaum is an adjunct instructor at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches a class on radio news reporting and podcasting. He resides in Richmond Heights with his wife and two sons.  


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Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 12:00pm

Anthony Doerr - Cloud Cuckoo Land - Live in Person

Friday, October 8, 7pm CT
In person at The Grandel Theatre & online
Anthony Doerr: In Person & Online
Cloud Cuckoo Land
Friday, October 8, 7pm CT
To attend IN PERSON visit MetroTix
To attend VIRTUALLY purchase Cloud Cuckoo Land from Left Bank Books
**Special signed books will be available for early purchasers while supplies last!**

IN PERSON: The in person event will be held at the beautiful Grandel Theatre in the historic Grand Arts Center, 3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis, MO. Tickets for in person attendance are available through MetroTix and include one copy of Cloud Cuckoo Land. ​​​​​Tickets for the in person event are not available to purchase at Left Bank Books' physical location.
**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.
ONLINE: To join us for the virtual presentation, purchase a copy of Cloud Cuckoo Land from Left Bank Books either online, over the phone, or in the store. Please provide us with a valid email address for sending you the event link. We will email the link to join the virtually the day of the event.

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, perhaps the most bestselling and beloved literary fiction of our time, comes the highly anticipated Cloud Cuckoo Land.

Set in Constantinople in the fifteenth century, in a small town in present-day Idaho, and on an interstellar ship decades from now, Anthony Doerr's gorgeous third novel is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope--and a book. In Cloud Cuckoo Land, Doerr has created a magnificent tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness--with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us, and with those who will be here after we're gone.

Thirteen-year-old Anna, an orphan, lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople in a house of women who make their living embroidering the robes of priests. Restless, insatiably curious, Anna learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds a book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky. This she reads to her ailing sister as the walls of the only place she has known are bombarded in the great siege of Constantinople. Outside the walls is Omeir, a village boy, miles from home, conscripted with his beloved oxen into the invading army. His path and Anna's will cross.

Five hundred years later, in a library in Idaho, octogenarian Zeno, who learned Greek as a prisoner of war, rehearses five children in a play adaptation of Aethon's story, preserved against all odds through centuries. Tucked among the library shelves is a bomb, planted by a troubled, idealistic teenager, Seymour. This is another siege. And in a not-so-distant future, on the interstellar ship Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault, copying on scraps of sacking the story of Aethon, told to her by her father. She has never set foot on our planet.

Like Marie-Laure and Werner in All the Light We Cannot See, Anna, Omeir, Seymour, Zeno, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders who find resourcefulness and hope in the midst of gravest danger. Their lives are gloriously intertwined. Doerr's dazzling imagination transports us to worlds so dramatic and immersive that we forget, for a time, our own. Dedicated to "the librarians then, now, and in the years to come," Cloud Cuckoo Land is a beautiful and redemptive novel about stewardship--of the book, of the Earth, of the human heart.


Anthony Doerr is the author of All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Alex Award, and a #1 New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won five O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.


Friday, October 8, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Bill Schutt

Thursday, September 30, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Bill Schutt, “Pump: A Natural History of the Heart.”
Video premiere: September 30, 7:00 p.m. on
Where did terms like “blue blood,” “bloodthirsty,” and “cold-blooded” come from? Why is the heart so associated with the ideas of love and emotion in human culture? American Museum of Natural History zoologist Bill Schutt shares the stories behind these widespread ideas. From a Canadian museum where he examines a rare, preserved blue whale heart the size of a golf cart to New England beaches where horseshoe crabs are being harvested for their life-saving blood to labs where he encounters frozen hibernating wood frogs, “Pump” takes readers on a fantastic trip around the world and through decades of bizarre and unique history. 
Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.
Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents David Nasaw

Wednesday, September 15, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present David Nasaw, "The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War."
In conversation with bestselling military historian John C. McManus.
Video premiere: September 15, 7:00 p.m. on
A masterwork from acclaimed historian David Nasaw, “The Last Million” tells the gripping story of postwar displacement and statelessness. At the end of World War II, millions of lost and homeless concentration camp survivors, POWs, and political prisoners overwhelmed Germany, a nation in ruins. British and American soldiers gathered the desperate refugees and attempted to repatriate them. But after exhaustive efforts, more than a million remained. The Last Million would spend the next three to five years in displaced persons camps, temporary homelands in exile. As they crossed from their broken past into an unknowable future, they carried with them their wounds, their hope, and their secrets. Here for the first time, Nasaw illuminates their incredible history and, with profound contemporary resonance, shows us that it is our history as well.
Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Peter Baker and Susan Glasser

Wednesday, September 8, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, “The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III."
In conversation with Senator John C. Danforth.
Video premiere: September 8, 7:00 p.m. on
From two of America's most revered political journalists comes the definitive biography of legendary White House chief of staff and secretary of state James A. Baker III. For a quarter-century, from the end of Watergate to the aftermath of the Cold War, no Republican won the presidency without his help or ran the White House without his advice. Baker understood better than anyone how to make Washington work at a time when America was shaping events around the world. “The Man Who Ran Washington” is a page-turning portrait of a power broker who influenced America's destiny for generations. 
Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 7:00pm


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