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An Evening with Jacob Tobia and Samantha Allen

Monday, March 11, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.

Jacob Tobia and Samantha AllenLeft Bank Books and the Metro Trans Umbrella Group welcome authors Jacob Tobia and Samantha Allen, who will sign and discuss their new books, Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story and Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States

From the moment a doctor in Raleigh, North Carolina, put “male” on Jacob Tobia’s birth certificate, everything went wrong. Naturally sensitive, playful, creative, and glitter-obsessed, as a child Jacob was given the label “sissy.” In the two decades that followed, “sissy” joined forces with “gay,” “trans,” “nonbinary,” and “too-queer-to-function” to become a source of pride and, today, a rallying cry for a much-needed gender revolution. Through revisiting their childhood and calling out the stereotypes that each of us have faced, Jacob invites us to rethink what we know about gender and offers a bold blueprint for a healed world.

Ten years ago, Samantha Allen was a suit-and-tie-wearing Mormon missionary. Now she's a senior Daily Beast reporter happily married to another woman. A lot in her life has changed, but what hasn't changed is her deep love of Red State America, and of queer people who stay in so-called "flyover country" rather than moving to the liberal coasts.  In Real Queer America, Allen takes us on a cross-country road-trip stretching all the way from Provo, Utah to the Rio Grande Valley to the Bible Belt to the Deep South. Making pit stops at drag shows, political rallies, and hubs of queer life across the heartland, she introduces us to scores of extraordinary LGBT people working for change.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit MTUG!

Ticket Information

-- Single Book Admit One: A $30 ticket admits ONE person and includes ONE copy of EITHER Sissy or Real Queer America. Please select the ticket option that corresponds to your book preference.

-- Single Book Admit Two: A $35 ticket admits TWO people and includes ONE copy of EITHER Sissy or Real Queer America, plus a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second book at the event. Please select the ticket option that corresponds to your book preference.

-- Two Book Bundle Admit One: A $55 ticket admits ONE person and includes BOTH Sissy and Real Queer America, plus VIP seating at the event.

-- Two Book Bundle Admit Two: A $60 ticket admits TWO people and includes BOTH Sissy and Real Queer America, plus VIP seating at the event.

Tickets are available below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their book(s) or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on March 11.

A free, secure and well-lit parking lot is located directly across from the Mad Art Gallery event space. It can accommodate up to 100 cars. Plus, on-street parking in the neighborhood is also free.



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Monday, March 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Chris Perondi (and Vinny) - The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever

Monday, April 15, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.

Chris Perondi and Vinny, The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog EverLeft Bank Books welcomes stunt dog trainer Chris Perondi (and cover dog Vinny Valentino) for a signing and discussion of his new book, The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever: A Step-by-Step Guide to 118 Amazing Tricks and Stunts, and a performance and tutorial by Vinny!

The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever is a step-by-step guide to more than 100 dog tricks, specially designed for effective training, for pure fun, and even for turning your dog into a YouTube star, from Chris Perondi, the co-author of the tremendously successful and much-praised Training the Best Dog Ever and the genius behind "The Stunt Dog Show," which performs more than 1,000 shows a year and has been featured on The Today ShowThe Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and more!

Your purchase of The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever from Left Bank Books will grant you entry into a raffle to win a personal 30-minute Skype coaching session with Chris on training your own dog! Click to pre-order your copy in hardcover or paperback!

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

A free, secure and well-lit parking lot is located directly across from the Mad Art Gallery event space. It can accommodate up to 100 cars. Plus, on-street parking in the neighborhood is also free.

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Michael Don - Partners and Strangers

Monday, May 13, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Michael Don, Partners and StrangersLeft Bank Books welcomes author and St. Louis native Michael Don, who will sign and discuss his new short story collection, Partners and Strangers!

Dark, enigmatic, and sometimes comic, the stories in Partners and Strangers unite intimate anxieties with public dangers. Its characters embody grief, deviance, and the repressed: In “Yoav Feinsten’s Last Year at Home,” a teenager’s pain over his father’s death becomes unpredictably intertwined with an obsession with a cable man. In “A Home for an Eggplant,” the specter of a Craigslist killer provides a backdrop for a couple’s struggle with fertility. In “The Best Delivery Service,” the narrator and his sister, living together after their parents’ disappearance, obsessively order items through a hotline that promises delivery of anything one can imagine. The collection highlights a contemporary age characterized by loneliness and alienation.

"How does Michael Don do it? The more absurd his situations...the more real they feel. The more palpably real his characters’ yearnings...the more beautiful absurdity he unearths." —Alex Shakar, author of Luminarium

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Partners and Strangers 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, May 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Kara Cooney - Women Who Ruled the World

Thursday, April 25, 7pm
Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Blvd.

Kara CooneyPresenting work from her newly published book, When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt (2018), Egyptologist Dr. Kara Cooney will discuss the lives of remarkable female pharaohs from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra, shining a piercing light on perceptions of women in power today. The book will be for sale to audience members courtesy of Left Bank Books.

This event is presented by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. This program is free to attend; however, seating will be limited. Sign up at pulitzerarts.org to receive a notification when reservations for seating become available.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

Observable Reading: Wendy Trevino & Nathaniel Farrell

Monday, April 1, 7:30pm
Dressel's Public House, 419 N. Euclid

Wendy Trevino & Nathaniel FarrellThe Observable Reading Series, brought to you by St. Louis Poetry Center, welcomes poets to Dressel’s Public House (CWE) on first Mondays. Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs loft of the restaurant. Suggested $5.00 donation at the door.

Wendy Trevino is the author of Cruel Fiction (Commune Editions, 2018). She hails from the Rio Grande Valley and works as a grant writer in San Francisco, California, where she lives.

Nathaniel Farrell was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in English Literature from Columbia University in New York City. He is the author of Newcomer, and Lost Horizon (forthcoming). He teaches composition at Washington University in St. Louis and hosts a weekly experimental music program on 88.1 KDHX. Farrell’s poetry has been published in 6x6, New York Nights, Greetings Magazine, VLAK, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Recluse. His collages have been exhibited at Bushel (Delhi, NY), and Some Other Ways — his collaborative poetic project with Jessica Baran on the first month of Trump’s presidency — was part of the World Chess Hall of Fame’s Imagery of Chess exhibition.

This event is presented by the St. Louis Poetry Center. For more information, please visit stlpoetrycenter.org.

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 7:30pm

CANCELLED: Observable Reading: Diane Seuss & Eileen G'Sell

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Monday, March 4, 7:30pm
Dressel's Public House, 419 N. Euclid

Diane Seuss & Eileen G'SellThe Observable Reading Series, brought to you by St. Louis Poetry Center, welcomes poets to Dressel’s Public House (CWE) on first Mondays. Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs loft of the restaurant. Suggested $5.00 donation at the door.

Diane Seuss was born in Michigan City, Indiana and raised in Edwardsburg and Niles, Michigan. She studied at Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University, where she received a master’s degree in social work. Seuss is the author of four books of poetry: Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl; Four-Legged Girl; Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open; and It Blows You Hollow. Seuss served as the MacLean Distinguished Visiting Professor in the English department at Colorado College in 2012 and is currently writer-in-residence at Kalamazoo College, where she has been on the faculty since 1988. She lives in Michigan.

Eileen G’Sell received an MA from the University of Rochester and an MFA in creative writing from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2012 she co-cofounded The Hinge, an award-winning art gallery and creative project space. Her cultural criticism, essays, and poetry can be found in Salon, VICE, Boston Review, DAME, DIAGRAM, Conduit, Ninth Letter, Secret Behavior, and the Denver Quarterly, among others; and she was awarded the 2013 American Literary Review prize for poetry. Her chapbooks are available from Dancing Girl and BOAAT Press, and she is a features editor for The Rumpus. She currently teaches rhetoric and poetry at Washington University, and creative writing for the Prison Education Project at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center. She lives in St. Louis and New York.

This event is presented by the St. Louis Poetry Center. For more information, please visit stlpoetrycenter.org.

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 7:30pm

Vedran Husić - Basements and Other Museums

Thursday, February 21, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Vedran Husic, Basements and Other MuseumsLeft Bank Books welcomes award-winning author and University of Missouri PhD candidate Vedran Husić, who will sign and discuss his short story collection, Basements and Other Museums!

Winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award from Black Lawrence Press and longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, Basements and Other Museums cycles in and out of the tumultuous history of the Balkans—more specifically, Vedran Husić’s Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he was born. These are stories rooted in place and the loss of that place, stories anchored in the wars of the 1990s as much as in the Bosnian diaspora, where characters live in the present day in places like suburban Phoenix, Arizona, and wrestle with their inherited histories of violence. Basements and Other Museums marks the debut of a crucial new voice in contemporary fiction.

"In an age of conformity, this is a writer who boldly stands apart." —Matthew Neill Null

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Basements and Other Museums 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, February 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

George Packer - Our Man

Thursday, May 16, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid

George Packer, Our ManThe Left Bank Books Signature Series and HEC-TV welcome award-winning author of The Unwinding George Packer, who will sign and discuss his new book, Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century!

Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America’s greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke’s diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Our Man from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
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Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Maryville Talks Books: Janet Napolitano - How Safe Are We?

Friday, March 29, 7pm
Maryville University Auditorium, 650 Maryville University Dr.

Janet Napolitano, How Safe Are We?Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, who will sign and discuss her new book, How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security Since 9/11!

Created in the wake of the greatest tragedy to occur on U.S. soil, the Department of Homeland Security was handed a sweeping mandate: make America safer. It would encompass intelligence and law enforcement agencies, border security and ICE, cybersecurity, and terrorism, among others. In How Safe Are We?, former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano pulls no punches, reckoning with the critics who call it Frankenstein's Monster of government run amok, and taking a hard look at the challenges we'll be facing in the future. Napolitano not only answers the titular question, but grapples with how these security efforts have changed our country and society.

“Janet Napolitano has distilled a lifetime of service in How Safe Are We?. Her thinking is clear and her vision for the future is expansive. The message could not be more timely.” —George Stephanopoulos, ABC News

Ticket Information

- A $29 ticket admits one person and includes one hardcover copy of How Safe Are We?
- A $34 ticket admits two people and includes one hardcover copy of How Safe Are We?, plus a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event. 

Tickets on sale below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of How Safe Are We? or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Friday, March 29.



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Friday, March 29, 2019 - 7:00pm

Elizabeth Minchilli - The Italian Table

Tuesday, April 30, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Elizabeth Minchilli, The Italian Table, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books welcomes food writer and St. Louis native Elizabeth Minchilli, who will sign and discuss her new book, The Italian Table: Creating Festive Meals for Family and Friends!

The Italian Table delivers both parts of the fantasy and reality of Italian meals as they would be eaten on location. Combining menus and recipes with visual experience and inspiration—as well as insight into the traditions of the food and celebrations—it serves as a practical resource that gives home cooks and hosts step-by-step guidance on how to re-create these fabulous meals at their own tables. With a resources section for Italian ingredients; headnotes brimming with interesting history, recipe shortcuts, and serving suggestions; and menu introductions detailing what to drink, how to set the table, and how to time the preparation and the party itself, this is an essential guide for those who love to entertain.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided at this event!

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

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

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