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Gordon Whitman – Stand Up!

Monday, February 26, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes veteran community organizer Gordon Whitman, who will sign and discuss his new book, Stand Up!: How to Get Involved, Speak Out, and Win in a World on Fire, with Rev. Cassandra Gould!

At a time of crisis, do we stand up and speak out or retreat into our private lives? Veteran organizer Whitman shows that we have the power we need to create a racially and economically just society. But it won’t happen if we stay on the sidelines sharing social media posts and signing online petitions. We win only if we’re willing to join other people in the kind of face-to- face organizing that has powered every successful social movement in history. Whitman describes five types of conversations that enable people to build organizations that can solve local problems and confront the greatest challenges facing our country—from gun violence to climate change.

“Grassroots organizing is our best hope. If you’re serious about making change from the bottom up, read Stand Up! and pass it on.” —Congressman Keith Ellison

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

The Reverend Dr. Cassandra Gould is a pastor and an activist whose ministry and community work is rooted in the biblical mandate for justice. She is the Executive Director of Missouri Faith Voices and the pastor of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church in Jefferson City, MO. A native of Demopolis, Alabama, she is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. There are myriad of social justice issues that call her to put her faith on the line. Her advocacy for families caught in the debt trap caused by financial predation has garnered national attention. Dr. Gould also serves as the faith co-chair for the state wide Jobs With Justice Board and the Religious Affairs and Political Action Director of the Missouri State NAACP.

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

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

Sarah Kendzior – The View From Flyover Country

Tuesday, April 17, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books, Maryville Talks Books & St. Louis Public Radio welcome St. Louis journalist Sarah Kendzior, who will sign and discuss her new book, The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America, with St. Louis on the Air's Don Marsh!

St. Louis–based writer and expert in authoritarian states Sarah Kendzior has been called “a Cassandra in Trumpland,” and is often credited with first predicting Donald Trump’s presidential victory. A clear-eyed account of the realities of life in America’s overlooked heartland, The View from Flyover Country is a piercing critique of the labor exploitation, racism, gentrification, media bias, and other aspects of the post-employment economy that gave rise to a president who rules like an autocrat. The View from Flyover Country is necessary reading for anyone who believes that the only way for America to fix its problems is to first discuss them with honesty and compassion.

“Please put everything aside and try to get ahold of Sarah Kendzior’s collected essays . . . I have rarely come across writing that is as urgent and beautifully expressed." 
—Omair Ahmad, The Wire

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The View from Flyover Country from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

Shakespeare Festival Reads – Macbeth

Tuesday, October 16, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Join Shakespeare Festival Reads for a reading group discussion of Macbeth by William Shakespeare!

One of Shakespeare's most popular plays, filled with fierce, violent action, Macbeth is a human drama of ambition, desire, and guilt in a world of blood and darkness, with whispers of the supernatural.

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Not So Late Night: Eve Ewing, Hanif Abdurraqib, Katarra & the Sofolkz, Cheeraz Gormon

Wednesday, February 28, 7pm
2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center

The Left Bank Books Foundation, Maryville Talks Books, the St. Louis Poetry Center and UrbArts present Left Bank Books' Not So Late Night with host Cheeraz Gormon, musical guest Katarra & the SoFolkz, and special guests Eve L. Ewing and Hanif Abdurraqib!

Eve L. Ewing is a writer and scholar from Chicago. She is the author of Electric Arches (2017) and When the Bell Stops Ringing: Race, History, and Discourse amid Chicago’s School Closures (2018). Her work has been published in Poetry, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and elsewhere. A sociologist of education at the University of Chicago, Ewing co-directs Crescendo Literary and is a member of the writing collective Echo Hotel.

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, writer, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of The Crown Ain’t Worth Much (2016) and They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us (2017), and co-author of the chapbook Vintage Sadness (2017). A Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, his work has been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He is a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel.

Katarra & The SoFolkz is a collaboration of Saint Louis born artists whose respective genres (from hip-hop, to soul, to jazz) are fused into one collaboration of dopeness, an abundance of soul. Along with their many friends who join them in performance (such as Phenom Famlay, the Therapeutics, and Owen Ragland and Friends), they rock the stage in their truest and purest forms of Black Girl Magic and Back Boy Joy, thus they are: SoFolkz.

St. Louis native Cheeraz Gorman is a storyteller, poet, and advertising creative, and author of In The Midst of Loving (2015). An apexart 2016 International Fellow, her poetry has been featured nationally and she has appeared at TEDxGatewayArch and other venues. She is the founder and executive director of Sonic Arts United and STLNightWriters, and serves as vice chair of Creative Reaction Lab.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of any of the poets' featured titles will be required to enter the signing line. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 7:00pm

Tim Bono – When Likes Aren't Enough

Tuesday, March 13, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Tim Bono, When Likes Aren't Enough, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books welcomes Washington University professor Dr. Tim Bono, who will sign and discuss his new book, When Likes Aren't Enough: A Crash Course in the Science of Happiness!

For a rising generation of young adults raised as digital natives in a fast-paced, ultra-connected world, authentic happiness seems just out of reach. While social media often shows well-lit selfies and flawless digital personas, today's 16- to 25-year-olds are struggling to find real meaning, connection, and satisfaction. When Likes Aren't Enough tackles the ever-popular subject of happiness and well-being, but reframes it for a younger reader struggling with Instagram envy and high-stakes testing, college rejections and helicopter parents. Professor of positive psychology Dr. Tim Bono distills his most popular college course on the science of happiness into creative, often counterintuitive, strategies for young adults to lead happier, more fulfilling lives.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of When Likes Aren't Enough 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.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

Junot Díaz – Islandborn

Friday, April 6, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Left Bank Books welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, who will sign and discuss his new children's book, Islandborn!

 From New York Times bestseller Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination. “Every kid in Lola's school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places.” So when Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can't remember The Island—she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories, Lola's imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family's story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela's words: "Just because you dont remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you." 

Ticket Information:

– A $20 ticket admits ONE person and includes ONE copy of Islandborn
– A $25 admits TWO people and includes ONE copy of Islandborn and a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event
– A $5 family companion ticket admits ONE additional CHILD (must be under the age of 12) and does NOT include a copy of Islandborn. This ticket holder MUST be accompanied by a full-price ticket holder.

Tickets available below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of Islandborn or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Friday, April 6. 

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Friday, April 6, 2018 - 7:00pm

Women's History Month Event: Mackenzi Lee – Bygone Badass Broads

Thursday, March 15, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books presents an event in honor of Women's History Month with bestselling author Mackenzi Lee, who will sign and discuss her new book, Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World!

Based on Mackenzi Lee’s popular weekly Twitter series, Bygone Badass Broads features 52 remarkable and forgotten trailblazing women from all over the world. With tales of heroism and cunning, in-depth bios and witty storytelling, Bygone Badass Broads gives new life to these historic female pioneers. Starting in the fifth century BCE and continuing to the present, the book takes a closer look at bold and inspiring women who dared to step outside the traditional gender roles of their time. Coupled with riveting illustrations and Lee’s humorous and conversational storytelling style, this book is an outright celebration of the badass women who paved the way for the rest of us.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Bygone Badass Broads 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, March 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

R. Marie Griffith – Moral Combat

Tuesday, January 23, 7pm
Left Bank Books

R. Marie Griffith, Moral Combat, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books welcomes Washington University professor of religion & politics R. Marie Griffith, who will sign and discuss her new book, Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics!

Gay marriage, transgender rights, birth control—sex is at the heart of many of the most divisive political issues of our age. The origins of these conflicts, Griffith argues, lie in sharp disagreements that emerged among American Christians a century ago. From the 1920s onward, a once-solid Christian consensus regarding gender roles and sexual morality began to crumble, as liberal Protestants sparred with fundamentalists and Catholics over questions of obscenity, sex education, and abortion. Moral Combat is a history of how the Christian consensus on sex unraveled, and how this unraveling has made our political battles over sex so ferocious and so intractable.

"Thoughtful study of the great schism between religious conservatives and progressives about women's control over their own bodies." —Kirkus Reviews

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

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Steven Pinker – Enlightenment Now

Saturday, March 3, 7pm
St. Louis County Library

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom. Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.

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


Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 7:00pm

Observable Readings: Erika L.Sánchez, Ari Banias & Aaron Coleman

Monday, April 2, 7:30pm
Dressel's Public House

Erika L. Sánchez is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Her first collection of poetry, Lessons on Expulsion, was published by Graywolf Press in fall 2017. Her young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, was published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in fall 2017, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her nonfiction has also appeared in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. She has received a CantoMundo Fellowship, a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargeant Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She was recently named a 2017-2018 Princeton Arts Fellow. She lives in Chicago.

Ari Banias is the author of Anybody (W.W. Norton, 2016). He was born in Los Angeles, grew up in the Chicago area, and currently lives in Berkeley, CA, where he teaches poetry and works with small press books. He holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MFA in poetry from Hunter College, where he was a teaching fellow. The author of a chapbook, What’s Personal is Being Here With All of You (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2012), his poems appear in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Guernica, LARB Quarterly, Poetry, A Public Space, The Volta, and as part of the MOTHA exhibition Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects. He is the recipient of the 2014 Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and the 2012 Campbell Corner Prize, and has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner program.

Aaron Coleman is the author of the chapbook St. Trigger, which won the 2015 Button Poetry Prize, judged by Adrian Matejka, and his first full-length collection, Threat Come Close, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in March 2018. A Fulbright Scholar and Cave Canem Fellow, Aaron received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. From Metro-Detroit, Aaron has lived and worked with youth in locations including Chicago, St. Louis, Spain, South Africa, and Kalamazoo. Former Public Projects Assistant at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, winner of the Tupelo Quarterly TQ5 Poetry Contest, The Cincinnati Review Schiff Award, and the American Literary Translator Association’s 2017 Jansen Memorial Fellow, Aaron’s poems have appeared in Boston Review, Fence, New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere. He is currently a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow in Washington University’s Comparative Literature PhD program.

Suggested $5.00 donation at the door.

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 7:30pm


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