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Richard Marx with Duff McKagan - Stories to Tell

Tuesday, July 6, 7pm CT
Private Online Event - Book Purchase Required

Left Bank Books, Anderson's Bookshop, and Boswell Books welcome triple-platinum selling singer/songwriter
Richard Marx,
who will discuss his new book
Stories to Tell: A Memoir,
on July 6th at 7pm CT in a private online event.
Marx will be in conversation with multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and author of Guns N' Roses fame
Duff McKagan.
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a copy of
Stories to Tell

from Left Bank Books for admission.
Note: Ticket purchasers will receive the email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event.
 

About Stories to Tell

Legendary musician Richard Marx offers an enlightening, entertaining look at his life and career.

Richard Marx is one of the most accomplished singer-songwriters in the history of popular music. His self-titled 1987 album went triple platinum and made him the first male solo artist (and second solo artist overall after Whitney Houston) to have four singles from their debut crack the top three on the Billboard Hot 100. His follow-up, 1989's Repeat Offender, was an even bigger smash, going quadruple platinum and landing two singles at number one. He has written fourteen number one songs in total, shared a Song of the Year Grammy with Luther Vandross, and collaborated with a variety of artists including NSYNC, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, and Keith Urban. Lately, he's also become a Twitter celebrity thanks to his outspokenness on social issues and his ability to out-troll his trolls.

In Stories to Tell, Marx uses this same engaging, straight-talking style to look back on his life and career. He writes of how Kenny Rogers changed a single line of a song he'd written for him then asked for a 50% cut--which inspired Marx to write one of his biggest hits. He tells the uncanny story of how he wound up curled up on the couch of Olivia Newton-John, his childhood crush, watching Xanadu. He shares the tribulations of working with the all-female hair metal band Vixen and appearing in their video. Yet amid these entertaining celebrity encounters, Marx offers a more sobering assessment of the music business as he's experienced it over four decades--the challenges of navigating greedy executives and grueling tour schedules, and the rewards of connecting with thousands of fans at sold-out shows that make all the drama worthwhile. He also provides an illuminating look at his songwriting process and talks honestly about how his personal life has inspired his work, including finding love with wife Daisy Fuentes and the mystery illness that recently struck him--and that doctors haven't been able to solve.

Stories to Tell is a remarkably candid, wildly entertaining memoir about the art and business of music.

 

About our Speakers

Richard Marx has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide over the course of his career. He is the only male artist whose first seven singles reached the Top 5 on the Billboard charts, and he has written on a number one single in each of the last four decades--an accolade previously only reached by Michael Jackson. He won a 2004 Song of the Year Grammy and has scored fourteen number-one singles, both as a performer and as a songwriter/producer. He is also a committed philanthropist, supporting charitable causes such as the American Cancer Society and the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Mercy For Animals, ASPCA, Humane Society, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the charity closest to his heart, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He lives in Malibu, California, with his wife, Daisy Fuentes.

Duff McKagan is one of the most recognized bassists in rock music history, best known as a founding member of the Guns N' Roses. McKagan has also become a prolific writer, as a five-year columnist for Seattle Weekly and stints as a weekly sports columnist for ESPN, as well as a financial columnist for Playboy.com. He has authored a bestselling autobiography "It's So Easy: and other lies," followed by his second book, "How to Be a Man: (and other illusions)." After attending Albers School of Business and Seattle University in his thirties, McKagan has established himself as a voice of business from within the music industry. Developing a reputation for financial knowledge, McKagan was highly sought after amongst other musicians for his advice on managing money. In 2011, McKagan partnered with investor Andy Bottomley to start Meridian Rock, with the aim of creating a capital management firm for musicians. McKagan resides with his wife Susan and two daughters, Grace and Mae, in Seattle, Washington.

 

You may purchase a copy of Stories to Tell: A Memoir 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.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 7:00pm

Christina Baker Kline - Exiles

Wednesday, July 7, 6pm CT
Private Online Event - Book Purchase Required

Left Bank Books and Harper Collins Publishers welcome bestselling author
Christina Baker Kline,
who will discuss her now in paperback book,
The Exiles,
on July 7 at 6pm CT in a private online event.
Kline will be in conversation with Special Guests
Elin Hilderbrand, Chris Bohjalian, Kristin Hannah, & Paula McLain.
The event will be hosted by
John Searles.
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a SIGNED copy of
The Exiles

from Left Bank Books for admission.
Note: Ticket purchasers will receive the email with the link to join the private online event upon purchase of the book and receive a reminder the day of the event.
 
About The Exiles

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

OPTIONED FOR TELEVISION BY BRUNA PAPANDREA, THE PRODUCER OF HBO'S BIG LITTLE LIES

"A tour de force of original thought, imagination and promise ... Kline takes full advantage of fiction -- its freedom to create compelling characters who fully illuminate monumental events to make history accessible and forever etched in our minds. -- Houston Chronicle

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train returns with an ambitious, emotionally resonant novel about three women whose lives are bound together in nineteenth-century Australia and the hardships they weather together as they fight for redemption and freedom in a new society.

Seduced by her employer's son, Evangeline, a naïve young governess in early nineteenth-century London, is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. After months in the fetid, overcrowded jail, she learns she is sentenced to "the land beyond the seas," Van Diemen's Land, a penal colony in Australia. Though uncertain of what awaits, Evangeline knows one thing: the child she carries will be born on the months-long voyage to this distant land.

During the journey on a repurposed slave ship, the Medea, Evangeline strikes up a friendship with Hazel, a girl little older than her former pupils who was sentenced to seven years transport for stealing a silver spoon. Canny where Evangeline is guileless, Hazel--a skilled midwife and herbalist--is soon offering home remedies to both prisoners and sailors in return for a variety of favors.

Though Australia has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, the British government in the 1840s considers its fledgling colony uninhabited and unsettled, and views the natives as an unpleasant nuisance. By the time the Medea arrives, many of them have been forcibly relocated, their land seized by white colonists. One of these relocated people is Mathinna, the orphaned daughter of the Chief of the Lowreenne tribe, who has been adopted by the new governor of Van Diemen's Land.

In this gorgeous novel, Christina Baker Kline brilliantly recreates the beginnings of a new society in a beautiful and challenging land, telling the story of Australia from a fresh perspective, through the experiences of Evangeline, Hazel, and Mathinna. While life in Australia is punishing and often brutally unfair, it is also, for some, an opportunity: for redemption, for a new way of life, for unimagined freedom. Told in exquisite detail and incisive prose, The Exiles is a story of grace born from hardship, the unbreakable bonds of female friendships, and the unfettering of legacy.

 

About our Speakers

Christina Baker Kline is the author of six novels, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train as well as A Piece of the World. She lives outside New York City and spends as much time as possible on the coast of Maine. Learn more about Christina at www.christinabakerkline.com.

Elin Hilderbrand is the proud mother of three, a dedicated Peloton rider, an aspiring book influencer, and an enthusiastic at-home cook (follow her on Instagram @elinhilderbrand to watch her Cringe Cooking Show). She is also a grateful seven-year breast cancer survivor. Golden Girl is her 27th novel.

Chris Bohjalian is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of twenty-two books, including The Red Lotus, Midwives, and The Flight Attendant, which is an HBO Max limited series starring Kaley Cuoco. His other books include The Guest Room; Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands; The Sandcastle Girls; Skeletons at the Feast; and The Double Bind. His novels Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers were made into movies, and his work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages. He is also a playwright (Wingspan and Midwives). He lives in Vermont and can be found at chrisbohjalian.com or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Litsy, and Goodreads, @chrisbohjalian.

Kristin Hannah is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The Nightingale and The Great Alone. A former lawyer turned writer, she lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.

Paula McLain is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Love and Ruin, Circling the SunThe Paris Wife, and A Ticket to Ride, the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People's Houses, and two collections of poetry. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, O: The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She lives in Ohio with her family.

John Searles is the author of the bestsellers Boy Still Missing and Strange but True. He appears as a book critic on NBC's Today Show, and his essays have been published in the New York Times and Washington Post. He has a master's degree in creative writing from New York University and lives in New York City.

 

You may purchase a SIGNED copy (bookplate) of The Exiles 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 Books, you will receive an email event reminder the day of the event. You will receive the email with the link to join the private online event upon purchase of the book.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 6:00pm

Bookstore Romance Day - Love is Queer Panel

Saturday, August 21, 4pm CT/5pm ET
Register here for the event
 
Bookstore Romance Day and Left Bank Books are proud to present
Love is Queer,
a panel featuring
Adriana Herrera, Olivia Waite, Cat Sebastian, and Roan Parrish.
The panel will be moderated by Left Bank Books' Event Coordinator
Shane Mullen.
The event will happen live at 5pm ET/4pm CT.
Register for the event here.
Books are available for purchase through Left Bank Books. 

 

About our Panelists

Adriana Herrera was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last 15 years has let her job (and her spouse) take her all over the world. She loves writing stories about people who look and sound like her people, getting unapologetic happy endings.

Olivia Waite writes historical romance, fantasy, and science fiction. She is currently the romance fiction columnist for the New York Times Book Review. To learn more and sign up for her newsletter, please visit www.oliviawaite.com.

Cat Sebastian lives in a swampy part of the South with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. Before her kids were born, she practiced law and taught high school and college writing. When she isn't reading or writing, she's doing crossword puzzles, bird-watching, and wondering where she put her coffee cup.

Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia, where she's gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre. When not writing, she can be found cutting her friends' hair, meandering through the city while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.

 

Register here for the event

Saturday, August 21, 2021 - 4:00pm

Jim Shepard with Ethan Rutherford - Phase Six

Monday, June 21, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes award winning author
Jim Shepard,
who will discuss his new book, 
Phase Six,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on June 21st.
Shepard will be in conversation with acclaimed author
Ethan Rutherford.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
About Phase Six
A spare and gripping novel about the next pandemic--completed by the award-winning Jim Shepard before COVID-19 even emerged--that reads like a fictional sequel to our current crisis.

In a tiny settlement on the west coast of Greenland, 11-year-old Aleq and his best friend, frequent trespassers at a mining site exposed to mountains of long-buried and thawing permafrost, carry what they pick up back into their village, and from there Shepard's harrowing and deeply moving story follows Aleq, one of the few survivors of the initial outbreak, through his identification and radical isolation as the likely index patient. While he shoulders both a crushing guilt for what he may have done and the hopes of a world looking for answers, we also meet two Epidemic Intelligence Service investigators dispatched from the CDC--Jeannine, an epidemiologist and daughter of Algerian immigrants, and Danice, an M.D. and lab wonk. As they attempt to head off the cataclysm, Jeannine--moving from the Greeland hospital overwhelmed with the first patients to a Level 4 high-security facility in the Rocky Mountains--does what she can to sustain Aleq. Both a chamber piece of multiple intimate perspectives and a more omniscient glimpse into the megastructures (political, cultural, and biological) that inform such a disaster, the novel reminds us of the crucial bonds that form in the midst of catastrophe, as a child and several hypereducated adults learn what it means to provide adequate support for those they love. In the process, they celebrate the precious worlds they might lose, and help to shape others that may survive.

"For the foreseeable future, we remain in the era of hot takes about Covid-19 and our governments' responses to it. And yet, somehow, working to a deeper rhythm, Shepard has managed to make art out of our crisis with a thought-provoking work of fiction that sustains our emotions . . . Vivid and carefully researched, it's clearly the product of long and conscientious work. It lands uncannily now, since at some point during its gestation, real life caught up with the book's speculative world . . . Phase Six works across a big canvas: from vividly drawn Greenland to teeming I.C.U.s in the United States, to the high-tech detective work involved in tracking down the pathogen. Shepard writes persuasively about the disparate places and lives connected by the disaster [and] shows his gift for making art from the lives of people living in extremis. He does this with a patient, naturalistic eye for detail and a style in which exactitude and plainness bring bracing poetry . . . What makes the book engaging and ultimately uplifting is the emotionally complex lives of its central characters." --Marcel Theroux, The New York Times Book Review

"If you've been waiting for the great novel of the COVID-19 era, it's in your hands. I read Phase Six with a galloping heart. With heroic humor and a poet's ear and eye for what makes humanity worth saving, Shepard's polyphonic novel of contagion and collapse is also the story of love's unlikely survival in the most hostile conditions." -- Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!

"Jim Shepard not only writes at the cutting edge of literature, but he IS the cutting edge of literature. He excavates the twin crises of our era--climate change and pathogens--and builds a story that is as poignant as it is true. The writing is stunning. The research is stunning. The after-effect is stunning. Phase Six is a great book for our times: the past, the present and those that--we hope--are yet to come." --Colum McCann, author of Apeirogon

"No amount of prior admiration for Jim Shepard's fiction prepared me for the magnificent Phase Six--a book at once so wise and so funny, so bleak and so tender. With astonishing virtuosity, he conveys huge amounts of information in a way that is not only lucid but utterly gripping, and he creates characters who make me want to rush into the novel to save them from the virus and themselves. What a triumph!" --Margot Livesey, author of The Boy in the Field

 

About our Speakers

Jim Shepard is the author of seven previous novels, most recently The Book of Aron (winner of the 2016 PEN New England Award, the Sophie Brody medal for achievement in Jewish literature, the Ribalow Prize for Jewish literature, the Clark Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award) and five story collections, including Like You'd Understand, Anyway, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Esquire, Tin House, Granta, Zoetrope, Electric Literature, and Vice, and has often been selected for The Best American Short Stories and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with his wife, three children, and three beagles, and he teaches at Williams College.

Ethan Rutherford’s fiction has appeared in BOMB, Tin House, Ploughshares, One Story, American Short Fiction, Post Road, Esopus, Conjunctions, and The Best American Short Stories.  His first book, The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, a finalist for the John Leonard Award, received honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and was the winner of a Minnesota Book Award. Born in Seattle, Washington, he received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota and now teaches Creative Writing at Trinity College.  He lives in Hartford, Connecticut with his wife and two sons.

His second collection, Farthest South, was published by A Strange Object in April 2021.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Monday, June 21, 2021 - 7:00pm

Stacey Abrams - Our Time is Now

Tuesday, June 22nd, 6pm CT
Private Online Event - Register with Book Purchase or Register for Free Required

Picador and Left Bank Books are honored to present
“An Evening with Stacey Abrams”
to celebrate the paperback launch of the New York Times bestseller
Stacey will be joined by
Cari Champion
on June 22 at 7 PM EST on Zoom Webinar
to discuss the urgency of ending voter suppression and how we can empower citizens to use their power to shape the future.
The conversation will be followed by moderated audience Q&A.
 
 
 
 
Bios:
Stacey Abrams is the New York Times bestselling author of Lead from the Outside, a serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and political leader. A tax attorney by training, she served eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, and Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, where she won more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. She has launched multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at the state, national and international levels. Abrams is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the 2012 recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award. Abrams received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School. She is the founder of the New Georgia Project, Fair Fight Action, Fair Fight 2020, Fair Count, and the Southern Economic Advancement Project.
 
Cari Champion is a broadcast journalist and television personality based in Los Angeles. Champion made history with her move to Vice TV for her show “Cari & Jemele: Stick to Sports,” along with co-host Jemele Hill, as the first Black women to host a late-night cable news and information show. Champion also currently hosts the “NFL Next Live” Thursday Night Football live stream for Amazon, TNT’s studio show, “The Arena”, and recently returned as co-host for Season 2 of NBC’s reality competition series, “The Titan Games."Champion previously served as anchor and host at ESPN where she spent nearly a decade. She continues to break barriers, paving the way for younger women of color who want to pursue a career in sports television and other areas within broadcasting.
 
 
About OUR TIME IS NOW

From New York Times bestselling author of Lead From The Outside and political leader Stacey Abrams, a blueprint to end voter suppression, empower our citizens, and take back our country.

With each page, she inspires and empowers us to create systems that reflect a world in which all voices are heard and all people believe and feel that they matter. -- Kerry Washington

A recognized expert on fair voting and civic engagement, Abrams chronicles a chilling account of how the right to vote and the principle of democracy have been and continue to be under attack. Abrams would have been the first African American woman governor, but experienced these effects firsthand, despite running the most innovative race in modern politics as the Democratic nominee in Georgia. Abrams didn't win, but she has not conceded. The book compellingly argues for the importance of robust voter protections, an elevation of identity politics, engagement in the census, and a return to moral international leadership.

Our Time Is Now draws on extensive research from national organizations and renowned scholars, as well as anecdotes from her life and others' who have fought throughout our country's history for the power to be heard. The stakes could not be higher. Here are concrete solutions and inspiration to stand up for who we are now.

This is a narrative that describes the urgency that compels me and millions more to push for a different American story than the one being told today. It's a story that is one part danger, one part action, and all true. It's a story about how and why we fight for our democracy and win. - Stacey Abrams

 

Review Quotes:

People Magazine Book of the Week

"Our Time Is Now is not a political memoir or a long-form résumé; rather, it is a striking manifesto, a stirring indictment and a straightforward road map to victory...She portrays her constituents and their concerns in such a way that they feel more actual than symbolic, more individual than indicative. When she turns her gaze onto her family, her narrative gifts are in full flower.--Tayari Jones, The New York Times Book Review

Stacey Abrams's powerful, deeply moving book shines a bright light on the ongoing attacks on the sacred, constitutional right to the ballot. Stacey provides everyday Americans and political leaders alike with the tools that are urgently needed to confront and defeat the forces that seek to deny Americans their voice in our democracy. The right to vote is the foundation of our freedom and a key pillar of our democracy, and we must all fight to ensure that all Americans have a say in their nation's future. --Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

From climate change to income inequality, voter suppression is threatening to undermine the most important issues facing our country today. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to see our democracy reflect the will of all people, and not just the will of America's most privileged. -- Issa Rae, writer and producer

Stacey Abrams is not only a passionate advocate of democracy, but also an inspiring example of how to practice it. In Our Time Is Now, she exposes systematic voter suppression efforts across America, and tells us what we need to do to fight back. This book is an essential toolkit for citizens of all backgrounds who believe, as I do, that democracy is not a spectator sport. -- Madeleine K. Albright, former United States Secretary of State

Following her historic run for Governor of Georgia in 2018, Stacey Abrams led a nationwide effort to empower and enfranchise voters to participate in our democratic process. With Our Time is Now, she's now set out a comprehensive roadmap for engaging those voters, tearing down barriers to participation, and making our democracy live up to its highest ideals. -- Julian Castro, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

 

 

You may purchase a copy of OUR TIME IS NOW from Left Bank Books online or by phone. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. When you purchase a copy of the book from Left Bank Books, you will be sent the registration link for the Zoom webinar event. You may also email info@left-bank.com to register for the event for FREE.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 6:00pm

Scott Alexander Hess with Donald Miller - Root of Everything and Lightning

Thursday, July 15, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes award winning author
Scott Alexander Hess,
who will discuss his new pair of novellas, 
The Root of Everything and Lightning,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on July 15.
Hess will be in conversation with St. Louis author
Donald Miller.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
**For this event, you may request personalization for your order. Leave a note in the comments when you are checking out for how you would like the book to be signed. Example "To Scott. Happy Birthday!". Scott Alexander Hess will sign and personalize copies. Deadline for personalization request is July 25th.
**Scott would also like to offer t-shirts for this event. If you pre-order before July 25th, you may request a Small, Medium, or Large t-shirt. IF YOUR BOOK IS BEING MAILED TO YOU, YOU MUST SELECT PRIORITY MAIL OR FEDEX FOR SHIPPING. We will not be able to send t-shirts via media mail. You may also select to pick up a book and t-shirt.
 
About The Root of Everything and Lightning

In this pair of novellas, award-winning author Scott Alexander Hess provides a richly textured portrait of the shifting landscape of the 20th century American Dream.

The Root of Everything is a multi-generational saga tracking fathers and sons from Germany's Black Forest to Missouri as they experience tragedy, triumph, forbidden love, and hard-earned reckonings.

In Lightning, a young man in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1918 is driven by his deep love for horses and his emerging feelings for another man. Offered a chance to move to New York City, he finds his true destiny.

Shot through with layers of grief, passion, dangerous landscapes, and old-world mysticism, these are journeys into love, loss, and twists of fate that define us. Hess tells stories as deep as the Missouri River and as wide-ranging as the Wild American West.

"Scott Alexander Hess's writing brims with elegant simplicity and pulses with fierce emotional insight." - Joe Okonkwo, author of Kiss the Scars on the Back of My Neck and Jazz Moon

"In The Root of Everything and Lightning, Scott Alexander Hess uncovers deep affinities between the wide-openness of the American landscape and the wide-eyed optimism of its people-cowmen and farmers, fortune tellers and hard laborers, queer fellows and new women. Sinuously constructed and simmering with eroticism, these short novels nevertheless pack emotional punch. Historical fiction at its cutting-edge best." -Patrick E. Horrigan, author of Pennsylvania Station

"As dense as the Black Forest and as magnificent as an old oak, The Root of Everything feels like flipping through a family album of three generations of men, in which Hess has captured brief moments to tell their entire stories of love in all its joy, sorrow and grief." -Jamie Brickhouse, author of Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze, Sex and My Mother

"The Root of Everything takes us from a cold forest in Germany to the complicated promised land of the American Midwest and beyond. This is a story about the forces that shape us-the bonds of blood and love and nature. It's a riveting tale written with both heart and precision." -Jonathan Corcoran, author of The Rope Swing

 

About our Speakers

Scott Alexander Hess is the author of five novels, including Skyscraper, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and The Butcher’s Sons, which was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015. His writing has appeared in HuffPost, Genre Magazine, The Fix, Thema Literary Review, and elsewhere. Hess co-wrote "Tom in America," an award-winning short film, starring Sally Kirkland and Burt Young. He teaches fiction writing at Gotham Writers Workshop and curates Hot Lit, an LGBTQ+ themed monthly newsletter. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Hess lives in New York City with his husband.

Donald C. Miller holds a master's degree in media literacy and has coauthored a previous media literacy textbook with Art Silverblatt.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Fiona Mozley

Wednesday, June 16, 7pm

 

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Fiona Mozley, “Hot Stew.”

Video premiere: Wednesday, June 16,  7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

In conversation with Ryan Krull, Interviews Editor - Boulevard Magazine

A finalist for the Man Booker Prize for her debut novel “Elmet,” Fiona Mozley’s much-anticipated second novel takes readers to the grimy, vibrant central London district of Soho. Young millionaire Agatha Howard plans on converting one piece of prime real estate into luxury condos--but the tenants have no intention of vacating the premises. As Mozley’s accomplished tragicomedy unfolds, a cast of heroic queers, junkie magicians, Russian oligarchs, radical protestors, and even a glamorous borzoi converge in unexpected ways. Entertaining and sharply funny, “Hot Stew” confronts questions about wealth and inheritance, gender and power, and the things women must do to survive in an unjust world.

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

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

 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Valerie Battle Kienzle

Thursday, June 10, 7pm

 

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Valerie Battle Kienzle, "Ready to Wear: A History of the Footwear and Garment Industries in St. Louis"

Video premiere: Thursday, June 10,  7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

With its location on the banks of the Mississippi River, St. Louis was a 19th century center of fur trading, cotton and wool distribution, footwear, and clothing production. “Ready to War” is the story of the birth, growth, decline and rebirth of the St. Louis footwear and garment industries. Colorfully weaving historical narrative, personal connection, and local lore, Valerie Battle Kienzle transports the reader to the St. Louis of yesteryear and the surprising fashion-industry hub right in the heart of the Midwest. 

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

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

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Ben Rhodes

Monday, June 7, 7pm
 

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Ben Rhodes, "After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made."

Video premiere: June 7, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

In conversation with Tony Messenger, Pulitzer Prize-Winning St. Louis Post Dispatch Reporter

The bestselling author of “The World As We Know It” and co-host of Pod Save the World asks: Why is Democracy so threatened in America and around the world? In 2017, as former White House aide Ben Rhodes was helping Barack Obama begin his next chapter, the legacy they had worked to build for eight years was being taken apart. To understand what was happening in America, Rhodes decided to look outward. Over the next three years, he traveled to dozens of countries, meeting with politicians, activists, and dissidents confronting the same nationalism and authoritarianism that was tearing America apart. Part memoir and part reportage, “After the Fall” is a hugely ambitious and essential work of discovery. 

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

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

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Monday, June 7, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Marie Mutsuki Mockett

Tuesday, June 1, 7pm CT
 

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Marie Mutsuki Mockett, "American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland."

Video premiere: Tuesday, June 1,  7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

For over 100 years, the Mockett family has owned a 7,000 acre wheat farm in the panhandle of Nebraska. Marie Mutsuki Mockett, who grew up in bohemian California, with her father and her Japanese mother, knew little about farming when she inherited this land. In “American Harvest,” Mockett follows the harvest season with a group of evangelical Christians who have cut her family’s fields for decades. Mockett’s journey peels back layers of the American story to expose its contradictions and unhealed wounds. She joins the crew in the fields, attends church, and struggles to adapt to the rhythms of rural life, all the while continually reminded of her own status as a person who signals “not white.” “American Harvest,” is an important book for our fractured times, a study in seeing and hearing an America different from the one we are surrounded by each day.

Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

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

 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 7:00pm

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