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Making Monsters: A Conversation and Reading with Victor LaValle

Wednesday, October 31, 7pm
Washington University Women's Building Formal Lounge

Victor LaValleVictor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, four novels — The EcstaticBig MachineThe Devil in Silver, and The Changeling — and two novellas, Lucretia and the Kroons and The Ballad of Black Tom. He is also the creator and writer of a comic book Victor LaValle's DESTROYER.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Shirley Jackson Award, an American Book Award, and the key to Southeast Queens.

Pre-lecture reception, 5:45 pm. Book signing to follow the lecture.

This event is presented by Washington University. For more information, please visit www.frankenstein200.wustl.edu.

 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 7:00pm

CANCELED: B.A. Shapiro - The Collector's Apprentice

Please note: due to unforeseen circumstances, B.A. Shapiro's appearance at the St. Louis County Library has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thursday, October 25, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Author of The Art Forger and The Muralist, B. A. Shapiro has made the historical art thriller her own. In The Collector’s Apprentice, she gives us an unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession. It’s the summer of 1922, and 19-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself broke and alone in Paris. Everyone in Belgium believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game. To protect herself, she creates a new identity, a Frenchwoman named Vivienne Gregsby, and sets out to prove her innocence. When an eccentric art collector offers Vivienne the perfect job, she is soon caught up in the Parisian art world—including Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse, with whom Vivienne becomes romantically entwined.

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

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

Elliot Ackerman - Waiting for Eden

Wednesday, October 17, 7pm
St. Louis County Library - HQ

Elliot Ackerman, Waiting for EdenNational Book Award-nominated author of Dark at the Crossing, Elliot Ackerman presents a shattering new novel that traces the intersection of three star-crossed lives. Veteran Eden Malcom lies in a bed, unable to move or to speak. His wife Mary spends every day on the sofa in his hospital room. But on Christmas, the one day Mary is not at his bedside, Eden’s re-ordered consciousness comes flickering to life. As he begins to find a way to communicate, some troubling truths about his marriage—and about his life before he went to war—come to the surface. A piercingly insightful, deeply felt meditation on loyalty and betrayal, Waiting for Eden is a tour de force of profound humanity.

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

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

Justin Driver - The Schoolhouse Gate

Tuesdsay, October 9, 7pm
St. Louis County Library - HQ

Justin Driver, The Schoolhouse GateAward-winning constitutional law scholar, Justin Driver presents an engaging book that aims to vindicate the rights of public school students. From racial segregation to unauthorized immigration, antiwar protests to compulsory flag salutes, economic inequality to teacher-led prayer: these are but a few of the cultural anxieties that the Supreme Court has addressed regarding schools. The Schoolhouse Gate gives a provocative account of the historic legal battles and illuminates contemporary disputes that continue to fracture the nation.

Presented by the St. Louis County Library ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 7:00pm

Carol Ferring Shepley - St. Louis: An Illustrated Timeline

Thursday, October 4, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Carol Shepley, St. Louis: An Illustrated TimelineLeft Bank Books welcomes award-winning St. Louis author Carol Ferring Shepley, who will sign and discuss the second edition of St. Louis: An Illustrated Timeline, at this official Launch Party event!

With vignettes and vintage photographs, St. Louis: An Illustrated Timeline takes a wide-angle look at the story of a fur-trading outpost that grew into a major American city. The second edition delves deeper into the mix of politics, personality and culture that make up the Gateway City. Building on the award-winning first edition, new research reveals how the entire city came together for the best World’s Fair of all time, as well as why forces of racism aligned in Ferguson. New tales of visionaries such as Gyo Obata, who escaped Japanese internment camps by studying here and created the country’s largest architectural firm, and Dwight Davis, who fashioned Forest Park to embody his belief that athletics develop character, enliven these pages.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of St. Louis: An Illustrated Timeline 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, October 4, 2018 - 7:00pm

Melissa Cynova - Tarot Elements

Thursday, March 14, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Melissa Cynova, Kitchen Table TarotLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis author and tarot readers Melissa Cynova, who will sign and discuss her new book, Tarot Elements: Five Readings to Reset Your Life!

Author Melissa Cynova noticed that clients often turn up for readings with extremely complicated problems. She developed the five readings described in Tarot Elements as a program for hitting the reset button on life. The earth reading is about home. Air is about mind, fire is about body, water is about heart/emotions, and the spirit reading is about your soul and spiritual practice. This book shows you how to do the five readings, so that you can focus on one aspect of a problem at a time and resolve the issues that are holding you back. Tarot Elements will help you clarify your situation, unstick your life, and move forward to a better version of yourself—even if you feel like a complete mess.

"Melissa Cynova has written one of the most accessible, relatable tarot books ever. Pull up a chair, pop a cold one, and get ready for some straight-talking tarot lessons that will have you slinging the cards like a tarot badass in no time at all!" Theresa Reed (The Tarot Coloring Book)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Tarot Elements 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, March 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

Whitaker Jazz Speaks: Louis Armstrong’s Hot 5 and Hot 7 ft. Ricky Riccardi

Wednesday, April 17, 7pm
Ferring Jazz Bistro at Jazz St. Louis

Ricky Riccardi, What a Wonderful WorldRicky Riccardi is not only a Louis Armstrong expert, but he is also the author of What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years. An engaging orator, Riccardi discusses the importance and impact of Louis’s early career, focusing on two of his best-known ensembles, the Hot Five and Hot Seven. Paired with Mr. Riccardi’s talk will be a performance of the most famous material that resulted from these two ensembles.

This event is presented by Jazz St. Louis. For more information, please visit jazzstl.org.
 

 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

Whitaker Jazz Speaks: A Love Supreme: The Music and Message in John Coltrane’s Magnum Opus ft. Ashley Kahn

Wednesday, April 10, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch

Ashley Kahn, A Love SupremeAshley Kahn is an American music historian, journalist, producer, and author. In addition to three Grammy nominations and one Grammy award, his two most critically acclaimed books have featured two major jazz albums, Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, and A Love Supreme by John Coltrane. In this talk, Kahn takes us on a deep dive into the mind and process of the man that gave us one of the most important recordings in jazz. One of Coltrane’s best-selling recordings, A Love Supreme has stood the test of time, and after more than 50 years, it remains his most critically acclaimed works.

This event is presented by Jazz St. Louis. For more information, please visit jazzstl.org.
 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

Whitaker Jazz Speaks: Play the Way You Feel ft. Kevin Whitehead

Wednesday, November 14, 7pm
St. Louis County Library - Grant's View Branch

Kevin Whitehead, Why JazzAuthor and NPR jazz critic (Fresh Air), Kevin Whitehead will preview his book Play the Way You Feel, due out next year, which examines how fiction and biographical films from 1927 to 2016 tell stories about jazz music and musicians. He will examine not only what these movies get right and what they get wrong, but also how the stories are told through the various narratives, even delving into the unique way these films end. Whitehead’s talk will focus on screen representations of early jazz in such films, illustrated with clips from Birth of the Blues(1941) and Syncopation (1942).

This event is presented by Jazz St. Louis. For more information, please visit jazzstl.org.

 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

Whitaker Jazz Speaks: 1950: The Year Jazz Changed on Two Coasts ft. Marc Myers

Wednesday, October 10, 7pm
Ferring Jazz Bistro at Jazz St. Louis

Marc Myers, Why Jazz HappenedWall Street Journal contributor and author of Why Jazz Happened, Marc Myers, explores the development of West Coast and Cool Jazz through the many factors outside of jazz itself that contributed to their growth and development. Paired with Myers’s talk will be a performance of the music of Dave Brubeck, Modern Jazz Quartet, Gerry Mulligan, and Miles Davis’s complete Birth of the Cool.

This event is presented by Jazz St. Louis. For more information, please visit jazzstl.org.
 

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 7:00pm

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