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Brexit: A Guide for Confused Americans

Thursday, March 14, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Rd.

Brexit: A Guide for Confused AmericansBrexit. For years that word has dominated international headlines as people throughout the world follow the seemingly endless saga of Britain’s quest to leave the European Union. But what is Brexit, exactly? Why did it happen, and what does it mean for the United Kingdom and for the world? How could Brexit affect the USA, and what similar political and cultural currents are flowing in this country?

Discover the answers to these questions and more as James Frey Croft, bona fide British person and long-time political activist, guides you on a funny and informative tour through the strange world of British politics. Afterward, you will be able to buy a selection of relevant titles curated by Left Bank Books.

This event is presented by the Ethical Society of St. Louis. For more information, please call 314-991-0955.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

Jennifer Eberhardt - Biased

Tuesday, April 2, 7pm
UMSL at Grand Center, St. Louis Public Radio Community Room, 3651 Olive St.

Jennifer EberhardtLeft Bank Books and St. Louis Public Radio's ...and the Kitchen Sink series welcome Stanford professor of psychology Jennifer Eberhardt, who will sign and discuss her new book, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, with Holly Edgell!

You don’t have to be racist to be biased. Unconscious bias can be at work without our realizing it, and ingrained stereotypes can infect our visual perception, attention, memory, and behavior. This has an impact on education, employment, housing, and criminal justice. In Biased, with a perspective that is at once scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Jennifer Eberhardt offers us insights into the dilemma and a path forward. Unblinking about the tragic consequences of prejudice, Eberhardt addresses how racial bias is not the fault of nor restricted to a few “bad apples” but is present at all levels of society in media, education, and business.

“Jennifer Eberhardt’s work is essential to helping us understand racial inequalities in our country and around the world.”—Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Biased from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 
Click here to pre-order your copy!

Holly EdgellHolly Edgell is the Editor of a four-station collaborative coverage initiative on race, identity and culture. Holly comes to St. Louis Public Radio as a journalist with more than 20 years of experience. In addition to working as a television news producer in several cities, in 2010 she launched 12 St. Louis-area websites for, the hyperlocal news initiative introduced by AOL. In 2012, she was part of the leadership team that launched WCPO Insider (, the first local television news initiative to introduce an a la carte subscription model for exclusive, in-depth content that audiences could not find elsewhere. She later served as Director of Digital media for KSHB-TV in Kansas City and WEWS-TV in Cleveland. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists. In addition to newsroom experience, Holly taught journalism at the University of Missouri and Florida A&M University.



Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 7:00pm

A Discussion on Gun Violence with Alex Kotlowitz & Jonathan Metzl

Wednesday, April 24, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid

Alex Kotlowitz and Jonathan MetzlLeft Bank Books presents a discussion on gun violence with Alex Kotlowitz, author of An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago, and Jonathan Metzl, author of Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland!

The numbers are staggering: over the past twenty years in Chicago, 14,033 people have been killed and another roughly 60,000 wounded by gunfire. What does that do to the spirit of individuals and community? Drawing on his decades of experience, Alex Kotlowitz set out to chronicle one summer in the city, writing about individuals who have emerged from the violence and whose stories capture the capacity—and the breaking point—of the human heart and soul. Applying the close-up, empathic reporting that made There Are No Children Here a modern classic, Kotlowitz offers a piercingly honest portrait of a city in turmoil.

In the era of Donald Trump, many lower- and middle-class white Americans are drawn to politicians who pledge to make their lives great again. But as Dying of Whiteness shows, the policies that result actually place white Americans at ever-greater risk of sickness and death. Physician Jonathan M. Metzl's quest to understand the health implications of "backlash governance" leads him across America's heartland. Interviewing a range of everyday Americans, he examines how racial resentment has fueled progun laws in Missouri, resistance to the Affordable Care Act in Tennessee, and cuts to schools and social services in Kansas.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of either An American Summer or Dying of Whiteness from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click the titles to pre-order your copy!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Evan Thomas - First: Sandra Day O'Connor

Monday, March 25, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Evan Thomas, FirstAcclaimed historian Evan Thomas presents the intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography of Sandra Day O’Connor, America’s first female Supreme Court justice, drawing on exclusive interviews and first-time access to Justice O’Connor’s archives. Sandra Day O’Connor’s story is that of a woman who repeatedly shattered glass ceilings—doing so with a blend of grace, wisdom and humor. This is a remarkably vivid and personal portrait of a woman who built a bridge forward for all Americans.

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

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

Lynne Olson - Madame Fourcade's Secret War

Tuesday, March 12, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Lynne OlsonIn 1941, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, a young mother born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamour, became the leader of a vast French Resistance organization—the only woman to hold such a role. No other French spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligence. As a result, the Gestapo pursued Fourcade’s group relentlessly, executing hundreds of its 3,000 agents. Now, in a dramatic account of the war that split France in two, bestselling historian Lynne Olson tells the fascinating story of a woman who stood up for her nation, her fellow citizens, and herself.

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

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Greg Iles - Cemetery Road

Saturday, March 9, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Greg Iles, Cemetery RoadThe #1 bestselling author of the Natchez Burning trilogy returns with an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets. When Marshall McEwan left his hometown of Bienville at age 18, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington D.C. But just as the political chaos in the nation’s capital lifts him to new heights, family illness forces Marshall to return home where he begins to suspect a shadowy group called the Poker Club is responsible for a string of violent deaths.

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


Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

Steve Berry - The Malta Exchange

Monday, March 4, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Steve Balta, The Malta ExchangeA deadly race for the Vatican’s oldest secret fuels bestselling political suspense author Steve Berry’s latest international Cotton Malone thriller. The pope is dead. A conclave to select his replacement is about to begin, but one Cardinal has fled Rome for Malta in search of a document that dates back to the 4th century and Constantine the Great. As former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone searches for the Cardinal, he draws the attention of the legendary Knights of Malta, the only warrior-monks to survive into modern times.

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


Monday, March 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

National Poetry Month: An Evening with Stacey Lynn Brown & Cassie Donish

Tuesday, April 9, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Stacey Lynn Brown and Cassie DonishLeft Bank Books welcomes poets Stacey Lynn Brown and Cassie Donish, who will sign and read from their newest collections, The Shallows and The Year of the Femme, at this special event in celebration of National Poetry Month!

In The Shallows, Stacey Lynn Brown continues her potent exploration of the American South—its complex legacies of family and race. These harrowing yet ultimately hopeful new poems depict a daughter grappling with the aftermath of her father’s massive stroke and her own concurrent struggles with a debilitating and mysterious illness. Stacey Lynn Brown is also the author of Cradle Song, a book-length poem, and is the co-editor, with Oliver de la Paz, of A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. She teaches creative writing at Indiana University in Bloomington.

“At the edge of a field a thought waits,” writes Cassie Donish in The Year of the Femme, her collection that explores the conflicting diplomacies of body and thought while stranding us in a field, in a hospital, on a shoreline. These are poems that assess and dwell in a sensual, fantastically queer mode. Here is a voice slowed by an erotics suffused with pain, quickened by discovery. In masterful long poems and refracted lyrics, Donish flips the coin of subjectivity; different and potentially dangerous faces are revealed in turn. With lyricism as generous as it is exact, Donish tunes her writing as much to the colors, textures, and rhythms of daily life as to what violates daily life—what changes it from within and without.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of any of the poets' featured titles from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Pre-order your copy below!

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

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

Eliot Sappingfield - The Unspeakable Unknown

Monday, February 25, 4pm
Left Bank Books

Eliot Sappingfield, The Unspeakable UnknownLeft Bank Books welcomes Missouri author Eliot Sappingfield for an after-school signing and discussion of his new middle grade novel, The Unspeakable Unknown!

Guardians of the Galaxy meets The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in this wild, warm-hearted, and hilarious sci-fi companion to A Problematic Paradox. Nikola Kross has battled aliens and won. But her father, who was kidnapped by evil extraterrestrials, is still missing, and now it’s up to Nikola and her friends to find and rescue him before it’s too late. He could be anywhere in the known universe, and they have little to go on except a desperate secret communication and an unhelpful clue that he’s in a secure facility somewhere deep underground. But the extraterrestrials are still determined to capture Nikola. And if she gets abducted, she won’t have to wonder where her father is…because she’ll already be there.

“It’s like Harry Potter, but with science instead of magic. Nikola is exactly the smart female protagonist that the sci-fi genre needs.” --HelloGiggles

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Unspeakable Unknown or A Problematic Paradox from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click the titles 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, February 25, 2019 - 4:00pm

SF STL: Neal Stephenson - Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell

Monday, June 10, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.

Neal Stephenson, Fall; or Dodge in HellLeft Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with bestselling author Neal Stephenson, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Fall; or Dodge in Hell!

One autumn day, while multibillionaire Richard “Dodge” Forthrast undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on, an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls. But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem. Paradise Lost by way of Phillip K. Dick, Fall; or, Dodge in Hell is an exhilarating speculative literary saga for the modern age.

“Sometimes when you’re reading Neal Stephenson, he doesn’t just seem like one of the best novelists writing in English right now; he seems like the only one.”
—Lev Grossman

Ticket Information:

-- A $39 ticket admits one person and includes one hardcover copy of Fall; or Dodge in Hell
-- A $44 ticket admits two people and includes one hardcover copy of Fall; or Dodge in Hell, plus a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event

Signing Guidelines:

-- Mr. Stephenson will sign all copies of Fall; or Dodge in Hell purchased from Left Bank Books, as well as copies of his previous books.
-- Mr. Stephenson will be happy to personalize books.
-- Guests are welcome to take candid photographs during the event and from the signing line, but due to time constraints, Mr. Stephenson will be unable to pose for photos. 

Tickets are available below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of Fall; or Dodge in Hell or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Monday, June 10th.

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, June 10, 2019 - 7:00pm


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