Author Events

Azar Nafisi with Jacki Lyden - Read Dangerously

Saturday, March 19, 6pm CT / 7pm ET
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Banner image with headshot of author Azar Nafisi on the left, a pic of the cover of "Read Dangerously" on the top right, and a headshot of Jacki Lyden on the bottom rightLeft Bank Books and Books & Books with Miami Book Fair + independent bookstores welcome NYTimes Bestselling Author
Azar Nafisi,
for a special virtual event to celebrate
Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times,
in an exclusive online event at 6pm CT / 7pm ET on March 19th.
Nafisi will be in conversation with American journalist and author, 
Jacki Lyden.
Order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to gain access to the event & support authors and independent bookstores!
Please purchase before March 19th, 5pm CT to gain access to the event.
If you are not able to attend live, a recording will be available.
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About the Speakers

AZAR NAFISI is the author of the multi-award-winning New York Times bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran, New York Times bestseller Things I’ve Been Silent About, and The Republic of the Imagination. She has taught literature at universities in Iran and in the United States, was a Centennial Fellow at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, and was the director of The Dialogue Project and Cultural Conversations at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Publications that she has written for include the New York Times, The New Yorker, the Washington Post, the New Republic, The Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal. Nafisi has lectured extensively on the political implications of literature and culture, as well as the human rights of the Iranian women and girls and the important role they play in the process of change for pluralism and an open society in Iran. She has been consulted on issues related to Iran and human rights both by the policy makers and various human rights organizations in the US and elsewhere. She lives in Washington, D.C.

JACKI LYDEN is an American journalist and author of the memoir, Daughter of the Queen of Sheba (1999). In 1979, Lyden joined National Public Radio as a freelance reporter in the Chicago bureau. By 1989, Lyden was stationed in London, covering The Troubles in Northern Ireland. She covered the Gulf War from the Middle East. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, she continued to serve as a foreign correspondent for NPR. Lyden, then living in Brooklyn, was NPR’s first correspondent on the air from New York during the September 11 attacks and reported from “Ground Zero”. In late 2001, she served as a foreign correspondent in Afghanistan. As a regular substitute host for Weekend All Things Considered and other shows, like Weekend Edition, she interviewed numerous poets, authors, filmmakers. She and the late John McChesney produced “Anatomy of a Shooting” in 2006, about the accidental killing of her Iraqi translator, Yasser Salihee, by an American soldier.


About Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times
The New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran returns with a guide to the power of literature in turbulent times, arming readers with a resistance reading list, ranging from James Baldwin to Zora Neale Hurston to Margaret Atwood.

"[A] stunning look at the power of reading. ... Provokes and inspires at every turn." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

What is the role of literature in an era when one political party wages continual war on writers and the press? What is the connection between political strife in our daily lives, and the way we meet our enemies on the page in fiction? How can literature, through its free exchange, affect politics?
In this galvanizing guide to literature as resistance, Nafisi seeks to answer these questions. Drawing on her experiences as a woman and voracious reader living in the Islamic Republic of Iran, her life as an immigrant in the United States, and her role as literature professor in both countries, she crafts an argument for why, in a genuine democracy, we must engage with the enemy, and how literature can be a vehicle for doing so.
Structured as a series of letters to her father, who taught her as a child about how literature can rescue us in times of trauma, Nafisi explores the most probing questions of our time through the works of Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, James Baldwin, Margaret Atwood, and more.


To access the event, please purchase a copy of Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times from Left Bank Books. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. You will receive an email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event. Thank you for supporting Left Bank Books! 

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Saturday, March 19, 2022 - 6:00pm

Kathy Gilsinan with Sarah Fentem - The Helpers

Tuesday, March 29, 7pm CT
St. Louis Public Radio Community Room
3651 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63108
Please RSVP here or below
Masks and proof of vaccination are required to attend this event.
Vaccination cards or an electronic copy will be accepted.
Rectangular image with headshot of author Kathy Gilsinan on the left, a pic of the cover of "The Helpers" on the top right, and a headshot of Sarah Fentem on the bottom right.Left Bank Books & St. Louis Public Radio welcome St. Louis author and contributing writer at the Atlantic
Kathy Gilsinan,
who will discuss a "deeply moving narrative of the coronavirus pandemic"
The Helpers: Profiles from the Front Lines of the Pandemic,
in person at St. Louis Public Radio on March 29th at 7pm Central.
Gilsinan will be in conversation with St. Louis Public Radio Health Reporter
Sarah Fentem.
Join us in person and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Books will be available for sale at the event. Kathy will be signing copies available for preorder.
If you are unable to make it to the in person event,
personalized copies are available to order through Left Bank Books online or over the phone.

About our Speakers

Kathy Gilsinan is a contributing writer at the Atlantic, where she has reported on national security and contributed to its extensive and acclaimed coronavirus coverage. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Sarah Fentem reports on sickness and health as part of St. Louis Public Radio’s news team. She previously spent five years reporting for different NPR stations in Indiana, immersing herself deep, deep into an insurance policy beat from which she may never fully recover.
A longtime NPR listener, she grew up hearing WQUB in Quincy, Illinois, which is now owned by STLPR. She lives in South St. Louis, and in her spare time likes to watch old sitcoms, meticulously clean and organize her home and go on outdoor adventures with her husband Elliot. They have a dog named Ginger.
About The Helpers: Profiles form the Front Lines of the Pandemic

In March 2020, COVID-19 overtook the United States, and life changed for America. In a matter of weeks the virus impacted millions, with lockdown measures radically reshaping the lives of even those who did not become infected. Yet despite the fear, hardship, and heartbreak from this period of collective struggle, there was hope.

In The Helpers, journalist Kathy Gilsinan profiles eight individuals on the front lines of the coronavirus battle: a devoted son caring for his family in the San Francisco Bay Area; a not-quite-retired paramedic from Colorado; an ICU nurse in the Bronx; the CEO of a Seattle-based ventilator company; a vaccine researcher at Moderna in Boston; a young chef and culinary teacher in Louisville, Kentucky; a physician in Chicago; and a funeral home director in Seattle and Los Angeles. These inspiring individual accounts create an unforgettable tapestry of how people across the country and the socioeconomic spectrum came together to fight the most deadly pandemic in a century.

Beautifully written and profoundly moving, The Helpers is about ordinary people who stepped up to meet an extraordinary moment. "This is the story of how we beat the pandemic," Gilsinan writes, "but I hope that it someday serves as an introduction to the story of how we made a better country. That future starts with people like the ones in this book."


"Brilliantly conceived, carefully reported, grippingly and vividly written, The Helpers is a story of the pandemic that will last."--James Fallows, coauthor of Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America

"Inspiring.... Intimate and engaging, this is a worthy tribute to those who stepped forward in a time of tremendous need."-- Publishers Weekly



Tuesday, March 29, 2022 - 7:00pm

John Searles with Amy Ryan - Her Last Affair

Tuesday, March 22, 5:30pm CT / 6:30pm ET
Exclusive Online Event - Book Purchase to gain admission

Left Bank Books & New York City's Symphony Space welcome NYTimes Bestselling Author
John Searles,
for a ONE-NIGHT ONLY special virtual event to celebrate the release of
Her Last Affair,
in an exclusive event at 5:30pm CT / 6:30pm ET on March 22.
Searles will be in conversation with Academy Award-nominated actress, 
Amy Ryan!
Order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to get access to the event & support authors and independent bookstores!
**John Searles will be joining us in St. Louis for an in-person event with St. Louis County Library in the Favorite Author Series on April 11th.
Signed copies will be available after that event.


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About our Speakers

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, John Searles, is the author of HER LAST AFFAIR, to be published by Mariner Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers on March 22, 2022. Praised as “a twisted thriller that explores loneliness and despair with cinematic flair…” (Kirkus) and “a tense, intricately woven tale of heartbreak, retribution and redemption,” (Publishers Weekly) HER LAST AFFAIR is a genre-bending read that tells the story of three seemingly separate, desperate characters, each of whom "makes a date" with a significant person from their past…to deadly effect. John’s previous novels— HELP FOR THE HAUNTED, STRANGE BUT TRUE, BOY STILL MISSING—have been voted best of the year or top picks by Boston GlobeEntertainment WeeklySalon and the American Library Association. He has written for the New York Times and Washington Post as well as appearing frequently on NBC’s Today show and CBS This Morning to discuss his favorite book selections. 

Academy Award-nominated actress, Amy Ryan, is well-known for her work on the big and small screen alike, as well as her Tony-nominated work on stage. Ryan recently wrapped a starring role opposite Joaquin Phoenix in writer/director Ari Aster’s DISAPPOINTMENT BLVD for A24. She was last seen starring opposite Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez in Hulu’s ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING. Some notable film credits include: WORTH, BIRDMAN, CLEAR HISTORY (all with Michael Keaton), LOST GIRLS, LATE NIGHT, STRANGE BUT TRUE, GONE BABY GONE, BRIDGE OF SPIES, WIN WIN, JACK GOES BOATING, CAPOTE, GREEN ZONE, BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, and KEANE Television credits include: THE WIRE, THE OFFICE, IN TREATMENT. BROAD CITY and HIGH MAINTENANCE. Her work onstage earned two Tony nominations for A Streetcar Named Desire and Uncle Vanya and an OBIE award for her performance in LOVE LOVE LOVE.


About Her Last Affair

"A winner: tense and terrifying with a twist you'll never see coming. You won't soon forget these characters and the shocking ways their lives intersect." -- Laura Dave, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me

Every marriage has its secrets....

Skyla lives alone in the shadow of the defunct drive-in movie theater that she and her husband ran for nearly fifty years. Ever since Hollis's death in a freak accident the year before, Skyla spends her nights ruminating about the regrets and deceptions in her long marriage. That is, until she rents a cottage on the property to a charming British man, Teddy Cornwell....

A thousand miles away, Linelle is about to turn fifty. Bored by her spouse and fired from her job when a questionable photo from her youth surfaces on social media, her only source of joy is an on-line affair with her very first love, a man she's not seen in nearly thirty years, Teddy Cornwell...

While in New York City, Jeremy, a failed and bitter writer, accepts an assignment to review a new restaurant in Providence. Years ago, Providence was the site of his first great love and first great heartbreak--and maybe, just maybe, he'll look her up when he's back in town...

Part page-turning thriller, part homage to film noir, and dazzling in its insight into the often desperate desires of the human heart, Her Last Affair is a tense and atmospheric novel of love lost and found again.



To access the event, please purchase a copy of Her Last Affair from Left Bank Books. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. You will receive an email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event. Thank you for supporting Left Bank Books!

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 - 5:30pm

SLCL Presents John Searles

Monday, April 11th, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present bestselling novelist John Searles of “Her Last Affair.” 
From the bestselling author of “Strange But True,” “Her Last Affair” tells the story of three seemingly disconnected characters–each of them hoping to rediscover love and reconnect with their past. Set in a shuttered drive-in movie theater, each chapter begins with a quote from a film that once played at the drive-in. With a pulse-pounding pace, Searles’s well-crafted characters and their strangely connected circumstances begin to reveal themselves…and the more we learn, the more mystery ensues. Part page-turning thriller, part homage to film noir, and dazzling in its insight into the often desperate desires of the human heart, “Her Last Affair” is a tense and atmospheric novel of love lost and found again.
Doors open at 6:00pm.
Books for signing will be available for purchase from Left Bank Books  Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.
Monday, April 11, 2022 - 7:00pm

A Special Event to Celebrate Michael J. Yochim - Requiem for America's Best Idea

Tuesday, March 15, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with a row of pictures on the top, from left to right, of: William Lowry, Dr. Eric Compas, Brian Yochim, Michelle Reynolds Gray, and Jim Yochim. Below these are two pictures: author Michael J. Yochim on the left and a cover of the book "Requiem for America's Best Idea" on the right.Left Bank Books, the Environmental Studies program at Washington University, National Parks Conservation Association, and the St. Louis Regional Chapter of the ALS Association
welcome the friends and family of
Michael J. Yochim,
to discuss his last work and the work he dedicated his life to
Requiem for America's Best Idea: National Parks in the Era of Climate Change,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on March 15th.
The event will feature a conversation between some of Michael's friends and family to celebrate this posthumously published book.
Join us virtually and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
William Lowry, who wrote the forward to the book, will moderate a discussion between Jim Yochim, Brian Yochim, Dr. Eric Compas, and Michelle Reynolds Gray to discuss the book and remember Michael J. Yochim in this special event. Michael grew up in Fenton, MO where his parents still live.
About our Speakers

William Lowry is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Washington University. Before going into academia, he served in the U.S. Navy, drove a taxi cab, worked for the National Park Service, and managed drug stores. He received his PhD in Political Science from Stanford University in 1988. He studied American politics, environmental and energy policy, and natural resource issues with focus on public lands. He is the author of five books as well as numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes. In 2010, he received a Distinguished Faculty Award from Washington University. Bill was a friend and former co-author with Mike. He oversaw publication of this book after Mike's passing.

Jim Yochim is the twin brother of Mike Yochim.  He was born and raised in the St. Louis area, graduating from Vianney High School and the University of Missouri, St. Louis.  He and his wife Nora are married for over 30 years and have one son and daughter-in-law living in Indiana.  He also has a 30+ year career with the federal government currently employed in the St. Louis area.  Jim has visited and hiked with Mike over the years at the several places he has lived including the Ozarks, Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, the University of Wisconsin, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Sequoia/Kings Canyon national parks.  After Mike moved back to the St. Louis area after his ALS diagnosis, Jim enjoyed spending more time with his twin brother who always warmly greeted him on his visits despite the daily challenges he faced with ALS.

Brian Yochim, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified neuropsychologist and a brother of author Mike Yochim. He has co-authored the books Psychology of Aging: A Biopsychosocial Perspective, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, and the forthcoming book A Handbook of Geriatric Neuropsychology: Practice Essentials. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He hiked many miles with Mike Yochim, enjoyed many thought-provoking conversations with him, and assisted William Lowry in the completion of Mike’s book.

Dr. Eric Compas is a geographer who specializes in human-environment interactions, external threats to protected areas, and private land conservation. He has worked for the National Park Service in Yellowstone and has researched private-land development and conservation issues around the park. Currently a professor in the Geography, Geology and Environmental Studies Department at UW-Whitewater, he also taught in Australia and researched the establishment of new marine parks there. He’s a long-time friend, hiking companion, and colleague of Mike Yochim.

Michelle Reynolds Gray met Mike as a companion volunteer for people with ALS. Many hours together sorting through national park photos led to a best friendship and mentorship, as Mike taught Michelle the tricks and techniques of hiking and backpacking. Through his tutelage and the gift of his favorite camp stove and water filter, Michelle began a series of Hikes for Mike, sharing all her photos, videos, and experiences with him. She accompanied Mike on day trips to many local parks, and spent three afternoons a week with him the last five years of his life. This culminated in extensive planning of a trip to the Thorofare, Mike's favorite place. which was completed with a group of his friends as a memorial to Mike. Michelle owns a Cafe/Coffee shop in Bourbon, MO now, where she is perfectly situated to return to the woods and reconnect.


About our co-sponsors

Washington University’s Environmental Studies program works to understand the systems that shape the Earth’s environment and how they influence the planet's diverse ecosystems, our natural resources, the communities we live in, and local and global political systems.

National Parks Conversation Association is the voice of America’s national parks, working to protect and preserve our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for present and future generations. From the national headquarters in Washington, D.C., and 27 locations nationwide, NPCA calls on program and policy experts, committed volunteers, staff lobbyists, community organizers and communications specialists to inform and inspire the public and to influence decision makers to ensure that our national parks are well protected.

The St. Louis Regional Chapter of the ALS Association improves the lives of people living with ALS –the progressive neurodegenerative disease known as Lou Gehrig’s disease –in eastern Missouri and central and southern Illinois, through services and education.


About Requiem for America's Best Idea

In his enthusiastic explorations and fervent writing, Michael J. Yochim was to Yellowstone what Muir was to Yosemite. . . . Other times, his writing is like that of Edward Abbey, full of passion for the natural world and anger at those who are abusing it, writes foreword contributor William R. Lowry. In 2013 Yochim was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). While fighting the disease, he wrote Requiem for America's Best Idea. The book establishes a unique parallel between Yochim's personal struggle with a terminal illness and the impact climate change is having on the national parks--the treasured wilderness that he loved and to which he dedicated his life.

Yochim explains how climate change is already impacting the vegetation, wildlife, and the natural conditions in Olympic, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Yellowstone, and Yosemite National Parks. A poignant and thought-provoking work, Requiem for America's Best Idea investigates the interactions between people and nature and the world that can inspire and destroy them.

Michael J. Yochim (1966-2020) worked for twenty-two years at Yellowstone National Park as well as at Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Sequoia. His books include Yellowstone and the Snowmobile: Locking Horns over National Park UseA Week in Yellowstone's Thorofare: A Journey Through the Remotest PlaceEssential Yellowstone: A Landscape of Memory and Wonder, and Protecting Yellowstone: Science and the Politics of National Park Management (UNM Press).


“Yochim writes thoughtfully and with incredible nuance regarding the state of the parks throughout their history…the sense that author and reader alike take some solace in the fresh telling of past tales is palpable. Readers will be glad to read of Yochim in his prime, while he relishes the opportunity to illuminate his beloved parks…This book highlights the beauty of the natural world and its status as an invaluable commodity that all humans share. Recommended for all nature enthusiasts.” –Library Journal (starred review)
“Yochim drew his last breath while writing this manuscript, using eye-tracking technology because, long before, he’d lost the ability to type or speak. While the disease devastated his body, Yochim’s memories of the parks sustained him…Requiem for America’s Best Idea is an exceptionally touching, persuasive, and urgent plea for preserving these “natural cathedrals”— places of wonder, renewal, and transcendence—for future generations.” –Foreword Reviews (starred review)
“This is a crucial book. So many people have connected to the larger world through these five iconic landscapes that they are the perfect way to get them to care about the biggest crisis threatening our future. Climate change is so huge it’s sometimes hard to see, but this fine book brings it very much down to earth—and some of the loveliest parts of that earth!” —Bill McKibben, author Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America’s Most Hopeful Landscape
“What an amazing book.  Yochim manages to parallel the long-term destruction of our National Parks and wild lands – due to rising temperatures, receding glaciers, fire, and climate change in general – with his own physical decline due to the curse of ALS.  I have been to the places he remembers in this book, and I must say he reconstructs their beauty in ways few of us could.  This is truly a tragic work: The story of a man in his last moments alive holding onto a world of beauty that we are destroying.” –Kevin Mattson, Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History at Ohio University and author of We’re Not Here to Entertain
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Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 7:00pm

Erika Krouse - Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation

Wednesday, March 16, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with a headshot of author Erika Krouse on the left half and an image of the cover of the book "Tell Me Everything" on the right halfLeft Bank Books welcomes New York Times Notable author
Erika Krouse,
who will discuss the "enthralling blend of true crime and memoir"
Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on March 16th.
This is an exclusive virtual event with Left Bank Books!
Krouse will be in conversation with acclaimed author
Lacy Crawford.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
About our Speakers
Erika Krouse is the author of Come Up and See Me Sometime, a New York Times Notable Book, and Contenders, a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Erika's fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Ploughshares, One Story, and more. She teaches creative writing at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop and lives in Colorado. Her debut memoir, Tell Me Everything, has been optioned for TV adaptation by Playground Entertainment.
Lacy Crawford is the author, most recently, of the memoir Notes on a Silencing, which was a New York Times’ Editors’ Choice and Notable Book and was named a Best Book of the Year by People, Time, BookPage, Library Journal, and Lit Hub.

About Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation

**This book is one of Kris' favorite books of the year**

"The best story I've read in a long, long time. --Lacy Crawford, author of Notes on a Silencing
"Krouse's vivid and original memoir is state of the art. Tell Me Everything is our new standard." --Charles D'Ambrosio, author of Loitering

Part memoir and part literary true crime, Tell Me Everything is the mesmerizing story of a landmark sexual assault investigation and the female private investigator who helped crack it open.

Erika Krouse has one of those faces. "I don't know why I'm telling you this," people say, spilling confessions. In fall 2002, Erika accepts a new contract job investigating lawsuits as a private investigator. The role seems perfect for her, but she quickly realizes she has no idea what she's doing. Then a lawyer named Grayson assigns her to investigate a sexual assault, a college student who was attacked by football players and recruits at a party a year earlier. Erika knows she should turn the assignment down. Her own history with sexual violence makes it all too personal. But she takes the job anyway, inspired by Grayson's conviction that he could help change things forever. And maybe she could, too.

Over the next five years, Erika learns everything she can about P. I. technique, tracking down witnesses and investigating a culture of sexual assault and harassment ingrained in the university's football program. But as the investigation grows into a national scandal and a historic civil rights case, Erika finds herself increasingly consumed. When the case and her life both implode at the same time, Erika must figure out how to help win the case without losing herself.


"I devoured Tell Me Everything over the course of two breathless days, harrowed and deeply moved. It is at once an exposé, a heart-rending narrative of family trauma and its long legacy, and a thrilling detective story--propulsive as anything by Raymond Chandler but with twice the emotional IQ. This is the most satisfying, urgent book I have read in a long time." --Melissa Febos, author of Girlhood

"Krouse's remarkable Tell Me Everything affected me more than any memoir I've read in the last decade. Fueled by Krouse's searching intelligence and studded with moments of subtle humor, this astonishing, prescient personal tale possesses the urgency of a great novel. Put simply: I loved it." --Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year


You can watch live on Left Bank's YouTube channel. To participate on Facebook, 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 can watch on either location without logging in, but in order to comment or interact with the program, you must be logged in.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 7:00pm

Dolly Parton & James Patterson - Run, Rose, Run

Sunday, March 6, 6:30pm CT / 7:30pm ET
Exclusive Event - Book Purchase to gain admission

Left Bank Books, Little Brown and Company, and other select Independent Bookstores welcome
America’s most beloved superstar and its greatest storyteller
Dolly Parton &
James Patterson,
for a special virtual appearance to celebrate the release of
Run, Rose, Run,
in an exclusive book launch event at 6:30pm CT on March 6th.
Purchase a copy of
from Left Bank Books to gain access to attend the event.
Join Dolly Parton and James Patterson for the exclusive Run, Rose, Run Virtual Book Launch on Sunday, March 6 at 7:30pm ET / 6:30pm CT / 5:30pm MT / 4:30pm PT, live on YouTube.
A private link will be sent to customers who have purchased a copy of Run, Rose, Run from Left Bank Books 24 hours ahead of the event.
The event will be available after the live launch event until Sunday, March 13, for book purchasers unable to attend live.

Dolly Parton is a singer, songwriter, actress, producer, businesswoman, and philanthropist. The composer of more than 3,000 songs, she has sold over 100 million records worldwide, and has given away millions of books to children through her nonprofit, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

James Patterson is the world's bestselling author. The creator of Alex Cross, he has produced more enduring fictional heroes than any other novelist alive. He lives in Florida with his family.


From America's most beloved superstar and its greatest storyteller--a thriller about a young singer-songwriter on the rise and on the run, and determined to do whatever it takes to survive.

Every song tells a story.
She's a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her.
She's also on the run. Find a future, lose a past.
Nashville is where she's come to claim her destiny. It's also where the darkness she's fled might find her. And destroy her.
Run, Rose, Run is a novel glittering with danger and desire--a story that only America's #1 beloved entertainer and its #1 bestselling author could have created.


To access the event, please purchase a copy of Run, Rose, Run from Left Bank Books. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. You will receive an email with the link to join the private online event the DAY BEFORE and DAY OF the event. Thank you for supporting Left Bank Books!


Sunday, March 6, 2022 - 6:30pm

SLCL Presents John Siebeling and Wayne Francis

Wednesday, March 23rd, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present John Siebeling and Wayne Francis, “God and Race: A Guide to Moving Beyond Black Fists and White Knuckles."
For years, Pastors John Siebeling and Wayne Francis have led thriving congregations that are the embodiment of diversity; Siebeling in Memphis and Francis in New York City. At the height of the Black Lives Matter protests, they pooled their insights to help others facilitate conversations about racism. In “God and Race,” the pastors examine racial tension from both perspectives and answer all the uncomfortable questions we’re afraid to ask—regarding ourselves, our families, our work, and the church. Siebeling and Francis probe the meaning of racial reconciliation and reveal how the church can be a positive and effective leader to move us forward, beyond hate and injustice, to equality and love.
Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 - 7:00pm

Susan Mallery with Katherine Center - Summer Getaway

Tuesday, March 15, 6pm CT
Private Virtual Event - Purchase a SIGNED Book to gain admission

Left Bank Books & HQN Books welcomes #1 NYTimes Bestselling Author
Susan Mallery,
for a ONE-NIGHT ONLY special virtual event to celebrate the release of
The Summer Getaway,
in an exclusive event at 6pm CT on March 15th.
Mallery will be in conversation with “the reigning queen of comfort reads”
Katherine Center.
Join us in a private Crowdcast event by ordering a SIGNED (by bookplate) copy of
from Left Bank Books!
With each purchase of a copy of THE SUMMER GETAWAY, with a signed bookplate, you will get a FREE digital gift bag and be entered into a raffle to win an exclusive embroidered beach bag!
A CrowdCast link for entry will be emailed on the day of the event (3/15)


About Susan Mallery:

Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women's lives—family, friendship, romance. Library Journal says, “Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations," and readers seem to agree—40 million copies of her books have sold worldwide. Her warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live. Susan grew up in California and now lives in Seattle with her husband. She's passionate about animal welfare, especially that of the two ragdoll cats and adorable poodle who think of her as mom.

About Katherine Center:

BookPage calls Katherine Center “the reigning queen of comfort reads.” She is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including How to Walk Away, Things You Save in a Fire, and her newest, What You Wish For. The movie adaptation of her novel The Lost Husband (starring Josh Duhamel) hit #1 on Netflix, her novel Things You Save in a Fire just got optioned, and her novel Happiness for Beginners is in production now as a Netflix original starring Ellie Kemper. Katherine writes laugh-and-cry books about how life knocks us down—and how we get back up. She’s been compared to both Jane Austen and Nora Ephron, and the Dallas Morning News calls her stories, “satisfying in the most soul-nourishing way.” Her books have made countless Best-Of lists, including Real Simple’s Best Books of 2020, Amazon's Top 100 Books of 2019, Goodreads' Best Books of the Year, and many more. Katherine lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas, with her husband, two kids, and their fluffy-but-fierce dog.


About The Summer Getaway

One woman takes the vacation of a lifetime in this poignant and heartwarming story about the threads that hold a family together from #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery.
Single mom Robyn Caldwell needs a new plan for her future.  She has always put her family first.  Now, with her kids grown, she yearns for a change. But what can she do when her daughter has become the most demanding bride ever, her son won’t even consider college, her best friend is on the brink of marital disaster and her ex is making a monumentally bad decision that could ruin everything?
Take a vacation, of course. Press reset. When her great-aunt Lillian invites her to Santa Barbara for the summer, Robyn hops on the first plane to sunny California.
But it’s hard to get away when you’re the heart of the family. One by one, everyone she loves follows her across the country. Somehow, their baggage doesn’t feel as heavy in the sun-drenched, mishmash mansion. The more time Robyn spends with free-spirited Lillian, the more possibilities she sees—for dreams, love, family. She can have everything she ever wanted, if only she can muster the courage to take a chance on herself.


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Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 6:00pm

SLCL Presents Douglas Tallamy

Monday, March 7th, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Douglas Tallamy, “The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of our Most Essential Native Trees."
In Conversation with Jean Ponzi, host of KDHX’s “Earthworms” podcast.

Oaks sustain a complex and fascinating web of wildlife. Renowned entomologist and conservationist Douglast Tallamy’s “The Nature of Oaks” reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars, Tallamy illuminates and celebrates the wonders that occur right in our own backyards.“The Nature of Oaks” will inspire you to treasure these trees and to act to nurture and protect them.

For another opportunity to learn from Douglas Tallamy, join us on Thursday, March 10, at 3:00 p.m., for his keynote address  "Let It Be an Oak,"  as he opens the Partners for Native Landscaping webinar series hosted by St. Louis County Library, March 10-April 6. Register for the webinars at


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

Monday, March 7, 2022 - 7:00pm


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