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SF STL: Jasper Fforde - Early Riser

Wednesday, February 20, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Rd.

Jasper Fforde, Early RiserLeft Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with bestselling author of the Thursday Next series Jasper Fforde, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Early Riser!

Every Winter, the human population hibernates. During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness, devoid of human activity. Well, not quite. Your name is Charlie Worthing and it's your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses. You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense; nothing more than a quirky artefact borne of the sleeping mind. When the dreams start to kill people, it's unsettling. When you get the dreams too, it's weird. When they start to come true, you begin to doubt your sanity. But so long as you remember to wrap up warmly, you'll be fine.

"Charlie's journey . . . is so absorbing, and Fforde's wit so sharp, the reveal that the narrative is also a commentary on capitalism comes across as a brilliant twist . . . Whip-smart, tremendous fun, and an utter delight from start to finish." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:00pm

Jim Merkel - The Making of an Icon

Wednesday, November 7, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Jim Merkel, The Making of an IconLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis author Jim Merkel, who will sign and discuss the new second edition of his book, The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, the Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch!

With The Making of an Icon, Jim Merkel captured the spirit behind the conception and construction of one of America's most distinctive and beloved national monuments. More than two million visitors stand in awe at The Gateway Arch each year, and the stories behind it were unearthed in breathless detail in the first edition. Back with even more lore, Merkel brings new updates on the Arch grounds and museum to the updated and revised second edition. Now expanded, his book includes more stories, compiled from hundreds of interviews with the visionaries, finaglers, protesters, and intrepid workers who built the arch while one misstep away from a fatal fall. 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Making of an Icon 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.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

Bernie Federko - My Blues Note

Wednesday, October 24, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Bernie Federko, My Blues NoteLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis Blues Hall of Famer Bernie Federko, who will sign and discuss his new book, Bernie Federko: My Blues Note, with co-author Jeremy Rutherford!

Take a look in the St. Louis Blues' record books, and the name Bernie Federko is impossible to miss. A skilled, unselfish playmaker, Federko made those around him better; while his journey did lead him to the Hall of Fame, he is regarded by many as one of the most overlooked talents in hockey. In this volume, Federko reflects on his life on and off the ice. From his childhood in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, to years in St. Louis playing with teammates like Brian Sutter and Mike Liut, and his recent years in the Blues' broadcasting booth, this is a refreshing chronicle of a legendary career.

 

Ticket Information
-- A $30 ticket admits one person and includes one hardcover copy of My Blues Note
-- A $35 ticket admits two people and includes one hardcover copy of My Blues Note, plus a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event

Signing Guidelines
-- Bernie WILL take photos with fans
-- Bernie will NOT be signing any memorabilia at this event

-- Bernie will sign ALL copies of My Blues Note purchased from Left Bank Books

Tickets are available below. Please note: Those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of My Blues Note or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Wednesday, October 24

 Jeremy Rutherford is the Blues' hockey beat writer for The Athletic St. Louis. A lifelong St. Louisan who attended the University of Missouri—St. Louis, he previously covered the Blues for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He is the author of 100 Things Blues Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.



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Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

Chris McGreal - American Overdose

Wednesday, January 16, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Chris McGreal, American OverdoseLeft Bank Books welcomes Guardian reporter and former BBC journalist Chris McGreal, who will sign and discuss his new book, American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts!

The opioid epidemic has been described as "one of the greatest mistakes of modern medicine." But calling it a mistake is a generous rewriting of the history of greed, corruption, and indifference that pushed the US into consuming more than 80 percent of the world's opioid painkillers. Journeying through lives and communities wrecked by the epidemic, Chris McGreal reveals not only how Big Pharma hooked Americans on powerfully addictive drugs, but the corrupting of medicine and public institutions that let the opioid makers get away with it. A comprehensive portrait of a uniquely American epidemic, American Overdose is devastating in its findings and damning in its conclusions.

"This urgent, readable chronicle, which names names and pulls no punches, clearly and compassionately illuminates the evolution of America's mass addiction problem." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of American Overdose 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.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Michael Beschloss - Presidents of War

Friday, November 2, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Michael Beschloss, Presidents of WarPreeminent presidential historian Michael Beschloss presents a groundbreaking and often surprising saga of America’s wartime chief executives. Ten years in the research and writing, “Presidents of War” is a fresh look at a procession of American leaders as they took the nation into conflict and mobilized their country for victory. It brings us into the room as they make the most difficult decisions that face any President, at times sending hundreds of thousands of American men and women to their deaths. “Presidents of War” combines the sense of being there with the overarching context of two centuries of American history.

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

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

Ellen King - Heritage Baking

Thursday, December 6, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Ellen King, Heritage BakingLeft Bank Books welcomes Hewn co-owner and head baker Ellen King, who will sign and discuss her new cookbook, Heritage Baking: Recipes for Rustic Breads and Pastries Baked with Artisanal Flour from Hewn Bakery!

Here is a go-to resource for bakers of all skill levels who love new information and techniques that lead to better loaves and more flavor. These 45 foolproof recipes for delicious, nutritious breads and pastries star a wide range of artisanal flours that are now readily available to home bakers. In-depth master tutorials to starter, country loaves, and adjusting recipes for different flours are paired with step-by-step photography sequences that help visual learners get these fundamentals just right. Including recipes for one-of-a-kind rolls, scones, muffins, coffee cake, cookies, brownies, and more, this is a new take on baking for the home baker's cookbook canon.

Samples from the book will be provided for tasting at the event!

"Ellen King is one of my favorite bakers, and Hewn is a gem- there's nowhere else you can get such good bread made with flour that been so thoughtfully sourced and handled. Here, Ellen shows you how to do it." --Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Heritage Baking 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, December 6, 2018 - 7:00pm

Quincy Troupe - Miles & Me

Sunday, November 4, 4pm
Left Bank Books

Quincy Troupe, Miles & Me, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis-born poet, teacher, and journalist Quincy Troupe, who will sign and discuss his new book, Miles & Me: Miles Davis, the man, the musician, and his friendship with the journalist and poet Quincy Troupe!

Poet, activist and journalist Quincy Troupe’s candid account of his friendship with Miles Davis is a revealing portrait of a great musician and an engrossing chronicle of the author’s own artistic and personal growth. Miles and Me describes in intimate detail the sometimes harrowing processes of Davis’s spectacular creativity and the joys and travails Davis’s passionate and contradictory temperament posed to the two men’s friendship. Miles and Me shows how Miles Davis, both as an artist and as a black man, influenced Troupe and whole generations of Americans while forever changing the face of jazz.

“Brilliant, poetic, provocative, Quincy Troupe’s Miles & Me reveals the man behind the dark glasses and legend.” —Ishmael Reed

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Miles & Me from Left Bank Books will be require 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.

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 4:00pm

SOLD OUT: Jeff Tweedy - Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)

*Please note: This event has been moved from the Danis Field House to The Pageant. Tickets for this event are now SOLD OUT.

Saturday, November 17, 7pm
The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd

Jeff Tweedy, Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)Left Bank Books welcomes songwriter, performer, and Wilco founding member Jeff Tweedy, who will discuss his new book, Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc., with Emmy Award-winning actor and STL native Jon Hamm!

Few bands have inspired as much devotion as the Chicago rock band Wilco, and it’s thanks, in large part, to the band’s singer, songwriter, and guiding light: Jeff Tweedy. But while his songs and music have been endlessly discussed and analyzed, Jeff has rarely talked so directly about himself, his life, and his artistic process. Until now. In his long-awaited memoir, Jeff will tell stories about his childhood in Belleville, Illinois; the St. Louis record store, rock clubs, and live-music circuit that sparked his songwriting and performing career; and the Chicago scene that brought it all together. He’ll also talk in-depth about his collaborators in Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and more.

"One of the most daring songwriters of his generation . . . [Wilco is] vital, adventurous…breaking new stylistic ground with each ambitious and creatively restless album.”
—Salon.com

Ticket Information

General Admission SOLD OUT 
-- A $31 ticket admits one person and includes one autographed, hardcover copy of Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)
-- A $36 ticket admits two people and includes one autographed, hardcover copy of Let's Go (So We Can Get Back), plus a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event

VIP Admission SOLD OUT 
-- A $36 VIP ticket admits one person and includes one autographed, hardcover copy of Let's Go (So We Can Get Back), plus a post-show meet & greet with Jeff Tweedy and an opportunity to get your book personalized
-- A $41 VIP ticket admits two people and includes one autographed, hardcover copy of Let's Go (So We Can Get Back), plus a post-show meet & greet with Jeff Tweedy, an opportunity to get your book personalized, and a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event

$5 from every VIP ticket will benefit the Left Bank Books Foundation.

Please note: Those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Saturday, November 17. 

Jon Hamm’s nuanced portrayal of the high-powered, advertising executive Don Draper on AMC’s award-winning drama series “Mad Men” has firmly established him as one of Hollywood’s most talented and versatile actors. He has earned numerous accolades, including an Emmy Award in 2015 for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Awards in 2016 and 2008, Television Critics Association Awards in 2011 and 2015, a Critics’ Choice Television Award in 2011, as well as multiple Screen Actors Guild nominations. Hamm was most recently seen starring in Drew Goddard’s BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE for Twentieth Century Fox. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Hamm received his Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Missouri-Columbia and currently resides in Los Angeles.



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Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

Observable Readings: Tiana Clark & Amber Flora Thomas

Monday, February 4, 7:30pm
Dressel's Public House, 419 N. Euclid

Tiana Clark is the author of Equilibrium, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize, and winner of a 2019 Pushcart Prize. Clark was the recipient of the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New YorkerKenyon Review, American Poetry ReviewNew England ReviewBest New Poets 2015BOAATCrab Orchard ReviewThrushThe Journal, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. 

Amber Flora Thomas is the author of two collections of poems: EYE OF WATER, selected by Harryette Mullen as the winner of the 2004 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and THE RABBITS COULD SING, selected by Peggy Shumaker for the Alaska Literary Series in 2011. A recipient of the Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize, Richard Peterson Prize, and Ann Stanford Prize, her poetry has appeared in Callaloo, Orion Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, Saranac Review, and Crab Orchard Review, as well as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry and numerous other journals and anthologies. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and faculty member. She received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998. She was born and raised in northern California.

This event is presented by the St. Louis Poetry Center. For more information, please visit stlpoetrycenter.org.

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 7:30pm

Bob Spitz - Reagan: An American Journey

Tuesday, November 13, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Bob Spitz, ReaganBestselling biographer Bob Spitz presents a full and rich biography of an epic American life, capturing what made Ronald Reagan both so beloved and so transformational. Based on hundreds of interviews and access to previously unavailable documents, Bob Spitz’s “Reagan” is an absorbing, richly detailed, even revelatory chronicle of Ronald Reagan’s epic life – giving full weight to the Hollywood years, his transition to politics and rocky but ultimately successful run as California governor, and ultimately his iconic presidency, filled with storm and stress but climaxing with his peace talks with the Soviet Union that would serve as his greatest legacy.

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

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