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RESCHEDULED - Robert E. Hulsey - Missouri: Where the Rivers Run

Left Bank Books presents Missouri photographer Robert E. Hulsey to discuss his beautiful coffee table book full of splendor and history Missouri: Where the Rivers Run! Join us as we travel across the state through these stunning photos.

Hulsey will personalize and sign copies after the presentation! Personalized and signed copies will be available to be mailed anywhere in the country. For personalized copies, please order before 11:59 PM on January 21st.

RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER

Join us at Left Bank Books
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
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About the author

Robert E. Hulsey is a photographer with 45 years of experience. He currently lives in Raytown, Missouri.

About the book

Known for its scenic rivers, reowned state parks and beautiful vistas, Missouri offers enjoyment for anyone seeking a variety landscapes, natural wonders, charming small towns, and cosmopolitan urban cities. Known for its scenic rivers, renowned state parks and beautiful vistas, Missouri offers enjoyment for anyone seeking a variety of landscapes, natural wonders, charming small towns, and cosmopolitan urban adventures.

In Missouri: Where the Rivers Run, follow photographer Robert E. Hulsey on a visual journey across the Show-Me State as he travels from the rolling plains in the northern part of the state to the Ozark Mountains in the south, showcasing the natural heritage along the way. Through these 175 stunning photographs, visit the lush hiking trails at Graham Cave State Park, experience a float trip down the Black River, witness a celebration in Mark Twain's hometown, and get the perfect view of the Cathedral Basilica's painted ceiling. Through the lens of his camera, Robert captures the many wonders of the state and the people who call it home.

A beautiful coffee-table book, Missouri: Where the Rivers Run will inspire travelers to explore the splendor and the history of this picturesque Midwest state.

Monday, January 29, 2024 - 6:00pm

Adam Goodheart- The Last Island

Adam Goodheart “The Last Island: Discovery, Defiance, and the Most Elusive Tribe on Earth”Adam Goodheart

In 2018, a zealous American missionary was killed while attempting to visit an island he called “Satan’s last stronghold,” a small patch of land known as North Sentinel in the Andaman Islands. News of the tragedy fascinated people around the world. Most were unaware such a place still existed in our time: an island unmolested by the advances of modern technology. In “The Last Island,” historian and journalist Adam Goodheart narrates the tragic stories of other Andaman tribes’ encounters with the outside world and shows how the web of modernity is drawing ever closer to the island’s shores.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024
7:00 p.m.
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Adam Goodheart is a historian, essayist, journalist, and bestselling author of 1861: The Civil War Awakening. His articles have appeared in The AtlanticThe New York TimesNational Geographic, and The American Scholar. Goodheart is the director of Washington College's Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. He lives in Washington, D.C., and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
 

"A deft combination of adventure, history, reportage and elegy."--Washington Post

A journey to the coast of North Sentinel Island, home to a tribe believed to be the most isolated human community on earth. The Sentinelese people want to be left alone and will shoot deadly arrows at anyone who tries to come ashore. As the web of modernity draws ever closer, the island represents the last chapter in the Age of Discovery--the final holdout in a completely connected world.

In November 2018, a zealous American missionary was killed while attempting to visit an island he called "Satan's last stronghold," a small patch of land known as North Sentinel in the Andaman Islands, a remote archipelago in the Indian Ocean. News of the tragedy fascinated people around the world. Most were unaware such a place still existed in our time: an island unmolested by the advances of modern technology.

Twenty years before the American missionary's ill-fated visit, a young American historian and journalist named Adam Goodheart also traveled to the waters off North Sentinel. During his time in the Andaman Islands he witnessed another isolated tribe emerge into modernity for the first time.

Now, Goodheart--a bestselling historian--has returned to the Andamans. The Last Island is a work of history as well as travel, a journey in time as well as place. It tells the stories of others drawn to North Sentinel's mystery through the centuries, from imperial adventurers to an eccentric Victorian photographer to modern-day anthropologists. It narrates the tragic stories of other Andaman tribes' encounters with the outside world. And it shows how the web of modernity is drawing ever closer to the island's shores.

The Last Island is a beautifully written meditation on the end of the Age of Discovery at the start of a new millennium. It is a book that will fascinate any reader interested in the limits--and dangers--of our modern, global society and its emphasis on ceaseless, unbroken connection.

 

Review Quotes:

"Adam Goodheart's The Last Island thrills you from the beginning with an 18th century-style tale of adventure set in the present day. But it moves into a deeper reflection on a small tribe and its ancient culture standing alone in a globalized modern world. This book is both exciting and important--an adventure worth contemplating." -- Mark Kurlansky, author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

"A thrilling book that will leave you contemplating the concept of civilization." -- Kirkus, starred review

"The Last Island has the elegance of a spiraling seashell. In the fascinating tale of one small island caught in the mesh of modern imperialism and technology, Adam Goodheart has crafted a narrative that winds outward from a personal obsession to a broad interrogation about the value and purpose of human contact. This beguiling book holds within it the echo of vast historical tides." -- Maya Jasanoff, author of The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World

"Adam Goodheart takes us on a fascinating journey to a place that has so far eluded the devious entanglements of our hyperconnected world: North Sentinel Island at the outer edge of the Bay of Bengal. Part travelogue, part history, The Last Island is full of teasing enticements and disturbing revelations, a mesmerizing chronicle of a people at the frayed edge of so-called civilization." -- Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the SeaMayflower, and Travels with George

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 - 7:00pm

Joshua C. Kezer and Stephen Snodgrass- The Murder of Angela Mischelle Lawless

Joshua C. Kezer and Stephen Snodgrass “The Murder of Angela Mischelle Lawless: An Honest Sheriff and the Exoneration of an Innocent Man”Joshua C. Kezer and Stephen Snodgrass

In a small Missouri town in 1992, the body of 19-year-old Mischelle Lawless was found in her car, stalled on the side of a road. 18-year-old Joshua Kezer was arrested and charged for her murder—even though he was in a different state at the time—and spent the next 16 years of his life in prison. How was Josh imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit? Author and attorney Stephen Snodgrass expertly unveils the web of corruption that led to Josh’s conviction. This book is a timely, compassionate work of true crime that calls for more equitable justice for all.

Doors open at 6:30pm

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Thursday, January 11, 2024
7:00 p.m.
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Stephen R. Snodgrass has a JD from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in psychology from Johns Hopkins. Josh was his first innocence case, but he has since represented two more men wrongfully convicted of murder who have been freed, David Robinson, and Donald Nash. Along with the other two lawyers in the case, Snodgrass received the 2021 Missouri Lawyer of the Year Award for work on the Nash case.

Joshua C. Kezer spent 16 years in prison as an innocent man. In 2009, he became the first man in the history of the state of Missouri to be given an Amrine actual innocence ruling. Since his exoneration and release, he's successfully assisted in the exonerations of other innocent men. Seeing parallels between wrongful incarceration and sex-trafficking as modern forms of slavery, Josh has also become involved in the fight to end sex-trafficking. His story has been featured on 48 hours Mystery, On the Case with Paula Zahn, The 700 Club, and on popular podcasts including The Lawless Files with Bob Miller and Crime Junky with Ashley Flowers. He currently resides in Columbia, Missouri with his adopted pitbull, King Titan. He can be found on Twitter as @joshkezer, Instagram as @josh_kezer, and Facebook as Josh Kezer.

 

Booklist (04/01/2023):
In 1992 Missouri, 18-year-old Kezer was arrested for the murder of teenager Angela Mischelle Lawless. Despite Kezer and Lawless being unacquainted and multiple witnesses attesting to him being several hundred miles away during the homicide, Kezer was convicted of Lawless' murder. He remained in jail until his conviction was overturned in 2009. The Murder of Angela Mischelle Lawless elevates the true-crime genre by including Kezer as an author alongside lawyer Snodgrass, a member of the legal team that overturned Kezer's conviction. Kezer's recounting of a turbulent upbringing and the devastation of a murder conviction add a deeply shattering tenor to Snodgrass' expert legal perspective. Snodgrass shows how inaccurate eyewitness testimony, irresponsible prosecution and law enforcement, and neglectful legal representation led to an innocent man's conviction and a murder remaining unsolved. The authors then share how the honesty and steadfastness of Kezer's supporters and legal team, along with Kezer's own dedication, allowed him to reclaim his innocence. Readers of legal true crime, along with those interested in criminal-justice reform, will appreciate Kezer's deeply moving account and Snodgrass' thorough legal exploration. COPYRIGHT(2023) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Library Journal (04/01/2023):
The 1992 case of a gang member, Joshua Kezer, wrongly convicted of murdering a young woman in southeast Missouri, is examined in this work. The author Snodgrass, a civil litigation attorney, was brought in to aid Kezer's defense after a woman involved with a prison ministry reached out to friends. The book illustrates how pressure to find the killer of a young woman, understaffed rural police, and political ambition all led to the conviction of an innocent man. Snodgrass indicates that the defendant was framed by jailhouse informants seeking leniency for themselves, and the prosecutor knowingly used their false testimony. Furthermore, despite no connection to the victim, no physical evidence, and no proof that he was even in the state at the time, he was found guilty and imprisoned for 16 years. That's when a part-time deputy who had investigated the murder scene was elected sheriff. He reopened the case and is still searching for the murderer. A state court judge freed Kezer. The book notes what he and the lawyers are doing now. VERDICT True crime readers will likely appreciate this detailed examination of a flawed case. A read-alike is Bone Deep by Charles Bosworth and Joel Schwartz.--Harry Charles
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Thursday, January 11, 2024 - 7:00pm

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