Author Events

LBB Virtual Celebrity Storytime: Leah Henderson - A Day for Rememberin'

Friday, May 28th, 11am CT
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Left Bank Books is excited to present another Virtual Celebrity Storytime!
We welcome Children's Africana Book Awards Notable author
Leah Henderson,
who will read aloud and talk about how they made their new picture book, 
A Day for Rememberin': Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day
on Facebook Live at 11am CT on May 28th.
Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of 
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
This event is on the Friday before Memorial Day to help everyone become more familiar with the history of this significant holiday.
About A Day for Rememberin'
A moving tribute to the little-known history behind the first Memorial Day, illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Floyd Cooper

Today is a special day. Eli knows it's important if he's allowed to miss one second of school, his "hard-earned right."

Inspired by true events and told through the eyes of a young boy, this is the deeply moving story about what is regarded as the first Memorial Day on May 1, 1865. Eli dresses up in his best clothes, Mama gathers the mayflowers, Papa straightens his hat, and together they join the crowds filling the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, with bouquets, crosses, and wreaths. Abolitionists, missionaries, teachers, military officers, and a sea of faces Black, Brown, and White, they march as one and sing for all those who gave their lives fighting for freedom during the Civil War.
With poignant prose and celebratory, powerful illustrations, A Day for Rememberin' shines light on the little-known history of this important holiday and reminds us never to forget the people who put their lives on the line for their country. The book is illustrated by award-winning illustrator Floyd Cooper and includes archival photos in the back matter, as well as an author's note, bibliography, timeline, and index.


**STARRED REVIEW** "Cooper's illustrations are soft and gentle. . . Henderson's choice to show the development of this day of remembrance from the perspective of a child involved in the literal work required to build it gives the story weight and meaning."-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"Oil erasure images by Coretta Scott King Award winner Cooper portray Eli, his family, and their town in images whose power and presence invites lingering views. . . Henderson commemorates the way Eli's Black community remembers a painful piece of history--while honoring the people who experienced it." -- "Publishers Weekly"

"The moving story, as seen through the eyes of a newly freed boy watching his father and others work hard in anticipation of memorial festivities, is enhanced beautifully by Cooper's illustrations." -- "Booklist"


About the Speaker

Leah Henderson writes for young readers of all ages, and her books have been named a Children's Africana Book Awards Notable and a Bank Street Best Book. Leah holds an MFA in writing and is on the faculty of Spalding University's graduate writing program. She resides in Washington, D.C.


All you need to do to participate is 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 may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Friday, May 28, 2021 - 11:00am

Stephen Mack Jones - Dead of Winter

Thursday, May 6, 7pm CT
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Left Bank Books welcomes award winning novelist and playwright
Stephen Mack Jones
who will discuss his new book, 
Dead of Winter (August Snow Novel #3)
on Facebook Live at 7pm CT on May 6.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order copies of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
About Dead of Winter
A shadowy Detroit real estate billionaire. A ruthless fixer. A successful Mexicantown family business in their crosshairs. Gentrification has never been bloodier.
Authentico Foods Inc. has been a part of Detroit's Mexicantown for over thirty years, grown from a home kitchen business to a city-blocklong facility that supplies Mexican tortillas to restaurants throughout the Midwest.
Detroit ex-cop and Mexicantown native August Snow has been invited for a business meeting at Authentico Foods. Its owner, Ronaldo Ochoa, is dying, and is being blackmailed into selling the company to an anonymous entity. Worried about his employees, Ochoa wants August to buy it. August has no interest in running a tortilla empire, but he does want to know who's threatening his neighborhood. Quickly, his investigation takes a devastating turn and he and his loved ones find themselves ensnared in a dangerous net of ruthless billionaire developers. August Snow must fight not only for his life, but for the soul of Mexicantown itself.
"Bebop and Norteño, cool jazz and salsa, reading Dead of Winter was like listening to all the good music. This latest by Stephen Mack Jones is an astounding composition, an ode to a diverse city known for big engines and bigger hearts. Welcome back, August Snow!"
--Rachel Howzell Hall, author of And Now She's Gone
"August Snow is a terrific character; rough and tumble, undaunted and implacably tenacious, his wit so sharp it'll make you bleed. In Stephen Mack Jones's new book, Dead of Winter, Snow protects his neighborhood from rapacious one percenters, Mack Jones skillfully weaving relevance into a blue streak, bone-breaking story. Highly, highly recommended."
--Joe Ide, author of the IQ Series
"Like Walter Mosley and Joe Ide, Jones builds a raucous and endearing cast of characters from his inner-city setting, fusing neighborhood camaraderie with streetwise know-how and head-banging action. This is a fine thriller in the grand hard-boiled tradition, but it's also a sensitive, multifaceted portrait of race in America."
--Booklist, Starred Review
About the Speaker
Stephen Mack Jones is a published poet, an award-winning playwright, and a recipient of the prestigious Hammett Prize, Nero Award, and the Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship. He was born in Lansing, Michigan, and currently lives in the suburbs of Detroit. Dead of Winter is his third novel.
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Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLPL Presents Cate Holahan and Vanessa Lillie

Thursday, May 6, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library and Left Bank Books Presents Cate Holahan and Vanessa Lillie

Join USA Today Bestselling author Cate Holahan and POPSUGAR Best Book winning author Vanessa Lillie as they discuss their newest thrillers. Cate Holahan is an award-winning journalist and former television producer whose articles have appeared in BusinessWeek, The Boston Globe, The Record newspaper, and on many websites. She is a member of The Author's Guild, Sisters-in-Crime, and Crime Writers of Color. In her new thriller "Her Three Lives" a family must discover who the real enemy is after a violent home invasion breaks their trust in one another.

Vanessa Lillie is a Rhode Island-based thriller writer, whose breakout debut, “Little Voices” received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal and was an Amazon bestseller. Her second thriller, “For the Best”, was named a POPSUGAR Best Book. She's a member of the What Cheer Writers Club and a weekly columnist for The Providence Journal.

Signed copies of the books may be purchased locally through Left Bank Books. Please order online for pickup or delivery.
Please REGISTER for the class and a link to the event will be emailed to you before the start of the event.



Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 6:00pm

Tamiko Beyer with Rajiv Mohabir & Muriel Leung - Last Days

Wednesday, May 19, 7pm CT
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Left Bank Books welcomes Washington University MFA alum
Tamiko Beyer
featuring poets
Rajiv Mohabir, & Muriel Leung
on Facebook Live at 7pm CT on May 19.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page for an all queer Asian American reading and order copies of
Last Daysby Tamiko Beyer,
Antiman: A Hybrid Memoirby Rajiv Mohabir,
Imagine Us, The Swarm, by Muriel Leung
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
About Last Days

Last Days is a poetic practice of radical imagination for our current political and environmental crises.

It excavates the conditions that have brought us to this moment—white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, corporate power, and capitalism. It explores how we might transform these conditions to usher in a future that is more beautiful, more just, and more loving than we can even imagine. The poems call on ancestors, birds, organizers, and love to conjure the “bricks and mortar” of this new world. It is an offering to all of us who need to ground in our power so we can do the work of transforming our world.

"At this moment in history, a singular question often arises: what happens to the self and to the group when a keen part of ourself is the Other? Tamiko Beyer allows the question to be complex because, for her, even being human has its Otherness. In the phrase 'slip // of boundaries' ('Estuaries'), we are introduced early in the collection to a staff that may assist in climbing into and along with these gorgeous poems, some of which 'slip' form from Western open verse to authentically realized haiku and haibun. The slip is also identity from mixed race to queer to class to human; the slip is language as well as poetics—especially for those in Japanese forms; and it is that abiding psychological Freudian slip. (And perhaps, a female garment, given Beyer’s playfulness!) And, then there is location, whether subterranean or alternate. Enter into this collection of Last Days and enjoy powerful discoveries in her crossings and lines." —Kimiko Hahn, author of Foreign Bodies


About Antiman: A Hybrid Memoir

Winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Rajiv Mohabir's Antiman is an impassioned, genre-blending memoir that navigates the fraught constellations of race, sexuality, and cultural heritage that have shaped his experiences as an Indo-Guyanese queer poet and immigrant to the United States.

Growing up a Guyanese Indian immigrant in Central Florida, Rajiv Mohabir is fascinated by his family's abandoned Hindu history and the legacy of his ancestors, who were indentured laborers on British sugarcane plantations. In Toronto he sits at the feet of Aji, his grandmother, listening to her stories and songs in her Caribbean Bhojpuri. By now Aji's eleven children have immigrated to North America and busied themselves with ascension, Christianity, and the erasure of their heritage and Caribbean accents. But Rajiv wants to know more: where did he come from, and why does he feel so out of place?

Embarking on a journey of discovery, he lives for a year in Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges, perfecting his Hindi and Bhojpuri and tracing the lineage of his Aji's music. Returning to Florida, the cognitive dissonance of confederate flags, Islamophobia, and his father's disapproval sends him to New York, where finds community among like-minded brown activists, work as an ESL teacher, and intoxication in the queer nightlife scene. But even in the South Asian paradise of Jackson Heights, Rajiv feels like an outsider: "Coolie" rather than Desi. And then the final hammer of estrangement falls when his cousin outs him as an "antiman"--a Caribbean slur for men who love men--and his father and aunts disown him.

But Aji has taught Rajiv resilience. Emerging from the chrysalis of his ancestral poetics into a new life, he embraces his identity as a poet and reclaims his status as an antiman--forging a new way of being entirely his own. Rapturous, inventive, and devastating in its critique of our own failures of inclusion, Antiman is a hybrid memoir that helps us see ourselves and relationships anew, and announces an exciting new talent in Rajiv Mohabir.

"Rajiv Mohabir achieves a gorgeous, passionately lyrical 'hybrid' of a memoir-mosaic, sojourning through straightforward narrative, multifold geographies and legacies, and evocative (and provocative) vulnerable reflections, all infused with a deeply yearning poetical heartbeat. Antiman lives, breathes, and dances in unbridled joy." --Thomas Glave, author of Among the Bloodpeople


About Imagine Us, The Swarm

Winner of the Nightboat Books Poetry Prize, Imagine Us, The Swarm offers seven powerful texts that form a constellation of voices, forms, and approaches to confront loneliness, silence, and death.

Following the death of the poet's father, Imagine Us, The Swarm contemplates vengeance, eschews forgiveness, and cultivates a desire for healing beyond the reaches of this present life. In this collection of essays in verse, Leung reconciles a familial history of violence and generational trauma across intersections of Asian American, queer, and gendered experiences. Moving between the past and the present, Leung imbues memories with something new to alter time and design a different future.

"'To write a book is to write into the future, ' Muriel Leung writes of her own fear. But Leung is a writer-explorer unafraid to roam, pillage, mourn, or debate; and Imagine Us, The Swarm is the journey of its own migration, from the ashes of the past to a possible future; both honoring and questioning histories felt, researched, unearthed, corrected. With thoughtful intention and insistent curiosity, and the stylistic fearlessness of Layli Long Soldier and Chelsea Minnis, Imagine Us, The Swarm, above all, an invitation--to imagine, which is to remember, which is to see; which is, 'to be at once [colony] and [alone].' Traversing the pages of this work--its lines and underlines and overlines, its white space and connective tissues and mutability; its wisdom and consideration of everything from zygotes to mothers, to bees and the cost of effort and generational legacies of immigrant families--I am reminded of Adrienne Rich's great epic, Diving into the Wreck; of the uncomfortable and essential pilgrimage into oneself, the voyage to save oneself by knowing oneself, and to imagine living through, as Leung writes, 'an efforted alive.'"--Morgan Parker, author of Magical Negro: Poems & There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé


About the Speakers

Tamiko Beyer is the author of Last Days (Alice James Books, 2021), We Come Elemental (Alice James Books, 2013), and two chapbooks of poems. Her work has been published in Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, Idaho Review, Literary Hub, the Rumpus, Hyphen, Dusie, and elsewhere. She publishes Starlight & Strategy, a monthly newsletter for living life wide awake and shaping change. She has received awards, fellowships, and residencies from PEN America, Kundiman, Hedgebrook, VONA, and the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, among others. A social justice communications writer and strategist, she spends her days writing truth to power.

Rajiv Mohabir is the author of The Cowherd's Son (2017, winner of the 2015 Kundiman Prize) and The Taxidermist's Cut (2016, winner of the Four Way Books Intro to Poetry Prize and finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry in 2017), and translator of I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara (1916) (2019), which received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant Award. His essays can be found in places like Asian American Writers Workshop's The Margins, Bamboo Ridge Journal, Moko Magazine, Cherry Tree, Kweli, and others, and he has a "Notable Essay" in Best American Essays 2018. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of poetry in the MFA program at Emerson College and the translations editor at Waxwing Journal.

Muriel Leung is the author of Imagine Us, The Swarm, forthcoming from Nightboat Books and Bone Confetti, winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award. A Pushcart Prize nominated writer, her writing can be found in The Baffler, Cream City Review, Gulf Coast, The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, and others. She is a recipient of fellowships to Kundiman, VONA/Voices Workshop and the Community of Writers. She is the Poetry Co-Editor of Apogee Journal. She also co-hosts The Blood-Jet Writing Hour podcast with Rachelle Cruz and MT Vallarta. She is a member of Miresa Collective, a feminist speakers bureau. A Dornsife fellow in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California, she is from Queens, NY.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 7:00pm

Sylvester Brown Jr. with Amanda Doyle - White Castles with Jesus & Uncle Ray at the Used Tire Shop

Monday, May 10, 7pm CT
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Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis journalist, writer and author
Sylvester Brown Jr.,
who will discuss his new book, 
White Castles with Jesus & Uncle Ray at the Used Tire Shop: Selected Short Stories,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on May 10.
Sylvester will be in conversation with St. Louis author and journalist
Amanda Doyle.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!


About White Castles with Jesus & Uncle Ray at the Used Tire Shop

Inspired by the fictional writings of Langston Hughes, writer, author Sylvester Brown Jr. presents selected real and imagined short stories from his more than 30-year-career. Here, Sylvester sits with Jesus, converses with racism, listens to the wise oracles of a used tire shop, mourns the neighborhood dope man, and discovers the miracle of White Castles during the holidays.

Check out the St. Louis On the Air interview here.


About the Speakers

Sylvester Brown Jr. is the author of the book When We Listen: Recognizing the Potential of Urban Youth, the former publisher of Take Five Magazine, former columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and among the most respected writers and journalists in the St. Louis region. Brown has joined The St. Louis American as its inaugural Deaconess Fellow. The fellowship is funded by the Deaconess Foundation as part of its support for Black-led COVID-19 relief efforts.

Amanda E. Doyle is a writer and zealous St. Louis transplant. She's the author of several other books, including 100 Things to Do in Missouri Before You Die, St. Louis Sound: An Illustrated Timeline, Standing Up for Civil Rights in St. Louis, and To the Top! A Gateway Arch Story. She seeks out the city's singular charms with her husband and two children.


Monday, May 10, 2021 - 7:00pm

Andrew Feiler with Lauren Tate Baeza - A Better Life for Their Children

Tuesday, May 4, 5:30pm CT
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Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning photographer
Andrew Feiler,
who will discuss his new book, 
A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools That Changed America,
on our Facebook Live Page at 5:30pm CT on May 4.
Feiler will be in conversation with the Curator of African Art at High Museum of Art in Atlanta
Lauren Tate Baeza.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
About A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools That Changed America

A Sarah Mills Hodge Fund publication

Born to Jewish immigrants, Julius Rosenwald rose to lead Sears, Roebuck & Company and turn it into the world's largest retailer. Born into slavery, Booker T. Washington became the founding principal of Tuskegee Institute. In 1912 the two men launched an ambitious program to partner with black communities across the segregated South to build public schools for African American children. This watershed moment in the history of philanthropy--one of the earliest collaborations between Jews and African Americans--drove dramatic improvement in African American educational attainment and fostered the generation who became the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement.

Of the original 4,978 Rosenwald schools built between 1917 and 1937 across fifteen southern and border states, only about 500 survive. While some have been repurposed and a handful remain active schools, many remain unrestored and at risk of collapse. To tell this story visually, Andrew Feiler drove more than twenty-five thousand miles, photographed 105 schools, and interviewed dozens of former students, teachers, preservationists, and community leaders in all fifteen of the program states.

A Better Life for their Children includes eighty-five duotone images that capture interiors and exteriors, schools restored and yet-to-be restored, and portraits of people with unique, compelling connections to these schools. Brief narratives written by Feiler accompany each photograph, telling the stories of Rosenwald schools' connections to the Trail of Tears, the Great Migration, the Tuskegee Airmen, Brown v. Board of Education, embezzlement, murder, and more.

Beyond the photographic documentation, A Better Life for Their Children includes essays from three prominent voices. Congressman John Lewis, who attended a Rosenwald school in Alabama, provides an introduction; preservationist Jeanne Cyriaque has penned a history of the Rosenwald program; and Brent Leggs, director of African American Cultural Heritage at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has written a plea for preservation that serves as an afterword.

"Andrew Feiler's photographs and stories bring us into the heart of the passion for education in black communities: the passion of teachers who taught multiple grades and dozens of students in a single classroom; the passion of parents and neighbors who helped to raise the money to build our schools and then each year continued to reach deep to purchase school supplies; the passion of students like me who craved learning, worked hard, and read as many books as we could put our hands on." --Congressman John Lewis

"Andrew Feiler's photographs preserve an essential civil rights history with the inspiring story of the Rosenwald schools. And this history continued through the descendants of the schools and their creators, including the late John Lewis, Medgar Evers, and Maya Angelou. At a time when racial inequity in education remains a scourge, Feiler's book provides context and hope."--Jill Savitt, President and CEO, National Center for Civil and Human Rights


About the Speakers

Andrew Feiler, a fifth-generation Georgian, is an award-winning photographer whose work has been featured in museums, galleries, and magazines and is in a number of private collections. His photography is focused on the contemporary complexities of the American South. More of his photography can be seen at andrewfeiler.com.

Lauren Tate Baeza joined the High Museum of Art in November 2020 as the Fred and Rita Richman Curator of African Art. Baeza oversees the African art collection of more than one thousand objects, including extraordinary examples of masks and sculpture, exceptionally fine textiles, beadwork, metalwork, and ceramics. The collection’s holdings reflect the continent’s deep, rich history, as well as contemporary innovations. 

An Atlanta native, Baeza is a curator and Africanist with a background in international aid organizations and museums. As a scholar, she has researched African political and economic phenomena through the lens of cultural geography, specifically examining the spatial history of food culture and artistic practices within the continent and across the Atlantic.

Prior to joining the High, Baeza served as director of exhibitions at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights from 2018 to 2020. During her tenure there, Baeza maintained the Center’s two ongoing installations in its American Civil Rights Movement and Global Human Rights Movement galleries and organized sixteen temporary exhibitions and installations, including Fragments, a collaboration with celebrated designer Paula Scher, featuring passages from Dr. King’s handwritten speeches and letters.

Concurrent with her position at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Baeza also curated the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, featuring approximately ten thousand items, and managed the James Allen and John Littlefield Collection. Previously, she served as executive director of the APEX Museum in Atlanta, which interprets, presents, and celebrates Black history.

In addition to her curatorial and museum work, Baeza led and consulted with environmental and community development initiatives in Kenya and Uganda. She has also lectured and taught seminars at the Nafasi Academy in Tanzania, the University of California, Los Angeles, Georgia State University, and California State University and published articles with ART PAPERS and the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First). In 2018, Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine selected her as a “Women of Excellence.”

Baeza holds a Master of Arts in African studies from the University of California, Los Angeles; a Bachelor of Arts in Africana studies with a cultural studies concentration from California State University, Northridge; and a certification in curatorial studies from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.


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Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 5:30pm

An Afternoon with Peter Wohlleben with Dr. Jane Goodall - Heartbeat of Trees

Sunday, May 16, 12pm CT
Private Online Event - $5 Event Ticket or Book purchase required

Join the renowned
Dr. Jane Goodall
and New York Times bestselling author
Peter Wohlleben
for an uplifting conversation about the natural world, in celebration of Wohlleben’s new book
The Heartbeat of Trees.
Moderated by Donna Seaman. 
Left Bank Books joins Books & Books and bookstores across the country for this exclusive conversation and book launch. 
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of 
purchase of a $5 event ticket
from Left Bank Books for admission.
Only 50 signed copies of The Heartbeat of Trees are available, so purchase your copy early!

We will send you a link and unique password to access the event ahead of the event.


About The Heartbeat of Trees


The New York Times bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees returns to his and his readers’ favorite subject—trees—in this powerful, timely new book.

Drawing on new scientific discoveries, The Heartbeat of Trees reveals the profound interactions humans can have with nature, exploring the language of the forest, the consciousness of plants, and the eroding boundary between flora and fauna. Wohlleben shares how to see, feel, smell, hear, and even taste your journey into the woods. 

Above all, he reveals a wondrous cosmos where humans are a part of nature, and where conservation is not just about saving trees—it’s about saving ourselves, too. 


"As Peter Wohlleben reminds us in The Heartbeat of Trees, trees are the vocabulary of nature as forests are the brainbank of a living planet. This was the codex of the ancient world, and it must be the fine focus of our future."
-- Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger, author of To Speak for the Trees and The Global Forest

"Astonishment after astonishment--that is the great gift of The Heartbeat of Trees. It is both a celebration of the wonders of trees, and a howl of outrage at how recklessly we profane them."
--Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Earth's Wild Music

"Human beings are desperate to not feel alone in the universe. We are not. We are surrounded by an ongoing conversation that we can sense, if, as Peter Wohlleben so movingly prescribes, we listen to the heartbeat of all life."
--Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods

"Peter Wohlleben knows the battle that lies before us: forging a closer relationship with nature before we destroy it. In The Heartbeat of Trees he takes us deep into the global forest to show us how."
--Jim Robbins, author of The Man Who Planted Trees


About the Speakers

Peter Wohlleben spent over twenty years working for the forestry commission in Germany before leaving to put his ideas of ecology into practice. He now runs an environmentally-friendly woodland in Germany, where he is working toward the return of primeval forests. 

He is the author of numberous books about the natural world including the New York Times bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees, The Inner Lives of Animals, and The Secret Wisdom of Nature, which together make up his bestselling "The Mysteries of Nature" Series. He has also written numerous books for children including Can You Hear the Trees Talking? and Peter and the Tree Children.


Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in July 1960 in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals. 

In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991.Today, Roots & Shoots is active in more than 60 countries and since its inception has greatly impacted participants of all ages in over 100 countries. All of whom take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

For the past 30 years, Dr. Goodall has been speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.

Dr. Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire.


Moderator Donna Seaman is Editor for Adult Books for Booklist. She is also a member of the Content Leadership Team for the American Writers Museum, and a recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award and the Louis Shores Award for excellence in book reviewing. Her author interviews are collected in Writers on the Air: Conversations about Books, and she is the author of Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.


You may purchase a copy of The Heartbeat of Trees from Left Bank Books online or by phone. If you opt to only purchase the $5 event ticket, you may do so online.  Either way, you must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. If you have purchased the book or event ticket from Left Bank, you will receive an email event REMINDER a few days prior to the event. You will receive the actual email invite with the LINK to join the private online event on the DAY OF the event.

Sunday, May 16, 2021 - 12:00pm

Cinema St. Louis Presents Mark Harris

Monday, May 10, 7:30pm
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Cinema St. Louis and Left Bank Books present Mark Harris who will introduce and discuss Carnal Knowledge directed by Mike Nichols as part of Cinema St. Louis' Golden Anniversaries Film Series.

In this bleakly funny collaboration between director Mike Nichols (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” “The Graduate”) and screenwriter Jules Feiffer (whose play “Little Murders” was also adapted for the screen in 1971), nice guy Sandy (singer Art Garfunkel) and charming schemer Jonathan (Jack Nicholson) meet as college roommates in the late 1940s. Sandy woos and eventually marries the sweetly virginal Susan (Candice Bergen) without knowing that she had cheated on him with Jonathan. Years later, his marriage faltering, Sandy attempts to mimic Jonathan’s promiscuous womanizing, while the misogynistic Jonathan finally tries his hand at monogamy with the gorgeous but emotionally needy Bobbie (Ann-Margret).

Intro and discussion by Mark Harris, author of “Mike Nichols: A Life,” “Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War,” and “Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood,” and former columnist and executive editor of Entertainment Weekly. Signed copies of Harris' "Mike Nichols: A Life" are available from Left Bank Books.

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For more information: https://cinemastlouis.org/carnal-knowledge-mark-harris

Monday, May 10, 2021 - 7:30pm

SLCL Presents Brian Alexander

Thursday, May 13, 7pm
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Brian Alexander, "The Hospital."
Video premiere: May 13, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

Brian Alexander, "The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town"

Bestselling author Brian Alexander presents an intimate, heart-wrenching portrait of one small hospital that reveals the magnitude of the healthcare crisis. Bryan, Ohio - population 8,500 - is still trying to recover from the Great Recession. As Bryan’s only hospital fights against a rapidly consolidating medical industry, a 39-year-old diabetic literally fights for his limbs, and a 55-year-old contractor lies dying in the emergency room. With these and other stories, Alexander strips away policy to reveal Americans’ struggle against a powerful system that’s stacked against them, but yet so fragile it blows apart when the pandemic hits. Culminating with COVID-19, this book offers a blueprint for how we created the crisis we're in.

Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.

Medical Arts Author Series

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

Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents David Allen Sibley

Thursday, May 6, 7pm
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present David Allen Sibley, "What It's Like to Be a Bird."

Video premiere: Thursday, May 6,  7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

David Allen Sibley, "What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing--What Birds Are Doing and Why"

In conversation with Dr. Jonathan Losos, Washington University-Professor of Evolutionary Biology and director of the Living Earth Collaborative. Presented in partnership with the St. Louis Audubon Society.

"Can birds smell?"; "Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?"; "Do robins 'hear' worms?" Author and illustrator of the essential “Sibley Guide to Birds,” David Allen Sibley presents a bird book for birders and non-birders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a new and deeper understanding of what common, mostly backyard, birds are doing--and why. David Sibley's stunning and detailed artwork and wide-ranging expertise bring observed behaviors vividly to life.

Signed books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up and shipping available.


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

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 7:00pm


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