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Chris Bohjalian – The Flight Attendant

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

Nationally bestselling author of The Guest Room and The Double Bind, Chris Bohjalian delivers a powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night. Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings--her job as a flight attendant making it easy to find adventure. The occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable, but harmless—until she awakes in a Dubai hotel room with a dead man by her side and no idea what has happened, Set amid the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at forty thousand feet, The Flight Attendant unveils a spellbinding story of memory, of the giddy pleasures of alcohol and the devastating consequences of addiction, and of murder far from home.

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

 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

Elaine Weiss – The Woman's Hour

Monday, March 12, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series

Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, twelve have rejected or refused to vote, and one last state is needed. It all comes down to Tennessee, the moment of truth for the suffragists, after a seven-decade crusade. Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, The Woman's Hour is an inspiring story of activists winning their own freedom in one of the first great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.

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

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

Peter Carey – A Long Way From Home

Tuesday, March 6, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Two-time Booker Prize-winning author, Peter Carey presents a wildly exuberant, wily new novel that circumnavigates 1954 Australia, revealing as much about the country as it does about three audacious individuals who take part in the infamous 10,000-mile race, the Redex Trial. This thrilling high-speed tale is often funny, even more so as the world gets stranger. Set in the 1950s, this is a world Americans will find surprisingly familiar: black, white, who we are, how we got here, and what we did to each other along the way.

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

 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 7:00pm

George Saunders – Lincoln in the Bardo

Saturday, February 17, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Master of the short story, George Saunders’ long-awaited first novel is a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. Lincoln in the Bardo won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for best original novel written in the English language.

Ticket Information:

 Individual Ticket - $20 (admits ONE and includes one paperback copy of Lincoln in the Bardo) OR Package Ticket - $25 (admits TWO and includes one paperback copy of Lincoln in the Bardo).

Tickets can be purchased starting January 8 through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. (No refunds.) For more information, please contact the St. Louis County Library at 314-994-3300.

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

One Book, One Kirkwood: Stephanie Powell Watts – No One Is Coming to Save Us

Wednesday, May 2, 7pm
Nipher Middle School North Gymnasium

This year’s choice for One Book, One Kirkwood is No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts! 

JJ Ferguson's return home to Pinewood, North Carolina and his plans to build a huge mansion overlooking the town and pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava, not only unsettles their family, but stirs up the entire town. The ostentatious wealth that JJ has attained forces everyone to consider what more they want and deserve from life than what they already have-and how they might go about getting it. Can they shape their lives to align with their wishes rather than their realities? Or are they already resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead? 

“Patient yet rich . . . Watts powerfully depicts the struggles many Americans face trying to overcome life’s inevitable disappointments. But it’s the compassion she feels for her characters’ vulnerability and desires . . . that make the story so relevant and memorable.” —Publishers Weekly

This event is presented by the Kirkwood Public Library. For more information, please call 314-821-5770.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

Amy Bloom – White Houses

Tickets for this event will be available for purchase at the door, beginning at 6pm!

Thursday, February 15, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Join Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books for a special event with Amy Bloom, who will sign and discuss her new historical novel, White Houses, with Jane Ellen Ibur!

An untraditional life and love story, White Houses is inspired by the life of Lorena Hickok, and on her love affair and enduring friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Told from Lorena Hickok’s perspective, this novel is inspired by her life and by her relationship and long-term friendship with beloved Eleanor Roosevelt, the “First Lady of the World”. Hickok was the AP reporter who became “First Friend” and the love of Eleanor’s life. White Houses takes us behind the scenes in the Roosevelt White House, where Lorea lived, and follows Hickok’s life from childhood, and then in tandem with Eleanor’s, the ups and downs of being “First Friend,” through the death of FDR, and finally of Eleanor.

“It seems a minor miracle, what Amy Bloom has done in White Houses. Easily, the most intimate, crackling, and expansive rendering of Eleanor Roosevelt in print, and, more than this, a dizzyingly beautiful tale of what it means to be human, and what it is to love.” —Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

Ticket Information:

– A $30 ticket admits ONE person and includes ONE hardcover copy of White Houses.
– A $35 ticket admits TWO people and includes ONE hardcover copy of White Houses and a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy of White Houses at the event.

Tickets available below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of White Houses or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event.

Jane Ellen Ibur is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies since 1972. As an arts educator for more than 35 years, she has been lauded for her determination to bring the experience of poetry and creative writing to people of every age, in every imaginable setting, including public schools, jails, museums, residential schools, social service agencies, veterans’ facilities and homeless shelters. Lead faculty for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission’s Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute, she is one of its founders. For 19 years she co-hosted and co-produced Literature for the Halibut on community radio. Ibur is the author of “Both Wings Flappin’, Still Not Flyin’” (2014) and her newest collection of poetry, “The Little Mrs./Misses,” both from PenUltimate Press.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

Catherine Kautsky – Debussy's Paris

Monday, March 12, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes author and pianist Catherine Kautsky, who will sign and discuss her new book, Debussy's Paris: Piano Portraits of the Belle Époque, with St. Louis Post-Dispatch theater critic Judith Newmark!

Claude Debussy's exquisite piano works have captivated generations with their dreamlike atmosphere and mysterious soundscapes. Written in Paris at the height of the Belle Epoque, the music creates a soundtrack for Parisians' enjoyment of the city's delights. Debussy's Paris explores how key works reflect not only the most appealing and innocent aspects of Paris but also more disquieting attitudes of the time such as racism, colonial domination, and nationalistic hostility. Pianist Catherine Kautsky reveals little-known elements of Parisian culture and weaves the music, the man, the city, and the era into an indissoluble whole.

"Kautsky has written a wonderful book, a kind of total immersion in the Debussyan magic, and in the endless fascination of fin-de-siècle Paris . . . I was entranced and delighted throughout." —Richard Goode, Grammy Award–winning concert pianist

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Debussy's Paris from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

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

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

Morgan Jerkins – This Will Be My Undoing

Monday, February 12, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes author Morgan Jerkins, who will sign and discuss her new book, This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America!

Morgan Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today—perfect for fans of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist. Whether she’s writing about Sailor Moon; Rachel Dolezal; the stigma of therapy; her complex relationship with her own physical body; the pain of dating when men say they don’t “see color”; being a black visitor in Russia; the paradox of black female sexuality; or disabled black women in the context of the “Black Girl Magic” movement, Jerkins is compelling and revelatory.

“Jerkins is one of the smartest young writers of her generation, and this is an insightful, revelatory collection of personal essays about a variety of today’s important issues. So fantastic.” —Bookriot

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of This Will Be My Undoing from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

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

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

Victoria Price – The Way Of Being Lost

Wednesday, March 7, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch

Left Bank Books welcomes author and inspirational speaker Victoria Price, who will sign and discuss her new book, The Way of Being Lost: A Road Trip to My Truest Self!

After a tumultuous period of crisis, Victoria Price rebuilt her life by embracing a daily practice of joy, healing childhood wounds and reconnecting to the example set by her father Vincent, the famed actor. Her journey involved stepping away from externalities and into her father's legacy — his love for people and compassion for others, his generosity of spirit and simple kindnesses, his enthusiasm for new experiences, and his love of life. This intimate and inspiring book shares the lessons learned from a powerful family heritage of remaining curious, giving back, and saying Yes. Join her as she shares the stories, experiences, and lessons that led her back to her truest self, including her lifesaving daily practice of joy.

"A brilliant account of finding and following one's inner light by a true pioneer that will help every reader do the same." — Mike Dooley, author of Infinite Possibilities

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Way of Being Lost from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

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

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

Women's History Month Event: Pénélope Bagieu – Brazen

Sunday, March 11, 4pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books presents an event in honor of Women's History Month with bestselling author and illustrator Pénélope Bagieu, who will sign and discuss her new graphic novel, Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, with St. Louis illustrator Rori!

In Brazen, celebrated cartoonist Pénélope Bagieu tells the true stories of daring women throughout history. With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of formidable female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison, or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, their stories are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.

"Wonderful. . . . Her cartooning style is a sheer delight." —Mental Floss

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Brazen from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

Rori! is a designer, cartoonist and illustrator from St. Louis. She is the author of several comics, including the autobiographical Tiny Pink Robots, and the creator and illustrator of the series 100Days100Women. She received her BFA from Columbia College Chicago, where she studied comics under the tutelage of Ivan Brunetti. She's proud to have founded the comics-centered group Madames des Comiques. Along with her continuing illustration series Femme Obscura, she's developing a series of projects focusing on adventurous and influential women in both fiction and history. She is the co-founder of Giant Kitten Head.

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

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 4:00pm

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