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CANCELLED: SLCL Presents Julia Phillips - Disappearing Earth

Thursday, April 16, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

julia Phillips, disappearing earth

Following recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event has been CANCELLED.

St. Louis County Library presents National Book Award Finalist Julia Phillips.

A finalist for the 2019 National Book Award, “Disappearing Earth” announces the debut of a gifted writer. On the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the edge of Russia, two young sisters go missing. “Disappearing Earth” enters the worlds of a cast of characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a detective, a mother.

 

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

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 7:00pm

NOW ONLINE: SLCL Presents Eduardo Porter - American Poison

Thursday, April 2, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

eduardo porter, American PoisonDue to concerns about Coronavirus, this event will be streamed by St. Louis County Library and HEC-Media. Check St. Louis County Library's website for more info.

St. Louis County Library presents NYT reporter and author Eduardo Porter.

New York Times reporter Eduardo Porter shows how racial animus has stunted the development of nearly every institution, including organized labor, public education, and the social safety net. “American Poison” also illuminates how the nation’s increasing diversity may lead to a new understanding of racial identity.

Presented by the Westfall Politics & History Series.

 

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

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 7:00pm

CANCELLED: SLCL Presents Ariel Lawhon - Code Name Helene

Wednesday, April 1, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

ariel Lawhon, Code name heleneFollowing recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event is CANCELLED.

St. Louis County Library presents Bestselling author Ariel Lawhon.

Bestselling author of “I Was Anastasia,” Ariel Lawhon’s new novel is based on the real-life story of socialite and spy Nancy Wake, one of the most decorated women of WWII. Told in interweaving timelines organized around the code names Nancy used during the war, “Code Name Hélène” is a spellbinding story of unfaltering resolve.

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

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 7:00pm

NEW DETAILS ANNOUNCED: Lauren Akins - Live in Love

Thursday, August 27th, 7pm CDT
Private Facebook Event

lauren akins, live in love

Left Bank Books, St. Charles City-County Library, and HEC Media welcome philanthropist Lauren Akins, who will discuss her first book, Live in Love, on August 27 at 7pm CDT in a private Facebook event. This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of Live in Love from Left Bank Books for admission. Because this is now an online event, ticket sales (in the form of purchase of the book) are reopened! If you missed your chance when the in-person event sold out, you now have the opportunity to attend the virtual event! (Previous ticket buyers-- please see note below)

Join Lauren Akins this summer to celebrate her first book Live in Love, a deeply personal love story of her modern family with long-time partner and childhood best friend, multi-PLATINUM selling performer Thomas Rhett. 

In this hour-long moderated talk, Lauren will offer inspiring guidance from her own experiences on staying in love, balancing children and marriage, practicing faith, and living a life of purpose. Guests will get a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of being married to her music star best friend and the struggle to find her own footing in the frenzy of her husband’s fame. 

Lauren will open up about her life-changing experiences doing mission work in Uganda, where she met the precious baby who would become their first daughter a year later. From sharing the romance of their handwritten wedding vows, to the challenges they faced as they adjusted to the reality of becoming first-time parents, Lauren will share her path to self-discovery. 

Every book purchased for admission will be a signed copy.

Lauren Akins is a devoted mother, wife and philanthropist who lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, Country super-star Thomas Rhett and their three little girls Willa Gray, Ada James and Lennon. Lauren has been a passionate supporter and active volunteer for years and is enthusiastically continuing to support children in Uganda through her efforts with Love One International.

You may purchase Live in Love from Left Bank Books online or over the phone, but you must provide an email address to be invited to the private Facebook event (a Facebook account will be needed to access this event). If you have purchased the book from Left Bank, you will receive an email event reminder a few days prior to the event. You will receive the actual email invite to join the private Facebook event, with the private group, on the DAY OF the event.

A special message to those who already purchased tickets for the original event:

Thank you for your interest in Lauren Akins’s LIVE IN LOVE tour! Unfortunately, due to safety concerns stemming from the continued spread of COVID-19, we have decided to transition this event into a digital conversation. Your previously purchased ticket will still be honored at the digital event, happening at the same time on Thursday, August 27th at 7:00 PM CT. Your signed copy of the book will be available for store pick-up beginning on Tuesday, August 18. If you would prefer to have your copy shipped to you, please contact the store to provide your address and payment for shipping. We’re so sorry we won't be able to celebrate this book in person, but we thank you for continuing to grow with us through life’s many unexpected changes!

   

Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

POSTPONED: LBB Presents: Vitale Buford - Addicted to Perfect

Wednesday, April 15, 7pm
Left Bank Books

vitale buford, addicted to perfectFollowing recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event is POSTPONED. Please check back for updates. 

Left Bank Books presents Vitale Buford, who will sign and discus her book, Addicted To Perfect, that chronicles her struggles with perfectionism and adderall.

Perfection is a mask we use to avoid pain. We think that if we can achieve perfection, we will achieve happiness. We believe that if we can avoid pain, we can also avoid abandonment and loneliness and unworthiness. Perfection is the thief of joy. It’s a lie that keeps us in a stranglehold of chaos and people-pleasing and addiction and lack. Perfection says we are never good enough. It holds us back from being our truest, most authentic selves. In Addicted to Perfect, Vitale shares the highs and lows of having been a slave to Adderall, the destructive relationships that ensued, and the way that she finally broke free. She details the many twists and turns involved in the years leading up to her getting sober and the eating disorder that followed her into sobriety. It took parenthood and radical honesty for her to begin the road to true healing. Perfectionism is no longer something that enslaves her, and Vitale’s story is one of hope that no matter where you are in your life, you can release the grip of perfection. You can heal your pain and your abandonment and your loneliness and your fear and your guilt and your shame. You can experience true freedom, and most importantly, replace perfection with self-love.

 

Vitale Buford is a former Adderall addict who successfully hid her addiction for more than a decade. During this time, she was climbing the corporate ladder and looked “perfect” on the outside. She checked all the external success boxes, yet on the inside she was dying. It took sobriety to awaken her to her true self and begin healing. Vitale is now a certified professional coach, author, speaker and former corporate executive who held leadership roles in marketing, business development, human resources and executive coaching. Vitale graduated from the University of Georgia and received her professional coaching certification through the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She has more than 12 years of corporate experience. Vitale lives in Central Kentucky with her son and their dog. You can learn more about her and how she changes lives on her website at www.vitalebuford.com.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Addicted To Perfect 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, April 15, 2020 - 7:00pm

NOW ONLINE: LBB Presents: Ali Araghi - Immortals of Tehran

Thursday, April 9, 7pm
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page

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Considering recommendations from the CDC, Ali will be in conversation with local author Kathryn Davis in a Facebook Live discussion of his new book "Immortals of Tehran." Join us on the same date, April 9 at 7pm, for this interactive conversation and order a copy of your book from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

Left Bank Books welcomes award winning Iranian author and St. Louis local, Ali Araghi, who will sign and discuss his debut novel, Immortals of Tehran.

Ahmad Torkash-Vand treasures his great-great-great-great grandfather’s every mesmerizing word. On the day of Ahmad’s father’s death, Ahmad listens closely as the seemingly immortal elder tells him the tale of a centuries-old family curse, and the boy’s own fated role in the story. Immortals of Tehran follows Ahmad and his family through the years as they struggle to hold themselves together through decades of famine, loss, and political turmoil in Iran. As the world transforms, Ahmad’s life and the lives of those around him converge and catch fire at the center of the Revolution. As his teenage daughter joins the increasingly dangerous crowds of men protesting in the streets, his best friend held in prison for years for his political leanings, and his wife returns to nursing school, Ahmad continues to put his faith in poetry and its ability to spark a light—its ability to change the world. Ali Araghi’s Immortals of Tehran explores the harsh realities of history while still conjuring the astonishment and charm of magical realism, resulting in a fascinating and stirring novel about the power of words and the revolutionary sparks of love, family, and poetry—set against the indifferent, relentless march of time.

Ali Araghi is an Iranian writer and translator. He won the 2017 Prairie Schooner Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing and has published stories and translations in Prairie SchoonerFifth Wednesday JournalAsymptote, and Hayden's Ferry Review, among others. He lives in St. Louis.

Kathryn Davis is the author of eight novels, the most recent of which is The Silk Road (2019). Her other books are Labrador (1988), The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf (1993), Hell: A Novel (1998), The Walking Tour (1999), Versailles (2002), The Thin Place (2006) and Duplex (2013). She has received a Kafka Prize for fiction by an American woman, both the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award and the Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2006, she won the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. She is the senior fiction writer on the faculty of The Writing Program at Washington University.

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Page, "Like" the page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins).

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

CANCELLED: Jazz St. Louis with Ashley Kahn

Wednesday, April 8, 7pm
The Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz, 3536 Washington

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Following recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event has been CANCELLED.

Jazz St. Louis presents award-winning journalist and radio essayist, Ashley Kahn, who authored The House That 'Trane Built, and A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album.

The year 1959 was arguably the most creative year jazz had ever seen. As musicians began breaking away from BeBop and exploring new experimental forms, four albums were released that year that are now widely recognized as the most influential in history. Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, Charles Mingus’s Mingus Ah Um, and Ornette Coleman’s The Shape of Jazz to Come, represented new directions in music that influenced the course of jazz in every aspect. Author, Ashley Kahn, returns to Jazz St. Louis to explore this influential year in jazz, followed by an all-star performance, led by bassist Bob DeBoo.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 7:00pm

POSTPONED: LBB Presents: Cynthia Beebe - Boots in the Ashes

Wednesday, April 8, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Cynthia Beebe, Boots in the ashesFollowing recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event is POSTPONED. Please check back for updates. 

Left Bank Books welcomes  retired Senior Special Agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Cynthia Beebe, who will sign and dsicus her memoir about being one of the first women special agents for the ATF, Boots In The Ashes.

Boots in the Ashes is the memoir of Cynthia Beebe's groundbreaking career as one of the first women special agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (ATF). A smart and independent girl growing up in suburban Chicago, she unexpectedly became one of the first women to hunt down violent criminals for the federal government.

As a special agent for 27 years, Beebe gives the reader first-hand knowledge of the human capacity for evil. She tells the story of how, as a young woman, she overcame many obstacles on her journey through the treacherous world of illegal guns, gangs, and bombs. She battled conflicts both on the streets and within ATF. But Beebe learned how to thrive in the ultra-masculine world of violent crime and those whose job it is to stop it.

Beebe tells her story through the lens of six major cases that read like crime fiction: four bombings, one arson fire and a massive roundup of the Hell's Angels on the West Coast. She also shares riveting never before revealed trial testimonies, including killers, bombers, arsonists, victims, witnesses and judges.

Cynthia Beebe is a retired Senior Special Agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). She spent 27 years investigating bombings, arson, murder, illegal firearms, gangs and other crimes. Her cases were chronicled in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Ladies Home Journal, and were covered on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and 48 Hours. She was the first woman to earn the coveted "Top Gun" award at the ATF Academy, where she later worked as an instructor. Beebe is a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, the International Association of Arson Investigators and Women in Federal Law Enforcement. She has a B.A. in English Literature and a Master's Degree in Journalism, both from Northwestern University, which she attended on an athletic scholarship. Since her retirement she has appeared as an expert commentator on law enforcement issues for WGN radio and television. She lives with her son in a suburb of Chicago.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Boots in the Ashes 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, April 8, 2020 - 7:00pm

POSTPONED: LBB Presents: Sidney Thompson - Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves

Monday, March 30, 7pm
Left Bank Books

sidney thompson, follow the angels, follow the dovesFollowing recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event is POSTPONED.

Join Left Bank Books for award winning author, Sidney Thompson, as he signs and discusses his new book, Follow The Angels, Follow The Doves, about the famous Wild West lawman, Bass Reeves.

Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves is an origin story in the true American tradition. Before Bass Reeves could stake his claim as the most successful nineteenth century American lawman, arresting more outlaws than any other deputy during his thirty two year career as a deputy U.S. marshal in some of the most dangerous regions of the Wild West, he was a slave. After a childhood picking cotton, he became an expert marksman under his master’s tutelage, winning shooting contests throughout the region. His skill had serious implications, however, as the Civil War broke out. Reeves was given to his master’s mercurial, sadistic, Moby Dick quoting son in the hopes that Reeves would keep him safe in battle. The ensuing humiliation, love, heroics, war, mind games, and fear solidified Reeves’s determination to gain his freedom and drew him one step further on his fated path to an illustrious career.

Follow the Angels, Follow the Doves is an important historical work that places Reeves in the pantheon of American heroes and a thrilling historical novel that narrates a great man’s exploits amid the near mythic world of the nineteenth century frontier.

 Sidney Thompson holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in American literature/African-American narratives from the University of North Texas. He is the author of You/Wee: Poems from a Father (2018) and Sideshow, winner of Foreword Magazine’s Silver Award for Short Story Collection of the Year (2006). His fiction, twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, such as Atticus Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Cleaver Magazine, The Cortland Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, Prick of the Spindle, R.kv.r.y. Quarterly Literary Journal, The Southern Review, Stories from the Blue Moon Café (Volumes 1 & 2), storySouth, Writing Texas, and Waxwing Literary Journal. He grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and now teaches creative writing and African-American literature at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Follow The Angels, Follow The Doves 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 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

POSTPONED: LBB Presents: Malaika B Horne - Mother Wit

Monday, March 16, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Following recommendations from the CDC, we regret that this event has been POSTPONED. You can order an autographed copy of the book below. If you would like a copy personalized, specify in the comments in check-out to whom you want the personalization addressed.

Left Bank Books presents local journalist, academic writer, and author, Malaika B Horne, who will sign and discuss her new book, Mother Wit.

malaika b horne, mother wit"This book describes in a vivid and poignant manner the remarkable ability of a mid-twentieth century Black woman--living under conditions of Apartheid as practiced in the United States--to overcome harsh and even grotesque societal obstacles, and succeed in rearing six children. That each of them went on to excel in their chosen fields is worthy of serious contemplation. In addition, the reader is provided insight and illumination on still taboo topics such as "colorism" and intra-group violence that engender and nourish self-hate among many in the African American Community. Moreover, the author's penchant for candor is coupled with a constructive theme of hope and faith in the future."

--William M Harvey, PhD, psychologist

Malaika Horne is founding director of the Executive Leadership Consortium at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  She is an academic writer, book author and journalist, writing extensively on topics from politics, health, social causes to women’s issues. Dr. Horne serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. She is currently a contributing writer for the on-line publication, Arts Today.  Recently, she authored the book:  Mother Wit:  Exalting Motherhood while Honoring a Great Mother. She founded and chaired the Chancellor’s Cultural Diversity Initiative at UMSL from 2004 to 2011. She created a student radio show, The University World View, a diversity program interviewing cultural diversity specialists. Now, she has a podcast with the same name as the radio show. Prior to her work in academia, she was managing director of Narcotics Service Council, at the time, one of the largest private non-profit agencies of its kind in the state. She is a board member of several non-profits in the area. Her hobbies are travel, reading, fashion, health and fitness and becoming proficient in Spanish.  She is married to Prince A. Wells, III, professor of music, SIUE.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Mother Wit 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 16, 2020 - 7:00pm

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