Author Events

LBB Presents ONLINE: Everina Maxwell with Becky Chambers & Ann Leckie - Winter's Orbit

Saturday, February 6, 3:00pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books welcomes exciting new author
Everina Maxwell,
who will discuss her debut book, 
Winter's Orbit
on our Facebook Live Page at 3:00pm CT on February 6.
Maxwell will be in conversation with award-winning authors
Becky Chambers and Ann Leckie.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!


About Winter's Orbit

Ancillary Justice meets Red, White & Royal Blue in Winter’s Orbit, Everina Maxwell’s gut-wrenching and romantic debut.

A famously disappointing minor royal and the Emperor's least favorite grandchild, Prince Kiem is summoned before the Emperor and commanded to renew the empire's bonds with its newest vassal planet. The prince must marry Count Jainan, the recent widower of another royal prince of the empire.

But Jainan suspects his late husband’s death was no accident. And Prince Kiem discovers Jainan is a suspect himself. But broken bonds between the Empire and its vassal planets leaves the entire empire vulnerable, so together they must prove that their union is strong while uncovering a possible conspiracy.

Their successful marriage will align conflicting worlds.

Their failure will be the end of the empire.

“Delightful! Winter's Orbit is a chilling account of a dark past wrapped in the warm blanket of a promising future. It was such a pleasure to read.” —Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel Ancillary Justice

“A captivating love story with engaging characters, wrapped around a murder mystery with high-stakes multi-world politics. Winter’s Orbit reminds me in the best way of the Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold. I can’t wait to see what Maxwell does next!” —Martha Wells, New York Times bestselling author of the Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award-winning Murderbot Diaries

About the Speakers

Everina Maxwell is the author of Winter's Orbit. She lives and works in Yorkshire, where she collects books and kills houseplants.  She grew up in Sussex, UK, where she was lucky enough to live near a library that stocked Lois McMaster Bujold, Anne McCaffrey and Terry Pratchett, so spent all her spare time devouring science fiction and doorstopper fantasy, with her family’s Georgette Heyer collection always a reliable friend when the library books ran out. She first took part in NaNoWriMo in 2004 and continues to precariously balance writing, a day job, and watching Let’s Plays of video games she claims she doesn’t have time to play. You can find her online at everinamaxwell.com.

Becky Chambers is a science fiction author based in Northern California. She is best known for her Hugo Award-winning Wayfarers series, which currently includes The Long Way to a Small, Angry PlanetA Closed and Common Orbit, and Record of a Spaceborn Few. Her books have also been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Locus Award, and the Women's Prize for Fiction, among others. Her most recent work is To Be Taught, If Fortunate, a standalone novella.

Ann Leckie is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, and British Science Fiction Award-winning novel Ancillary Justice. She has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, and a recording engineer. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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 right here on this event page.

Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 3:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Annalee Newitz with Rebecca Roanhorse - Four Lost Cities

Thursday, February 4, 7:00pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books welcomes author and New York Times contributor
Annalee Newitz,
who will discuss their new book, 
Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7:00pm CT on February 4.
Newitz will be in conversation with award-winning author
Rebecca Roanhorse.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Copies of Four Lost Cities ordered from Left Bank Books
will come with a signed postcard from Annalee.


About Four Lost Cities

One of Apple's Most Anticipated Books of Winter 2021


A quest to explore some of the most spectacular ancient cities in human history—and figure out why people abandoned them.

In Four Lost Cities, acclaimed science journalist Annalee Newitz takes readers on an entertaining and mind-bending adventure into the deep history of urban life. Investigating across the centuries and around the world, Newitz explores the rise and fall of four ancient cities, each the center of a sophisticated civilization: the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Central Turkey, the Roman vacation town of Pompeii on Italy’s southern coast, the medieval megacity of Angkor in Cambodia, and the indigenous metropolis Cahokia, which stood beside the Mississippi River where East St. Louis is today.

Newitz travels to all four sites and investigates the cutting-edge research in archaeology, revealing the mix of environmental changes and political turmoil that doomed these ancient settlements. Tracing the early development of urban planning, Newitz also introduces us to the often anonymous workers—slaves, women, immigrants, and manual laborers—who built these cities and created monuments that lasted millennia.

Four Lost Cities is a journey into the forgotten past, but, foreseeing a future in which the majority of people on Earth will be living in cities, it may also reveal something of our own fate.

"Newitz always sees to the heart of complex systems and breaks them down with poetic ferocity."— N. K. Jemisin, author of the Broken Earth trilogy and The City We Became

"Annalee Newitz is a brilliant writer with the heart of an archaeologist and the soul of a visionary. Four Lost Cities should open our eyes to all that may happen to our cities in the future. Vibrant and adventurous, this is a necessary book for turbulent times."— Sarah Parcak, archaeologist and author of Archaeology from Space

About the Speakers

Annalee Newitz, a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, is a founder of io9 and former editor-in-chief of Gizmodo. They are the author of Scatter, Adapt, and Remember and the novels Autonomous and The Future of Another Timeline. They live in San Francisco.

Rebecca Roanhorse is a New York Times Bestselling and Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Award-winning speculative fiction writer. She has published multiple award-winning short stories and novels, including two in The Sixth World Series, Star Wars: Resistance RebornRace to the Sun for the Rick Riordan imprint, and her latest novel, Black Sun. She has also written for Marvel Comics and for television. She lives with her husband and daughter in Northern New Mexico and can be found at rebeccaroanhorse.com or on Twitter at @RoanhorseBex. 

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 right here on this event page.


Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 7:00pm

LBB Virtual Celebrity Storytime: Anne Marie Houppert & Daniel Wiseman - What About X?

Tuesday, February 2, 11am CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page

Left Bank Books is excited to present another Virtual Celebrity Storytime! We welcome author Anne Marie Houppert and illustrator Daniel Wiseman, who will read aloud and talk about how they made their new picture book, What About X? An Alphabet Adventure, on Facebook Live at 11am CT on February 2. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of What About X? from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!


From A to Z, the students of the Alphabet Academy are heading on a camping trip in this playful picture book
All the letters of the alphabet know exactly what to pack for their big camping trip. B is bringing binoculars. C is collecting canteens. But X can’t think of a thing to bring! In her picture book debut, author Anne Marie Houppert combines the excitement of a first field trip with the magic of collaboration and friendship. Illustrator Daniel Wiseman paints maximum personality into each character, underlining the idea that everyone is special and necessary—just like every letter of the alphabet!

Anne Marie Houppert is a senior librarian at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC. She has published articles in industry journals and authored a blog for National Geographic magazine called NG Revisited. This is her first picture book. She lives in Rockville, Maryland. 

Daniel Wiseman is the illustrator of many picture books and board books, including Rad! and When Your Lion Needs a Bath. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, with his family.

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).

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 11:00am

The Ladies Get Paid Book Tour: Claire Wasserman & Sallie Krawcheck, Founder & CEO of Ellevest

Thursday, January 21, 5pm CT
Online Event - Registration Required

Join Claire Wasserman, the founder and author of Ladies Get Paid, in conversation with Sallie Krawcheck, Founder & CEO of Ellevest, about building a successful career on Wall Street, co-founding Ellevest, and why it's important to get more money into the hands of women. Register for the event on Eventbrite.



6-6:05pm ET: Welcome

6:05-6:35pm ET: Fireside with Sallie

6:35-6:45pm ET: Reading from Ladies Get Paid

6:45-7pm ET: Q&A with Claire


Special thank you to our sponsor, Comcast NBCUniversal, and to our host, Left Bank Books. Please consider purchasing the book from them - not only will you get a signed copy, but you'll be supporting an independent book store.

Don't forget to tag us on social media @ladiesgetpaid and use the hashtag #ladiesgetpaid


About Sallie Krawcheck:

Sallie Krawcheck’s mission is to help women reach their financial and professional goals (or, put more bluntly, to get more money into the hands of women), thus enabling them to live better lives and unleashing a positive ripple effect for our families, our communities and our economy. She is the CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, an innovative financial company, by women for women. Ellevest is one of the fastest growing digital investment platforms and has been named a #24 on CNBC’s top 50 "Disruptor" list, #14 on LinkedIn’s 50 “Most Sought-After Startups” ( #2 in New York), and one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 100 Brilliant Ideas. Krawcheck is also Chair of Ellevate Network, a 135K-strong global professional women’s network; and she is the best-selling author of “Own It: The Power of Women at Work.”

Krawcheck, one of the few executives to find success in large complex companies and as a startup CEO, is widely recognized as one of the most influential women in business. She has been recognized by Inc. as a “Top Female Founder”, called "The Last Honest Analyst" by Fortune magazine, was named the seventh most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, was # 9 on Fast Company's list of the "100 Most Creative People in Business and is considered one of the "Most Influential People in ESG Investing" by Barron's." She has been called one of the top 10 up and coming entrepreneurs to watch by Entrepreneur Magazine and has landed on Vanity Fair’s “The 2018 New Establishment List.”

Before launching Ellevest, Krawcheck built a successful career on Wall Street: She was the CEO of Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, US Trust, the Citi Private Bank, and Sanford C. Bernstein. She was also Chief Financial Officer for Citigroup. Prior to that, Krawcheck was a top-ranked research analyst covering the securities industry.

Krawcheck received a BA summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA with honors from Columbia Business School. She has two children and two cats.


About Claire Wasserman:

Claire Wasserman is an educator, author, and founder of Ladies Get Paid, a global community and educational platform that champions the professional and financial advancement of women. She is also the producer and host of John Hancock’s podcast, “Friends Who Talk About Money”. Claire has traveled the country teaching thousands of women how to negotiate millions of dollars in raises, start businesses, and advocate for themselves in the workplace. Claire was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine's 100 Most Powerful Women and is a highly-sought-after expert for Fortune 500 companies working to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within their organizations. She's spoken at places such as Facebook, Harvard, and the United Nations Foundation, as well as partnerships with Nike, Indeed, and the City of Los Angeles, among others.

Learn more about Claire at clairewasserman.com and follow her on Instagram @clairegetspaid.


About the book:

Ladies Get Paid follows the lives of real women who each face different professional challenges, from being a perfectionist to navigating office politics, to negotiating their salary. Woven throughout is actionable advice and tangible tools to equip and empower the reader to level up at work and bring other women with them. Ladies Get Paid is a reminder that you are valuable—both as an individual woman and as part of the female community. And ultimately, it’s about more than your wallet—it’s about your worth.



“Beyond-practical and much-needed how-to-get-ahead road map for women…a ‘gotta-read’ playbook.”



"A beacon to women navigating the choppy waters of workplace patriarchy."

—Publisher's Weekly


“Ladies Get Paid presents research on women's disadvantages in the workplace and strategies for advocating for yourself in a clear, direct way; it's essential for any woman looking to level up or find a new job.”



“Women have been talked over, ignored, or downright dismissed for too long. Money is power and Claire Wasserman teaches us how to claim it.”

—Arlan Hamilton, author of It's About Damn Time and founder of Backstage Capital


“A must read for any woman looking to succeed in her career—and for any man or woman looking to create a fair and equitable workplace.”

—David Cohen, Senior Counselor to the CEO and former Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation


“Every woman in every workplace can learn something from this book. Claire Wasserman has created a guide to succeeding in your field, even when you feel completely stuck.”

—Beth Comstock, author of Imagine It Forward, former Vice Chair, GE


“Whether you’re setting the groundwork in your first job, or climbing the ladder to the very top, there is something for you in Ladies Get Paid.”

—Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik, Co-Hosts & Co-Founders of Almost 30


“Ladies Get Paid is about more than just money—it’s a powerful call to action for women everywhere to know their worth, pursue their goals, and become brave leaders.”

—Reshma Saujani, CEO and Founder of Girls Who Code and author of Brave, Not Perfect


“Salary is only the starting point. Claire Wasserman reminds us how much we have to offer, then demands that we dream even bigger.”

—Alexa von Tobel, Founder of Inspired Capital and New York Times bestselling author of Financially Fearless and Financially Forward


“With Ladies Get Paid, Claire shares her revolutionary yet simple vision: pay women what we are owed and talk about money unapologetically.”

—Blair Imani, author of Modern HERstory and Making Our Way Home


“I read this book expecting to find career advice and negotiation tactics. Claire Wasserman offers both in spades, but more importantly, she dares you to hope for more from your career, and for yourself.”

—Mika Brzezinski, founder of Know Your Value


“If you don't ask, you don't get. In Ladies Get Paid, Claire Wasserman is determined to make sure that you learn this lifelong lesson and never forget it.”

—Lydia Fenet, Global Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships at Christies and author of The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You


“This book does something really special. It not only shows how we as individuals can move up in our careers but also how we can galvanize our communities to make things better for everyone.”

—Julia Hartz, co-founder and CEO of Eventbrite


“With Ladies Get Paid, Claire gives us a fresh new take on the "business book for women" that implores readers to uncover the shame we have around money and gives us tools to push ourselves to ask for more without apologizing. A great primer if you are gearing up for a new job or looking to level up in a current role.”

—Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Executive Editor of Teen Vogue


“To advocate for your worth, you have to believe you are worthy. This book will help you do just that.”

—Amber Rae, author of Choose Wonder Over Worry


Don't forget to tag us on social media @ladiesgetpaid and use the hashtag #ladiesgetpaid

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 5:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Kazuo Ishiguro with Ron Charles - Klara and the Sun

Tuesday, March 16, 6:00pm CT
Private Online Event - Book Purchase Required

Left Bank Books, Anderson's Bookshop in Chicago, and Boswell Books in Milwaukee welcomes Nobel laureate
Kazuo Ishiguro,
who will discuss his new novel, 
Klara and the Sun,
on March 16 at 6pm CT in a private online event (This is Ishiguro's only evening event in the U.S.!).
Ishiguro will be in conversation with The Washington Post's
Ron Charles.
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a copy of
from Left Bank Books for admission.
The first 250 people to purchase Klara and the Sun from Left Bank Books will receive a signed bookplate!


About Klara and the Sun

Klara and the Sun is a magnificent new novel from the Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro--author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day.

Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her.

Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

In its award citation in 2017, the Nobel committee described Ishiguro's books as "novels of great emotional force" and said he has "uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world."

About the Speakers

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. His eight previous works of fiction have earned him many honors around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize. His work has been translated into over fifty languages, and The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both made into acclaimed films, have each sold more than 2 million copies. He was given a knighthood in 2018 for Services to Literature. He also holds the decorations of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from Japan.

Ron Charles writes about books for The Washington Post.

You may purchase a copy of Klara and the Sun from Left Bank Books online or by phone. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online 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 online event on the DAY OF the event.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 6:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Sweeter Voices Still with Samuel Autman, C.J. Janovy, Sharon Seithel, Sylvia Sukop, & Steffan Triplett

Thursday, January 21, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page

Left Bank Books welcomes writers
Samuel Autman, C.J. Janovy, Sharon Seithel, Sylvia Sukop, & Steffan Triplett,
who will discuss their contributions to the new anthology, 
Sweeter Voices Still: An LGBTQ Anthology from Middle America,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on January 21.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!



About Sweeter Voices Still

The middle of America--the Midwest, Appalachia, the Rust Belt, the Great Plains, the Upper South--is a queer place, and it always has been. The queer people of its cities, farms, and suburbs do not exist only to serve as "blue dots" within "red states." Every story about the kid from Iowa who steps off the bus in Manhattan, ready to "finally" live, is a story about the kid who was already living in Iowa. Sweeter Voices Still is about that kid and has been written by people like them. This collection features queer voices you might recognize--established and successful writers and thinkers--and others you might not--people who don't think of themselves as writers at all. You'll find these truths within these pages: Transgender women and men are women and men, "they" and "them" can be singular pronouns, Black lives matter, sex work is work, and you don't have to go to a gay bar to be gay--and it's okay if you do, too. You'll find sex, love, and heartbreak and all the beings we meet along the way: trees, deer, cicadas, sturgeon. Most of all, you'll find real people.

Featuring a foreword by Northwestern University professor Doug Kiel.

Contributors: Kemi Alabi, Samuel Autman, Neema Avashia, Lars Avis, Joss Barton, Yasmin Bashir, Jeffery Beam, Zach Benak, Taylor Brorby, Jasmine Burnett, River Coello, Edward M. Cohen, Brian Czyzyk, Harmony Cox, Gene Dawson, Patrick Del Percio, Dominick Duda, Joanna Eleftheriou, Aaron Foley, Christopher Gonzalez, Stacy Grover, Elizabeth Harper, Jackie Hedeman, Jessica Jacobs, C.J. Janovy, Jessie Keary, Owen Keehnen, River Ian Kerstetter, Doug Kiel, Jocelyn Krueger, Nichole Lohrman-Novak, Raymond Luczak, Ka "Oskar" Ly, K. Ann MacNeil, Mary Maxfield, Gabe Montesanti, Jennifer Morales, Kalene Nisly, Andriy Partykevich, Robert L. Patrick, Kay Patterson, Angela Pupino, Kai Minosh Pyle, Samer Hassan, Michael Schreiber, Sharon Seithel, L.S. Quinn, Jose Quinones, Sarah Sala, James Schwartz, Gregg Shapiro, Joel Showalter, Carmen Smith, Robyn Steely, Sylvia Sukop, Alyson Thompson, Janine Tiffe, Steffan Triplett, April Vazquez, Evan Williams.

About the Speakers

Samuel Autman’s Wonder Boys was adapted into the award-winning short film A Long Walk, available at www.samuelautman.comHis other essays have appeared in The Kept Secret: The Half-Truth in Nonfiction, Brevity and The St. Louis Anthology

C.J. Janovy is a public radio and former alt-weekly journalist in Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives with her wife and two dogs. She is the author of No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas. Follow her on Twitter @cjjanovy.

Sharon Seithel is a lifelong Missourian, born in Cape Girardeau. She currently resides in St. Louis with her wife Carol and their three dogs. She recently retired from a career in technology and dreams of becoming a writer, activist, and amateur historian.

Sylvia Sukop completed her MFA at Washington University in St. Louis in 2018 and her work has appeared in WaxwingExposure, and other publications. She teaches creative writing and is working on her first book, a memoir.

Steffan Triplett is a Black, queer nonfiction writer and poet from Joplin, Missouri. He received his MFA in Nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh where he currently teaches. 

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 right here on this event page.

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Walter Mosley

Thursday, February 11, 7pm

St Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Walter Mosley, "Blood Grove: An Easy Rawlins Mystery." 

2021 St. Louis County Library Black History Celebration
Frankie Freeman Inspirational Address

In conversation with suspense author Rachel Howzell Hall

Suspense writing legend Walter Mosley presents the crowning achievement in the iconic Easy Rawlins detective series: a crackling, moody, and thrilling novel of vast scope and intimate insight, and a soulful call for justice by any means necessary.

It is 1969, and flames of protest can be seen on the horizon of Los Angeles. Easy Rawlins gets a visit from a Vietnam veteran with a strange story: he was attacked in a citrus grove at the city’s outskirts and may have killed a man. Inclined to turn down what sounds like nothing but trouble, Easy takes the case when he realizes how damaged the young vet is from his war experiences—the bond between veterans superseding all other considerations.

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, February 11, 2021 - 7:00pm

LBB Virtual Celebrity Storytime: James Solheim & Derek Desierto - Grandmas Are Greater Than Great

Saturday, February 6, 11am CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page

Left Bank Books is excited to present another Virtual Celebrity Storytime! We welcome author James Solheim and illustrator Derek Desierto, who will read aloud and talk about how they made their new picture book, Grandmas Are Greater Than Great, on Facebook Live at 11am CT on February 6. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of Grandmas Are Greater Than Great from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

**James will be randomly drawing winners from people who order Grandmas Are Greater Than Great from Left Bank Books to receive a copy of It’s Disgusting—and We Ate It by James Solheim! There will also be consolation prizes!**

Millions of grandmas have led to one very, very special and unique person—you!

A humorous, animated, and informative look at the lasting power of ancestors. Explore families, generations, and girl power in this heartfelt collaboration between James Solheim and bestselling illustrator Derek Desierto.

Everyone has two grandmas, and every grandma has her own two grandmas. This cycle continues going back through time and history. And you needed them all for you to be you!

Traveling from generation to generation, this dynamic picture book offers young readers a bird’s-eye view of how daily life has changed over time. But despite all the differences, one thing has remained the same: a grandma’s love. 

James Solheim’s lively text and Derek Desierto’s exuberant illustrations capture the delights and challenges each daughter, mother, and grandma encountered. This rich multigenerational story explores the idea that we are all the product of those who came before us, and it will be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Grandmas Are Greater Than Great includes basic information on exponential growth and a family tree.

A gift of a book for kids of all ages to read with their grandmas.


James Solheim is the author of It’s Disgusting and We Ate It!, illustrated by Eric Brace. Powered as a child by his grandmas’ Norwegian cooking—lefse and sandbakkels and søtsuppe (potato tortillas, sugar cookies, and sweet soup)—he now speaks Norwegian with his own kids and continues his family’s traditions. But his grandmas’ kindness is his biggest family tradition of all. He lives in Nebraska.

Derek Desierto is a designer, an artist for animated TV shows, and the illustrator of the New York Times–bestselling picture book Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, by Eva Chen, among other titles. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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).

Saturday, February 6, 2021 - 11:00am

LBB Virtual Celebrity Storytime: Anastasia Higginbotham - What You Don't Know

Tuesday, January 26, 11am CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page

Left Bank Books is excited to present another Virtual Celebrity Storytime! We welcome author and illustrator Anastasia Higginbotham, who will read aloud her new picture book, What You Don't Know: A Story of Liberated Childhood, on Facebook Live at 11am CT on January 26. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of What You Don't Know from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

Also, there will be a fun kids' activity during the event! To prepare, gather the following materials: glue, scissors, and magazines to put together a collage. Then, print one roller rink background that is letter-sized and can be printed at home.

I think the days of Heather Has Two Mommies are long past. We're ready for GLBTQIA+ stories for kids that are a little bit complicated and a little bit interesting and a whole lotta fantastic. For all this, the person you turn to is Anastasia Higginbotham. --Betsy Bird, Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library

Anastasia Higginbotham's What You Don't Know: A Story of Liberated Childhood delves into queerness, Blackness, and the love that dismantles whiteness.

It's a book about knowing deeply that you matter--always did, always will. It's a book about what schools get wrong and churches don't say; but institutions are made by people and the people are evolving. It's a book about being known and cherished by family, and living in communion with your own personal Jesus, Buddha, Spirit, Source, Father, Mother, God, breath, inner space, outer space, nothingness, and however else we name and relate to our divinity and humility in the presence of all we don't know.

Anastasia Higginbotham is the author and illustrator of Divorce Is the Worst, Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness, Death Is Stupid, and Tell Me About Sex, Grandma--all part of the Ordinary Terrible Things series. She lives in Brooklyn. Librarians love her, but not as much as she loves them.

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).


Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 11:00am

100 Boots Online Presents Nathaniel Mackey and Natalie Shapero

Friday, January 29, 7pm
Online Event, Registration Required

100 Boots Poetry Series and Left Bank Books presents Nathaniel Mackey and Natalie Shapero!

This free program will be hosted on Zoom; registration is required. Register here: bit.ly/3rVeSlj

The 100 Boots Poetry Series presents readings by a range of emerging and established writers from St. Louis and across the United States. 100 Boots is organized by Ted Mathys, poet and educator at Saint Louis University. Mathys will host a virtual discussion and reading with poets Nathaniel Mackey and Natalie Shapero. A selection of their books are available courtesy of Left Bank Books at left-bank.com.

Nathaniel Mackey was born in Miami and raised in Southern California. He earned his BA from Princeton University and his PhD from Stanford University. Mackey is currently the Reynolds Price Professor of Creative Writing at Duke University.

Natalie Shapero was born in Chester, Pennsylvania and earned a BA in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University, an MFA in Poetry from the Ohio State University, and a JD from the University of Chicago. Shapero teaches at Tufts University.

Friday, January 29, 2021 - 7:00pm


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