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Thomas Lennon & John Hendrix - Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles

Tickets for this event will now be available at the door! For more information, please call 314-367-6731.

Thursday, April 11, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.

Thomas Lennon, John Hendrix, Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of RiddlesLeft Bank Books welcomes writer, comedian, and actor Thomas Lennon and St. Louis illustrator John Hendrix, who will sign and discuss the first book in their new middle-grade series, Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles!

Fourteen-year-old Ronan Boyle is the youngest and lowliest recruit to the secret Garda, an Irish police force that handles the misdeeds of numerous magical creatures. Ronan’s parents are in jail, but Ronan is convinced that they were framed by the wee people. So, despite his small size, poor eyesight, and social awkwardness, he’s determined to learn all he can in order to prove his parents’ innocence. To show he’s got what it takes, he’ll have to confront a fiery leprechaun, a sinister harpy, and a whole world of monsters hidden in plain sight next to real-life Ireland in this fast paced, action packed, and completely hilarious new series.

"A touching, funny read for smart kids young and old. Flat-out laughed out loud!” --Patton Oswalt

Ticket Information:

-- A $20 ticket admits ONE person and includes ONE copy of Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles.
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A $25 ticket admits TWO people and includes ONE copy of Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles, plus a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event.
-- A $5 family companion ticket admits ONE additional child (under the age of 12) and does NOT include a copy of Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles. This ticket holder MUST be accompanied by a full-priced ticket holder.

Tickets on sale below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Thursday, April 11. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Planned Parenthood WLC Annual Luncheon with Irin Carmon

Thursday, April 11, 11:15am
The Ritz-Carlton St. Louis, 100 Carondelet Plaza

Irin Carmon, Notorious RBGPlanned Parenthood Women's Leadership Circle presents their annual luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Irin Carmon, co-author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Senior Correspondent for New York Magazine!

Irin Carmon is a journalist, author and speaker who has been described by the New York Times as "known for her smarts and feminist bona fides." She recently became the Senior Correspondent at New York Magazine and will be covering reproductive rights, the Supreme Court, sexual harassment, media and other topics. 

Registration & Reception: 11:15am - Noon, Lunch & Program: Noon - 1:30pm
 

Ticket Information: Table of 10: $1,500 OR Individual Tickets: $150. To purchase tickets, please visit bit.ly/2019WLCLuncheon. For more information, email Ania L. Colvin at ania.colvin@ppslr.org.

10% of all Left Bank Books' proceeds at the event will benefit Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 11:15am

CANCELLED: Current Conversations: Motherhood and the Workforce with Caitlyn Collins

This event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Caitlyn Collins, Making Motherhood WorkWork-family conflict is a crisis in the United States. Out of all Western industrialized countries, the United States ranks dead last for supportive work-family policies. In her book, Making Motherhood Work, sociologist Caitlyn Collins explores how women in specific countries and the United States navigate their professional and family lives given the different work-family policies available. Collins will discuss just how crucial government policies and cultural support are to ensuring “work-family justice."

This event presented by the St. Charles City-County Library. Please RSVP at youranswerplace.org.

 

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

Damon Young - What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

Friday, March 29, 7pm
The Studio at KAC, 501 N. Grand Blvd.

Damon Young, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You BlackerLeft Bank Books welcomes Very Smart Brothas co-founder Damon Young, who will sign and discuss his new memoir-in-essays, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker, with St. Louis American Young Leader Alona Sistrunk!

For Damon Young, existing while Black is an extreme sport. The act of possessing black skin while searching for space to breathe in America is enough to induce a ceaseless state of angst where questions such as “How should I react here, as a professional black person?” and “Will this white person’s potato salad kill me?” are forever relevant. Young chronicles his efforts to survive while battling and making sense of the various neuroses his country has given him. What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker is a hilarious and honest debut that is both a celebration of the idiosyncrasies and distinctions of Blackness and a critique of white supremacy and how we define masculinity.

“Damon Young is one of the most fearless and important young writers today. A devastatingly funny critique of racism, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker is a humorous and deep dive into the culture and a life lived in that precarious state we call blackness.” --Michael Eric Dyson, author of What Truth Sounds Like

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!

Alona SistrunkFrom singing the house down as lead in a negro spiritual-inspired musical, to investigating alleged voting rights violations at the Department of Justice, to blogging about the politics of hair in the black community, to protesting for civil rights at the nation’s capital and on the streets of Ferguson, Alona Sistrunk has traveled a winding road to self-discovery. But, through it all, being unapologetically Black has never led her astray. Today, the St. Louis native still lives at the intersection of creativity and advocacy. In 2017, Alona was elected to serve as trustee of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri board. She is a proud 2018 St. Louis American Young Leader award recipient and a 2017 New Leaders Council fellow.

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

The Kranzberg

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 7:00pm

Pierre Jarawan - The Storyteller

Tuesdsay, April 16, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Pierre Jarawan, The StorytellerLeft Bank Books welcomes international prize-winning author Pierre Jarawan, who will sign and discuss his debut novel, The Storyteller!

Samir leaves the safety and comfort of his family's adopted home, Germany, for volatile Beirut in an attempt to find his missing father. The only clues Samir has are an old photo and the bedtime stories his father used to tell him. In this moving and engaging novel about family secrets, love, and friendship, Pierre Jarawan does for Lebanon what Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner did for Afghanistan. He pulls away the curtain of grim facts and figures portrayed in the media and shows an intimate truth of what it means to come from a country torn apart by civil war. With this beautiful and suspenseful story, full of images, Jarawan proves to be a masterful storyteller himself.

“Jarawan has produced a fairytale that could be straight out of One Thousand and One Nights. From the very beginning, you float away on the story as if on a flying carpet.” —NRC

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Storyteller from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 
Click here to pre-order your copy!

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Myisha Cherry - UnMuted

Thursday, March 21, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Myisha Cherry, UnMutedLeft Bank Books welcomes philosopher and UnMute Podcast host Myisha Cherry, who will sign and discuss her new book, UnMuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice, with St. Louis rapper and activist Tef Poe!

Why do people hate one another? Who gets to speak for whom? What does segregation look like today? Many of us ponder and discuss urgent questions such as these, but don't have access to the important new ways philosophers are thinking about these issues. Enter UnMute, the popular podcast hosted by Myisha Cherry, which hosts a diverse group of philosophers and explores their cutting-edge work through casual conversation. This book collects Cherry's lively and timely interviews, offering an accessible resource through which to encounter some of philosophy's most socially and politically engaged, public-facing work.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of UnMuted from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 
Click here to pre-order your copy!

Tef PoeTef Poe is a rapper, musician, and activist from St. Louis, Missouri. He is a co-founder of Hands Up United in nearby Ferguson. As an activist, Poe has traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, testifying at the United Nations on behalf of the Ferguson protesters. In 2015, he traveled to Palestine as a member of the historic Dream Defenders delegation. He also was invited to the White House by President Barack Obama to discuss strategy regarding demilitarizing the police during the Ferguson unrest. In 2016–2017, Poe was a fellow at Harvard University via the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. As an artist, Poe has performed with Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T., Lupe Fiasco, and Dead Prez.

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

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

National Poetry Month: An Evening with Ryan Patrick Smith and Shane Seely

Monday, April 8, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Ryan Patrick Smith, The Death Metal PastoralsLeft Bank Books welcomes poet and University of Missouri - St. Louis alumnus Ryan Patrick Smith, who will sign and discuss his debut poetry collection, The Death Metal Pastorals, with Shane Seely at this St. Louis Launch Party! Refreshments will be provided.

From page one of Ryan Patrick Smith's The Death Metal Pastorals, we know we're entering a landscape at once more ominous and more vigilant than anything conjured by Spencer, Drayton, or Marlowe. Smith's poems upend the topography of the pastoral setting, peering through a "burning crop of disease" to ask, "Where am I in the field that I give my will over to you?" Through a range of personas, from death metal swains to The Terminator's Sarah Connor to Mister Rogers to a smartphone camera at a Black Lives Matter protest, Smith casts a piercing eye to the destructive structures of consumption, gendered violence, and white supremacy. 

"The poems in The Death Metal Pastorals would make meaning of the world and its brutalities, of nature and its corruption...These are grave, visionary poems, as dark as they are compelling. You will not walk away unchanged." --Shane Seely

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Death Metal Pastorals from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your book!

Shane Seely is the author of three books of poems: The First Echo, The Surface of the Lit World, and The Snowbound House. He teaches poetry and creative nonfiction at University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he directs the MFA program. 

 

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

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 7:00pm

Keith O'Brien - Fly Girls

Thursday, March 7, 6pm
Wings of Hope, 
18370 Wings of Hope Blvd.

Keith O'Brien, Fly GirlsJoin Wings of Hope as they kick off Soar into STEM, an exciting new regional initiative to ignite in local youth — especially girls and students of color — a passion for pursuing STEM and aviation careers.

Author Keith O'Brien joins us as keynote speaker to discuss the remarkable stories contained in his New York Times bestseller FLY GIRLS: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History, with a book signing to follow.

"Mr. O'Brien, a former reporter for the Boston Globe working in the tradition of Hidden Figures and The Girls of Atomic City, has recovered a fascinating chapter not just in feminism and aviation but in 20th-century American history." — The Wall Street Journal

EVENT DETAILS: Wings of Hope's Global Headquarters is located at Spirit of St. Louis Airport. Doors open at 6 p.m. Left Bank Books will offer books for sale at the event. Light refreshments provided. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is encouraged. Please register at eventbrite.comFor more information about the Soar into STEM program, visit www.wingsofhope.ngo/STEM.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

Lindenwood University Craft Talks: Kij Johnson

Thursday, March 28, 7pm
Lindenwood University, Harmon Hall, Room 136, 209 S. Kingshighway (St. Charles)

Kij Johnson, At the Mouth of the River of BeesKij Johnson has won three Nebulas, two World Fantasy Awards, and the Hugo, the Sturgeon, and various other awards.  Her most recent books are The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe; The River Bank, a sequel to Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows; and her first collection of short fiction, At the Mouth of the River of Bees. She received her MFA from North Carolina State University in 2012. In the past, she has worked in publishing, comics, trading card and roleplaying games, and tech, but currently, she is associate professor of creative writing at the University of Kansas, and the associate director for the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction.

This event is presented by Lindenwood University. For more information please visit lindenwood.edu.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

Maren Cooper - A Better Next

Tuesday, June 11, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Maren Cooper, A Better NextLeft Bank Books welcomes Midwest author Maren Cooper, who will sign and discuss her new novel, A Better Next!

At the top of her career, twenty plus years married with one child left to launch and fostering the illusion of having a perfect life, Jess Lawson is blindsided by her husband’s decision to move from their St. Louis home and across the country without her. Amid their acrimonious divorce, Jess also uncovers surprising financial corruption at work that threatens a scandal for her client—and the well-being of the many unsuspecting patients and physicians they serve. A smart, relatable story for every woman who’s gone bold to sort out her next chapter, A Better Next shows how—with a little soul searching and a supportive circle of friends and colleagues—it’s possible to redefine happiness and establish a liberating, new normal at any stage of life.

"Both sprightly and deeply felt, A Better Next captures the losses, trade-offs, and rewards of the contemporary career woman/wife/mother. Many are the women who will recognize themselves in Jess' story." Faith Sullivan, author of Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of A Better Next from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 
Click here to pre-order your copy!

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

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