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SLCL Presents Fiona Mozley

Wednesday, June 16, 7pm

 

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Fiona Mozley, “Hot Stew.”

Video premiere: Wednesday, June 16,  7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

In conversation with Ryan Krull, Interviews Editor - Boulevard Magazine

A finalist for the Man Booker Prize for her debut novel “Elmet,” Fiona Mozley’s much-anticipated second novel takes readers to the grimy, vibrant central London district of Soho. Young millionaire Agatha Howard plans on converting one piece of prime real estate into luxury condos--but the tenants have no intention of vacating the premises. As Mozley’s accomplished tragicomedy unfolds, a cast of heroic queers, junkie magicians, Russian oligarchs, radical protestors, and even a glamorous borzoi converge in unexpected ways. Entertaining and sharply funny, “Hot Stew” confronts questions about wealth and inheritance, gender and power, and the things women must do to survive in an unjust world.

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.

 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Valerie Battle Kienzle

Thursday, June 10, 7pm

 

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Valerie Battle Kienzle, "Ready to Wear: A History of the Footwear and Garment Industries in St. Louis"

Video premiere: Thursday, June 10,  7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

With its location on the banks of the Mississippi River, St. Louis was a 19th century center of fur trading, cotton and wool distribution, footwear, and clothing production. “Ready to War” is the story of the birth, growth, decline and rebirth of the St. Louis footwear and garment industries. Colorfully weaving historical narrative, personal connection, and local lore, Valerie Battle Kienzle transports the reader to the St. Louis of yesteryear and the surprising fashion-industry hub right in the heart of the Midwest. 

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, June 10, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Ben Rhodes

Monday, June 7, 7pm
 

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Ben Rhodes, "After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made."

Video premiere: June 7, 7:00 p.m. on www.facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

In conversation with Tony Messenger, Pulitzer Prize-Winning St. Louis Post Dispatch Reporter

The bestselling author of “The World As We Know It” and co-host of Pod Save the World asks: Why is Democracy so threatened in America and around the world? In 2017, as former White House aide Ben Rhodes was helping Barack Obama begin his next chapter, the legacy they had worked to build for eight years was being taken apart. To understand what was happening in America, Rhodes decided to look outward. Over the next three years, he traveled to dozens of countries, meeting with politicians, activists, and dissidents confronting the same nationalism and authoritarianism that was tearing America apart. Part memoir and part reportage, “After the Fall” is a hugely ambitious and essential work of discovery. 

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.

Westfall - Politics & History Series

Monday, June 7, 2021 - 7:00pm

SLCL Presents Marie Mutsuki Mockett

Tuesday, June 1, 7pm CT
 

St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Marie Mutsuki Mockett, "American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland."

Video premiere: Tuesday, June 1,  7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/STLCoLibrary

For over 100 years, the Mockett family has owned a 7,000 acre wheat farm in the panhandle of Nebraska. Marie Mutsuki Mockett, who grew up in bohemian California, with her father and her Japanese mother, knew little about farming when she inherited this land. In “American Harvest,” Mockett follows the harvest season with a group of evangelical Christians who have cut her family’s fields for decades. Mockett’s journey peels back layers of the American story to expose its contradictions and unhealed wounds. She joins the crew in the fields, attends church, and struggles to adapt to the rhythms of rural life, all the while continually reminded of her own status as a person who signals “not white.” “American Harvest,” is an important book for our fractured times, a study in seeing and hearing an America different from the one we are surrounded by each day.

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.

 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 7:00pm

Brenda Myers-Powell with Nikki Patin - Leaving Breezy Street

Tuesday, June 29, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes highly anticipated debut author
Brenda Myers-Powell
who will discuss her debut memoir
Leaving Breezy Street
on Facebook Live at 7pm CT on June 29.
Myers-Powell will be in conversation with Community Engagement Director for the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and the founder and Executive Producer of Surviving the Mic
Nikki Patin.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order copies of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
 
About Leaving Breezy Street

Belonging on the shelf with Jeannette Walls's The Glass Castle and Ishmael Beah's A Long Way GoneLeaving Breezy Street--the stunning account of Brenda Myers-Powell's brutal and beautiful life--is a critical addition to the American canon.

Fourteen years old, poor, Black, mother dead, two babies to feed and clothe, and a grandmother who is not full of motherly kindness, to put it mildly. What money-making options are open to a girl like Brenda Myers?

When Breezy, as she came to call herself, hit the streets of Chicago as a prostitute in 1973 she was barely a teenager. But she was pretty and funny as hell, and determined to support her daughters and make a living. For the next twenty-five years, she moved across the country, finding new pimps, parties, drugs, and endless, profound heartache. And she also--astonishingly--managed to find the strength to break from a brutal world and not only save herself but save future Breezys.

Great, compelling memoirs can bring us into worlds that have been beyond our comprehension and make us "get it." What these books tell us is NOT that we can all move beyond the lives into which we were born. The lesson is that everyone deserves to be truly seen by others and offered a path forward.

"To stand in one truth and allow yourself to be seen is one of the bravest things an individual can do. In her memoir, Brenda Myers-Powell is brave, authentic, and a bit gritty in a remarkable way. At every moment in Leaving Breezy Street you felt you were there, experiencing the pain and finding the resilience to keep pushing to find joy through it all alongside her." --Marcus Samuelsson, author of Yes, Chef: A Memoir

"Brenda Meyers-Powell's story is testament that there are, indeed, second acts in life. Her journey as told in Leaving Breezy Street is remarkable, if not chilling, as she faces a cascade of violence and betrayal, mostly at the hands of men. But astonishingly she never loses her verve or her humor, and emerges on the other side not only intact but as an inspiration." --Alex Kotlowitz, author of An American Summer, winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

 

About our Speakers

Brenda Myers-Powell has been advocating for victims of sex trafficking since 1997. She is the co-founder and executive director of the Dreamcatcher Foundation, and has sat on the board of numerous organizations. In 2020, she was selected to serve on the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. Brenda's work with Dreamcatcher and victims was the focus of the Sundance Award-winning documentary Dreamcatcher.

Featured in The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Reader, on WBEZ, and on international television and radio, Nikki Patin has been writing, performing, educating, and advocating for over two decades. She has taught hundreds of workshops on performance poetry, body image, sexual assault prevention and LGBT issues. Patin has released several chapbooks, a full-length collection of writing and design, two EPs and a full-length album entitled “Bedroom Empire." In 2014, she made history when she addressed the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on behalf of Black women survivors of sexual violence in the U.S. Nikki Patin holds an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. Patin is the Community Engagement Director for the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and the founder and Executive Producer of Surviving the Mic, a survivor-led organization that has crafted its own methodology of holding brave and affirming writing and performance spaces for survivors of sexual harm. Nikki Patin is a queer, non-binary survivor of both domestic and sexual violence and single Mama to a son with autism. 

 

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.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 7:00pm

Daniel Silva with Dana Bash - The Cellist

Monday, July 12, 7pm CT
Private Online Event - Book Purchase Required

Left Bank Books and Atlanta JCC welcomes Master of International Intrigue
Daniel Silva,
who will discuss his new novel,
The Cellist
on July 12 at 7pm CT in a private online event.
Silva will be in conversation with CNN's Chief Political Correspondent and Co-anchor of State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash
Dana Bash.
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a SIGNED copy of
The Cellist
from Left Bank Books for admission.
A Zoom link for entry will be emailed ahead of the event.
 
 
About The Cellist

From Daniel Silva, the internationally acclaimed #1 New York Times–bestselling author, comes a timely and explosive new thriller featuring art restorer and legendary spy Gabriel Allon. 

Elegant and sophisticated, provocative and daring, THE CELLIST: A Novel (Harper; July 13, 2021; $28.99), explores one of the preeminent threats facing the West today—the corrupting influence of dirty money wielded by a revanchist and reckless Russia. It is at once a novel of hope and a stark warning about the fragile state of democracy. And it further confirms Daniel Silva’s status as his generation’s finest writer of suspense and international intrigue.

Viktor Orlov had a longstanding appointment with death. Once Russia’s richest man, he now resides in splendid exile in London, where he has waged a tireless crusade against the authoritarian kleptocrats who have seized control of the Kremlin. His mansion in Chelsea’s exclusive Cheyne Walk is one of the most heavily protected private dwellings in London. Yet somehow, on a rainy summer evening, in the midst of a global pandemic, Russia’s vengeful president finally manages to cross Orlov’s name off his kill list.

Before him was the receiver from his landline telephone, a half-drunk glass of red wine, and a stack of documents… The documents are contaminated with a deadly nerve agent. The Metropolitan Police determine that they were delivered to Orlov’s home by one of his employees, a prominent investigative reporter from the anti-Kremlin Moskovskaya Gazeta. And when the reporter slips from London hours after the killing, MI6 concludes she is a Moscow Center assassin who has cunningly penetrated Orlov’s formidable defenses.

But Gabriel Allon, who owes his very life to Viktor Orlov, believes his friends in British intelligence are dangerously mistaken. His desperate search for the truth will take him from London to Amsterdam and eventually to Geneva, where a private intelligence service controlled by a childhood friend of the Russian president is using KGB-style “active measures” to undermine the West from within. Known as the Haydn Group, the unit is plotting an unspeakable act of violence that will plunge an already divided America into chaos and leave Russia unchallenged. Only Gabriel Allon, with the help of a gifted cellist employed by the world’s dirtiest bank, can stop it.

In THE CELLIST, Silva returns with another blockbuster—a powerhouse novel that showcases his outstanding skill and brilliant imagination, destined to be a must read for both his multitudes of fans and growing legions of converts.

 

About our Speakers

Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels, including The Other Woman, The New Girl, and The Order. His books are critically acclaimed bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than thirty languages. He resides in Florida with his wife, television journalist Jamie Gangel, and their twins, Lily and Nicholas. For more information visit www.danielsilvabooks.com

Dana Bash is CNN's chief political correspondent and co-anchor of State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, the network's Sunday morning newsmaker show. Bash is based in Washington, DC, where she covers both campaigns and Congress and regularly serves as a moderator for CNN's political town hall specials.

 

ZOOM LINK: You will receive two reminder emails with your unique Zoom link, 24 hours and again 1 hour before the program. Please search your inbox for those emails from Left Bank Books. If you don’t see the emails, please check your SPAM/JUNK folder. Still have questions? Please email info@left-bank.com. The link is unique to you and is not shareable. If shared, you will not be able to access the program!

You may purchase a copy of The Cellist 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 24 hours prior to the event. You will receive the actual email invite to join the private online event on the DAY OF the event.

 

International orders are accepted for this event. If you are outside the US and would like to order a SIGNED book for admission to the event, please email orders@left-bank.com with your address for a shipping quote.

Monday, July 12, 2021 - 7:00pm

The Adventure Zone Graphic Novel Live & Virtual!

Tuesday, July 13, 8pm CST
Free online YouTube event - YouTube.com/c/LeftBankBooks

The Adventure Zone Graphic Novel Live & Virtual!

July 13th at 8 PM CST

Join Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch, and a few special guests (TBA) as they celebrate the release of the fourth graphic novel in The Adventure Zone Series, THE ADVENTURE ZONE: THE CRYSTAL KINGDOM. Chat with your fellow fans about this event on social using #TAZGNLive !

Watch for free here: YouTube.com/c/LeftBankBooks

 

EXCLUSIVE EVENT PURCHASE: 

BUY YOUR COPY OF THE ADVENTURE ZONE: THE CRYSTAL KINGDOM FROM LEFT BANK BOOKS TO RECEIVE A SIGNED BOOKPLATE AS WELL AS A BRAND NEW PACK OF TRADING CARDS!

Limited quantities are available. Each bookplate will be signed by one McElroy. A small quantity of bookplates will also have Carey’s signature. Requests for a specific bookplate can not be honored.

 

Please note, Left Bank Books can ship to anywhere in the world. For international orders, please email orders@left-bank.com for a shipping quote with your address. 

Books will be shipped via USPS or FedEx and should arrive within one week of pub date. You can also select in store pick up if you live in the St. Louis, MO area.

Thank you for supporting indie bookstores!

 

About The Adventure Zone: The Crystal Kingdom

Based on the blockbuster podcast where the McElroy brothers and their dad play a tabletop RPG and illustrated by cartooning powerhouse Carey Pietsch, The Adventure Zone: The Crystal Kingdom takes this #1 New York Times bestselling series to haunting new heights.

A desperate call for help interrupts holiday celebrations at the Bureau of Balance, and sends Taako, Magnus and Merle on a high-stakes mission to find and Reclaim a fourth deadly relic: a powerful transmutation stone, hidden somewhere in the depths of a floating arcane laboratory that's home to the Doctors Maureen and Lucas Miller. An unknown menace has seized control of the stone, and is using it to transform the lab into a virulent pink crystal that spreads to everything it touches.

It's only a matter of time before this sparkling disaster crash-lands, but in order to find the stone and save the whole planet from being King Midased, our heroes will have to fight their way through a gauntlet of rowdy robots and crystal golems, decide whether they can trust the evasive Lucas Miller, and solve the mystery of what--or who--has put them all in peril, before there's no world left to save.

 

About our Speakers

Clint McElroy is a 45-year veteran of broadcasting who now works on the popular podcast THE ADVENTURE ZONE, with his sons Justin, Travis and Griffin. He is one of the co-writers of THE ADVENTURE ZONE graphic novels, along with WAR OF THE REALMS: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY, for Marvel Comics, and MARVEL TEAM-UP. He's currently working on an animated The Adventure Zone TV show for NBC's Peacock streaming service. He has three BEST DAD coffee mugs and six BEST GRANDPA...although the titles have been challenged.

Carey Pietsch is a cartoonist based out of Brooklyn, NY. Her work includes drawing two arcs of Lumberjanes and the artwork for the Mages of Mystralia webcomic. Carey also makes Keepsakes and other original comics about magic and empathy. Along with brightening her workdays, The Adventure Zone got her to join a D&D campaign, where she's currently playing a dragonborn sorcerer who cares too much about romance novels.

Meet the McElroys! Clint was born first, which recent studies have shown is the best procedure for fathers and sons. Justin came along twenty-five years later, two weeks late, actually, which caused his mother, Leslie, some consternation and more than a little back pain. Three years to the day (yes, the very day) Travis came along, forever ruining Justin's birthday, at least according to Justin. The decision was made to not have a third child born on November 8th, so Griffin arrived three-and-a-half years later on April 17th. There followed this decade and that, during which there was a lot of school, theater, broadcasting, video games, moving around the country and various and sundry monkeyshines. Then came a time for fewer monkeyshines, so a ton of marriages happened and people were added to the family branch. In the midst of all this begetting, podcasts began springing up in even greater abundance and their names were My Brother My Brother and Me (which spawned a popular tv show), SawbonesShmannersWonderful, and a farcical romp called The Adventure Zone.

 

All you need to do to participate is join at 8pm CST at this link. You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel. To get a bookplate and trading pack of cards, please order your book here!

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 8:00pm

Liv Constantine with Oline Cogdill - Stranger in the Mirror

Wednesday, July 21, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes bestselling authors of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Last Mrs. Parrish
Liv Constantine,
who will discuss their new book, 
The Stranger in the Mirror,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on July 21.
Constantine will be in conversation with Mystery Fiction Critic for the Sun Sentinel
Oline Cogdill.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
Read Oline's review of Stranger in the Mirror here!
 
About Stranger in the Mirror

A diabolically twisty, psychologically unsettling novel about a woman with no recollection of her past from the authors of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Wife Stalker.

"Liv Constantine plants her flag squarely in land staked out by the likes of Lisa Gardner and Karin Slaughter."--Providence Journal

Addison's about to get married, but she's not looking forward to the big day. It's not her fiancé; he's a wonderful man. It's because Addison doesn't know who she really is. A few years ago, a kind driver found her bleeding next to a New Jersey highway and rescued her. While her physical wounds healed, Addison's memory never returned. She doesn't know her real name. Or how she ended up injured on the side of a road. Or why she can't shake the notion that she may have done something very, very bad . . .

In a posh home in the Boston suburbs, Julian tries to figure out what happened to his loving, caring wife, Cassandra, who disappeared without a trace two years ago. She would never have left him and their seven-year-old daughter Valentina of her own free will--or would she?

As these two lives intersect, The Stranger in the Mirror hooks readers with riveting drama, told with Liv Constantine's hallmark blend of glamour, tense psychological thrills, and jaw-dropping twists.

"Gripping! Equal parts character study and domestic thriller, THE STRANGER IN THE MIRROR makes for a perfect weekend read--a highly enjoyable page-turner where you race to the end, breathless to discover the shocking truth."-- Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"I devoured this twisty, chilling, and hypnotic thriller in just two feverish sittings, desperate to guess what was going to happen next (but failing!) Told from shifting perspectives, THE STRANGER IN THE MIRROR is not only a propulsive, psychological suspense with heart-pounding twists, it's also a richly-drawn, riveting story about a woman with amnesia, frantic to recover her identity in a house-of-mirrors world where nothing is what it seems."-- May Cobb, author of The Hunting Wives

 

About our Speakers

Liv Constantine is the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Together, they are the bestselling author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Last Mrs. Parrish, The Last Time I Saw You, The Wife Stalker, and The Stranger in the Mirror. Their books have been praised by USA Today, The Sunday Times, People Magazine, and Good Morning America, among many others. Lynne and Valerie are national and international bestselling authors and their books have been translated into 27 languages, are available in 32 countries and are in development for television and film. Lynne lives in Milford, Connecticut; Valerie in Annapolis, Maryland.

Oline H. Cogdill reviews mystery fiction for Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness, Associated Press, Mystery Scene magazine, and the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale/Tribune Publishing Wire. She also blogs regularly at mysteryscenemag.com. She has received the 2013 Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America, the 1999 Ellen Nehr Award by the American Crime Writers League, and the 1997 Sun Sentinel’s Pettijohn Award. Oline is a judge for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the mystery/thriller category.

 

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.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 7:00pm

Henry Schvey with Robert Duffy - Blue Song

Thursday, June 24, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books and Tennessee Williams Festival - St. Louis welcomes St. Louis author
Henry Schvey,
who will discuss his new biography of Tennessee Williams, 
Blue Song: St. Louis in the Life and Work of Tennessee Williams,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on June 24.
Schvey will be in conversation with St. Louis' esteemed former journalist
Robert Duffy.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About Blue Song: St. Louis in the Life and Work of Tennessee Williams

In 2011, the centennial of Tennessee Williams's birth, events were held around the world honoring America's greatest playwright. There were festivals, conferences, and exhibitions held in places closely associated with Williams's life and career--New Orleans held major celebrations, as did New York, Key West, and Provincetown. But absolutely nothing was done to celebrate Williams's life and extraordinary literary and theatrical career in the place that he lived in longest, and called home longer than any other--St. Louis, Missouri.

The question of this paradox lies at the heart of this book, an attempt not so much to correct the record about Williams's well-chronicled dislike of the city, but rather to reveal how the city was absolutely indispensable to his formation and development both as a person and artist. Unlike the prevailing scholarly narrative that suggests that Williams discovered himself artistically and sexually in the deep South and New Orleans, Blue Song reveals that Williams remained emotionally tethered to St. Louis for a host of reasons for the rest of his life.

"When Tennessee Williams was asked what brought him to New Orleans, he said 'St Louis'. In this eminently readable and exhaustively researched study, Henry Schvey deftly swivels the spotlight illuminating the work of Tennessee Williams from the freedom of New Orleans which is typically heralded as the source of his greatness and shines it boldly back into the prison of Tennessee's life in 'Saint Pollution' which enshrouded him with a darkness he was never able to escape. A notable contribution to the understanding of this great ever fascinating American playwright."-- John Guare, playwright and screenwriter, author of The House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation

"Blue Song delves deeply and insightfully into St. Louis' complicated influence on Williams's life and work. A fantastic read."-- Carrie Houk, Executive Artistic Director, Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis

 

About our Speakers

Henry I. Schvey is Professor of Drama and Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis and the author of three books, including Oskar Kokoschka: The Painter as Playwright. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Robert W. Duffy reported on arts and culture for St. Louis Public Radio. He had a 32-year career at the Post-Dispatch, then helped to found the St. Louis Beacon, which merged in January with St. Louis Public Radio. He has written about the visual arts, music, architecture and urban design throughout his career.

 

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.

 

Our mission is to enrich the cultural life of St. Louis by producing an annual theater festival and other artistic and educational events that celebrate the art and influence of Tennessee Williams.

Visit https://www.twstl.org/ for more information about upcoming news for the Tennessee Williams Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 7:00pm

Laura McHugh with Julia Dahl - What's Done in Darkness

Tuesday, June 22, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes bestselling Missouri author
Laura McHugh,
who will discuss her new dark thriller, 
What's Done in Darkness,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on June 22.
McHugh will be in conversation with critically acclaimed author
Julia Dahl.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 

 

About What's Done in Darkness

Abducted as a teenager, a woman must now confront her past and untangle the truth of what really happened to her in this dark thriller from the author of The Wolf Wants In.

"Laura McHugh expertly delivers a harrowing tale of a world where little is what it first appears to be."--Ron Rash, bestselling author of Serena

 
Seventeen-year-old Sarabeth has become increasingly rebellious since her parents found God and moved their family to a remote Arkansas farmstead where she's forced to wear long dresses, follow strict rules, and grow her hair down to her waist. She's all but given up on escaping the farm when a masked man appears one stifling summer morning and snatches her out of the cornfield.
 
A week after her abduction, she's found alongside a highway in a bloodstained dress--alive--but her family treats her like she's tainted, and there's little hope of finding her captor, who kept Sarabeth blindfolded in the dark the entire time, never uttering a word. One good thing arises from the horrific ordeal: a chance to leave the Ozarks and start a new life.
 
Five years later, Sarabeth is struggling to keep her past buried when investigator Nick Farrow calls. Convinced that her case is connected to the strikingly similar disappearance of another young girl, Farrow wants Sarabeth's help, and he'll do whatever it takes to get it, even if that means dragging her back to the last place she wants to go--the hills and hollers of home, to face her estranged family and all her deepest fears.
 
In this riveting new novel from Laura McHugh, blood ties and buried secrets draw a young woman back into the nightmare of her past to save a missing girl, unaware of what awaits her in the darkness.
 
"Laura McHugh is already on everyone's short list of crime writers to watch for, someone who just goes from strength to strength. What's Done in Darkness is timely, but more important, it's a deeply empathetic look at a community and place that are all too easy to stereotype. Compulsively, propulsively readable, it never loses sight of what's really at stake for its characters--or its readers. --Laura Lippman, bestselling author of Lady in the Lake
 
"It's hard to find a truly original thriller these days, one that's populated with unique characters and a plot that feels fresh. But with What's Done in Darkness, Laura McHugh has managed a new spin on the genre. From the suffocating isolation of a religious cult to the twisted loyalties of family, this page-turner takes readers on a journey into the dark heart of the Ozarks. A riveting, poignant, and propulsive read." --Amy Engel, bestselling author of The Familiar Dark
 

About our Speakers

Laura McHugh is the internationally bestselling author of The Weight of Blood, winner of an International Thriller Writers Award and a Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for best first novel; Arrowood, an International Thriller Writers Award finalist for best novel; and The Wolf Wants In. McHugh lives in Missouri with her husband and their daughters.

Julia Dahl is the author of ConvictionRun You Down, and Invisible City, which was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, one of the Boston Globe's Best Books of 2014, and has been translated into eight languages. A former reporter for CBS News and the New York Post, she now teaches journalism at NYU.

 

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.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 7:00pm

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