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Valentine's Celebrity Storytime with Amy E. Sklansky

Saturday, February 10, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Join us for a special Valentine's Celebrity Storytime with St. Louis author Amy E. Sklansky! Amy will read from her children's books Sweet Hearts and My Rainbow Surprise, lead a Valentine's day craft, and share frosted sugar cookies!

Each day is a chance to open our hearts. Let love lead the way—that's how it all starts!! Celebrate your little sweet heart in this imaginative rhyming novelty book with colorful tiered pages and a clever die-cut shape that looks just like a heart! Sweet Hearts is sure to delight curious readers of all ages with its irresistible Valentine's Day theme, rhyming text, and eye-catching illustrations. A satisfying message of love and an irresistible heart shape perfect for reminding little ones they are cherished!

Open your eyes and celebrate a dazzling world of colors in this imaginative rhyming board book with colorful tiered pages and a clever die-cut shape that looks just like a rainbow! My Rainbow Surprise is sure to delight curious readers of all ages with its irresistible rainbow theme, rhyming text, foil title, and eye-catching illustrations by the talented Anna Dunn. A chunky, satisfying novelty board book that celebrates every color of the rainbow!

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

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:30am

Lucy Jane Bledsoe – The Evolution of Love

Thursday, May 17, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning author Lucy Jane Bledsoe, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The Evolution of Love!

A devastating earthquake has just hit the San Francisco Bay Area, cutting off the outside world completely. When Lily decides to fly from Nebraska to California and make the treacherous journey into the Bay Area to find her sister, she knows she's headed for a disaster zone, but nothing prepares her for what she finds. Those who survived and didn’t evacuate are making shelters, running meals programs, rigging their own technologies—and redefining the very meaning of community. A piercing, unforgettable story of hope in the face of crisis, The Evolution of Love asks what it takes for people to come together, what dangers must they fend off in their bid for survival, and what lengths will they go to rebuild home. 

"Given our current seemingly endless string of natural disasters, this is a timely story and a compelling one . . . Bledsoe asks us to think about the resilience of love and hate; what our responsibility to each other is; and who we really are, right down to our DNA. Highly recommended." —Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Evolution of Love 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.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

An Evening with David Sedaris

Sunday, April 22, 7:30pm
Peabody Opera House

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms & political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. 

Sedaris is the author of the collections of personal essays Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, & Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, all of which have become bestsellers.

Sedaris's pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker & have twice been included in "The Best American Essays." Since 2011, he can be heard annually on a series of live recordings on BBC Radio 4 entitled "Meet David Sedaris." David Sedaris' new book is a collection of his diaries, entitled Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002).

Tickets may be purchased at the Scottrade Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at ticketmaster.com. There is a facility fee on all tickets purchased at all locations, including at the Scottrade Center Box Office. Additional Ticketmaster service charges and handling fees apply to all tickets purchased through Ticketmaster outlets, by phone or online. For disabled seating, call 314-622-5420.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 7:30pm

The Dramatic Vision of David Henry Hwang

Thursday, January 25, 7pm
St. Louis University Sinquefield Stateroom

An American Soldier traces Private Danny Chen’s journey in the US Army. In boot camp, Danny is welcomed by his band of brothers. But in Afghanistan, his own base becomes enemy territory as military hazing turns deadly. Based on a true story, this opera asks powerful questions about what it means to be an American today.

Opera Theatre’s nationally acclaimed New Works, Bold Voices series is dedicated to creating new operas that resonate with our country in the 21st century. As OTSL prepares to launch the world premiere of An American Soldier, go behind the scenes with a series of exciting events across the St. Louis region. David Henry Hwang is one of America’s most esteemed playwrights and opera librettists, best known for his Tony Award-winning drama M. Butterfly. Hear how he crafted Private Danny Chen’s story into an opera libretto. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at opera-stl.org.

This event is presented by Opera Theatre of St. Louis in partnership with the St. Louis University Library Associates. For more information, please visit opera-stl.org.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

David Wiesner – I Got It!

Friday, April 13, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes three-time Caldecott Medalist and three-time Caldecott honoree David Wiesner, who will sign and discuss his new picture book, I Got It!

David Wiesner brings his trademark artistry and rich imagination to the iconic American game of baseball. The few seconds after the ball leaves the bat can be infinitely long. For this eager young outfielder, there's plenty of time to envision the increasingly fantastic and funny situations that might interfere with making the catch. Summoning determination and courage, he overcomes the imaginary obstacles and turns them into a springboard for success. I Got It! reveals the extraordinary within the ordinary, taking readers on an amazing journey in a few seconds on a baseball field.

"Three-time Caldecott Medalist David Wiesner hits it out of the park with this almost-wordless picture book about a boy who just wants to be part of the baseball team." —Booklist, starred review

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of I Got It! 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.

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

Reading Without Walls with Gene Luen Yang

Saturday, April 7, 4pm
MICDS, Brauer Hall

Left Bank Books welcomes former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang, who will discuss Reading Without Walls, a nationwide program celebrating reading and diversity!

Former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang calls us all to Read Without Walls, exploring books about characters who look or live differently than you, topics you haven’t discovered, or formats that you haven’t tried. Reading Without Walls promotes diversity and opens readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences. In this divided time in our nation’s history, Reading Without Walls is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things.

Reading Without Walls is happening now, and anyone can participate — teachers, librarians, book-sellers, and readers. Just find something new and different to read — and let books open up the world around you. What can YOU do to read without walls?

Gene will also sign books at this event. This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of at least one of Gene's books from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 4:00pm

Celebrity Storytime with Daniel Wiseman – When Your Llama Needs a Haircut

Saturday, January 27, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Join us for Celebrity Storytime with St. Louis illustrator Daniel Wiseman, who will draw and read from his new children's book, When Your Llama Needs a Haircut!

When it’s picture day and you realize your llama needs a haircut, you’ll need a good comb and some luck! This charming and hilarious board book features one shaggy llama and a whole lot of hairstyles! Uh-oh. It’s picture day and someone's a mess! Does your llama need a haircut? After a hilarious shampoo, it’s time to decide which style would be best for your shaggy llama. A mohawk? Layers? Or how about a brand-new fur color? But be careful…or you just might end up with a haircut, too!

 

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

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 10:30am

Tim Youd: St. Louis Retyped

Saturday, March 10, 10:30am - 4pm
Sunday, March 11, 10:30am - 4pm
Monday, March 12, 10:30am - 4pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books and the Contemporary Art Museum welcome performance artist Tim Youd, who will by typing Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs in its entirety in Left Bank Books' Euclid facing window as part of his St. Louis Retyped project for CAM!

Tim Youd has long made drawings and paintings inspired by words and literature. But after a meaningful pilgrimage to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West home, he began to involve himself more directly in the art of the written word, with his decade-long 100 Novels project. Youd types novels. In fact, he retypes already written novels. And he performs these re-typings on the models of typewriters the authors used in the creation of their works. He types each book on a single sheet of paper, which is laid on top of a second sheet of paper and run consecutively through the typewriter. Not surprisingly, Youd came upon the idea for these durational art actions while reading a book. “I understood that, on a formal level what I’d been looking at all those years was a rectangle of black text inside the larger white rectangle,” he says. “I had this urge to compress the book—a physical, palpable urge—so that all the words in the entire novel would be present on that one page.”

At CAM, Youd is scheduled to type works by authors with St. Louis origins: T.S. Eliot, Stanley Elkin, William Burroughs, and Marianne Moore.

For more information, please visit camstl.org.

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

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 10:30am

Gordon Whitman – Stand Up!

Monday, February 26, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes veteran community organizer Gordon Whitman, who will sign and discuss his new book, Stand Up!: How to Get Involved, Speak Out, and Win in a World on Fire, with Rev. Cassandra Gould!

At a time of crisis, do we stand up and speak out or retreat into our private lives? Veteran organizer Whitman shows that we have the power we need to create a racially and economically just society. But it won’t happen if we stay on the sidelines sharing social media posts and signing online petitions. We win only if we’re willing to join other people in the kind of face-to- face organizing that has powered every successful social movement in history. Whitman describes five types of conversations that enable people to build organizations that can solve local problems and confront the greatest challenges facing our country—from gun violence to climate change.

“Grassroots organizing is our best hope. If you’re serious about making change from the bottom up, read Stand Up! and pass it on.” —Congressman Keith Ellison

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

The Reverend Dr. Cassandra Gould is a pastor and an activist whose ministry and community work is rooted in the biblical mandate for justice. She is the Executive Director of Missouri Faith Voices and the pastor of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church in Jefferson City, MO. A native of Demopolis, Alabama, she is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. There are myriad of social justice issues that call her to put her faith on the line. Her advocacy for families caught in the debt trap caused by financial predation has garnered national attention. Dr. Gould also serves as the faith co-chair for the state wide Jobs With Justice Board and the Religious Affairs and Political Action Director of the Missouri State NAACP.

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

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

Sarah Kendzior – The View From Flyover Country

Tuesday, April 17, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books, Maryville Talks Books & St. Louis Public Radio welcome St. Louis journalist Sarah Kendzior, who will sign and discuss her new book, The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America, with St. Louis on the Air's Don Marsh!

St. Louis–based writer and expert in authoritarian states Sarah Kendzior has been called “a Cassandra in Trumpland,” and is often credited with first predicting Donald Trump’s presidential victory. A clear-eyed account of the realities of life in America’s overlooked heartland, The View from Flyover Country is a piercing critique of the labor exploitation, racism, gentrification, media bias, and other aspects of the post-employment economy that gave rise to a president who rules like an autocrat. The View from Flyover Country is necessary reading for anyone who believes that the only way for America to fix its problems is to first discuss them with honesty and compassion.

“Please put everything aside and try to get ahold of Sarah Kendzior’s collected essays . . . I have rarely come across writing that is as urgent and beautifully expressed." 
—Omair Ahmad, The Wire

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

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

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