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An Evening With Rebecca Makkai & Jean Kwok

Tuesday, June 4, 7pm

St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Rebecca Makkai, The Great BelieversLeft Bank Books and the St. Louis County Library welcome best-selling authors Rebecca Makkai and Jean Kwok, who will sign and discuss their books, The Great Believers and Searching For Sylvie Lee.

One of the most critically acclaimed novels of 2018, “The Great Believers” is a dazzling novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss. In 1985, Yale Tishman’s career is flourishing while the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. After his friend Nico’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her estranged daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

From the bestselling author of “Girl in Translation,’ Jean Kwok’s “Searching for Sylvie Lee” is a poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women in a Chinese immigrant family. A deeply moving story of family, secrets, identity, and longing, "Searching for Sylvie Lee" is a gripping page-turner, a sensitive portrait of an immigrant family, and a profound exploration of the many ways culture and language can divide us, and the impossibility of ever truly knowing someone—especially those we love.

This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Children's Book Week: Comics and Cookies Finale Party

Sunday, May 5, 4pm
Left Bank Books

Close out Children's Book Week with a party and mini-comics workship led by LBB artist staff members! 

You'll learn to create your own comics and use your new skills to finish stories started by some of kidlit's hottest graphic novelists, all while enjoying a fabulous cookie spread!

 

Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books are connected! The 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week will take place all year long with a dedicated week of celebrations April 29th - May 5th, and another week this fall, November 4th - 10th!

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

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 4:00pm

Children's Book Week: Vote for the Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards

Thursday, May 2, 4pm-6pm
Left Bank Books

Cast your vote for the 2019 Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards and collect kidlit swag!

Fill out your ballot at Left Bank Books between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2nd, and select from cool giveaways, including books!
Study up on the finalists at cbcbooks.org!

Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books are connected! The 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week will take place all year long with a dedicated week of celebrations April 29th - May 5th, and another week this fall, November 4th - 10th!

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

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 4:00pm

Hip Hop Appreciation Week: An Evening with Hanif Abdurraqib

Wednesday, May 15, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch, 1301 Olive St.

Hanif AbdurraqibSt. Louis Public Library's Hip Hop Appreciation Week presents An Evening with Hanif Abdurraqib!

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of The Crown Ain't Worth Much, nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, named a best book of 2017 by NPR, Pitchfork, Oprah Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Slate, Esquire, GQ, and Publisher's Weekly, among others. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine, and a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing. Abdurraqib has multiple forthcoming books including a new collection of poems A Fortune For Your Disaster and a history of Black performance in the United States titled They Don't Dance No Mo'.

Hanif Abdurraqib will be reading from his latest work, a biography on A Tribe Called Quest titled Go Ahead In The Rain, and a moderated question and answer session will follow the reading. Following the event Hanif will be signing books outside Central Library's auditorium. Books will be available to purchase from Left Bank Books.

This event is presented by the St. Louis Public Library. For more information, please call 314-241-2288.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Children's Book Week: Teen Writing Panel

Wednesday, May 1, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Antony John, Cole GibsenJoin us for a special Children's Book Week event with local authors Antony John and Cole Gibsen, who will host a panel discussion on writing and getting published for teens and adults interested in writing for them!

Antony John is the author of several novels, including Five Flavors of Dumb, Mascot, and the fantasy trilogy Elemental. A native of England, he graduated from Oxford University with a degree in music and received his Ph.D. from Duke University. He crisscrossed the country, living on both coasts, before settling in St. Louis with his family, where he writes full-time. Today he enjoys exploring the city’s neighborhoods, sampling Midwestern food, and watching Fredbird at Cardinals games. Sadly, he still can’t throw a pitch or bat a ball, but he has become very good at eating hot dogs.

At seventeen Cole Gibsen found herself homeless with only a beat-up Volkswagen and a bag of Goodwill clothing to her name. The only things that got her through the nights she spent parked in truck stops and fields were the books she checked out from the library along with her trusty flashlight. Because of the reprieve these books gave her from her troubles, Cole vowed to become a writer so she could provide the same escape to readers who needed a break from the reality. Some of Cole's most recent books include RisenLife Unaware, and Katana.

Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books are connected! The 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week will take place all year long with a dedicated week of celebrations April 29th - May 5th, and another week this fall, November 4th - 10th!

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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

Children's Book Week: Celebrity Storytime with Daniel Wiseman - Baby Astronaut & Baby Oceanographer

Saturday, May 4, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Daniel Wiseman, Baby Astronaut, Baby OceanographerLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis illustrator Daniel Wiseman for a special Children's Book Week Celebrity Storytime reading of his new books, Baby Astronaut and Baby Oceanographer!

Baby Scientist is here! A vibrant original board book series that shows a diverse cast of toddlers as little scientists. First up is Baby Astronaut! Simple, exciting, and engaging—this is a perfect preschool introduction to the study of space exploration. She flies way up high into space. She wears a space suit, climbs into her space shuttle, and works in the space station on her experiments. Next up is Baby Oceanographer, a clever, young introduction to the study of ocean life. He studies the ocean and what’s in it. He’s driving around in a submersible, wearing a snorkel and scuba diving suit—seeing life under the sea. There are fish and plants and volcanoes under the water, plenty to see and study.

Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books are connected! The 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week will take place all year long with a dedicated week of celebrations April 29th - May 5th, and another week this fall, November 4th - 10th!

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

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 10:30am

Melanie Benjamin - Mistress of the Ritz

Wednesday, May 29, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Melanie Benjamin, Mistress of the RitzFrom the bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife and The Swans of Fifth AvenueMistress of the Ritz is a love story for the ages. June 1940: When the German army sweeps into Paris, setting up headquarters at the iconic Hôtel Ritz, beautiful, reckless American Blanche Auzello, and her very proper French husband, Claude, must navigate a terrifying new reality. For the falsehoods they tell to survive, and to strike a blow against their Nazi “guests,” spin a web of deceit that ensnares everything and everyone they cherish. Based on true events, “Mistress of the Ritz” is an inspiring story of a woman and a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war.

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

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 7:00pm

Pie-Palooza with Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin: The New Pie

Saturday, May 4, 11am
La Pâtisserie Chouquette, 1626 Tower Grove Ave.

Join Master Pie Makers Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin as they launch their beautiful new cookbook, The New Pie!

You've seen them on Food Network, The New York Times and The National Pie Championship. Now see them up close and personal as they answer your burning pie questions at this delicious book signing event. It's the perfect Mother's day gift for the mom who loves to bake. We'll even be featuring some of their most popular recipes from the book on our menu during the signing. Learn more about Chris and Paul at: floursugarbutter.net!

This event is presented by La Pâtisserie Chouquette. For more information, please visit www.simonefaure.com.
Click here to pre-order your copy of The New Pie!

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 11:00am

Independent Bookstore Day 2019

Saturday, April 27, All Day!
Left Bank Books

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Last Saturday in April: Join the Party! Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, scavenger hunts, kids events, readings, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

Independent bookstores are not just stores, we're community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. We are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. We are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  We are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of us this year than there were last year. And we are at your service.

This year's featured events include:

10AM: Back by popular demand - the One-Hour Used Book Sale! All used books will be Buy One, Get One 50% off between 10am and 11am!

11AM: A special Independent Bookstore Day children's storytime! 

4PM: Pre-Party with Shane! Enjoy complimentary happy hour drinks with LBB's resident book whisperer, who will preview exciting upcoming titles, as well as a few of his favorite new releases. Plus, attendees will get a special discount on any titles pre-ordered during the party! Space is limited, RSVPs are required to shane.m@left-bank.com.

All Day Activities

Limited Edition Merchandise ONLY available at participating independent bookstores (like us) on April 27!

– We'll be giving away free audiobooks through Libro.fm, available only on April 27! Sign up for your free Libro.fm account now!

– Get your 2019 St. Louis Independent Bookstore Day Passport! Visit each of the stores featured in the passport on April 27 and you'll get 20% off any purchase at each of the participating stores!

– Blind date with a book! For a donation of any amount to the Left Bank Books Foundation, choose a wrapped mystery book (with a few helpful context clues) to take home with you!

 Take your photo with a special Left Bank Books 50th Anniversary backdrop!

Write and share your favorite Left Bank Books memory on a special 50th Anniversary display! You'll also be able to record a video testimonial to be featured in our special 50th Anniversary Video!

 Watch social media for special giveaways and promotions throughout the day!

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am

Julia Phillips - Disappearing Earth

Wednesday, May 22, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Julia Phillips, Disappearing EarthLeft Bank Books welcomes Fulbright fellow Julia Phillips, who will sign and discuss her debut novel, Disappearing Earth, with Left Bank bookseller Shane Mullen!

One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls—sisters, eight and eleven—go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women. Taking us through a year in Kamchatka, Disappearing Earth enters with astonishing emotional acuity the worlds of a cast of richly drawn characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. Spellbinding, moving—evoking a fascinating region on the other side of the world—this suspenseful and haunting story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer.

"A mystery of two missing girls burns at the center of this astonishing debut, and the complexity of ethnicity, gender, hearth and kin illuminates this question and many more.” —Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage

This event is free and open to the signing line, but proof of purchase of Disappearing Earth 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.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

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