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Tara Conklin - The Last Romantics

Tuesday, January 14, 4pm
St. Charles City-County Library Express at Winghaven, 7435 Village Center

tara conklin, the last romanticsSt. Charles City-County Library and Left Bank Books presents New York Times bestselling author, Tara Conklin, for the paperback tour of her novel The Last Romantics.

A sweeping yet intimate epic about one American family, The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can lose—and sometimes rescue—the ones we love. A novel that pierces the heart and lingers in the mind, it is also a beautiful meditation on the power of stories—how they navigate us through difficult times, help us understand the past, and point the way toward our future.

Tara Conklin is a writer and former lawyer currently living with her family in Seattle, WA. The House Girl, her first novel, was a New York Times bestseller, #1 IndieNext pick, Target book club pick and has been translated into 8 languages. Before turning to fiction, Tara worked for an international human rights organization and as a litigator at a corporate law firm in London and New York.  Her short fiction has appeared in The Bristol Prize Anthology and Pangea: An Anthology of Stories from Around the Globe. Tara was born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and grew up in western Massachusetts. She holds a BA in history from Yale University, a JD from New York University School of Law and a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School (Tufts University).

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents: Miranda Popkey - Topics of Conversation

Tuesday, January 14, 7pm
Left Bank Books

miranda popkey, topics of conversationLeft Bank Books presents debut author Miranda Popkey, who will sign and discuss her novel Topics of Conversation. For readers of Rachel Cusk, Lydia Davis, and Jenny Offill— Topics of Conversation is a compact tour de force about sex, violence, and self-loathing from a ferociously talented new voice in fiction

Topics of Converstaion follows an unnamed female narrator from her first summer post-college to her years as a single mother in California’s Central Valley, always hungry for experience and hell bent on upending her life. The narrative unfolds in a series of conversations between women—the stories they tell one another; the stories they tell themselves—circling questions of desire, disgust, anger, envy, guilt, and despair. Topics of Converstaion is a searing look at what it means to come of age, to grow up, to love, to lust as a woman in this world. “There’s always someone, or so I’d been led to believe: on business or in the dog house or out on the proverbial prowl,” pronounces Miranda’s narrator. “That was the danger of being a woman.” At the center of her striking debut is this: how much bad behavior are we still willing to permit?

Miranda Popkey was raised in Santa Cruz, CA. After receiving her degree from Yale, she spent 2009 – 2010 living in McAllen, Texas, teaching at a high school through Teach for America. (She, admittedly, was underprepared and cried in class more than once.) She left Texas for an internship with The Paris Review and shortly thereafter was hired as an assistant at FSG, where she worked from February of 2011 to November of 2014. She currently lives in Boston with her husband.

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

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Books Presents: Tai Davis - [Pastry] A Visual Anthology of Culinary Works

Saturday, December 14, 4pm
Left Bank Books

Tai DAvis, [Pastry]

Left Bank Books Presents an event with local culinary rising star, Tai Davis, who will sign and discuss his new book [Pastry]: A Visual Anthology of Culinary Works.

Have you ever eaten something so magnificent that it evokes an overwhelming emotion? Maybe it triggers a pleasant memory from childhood or reminds you of some special dish a beloved family member used to make. Or perhaps it's completely new to you and as you're enjoying it you're creating an altogether new memory. Bringing back the beauty of coffee table books, Tai Davis [Pastry] does just that by conveying the feelings and elegance of pastry art in print.

Tyler 'Tai' Davis is one of Saint Louis' brightest rising star chefs. His innovative, and unique aesthetic has earned him accolades from press and public alike.

Tai Davis honed his cooking craft serving as executive chef of The Tavern of Fine Arts in 2017, and as Executive Pastry Chef for The Chocolate Pig Restaurant in 2018. During his tenure at The Chocolate Pig, Chef Tai's culinary prowess has been featured in Sauce, Delta Sky, Feast, E-Squared, Band's Through Town and Saint Louis Magazine. Before his success at The Chocolate Pig, Davis worked and staged in other highly praised kitchens, including Element, The Libertine, Niche, Franco and The Demun Oyster Bar. Most recently, Davis had the opportunity to further showcase his pastry skills on the Food Network Show, Halloween Baking Championship.

Currently, Chef Tai has shifted his focus towards consulting, teaching and personal chef services under the moniker Æther. He has also re branded his specialty bakery, Alchemy, and is getting his feet wet in the artistic world as Sacred Geometry by Tai Davis, a concept testing the boundaries between food and art.

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

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 4:00pm

Left Bank Books Presents: Jeanine Cummins - American Dirt

Sunday, January 26, 4pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton

Left Bank Books presents bestselling memoirist of A Rip In Heaven, Jeanine Cummins, who will sign and discuss her new novel, American Dirt. For readers of There There but with the emotional punch of The NightingaleAmerican Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.

jeanine cummins, American DirtIf it’s only a better life you seek, seek it elsewhere...This path is only for people who have no choice, no other option, only violence and misery behind you. And your journey will grow even more treacherous from here. Everything is working against you. —American Dirt

Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable. Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same. Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward America, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the thousands of people trying to reach American dirt, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed when they finish reading it. It is a page-turner, it is a literary achievement, it is filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. It is one of the most important books for our times.

This event is open to the public, but proof of purchase of American Dirt from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.



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Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 4:00pm

Left Bank Books Presents: Ariana Madix & Tom Sandoval - Fancy AF Cocktails

Friday, December 20, 6pm
Brennan's Work & Leisure, 3015 Locust

Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval, Fancy AF CocktailsLeft Bank Books welcomes Vanderpump Rules co-stars, Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval, who will sign, discuss, and provide sample tastings from their new book, Fancy AF Cocktails.

Featuring classy and trashy cocktails for every occasion and exclusive behind-the-scenes stories from the show and the couple’s personal life off-screen (with tongue planted firmly in cheek), Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers will inspire fans, armchair mixologists and cocktail connoisseurs alike to break out the bar cart, just in time for the holiday season. Before America fell in love with Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval on screen (and watched them fall in love with each other) in Vanderpump Rules, the fan-favorites were bartenders in some of the most popular bars in New York, and Los Angeles. When it comes to imbibing, Madix and Sandoval are professionals. They know how to craft great drinks because they’ve been making them for years – and tasting them along the way. Fans are often surprised at how delicious the cocktails are at their current hotspots featured on the show: SUR, Villa Blanca, PUMP and TomTom. It’s Madix and Sandoval’s goal for readers to feel the same sense of surprise and excitement when they make one of their drinks at home. Fancy AF Cocktails supplies readers with over 80 cocktail recipes as dramatic as the cast that inspired them, yet accessible enough to recreate at home (some even feature surprisingly random ingredients everyone likely has lying around their kitchen).

 



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Friday, December 20, 2019 - 6:00pm

LBB Presents: Luke Geddes - Heart of Junk

Monday, January 27, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Luke Geddes, Heart of JunkLeft Bank Books welcomes debut author, Luke Geddes, who will sign and discuss his novel Heart Of Junk

Vacant booths and dwindling shoppers foreshadow a bleak fate for The Heart of American Antique Mall in Wichita, Kansas. Husband and wife co-owners Keith and Stacey Stoller polished off the last of their daughter’s college savings fund and the mall is all but doomed. But a visit from the famed television show Pickin’ Fortunes stars Mark and Grant could turn everything around. Meanwhile, the dealers are too preoccupied by their own neurotic compulsions—eBay bidding wars, Barbie collections, and the new rule-breakers in booth #1-146—to notice that citywide panic over the abduction of toddler pageant princess Lindy Bobo could derail the visit. So Keith makes a plan: find Lindy and everything would go back to normal. Yet the mall and the missing beauty queen have more to do with each other than the dealers might think, and before long, the group sets in motion a series of events that uncover shocking information about Lindy’s disappearance.

“Luke Geddes has written something truly wonderful with Heart of Junk. His tender portrayal of each uniquely strange character who inhabits the Heart of America Antique Mall is strengthened by such perfect comedic timing. As Geddes digs deeper and deeper into a world most people would ignore, he finds real treasure, something beautiful and life-affirming.” —Kevin Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of The Family Fang and Nothing to See Here

Luke Geddes holds a PhD in comparative literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of the short story collection I Am a Magical Teenage Princess and his writing has appeared in Conjunctions, Mid-American Review, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. Originally from Appleton, Wisconsin, he now lives Cincinnati, Ohio.

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

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Kids Club: Nathan Hale - Major Impossible

Thursday, January 16, 4pm
Left Bank Books

nathan hale, major impossibleA super special Kids Club meeting with author of Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, Nathan Hale himself!

John Wesley Powell (1834–1902) always had the spirit of adventure in him. As a young man, he traveled all over the United States exploring. When the Civil War began, Powell went to fight for the Union, and even after he lost most of his right arm, he continued to fight until the war was over. In 1869 he embarked with the Colorado River Exploring Expedition, ten men in four boats, to float through Grand Canyon. Over the course of three months, the explorers lost their boats and supplies, nearly drowned, and were in peril on multiple occasions. Ten explorers went in, only six came out. Powell would come to be known as one of the most epic explorers in history! Equal parts gruesome and hilarious, this latest installment in the bestselling series takes readers on an action-packed adventure through American history.

Grab your Kids Club Passport* and get ready for adventure with Nathan Hale!

*New members can pick up a passport at the event

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

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 4:00pm

Left Bank Books Presents: Amy Spalding - We Used to Be Friends

Sunday, January 12, 2pm
Left Bank Books

we used to be friends, amy spaldingLeft Bank Books welcomes Kirkus starred review author of The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles), Amy Spalding, who will be signing and discussing her new novel, We Used To Be Friends.

Told in dual timelines—half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward—We Used to Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boy’s name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue to be her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce. Funny, honest, and full of heart, We Used to Be Friends tells of the pains of growing up and growing apart.

“Amy Spalding knows that best friendships are love stories, and this one is complex, earnest, and unflinching. A must-read for anyone who's ever had or lost a friend.”

-Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of We Used To Be Friends 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.

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 2:00pm

Allen Eskens - Nothing More Dangerous

Wednesday, December 4, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Allen Eskens, Nothing More DangerousLeft Bank Books presents an event with best-selling author Aleen Eskens, who will sign and discuss his new novel set in 1976 Missouri, Nothing More Dangerous!

After fifteen years of growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother, high-school freshman Boady Sanden is beyond ready to move on. He dreams of glass towers and cityscapes, driven by his desire to be anywhere other than Jessup, Missouri. Even his beloved woods, his playground as a child and his sanctuary as he grew older, seem to be closing in on him, suffocating him. Then Thomas Elgin moves in across the road, and Boady's life begins to twist and turn. Coming to know the Elgins -- a black family settling into a community where notions of "us" and "them" carry the weight of history -- forces Boady to rethink his understanding of the world he's taken for granted. Secrets hidden in plain sight begin to unfold. But the biggest secret of all is the disappearance of Lida Poe, the African-American woman who keeps the books at the local plastics factory. As the mystery of her fate plays out, Boady begins to see the stark lines of race and class that both bind and divide this small town -- and he will be forced to choose sides.

Allen Eskens is the USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, and The Heavens May Fall. His debut novel, The Life We Bury, has been published in 16 languages and is being developed as a feature film.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Nothing More Dangerous from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 
Click here to order your copy!

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

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Books Presents: Andrea S. Boyles - You Can't Stop the Revolution

Wednesday, Novemer 6, 7pm
Left Bank Books

andrea s boyle, you cant stop the revolutionLeft Bank Books welcomes local professor and author of You Can't Stop the Revolution, Andrea S. Boyles, in conversation with St. Louis community activist Amy Hunter. 

You Can’t Stop the Revolution is a vivid participant ethnography conducted from inside of Ferguson protests as the Black Lives Matter movement catapulted onto the global stage. Sociologist Andrea S. Boyles offers an everyday montage of protests, social ties, and empowerment that coalesced to safeguard black lives while igniting unprecedented twenty-first-century resistance. Focusing on neighborhood crime prevention and contentious black citizen–police interactions in the context of preserving black lives, this book examines how black citizens work to combat disorder, crime, and police conflict. Boyles offers an insider’s analysis of cities like Ferguson, where a climate of indifference leaves black neighborhoods vulnerable to conflict, where black lives are seemingly expendable, and where black citizens are held responsible for their own oppression. You Can’t Stop the Revolution serves as a reminder that community empowerment is still possible in neighborhoods experiencing police brutality and interpersonal violence.

Andrea S. Boyles is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Lindenwood University, Belleville. She is a feminist, race scholar, and the author of Race, Place, and Suburban Policing: Too Close for Comfort.

Amy Hunter is a longtime community activist based in St. Louis, as well as a diversity and inclusion specialist for Boeing. Previously, she was the manager of diversity and inclusion at St. Louis Children's Hospital and director of racial justice for the St. Louis YWCA.

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

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