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Rakesh Khanna - Ghosts, Monsters and Demons of India

Left Bank Books presents author and publisher Rakesh Khanna to discuss Ghosts, Monsters and Demons of India, the US version of his illustrated guide to the folktales and real-life stories of the ghosts, monsters and demons of India described by Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, as "exemplary of what a book can be, how it can operate." Join us to discuss the encyclopedia of evil entities and folkloric fiends from across India!

Khanna will personalize and sign copies after the presentation!

Join us at Left Bank Books
399 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Watch the livestream on Left Bank Books' YouTube Page



About the Author

Rakesh Khanna grew up in Berkeley, California, of mixed Punjabi and Anglo-American heritage. He co-founded Blaft Publications in Chennai with his wife, Rashmi Ruth Devadasan, in 2008. The company publishes translations of bestselling Indian-language pulp fiction, folklore, and graphic novels.

J. Furcifer Bhairav is the pseudonym of an extremely private and somewhat mysterious individual who is the child of a professional exorcist.


About Ghosts, Monsters and Demons of India

An illustrated guide to the folktales and real-life stories of the ghosts, monsters and demons of India, a culture famously rich in tradition and legends. Perfect for fans of Eli Roth's Urban Legends and Guillermo Del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities.

"I was not prepared for how deeply this book captivated me...Ghosts, Monsters, and Demons of India is exemplary of what a book can be, how it can operate. It's a bridge across space, time, and language" --Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

An encyclopedia of evil entities and folkloric fiends from across India, from Ladakh to Kerala, Lakshadweep to Nagaland, Naraka to Tuchenkwaka, complete with 60 spooky illustrations. Inside this book you will find ...
  • Killer robots built with stolen Roman engineering technology that once guarded the relics of the Buddha
  • The ghost of a 21-year-old motorcyclist whose Enfield Bullet is venerated at a highway temple in Rajasthan
  • A Himalayan drum-playing spirit-teacher whose wife is a fearsome Yeti
  • Diabolical entities conjured into existence by the simultaneous deaths of seven tigers
  • Triple-rooted night-flying Vedic necromancers
  • Call-centre employees from beyond the grave
  • The dreaded Ngalei Ahmaw of Maraland, whose victims' heads detach themselves from their bodies at night and go wandering in search of blood...AND MORE

"A thrilling romp through the annals of what goes bump in the Indian night." -- Helen Nde, Mythological Africans

Ghosts, Monsters and Demons of India is a must-read entry in the literary search for human meaning. It's a trek through the dark corners of India's cultural imagination populated with nightmarish creatures, demons, dark forest stalkers and all manner of grisly entities. It's also a fantastic read." -- Exquisite Terror

"The range of ghouls Khanna and Bhairav detail is staggering: trucker ghosts that haunt isolated stretches of mountainous highway, gigantic birds that snatch people from their doorways, Tamilian undead monsters who double as avatars for a lost goddess . . . the collection is endless in its tellings." -- Kajal Media review



Wednesday, January 10, 2024 - 6:00pm

Gene Luen Yang & LeUyen Pham - Lunar New Year Love Story

Left Bank Books, Schlafly Public Library, and Very Asian Foundation presents award winning and bestselling author and illustrator Gene Luen Yang and LeUyen Pham to discuss their new can't-miss graphic novel rom-com Lunar New Year Love Story! We are so excited to present these two graphic novel superstars for a discussion and signing!

Yang & Pham will personalize and sign copies after the presentation!

Join us at Schlafly Public Library
225 N Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Watch the livestream on Left Bank Books' YouTube Page

About the Authors

Gene Luen Yang writes, and sometimes draws, comic books and graphic novels. He was named a National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress in 2016, and advocates for the importance of reading, especially reading diversely. His graphic novel American Born Chinese, a National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner, has been adapted into an original series on Disney+. His two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints won the LA Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award Finalist. His nonfiction graphic novel, Dragon Hoops, received an Eisner award and a Printz honor. His other comics work includes Secret Coders (with Mike Holmes), The Shadow Hero (with Sonny Liew), and Superman Smashes the Klan and the Avatar: The Last Airbender series (both with Gurihiru). In 2016, he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

LeUyen Pham has illustrated more than one hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Honor book Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris and the bestselling Princess in Black series by Shannon and Dean Hale. She is the co-creator, along with Shannon Hale, of the bestselling graphic memoirs Real Friends, Best Friends, and Friends Forever. Her own books include The Bear Who Wasn't There and Big Sister, Little Sister. A graduate of the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, LeUyen lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.


About Lunar New Year Love Story

Graphic novel superstars Gene Luen Yang and LeUyen Pham join forces in this heartwarming rom-com about fate, family, and falling in love.

She was destined for heartbreak. Then fate handed her love.

Val is ready to give up on love. It's led to nothing but secrets and heartbreak, and she's pretty sure she's cursed--no one in her family, for generations, has ever had any luck with love.

But then a chance encounter with a pair of cute lion dancers sparks something in Val. Is it real love? Could this be her chance to break the family curse? Or is she destined to live with a broken heart forever?


"Yang's storytelling is a multigenerational, multilayered, multicultural masterpiece of searching for lasting, empathic connection." - Booklist, starred review

"Valentina's quest is full of swoony moments that will satisfy romance readers, while her fearless journey of personal growth will win over everyone else." - Kirkus, starred review

"A positive and beautiful work of art that will make an impression on readers." - SLJ, starred review


Friday, January 12, 2024 - 6:00pm

Melissa Dilkes Pateras - Dirty Guide to a Clean Home - Virtual Event

Left Bank Books and Book Passage presents Melissa Dilkes Pateras, the Laundy Lesbian You've Seen on TikTok, for an incredible virtual event! Melissa Dilkes Pateras is the most competent housekeeper/DIY-project master/home repair genius that you've ever been sexually attracted to.

Pateras will be providing bookplates for signed copies available to order from Left Bank Books to be mailed anywhere in the country.

Watch the livestream on Book Passages' YouTube Page

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About the Author:

In addition to creating viral videos with housecleaning tips and tricks, Melissa Dilkes Pateras has worked in social services for over twenty years, specializing in behavior and relationship management. She lives in Ontario, Canada, with her wife and three children.


About the Book:

Everything you need to know about laundry, cleaning, and basic home repairs--from the TikTok star who made bluing a thing, showed you how to fold a fitted sheet, and taught you to properly use your (caulk) gun.

"[Melissa Pateras] makes chores enjoyable in her bawdy debut. . . . Doing laundry has never sounded so fun."--Publishers Weekly

Melissa Dilkes Pateras is the most competent housekeeper, DIY-project master, and home repair genius that you've ever fantasized about becoming. When she followed her kids on to TikTok, she discovered a community hungry for her approachable, tongue-in-cheek advice on everything from balls--dryer balls, that is--to why color-coded closets are a spiritual experience. She doesn't expect you to know what you were never taught, and she doesn't care about transforming your home into a minimal, beige Instagram post; she simply wants to help make your life easier.

Whether you're terrified of your laundry pile or have an inner handyperson who's been longing for their moment, A Dirty Guide to a Clean Home is a joyful all-purpose guide to organizing, cleaning, laundry, repairs, and beyond. As Melissa says, "Your home shouldn't be your adversary."



"Pateras, who dispenses housekeeping tips on TikTok, makes chores enjoyable in her bawdy debut. . . . The plentiful tips are often surprising. . . . Other 'hacks' are simple yet clever. . . . Throughout, Pateras's ribald humor animates the advice ('I love balls . . . in my dryer, ' she writes on preferring dryer balls to dryer sheets). Doing laundry has never sounded so fun." --Publishers Weekly

Thursday, November 30, 2023 - 7:30pm