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Virvus Jones - Stalking Horse

Tuesday, July 24, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes author and former St. Louis City Comptroller Virvus Jones, who will sign and discuss his debut novel, Stalking Horse!

It was the summer of 1954 amidst Brown vs. Board of Education in the segregated, southern town of Petersville. Billy Strayhorn, the new kid on the block, had just graduated grammar school and the events of the night would forever change his life. Follow the lives of Teddy "T.C." Chambers, Ronald Jackson, Wiley Fentress, Leonard Marcus, George "Snake" Martin, Demitrius "Meat" Walker and Billy Strayhorn as their world evolves out of the conditions they are facing. Freedom rides, sit-ins, arrests, deployment to Vietnam and law school are just a few of the events that unfold, forever impacting their lives. Power, deception and crime threaten to destroy the influence of each man as this political tale uncovers the realities that contributed to modern Black politics in the United States.

"Stalking Horse is a a roman à clef reminiscent of Richard Wright and Voltaire." --St. Louis Magazine

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Stalking Horse from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Pre-order your copy here!

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

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

Jill Orr - The Bad Break

Monday, July 23, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Humorous suspense author Jill Orr continues her quirky mystery series about small-town sleuth Riley Ellison. In The Bad Break, Riley has taken a great leap of faith by giving up her comfortable job at the Tuttle Corner Library for the exciting world of print journalism. Except that so far it hasn’t been very exciting. All that changes when Riley’s friend Tabitha finds her soon-to-be father-in-law dead on the floor of his office, and Riley is asked to write his obituary. And when they discover Tabitha’s fiancé’s knife sticking out of his father’s chest, Riley finds herself with a murder investigation to cover as well. Will Riley’s rookie mistakes lead to more than just her byline ending up on the obituary page?

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

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

A Midsummer Night's Creep: Josh Woods, Kea Wilson, Fred Venturini & Jedidah Ayres

Thursday, July 19, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Boooks presents A Midsummer Night's Creep: Stories of Witches, Mutants, Cannibals & Murderers, an evening of readings and conversation with authors Josh Woods, Kea Wilson, Fred Venturini and Jedidiah Ayres!

Josh Woods, The Black Palace: Some have called it a hidden fortress, others a labyrinth of myth, a trackless mystery. And even the witches, who built it and keep it shut, fear that through the ages it has come alive. But tonight, a sleek field agent in the Witchfinders Union, DiFranco, leads her supernatural SWAT team on a raid inside The Black Palace to find one of their own. Yet once across that uncanny threshold, they must confront another world of grand secrets, where strange destinies are woven with theirs, where other desires are at work. 

Kea Wilson, We Eat Our Own: An ambitious debut novel by an original young writer, We Eat Our Own blurs the lines between life and art with the story of a film director’s unthinkable experiment in the Amazon. Inspired by a true story from the annals of 1970s Italian horror film, and told in dazzlingly precise prose, We Eat Our Own is a resounding literary debut akin to Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers, a thrilling journey behind the scenes of a shocking film and a thoughtful commentary on violence and its repercussions.

Fred Venturini, The Heart Does Not Grow Back: Dale Sampson is used to being a nonperson at his small-town Midwestern high school, picking up the scraps of his charismatic lothario of a best friend, Mack. He comforts himself with the certainty that his stellar academic record and brains will bring him the adulation that evaded him in high school. But when an unthinkable catastrophe tears away the one girl he ever had a chance with, his life takes a bizarre turn as he discovers an inexplicable power: he can regenerate his organs and limbs.

Jedidiah Ayres, Peckerwood: Assault, armed robbery, and the occasional blackmail: life is pretty damn good for Terry Hickerson. Sure he's a constant pain in the local law's ass, but Sheriff Jimmy Mondale's got enough to worry about, what with his estranged daughter on a tear, and the District Attorney being onto his partnership with ex-bikie, meth kingpin, and tackle shop owner Chowder Thompson. But when tragedy hits their small town of Spruce, Missouri, Terry's peckerwood bullshit will push the three of them into a volatile whirlwind complete with bullets, bodies, and broken bones.

This event is free and open to the public, but book purchase from Left Bank Books is 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, July 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

Rachel Devlin - A Girl Stands at the Door

Monday, July 16, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Rachel Devlin, A Girls Stands at the DoorLeft Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome Rutgers University professor Rachel Devlin, who will sign and discuss her new book, A Girl Stands at the Door, with Kimberly Norwood, editor of Color Matters and Ferguson's Fault Lines!

The struggle to desegregate America's schools was a grassroots movement, and young women were its vanguard. In the late 1940s, parents began to file desegregation lawsuits with their daughters, forcing Thurgood Marshall and other civil rights lawyers to take up the issue and bring it to the Supreme Court. After the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, girls far outnumbered boys in volunteering to desegregate formerly all-white schools. In A Girl Stands at the Door, historian Rachel Devlin tells the remarkable stories of these desegregation pioneers, among them Lucile Bluford, who fought to desegregate the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.

"This is essential American history—it's the history of how we got where we are, it's a history of how student activism changed the world by fighting against powerful forces...The book is about knowing the past and knowing your power." —Literary Hub

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of A Girl Stands at the Door from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Pre-order your copy here!

Kimberly Jade Norwood is a Professor of Law at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, MO. She is the editor of Ferguson's Fault Lines and Color Matters. She completed her undergraduate work at Fordham University. She graduated from law school at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she also became the first Black person in the school’s history to become a member of the prestigious Missouri Law Review. She clerked for Federal District Court Judge after law school and practiced with Bryan Cave, LLP, before joining the faculty at the School of Law in 1990. Six years later, she became the first Black female to receive tenure in Washington University’s history.

 

 

 

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

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Jim DeFelice - West Like Lightning

Tuesday, July 17, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Jim DeFelice, West Like LightningOn the eve of the Civil War, three American businessmen launched an audacious plan to transform communications across the hostile territory between the nation’s two coasts. In the process, they created one of the most enduring icons of the American West: the Pony Express. Daring young men galloped over a vast and unforgiving landscape, etching an irresistible tale that passed into myth almost instantly. Equally an improbable success and a business disaster, the Pony Express came and went in just 18 months, but not before uniting and captivating a nation on the brink of being torn apart. Jim DeFelice previously co-authored Chris Kyle’s #1 bestselling memoir, “American Sniper.”

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

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

SF STL: Bryan Camp - The City of Lost Fortunes

Thursday, July 26, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Bryan Camp, City of Lost FortunesLeft Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with author Bryan Camp, who will sign and discuss his debut novel, The City of Lost Fortunes!

The fate of New Orleans rests in the hands of a wayward grifter in this novel of gods, games, and monsters. The post–Katrina New Orleans of The City of Lost Fortunes is a place haunted by its history and by the hurricane’s destruction, a place that is hoping to survive the rebuilding of its present long enough to ensure that it has a future. Street magician Jude Dubuisson is likewise burdened by his past and by the consequences of the storm, because he has a secret: the magical ability to find lost things, a gift passed down to him by the father he has never known—a father who just happens to be more than human.
 

"A phantasmagoric murder mystery that wails, chants, laments, and changes shape as audaciously as the mythical beings populating its narrative....boisterously ingenious debut novel." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The City of Lost Fortunes from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Pre-order your copy here!

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

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

Keith Hernandez - I'm Keith Hernandez

Tickets are available at the door! Online ticket sales have ended.

Sunday, June 10, 4pm
Left Bank Books

Keith Hernandez, I'm Keith HernandezLeft Bank Books welcomes former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Keith Hernandez, who will sign copies his new book, I'm Keith Hernandez! This event is a booksigning only.

Keith Hernandez revolutionized the role of first baseman. During his illustrious career with the World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, he was a perennial fan favorite, earning eleven consecutive Gold Gloves, a National League co-MVP Award, and a batting title. But it was his unique blend of intelligence, humor, and talent--not to mention his unflappable leadership, playful antics, and competitive temperament--that transcended the sport and propelled him to a level of renown that few other athletes have achieved, including his memorable appearances on the television show Seinfeld. Now, with a striking mix of candor and self-reflection, Hernandez takes us along on his journey to baseball immortality.

Can't attend the event? Click here to order an autographed copy of I'm Keith Hernandez to be shipped to you!

Ticket Information

- A $31 ticket admits up to a family of FOUR (two adults maximum) and includes one hardcover copy of I'm Keith Hernandez

Signing Guidelines

- Keith WILL autograph up to five copies of I'm Keith Hernandez per ticket. Click here to order additional copies for signing! (Please note "event pickup" in the comment field at checkout.)
- Keith WILL pose for photos with guests
- Keith will not personalize books
- Keith will only sign copies of I'm Keith Hernandez purchased from Left Bank Books. Please do not bring hats, balls, baseball cards, or other non-book merchandise for him to sign

Tickets available below.  Your place in the signing line on June 10 is first-come, first-served, and will be determined by when you arrive. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of I'm Keith Hernandez or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 4:00pm

Kat Zhang - The Memory of Forgotten Things

Monday, June 11, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Kat Zhang, The Memory of Forgotten ThingsLeft Bank Books welcomes acclaimed local author Kat Zhang, who will sign and discuss her new novel for middle readers, The Memory of Forgotten Things!

One of the happiest memories twelve-year-old Sophia Wallace has is of her tenth birthday. Her mother made her a cake that year—and not a cake from a boxed-mix, but from scratch. The truth is, Sophia Wallace’s mother died when she was six years old. But that isn’t how she remembers it. Not always. Sophia has never told anyone about her unusual memories—snapshots of a past that never happened. But everything changes when Sophia’s seventh grade English class gets an assignment to research solar eclipses. She becomes convinced that the upcoming solar eclipse will grant her the opportunity to make her alternate life come true, to enter a world where her mother never died. With the help of two misfit boys, she must figure out a way to bring her mother back to her.

“A heart-tugging and mind-bending exploration of time and possibility.” —School Library Journal

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Memory of Forgotten Things from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Pre-order your copy here!

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

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

Celebrity Storytime with Daniel Wiseman – Goodbye Brings Hello

Saturday, July 7, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis illustrator Daniel Wiseman for a Celebrity Storytime reading of his new picture book, Goodbye Brings Hello: A Book of Firsts!

This inspiring, vibrantly illustrated gift book is perfect for celebrating life's milestones, both great and small—especially that first day of kindergarten. From being pushed on a swing to learning how to pump your legs yourself, from riding a beloved trike to mastering your first bike ride, from leaving the comforts of home behind to venturing forth on that first day of school, milestones are exciting but hard. They mean having to say goodbye to one moment in order to welcome the next. Honest and uplifting, this cheerfully illustrated ode to change gently empowers readers to brave life's milestones, both large and small.

"This book will give courage to any child feeling a little nervous or scared to try something new." —Kirkus

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

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 10:30am

The Belles & Brujas Tour: Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Tracy Banghart & Mark Oshiro

Thursday, June 21, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Dhonielle Clayton – The Belles
Dhonielle Clayton is the co-author of the Tiny Pretty Things series and COO of the non-profit, We Need Diverse Books. Her hit debut novel The Belles is a dystopian fantasy about beauty and power.

Zoraida Córdova – Bruja Born
Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of The Vicious Deep trilogy and the Brooklyn Brujas series. A follow up to her sensationally popular fantasy novel Labyrinth LostBrujas Born follows a family of sisters with magical abilities to both heal and raise the dead.

Tracy Banghart – Grace and Fury
One of the most highly anticipated young adult books of the summer, Tracy Banghart’s Grace and Fury is a must-read fantasy about fierce sisterhood, action, and political intrigue that has drawn comparisons to The Handmaid’s Tale.

Mark Oshiro – Anger is a Gift
Mark Oshiro is the creator of the online Mark Does Stuff universe (Mark Reads and Mark Watches), where he analyzes book and television series unspoiled. His first novel, Anger is a Gift, is a YA contemporary about queer friendship, love and fighting police brutality.

Presented in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit organization that promotes the importance of representation in children’s literature.

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

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

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