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Areva Martin - Awakening

Thursday, November 4, 7pm CT
St. Louis Public Radio Community Room
3651 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63108
In Person Event - Please Register Here
 
Left Bank Books & St. Louis Public Radio welcome St. Louis native, award-winning attorney, advocate, legal and social issues commentator, talk show host, and producer
Areva Martin,
who will discuss her new book 
Awakening: Ladies, Leadership, and the Lies We've Been Told,
in person at St. Louis Public Radio on November 4th at 7pm Central.
Martin will be in conversation with St. Louis Public Radio host of St. Louis On the Air
Sarah Fenske.
Please RSVP and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Books will also be available for sale at the event. Areva will be signing copies after the event.
If you are unable to make it to the in person event,
personalized copies are available to order through Left Bank Books online or over the phone.
 
Masks and proof of vaccination are required to attend this event. Vaccination cards or an electronic copy will be accepted.
 

About Awakening: Ladies, Leadership, and the Lies We've Been Told

Anyone who is looking to move forward in their career will gain insight and enjoy anecdotes from Areva Martin's Awakening, which calls out the lies told by a patriarchal society and calls in all people to work toward a more equitable one.

A SELF-HELP BOOK AND FEMINIST MANIFESTO ALL IN ONE - AWAKENING IS A CALL FOR ACTION AND GENDER EQUITY IN A POST-COVID WORLD.

Awakening goes beyond the idea that women should ask for a seat at the table. Areva Martin makes the case for women to tear down the building, build anew, and choose tables that make room for everyone.

Martin does this by exposing five lies told by society that have kept women held back for so long. By further exploring the problem and offering solutions that benefit all people, Awakening gives women in all careers a path toward a more equitable world. Pick up Awakening for your next book club, to gift to a new grad, or to show a woman in your life that you support their journey.

Uncover the lies we have been told and discover how we can move toward a more equitable world.

  • Areva Martin provides statistics and stories on how our current system works to keep women as the inferior sex and why it needs a complete overhaul. Case studies from real women at work demonstrate the barriers that hold women back and the conflicts that they face if they choose to start a family. Readers will explore "how we got here" and the movements, milestones, and men who have shaped where women stand in the workplace today. Martin zooms out to describe how expectations, norms, and culture need to change before equity can be achieved. Action items throughout the book offer small and quick exercises that become stepping stones to larger solutions.

The past decade has been a whirlwind of fighting for equity, seeing the consequences of small-scale strategies, and being pushed back by the COVID-19 pandemic. Areva Martin lays all of this out on the table and provides a map for pushing forward in the corporate jungle, nonprofit world, and society at large.

Grab your copy of Awakening today to expose the lies told by society and become leaders at work and home.

 

About our Speakers

A best-selling author, Areva Martin has dedicated her fourth book to helping women worldwide recognize, own and assert their limitless power.
Areva is the founder of Special Needs Network, Inc., California's premier autism advocacy organization. She has raised millions of dollars for autism, and has played a leadership role in advocating for state and federal laws to eliminate disparities in state funding for individuals with disabilities. Her extensive experience in community outreach and activism has positioned her to become one of the top female entrepreneurs of the 21st century. Those credentials, along with her humble beginnings in North St. Louis and passion for life as a mother, wife, and entrepreneur, make her uniquely qualified to speak on the current state of affairs regarding female leadership, and the need for an empowered female workforce.
A Harvard Law School graduate, Areva founded the Los Angeles based civil rights firm, Martin & Martin, LLP and the health technology company Butterflly Health, Inc.
 
Sarah Fenske joined St. Louis Public Radio as host of St. Louis on the Air in July 2019. Before that, she spent twenty years in newspapers, working as a reporter, columnist and editor in Cleveland, Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles and St. Louis.
She won the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for her work in Phoenix exposing corruption at the local housing authority. She also won numerous awards for column writing, including multiple first place wins from the Arizona Press Club, the Association of Women in Journalism (the Clarion Awards) and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
From 2015 to July 2019, Sarah was editor in chief of St. Louis' alt-weekly, the Riverfront Times. She and her husband, John, are raising their two young daughters and ill-behaved border terrier in Lafayette Square.
 
Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 7:00pm

Celeste Headlee - Speaking of Race

Thursday, November 11, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning journalist, professional speaker and the author of We Need To Talk
Celeste Headlee,
who will discuss her highly anticipated new book
Speaking of Race,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on November 11th.
Headlee will be in conversation with
TBA.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 

About Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk about Racism--And How to Do It

Boston Globe Most Anticipated Fall Book

In this urgently needed guide, the PBS host, award-winning journalist, and author of We Need to Talk teaches us how to have productive conversations about race, offering insights, advice, and support.

A self-described "light-skinned Black Jew," Celeste Headlee has been forced to speak about race--including having to defend or define her own--since childhood. In her career as a journalist for public media, she's made it a priority to talk about race proactively. She's discovered, however, that those exchanges have rarely been productive. While many people say they want to talk about race, the reality is, they want to talk about race with people who agree with them. The subject makes us uncomfortable; it's often not considered polite or appropriate. To avoid these painful discussions, we stay in our bubbles, reinforcing our own sense of righteousness as well as our division.

Yet we gain nothing by not engaging with those we disagree with; empathy does not develop in a vacuum and racism won't just fade away. If we are to effect meaningful change as a society, Headlee argues, we have to be able to talk about what that change looks like without fear of losing friends and jobs, or being ostracized. In Speaking of Race, Headlee draws from her experiences as a journalist, and the latest research on bias, communication, and neuroscience to provide practical advice and insight for talking about race that will facilitate better conversations that can actually bring us closer together.

This is the book for people who have tried to debate and educate and argue and got nowhere; it is the book for those who have stopped talking to a neighbor or dread Thanksgiving dinner. It is an essential and timely book for all of us.

"Celeste Headlee says we cannot go around, over, or under the subject of race in this country. We must go through it--and the way forward is to have conversations. This is simply the best book I've read on how to have those conversations. Unflinchingly honest, exceptionally well-reasoned and researched, there is so much to admire about Speaking of Race. But my very favorite element is the conversations in each chapter, excerpts from Celeste's interviews in which you can glimpse the perspective-changing power of dialogue." -- Angela Duckworth, founder and CEO of Character Lab and New York Times bestselling author of Grit

"This is what America needs: an evidence-based book on race that doesn't divide or polarize. Whether you've been avoiding conversations about race altogether or stumbling your way through them, Celeste Headlee is the ideal teacher. Her goal isn't to make you more comfortable--it's to make you more thoughtful."-- Adam Grant, number one New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

"Powerful and actionable. If you want a less racist world, you must read this excellent book--every page is packed with tools, inspiration, and insight."-- Dolly Chugh, author of The Person You Mean to Be

 

About our Speakers

Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist, professional speaker and the author of We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That Matter, and Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving. An expert in conversation, human nature, reclaiming our common humanity and finding well-being, Celeste frequently provides insight on what is good for all humans and what is bad for us, focusing on the best research in neuro and social science to increase understanding of how we relate with one another and can work together in beneficial ways in our workplaces, neighborhoods, communities and homes. She is a regular guest host on NPR and American Public Media and a highly sought consultant, advising companies around the world on conversations about race, diversity and inclusion. Her TEDx Talk sharing 10 ways to have a better conversation has over 23 million total views, and she serves as an advisory board member for ProCon.org and The Listen First Project. Celeste is the recipient of the 2019 Media Changemaker Award. She is the proud granddaughter of composer William Grant Still, the Dean of African American Composers.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 7:00pm

Joy Williams Reading and Celebration - Harrow

Thursday, October 14, 4pm CT
In person at Graham Chapel - Washington University & online
Register for the in person or virtual event here
For the virtual event visit this page on the event date to join
Pre-registration, completing a self-screening, and wearing a mask at all times, are required for all in-person attendees.
 
Washington University in St. Louis & Left Bank Books welcomes acclaimed & award winning author
Joy Williams,
who will discuss her new book
Harrow,
at 4pm CT on October 14th.
This event will be in person and also available to watch online.
Register for the in person event or register for the online event here.
Join us on and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Left Bank Books will be on site to sell signed copies at this event.
If you are unable to attend and would like a signed copy, you can order online from Left Bank Books.
 
 

The Washington University Libraries and English Department are hosting legendary writer Joy Williams for a special reading and conversation. Williams’ first novel in 20 years, Harrow, will be released on September 14. The exhibition “Joy Williams: Honored Guest”, featuring materials from the Joy Williams Papers, is on display in John M. Olin Library, with a digital version also available.

This event is taking place in Graham Chapel, and will also be live-streamed and recorded for virtual viewing. Pre-registration, completing a self-screening, and wearing a mask at all times, are required for all in-person attendees. Doors will open at 3:30pm. Virtual attendees are encouraged to register as well to receive a reminder and link to the livestream to your inbox.

Public Health Details

As noted above, all in-person attendees must adhere to all of Washington University’s public health requirements, including the latest events and meetings protocolAll guests will be required to show a successful self-screening result and wear a mask at all times to attend the event.

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About Harrow

In her first novel since The Quick and the Dead (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), the legendary writer takes us into an uncertain landscape after an environmental apocalypse, a world in which only the man-made has value, but some still wish to salvage the authentic.

She practices . . . camouflage, except that instead of adapting to its environment, Williams's imagination, by remaining true to itself, reveals new colorations in the ecology around her." --A.O. Scott, The New York Times Book Review

Khristen is a teenager who, her mother believes, was marked by greatness as a baby when she died for a moment and then came back to life. After Khristen's failing boarding school for gifted teens closes its doors, and she finds that her mother has disappeared, she ranges across the dead landscape and washes up at a "resort" on the shores of a mysterious, putrid lake the elderly residents there call "Big Girl."

In a rotting honeycomb of rooms, these old ones plot actions to punish corporations and people they consider culpable in the destruction of the final scraps of nature's beauty. What will Khristen and Jeffrey, the precocious ten-year-old boy she meets there, learn from this "gabby seditious lot, in the worst of health but with kamikaze hearts, an army of the aged and ill, determined to refresh, through crackpot violence, a plundered earth"?

Rivetingly strange and beautiful, and delivered with Williams's searing, deadpan wit, Harrow is their intertwined tale of paradise lost and of their reasons--against all reasonableness--to try and recover something of it.

"A magnificent and moving novel [that excavates] the middle distance between silence and experience . . . Harrow is a piece of writing in the vein of Samuel Beckett or Franz Kafka, its humor weaponized by rage." --David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times

"Harrow belongs at the front of the pack of recent climate fiction . . . A crabby, craggy, comfortless, arid, erudite, obtuse, perfect novel, a singular entry in a singular body of work by an artist of uncompromised originality and vision . . . To read this novel is to know and to be known (Galatians 4:9) by a profound and comfortless alterity, to encounter the cosmic otherness at the very core of the self. What else do you want me to tell you? As I've said, it's also funny. I really did laugh a lot. Five stars." --Justin Taylor, Bookforum

"Death-haunted and perfectly indescribable fiction . . . To read Williams is to look into the abyss . . . [She] remains our great prophet of nothingness." --Anthony Domestico, The Atlantic

"The ridiculous, pigheaded, bemused, endlessly distracted and continuously self-sabotaging state of the future is the subject of this wonderfully goading satire . . . A blackly comic portrait of futility . . . This is sarcasm of a high, artistic order, reminiscent of no one quite so much as William Gaddis." -- Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

"Elegantly deranged . . . A hypnotizing novel, funny in places and chilling in others, filled with wacky and tragic characters, that unspools the absurdity in just one of our many very possible bad futures." -- Emily Temple, Literary Hub

 

 

JOY WILLIAMS is the author of four previous novels--including The Quick and the Dead, a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize--and four collections of stories, as well as Ill Nature, a book of essays that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Among her many honors are the Rea Award for the Short Story and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was elected to the Academy in 2008. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Laramie, Wyoming.

Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 4:00pm

Gene Kwak with Alex Higley & Lindsay Hunter - Go Home, Ricky!

Wednesday, November 3, 7:30pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes debut author
Gene Kwak,
who will discuss his highly anticipated new novel
Go Home, Ricky!,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7:30pm CT on November 3rd.
Kwak will be in conversation with acclaimed authors
Alex Higley & Lindsay Hunter.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 

 

About Go Home, Ricky!

From a rising literary star comes a fresh, satirical novel about masculinity and tenderness, fatherhood and motherhood, set in the world of semi-professional wrestling

After seven years on the semi-pro wrestling circuit, Ricky Twohatchet, a.k.a. Richard Powell, needs one last match before he gets called up to the big leagues. Unlike some wrestlers who only play the stereotype, Ricky believes he comes by his persona honestly--he's half white and half Native American--even if he's never met his father. But the night of the match in Omaha, Nebraska, something askew in their intricate choreography sets him on a course for disaster. He finishes with a neck injury that leaves him in a restrictive brace and a video already going viral: him spewing profanities at his ex-partner, Johnny America. Injury aside, he's out of the league.

Without a routine or identity, Ricky spirals downward, finally setting off to learn about his father, and what he finds will explode everything he knows about who he is--as a man, a friend, a son, a partner, and a wrestler. Go Home, Ricky! is a sometimes-witty, sometimes-heart-wrenching, but always gripping look into the complexities of identity.

"Gene Kwak is a force to be reckoned with. I'm astonished by the way he poses questions of masculinity and racial identity with such a deftness that they appear both subtle and urgent at once. I cannot wait for this novel to find its readers." --Jac Jemc, author of The Grip of It and False Bingo

"Go Home, Ricky! is a rambunctious and constantly surprising novel about wrestling, absent fathers and father figures, and the personas we'll wear on the way to figuring out who we really are. Kwak's sly, big-hearted novel resists easy answers, making Ricky's odyssey all the more satisfying and true." --Gabe Habash, author of Stephen Florida

"Gene Kwak is an enormously talented young writer who has a way of untangling race and masculinity with a lot more humor and originality than any of his contemporaries. Go Home, Ricky! has stayed with me. I can't forget its rhythm and energy." --Catherine Lacey, author of Pew and Certain American States

Rumpus Book Club selection for the month of October

 

About our Speakers

Gene Kwak has published fiction and nonfiction both in print and online in the The Los Angeles Review of BooksThe RumpusWigleafRedividerHobartElectric Literature, and in the flash anthology Forward: 21st Century Flash Fiction. He teaches at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Go Home, Ricky! is his debut novel.

Alex Higley is the author of the story collection Cardinal, nominated for the PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the novel Old Open. He co-hosts the I’m a Writer But podcast with Lindsay Hunter. He lives in Illinois.

Lindsay Hunter is the author of four books, most recently the novel Eat Only When You’re Hungry. She lives in Chicago with her family.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 7:30pm

Shayda Kafai with adrienne maree brown - Crip Kinship

Wednesday, November 10, 6pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona,
Shayda Kafai,
who will discuss the book "we need right now," 
Crip Kinship: The Disability Justice & Art Activism of Sins Invalid,
on our Facebook Live Page at 6pm CT on November 10th.
Kafai will be in conversation with bestselling author of Pleasure Activism and Emergent Strategy,
adrienne maree brown.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
This event will have live ASL interpretation.
 

About Crip Kinship: The Disability Justice & Art Activism of Sins Invalid

In recent years, disability activism has come into its own as a vital and necessary means to acknowledge the power and resilience of the disabled community, and to call out ableist culture wherever it appears.

Crip Kinship explores the art-activism of Sins Invalid, a San Francisco Bay Area-based performance project, and its radical imaginings of what disabled, queer, trans, and gender nonconforming bodyminds of color can do: how they can rewrite oppression, and how they can gift us with transformational lessons for our collective survival.

Grounded in their Disability Justice framework, Crip Kinship investigates the revolutionary survival teachings that disabled, queer of color community offers to all our bodyminds. From their focus on crip beauty and sexuality to manifesting digital kinship networks and crip-centric liberated zones, Sins Invalid empowers and moves us toward generating our collective liberation from our bodyminds outward.

"As a longtime admirer of Sins Invalid, I am grateful for Shayda Kafai's Crip Kinship: The Disability Art Activism of Sins Invalid. Crip wisdom and disability justice is what we need right now. Dreams, creativity, care ... all of these things are activism. The world can be better if we honor our bodyminds and move forward together. A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the difference between disability justice and disability rights." --Alice Wong, editor, Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century

"As a scholar of belonging, it has taken me so long to let my own disabled bodymind belong - to feel the holy connective power in my pain, the ways I need help, my healing story - and to let myself belong in community as I truly am. Sins Invalid opened a portal that so many of the people who have taught me to live fully into the wholeness of my present have both held wide and come thru. This book invites a new generation through that portal of disability justice, to feel the powerful nature of us in our miraculous biodiversity and symbiosis, the love ethic in practice, the creative reclamation of our dignity, and the future that will unfold from our orgasmic yes. Shayda Kafai, in weaving this story, takes a place in the lineage of crip doulas who help us understand we are whole, and different, and perfect." --adrienne maree brown, author of Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good

 

About our Speakers

Shayda Kafai is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. As a queer, Mad, femme of color, she commits to enacting the many ways we can reclaim our bodyminds from intersecting systems of oppression. She lives in Pomona, California with her wife, Amy.

adrienne maree brown is the author of Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Meditation, We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is the cohost of the How to Survive the End of the WorldOctavia’s Parables and Emergent Strategy podcasts. adrienne is rooted in Detroit.

adrienne maree brown's photo by anjali pinto.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

This event will have live ASL interpretation.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 6:00pm

Ron Clements - Roadtrip America A Sports Fan's Guide to Route 66

Friday, October 29, 6pm CT
Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
In Person Event - Please Register Here
 
Left Bank Books welcomes sport's fan & author
Ron Clements,
who will discuss his new book 
Roadtrip America a Sports Fan's Guide to Route 66,
in person at Left Bank Books on October 29th at 6pm Central.
Clements will sign books and chat with fellow sport's fans.
Please RSVP here and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Books will also be available for sale at the event. Ron will be signing copies during the meet and greet event.
If you are unable to make it to the in person event,
personalized copies are available to order through Left Bank Books online or over the phone.
 
MASKS and PROOF OF VACCINATION will be required to attend this event.
 

About Roadtrip America a Sports Fan's Guide to Route 66

Get Your Balls, Bats, and Sticks on Route 66!

Immortalized in countless books, songs, and movies, Route 66 is a timeless icon of American culture. Until now, however, no guide to this historic byway has focused on another beloved part of American culture: sports. That all changes with RoadTrip America A Sports Fan's Guide to Route 66. In this groundbreaking new book, sports writer and lifelong sports fan Ron Clements goes beyond nostalgic buildings and classic cars to highlight historic sports venues, storied sports professionals, and current sports events along the Mother Road.

Rolling west from Chicago to Santa Monica, the author shares inside information about the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB teams based in the cites and towns along Route 66. In addition, enjoy anecdotes gathered from auto and horse racing tracks, rodeo arenas, golf links, and the magnificent lineup of high school and collegiate sports programs to check out along the way.

The book has more than 300 photos and maps showing the various attractions in each of the eight states covered: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. And because no book about the Mother Road would be complete without it, there's plenty of info about the iconic roadside attractions that have entertained and enthralled travelers for the past century.

Illinois

Rolling 301 miles through Illinois, Route 66 is dotted with small towns that embrace their Mother Road heritage. In addition to NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB teams, you'll find auto and horse racing tracks and a magnificent lineup of high school and collegiate sports programs to check out along the way.

Missouri

The Missouri stretch of Route 66 has a little bit of everything for sports fans. Professional teams, a pair of NCAA Division I universities, multiple D-II schools, elite high school teams, and a handful of golf courses are just the beginning.

 

A Sports Fan's Guide to Route 66 is a joyful who's who of where's where; a guidebook to seeing all the sports landmarks you'd never thought to see. It's pure fun." --Jeff Pearlman, New York Times, best-selling author of nine books including Boys Will Be Boys, The Sweetness, The Gunslinger, Love Me, Hate Me and The Bad Guys Won.
Best New Books of 2021: A delightful tribute to America's most prized byway. Color illustrations take you on one heck of a trip to sports venues, restaurants, and historic landmarks" --Men's Journal
The book is something to keep in the car for reference -- a personalized handbook that can deliver more than what you could find with even the best of Google searches." --Nickolaus Hines, Matador Network
The ultimate Road Trip book for sports. --Russ Cohen, Sportsology.com

 

Ron Clements is a Wisconsin native and Green Bay Packers fan who married a Chicago Bears fan from Peoria, Illinois. Despite the rivalry, Ron and Patti make it work and have been living fulltime in an RV since March, 2018. They travel the country in search of new adventures and love attending baseball games and exploring national parks. They visited all 30 MLB stadiums in 2018 and have taken their RV to each of the lower 48 states. Ron is a veteran journalist of more than two decades and a summa cum laude graduate of East Carolina University, which he attended following his service in the United States Marine Corps. Ron has written for USA TodaySporting NewsCBS Sports, the Pittsburgh Post-GazetteOmaha World HeraldThe Philadelphia InquirerThe Fresno Bee, the Montgomery Advertiser, and many other media outlets. Ron and Patti have two adult sons, RJ and David, and a four-legged travel companion named Maverick. While Ron's home base is in Florida, he is on the road in his RV twelve months a year.

Friday, October 29, 2021 - 6:00pm

Bartow Elmore - Seed Money

Wednesday, October 20, 7pm CT
St. Louis Public Radio Community Room
3651 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63108
In Person Event - Please Register Here
 
Left Bank Books & St. Louis Public Radio welcome J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award and a New America fellowship author
Bartow Elmore,
who will discuss his new book 
Seed Money: Monsanto's Past and Our Food Future,
in person at St. Louis Public Radio on October 20th at 7pm Central.
Elmore will be in conversation with St. Louis Public Radio Economic Devolopment Reporter
Corinne Ruff.
Please RSVP and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Books will also be available for sale at the event. Bart will be signing copies after the event.
If you are unable to make it to the in person event,
personalized copies are available to order through Left Bank Books online or over the phone.
 

About Seed Money: Monsanto's Past and Our Food Future

Monsanto, a St. Louis chemical firm that became the world's largest maker of genetically engineered seeds, merged with German pharma-biotech giant Bayer in 2018--but its Roundup Ready(R) seeds, introduced twenty-five years ago, are still reshaping the farms that feed us.

When researchers found trace amounts of the firm's blockbuster herbicide in breakfast cereal bowls, Monsanto faced public outcry. Award-winning historian Bartow J. Elmore shows how the Roundup story is just one of the troubling threads of Monsanto's past, many told here and woven together for the first time.

A company employee sitting on potentially explosive information who weighs risking everything to tell his story. A town whose residents are urged to avoid their basements because Monsanto's radioactive waste laces their homes' foundations. Factory workers who peel off layers of their skin before accepting cash bonuses to continue dirty jobs. An executive wrestling with the ethics of selling a profitable product he knew was toxic.

Incorporating global fieldwork, interviews with company employees, and untapped corporate and government records, Elmore traces Monsanto's astounding evolution from a scrappy chemical startup to a global agribusiness powerhouse. Monsanto used seed money derived from toxic products--including PCBs and Agent Orange--to build an agricultural empire, promising endless bounty through its genetically engineered technology.

Skyrocketing sales of Monsanto's new Roundup Ready system stunned even those in the seed trade, who marveled at the influx of cash and lavish incentives into their sleepy sector. But as new data emerges about the Roundup system, and as Bayer faces a tide of lawsuits over Monsanto products past and present, Elmore's urgent history shows how our food future is still very much tethered to the company's chemical past.

"If you want to know just how Monsanto became so reviled by the sustainable food movement, this gripping tale of greed and corporate power tells all."--Mark Bittman, author of Animal, Vegetable, Junk

"I expect this will become the book on Monsanto."--Edmund Russell, President, American Society for Environmental History

"A timely, powerful, and totally engrossing book. Through stories of farmers, chemists, entrepreneurs, workers, patients, lawyers, and judges, Elmore recounts a devastating history of how chemicals have seeped into almost every cranny of the national and global food supply. We will not fix our health until we fix our food; fixing our food, as this book makes clear, is a tale of politics and power."--Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America

 

About our Speakers

Bartow J. Elmore teaches environmental and business history at The Ohio State University. For Seed Money, he received the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award and a New America fellowship. He lives with his family in Columbus, Ohio.

Corinne Ruff joined St. Louis Public Radio as the economic development reporter in April, 2019. She grew up among the cornfields in Northern Illinois and later earned degrees in Journalism and French at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has since reported at the international, national and local level on business, education and social justice issues.
Her written work has appeared in a variety of publications including: Retail Dive, The Chronicle of Higher Education, U.S. News & World Report, C-U Citizen Access and The News-Gazette. Before moving to St. Louis to join the public radio family, she worked in Washington D.C. for more than three years. There, she founded the business podcast Conversational Commerce and co-hosted a weekly show on the public radio station WPFW about the intersection of higher education and social justice. When she’s not on the hunt for a good story, you can find her scoping out the local music scene and looking for good eats that don't involve whatever Provel "cheese" is.
 
 

 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 7:00pm

LBB Celebrity Storytime: Ann Ingalls - 12 Little Elves Visit Missouri

Saturday, November 13, 10:30am CT
Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
 
Left Bank Books is excited to present an in person Celebrity Storytime!
We welcome Missouri children's author
Ann Ingalls
who will read aloud and talk about how she made her new picture book
and lead us through a fun holiday activity at Left Bank Books at 10:30am CT on November 13th.
Join us in person and order copies of Ann's books
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 

 

 

About 12 Little Elves Visit Missouri

'Twas Christmas in Missouri,
and 12 elves were sent
to see who was sleeping . . .
Away the elves went!

Twelve charming elves travel throughout Missouri to see who is still awake before Santa comes. Along the way, they visit iconic landmarks and curiosities, all bedecked in holly and holiday fun. From Kansas City Plaza to the Promised Land Zoo to Kister Park and more, these little elves take in the lights at the Missouri Botanical Garden Glow, race down the cobblestone streets of St. Charles, watch a show in Branson, and ride carriages in Sainte Genevieve. Their last stop? Your home, of course. Jump in bed!

 

About our Speaker

Ann Ingalls is an award-winning author of nonfiction and fiction. She has written fifty books for young readers.

 

Protective masks are required to enter the store for ages 2+.

Unable to make the event? Order signed copies to be mailed anywhere in the country.

Saturday, November 13, 2021 - 10:30am

Tony Pecinovsky - Cancer of Colonialism

Tuesday, October 26, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes journalist, activist, and politician from St. Louis, Missouri and President of the Saint Louis Workers' Education Society
Tony Pecinovsky,
who will discuss his new book, 
Cancer of Colonialism,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on October 26th.
Pecinovsky will be in conversation with 
Dr. Gerald Horne.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
Cancer of Colonialism
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Please call 314-367-6731 or email orders@left-bank.com to order copies of Cancer of Colonialism.
 

About Cancer of Colonialism

From July 1944 to January 1946, Alphaeus Hunton wrote regularly for the Communist Party, USA's newspaper, the Daily Worker. Collected here for the first time are Hunton's Daily Worker columns. They provide a glimpse into Hunton's Marxist worldview and are important resources for scholars and general readers interested in the evolution of 20th century resistance to Jim Crow and colonial subjugation. Included in this volume is a Foreword by Vijay Prashad and an Introduction by Tony Pecinovsky, as well as a short biography of Hunton enabling readers to better grasp his contributions as an early intellectual and organizational architect of the long struggle for equality and liberation.

 

In bringing together Alphaeus Hunton's Daily Worker columns, Pecinovsky provides invaluable insight into the political thought of one of the most important radical Black activist-scholars of the 20th century. The Cancer of Colonialism is second only to Dorothy Hunton's Alphaeus Hunton: The Unsung Valiant in excavating the paramountcy of this towering figure in the struggle for Black liberation and socialism. - Charisse Burden-Stelly, co-author, with Gerald Horne, of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History

Alphaeus Hunton was one of the most prolific and active radical activists of the 20th century Black Freedom Struggle. Unfortunately, few know his name. Pecinovsky's book is an important study into Hunton's journalism, ideas, and activism and offers insight into his radical views in his own words. - Denise M. Lynn, author of Where Is Juliet Stuart Poyntz? Gender, Spycraft, and Anti-Stalinism in the Early Cold War and vice president of the Historians of American Communism

Alphaeus Hunton was truly the "Unsung Valiant" for a good deal of the 20th century. The Cancer of Colonialism reminds us of what we lost when Hunton's brilliant insights were marginalized by his most strident foes. - Gerald Horne, author of The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, and Capitalism in the 17th Century North America and the Caribbean

 
About our Speakers
Tony Pecinovsky is the author of "Let Them Tremble: Biographical Interventions Marking 100 Years of the Communist Party, USA" and author/editor of "Faith In The Masses: Essays Celebrating 100 Years of the Communist Party, USA." His forthcoming book is titled "The Cancer of Colonialism: W. Alphaeus Hunton, Black Liberation, and the Daily Worker, 1944-1946." Pecinovsky has appeared on C-SPAN’s "Book TV" and speaks regularly on college and university campuses across the country.
 
Dr. Gerald Horne holds the Moores Professorship of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston. His research has addressed issues of racism in a variety of relations involving labor, politics, civil rights, international relations and war. Dr. Horne received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from Princeton University. He is the author of over 30 books, including The Dawning of the Apocalypse: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century winner of the 2021 American Book Award, awarded by the Before Columbus Foundation.
 
All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.
 
Please call 314-367-6731 or email orders@left-bank.com to order copies of Cancer of Colonialism.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 7:00pm

LBB Virtual Celebrity Storytime: Donna Washington - Boo Stew

Saturday, October 16, 11am CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books is excited to present another Virtual Celebrity Storytime!
We welcome Award-winning storyteller
Donna L. Washington
who will read aloud and talk about how she made her new picture book, 
Boo Stew, 
on Facebook Live at 11am CT on October 16th.
Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of 
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
 
 
About Boo Stew

Award-winning storyteller Donna L. Washington has cooked up a delightfully spooky fractured fairy tale with a diverse cast of characters and an imaginative twist on the classic "Goldilocks."

Curly Locks is a good-hearted girl, but she's an awful cook. All the townspeople of Toadsuck Swamp know to steer clear of her culinary concoctions--like the batwing brownies and toad eye toffees. So when one of her dishes goes missin' from her windowsill, word spreads like a kerosene fire about how the Scares have been terrorizin' the town at mealtime. They shriek "Gitchey Boo, Gitchey Bon! Gitchey Goo, Gitchey Gone!" and send folk runnin' from their dinner plates.

With everyone else tremblin' and squawkin' about the Scares, Curly Locks gets an inklin'. Can she use her smarts and unique talents to help corral those Scares for good?

Internationally known, award-winning storyteller Donna L. Washington uses her tremendous skill to breathe new life into the classic Goldilocks tale. Her clever, can-do protagonist and joyful language paired with Jeffrey Ebbeler's charming, imaginative illustrations will tempt readers into a ghostly, yet enchanting landscape that they won't want to leave!

 

 

Will Curly Locks find anyone who appreciates her cooking? Unlike most residents of Toadsuck, Curly Locks doesn't mind the Scares, shadowlike creatures who inhabit the swamp. They keep to themselves, other than their "hootin' and hollerin'," which can annoy folks at night. Curly Locks only cares about cooking. But for some reason, people aren't interested in her batwing brownies, cat-hair cupcakes, or toad-eye toffees. One day, the mayor is enjoying his breakfast when a little Scare plants itself in the middle of his plate. The mayor flees, and a succession of townspeople comes to help only to be chased off by even bigger Scares. When Curly Locks hears of the kerfuffle, she wonders if anyone has tried cooking for the Scares. She saunters up to the mayor's house with her possum grease and toadstools and heads to the kitchen. With a promise of her famous Boo Stew and a calm demeanor, she gets the Scares to clean up their mess before sitting down for a meal, striking a historic deal with them that benefits the whole town and gives her someone to cook for. Curly Locks is a plucky Black girl among a multiracial cast of characters whose country accents enhance the story's setting. The inky, blotchy Scares are pretty scary, and Curly Locks' food is stomach-turning, hilarious for lovers of gross humor. This fairy-tale-style story is a standout pleaser for the right crowd, with a year-round shelf life. (Picture book. 4-8) COPYRIGHT(2021) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

About our Speaker

Donna L. Washington is a professional storyteller, multiple-award-winning recording artist, and author. She performs all over the country at festivals, schools, and libraries and gives workshops for parents and educators as well. Her many storytelling recordings have received Gold and Silver Parents' Choice Awards, Storytelling World Awards, iParenting Awards, Children's Music Web Awards, National Parenting Publications Awards Honors, and other awards. She lives in North Carolina.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 11:00am

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