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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. 
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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

Celebrity Storytime with Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer - The Cloud Lasso

Saturday, November 9, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer, The Cloud LassoLeft Bank Books welcomes local poet and author Stephanie Schlaifer, who will sign and discuss her debut children's book, The Cloud Lasso.

Delilah learns to lasso all the clouds out of the sky as she navigates her feelings of sadness and isolation after her grandfather dies. Big gloomy clouds have hung over Delilah’s head and heart since her beloved grandfather died. But remembering an old trick he taught her on the farm, she lassos all the clouds out of the sky as she navigates her feelings of sadness and isolation. The Cloud Lasso is a poetic meditation on loss, memory, and paying homage to those we’ve lost.

Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer is a poet and installation artist in St. Louis. She is the author of Cleavemark (BOAAT Press, 2016), and has an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She frequently collaborates with other artists, most recently with Cheryl Wassenaar on the installation "The Cabinet of Ordinary Affairs" at the Des Lee Gallery. The Cloud Lasso is her first children's book. She lives in St. Louis

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

Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:30am

Left Bank Books Presents: Susannah Cahalan - The Great Pretender

Tuesday, November 12, 7pm
.ZACK, 3224 Locust

susannah cahalan, the great pretenderLeft Bank Books presents best selling journalist and author of Brain On Fire, Susannah Cahalan, who will sign and discuss her new book investigating David Rosenahn's undercover legitimacy test of psychiatric asylums, The Great Pretender. Susannah Cahalan will be in conversation with Bill McClellan from the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

For centuries, doctors have struggled to define mental illness - how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what it is?  In search of an answer, in the 1970s a distinguished Stanford University psychologist named David Rosenhan organized a study where he and seven other people -- sane, normal, well-adjusted members of society -- went undercover and had themselves committed to asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry's labels. Forced to remain inside until they'd "proven" themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even more troubling stories of their treatment. Rosenhan's watershed study – “On Being Sane in Insane Places” -- broke open the field of psychiatry, helping to close down institutions and changing mental health diagnoses forever. But, as Cahalan's explosive new research shows, very little in this saga is exactly as it seems. What really happened behind those closed asylum doors, and what does it mean for our understanding of mental illness today?  In The Great Pretender, Cahalan investigates through interviews with David Rosenhan’s colleagues and peers, searches for the anonymous participants or “pseudo-patients,” uncovers new never-reported material and information, and ultimately unravels the mystery surrounding Rosenhan’s research by shedding new light for the first time on the findings reported in his landmark study.

"The Great Pretender is a tight, propulsive, true-life detective story which somehow also doubles as a sweeping history of our broken mental health-care system. Cahalan herself has experienced this system as both a patient and a reporter, and her background informs every fascinating page of this dogged investigative odyssey. It is an amazing achievement, and there is no question it will go down as the definitive account of one of the most influential psychology experiments of all time." — Luke Dittrich, New York Times bestselling author of Patient H.M.

 Since her bestselling memoir Brain on Fire, where she chronicles her own struggles with modern medicine after being misdiagnosed with a serious mental illness, author and journalist Susannah Cahalan has become a leading voice on the treatment of mental illness in America. Brain on Fire has sold over a million copies, spent 52 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was made into a feature film. 

Tickets are available here!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Books presents: Christopher Kimball - Milk Street: The New Rules

Tuesday, November 19, 7pm
.ZACK, 3224 Locust

Milk Street: new rules, Christopher Kimball

Left Bank Books proudly presents chef and founder of Christopher Kimball's Milk Street, Christopher Kimball himself! Christopher will discuss and sign his new book Milk Street: The New Rules.

Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street is changing the way America cooks for the better—with simpler techniques, fresher flavors, and trustworthy recipes that just work. The result is a growing fan base that loves how Milk Street makes cooking fun again. Now, Kimball returns with everyday recipes driven by powerful principles that will upgrade the way you cook. 

In MILK STREET: The New Rules, Kimball defines 75 new rules that will dramatically simplify your time in the kitchen and improve your results. These tips, tricks, and techniques appear in more than 200 recipes that teach you not only how to make your food more delicious and interesting, but precisely why each recipe works.

The New Rules is the perfect follow-up to 2018’s James Beard and IACP Award-winning Milk Street: Tuesday Nights. Here, you’ll learn how to rev up the flavor in bland supermarket tomatoes, create creamy textures without using dairy, tenderize tough greens, and incorporate yogurt into baked goods. You’ll also trade time-consuming marinades for brighter finishing sauces that only take a minute to produce. You’ll learn that braising meats with minimal liquid creates a more concentrated, richer flavor. And you’ll learn banish one-note flavors and textures to make every dish balanced and interesting—without any fuss.

Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street is located in downtown Boston—at 177 Milk Street—and is home to a cooking school, a bimonthly magazine, and public television and radio shows. This is Milk Street’s third book.

Tickets Available Here!


Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Books Presents: Kevin Wilson - Nothing to See Here

Friday, November 15, 7pm
The High Low, 3301 Washington

kevin wilson, Nothing to See HereLeft Bank Books presents New York Times-bestselling and award-winning author, Kevin Wilson, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Nothing to See Here.

Lillian and Madison were the unlikeliest of roommates at their elite boarding school: Madison, the daughter of a prominent Atlanta family, being groomed for greatness; Lillian, a scholarship student, plucked out of nowhere based solely on her intellect and athletic prowess. The two were as tight as could be, reveling in their unique weirdnesses, until Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly.

Years later, the two have lost touch, but Madison writes and begs Lillian for help. Her husband’s twin stepkids are moving in with them and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there’s a catch: the twins can spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a disturbing but beautiful way.

Disbelieving at first but ultimately too intrigued by these strange children, Lillian agrees. And as they hunker down in the pool house, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other—and stay cool—just as Madison’s family is bracing for a major announcement. It all seems impossible to manage, but Lillian soon accepts that she and the children need each other, urgently and fiercely.With a white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Kevin Wilson has written a most unusual story of deep parental love that proves to be his best book yet.

Kevin Wilson is the author of the novels The Family Fang, a New York Times bestseller adapted into an acclaimed film starring Nicole Kidman, and Perfect Little World; as well as the story collections Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, and Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine. He lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, with his wife and two sons.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Nothing To See Here 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.

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Books Presents: Lara Prescott - The Secrets We Kept

Thursday, November 14, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Lara Prescott, The Secrets We KeptLeft Bank Books is proud to welcome New York Times bestselling author, Lara Prescott, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The Secrets We Kept, a Reese Witherspoon book club pick.

A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice--inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago.
At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak's magnum opus make its way into print around the world. Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world--using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Irina is a complete novice, and under Sally's tutelage quickly learns how to blend in, make drops, and invisibly ferry classified documents.
The Secrets We Kept combines a legendary literary love story--the decades-long affair between Pasternak and his mistress and muse, Olga Ivinskaya, who was sent to the Gulag and inspired Zhivago's heroine, Lara--with a narrative about two women empowered to lead lives of extraordinary intrigue and risk. From Pasternak's country estate outside Moscow to the brutalities of the Gulag, from Washington, D.C. to Paris and Milan, The Secrets We Kept captures a watershed moment in the history of literature--told with soaring emotional intensity and captivating historical detail. And at the center of this unforgettable debut is the powerful belief that a piece of art can change the world.

Lara Prescott received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin. She was previously an animal protection advocate and a political campaign operative. Her stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Day One, and Tin House Flash Fridays. She won the 2016 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for the first chapter of The Secrets We Kept. She lives in Austin, Texas.


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

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Books Presents: Virginia Slachman - Blood in the Bluegrass

Monday, November 4, 7pm
Left Bank Books

virginia slachman, blood in the bluegrassLeft Bank Books presents award-winning author and St. Louis native, Virginia Slachman, who will sign and discuss her new book Blood in the Bluegrass.

Harper had put the past behind her. Or so she thought. Fleeing the flashy, high dollar world of Kentucky horse racing for NYC, she’d been content living the life of a successful painter. But escape isn’t an option after the accidental death of her sister sends her back to The Bluegrass, a horse racing world filled with drugs and corruption. As the body count rises at Eden Hill, Harper becomes convinced her sister’s death was no accident. Probing more deeply, Harper discovers Paris’ death is tied to a dark and deadly secret, one that’s killing her racehorses. Finding the reason behind her sister’s death and saving her family’s stud farm will take every ounce of Harper’s wit and courage. When seven skeletons are discovered on her property, and the barn with her best Kentucky Derby prospects is set on fire, Harper bears down to find the killer. The problem is, the culprit could be anyone: Is it JD, her childhood sweetheart, Marshall, their long-time trainer, or is it their nasty neighbor Red Cole, in partnership with her family for generations? Someone is on a killing spree, and though Harper doesn’t know why, she is sure of one thing—the murderer is someone she’s known and trusted her whole life.

Horsewoman and novelist Virginia Slachman, captures the essence of why devotees of Thoroughbred racing are so enraptured by the majesty, courage, and sensitivity of the animal. The author has crafted a fast-paced tale of mystery, highlighted by drugs, murder, love, and family, against a backdrop of Bluegrass traditions. Action packed from the get-go and filled with unique characters, the book is hard to put down as it races headlong at full speed to the finish line.

Virginia Slachman spent many years as an award-winning poet and college professor before launching into a career as a memoirist and novelist. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, she traveled to Los Angeles and then Aspen following college to discover life outside her Midwest roots. Poetry led to Ph.D. studies at the University of Cincinnati and a long, successful career in the college classroom teaching literature and writing.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Blood in the Bluegrass 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.

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Dapper Dan - Made in Harlem

Saturday, October 19, 12 pm
Washington University, Knight Hall Emerson Auditorium

Join the Saint Louis Fashion Fund for a very special Speaking of Fashion featuring the legendary Daniel “Dapper Dan” Day

Dapper Dan, Made In HarlemModerated by Tania Beasley-Jolly, Co-Founder, Saint Louis Fashion Fund

With his eponymous store on 125th Street, Dapper Dan pioneered streetwear in the early 1980s, co- opting luxury branding to design original garments with high-end detail. Known for using exquisite leathers, furs, and other fine materials, he first drew powerful New York City hustlers as clientele, who all came due to his strong street reputation as a legendary professional gambler and dandy. He then went on to outfit entertainers and other celebrities, including Eric B. & Rakim, LL Cool J, Salt-N-Pepa, Mike Tyson, Missy Elliott, JAY-Z, Aaliyah, P. Diddy, Floyd Mayweather, and many more. Dapper Dan has been featured on platforms including The New York Times, Elle, Vogue, W, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, CNN, and Netflix. His works have been on display at The Smithsonian, The Museum at FIT, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Museum of Modern Art.

There will be an opportunity on-site to purchase a copy of Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir and have it signed live by Dapper Dan following the event.

“Speaking of Fashion” is a series of talks featuring industry professionals in fashion and design. The series is hosted by Saint Louis Fashion Fund.

The event is presented by the Saint Louis Fashion Fund. It is free and open to the public. Contact 314.400.9300 for more information.

Generously supported by Urban League of St. Louis and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts/Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement & Institutional Diversity/The Academy for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion of Washington University-St. Louis

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 12:00pm

Liz Phair - Horror Stories

Wednesday, October 9, 8pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

liz phair, horror storiesSt. Louis County Library presents award winning musician, Liz Phair, who will sign and discuss her new memoir, Horror Stories.

When singer-songwriter Liz Phair shook things up with her ground-breaking musical debut, “Exile in Guyville”—making her as much a cultural figure as a feminist pioneer and rock star—her raw candor, uncompromising authenticity, and deft storytelling inspired a legion of critics, songwriters, musicians, and fans alike. Now, like a Gen X Patti Smith, the two-time Grammy award-winner reflects on the path she has taken in these piercing essays that reveal the indelible memories that have stayed with her.

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

Tickets Available Here!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 8:00pm


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