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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 of history Rachel Devlin, who will sign and discuss her new book, A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America's Schools!

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!

 

 

 

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

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

SF STL: Sabaa Tahir – A Reaper at the Gates

Tuesday, June 19, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with bestselling author Sabaa Tahir, who will sign and discuss the third book in the Ember Quartet, A Reaper at the Gates, with Setsu Uzumé!

Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger. Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister's life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies in stopping the Nightbringer. But in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her. And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender—even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.

“Tahir proves to be a master of suspense and a canny practitioner of the cliffhanger, riveting readers’ attention throughout….[An] action-packed, breathlessly paced story.” —Booklist, starred review

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

Setsu Uzumé is the host and assistant editor at PodCastle, and they are a member of Codex and SFWA. Setsu writes and occasionally narrates dark fantasy. Their work can be found at Podcastle, StarShipSofa, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Goodman Games, and Grimdark Magazine. While they have dabbled in many arts, only writing and martial arts seem to have stuck. Find Setsu on Twitter @KatanaPen.

 

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

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

Carey Gillam – Whitewash

Thursday, June 28, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes veteran journalist Carey Gillam, who will sign and discuss her new book, Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science!

Fifty-five years after Rachel Carson and Silent Spring awakened the world to the dangers of DDT and unchecked pesticide use, a new story illustrates how deeply we have failed to heed her warning. In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam lays bare disturbing details about the 40-year push to prominence of the world’s most popular pesticide: glyphosate, known commonly as Monsanto’s Roundup. The capstone of 20 years of meticulous reporting, Whitewash is an eerily familiar story of the dangerous consequences of putting corporate profits ahead of public safety, and Gillam is relentless in her search for truth—a champion for the health of our planet and ourselves, and a stalwart defender of the public’s right to know.

“Reads like a mystery novel..I am hopeful that Carey’s book will be a wake-up call for more transparency about the dangers surrounding many chemicals in the marketplace.” —Erin Brockovich

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Whitewash 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, June 28, 2018 - 7:00pm

Allison Coffelt – Maps Are Lines We Draw

Thursday, May 31, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes Columbia, MO author Allison Coffelt, who will sign and discuss her new book, Maps are Lines We Draw: A Road Trip through Haiti, with author & Maryville University professor J. Bowers!

After a decade of dreaming, Allison Coffelt arrived in Haiti, ready—she thought—"to learn how much she didn’t know" about the Caribbean nation. She embarked on a life-changing journey that would weave Haiti’s proud, tumultuous history and present reality into her life forever. Maps Are Lines We Draw explores the culture and natural beauty of the island as well as its discomfiting realities: the threat well-intentioned aid organizations can present to the local economy; the privilege that determines who gets to travel between a "here" and a distant "there" which is foreign and other; and the challenge of doing short-term good without creating long-lasting harm.

“Reflections that are steeped in humility like Ms. Coffelt’s are rare and should be required reading for people pursuing short-term work in countries like Haiti.”
—Joia Mukherjee

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Maps are Lines We Draw from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

J. Bowers lives in St. Louis, where she is an Assistant Professor of English at Maryville University. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her fiction has appeared in The Portland Review, StoryQuarterly, The Indiana Review, and other journals, in addition to being anthologized by Ashland Creek Press, Zoomorphic Press, and Sundress Publications. She was also the winner of The Laurel Review‘s 2014 Midwest Short Fiction Prize and the 2016 Winter Anthology Prize. In her free time, she thinks about the hungry ghosts of silent Hollywood while riding her little yellow pony through the woods.

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

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 7:00pm

Ben Rhodes – The World As It Is

Monday, June 18, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

From one of Barack Obama’s closest aides comes a revelatory behind-the-scenes account of his presidency—and how idealism can confront harsh reality and still survive. For nearly 10 years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration—first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Briefing, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now he tells the full story of his partnership—and, ultimately, friendship—with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States.

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

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 7:00pm

Celebrity Storytime with Daniel Wiseman – Play This Book & Pet This Book

Satuday, June 2, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Daniel Wiseman, Play This Book, Pet This BookLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis illustrator Daniel Wiseman for a Celebrity Storytime reading of his new picture books, Play This Book and Pet This Book!

Play This Book is a delightful, interactive picture book that invites readers to explore instruments in an exciting, playful reading experience! Little readers are encouraged to strum the guitar, slide the trombone, crash the cymbals, and more—no instruments required! Each spread focuses on a different musical instrument, and readers can "play" each one by tapping and turning the book.

Pet This Book is a delightful, interactive book that invites readers to care for and "pet" animals in an exciting, playful reading experience! This rhyming, onomatopoeic text is full of fun! Little readers are invited to pet the cat, wash the puppy, brush the horse's mane, and more—no animals required! Each engaging spread focuses on an animal readers can care for by tapping, stroking, or turning the book. 

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

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10:30am

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