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Left Bank Books Presents: Meaghan Winter - All Politics is Local

Tuesday, October 1, 7pm
Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Rd

meaghan winter, all politics is localLeft Bank Books presents journalist Meaghan Winter who will sign and discuss her new book All Politics Is Local.

Democrats have largely ceded control of state governments to the GOP, allowing them to rig our political system and undermine democracy itself. Now, we must do the work to repair it. After the 2016 election, Republicans had their largest majority in the states since 1928, controlling legislative chambers in thirty-two states and governor offices in thirty-three. They also held both chambers of the Congress and the presidency despite losing the popular vote. What happened?  Meaghan Winter argues that the Democratic Party and left-leaning political establishment have spent the past several decades betting it all on the very risky and increasingly foolhardy strategy of abandoning the states to focus on federal races. For the American public, the fallout has been catastrophic. At the behest of their corporate patrons, Republican lawmakers have diminished employee protections and healthcare access and thwarted action on climate change. Abortion rights, gun reform, and voting rights are also imperiled. In states across the country, progressive activists and candidates are fighting massive Republican power. Taking us to three key battlegrounds--in Missouri, Florida, and Colorado--Winter reveals that robust state and local politics are the lifeblood of democracy and the only lasting building block of political power.

Meaghan Winter is a freelance journalist who has written features for New York, Bloomberg Businessweek, Cosmopolitan, Slate, and Fusion. She has reported long-form projects in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. Since 2012, Winter has been a regular contributor to New York's The Cut. She has an MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Dean's Fellow. She has taught writing at Columbia, The New School and The City University of New York. Winter was a finalist for a 2016 National Magazine Award in public interest writing, and her work is included in the 2016 edition of The Best Magazine Writing. She lives in Brooklyn.

"The fight for control of state governments is the biggest sleeper issue in American politics right now and that story is told brilliantly in Meaghan Winter's new book. From extreme abortion bans to undermining gun control to gutting unions, Winter compellingly shows how democracy is being subverted in the states, and how Democrats and progressives can fight back."—---Ari Berman, senior reporter at Mother Jones and author of Give Us the Ballot

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of All Politics is Local from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

River Styx Reading Series - Meagan Cass & Lee Ann Roripaugh

Monday, September 16, 7pm
Sophie's Artist Lounge & Cocktail Club, 3224 Locust Street

River Styx cultivates the literary arts in St. Louis and beyond through its magazine and community programs.The River Styx Reading Series is their main recurring event during the fall, winter, and spring, in which they invite both local and national acclaimed writers to read their work for a St. Louis audience.

River Styx, Megan Cass, Lee Ann RoripaughMeagan Cass' first full-length collection, ActivAmerica, won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, judged by Claire Vaye Watkins and was published by UNT Press. She is author of the chapbook Range of Motion(Magic Helicopter Press) and her stories have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry ReviewDIAGRAMJoylandThe Pinch, andPuerto del Sol, among other places. She teaches creative writing and publishing at University of Illinois Springfield and serves as an assistant editor for Sundress Publications, where she is co-managing editor of Craft Chaps. She lives in St. Louis. 

Lee Ann Roripaughis the author of five volumes of poetry: tsunami vs. the fukushima 50(Milkweed Editions, 2019), Dandarians(Milkweed, Editions, 2014), On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year(Southern Illinois University Press, 2009), Year of the Snake(Southern Illinois University Press, 2004), and Beyond Heart Mountain(Penguin, 1999). She was named winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry/Prose for 2004, and a 1998 winner of the National Poetry Series. The current South Dakota State Poet Laureate, Roripaugh is a Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as Director of Creative Writing and Editor-in-Chief of South Dakota Review.

Readings start at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. $5 general admission. $4 students and seniors. This event is presented by River Styx. For more information, please visit

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Amy Stewart - Kopp Sisters on the March

Sunday, September 29, 4pm
The High Low, 3301 Washington

Amy Stewart, Kopp sisters on the marchLeft Bank Books welcomes New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Kopp Sisters series, Amy Stewart, who will sign and discuss her most recenet addition to the series, Kopp Sisters on the March. 

In the fifth installment of Amy Stewart’s clever and original Kopp Sisters series, the sisters learn some military discipline—whether they’re ready or not—as the U.S. prepares to enter World War I. It’s the spring of 1917 and change is in the air. American women have done something remarkable: they’ve banded together to create military-style training camps for women who want to serve. These so-called National Service Schools prove irresistible to the Kopp sisters, who leave their farm in New Jersey to join up. When an accident befalls the matron, Constance reluctantly agrees to oversee the camp—much to the alarm of the Kopps’ tent-mate, the real-life Beulah Binford, who is seeking refuge from her own scandalous past under the cover of a false identity. Will she be denied a second chance? And after notoriety, can a woman’s life ever be her own again?

In Kopp Sisters on the March, the women of Camp Chevy Chase face down the skepticism of the War Department, the double standards of a scornful public, and the very real perils of war. Once again, Amy Stewart has brilliantly brought a little-known moment in history to light with her fearless and funny Kopp sisters novels

Amy Stewart is the New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Kopp Sisters series, which began with Girl Waits with Gun. Her six nonfiction books include The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants. She and her husband own a bookstore called Eureka Books. She lives in Portland, Oregon. For book club resources, Skype chats, and more, visit


Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 4:00pm

Gabby Rivera - Juliet Takes A Breath

Wednesday, September 25, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Gabby Rivera, Juliet Takes A BreathLeft Bank Books presents queer Latinx author and comic writer Gabby Rivera who will sign and discuss her book Juliet Takes a Breath in conversation with St. Louis illustrator Christina "Steenz" Stewart. 

A candid, feminist, queer, coming-of-age story, Juliet Takes A Breath centers around the main character, Juliet, a closeted Puerto Rican teenager from the Bronx interning for a white feminist professor in Portland. In a summer bursting with queer brown dance parties, a sexy fling with a motorcycling librarian, and intense explorations of race and identity, Juliet learns what it means to come out—to the world, to her family, to herself.

“Dazzling, funny as hell, poignant, all the things.”—Roxane Gay, author of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Author Gabby Rivera is a self-described Bronx-born queer Latinx babe on a mission to create the wildest, most fun stories ever! Gabby is an absolute star – she is the first Latina to write for Marvel comics and her incredible TED Talk has been viewed over 1 million times!

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Juliet Takes A Breath from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 
Click here to pre-order your copy!

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


Steenz is an illustrator from St. Louis, MO. According to her mom, Steenz has only ever answered "an artist" when asked what she wants to be when she grows up. Here we are, years later. Steenz spends a lot of time watching reality TV, eating pizza, working at Lion Forge and drawing comics. She can officially call herself a professional artist. Steenz lives with her fiancé, Keya, and her cat, Marko. Steenz is short for Christina.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

Minda Harts - The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table

Tuesday, September 10, 7pm
Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand

Minda Harts, MemoLeft Bank Books welcomes speaker and founder of The Memo LLC, Minda Harts, who will sign and discuss her book The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table.

From the wage gap to biases and micro-aggressions, with actionable takeaways, this resource is the much-needed career advice guide for women of color specifically, finally ending the one-size-fits-all approach of business books that lump together women across races and overlook the unique barriers to success for women of color.

Minda Harts is a well connected, sought after speaker and thought-leader, frequently speaking on topics of Advancing Women of Color, Leadership, Diversity, and Entrepreneurship. In 2018, Minda was named as one of 25 Emerging Innovators by American Express. Minda is an assistant professor of public service of NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company for women of color. Minda was also chosen by General Assembly to serve as one of their Dream Mentors, alongside women like Cindy Gallop. Secure The Seat is her weekly career podcast for women of color. Minda is originally from Southern California and currently resides in New York City.

Ticket purchases include a copy of Minda's book, The Memo.

Tickets available at MetroTix!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

Teresa Sabankaya - The Posy Book

Saturday, September 7, 9am
The Tower Grove Farmers' Market, Center Cross Dr

teresa sabankaya, the posy bookJoin us for Teresa Sabankaya's demonstration on how to make a posy using local flowers she sources and brings.

Inspired by the Victorian-era language of flowers, a posy is a small, round bouquet of flowers, herbs, and plants meant to convey a message, such as dahlias for gratitude, sunflowers for adoration, or thyme for bravery. These floral poems have become Teresa Sabankaya’s signature. Brides want them for their weddings, but a posy is a lovely gift any time of year, and one that readers can easily put together from their garden or with blooms from their local florist.

Teresa H. Sabankaya, a pioneer of the Slow Flower movement, runs the Bonny Doon Garden Company in Santa Cruz, California. She was featured in Michael Pollan's PBS documentary The Botany of Desire and has appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning. Her work has been featured in Elle magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and many bridal magazines.

Teresa will be at the event from 9am-12pm. She will be discussing her book from 9:30am-10:00am, giving a posy demonstrations from 10am-10:45am, and signing books for the remainder of the time. Purchase the book to be entered into a drawing to get the posy she makes!

Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 9:00am

Richard Rothstein – The Color of Law

Thursday, September 26, 7pm
Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May

Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books, and Missouri Jobs with Justice welcome author and housing policy expert Richard Rothstein, who will sign and discuss his book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Governent Segregated America!

In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation—that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation—the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments—that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. Rothstein shows how this process of segregation began with explicit racial zoning.

"Rothstein has presented what I consider to be the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation." —William Julius Wilson

This event is free and open to the public. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

St. Louis Launch Party: James Brandon - Ziggy, Stardust and Me

Wednesday, September 18, 7pm
Left Bank Books

James Brandon, Ziggy, Stardust and MeLeft Bank books is happy to present the St. Louis launch party for local author James Brandon's debut YA novel Ziggy, Stardust and Me.

In this tender-hearted debut, set against the tumultuous backdrop of life in 1973, when homosexuality is still considered a mental illness, two boys defy all the odds and fall in love.

The year is 1973. The Watergate hearings are in full swing. The Vietnam War is still raging. And homosexuality is still officially considered a mental illness. In the midst of these trying times is sixteen-year-old Jonathan Collins, a bullied, anxious, asthmatic kid, who aside from an alcoholic father and his sympathetic neighbor and friend Starla, is completely alone. To cope, Jonathan escapes to the safe haven of his imagination, where his hero David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and dead relatives, including his mother, guide him through the rough terrain of his life. In his alternate reality, Jonathan can be anything: a superhero, an astronaut, Ziggy Stardust, himself, or completely “normal” and not a boy who likes other boys. When he completes his treatments, he will be normal—at least he hopes. But before that can happen, Web stumbles into his life. Web is everything Jonathan wishes he could be: fearless, fearsome and, most importantly, not ashamed of being gay. A poignant coming-of-age tale, Ziggy, Stardust and Me heralds the arrival of a stunning and important new voice in YA.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Ziggy, Stardust and Me from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!

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

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Kids Club: Dragon Curse with Lisa McMann!

Tuesday, September 17, 4pm
Left Bank Books

lisa mcmann, the unwanteds quests: dragon curseA super special Kids Club meeting with author of The Unwanteds, Lisa McMann!

Ten years after Alex and Aaron Stowe brought peace to Quill and Artimé, their younger twin sisters journey beyond Artimé in the fourth novel in the New York Times bestselling sequel series to The Unwanteds, which Kirkus Reviews called “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.” At last, after harrowing battles and devastating losses, the three Stowe siblings are reunited. Back in Artime, however, their joy at finding one another is short lived. Fifer loses her leadership position and struggles to find her place and purpose, while Thisbe is relentless in her determination to return to the land of the dragons and help Rohan rescue the other black-eyed children. Aaron fails to ward off increasing opposition from a resentful Frieda Stubbs and the dissenters, leading to a shocking and dangerous turn. Meanwhile the Revinir pursues Thisbe and Drock all the way to the seven islands, putting the people of Artimé in peril. To save them, Thisbe makes an unthinkable sacrifice that leaves Fifer, Aaron, and the others to face political eruption and destruction in the formerly peaceful magical world.

Grab your Kids Club Passport* and get ready to play dragon games, eat dragon snacks, and of course MEET LISA MCMANN!

*New members can pick up a passport at the event

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

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 4:00pm

100 Boots Poets: Tracie Morris & Faisal Mohyuddin

Friday, September 13, 7pm
Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington

Tracie Morris, Faisal MoyhuddinThis series presents readings and performances by a range of emerging, mid-career, and established writers from St. Louis and across the United States. 100 Boots is organized by Ted Mathys, poet and educator at St. Louis University. At each program, a selection of the writers’s books are for sale courtesy of Left Bank Books. The first event of the season features readings by poets Tracie Morris and Faisal Mohyuddin. We encourage visitors to arrive early due to limited seating.

This event is presented by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. To learn more, visit

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 7:00pm


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