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Left Bank Kids Club: Escape This Bookstore!

Friday, July 26, 4pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Kids Club, escape this bookstoreJoin us for our monthly Left Bank Kids Club!

Join Cliff on a mission to Escape This Bookstore! Once your mission is complete, settle in for some well-deserved snacks and pick up your Left Bank Kids Club Passport as an inaugural member!

Questions? Email or call 314-367-6731.

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

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 4:00pm

SOLD OUT: Geddy Lee - Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass

Monday, July 15, 5pm

Left Bank Books

Geddy Lee, Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of BassThis event is sold out.

Left Bank Books welcomes Rush bassist and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Geddy Lee, who will sign his new book, Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass!

From Rush frontman Geddy Lee's personal collection of vintage electric bass guitars, dating from the 1950s to the 1980s, comes the definitive volume on the subject.  Geddy's love of the bass has been nurtured over a lifetime spent in the limelight as one of the world's premier rock bassists.  For the past seven years, he'd dedicated himself to studying the history of the instrument that's been so essential to his career, collecting hundreds of basses from around the globe.  

Written with arts journalist Daniel Richler, gorgeously photographed in breathtaking detail by Richard Sibbald, and with insight from Geddy's trusted bass tech and curator, John "Skully" McIntosh, Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass profiles over 250 classic basses from Geddy's extensive collection.  Representing every tone in the bass palette, every nuance of the rock and roll genre as well as blues, jazz, pop, and country, this one-of-a-kind collection features so-called "beauty queens"--pristine instruments never lifted from their cases--as well as "road warriors"--well-worn, sweat-soaked basses that proudly show their age and use.  Complete with personal commentary from Geddy that showcases his knowledge as both a musician and an aficionado, this luxuriously produced volume is a revelatory look at the heavy hitters in the world of bass--Fender, Gibson/Epiphone, Rickenbacker, Höfner, Ampeg--and lesser known but influential global luthiers such as Antonio Wandr Pioli, Dan Armstrong, and Tony Zemaitis.  

This book also features interviews with John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin); Adam Clayton (U2); Robert Trujillo (Metallica); Jeff Tweedy (Wilco); Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones); Les Claypool (Primus); Bob Daisley (Rainbow); Fender expert and owner of the legendary Gibson Explorer bass, Ken Collins; veteran guitar tech for The Who, Alan Rogan; plus comments from many other great players across three decades of rock and roll.  Written in Geddy's singular voice, this book reveals the stories, songs, and history behind the instruments of his inimitable collection.  

Complete with an index and graphically designed timeline of the history of the bass, as well as an up-close look at Geddy's basses on Rush's final R40 Tour, his stage and recording gear from 1968 to 2017, and forewords by author and respected vintage expert Terry Foster and Rush band member Alex Lifeson Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass is the ultimate compendium for the consummate collector, musician, Rush fan, and anyone who loves the bass guitar.


Ticket Information:

-- A $100 ticket admits UP TO TWO adults to the signing line and includes ONE hardcover copy of Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass

  • Geddy will sign and personalize all copies of Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass that accompany tickets.
  • Geddy won’t take posed photos at the signing table, but is fine with people taking candid photos from the line.
  • Geddy will not sign memorabilia or additional purchased copies.

Please note: No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Monday, July 15th.


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Monday, July 15, 2019 - 5:00pm

Dennis Owsley - St. Louis Jazz: A History

Thursday, July 18, 7pm
St. Louis Public Radio, 3651 Olive St

Dennis Owsley, St. Louis Jazz: A HistorySt. Louis Public Radio presents local author Dennis Owsley, who will sign and discuss his new book St. Louis Jazz: A History.

St. Louis Jazz: A History is the newest addition to The History Press. In the early twentieth century, St. Louis was a hotbed for ragtime and blues, both roots of jazz music. In 1914, Jelly Roll Morton brought his music to the area. In 1919, Louis Armstrong came to town to play on the “floating conservatories” that plied the Mississippi. Miles Davis, the most famous of the city’s jazz natives, changed the course of the genre four different times throughout a world-renowned career. The Black Artists Group of the 1970s was one of the first to bring world music practices into jazz.

Author Dennis C. Owsley chronicles the ways both local and national St. Louis musicians have contributed to the city and to the world of music.

This is a free event but space is limited. Please register here.



St. Louis Public Radio

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

CANCELED: Letitia Gomez - Queer Brown Voices

Thursday, July 11, 7pm

Left Bank Books

Letita Gomez, Queer Brown VoicesThis event is canceled due to a flight delay.

Left Bank Books presents queer Latinx activist Letitia Gomez who will discuss and sign her book Queer Brown Voices.

Queer Brown Voices documents the efforts of some LGBT Latinx activists. Comprising essays and oral history interviews that present the experiences of fourteen activists across the United States and in Puerto Rico, the book offers a new perspective on the history of LGBT mobilization and activism. The activists discuss subjects that shed light not only on the organizations they helped to create and operate, but also on their broad-ranging experiences of being racialized and discriminated against, fighting for access to health care during the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and struggling for awareness.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Queer Brown Voices 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.

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

DuEwa Frazier - Alice's Musical Debut

Saturday, July 6, 4pm

Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books presents local author DuEwa Frazier, who will read from and sign her new book Alice's Musical Debut.

7- year old Alice McLeod has a special ear, an ear for musical sounds in and around her home in Detroit. A thunderstorm keeps Alice awake one night and as she listens to the storm from her bedroom window, the sounds of an owl and the rain, seem to call her name. Playing outside becomes a sensory adventure for Alice. The bees in the flowers, the swish of the trees moving in the breeze, the sound of an ice cream truck, and the laughter of children, combine to form music in Alice's world. Alice's Musical Debutreimagines one day in the childhood of the late jazz pianist, harpist, composer, and organist Alice Coltrane - wife of the legendary jazz saxophonist and composer, John Coltrane. Set in the 1940s, Alice's Musical Debut reveals the magical connection young Alice McLeod has with nature sounds and musical rhythms. Alice's Musical Debut is a story filled with poetic language and imagery that speaks to the hearts of all children.

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

Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 4:00pm

An Evening with Christopher Boucher and Joseph Scapellato

Tuesday, August 6, 7pm

Left Bank Books

Christopher Boucher, Joseph Scapellato, The made-up man, big giant floating head

Left Bank Books presents an Evening with Christopher Boucher and Joseph Scapellato, in conversation with UMSL creative writing professor Shane Seely

Big Giant Floating Head is a  wildly inventive, heartbreaking, and hilarious new novel about a man whose life is falling apart in very bizzare ways. After his wife announces on Twitter that she’s leaving him, Christopher’s life in small-town Coolidge just goes from one catastrophe to another. He contracts a strange illness that divides him in half, undergoes a failure competition, and is driven to join a cult called The Unloveables. How did it all get this bad? How can he regain his bearings, and find meaning and love once again?

Christopher Boucher is the author of the novels How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive (2011), Golden Delicious (2016), and Big Giant Floating Head (forthcoming in June 2019). He’s also the editor of Jonathan Lethem’s nonfiction collection More Alive and Less Lonely (2017) and the Managing Editor of the literary journal Post Road. Chris lives in western Massachusetts and teaches writing and literature at Boston College.

Existential noir meets absurd comedy when a young man reluctantly enlists as source material for an art project in The Made-Up Man. Stanley had known it was a mistake to accept his uncle Lech’s offer to apartment-sit in Prague—he’d known it was one of Lech’s proposals, a thinly veiled setup for some invasive, potentially dangerous performance art project. As the operation unfolds it becomes clear there’s more to this performance than he expected; they know more about Stanley’s state of mind than he knows himself. He may be able to step over chalk outlines in the hallway, may be able to turn away from the women acting as his mother and the men performing as his father, but when a man made up to look like Stanley begins to play out his most devastating memory, he won’t be able to stand outside this imitation of his life any longer.

Joseph Scapellato is the author of the story collection, Big Lonesome (2017), and the novel, The Made-Up Man (2019). He was born in the suburbs of Chicago and earned his MFA in Fiction at New Mexico State University.  Joseph teaches in the creative writing program at Bucknell University and lives in Lewisburg, PA, with his wife, daughter, and dog.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Made-Up Man or Big Giant Floating Head from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

Shane Seely is the author of three books of poems: The First EchoThe Surface of the Lit World, and The Snowbound House. He teaches poetry and creative nonfiction at University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he directs the MFA program. 


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

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

Elliot Ackerman - Places and Names

Tuesday, June 18, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Elliot Ackerman, Places and names

From a decorated Marine war veteran, renowned war correspondent, and National Book Award-nominated novelist, Elliot Ackerman’s memoir “Places and Names” is an astonishing reckoning with the nature of combat and the human cost of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. Ackerman weaves his personal stories of battle into the latticework of a larger reckoning with contemporary geopolitics. At once an intensely personal book about the terrible lure of combat and a brilliant meditation on the larger meaning of the past two decades of strife, “Places and Names” bids fair to take its place among our greatest books about modern war.

Presented by the St. Louis County Library ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

Steamy Summer Reads with Randy Susan Meyers and M.J. Rose

Wednesday, July 24, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Novelists Randy SusanRandy Susan Meyers, Waisted, M J Rose, Tiffany Blues Meyers and M.J. Rose team up to present two captivating page-turners for your lazy summer reading days.

Randy Susan Meyers shares a buzzy new novel about our cultural biases surrounding women and weight. “Waisted” follows two women who find themselves the subject of a new reality documentary about extreme weight loss only to discover that the show’s creators have more sinister motives than promoting positive health.

M.J. Rose, bestselling author of “The Library of Light and Shadow,” crafts a dazzling Jazz Age jewel in “Tiffany Blues”—a novel of ambition and betrayal about a young painter whose traumatic past threatens to derail her career at a prestigious summer artists’ colony run by Louis Comfort Tiffany of Tiffany & Co. fame.

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

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

An Evening with David Sedaris

 Friday, June 7, 6pm

Left Bank Books

David Sedaris, CalypsoPLEASE NOTE:  Online ticket sales will end at noon 6/7, but signing line tickets will still be available at the door from 3:00 p.m. until David leaves the building!

Left Bank Books welcomes best-selling author and humorist David Sedaris who will be discussing and signing his book Calypso.

As you know, if you read David’s writing, see him on his epic tours, or hear him on the radio – there’s no better storyteller. David has a knack for making us cringe, laugh-out-loud and cry, all in the span of a few lines. This particular collection seems to take an even deeper and darker, more introspective, turn, and surpasses his best writing yet.

With a keen eye toward the loss of his mother, and sister Tiffany, and as he and his father age and find new ways to communicate in an increasingly politicized climate, David delivers the very best of his talents here. You will love these stories, and find them to be a wonderful addition to his varied and beloved backlist.

“Laugh-out-loud funny, true and introspective.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

David is the bestselling author of the books Theft by Finding, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England.


All tickets are $20.00, include a paperback copy of Calypso and admission to the booksigning portion of the program.  Tickets in Tiers 1-3 include admission to David’s talk. General Admission tickets are for the booksigning line “meet and greet” following the talk.


Program format:

David Sedaris will speak to ticketholders in Tier 1 through 3 inside the bookstore for about 45 minutes, followed by a Q&A opportunity.

A book signing will follow and David will first autograph books by ticket holders in order of purchase:

Tier One, Tier Two Tier Three, and General Admission.  He will then greet people without tickets, i.e., folks who did not buy a paperback copy of Calypso through Left Bank Books’ event ticketing procedure.

Please refer to the FAQs for more information on how to get the most out of this very special evening.


Inside the store seating and standing room is extremely limited! Do not delay if you want to hear and/or see David before the book signing.

  • Tier 1 tickets are on a first come basis and include seating in the main area of the store where it is possible to see and hear David.
  • Tier 2 tickets are on a first come basis and include seating on the main floor in an area with limited to no visibility.
  • Tier 3 tickets are on a first come basis and include standing and sitting room on the bookstore’s lower level where you can hear but you won’t be able to see.
  • General Admission Signing Line tickets provide admission to the book signing after the presentation.



I got a ticket. Can I pick up my book early?
You can pick up your book anytime after 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7.  

I got a ticket but didn't come to the event after all. Can I still have my book?
You can pick up your autographed, prepaid copy of Calypso or contact us to arrange to have it shipped to you for 99 cents, anytime before July 7, 2019. Individuals who do not pick up their copy of Calypso or arrange to have it shipped by July 7, 2019, will forfeit their book.


I got an inside-the-store ticket. What should I expect?

Please refer to the description of each tier in the ticket information for seating and standing room information.
If you have any special needs, or physical limitations, please contact to ensure that we can accommodate you.
You will be admitted to the store, please plan to arrive no later than 5:30, and, depending upon the ticket you have, you will be able to see and/or hear David's presentation and participate in the q&a session after. You will then be prioritized for the booksigning according to your ticket tier.

What time should I get there?
We will be closing the store for set-up at 2:30 p.m. and reopening for Tier 1-3 ticket holders only at 3:30 p.m.  We anticipate that an outdoor line will likely form well in advance of this.  If you line up beforehand, please be respectful of the neighborhood and keep the sidewalk clear for pedestrians.  We recommend arriving no later than 5:30.

Will there be any refreshments?
There will be bottled water and emergency snacks for blood sugar issues. You may bring in a non-alcoholic beverage and light snacks if needed, but we will be at full capacity and for safety reasons, you will not be able to have a picnic dinner in our store! So please plan accordingly! And please clean up after yourself!


So, I got a General Admission Ticket. What does that mean?

You get a paperback copy of Calypso
You get a wristband with for your assigned book signing group.
You will be pre-sorted into a group to be admitted to the store to meet David, and have your copy of Calypso, plus anything else written by David, personalized and autographed.

You mean I don't get to hear Sedaris's talk?
If you arrive in time and fit on the sidewalk in front of our store, you may be able to listen to the presentation via the outside speakers. Otherwise, plan to show up only for the booksigning portion of the program.

Why didn't you hold this event at a larger venue?
Because David's contract with his speaking agency requires that his book promotion tours take place inside a bookstore. We are not able to take the event to a larger space.
David is legendary for taking his time with all of his fans. 

I am in a General Admission signing group. How long should I expect to wait?
You should expect to wait for a while! It is unlikely that David will make his way to the General Admission line until at least 8 pm or later. Left Bank Books will be tweeting David's progress, so if you stay connected, you can have dinner in the area, or even somewhere else. We will keep you updated so you don't have to stand in line on the sidewalk for the entire time. If you missed the call for your group because you haven't finished dinner or something, get in line anyway.

PLEASE NOTE: Our last in-store book signing with David Sedaris lasted 10, yes ten, hours. So pay attention to our social media and enjoy your evening in the Central West End to its fullest! And remember, it is always worth waiting to meet David!


I already have Calypso, or I don't want to buy Calypso, can I still come and get something autographed?

Yes. If you don't buy a General Admission ticket (that comes with a very giftable paperback copy of Calypso) you can wait until all ticket holders have gone through the line after which it will be your turn. David is committed to meeting all of his fans. BE ADVISED: It is entirely possible that your turn will come after midnight.


Where can I park?

In addition to the metered parking on Euclid and McPherson, St. Louis Parking has a pay lot (credit card only)  block north of the bookstore on Euclid. It will set you back $5.
There is also a pay parking garage two blocks south of us on Euclid next to the Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Public Library.

This is a long night! Where can I eat?
The Central West End is full of wonderful restaurants. Please refer to The Central West End Scene to find your options. Check back on the David Sedaris Facebook event page for special offers from our restaurant neighbors.

Can I take pictures?
Short answer: NO. David Loves his fans with a capital L, so even though he doesn't like to take pictures, he does like to spend as much time as he sees fit with each person.

Will David sign anything besides Calypso?
David will sign anything he has written, that he has not already autographed, including magazines with articles by him in them. He will NOT sign anything written by someone else. He will NOT sign body parts.

What if it rains/snows/hails/anything else St. Louis weather can throw at us?
This event will continue rain or shine and there is no possibility of an alternate venue.  If you are outside, you should dress and accessorize appropriately.  Again, while you will need to be near the store to hear the listening party, during the signing line, you can go anywhere, including many area restaurants that are open late, and watch our Twitter for your cue to return to the store.  If the weather becomes dangerous, we will update everyone in-person and online in real-time.

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Friday, June 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

Steve Pick & Amanda Doyle - St. Louis Sound

Thursday, June 27, 7pm

Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books presents local authors, and music aficionados, Amanda E. Doyle and Steve Pick, who will sign and discuss their book St. Louis Sound.

Amanda Doyle, Steve Pick, St Louis SoundSteve Pick was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His life-long interest in music became an obsession when he co-founded Jet Lag magazine in 1980, then spent 13 years reviewing concerts and writing a music column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He began working in record stores in 1983, and played guitar in a handful of bands in the 1980s. From 1988 through 1993, and again from 2001 to the present, he has hosted a weekly radio show on KDHX-FM. In his lifetime, he has seen more than half the musicians in this book play live.

Amanda E. Doyle is a St. Louis transplant (via Memphis, Florida, and Mizzou) and ardent city resident. She got kicked out of her first concert (Delbert McClinton, at a dive bar in Memphis, where her dad smuggled her in on his shoulders) at age 6, which began a lifetime of great shows and diverse musical interests. She's written for visitor publications in several cities, and has authored 5 previous books, including 100 Things to Do in St. Louis Before You Die, Missouri Almanac 2018-2019, and Standing Up for Civil Rights in St. Louis. She lives with her husband and two children in south St. Louis.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of St. Louis Sound from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to order your copy!

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

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 7:00pm


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