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Celebrity Storytime Pajama Party with Daniel Wiseman - When Your Monkeys Won't Go to Bed

Saturday, September 15, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Daniel Wiseman, When Your Monkeys Won't Go to BedLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis, illustrator Daniel Wiseman for a Celebrity Storytime Pajama Party, celebration and reading of his new children's book, When Your Monkeys Won't Go to Bed!

Come in your pajamas to participate in the Storytime Pajama Content: the winner will receive a free copy of When Your Monkeys Won't Go to Bed!

Do your monkeys go wild at bedtime? When your monkeys won’t go to bed, you’ll have to be smart. After you race them upstairs and trick them into the tub, it’s time to convince them to get into bed. Let them pick out a good book—or five—and snuggle in close. But be careful…or you just might fall asleep, too!

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

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:30am

Marc Perrusquia - A Spy in Canaan

Wednesdsay, September 26, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Marc Perrusquia, A Spy in CanaanLeft Bank Books welcomes journalist Marc Perrusquia, who will sign and discuss his new book, A Spy in Canaan: How the FBI Used a Famous Photographer to Infiltrate the Civil Rights Movement!

Renowned photographer Ernest Withers captured some of the most stunning moments of the civil rights era—from the age-defining snapshot of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., riding one of the first integrated buses in Montgomery, to the haunting photo of Emmett Till’s great-uncle pointing an accusing finger at his nephew’s killers. But few people know that Withers was also an informant for the FBI. After a long investigation, Memphis journalist Marc Perrusquia broke the story of Withers’s secret life. Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of King’s assassination, A Spy in Canaan explores the life, complex motivations, and legacy of this fascinating figure Ernest Withers, as well as the dark shadow that era’s culture of surveillance has cast on our own time.

”A triumph of investigative reporting, the product of the author’s dogged research . . . A Spy in Canaan brims with new details about the inner workings of the movement in Memphis and beyond.“ —The Washington Post

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of A Spy in Canaan 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, September 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

Don Marsh - Coming of Age, Liver Spots and All

Friday, September 28, 6:30pm
UMSL at Grand Center, St. Louis Public Radio Community Room

Don Marsh, Coming of Age, Liver SPots & AllJoin St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and SLUCare geriatrician Dr. John Morley for a conversation about Don’s new book Coming of Age, Liver Spots and All: A Humorous Look at the Wonders of Getting Old. A reception and book signing will follow. 

Life sometimes sucks. So does getting older. Strange and unexpected changes happen to our minds and our bodies. Forgetting where we laid those damn car keys. And looking in the mirror sure isn't pleasant any longer, what with the baggy eyes, sagging jowls, not to mention the other body parts that hang--or disappear between folds of excess folds. But don't count us out yet. In Coming of Age, Liver Spots & All, Don Marsh walks readers through his take on the aging process in with tongue-in-cheek revelry. Truthful, sometimes sobering, but always humorous, this book allows the old(er) of us to laugh at our sagging bodies, wandering minds, and thinning hair.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register!

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 6:30pm

Nick Bunker - Young Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, September 27, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Nick Bunker, Young Benjamin FranklinFrom his early career as a printer and journalist, to his scientific work and his role as a founder of a new republic, Benjamin Franklin has always seemed the inevitable embodiment of American ingenuity. But in his youth he had to make his way through a harsh colonial world where he fought many battles: with his rivals, but also with his wayward emotions. Taking Franklin to the age of 41, when he made his first electrical discoveries, Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian Nick Bunker goes behind the legend to reveal the sources of his passion for knowledge. A tale of science, politics, war, and religion, Franklin emerges as a brilliant but flawed human being.

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

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

Lindenwood University Craft Talks: Susan Schultz

Saturday, September 15, 7pm
Old Post Office

Susan SchultzCome hear about writing as a practice of attention with poet, crtic, publisher and English professor Susan M. Schultz!

Poet Susan Schultz was born in 1958 in Belleville, Illinois and earned degrees from Yale University and the University of Virginia. Schultz’s innovative poetry frequently utilizes documentary techniques. Her books of poetry include Aleatory Allegories (2000); And Then Something Happened (2004); Dementia Blog (2008), a book about her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s; Memory Cards: 2010-2011 (2011); and She’s Welcome to Her Disease (2013), the second part of her cycle on her mother’s illness. Her works of criticism include A Poetics of Impasse in Modern and Contemporary American Poetry (2005). She edited The Tribe of John: Ashbery and Contemporary Poetry (1995) and co-edited, with Annie Finch, Multiformalisms: Postmodern Poetics of Form (2008). Since 2005 she has edited the journal Tinfish, which focuses on experimental writing from the Pacific. Schultz is a professor at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa, where she teaches courses focusing on 20th century American literature, creative writing, and hybrid forms.

This event is presented by Lindenwood University. For more information please visit

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

Andrew Smith - Rabbit & Robot

Thursday, September 27, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Andrew Smith, Rabbit & RobotLeft Bank Books welcomes award-winning young adult author Andrew Smith, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Rabbit & Robot!

Told with Andrew Smith’s signature dark humor, Rabbit & Robot tells the story of Cager Messer, a boy who’s stranded on his father’s lunar-cruise utopia with insane robots. Cager has been transported to the Tennessee, a giant lunar-cruise ship orbiting the moon that his dad owns, by Billy and Rowan to help him shake his Woz addiction. Meanwhile, Earth, in the midst of thirty simultaneous wars, burns to ash beneath them. And as the robots on board become increasingly insane and cannibalistic, and the Earth becomes a toxic wasteland, the boys have to wonder if they’ll be stranded alone in space forever. In his new novel, Andrew Smith, Printz Honor author of Grasshopper Jungle, will make you laugh, cry, and consider what it really means to be human.

"Those delving into Smith's zany dystopia will find much to laugh and gasp at...But most of all, they will find many deep, essential questions worth pondering."
Booklist (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Rabbit & Robot 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, September 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

Dana Bowman - How to Be Perfect Like Me

Wednesday, September 19, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Dana Bowman, How to Be Perfect Like MeLeft Bank Books welcomes bestselling author of Bottled and Momsieblog Dana Bowman, who will sign and discuss her new book, How to Be Perfect Like Me!

Recover. Rinse. Repeat. Dana Bowman can’t escape the lure of perfectionism, trying to be a flawless wife, mother, and person in recovery. When Dana experiences a short-lived relapse during the Christmas holiday, she has the startling realization that recovery is more than just giving up alcohol. In this funny and revealing follow-up to her best-selling book Bottled, Dana reflects on how we live in a society of excess, always pushing ourselves to do and be better. However, it doesn’t take her long to realize that self-care and getting over herself is the key to happiness.

"Bowman's memoir covers the topics of parenting and recovery with candor and honesty. Bowman's brand of humor (highly personal, a bit outlandish, and often infused with pop-culture references) will appeal to fans of Jenny Lawson." --Library Journal

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of How to Be Perfect Like 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 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

Observable Readings: Mary Szybist & Jerry Harp

Monday, September 10, 7:30pm
Dressel's Public House

The Observable Reading Series, brought to you by St. Louis Poetry Center, welcomes poets to Dressel’s Public House (CWE) on first Mondays. Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs loft of the restaurant. Suggested $5.00 donation at the door.

Mary Szybist is most recently the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. Her work has been awarded two Pushcart Prizes and has been supported by residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy. Her first book Granted won the 2004 GLCA New Writers Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, she now lives in Portland, Oregon where she teaches at Lewis & Clark College.

Jerry Harp grew up in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, and went to school at Saint Meinrad College, Saint Louis University, the University of Florida, and the University of Iowa, where his dissertation was in renaissance literature, published as Constant Motion: Ongian Hermeneutics and the Shifting Ground of Early Modern Understanding (2010). By that time Harp had long been a poet, with six other books to his credit: Creature (2003) published by Salt Publishing, and a year later, his early poems, Gatherings, winner of the 2004 Robert McGovern Prize from Ashland Poetry Press. A follow-up to Creature (also from Salt), Urban Flowers and Concrete Plains (2006) appeared in the same year as an edited volume, A Poetry Criticism Reader (University of Iowa Press, and co- edited by Jan Weissmiller), sampled essays from the Donald Justice tradition of the American poet-critic, and a critical biography of Justice, For Us What Music: The Life and Poetry of Donald Justice, appeared in 2010. Around that time, and with his wife, Mary Szybist, Harp moved to Lewis and Clark University in Portland, Oregon, and published Spirit Under Construction last year (2017). Harp is a frequent contributor to the Kenyon Review Blog.

This event is presented by the St. Louis Poetry Center. For more information, please visit

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 7:30pm

BookFest St. Louis: Wit and Wine with Gary Shteyngart

Saturday, September 22, 3pm
Bar Italia

BookFest St. Louis welcomes bestselling, award-winning author Gary Shteyngart for an afternoon of wit, wine, and a discussion of his new novel, Lake Success!

Gary Shtengart, Lake SucessNarcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his 3-year-old son's diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife, Seema--a driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth--has her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate the chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration of the 0.1%, a poignant tale of familial longing and an unsentimental ode to what really makes America great.

Ticket Information:

- A $31 ticket admits one person and includes one pre-signed hardcover copy of Lake Success
A $36 ticket admits two people and includes one pre-signed hardcover copy of Lake Success, plus a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy of Lake Success at the event

Please note: Gary Shteyngart WILL personalize your copies of Lake Success and take photos with attendees. Bar Italia will offer a cash bar at this event.

Tickets on sale below. Those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of Lake Success or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12am on Saturday, September 22. 

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BookFest St. Louis is a celebration of the literary arts that will bring dozens of local, regional and national authors together for a one-day festival in the Central West End. Festival-goers will be able to enjoy author presentations, panel discussions, book signings and an array of family-friendly activities and programming throughout the day. Presented Saturday, Sept. 22 by the CWE North Community Improvement District, Left Bank Books and the Left Bank Books Foundation. For more information, visit

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 3:00pm

Stephen Fried - Rush

Wednesday, September 12, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Stephen Fried, RushIn the summer of 1776, 56 men put their quills to a dangerous document they called the Declaration of Independence. Among them was a 30-year-old doctor named Benjamin Rush. One of the youngest signatories, he was also one of the most visionary. A brilliant physician and writer, Rush was known as the “American Hippocrates” for pioneering national healthcare and revolutionizing treatment of mental illness and addiction. Yet medicine is only part of his legacy. Dr. Rush was a vocal opponent of slavery, capital punishment, and prejudice by race, religion or gender. Drawing on a trove of previously unpublished documents, bestselling historian Stephen Fried resurrects the most significant Founding Father we’ve never heard of.

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

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 7:00pm


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