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LAUNCH EVENT - Ridley Pearson & George Jreije

Tuesday, October 4, 6pm CT
In person at Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Masks required for in person attendance
Please RSVP for the presentation here
Virtually at Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page
Left Bank Books presents the LAUNCH EVENT for two incredible middle grade authors!
Prolific, award-winning, and bestselling author (and former St. Louisan)
Ridley Pearson
with debut author (and current St. Louisan)
George Jreije
will celebrate the release of their new books
Disney Cautionary Tales &
Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria
in our store on October 4th at 6pm!
Join us in the store or on YouTube & Facebook Live Page.
Order copies of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Pearson & Jreije will personalize and sign copies for sale from Left Bank Books.
If you are unable to make it in person, leave a personalization note in your order.
Ridley Pearson is the award-winning author of the best-selling Kingdom Keepers series along with forty other novels for adults (suspense) and young readers (adventure) including cowriting Peter and the Starcatchers. Ridley spends a good deal of his time sneaking around the Disney parks and aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships all in the name of research.
George Jreije is a Lebanese-American author of novels and short stories. When not writing, George enjoys trying tasty Arab desserts or messing with new yoga poses. You can find him in the northeast or in his native Lebanon, scouring the small country for some delicious baklava. Learn more about George at www.georgejreije.com.
About Disney Cautionary Tales

What you are holding is no ordinary book. This book contains scary stories. Thrilling and chilling tales that feature the worst Disney villains. They twist and turn through unfortunate circumstances. Maybe you've heard of a cave full of wonders where no one escapes alive? Or a huntsman carrying a a princess's heart back to an evil queen? Don't forget the horseman who lost his head. Literally.

Something strange happens once you start reading. You might feel like you are in the story.

Right. Inside. The. Pages.

Just ask Billie Templeton. She knows all about scary stories. Billie would rather such tales stay inside her book where they belong. If only her classmate, Tim, hadn't found the mirror. The magic mirror. A mirror wrapped up and never to be opened.

But since when does Tim follow the rules?
Consider yourself warned.

Chilling tales, filled with twists and turns will leave you on the edge of your seat! Perfect for fans of Goosebumps and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.


About Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria

You are invited to the Alexandria Academy . . .

Twelve-year-old Shad Hadid has never quite fit in. The other kids at school don't understand him, so he spends most of his time alone, cooking for his teta and daydreaming of opening his own Arabic bakery full of tasty treats. But when Shad is attacked by a shadowy monster, he learns his late baba was an alchemist with the ability to mix charms, elixirs, and mists--and he's one too!

Then Shad receives an invitation to the mysterious Alexandria Academy, a fabled school for alchemists, where he hopes he'll find safety and learn more about the ancient science. But when he arrives, no one at the school seems to know what alchemy is! As Shad digs deeper into the mystery, he discovers a sinister evil lurking in the shadows, and only he holds the key to stopping--or fulfilling--their plans.

With danger at every turn and the fate of the alchemy world on the line, can Shad save his friends and defeat this sinister foe?

A heartfelt adventure rooted deeply in culture, Shad Hadid tugged at my heartstrings, made me laugh, and dazzled me with the ultra cool magic-science of alchemy! -- Xiran Jay Zhao, #1 NYT Bestselling Author of the Iron Widow and Zachary Ying series

Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria is a heart-warming, mouth-watering tale packed to the brim with humor, action, and culinary delights. Alchemizing the magic school trope with traditional Lebanese culture, author George Jreije creates a rich one-of-a-kind world that readers won't want to leave. Like a delicious home-cooked meal, this book is straight from the heart, a touching tale about family and friendship that is sure to resonate with children and parents alike. -- Soman Chainani, author of The School for Good and Evil

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 6:00pm

Alan Gratz - Two Degrees Virtual Book Launch

Monday, October 3, 2pm CT / 3pm ET
Crowdcast Event - Registration Required

Left Bank Books welcomes #1 NY Times bestselling author
Alan Gratz,
who will discuss his new middle grade novel, 
Two Degrees,
in a special virtual book launch on Crowdcast at 2:00pm CT / 3:00pm ET on October 3rd.
Join us and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Two Degrees is recommended for ages 8 to 12+.
And YES, a recording of this event will be available as video on demand for registered participants, whether you’re there to see it live or not.
See further instructions below on registering and how to prepare for the audience Q&A.
Alan Gratz is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several highly acclaimed books for young readers, including Ground ZeroAlliesGrenade, RefugeeProjekt 1065Prisoner B-3087, and Code of Honor. Alan lives in North Carolina with his wife and daughter. Look for him online at alangratz.com.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Alan Gratz (Refugee; Ground Zero) is back, tackling the urgent topic of climate change in this breathtaking, action-packed novel that will keep readers turning pages while making their own plans to better the world.

Fire. Ice. Flood. Three climate disasters.

Four kids fighting for their lives.

Akira is riding her horse in the California woods when a wildfire sparks--and grows scarily fast. How can she make it to safety when there are flames everywhere?

Owen and his best friend, George, like spotting polar bears on the snowy Canadian tundra. But when one bear gets way too close for comfort, do the boys have any chance of surviving?

Natalie hunkers down at home as a massive hurricane barrels toward Miami. When the floodwaters crash into her house, Natalie is dragged out into the storm--with nowhere to hide.

Akira, Owen, George, and Natalie are all swept up in the devastating effects of climate change. They are also connected in ways that will shock them--and could alter their destinies forever.



Thanks for joining Alan virtually and helping to celebrate the launch of Two Degrees! Alan loves to connect with schools, kids, and teachers, even if it’s through a screen from miles away!

Also, a special thanks to Left Bank Books for hosting and providing books to purchase! At any time before, during or after the presentation, you can click on the link in the lower part of the Crowdcast screen to visit their site and buy a book. 


Getting Started

Go ahead and register for the event! A link to the broadcast will be emailed to you once you’re registered. Once you click on the link in the email, you'll go straight to the page where the broadcast will start. A valid e-mail address is required for security purposes, but your email will not be collected or saved for any other use.

We recommend using your first name and last initial when you register, especially for students. It means that your full name won't be displayed in the registered attendees section.

Crowdcast is similar to Zoom, but everyone doesn’t show up on the screen all at once. During the event, you’ll just see Alan and his presentation. The best way to watch and participate is on a computer. No download is required when watching on a computer; just click the link provided and watch the presentation in your browser. Google Chrome works best, but other browsers are supported. If you watch the event on a smartphone or tablet, you may not be able to ask questions unless you download the Crowdcast app in advance.


Format, Asking Questions, etc.

We will keep the chat turned off before, during, and after the presentation.

At the end of the presentation, we will open up the Q&A section, so that students and teachers can ask questions. If you're showing the presentation to an entire class at once, you may want to gather a few questions beforehand, so when it's time to type them into the Q&A section, you're ready!

With Crowdcast, there is an option to upvote a question by clicking the arrow to the left of it, so students can give a question more votes, making it more likely to be answered, rather than typing in the same question multiple times. Alan loves to answer questions, so, please prepare to type in questions and vote for those you most want to hear answered! Alan will answer as many questions as he can once the presentation is over.


Thanks again for joining us on this virtual adventure!

Monday, October 3, 2022 - 2:00pm

Minda Harts with Lecia Michelle - Right Within

Tuesday, October 18, 6pm CT
In person at Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Masks required for in person attendance
Please RSVP for the presentation here
Virtually at Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page
Left Bank Books presents the powerhouse author of  The Memo,
Minda Harts,
who will discuss her essential self-help book for women of color to heal--and thrive--in the workplace
Right Within: How to Heal from Racial Trauma in the Workplace
in our store on October 18th at 6pm!
Minda Harts will be in conversation with St. Louis author of White Allies Handbook,
Lecia Michelle
Join us in the store or on YouTube & Facebook Live Page.
Order copies of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 Harts will personalize and sign copies for sale from Left Bank Books.
If you are unable to make it in person, leave a personalization note in your order.
Minda Harts is the CEO of The Memo LLC, a career development platform for women of color, a Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner, and the author of The Memo. She has been featured on MSNBC's Morning Joe and Fast Company, and speaks at Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, Levi's, and Google. In 2020 she was named a LinkedIn Top Voice, and in 2018, she was named one of 25 Emerging Innovators by American Express. She hosts the podcast Secure the Seat, and lives in Los Angeles.
Lecia Michelle is a writer, librarian, educator, activist, and founder of "Real Talk: WOC and Allies for Racial Justice and Anti-Oppression." She has been a librarian for over 15 years, working in both universities and public libraries, and has a B.A. in Journalism from Eastern Illinois University and a Master's of Library and Information Sciences degree from San Jose State University. She lives in Southern Illinois and can be found on twitter @LeciaMichelle11.
From the powerhouse author of  The Memo, the essential self-help book for women of color to heal--and thrive--in the workplace

In workplaces nationwide, women of color need frank talk and honest advice on how to deal with microaggressions, heal from racialized trauma, and find relief from invisible workplace burdens. Filled with Minda Harts's signature wit and warmth,  Right Within offers strategies for women of color to speak up during racialized moments with managers and clients, work through past triggers they may not even know still cause pain, and reframe past career disappointments as opportunities to grow into a new path. Through action points, exercises, and clear-eyed coaching, Harts encourages women to summon hidden reserves of strength and courage. She includes advice from therapists and faith leaders of color on a full range of ways to heal. Right Within will help women of color strengthen their resolve across corporate America, ensuring that we can all, finally, rise together. 


Review Quotes:
"If you want to be a better champion for your colleagues who have experienced racism at work, or a boss who creates a work environment that heals rather than retraumatizing your employees, this is the book you need to read. Now." -- Kim Scott, New York Times-bestselling author of Radical Candor

"Right Within compels women of color across generations to address racialized trauma by speaking up, healing from the inside, and identifying triggers. You will benefit greatly from putting its wisdom into practice."-- Melonie Parker, Chief Diversity Officer, Google

"A moving guide to healing and equity-- Harts is a voice to be reckoned with. Everyone needs to read this book."-- LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter

"Harts highlights that what matters most is valuing you, and trusting yourself enough to push through obstacles faced on a daily basis. A powerful, necessary read for women of color--and everyone--seeking to tap into their resilience from within." -- Barbara Whye, VP of Diversity and Inclusion, Apple

"Harts puts so much that needs to be said into words, and her advice is priceless. This is the guide we've been waiting for."-- La La Anthony, TV producer, actress, and author of The Love Playbook

"With resilience and self-preservation, Harts guides the reader through her personal journey, providing expert advice on how we, too, can overcome and heal from ongoing racial discrimination." -- Dr. Sheila Robinson, Publisher & CEO, Diversity Woman Media

"Minda Harts's new book, Right Within, is one I'm taking my time to read--its purpose is to help women of colour heal from racial trauma in the workplace, and Minda absolutely delivers on that."-- Priyanka KhannaVogue India

"With care, conviction, and deep insight, Harts instructs us on how to heal from racial trauma at work. Onward to healing."-- Ibram X. Kendi

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 6:00pm