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Gordy Sauer with Michael Nye - Child in the Valley

Tuesday, August 31, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes Missouri debut novelist
Gordy Sauer,
who will discuss his highly anticipated debut, an "accomplished literary western" set partially in St. Louis, 
Child in the Valley,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on August 31st.
Sauer will be in conversation with UMSL MFA Alum
Michael Nye.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About Child in the Valley

Seventeen-year-old Joshua Gaines is the orphaned foster son of a failed doctor on the run from his father's debt. In 1849, he travels to Independence, Missouri and falls in with the mysterious, four-fingered Renard, and his companion, formerly-enslaved Free Ray. Joshua offers his medical expertise to their party, and together they embark on the fifteen-hundred mile overland journey to Gold Rush California.

Following the hardship, disease, and death on the trail, the company abandons panning the river in favor of robbery and murder. Engulfed by violence, the young doctor-turned-marauder must reckon with his own morality, his growing desire for the men around him, and the brutality that has haunted him all his life.

For fans of The Revenantand Ian McGuire's The North WaterChild in the Valley is a gorgeously rendered tale cut from the turmoil of a fledgling America. Gordy Sauer's careful eye and penetrating literary lens offers a modern, incisive look into the complexities of masculinity, isolation, and the impenetrable nature of greed.

Child in the Valley is vividly brutal and haunting, well beyond its subject matter. Gordy Sauer has a bright future ahead of him. --Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove

Set during the era of the California gold rush, Child in the Valley is the brutal telling of one man's journey as he travels west in the hope of changing his life's circumstance. Richly detailed and beautifully written, Sauer's novel is an examination of the lengths people are willing to go for the promise of the American dream. --LaTanya McQueen, author of When the Reckoning Comes

"Gordy Sauer is a serious talent, an assured voice reminiscent of Ian McGuire. Early in Child in the Valley there is some temptation to stop to marvel at the language, the vivid imagery, but the characters are real and the story compels, insists upon headlong reading. Unflinching and piercing, pungent with surprising details, Sauer's prose transports to a fully-realized 19th century frontier milieu, a violent, energetic, uncomfortable place and time." --James A. McLaughlin, Edgar Award-winning author of Bearskin

 

About our Speakers

Gordy Sauer is a native Texan and transplant Missourian. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and an MA from Clemson University. His writing has appeared in Narrative Magazine and Boulevard, among other places, and he received a 2013 artist's grant for residency at the Vermont Studio Center. A lifelong educator, he has taught snowboarding, fly fishing, middle school math and science, and now works as a speechwriter at Mizzou. He lives in Columbia, Missouri.

Michael Nye is the author of three books of fiction, most recently the story collection Until We Have Faces. His writing has appeared in BoulevardEpochKenyon ReviewLit Hub, and the Millions, among many others. He is the editor of Story.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 7:00pm

Debbye Turner Bell with Kelly Jackson - Courageous Faith

Thursday, August 26, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes veterinarian, broadcast journalist, motivational speaker, and Miss America 1990
Debbye Turner Bell,
who will discuss her inspirational new book, 
Courageous Faith: A Lifelong Pursuit of Faith Over Fear,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on August 26th.
Turner Bell will be in conversation with Emmy-winning journalist and anchor at KSDK
Kelly Jackson.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About Courageous Faith: A Lifelong Pursuit of Faith Over Fear
When you feel like giving up, seek God and ask for Courageous Faith. Set-backs, failures, and fatigue impacts us all. And at times we don't feel like going on. But we must! In this book you'll discover faith-filled principles to use as a blueprint for perseverance, and a new definition of success for your life.
 
About our Speakers
Dr. Debbye Turner Bell is a veterinarian, broadcast journalist, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, corporate trainer, and Miss America 1990. For more than two decades, she has addressed audiences in the corporate, academic, and community service arenas. In addition to her speaking and media work, she is also the Founder and CEO of Debbye Turner Bell Consulting, a faculty member of the Institute for Management Studies, and an Affiliate Trainer for the TransPorter Group Inc. Dr. Turner Bell lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her husband, Gerald, and daughter Lynlee.
 
Kelly Jackson is an Emmy Award winning television journalist and has been in the business for 30 years.  Kelly is a news anchor at the NBC affiliate KSDK-TV. She also co-hosts a morning talk radio show, “McGraw Live,” on KTRS, and is the Executive Producer and host of the YouTube series, How My Pet Lives.  Kelly has received numerous honors including the St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 under 40.” The former dog walking service she founded, My BFF Network, received St. Louis Magazine’s Editor’s Choice for Best Pet Service in St Louis in 2012. Kelly volunteers her time to various animal welfare organizations by hosting and emceeing fundraisers, including telethons for the Humane Society of Missouri.  Kelly lives in her adopted home of St. Louis, Missouri. 
 
 
All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.
Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 7:00pm

Merissa Nathan Gerson with Rebecca Lester - Forget Prayers, Bring Cake

Thursday, August 19, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes Washington University alum, writer, professor and sex educator
Merissa Nathan Gerson,
who will discuss her heartrending, relatable account, 
Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman's Guide to Grieving,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on August 19th.
Gerson will be in conversation with St. Louis author of Famished
Rebecca Lester.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 

 

About Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman's Guide to Grieving

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Though at times it may seem impossible, we can heal with help from our friends and community- if we know how to ask. This heartrending, relatable account of one woman's reckoning with loss is a guide to the world of self-recovery, self-love, and the skills necessary to meeting one's own needs in these times of pain- especially when that pain is suffered alone.

Grief is all around us. In the world of today it has become common and layered, no longer only an occasional weight. A book needed now more than ever, Forget Prayers, Bring Cake is for people of all ages and orientations dealing with grief of any sort--professional, personal, romantic, familial, or even the sadness of the modern day. This book provides actions to boost self-care and self-worth; it shows when and how to ask for love and attention, and how to provide it for others. It shows that it is okay to define your needs and ask others to share theirs. In a moment in which community, affection, and generosity are needed more than ever, this book is an indispensable road map.

This book will be a guiding light to a healthier mental state amid these troubled times.

"Gerson debuts with an illuminating memoir-cum-guide to dealing with grief as a single woman...Gerson's willingness to explore the depth and breadth of personal loss will help those grieving know they are not alone."-- Publishers Weekly

 

About our Speakers

Merissa Nathan Gerson, author of the forthcoming Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman’s Guide to Grieving, is a New Orleans-based writer, professor and sex educator. Her written work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Playboy, and Tablet, among others, and she was the inherited trauma consultant for Amazon’s Emmy Award winning television show, Transparent.  Merissa is a graduate of Washington University class of 2004 where she majored in American Culture Studies and Women & Gender Studies. Rebecca Lester was her professor in an amazing course on Gender, Culture, and Madness.

Rebecca J. Lester is Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis and a licensed clinical social worker. She is the author of numerous academic articles and the award-winning book Jesus in Our Wombs.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 7:00pm

Cait Stevenson with Thea James - How to Slay a Dragon

Wednesday, August 18, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis author
Cait Stevenson,
who will discuss her fun and historically accurate how-to guide to conquering an epic quest, 
How to Slay a Dragon,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on August 18th.
Stevenson will be in conversation with author & Hugo Award-winning co-founder of The Book Smugglers
Thea James.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About How to Slay a Dragon
Grab your magical sword and take the place of your favorite fantasy character with this fun and historically accurate how-to guide to solving epic quests.
What should you ask a magic mirror? How do you outwit a genie? Where should you dig for buried treasure? Fantasy media's favorite clichés get new life from How to Slay a Dragon: A Fantasy Hero's Guide to the Real Middle Ages, a historically accurate romp through the medieval world. Each entry presents a trope from video games, books, movies, or TV--such as saving the princess or training a wizard--as a problem for you to solve, as if you were the hero of your own fantasy quest. Through facts sourced from a rich foundation of medieval sources, you will learn how your magical problems were solved by people in the actual Middle Ages.
Divided into thematic subsections based on typical stages in a fantastical epic, and inclusive of race, gender, and continent, How to Slay a Dragon is perfect if you're curious to learn more about the time period that inspired some of your favorite magical worlds or longing to know what it would be like to be the hero of your own mythical adventure.
 
About Cooking for Wizards, Warriors, and Dragons (available for preorder)
100+ Spell-Binding Recipes Inspired by Diverse Fantasy Worlds, from The Witcher to The Broken Earth
Created by Hugo Award-winning co-founder of The Book Smugglers, Thea James, Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons collects recipes inspired by fantasy classics and groundbreaking new voices, including: Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher, N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth Trilogy, Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, Tomi Adeyemi's Legacy of Orïsha, Patrick Rothfuss's The Kingkiller Chronicle , Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness , and many more.
Fortify yourself for the road with classic dishes, such as Pernese Meatrolls or Geralt's Life Saving Chicken Sando. Embrace your dark side with King's Landing Barbecue smoked meats a la Daenerys, channel your inner Saruman with Charred Broccoli Stalk Salad, or a Fifth Season-inspired Solving the Meat Shortage Osso Bucco. Learn to make your own Grishaverse-inspired Butter Week Cakes or Orïshan Coconut Pie, and try your hand at a Spiritwalkerverse-inspired Lamb Tajine.
Organized by different meal types and ingredients (including Breakfasts & Second Breakfasts, Soups & Stews, The Hunt, The Farm, The Catch, Snacks & Sides, and Desserts), Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons includes illustrations from noted artist Tim Foley and recipes developed and tested by professional chef Isabel Minunni. With five bonus feast spreads, this grimoire is sure to sate hungry readers from any realm.

 

About our Speakers

Cait Stevenson earned her PhD in medieval history from the University of Notre Dame. She concentrates on breaking down the barriers and hierarchy among academic and popular history. As @SunAgainstGold, she has contributed to AskHistorians, the internet's largest public history forum, where she also writes on topics ranging from medieval inheritance laws to whether 17th-century children playing with toy guns said their equivalent of "Pew, pew, pew." She is proud to live and work in St. Louis, Missouri.

Thea James is one half of the maniacal duo behind The Book Smugglers, a Hugo Award-winning sci-fi and fantasy book review blog. Thea is Filipina-American, but grew up in Hawaii, Indonesia, and Japan. She is a full-time book nerd who works in publishing for her day job and currently resides in Astoria, Queens with her partner and rambunctious cat. Cooking for Wizards, Warriors and Dragons (available August 31, 2021) is her first cookbook.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 7:00pm

Paula Hawkins with Lee Child - A Slow Fire Burning

Saturday, August 28, 1pm CT
Private Online Event - Book Purchase Required

Left Bank Books, Murder by the Book, Watermark Books, and Riverhead Books welcome international bestselling author
Paula Hawkins,
who will discuss her new book
A Slow Fire Burning,
on August 28 at 1pm CT in a private online event.
Hawkins will be in conversation with international bestselling author
Lee Child.
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a SIGNED copy of
A Slow Fire Burning

from Left Bank Books for admission.
 
 
Note: Ticket purchasers will receive the email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event.
Note: You may also order the unsigned large print for admission to the event.
 
About A Slow Fire Burning
The scorching new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train.

A Slow Fire Burning twists and turns like a great thriller should, but it's also deep, intelligent and intensely human." - Lee Child

"Only a clairvoyant could anticipate the book's ending" - New York Times

With the same propulsion that captivated millions of readers worldwide in The Girl on the Train and Into the Water, Paula Hawkins unfurls a gripping, twisting story of deceit, murder, and revenge.

When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. Laura is the troubled one-night-stand last seen in the victim's home. Carla is his grief-stricken aunt, already mourning the recent death of yet another family member. And Miriam is the nosy neighbor clearly keeping secrets from the police. Three women with separate connections to the victim. Three women who are - for different reasons - simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. How far might any one of them go to find peace? How long can secrets smolder before they explode into flame?

Look what you started.

A Slow Fire Burning is a hugely satisfying, brilliantly crafted novel about the entanglement of betrayal and retaliation, the damage of loss, and how tragedy reverberates in ways we can never expect. Wickedly dark and gorgeously written, this is a novel you'll be thinking about long after the last delicious pages. Paula Hawkins is masterful. -- Ashley Audrain, New York Times bestselling author of The Push

With a beautifully wrought cast of characters who are real and likeable even when they are complicated and flawed, a fantastic, picturesque London setting, twists and turns galore and exquisite prose, this is a high class read. Paula Hawkins is a genius. --Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author of The Family Upstairs

 

About our Speakers

Paula Hawkins is the author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling novels Into the Water and The Girl on the Train. An international #1 bestseller, The Girl on the Train has sold 23 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture. Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in London.

Lee Child is the author of twenty-five New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, with sixteen having reached the #1 position, and the #1 bestselling complete Jack Reacher story collection, No Middle Name. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in one hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City and Wyoming.

 

You may purchase a SIGNED copy of A Slow Fire Burning from Left Bank Books online or by phone. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. If you have purchased the book from Left Bank, you will receive an email event reminder a few days prior to the event. You will receive the email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event.

Saturday, August 28, 2021 - 1:00pm

Da'Shaun Harrison with Danez Smith - Belly of the Beast

Thursday, August 12, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes nonbinary abolitionist and organizer
Da'Shaun Harrison,
who will discuss their highly anticipated new book, 
Belly of the Beast,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on August 12th.
Harrison will be in conversation with acclaimed poet & finalist for the National Book Award
Danez Smith.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
 
About Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness
Exploring the intersections of Blackness, gender, fatness, health, and the violence of policing.

To live in a body both fat and Black is to exist at the margins of a society that creates the conditions for anti-fatness as anti-Blackness. Hyper-policed by state and society, passed over for housing and jobs, and derided and misdiagnosed by medical professionals, fat Black people in the United States are subject to sociopolitically sanctioned discrimination, abuse, condescension, and trauma.

In Belly of the Beast, Da'Shaun Harrison--a fat, Black, disabled, and nonbinary trans writer--offers an incisive, fresh, and precise exploration of anti-fatness as anti-Blackness. They foreground the state-sanctioned murders of fat Black men and trans and nonbinary masculine people in historical analysis. Policing, disenfranchisement, and invisibilizing of fat Black men and trans and nonbinary masculine people are pervasive, insidious ways that anti-fat anti-Blackness shows up in everyday life. Fat people can be legally fired in 49 states for being fat; they're more likely to be houseless. Fat people die at higher rates from misdiagnosis or nontreatment; fat women are more likely to be sexually assaulted. And at the intersections of fatness, Blackness, disability, and gender, these abuses are exacerbated.

Taking on desirability politics, the limitations of gender, the connection between anti-fatness and carcerality, and the incongruity of "health" and "healthiness" for the Black fat, Harrison viscerally and vividly illustrates the myriad harms of anti-fat anti-Blackness. They offer strategies for dismantling denial, unlearning the cultural programming that tells us "fat is bad," and destroying the world as we know it, so the Black fat can inhabit a place not built on their subjugation.

"This modern classic relishes in collapsing conventional and clichéd orthodoxies. As formative as Harrison's proclamations are, it is Harrison's pacing that gives the book the lingering feeling of the most sensual whisper." --Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy: An American Memoir

Belly of the Beast is written with poise and lucidity. It pushes us to think past the pablum of telling fat folx all they gotta do is love themselves to enacting a movement that addresses the source and ramifications of societal anti-fatness as anti-Blackness. Harrison forces us not to look away, reminding us that all too often 'health' and 'desire' are used to annul Blackness. In a 'post bo-po' world, desire and the sheer right to life can be rooted in something other than all the things named non-Black." --Sabrina Strings, author of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia

"Da'Shaun Harrison is an insightful visionary, world-builder, and ingenious writer who brings us into deeper understandings and frameworks of the intersections of anti-Blackness and anti-fatness. Belly of the Beast brings us closer to ourselves because it brings us closer to the truth--that anti-Blackness is the foundation to how violence shapes our relationships to our bodies and each other. Harrison not only intervenes in the terror of white supremacist paradigms but develops the tools to imagine and build a new world. Belly of the Beast eats, and it leaves no crumbs." --Hunter Shackelford, author of You Might Die for This

"I am continually blown away by Da'Shaun's ability as a writer to wrestle so deeply and expertly with questions many of us would never even think to ask--whether they be about our world, our politics, our selves, or our bodies. Every page challenges us to expand our imagination and reconstruct the ways we think, talk, and theorize about fatness, Blackness, gender, health, desire, abolition, and more. Belly of the Beast is a gift and a groundbreaker." --Sherronda J. Brown, editor-in-chief of Wear Your Voice magazine

 

About our Speakers

Da'Shaun Harrison is a nonbinary abolitionist and community organizer based out of Atlanta, GA. They once served as the Communications Director of #ATLisReady and Editor-in-Chief of Queer Black Millennial. Harrison now holds the honor of being the Associate Editor of Wear Your Voice Magazine and Lead Organizer of Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SNaPCo). Harrison has traveled throughout the United States and abroad to lecture at conferences and colleges and to lead workshops focused on race, sexuality, gender, class, religion, (dis)abilities, fatness, and the intersection at which they all meet. You can find them on Twitter and Instagram @DaShaunLH, or through their website, dashaunharrison.com.

Danez Smith is the author of three collections including Homie and Don’t Call Us Dead. They have won the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and have been a finalist for the NAACP Image Award in Poetry, the National Book Critic Circle Award, and the National Book Award. Danez's poetry and prose has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New Yorker, GQ, Best American Poetry and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is the co-host of the podcast VS with Franny Choi. They live in Minneapolis near their people.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

 
Thursday, August 12, 2021 - 7:00pm

Margaret Hermes with Mary Troy - Opposite of Chance

Monday, August 16, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis author
Margaret Hermes,
who will discuss her new novel, 
Opposite of Chance,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on August 16th.
Hermes will be in conversation with UMSL Professor and author
Mary Troy.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About Opposite of Chance

At thirty-two, Betsy is sheltered. Sheltered by a close-knit family, Catholic schools, college in her hometown, and a marriage at 20. It takes the discovery of her husband's serial philandering to open her eyes and push her out of the nest. It's the summer of 1981, Betsy grabs a backpack and a few good books and puts distance--geographically and emotionally--between herself and the life she knew in the American Midwest. She begins to make her own decisions: about cities, hotels, and dinner entrées. At airports, on trains, and in pensiones, Betsy takes her first steps into independence as she negotiates the brief, but intense relationships travelers have.

Armed with a book of travelers' phrases and a Swiss Army Knife, she brushes up against possibilities for connection, almost entering the life stories of the strangers she chances upon and whose paths we follow in alternating chapters. We become acquainted with a devout Muslim on a pilgrimage, a French financier raised on a rabbit farm, a lawyer on a solo honeymoon, a Pakistani gambler, a beguiling American threesome en route to Venice, an Italian hotel owner on Lake Como, and a passionate Irish protestor who literally carries her to safety from the streets of Dublin. Finally, back home, Betsy comes to the startling realization that her journey is only just beginning.

"Margaret Hermes writes with humor and wisdom about women who confuse sex for love and love for sex and cannot decide which one they prefer.--Mary Troy, author of Beauties and The Alibi Café

"Wise and confident . . . an exquisitely talented writer."--Bob Shacochis, National Book Award-winning author of Easy in the Islands and Swimming in the Volcano

 

About our Speakers

Margaret Hermes grew up in Chicago and lives in Saint Louis. Her short fiction collection, Relative Strangers, was the recipient of the Doris Bakwin Award. In addition to dozens of stories that have appeared in journals such as Fiction International, The Laurel Review, Confrontation, River Styx, and The Literary Review, and in anthologies such as 20 Over 40 and Under the Arch, her published and performed work includes a novel, The Phoenix Nest, and a stage adaptation of an Oscar Wilde fable. When not writing, she concentrates her energies on environmental issues.

Mary Troy is the author of the story collections CookieThe Alibi Café, and Joe Baker Is Dead, as well as the novels Swimming on Hwy N and Beauties. Her stories have appeared in the Chicago TribuneBoulevardGreensboro Review, and numerous other publications.

 

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Monday, August 16, 2021 - 7:00pm

Claire Luchette with Grace Perry - Agatha of Little Neon

Wednesday, August 11, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes debut novelist
Claire Luchette,
who will discuss her highly anticipated debut novel, 
Agatha of Little Neon,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on August 11.
Luchette will be in conversation with The Onion and Reductress contributor & author of The 2000s Made Me Gay
Grace Perry.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About Agatha of Little Neon

Blazingly original, wry, and perfectly attuned to the oddness--and the profundity--of life" (Cristina Henríquez), Claire Luchette's debut, Agatha of Little Neon, is a novel about yearning and sisterhood, figuring out how you fit in (or don't), and the unexpected friends who help you find your truest self

Agatha has lived every day of the last nine years with her sisters: they work together, laugh together, pray together. Their world is contained within the little house they share. The four of them are devoted to Mother Roberta and to their quiet, purposeful life.

But when the parish goes broke, the sisters are forced to move. They land in Woonsocket, a former mill town now dotted with wind turbines. They take over the care of a halfway house, where they live alongside their charges, such as the jawless Tim Gary and the headstrong Lawnmower Jill. Agatha is forced to venture out into the world alone to teach math at a local all-girls high school, where for the first time in years she has to reckon all on her own with what she sees and feels. Who will she be if she isn't with her sisters? These women, the church, have been her home. Or has she just been hiding?

Disarming, delightfully deadpan, and full of searching, Claire Luchette's Agatha of Little Neon offers a view into the lives of women and the choices they make. It is a novel about sisterhood, friendship, and devotion, about figuring out how we fit in (or don't), and about the unexpected friends who help us find our truest selves.

Vogue Best Book of the Year
A Best Book of the Summer: VogueRefinery29Lit Hub

"There's not a false step in this novel of sisterhood, belonging, and what it means to choose a life for yourself. Agatha of Little Neon is a brilliant testament to Claire Luchette's skill and original voice." --Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers

"Claire Luchette is a dazzlingly gifted new voice, a master at balancing a sneaky deadpan wit with deep and genuine pathos. Agatha of Little Neon brilliantly mixes the sacred and the transgressive, the solemn and the absurd, and the profound, contradictory longings for belonging and independence. This book is a moving meditation on how to be a woman in the world--and how to be a human." --Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Dreamers

 

About our Speakers

Claire Luchette has published work in the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Kenyon ReviewPloughshares, and Granta. A 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Luchette graduated from the University of Oregon MFA program and has received grants and scholarships from MacDowell, Yaddo, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Lighthouse Works, the Elizabeth George Foundation, and the James Merrill House. Agatha of Little Neon is Luchette's first novel.

Grace Perry's work has been published in a variety of outlets, including The New Yorker, New York magazine's The Cut, BuzzFeed, Outside, and Eater. She is also a longtime, regular contributor to The Onion and the feminist satire site Reductress. Most of her work, comedy and journalism alike, interrogates the intersection of queerness, pop culture and the internet. She lives in LA.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 - 7:00pm

Kyle Beachy with Danielle Dutton - Most Fun Thing

Tuesday, August 24, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes author, professor & St. Louis native
Kyle Beachy,
who will discuss his new book, 
The Most Fun Thing: Dispatches from a Skateboard Life,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on August 24th.
Beachy will be in conversation with St. Louis novelist and publisher
Danielle Dutton.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About Most Fun Thing: Dispatches from a Skateboard Life

Perfect for fans of Barbarian Days, this memoir in essays follows one man's decade-long quest to uncover the hidden meaning of skateboarding, and explores how this search led unexpectedly to insights on marriage, love, loss, American invention, and growing old.

In January 2012, creative writing professor and novelist Kyle Beachy published one of his first essays on skate culture, an exploration of how Nike's corporate strategy successfully gutted the once-mighty independent skate shoe market. Beachy has since established himself as skate culture's freshest, most illuminating, at times most controversial voice, writing candidly about the increasingly popular and fast-changing pastime he first picked up as a young boy and has continued to practice well into adulthood.

What is skateboarding? What does it mean to continue skateboarding after the age of forty, four decades after the kickflip was invented? How does one live authentically as an adult while staying true to a passion cemented in childhood? How does skateboarding shape one's understanding of contemporary American life? Of growing old and getting married?

Contemplating these questions and more, Beachy offers a deep exploration of a pastime--often overlooked, regularly maligned--whose seeming simplicity conceals universal truths. THE MOST FUN THING is both a rich account of a hobby and a collection of the lessons skateboarding has taught Beachy--and what it continues to teach him as he struggles to find space for it as an adult, a professor, and a husband.

"Reading The Most Fun Thing is the most fun thing that this reader has done in months. Kyle Beachy knows his skateboarding, but has even more to say about urban design, literary theory, marriage, the struggle for selfhood, the long-overdue exorcism of skate culture's misogyny and bigotry, and the eternal knife fight between capitalism and community. With an omnivorous and probing intelligence, Beachy views our tattered world through the scratched fish-eye lens of a skateboarder, and finds jewels of truth hidden everywhere he looks."-- Michael Christie, author of Greenwood and If I Fall, If I Die

"A candid, funny, and sometimes damning rumination on why we skateboard. The most thought-provoking writing on skateboarding I've ever read."-- Bing Liu, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Minding the Gap

 

About our Speakers

Kyle Beachy's first novel, The Slide (Dial Press, 2009), won The Chicago Reader's Best Book by a Chicago Author reader's choice award for the year. His short fiction has appeared in journals including Fanzine, Pank, Hobart, Juked, The Collagist, 5 Chapters, and others. His writing on skateboarding has appeared in The PointThe American ReaderThe ChicagoanFree Skateboard Magazine (UK & Europe), The Skateboard Mag (US), JenkemDeadspin, and The Classical. He teaches at Roosevelt University in Chicago and is a co-host on the skateboarding podcast Vent City with pro skater Ryan Lay and others.

Danielle Dutton is the author of Margaret the FirstSPRAWL, and Attempts at a Life. Her writing has also appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris ReviewHarper'sThe White ReviewFenceBOMB, and others. She is on the faculty of the writing program at Washington University in St. Louis and is co-founder and editor of the feminist press Dorothy, a publishing project.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 7:00pm

Charlie Jane Anders, P. Djeli Clark & Fonda Lee with DongWon Song

Monday, July 26, 6pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Alpha Workshop, Left Bank Books, & A Room of One's Own welcomes acclaimed & award winning science fiction authors
Charlie Jane Anders,
P. Djèlí Clark,
& Fonda Lee
who will discuss the craft of writing and their newest books 
on our Facebook Live Page at 6pm CT on July 26th.
Anders, Clark, & Lee will be in conversation with literary agent
DongWon Song.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 

This event is open to the public to join for a fantastic conversation with multiple award winning authors Charlie Jane Anders, P. Djèlí Clark, and Fonda Lee in conversation with literary agent DongWon Song! This is an incredible combination of authors with dozens of books and accolades from all over the world. Join us for this masterful panel!

 

About the Alpha Workshop - The Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Workshop for Young Writers

We’re looking for enthusiastic, talented young writers who have a strong interest in science fiction, fantasy, and/or horror. Students from anywhere in the world are welcome. In the past, students have attended Alpha from Canada, the United Kingdom, all over the United States, and even as far away as China, Turkey, Australia, and New Zealand.

Learn about writing and publishing. Meet other teens who share your interests. Talk about short stories, novels, and films. Have your application story critiqued. Brainstorm new ideas, write a first draft, receive feedback, and rewrite. Attend readings by the authors. Give your own public reading. Learn about submitting for publication, and send off your story at our submission party.

The workshop is small, with a maximum of 20 participants. Admission is based solely on the strength of the application story.

 

About our Speakers

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in the young-adult Unstoppable trilogy, along with the short story collection Even Greater Mistakes. Her other books include The City in the Middle of the Night and All the Birds in the Sky. Her fiction and journalism have appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostSlateMcSweeney'sMother Jones, the Boston ReviewTor.comTin HouseConjunctionsWired Magazine, and other places. Her TED Talk, Go Ahead, Dream About the Future got 700,000 views in its first week. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the podcast Our Opinions Are Correct.

Born in New York and raised mostly in Houston, P. Djèlí Clark spent the formative years of his life in the homeland of his parents, Trinidad and Tobago. He is the award winning and Hugo and Sturgeon nominated author of the novellas The Black God's Drums and The Haunting of Tram Car 015. His writings have appeared in online venues such as Tor.com, Daily Science Fiction, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Apex, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and in print anthologies including, Griots, Hidden Youth and Clockwork Cairo. His short story "The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Negro Teeth of Washington" ( Fireside Fiction) has earned him both a Nebula and Locus award. He is also a founding member of FIYAH Literary Magazine and an infrequent reviewer at Strange Horizons.

Fonda Lee is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of Jade City and the award-winning YA science fiction novels ZeroboxerExo, and Cross Fire. Born and raised in Canada, Lee is a black belt martial artist, a former corporate strategist, and an action movie aficionado who now lives in Portland, Oregon with her family.

DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. They were formerly an editor at Orbit, a product manager for an ebook startup, and has taught at institutions including Portland State University and New York University.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Monday, July 26, 2021 - 6:00pm

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