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Leah Gunning Francis - Faith After Ferguson

Thursday, February 24, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with a cover picture of the book "Faith After Ferguson" on the right half, while the left half has the headshots of author Leah Gunning Francis and event panelists Rev. Traci Blackmon, Rev. Mike Kinman, Rev. Karen Anderson, Rev. Shaun Jones, and Rev. Starsky Wilson.Left Bank Books welcomes author of Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community
Leah Gunning Francis,
who will discuss her anticipated follow-up
Faith After Ferguson: Resilient Leadership in Pursuit of Racial Justice,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on February 24th.
Leah Gunning Francis will be in conversation with
Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ (UCC)
Rev. Mike Kinman, Rector, All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA
Rev. Karen Anderson, Pastor, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Las Vegas, NV
Rev. Shaun Jones, Pastor, Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Ossining, NY
& Rev. Starsky Wilson, President of the Children's Defense Fund.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
About our Speakers
Dr. Leah Gunning Francis is a seminary dean, mother and the author of Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community. In June 2016, she became the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a Black mother of two sons, she has grounded her scholarship and activism in an ethic of love that honors the humanity of young black men in a society that too often has little regard for them.

Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ (UCC)

Rev. Mike Kinman, Rector, All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA

Rev. Karen Anderson, Pastor, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Las Vegas, NV

Rev. Shaun Jones, Pastor, Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Ossining, NY

Rev. Starsky Wilson, President of the Children's Defense Fund

 

About Faith After Ferguson: Resilient Leadership in Pursuit of Racial Justice

Learn from the courageous and resilient leaders on the front lines for justice and discover new ways of leading in the movement for racial justice.

Leah Gunning Francis (Ferguson and Faith, 2015) revisits the clergy and activists at the front lines of the Ferguson, MO, Black Lives Matter protests, to hear what they've learned in the struggle for justice and healing five years later. Weaving personal accounts of these activists and clergy with her own journey of activism over the past five years, Francis offers new insights on faith-filled living in response to social injustice, and shares lessons for organizing and mobilizing people to effect real change. The wisdom that emerges out of the stories in each chapter challenge us to awaken all of our senses and equip us to join God's transformative work of racial justice.

Francis also reflects on the traumatic impact of the four years under the Trump administration and the more recent events of racism and white supremacy showcased in the murder of George Floyd, the presidential election, and the Capitol riots in January 2021.

 

You can watch live on Left Bank's YouTube channel. To participate on Facebook, 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 can watch on either location without logging in, but in order to comment or interact with the program, you must be logged in.

Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 7:00pm

Daniel Abraham with Ty Franck - Age of Ash

Tuesday, February 22, 7pm CT
Virtual Event - Purchase the Book to gain access to the event

Rectangular image with headshot of author Daniel Abraham on the left half, a cover image of the book "Age of Ash" in the top right corner, and a headshot of author Ty Franck in the bottom right corner.Left Bank Books welcomes bestselling coauthor of the Expanse space opera series
Daniel Abraham,
who will discuss his new book in a new series,
Age of Ash (The Kithamar Trilogy #1),
in a private online event at 7pm CT on February 22nd.
Abraham will be in conversation with his co-author for the Expanse Series
Ty Franck.
To attend the event order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
About our Speakers
Daniel Abraham is the author of the critically-acclaimed Long Price Quartet and The Dagger and the Coinseries. He has been nominated for the Nebula and World Fantasy awards, and won the Hugo award and International Horror Guild award. He also writes as James S. A. Corey (with Ty Franck) and MLN Hanover. He lives in New Mexico.
James S.A. Corey is the pen name of fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. They both live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 
About Age of Ash (The Kithamar Trilogy #1)
From New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author Daniel Abraham, co-author of The Expanse , comes a monumental epic fantasy trilogy that unfolds within the walls of a single great city, over the course of one tumultuous year, where every story matters, and the fate of the city is woven from them all.
"An atmospheric and fascinating tapestry, woven with skill and patience." -Joe AbercrombieNew York Times bestselling author of A Little Hatred
Kithamar is a center of trade and wealth, an ancient city with a long, bloody history where countless thousands live and their stories unfold.
This is Alys's.
When her brother is murdered, a petty thief from the slums of Longhill sets out to discover who killed him and why. But the more she discovers about him, the more she learns about herself, and the truths she finds are more dangerous than knives.
Swept up in an intrigue as deep as the roots of Kithamar, where the secrets of the lowest born can sometimes topple thrones, the story Alys chooses will have the power to change everything.
"Age of Ash's Kithamar is a spectacular creation, a city brought to life by dense, intricate worldbuilding and subtle magic. Fans of Scott Lynch or Robert Jackson Bennett will enjoy this one."-- Django Wexler, author of Ashes of the Sun

 

To access the event, please purchase a copy of Age of Ash from Left Bank Books. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. You will receive an email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event. Thank you for supporting Left Bank Books!

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 7:00pm

PJ & Jamie Creek - We the People and the President

Wednesday, February 23, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with headshot of author PJ Creek on the top left, a headshot of author Jamie Creek on the bottom left, and a cover image of the book "We the People and the President" in the right half.Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis area authors and teachers
PJ Creek & Jamie Creek,
who will discuss their new book perfect for classrooms and curious readers
We the People and the President: An Infographic Look at the American Presidency,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on February 23rd.
The Creeks will be in conversation with TBA.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Signed copies are available now. PJ & Jamie Creek will also personalize copies upon request.
Discounts for classroom sets are available.
 
About We the People and the President: An Infographic Look at the American Presidency
Perfect for reluctant readers, and anyone interested in American history, We the People and the President offers a glimpse into the intricacy of the American presidency for a foundation of knowledge for the youngest of readers.
Ever wonder who the presidents really were?
Ever wonder if our electoral system will evolve or remain the same?
Who's your favorite president?
This accessible, uniquely formatted picture book from PJ and Jamie Creek covers it all! Find out everything you want to know about the United States presidency--who the presidents were; how we vote; whose votes count the most--in this book completely comprised of infographics.

 

About our Speakers

PJ and Jamie Creek teach middle school in southern Illinois. Each summer they travel the United States, exploring historic sites with their three children, Noah, Everett, and Charlotte. In 2006, they founded Periodic Presidents, a company designed to teach American history through art and infographics.

 

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, February 23, 2022 - 7:00pm

Leanne Brown - Good Enough

Thursday, February 3, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with a headshot of author Leanne Brown on the left top corner and a cover image of the book "Good Enough" on the right top corner, and the logos for Operation Food Search, Operation Chef, and Left Bank Books in bottom left corner, and the words, "Leanne Brown - Good Enough, Benefiting Operation Food Search" in the bottom right corner.Left Bank Books and Operation Food Search welcome author of the bestselling Good & Cheap
Leanne Brown,
who will discuss their highly anticipated new book
Good Enough: A Cookbook: Embracing the Joys of Imperfection and Practicing Self-Care in the Kitchen,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on February 3rd.
Brown will be in conversation with Community Nutrition Coordinator for Operation Food Search
Rachel Donahue.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
For EVERY copy of Good Enough: A Cookbook purchased through Left Bank Books,
Workman Publishing will donate a copy of Good & Cheap to Operation Food Search to assist with nutritional education!
 

About Good Enough: A Cookbook

You've got this!
Good enough is a cookbook, but it's as much about the healing process of cooking as it is about delicious recipes. It's about acknowledging the fears and anxieties many of us have when we get in the kitchen, then learning to let them go in the sensory experience of working with food. It's about slowing down, honoring the beautiful act of feeding yourself and your loved ones, and releasing the worries about whether what you've made is good enough. It is.

A generous mix of essays, stories, and nearly 100 dazzling recipes, Good Enough is a deeply personal cookbook. It's subject is more than Smoky Honey Shrimp Tacos with Spicy Fennel Slaw or Sticky Toffee Cookies; ultimately it's about learning to love and accept yourself, in and out of the kitchen.

"In a world cluttered by confusing messages about food, bodies, and where you belong, Good Enough is a comforting hug, helping you reimagine your relationship to cooking for more joy, flexibility, and fun!"
--Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN, author of Body Kindness

Good Enough is a cookbook full of tried-and-true, approachable and craveable recipes that will encourage even the most harried home cooks to enter their kitchens. But it's more than that. It's also a personal, moving meditation on the importance of self-care and self-nourishment through life's difficult times. Most of all, it is a testament to the life-changing power of radical acceptance."
--Gena Hamshaw, author of Power Plates and The Full Helping blog

One of Forbes’ 30 Under 30, winner of the prestigious IACP Judge’s Choice Award, and listed among the Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink by Food & Wine and Fortune magazines, Brown's IACP Cookbook Award-winning Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day showed that kitchen skill, not budget, is the key to great food. Helping those on the strictest of budgets—particularly those living on the U.S. food stamp allotment of $4.00 a day, its accessible and adaptable content changed the notion of what a cookbook could be and how it could help, and Leanne was featured everywhere from PBS Newshour and The Splendid Table to TODAY and The Washington Post.  

 

About our Speakers

Leanne Brown wrote Good and Cheap as the capstone for her master's in food studies from New York University. She and her husband live in New York City.

Rachel Donahue - As the Community Nutrition Coordinator, Rachel coordinates and teaches Operation Chef and Cooking Matter classes to community members. Additionally, she develops internal and external wellness programs, coordinates all nutrition education with partner agencies and develops nutrition education for social media. 
Rachel earned her Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition, Dietetics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She did graduate work in Kinesiology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. 
Rachel enjoys growing food in her garden when she isn't in the office. Additionally, she loves exercising, reading, traveling and spending lots of time with her six kids and husband.
“I’m passionate about teaching and working with people on how to grow their own food, cook, and enjoy food. Everyone deserves fresh healthy food and should have access to it.”

 

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, February 3, 2022 - 7:00pm

Jess T. Dugan - Look at me like you love me

Monday, February 28, 7pm CT
In person at the High Low
3301 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103
Please RSVP here
Watch virtually at Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page
 
Rectangular image with headshot of author Jess T Dugan on the left half, a cover image of the book "Look at me like you love me" in the top right corner, and a headshot of author Jessica Baran in the bottom right corner.Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis artist
Jess T. Dugan,
who will discuss the new photography collection
Look at me like you love me,
in person at the High Low
and virtually on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on February 28th.
Dugan will be in conversation with St. Louis poet
Jessica Baran.
Join us in person or on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
We are encouraging pre-orders for this book as we will have a limited supply available at the event. Pre-orders will ensure your copy at the event.
 
About Look at me like you love me
There is so much I can’t say in my photographs, though it’s all there, just below the surface, if you know what to look for.”

In Look at me like you love me, Jess T. Dugan reflects on desire, intimacy, companionship, and the ways our identities are shaped by these experiences. In this highly personal collection of work, Dugan brings together self-portraits, portraits of individuals and couples, and still lifes, interwoven with diaristic writings reflecting on relationships, solitude, family, loss, healing, and the transformations that define a life. Dugan has long used photography to understand their own identity and to connect with others on a deeper level. Their process of working slowly and collaboratively discloses moments of heightened psychological intensity in images that transcend the specifics of a particular person or place, engaging with what it means to know oneself alongside and through others. Using medium-format cameras and natural lighting, Dugan employs traditional photographic practices to depict these contemporary subjects, resulting in images that both evoke and reimagine the conventional dynamics of art-historical portraiture. Brought together here, these photographs function as an extended, oblique self-portrait as much as a catalogue of friends and loved ones. Through a diffuse but studied sequence of image and text, Look at me like you love me brings our attention to one of the most powerful and complex forms of intimacy – that of seeing and been seen.
 

About our Speakers

Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of identity through photographic portraiture. Their work has been widely exhibited and is in the permanent collections of over 40 museums throughout the United States. Their monographs include Look at me like you love me (MACK, 2022), To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults (Kehrer Verlag, 2018) and Every Breath We Drew (Daylight Books, 2015). They are the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, an ICP Infinity Award, and were selected by the Obama White House as an LGBT Artist Champion of Change.

Jessica Baran is a St. Louis-based art writer, poet and curator. She is the author of three poetry collections, and her art reviews and essays appear regularly in ArtforumArt in America and Burnaway, among other publications. In 2021, she was the recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writer Grant for short-form criticism.

 

For the in person event, we would ask that you RSVP through this Google Form. The presentation and conversation will start at 7pm at the High Low, 3301 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103.

For the virtual event, 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, February 28, 2022 - 7:00pm

Jessica P. Pryde with Kosoko Jackson - Black Love Matters

Monday, February 28, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with a headshot of author Jessica Pryde on the left half, a cover image of the book "Black Love Matters" in the top right corner, and a headshot of author Kosoko Jackson on the bottom right cornerLeft Bank Books welcomes Contributing Editor for Book Riot & Washington University in St. Louis Alumni 
Jessica P. Pryde,
who will discuss their "anthology that collects a refreshingly wide variety of perspectives on Black love"
Black Love Matters: Real Talk on Romance, Being Seen, and Happily Ever Afters,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on February 28th.
Pryde will be in conversation with YA and Adult author of the recently released I'm So (Not) Over You
Kosoko Jackson!
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About our Speakers
Jessica Pryde is a Contributing Editor for Book Riot, where she is the co-host of the When In Romance podcast and writes about bookish things of all kinds. Having earned an AB in the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis and her MLIS at San Jose State University, she is now a librarian for a public library system in Southern Arizona, where she lives with her husband and an ever-growing collection of Funko!Pops. Black Loves Matter is her first book.
 
Kosoko Jackson was born and raised in the DC Metro Area, and recently changed from a life obsessed with domestic politics to a life obsessed with international politics, which is different and the same all at the same time.
 
 

About Black Love Matters: Real Talk on Romance, Being Seen, and Happily Ever Afters

An incisive, intersectional essay anthology that celebrates and examines romance and romantic media through the lens of Black readers, writers, and cultural commentators, edited by Book Riot columnist and librarian Jessica Pryde.

Romantic love has been one of the most essential elements of storytelling for centuries. But for Black people in the United States and across the diaspora, it hasn't often been easy to find Black romance joyfully showcased in entertainment media. In this collection, revered authors and sparkling newcomers, librarians and academicians, and avid readers and reviewers consider the mirrors and windows into Black love as it is depicted in the novels, television shows, and films that have shaped their own stories. Whether personal reflection or cultural commentary, these essays delve into Black love now and in the past, including topics from the history of Black romance to social justice and the Black community to the meaning of desire and desirability.

Exploring the multifaceted ways love is seen--and the ways it isn't--this diverse array of Black voices collectively shines a light on the power of crafting happy endings for Black lovers.

Jessica Pryde is joined by Carole V. Bell, Sarah Hannah Gomez, Jasmine Guillory, Da'Shaun Harrison, Margo Hendricks, Adriana Herrera, Piper Huguley, Kosoko Jackson, Nicole M. Jackson, Beverly Jenkins, Christina C. Jones, Julie Moody-Freeman, and Allie Parker in this collection.

 
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/2021): 
An anthology that collects a refreshingly wide variety of perspectives on Black love. In her first book, Pryde, a librarian, contributing editor to Book Riot, and co-host of the When in Romance podcast, sets out to discuss often overlooked narratives regarding the joyfulness of Black love. "For more than 400 years," she writes in the introduction, "people of African descent have been treated abysmally in many nations of the world....Yet, whether free or enslaved, Black people throughout history have been able to find romantic love--regardless of their ability to marry--both inside and outside their own communities." Over the course of a dozen essays, the contributors confront the absence of faces and stories like theirs. As they show, telling the truth about Black love is fraught with obstacles, and misconceptions about interest in Black experiences abound. "According to Pew Research," writes Pryde, "the person most likely to read a book in the United States is a college-educated Black woman." However, essayists highlight their experiences with publishers who tell them their work won't sell. Others lay bare the tradition of the White-centered nature of most romance novels--and novels in general. In "Romance Has Broken My Dichotomous Key," Sarah Hannah Gomez writes, "I'm biracial, black/white, Chicana, adopted, Jewish. That's a lot of things, and I didn't see myself in a lot of books growing up." A theme of persistence emerges: Black writers must tell these stories no matter what, whether it involves self-publishing a book or designing a college course on Black love. The refreshing intersectionality of the book is reflected in such essays as "Finding Queer Black Women in Romance," "Writing in the Gaps: Black Latinx in Romance," and "Interracial Romance and the Single Story." The text also includes a list of relevant, recommended books, movies, and TV shows. Readers will come away with a robust education in Black love and literature. COPYRIGHT(2021) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
 
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, February 28, 2022 - 7:00pm

Jeffrey Ricker, 'Nathan Burgoine, J. Marshall Freeman - Three Left Turns to Nowhere

Wednesday, February 16, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with the left half a picture of the cover of "Three Left Turns to Nowhere," and the right half split vertical three ways for three headshots of the authors: Jeffrey Ricker, 'Nathan Burgoine, and J. Marshall Freeman.Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis young adult author
Jeffrey Ricker,
with his co-authors
 'Nathan Burgoine & J. Marshall Freeman
who will discuss their highly anticipated new book
Three Left Turns to Nowhere,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on February 16th.
Ricker, Burgoine, & Freeman will be in conversation with Left Bank Books'
Shane Mullen.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 

About Three Left Turns to Nowhere

Three strangers heading to a convention in Toronto are stranded in rural Ontario, where a small town with a subtle kind of magic leads each to discover what he's been searching for.

Ed Sinclair and his friends get stuck in Hopewell after their car breaks down. It's snark at first sight when he meets local mechanic Lyn, but while they're getting under each other's skin, the town might show them a way into one another's hearts.

Rome Epstein is out and proud and clueless about love. He's hosting a giant scavenger hunt at the convention, but ends up in Hopewell. When the town starts leaving him clues for its own scavenger hunt, he discovers a boy who could be the prize he's been searching for.

Fielding Roy has a gift for seeing the past. His trip to reunite with friends hits an unexpected stop in Hopewell, but a long-lost love letter and two local boys give him a chance to do more than watch the past. This time, Fielding might be able to fix the present.

 

About our Speakers

Jeffrey Ricker is the author of Detours (2011) and the YA fantasy The Unwanted (2014). His stories and essays have appeared in Foglifter, Phoebe, Little Fiction, The Citron Review, The Saturday Evening Post, and others. A 2014 Lambda Literary Fellow and recipient of a 2015 Vermont Studio Center residency, he has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and teaches creative writing at Webster University.

'Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. His first novel, Light, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Triad Blood and Triad Soul are also available from Bold Strokes Books, as is his YA novel Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks and his first collection, Of Echoes Born. For novella lovers, In MemoriamHandmade HolidaysFaux Ho HoVillage Fool, and A Little Village Blend are shorter queer romances (often with a dash of speculative fiction). A cat lover, 'Nathan managed to fall in love and marry Daniel, who is a confirmed dog person. They live in Ottawa, Canada—with their rescued husky, in case you were wondering how the cat-dog thing turned out.

J. Marshall Freeman is a writer of fiction and poetry, a musician, and a graphic designer. He is a two-time winner of the Saints+Sinners fiction contest (2017 and 2019). Upcoming work includes the young adult adventure novel Barnabas Bopwright Saves the City and the climate change science fiction novel Cicada Climbs from the Earth. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his husband and dog.

 

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, February 16, 2022 - 7:00pm

Paul Tran - All the Flowers Kneeling

Saturday, February 12, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with headshot of poet Paul Tran on the left half and a cover image of the book "All the Flowers Kneeling" on the right half.Left Bank Books welcomes former Washington University in St. Louis Senior Poetry Fellow and acclaimed poet
Paul Tran,
who will discuss their highly anticipated new book
All the Flowers Kneeling,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on February 12th.
Tran will be in conversation with TBA.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
 
About All the Flowers Kneeling
 

"Paul Tran's debut collection of poems is indelible, this remarkable voice transforming itself as you read, eventually transforming you." --Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

"A stunning debut." --Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author of Memorial Drive

A profound meditation on physical, emotional, and psychological transformation in the aftermath of imperial violence and interpersonal abuse, from a poet both "tender and unflinching" (Khadijah Queen)

Visceral and astonishing, Paul Tran's debut poetry collection All the Flowers Kneeling investigates intergenerational trauma, sexual violence, and U.S. imperialism in order to radically alter our understanding of freedom, power, and control. In poems of desire, gender, bodies, legacies, and imagined futures, Tran's poems elucidate the complex and harrowing processes of reckoning and recovery, enhanced by innovative poetic forms that mirror the nonlinear emotional and psychological experiences of trauma survivors. At once grand and intimate, commanding and deeply vulnerable, All the Flowers Kneeling revels in rediscovering and reconfiguring the self, and ultimately becomes an essential testament to the human capacity for resilience, endurance, and love.

 

"'Who / can deter- / mine what's inside / another? What is risked / when we enter?' asks Paul Tran in their masterful debut All the Flowers Kneeling, an elegant meditation on many things--history, inheritance, language, trauma, how the self tricks the self, defiance--but maybe especially about penetration in its doubleness, both as violation and as relentless inquiry, an insistence on knowing. In poems as virtuosic in their thinking as in their prosodic inventiveness, Tran interrogates meaning itself. Do suffering and knowing go together--must they? Can a story about surviving be the same as a story about love? 'Wasn't the word for injury the same in Vietnamese as the word for love?' Do we survive the past, or merely leave it behind? The gift of these poems lies in their heroic refusal to accept--or indeed to offer up--the usual, too-easy answers. 'A poem is a mirror / I use to look / not at but into myself. / My story. / Mystery.' All the Flowers Kneeling maps the journey past bewilderment, to knowing, to, finally, the mystery of unknowing, where history falls away, where--bravely, stripped equally of regret and apology--the life we get to choose for ourselves begins."
--Carl Phillips, author of Pale Colors in a Tall Field

"Ravishing was the word that came to my mind the first time I read Paul Tran's impressive debut collection-- Ravishing, as in gorgeousravishing, as in carried awayto ravish to drag off by force; to plunder. All the Flowers Kneeling is an extended investigation into what William James called traumata, 'thorns in the spirit, ' and Tran is our compassionate, exacting, guide: 'By my own / Invention, I found a way. I'm no artifact. Between art and fact: I.' Formally inventive, psychologically acute, unafraid to address the complex dynamics of relational trauma both inherited and experienced, Tran's debut demonstrates the capacity of poetry to tell the truths which will set you free."
--Dana Levin, author of Banana Palace

 

About our Speakers

Paul Tran received their BA in history from Brown University and MFA in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis, where they were the chancellor's graduate fellow and senior poetry fellow. They have been awarded a 2021 Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Currently a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University, Paul's work appears in The New YorkerPoetry, and elsewhere.

 

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.

Saturday, February 12, 2022 - 7:00pm

Bernadine Evaristo - Manifesto

Wednesday, February 9, 1pm CT
Virtual Event - Purchase the Book or $5 Admission Ticket for admission to the event 

Left Bank Books welcomes Booker Prize award-winning and bestselling author
Bernadine Evaristo,
who will discuss her new book 
Manifesto: On Never Giving Up,
in a private online event at 1pm CT on February 9th.
Evaristo will be in conversation with Left Bank Books'
Kris Kleindienst & Danielle King.
To attend the event order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
A $5 Admission Ticket is also available to access this event.
 
About Manifesto: On Never Giving Up

From the bestselling and Booker Prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo's memoir of her own life and writing, and her manifesto on unstoppability, creativity, and activism

Bernardine Evaristo's 2019 Booker Prize win was a historic and revolutionary occasion, with Evaristo being the first Black woman and first Black British person ever to win the prize in its fifty-year history. Girl, Woman, Other was named a favorite book of the year by President Obama and Roxane Gay, was translated into thirty-five languages, and has now reached more than a million readers.

Evaristo's astonishing nonfiction debut, Manifesto, is a vibrant and inspirational account of Evaristo's life and career as she rebelled against the mainstream and fought over several decades to bring her creative work into the world. With her characteristic humor, Evaristo describes her childhood as one of eight siblings, with a Nigerian father and white Catholic mother, tells the story of how she helped set up Britain's first Black women's theatre company, remembers the queer relationships of her twenties, and recounts her determination to write books that were absent in the literary world around her. She provides a hugely powerful perspective to contemporary conversations around race, class, feminism, sexuality, and aging. She reminds us of how far we have come, and how far we still have to go. In Manifesto, Evaristo charts her theory of unstoppability, showing creative people how they too can visualize and find success in their work, ignoring the naysayers.

Both unconventional memoir and inspirational text, Manifesto is a unique reminder to us all to persist in doing work we believe in, even when we might feel overlooked or discounted. Evaristo shows us how we too can follow in her footsteps, from first vision, to insistent perseverance, to eventual triumph.

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Time

"Part memoir and part meditation on determination, creativity, and activism . . . A beautiful ode to determination and daring and an intimate look at one of our finest writers."-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"What a fascinating life Evaristo has led . . . An inspiring yet unassuming memoir from a woman of indomitable creative energy."-- Booklist (starred review)

"In lithe prose, [Evaristo] tackles her complicated relationship with sexuality, reminisces on hustling her early books into readers' hands and finding 'a room of my own' in her writing later in life, and dispenses advice on cultivating creativity and intergenerational consciousness . . . Readers will find much to ruminate over in this meditation on the power of art and persistence."-- Publishers Weekly

"Fans of Evaristo's work will discover in Manifesto the passionate core of this unstoppable force in 21st-century literature . . . Evaristo's personal manifesto, summarized at the end of this remarkable book, is ripe with inspiration for those who come after her, her advice timeless and applicable to readers at every stage of their artistic endeavors . . . A Booker Prize-winning British author's soulful memoir captures the essence of her creativity and offers inspirational guidance to emerging writers."-- Shelf Awareness

 

About our Speaker

Bernardine Evaristo is the 2019 winner of the Booker Prize for Girl, Woman, Other, which was a national bestseller and a winner and finalist for many awards including the Women's Prize for Fiction and the Dublin Literary Award. Evaristo is the author of seven other books that explore aspects of the African diaspora. Her writing spans verse fiction, short fiction, poetry, essays, literary criticism, and drama. Evaristo is President of the Royal Society of Literature, Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London, and an Honorary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. She received an OBE in 2020, and lives in London with her husband. Her most recent book is Manifesto: On Never Giving Up.

@BernardineEvari
www.bevaristo.com

 

To access the event, please purchase a copy of Manifesto from Left Bank Books or purchase a $5 admission ticket. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. You will receive an email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event. Thank you for supporting Left Bank Books!

 

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 1:00pm

Jo Allison - Storied & Scandalous St. Louis

Tuesday, January 25, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page
St. Charles City-County Library Facebook Page
 
Rectangular image with the logos for Left Bank Books, St Charles City-County Library, and Sisters in Crime in the bottom left corner, a Headshot of author Jo Allison is the left half of the image, a headshot of author Fedora Amis in the bottom right corner, and a picture of the cover of the book "Storied & Scandalous St. Louis" in the upper right cornerLeft Bank Books, St. Charles City-County Library & Sisters in Crime - St. Louis welcome former Missouri journalist & author
Jo Allison
(the pen name of Linda Dobkins),
who will discuss her new book
Storied & Scandalous St. Louis: A History of Breweries, Baseball, Prejudice, and Protest,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on January 25th.
Allison will be in conversation with President of Sisters in Crime - St. Louis Chapter
Fedora Amis.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

 

About Storied & Scandalous St. Louis

In the years from its founding in 1764 to the mid-twentieth century, St. Louis saw more than its share of shady, sad, storied, and scandalous citizens. They weren’t married when they should have been or were married to too many at once. They carried notions of honor too far or lacked honor at all in their dealings in matters of race, class, immigration, gender, and good government. They faced nature’s fury from tornadoes to exploding sewers and managed to play politics with all of it. In between, they offered moments of glory. In short, the very human St. Louisans of the past gave us good tales for the retelling, the better that they’re true.

 

About our Speakers

Jo Allison (the pen name of Linda Dobkins) spent ten years as a journalist, mostly for newspapers. She was the first woman to do television news in her home town of Joplin, Missouri. Although she went on to teaching and researching, she believes reporting was the best education she could have had. She now lives in Bristol, Virginia. More information is available on her website, joallisonauthor.com.

Fedora Amis won the Mayhaven Fiction Prize for her Victorian whodunit, Jack the Ripper in St. Louis. Five-Star Cengage published her next two Jemmy McBustle mysteries: Mayhem at Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Have Your Ticket Punched by Frank James.
She has one son, Skimmer, who partners Fedora in writing science fiction, fantasy and magical realism.
     “Why do I write? I love words—always have--reading them, writing them. I even like looking them up in the dictionary. So call me eccentric. Call me crazy—but call me a writer.”

 

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.

The Sisters in Crime Greater St. Louis Chapter is dedicated to helping every writer achieve the dream of publication. It is a place for men and women to find camaraderie and encouragement. Our main goal is to create an active, non-competitive atmosphere for writers, readers, and other lovers of the mystery genre. https://sistersincrimestl.org/
 
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 7:00pm

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