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Paul Arguin and Chris Taylor - Fabulous Modern Cookies

Saturday, May 21, 9am-3pm CT
In person at La Pâtisserie Chouquette
1626 Tower Grove Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
 
La Pâtisserie Chouquette & Left Bank Books welcome accomplished scientists and bakers
Paul Arguin & Chris Taylor,
who will discuss their new cookbook reinventing America's most traditional handheld dessert--the cookie--
in person at La Pâtisserie Chouquette on Saturday, May 21st.
Drop in anytime between 9am-3pm to meet and chat with the authors!
Order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
If you are unable to attend in person, you can request a personalized copy of the book by leaving your request in the order comments.
 
 

 

"Delicious and dazzling...for cookie fanatics, this one is sure to be a hit!" - Publisher's Weekly, starred review

Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin bring fresh perspective and heaps of creativity to everything they bake. Now reinventing America's most traditional handheld dessert--the cookie--they offer 100 reliable and exciting recipes that are sure to impress. From Pumpkin Snickercrinkles to Black-Bottom Lemon Squares, and Coffee Bean Crunchers to Bronze Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, these are next-level cookies.

Combining their passion for serious baking with their professional backgrounds as accomplished scientists, Taylor and Arguin apply new methods and modern ingredient pairings to develop novel base recipes with innovative techniques. In these pages, they share what they've learned in lively tips and tricks for every recipe and style of cookie. Complete with mouthwatering photos, options to make ahead, decorate, or infinitely adapt, these outside-the-box recipes are the very definition of fabulous.

 

“Chris and Paul have done for the cookie what Salvador Dali did for art: unbridled imagination married to a slightly subversive yet joyous enthusiasm, from Waldorf Blondies to Pumpkin Snickercrinkles.” —CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL, founder, Milk Street 

Taylor and Arguin (The New Pie), two scientists who fell in love and married thanks in part to a shared affection for baking, whip together their passion and smarts in this delicious and dazzling volume. Employing rigorous techniques and innovative flavor combinations, they offer 100 boundary-pushing takes on cookies, from dropped and rolled confections to ones shaped like mustaches and bananas. Riffs on both American and international classics rely on unconventional ingredients to boost flavor. Bronze butter chocolate chip cookies, for instance, use dry milk powder to deepen toffee notes, while the addition of red curry paste to peanut butter cookies yields a Southeast Asian–inspired twist. Insightful intros to sections feature expert ingredient and equipment guides (perfectionists will especially relish the detailed breakdown of scoop sizes and 'proper portion placement' for drop cookies). To balance the seriousness, the authors sprinkle in cheeky rhyming headnotes—'The addition of fig/ Is something you’ll dig,' they declare before introducing their fig and maple nut slices—and nods to cultural touchstones, including the rye and honey–based Everybody Ryes (an homage to the late Stephen Sondheim) and heart-shaped Stonewalls that get their rainbow speckles from Fruity Pebbles. For cookie fanatics, this one’s sure to be a hit. Agent: Joy Tutela, David Black Literary. (Apr.) --PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, starred review

 

Paul Arguin is an accomplished scientist and baker. Alongside his husband Chris Taylor, he is the co-author of the IACP award-nominated The New Pie (2019). He lives with his husband in Atlanta, Georgia.

Chris Taylor is an accomplished scientist and baker. Alongside his husband Paul Arguin, he is the co-author of the IACP award-nominated The New Pie (2019). He lives with his husband in Atlanta, Georgia.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chris Taylor + Paul Arguin (@floursugarbutter) • Instagram photos and videos

 

La Pâtisserie Chouquette was founded in 2013, and specializes in French pastry with nods to pop culture and historical references. 
Chouquette is named after a tiny pastry eaten on your wedding day in the north of France.
 
Simone Faure is a Pastry Chef and owner of Chouquette, a French inspired boutique pastry shop In St. Louis Mo. Simone is a New Orleans native who got her start with the world renowned Ritz Carlton Hotel chain before moving with the company to St Louis. She has baked for numerous celebrities including LL Cool J, Missy Elliot, Jodi Foster, Brad Pitt, Queen Latifah and more. Simone has been featured on Food Network, Martha Stewart Weddings, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Faure lives in St. Louis with her husband and son.
 
 
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 9:00am

Riley Sager - The House Across the Lake

Wednesday, June 22, 7pm CT
In person at Ethical Society of St. Louis
9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117
Watch virtually at Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page
**Vaccination and masks required for in-person attendance**
RSVP for in-person attendance requested here
 
Left Bank Books welcomes New York Times bestselling author of six novels
Riley Sager,
who will discuss his newest thriller that is "the work of a master storyteller,"
The House Across the Lake,
in person at Ethical Society of St. Louis
and virtually at 7pm CT on June 22nd.
Join us in person or on our YouTube or Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
You can request a personalized copy of the book by leaving your request in the order comments.
 
 
 
 
Riley Sager is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, most recently Home Before Dark and Survive the Night. A native of Pennsylvania, he now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
 
 
 
The New York Times bestselling author of Final Girls and Survive the Night ("a master of the twist and the turn"*) is back with his most unexpected thriller yet.
*Rolling Stone


Be careful what you watch for . . .

Casey Fletcher, a recently widowed actress trying to escape a streak of bad press, has retreated to the peace and quiet of her family's lake house in Vermont. Armed with a pair of binoculars and several bottles of bourbon, she passes the time watching Tom and Katherine Royce, the glamorous couple living in the house across the lake. They make for good viewing--a tech innovator, Tom is powerful; and a former model, Katherine is gorgeous.

One day on the lake, Casey saves Katherine from drowning, and the two strike up a budding friendship. But the more they get to know each other--and the longer Casey watches--it becomes clear that Katherine and Tom's marriage isn't as perfect as it appears. When Katherine suddenly vanishes, Casey immediately suspects Tom of foul play. What she doesn't realize is that there's more to the story than meets the eye--and that shocking secrets can lurk beneath the most placid of surfaces.

Packed with sharp characters, psychological suspense, and gasp-worthy plot twists, Riley Sager's The House Across the Lake is the ultimate escapist read . . . no lake house required.

 

The House Across the Lake is the work of a master storyteller. A Hitchcockian premise is given an exciting new spin, as voyeurism, murder, and the lies we tell ourselves about our nearest and dearest spiral out of control in this gripping mystery, where nothing is what it seems. I had a thrilling time reading this. An unputdownable page-turner. --Alex Michaelides, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient and The Maidens

Riley Sager is an auto-buy for me, and his latest propulsive thriller, The House Across The Lake, may just be my favorite of his yet. With his characteristic mix of dynamic characters and riveting plot twists, Sager will keep you turning the pages in his foray into secrets, grief, revenge, and love. --Laura Dave, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Thing He Told Me

The House Across the Lake pulls you under on the first page and doesn't let you come up for air. With fascinating characters, a suffocating setting, and an intriguing premise, Riley Sager relentlessly turns up the tension on every page. Good luck putting this book down. --Simone St. James, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Cold Cases

[An] outstanding novel of suspense.... Sager brilliantly misdirects readers while playing fair with them. Newcomers and fans both will be eager to see what he pulls off in his next book. --Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Go into the book blind for a full experience. The clues are definitely there for you to piece together but I was still surprised. You will be questioning everyone and everything, making this book such a fun read." --Mystery and Suspense

 

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 - 7:00pm

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi - How to Raise an Antiracist

Tuesday, June 21, 7pm CT
In person at The Grandel Theatre
3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis, MO 63103
Tickets available through MetroTix for in person attendance with each ticket to include one book.
**Vaccination and masks required for in-person attendance**
To attend virtually, please purchase a virtual ticket to include one book.
 
Left Bank Books welcomes one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi,
who will discuss the book that every parent, caregiver, and teacher needs to raise the next generation of antiracist thinkers,
How to Raise an Antiracist,
in person at The Grandel
and virtually at 7pm CT on June 21st.
Tickets are available through MetroTix for the in person event or Left-Bank.com for the virtual event.
Join us in person or virtually. Each ticket will include one copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Dr. Kendi will be joined by special guest
Cbabi Bayoc
to celebrate the release of Goodnight Racism by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and illustrated by St. Louis artist Cbabi Bayoc.
 
 
 
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor. He is the host of the new action podcast Be Antiracist. Dr. Kendi is the author of many highly acclaimed books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, making him the youngest-ever winner of that award. He has also produced five straight #1 New York Times bestsellers, including How to Be an Antiracist, Antiracist Baby, and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored by Jason Reynolds. In 2020, Time magazine named Dr. Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He was awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the Genius Grant.
 
 
The book that every parent, caregiver, and teacher needs to raise the next generation of antiracist thinkers, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Grant.

The tragedies and reckonings around racism that are rocking the country have created a specific crisis for parents, educators, and other caregivers: How do we talk to our children about racism? How do we teach children to be antiracist? How are kids at different ages experiencing race? How are racist structures impacting children? How can we inspire our children to avoid our mistakes, to be better, to make the world better?

These are the questions Ibram X. Kendi found himself avoiding as he anticipated the birth of his first child. Like most parents or parents-to-be, he felt the reflex to not talk to his child about racism, which he feared would stain her innocence and steal away her joy. But research and experience changed his mind, and he realized that raising his child to be antiracist would actually protect his child, and preserve her innocence and joy. He realized that teaching students about the reality of racism and the myth of race provides a protective education in our diverse and unequal world. He realized that building antiracist societies safeguards all children from the harms of racism.

Following the accessible genre of his internationally bestselling How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi combines a century of scientific research with a vulnerable and compelling personal narrative of his own journey as a parent and as a child in school. The chapters follow the stages of child development from pregnancy to toddler to schoolkid to teenager. It is never too early or late to start raising young people to be antiracist.

 

"Both memoir and call to action, Ibram X. Kendi's insightful book rightly encourages the critical thinking that all adults need to engage the children they love in the most essential conversations about racism. Don't fool yourself--silence is not a helpful strategy! If you want to raise empowered, antiracist children, read this book, take a deep breath, and start talking." --Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations About Race

"With the fierce devotion of a parent who demands a safer world for his child, our most trusted voice on antiracism reveals the critical role of parents, caregivers, and teachers in fostering either racist or antiracist attitudes in all children. Rendered intimate with stories from his own childhood and his parenting journey, this book is as compassionate as it is cogent and timely. Ibram X. Kendi once again lights the way." --Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kids for Success

"The littlest human being can learn to be an antiracist. Antiracist parenting is imperative as white supremacists recruit on the internet daily; parents need to be proactive by developing the skills and language to understand the parenting journey of antiracism. With love, vulnerability, and the remarkable brilliance we have now come to expect in his books, Kendi walks us through this journey. No matter where you are as an antiracist parent or the age of your child, this book is for you." --Bettina Love, author of We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 7:00pm

G'Ra Asim - Boyz N the Void - Paperback Release Party with special guests Baby Got Back Talk

Tuesday, May 10, 7pm CT
In person at Heavy Anchor
5226 Gravois Ave, St. Louis, MO 63116
$10 cover or $8 discounted cover with purchase of Boyz N the Void
Tickets available at the door
This event is strictly 21+
 
Left Bank Books welcomes writer, musician, and St. Louis native
G'Ra Asim,
who will celebrate the paperback release of 
Boyz n the Void: a mixtape to my brother,
at the Heavy Anchor at 7pm CT on May 10th.
Baby Got Back Talk
will follow the discussion and reading with a live concert!
Join us in person and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
G'Ra Asim is a writer, a musician, and an assistant professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis. He has served as writing director at the African American Policy Forum and as graduate teaching fellow in Columbia's Undergraduate Writing Program. His work has appeared in SlateSalonGuernicaThe Baffler, and The New Republic. When not writing prose or teaching, he sings, plays bass and writes lyrics for NYC DIY pop punk band babygotbacktalk, who were named one of AfroPunk's "Top 8 Punkest Bands on the Planet Right Now."
 

Baby Got Back Talk is a D–I–Why?–because–we–gotta punk party. Their debut album “Genre Reveal Party” is OUT NOW! Driven by a DIY ethic, conversant with social issues — especially as they pertain to gender and race, enabled by interweb, bankrolled by day jobs, resonant with the most venerable iterations of punk but firmly committed to injecting some new flavor into the mold. Visit their website at babygotbacktalk.com

 
G'Ra Asim- vocals/bass
Rhi Hernandez - keys/vocals
Jake Lazaroff - guitar/vocals
Wes Ruiz - drums
 
 
Writing to his brother, G'Ra Asim reflects on building his own identity while navigating Blackness, masculinity, and young adulthood--all through wry social commentary and music/pop culture critique

How does one approach Blackness, masculinity, otherness, and the perils of young adulthood? For G'Ra Asim, punk music offers an outlet to express himself freely. As his younger brother, Gyasi, grapples with finding his footing in the world, G'Ra gifts him with a survival guide for tackling the sometimes treacherous cultural terrain particular to being young, Black, brainy, and weird in the form of a mixtape.

Boyz n the Void: a mixtape to my brother blends music and cultural criticism and personal essay to explore race, gender, class, and sexuality as they pertain to punk rock and straight edge culture. Using totemic punk rock songs on a mixtape to anchor each chapter, the book documents an intergenerational conversation between a Millennial in his 30s and his zoomer teenage brother. Author, punk musician, and straight edge kid, G'Ra Asim weaves together memoir and cultural commentary, diving into the depths of everything from theory to comic strips, to poetry to pizza commercials to mapping the predicament of the Black creative intellectual.

With each chapter dedicated to a particular song and placed within the context of a fraternal bond, Asim presents his brother with a roadmap to self-actualization in the form of a Doc Martened foot to the behind and a sweaty, circle-pit-side-armed hug.

Listen to the author's playlist while you read! Access the playlist here: https://sptfy.com/a18b

 

"With Boyz n the Void, [Asim] uses the virtues that have been used against him--his skepticism, shrewdness and liminality--to assert his existence, as a young Black man insisting to be acknowledged in a world that either cannot or refuses to see him." -- The Washington Post

"Like any great mixtape, Asim's compilation is the most personalized of gifts. . . . Written with love, erudition, and the utmost respect, Boyz n the Void is a genuine keepsake." --Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout

"There are just some voices that stop you cold, as resonances of some familiar brilliance but also of something so original, so compelling that you have no choice but to take notice. G'Ra Asim is one of those voices." --Mark Anthony Neal, author of Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities

"A spellbinding odyssey and a magnificent debut for an exciting young author and thinker." --Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, cofounder and executive director of the African American Policy Forum

"Full of dopamine hits and heartbreak. You don't want to stop listening, even when it aches. It becomes part of you. These essays are rigorous and tender and funny all at once, charged with humor that doesn't deflect from difficult honesty so much as it takes you deeper into the maze of truth." --Leslie JamisonNew York Times best-selling author of The Empathy Exams

"A critical ethnography of growing up black and punk in the aughts. Asim strikes a balance between total immersion in the scene and the intimacy of a letter sent between brothers. . . . Boyz n the Void is essential reading for black weirdos, punks of all ages, and those invested in impeccably rendered American history." --Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, author of Slingshot

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 7:00pm

Kelly Barnhill - When Women Were Dragons

Saturday, May 7, 7pm CT
In person at Ethical Society of St. Louis
9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117
Watch virtually at Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page
**Vaccination and masks required for in-person attendance**
RSVP for in-person attendance requested here
 
Left Bank Books welcomes Newbery Award-Winning and Bestselling Author
Kelly Barnhill,
who will discuss her debut adult novel that "packs a punch,"
When Women Were Dragons,
in person at Ethical Society of St. Louis
and virtually at 7pm CT on May 7th.
Join us in person or on our YouTube or Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
You can request a personalized copy of the book by leaving your request in the order comments.
 
 
 
 
KELLY BARNHILL has written several middle grade novels, including The Girl Who Drank the Moon, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2017 John Newbery Medal. She is also the recipient of the World Fantasy Award, and has been a finalist for the SFWA Andre Norton Nebula Award and the PEN America Literary Award. She lives in Minneapolis with her family.
 
 
A rollicking feminist tale set in 1950s America where thousands of women have spontaneously transformed into dragons, exploding notions of a woman's place in the world and expanding minds about accepting others for who they really are. - The first adult novel by the Newbery award-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Alex Green is a young girl in a world much like ours, except for its most seminal event: the Mass Dragoning of 1955, when hundreds of thousands of ordinary wives and mothers sprouted wings, scales, and talons; left a trail of fiery destruction in their path; and took to the skies. Was it their choice? What will become of those left behind? Why did Alex's beloved aunt Marla transform but her mother did not? Alex doesn't know. It's taboo to speak of.

Forced into silence, Alex nevertheless must face the consequences of this astonishing event: a mother more protective than ever; an absentee father; the upsetting insistence that her aunt never even existed; and watching her beloved cousin Bea become dangerously obsessed with the forbidden.

In this timely and timeless speculative novel, award-winning author Kelly Barnhill boldly explores rage, memory, and the tyranny of forced limitations. When Women Were Dragons exposes a world that wants to keep women small--their lives and their prospects--and examines what happens when they rise en masse and take up the space they deserve.

 
"Ferociously imagined, incandescent with feeling, this book is urgent and necessary and as exhilarating as a ride on dragonback." -- Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians Trilogy

"Completely fierce, unmistakably feminist, and subversively funny, When Women Were Dragons brings the heat to misogyny with glorious imagination and talon-sharp prose. Check the skies tonight--you might just see your mother." -- Bonnie Garmus, author of Lessons in Chemistry

"A complex, heartfelt story about following your heart and opening your mind to new possibilities. This novel's magic goes far beyond the dragons." -- Kirkus (starred review)

"A deeply felt exploration of feminism in an alternate fantastical history...This allegory packs a punch." -- Publishers Weekly

Saturday, May 7, 2022 - 7:00pm

Lucy Jane Bledsoe - No Stopping Us Now

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

Left Bank Books welcomes award winning and acclaimed author
Lucy Jane Bledsoe,
who will discuss "a timeless and triumphant story of courage in the face of opposition,"
No Stopping Us Now,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on May 19th.
Bledsoe will be in conversation with Left Bank Books' owner
Kris Kleindienst.
Join us on our YouTube & Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Lucy Jane Bledsoe will be signing bookplates available with purchase from Left Bank Books.
 
 
Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of eight books of fiction, for both adults and young people. Lava Falls, stories about kickass survivor girls who take on the religious right and uranium mining lobbyists, won of the 2019 Devil's Kitchen Fiction Award. Ms. Magazine called her novel The Evolution of Love, about how those who develop the muscles of compassion and inclusion will win the evolutionary lottery (in the long run), "fabulous feminist fiction." The New York Times said her novel A Thin Bright Line "triumphs as an intimate and humane evocation of day-to-day life under inhumane circumstances." Bledsoe's fiction has won a California Arts Council Fellowship in Literature, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, a Pushcart nomination, a Yaddo Fellowship, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. She's been a writer in residence in Antarctica and Cuba. Bledsoe loves basketball, mountains, cats, and books. She currently lives in Berkeley, CA.
 
 

"A timeless and triumphant story of courage in the face of opposition." --Foreword Reviews (starred review)

It's 1974. Title IX has passed two years ago, but Louisa's high school still refuses to fund an all girls' basketball team. After hearing Gloria Steinem speak, Louisa learns an important lesson: "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off." Now what can she do but stand up and fight back?

When Louisa asks her principal to start a girls team, she's soon viciously targeted by male coaches at her school, lied to by the school board, and dismissed as "out of line" as she fights for a fair chance to be an athlete. No Stopping Us Now is a story about finding one's own voice through the joys of sports, love, and the power of sisterhood. Based on the author's true story, it is a compelling examination of the courage it takes to stand up for what's right.

Young adult, LGBTQ historical fiction perfect for the 50th anniversary of Title IX in June 2022.

"Lucy Bledsoe conjures up everyday sexism on the cusp of Title IX with powerful immediacy. From Shirley Chisholm and Gloria Steinem, to macrame and hip-huggers, we are solidly in 1974. Yet there's something absolutely contemporary in the way Bledsoe captures the perils, the highs, and the awkward, nonverbal jostling of high school social life. No Stopping Us Now takes a historic moment for women's sports and replays it in all its sweaty, visceral glory." --Alison Bechdel, author, Fun Home and The Secret to Superhuman Strength

"No Stopping Us Now is full of such heart, love and courage. A stunning and brave journey from start to finish, I loved Louisa and her bold crew of superstar athletes who rose up together to be seen, valued and heard. This is a book to be treasured, taught and shared. I want my children and students to know what it means to fight for what you believe in. To take up space, to raise your voice and most of all, to get on the court and play." --Ellen Hagan, author, Don't Call Me a Hurricane

"A timeless and triumphant story of courage in the face of opposition, as well as a glimpse into the early days of Title IX's implementation. Knowledgeable about, and appreciative of, the trailblazers who fought for fairness and equal opportunities for women in sports, No Stopping Us Now is an excellent historical novel." --Foreword Reviews (starred review)

"The cause is just, the action absorbing, the sexist flack still all too familiar." --Kirkus Reviews


 
Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 7:00pm

Independent Bookstore Day 2022 at Left Bank Books

Saturday, April 30
In-store 10am-8pm

Left Bank Books is excited for our 2022
Independent Bookstore Day Celebration
on Saturday, April 30.

 

That day, the community is invited to participate in in-store special promotions, activities for children, opportunities to purchase exclusive merchandise, and an evening online author event.

 

Activities planned for the Independent Bookstore Day celebration include:

Special promotions for that day only include:

  • a free Left Bank Books sticker AND free media mail shipping on online orders when you spend $100 or more through our website (from midnight to midnight); 
  • a free Left Bank Books tote bag when you spend $75 or more in-person inside the store (while supplies last); 
  • a free "blind date with a book" when a minimum $5 donation is made in-person to the Left Bank Books Foundation nonprofit (while supplies last);
  • a free Left Bank Books Foundation sticker when you create or renew a $20-level Friends Membership (while supplies last);
  • a free Left Bank Books mug when you create or renew a $100-level or higher Friends Membership (while supplies last);
  • a 20%-off Sale on Used Poetry Books; and
  • exclusive Left Bank Books Independent Bookstore Day 2022 merchandise, designed by bookseller and graphic designer Jim Mosley, will be available for in-store purchase this day ONLY! No holds or preorders possible.

Check out some of the exclusive Indie Bookstore Day merch we'll have on Saturday! While supplies last!

And here are some of the freebies that will available, first come, first served! Come early!

 

 

 

 

Saturday, April 30, 2022 - 10:00am

Ben Westhoff - Little Brother LAUNCH EVENT

Wednesday, May 25, 7pm CT
In person at Ethical Society of St. Louis
9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117
Watch virtually at Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page
**Vaccination and masks required for in-person attendance**
 
Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis author and journalist
Ben Westhoff,
who will discuss his intimate exploration of race and inequality in America,
Little Brother: Love, Tragedy, and My Search for the Truth,
in person at Ethical Society of St. Louis
and virtually at 7pm CT on May 25th.
This is the LAUNCH EVENT!
Join us in person or on our YouTube or Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
You can request a personalized copy of the book by leaving your request in the order comments.
 
 
 
Ben Westhoff writes about culture, drugs, and poverty. His books are taught nationwide and have been translated around the world. He is the author of Original Gangstas, the definitive history of West Coast hip-hop, and Fentanyl, Inc., the bombshell first book about fentanyl, and now speaks at opioid conferences across the country. He is the Executive Editor of Euclid Media Group and lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife and two children.
 
 

This intimate exploration of race and inequality in America tells the story of a journalist's long-time relationship with his mentee, Jorell Cleveland, through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and investigates Jorell's tragic fatal shooting.

In 2005, soon after Ben Westhoff moved to St. Louis, he joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and was paired with Jorell Cleveland. Ben was twenty-eight, a white college grad from an affluent family. Jorell was eight, one of nine children from a poor, African American family living in nearby Ferguson. But the two instantly connected. Ben and Jorell formed a bond stronger than nearly any other in their lives. When Ben met the woman who'd become his wife, she observed that Ben and Jorell were "a package deal." They were brothers.

In the summer of 2016, Jorell was shot at point blank range in broad daylight in the middle of the street, yet no one was charged in his death. Ben grappled with mourning Jorell, but also with a feeling of responsibility. As Jorell's mentor, what could he have done differently? As a journalist, he had reported on gang life, interviewed crime kingpins, and even infiltrated drug labs in China. But now, he was investigating the life and death of someone he knew personally and examining what he did and did not know about his friend. Learning the truth about Jorell and the man who killed him required Ben to uncover a heartbreaking cycle of poverty, poor education, drug trafficking, and violence. Little Brother brilliantly combines a deeply personal history with a true-crime narrative that exposes the realities of life in communities like Ferguson all around the country.

"I finished Little Brother in one day. It humanizes people and communities who have long been dehumanized. So much of it hits close to home. Ben Westhoff has taken a lot of crazy risks in his work before, but it's the emotional exploration here that makes it his bravest work yet."-- Aisha Sultan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist

"The creative and original telling of a young man's life and death on the streets and the Big Brother who sought his killer."-- Sam Quinones, author of The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth and Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 7:00pm

Robert Tiemann & Ron Jacober - '64 Cardinals

Tuesday, April 26, 6pm CT
In person at the St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch
225 N Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
Watch virtually at Left Bank Books' YouTube Page
 
Left Bank Books & St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch welcome
baseball historian Bob Tiemann and broadcast journalist Ron Jacober
who will discuss one of the most exciting seasons in baseball history
64 Cardinals,
in person at the St. Louis Public Library - Schafly Branch
and virtually on our YouTube Live Page at 6pm CT on Tuesday, April 26th.
Join us in person or on our YouTube Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
 
In one of the most exciting seasons in baseball history, the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals surged in the final months to steal the pennant and top the mighty Yankees in seven games to capture the World Series. How did an unlikely assortment of people and events come together for such a monumental achievement? Look no further than '64 Cardinals, a photo-illustrated story of promise, turmoil, and triumph. Discover how the famous trade for Lou Brock provided a jolt that reversed a summer swoon. Witness superstar pitcher Bob Gibson ascend to dominance down the stretch and meet the other indispensables--Curt Flood, Dick Groat, Bill White, Julian Javier, Tim McCarver, Mike Shannon, Barney Schultz, team captain Kenny Boyer, and others--who helped power the team through the National League meat-grinder and the ultimate clash of historic heavyweights. High drama wasn't limited to the field, thanks to a harddriving owner, Gussie Busch, and his "special consultant," Branch Rickey. The book illuminates how palace intrigue foreshadowed the unthinkable departures of general manager Bing Devine and manager Johnny Keane during and after the Series, respectively. With key facts, engaging anecdotes, and direct observations from players who lived the experience this rare volume will bring to life a truly thrilling season. An exhilarating ride for any baseball fan, '64 Cardinals also heralds the return of the writing team of baseball historian Bob Tiemann and broadcast journalist Ron Jacober, who co-authored the local bestseller Immortal Moments in Cardinals History. Whether you watched the 1964 Cardinals in person, or have just heard the stories passed down over the years, this book is the capstone on any baseball lover's collection.
 
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 - 6:00pm

Dr. LaTisha Smith - And the People Carried Signs

Thursday, April 28, 6pm CT
In person at the St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch
225 N Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
Watch virtually at Left Bank Books' YouTube Page
 
Left Bank Books & St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch welcome St. Louis author & education leader
Dr. LaTisha Smith,
who will discuss her picture book designed to raise awareness with youth and help classroom discussions that center around race, equity, justice, and hope,
And The People Carried Signs,
in person at the St. Louis Public Library - Schafly Branch
and virtually on our YouTube Live Page at 6pm CT on Thursday, April 28th.
Join us in person or on our YouTube Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
 
Often it is difficult to broach certain sensitive situations with children.  And the People Carried Signs is an introduction to the Black Lives Matter Movement from the eyes of a pre-teen child.  This book is designed to raise awareness with youth and help classroom discussions that center around race, equity, justice- and hope.
 
Dr. LaTisha Smith has always had an avid imagination. As an avid writer, Dr. Smith has authored several books, including, How You Get Him is How You Keep Him; Mama Always Knows BestBoast, Quotes, and Loves Notes; and her 6-book Youth Empowerment Series (YES!). Her goal is to write books that will bring the inner laughter, emotion, and excitement out of readers and help confirm their love of literature. Dr. Smith believes sometimes you have to step outside of what is familiar and comfortable to find what you are truly good at.
 
Dr. Smith enjoys life with her two beautiful children. She appreciates the support of her mother, eight siblings, friends, sorority sisters, and a host of extended family and friends. She dedicates her life to the promotion of education, and preparing individuals to be successful in today’s often challenging classroom environments. Dr. Smith believes that belief in a Higher Power, supportive family, close friends, and fulfilling career, makes the most wholesome and complete human beings. Dr. Smith encourages everyone to follow their life’s destiny.
Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 6:00pm

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