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Dr. Lisa Corrigan - Prison Power

Tuesday, July 10, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library

Left Bank Books and the St. Louis Public Library welcome Dr. Lisa Corrigan, who will sign and discuss her new book, Prison Power: How Prison Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation!

In the black liberation movement, imprisonment emerged as a key rhetorical, theoretical, and media resource. Imprisoned activists developed tactics and ideology to counter white supremacy. Lisa M. Corrigan underscores how imprisonment—a site for both political and personal transformation—shaped movement leaders by influencing their political analysis and organizational strategies. Examining the iconic prison autobiographies of H. Rap Brown, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and Assata Shakur, Corrigan analyzes these understudied accounts of the Black Power movement, demonstrating how Black Power activism shifted its tactics to regenerate, even after the FBI sought to disrupt, discredit, and destroy the movement. 

"For anyone who wants to understand a longer historical context of police violence and state repression today in relation to Black Lives Matter and its various iterations, Prison Power is absolutely essential reading." —Karma R. Chávez

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

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 7:00pm

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha – What the Eyes Don't See

Thursday, June 28, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Flint was already a troubled city in 2014 when the state of Michigan—in the name of austerity—shifted the source of its water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Soon after, citizens began complaining about the water that flowed from their taps—but officials rebuffed them, insisting it was fine. What the Eyes Don’t See is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at the city’s public hospital, proved that Flint’s kids were exposed to lead, and fought her own government to expose that truth. Paced like a scientific thriller, the book shows how callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother—whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice. 

The program will be an onstage interview with St. Louis Public Radio’s Don Marsh. Presented by the Medical Arts Series.

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

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 7:00pm

Zinzi Clemmons – What We Lose

Tuesday, June 12, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

From an author of rare, haunting power, What We Lose is a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age and a deeply felt meditation on race, family, and country. Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love. What We Lose heralds the arrival of a virtuosic new voice in fiction.

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

Dan Abrams – Lincoln's Last Trial

Online reservations are now closed, but walk-ups will be admitted at the door (until the venue is at capacity)!

Wednesday, June 13, 7pm
Maryville University Auditorium

Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams, who will sign and discuss his new book, Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to the Presidency!

At the end of the summer of 1859, twenty-two-year-old Peachy Quinn Harrison went on trial for murder in Springfield, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln, who had been involved in more than three thousand cases—including more than twenty-five murder trials—during his two-decades-long career, was hired to defend him. This was to be his last great case as a lawyer. Lincoln’s Last Trial captures the presidential hopeful’s dramatic courtroom confrontations in vivid detail as he fights for his client—but also for his own blossoming political future. It is a moment in history that shines a light on our legal system, as in this case Lincoln fought a legal battle that remains incredibly relevant today.

"This book not only brings a rare transcript to life, it makes you feel as if you are watching a live camera riveted on a courtroom more than 150 years ago." —Diane Sawyer

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Lincoln's Last Trial from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Pre-order your copy here!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

Justin Phillip Reed: "Indecent Threat" Joint Launch with Aaron Coleman

Saturday, May 12, 3pm
RKDE (upstairs at 2720 Cherokee)

Join us for the launch party for St. Louis poet Justin Phillip Reed's new collection, Indecency! This event will also feature St. Louis poet Aaron Coleman and his debut collection, Threat Comes Close, as well as the WU-SLam Team!

Indecency is boldly and carefully executed and perfectly ragged. In these poems, Justin Phillip Reed experiments with language to explore inequity and injustice and to critique and lament the culture of white supremacy and the dominant social order. Political and personal, tender, daring, and insightful—the author unpacks his intimacies, weaponizing poetry to take on masculinity, sexuality, exploitation, and the prison industrial complex and unmask all the failures of the structures into which society sorts us.

In his debut collection, Threat Comes Close, Aaron Coleman writes an American anthem for the 21st century, a full-throated lyric composed of pain, faith, lust and vulnerability. Coleman’s poems comment on and interrogate the meaning of home and identity for a black man in America, past and present. Guided by a belief system comprising an eclectic array of invented saints—Trigger, Seduction, Doubt and Who—Coleman’s quest finds answers in the natural world where “[t]he trees teach me how to break and keep on living.”

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 3:00pm

CWE Radiophiles: We Listen Here with Tim Lloyd and Kameel Stanley

Thursday, May 24, 7pm
Left Bank Books

CWE Radiophiles brings you We Listen Here with Tim Lloyd and Kameel Stanley!

Join CWE Radiophiles: A Podcast Club for an evening with Tim Lloyd and Kameel Stanley, the hosts and producers of St. Louis Public Radio and PRX podcast, We Live Here. We're thrilled to share this exciting opportunity to hear from Tim and Kameel about their St. Louis-based podcast addressing the issues of race and class in our own backyards.

CWE Radiophiles is a community-organized assembly devoted to podcast education and exploration. Those of open ears and open minds come together to dissect, devour and discuss new ideas inspired by monthly podcast selections. We will broach an array of topics and genres from the vast selection of exceptional programming provided by this booming toast to traditional radio storytelling.

Suggested Listening - Tim & Kameel's Favorite Episodes of We Live Here

Jesus Was Black
What the producers say: Two words: Creative Breakthrough. Plus, I mean, it’s Jesus!

So, you think you’re an ally?
What the producers say: Who says we can’t laugh when talking about race and class? We do all the time, and in this episode, we let some of that behind the scenes chemistry show. And, we took another leap (for a pair of crusty journalists): we made stuff up! Our quiz, that is.

Revolution from Within
What the producers say: We Live Here is not a news show. Yet we also know that when breaking news happen, especially around issues of race and class, there is sometimes an expectation for us to respond and/or a desire on our part to lend our perspective. This is an example of how we think to pull it off -- by stepping back, letting time pass and coming at situations from a different door that can hopefully illuminate things that aren’t part of the daily news.

White Flight
What the producers say: Stories are all around around us, and they are often profound -- if you listen. We met Christine by chance and in the course of a few minutes, knew that her feelings about her own family’s role in St. Louis’ story of segregation was an important one. And, that it would likely resonate with many others in our region. Sharing everyday stories like hers, and those of the poet who plays an important role in her journey, are what makes our show different, and powerful.

Nuisance or Nonsense
What the producers say: This story gets at the heart of what We Live Here originally set out to do -- examine with a critical eye, and hold accountable -- societal systems and policies that often have a wildly different impact on people depending on race and class. It’s also just a compelling narrative with real-life stakes.

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

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

Benjamin Hochman – The Big 50: St. Louis Cardinals

Tuesday, May 15, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Benjamin Hochman, who will sign and discuss his new book, The Big 50: St. Louis Cardinals!

With such a rich past, there is no better time than now to brush up on the history that makes the St. Louis Cardinals the team they are today. The Cardinals are more than just the players on the field as the dedicated fans and unique characters working on and around the team make up just as much of their history as the teams do. Benjamin Hochman, award-winning sports columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, has created the ultimate history for the die-hard Cardinals fan in The Big 50: St. Louis Cardinals.  From the story of the tarp that injured Vince Coleman to the 2011 World Series, everything new and old Cardinals fans want to know is in this book. 
Featuring a foreword by former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa!

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Big 50 from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

Steenz – Archival Quality

Wednesday, May 2, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis illustrator Christina "Steenz" Stewart, who will sign and discuss her new graphic novel, Archival Quality!

After losing her job at the library, Cel Walden starts working at the haunting Logan Museum as an archivist. But the job may not be the second chance she was hoping for, and she finds herself confronting her mental health, her relationships, and before long, her grasp on reality as she begins to dream of a young woman she's never met, but feels strangely drawn to. Especially after she asks Cel for help… As Cel attempts to learn more about the woman, she begins losing time, misplacing things, passing out—the job is becoming dangerous, but she can't let go of this mysterious woman. Who is she? Why is she so fixated on Cel? And does Cel have the power to save her when she's trying to save herself? Archival Quality is co-created by Steenz and author Ivy Noelle Weir. 

"In their appealing protagonist, Weir and Steenz return both librarians and people with mental and emotional distress to their original, esteemed roles as keepers of truthful history." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Archival Quality from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

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

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

Jon Meacham – The Soul of America

Friday, May 25, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

In The Soul of America, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment of crisis in American politics by looking back at critical times in history when hope overcame hatred. Our current climate of partisan division is not new, and by exploring past dark moments in American history Meacham shows us how our "better angels" have again and again won the day. 

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $30 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of The Soul of America
OR
PACKAGE TICKET $35 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of The Soul of America)

**All books will be pre-signed but Mr. Meacham will stay to personalize books after the talk.

Tickets available at brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are general admission. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Call 314-994-3300 for more information.
 

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

Independent Bookstore Day 2018

Saturday, April 28, All Day!
Left Bank Books

Last Saturday in April: Join the Party! Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, scavenger hunts, kids events, readings, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

Independent bookstores are not just stores, we're community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. We are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. We are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  We are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of us this year than there were last year. And we are at your service.

This year's featured events include:

– ALL DAY: Limited Edition Merchandise ONLY available at participating independent bookstores (like us) on April 28!

ALL DAY: A limited number of select Mary Engeldark prints, autographed by Mary Engelbreit, will be for sale ONLY at Left Bank Books! 

– ALL DAY: We'll be giving away free audiobooks through Libro.fm, available only on April 28! Sign up for your free Libro.fm account now!

10AM - 12PM: St. Louis pancake artist Dancakes will be in store whipping up custom, literary-themed pancakes!

10:30AM: Calling all kids! Join us for a Llama Llama Coloring Party and Storytime with Cliff & children's specialist Sarah!

– 12PM: Staffers Shane and Lauren will compete head to head to handsell their favorite books during Staff Pick Supermarket Sweep!

– 1PM: Join Margaret Duncan for a Bullet Journaling Class, a beautiful and useful way to combine data and creativity! Purchase of journal from Left Bank required to attend.

2PM: Join The Magnificoes! for a dramatic reading of William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh!

 3PM: Back by popular demand: the One-Hour Used Book Sale! All used books will be Buy One, Get One 50% off between 3pm and 4pm! *excludes dot sale books*

 4PM: Spend $20 or more during Anonymous Autograph Hour between 4pm and 5pm and choose a random book from our collection of autographed advanced reader copies!

 5PM: Compete against your fellow shoppers to find clues and win prizes in a Bookstore Scavenger Hunt!

 6PM: Art Imitates Art: literature, R&B and hip-hop mix to make the perfect literary cocktail! Join us for an hour of music, books, and drinks to benefit River City Readers

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 10:00am

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