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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
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 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, available only on April 28! Sign up for your free 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

Tom Perrotta – Mrs. Fletcher

Friday, May 4, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Tom Perrotta, Mrs. Fletcher, Left Bank BooksBestselling author of The Leftovers and Little Children, Tom Perrotta shares a penetrating and hilarious new novel about sex, love, and identity on the frontlines of America’s culture wars. A 46-year-old divorcee whose beloved only child has just left for college, Eve Fletcher is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night her phone lights up with a text message from an anonymous admirer. Before long, Eve’s online fixations begin to spill over into real life, revealing new romantic possibilities that threaten to upend her quiet suburban existence.

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


Friday, May 4, 2018 - 7:00pm

SHAKE 38: King John

Friday, April 20, 7pm
Left Bank Books

The Magnificoes! present a staged reading of The Life and Death of King John by William Shakespeare. Join us at 7:00pm on Friday, April 20th as we read for you the best parts of King John.

The Magnificoes! are interested and interesting folks who gather once a month to talk plays, poems, criticism, history, and fiction! The group began in May of 2012 just in time for that year’s production of Othello #InTheGlen by Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Our long-term goal is to read all of the plays in the canon (38 of them) while enjoying the many creative works written that illuminate, complicate, and build on them. By December, we’ll have read 28 of the plays; our plan is to finish the canon in 2020.

This story of accidents, betrayals, and failed diplomacy gives us flawed leaders, cunning women, and constant reversals of fortune in the grand tapestry of British and French histories. Never fear, there is little fact and much entertainment here. We’ve honed it down to under an hour and kept only the best parts to share.

“Be great in act as you have been in thought:
Let not the world see fear and sad distrust
Govern the motion of a kingly eye:
Be stirring as the time, be fire with fire,
Threaten the threat’ner and outface the brow
Of bragging horror: so shall inferior eyes,
That borrow their behaviours from the great,
Grow great by your example, and put on
The dauntless spirit of resolution.”

—Philip Falconbridge, The Bastard Act 5 Scene 1 46-54

This event is presented as part of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ SHAKE 38, a free, five-day community marathon of Shakespeare’s 38 plays. For more information and a full schedule, visit

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Adrian Todd Zuniga – Collision Theory

Wednesday, May 9, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes author, Literary Death Match founder, and former St. Louisan Adrian Todd Zuniga, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Collision Theory!

Thomas Mullen is struggling. Everything for him feels at risk, spiked with threat, since he witnessed a woman jump to her death fifteen months ago. Now there are the pleading calls from his parents to come home, please come home. But it is not until his best friend shows up unannounced that Thomas is awakened. He soon finds himself on an unpredictable journey in which he is forced to confront difficult truths: girlfriends leave, mothers fall ill, and attempts to deny pain will ultimately fail. A dazzling debut from Adrian Todd Zuniga, Collision Theory is a headlong and heartaching modern masterwork. It’s suddenness, unexpectedness, humor, and humanity make for an unforgettable read.

“Collision Theory is hard book to categorize—part ghost story, part slacker comedy, part grief chronicle—but an easy one to enjoy. Adrian Todd Zuniga’s first novel is creepy, funny, and full of dark surprises.” —Tom Perrotta

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Collision Theory 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 9, 2018 - 7:00pm

Seamus McGraw – A Thirsty Land

Tuesday, May 1, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning author Seamus McGraw, who will sign and discuss his new book, A Thirsty Land: The Making of an American Water Crisis!

As a changing climate threatens the whole country with deeper droughts and more furious floods that put ever more people and property at risk, Texas has become a bellwether state for water debates. Is it in the nature of Americans to adapt to nature in flux? The most comprehensive—and comprehensible—book on contemporary water issues, A Thirsty Land delves deep into the challenges faced not just by Texas but by the nation as a whole, as we struggle to find a way to balance the changing forces of nature with our own ever-expanding needs.  Part history, part science, part adventure story, and part travelogue, this book puts a human face on the struggle to master that most precious and capricious of resources. 

"A timely, important book that manages to be a romp, too. You’ll meet dreamers, schemers, and even a few genuine heroes who have been fretting and feuding over the water woes of the Lone Star State for centuries . . . Seamus McGraw raises urgent questions that we will all have to face to avoid a parched future." —Dan Fagin

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of A Thirsty Land 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 1, 2018 - 7:00pm

Raymond Luczak – The Kinda Fella I Am

Wednesday, April 4, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes author and Lambda Literary Award nominee Raymond Luczak, who will sign and discuss his new story collection, The Kinda Fella I Am! Loretta Freeman will serve as ASL interpreter for this event.

"I used to be the kinda fella who was expected to sit quietly in his wheelchair by the sidelines…” So begins Raymond Luczak’s extraordinary collection of short stories. Through a variety of characters with disabilities, The Kinda Fella I Am explores the disabled queer male experience. Raymond transforms the unfamiliar into universal human experiences. Through the ups of new love and great sex to the downs of lonliness and discrimination, these stories carry the optimism of life and the strength of survival. Luczak goes boldly into bedrooms and other places where most able-bodied men fear to tread.

"Raymond Luczak's narrators tell their stories with voices brimming with pride, rage, and hope. Their experiences rise from the page like wildfire, ferocious and breathtaking, burning away our pre-conceptions of disability and leaving us dazzled." —Michael Thomas Ford

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Kinda Fella I Am 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, April 4, 2018 - 7:00pm


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