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Brian Castner – Disappointment River

Tuesday, March 20, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner, who will sign and discuss his new book, Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage!

In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1200 miles on the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage that had eluded mariners for hundreds of years. In 2016, the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie’s route by canoe in a grueling journey—and discovered the Passage he could not find while battling exhaustion, exposure, mosquitoes, white water rapids and the threat of bears. Disappointment River is a dual historical narrative and travel memoir that at once transports readers back to the heroic age of North American exploration and places them in a still rugged but increasingly fragile Arctic wilderness in the process of profound alteration by the dual forces of globalization and climate change.

“Whether recounting the historic search for the Northwest Passage or his own epic journey on the Mackenzie River, Castner is an able guide, a steady hand, a voice of reason. You’ll want to sit in his canoe and ride this out." —Dean King, Skeletons on the Zahara

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Disappointment River 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, March 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Jeffrey Haas – The Assassination of Fred Hampton

Thursday, February 22, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes attorney and author Jeffrey Haas, who will sign and discuss his book, The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther!

It’s around 7am on December 4, 1969, and attorney Jeff Haas is in a police lockup in Chicago, interviewing Fred Hampton’s fiancée. She is describing how the police pulled her from the room as Fred lay unconscious on their bed. She heard one officer say, “He’s still alive.” She then heard two shots. A second officer said, “He’s good and dead now.” She looks at Jeff and asks, “What can you do?” The Assassination of Fred Hampton is Haas’s personal account of how he and People’s Law Office partner Flint Taylor pursued Hampton’s assassins, ultimately prevailing over unlimited government resources and FBI conspiracy.

"An extraordinary retelling of a shameful chapter in our history . . . [A] cautionary tale, as well as a story of heroism." —Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Assassination of Fred Hampton 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.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 7:00pm

Bob Tewksbury – Ninety Percent Mental

Thursday, May 3, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Tewksbury, who will sign and discuss his new book, Ninety Percent Mental: An All-Star Player Turned Mental Skills Coach Reveals the Hidden Game of Baseball!

In Ninety Percent Mental, Bob Tewksbury shows readers a side of the game only he can provide, given his singular background as both a longtime MLB pitcher and a mental skills coach for two of the sport's most fabled franchises. Tewksbury explores the fascinating psychology behind baseball, such as how players use techniques of imagery, self-awareness, and strategic thinking to maximize performance, and how a pitcher's strategy changes throughout a game. With Tewksbury's esoteric knowledge as a thinking-fan's player and his expertise as a "baseball whisperer," this entertaining book is perfect for any fan who wants to see the game in a way he or she has never seen it before.

“Nobody I've come across in my almost 30 years in the game did more with his God-given talent than Tewks . . . This book is a must read for anyone who wants an inside look into the mental aspects of baseball.” —Joe Buck

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Ninety Percent Mental 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.

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 7:00pm

Valentine's Celebrity Storytime with Amy E. Sklansky

Saturday, February 10, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Join us for a special Valentine's Celebrity Storytime with St. Louis author Amy E. Sklansky! Amy will read from her children's books Sweet Hearts and My Rainbow Surprise, lead a Valentine's day craft, and share frosted sugar cookies!

Each day is a chance to open our hearts. Let love lead the way—that's how it all starts!! Celebrate your little sweet heart in this imaginative rhyming novelty book with colorful tiered pages and a clever die-cut shape that looks just like a heart! Sweet Hearts is sure to delight curious readers of all ages with its irresistible Valentine's Day theme, rhyming text, and eye-catching illustrations. A satisfying message of love and an irresistible heart shape perfect for reminding little ones they are cherished!

Open your eyes and celebrate a dazzling world of colors in this imaginative rhyming board book with colorful tiered pages and a clever die-cut shape that looks just like a rainbow! My Rainbow Surprise is sure to delight curious readers of all ages with its irresistible rainbow theme, rhyming text, foil title, and eye-catching illustrations by the talented Anna Dunn. A chunky, satisfying novelty board book that celebrates every color of the rainbow!

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

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:30am

Lucy Jane Bledsoe – The Evolution of Love

Thursday, May 17, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning author Lucy Jane Bledsoe, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The Evolution of Love!

A devastating earthquake has just hit the San Francisco Bay Area, cutting off the outside world completely. When Lily decides to fly from Nebraska to California and make the treacherous journey into the Bay Area to find her sister, she knows she's headed for a disaster zone, but nothing prepares her for what she finds. Those who survived and didn’t evacuate are making shelters, running meals programs, rigging their own technologies—and redefining the very meaning of community. A piercing, unforgettable story of hope in the face of crisis, The Evolution of Love asks what it takes for people to come together, what dangers must they fend off in their bid for survival, and what lengths will they go to rebuild home. 

"Given our current seemingly endless string of natural disasters, this is a timely story and a compelling one . . . Bledsoe asks us to think about the resilience of love and hate; what our responsibility to each other is; and who we really are, right down to our DNA. Highly recommended." —Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Evolution of Love 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.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

Reading Without Walls with Gene Luen Yang

Saturday, April 7, 4pm
MICDS, Brauer Hall

Left Bank Books welcomes former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang, who will discuss Reading Without Walls, a nationwide program celebrating reading and diversity!

Former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang calls us all to Read Without Walls, exploring books about characters who look or live differently than you, topics you haven’t discovered, or formats that you haven’t tried. Reading Without Walls promotes diversity and opens readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences. In this divided time in our nation’s history, Reading Without Walls is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things.

Reading Without Walls is happening now, and anyone can participate — teachers, librarians, book-sellers, and readers. Just find something new and different to read — and let books open up the world around you. What can YOU do to read without walls?

Gene will also sign books at this event. This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of at least one of Gene's books from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 4:00pm

Celebrity Storytime with Daniel Wiseman – When Your Llama Needs a Haircut

Saturday, January 27, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Join us for Celebrity Storytime with St. Louis illustrator Daniel Wiseman, who will draw and read from his new children's book, When Your Llama Needs a Haircut!

When it’s picture day and you realize your llama needs a haircut, you’ll need a good comb and some luck! This charming and hilarious board book features one shaggy llama and a whole lot of hairstyles! Uh-oh. It’s picture day and someone's a mess! Does your llama need a haircut? After a hilarious shampoo, it’s time to decide which style would be best for your shaggy llama. A mohawk? Layers? Or how about a brand-new fur color? But be careful…or you just might end up with a haircut, too!

 

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

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 10:30am

Tim Youd: St. Louis Retyped

Saturday, March 10, 10:30am - 4pm
Sunday, March 11, 10:30am - 4pm
Monday, March 12, 10:30am - 4pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books and the Contemporary Art Museum welcome performance artist Tim Youd, who will by typing Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs in its entirety in Left Bank Books' Euclid facing window as part of his St. Louis Retyped project for CAM!

Tim Youd has long made drawings and paintings inspired by words and literature. But after a meaningful pilgrimage to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West home, he began to involve himself more directly in the art of the written word, with his decade-long 100 Novels project. Youd types novels. In fact, he retypes already written novels. And he performs these re-typings on the models of typewriters the authors used in the creation of their works. He types each book on a single sheet of paper, which is laid on top of a second sheet of paper and run consecutively through the typewriter. Not surprisingly, Youd came upon the idea for these durational art actions while reading a book. “I understood that, on a formal level what I’d been looking at all those years was a rectangle of black text inside the larger white rectangle,” he says. “I had this urge to compress the book—a physical, palpable urge—so that all the words in the entire novel would be present on that one page.”

At CAM, Youd is scheduled to type works by authors with St. Louis origins: T.S. Eliot, Stanley Elkin, William Burroughs, and Marianne Moore.

For more information, please visit camstl.org.

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

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 10:30am

Not So Late Night: Eve Ewing, Hanif Abdurraqib, Katarra & the Sofolkz, Cheeraz Gormon

Wednesday, February 28, 7pm
2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center

The Left Bank Books Foundation, Maryville Talks Books, the St. Louis Poetry Center and UrbArts present Left Bank Books' Not So Late Night with host Cheeraz Gormon, musical guest Katarra & the SoFolkz, and special guests Eve L. Ewing and Hanif Abdurraqib!

Eve L. Ewing is a writer and scholar from Chicago. She is the author of Electric Arches (2017) and When the Bell Stops Ringing: Race, History, and Discourse amid Chicago’s School Closures (2018). Her work has been published in Poetry, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and elsewhere. A sociologist of education at the University of Chicago, Ewing co-directs Crescendo Literary and is a member of the writing collective Echo Hotel.

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, writer, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of The Crown Ain’t Worth Much (2016) and They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us (2017), and co-author of the chapbook Vintage Sadness (2017). A Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, his work has been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He is a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel.

Katarra & The SoFolkz is a collaboration of Saint Louis born artists whose respective genres (from hip-hop, to soul, to jazz) are fused into one collaboration of dopeness, an abundance of soul. Along with their many friends who join them in performance (such as Phenom Famlay, the Therapeutics, and Owen Ragland and Friends), they rock the stage in their truest and purest forms of Black Girl Magic and Back Boy Joy, thus they are: SoFolkz.

St. Louis native Cheeraz Gorman is a storyteller, poet, and advertising creative, and author of In The Midst of Loving (2015). An apexart 2016 International Fellow, her poetry has been featured nationally and she has appeared at TEDxGatewayArch and other venues. She is the founder and executive director of Sonic Arts United and STLNightWriters, and serves as vice chair of Creative Reaction Lab.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of any of the poets' featured titles will be required to enter the signing line. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 7:00pm

Junot Díaz – Islandborn

Friday, April 6, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Left Bank Books welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, who will sign and discuss his new children's book, Islandborn!

 From New York Times bestseller Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination. “Every kid in Lola's school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places.” So when Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can't remember The Island—she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories, Lola's imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family's story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela's words: "Just because you dont remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you." 

Ticket Information:

– A $20 ticket admits ONE person and includes ONE copy of Islandborn
– A $25 admits TWO people and includes ONE copy of Islandborn and a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event
– A $5 family companion ticket admits ONE additional CHILD (must be under the age of 12) and does NOT include a copy of Islandborn. This ticket holder MUST be accompanied by a full-price ticket holder.

Tickets available below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of Islandborn or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Friday, April 6. 



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Friday, April 6, 2018 - 7:00pm

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