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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

Hannah Pittard – Visible Empire

Monday, July 30, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes acclaimed author Hannah Pittard, who will sign and discuss her new novel, Visible Empire!

On a humid summer day, the phones begin to ring: disaster has struck. Chateau de Sully, a Boeing 707 chartered to ferry home more than one hundred of Atlanta’s most prominent citizens from a European jaunt, crashed in Paris shortly after takeoff. It is the second-deadliest disaster in the history of aviation. Overnight, the city of Atlanta changes. Left behind are children, spouses, lovers, and friends faced with renegotiating their lives. Visible Empire is an epic novel—based on true events—of love, grief, race, and wealth, charting a single sweltering summer in Atlanta that left no one unchanged, a story of the promise and hope that remain in the wake of crisis.


Visible Empire starts out as an examination of a mass tragedy and slowly morphs into something more intimate and revelatory. Hannah Pittard’s novel is a deeply resonant portrait of individuals—and a city—in the throes of grief, and on the cusp of momentous change.”—Tom Perrotta, The Leftovers

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

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

Monday, July 30, 2018 - 7:00pm

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

Anders Walker – The Burning House

Wednesday, August 29, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes author and Saint Louis University law professor Anders Walker, who will sign and discuss his new book, The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America!

In this dramatic reexamination of the Jim Crow South, Anders Walker demonstrates that racial segregation fostered not simply terror and violence, but also diversity, one of our most celebrated ideals. He investigates how prominent intellectuals like Robert Penn Warren, James Baldwin, Eudora Welty, Ralph Ellison, Flannery O’Connor, and Zora Neale Hurston found pluralism in Jim Crow, a legal system that created two worlds, each with its own institutions, traditions, even cultures. Walker shows how a generation of scholars and judges has misinterpreted Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell’s definition of diversity, forgetting its Southern origins and weakening it in the process.

"Beautifully written and well researched, The Burning House examines Jim Crow through the lenses of culture, community and intellectual history and makes an invaluable contribution to studies of race and American history." —Tomiko Brown-Nagin (Courage to Dissent)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Burning House from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 
Click here to pre-order your copy!

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 7:00pm

Denise Pattiz Bogard – After Elise

Monday, August 6, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis author and UMSL alum Denise Pattiz Bogard, who will sign and discuss her new novel, After Elise!

After Elise is a novel about unexpected tragedy and how it changes the lives of a dysfunctional family while demonstrating that patience, understanding and forgiveness bring hope. Teri Berger’s car skids in the rain, killing twenty-year-old Elise and leaving Teri reeling with guilt and the rest of her family in disarray as they struggle to adjust to this new reality. Already strained family relationships are tested, and Teri’s marriage suffers, her son withdraws, and her daughter faces a heartbreaking decision. After Elise confronts readers with the most everyday tragedy—an accident that could happen to anyone—and its effects, changing the lives forever of everyone involved.
 

"In this shattering novel, a generous impulse gone terribly wrong sends two families spiraling down into despair and facing a steep climb back to higher ground. Denise Bogard has written her heart out on this story." Jacquelyn Mitchard (The Deep End of the Ocean)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of After Elise from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 
Click here to pre-order your copy!

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

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 7:00pm

Lori Rader-Day – Under A Dark Sky

Thursday, August 9, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning mystery author Lori Rader-Day, who will sign and discuss her new novel, Under a Dark Sky!

Since her husband died, Eden Wallace’s life has diminished down to a tiny pinprick. She doesn’t work, has given up on her love of photography, and is so plagued by night terrors that she can’t sleep without the lights on. So when she finds paperwork in her husband’s effects indicating that he reserved a week at a dark sky park, she goes, even if it means facing her paralyzing phobia of the dark. But when she arrives at the park, the guest suite she thought was a private retreat is teeming with a group of twenty-somethings. Eden decides to head home the next day. But then a scream wakes the house in the middle of the night. One of the friends has been murdered. Now everyone—including Eden—is a suspect.

"A brilliant concept, brilliantly told! Under a Dark Sky is a novel that you simply can’t put down." Jeffery Deaver (The Cutting Edge)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Under a Dark Sky from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 
Click here to pre-order your copy!

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

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 7:00pm

Laurell K. Hamilton - Serpentine

Tuesday, August 14, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louisan and bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter author Laurell K. Hamilton, who will discuss her newest Anita Blake novel, Serpentine!

A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita's fellow U.S. Marshal and best friend Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it's the first trip she gets to take with just wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it's not all fun and games and bachelor parties. When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blowout within the wedding party, the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway when women start disappearing from the hotel, and worse--her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There's a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before. Unable to face it on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places.

“If you’re looking for a sex-positive, kick-ass female protagonist in a novel filled with sexy supernatural monsters…Laurell K. Hamilton continues to be the master of this most unusual of genres.” —Starburst

Ticket Information

– A $31 ticket admits ONE person and includes ONE pre-signed hardcover copy of Serpentine
A $36 ticket admits TWO people and includes ONE pre-signed hardcover copy of Serpentine and a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event

Each book will also come with a copy of Anita's best man speech from Edward's wedding, a special exclusive that does not appear in the book!

Tickets available below. Please note: All copies of Serpentine will come pre-signed; Laurell K. Hamilton will not be signing books at the event. Signed books will NOT be guaranteed for those who do not attend the event.

No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Tuesday, August 14. Those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of Serpentine or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event.



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