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An Evening with David Sedaris

 Friday, June 7, 6pm

Left Bank Books

David Sedaris, CalypsoPLEASE NOTE:  Online ticket sales will end at noon 6/7, but signing line tickets will still be available at the door from 3:00 p.m. until David leaves the building!

Left Bank Books welcomes best-selling author and humorist David Sedaris who will be discussing and signing his book Calypso.

As you know, if you read David’s writing, see him on his epic tours, or hear him on the radio – there’s no better storyteller. David has a knack for making us cringe, laugh-out-loud and cry, all in the span of a few lines. This particular collection seems to take an even deeper and darker, more introspective, turn, and surpasses his best writing yet.

With a keen eye toward the loss of his mother, and sister Tiffany, and as he and his father age and find new ways to communicate in an increasingly politicized climate, David delivers the very best of his talents here. You will love these stories, and find them to be a wonderful addition to his varied and beloved backlist.

“Laugh-out-loud funny, true and introspective.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

David is the bestselling author of the books Theft by Finding, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England.


All tickets are $20.00, include a paperback copy of Calypso and admission to the booksigning portion of the program.  Tickets in Tiers 1-3 include admission to David’s talk. General Admission tickets are for the booksigning line “meet and greet” following the talk.


Program format:

David Sedaris will speak to ticketholders in Tier 1 through 3 inside the bookstore for about 45 minutes, followed by a Q&A opportunity.

A book signing will follow and David will first autograph books by ticket holders in order of purchase:

Tier One, Tier Two Tier Three, and General Admission.  He will then greet people without tickets, i.e., folks who did not buy a paperback copy of Calypso through Left Bank Books’ event ticketing procedure.

Please refer to the FAQs for more information on how to get the most out of this very special evening.


Inside the store seating and standing room is extremely limited! Do not delay if you want to hear and/or see David before the book signing.

  • Tier 1 tickets are on a first come basis and include seating in the main area of the store where it is possible to see and hear David.
  • Tier 2 tickets are on a first come basis and include seating on the main floor in an area with limited to no visibility.
  • Tier 3 tickets are on a first come basis and include standing and sitting room on the bookstore’s lower level where you can hear but you won’t be able to see.
  • General Admission Signing Line tickets provide admission to the book signing after the presentation.



I got a ticket. Can I pick up my book early?
You can pick up your book anytime after 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7.  

I got a ticket but didn't come to the event after all. Can I still have my book?
You can pick up your autographed, prepaid copy of Calypso or contact us to arrange to have it shipped to you for 99 cents, anytime before July 7, 2019. Individuals who do not pick up their copy of Calypso or arrange to have it shipped by July 7, 2019, will forfeit their book.


I got an inside-the-store ticket. What should I expect?

Please refer to the description of each tier in the ticket information for seating and standing room information.
If you have any special needs, or physical limitations, please contact to ensure that we can accommodate you.
You will be admitted to the store, please plan to arrive no later than 5:30, and, depending upon the ticket you have, you will be able to see and/or hear David's presentation and participate in the q&a session after. You will then be prioritized for the booksigning according to your ticket tier.

What time should I get there?
We will be closing the store for set-up at 2:30 p.m. and reopening for Tier 1-3 ticket holders only at 3:30 p.m.  We anticipate that an outdoor line will likely form well in advance of this.  If you line up beforehand, please be respectful of the neighborhood and keep the sidewalk clear for pedestrians.  We recommend arriving no later than 5:30.

Will there be any refreshments?
There will be bottled water and emergency snacks for blood sugar issues. You may bring in a non-alcoholic beverage and light snacks if needed, but we will be at full capacity and for safety reasons, you will not be able to have a picnic dinner in our store! So please plan accordingly! And please clean up after yourself!


So, I got a General Admission Ticket. What does that mean?

You get a paperback copy of Calypso
You get a wristband with for your assigned book signing group.
You will be pre-sorted into a group to be admitted to the store to meet David, and have your copy of Calypso, plus anything else written by David, personalized and autographed.

You mean I don't get to hear Sedaris's talk?
If you arrive in time and fit on the sidewalk in front of our store, you may be able to listen to the presentation via the outside speakers. Otherwise, plan to show up only for the booksigning portion of the program.

Why didn't you hold this event at a larger venue?
Because David's contract with his speaking agency requires that his book promotion tours take place inside a bookstore. We are not able to take the event to a larger space.
David is legendary for taking his time with all of his fans. 

I am in a General Admission signing group. How long should I expect to wait?
You should expect to wait for a while! It is unlikely that David will make his way to the General Admission line until at least 8 pm or later. Left Bank Books will be tweeting David's progress, so if you stay connected, you can have dinner in the area, or even somewhere else. We will keep you updated so you don't have to stand in line on the sidewalk for the entire time. If you missed the call for your group because you haven't finished dinner or something, get in line anyway.

PLEASE NOTE: Our last in-store book signing with David Sedaris lasted 10, yes ten, hours. So pay attention to our social media and enjoy your evening in the Central West End to its fullest! And remember, it is always worth waiting to meet David!


I already have Calypso, or I don't want to buy Calypso, can I still come and get something autographed?

Yes. If you don't buy a General Admission ticket (that comes with a very giftable paperback copy of Calypso) you can wait until all ticket holders have gone through the line after which it will be your turn. David is committed to meeting all of his fans. BE ADVISED: It is entirely possible that your turn will come after midnight.


Where can I park?

In addition to the metered parking on Euclid and McPherson, St. Louis Parking has a pay lot (credit card only)  block north of the bookstore on Euclid. It will set you back $5.
There is also a pay parking garage two blocks south of us on Euclid next to the Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Public Library.

This is a long night! Where can I eat?
The Central West End is full of wonderful restaurants. Please refer to The Central West End Scene to find your options. Check back on the David Sedaris Facebook event page for special offers from our restaurant neighbors.

Can I take pictures?
Short answer: NO. David Loves his fans with a capital L, so even though he doesn't like to take pictures, he does like to spend as much time as he sees fit with each person.

Will David sign anything besides Calypso?
David will sign anything he has written, that he has not already autographed, including magazines with articles by him in them. He will NOT sign anything written by someone else. He will NOT sign body parts.

What if it rains/snows/hails/anything else St. Louis weather can throw at us?
This event will continue rain or shine and there is no possibility of an alternate venue.  If you are outside, you should dress and accessorize appropriately.  Again, while you will need to be near the store to hear the listening party, during the signing line, you can go anywhere, including many area restaurants that are open late, and watch our Twitter for your cue to return to the store.  If the weather becomes dangerous, we will update everyone in-person and online in real-time.

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Friday, June 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

Steve Pick & Amanda Doyle - St. Louis Sound

Thursday, June 27, 7pm

Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books presents local authors, and music aficionados, Amanda E. Doyle and Steve Pick, who will sign and discuss their book St. Louis Sound.

Amanda Doyle, Steve Pick, St Louis SoundSteve Pick was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His life-long interest in music became an obsession when he co-founded Jet Lag magazine in 1980, then spent 13 years reviewing concerts and writing a music column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He began working in record stores in 1983, and played guitar in a handful of bands in the 1980s. From 1988 through 1993, and again from 2001 to the present, he has hosted a weekly radio show on KDHX-FM. In his lifetime, he has seen more than half the musicians in this book play live.

Amanda E. Doyle is a St. Louis transplant (via Memphis, Florida, and Mizzou) and ardent city resident. She got kicked out of her first concert (Delbert McClinton, at a dive bar in Memphis, where her dad smuggled her in on his shoulders) at age 6, which began a lifetime of great shows and diverse musical interests. She's written for visitor publications in several cities, and has authored 5 previous books, including 100 Things to Do in St. Louis Before You Die, Missouri Almanac 2018-2019, and Standing Up for Civil Rights in St. Louis. She lives with her husband and two children in south St. Louis.

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

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

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 7:00pm

An Evening with Wendy J. Fox, Angela Mitchell, and Aisha Sharif

Monday, July 22, 7pm

Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books presents Cave Canem fellow Aisha Sharif, award winner Wendy J. Fox, and local author and award winner Angela Mitchell.

Aisha Sharif, To Keep From UndressingAisha Sharif is a Cave Canem fellow who resides in Shawnee, Kansas, a suburb that borders Kansas City, Missouri.  And in many ways, much of her poetry and nonfiction addresses the politics of “bordering identities.”  As an African American Muslim woman originally from the south, her work explores how racial, gender, and religious identities align, separate, and blend. Her poem, “Why I Can Dance Down a Soul Train Line and Still be Muslim” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015. Aisha’s poetry has also appeared in RattleCallalooCrab Orchard Review, and Calyx.  Her first book of poetry, To Keep From Undressing, has recently been released by Spark Wheel Press. Aisha earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Indiana University, Bloomington and her BA in English from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.  She currently teaches English at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Missouri and is a wife and a mother of two beautiful girls.


Wendy J Fox, If The Ice Had HeldWendy J. Fox is the author of The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories (winner, Press 53 short fiction contest & finalist for the Colorado Book Award), The Pull of It (named a top 2016 book by Displaced Nation) and the forthcoming novel If The Ice Had Held (May, 2019), selected as the Santa Fe Writers Project grand prize winner by Benjamin Percy. She lives in Denver, Colorado.




Angela Mitchell, Unnatural HabitatsAngela Mitchell’s stories have appeared in Colorado Review, New South, Carve, Midwestern Gothic, storySouth and other journals. Her story, “Animal Lovers,” was awarded Colorado Review’s Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction and given special mention in The Pushcart Prize XXXV. Mitchell directs a community writing workshop and serves as an associate editor for december magazine. An eighth generation native of the Ozarks of southern Missouri, she now lives in St. Louis with her husband and sons. Unnatural Habitats & Other Stories is her first book.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Unnatural Habitats, If The Ice Had Held, or To Keep From Undressing from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Order Your Copy Today!

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

Monday, July 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

Chavisa Woods - 100 Times

Thursday, July 18, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Chavisa Woods, 100 TimesLeft Bank Books presents Shirley Jackson Award-winning author and three-time Lambda Finalist, Chavisa Woods who will sign and discuss her new book 100 Times, a memoir of one hundred personal stories of sexism, harassment, discrimination, and assault.

In these extraordinary pages, sexual violence and sexist discrimination occur regardless of age, in all spheres of society, in rural and urban areas alike, in the US and abroad, from Woods’ youth through adulthood. Demonstrating how often people are conditioned to endure sexism and harassment, and how thoroughly men feel entitled to women’s spaces and bodies, 100 Times forces the reader to witness the myriad ways in which sexism and misogyny continuously shape women’s lives, and are built-in facets of our society.

Brooklyn-based writer Chavisa Woods is the author of the short story collection Things to Do When You’re Goth in the Country, about which Booklist, in a starred review, wrote, “This book is tight, intelligent, and important, and sure to secure Woods a seat in the pantheon of critical 21st century voices.” Woods was the recipient of the 2014 Cobalt Prize for fiction and was a finalist in 2009, 2014, and 2018 for the Lambda Literary Award for fiction. In 2018 Woods was the recipient of the Kathy Acker Award for Writing and the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novelette. 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of 100 Times 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, July 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

Linda Castillo - Shamed

Tuesday, July 16, 7pm

St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

St. Louis County Library presents New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Burkholder novels, Linda Castillo, who will sign and discuss her book Shamed.

The peaceful town of Painters Mill is shattered when an Amish grandmother is brutally murdered on an abandoned farm. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder arrives on the scene, she learns that the woman’s seven-year-old granddaughter is gone, abducted in plain sight. Kate knows time is against her—the longer the girl is missing, the less likely her safe return becomes. The girl’s family is a pillar of the Amish community, well-respected by all. But Kate soon realizes they’re keeping secrets—and the sins of their past may be coming back to haunt them. What are they hiding and why?

As time to find the missing girl runs out, Kate faces a harrowing choice that will test her convictions and leave one family forever changed.

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

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Beatriz Williams - The Golden Hour

Monday, July 15, 7pm

St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Beatriz Williams, Golden HourSt. Louis County Library presents Beatriz Williams, the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives and A Certain Age creates a dazzling epic of World War II-era Nassau—a hotbed of spies, traitors, and the most infamous couple of the age, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Leonora “Lulu” Randolph arrives in Nassau to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine. As she infiltrates the Duke and Duchess’s social circle, and the powerful cabal that controls the islands’ political and financial affairs, she uncovers evidence that beneath the glister of Wallis and Edward’s marriage lies an ugly reality. In fact, Nassau seethes with spies, financial swindles, and racial tension, and in the middle of it all stands Benedict Thorpe. Then Nassau’s wealthiest man is murdered in one of the most notorious cases of the century, and the resulting coverup reeks of royal privilege. Benedict Thorpe disappears without a trace, and Lulu embarks on a journey to London and beyond to unpick Thorpe’s complicated family history: a fateful love affair, a wartime tragedy, and a mother from whom all joy is stolen.

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

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Jenney Egertson - Before I Leave

Thursday, June 13, 7pm

Left Bank Books

Jenney Egertsen, Before I LeaveLeft Bank Books presents author Jenney Egertson, who will sign and discuss her debut book Before I Leave.

Jenney began writing Before I Leave—her first and only book to date—in 2000, after meeting an 80-year-old woman she couldn’t forget. For the next 18 years she interviewed, came to love, and wrote about a total of six women, all over the age of eighty at the time she met them, and most in their mid-to late nineties by the time they died. Her final subject—her mother, Edith—still lives with her dad in St. Louis, Missouri.

Writing has been a significant part of every professional job she has had: as an English teacher at a St. Louis alternative high school in the 1980s; as a freelance writer and later as a corporate executive in the 1990s; and ever since then, as she has worked herself in and out of several corporate communications jobs, with happy periods in between as a freelance communications strategist, writer/editor, and meeting facilitator.

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

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

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Celebrity Storytime with Lisl Detlefsen

Saturday, July 13, 10:30am

Left Bank Books

Lisl Detlefsen, 1, 2, 3, Jump!Left Bank Books welcomes Lisl Detlefsen, author of Time for Cranberries and If You Had a Jetpack, for a Celebrity Storytime reading of her new book, 1,2,3, Jump!

First swimming lessons can be exciting and terrifying, but this joyful and imaginative guide shows young readers how to conquer the pool.

From what to wear (a bathing suit, of course!) to what to expect (no, your teacher will not be a mermaid), 1, 2, 3 Jump! covers the what if’s and how to’s of getting in the pool for the first time. There’s a lot to worry about (can I be sucked in the filter?) and even more to be excited about (when can I wear flippers?), and our narrator has thought of everything. By the time she’s ready, you to will want to jump in!

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

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 10:30am

An Evening With Rebecca Makkai & Jean Kwok

Tuesday, June 4, 7pm

St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Rebecca Makkai, The Great BelieversLeft Bank Books and the St. Louis County Library welcome best-selling authors Rebecca Makkai and Jean Kwok, who will sign and discuss their books, The Great Believers and Searching For Sylvie Lee.

One of the most critically acclaimed novels of 2018, “The Great Believers” is a dazzling novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss. In 1985, Yale Tishman’s career is flourishing while the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. After his friend Nico’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her estranged daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

From the bestselling author of “Girl in Translation,’ Jean Kwok’s “Searching for Sylvie Lee” is a poignant and suspenseful drama that untangles the complicated ties binding three women in a Chinese immigrant family. A deeply moving story of family, secrets, identity, and longing, "Searching for Sylvie Lee" is a gripping page-turner, a sensitive portrait of an immigrant family, and a profound exploration of the many ways culture and language can divide us, and the impossibility of ever truly knowing someone—especially those we love.

This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Karl Marlantes - Deep River

Monday, July 22, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid

Karl Marlantes, Deep RiverLeft Bank Books welcomes bestselling author Karl Marlantes, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Deep River!

"Deep River is an engrossing and commanding historical epic about one immigrant family’s shifting fortunes. And though its story is a century old, this time it speaks more directly to America’s current predicament." The Washington Post

From the New York Times-bestselling author of Matterhorn and What It Is Like to Go to War Karl Marlantes, Deep River is a rich family saga about Finnish immigrants who settle and tame the Pacific Northwest, set against the early labor movements, World War I, and the upheaval of early twentieth-century America. Layered with fascinating historical detail, this is a novel that breathes deeply of the sun-dappled forest and bears witness to the stump-ridden fields the loggers, and the first waves of modernity, leave behind. At its heart, Deep River is an ambitious and timely exploration of the place of the individual, and of the immigrant, in an America still in the process of defining its own identity.

"One of the most profound and devastating novels ever to come out of Vietnam—or any war.” —New York Times Book Review, on Matterhorn

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Deep River 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, July 22, 2019 - 7:00pm


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