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Dana Levin with Diane Seuss & Jane Huffman - Now Do You Know Where You Are

Tuesday, April 19, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with a picture of the cover of the book, "Now Do You Know Where You Are," on the left, a headshot of poet Dana Levin in the top right, a headshot of the poet Jane Huffman in the center right, and a headshot of poet Diane Seuss in the bottom right.Left Bank Books welcomes Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Maryville University in St. Louis
Dana Levin,
who will discuss her highly anticipated new book of poetry,
Now Do You Know Where You Are,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on April 19th.
Levin will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize finalist
Diane Seuss
and editor-in-chief of Guesthouse
Jane Huffman.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
Dana Levin will be signing and personalizing copies upon request!
If you would like a personalized copy, leave a note with your name in the order comments for your online pre-order. Once the book has arrived to our store, Dana will come in to sign copies available for pick up or mail out.
 

About our Speakers

Dana Levin is the author of four collections of poetry. Her debut, In the Surgical Theater, was selected by Louise Glück for the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. The New Yorkercalled her third book, Sky Burial (Copper Canyon), "utterly her own and utterly riveting." A Guggenheim and Rona Jaffe Fellow, Levin currently serves as Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Maryville University in St. Louis.

Diane Seuss is the author of four poetry collections, including Still Life With Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl,Four-Legged Girl, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open, winner of the Juniper Prize. She lives in Michigan.

Jane Huffman's poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review (forthcoming), and elsewhere, and she was a 2019 recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Jane is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is editor-in-chief of Guesthouse (www.guesthouselit.com), an online literary journal. She currently lives in Iowa City, IA and works for the Iowa Youth Writing Project.

 

About Now Do You Know Where You Are

Love and grief guide Dana Levin in her new book exploring an increasingly unsettling America after the 2016 election, on both national and personal levels.

Dana Levin's fifth collection is a brave and perceptive companion, walking with the reader through the disorientations of personal and collective transformation. Now Do You Know Where You Are investigates how great change calls the soul out of the old lyric, "to be a messenger--to record whatever wanted to stream through." Levin works in a variety of forms, calling on beloveds and ancestors, great thinkers and religions--convened by Levin's own spun-of-light wisdom and intellectual hospitality--balancing clear-eyed forensics of the past with vatic knowledge of the future. "So many bodies a soul has to press through: personal, familial, regional, national, global, planetary, cosmic-- // 'Now do you know where you are?'"

 

You can watch live on Left Bank's YouTube channel. To participate on Facebook, log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You can watch on either location without logging in, but in order to comment or interact with the program, you must be logged in.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - 7:00pm

Dan Canon with Adam Benforado - Pleading Out

Tuesday, March 8, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with a headshot of author Dan Canon on the left half, a cover image of the book "Pleading Out" on the right top, and a headshot of Adam Benforado on the bottom rightLeft Bank Books welcomes civil rights lawyer and a law professor at the University of Louisville in Kentucky
Dan Canon,
who will discuss the "blistering critique of America's assembly-line approach to criminal justice"
Pleading Out: How Plea Bargaining Creates a Permanent Criminal Class,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on March 8th.
Canon will be in conversation with author and associate professor of law at Drexel University
Adam Benforado.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
 
About our Speakers
Dan Canon is a civil rights lawyer and a law professor at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. In his practice, he has served as counsel for plaintiffs in the US Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which brought marriage equality to all fifty states, and in a number of other high-profile cases. He lives in southern Indiana.
Adam Benforado is an associate professor of law at Drexel University. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, he served as a federal appellate law clerk and an attorney at Jenner & Block. He has published numerous scholarly articles, and his op-eds and essays have appeared in a variety of publications including the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Legal Times. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.
 
 
About Pleading Out: How Plea Bargaining Creates a Permanent Criminal Class
A blistering critique of America's assembly-line approach to criminal justice and the shameful practice at its core: the plea bargain
Most Americans believe that the jury trial is the backbone of our criminal justice system. But in fact, the vast majority of cases never make it to trial: almost all criminal convictions are the result of a plea bargain, a deal made entirely out of the public eye.
Law professor and civil rights lawyer Dan Canon argues that plea bargaining may swiftly dispose of cases, but it also fuels an unjust system. This practice produces a massive underclass of people who are restricted from voting, working, and otherwise participating in society. And while innocent people plead guilty to crimes they did not commit in exchange for lesser sentences, the truly guilty can get away with murder.
With heart-wrenching stories, fierce urgency, and an insider's perspective, Pleading Out exposes the ugly truth about what's wrong with America's criminal justice system today--and offers a prescription for meaningful change.
 

"[a] well-reasoned polemic.... Full of persuasive evidence of how the courts are used by those in power to enforce the status quo, this is a cogent call for change."-- Publishers Weekly

"A full-throated denunciation of a judicial system grown lazy, complacent, and overly given to forcing confessions for its own convenience....A compelling document of interest to anyone concerned with civil rights and an equitable system of justice."-- Kirkus

The reality of the American criminal justice system, as Dan Canon illustrates, is that most defendants never get a trial, and instead are coerced into 'plea bargains' that are, principally, good deals for the state. Pleading Out offers a compelling critique of the practice of plea bargaining and a vision for abandoning it in order to reclaim criminal justice.-- David Cole, national legal director, ACLU

To understand the tragic failure of American criminal justice, you must understand the scourge of plea bargaining. To understand plea bargaining, read this book. With riveting storytelling and sharp analysis, Canon describes the everyday monstrosity, unchecked and ruinous, lurking behind the legal system's closed doors.-- Adam Benforado, New York Times-bestselling author of Unfair

Canon questions a core tenet of American justice with a keen mind and sharp pen. Plea bargaining is held up as a necessary norm but Pleading Out exposes a system that is coercive and inequitable--while also offering hope for the future. This accessible book should be read by anyone who believes our legal system should be just.-- Andrew L. Seidel, author of The Founding Myth

 

You can watch live on Left Bank's YouTube channel. To participate on Facebook, log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You can watch on either location without logging in, but in order to comment or interact with the program, you must be logged in.

 

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 7:00pm

Jason Sommer - Shmuel's Bridge

Thursday, March 24, 7pm CT
In person at Central Reform Congregation
5020 Waterman Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108
Please RSVP here for the in person event
Watch virtually at Left Bank Books' YouTube Page
**Vaccination required for in person attendance**
 
Rectangular image with headshot of author Jason Sommer on left half and pic of the cover of the book "Shmuel's Bridge" on the right halfLeft Bank Books & Central Reform Congregation welcome St. Louis author and poet
Jason Sommer,
who will discuss his new memoir
Shmuel's Bridge,
in person at Central Reform Congregation
and virtually on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on March 24th.
Join us in person or on our  YouTube or Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 

**Proof of vaccination and mask will be required for entry to the in person event.** Guests will need to bring a photo ID AND either their physical vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card.

 

About our Speaker
Jason Sommer is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Portulans in the University of Chicago's Phoenix Poets Series. He has been recognized with an Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for poems about the Jewish experience and read from his work at the National Holocaust Memorial Museum's program "Speech and Silence: Poetry and the Holocaust." A former Stanford University Stegner Fellow, he has held a Whiting Foundation writers' fellowship as well as fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers' conferences. With Hongling Zhang, he has published collaborative book-length translations of Chinese fiction: Wang in Love and Bondage: Three Novellas by Wang Xiaobo and The Bathing Women by Tie Ning, which was long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. Sommer lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
 
 
About Shmuel's Bridge: Following the Tracks to Auschwitz with My Survivor Father
A moving memoir of a son's relationship with his survivor father and of their Eastern European journey through a family history of incalculable loss.

Jason Sommer's father, Jay, is ninety-eight years old and losing his memory. More than seventy years after arriving in New York from WWII-torn Europe, he is forgetting the stories that defined his life, the life of his family, and the lives of millions of Jews who were affected by Nazi terror. Observing this loss, Jason vividly recalls the trip to Eastern Europe the two took together in 2001.

As father and son travel from the town of Jay's birth to the labor camp from which he escaped, and to Auschwitz, where many in his family were lost, the stories Jason's father has told all his life come alive. So too do Jason's own memories of the way his father's past complicated and impacted Jason's own inner life.

Shmuel's Bridge shows history through a double lens: the memories of a growing son's complex relationship with his father and the meditations of that son who, now grown, finds himself caring for a man losing all connection to a past that must not be forgotten.

 

♦ Poet Sommer ( Portulans) movingly combines a Holocaust memoir with an intimate account of his relationship with his survivor father. When, at age 98, his father, Jay, began to lose some of his memories, Sommer was desperate to find a way to preserve them. After escaping from a labor camp in Budapest in 1944, Jay had joined the Russian army and later emigrated to the U.S., where he got his college degree, had a successful teaching career, and built a family. In an effort to keep those and earlier memories intact, Sommer hit upon the idea of showing Jay videos from a trip they had taken in 2001 to eastern Europe to witness the places "that were the setting of his Holocaust experiences." As the two revisit these memories together, the past and present beautifully collide in evocative prose and excerpts of poetry ("he's penned beneath/ the stairs of a Budapest apartment house/ for days, in terror") that whisk readers from the steps of Erzsébet School in Budapest--where Jay and other survivors began their "struggle toward a new life" in 1945--to the bridge where father and son commemorated the death of Jay's brother Shmuel, who was killed en route to a Nazi camp. This stunning tribute isn't to be missed. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

For the in person event, we would ask that you RSVP through this Google Form. The presentation and conversation will start at 7pm at the Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108. Vaccination is required for in person attendees.

For the virtual event, you can watch live on Left Bank's YouTube channel. This event will also stream to Central Reform Congregation's platform (link forthcoming).

Thursday, March 24, 2022 - 7:00pm

Kellye Garrett with S.A. Cosby - Like a Sister

Thursday, March 10, 7pm CT
Register for the free Zoom Webinar here

Rectangular image with a headshot of author Kellye Garrett on the left half, a cover image of the book "Like a Sister" in the top right, and a headshot of author S.A. Cosby in the bottom rightLeft Bank Books, Warwick’s in La Jolla, CA, Once Upon a Crime in Minneapolis, MN, and Reads & Company in Phoenixville, PA welcome award winning author
Kellye Garrett,
who will discuss one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2022
Like a Sister,
in a Zoom Webinar at 7pm CT on March 10th.
Garrett will be in conversation with award winning author of Blacktop Wasteland and Razorblade Tears
S.A. Cosby.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
All orders from Left Bank Books for Like a Sister will have a signed bookplate.
 
 
About our Speakers
 
Kellye Garrett is the acclaimed author of Hollywood Homicide, which won the Agatha, Anthony, Lefty and Independent Publisher "IPPY" awards for best first novel and was named one of BookBub's Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time, as well as Hollywood Ending, which was featured on the TODAY show's Best Summer Reads of 2019 and was nominated for both Anthony and Lefty awards. Prior to writing novels, Kellye spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for Cold Case. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sisters in Crime and is a co-founder of Crime Writers of Color.
 
 
S. A. Cosby is an Anthony Award-winning writer from Southeastern Virginia. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Razorblade Tears and Blacktop Wasteland, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book, the Sun Sentinel's and BookPage's #1 Best Mystery of the year, a Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist, and was named a best of the year by NPR, The Guardian, and Library Journal, among others. When not writing, he is an avid hiker and chess player.
 
 
About Like a Sister
 
In this "tense, twisting mystery" and "absolutely can't-put-it-down read" (Megan Miranda), no one bats an eye when a Black reality TV star is found dead in the Bronx--except her estranged half-sister, whose refusal to believe the official story leads her on a dangerous search for the truth.
"I found out my sister was back in New York from Instagram. I found out she'd died from the New York Daily News ."
When the body of disgraced reality TV star Desiree Pierce is found on a playground in the Bronx the morning after her 25th birthday party, the police and the media are quick to declare her death an overdose. It's a tragedy, certainly, but not a crime.
But Desiree's half-sister Lena Scott knows that can't be the case. A graduate student at Columbia, Lena has spent the past decade forging her own path far from the spotlight, but some facts about Desiree just couldn't have changed since their childhood. And Desiree would never travel above 125th Street. So why is no one listening to her?
Despite the bitter truth that the two haven't spoken in two years, torn apart by Desiree's partying and by their father, Mel, a wealthy and influential hip-hop mogul, Lena becomes determined to find justice for her sister, even if it means untangling her family's darkest secrets--or ending up dead herself.
 
"A riveting, read-through-the-night thriller." --Liv Constantine
 
"Equal parts charm and heartbreak, with razor-sharp insights on class, race, and family." --Laura Lippman
 
"Smart with twists you never see coming." --Walter Mosley
 
"Domestic suspense for the Instagram gen. #lovedit." --Lori Rader-Day

 

This event is free to attend, but registration to the Zoom Webinar is required to attend. Ordering a SIGNED copy of Like a Sister, helps support Left Bank Books' author series to continue bringing you incredible authors like Kellye Garrett!

Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 7:00pm

Michael Bach with Vincent C. Flewellen - Alphabet Soup

Thursday, March 31, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with a headshot of author Michael Bach on the left half, a picture of the book "Alphabet Soup" on the bottom right, and a headshot of convo partner Vincent C. Flewellen on the top right.Left Bank Books welcomes internationally recognized thought leader in the fields of diversity, equity and inclusion
Michael Bach,
who will discuss the book that is "everything you need to know about creating LGBTQ2+ inclusive workplace, from A to Z,"
Alphabet Soup: The Essential Guide to Lgbtq2+ Inclusion at Work,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on March 31st.
Bach will be in conversation with Webster University's Chief Diversity Officer
Vincent C. Flewellen.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About our Speakers
Michael Bach is internationally recognized as a thought leader in the fields of diversity, equity and inclusion. He is the CEO of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, which he founded in 2012 to help educate Canadians on the value of diversity and inclusion. Bach has received repeated recognition for his work, including being named as one of the Women of Influence's Canadian Diversity Champions in 2011 and 2012, and receiving the 2011 Inspire Award as LGBTQ Person of the Year.
 
Vincent C. Flewellen joined Webster University in October, 2018. Reporting directly to the Chancellor, he provides key leadership for the University’s core value of advancing diversity and inclusion as part of the educational mission through the University’s network of domestic and international locations.
With more than twenty years of experience weaving diversity, inclusion and equity into the culture of education in the St. Louis area, Flewellen most recently served as Director of Equity & Inclusion at The College School in Webster Groves. Before taking his role at The College School, he taught in the Ladue School District and for Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School. He also served as Center Director of the University City Children’s Center.
 
In response to the murder of George Floyd, Flewellen launched Webster Speaks: Dialogues on RACE, EQUITY and INCLUSION. As host of the virtual series, he sits down with thought leaders and prominent Black voices and other people of color to discuss issues surrounding systemic racism.
 
For his years of work promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in education, Flewellen was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2020 Class of Diverse Business Leaders.
Flewellen holds a Master of Social Work from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and his Bachelor of Arts in education is from Maryville University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education through Webster University’s School of Education.

 

About Alphabet Soup: The Essential Guide to Lgbtq2+ Inclusion at Work

Everything you need to know about creating LGBTQ2+ inclusive workplace, from A to Z.

What you aren't doing about creating an LGBTQ2+ inclusive workplace is costing you more than might think. Every year, companies who aren't doing the necessary work are losing millions of dollars to low productivity, staff turnover, missed opportunities, and reputational damage--and no, simply slapping a rainbow over your company logo every June isn't going to cut it.

In this myth-busting follow-up to the 2020 breakout bestseller Birds of All Feathers, diversity and inclusion expert Michael Bach breaks down everything you need to know about creating inclusive workplaces for people who don't fit squarely into the "straight" and "cis" box. And don't worry if you're already feeling lost; by the time you've finished this book, you'll know exactly LGBTQ2+ means--and a whole lot of other stuff to boot.

With clarity and a healthy dose of humor, Bach lays out a road map on how to ensure your workplace is safe for LGBTQ2+ people. You'll gain a clear understanding of sexuality, gender identity, and gender expression (yes, they're different things, and it matters); what a Safe Space is, and how to turn your workplace into one; how to create and properly enforce a workplace Code of Conduct; and how to grab a piece of the fabulous "pink dollar" (worth more than $1 trillion dollars annually in the Canada and US alone!).

A must-read for leaders, HR professionals, CEOs, and managers of all levels, Alphabet Soup is a critical guide to creating a truly inclusive workplace for all--regardless of sexuality, gender identity, or gender expression. Whether you consider yourself an ally, or don't even know what it means to be one, you'll come away armed with everything you need to know to create a safe, productive, and thriving organization.

 

You can watch live on Left Bank's YouTube channel. To participate on Facebook, log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You can watch on either location without logging in, but in order to comment or interact with the program, you must be logged in.

 

Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 7:00pm

Raquel Salas Rivera with Farid Matuk - antes que isla es volcán / before island is volcano

Monday, April 18, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with a headshot of poet Raquel Salas Rivera on the left, a cover image of the book "antesqueisla es volcán" on the top right, and a headshot of poet Farid Matuk on the bottom right.Left Bank Books welcomes award winning Puerto Rican poet, translator, and editor
Raquel Salas Rivera,
who will discuss his new book
Antes Que Isla Es Volcán / Before Island Is Volcano,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on April 18th.
Salas Rivera will be in conversation with poet
Farid Matuk.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About our Speakers
Raquel Salas Rivera is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and editor. His honors include being named the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and receiving the New Voices Award from Puerto Rico's Festival de la Palabra. He is the author of 5 previous full-length poetry books. His 3rd book, lo terciario/the tertiary, won the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry and was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award. His 4th book, while they sleep (under the bed is another country), was longlisted for the 2020 Pen America Open Book Award and was a finalist for CLMP's 2020 Firecracker Award. His 5th book, x/ex/exis, won the inaugural Ambroggio Prize. He currently writes and teaches in Puerto Rico.
 
A queer writer of mixed Syrian and Peruvian heritage, Farid Matuk has lived in the U.S. since the age of six as an undocumented person, a “legal” resident, and a naturalized citizen. He is the author of the poetry collections This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine) and The Real Horse (University of Arizona Press), and of several chapbooks including My Daughter La Chola (Ahsahta). His work has been anthologized in The Best American Experimental Poetry and in Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latin@ Writing, among others. Matuk serves as poetry editor at FENCE and on the editorial board for the book series Research in Creative Writing at Bloomsbury. His work has been supported, most recently, by residencies and grants from The Headlands Center for the Arts and The Lannan Foundation and a Visiting Holloway Professorship in Poetry & Poetics at UC Berkeley. Matuk's book arts project, Redolent, made in collaboration with visual artist Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, is forthcoming from Singing Saw Press.
 
 
About Antes Que Isla Es Volcán / Before Island Is Volcano
 
From the National Book Award-nominated, Lambda Award-winning poet: a powerful, inventive new collection that looks to the future of Puerto Rico with love, rage, beauty, and hope.

Raquel Salas Rivera's star has risen swiftly in the poetry world, and this, his 6th book, promises to cement his status as one of the most important poets working today. In sharp, crystalline verses, written in both Spanish and English versions, antes que isla es volcán daringly imagines a decolonial Puerto Rico.

Salas Rivera unfurls series after series of poems that build in intensity: one that casts Puerto Rico as the island of Caliban in Shakespeare's The Tempest, another that imagines a multiverse of possibilities for Puerto Rico's fate, a 3rd in which the poet demands his right to a future and its immediate distribution. The verses are rigorous and sophisticated, engaging with literary and political theory, yet are also hard-hitting, charismatic, and quotable ("won't you be sorry? / won't you wish you had a boss? / won't you get restless / with all that freedom?").

These poems tap unflinchingly into the explosive energy of the island, transforming it into protest, into spirit, into art.

"To dream other worlds in the face of colonial apocalypse . . . This imagining is what the poems--the poem--that are before island is volcano generously and powerfully offer us. Since the tertiary, one of the most important books of our time, Raquel Salas Rivera has been documenting--with acuity, and clarity, and beauty--the colonial hole, creating life-giving books, in multiple languages, and channeling multiple universes, to gift us the words we need as we ward off the nations they send to kill us." --Daniel Borzutzky, National Book Award-winning author of The Performance of Becoming Human

"Raquel Salas Rivera proposes that 'going back' is a political and poetic act, a trip back to magma, to memory and to the words that attest to our struggle against the colonial yokes that keep trying to ensnare us. For this reason, antes que isla es volcán/before island is volcano looks beyond each verse and beyond the pages of this book. It invites us to look to our own poetics and convictions as a jumping-off point for redefining the geopolitics of possibility." --Mayra Santos-Febres, author of La amante de Gardel

 

You can watch live on Left Bank's YouTube channel. To participate on Facebook, log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You can watch on either location without logging in, but in order to comment or interact with the program, you must be logged in.

 

Monday, April 18, 2022 - 7:00pm

Gary Lonesborough with Vitor Martins - Ready When You Are

Saturday, March 12, 4pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes debut YA author
Gary Lonesborough,
who will discuss the book David Levithan says "awed me with the power of its storytelling,"
Ready When You Are,
on our Facebook Live Page at 4pm CT on March 12th.
Lonesborough will be in conversation with acclaimed YA author
Vitor Martins.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED* copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
*Limited number of signed bookplates are available. Pre-order your copy to guarantee your signed copy.
 
 
 
About our Speakers
Gary Lonesborough is a Yuin man who grew up on the Far South Coast of NSW as part of a large and proud Aboriginal family. Growing up a massive Kylie Minogue and North Queensland Cowboys fan, Gary was always writing as a child, and continued his creative journey when he moved to Sydney to study at film school. Gary has experience working in Aboriginal health, the disability sector (including experience working in the Youth Justice System), and the film industry. He was Bega Valley Shire Council Young Citizen of the Year, won the Patrick White Young Indigenous Writers' Award, and has received a Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship. Ready When You Are (published in Australia as The Boy from the Mish) is Gary's debut YA novel.
 
Vitor Martins received his degree in journalism but works as an illustrator. He published his first YA novel Quinze Dias in June 2017 with Globo Alt in Brazil (to be published as Here the Whole Time in the U.S. in fall 2020).
 
 
About Ready When You Are
A remarkable YA love story between two Aboriginal boys -- one who doesn't want to accept he's gay, and the boy who comes to live in his house who makes him realize who he is.

It's a hot summer, and life's going all right for Jackson and his family on the Mish. It's almost Christmas, school's out, and he's hanging with his mates, teasing the visiting tourists, avoiding the racist boys in town. Just like every year, Jackson's Aunty and annoying little cousins visit from the city -- but this time a mysterious boy with a troubled past comes with them. As their friendship evolves, Jackson must confront the changing shapes of his relationships with his friends, family and community. And he must face his darkest secret -- a secret he thought he'd locked away for good.

"It is, honestly, a book I've been searching for over my whole career as an editor, as well as all my years as a queer reader. I'm not ashamed to say that it made me cry (repeatedly) and awed me with the power of its storytelling." -- David Levithan

★ “Yuin author Lonesborough’s YA debut is a sweet will-they, won’t-they romance with welcome Indigenous Australian representation. What starts as a slow-burn love story riddled with internalized homophobia blossoms into a beautiful relationship alongside discussions of racism and classism. The first-person present-tense narration offers a sense of immediacy that makes every moment count, from raucous parties to romantic bushwalks. The sights, sounds, and inhabitants of the fictional rural Koori community, which is informed by Lonesborough’s own life, are richly rendered. An affirming, textured coming-out story.” – KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

 

You can watch live on Left Bank's YouTube channel. To participate on Facebook, log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You can watch on either location without logging in, but in order to comment or interact with the program, you must be logged in.

Saturday, March 12, 2022 - 4:00pm

Quan Barry - When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East

Wednesday, March 2, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes acclaimed author
Quan Barry,
who will discuss one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2022
When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on March 2nd.
Barry will be in conversation with Left Bank Books' Event Coordinator
Shane Mullen.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
About our Speaker
Born in Saigon and raised in Massachusetts, QUAN BARRY is the author of the novels She Weeps Each Time You're Born and We Ride Upon Sticks (winner of the 2020 ALA Alex Award), and four books of poetry, including Water Puppets (winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and a PEN Open Book finalist). Barry's first play, The Mytilenean Debate, premiers in the spring of 2022. She is the Lorraine Hansberry Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
 
About When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East
From the acclaimed author of We Ride Upon Sticks comes a luminous novel that moves across a windswept Mongolia, as estranged twin brothers make a journey of duty, conflict, and renewed understanding.

Tasked with finding the reincarnation of a great lama--a spiritual teacher who may have been born anywhere in the vast Mongolian landscape--the young monk Chuluun sets out with his identical twin, Mun, who has rejected the monastic life they once shared. Their relationship will be tested on this journey through their homeland as each possesses the ability to hear the other's thoughts.

Proving once again that she is a writer of immense range and imagination, Quan Barry carries us across a terrain as unforgiving as it is beautiful and culturally varied, from the western Altai mountains to the eerie starkness of the Gobi Desert to the ancient capital of Chinggis Khaan. As their country stretches before them, questions of faith--along with more earthly matters of love and brotherhood--haunt the twins.

Are our lives our own, or do we belong to something larger? When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East is a stunningly far-flung examination of our individual struggle to retain our convictions and discover meaning in a fast-changing world, as well as a meditation on accepting what simply is.

 

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A dreamlike and lyrical journey steeped in the tenets of Tibetan Buddhism. --Kirkus Reviews (starred revew)

"An imaginative tour de force . . . Evincing the same dazzling talents that won high critical praise for We Ride upon Sticks, Barry vastly expands readers' horizons, both geographical and metaphysical . . . Readers' most transformative experience comes by reflecting--through Chulun's thoughts, strangely tangled with Mun's--on the Four Noble Buddhist Truths and the Eight-Fold Path. . .Though the narrative focuses on Mongolian Buddhism, readers learn how Buddhists everywhere have suffered as Chinese communists have persecuted the faith rooted in Tibet." --Bryce Christensen, Booklist (starred review)

The expansive imagination of Massachusetts-raised Quan Barry knows no bounds . . . Barry explores large questions about Buddhist philosophy and faith in general while painting a lush portrait of the Mongolian terrain. --Katherine Ouelette, WBUR

This novel couldn't be any more different from Quan Barry's deliciously irreverent 2020 novel We Ride Upon Sticks--except that it is similarly excellent, and similarly immersive, a full-throated plunge into a very specific, fascinating world. --Emily Temple, Literary Hub

 

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022 - 7:00pm

Leah Gunning Francis - Faith After Ferguson

Thursday, February 24, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with a cover picture of the book "Faith After Ferguson" on the right half, while the left half has the headshots of author Leah Gunning Francis and event panelists Rev. Traci Blackmon, Rev. Mike Kinman, Rev. Karen Anderson, Rev. Shaun Jones, and Rev. Starsky Wilson.Left Bank Books welcomes author of Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community
Leah Gunning Francis,
who will discuss her anticipated follow-up
Faith After Ferguson: Resilient Leadership in Pursuit of Racial Justice,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on February 24th.
Leah Gunning Francis will be in conversation with
Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ (UCC)
Rev. Mike Kinman, Rector, All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA
Rev. Karen Anderson, Pastor, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Las Vegas, NV
Rev. Shaun Jones, Pastor, Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Ossining, NY
& Rev. Starsky Wilson, President of the Children's Defense Fund.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
About our Speakers

Rev. Dr. Leah Gunning Francis is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Christian Theological Seminary and the author of Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community. A scholar-activist, she has been featured on numerous podcasts and in the PBS Documentary The Talk: Race in America and the 2021 Sundance film Ferguson Rises: A Racial Healing Documentary. As a Black mother of two sons, she has grounded her scholarship and activism in an ethic of love that honors the humanity of young black men in a society that too often has little regard for them.

Rev. Dr. Karen Denise Anderson is first and foremost a follower and disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. She continues to be amazed and humbled that God called her to pastoral ministry. She has a deep love for God and God’s people. After serving three congregations in St. Louis, in 2019, Bishop Clement W. Fugh, assigned her to First AME (FAME) Church in Las Vegas, NV. She is their first female senior pastor. A passionate champion for children, Rev. Anderson was actively involved in Metropolitan Churches United (MCU) break the school-to-prison pipeline efforts. 

Rev. Mike Kinman (he/him) is a follower of Jesus, spouse, parent, Episcopal priest, and the Tenth Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena.  As the Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis (2009-2016) Mike had a particular interest in the Cathedral’s role in dismantling systemic misogyny and homophobia and promoting racial and economic reconciliation in St. Louis — and with Christ Church Cathedral was active in the new civil rights movement that was ignited in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. He also serves on the Global Advisory Council of Thistle Farms.

Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and was the first female pastor of Christ the King UCC church in Florissant, MO. A featured voice with many regional, national, and international media outlets and a frequent contributor to print publications, Rev. Blackmon’s communal leadership and work in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, MO has gained her both national and international recognition and audiences from the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican. 

Rev. Shaun Ellison Jones, pastor of Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Ossining, NY, has been described as a young, powerful and prophetic voice with a heart for social justice and bridging generations. He is a pastor, community organizer and gifted workshop facilitator with 20 years of ministry experience. He has been blessed to serve in pastoral ministry, on denomination staff and as a social justice advocate as a community organizer.   He is Co-Chair for My Brother’s Keeper Ossining and a clergy leader for Community Voices Heard, and a board member of the Interfaith Council for Action housing Network. Rev. Jones is a native of St. Louis, MO.

Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson is president & CEO of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) and CDF Action Council. From 2011 through 2020, Rev. Wilson was president & CEO of Deaconess Foundation, a faith-based philanthropy for child well-being and racial justice in St. Louis.  Under his leadership, the foundation established the Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being, a community action tank engaging thousands of citizens annually.  Dr. Wilson also pastored Saint John’s Church in St. Louis After the police killing of Michael Brown, Jr., the church hosted the #BlackLivesMatter Freedom Ride to and other mobilizations.

 

About Faith After Ferguson: Resilient Leadership in Pursuit of Racial Justice

Learn from the courageous and resilient leaders on the front lines for justice and discover new ways of leading in the movement for racial justice.

Leah Gunning Francis (Ferguson and Faith, 2015) revisits the clergy and activists at the front lines of the Ferguson, MO, Black Lives Matter protests, to hear what they've learned in the struggle for justice and healing five years later. Weaving personal accounts of these activists and clergy with her own journey of activism over the past five years, Francis offers new insights on faith-filled living in response to social injustice, and shares lessons for organizing and mobilizing people to effect real change. The wisdom that emerges out of the stories in each chapter challenge us to awaken all of our senses and equip us to join God's transformative work of racial justice.

Francis also reflects on the traumatic impact of the four years under the Trump administration and the more recent events of racism and white supremacy showcased in the murder of George Floyd, the presidential election, and the Capitol riots in January 2021.

 

You can watch live on Left Bank's YouTube channel. To participate on Facebook, log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You can watch on either location without logging in, but in order to comment or interact with the program, you must be logged in.

Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 7:00pm

Daniel Abraham with Ty Franck - Age of Ash

Tuesday, February 22, 7pm CT
Virtual Event - Purchase the Book to gain access to the event

Rectangular image with headshot of author Daniel Abraham on the left half, a cover image of the book "Age of Ash" in the top right corner, and a headshot of author Ty Franck in the bottom right corner.Left Bank Books welcomes bestselling coauthor of the Expanse space opera series
Daniel Abraham,
who will discuss his new book in a new series,
Age of Ash (The Kithamar Trilogy #1),
in a private online event at 7pm CT on February 22nd.
Abraham will be in conversation with his co-author for the Expanse Series
Ty Franck.
To attend the event order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
About our Speakers
Daniel Abraham is the author of the critically-acclaimed Long Price Quartet and The Dagger and the Coinseries. He has been nominated for the Nebula and World Fantasy awards, and won the Hugo award and International Horror Guild award. He also writes as James S. A. Corey (with Ty Franck) and MLN Hanover. He lives in New Mexico.
James S.A. Corey is the pen name of fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. They both live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 
About Age of Ash (The Kithamar Trilogy #1)
From New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author Daniel Abraham, co-author of The Expanse , comes a monumental epic fantasy trilogy that unfolds within the walls of a single great city, over the course of one tumultuous year, where every story matters, and the fate of the city is woven from them all.
"An atmospheric and fascinating tapestry, woven with skill and patience." -Joe AbercrombieNew York Times bestselling author of A Little Hatred
Kithamar is a center of trade and wealth, an ancient city with a long, bloody history where countless thousands live and their stories unfold.
This is Alys's.
When her brother is murdered, a petty thief from the slums of Longhill sets out to discover who killed him and why. But the more she discovers about him, the more she learns about herself, and the truths she finds are more dangerous than knives.
Swept up in an intrigue as deep as the roots of Kithamar, where the secrets of the lowest born can sometimes topple thrones, the story Alys chooses will have the power to change everything.
"Age of Ash's Kithamar is a spectacular creation, a city brought to life by dense, intricate worldbuilding and subtle magic. Fans of Scott Lynch or Robert Jackson Bennett will enjoy this one."-- Django Wexler, author of Ashes of the Sun

 

To access the event, please purchase a copy of Age of Ash from Left Bank Books. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. You will receive an email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event. Thank you for supporting Left Bank Books!

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 7:00pm

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