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Keith O'Brien - Fly Girls

Thursday, March 7, 6pm
Wings of Hope, 
18370 Wings of Hope Blvd.

Keith O'Brien, Fly GirlsJoin Wings of Hope as they kick off Soar into STEM, an exciting new regional initiative to ignite in local youth — especially girls and students of color — a passion for pursuing STEM and aviation careers.

Author Keith O'Brien joins us as keynote speaker to discuss the remarkable stories contained in his New York Times bestseller FLY GIRLS: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History, with a book signing to follow.

"Mr. O'Brien, a former reporter for the Boston Globe working in the tradition of Hidden Figures and The Girls of Atomic City, has recovered a fascinating chapter not just in feminism and aviation but in 20th-century American history." — The Wall Street Journal

EVENT DETAILS: Wings of Hope's Global Headquarters is located at Spirit of St. Louis Airport. Doors open at 6 p.m. Left Bank Books will offer books for sale at the event. Light refreshments provided. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is encouraged. Please register at eventbrite.comFor more information about the Soar into STEM program, visit www.wingsofhope.ngo/STEM.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

Lindenwood University Craft Talks: Kij Johnson

Thursday, March 28, 7pm
Lindenwood University, Harmon Hall, Room 136, 209 S. Kingshighway (St. Charles)

Kij Johnson, At the Mouth of the River of BeesKij Johnson has won three Nebulas, two World Fantasy Awards, and the Hugo, the Sturgeon, and various other awards.  Her most recent books are The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe; The River Bank, a sequel to Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows; and her first collection of short fiction, At the Mouth of the River of Bees. She received her MFA from North Carolina State University in 2012. In the past, she has worked in publishing, comics, trading card and roleplaying games, and tech, but currently, she is associate professor of creative writing at the University of Kansas, and the associate director for the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction.

This event is presented by Lindenwood University. For more information please visit lindenwood.edu.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

Maren Cooper - A Better Next

Tuesday, June 11, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Maren Cooper, A Better NextLeft Bank Books welcomes Midwest author Maren Cooper, who will sign and discuss her new novel, A Better Next!

At the top of her career, twenty plus years married with one child left to launch and fostering the illusion of having a perfect life, Jess Lawson is blindsided by her husband’s decision to move from their St. Louis home and across the country without her. Amid their acrimonious divorce, Jess also uncovers surprising financial corruption at work that threatens a scandal for her client—and the well-being of the many unsuspecting patients and physicians they serve. A smart, relatable story for every woman who’s gone bold to sort out her next chapter, A Better Next shows how—with a little soul searching and a supportive circle of friends and colleagues—it’s possible to redefine happiness and establish a liberating, new normal at any stage of life.

"Both sprightly and deeply felt, A Better Next captures the losses, trade-offs, and rewards of the contemporary career woman/wife/mother. Many are the women who will recognize themselves in Jess' story." Faith Sullivan, author of Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of A Better Next 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.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Michael Kinch - The End of the Beginning

Thursday, April 4, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Michael Kinch, The End of the BeginningsLeft Bank Books welcomes Washington University Vice Chancellor Michael Kinch, who will sign and discuss his new book, The End of the Beginning: Cancer, Immunity, and the Future of a Cure, at this official launch party event!

The End of the Beginning is a remarkable history of cancer treatment and its dynamic interplay with the immune system. Through Michael Kinch’s experience as a cancer researcher and the head of the oncology program at a leading biotech company, we witness the incredible accumulation of breakthrough science and its rapid translation into life-saving technologies that have begun to dramatically increase the quality and quantity of life for cancer patients. Kinch details the remarkable history of people, science, technology and disease and presents thrilling next-generation technologies that hold the promise to eliminate cancer for some, and perhaps ultimately, for all.

“A richly detailed, expert description of the history of cancer, its treatment, and research that is now producing quantum-leap breakthrough therapy."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The End of the Beginning 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, April 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Joshua A. Douglas - Vote for US

Thursday, April 11, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Joshua Douglas, Vote for USLeft Bank Books and the American Constitution Society welcome law professor Joshua A. Douglas, who will sign and discuss his new book, Vote for US, with the Advancement Project program director Denise Lieberman!

In contrast to the anxiety surrounding our voting system, with stories about voter suppression and manipulation, there are actually quite a few positive initiatives toward voting rights reform. Joshua A. Douglas, an expert on our electoral system, examines these encouraging developments in this inspiring book about how regular Americans are working to take back their democracy, one community at a time. This book gives anyone fed up with our current political environment the ideas and tools necessary to affect change in their own communities, and presents an encouraging assessment of current efforts to make our voting system more accessible, reliable, and effective.

"This book is mandatory reading for anyone who wants to stop spinning their wheels and actually fix the dystopia that grips American politics.” 
—Josh Silver, cofounder and director, RepresentUs

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

Denise LiebermanDenise Lieberman is the Director of Advancement Project’s Power and Democracy Program and a Senior Attorney. Denise works to identify and remove systemic barriers to voting. A seasoned constitutional and civil rights lawyer, Lieberman works on the ground in Missouri in addition to advancing broad voter protection initiatives nationwide, engaging in policy analysis, lobbying, legal advocacy, litigation and community building to advance electoral reform, including spearheading a nationwide advocacy effort to combat repressive voting legislation this past year. She has emerged as a nationwide expert on voter identification laws, preparing testimony for a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on new voting laws. She is currently involved as counsel of record in litigation challenging photo ID laws in Missouri, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

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

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Nell Freudenberger - Lost and Wanted

Wednesday, April 24, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Nell Freudenberger, Lost and FoundAcclaimed author Nell Freudenberger presents an emotionally engaging new novel, told in the voice of a renowned physicist: an exploration of the surprising bonds of female friendship. Helen Clapp’s breakthrough work on five-dimensional spacetime leads her to disdain notions of the supernatural in favor of rational thought and proven ideas. When she receives a phone call from a friend who died days earlier, she is forced to question the laws of the universe that had always steadied her mind and heart. Suspenseful and perceptive, Lost and Wanted is a story of friends, lost and found, at the most defining moments of their lives.

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

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Helen Ellis - Southern Lady Code

Monday, April 22, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Helen Ellis, Southern Lady CodeThe bestselling author of American Housewife is back with a fiercely funny collection of essays on marriage and manners, ghosts, gunshots, gynecology, and the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady. Helen Ellis has a mantra: “If you don’t have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way.” In these 23 raucous essays, Ellis offers readers a hilarious, completely singular view on womanhood for both sides of the Mason-Dixon.

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

 

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

James & Deborah Fallows - Our Towns

Thursday, April 4, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

For five years, James and Deborah Fallows have traveled across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, the America they saw is acutely conscious of its problems—from economic dislocation to the opioid scourge —but it is also crafting solutions, with a practical-minded determination at dramatic odds with the bitter paralysis of national politics. At times of dysfunction on a national level, reform possibilities have often arisen from the local level. The Fallowses describe America in the middle of one of these creative waves.

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

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Brexit: A Guide for Confused Americans

Thursday, March 14, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Rd.

Brexit: A Guide for Confused AmericansBrexit. For years that word has dominated international headlines as people throughout the world follow the seemingly endless saga of Britain’s quest to leave the European Union. But what is Brexit, exactly? Why did it happen, and what does it mean for the United Kingdom and for the world? How could Brexit affect the USA, and what similar political and cultural currents are flowing in this country?

Discover the answers to these questions and more as James Frey Croft, bona fide British person and long-time political activist, guides you on a funny and informative tour through the strange world of British politics. Afterward, you will be able to buy a selection of relevant titles curated by Left Bank Books.

This event is presented by the Ethical Society of St. Louis. For more information, please call 314-991-0955.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

Jennifer Eberhardt - Biased

Tuesday, April 2, 7pm
UMSL at Grand Center, St. Louis Public Radio Community Room, 3651 Olive St.

Jennifer EberhardtLeft Bank Books and St. Louis Public Radio's ...and the Kitchen Sink series welcome Stanford professor of psychology Jennifer Eberhardt, who will sign and discuss her new book, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, with Holly Edgell!

You don’t have to be racist to be biased. Unconscious bias can be at work without our realizing it, and ingrained stereotypes can infect our visual perception, attention, memory, and behavior. This has an impact on education, employment, housing, and criminal justice. In Biased, with a perspective that is at once scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Jennifer Eberhardt offers us insights into the dilemma and a path forward. Unblinking about the tragic consequences of prejudice, Eberhardt addresses how racial bias is not the fault of nor restricted to a few “bad apples” but is present at all levels of society in media, education, and business.

“Jennifer Eberhardt’s work is essential to helping us understand racial inequalities in our country and around the world.”—Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

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

Holly EdgellHolly Edgell is the Editor of a four-station collaborative coverage initiative on race, identity and culture. Holly comes to St. Louis Public Radio as a journalist with more than 20 years of experience. In addition to working as a television news producer in several cities, in 2010 she launched 12 St. Louis-area websites for Patch.com, the hyperlocal news initiative introduced by AOL. In 2012, she was part of the leadership team that launched WCPO Insider (WCPO.com), the first local television news initiative to introduce an a la carte subscription model for exclusive, in-depth content that audiences could not find elsewhere. She later served as Director of Digital media for KSHB-TV in Kansas City and WEWS-TV in Cleveland. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists. In addition to newsroom experience, Holly taught journalism at the University of Missouri and Florida A&M University.

 

 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 7:00pm

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