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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

Scott Alexander Hess - River Runs Red

Thursday, August 1, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Scott Alexander Hess, River Runs RedLeft Bank Books welcomes former St. Louisan Scott Alexander Hess, who will sign and discuss his new novel, River Runs Red!

The christening of the world’s first skyscraper on the shores of the Mississippi River is the backdrop for River Runs Red, Lambda Literary Award finalist Scott Alexander Hess' new novel set in St. Louis circa 1891. Clement Cartwright returns to his St. Louis hometown as the heralded architect of the Landsworth Building. He soon becomes embroiled in both a business feud, and an illicit affair with a young card shark. The city's wealthiest citizen mounts a vicious crusade to ruin Cartwright—a plan that includes blackmail and culminates in a sensational court trial. Amidst it all, the Mississippi river surges higher and higher, threatening to flood as the scandalous trial speeds to a shocking and violent conclusion.

"At once gritty, poetic, and romantic, Hess' masterful, elegant style weaves these diverse elements into a seamless narrative that touches the heart of what it means to be human." --Kirkus Reviews (of The Butcher's Sons)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of River Runs Red from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

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

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

William J. Burns - The Back Channel

Monday, June 24, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

William J Burns, The Back ChannelOver the course of more than three decades as an American diplomat, William J. Burns played a central role in the most consequential diplomatic episodes of his time—from the bloodless end of the Cold War to the collapse of post–Cold War relations with Putin’s Russia, from post–9/11 tumult in the Middle East to the secret nuclear talks with Iran. Drawing on a trove of newly declassified cables and memos, Burns gives readers a rare inside look at American diplomacy in action. “The Back Channel” is an eloquent, deeply informed, and timely story of a life spent in service of American interests abroad. It is also a powerful reminder, in a time of great turmoil, of the enduring importance of diplomacy.

Presented by the St. Louis County Library ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Casey Cep - Furious Hours

Tuesday, June 11, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Casey Cep, Furious HoursReverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a vigilante shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante's trial was Harper Lee, who returned to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own “In Cold Blood,” the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research 17 years earlier. Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

2019 Suspense Night

Thursday, June 6, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Suspense NightOne of the library’s most popular annual events, Suspense Night brings together popular mystery writers from across the country for an evening of readings and a panel discussion on the craft of suspense writing. The theme for the 2019 Suspense Night will be crime fiction for movies and television.

This year's authors are: Reed Farrel Coleman (What You BreakRobert B. Parker’s Colorblind), Jeffery Deaver (The Never GameThe Burial Hour), Meg Gardiner (UnsubInto the Black Nowhere), and Greg Hurwitz (Out of the Dark; Orphan X). With Special Guest Appearance by actor, director and television producer Ken Olin.

Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America—Midwest Chapter, presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

Monte Reel - A Brotherhood of Spies

Monday, June 17, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Monte Reel, A Brotherhood of SpiesAward-winning journalist Monte Reel presents a thrilling narrative of the top-secret Cold War-era spy plane operation that transformed the CIA. On May 1, 1960, an American U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union just weeks before a peace summit between the two nations. The CIA concocted a cover story for President Eisenhower to deliver, assuring him that no one could have survived a fall from that altitude. But against all odds, pilot Francis Gary Powers emerged from the wreckage and was seized by the KGB. He confessed to espionage charges, revealing to the world that Eisenhower had just lied to the American people—and to the Soviet Premier. In this true-life thriller, Reel reveals how the U-2 spy program, principally devised by four men working in secret, upended the Cold War.

 

Presented by the St. Louis County Library ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series. For more information please call 314-994-3300.

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

Martin Walker - The Body in the Castle Well

Wednesday, June 12, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Martin Walker, The Body in the Castle WellInternationally bestselling suspense writer Martin Walker presents his latest mystery featuring Benoît “Bruno” Courrèges, the unconventional Chief of Police of a small French village. When Claudia, a young American, turns up dead in the courtyard of an ancient castle in Bruno’s jurisdiction, her death is assumed to be an accident related to opioid use. But her doctor persuades Bruno that things may not be so simple. Thus begins an investigation that leads Bruno to Monsieur de Bourdeille, the scholar with whom the girl had been studying. He is a renowned art historian who became extraordinarily wealthy through the sale of paintings that may have been falsely attributed—or so Claudia suggested shortly before her death.

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Linda Kay Klein - Pure

Monday, July 1, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Linda Kay Klein, PureLeft Bank Books welcomes author and Break Free Together founder Linda Kay Klein, who will sign and discuss her new book, Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free!

In the 1990s, a “purity industry” emerged out of the white evangelical Christian culture. Purity rings, purity pledges, and purity balls came with a dangerous message: girls are potential sexual “stumbling blocks” for boys and men, and any expression of a girl’s sexuality could reflect the corruption of her character. This message traumatized many girls and trapped them in a cycle of shame. This is the sex education Linda Kay Klein grew up with. In Pure, Klein uses a potent combination of journalism, cultural commentary, and memoir to reveal the devastating effects evangelical Christianity’s views on female sexuality has had on a generation of young women.

"Linda Kay Klein’s book about the devastating effects of Christianity’s obsession with purity culture is a revelation... Part memoir and part journalism, Pure is a horrendous, granular, relentless, emotionally true account." --The Cut

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Pure 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 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

Children's Book Week: Comics and Cookies Finale Party

Sunday, May 5, 4pm
Left Bank Books

Close out Children's Book Week with a party and mini-comics workship led by LBB artist staff members! 

You'll learn to create your own comics and use your new skills to finish stories started by some of kidlit's hottest graphic novelists, all while enjoying a fabulous cookie spread!

 

Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books are connected! The 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week will take place all year long with a dedicated week of celebrations April 29th - May 5th, and another week this fall, November 4th - 10th!

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

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 4:00pm

Children's Book Week: Vote for the Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards

Thursday, May 2, 4pm-6pm
Left Bank Books

Cast your vote for the 2019 Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards and collect kidlit swag!

Fill out your ballot at Left Bank Books between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2nd, and select from cool giveaways, including books!
Study up on the finalists at cbcbooks.org!

Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books are connected! The 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week will take place all year long with a dedicated week of celebrations April 29th - May 5th, and another week this fall, November 4th - 10th!

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

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 4:00pm

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