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Jeff Smith - Dawn of Man Tour for "Tuki"

Saturday, April 22, 5:30pm CT
In person at Schlafly Public Library
225 N. Euclid
St. Louis, MO 63108
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Virtually at Left Bank Books' YouTube Page
Left Bank Books & Schlafly Public Library welcomes NY Times Best-Selling author of the award-winning series, BONE,
Jeff Smith
as he returns to the road for the Route 66 Dawn of Man Tour in celebration of
at Schlafly Public Library on April 22nd at 5:30pm!
Order copies of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Smith will personalize and sign copies for sale from Left Bank Books.
If you are unable to make it in person, leave a personalization note in your order.
Jeff Smith is the writer & artist of comics and graphic novels like BONE, RASL, SHAZAM: The Monster Society of Evil, ROSE and Tall Tales. Both BONE and RASL were self-published and are New York Times Bestsellers. BONE launched the current YA Graphic Novel explosion via Scholastic Books’ Graphix imprint and has won 41 national and international awards including 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harvey Awards and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. RASL won an Eisner for Best Graphic Novel. The webcomic version of TUKI won the National Cartoonists Award for Best Online Comic in 2014.
"If Smith's iconic BONE weren't proof enough, TUKI resoundingly restates his status as a master cartoonist of our era...New readers will love it, and fans of BONE will delight in Smith's return to fantasy adventure with an ensemble of idiosyncratic characters." -BOOKLIST STARRED REVIEW
"Fans of classic adventure will not be disappointed... Smith (BONE) goes prehistoric in this fabulously drawn anthropological fantasy.... the characters and scenery remain consistently stunning to gaze at, page after page." -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"2022 Best Graphic Novel for Adults" -AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
Saturday, April 22, 2023 - 5:30pm

Carol Anderson - The Second

Thursday, March 9, 7pm CT
Virtually at Left Bank Books' YouTube Page
Left Bank Books presents preeminent historian & New York Times bestselling author 
Carol Anderson,
who will discuss her unflinching, critical new look at the Second Amendment
The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America
for a virtual launch event on Left Bank Books' YouTube.
Carol Anderson will be in conversation with Left Bank Books'
Danielle King.
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from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of One Person, No Vote, longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award; White Rage, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; Bourgeois Radicals; and Eyes off the Prize; and a contributor to The 1619 Project. She was named a Guggenheim Fellow for Constitutional Studies and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

From the New York Times bestselling author of White Rage, an unflinching, critical new look at the Second Amendment and how it has been engineered to deny the rights of African Americans since its inception-now with a new introduction and afterword from the author.

In The Second, historian and award-winning, bestselling author of White Rage Carol Anderson powerfully illuminates the history and impact of the Second Amendment, how it was designed, and how it has consistently been constructed to keep African Americans powerless and vulnerable. The Second is neither a "pro-gun" nor an "anti-gun" book; the lens is the citizenship rights and human rights of African Americans.

From the seventeenth century, when it was encoded into law that the enslaved could not own, carry, or use a firearm whatsoever, until today, with measures to expand and curtail gun ownership aimed disproportionately at the African American population, the right to bear arms has been consistently used as a weapon to keep African Americans powerless--revealing that armed or unarmed, Blackness, it would seem, is the threat that must be neutralized and punished.

Throughout American history to the twenty-first century, regardless of the laws, court decisions, and changing political environment, the Second has consistently meant this: That the second a Black person exercises this right, the second they pick up a gun to protect themselves (or the second that they don't), their life--as surely as Philando Castile's, Tamir Rice's, Alton Sterling's--may be snatched away in that single, fatal second. Through compelling historical narrative merging into the unfolding events of today, Anderson's penetrating investigation shows that the Second Amendment is not about guns but about anti-Blackness, shedding shocking new light on another dimension of racism in America.


Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 7:00pm

Dennis Lehane with Gillian Flynn - Small Mercies

Tuesday, April 25, 7pm CT / 8pm ET
Zoom Event - Book Purchase Required (Signed hardcovers available while supplies last)

Left Bank Books and Books & Books with Miami Book Fair + independent bookstores welcome New York Times bestselling author,
Dennis Lehane,
for a special virtual event to celebrate the release the all-consuming tale of revenge, family love, festering hate, and insidious power
Small Mercies,
in an exclusive online event at 7pm CT / 8pm ET on Tuesday, April 25th.
Bestselling author
Gillian Flynn
will be joining us for the discussion.
To attend the virtual event, order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Signed copies available while supplies last.
Dennis Lehane is the author of thirteen novels--including the New York Times bestsellers Live by Night; Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day--as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He grew up in Boston, MA and now lives in California with his family.
Gillian Flynn is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl, for which she wrote the Golden Globe-nominated screenplay, and the New York Times bestsellers Dark Places and Sharp Objects. She was the showrunner for Amazon's Utopia, and co-wrote Widows with director Steve McQueen. Her latest project is Gillian Flynn Books in partnership with Zando, which is committed to publishing books across genres that are propulsive, culturally incisive, and unexpected. A former critic for Entertainment Weekly, she lives in Chicago with her husband and children.

"Small Mercies is thought provoking, engaging, enraging, and can't-put-it-down entertainment." -- Stephen King

The acclaimed New York Times bestselling writer returns with a masterpiece to rival Mystic River--an all-consuming tale of revenge, family love, festering hate, and insidious power, set against one of the most tumultuous episodes in Boston's history.

In the summer of 1974 a heatwave blankets Boston and Mary Pat Fennessy is trying to stay one step ahead of the bill collectors. Mary Pat has lived her entire life in the housing projects of "Southie," the Irish American enclave that stubbornly adheres to old tradition and stands proudly apart.

One night Mary Pat's teenage daughter Jules stays out late and doesn't come home. That same evening, a young Black man is found dead, struck by a subway train under mysterious circumstances.

The two events seem unconnected. But Mary Pat, propelled by a desperate search for her missing daughter, begins turning over stones best left untouched--asking questions that bother Marty Butler, chieftain of the Irish mob, and the men who work for him, men who don't take kindly to any threat to their business.

Set against the hot, tumultuous months when the city's desegregation of its public schools exploded in violence, Small Mercies is a superb thriller, a brutal depiction of criminality and power, and an unflinching portrait of the dark heart of American racism. It is a mesmerizing and wrenching work that only Dennis Lehane could write.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - 7:00pm