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Steve Berry - The Malta Exchange

Monday, March 4, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Steve Balta, The Malta ExchangeA deadly race for the Vatican’s oldest secret fuels bestselling political suspense author Steve Berry’s latest international Cotton Malone thriller. The pope is dead. A conclave to select his replacement is about to begin, but one Cardinal has fled Rome for Malta in search of a document that dates back to the 4th century and Constantine the Great. As former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone searches for the Cardinal, he draws the attention of the legendary Knights of Malta, the only warrior-monks to survive into modern times.

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

 

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

National Poetry Month: An Evening with Stacey Lynn Brown & Cassie Donish

Tuesday, April 9, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Stacey Lynn Brown and Cassie DonishLeft Bank Books welcomes poets Stacey Lynn Brown and Cassie Donish, who will sign and read from their newest collections, The Shallows and The Year of the Femme, at this special event in celebration of National Poetry Month!

In The Shallows, Stacey Lynn Brown continues her potent exploration of the American South—its complex legacies of family and race. These harrowing yet ultimately hopeful new poems depict a daughter grappling with the aftermath of her father’s massive stroke and her own concurrent struggles with a debilitating and mysterious illness. Stacey Lynn Brown is also the author of Cradle Song, a book-length poem, and is the co-editor, with Oliver de la Paz, of A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. She teaches creative writing at Indiana University in Bloomington.

“At the edge of a field a thought waits,” writes Cassie Donish in The Year of the Femme, her collection that explores the conflicting diplomacies of body and thought while stranding us in a field, in a hospital, on a shoreline. These are poems that assess and dwell in a sensual, fantastically queer mode. Here is a voice slowed by an erotics suffused with pain, quickened by discovery. In masterful long poems and refracted lyrics, Donish flips the coin of subjectivity; different and potentially dangerous faces are revealed in turn. With lyricism as generous as it is exact, Donish tunes her writing as much to the colors, textures, and rhythms of daily life as to what violates daily life—what changes it from within and without.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of any of the poets' featured titles from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Pre-order your copy below!

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

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

Eliot Sappingfield - The Unspeakable Unknown

Monday, February 25, 4pm
Left Bank Books

Eliot Sappingfield, The Unspeakable UnknownLeft Bank Books welcomes Missouri author Eliot Sappingfield for an after-school signing and discussion of his new middle grade novel, The Unspeakable Unknown!

Guardians of the Galaxy meets The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in this wild, warm-hearted, and hilarious sci-fi companion to A Problematic Paradox. Nikola Kross has battled aliens and won. But her father, who was kidnapped by evil extraterrestrials, is still missing, and now it’s up to Nikola and her friends to find and rescue him before it’s too late. He could be anywhere in the known universe, and they have little to go on except a desperate secret communication and an unhelpful clue that he’s in a secure facility somewhere deep underground. But the extraterrestrials are still determined to capture Nikola. And if she gets abducted, she won’t have to wonder where her father is…because she’ll already be there.

“It’s like Harry Potter, but with science instead of magic. Nikola is exactly the smart female protagonist that the sci-fi genre needs.” --HelloGiggles

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Unspeakable Unknown or A Problematic Paradox from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click the titles 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, February 25, 2019 - 4:00pm

SF STL: Neal Stephenson - Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell

Monday, June 10, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.

Neal Stephenson, Fall; or Dodge in HellLeft Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with bestselling author Neal Stephenson, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Fall; or Dodge in Hell!

One autumn day, while multibillionaire Richard “Dodge” Forthrast undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on, an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls. But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem. Paradise Lost by way of Phillip K. Dick, Fall; or, Dodge in Hell is an exhilarating speculative literary saga for the modern age.

“Sometimes when you’re reading Neal Stephenson, he doesn’t just seem like one of the best novelists writing in English right now; he seems like the only one.”
—Lev Grossman

Ticket Information:

-- A $39 ticket admits one person and includes one hardcover copy of Fall; or Dodge in Hell
-- A $44 ticket admits two people and includes one hardcover copy of Fall; or Dodge in Hell, plus a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event

Signing Guidelines:

-- Mr. Stephenson will sign all copies of Fall; or Dodge in Hell purchased from Left Bank Books, as well as copies of his previous books.
-- Mr. Stephenson will be happy to personalize books.
-- Guests are welcome to take candid photographs during the event and from the signing line, but due to time constraints, Mr. Stephenson will be unable to pose for photos. 

Tickets are available below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of Fall; or Dodge in Hell or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Monday, June 10th.

A free, secure and well-lit parking lot is located directly across from the Mad Art Gallery event space. It can accommodate up to 100 cars. Plus, on-street parking in the neighborhood is also free.



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Monday, June 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

National Poetry Month: Alison C. Rollins - Library of Small Catastrophes

Wednesday, April 17, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Alison C Rollins, Library of Small Catastrophes Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning poet and St. Louis native Alison C. Rollins, who will sign and read from her debut poetry collection, Library of Small Catastrophes, at this St. Louis Launch Party! Refreshments will be provided.

Library of Small Catastrophes, Alison Rollins’ ambitious debut collection, interrogates the body and nation as storehouses of countless tragedies. Drawing from Jorge Luis Borges’ fascination with the library, Rollins uses the concept of the archive to offer a lyric history of the ways in which we process loss. “Memory is about the future, not the past,” she writes, and rather than shying away from the anger, anxiety, and mourning of her narrators, Rollins’ poetry seeks to challenge the status quo, engaging in a diverse, boundary-defying dialogue with an ever-present reminder of the ways race, sexuality, spirituality, violence, and American culture collide.

“Alison’s poems are rich and textured, displaying her full depth of knowledge and heart...all while making poignant examinations of womanhood, and tackling issues like slavery, Blackness, and racism in America.” --The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Library of Small Catastrophes from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy! Limited edition broadsides will also be available with purchase at the event.

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

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

Not So Late Night: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, Ron Austin & Katarra

Friday, March 15, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.

Not So Late NightJoin Left Bank Books and HEC-TV for a special night of music and readings at the 2nd annual Not So Late Night, featuring host Ron Austin, special guests Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and Chaya Bhuvaneswar, and music by Katarra!

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is the New York Times-bestselling author of Friday Black. Originally from Spring Valley, New York, he graduated from SUNY Albany and went on to receive his MFA from Syracuse University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming from numerous publications, including the New York Times Book ReviewEsquireLiterary Hub, the Paris ReviewGuernica, and Longreads. He was selected by Colson Whitehead as one of the National Book Foundation's “5 Under 35” honorees.

Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a physician and writer whose debut story collection, White Dancing Elephants, was a best book of 2018 for Kirkus Reviews, included as a ‘best book’ for fall 2018 and the year by BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, The Rumpus, The Millions, Southern Living, Washington Independent Review of Books, Book RiotShe Reads, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Vogue India, Culture Trip, Bustle, Lit Hub, Hello Giggles, and many others, and has been longlisted for the PEN American Robert Bingham story collection prize.

Ron A. Austin holds an MFA from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and is a 2016 Regional Arts Commission Fellow. Avery Colt Is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar, his first collection of linked stories, won the 2017 Nilsen Prize. The book will be released in fall of 2019. Austin’s short stories have been placed or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Story Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Black Warrior Review and other journals. As co-director of the River Styx Reading Series he works to share local and national literary talent. He, his partner Jennie, and son Elijah live in St. Louis with a whippet named Carmen.

Saint Louis native Katarra is art in one of it's most expressive forms: Music. As a singer/song-writer, and musician, Katarra takes Jazz, Soul, and R&B, with a Hip-Hop influence, as her own...all within her own universe of black girl magic. A musical idealist, her creations go into the ups and downs of love, passion, living, and a need to bring social awareness and change in the world.

Miss last year's Not So Late Night? Catch up on the highlights at HEC-TV!

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Friday Black or White Dancing Elephants from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click the titles to pre-order your copy!

A free, secure and well-lit parking lot is located directly across from the Mad Art Gallery event space. It can accommodate up to 100 cars. Plus, on-street parking in the neighborhood is also free.

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

An Evening with Jacob Tobia and Samantha Allen

Monday, March 11, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.

Jacob Tobia and Samantha AllenLeft Bank Books and the Metro Trans Umbrella Group welcome authors Jacob Tobia and Samantha Allen, who will sign and discuss their new books, Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story and Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States

From the moment a doctor in Raleigh, North Carolina, put “male” on Jacob Tobia’s birth certificate, everything went wrong. Naturally sensitive, playful, creative, and glitter-obsessed, as a child Jacob was given the label “sissy.” In the two decades that followed, “sissy” joined forces with “gay,” “trans,” “nonbinary,” and “too-queer-to-function” to become a source of pride and, today, a rallying cry for a much-needed gender revolution. Through revisiting their childhood and calling out the stereotypes that each of us have faced, Jacob invites us to rethink what we know about gender and offers a bold blueprint for a healed world.

Ten years ago, Samantha Allen was a suit-and-tie-wearing Mormon missionary. Now she's a senior Daily Beast reporter happily married to another woman. A lot in her life has changed, but what hasn't changed is her deep love of Red State America, and of queer people who stay in so-called "flyover country" rather than moving to the liberal coasts.  In Real Queer America, Allen takes us on a cross-country road-trip stretching all the way from Provo, Utah to the Rio Grande Valley to the Bible Belt to the Deep South. Making pit stops at drag shows, political rallies, and hubs of queer life across the heartland, she introduces us to scores of extraordinary LGBT people working for change.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit MTUG!

Ticket Information

-- Single Book Admit One: A $30 ticket admits ONE person and includes ONE copy of EITHER Sissy or Real Queer America. Please select the ticket option that corresponds to your book preference.

-- Single Book Admit Two: A $35 ticket admits TWO people and includes ONE copy of EITHER Sissy or Real Queer America, plus a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second book at the event. Please select the ticket option that corresponds to your book preference.

-- Two Book Bundle Admit One: A $55 ticket admits ONE person and includes BOTH Sissy and Real Queer America, plus VIP seating at the event.

-- Two Book Bundle Admit Two: A $60 ticket admits TWO people and includes BOTH Sissy and Real Queer America, plus VIP seating at the event.

Tickets are available below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their book(s) or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on March 11.

A free, secure and well-lit parking lot is located directly across from the Mad Art Gallery event space. It can accommodate up to 100 cars. Plus, on-street parking in the neighborhood is also free.



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Monday, March 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Chris Perondi (and Vinny) - The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever

Monday, April 15, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.

Chris Perondi and Vinny, The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog EverLeft Bank Books welcomes stunt dog trainer Chris Perondi (and cover dog Vinny Valentino) for a signing and discussion of his new book, The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever: A Step-by-Step Guide to 118 Amazing Tricks and Stunts, and a performance and tutorial by Vinny!

The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever is a step-by-step guide to more than 100 dog tricks, specially designed for effective training, for pure fun, and even for turning your dog into a YouTube star, from Chris Perondi, the co-author of the tremendously successful and much-praised Training the Best Dog Ever and the genius behind "The Stunt Dog Show," which performs more than 1,000 shows a year and has been featured on The Today ShowThe Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and more!

Your purchase of The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever from Left Bank Books will grant you entry into a raffle to win a personal 30-minute Skype coaching session with Chris on training your own dog! Click to pre-order your copy in hardcover or paperback!

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

A free, secure and well-lit parking lot is located directly across from the Mad Art Gallery event space. It can accommodate up to 100 cars. Plus, on-street parking in the neighborhood is also free.

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Michael Don - Partners and Strangers

Monday, May 13, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Michael Don, Partners and StrangersLeft Bank Books welcomes author and St. Louis native Michael Don, who will sign and discuss his new short story collection, Partners and Strangers!

Dark, enigmatic, and sometimes comic, the stories in Partners and Strangers unite intimate anxieties with public dangers. Its characters embody grief, deviance, and the repressed: In “Yoav Feinsten’s Last Year at Home,” a teenager’s pain over his father’s death becomes unpredictably intertwined with an obsession with a cable man. In “A Home for an Eggplant,” the specter of a Craigslist killer provides a backdrop for a couple’s struggle with fertility. In “The Best Delivery Service,” the narrator and his sister, living together after their parents’ disappearance, obsessively order items through a hotline that promises delivery of anything one can imagine. The collection highlights a contemporary age characterized by loneliness and alienation.

"How does Michael Don do it? The more absurd his situations...the more real they feel. The more palpably real his characters’ yearnings...the more beautiful absurdity he unearths." —Alex Shakar, author of Luminarium

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Partners and Strangers 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, May 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Kara Cooney - Women Who Ruled the World

Thursday, April 25, 7pm
Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Blvd.

Kara CooneyPresenting work from her newly published book, When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt (2018), Egyptologist Dr. Kara Cooney will discuss the lives of remarkable female pharaohs from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra, shining a piercing light on perceptions of women in power today. The book will be for sale to audience members courtesy of Left Bank Books.

This event is presented by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. This program is free to attend; however, seating will be limited. Sign up at pulitzerarts.org to receive a notification when reservations for seating become available.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

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