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Laurell K. Hamilton - Smolder Book Launch (in person and online)

Tuesday, March 21, 7pm CT
In person at Hi-Pointe Theatre
1005 McCausland Ave
St. Louis, MO 63117
**Masks required for in person attendance**
Admit One Ticket, Virtual Ticket
Please buy books and tickets at the door for tonight's event if you are planning to attend in person. Virtual tickets will be sent the link until 6pm on 3-21-23. If you purchase after this time, the link will be sent to you tomorrow.
Left Bank Books & Hi-Pointe Theatre presents #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series
Laurell K. Hamilton,
who will discuss and answer audience questions about the highly anticipated new novel
at the Hi-Pointe Theatre on March 21st at 7pm!
Please purchase a ticket to attend the event in person or virtually.
Books can be ordered for pick up at the event.
Order signed copies of Smolder from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series; Zaniel Havelock series; and the Merry Gentry series. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

Vampire hunter Anita Blake is no stranger to killing monsters. It's part of her job as a Preternatural U.S. Marshal, after all. But even her experience isn't enough to stop something that is bent on destroying everything--and everyone--she loves.

Anita Blake is engaged to Jean-Claude, the new vampire king of America. Humans think she's gone over to the side of the monsters. The vampires fear that their new king has fallen under the spell of the most powerful necromancer in a thousand years.

In the midst of wedding preparations--including getting Edward, aka U.S. Marshal Ted Forrester, fitted as best man--Anita gets a call that the local police need her expertise at a brutal murder scene linked to a nationwide slaughter of vampires and humans, dubbed the Sunshine Murders.

But there is more than just a murderer to catch: an ancient evil has arrived in St. Louis to challenge Jean-Claude for his crown, his life, Anita, and all they hold dear. Even with Jean-Claude's new powers as king and Anita's necromancy, it isn't enough; they must embrace their triumvirate or allow primeval darkness to spread across the country, possessing first the vampires and then the humans. Evil will triumph unless Jean-Claude and Anita can prove that love conquers all.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 - 7:00pm

TJ Klune - In the Lives of Puppets

Wednesday, April 26, 7pm CT
In person at Ethical Society of St. Louis
9001 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63117
Masks required for in person attendance
Tickets for the event: Admit OneAdmit TwoVirtual
Left Bank Books welcomes bestselling & award-winning author
TJ Klune
to discuss his highly anticipated "epic quest of rescue and discovery"
In the Lives of Puppets
at Ethical Society of St. Louis on April 26th at 7pm!
TJ Klune will be in conversation with Left Bank Books'
Danielle King!
Tickets are on sale now for Admit OneAdmit Two, or Virtual (each ticket includes 1 book).
Order copies of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Klune 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.
TJ KLUNE is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The House in the Cerulean SeaThe Extraordinaries, and more. Being queer himself, Klune believes it's important--now more than ever--to have accurate, positive queer representation in stories.

New York Times bestselling author TJ Klune invites you deep into the heart of a peculiar forest and on the extraordinary journey of a family assembled from spare parts.

Most Anticipated from BookPage - Goodreads - The Nerd Daily - Paste Magazine - LitReactor - OverDrive - LGBTQ Reads - Tor.com - more

"An enchanting tale of Pinocchio in the end times." --P. Djèlí Clark


In a strange little home built into the branches of a grove of trees, live three robots--fatherly inventor android Giovanni Lawson, a pleasantly sadistic nurse machine, and a small vacuum desperate for love and attention. Victor Lawson, a human, lives there too. They're a family, hidden and safe.

The day Vic salvages and repairs an unfamiliar android labelled "HAP," he learns of a shared dark past between Hap and Gio-a past spent hunting humans.

When Hap unwittingly alerts robots from Gio's former life to their whereabouts, the family is no longer hidden and safe. Gio is captured and taken back to his old laboratory in the City of Electric Dreams. So together, the rest of Vic's assembled family must journey across an unforgiving and otherworldly country to rescue Gio from decommission, or worse, reprogramming.

Along the way to save Gio, amid conflicted feelings of betrayal and affection for Hap, Vic must decide for himself: Can he accept love with strings attached?

Inspired by Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio, and like Swiss Family Robinson meets Wall-EIn the Lives of Puppets is a masterful stand-alone fantasy adventure from the beloved author who brought you The House in the Cerulean Sea and Under the Whispering Door.


★ "An epic quest of rescue and discovery [with] the author's trademark charm, heart, and bittersweetness." -- Library Journal, starred review
Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - 7:00pm

Curtis Sittenfeld - Romantic Comedy

Tuesday, April 11, 7pm CT
In person at Clayton High School Theatre
1 Mark Twain Circle
Clayton, MO 63105
Masks required for in person attendance
Tickets for the event: Admit One, Admit Two, Virtual
Left Bank Books welcomes literary superstar
Curtis Sittenfeld
back to St. Louis for a spectacular event to celebrate the much anticipated release of
Romantic Comedy
at Clayton High School Theatre on April 11th at 7pm!
Curtis Sittenfeld will be in conversation with award winning St. Louis author
Edward McPherson!
Tickets are on sale now for Admit One, Admit Two, or Virtual
Order copies of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Sittenfeld 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.
Curtis Sittenfeld is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including RodhamEligible, PrepAmerican Wife, and Sisterland, as well as the collection You Think It, I'll Say It. Her books have been translated into thirty languages. In addition, her short stories have appeared in The New YorkerThe Washington Post MagazineEsquire, and The Best American Short Stories, for which she has also been the guest editor. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York TimesThe AtlanticTime, and Vanity Fair, and on public radio's This American Life.
Edward McPherson is the author of three books: Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat (Faber & Faber), The Backwash Squeeze and Other Improbable Feats (HarperCollins), and The History of the Future: American Essays (Coffee House Press). He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Paris ReviewTin House, the American Scholar, the Gettysburg ReviewGulf CoastSalonGuernicaTrue Story, the Southern ReviewEsopusEpochCatapultEssay DailyLiterary HubI.D., the New York Observer, and Talk, among others. He has received a Pushcart Prize, the PEN Southwest Book Award, the Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction, an Artist Fellowship from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, and the Gesell Award from the University of Minnesota, where he received his MFA. He is a contributing editor of the Common Reader. He teaches creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis.


A comedy writer thinks she's sworn off love, until a dreamy pop star flips the script on all her assumptions--a hilarious, observant, and deeply tender novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Eligible, Rodham, and Prep.

Sally Milz is a sketch writer for The Night Owls, a late-night live comedy show that airs every Saturday With a couple of heartbreaks under her belt, she's long abandoned the search for love, settling instead for the occasional hook-up, career success, and a close relationship with her stepfather to round out a satisfying life.

But when Sally's friend and fellow writer Danny Horst begins dating Annabel, a glamorous actress who guest-hosted the show, he joins the not-so-exclusive group of talented but average-looking and even dorky men at the show--and in society at large--who've gotten romantically involved with incredibly beautiful and accomplished women. Sally channels her annoyance into a sketch called the Danny Horst Rule, poking fun at this phenomenon while underscoring how unlikely it is that the reverse would ever happen for a woman.

Enter Noah Brewster, a pop music sensation with a reputation for dating models, who signed on as both host and musical guest for this week's show. Dazzled by his charms, Sally hits it off with Noah instantly, and as they collaborate on one sketch after another, she begins to wonder if there might actually be sparks flying. But this isn't a romantic comedy--it's real life. And in real life, someone like him would never date someone like her . . . right?

With her keen observations and trademark ability to bring complex women to life on the page, Curtis Sittenfeld explores the neurosis-inducing and heart-fluttering wonder of love, while slyly dissecting the social rituals of romance and gender relations in the modern age.


Praise for Curtis Sittenfeld

"Three cheers for Curtis Sittenfeld and her astute, sharp and ebullient anthropological interest in the human condition." --The New York Times Book Review

"[Sittenfeld] is a master of dramatic irony, creating fully realized social worlds before laying waste to her heroines' understanding of them. . . . Her prose [is] a rich delight." --The Boston Globe

"Whatever [Sittenfeld] writes, we'll read it." --People

"Sittenfeld is a clear thinker, a canny observer, and a solid, graceful stylist." --The Washington Post Book World

"A skilled storyteller [who] delivers a well-told, compelling story about characters so real they settle into your psyche like old friends." --Associated Press

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 - 7:00pm