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Observable Reading: Wendy Trevino & Nathaniel Farrell

Monday, April 1, 7:30pm
Dressel's Public House, 419 N. Euclid

Wendy Trevino & Nathaniel FarrellThe Observable Reading Series, brought to you by St. Louis Poetry Center, welcomes poets to Dressel’s Public House (CWE) on first Mondays. Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs loft of the restaurant. Suggested $5.00 donation at the door.

Wendy Trevino is the author of Cruel Fiction (Commune Editions, 2018). She hails from the Rio Grande Valley and works as a grant writer in San Francisco, California, where she lives.

Nathaniel Farrell was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in English Literature from Columbia University in New York City. He is the author of Newcomer, and Lost Horizon (forthcoming). He teaches composition at Washington University in St. Louis and hosts a weekly experimental music program on 88.1 KDHX. Farrell’s poetry has been published in 6x6, New York Nights, Greetings Magazine, VLAK, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Recluse. His collages have been exhibited at Bushel (Delhi, NY), and Some Other Ways — his collaborative poetic project with Jessica Baran on the first month of Trump’s presidency — was part of the World Chess Hall of Fame’s Imagery of Chess exhibition.

This event is presented by the St. Louis Poetry Center. For more information, please visit stlpoetrycenter.org.

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 7:30pm

George Packer - Our Man

Thursday, May 16, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid

George Packer, Our ManThe Left Bank Books Signature Series and HEC-TV welcome award-winning author of The Unwinding George Packer, who will sign and discuss his new book, Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century!

Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America’s greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke’s diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Our Man from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
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Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Maryville Talks Books: Janet Napolitano - How Safe Are We?

Friday, March 29, 7pm
Maryville University Auditorium, 650 Maryville University Dr.

Janet Napolitano, How Safe Are We?Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, who will sign and discuss her new book, How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security Since 9/11!

Created in the wake of the greatest tragedy to occur on U.S. soil, the Department of Homeland Security was handed a sweeping mandate: make America safer. It would encompass intelligence and law enforcement agencies, border security and ICE, cybersecurity, and terrorism, among others. In How Safe Are We?, former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano pulls no punches, reckoning with the critics who call it Frankenstein's Monster of government run amok, and taking a hard look at the challenges we'll be facing in the future. Napolitano not only answers the titular question, but grapples with how these security efforts have changed our country and society.

“Janet Napolitano has distilled a lifetime of service in How Safe Are We?. Her thinking is clear and her vision for the future is expansive. The message could not be more timely.” —George Stephanopoulos, ABC News

Ticket Information

- A $29 ticket admits one person and includes one hardcover copy of How Safe Are We?
- A $34 ticket admits two people and includes one hardcover copy of How Safe Are We?, plus a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event. 

Tickets on sale below. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of How Safe Are We? or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. No refunds will be granted after 12pm on Friday, March 29.



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Friday, March 29, 2019 - 7:00pm

Elizabeth Minchilli - The Italian Table

Tuesday, April 30, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Elizabeth Minchilli, The Italian Table, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books welcomes food writer and St. Louis native Elizabeth Minchilli, who will sign and discuss her new book, The Italian Table: Creating Festive Meals for Family and Friends!

The Italian Table delivers both parts of the fantasy and reality of Italian meals as they would be eaten on location. Combining menus and recipes with visual experience and inspiration—as well as insight into the traditions of the food and celebrations—it serves as a practical resource that gives home cooks and hosts step-by-step guidance on how to re-create these fabulous meals at their own tables. With a resources section for Italian ingredients; headnotes brimming with interesting history, recipe shortcuts, and serving suggestions; and menu introductions detailing what to drink, how to set the table, and how to time the preparation and the party itself, this is an essential guide for those who love to entertain.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided at this event!

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Italian Table from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 
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Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

Chris Wilson - The Master Plan

Tuesday, February 19, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Central Library, 1301 Olive St.

Chris Wilson, The Master Plan, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books welcomes social entrepreneur, mentor, and public speaker Chris Wilson, who will sign and discuss his new book, The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose, with Missouri Workforce Housing Association executive director Jeff Smith! 

Growing up in a tough Washington, D.C., neighborhood, Chris Wilson was so afraid for his life he wouldn’t leave the house without a gun. One night, defending himself, he killed a man. At eighteen, he was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole. But what should have been the end of his story became the beginning. Deciding to make something of his life, Chris embarked on a journey of self-improvement—reading, working out, learning languages, even starting a business. He wrote his Master Plan: a list of all he expected to accomplish or acquire. He is the embodiment of second chances, and this is his unforgettable story.

“This is a brave book full of thought-provoking insight on criminal justice, the modern prison system and the possibility of redemption." —Beth Macy, author of Dopesick

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

Jeff Smith, Left Bank BooksJeff Smith is executive director of the Missouri Workforce Housing Association, which comprises 190 organizations dedicated to preserving and developing safe, decent affordable housing throughout the state. He also consults for Concordance Academy, a non-profit focused on helping former prisoners successfully transition back to the community. Previously, Jeff was a professor of urban policy at The New School's Milano Graduate School. From 2006-2009, Jeff represented St. Louis City in the Missouri Senate. Jeff has written three books: Trading Places, Mr. Smith Goes to Prison, and Ferguson in Black and White. Jeff, whose TED talk on prison entrepreneurship has garnered over a million views, serves on the national boards of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program and American Prison Data Systems.

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

Kyle Swenson - Good Kids, Bad City

Monday, February 25, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Kyle Swenson, Good Kids, Bad CityLeft Bank Books welcomes award-winning investigative journalist Kyle Swenson, who will sign and discuss his new book, Good Kids, Bad City: A Story of Race and Wrongful Conviction in America with Midwest Innocence Project Executive Director Tricia Bushnell!

After 39 years – at the age of 60 – Wiley Bridgeman walked out of Cuyahoga County Justice Center in Cleveland, OH, arm-in-arm with his brother Kwame Bridgeman. After a cumulative 106 years serving time for a crime they didn’t commit, the Bridgeman brothers and their best friend, Rickey Jackson, were suddenly free men after their murder conviction was thrown out based on the key witness—after decades—confessing to false testimony. In Good Kids, Bad City, Kyle Swenson tells their stunning story, a story of a Midwestern city’s struggle against larger forces of deindustrialization and corruption, and a story of race in America against a flawed justice system.

"Compelling and heartfelt...In this sharply written, emotionally resonant rendering, the author makes crystal-clear the heartbreaking realities of wrongful imprisonment, race, and the many flaws of the American criminal justice system." --Kirkus Reviews

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

Tricia BushnellTricia Bushnell is the Executive Director of the Midwest Innocence Project. Prior to coming to Kansas City, she served as clinical faculty at University of Wisconsin Law School. There she supervised students in the direct appeal clinic and in the investigation and litigation of innocence cases involving both DNA and non-DNA evidence. Previously, Bushnell was a fellow with the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, where she represented indigent clients sentenced to death, juveniles sentenced to life without parole, and sexual offenders challenging the collateral consequences of their convictions. She earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Fellow, an received a Bachelor of Arts in German and Political Science from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. She currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Innocence Network and is the former President for the ACLU of Missouri.

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

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

One Book, One Kirkwood: Chris Bohjalian

Wednesday, April 10, 7pm
St. Louis Community College - Meramac Student Center, 11333 Big Bend Rd.

Chris BohjalianOne Book, One Kirkwood is a yearly community read for the people throughout the St. Louis community. All events are free and open to the public.

This year’s author, Chris Bohjalian, will touch on how he uses storytelling to help change the world.  We’ll be taking a closer look at 3 of his books The Flight Attendant, Sandcastle Girls, and Buffalo Soldier to explore and discuss a range of themes. Chris Bohjalian is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 20 books that have been translated into 35 languages!

This event is presented by the Kirkwood Public Library. For more information, please visit kirkwoodpubliclibrary.org.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

Gareth Hinds - The Iliad

Monday, March 4, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Gareth Hinds, The IliadLeft Bank Books welcomes acclaimed graphic novelist Gareth Hindswho will sign and discuss his new adaptation of Homer's The Iliad!

In a companion volume to his award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey, the incomparable graphic novelist Gareth Hinds masterfully adapts Homer’s classic wartime epic. More than three thousand years ago, two armies faced each other in an epic battle that rewrote history and came to be known as the Trojan War. The Iliad, Homer’s legendary account of this nine-year ordeal, is considered the greatest war story of all time and one of the most important works of Western literature. In this stunning graphic novel adaptation — a thoroughly researched and artfully rendered masterwork — renowned illustrator Gareth Hinds captures all the grim glory of Homer’s epic. This volume features notes, maps, a cast of characters, and other tools to help readers understand all the action.

"An expertly crafted rendition and a welcome invitation to younger readers to immerse themselves in the ancient past." —Kirkus Reviews

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Iliad from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Click to pre-order the hardcover or paperback edition!

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

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Celebrity Storytime with Jessie Sima - Love, Z

Saturday, February 9, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Jessie Sima, Love, ZJoin us for a special Valentine's Day themed Celebrity Storytime with author and illustrator Jessie Sima, who will read from and sign copies of her new picture book, Love, Z!

From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes the story of a young robot trying to find the meaning of “love.” When a small robot named Z discovers a message in a bottle signed “Love, Beatrice,” they decide to find out what “love” means. Unable to get an answer from the other robots, they leave to embark on an adventure that will lead them to Beatrice—and back home again, where love was hiding all along.

"Love, the robot finally learns, can be many different things--and sometimes it's closer to home than one realizes." 
Publishers Weekly, starred review

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

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 10:30am

Jonathan Evison - Lawn Boy

Wednesday, March 27, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Jonathan EvisonLeft Bank Books welcomes bestselling author Jonathan Evison, who will sign and discuss the new paperback edition of his novel, Lawn Boy!

Mike Muñoz, a 22-year-old Chicano man and an aspiring landscape artist, is desperately trying to get footing in a world that doesn’t seem to be able to see beyond his name and his skin color. Though he’s still young, Mike is starting to despair of ever realizing his dreams of establishing a career that is both meaningful and financially rewarding. He keeps bumping up against the realities of his limited education and the undeniable truth that for most people—white people—he might be fine as a lawn boy, but in their eyes there is no next step. Determined to find a way out of the hole he was born in and has only made deeper through his own mistakes, Mike sets out to make the world aware that he exists in this funny, angry, touching, and ultimately deeply inspiring novel.

“Jonathan Evison can write about anything and make it sing with hard-bitten empathy. I love it that he writes about working men without condescension. I had jobs like this. And you can tell that he did, too. Tough and strangely sweet at the same time.” —Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Lawn Boy 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.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 7:00pm

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