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Laura Benedict - The Stranger Inside

Thursday, February 7, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Laura Benedict, The Strange InsideLeft Bank Books welcomes Southern Illinois author Laura Benedict, who will sign and discuss her new thriller, The Stranger Inside!

There's a stranger living in Kimber Hannon's St. Louis home. He tells the police that he has every right to be there, and he has the paperwork to prove it. Kimber definitely didn't invite this man to move in. He tells her that he knows something about her, and he wants everyone else to know it too. "I was there. I saw what you did." These words reveal a connection to Kimber's distant past, and dark secrets she'd long ago left buried. This trespasser isn't after anything as simple as her money or her charming Craftsman bungalow. He wants to move into her carefully orchestrated life--and destroy it. The Stranger Inside is a chilling, suspenseful psychological drama in the tradition of Shari Lapena and Liane Moriarty.

"Suspenseful and moving, The Stranger Inside gripped me from the first page. Laura Benedict is at the top of her game." —Meg Gardiner, author of Into the Black Nowhere

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Stranger Inside 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.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

Leila Slimani - Adèle

Wednesday, February 27, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Leila Slimani, AdeleAuthor of the internationally bestselling thriller The Perfect Nanny, Leila Slimani presents her prizewinning first novel—a captivating exploration of addiction, sexuality, and one woman’s quest to feel alive. Adèle appears to have the perfect life: She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But underneath the surface, she is consumed by an obsession and soon becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making.

A journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights, Leila Slimani is French president Emmanuel Macron’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture. She is the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt.

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 7:00pm

Charles Finch - The Vanishing Man

Wednesday, February 20, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Charles Finch, The Vanishing ManThis chilling new mystery in the bestselling historical suspense series takes readers back to gentleman sleuth Charles Lenox’s early career and a case in which the theft of an antique painting sends Detective Lenox on a hunt for a criminal mastermind. London, 1853: A painting has been stolen from the Duke of Dorset’s private study, but hiding in plain sight is another painting of infinitely more value, one that holds the key to one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Dorset believes the thieves took the wrong painting and may return when they realize their error–and when his fears result in murder, Lenox must unravel the mystery behind both paintings before tragedy can strike again.

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:00pm

Emily Bernard - Black Is the Body

Tuesday, February 12, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Emily Bernard, Black is the BodyEmily Bernard’s fearless and penetrating memoir begins with an episode of violence: while a graduate student at Yale, she was working in a coffee shop when a stranger stabbed her. That shocking attack would eventually unleash the storyteller in her, and in these pages she seeks to find a language to capture the complexities of her experiences as a victim, a woman, a black American, a teacher, writer, mother, wife, and daughter. Bernard writes in Black Is the Body how each of the essays goes beyond a narrative of black innocence and white guilt, how each is anchored in a mystery, and how each sets out to discover a new way of telling the truth as the author has lived it.

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Tim Johnston - The Current & B.A. Shapiro - The Collector's Apprentice

Monday, February 11, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Published by the award-winning Algonquin Books, Tim Johnston and B.A. Shapiro approach the mystery genre from different angles but achieve similar riveting results.

Tim Johnston is the author of the bestselling thriller Descent. In his latest book, The Current, the story of a young woman’s investigation into the mysterious death of a friend becomes a meditation on grief and loneliness.

B.A. Shapiro has made the historical art thriller her own. Set in Parisian art world of 1922, The Collector’s Apprentice follows a woman desperately looking for a new life who becomes increasingly entangled in a sophisticated con game.

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

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Dani Shapiro - Inheritance

Wednesday, February 6, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Dani Shapiro, InheritanceWhat makes us who we are? What combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us? Acclaimed author of Hourglass and other memoirs, Dani Shapiro shares her personal story about identity, paternity, and family secrets—a real-time exploration of the staggering discovery she recently made about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden story of her own life. Inheritance is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in—a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

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

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

SF STL: Charlie Jane Anders - The City in the Middle of the Night

Monday, February 18, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S 12th St.

Charlie Jane Anders, The City in the Middle of the NightLeft Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with Nebula Award-winning author Charlie Jane Anders, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The City in the Middle of the Night!

The bestselling author of All the Birds in the Sky delivers a brilliant new novel set in a hauntingly strange future. January is a dying planet —divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other. Humanity clings to life, spread across two archaic cities built in the sliver of habitable dusk. But life inside the cities is just as dangerous as the uninhabitable wastelands outside. Sophie, a student and reluctant revolutionary, is supposed to be dead, after being exiled into the night. Saved only by forming an unusual bond with the enigmatic beasts who roam the ice, Sophie vows to stay hidden from the world. But fate has other plans —and Sophie's ensuing odyssey and the ragtag family she finds will change the entire world.

“Like a classic from another timeline…This book has notes of Ursula K. LeGuin and Philip Pullman.” —Robin Sloan, author of Sourdough

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The City in the Middle of the Night from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here 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.

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

Andrew Ridker - The Altruists

Tuesday, March 19, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.

Andrew Ridker, The AltruistsLeft Bank Books welcomes Washington University alumnus Andrew Ridker, who will sign and discuss his debut novel, The Altruists, with author and Wash U professor Edward McPherson!

Arthur Alter is in trouble. A middling professor at a Midwestern college, he can’t afford his mortgage, he’s exasperated his much-younger girlfriend, and his kids won’t speak to him. Those children are Ethan, an anxious recluse living off his mother’s money on a choice plot of Brooklyn real estate; and Maggie, a would-be do-gooder trying to fashion herself a noble life of self-imposed poverty. On the verge of losing the family home, Arthur invites his children back to St. Louis under the guise of a reconciliation. But in doing so, he unwittingly unleashes a Pandora’s box of age-old resentments and long-buried memories—memories that orbit Francine, the matriarch whose life may hold the key to keeping them together.

"...one of those super-brilliant, super-funny novels one enjoys in the manner of a squirrel with an especially delicious acorn. I found myself trying to get out of every activity and responsibility just to come back to this novel.” —Gary Shteyngart, author of Lake Success

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

Edward McPherson is the author of three books, most recently The History of the Future: American Essays. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, the American Scholar, the Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Salon, Guernica, True Story, the Southern Review, Epoch, Catapult, Essay Daily, Literary Hub, 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 teaches creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis.

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.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

CANCELED: David and Nic Sheff - High

Due to weather conditions, the author event with David & Nic Sheff has been canceled. The St. Louis County Library hopes to reschedule.

Saturday, January 12, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

High, David and Nic SheffFrom David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy, and Nic Sheff, author of Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines, comes the ultimate resource for learning about the realities of drugs and alcohol for middle grade readers. High tells it as it is, with testimonials from peers who have been there and families who have lived through the addiction of a loved one. From how to navigate peer pressure to potential consequences for experimenting, Nic and David Sheff lay out the facts so that young readers can educate themselves.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $20 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of High)
OR
PACKAGE TICKET $25 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of High)

A book signing will follow the presentation.

Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Call 314-994-3300 for more information.

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Steve Legomsky - The Picobe Dilemma

Tuesday, January 15, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Steve Legomsky, The Picobe DilemmaLeft Bank Books welcomes local author and Washington University professor Steve Legomsky, who will sign and discuss his new novel, The Picobe Dilemma!

Brilliant neurosurgeon Jason Stramm sets out to create the practical equivalent of eternal life. He discovers that the human brain permanently stores every memory it has ever recorded, even after death. If only he could access all those memories and store them digitally, he could replay the entirety of a person's experience over and over, forever. Jason plunges in. But as his project progresses, he is increasingly tormented by psychological demons – obsession, fears of failure, fears of success, guilt, marital friction, unrequited love, deepening ethical doubts, and things he wishes he didn't know. Jason’s story is that of a once-happy, reasonably normal husband, father, and professional whose life work steers him along a risky path to possible psychic destruction.

"Very impressive: energetic, suspenseful, and (maybe most importantly) born out of a truly clever & original concept. It made me think, in places, of Poe..." —Ben Dolnick, author of The Ghost Notebooks

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Picobe Dilemma 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.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

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