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Ben Westhoff - Little Brother LAUNCH EVENT

Wednesday, May 25, 7pm CT
In person at Ethical Society of St. Louis
9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117
Watch virtually at Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page
**Vaccination and masks required for in-person attendance**
 
Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis author and journalist
Ben Westhoff,
who will discuss his intimate exploration of race and inequality in America,
Little Brother: Love, Tragedy, and My Search for the Truth,
in person at Ethical Society of St. Louis
and virtually at 7pm CT on May 25th.
This is the LAUNCH EVENT!
Join us in person or on our YouTube or Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
You can request a personalized copy of the book by leaving your request in the order comments.
 
 
 
Ben Westhoff writes about culture, drugs, and poverty. His books are taught nationwide and have been translated around the world. He is the author of Original Gangstas, the definitive history of West Coast hip-hop, and Fentanyl, Inc., the bombshell first book about fentanyl, and now speaks at opioid conferences across the country. He is the Executive Editor of Euclid Media Group and lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife and two children.
 
 

This intimate exploration of race and inequality in America tells the story of a journalist's long-time relationship with his mentee, Jorell Cleveland, through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and investigates Jorell's tragic fatal shooting.

In 2005, soon after Ben Westhoff moved to St. Louis, he joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and was paired with Jorell Cleveland. Ben was twenty-eight, a white college grad from an affluent family. Jorell was eight, one of nine children from a poor, African American family living in nearby Ferguson. But the two instantly connected. Ben and Jorell formed a bond stronger than nearly any other in their lives. When Ben met the woman who'd become his wife, she observed that Ben and Jorell were "a package deal." They were brothers.

In the summer of 2016, Jorell was shot at point blank range in broad daylight in the middle of the street, yet no one was charged in his death. Ben grappled with mourning Jorell, but also with a feeling of responsibility. As Jorell's mentor, what could he have done differently? As a journalist, he had reported on gang life, interviewed crime kingpins, and even infiltrated drug labs in China. But now, he was investigating the life and death of someone he knew personally and examining what he did and did not know about his friend. Learning the truth about Jorell and the man who killed him required Ben to uncover a heartbreaking cycle of poverty, poor education, drug trafficking, and violence. Little Brother brilliantly combines a deeply personal history with a true-crime narrative that exposes the realities of life in communities like Ferguson all around the country.

"I finished Little Brother in one day. It humanizes people and communities who have long been dehumanized. So much of it hits close to home. Ben Westhoff has taken a lot of crazy risks in his work before, but it's the emotional exploration here that makes it his bravest work yet."-- Aisha Sultan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist

"The creative and original telling of a young man's life and death on the streets and the Big Brother who sought his killer."-- Sam Quinones, author of The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth and Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 7:00pm

Robert Tiemann & Ron Jacober - '64 Cardinals

Tuesday, April 26, 6pm CT
In person at the St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch
225 N Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
Watch virtually at Left Bank Books' YouTube Page
 
Left Bank Books & St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch welcome
baseball historian Bob Tiemann and broadcast journalist Ron Jacober
who will discuss one of the most exciting seasons in baseball history
64 Cardinals,
in person at the St. Louis Public Library - Schafly Branch
and virtually on our YouTube Live Page at 6pm CT on Tuesday, April 26th.
Join us in person or on our YouTube Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
 
In one of the most exciting seasons in baseball history, the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals surged in the final months to steal the pennant and top the mighty Yankees in seven games to capture the World Series. How did an unlikely assortment of people and events come together for such a monumental achievement? Look no further than '64 Cardinals, a photo-illustrated story of promise, turmoil, and triumph. Discover how the famous trade for Lou Brock provided a jolt that reversed a summer swoon. Witness superstar pitcher Bob Gibson ascend to dominance down the stretch and meet the other indispensables--Curt Flood, Dick Groat, Bill White, Julian Javier, Tim McCarver, Mike Shannon, Barney Schultz, team captain Kenny Boyer, and others--who helped power the team through the National League meat-grinder and the ultimate clash of historic heavyweights. High drama wasn't limited to the field, thanks to a harddriving owner, Gussie Busch, and his "special consultant," Branch Rickey. The book illuminates how palace intrigue foreshadowed the unthinkable departures of general manager Bing Devine and manager Johnny Keane during and after the Series, respectively. With key facts, engaging anecdotes, and direct observations from players who lived the experience this rare volume will bring to life a truly thrilling season. An exhilarating ride for any baseball fan, '64 Cardinals also heralds the return of the writing team of baseball historian Bob Tiemann and broadcast journalist Ron Jacober, who co-authored the local bestseller Immortal Moments in Cardinals History. Whether you watched the 1964 Cardinals in person, or have just heard the stories passed down over the years, this book is the capstone on any baseball lover's collection.
 
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 - 6:00pm

Dr. LaTisha Smith - And the People Carried Signs

Thursday, April 28, 6pm CT
In person at the St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch
225 N Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
Watch virtually at Left Bank Books' YouTube Page
 
Left Bank Books & St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch welcome St. Louis author & education leader
Dr. LaTisha Smith,
who will discuss her picture book designed to raise awareness with youth and help classroom discussions that center around race, equity, justice, and hope,
And The People Carried Signs,
in person at the St. Louis Public Library - Schafly Branch
and virtually on our YouTube Live Page at 6pm CT on Thursday, April 28th.
Join us in person or on our YouTube Live Page and order a SIGNED copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
 
Often it is difficult to broach certain sensitive situations with children.  And the People Carried Signs is an introduction to the Black Lives Matter Movement from the eyes of a pre-teen child.  This book is designed to raise awareness with youth and help classroom discussions that center around race, equity, justice- and hope.
 
Dr. LaTisha Smith has always had an avid imagination. As an avid writer, Dr. Smith has authored several books, including, How You Get Him is How You Keep Him; Mama Always Knows BestBoast, Quotes, and Loves Notes; and her 6-book Youth Empowerment Series (YES!). Her goal is to write books that will bring the inner laughter, emotion, and excitement out of readers and help confirm their love of literature. Dr. Smith believes sometimes you have to step outside of what is familiar and comfortable to find what you are truly good at.
 
Dr. Smith enjoys life with her two beautiful children. She appreciates the support of her mother, eight siblings, friends, sorority sisters, and a host of extended family and friends. She dedicates her life to the promotion of education, and preparing individuals to be successful in today’s often challenging classroom environments. Dr. Smith believes that belief in a Higher Power, supportive family, close friends, and fulfilling career, makes the most wholesome and complete human beings. Dr. Smith encourages everyone to follow their life’s destiny.
Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 6:00pm

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