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Maureen Johnson with Gillian Pensavalle - Box in the Woods

Tuesday, June 15, 7pm CT
Private Online Event - Book Purchase Required

Left Bank Books and Park Row Books welcomes New York Times bestselling YA author
 Maureen Johnson,
who will discuss her new novel,
Box in the Woods (Truly Devious 4)
on June 15 at 7pm CT in a private online event.
Johnson will be in conversation with creator and co-host of the popular podcast True Crime Obsessed
Gillian Pensavalle.
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a SIGNED copy of
Box in the Woods
from Left Bank Books for admission.
Attendees will be sent the link for the event the day of the event.
 
About Box in the Woods
 
After solving the case of Truly Devious, Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery from New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson.
Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she's back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.
But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls--the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.
Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.
But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.
 
"The Agatha Christie-like ecosystem pairs with lacerating contemporary wit, and alternating past and present scenes makes for a multilayered, modern detective story."-- New York Times Book Review
 
"Be still, my Agatha-Christie-loving beating heart."--Bustle

 

About our Speakers

Maureen Johnson is the bestselling author of several novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, the Truly Devious series, the Suite Scarlett series, and the Shades of London series. She has also written collaborative works such as Let It Snow with John Green and Lauren Myracle and The Bane Chronicles with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. Maureen lives in New York and online on Twitter @maureenjohnson or at www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com.

Gillian Pensavalle (she/her) is a professional podcast producer and host. In January of 2016 Gillian launched The Hamilcast: A Hamilton Podcast, a weekly deep dive with Hamilton cast, crew, musicians, and super fans. The Hamilcast has played host to every member of the Hamilton creative team, and features six episodes with Lin-Manuel Miranda. As creator and co-host of the popular podcast True Crime Obsessed, Gillian alongside Patrick Hinds, recaps true crime documentaries with humor and heart. Nearly 100 million downloads later, their coverage of documentaries such as Night Stalker, The Jinx, Fyre Fraud, and Class Action Park has captured the attention of true crime fans everywhere. Gillian is Executive Producer of Ted and Michael Read Sketches into Microphones, a sketch comedy podcast featuring Michael Paul Smith and Ted O’Gorman. In December of 2020 Gillian served as executive producer of 'Twas the Night, a radio play to benefit The Actors Fund. Gillian also has experience as an actor, voiceover artist, editor, show runner, producer, and on-camera host. A born and raised New Yorker, Gillian lives in Manhattan with her husband Mike and their rescue pup Fiona. 

You may purchase a copy of Box in the Woods from Left Bank Books online or by phone. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. You will receive the actual email invite to join the private online event on the DAY OF the event.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 7:00pm

Brian Moylan with Ira Madison III - The Housewives

Wednesday, May 26, 8pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes writer of Vulture's legendary Real Housewives recaps
Brian Moylan,
who will discuss his new book, 
The Housewives: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives,
on our Facebook Live Page at 8pm CT on May 26.
Moylan will be in conversation with TV writer and podcaster
Ira Madison III.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
 
About The Housewives
 
From Brian Moylan, the writer of Vulture's legendary Real Housewives recaps, a table-flipping, finger-pointing, halter-topping VIP journey through reality TV's greatest saga...
 
In the spring of 2006, a new kind of show premiered on Bravo: The Real Housewives of Orange County. Its stars were tanned, taut, and bedazzled; their homes were echoey California villas; and their drama was gossip-fueled, wine-drenched, and absolutely exquisite. Fifteen seasons on, RHOC is an institution, along with The Real Housewives of New York, Atlanta, New Jersey, Miami, Potomac, and more. Over the years these ladies have done a lot more than lunch, launching thirty-one books, a cocktail line, two jail sentences, a couple supermodel daughters, Andy Cohen's talk show career, thirty-six divorces, fourteen albums, a White House party crash, and approximately one million memes.
 
Brian Moylan has been there through it all, in front of the screen and behind the scenes. The writer of Vulture's beloved series recaps, he's here to tell us the full story, from the inside scoop on every classic throwdown to the questions we've always wanted to know, like--what are the housewives really like off-camera? (The same.) How much money do they make? (Lots.) He has a lot to say about the legacy and fandom of a franchise that's near and dear to his heart, and inextricable from pop culture today.
 
A must-have for any fan of real drama and fake [redacted], The Housewives is the definitive companion to an American TV treasure.
www.vulture.com/author/brian-moylan/
 
About our Speakers
 
Brian Moylan is a Real Housewives anthropologist and writer for Vulture, The New York Times, The Guardian, and elsewhere.
 
Ira Madison III is a writer living in Los Angeles and host of Crooked Media’s pop culture podcast Keep It. His television credits include Daybreak, Nikki Fre$h, and the upcoming Netflix series Q-Force. His television pilot Canceled is in development at Warner Bros. with co-writer Julian Breece and producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Previously, he has written for The Daily Beast, GQ, MTV News, and Vulture among other publications. In 2016 Nylon named him one of the “most reliably hilarious and incisive cultural critics writing now” and the unfortunately short-lived 2018 AMC series Dietland name checked his Twitter account in an episode. He has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Wendy Williams Show, and Watch What Happens Live.
 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 8:00pm

LBB Virtual Celebrity Storytime: David L. Harrison & Kate Cosgrove - The Dirt Book

Tuesday, June 8, 11am CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books is excited to present another Virtual Celebrity Storytime!
We welcome award winning Missouri author
David L. Harrison &
award winning illustrator
Kate Cosgrove,
who will read aloud and talk about how they made their new picture book, 
The Dirt Book: Poems about Animals That Live Beneath Our Feet, 
on Facebook Live at 11am CT on June 8.
Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of 
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
About The Dirt Book
 
15 fun and fact-filled poems about soil--what makes it and who lives in it! This book unearths some of the glorious mysteries that lie beneath our feet!
 
Dirt! It's made of chipped rocks, rotting plants, decaying animals, fungi, and germs. It's food for plants and home to animals of all kinds.
 
15 poems explore the underground lives of earthworms, spiders, ants, chipmunks, and more.

Chipmunk, for such a little squirt
you sure do move a lot of dirt,
you sure do dig your tunnels deep,
you sure do find some nuts to keep,
you sure do know your underground.
Chipmunk, you sure do get around.
 
Spectacular art is oriented for an extra long view to better depict life down deep.
 
Table of Contents--Dirt Recipe At the Roots of Things, Doodlebug: One Way Ride, Trap Door Spider: The Waiting Game, Earthworm: Dirty Work, Ant: City Builder, Grub: Grass Killer, Mouse: Nightfall Calls, Bumblebee: Planning for Spring, Yellow Jacket Wasp: Warning! Warning! Warning!, Mole: Worm Search, Toad: Bedtime, Chipmunk: Busy, Busy, Busy!, Gopher Tortoise: The Innkeeper, And Now We Know, Author Notes
 
This is David L. Harrison and Kate Cosgrove's second nature book together after And the Bullfrogs Sing.
This book has been vetted by an expert. It includes back matter and a bibliography.
 
"This charming picture book is a splendid way to encourage an understanding and appreciation for nature and the often-unseen life that inhabits the planet alongside humans. The illustrations are rich and elaborate and the delightful poems keep the audience cheerfully bopping along to the rhythm of... dirt."-- Shelf Awareness
 
"With a playful sensibility and expert use of varied patterns of rhythm and rhyme, this collection of 14 poems takes us underground to painlessly learn about the life that burrows beneath our feet. . . . Fittingly laid out in a vertical format to take readers deep down into the ground, the full-bleed illustrations showcase gorgeous earth tones sparked with turquoise, yellow, peach, and lavender. Colored pencil has been manipulated digitally to resemble pastels and depicts a charming world aglow with life. Inviting in every way, this book is perfect for units on soil and animal habitats and is every bit as pleasurable for leisure reading." --School Library Connection
 
"The vertical double spread layout showcases activity at different depths, with Cosgrove's lush colored pencil and digital renderings an array of sophisticated colors and designerly patterns that fairly begs to be translated to fabric print. End matter comprises a chatty paragraph of additional information and a brief bibliography for each poem." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
 

About our Speakers

David L. Harrison's books have received state awards in Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Arizona, South Dakota, Indiana, Texas, Kentucky, and Virginia. Awards also include IRA/CBC Children's Choices, NCTE Notable Poetry Books, and Bank Street College Best Books. The David Harrison Elementary School in Springfield, Missouri, is named in his honor. David lives in Springfield, Missouri.

Kate Cosgrove has received many awards and honors for her artwork, including a 2018 Highlights Foundation Scholarship. Kate's debut as a picture book illustrator was And the Bullfrogs Sing, also written by David L. Harrison at Holiday House. She lives in Lansing, Michigan.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 11:00am

David Swinson with Joe Ide - City on the Edge

Tuesday, June 8, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes author and retired police detective
David Swinson,
who will discuss his new book, 
City on the Edge,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on June 8.
Swinson will be in conversation with acclaimed author of the IQ Novels
Joe Ide.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About City on the Edge
 
An American teen living abroad discovers the truth about himself and his family in this thrilling novel from "one of the best dialogue hounds in the business" (New York Times Book Review).
 
In the wake of a baffling tragedy, 13-year-old Graham moves with his family to Beirut, Lebanon, a city on the edge of the sea and cataclysmic violence. Inquisitive and restless by nature, Graham suspects his State Department father is a CIA operative, and that their family's fragile domesticity is merely a front for American efforts along the nearby Israeli border. Over the course of one year, 1972, Graham's life will utterly change. Two men are murdered, his parent's marriage disintegrates, and Graham, along with his two ex-pat friends, run afoul of forces they cannot understand.
The City on the Edge is elegiac, atmospheric, and utterly authentic. It's the story of innocents caught within the American net of espionage, of the Lebanese transformed by such interference, of the children who ran dangerously beside the churning wheel of history. One part Stephen King's "The Body" and another John le Carre's A Perfect Spy, it's a transformative crime story told with heart and genuine experience.
 
A Deadly Pleasure Book to Look Forward to in 2021
 
"Swinson offers the reader a deeply felt coming-of-age novel set against a background of powerful authenticity. This is not to be missed." -- Publishers Weekly
"It's a brave novel, one with no easy outs, and an ending that feels both raw and true." --Ryan Gattis, author of Safe
 

About our Speakers

David Swinson grew up in Washington, DC, Beirut, Mexico City and Stockholm, the son of a foreign service officer. He is a retired police detective from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, having been assigned to Major Crimes. Swinson is the author of The Second Girl, Crime Song and Trigger. He lives with his wife and daughter in Northern Virginia.

Joe Ide is of Japanese American descent. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Joe's favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. The idea that a person could face the world and vanquish his enemies with just his intelligence fascinated him. Joe went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers before writing his debut novel, IQ, inspired by his early experiences and his love of Sherlock Holmes. Joe lives in Santa Monica, California.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 7:00pm

Paula Stone Williams - As a Woman

Thursday, June 10, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes pastor and internationally known speaker
on gender equity, LGBTQ advocacy, and religious tolerance
Paula Stone Williams,
who will discuss her new book, 
As a Woman: What I Learned about Power, Sex, and the Patriarchy After I Transitioned,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on June 10th.
Williams will be in conversation with Left Bank Books co-owner and writer
Jarek Steele.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About As a Woman: What I Learned about Power, Sex, and the Patriarchy After I Transitioned
 
A moving and unforgettable memoir of a transgender pastor's journey from despair to joy as she transitioned from male to female and learned about gender inequity, at home and in the workplace--perfect for fans of Redefining Realness and There Is Room for You.
 
As a father of three, married to a wonderful woman, and holding several prominent jobs within the Christian community, Dr. Paula Stone Williams made the life-changing decision to physically transition from male to female at the age of sixty. Almost instantly, her power and influence in the evangelical world disappeared and her family had to grapple with intense feelings of loss and confusion.
 
Feeling utterly alone and at a loss after being expelled from the evangelical churches she had once spearheaded, Paula struggled to create a new safe space for herself where she could reconcile her faith, her identity, and her desire to be a leader. Much to her surprise, the key to her new career as a woman came with a deeper awareness of the inequities she had overlooked before her transition. Where her opinions were once celebrated and amplified, now she found herself sidelined and ignored. New questions emerged. Why are women's opinions devalued in favor of men's? Why does love and intimacy feel so different? And, was it possible to find a new spirituality in her own image?
 
In As a Woman, Paula pulls back the curtain on her transition journey and sheds light on the gendered landscape that impacts many in the LGBTQ+ community. She urges men to recognize the ways in which the world is tilted in their favor and validates the experiences of women who have been disregarded based solely on their gender, while also acknowledging how she was once like those men who are blind to their privilege. With equal parts humility and confidence, Paula shares her lived experience of both genders and offers a truly unique perspective on the universal struggle to understand what it means to be male, female, and simply, human.
 
"As a Woman is a masterful and unflinching story that will challenge the ways in which you see the world, other people, and even yourself. Anyone on a journey of discovery will feel at home in Paula's book."--Katrina Mathewson, screenwriter and co-chair of the Writers Guild of America's LGBTQ+ Committee
 
"Paula Stone Williams' critical questions about gender, personhood, and place are relevant to anyone. Her writing insightfully reveals aspects of our gender socialization and culture that often go unexamined, but that need to be talked about, challenged, and changed."--Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger
 
"When I was a young pastor, a teenager dared to confide to me that the authentic person inside didn't match the gender of the body seen by the outside world. I wish As a Woman had been available to me then . It not only helps us understand the experience of many of our neighbors; it also inspires us to listen for the "sound of the genuine," as Howard Thurman called it, in others--and in ourselves."--Brian D. McLaren, author of Faith After Doubt
 

About our Speaker

Dr. Paula Stone Williams is an internationally known speaker on gender equity, LGBTQ advocacy, and religious tolerance. She is also a pastor and pastoral counselor in Boulder County, Colorado. Paula has been featured in The New York TimesTEDWomenTEDSummitTEDxMileHighRed Table TalkThe Denver PostNew York PostNew Scientist MagazineRadio New Zealand, and many other media outlets. Her TED talks have had more than five million views.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 7:00pm

Seamus McGraw with Stacey Newman - From a Taller Tower

Monday, May 17, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes journalist and author
Seamus McGraw,
who will discuss his new book, 
From a Taller Tower: The Rise of the American Mass Shooter,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on May 17th.
McGraw will be in conversation with Executive Director of Progress Women and former State Representative
Stacey Newman.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 
 
About From a Taller Tower
We, as a nation, have become desensitized to the shock and pain in the wake of mass shootings. In the bottomless silence between gunshots, as political stalemate ensures inaction, the killing continues; the dying continues. From a Taller Tower attends to the silence that has left us empty in the aftermath of these atrocities. Veteran journalist Seamus McGraw chronicles the rise of the mass shooter to dismantle the myths we have constructed around the murderers and ourselves.In 1966, America's first mass shooter, from atop the University of Texas tower, unleashed a new reality: the fear that any of us may be targeted by a killer, and the complicity we bear in granting these murderers the fame or infamy they crave. Addressing individual cases in the epidemic that began in Austin, From a Taller Tower bluntly confronts our obsession with the shooters--and explores the isolation, narcissism, and sense of victimhood that fan their obsessions. Drawing on the experiences of survivors and first responders as well as the knowledge of mental health experts, McGraw challenges the notion of the "good guy with a gun," the idolization of guns (including his own), and the reliability of traumatized memory. Yet in this terrible history, McGraw reminds us of the humanity that can stop the killing and the dying.
 
This book is a deep dive into mass shootings--events in which one or more gunmen shoot more than four people--which have become increasingly common, particularly in America, over the last six decades. The book opens on a personal note, describing an event in which the author failed to protect an innocent man from violence, which he likens to our national inability to act and protect each other from these atrocities. From there, he goes back to August 1, 1966, when Charles Whitman murdered more than a dozen people with a sniper's rifle from atop the University of Texas tower. McGraw posits Whitman as the first mass shooter of the era, and uses his case to begin exploring the myths, tropes, and truths of this phenomenon.
 
"From a Taller Tower is a careful, even cathartic, look at mass shooters-- and the culture that ushers them forth. McGraw dispels the myths "forged in gunfire" with a riveting examination of the before, during, and after of mass shootings."--Amye Archer, co-editor, If I Don't Make It, I Love You: Survivors in the Aftermath of School Shootings
 
"An important and extraordinary book that takes us into the mind of the mass shooter and also explores our own complicity in the numbing tragedies that have become far too routine in America. Still, Seamus McGraw manages to leave us with hope that there's a way out of the despair." --Perri Peltz, director and producer, Axios on HBO
 
About the Speakers
Seamus McGraw is a journalist and frequent contributor to the New York Times op-ed page, as well as to the Huffington Post, Playboy, Popular Mechanics, and Fox Latino. He is the author of The End of Country: Dispatches from the Frack Zone, Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories from the Front Lines of Climate Change, and A Thirsty Land: The Fight for Water in Texas.
 
Stacey Newman is founder and director of ProgressWomen, a statewide social justice organization that since 2011 has focused on reproductive rights, gun violence, criminal justice and voting rights. She recently retired as a Missouri State Representative in St. Louis County from 2010 - 2018, serving as chair of the House Progressive Caucus.
 
All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.
 
Monday, May 17, 2021 - 7:00pm

John Paul Brammer with Natalie Dalea - ¡Hola Papi!

Wednesday, June 16, 7pm CT
Private Online Event - $5 Event Ticket or Book Purchase Required

Left Bank Books and Women & Children First welcome LGBTQ+ advice columnist and writer
John Paul Brammer,
who will discuss his new hilarious, heartwarming memoir-in-essays
 ¡HOLA PAPI!: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons,
on June 16th at 7pm CT in a private online event.
Brammer will be in a conversation with WBEZ Multimedia Intern
Natalie Dalea
from WBEZ’s Curious City.
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a SIGNED copy of
¡HOLA PAPI!
OR
$5 Event Ticket
from Left Bank Books for admission.
Note: Book and ticket purchasers will receive the email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event.
 

 

About ¡HOLA PAPI!: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons

From popular LGBTQ advice columnist and writer John Paul Brammer comes a hilarious, heartwarming memoir-in-essays chronicling his journey growing up as a queer, mixed-race kid in America's heartland to becoming the "Chicano Carrie Bradshaw" of his generation.

The first time someone called John Paul (JP) Brammer "Papi" was on the popular gay hookup app Grindr. At first, it was flattering; JP took this as white-guy speak for "hey, handsome." Who doesn't want to be called handsome? But then it happened again and again...and again, leaving JP wondering: Who the hell is Papi?

What started as a racialized moniker given to him on a hookup app soon became the inspiration for his now wildly popular advice column "¡Hola Papi!", launching his career as the Cheryl Strayed for young queer people everywhere--and some straight people too. JP had his doubts at first--what advice could he really offer while he himself stumbled through his early 20s? Sometimes the best advice to dole outcomes from looking within, which is what JP has done in his column and book--and readers have flocked to him for honest, heartfelt wisdom, and of course a few laughs.

In ¡Hola Papi!, JP shares his story of growing up biracial and in the closet against the backdrop of America's heartland, while attempting to answer some of life's toughest questions: How do I let go of the past? How do I become the person I want to be? Is there such a thing as being too gay? Should I hook up with my grade school bully now that he's out of the closet? Questions we've all asked ourselves, surely.

With wit and wisdom in equal measure, ¡Hola Papi! is for anyone--gay, straight, and everything in between--who has ever taken stock of their unique place in the world, offering considered advice, intelligent discourse, and fits of laughter along the way. As #1 New York Times bestselling author Shea Serrano says: "I loved ¡Hola Papi! I'm certain you will too."

"If you haven't been subscribing to John Paul Brammer's ¡Hola Papi! advice newsletter, you've been missing tender and funny and sweet notes on how to go from friends to lovers, questionable Latinx fetishes, and broken hearts. His memoir uses his own life as the source material for hard-earned lessons, keeping the same funny and gentle voice along the way. Being biracial and closeted in rural Oklahoma means that sometimes you end up coming out in a Walmart parking lot, and Brammer is there to guide you along the way."-- REMEZCLA

"I have for years looked and hoped to find a writer who could write about being (among other things) Mexican-American in a way that not only felt vital and delicate and funny and tender, but also that made me feel more connected to people who did not happen to look like me. John Paul, it would appear, is exactly that. He has a remarkable ability for writing in a way that makes it feel like he's crawling around inside your head, opening up the old wooden chests and trunk that you were never quite smart enough to figure out how to unlock. I loved ¡Hola Papi!. I'm certain you will too."-- SHEA SERRANO#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF BASKETBALL (AND OTHER THINGS)

"With the briny wit of David Rakoff, the illuminated-from-within wisdom of Cheryl Strayed, and the singular perspective that can only come from JP Brammer, ¡Hola Papi! takes the anxiety-riddled questions of being and otherness and answers them with an expansive openness that will take your breath away. Every essay in this book is revealing, personal, at times cathartic or bracing, and, above all, infused with an endless reserve of compassion. In this way, ¡Hola Papi! is life-giving. It's also life giving as in 'this book gave me life!' if that's how you role. Oh, my heart! My feelings! My soul! This book, which is also so richly funny and well-observed, is a gift to any reader who wants to be reminded of what an extraordinary and complex thing it is to be alive. It is an invigorating and vital read." --R. ERIC THOMAS, bestselling author of Here for It, or How to Save Your Soul in America

"I've been a fan of JP Brammer's for years now, following him from platform to platform in a non-creepy way, of course, always happy to shell out money for the privilege, but his free content online is more than we deserve. I do this because I have been consistently amazed at Brammer's capacity for satire and seriousness, the way his insights lay bare what I was feeling sometimes before I knew it, and how he can break your heart as he makes you laugh. That he does all of this under the auspices of helping anyone is...Well, we are lucky to live in the era of JP Brammer. That really is all." --ALEXANDER CHEE, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

"JP Brammer is the best storyteller. Every chapter of this amazing book will sweep you along on a tidal wave of suspense, wit, and gut-wrenching insights into the bewilderment of growing up and figuring out who you are. I love this book so much and I hope Brammer writes many more." --HEATHER HAVRILESKY, "Ask Polly" columnist and author of What If This Were Enough?

"John Paul is so good that he makes me forget I'm reading. I sit down with ¡Hola Papi!, and ten minutes later, I'm crying, sending the funniest lines to my friends, and somehow feeling better about humanity. He's a beautiful writer. But he's also a really welcoming writer. Like, his work invites you in. This book reflects that perfectly."-- RAINBOW ROWELL, #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ELEANOR & PARK

"John Paul's writing is a light. His heart, wit, and compassion shine through everything he writes, and his work has a way of making people feel loved, seen, validated, and connected. His perspective is much needed, and his voice needs to be heard far and wide. ¡Hola Papi! tackles race, gender, and sexuality in a way that speaks directly to marginalized communities with humor and warmth, while also bringing all of us into the conversation together. His work is essential and necessary."-- JONNY SUN, TV WRITER (BOJACK HORSEMAN) AND AUTHOR OF EVERYONE'S A ALIEBN WHEN UR A ALIEBN TOO

"Consoler of the queer and lonely John Paul Brammer--a self-described 'Twitter-addled gay Mexican with anxiety'--expands upon his popular ¡Hola Papi! advice column, often hilarious and always heartfelt, spinning personal misadventures into invaluable life lessons."-- OPRAH MAGAZINE

"John Paul Brammer brings his trademark heart and wit to essays that reveal how he grew up queer and mixed-race in the American heartland, came out in a Walmart parking lot (he does not recommend it), and became the LGBTQ+ community's favorite advice columnist -- the 'Picante Carrie Bradshaw' of his generation"-- THE ADVOCATE

 

About the Speakers

John Paul Brammer is an author, illustrator, and columnist from rural Oklahoma currently living in Brooklyn. He runs the popular advice column "¡Hola Papi!" on Substack. His work, including essays, short fiction, and illustrations, has appeared in The Washington PostFood & WineCatapultBusiness Insider, and many more. This is his first book. He runs a print shop where he puts his artwork and designs at HolaPapiShop.com. You can keep up with him on Twitter or Instagram @JPBrammer.

Natalie Dalea is a midwestern mestiza writer. She currently works for WBEZ’s Curious City, where she creates podcasts and digital stories about Chicago, the region, and its people. Other projects have included artist profiles, environmental journalism, and memoir ghostwriting. She is also editing a middle grade fiction novel about ballet dancers. When she’s not writing, Natalie can be found shooting urban photography around Chicago. Find her clips at Curious City, The Portalist, and the Field Museum Blogs. Follow her @nmdalea.

 

You may purchase a copy of ¡HOLA PAPI! from Left Bank Books online or by phone. Purchase of the $5 Event Ticket is also available online or by phone. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. If you have purchased the book from Left Bank, you will receive an email event reminder a few days prior to the event. You will receive the email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event.

 

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 7:00pm

Sebastian Junger with Sarah Chayes - Freedom

Monday, June 7, 7pm CT
Private Online Event - Book Purchase or $5 Event Ticket Required

Left Bank Books, Anderson's Bookshop, Boswell Books, and McLean and Eakin Bookstore welcome bestselling author
Sebastian Junger,
who will discuss his new book
Freedom,
on June 7th at 7pm CT in a private online event.
Sebastian will be in conversation with award winning author and reporter
Sarah Chayes.
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a copy of
Freedom

from Left Bank Books for admission or a $5 admission ticket.
Note: Ticket purchasers will receive the email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event.
 
 

About Freedom

A profound rumination on the concept of freedom from the New York Times bestselling author of Tribe.

Throughout history, humans have been driven by the quest for two cherished ideals: community and freedom. The two don't coexist easily. We value individuality and self-reliance, yet are utterly dependent on community for our most basic needs. In this intricately crafted and thought-provoking book, Sebastian Junger examines the tension that lies at the heart of what it means to be human.

For much of a year, Junger and three friends--a conflict photographer and two Afghan War vets--walked the railroad lines of the East Coast. It was an experiment in personal autonomy, but also in interdependence. Dodging railroad cops, sleeping under bridges, cooking over fires, and drinking from creeks and rivers, the four men forged a unique reliance on one another.

In Freedom, Junger weaves his account of this journey together with primatology and boxing strategy, the history of labor strikes and Apache raiders, the role of women in resistance movements, and the brutal reality of life on the Pennsylvania frontier. Written in exquisite, razor-sharp prose, the result is a powerful examination of the primary desire that defines us.

 

About our Speakers

Sebastian Junger is the New York Times bestselling author of TribeWarA Death in BelmontFire, and The Perfect Storm, and co-director of the documentary film Restrepo, which was nominated for an Academy Award. He is also the winner of a Peabody Award and the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He lives in New York City with his family.

Sarah Chayes’s remarkable trajectory has led from reporting from Paris for National Public Radio to a decade on the ground in Afghanistan, including service to two commanders of the international forces there and to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen. 
Internationally renowned for her innovative thinking on corruption and its implications, she has probed its workings on five continents – and most recently the United States. Here as elsewhere, she has found, systemic corruption lies behind many crises: violent ideological extremism, environmental devastation, popular uprisings. She is the author of The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban, Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, a 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize winner, and On Corruption in America – And What Is at Stake. She lives in Paw Paw, WV.
 
 
 

 

You may purchase a copy of Freedom or a $5 admission ticket from Left Bank Books online or by phone. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. If you have purchased either the book or ticket from Left Bank, you will receive an email event reminder a few days prior to the event. You will receive the email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event.

Monday, June 7, 2021 - 7:00pm

Meredith Tate with Z Brewer & Rosaria Munda - Shipped

Thursday, May 27, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes soon to be St. Louis author
Meredith Tate,
who will discuss her new YA novel, 
Shipped,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on May 28th.
Tate will be in conversation with YA authors
Z Brewer & Rosaria Munda.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
 

 

About Shipped

Can two IRL enemies find their happily ever after online?

Stella Greene and Wesley Clarke are Gene Connolly Memorial High School's biggest rivals. While the two have been battling it out for top student, it's a race to the bottom when it comes to snide comments and pulling the dirtiest prank. For years, Stella and Wes have been the villain in each other's story, and now it's all-out war.

And there is no bigger battle than the one for valedictorian, and more specifically, the coveted valedictorian scholarship.

But Stella and Wes have more in common than they think. Both are huge fans of Warship Seven, a popular sci-fi TV drama with a dedicated online following, and the two start chatting under aliases--without a clue that their rival is just beyond the screen. They realize that they're both attending SciCon this year, so they plan to dress in their best cosplay and finally meet IRL.

While tensions at school are rising and SciCon inches closer and closer, the enemy lines between Stella and Wes blur when a class project shows them they might understand one another better than anyone else--and not just in cosplay.

From the author of The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly comes a heartfelt story about rivalry, friendships, and defying preconceived notions--even the ones about yourself.

"A delicious and nerdy romance." - Kirkus

 

About our Speakers

Meredith Tate grew up in Concord, New Hampshire, where she fell in love with her two passions--writing and traveling. She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire and worked in Boston for several years before deciding to pursue her true dream of telling stories. After spending three wonderful years in St. Louis, Missouri, and three more amazing years in Zurich, Switzerland, Meredith now lives in Houston with her husband and her spoiled dog. When Meredith's not writing, she loves photography, playing the piano, trying new recipes, and chasing her goal of seeing every continent (four down, three to go!).

Z Brewer is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, and more short stories than they can recall. Their preferred pronouns are they/them. When not drying readers' tears because they killed off a beloved character, they write books. Z is also an outspoken mental health and anti-bullying advocate. Plus, they have awesome hair. Z lives in Missouri with a husband person, one children person, and four furry overlords that some people refer to as "cats." Visit Z online at www.zbrewerbooks.com.

Rosaria Munda grew up in rural North Carolina, where she climbed trees, read Harry Potter fanfiction, and taught herself Latin. She studied political theory at Princeton and lives with her husband in Chicago. Her debut young adult fantasy, Fireborne, was published in 2019.

 

All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 7:00pm

John Green with Ashley C. Ford - Anthropocene Reviewed

Saturday, May 22, 1pm CT
Private Online Event - TICKET PURCHASE required

Left Bank Books, Joseph Beth Booksellers, & Seminary Co-op Bookstore | 57th Street Books Presents
An Afternoon With
John Green,
who will discuss his new book
Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet,
on May 22 at 1pm CT/ 2pm ET in a private online event.
Green will be in conversation with Midwest author and host
Ashley C. Ford.
This is an exclusive event that requires a 
TICKET PURCHASE that includes a SIGNED copy of Anthropocene Reviewed 
from Left Bank Books for admission.
 

About The Anthropocene Reviewed

A deeply moving and insightful collection of personal essays from #1 bestselling author John Green.

This is a signed edition.

The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, bestselling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale--from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar.

Funny, complex, and rich with detail, the reviews chart the contradictions of contemporary humanity. As a species, we are both far too powerful and not nearly powerful enough, a paradox that came into sharp focus as we faced a global pandemic that both separated us and bound us together.

John Green's gift for storytelling shines throughout this masterful collection. The Anthropocene Reviewed is a open-hearted exploration of the paths we forge and an unironic celebration of falling in love with the world.

 

About our Speakers

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of books including Looking for AlaskaThe Fault in Our Stars, and Turtles All the Way Down. His books have received many accolades, including a Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and an Edgar Award. John has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the writer and host of the critically acclaimed podcast The Anthropocene Reviewed. With his brother, Hank, John has co-created many online video projects, including Vlogbrothers and the educational channel Crash Course. He lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit John online at johngreenbooks.com.

Ashley C. Ford is a writer, host, and educator who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, poet and fiction writer Kelly Stacy, and their chocolate lab Astro Renegade Ford-Stacy. Ford is the former host of The Chronicles of Now podcast, co-host of The HBO companion podcast Lovecraft Country Radio, seasons one & three of MasterCard's Fortune Favors The Bold, as well as the video interview series PROFILE by BuzzFeed News, and Brooklyn-based news & culture TV show, 112BK.

She was also the host of the first season of Audible's literary interview series, Authorized. She has been named among Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 in Media (2017), Brooklyn Magazine's Brooklyn 100 (2016), Time Out New York's New Yorkers of The Year (2017), and Variety's New Power of New York (2019).

 

You may purchase an EVENT TICKET from Left Bank Books online through the button above. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. When you have purchased a ticket, you will receive an email event reminder a few days prior to the event. You will receive the actual email invite to join the private online event on the DAY OF the event.

International shipping is available! To inquire about pricing for international shipping, please email info@left-bank.com. 

We are happy to provide an ASL interpreter for the event upon request. Please email info@left-bank.com to request an interpreter.

 

Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 1:00pm

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