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An Evening with Halle Butler & Kea Wilson

Thursday, March 28, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Halle Butler, Kea Wilson, Left Bank BooksLeft Bank Books welcomes Granta Best Young American Novelist Halle Butler and Washington University alumnus Kea Wilson, who will sign and discuss their newest books, The New Me and We Eat Our Own!

Thirty-year-old Millie just can’t pull it together. Misanthropic and morose, she spends her days killing time at a thankless temp job until she can return home to her empty apartment, where she oscillates wildly between self-recrimination and mild delusion, fixating on all the little ways she might change her life. When the possibility of a full-time job offer arises, it seems to bring the better life she’s envisioning within reach. But with it also comes the paralyzing realization of just how hollow that vision has become. Darkly hilarious and devastating, The New Me is a dizzying descent into the mind of a young woman trapped in the funhouse of American consumer culture.

When a nameless, struggling actor in 1970s New York gets the call that an enigmatic director wants him for an art film set in the Amazon, he doesn’t hesitate: he flies to South America, no questions asked. He quickly realizes he’s made a mistake. The movie is over budget. The production team seems headed for a breakdown. The air is so wet that the celluloid film disintegrates. But what the actor doesn’t realize is that the greatest threat might be the town itself, and the mysterious shadow economy that powers this remote jungle outpost. We Eat Our Own is a thrilling journey behind the scenes of a shocking film and a thoughtful commentary on violence and its repercussions.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The New Me or We Eat Our Own from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click the titles to pre-order your copies!

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

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

OTSL: Representation & Responsibility: Racial and Gender Equity in Film and Television

Sunday, January 20, 1pm
Regional Arts Commission, 
6128 Delmar Blvd.

Kasi Lemmons

Please join us for the second installment of Opera Theatre's 2019 Representation & Responsibility series on Sunday, January 20, at 1 p.m. This community conversation will focus on the topic of racial and gender equity in film and television.

The panel discussion will be followed by a light wine and cheese reception. It is free to attend, but RSVPs are encouraged at opera-stl.org.

Kasi Lemmons
A native of St. Louis, Kasi Lemmons has been acting, writing, and directing for 40 years. She has written and directed films including Eve's Bayou (1997), starring Samuel L. Jackson, and Talk to Me (2007), starring Don Cheadle, and her film Harriet about the life of Harriet Tubman is set to be released in 2019. Some of the stars of Harriet include Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe, and Leslie Odom Jr. She wrote the libretto for Opera Theatre's 2019 world premiere Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

Colleen McGuinness
Colleen McGuinness has written for numerous television shows, including NBC's Emmy-winning 30 Rock, for which she also received Emmy, WGA, and PGA award nominations. She most recently served as a consulting producer on Amazon's Forever, starring Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen, and is now a co-executive producer on Stargirl, an upcoming series for the DC Comics streaming service. She has developed pilots with Tina Fey, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, HBO, and F/X, and is currently creating a show with Reese Witherspoon producing, based on the Curtis Sittenfeld book You Think It, I'll Say It. McGuinness graduated cum laude in English from Harvard University and lives in Los Angeles with her husband Blake, son James, and dog Elaine. 

Cat Neville
Catherine Neville is the producer of St. Louis's own nationally syndicated television series TasteMAKERS and host of Feast TV on KETC. She co-created Sauce Magazine in the early 2000s and launched Feast Magazine in 2010.

This event is presnted by Opera Theatre of St. Louis. For more information, visit www.opera-stl.org.

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 1:00pm

CWE Window Walk 2018

Saturday, December 1, 8, 15 & 22
Central West End

Experience the magic of the holidays at the Central West End's annual Window Walk, now in its 9th year!

Window Walk is a month-long celebration highlighting the many wonderful attributes of the holidays in the CWE, with Holiday fun every Saturday in December. Visitors are invited to stroll amidst elegantly decorated windows while shopping at boutiques, enjoying seasonal libations and delicious meals at local restaurants.

The ninth annual CWE Window Walk kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 1, with additional programming on Dec. 8, 15 and 22.

Activities include street entertainment, live music, special discounts, food and drink offerings, free carriage rides and pictures with Santa. 

For a full schedule of events each Saturday, click here: www.cwewindowwalk.com.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 1:00pm

James Rollins - Crucible

Wednesday, January 30, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

James Rollins, Crucible, Left Bank BooksBestselling author James Rollins combines historical mystery and scientific exploration in his latest thrilling Sigma Force adventure. Arriving home on Christmas Eve, Commander Gray Pierce discovers his house ransacked, his pregnant lover missing, and his best friend’s wife, Kat, unconscious on the kitchen floor. The only witness to what happened, Kat is in a semi-comatose state and cannot speak—until a brilliant neurologist offers a radical approach to “unlock” her mind. What Pierce learns from Kat sets Sigma Force on a frantic quest reaching back to the Spanish Inquisition and to one of the most reviled and blood-soaked books in human history.

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

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

Friends of Left Bank Books Winter Sale

Saturday, December 1st & Sunday, December 2nd
Left Bank Books

You're invited to the Left Bank Books Winter Friends Sale!

Friends with a paid Publisher or Editor membership enjoy 25% OFF nearly* everything in the store! Call 314-367-6731 or visit lbbfound.org/friends to join or renew your membership today.

All paid memberships in the Friends of the Left Bank Books Literary Society are tax deductible donations to the Left Bank Books Foundation, an organization focused on promoting literacy in all its forms throughout the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit lbbfound.org.

*Discounts cannot be combined. Excludes magazines, special orders, and e-books.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 11:00am

Ann Lemons Pollack - Lost Restaurants of St. Louis

Tuesday, December 4, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Ann Lemons Pollack, Lost Restaurants of St. LouisLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis food writer Ann Lemons Pollack, who will sign and discuss her new book, Lost Restaurants of St. Louis, at this official launch event!

St. Louis is a food town, and there are many restaurants that have captured the heart of the city. Some of them are no longer around. Rossino’s low ceilings and even lower pipes didn’t stop the pizza-hungry residents from crowding in. Jefferson Avenue Boarding House served elegant “Granny Food” in plush surroundings. King Burgers and onion rings ruled at Parkmoor. Dohack’s claimed it was the first to name the “jack salmon.” Author Ann Lemons Pollack details these and more restaurants -- including the Central West End's own Duff's, Balaban's, and The Majestic -- lost to time in the Gateway City.
 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Lost Restaurants of St. Louis 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, December 4, 2018 - 7:00pm

Anthony Ray Hinton - The Sun Does Shine

Friday, January 25, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Antony Ray Hinton, The Sun Does Shine2019 Black History Keynote Event: Oprah’s Book Club’s 2018 selection, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence. But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. For the next 30 years Hinton was a beacon on Death Row—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, 54 of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. He ultimately won his release in 2015. Destined to be a classic, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor or joy.
 

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

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

Mesha Maren - Sugar Run

Wednesday, January 23, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Mesha Maren, Sugar Run, Left Bank BooksSet within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, Mesha Maren’s vibrant and compassionate debut, Sugar Run, is a novel of dreams and dark consequences. In 1989, Jodi McCarty is 17-years-old when she’s sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter. She’s released 18 years later and finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian mountains, she goes searching for someone she left behind, but on the way, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother. Together, they try to make a fresh start, but is that even possible in a town that refuses to change? Set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, Sugar Run is a searing and gritty debut about making a run for another life.

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

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

Christopher Castellani - Leading Men

Thursday, April 18, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Christopher Castellani, Leading MenLeft Bank Books welcomes author and GrubStreet artistic director Christopher Castellani, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Leading Men!

In July of 1953, at a glittering party thrown by Truman Capote in Portofino, Italy, Tennessee Williams and his longtime lover Frank Merlo meet Anja Blomgren, a mysteriously taciturn young Swedish beauty and aspiring actress. Their encounter will go on to alter all of their lives. Ten years later, Frank revisits the tempestuous events of that fateful summer from his deathbed in Manhattan, where he waits anxiously for Tennessee to visit him one final time. Anja, now legendary film icon Anja Bloom, lives as a recluse in the present-day U.S., until a young man connected to the events of 1953 lures her reluctantly back into the spotlight after he discovers she possesses the only surviving copy of Williams’s final play.

“I read Christopher Castellani’s Leading Men in one quiet, sunny, rapt afternoon, and spent hours afterwards just stunned from having been immersed in such a tender, psychologically devastating, and gorgeously precise novel. An extraordinary book.” —Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Leading Men 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, April 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

Nikki Furrer - A Woman's Guide to Cannabis

Wednesday, January 9, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Nikki Furrer, A Woman's Guide to CannabisLeft Bank Books welcomes cannabis lawyer, consultant, and former Puddn’head Books owner Nikki Furrer, who will sign and discuss her new book, A Woman's Guide to Cannabis, with BeLeaf CEO Mitch Meyers!

Women of all ages are using cannabis to feel and look better. For rookies and experienced marijuana users alike, this lively, information-filled book is just the supportive guide you need to find the right dose to relieve anxiety, depression, and inflammation, and mitigate the onset of dementia and other signs of aging. Plus boost moods, ease aches, even lose weight, and get restful sleep. And a dose just for fun? Well, that works, too! Here’s how to navigate the typical dispensary, with its overwhelming options. Understand the amazing health-giving compounds found in cannabis and how to use topicals to reduce pain and give your skin a healthy glow.

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

Mitch MeyersBacked by an impressive resume of achievements in the marketing field, Mitch Meyers brings a fresh perspective to the cannabis and hemp industry. She was hired to introduce Bud Light for Anheuser-Busch, now the largest selling beer in the world. She was named AdWeek’s Advertising Woman of the Year in 1996. After leaving there, she formed a marketing and brand development agency, The Zipatoni Company, that worked with many Fortune 100 companies. Since that time she has entered the cannabis industry receiving a dispensary license in the Illinois medical market in 2014. The following year, she received a cultivation, production and dispensing license in Missouri for CBD to treat Epilepsy. She continues to consult with companies around the country on cannabis business.

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

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

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