Kids' Events and Story Time

After School with Beth Bacon - Panda Cub Swap

Friday, September 9, 4pm CT
In person at Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Masks required for in person attendance
Please RSVP for the presentation here
Virtually at Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page
Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis author for young readers,
Beth Bacon,
who will read aloud and discuss her new "true, tender tale of survival,"
in our store on September 9th at 4pm!
Beth Bacon will sign and personalize copies of The Panda Cub Swap available to pre-order at Left Bank Books.
Join us in person in the store or our YouTube & Facebook Live Page.
It takes a lot of work to bring a panda cub into the world. They are born with delicate pink skin, they're unable to see, unable to walk--and even unable to go to the bathroom without help! It's so much work that panda mamas can only take care of one cub at a time. So when Zoo Atlanta's beloved giant panda, Lun Lun, surprised everyone by having twins, the zoo staff had to pitch in. They made a plan to share parenting duties with Lun Lun. Every few hours the zoo staff swapped the cubs between Lun Lun and their workroom to make sure the cubs got equal time with mom. It was hard work, and Lun Lun didn't even know she had twins! The cubs ate and slept, opened their eyes, and grew beautiful black and white coats. Fans watching around the world submitted name ideas for the cubs. Everyone cheered as the cubs took their first steps. As the cubs grew larger and more independent, excitement grew about their upcoming reunion. Would Lun Lun accept them when she finally met them both? Luckily for Lun Lun, motherhood came naturally.
Beth Bacon is an author for young readers. Her books I Hate Reading and The Book No One Wants To Read bring humor to the experiences of struggling readers. Her books Covid-19 Helpers and Helping The World Get Well: Covid Vaccines offer children a clear understanding of the global pandemic. Beth volunteers for Open Hearts Big Dreams, an organization dedicated to improving literacy in Ethiopia as well as, an organization that supports families with infants being cared for in Neonatal Intensive Care Units.
Friday, September 9, 2022 - 4:00pm

John F.D. Taff with Josh Malerman & Caroline Kepnes - Dark Stars: New Tales of Darkest Horror

Thursday, May 12, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Rectangular image with headshot of author John F.D. Taff on the left half and a pic of the cover of "Dark Stars" on the right halfLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis area Bram Stoker Award short-listed horror and dark fiction author
John F.D. Taff,
to discuss a tribute to horror's longstanding short fiction legacy,
Dark Stars: New Tales of Darkest Horror,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on May 12th.
Contributors from the book will be joining for the discussion.
This event will feature contributors John F.D. Taff, Josh Malerman, & Caroline Kepnes!
Join us virtually and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

Dark Stars, edited by John F.D. Taff, is a tribute to horror's longstanding short fiction legacy, featuring 12 terrifying original stories from today's most noteworthy authors.

Within these pages you'll find tales of dead men walking, an insidious secret summer fling, an island harboring unspeakable power, and a dark hallway that beckons. You'll encounter terrible monsters--both human and supernatural--and be forever changed. The stories in Dark Stars run the gamut from traditional to modern, from dark fantasy to neo-noir, from explorations of beloved horror tropes to the unknown--possibly unknowable--threats.

It's all in here because it's all out there, now, in horror.

Dark Stars features all-new stories from the following award-winning authors and up-and-coming voices: Chesya Burke, Ramsey Campbell, Gemma Files, Stephen Graham Jones, Alma Katsu, Caroline Kepnes, John Langan, Livia Llewellyn, Josh Malerman, Usman T. Malik, Priya Sharma, and John F.D. Taff.

Created as an homage to the 1980 classic horror anthology Dark Forces, edited by Kirby McCauley, Dark Stars also features an introduction by Josh Malerman and an afterword from original contributor Ramsey Campbell--a poignant finale to this bone-chilling collection.


John F.D. Taff is a Bram Stoker Award short-listed horror and dark fiction author with more than 25 years experience, and more than 100 short stories and seven novels in print. He has appeared in Cemetery Dance, Eldritch Tales, Unnerving, Deathrealm, Big Pulp and One Buck Horror. Recent anthology contributions include The Seven Deadliest and I Can Hear the Shadows. Taff's novella collection, The End in All Beginnings, was called one of the best novella collections by Jack Ketchum and was a Stoker Award Finalist.

Josh Malerman is a New York Times bestselling author and one of two singer-songwriters for the rock band The High Strung. His debut novel, Bird Box, is the inspiration for the hit Netflix film of the same name. His other novels include Unbury CarolInspectionA House at the Bottom of a Lake, and Malorie, the sequel to Bird Box. Malerman lives in Michigan with his fiancée, the artist-musician Allison Laakko.

Caroline Kepnes is the New York Times bestselling author of You, Hidden Bodies, Providence and You Love Me. Her work has been translated into a multitude of languages and inspired a television series adaptation of You, currently on Netflix. Kepnes graduated from Brown University and then worked as a pop culture journalist for Entertainment Weekly and a TV writer for 7th Heaven and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She grew up in Cape Cod, and now lives in Los Angeles.




You can watch live on Left Bank's YouTube channel. To participate on Facebook, 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 can watch on either location without logging in, but in order to comment or interact with the program, you must be logged in.

Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 7:00pm

LBB Celebrity Storytime: Ann Ingalls - 12 Little Elves Visit Missouri

Saturday, November 13, 10:30am CT
Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Left Bank Books is excited to present an in person Celebrity Storytime!
We welcome Missouri children's author
Ann Ingalls
who will read aloud and talk about how she made her new picture book
and lead us through a fun holiday activity at Left Bank Books at 10:30am CT on November 13th.
Join us in person and order copies of Ann's books
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!



About 12 Little Elves Visit Missouri

'Twas Christmas in Missouri,
and 12 elves were sent
to see who was sleeping . . .
Away the elves went!

Twelve charming elves travel throughout Missouri to see who is still awake before Santa comes. Along the way, they visit iconic landmarks and curiosities, all bedecked in holly and holiday fun. From Kansas City Plaza to the Promised Land Zoo to Kister Park and more, these little elves take in the lights at the Missouri Botanical Garden Glow, race down the cobblestone streets of St. Charles, watch a show in Branson, and ride carriages in Sainte Genevieve. Their last stop? Your home, of course. Jump in bed!


About our Speaker

Ann Ingalls is an award-winning author of nonfiction and fiction. She has written fifty books for young readers.


Protective masks are required to enter the store for ages 2+.

Unable to make the event? Order signed copies to be mailed anywhere in the country.

Saturday, November 13, 2021 - 10:30am