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Well-Read Black Girl Book Club

The Well-Read Black Girl Book Club is focused on empowering Black and Latinx writers. We encourage book club ambassadors to highlight classic novels written by  Black women (i.e. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison) and bring visibility to debut authors like Elizabeth Acevedo, Brit Bennett, and Tomi Adeyemi. Our curated reading list celebrates the work of underrepresented writers and encourages readers who feel inspired by what we’re doing to be a part of our community.

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So We Can Glow: Stories Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9781538715338
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 10th, 2020

May 2020 Well-Read Black Girl Book Club selection


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When You Were Everything Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9781524715915
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Published: Delacorte Press - March 10th, 2020

May 2020 Well-Read Black Girl book club selection


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Wow, No Thank You.: Essays Cover Image
$12.76
ISBN: 9780525563488
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Published: Vintage - March 31st, 2020

June 2020 Well-Read Black Girl reading group selection


Reader Beware!

Our book group reads Horror! Reader Beware! meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the basement of Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, St. Louis, MO to talk about all the scary stories!

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I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream: Stories Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781497643079
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Published: Open Road Media - June 3rd, 2014

April 2020 Reader Beware Reading Group selection


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The Witches Cover Image
By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
$6.39
ISBN: 9781101996997
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Published: Puffin Books - August 18th, 2015

May 2020 Reader Beware Reading Group selection


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The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9780062094360
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - October 4th, 2011

June 2020 Reader Beware Reading Group selection


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Ratman's Notebooks Cover Image
By Stephen Gilbert, Kim Newman (Introduction by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781939140609
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Published: Valancourt Books - October 31st, 2013

July 2020 Reader Beware Reading Group selection


Great Novels of the 22nd Century

Science fiction reading group, hosted by Left Bank Books, moderated by Mark W. Tiedemann. We explore novels that reflect the potential of SF as both intellectually challenging and excellent writing. This group meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month downstairs in the store at 7:00pm.

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Beggars in Spain Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060733483
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Published: Harper Voyager - November 23rd, 2004

April 2020 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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Agency Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101986936
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Published: Berkley - January 21st, 2020

May 2020 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang: A Novel Cover Image
$15.19
ISBN: 9780312866150
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Published: Orb Books - July 15th, 1998

June 2020 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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The Player of Games (Culture #2) Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9780316005401
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Published: Orbit - March 26th, 2008

July 2020 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction) Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780252082504
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Published: University of Illinois Press - May 12th, 2017

August 2020 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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Space Opera Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781481497503
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - December 18th, 2018

September 2020 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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The Iron Dragon's Mother Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250198259
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Published: Tor Books - June 25th, 2019

October 2020 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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The Space Merchants Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250000156
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - December 6th, 2011

November 2020 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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Exhalation: Stories Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101947883
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

December 2020 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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The Stars Are Legion Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481447942
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - November 7th, 2017

January 2021 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


Novel Ideas

Lunchtime reading group, featuring each month's book at 20% off. Novel Ideas meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, selecting and discussing books of contemporary literary fiction. Interested? New members are encouraged to read the book and show up.

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An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616208684
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 5th, 2019

April 2020 Novel Ideas reading group selection


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The Desert Sky Before Us: A Novel Cover Image
$12.79
ISBN: 9780062749871
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 14th, 2019

May 2020 Novel Ideas reading group selection


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The Immortalists Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9780735215092
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 5th, 2019

June 2020 Novel Ideas reading group selection


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A Woman Is No Man: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062699770
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 4th, 2020

July 2020 Novel Ideas reading group selection


Lesbian Reading Group

The Left Bank Books Lesbian Reading Group is open to the public and welcomes LGBTQI women and our friends. We meet on the third Thursday of each month. We generally meet at 7:15pm downstairs at Left Bank Books in the Central West End. You will find the book we are reading for the month on this page.

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She Called Me Woman: Nigeria's Queer Women Speak Cover Image
By Azeenarh Mohammed (Editor), Chitra Nagarajan (Editor), Rafeeat Aliyu (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781911115595
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Published: Cassava Republic Press - September 12th, 2018

April 2020 Lesbian Reading Group selection


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Juliet Takes a Breath Cover Image
$14.39
ISBN: 9780593108178
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Published: Dial Books - September 17th, 2019

May 2020 Lesbian Reading Group selection


Gay Men's Reading Group

Meets at Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO on the fourth Thursday of every month. Open to gay men and our friends. 

The group meets monthly in the basement of Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO 63108. If you would like to join, feel free to join our discussion. We do ask that you have read the book or at least a significant portion of the book for the discussion.

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Confessions of a Mask Cover Image
By Yukio Mishima, Meredith Weatherby (Translated by)
$12.76
ISBN: 9780811201186
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Published: New Directions -

May 2020 Gay Men's Reading Circle book club selection


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Leading Men: A Novel Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9780525559078
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Published: Penguin Books - May 26th, 2020

June 2020 Gay Men's Reading Circle book club selection


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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

July 2020 Gay Men's Reading Circle book club selection


Shakespeare Festival Reads

The Magnificoes! are interested and interesting folks who gather once a month to talk plays, poems, criticism, history, and fiction! The group began in May of 2012 just in time for that year’s production of Othello #InTheGlen by Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Our long-term goal is to read all of the plays in the canon (38 of them) while enjoying the many creative works written that illuminate, complicate, and build on them.

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Measure for Measure (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$9.00
ISBN: 9780812969283
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Published: Modern Library - September 14th, 2010

April 2020 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


Much Ado About Nothing (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$6.40
ISBN: 9780812969177
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Published: Modern Library - August 25th, 2009

The Quality of Mercy: Reflections on Shakespeare Cover Image
$12.76
ISBN: 9781559364836
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - November 18th, 2014

The Merry Wives of Windsor (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780812969320
Availability: Special Order
Published: Modern Library - June 14th, 2011

Troilus and Cressida (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780812969313
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Published: Modern Library - September 14th, 2010

Fools and Mortals: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062250896
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 8th, 2019

The Two Noble Kinsmen (Oxford World's Classics) Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9780199537457
Availability: Special Order
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - January 15th, 2010

Cardenio: Shakespeare's Lost Play Re-Imagined Cover Image
$24.10
ISBN: 9781848421806
Availability: Special Order
Published: Nick Hern Books - February 28th, 2012

The Comedy of Errors (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780812969337
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Published: Modern Library - June 14th, 2011

Read the Resistance

Read the Resistance will broaden its scope to talk about social justice affecting our community. This reading group is an attempt to add some civility and context to the mix by exploring race, class, gender, and other issues, not only in St. Louis, but America as a whole.

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Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525566182
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 2019

March 2020 Read the Resistance book club selection


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