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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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Everything Inside: Stories Cover Image
$20.76
ISBN: 9780525521273
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Published: Knopf - August 27th, 2019

September 2019 Well-Read Black Girl Book Club selection


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Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
$20.80
ISBN: 9780525535270
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

October 2019 Well-Read Black Girl Book Club selection


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Some Places More Than Others Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781681191089
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019

November 2019 Well-Read Black Girl Book Club selection


Humble Beginnings

Whether they've won multiple literary awards or have written several bestsellers, all of our favorite writers have a debut. Was their future success a fait accompli, or did they have a long road ahead? Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. and we'll discuss their first novels.

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Breath, Eyes, Memory Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9781616955021
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Published: Soho Press - February 24th, 2015

September 2019 Humble Beginnings reading group selection


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Carrie Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9781984898104
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Published: Anchor - December 31st, 2018

October 2019 Humble Beginnings reading group selection


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There There: A novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf - June 5th, 2018

November 2019 Humble Beginnings 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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Zombie: A Novel Cover Image
$12.79
ISBN: 9780061778919
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Published: Ecco - September 15th, 2009

September 2019 Reader Beware Reading Group selection


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The House Next Door Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9781416553441
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Published: Gallery Books - July 3rd, 2007

October 2019 Reader Beware Reading Group selection


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The Fisherman Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781939905215
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Published: Word Horde - June 30th, 2016

November 2019 Reader Beware Reading Group selection


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The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All: Stories Cover Image
By Laird Barron, Norman Partridge (Introduction by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781597805537
Availability: Special Order
Published: Night Shade - July 2014

December 2019 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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Compass Reach Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9781892065391
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Published: Meisha Merlin Publishing - June 2001

October 2019 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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Mem Cover Image
$12.79
ISBN: 9781944700867
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Published: Unnamed Press - March 19th, 2019

November 2019 Great Novels of the 22nd Century book club selection


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The Quantum Magician Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781781085707
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Published: Solaris - October 2nd, 2018

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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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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows: A Novel Cover Image
$12.79
ISBN: 9780062645111
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 6th, 2018

September 2019 Novel Ideas reading group selection


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There There Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9780525436140
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

October 2019 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 (new time!) 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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Stray City: A Novel Cover Image
$12.79
ISBN: 9780062666697
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Published: Custom House - March 19th, 2019

September 2019 Lesbian Reading Group selection


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Chelsea Girls: A Novel Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9780062394668
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Published: Ecco - September 29th, 2015

October 2019 Lesbian Reading Group selection


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Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062456106
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 30th, 2017

November 2019 Lesbian Reading Group selection


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Sugar Run: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616209810
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 8th, 2019

December 2019 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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The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9780738215679
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - June 5th, 2012

September 2019 Gay Men's Reading Circle book club selection


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The Great Believers: A Novel Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9780735223530
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Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2019

October 2019 Gay Men's Reading Circle book club selection


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Life of David Hockney: A Novel Cover Image
By Catherine Cusset, Teresa Fagan (Translated by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781590519837
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Published: Other Press - May 14th, 2019

November 2019 Gay Men's Reading Circle book club selection


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River Runs Red Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781590217122
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Published: Lethe Press - August 11th, 2019

December 2019 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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Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics Cover Image
$11.16
ISBN: 9780393356977
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 14th, 2019

September 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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Richard III (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$6.40
ISBN: 9780812969139
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Published: Modern Library - August 12th, 2008

October 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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Doctor Faustus and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780199537068
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 15th, 2008

November 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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Cakes and Ale (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375725029
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Published: Vintage - December 5th, 2000

December 2019 Shakespeare Festival Reads book club selection


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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Friday Black Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781328911247
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Published: Mariner Books - October 23rd, 2018

September 2019 Read the Resistance reading group selection


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Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9781551527383
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 30th, 2018

October 2019 Read the Resistance reading group selection


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There There Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9780525436140
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

November 2019 Read the Resistance reading group selection


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The Age of Walls: How Barriers Between Nations Are Changing Our World (Politics of Place #3) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501183904
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Published: Scribner - October 9th, 2018

December 2019 Read the Resistance reading group selection


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