Dan Chaon & Erin Belieu in conversation with Dana Levin

Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 7:00pm
Thursday, September 15, 7pm CT
In person at the High Low performing arts space
3301 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103
Also streaming virtually for an at home audience on Left Bank Books' YouTube
**Vaccination and masks required for in person attendance**
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Left Bank Books welcomes bestselling author
Dan Chaon
& award winning poet
Erin Belieu,
who will have a conversation about adoption, being Midwestern raised, friendship, and other spontaneous topics spurred by their most recent books, 
led by St. Louis'
Dana Levin
in person at the High Low Performing Arts Space
and virtually on Thursday, September 15th at 7pm Central.
Join us in person or our YouTube & Facebook Live Page.
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from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!
Chaon, Belieu, & Levin will personalize and sign copies for sale from Left Bank Books.
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**Proof of vaccination and mask will be required for entry to the in person event.** Guests will need to bring a photo ID AND either their physical vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card.
Entrance to the Listening Room is on the side of the building on Leonard Avenue
Doors for the in person event will open at 6pm.

 

Dan Chaon is the author of several previous books, including Ill Will, a national bestseller, named one of the ten best books of 2017 by Publishers Weekly. Other works include the short story collection Stay Awake (2012), a finalist for the Story Prize; the national bestseller Await Your Reply; and Among the Missing, a finalist for the National Book Award. Chaon's fiction has appeared in the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthologies, and the O. Henry Collection. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction and the Shirley Jackson Award, and he was the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Chaon lives in Cleveland.

Erin Belieu is is the author of Infanta, chosen by Hayden Carruth for the National Poetry Series; One Above & One Below, winner of the Midland Authors Prize and Ohioana Poetry Award; Black Box, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist; and Slant Six, named one of the ten best books of 2014 by The New York Times, all published by Copper Canyon Press. She currently teaches in the University of Houston's MFA/PhD creative writing program and for the Lesley University low-residency MFA program in Cambridge, MA.
 
Dana Levin’s new book of poetry is Now Do You Know Where You Are (Copper Canyon Press, 2022), a Lannan Literary Selection. Her first book, In the Surgical Theatre, was chosen by Louise Glück for the 1999 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and went on to receive numerous honors, including the 2003 PEN/Osterweil Award. The New Yorker called her third book, Sky Burial (Copper Canyon), "utterly her own and utterly riveting." A Guggenheim and Rona Jaffe Fellow, Levin currently serves as Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Maryville University in St. Louis.
 
 
About Sleepwalk

"[Chaon] does madcap well and likes his characters, even the killers -- especially the killers." --The New York Times Book Review

New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

An Indie Next pick for June 2022
Named a Best Book of Spring by Esquire

Named a Best Book of Summer by The Chicago Tribune
Named a Best Book of May by The Philadelphia Inquirer

An NPR Book of the Day
USA Today Must Read
Named one of the 27 Books We Can't Wait to Read This Winter by Thrillist

A high speed and darkly comic road trip through a near future America with a big hearted mercenary, from beloved and acclaimed novelist Dan Chaon.

Sleepwalk's hero, Will Bear, is a man with so many aliases that he simply thinks of himself as the Barely Blur. At fifty years old, he's been living off the grid for over half his life. He's never had a real job, never paid taxes, never been in a committed relationship. A good-natured henchman with a complicated and lonely past and a passion for LSD microdosing, he spends his time hopscotching across state lines in his beloved camper van, running sometimes shady often dangerous errands for a powerful and ruthless operation he's never troubled himself to learn too much about. He has lots of connections, but no true ties. His longest relationships are with an old rescue dog that has post-traumatic stress and a childhood friend as deeply entrenched in the underworld as he is, who, lately, he's less and less sure he can trust.

Out of the blue, one of Will's many burner phones heralds a call from a twenty-year-old woman claiming to be his biological daughter. She says she's the product of one of his long-ago sperm donations; he's half certain she's AI. She needs his help. She's entrenched in a widespread and nefarious plot involving Will's employers, and for Will to continue to have any contact with her increasingly fuzzes the line between the people he is working for and the people he's running from.

With his signature blend of haunting emotional realism and fast-paced intrigue, Dan Chaon populates his fractured America with characters who ring all too true. Gazing both back to the past and forward to an inevitable-enough-seeming future, Sleepwalk examines where we've been and where we're going and the connections that bind us, no matter how far we travel to dodge them or how cleverly we hide.

 

About Come-Hither Honeycomb

In Come-Hither Honeycomb, Erin Belieu turns her signature wit and intellectual rigor inward for an unguarded exploration of human vulnerability. The poems meditate on the impact of large and small traumas: the lasting thumbprint of abuse, the collective specter of disease, the achingly sweet humility of parenting. The bodies in these poems are trapped, held hostage, bleeding. And yet there is agency--structural dynamism, texture, the color green--while a woman climbs a metal ladder to the diving board, a girl climbs high into the branches. The speaker grapples with a lifelong pattern of brutality, then painfully breaks free.

"Though some of the poems riff on failure or sadness, Belieu also uses puns and everyday sayings to capture daily life, and her language varies throughout from slang to the sublime." --Doris Lynch, Library Journal

 
Event address: 
High Low Listening Room
3301 Washington Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63103
Books: 
Sleepwalk: A Novel By Dan Chaon Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250175212
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 24th, 2022

Come-Hither Honeycomb By Erin Belieu Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781556596100
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Copper Canyon Press - February 2nd, 2021

Now Do You Know Where You Are By Dana Levin Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781556596339
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 19th, 2022

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