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Left Bank Books

399 North Euclid
St Louis, MO 63108

United States

314-367-6731; infoleft-bank.com

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Web site: http://www.left-bank.com/

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Twitter account: @LeftBankBooks

Description: Founded in 1969, Left Bank Books is the only independently-owned, full-service bookstore in the greater metropolitan area of St. Louis.

Located in the historic Central West End neighborhood, Left Bank Books is situated among magnificent turn-of-the-century residences and some of the best restaurants and finest art galleries in the area.

Left Bank Books has a cultural and progressive political focus. Specialties include: modern literature and poetry, the contemporary art and performing arts scene, political analysis, African-American, feminist, gay and lesbian literature; psychology and high quality, multicultural children's books. Our regular customers come from the immediate neighborhood, the greater metro area, which has a population exceeding 2.5 million people, and the two-state area of Missouri and Illinois. We offer every book in print and a vast used selection online and ship everywhere in the world.

Other features of the store include an extensive used book department and an art gallery featuring nine to twelve shows annually by local artists. We have a variety of discounts for educators and institutions. We offer a 20% discount on books selected by our registered book groups.

Owners and operators of Left Bank Books have always been intimately involved in community organizations; many are writers or artists. Some have advanced degrees in education, history, or literature. Owner Barry Leibman has a background in history and education and is an abstract/conceptual artist with many solo shows to his credit. Owner Kris Kleindienst has a degree in Women's Studies and English Literature from Washington University is a writer and political activist. She is a board member of the ACLU, and a founding board member of BUILD St. Louis. She won a Lambda Literary Award for her edited collection of essays, This Is What Lesbian Looks Like: Dyke Activists Take On the 21st Century and writes a monthly column for the Vital Voice. Owner Lisa Greening has a degree in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University and is a former educator with years of experience in various bookstores.

Some of our current community collaborations include collecting books for CASA and our "Clark Elementary School Reading Project," wherein our customers sponsor thirty-five students at Clark Elementary School who will receive a book a month until the end of the year.

Left Bank Books co-sponsors readings with a host of local literary organizations, including the St. Louis Public Library and River Styx.

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Upcoming events

Jul
23
Novel Ideas Reading Group: The Interestings (Wednesday, July 23 at 12pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer!

Left Bank Books

From bestselling author Wolitzer comes a dazzling, panoramic novel about what becomes of early talent, and the roles that art, money, and even envy can play in close friendships. The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jul
24
Jan Eigner: What Lasts Is The Breath (Thursday, July 24 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Eigner's poetry collection charts a decade of a mother’s grief at the loss of a beloved adult daughter. Like a kind of Demeter doggedly searching through “the long, miserable journey of days,” Eigner looks everywhere for what lasts: in nature, memory, love and family, in the clay objects her daughter sculpted, in a grandson’s face, in encounters with others who teach her a different way of carrying grief, like a Hopi friend, who says “the body is like a corn stalk/What lasts is the breath.”

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Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jul
24
Gay Men's Reading Group: Telegraph Avenue (Thursday, July 24 at 7:30pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon!

Left Bank Books (downstairs)

New York Times-bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Chabon goes to Telegraph Avenue in a big-hearted novel that explores the lives of two Oakland, California families, one black and one white, and the pop culture that surrounds them.

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Jul
26
Writers Read Reading Group: The Lucy Variations (Saturday, July 26 at 3pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr!

Left Bank Books - Central West End

Sixteen-year-old San Franciscan Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. Her chance at a career has passed, and she decides to help her 10-year-old piano prodigy brother, Gus, map out his own future, even as she explores why she enjoyed piano in the first place.

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books - Central West End Additional: 399 N. Euclid City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jul
31
Chris Weitz: The Young World (Thursday, July 31 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Daniel Boone Branch

Film director Chris Weitz (Twilight: New Moon, About a Boy) debuts with The Young World, the first in a trilogy. After a mysterious Sickness wipes out New York's adult population, young survivors assemble into tribes. When a member of one tribe discovers a clue to a possible cure, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.

Location: Street: St. Louis County Library - Daniel Boone Branch Additional: 300 Clarkson Rd. City: Ellisville, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63011 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
4
Maryville Talks Books: Mark Epstein: The Trauma of Everyday Life (Monday, August 4 at 7pm)
Maryville University Auditorium

Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books present renowned psychiatrist and author of Thoughts without a thinker Mark Epstein for his new book, The Trauma of Everyday Life.

Trauma does not just happen to a few unlucky people; it is the bedrock of our psychology. Death and illness touch us all, but even the everyday sufferings of loneliness and fear are traumatic. In The Trauma of Everyday Life renowned psychiatrist and author Mark Epstein uncovers the transformational potential of trauma, revealing how it can be used for the mind's own development.

Location: Street: Maryville University Auditorium Additional: 650 Maryville University Dr City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63141 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
6
Deborah Harkness: The Book of Life (Wednesday, August 6 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

The Book of Life is the highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches. After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. In the trilogy's final volume, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

Location: Street: St. Louis County Library Additional: 1640 S. Lindbergh City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
7
Stephen Carter: The Back Channel (Thursday, August 7 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Stephen L. Carter's gripping new novel The Back channel is a brilliant amalgam of fact and fiction, a suspenseful retelling of the Cuban Missile Crisis, in which the fate of the world rests unexpectedly on the shoulders of a young college student. The only way for Kennedy and Khrushchev to negotiate safely is a clandestine emissary nobody would ever suspect - 19-year-old Margo Jensen, one of the few black women at Cornell, protected by nothing but her own ingenuity and courage.

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Location: Street: St. Louis County Library - Headquarters Additional: 1640 S. Lindbergh City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
7
Great Novels of the 22nd Century: Ancillary Justice (Thursday, August 7 at 7:30pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie!

Left Bank Books (downstairs)

From Nebula Award winner and Arthur C. Clarke Award nominated debut author, Ann Leckie, comes Ancillary Justice, a stunning space opera that asks what it means to be human in a universe guided by artificial intelligence.

Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
8
Local Social (Friday, August 8 at 5pm)
Join the CWEScene for the return of the Second Annual Local Social event series! From 5 to 9 pm on the second Friday of May, June, July and August, stroll in the Central West End and enjoy live entertainment, special offers, trunk shows, sidewalk sales, sips, bites and more.

Location: Additional: Central West End City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Aug
11
Lori Rader-Day: The Black Hour (Monday, August 11 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic — until a student she’d never met shot her. Now he’s dead and she’s back on campus, trying to keep up with her class schedule, a growing problem with painkillers, and a question she can’t let go: Why? Enter Nathaniel Barber, a graduate student obsessed with Chicago’s violent history. Assigned as Amelia’s teaching assistant, he’s hoping she’ll approve his dissertation topic: the student attack on Amelia Emmet.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
12
Brennan at the Brew House presents Tracy and Darryl Strawberry: The Imperfect Marriage (Tuesday, August 12 at 10am)
Budweiser Brew House

To register, please call 314-444-3284, and leave your name, telephone number, and number of reservations.

Homerun hitter Darryl Strawberry and his wife, ordained minister Tracy Strawberry, have made every possible mistake in marriage: adultery, addiction, financial destruction, and many other all-too-familiar struggles. In The Imperfect Marriage, they share their no holds-barred account of the rocky path they faced and that many other married couples face. The book brings hope to those ready to walk away from their marriage and sheds light on making it work through the impossible.

Location: Street: Budweiser Brew House Additional: 601 Clark Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63102 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
12
TaraShea Nesbit: The Wives of Los Alamos (Tuesday, August 12 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

They arrived in New Mexico ready for - or resigned to - adventure. Though they were strangers, they joined together - adapting to a landscape as fierce as it was absorbing, full of the banalities of everyday life and the drama of scientific discovery. The wives of Los Alamos, by Wash U graduate TaraShea Nesbit, is a testament to a remarkable group of real-life women and an exploration of a crucial, largely unconsidered aspect of one of the most monumental research projects in modern history.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
13
Hampton Sides: In the Kingdom of Ice (Wednesday, August 13 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

In the late 19th century, James Gordon Bennett, the owner of The New York Herald, funded an official U.S. naval expedition to reach the North Pole. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the crew found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies. Facing everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival.

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Location: Street: St. Louis County Library - Headquarters Additional: 1640 S. Lindbergh City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
19
Shakespeare Festival Reads: King Lear (Tuesday, August 19 at 7pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of King Lear by William Shakespeare!

Left Bank Books - Central West End

King Lear is Shakespeare's bleakest and profoundest tragedy, a searing dramatization of humankind at the edge of apocalypse that explores the family and the nature of being with passion, poetry, and dark humor.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books - Central West End Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
20
Summer Reading Rainbow: Landline (Wednesday, August 20 at 00am)
Left Bank Books - Central West End

12pm-1:30pm & 7:30pm-9pm

Spend the Summer of 2014 Reading Rainbow Rowell with Left Bank Books!

We'll meet on the 3rd Wednesday of May, June, July & August & we're going to meet twice on those days: once at noon and once at 7:30pm. The group will gather downstairs in the Central West End store. Please RSVP to Jonesey at jonesey@left-bank.com or call 314-367-6731 if you're interested.

This month we're reading Landline: Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. Two days before they're supposed to visit her husband, Neil's, family for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal she can't go. When her husband and kids leave for the airport, George wonders if she's finally ruined everything. But when she discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past, Georgie feels like she's been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books - Central West End Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
20
Carl Weber: The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride (Wednesday, August 20 at 7pm)
St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch

Three years ago, Bishop T. K. Wilson's church, First Jamaica Ministries, was on the verge of bankruptcy, and his only real hope was young, hotheaded, womanizing choir director Aaron Mackie. Together, the unlikely duo saved First Jamaica Ministries from financial ruin. Now during his own hour of need, Aaron turns to the bishop for help. Unfortunately, the line he asks T. K. to cross will force the bishop to choose between faith and friendship, or as he puts it, "between heaven and hell."

Location: Street: St. Louis Public Library - Schlafly Branch Additional: 225 N Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
27
Novel Ideas Reading Group: A Tale for the Time Being (Wednesday, August 27 at 12pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki!

Left Bank Books

A brilliant, unforgettable, and long-awaited novel from bestselling author Ozeki. In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
28
Gay Men's Reading Group: Running with Scissors (Thursday, August 28 at 7:30pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs!

Left Bank Books (downstairs)

The author of Sellevision describes his bizarre coming-of-age years after his adoption by his mother's psychiatrist, during which he witnessed such misadventures as a fake suicide attempt, a pedophile's life in a barn, and front-lawn family/patient sleepovers.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Aug
29
Roxane Gay: Bad Feminist (Friday, August 29 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django Unchained) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
30
Writers Read Reading Group: The Luminaries (Saturday, August 30 at 4pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton!

Left Bank Books - Central West End

It is 1866, and young Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have men in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky.

Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books - Central West End Additional: 399 N. Euclid City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
2
Susan Vreeland: Lisette's List (Tuesday, September 2 at 7pm)
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Ticket Information: $30 admits one and includes one copy of Lisette's List. $35 admits two, includes one copy of Lisette's List, and $5 will be rebateable towards the purchase of another copy of Lisette's List at the event. Tickets available at susanvreeland.brownpapertickets.com.

From the bestselling author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue comes a richly imagined story of a woman's awakening to the power of art, to the beauty of provincial life, and to love in the midst of war. In 1937, young Lisette Roux and her husband move from Paris to a village in Provence. Lisette regrets having to give up her dream of becoming a gallery apprentice and longs for the comforts and sophistication of Paris. But as she soon discovers, the hilltop town is rich with unexpected pleasures.

Location: Street: Ethical Society of St. Louis Additional: 9001 Clayton Rd. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63117 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
3
Bill Donius: Thought Revolution (Wednesday, September 3 at 7pm)
St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch

Discover your hidden brainpower with this newly expanded guide to the simple but powerful technique that unlocks potential in all areas of your life. Former banker and CEO, St. Louis's own Bill Donius, drove his bank's eightfold growth over twelve years. And the surprising secret to his success is something we all have access to, right in our own two hands. The methodology described in Thought Revolution shows how your non-dominant hand serves as a direct pipeline to the right brain's wisdom.

Location: Street: St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch Additional: 1301 Olive St. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63103 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
4
Curtis Sittenfeld: Sisterland (Thursday, September 4 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library

Born with peculiar psychic abilities, Kate and her identical twin, Violet, knew from an early age they were unlike everyone else. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them. Years later, their different paths are about to collide through a devastating premonition.

Location: Street: St. Louis County Libray Additional: 1640 S. Lindbergh City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Sep
8
Fall In Love Tour: Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover, & Abbi Glines (Monday, September 8 at 7pm)
St. Charles City-County Library - Spencer Road Branch

Please register for this event here!

Don't miss your chance to Fall in Love with new titles from your favorite contemporary romance authors on Atria's second Indie Author Tour featuring #1 New York Times bestselling superstars Abbi Glines, Colleen Hoover and Jamie McGuire!

The unforgettable story of Grant and Harlow from Take a Chance continues in One More Chance, a brand-new novel in the Rosemary Beach series from bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with a new heart-wrenching love story, Ugly Love, in which Tate Collins attempts to stick to the only two rules airline pilot Miles Archer has for her: Never ask about the past, and don't expect a future.

And Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenom continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in the Maddox Brothers series, Beautiful Oblivion.

Location: Street: St. Charles City-County Library - Spencer Road Branch Additional: 427 Spencer Rd. City: St. Peters, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63376 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)

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