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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

Dec
17
Novel Ideas Reading Group: Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves (Wednesday, December 17 at 12pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves by Dave Lowry!A rollicking debut novel about a young man who gets kicked out of college, becomes a Chinese restaurant chef, and inadvertently gets in the middle of a Chinese gang's search for their stolen diamonds.

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Dec
17
Summer Never Ends Reading Group: Glory O'Brien's History of the Future (Wednesday, December 17 at 7:30pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King!Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities - but not for Glory, who has no plan for what's next. Her mother killed herself when Glory was only four years old, and she's never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way - until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person's infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions - and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying.

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Dec
18
Lesbian Reading Group: Blue is the Warmest Color (Thursday, December 18 at 7:30pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh!

Left Bank Books

A tenderly told graphic novel for adults about a young woman who becomes captivated by a girl with blue hair.

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Jan
7
Great Novels of the 22nd Century Reading Group: Leviathan Wakes (Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey!

Humanity has colonized the solar system. Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, "The Scopuli," they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted.

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Jan
13
Priya Parmar: Vanessa and Her Sister (Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

For fans of The Paris Wife comes a captivating novel that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of the painter Vanessa Bell, her sister the writer Virginia Woolf, and the controversial and popular circle of intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group. Virginia has always lived in the shelter of Vanessa's constant attention and encouragement. But as tragedy and betrayal threaten to destroy the family, Vanessa must decide if it is finally time to protect her own happiness above all else.

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Jan
14
Living True: Lesbian Women Share Stories of Faith (Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Marge O'Gorman discusses Living True: Lesbian Women Share Stories of Faith, an anthology of essays about Catholic spirituality from women who identify as lesbian or bisexual. The collection celebrates the courage of women who’ve not only “come out,” but who’ve come into an understanding and owning of self that offers the possibility of living authentically. The essays, contributed from women around the U.S., give voice to a verity whose expression is long overdue.

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Jan
14
Lisa Bloom: Suspicion Nation (Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:30pm)
JCC Staenberg Family Complex - Arts & Education Building

The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival presents a Community MLK Event with Lisa Bloom, author of Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Case and Why We Continue to Repeat It. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com/event/873317.

What went wrong behind the scenes in the Trayvon Martin case? Why does America endure so many tragic shootings like this one? Bestselling author, trial attorney, and NBC News analyst Lisa Bloom covered the murder trial and was appalled by what she witnessed. Suspicion Nation outlines the six biggest mistakes made by the state of Florida that guaranteed it would lose this "winnable case." For more information about the Jewish Book Festival, please visit stljewishbookfestival.org.

Location: Street: JCC Staenberg Family Complex - Arts and Education Building Additional: 2 Millstone Campus Drive City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63146 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jan
15
Lesbian Reading Group: Curious Wine (Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Curious wine by Katherine V. Forrest!The intimacy of a cabin at Lake Tahoe provides the combustible circumstances that bring Diana Holland and Lane Christianson together in this passionate novel of first discovery. Candid in its eroticism, intensely romantic, remarkably beautiful, Curious wine is a love story that will remain in your memory.

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Jan
19
River Styx: Kiki Petrosino and Eric Lundgren (Monday, January 19, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Tavern of Fine Arts

Kiki Petrosino was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of an African American mother and an Italian American father. She earned a BA from the University of Virginia, an MA in humanities from the University of Chicago, and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of Fort Red Border and Hymn for the Black Terrific. She co-edits Transom and currently teaches at the University of Louisiana. Eric Lundgren was born in Cleveland and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he turned to reading as a survival method in the winters. He studied at Lewis & Clark College and received his MFA from the Writing Program at Washington University, where he was awarded a third-year fellowship. His writing has appeared in Tin House, Quarterly West, and the Quarterly Conversation.

Location: Street: Tavern of Fine Arts Additional: 313 Belt Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63112 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jan
20
Graeme Simsion: The Rosie Effect (Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Get ready to fall in love all over again: Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back in this highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Rosie Project! The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they're about to face a new challenge because—surprise!—Rosie is pregnant. Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law.

For more information, please contact the St. Louis County Library at 314.994.3300.

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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Jan
20
Wendy Wax: While We Were Watching Downton Abbey (Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:30pm)
JCC Staenberg Family Complex - Arts and Education Building

The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival presents Downton Abbey Tea with Wendy Wax, author of While We Were Watching Downton Abbey. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com/event/873341.

Join author Wendy Wax for this fun-filled night of Downton-themed discussion, food, and drink. When the concierge of The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of Downton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and even more unexpectedly with each other.

For more information about the Jewish Book Festival, please visit stljewishbookfestival.org.

Location: Street: JCC Staenberg Family Complex - Arts and Education Building Additional: 2 Millstone Campus Drive City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63146 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jan
21
#FergusonReads Reading Group: The Other Wes Moore (Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore!

Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question.

What is #FergusonReads?

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Jan
22
An Invitation to the St. Louis Room (Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7pm)
St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch, Carnegie Room

A panel of distinguished St. Louis authors will discuss and sign their books about the Gateway City. Afterwards, patrons will tour the St. Louis Room which is considered to be the premier resource to those who are passionate about St. Louis history.

Edna Campos Gravenhorst is author of Southwest Garden, Benton Park West, and her new book is Famous-Barr: St. Louis Shopping at Its Finest.

John Wright, Ph. D., is author of Extraordinary Black Missourians: Pioneers, Leaders, Performers, and Athletes and Other Notables Who’ve Made History, St. Louis: Disappearing Black Communities, and Discovering African-American St. Louis: A Guide of Historic Sites.

For more information, please contact the St. Louis Public Library at 314.241.2288.

Location: Street: St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch, Carnegie Room Additional: 1301 Olive St. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63103 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Jan
22
Gay Men's Reading Group: Body Counts (Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Body Counts by Sean Strub!Sean Strub arrived in Washington, D.C. in 1976 harbouring a terrifying secret: his attraction to men. As Strub explored the capital's political and social circles, he discovered a parallel world where powerful men lived double lives shrouded in shame. When the AIDS epidemic hit in the early '80s, Strub turned to activism to combat discrimination and demand research. Strub takes readers through his own diagnosis and inside ACT UP, the activist organisation that transformed a stigmatised cause into one of the defining political movements of our time.

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Jan
24
Belinda Rathbone: The Boston Raphael (Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 4pm)
Left Bank BooksOn the eve of its centennial celebrations in 1969, the Boston MFA announced the acquisition of an unknown and uncatalogued painting attributed to Raphael. Soon, experts on both sides of the Atlantic lined up to debate its very authenticity. The Boston Raphael was a media sensation in its time, but the full story of the forces that converged on the museum and how they intersected with the challenges of the Sixties is now revealed in full detail by the director's daughter.

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Jan
28
Novel Ideas Reading Groups: Americanah (Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 12pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

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Jan
28
Ishmael Beah: The Radiance of Tomorrow (Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Ishmael Beah, author of A Long Way Gone, discuses his first novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone. Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends, return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. As they search for a way to restore order, they're forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike.

For more information, please contact the St. Louis County Library at 314.994.3300.

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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Jan
29
Michael Kahn: The Sirena Quest (Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Popular St. Louis mystery writer Michael Kahn presents a spin-off of his popular Rachel Gold legal suspense series starring intrepid St. Louis lawyer Lou Solomon. A wealthy alumnus of Barrett College has offered a $23 million reward for the return of a statue of a beautiful woman, Sirena, that’s been missing from the campus for 35 years. As his 20th class reunion looms, Lou agrees to join the quest and begins a haphazard and, at times illegal, cross-country mission with his three former roommates that is both deeply nostalgic and profoundly transformative.

For more information, please contact the St. Louis County Library at 314.994.3300.

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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Jan
31
Writers Read Reading Group: Middlemarch (Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 4pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot!This panoramic work – considered the finest novel in English by many critics – offers a complex look at English provincial life at a crucial historical moment, and, at the same time, dramatizes and explores some of the most potent myths of Victorian literature.

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Feb
4
Great Novels of the 22nd Century Reading Group: The Two of Them (Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of The Two of Them by Joanna Russ!Irene, a rebellious product of an American 1950s upbringing, has fled from a repressive and sexist society into a life of apparent equality and adventure as part of the elite Trans-Temporal Authority's cadre of travelers. Under the tutelage of Ernst, a friend/lover and teacher/father, Irene has achieved status and dignity. Irene and Ernst are assigned to a Muslim world where they meet Zubedeyeh, a young girl whose creativity is being transformed into madness by the male chauvinistic society in which she lives.

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Feb
7
Tavis Smiley: Death of a King (Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Martin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King's life, revealing the minister's trials and tribulations, all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty, and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy.

For more information, please contact the St. Louis County Library at 314.994.3300.

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Feb
9
Vida Prince: That's the Way it Was (Monday, February 9, 2015 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Segregation was a way of life in St. Louis, aptly called "the most southern city in the North." These thirteen oral histories describe the daily struggle that pervasive racism demanded but also share the tradition of self-respect that the African American community of St. Louis sought to build on its own terms. For more information, please contact the St. Louis County Library at 314.994.3300.

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Feb
9
Observable Readings: Lauren K. Alleyne, Ye Chun and Gary L. McDowell (Monday, February 9, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Llywelyn's Pub - Central West End

Lauren K. Alleyne is a native of Trinidad and Tobago. She is currently the Poet-in-Residence and an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Dubuque. Lauren is a Cave Canem graduate, and her work has been awarded prizes such as a 2012 Lyric Iowa Poetry Prize, the 2010 Small Axe Literary prize, and two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes (2009, 2011). She has been published in several journals and anthologies, including Crab Orchard Review, The Cimarron Review, and Black Arts Quarterly. Her debut collection of poems, Difficult Fruit, was published in 2014.

Ye Chun is the author of two books of poetry, Lantern Puzzle and Travel Over Water, as well as a novel in Chinese, Peach Tree in the Sea. Her translation of Hai Zi’s poetry, Wheat Has Ripened, is also forthcoming from Tupelo. She currently serves as the poetry editor of The Missouri Review and teaches at the University of Missouri where she is a PhD candidate. Gary L. McDowell was born and raised in suburban Chicago. He earned an MFA in Poetry from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in Contemporary Poetics and American Literature from Western Michigan University. He is the author of Weeping at a Stranger's Funeral; American Amen, winner of the 2009 Orphic Prize in Poetry; They Speak of Fruit; and The Blueprint. He’s the co-editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in journals such as Bellingham Review, Colorado Review, and Indiana Review, among others. He is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Belmont University.

Location: Street: Llywelyn's Pub - Central West End Additional: 4747 McPherson City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Feb
11
Samantha Shannon: The Mime Order (Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

The hotly anticipated sequel to the NYT bestselling The Bone Season. Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London. There are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust?

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Feb
12
Shelia Moses: Dark Girls (Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Black has never been more beautiful, witnessed by this magnificent collection featuring accomplished dark skinned-women from all walks of life. In Dark Girls, celebrities such as Lupita Nyong'o, Pauletta Washington, Cicely Tyson, Judge Mablean, Brandi and Karli Harvey, and twenty other outstanding women share intimate insights with Shelia Moses into what their dark skin means to them.

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