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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/

Events: http://www.left-bank.com/event

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

Sep
17
Summer Never Ends Reading Group: Please Ignore Vera Dietz (Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King!

Left Bank Books

We spent the summer Reading Rainbow. But summer doesn't have to end! Join us now as we read the novels of A.S. King, acclaimed author of six YA novels and one collection of short fiction for adults.

When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high-school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear his name. Winner of the 2011 Printz Honor Award.Please RSVP to Jonesey at jonesey@left-bank.com or call 314-367-6731.

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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Sep
18
Ben Ross: Dead End (Thursday, September 18 at 7pm)
UIC Architecture

More than five decades have passed since Jane Jacobs wrote her classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities, yet sprawl persists, and not by mistake. As an activist and a scholar, Benjamin Ross is uniquely placed to diagnose why this is so. Dead end traces how the ideal of a safe, green, orderly retreat where hardworking members of the middle class could raise their children away from the city mutated into the McMansion and strip mall-ridden suburbs of today. This event is co-sponsored by NextSTL.

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

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Location: Street: UIC Architecture Additional: 1607 Tower Grove Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63110 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
18
Maryville Talks Books: Reza Aslan: Zealot (Thursday, September 18 at 7pm)
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books present acclaimed scholar of religions and author of No God But God Reza Aslan for his new book, Zealot.

Ticket Information: $20 admits one and includes one paperback copy of Zealot. $25 admits two, includes one paperback copy of Zealot, and $5 will be rebatable towards the purchase of another copy at the event. Tickets available at zealot.brownpapertickets.com.

From the international bestselling author of No God But God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine. The result is a singularly brilliant portrait of a man, a time, and the birth of a religion.

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
18
Lesbian Reading Group: Chronology of Water (Thursday, September 18 at 7:30pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch!

Left Bank Books

Yuknavitch expertly moves the reader through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong-swimmer-turned-artist who journeys through addiction, self-destruction, and ultimately survival that finally comes in the shape of love and motherhood.

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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Sep
19
An Evening with Melissa Gilbert: My Prairie Cookbook (Friday, September 19 at 7pm)
Maryville University Auditorium

Ticket Information: $30 admits one and includes one copy of My Prairie Cookbook. $35 admits two, includes one copy of My Prairie Cookbook, and $5 is rebatable towards the purchase of a second copy of My Prairie Cookbook at the event. Tickets available at melissagilbert.brownpapertickets.com.

In My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours, Melissa Gilbert, star of Little House on the Prairie, offers fans comforting family recipes and childhood favorites. From prairie breakfasts and picnic lunches to treats inspired by Nellie's restaurant, the 80 simple and delicious dishes - crispy fried chicken, pot roasts, corn bread, apple pie, and more - present Bonnet Heads with the chance to eat like the Ingalls family.

Location: Street: Maryville University Auditorium Additional: 650 Maryville University Dr. City: St. Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63141 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
20
St. Louis Public Radio Presents: Public Radio...In Person: Lunch with David Isay (Saturday, September 20 at 12pm)
Clayton Sheraton Plaza - Fleur de Lys Room

David Isay is the founder and president of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody Awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including three StoryCorps books: Listening is an act of love, Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps - all New York Times bestsellers. Tickets available at metrotix.com.

Location: Street: Clayton Sheraton Plaza - Fleur de Lys Room Additional: 7730 Bonhomme Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63105 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Sep
20
Annie Barrows: Magic in the Mix (Saturday, September 20 at 6pm)
St. Louis County Library - Daniel Boone Branch

From best-selling Ivy and Bean author Annie Barrows comes the much-anticipated sequel to The Magic Half. Life seems to be back to normal for "newly twinned" sisters Miri and Molly until their magical house sends them on a new time-traveling adventure to the Civil War, where they must risk everything to save two unusual soldiers and come to terms with the emotional truth about Molly's past.

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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Sep
22
Gailmarie Pahmeier: The Rural Lives of Nice Girls (Monday, September 22 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Gailmarie Pahmeier’s poems are lush, cinematic narratives from a singular American female voice — mesmerizing in their grace, masterful in their craft. The Rural Lives of Nice Girls creates a world of longing and loss across the barrooms and front porches of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Nevada, revealing a "geography of magic and shame."

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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Sep
23
Phil Klay: Redeployment (Tuesday, September 23 at 7pm)
St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch

Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.

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
24
Novel Ideas Reading Group: Burial Rites (Wednesday, September 24 at 12pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Burial rites by Hannah Kent!

Left Bank Books

Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Toti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.

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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Sep
24
Nancy Horan: Under the Wide and Starry Sky (Wednesday, September 24 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Under the Wide and Starry Sky chronicles the unconventional love affair of Scottish literary giant Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They meet in rural France in 1875, when Fanny, having run away from her philandering husband back in California, takes refuge there with her children. Stevenson too is escaping from his life, running from family pressure to become a lawyer. And so begins a turbulent love affair that will last two decades and span the world.

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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Sep
25
Shelley Shepard Gray: Joyful (Thursday, September 25 at 7pm)
St. Charles City-County Library - Spencer Road Branch

A young Amish couple gets a second chance at love in Shelley Shepard Gray’s final book of her Return to Sugarcreek series. When his brother offers Elizabeth Nolt a job to be their cook and maid, Randall Beiler is furious — and guilty about the way he treated her after a year together. Elizabeth wants to be loved for herself — not because she’s good at running a household. If Randall really wants something more than a pretty housekeeper, he must find a way to show her - or risk losing her.

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)
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Sep
25
Gay Men's Reading Group: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Thursday, September 25 at 7:30pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter By Carson Mccullers!

Left Bank Books (downstairs)

With the publication of her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers' finest work. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s.

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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Sep
27
Author Breakfast with Laura Benedict, Heather Brewer, John Dalton & Irene Hannon (Saturday, September 27 at 09:30am)
St. Louis Public Library - Carondolet Branch

Please register for this event by calling 314.752.9224.

Laura Benedict's suspense novel is Bliss House, praised as "Eerie, seductive, and suspenseful," by Edgar Award-winner Meg Gardiner. Laura is also the author of Devil's Oven, a modern Frankenstein tale. A Cincinnati native, Laura grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and lives with her family in the southern wilds of the Midwest.

Heather Brewer grew up on a diet of Twilight Zone and books by Stephen King. She chased them down with every drop of horror she could find - in books, movie theaters, on television. Heather doesn't believe in happy endings...unless they involve blood. She lives in St. Louis with her husband and two children.

John Dalton is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His first novel, Heaven Lake, won the Barnes and Noble 2004 Discover Award. He grew up outside St. Louis, and has lived in Taiwan, Iowa, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. Presently he is director of the University of Missouri-St. Louis MFA program.

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty romantic suspense and contemporary romance novels, including the Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have been honored with two RITA Awards, a Carol award, and two HOLT Medallions, among others. She lives in Missouri.

Location: Street: St. Louis Public Library - Carondelet Branch Additional: 6800 Michigan Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63111 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
27
Writers Read Reading Group: Blood Meridian (Saturday, September 27 at 4pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy!

Left Bank Books - Central West End

An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the "wild west." Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into the nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving.

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
29
Scott Westerfeld (Monday, September 29 at 7pm)
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the Leviathan series, the first book of which was the winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. His other novels include the New York Times bestselling Uglies series, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy. Visit him at ScottWesterfeld.com or follow him on Twitter at @ScottWesterfeld. (added from Simon & Schuster)
Oct
1
Monica Lieser: 14 Days of Foreplay (Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Have you ever noticed an affectionate couple and wonder what their secret is? Realizing that simple gestures and interactions count as foreplay adds a special intention to how couples communicate with each other all day long. 14 Days of Foreplay helps couples initiate conversations and interactions that build intimacy. Marriage and family therapist Monica Lieser offer simple, creative strategies to improve the way couples relate on a daily, and nightly, basis.

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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Oct
1
Great Novels of the 22nd Century: Case of Conscience (Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Case of Conscience by James Blish!

Left Bank Books

Father Ruiz-Sanchez, a priest and scientist, is sent to Lithia, where he comes upon a race of aliens who are admirable in every way except for their total reliance on cold reason, which makes them incapable of faith or belief.

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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Oct
2
RA Salvatore: Rise of the King, Companions Codex II (Thursday, October 2 at 7pm)
Municipal Library Consortium - Webster Groves Public Library

In the second book of the Companions Codex, the latest series in the New York Times best-selling saga of dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden, R.A. Salvatore picks up with the fan-favorite storyline of dwarf king Bruenor Battlehammer and his bloody feud with the orc kingdom of Many Arrows. This event is presented by Archon STL.

Location: Street: Municipal Library Consortium - Webster Groves Public Library Additional: 301 E Lockwood Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63119 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
Oct
3
Anthony Marra: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Friday, October 3 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

The Natural Bridge Debut Writers Series presents Anthony Marra, author of A constellation of vital phenomena. Stegner Fellow, Iowa MFA, and winner of The Atlantic's Student Writing Contest, Marra has written a brilliant debut novel that brings to life an abandoned hospital in Chechnya where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbor a hunted young girl, with powerful consequences.

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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Oct
6
Ellen Stimson: Good Grief (Monday, October 6 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

One vacation changed everything. Ellen Stimson and her husband had such a wonderful time in Vermont that they wondered what living there would really be like. What if we stayed here...forever? So began the series of adventures and misadventures of Ellen Stimson's hilarious first book, Mud Season. Now, having settled the family in Vermont's rich muddy soil, they are faced with new challenges of raising kids in the paradise of this very small, very rural town.

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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Oct
7
Lauren Oliver: Rooms (Tuesday, October 7 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Estranged patriarch Richard Walker has died, leaving behind a country house full of Rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His alienated family have arrived for their inheritance. But the Walkers are not alone. Alice and Sandra, two long-dead and restless ghosts, linger within the house's claustrophobic walls. The living and dead are haunted by painful truths that surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, the spirit and human worlds collide--with cataclysmic results.

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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Oct
8
Jane Smiley: Some Luck (Wednesday, October 8 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres: a heartwarming, deeply engaging new novel about the life and times of an American farm family over three transformative decades, certain to become an instant classic. On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different yet equally remarkable children.

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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Oct
9
Fierce Reads Tour: Gennifer Albin, Jessica Brody, Nikki Kelly and Marissa Meyer (Thursday, October 9 at 7pm)
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Cyborgs, Grisha, witches and contemporary filled with breakups, makeups, & everything in between! Celebrate fierce books with YA authors Gennifer Albin, Jessica Brody, Nikki Kelly, and Marissa Meyer!

Gennifer Albin's Unraveled is the breathtaking finale to the Crewel World trilogy. Adelice returns to Arras, and soon discovers that she is not alone and must choose between an unimaginable alliance and a war that could destroy everyone she loves.

Jessica Brody's Unforgotten is the second book in the Unremembered Trilogy. After a daring escape from the scientists who created her, Seraphina believes that she and Zen are finally safe from the horrors of her past, only to discover that new threats await them.

Nikki Kelly's Lailah is the first book in the Styclar Saga. The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues who she really is, or her name. But there is a face in her dreams. She knows his name is Gabriel.

Marissa Meyer's Cress is the third book in The Lunar Chronicles. Cinder and Captain Thorne are plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood.

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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Oct
11
Graeme Simsion (Saturday, October 11 at unknown time)
Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant with an international reputation. His screen adaptation of The Rosie Project won the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy Script and has been optioned by Sony Pictures. Graeme lives in Australia with his wife, Anne, and their two children, and is currently working on a sequel to The Rosie Project. (added from Simon & Schuster)

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