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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

Aug
23
Storytime with Miss Jonesey (Saturday, August 23 at 10:30am)
Join Miss Jonesey in the Blue Room on Saturday, August 23rd to read Peanut Butter & Cupcake by Terry Border. Peanut Butter is new to town. Walking around the park, he meets many different people, but will he find a friend? Find out during Storytime! All are welcome, the books are chosen to appeal to anyone between the ages of 1 to however many years. If you have any questions, please feel free to email jonesey@left-bank.com or call us at 314-367-6731. Books we're reading this week:

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
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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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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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
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
3
Great Novels of the 22nd Century: Nova (Wednesday, September 3 at 7:30pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Nova by Samuel Delaney!

Left Bank Books

Science fiction master Delany's novel is the story of Lorq von Ray, an intrepid spaceship captain determined to travel through the core of a recently imploded sun. Wise, witty, and whirlingly paced, this tale is the highest order of speculative fiction as it casts a new light on some of humanity's oldest truths and most enduring myths.

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

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Location: Street: Left Bank Book Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 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)
Sep
8
Observable Readings: Jessica Baran and David J. Daniels (Monday, September 8 at 7:30pm)
Llywelyn's Pub - Central West End

Jessica Baran is the author of two poetry collections: Equivalents and Remains to Be Used. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in A Public Space, Aufgabe, BOMB Magazine, among other journals. She teaches at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts and is the director of fort gondo compound for the arts.

David J. Daniels is the author of Clean, winner of the Four Way Books Intro Prize, and two chapbooks, Breakfast in the Suburbs and Indecency, which won the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. He teaches in the University Writing Program at the University of Denver. His recent work appears in Boston Review, Pleiades, and Indiana Review, among others.

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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Sep
9
Julia Gibson: Copper Magic (Tuesday, September 9 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

The year is 1906, and on the shores of Lake Michigan 12-year-old Violet Blake unearths an ancient talisman. Violet is certain that the copper hand is magic, and if anyone is in need of its powers, it’s Violet. Her mother and baby brother are gone. Her heartbroken father can’t seem to sustain the failing farm. Surely the magic of the copper hand can restore her fractured family. But Violet's carelessness unleashes formidable powers, and her attempts to control them jeopardizes her entire 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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Sep
10
Maryville Talks Books: Piper Kerman: Orange is the New Black (Wednesday, September 10 at 7pm)
Maryville University Auditorium

Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books present Piper Kerman, bestselling author of Orange Is the New Black.

In her compelling, moving, and often hilarious memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison, Piper Kerman recounts the 15 months that she spent in the Danbury Correctional Facility for a crime she had committed ten years prior as a very brief, very careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking, and the stories of the women she met while in prison. The memoir was adapted into an original Netflix series of the same name.

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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Sep
11
Katherine Pickett: Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Industry Like a Pro (Thursday, September 11 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Perfect Bound takes aspiring authors through the complete book publishing process, detailing who they will work with at each stage of production, what they can expect along the way, and what is expected of them in return. Each chapter also highlights the major mistakes that sideline unsuspecting authors and carefully explains how to avoid them. Authors will save time, money, and embarrassment when they are prepared for what’s ahead on the road to publication.

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

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Sep
15
Ann Leckie: Ancilliary Justice (Monday, September 15 at 7pm)
St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch, Carnegie Room

Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke awards! On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Years ago, Breq was Justice of Toren—a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose—to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch.

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)
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Sep
15
River Styx: Amit Majumdar and Murray Farrish (Monday, September 15 at 7:30pm)
Tavern of Fine Arts

Amit Majumdar is the author of the poetry collections 0˚, 0˚, which was a finalist for a Poetry Society of America’s Norma Faber First Book Award, and Heaven and Earth, which poet A.E. Stallings chose for a Donald Justice prize. His poetry has been featured in several anthologies, including Best of the Best American Poetry 1988–2012 and The Norton Introduction to Literature.

Murray Farish's short stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, Epoch, Roanoke Review, and Black Warrior Review, among others. His work has been awarded the William Peden Prize, the Phoebe Fiction Prize, and the Donald Barthelme Memorial Fellowship Prize. Farish lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he teaches writing and literature at Webster University.

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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Sep
16
Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna: The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School (Tuesday, September 16 at 4pm)
Left Bank Books

Turn little pouts into big smiles! Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math--until he's reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills in The pout-pout fish goes to school!

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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
16
Shakespeare Festival Reads: Fool (Tuesday, September 16 at 7pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Fool by Christopher Moore!

Left Bank Books - Central West End

The wildly inventive New York Times-bestselling author of You Suck! offers this modern take on King Lear. It's 1288, and the king's Fool, Pocket, and his dimwit apprentice, Drool, set out to clean up the mess Lear has made of his kingdom.

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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: $35 admits one and includes one copy of My Prairie Cookbook. $40 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 10:30am)
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 Booke 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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