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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

Apr
15
Shakespeare Festival Reads: Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 (Tuesday, April 15 at 7pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Henry IV: Part 1 & Henry IV: Part 2 by William Shakespeare!

Left Bank Books - Central West End

Part 1: Henry IV sits on a usurped throne, his conscience and his nobles in revolt, while his son Hal is immersed in a self-indulgent life of revelry with the notorious Sir John Falstaff. Shakespeare explores questions of kingship and honor in this masterly mingling of history, comedy, and tragedy.

Part 2: After defeat at the Battle of Shrewsbury the rebels regroup. But Prince Hal's reluctance to inherit the crown threatens to destroy the ailing Henry IV's dream of a lasting dynasty. Shakespeare's portrait of the prodigal son's journey from youth to maturity embraces the full panorama of society.

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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Apr
16
Anne Perry: Death on Blackheath (Wednesday, April 16 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Anne Perry's superb bestselling Victorian-era novels are loved by readers far and wide. Now, with this new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery, Pitt must investigate a mysterious murder at the home of one of Britain's most valuable scientists and is saddled with a conspiracy so devilishly clever that it may ruin him. Only Anne Perry could have created the tense unfolding of love and betrayal that follows. Death on Blackheath is rich with fascinating characters, authentic period flavor, and a haunting denouement.

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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Apr
17
Shelia Moses: The Sittin' Up (Thursday, April 17 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books - Central West End

When Mr. Bro. Wiley, Bean's adopted grandfather and the patriarch of their sharecropping community, dies in the summer of 1940, Bean and his very best friend Pole are some kind of hurt. Despite their grief, they are proud and excited to be included in their very first Sittin' Up--a wake for the dead. Bean and Pole know this special week will be one to remember.

For directions and public transportation information, click here.Parking: Lots one block north and one block east; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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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Apr
17
Lesbian Reading Group: Orange is the New Black (Thursday, April 17 at 7:30pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman!

Left Bank Books - Central West End (downstairs)

A compelling, often hilarious, and unfailingly compassionate portrait of life inside a women's prison, Orange Is the New Black tells Kerman's dramatic story of her 15 months behind bars.

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 (downstairs) Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
19
Storytime Easter Egg Hunt (Saturday, April 19 at 10:30am)
Left Bank Books - Downtown

Join us for our 3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Downtown store! Dan Killeen and Erin Hartung will be there to read to us all after the walk. Dan Killeen will read his book Tillie & Clementine and Erin Hartung will read her newest Enny Penny book - just in time for Easter!

Bring the whole family to the store for a book-friendly stroll down Bunny Hope Lane. Perfect for kids aged 2-8, although carry-ons, toddlers, and older siblings will find something to enjoy, as well. All are welcome, but space is limited, so please RSVP to jonesey@left-bank.com, or call 314-367-6731 and let a bookseller know you are planning to attend!

Parking: Lot at 10th and Olive; garage at 10th between Locust and Washington; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books - Downtown Additional: 321 N. 10th City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
19
Family Read Night with Lemony Snicket: File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (Saturday, April 19 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Paintings have been falling off of walls, a loud and loyal dog has gone missing, a specter has been seen walking the pier at midnight -- strange things are happening all over the town of Stain'd-By-The-Sea. Called upon to investigate thirteen suspicious incidents, young Lemony Snicket collects clues, questions witnesses, and cracks every case.

This event is free and open to the public. In order to enter the signing line, you must purchase a copy of File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents from Left Bank Books at the event or in advance (proof of receipt will be required). Lemony Snicket will sign all copies of File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents and the books in the All the Wrong Questions series, plus one other title.

Location: Street: St. Louis County Library - Headquarters Additional: 1640 S. Lindbergh City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63121 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
22
World Book Night Givers Appreciation Reception (Tuesday, April 22 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books - Central West End

World Book Night Givers both past and present are invited to this special Givers Appreciation Reception! Pick up your books and share your personal World Book Night stories: why you chose your book and where you gave (or will be giving!) them out. Wine and cheese will be available. Everyone is welcome!

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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Apr
23
World Book Night (Wednesday, April 23 at 00am)
Left Bank Books joins book lovers all over the world to celebrate reading. We will be an official pick up spot for book givers to get their books.
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Apr
23
Novel Ideas: Life After Life (Wednesday, April 23 at 12pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of Life After Life by Kate Atkinson!

Left Bank Books - Downtown

In 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, and embarks upon a life that will be unusual. Does Ursula's infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny?

Parking: Lot at 10th and Olive; garage at 10th between Locust and Washington; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books - Downtown Additional: 321 N. 10th City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
24
Dee Williams: The Big Tiny (Thursday, April 24 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books - Downtown

The Big Tiny is a graceful, inspired memoir about building a home from scratch and discovering a true sense of self--in just 84 square feet--by Dee Williams, a pioneer in sustainable living and the proud owner of a very tiny house.

Parking: Lot at 10th and Olive; garage at 10th between Locust and Washington; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books - Downtown Additional: 321 N. 10th City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
25
Chris Leonard: The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business (Friday, April 25 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books - Central West End

In the tradition of Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation, The Meat Racket is truly the first-ever account of how a handful of firms have seized our nation’s meat supply and created a system that puts farmers on the edge of bankruptcy, hikes up Americans’ grocery bills, and places the greatest capitalist country in the world under an oligarchy controlling much of the food we eat. Leonard, is an investigative journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on national agribusiness.

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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Apr
26
Writers Read: May We Be Forgiven (Saturday, April 26 at 4pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of May We Be Forgiven by AM Homes!

Left Bank Books - Downtown

Harold has spent a lifetime watching his younger brother acquire success. But Harold knows his brother has a murderous temper, and when he loses control the result is an act of violence so shocking that both brothers are hurled into entirely new lives.

Parking: Lot at 10th and Olive; garage at 10th between Locust and Washington; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books - Downtown Additional: 321 N. 10th City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
29
Kristopher Jansma: The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards (Tuesday, April 29 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books - Downtown

As early as he can remember, the narrator of this remarkable novel has wanted to become a writer. From the jazz clubs of Manhattan to the villages of Sri Lanka, Kristopher Jansma's hopelessly unreliable--yet hopelessly earnest--narrator will be haunted by the success of his greatest friend and literary rival, the brilliant Julian McGann, and endlessly enamored with Evelyn, the green-eyed girl who got away. A profound exploration of the nature of truth and storytelling, this delightful picaresque tale heralds Jansma as a bold, new American voice.

Watch a book trailer for The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards here!

Wine and beer available for purchase, provided by The Vino Gallery.

Parking: Lot at 10th and Olive; garage at 10th between Locust and Washington; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books - Downtown Additional: 321 N. 10th City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
30
Kenneth Oppel: The Boundless (Wednesday, April 30 at 6:30pm)
St. Charles City-County Library - Spencer Rd. Branch

Read St. Louis presents Kenneth Oppel. "The Boundless," the greatest train ever built, is on its maiden voyage across the country, and first-class passenger Will Everett is about to embark on the adventure of his life! When Will ends up in possession of the key to a train car containing priceless treasures, he becomes the target of sinister figures from his past. In order to survive, Will must join a traveling circus, enlisting the aid of Mr. Dorian, the ringmaster and leader of the troupe, and Maren, a girl his age who is an expert escape artist.

Location: Street: St. Charles City-County Library - Spencer Rd. Branch Additional: 427 Spencer Rd. City: Saint Peters, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63376 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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May
1
Great Novels of the 22nd Century: The Lathe of Heaven (Thursday, May 1 at 7:30pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuin!

Left Bank Books - Central West End

This classic science fiction novel offers "a rare and powerful synthesis of poetry and science, reason and emotion" (The New York Times). In the year 2002, George Orr discovers his dreams can--and do--change the world.

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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May
4
Adam Patric Miller: A Greater Monster (Sunday, May 4 at 3pm)
Left Bank Books - Central West End

In this remarkable, quietly piercing book-length rumination, Adam Miller demonstrates all the necessary assets of a first-rate personal essayist: an elegant prose style, acute observational powers, humanity, curiosity, erudition, humor, modesty and honesty. Whether he is writing about Bach, Bruce Chatwin, the shenanigans of his students, the marketing of classical music, his down-and-out biological painter-father and his worldly, successful stepfather, a collapsing marriage, a lame party of academics, his aching love for his children, or simply the signs he sees in passing on the road, he finds a way to engage us utterly. --Phillip Lopate

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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May
5
Barbara Bonner: Inspiring Generosity (Monday, May 5 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books - Central West End

Inspiring Generosity is an invitation to savor a sampling of the very best inspirations on the subject of generosity. It includes fourteen contemporary stories of "generosity heroes" whose lives have been transformed by the power of generosity. Sprinkled throughout these stories are writings and quotes from Shakespeare, Wendell Berry, Winston Churchill, Maya Angelou, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Anne Frank, and many others.

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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May
6
Jim Merkel: The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, the Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch (Tuesday, May 6 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books - Central West End

The Gateway Arch is one of America's most distinctive and beloved national monuments. Much has been written about the Arch, but no book has captured the legend, lore, and spirit behind its conception and construction, until now. The Making of an Icon compiles well-known, and rare, stories about the visionaries, finaglers, protesters, and fearless-but-skilled hands involved in an incredible undertaking that courted as much controversy as it did enthusiasm.

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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May
7
LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded (Wednesday, May 7 at 6:30pm)
Left Bank Books - Downtown

Join author Jason Frye and members of the 501st Legion to celebrate LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary: Updated and Expanded, which provides detailed and annotated photography giving insight into the characters, locations, creatures, and spacecraft of the LEGO galaxy far, far away. Young Padawans will learn the ins and outs about their favorite vehicles, weapons, and minifigues such as Anakin, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader.

Parking: Lot at 10th and Olive; garage at 10th between Locust and Washington; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books - Downtown Additional: 321 N. 10th City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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May
8
Kate Christensen: Blue Plate Special (Thursday, May 8 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

In the tradition of M.F.K. Fisher, Laurie Colwin, and Ruth Reichl, Blue Plate Special is a narrative in which food--eating it, cooking it, reflecting on it--becomes the vehicle for unpacking a life. Christensen explores her history of hunger--not just for food but for love and confidence and a sense of belonging--with a profound honesty, starting with her unorthodox childhood in 1960s Berkeley as the daughter of a mercurial legal activist who ruled the house with his fist.

Location: Street: St. Louis County Library - Headquarters Additional: 1640 S. Linbergh City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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May
9
Dark Days Tour: Kimberly Derting, Danielle Paige, Kelley Armstrong, & Kiera Cass (Friday, May 9 at 7pm)
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Join four top Young Adult authors for a Q&A panel and booksigning! Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder series, discusses the first novel in her new series, The Taking. Danielle Paige discusses her debut novel, Dorothy Must Die, set in a Tarantino-esque Oz. Kelley Armstrong, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Darkest Powers series, discusses her new novel, Sea of Shadows. And #1 New York Times bestselling author Kiera Cass discusses The One, the final book in her Selection series.

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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May
10
Phil Cousineau: Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey Into Day (Saturday, May 10 at 2pm)
Left Bank Books - Downtown

In Burning the Midnight Oil, Wordwrangler extraordinaire Phil Cousineau has gathered an eclectic and electric collection of soulful poems and prose from great thinkers through the ages. Whether beguiling readers with glorious poetry or consoling them with prayers from fellow restless souls, Cousineau can relieve any insomniac's unease. From St. John of the Cross to Annie Dillard, Beethoven to The Song of Songs, this refreshingly insightful anthology will soothe and inspire all who struggle through the dark of the night.

Parking: Lot at 10th and Olive; garage at 10th between Locust and Washington; street parking (meters free after 7pm)

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Location: Street: Left Bank Books - Downtown Additional: 321 N. 10th City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63101 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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May
12
Elaine Viets: Catnapped! (Monday, May 12 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

The one thing celebrity Trish Barrymore and her no-account accountant husband, Mort, can agree on in their bitter divorce is shared cat custody. But when Mort is found brained by a mahogany cat tower, and Justine, their pedigreed Chartreux show cat, goes missing, Trish calls on Helen and Phil. Despite a ransom note from the catnapper, Trish is still the prime murder suspect in the eyes of the police. As they await the post-Mort-em, it's up to Helen and Phil to find the feline filcher and let the cat out of the bag.

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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May
12
Read This Play: The Revisionist (Monday, May 12 at 7:30pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of The Revisionist by Jesse Eisenberg!

Left Bank Books - Central West End (downstairs)

In The Revisionist, young writer David arrives in Poland with a crippling case of writer's block and a desire to be left alone. His seventy-five-year-old second cousin Maria welcomes him with a fervent need to connect with her distant American family. As their relationship develops, she reveals details about her postwar past that test their ideas of what it means to be a family.

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 (downstairs) Additional: 399 N. Euclid Ave. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63108 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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May
13
Kathryn Hamm and Thea Dodds: The New Art of Capturing Love (Tuesday, May 13 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books - Central West End

Featuring a collection of more than 180 same-sex portraits from 46 photographers, this guide is proudly the first--and most comprehensive--of its kind. Whether you are a wedding photographer looking to enter this burgeoning market, or a gay or lesbian couple looking for visual inspiration, these gorgeous images will both instruct and inspire.

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

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