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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

Nov
25
Maryville Talks Books: Andy Cohen: The Andy Cohen Diaries (Tuesday, November 25 at 7pm)
SOLD OUT! All of the tickets for this event have been sold, but if you'd still like an autographed copy of The Andy Cohen Diaries you can order one HERE or by calling 314.367.6731.

Chaminade College Preparatory School - Skip Viragh Center for the Arts

Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books presents Bravo executive producer Andy Cohen for his new memoir, The Andy Cohen Diaries, in conversation with George Hodgman, author of Bettyville: A Memoir. The event will consist of a discussion and a meet-and-greet.

As a TV Producer and host of the smash late night show Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen has a front row seat to an exciting world not many get to see. In this dishy, detailed diary of one year in his life, Andy goes out on the town, drops names, hosts a ton of shows, becomes codependent with Real Housewives, makes trouble, calls his mom, drops some more names, and, while searching for love, finds it with a dog.

For more information, call 314.367.6731 or email info@left-bank.com.

Location: Street: Chaminade College Preparatory School - Skip Viragh Center for the Arts Additional: 425 S. Lindbergh City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Nov
28
Brennan at the Brew House presents Andy Cohen (Friday, November 28 at 10am)
Budweiser Brew House

Meet us at the Budweiser Brew House as KMOX’s Charlie Brennan welcomes Andy Cohen! Andy Cohen is a St. Louis native, the host of Bravo TV’s Watch What Happens Live and most recently the author of his new book, The Andy Cohen Diaries! Andy Cohen is always a great time so you don’t want to miss him live! Come with your questions and a big appetite!

Admission is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. To register, call 314.444.1827, and leave your name, telephone number, and number of reservations.

Location: Street: Budweiser Brew House Additional: 601 Clark Avenue City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63102 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Dec
3
Jan Brett: The Animals' Santa (Wednesday, December 3 at 5:30pm)
St. Charles City-County Library - Spencer Road Branch

Celebrate winter with Jan Brett, the beloved New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of many books for children. Brett presents the magical story of a little rabbit's first Christmas. After all the forest animals tell him about The Animals' Santa, he is excited to wake up on Christmas morning to find his own surprise. Note: Crowd size will determine if Jan will be able to sign books from home, but bookplates will be available if she is not able to sign all books. Register for this event here!

For more information, please contact the St. Charles City-County Library at 636.447.2320.

Location: Street: St. Charles City-County Library - Spencer Road Branch Additional: 427 Spencer Rd. City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63376 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Dec
3
Great Novels of the 22nd Century Reading Group: Dawn (Wednesday, December 3 at 7:30pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Dawn by Octavia Butler! Lilith lyapo awoke from a centuries-long sleep to find herself aboard the vast spaceship of the Oankali. Creatures covered in writhing tentacles, the Oankali had saved every surviving human from a dying, ruined Earth. They healed the planet, cured cancer, increased strength, and were now ready to help Lilith lead her people back to Earth--but for a price.

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

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Dec
6
Booksigning with Marilynne Bradley: Once Upon a Time in St. Louis (Saturday, December 6 at 1pm)
Left Bank Books

Stop by from 1pm-3pm during the Central West End Window Walk for an autograph session with local artist Marilynne Bradley, who will be signing copies of Once Upon a Time in St. Louis.

Released to mark the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding, this nostalgic sojourn through local history leads readers from the genius of Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase to the optimistic revelry of the 1904 World’s Fair to the raucous mood of Gaslight Square’s cultural renaissance to the hot dog-scented ambiance of Busch Stadium during a Cardinal victory.

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

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Dec
8
Observable Readings: Jennifer Perrine and Phillip B. Williams (Monday, December 8 at 7:30pm)
Llywelyn's Pub - Central West End

Jennifer Perrine is the author of No Confession, No Mass, winner of the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry; In the Human Zoo, recipient of the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize; and The Body is No Machine, winner of the 2008 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry. Jennifer teaches courses in creative writing and social justice and directs the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Phillip B. Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels and Burn. Williams is a Cave Canem graduate and the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Kenyon Review Online, The Southern Review, and others. Williams is currently a Chancellor’s Graduate fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, where he is completing an MFA in creative writing.

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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Dec
9
Richard Ford: Let Me Be Frank With You (Tuesday, December 9 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

In his trio of acclaimed novels portraying the life of an entire American generation, Richard Ford has imagined one of the most indelible and widely discussed characters in modern literature, Frank Bascombe. Through Bascombe, we've witnessed the aspirations, sorrows, longings, achievements and failings of an American life in the twilight of the twentieth century. Now, in Let Me Be Frank With You, Ford reinvents Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in four richly luminous narratives.

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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Dec
10
Jane Ellen Ibur: Both Wings Flappin', Still Not Flyin' (Wednesday, December 10 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

One glance at recent headlines and the raw wounds and searing fissures of continuing racial tension are immediately apparent. A remedy: Apply the balm of soothing words about a loving relationship. That’s Ibur’s prescription in her new poetry and prose collection, Both Wings Flappin’, Still Not Flyin’. The continuous thread is the development of a deep and lasting maternal/child bond, formed between a young white girl and an older black woman who was in the employ of the girl’s family.

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

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Dec
15
Gay Men's Reading Group: Gender Failure (Monday, December 15 at 7:30pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Gender Failure by Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon!

Based on their acclaimed 2012 live show that toured across the United States and in Europe, Gender Failure is a poignant collection of autobiographical essays, lyrics, and images documenting Ivan and Rae's personal journeys from Gender Failure to gender enlightenment. Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, it's a book that will touch LGBTQ readers and others, revealing, with candor and insight, that gender comes in more than two sizes.

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

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Dec
16
Shakespeare Festival Reads: William Shakespeare's Star Wars (Tuesday, December 16 at 7pm)
Join us for a reading group discussion of William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher!

Left Bank Books - Central West End

A retelling of Star wars in the style of Shakespeare, in which a wise Jedi knight, an evil Sith lord, a beautiful captive princess, and a young hero coming of age reflect the valor and villainy of the Bard's greatest plays.

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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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

Living True: Lesbian Women Share Stories of Faith is 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.

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

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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
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
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.

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

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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
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
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.

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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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.

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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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?

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

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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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