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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
28
An Evening with Parlor Press Poets: Jennifer Atkinson, Allison Funk and Eric Pankey (Tuesday, April 28 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for an evening with three local (or formerly local!) poets published by Parlor Press!

Jennifer Atkinson will read from Canticle of the Night Path, winner of the New Measure Poetry Prize. The poems in Canticle of the Night Path, collected in alphabetical order from “Canticle of A” to “Canticle of Zed,” are little songs of five—five lines, five sentences, five couplets, or five paragraphs—canticles to, for, with, and of all sorts of things.

Allison Funk will read from Wonder Rooms. Centuries before modern museums, European wonder rooms housed artifacts and curiosities that mirrored the worlds of their collectors. In them, the New World met Old. In Wonder Rooms, she is similarly in between: at once in the shelter of her childhood home and the chaos of a loved one’s mental illness.

Eric Pankey will read from Crow-Work. "What is a song but a snare to capture the moment?" Eric Pankey asks in his new collection, Crow-Work. This central question drives Pankey's ekphrastic exploration of the moment where emotion and energy flood a work of art.

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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Apr
28
Summer Never Ends Reading Group: The Doubt Factory (Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of The doubt factory by Paolo Bacigalupi!

When a radical band of teen activists claim that Alix's powerful father covers up wrongdoing by corporations that knowingly allow innocent victims to die in order to make enormous profits from unsafe products, she must decide if she will blow the whistle on his misdeeds.

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

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Apr
29
Eric Greitens: Resilience (Wednesday, April 29 at 7pm)
St. Louis County Library - Headquarters

Bestselling author, Navy SEAL, and humanitarian Eric Greitens offer a masterpiece of warrior wisdom that will change your life. In 2012, Greitens unexpectedly heard from a struggling former SEAL comrade. They started writing, and Eric's letters are now gathered in this timeless handbook. They explain how we can build purpose, confront the pain in our lives, practice compassion, develop our vocations, find a mentor, create happiness, follow a role model, and think about the story of our lives.

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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Apr
30
Paige A. McGinley: Staging the Blues: From Tent Shows to Tourism (Thursday, April 30 at 7pm)
Left Bank BooksSinging was just one element of blues performance in the early 20th century. Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and others tapped, joked, and flaunted extravagant costumes on tent show and black vaudeville stages. In Staging the blues, Paige McGinley, Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Wash U, shows that even though folklorists, producers, and promoters set the theatricality of early blues aside in favor of notions of authenticity, it remained creatively vibrant throughout the 20th century.

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

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May
4
Untitled event (Monday, May 4 at 6pm)
May
5
David Rothkopf: National Insecurity (Tuesday, May 5 at 7pm)
Maryville University Auditorium

Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books present CEO and editor David Rothkopf, who will sign and discuss his new book, National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear.

In the wake of 9/11, America and its people have experienced a sense of vulnerability unprecedented in the nation's recent history. In National Insecurity, David Rothkopf offers a new perspective into the hidden struggles, the surprising triumphs, and the shocking failures of those charged with leading the US through one of the most difficult periods in its history, providing fresh insights drawing on more than one hundred exclusive interviews with the key players who shaped this era.

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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May
7
Cate Dicharry: The Fine Art of F*cking Up (Thursday, May 7 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Welcome to the life of Nina Lanning, lone and floundering administrator of a prestigious Midwestern art school. Her colleagues are pioneers of contemporary art movements, inspirational orators, creative virtuosos and sources of constant headaches. When once-a-century flooding threatens to destroy the art building and the priceless Jackson Pollock trapped inside, Nina and her ragtag band of faculty members undertake to rescue the early work of the splatter master in Dicharry's hilarious debut.

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

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May
11
Observable Readings: Rebecca Hazleton and Ted Mathys (Monday, May 11 at 7:30pm)
Llywelyn's Pub - Central West End

Rebecca Hazelton is the author of Fair Copy, winner of the 2011 Ohio State University Press / The Journal Award in Poetry, and Vow. She was the 2010-11 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison Creative Writing Institute and winner of the 2012 “Discovery” /Boston Review Poetry Contest. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Southern Review, and Best American Poetry 2013, among others. In 2014, she won a Pushcart.

Ted Mathys is the author of The Spoils and Forge. A new collection, Null Set, is forthcoming in June 2015. The recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Poetry Society of America, his poetry and criticism have appeared in American Poetry Review, BOMB, Boston Review, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and currently lives in Saint Louis, where he is Creative Writer in Residence at Saint Louis University and co-curator of the Fort Gondo Poetry Series.

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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May
12
Matthew Pearl: The Last Bookaneer (Tuesday, May 12 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

This historical novel by the bestselling author of The Dante Club takes us to the late 1800s, a shadowy era in publishing when copyright laws were so lax that books could be published without the author's consent. Literary pirates called bookaneers haunted harbors, hangouts, and printers' shops in hopes of stealing a manuscript that would net them a fortune. With an international treaty looming to end this practice, two survivors compete for one last catch-a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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

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May
18
Book Event: "If These Walls Could Talk: St. Louis Cardinals" Stan McNeal (Monday, May 18 at 7pm)
Stan McNeal, author of "If These Walls Could Talk: St. Louis Cardinals," will be signing copies of his book at Left Bank Books in St. Louis, MO on May 18.
This event is free and open to the public. (added from Independent Publishers Group)
May
19
Shakespeare Festival Reads Reading Group: Antony and Cleopatra (Tuesday, May 19 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Antony and Cleopatra by William SHAKESPEARE!

Written at the pinnacle of SHAKESPEARE's career and featuring his most soaring poetic idiom, Antony and Cleopatra is both an immortal love story and a political drama played out on a global scale.

Be sure to attend SHAKESPEARE in the Park 2015 as they perform Antony and Cleopatra in SHAKESPEARE's Glen at Forest Park!

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

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May
27
Katherine C. Mooney, Race Horse Men: How Slavery and Freedom Were Made at the Racetrack (Wednesday, May 27 at 7pm)
Katherine C. Mooney, Race horse men: How Slavery and Freedom Were Made at the Racetrack

Speaking and signing, Left Bank Books (added from Harvard University Press)
May
30
Writers Read Reading Group: Infinite Jest (Section 3) (Saturday, May 30 at 4pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Infinite Jest (section 3) By David Foster Wallace!

A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives.

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

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Jun
3
Rebecca Makkai (Wednesday, June 3 at 7pm)
Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai’s stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2008, 2009, and 2010, and have appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Makkai teaches elementary school and lives north of Chicago with her husband and two daughters. (added from Random House)
Jun
3
Rebecca Makkai (Wednesday, June 3 at 8pm)
Rebecca Makkai (added from Random House)
Jun
12
Untitled event (Friday, June 12 at 7pm)
Jun
16
Shakespeare Festival Reads Reading Group: The Ides of March (Tuesday, June 16 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of The Ides of March by Thornton Wilder!

First published in 1948, The Ides of March is a brilliant epistolary novel set in the Rome of Julius Caesar. Through imaginary letters and documents, Wilder brings to life a dramatic period of world history.

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

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Jun
19
Judy Blume: In the Unlikely Event (Friday, June 19 at 7pm)
Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory Academy

Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books present bestselling and beloved author Judy Blume, in conversation with Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Sisterland, to discuss her new novel for adults, In the Unlikely Event. The conversation will be followed by a booksigning.

Ticket Information: $31 admits one and includes one copy of In the Unlikely Event. $36 admits two, includes one copy of In the Unlikely Event, and $5 will be rebatable towards the purchase of a second copy at the event.

When a series of passenger airplanes crashed in Elizabeth, New Jersey within a three-month period in 1951-1952, Judy Blume was a teenager. Against this background, Blume uses her imagination to bring us the lives of three generations of families, friends, and strangers, who will be profoundly affected by these events, either directly or indirectly. We see them coping not only with grief but with first love, estranged parents, difficult friendships, familial obligations, divorce, career ambitions, a grandparent's love, a widower's hope, and everything in between. In the Unlikely Event is filled with the same warmth and authenticity that have won Blume the hearts and minds of readers of all generations. Brown Paper Tickets Ticket Widget Loading...

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Location: Street: Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory Academy Additional: 425 South Lindbergh Boulevard City: Saint Louis, Province: Missouri Postal Code: 63131 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jun
27
Writers Read Reading Group: This is the Story of a Happy Marriage (Saturday, June 27 at 4pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett!

Blending literature and memoir, Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder, Run, and Bel Canto, examines her deepest commitments – to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband – creating a resonant portrait of a life in This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

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

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Jul
21
Shakespeare Festival Reads Reading Group: The Tragedy of Arthur (Tuesday, July 21 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of The tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips!

When their long-imprisoned con-artist father reaches the end of his life, Arthur and his twin sister become the owners of an undiscovered play by William Shakespeare that their father wants published, a final request that represents either a great literary gift or their father's last great heist.

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

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Jul
25
Writers Read Reading Group: The Wallcreeper (Saturday, July 25 at 4pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of The wallcreeper by Nell Zink!

Nell Zink's debut novel follows a downwardly mobile secretary from Philadelphia who marries an ambitious soon-to-be-expat pharmaceutical researcher in hopes that she will never work again. They end up in Germany, where it turns out that her new husband is tougher, sneakier, more sincere, more contradictory, and smarter than she is.

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

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Jul
28
Samuel Fromartz (Tuesday, July 28 at 00am)
Samuel Fromartz (added from Random House)
Aug
18
Shakespeare Festival Reads Reading Group: The Plantagenets (Tuesday, August 18 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of The Plantagenets by Dan Jones!

The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this history, Jones resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world.

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

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Aug
29
Writers Read Reading Group: Redeployment (Saturday, August 29 at 4pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Redeployment by Phil Klay!

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.

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
15
Shakespeare Festival Reads Reading Group: Shakespeare's Restless World (Tuesday, September 15 at 7pm)
Left Bank Books

Join us for a reading group discussion of Shakespeare's Restless World by Neil MacGregor!

In this brilliant work of historical reconstruction, Neil MacGregor brings us twenty objects that capture the essence of Shakespeare's time. This magnificent book, illustrated with color photographs throughout, invites readers to touch, smell, and feel what life was like when humankind leaped into the modern world.

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

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