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Tan France - Naturally Tan

Saturday, June 8, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

From one of the stars of Netflix’s overnight sensation Queer Eye, Tan France’s memoir Naturally Tan has his signature wit, style, and radical compassion. In Tan’s own words, “The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be.”

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $32 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of Naturally Tan) OR PACKAGE TICKET $36 (Admits TWO and includes one pre-signed copy of Naturally Tan)

INDIVIDUAL TICKET: $45 (Admits ONE and includes one pre-signed copy of Naturally Tan plus a book-signing line number for book personalization and a photo opportunity) ** LIMIT 200 People

Tickets go on sale April 17th and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets or at Library Headquarters. Seating will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Call 314-994-3300 for more information.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 7:00pm

Left Bank Kids Club: Ellen Potter - The Squatchicorns

Wednesday,  March 20, 3pm
Left Bank Books

Ellen Potter, The SquatchicornsLeft Bank Books presents the launch of its new after-school event series, Left Bank Kids Club, with award-winning children's author Ellen Potter, who will sign and read from the new book in her Big Foot and Little Foot series, The Squatchicorns!

When a tribe of Sasquatches flee from a mysterious curse, they take refuge in Hugo’s home, Widdershins Cavern. These new Sasquatches look a bit . . . odd. For example, they all have unicorn horns on their heads! Always open to meeting new creatures, Hugo befriends one of these strange squidges, Nobb. Nobb offers to escort Hugo though the North Woods so that Hugo can attend Boone’s birthday party. Having never been inside a Human house, Hugo finds the experience confusing and somewhat disastrous. Just when it looks like Hugo may have ruined Boone’s birthday, they set out on a mission to solve the troubling curse in Nobb’s cavern. 

Readers will get to make and wear Bigfoot Cardboard Feet and enjoy a Bigfoot Tracks Cake at the event!

Left Bank Kids Club is a new after-school event series for young and middle readers! Once a month, Left Bank Books will host special author events with themed activities and authorless parties to celebrate your favorite books. Kids of all ages are welcome!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 3:00pm

Tania Katan - Creative Trespassing

Wednesday, April 3, 5:30pm
COCA, 524 Trinity Ave.

Tania Katan, Creative TresspassingLeft Bank Books and COCA welcome inspirational speaker and creative consultant Tania Katan to sign and discuss her latest book, Creative Trespassing​​​​!

An expert at bringing creativity to the workplace in unexpected and liberating ways, Tania Katan inspires teams to approach their work with a new perspective. Katan shows how thinking outside the box can impact every part of a workday routine and result in extraordinary and exciting projects. Katan first went viral with the #ItWasNeverADress campaign, which broke through gender barriers and ignited a necessary conversation about empowering women in tech. She continues to teach people and companies the skill of generating creative breakthroughs.

5:30pm: Drinks & Light Appetizers; 6:00pm: Author Talk

"At once playful, smart, easy to implement and, dare I say, punk rock, the pages of this book will wake you up to your personal power and remind you just how enjoyable your life, and work, can be." --Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass

Ticket Information:

-- $40 per person. Includes drinks, appetizers, and a hardcover copy of Tania’s book Creative Trespassing.

Tickets are available at




Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 5:30pm

Sherry Jones - Josephine Baker's Last Dance

Monday, June 3, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Sherry Jones, Josephine Baker's Last DanceLeft Bank Books welcomes international bestselling author Sherry Jones, who will sign and discuss her new novel, Josephine Baker's Last Dance!

Discover the fascinating and singular life story of St. Louis native Josephine Baker—actress, singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, member of the French Resistance during WWII, and a woman dedicated to erasing prejudice and creating a more equitable world—in Josephine Baker’s Last Dance. In this illuminating biographical novel, Sherry Jones brings to life Josephine's early years in servitude and poverty in America, her rise to fame as a showgirl in her famous banana skirt, her activism against discrimination, and her many loves and losses. From 1920s Paris to 1960s Washington, to her final, triumphant performance, one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century comes to stunning life on the page.

“Sherry Jones takes us on a remarkable journey of heartbreak and empowerment. Josephine Baker’s Last Dance is a bold and beautiful book about a bold and beautiful life. This book left its mark on me.” —Susan Crandall, author of The Myth of Perpetual Summer

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Josephine Baker's Last Dance from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!

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

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 7:00pm

Launch Party for The St. Louis Anthology

Friday, June 14, 7pm
Earthbound Brewing, 2724 Cherokee St.

St. Louis AnthologyJoin Belt Publishing and Left Bank Books in celebrating the release of The St. Louis Anthology!

Have a beer, mingle with the book's contributors, and enjoy an evening of readings and performances that celebrate St. Louis, hosted by editor Ryan Schuessler. With nearly 70 stories, essays, and poems written by more than 50 contributors, The St. Louis Anthology chronicles the city's history, culture, and community. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and grab a drink before the show beings! 

St. Louis is undoubtedly fragmented, physically so in that the city is dissected by rivers, highways, walls, and fences; but also in a more insidious way. The St. Louis Anthology dares to confront the city's nostalgia and its trauma, celebrating those who have faced both, living complex and nuanced lives in this city against a backdrop of its red brick, muddy rivers, and sticky summer nights.

Books will be on sale at the event, or click here to pre-order your copy!

Earthbound Beer

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

Derrick Goold - 100 Things Cardinals Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

Wednesday, May 15, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Derrick GooldLeft Bank Books welcomes award-winning reporter and St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold, who will sign and discuss his new book, 100 Things Cardinals Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die!

Most St. Louis Cardinals fans have taken in a game or two at Busch Stadium, have seen highlights of a young Ozzie Smith, and enjoyed Matt Carpenter's salsa-induced hot streak in 2018. But only real fans have visited "Trinket City," know the origin of the Redbird logo, or understand the significance of the number 1.12. In this revised and updated edition of 100 Things Cardinals Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, author Derrick Goold collects every essential piece of Cardinals knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, and ranks them all from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining, enlightening, and easy-to-follow checklist as you progress on your way to fan superstardom.

"This book is a fun catch-all for any Cardinals fan of any age to enjoy. I defy anyone who loves the 'Birds on the Bat' to go chapter to chapter and not smile at the memories that each one evokes." --Joe Buck, FOX Sports 

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of 100 Things Cardinals Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!

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

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Catherine Cusset - Life of David Hockney

Wednesday, May 29, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.

Catherine Cusset, Life of David HockneyLeft Bank Books and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum welcome French novelist Catherine Cusset, who will sign and discuss her new novel, Life of David Hockney!

Born in 1937 in a small town in the north of England, David Hockney had to fight to become an artist. After leaving his home in Bradford for the Royal College of Art in London, his career flourished, but he continued to struggle with a sense of not belonging, because of his homosexuality, which had yet to be decriminalized, and his inclination for a figurative style of art not sufficiently “contemporary” to be valued. Trips to New York and California—where he would live for many years and paint his iconic swimming pools—introduced him to new scenes and new loves, beginning a journey that would take him through the fraught years of the AIDS epidemic. With clear, vivid prose, this meticulously researched novel draws an intimate, moving portrait of the most famous living English painter.

“At the heart of this exercise in admiration, David Hockney is not only the artist who loves swimming pools, beautiful boys, trees, and the English countryside. He also appears as a fragile hero.” —L’Obs

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Life of David Hockney from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!

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

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 7:00pm

Jacqui Germain - When the Ghosts Come Ashore

Sunday, April 7, 2pm
Kirkwood Public Library, 140 E. Jefferson Ave.

Jacqui Germain, When the Ghosts Come AshoreApril is National Poetry Month, and Kirkwood Public Library is celebrating by hosting Jacqui Germain! Based in St. Louis, Germain is a published poet, activist, freelance writer, and contributing Arts and Culture writer with ALIVE Magazine. Germain will share her poetry and speak on the role of poetry and activism in St. Louis — Q+A to follow. Copies of Germain’s book, “When the Ghosts Come Ashore, will be available for purchase at the event.

This event is presented by the Kirkwood Public Library. For more information, please visit


Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 2:00pm

Chris Pavone - The Paris Diversion

Thursday, May 16, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Chris Pavone, The Paris DistractionBestselling author of The Expats, Chris Pavone presents his latest nail-biting thriller featuring former CIA agent Kate Moore. Now semi-retired in Paris, Kate hasn’t received a new assignment in some time, so when news breaks of bomb threats in multiple locations, and a man in an explosive vest entering the Louvre, she decides to prove her continued relevance by investigating. The Paris Diversion is another smart, stylish non-stop adventure ride from a new master of international intrigue.

This event is presented by the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.


Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Jonathan Drori - Around the World in 80 Trees

Monday, May 6, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ, 1640 S. Lindbergh

Jonathan Drori, Around the World in 80 TreesIn Around the World in 80 Trees, former trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Jonathan Drori uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life. Stops on the trip include the lime trees of Berlin's Unter den Linden boulevard, which intoxicate amorous Germans and hungry bees alike, the swankiest streets in nineteenth-century London, which were paved with Australian eucalyptus wood, and the redwood forests of California, where the secret to the trees' soaring heights can be found in the tiniest drops of water. Populated by self-mummifying monks, tree-climbing goats and ever-so-slightly radioactive nuts, each of these strange and true tales takes the reader on a journey that is as informative as it is beautiful.

Presented by the St. Louis County Library in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 7:00pm


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