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Don Marsh - Coming of Age, Liver Spots and All

Friday, September 28, 6pm
UMSL at Grand Center, St. Louis Public Radio Community Room

Don Marsh, Coming of Age, Liver SPots & AllJoin St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and SLUCare geriatrician Dr. John Morley for a conversation about Don’s new book “Coming of Age, Liver Spots and All: A Humorous Look at the Wonders of Getting Old.” A reception and book signing will follow. 

Life sometimes sucks. So does getting older. Strange and unexpected changes happen to our minds and our bodies. Forgetting where we laid those damn car keys. And looking in the mirror sure isn't pleasant any longer, what with the baggy eyes, sagging jowls, not to mention the other body parts that hang--or disappear between folds of excess folds. But don't count us out yet. In Coming of Age, Liver Spots & All, Don Marsh walks readers through his take on the aging process in with tongue-in-cheek revelry. Truthful, sometimes sobering, but always humorous, this book allows the old(er) of us to laugh at our sagging bodies, wandering minds, and thinning hair.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register!

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 6:00pm

Nick Bunker - Young Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, September 27, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Nick Bunker, Young Benjamin FranklinFrom his early career as a printer and journalist, to his scientific work and his role as a founder of a new republic, Benjamin Franklin has always seemed the inevitable embodiment of American ingenuity. But in his youth he had to make his way through a harsh colonial world where he fought many battles: with his rivals, but also with his wayward emotions. Taking Franklin to the age of 41, when he made his first electrical discoveries, Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian Nick Bunker goes behind the legend to reveal the sources of his passion for knowledge. A tale of science, politics, war, and religion, Franklin emerges as a brilliant but flawed human being.

This event is presented by the ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series at the St. Louis County Library. For more information, please call 314-994-3300.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

Jane Leavy - The Big Fella

Thursday, November 1, 7pm
St. Louis Public Library - Central Branch

Jane Leay, The Big FellaLeft Bank Books and the St. Louis Public Library present award-winning former sportswriter Jane Leavy, who will sign and discuss her new book, The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created!

He lived in the present tense—in the camera’s lens. He swung the heaviest bat, earned the most money, and incurred the biggest fines. He expanded notions of the possible. Like all the new-fangled gadgets then flooding the marketplace—radios, automatic clothes washers, microphones and loudspeakers—Babe Ruth “made impossible events happen.” Aided by his crucial partnership with Christy Walsh, Ruth drafted the blueprint for modern athletic stardom. Drawing from more than 250 interviews, a trove of previously untapped documents, and Ruth family records, Jane Leavy breaks through the mythology that has obscured the legend and delivers the man.

“Entertaining and colorful.... Leavy’s captivating biography reveals Ruth as a man who swung his bat with the same purposeful abandon that he lived his life.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of puchase of The Big Fella 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.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 7:00pm

Lindenwood University Craft Talks: Susan Schultz

Saturday, September 15, 7pm
Old Post Office

Susan SchultzCome hear about writing as a practice of attention with poet, crtic, publisher and English professor Susan M. Schultz!

Poet Susan Schultz was born in 1958 in Belleville, Illinois and earned degrees from Yale University and the University of Virginia. Schultz’s innovative poetry frequently utilizes documentary techniques. Her books of poetry include Aleatory Allegories (2000); And Then Something Happened (2004); Dementia Blog (2008), a book about her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s; Memory Cards: 2010-2011 (2011); and She’s Welcome to Her Disease (2013), the second part of her cycle on her mother’s illness. Her works of criticism include A Poetics of Impasse in Modern and Contemporary American Poetry (2005). She edited The Tribe of John: Ashbery and Contemporary Poetry (1995) and co-edited, with Annie Finch, Multiformalisms: Postmodern Poetics of Form (2008). Since 2005 she has edited the journal Tinfish, which focuses on experimental writing from the Pacific. Schultz is a professor at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa, where she teaches courses focusing on 20th century American literature, creative writing, and hybrid forms.

This event is presented by Lindenwood University. For more information please visit

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

St. Louis Science Center First Fridays: Harry Potter

Friday, September 7, 6pm
St. Louis Science Center

Explore science through the magical world of Harry Potter! Participate in wizarding activities, browse Harry Potter-inspired arts and crafts, and learn about the controversies of the Harry Potter franchise with special presenter Kayla Davis.

Learn the real science behind science fiction at the St. Louis Science Center's First Friday events! Each month has a different theme, features free hands-on activities and culminates with a free 10 pm screening of a classic science fiction movie in the OMNIMAX® Theater.

For more information, please visit

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 6:00pm

Andrew Smith - Rabbit & Robot

Thursday, September 27, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Andrew Smith, Rabbit & RobotLeft Bank Books welcomes award-winning young adult author Andrew Smith, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Rabbit & Robot!

Told with Andrew Smith’s signature dark humor, Rabbit & Robot tells the story of Cager Messer, a boy who’s stranded on his father’s lunar-cruise utopia with insane robots. Cager has been transported to the Tennessee, a giant lunar-cruise ship orbiting the moon that his dad owns, by Billy and Rowan to help him shake his Woz addiction. Meanwhile, Earth, in the midst of thirty simultaneous wars, burns to ash beneath them. And as the robots on board become increasingly insane and cannibalistic, and the Earth becomes a toxic wasteland, the boys have to wonder if they’ll be stranded alone in space forever. In his new novel, Andrew Smith, Printz Honor author of Grasshopper Jungle, will make you laugh, cry, and consider what it really means to be human.

"Those delving into Smith's zany dystopia will find much to laugh and gasp at...But most of all, they will find many deep, essential questions worth pondering."
Booklist (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Rabbit & Robot 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.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

Eddie Izzard - Believe Me

Saturday, September 29, 8pm
Touhill Performing Arts Center

Eddie Izzard’s first book, Believe Me, was just chosen by Bill Gates as one of the “5 Amazing Books I Read This Year”. Released on June 13, 2017, Believe Me is a New York Times Best Seller. Writing with the same candor and insight evident in his comedy, he reflects on a childhood marked by the loss of his mother, boarding school, and alternative sexuality, as well as a life in comedy, film, politics, running, and philanthropy. Honest and generous, Izzard’s Believe Me is an inspired account of a very singular life thus far.

Over the course of a thirty-year career, Eddie Izzard has proved himself to be a creative chameleon, inhabiting the stage and film and television screen with an unbelievable fervor. Born in Yemen and raised in Northern Ireland, Wales, and England, he lost his mother at the age of six and that has affected the rest of his life. In his teens, he dropped out of university and took to the streets of London as part of a comedy double act. When his partner went on vacation, Izzard kept busy by inventing a one-man escape act, and thus a solo career was ignited. As a stand-up comedian, Izzard has captivated audiences with his surreal, stream-of-consciousness comedy lines such as “Cake or Death?”, “Death Star Canteen" and “Do You Have a Flag?” have the status of great rock lyrics. As a self-proclaimed “action transvestite,” Izzard broke a mold performing in makeup and heels, and has become as famous for his “total clothing” rights as he has for his art. In Believe Me, he recounts the dizzying rise he made from the streets of London to West End theaters, to Wembley Arena, Madison Square Garden, and the Hollywood Bowl.

$95, $69, $52, $39

Seniors (65+) | $93, $67, $50, $37 

Tickets available at UMSL Student and Employee discounts available for this performance. Please visit the Touhill Ticket Office with UMSL ID after the single ticket on sale date for more information and to purchase discounted tickets.

*This event is for mature audiences. 

There is a Friends of the Touhill only meet and greet available for Eddie Izzard. For more information on becoming a Friends of the Touhill member, click here

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 8:00pm

Carondelet Author Breaktfast 2018

Saturday, September 29, 9:30am
St. Louis Public Library - Carondelet Branch

Meet eight local authors speed-dating style: Fedora Amis, Denise Bogard, Vicki, Erwin, Kara Louise, Susan McBride, Ed Protzel, Pat Simmons and Jeffrey Viles. Doors open at 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast provided. Book sales by Left Bank Books. Registration Required. Click here to register!

Fedora Amis won the Mayhaven Fiction Prize for her Victorian whodunit, Jack the Ripper in St. Louis. Mayhem at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, Fedora’s tribute to Sedalia, Missouri and the world’s biggest traveling show, was a finalist in the 2017 Missouri Writers’ Guild contest. She dons corset and hoop skirts to perform as real historical people and imagined characters from the 1800s. She has one son, Skimmer, who partners Fedora in writing science fiction, fantasy and magical realism.

Denise Pattiz Bogard, author of After Elise and The Middle Step, has been writing professionally for more than 40 years. Her award-winning fiction and non-fiction have been published in, along others, The Oklahoma Literary Review, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Newsweek. Denise earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her BS in journalism and history from Indiana University. Over the years she has been a journalist, a co-founding public relations partner, a certified secondary English/writing teacher, the founder of St. Louis Writers Workshop, and a novelist. Denise lives in St. Louis with her husband.

Vicki Berger Erwin is the author of twenty-six books, including picture books and middle grade, young adult, and adult nonfiction. She admits middle grade with a hint of mystery is her favorite genre. In addition to writing, Vicki also worked in publishing for more than twenty years as a bookstore buyer and publishers' sales rep before achieving her dream of owning an independent bookstore. She still serves as bookseller emeritus at Main Street Books in historic St. Charles, Missouri. Vicki lives in Kirkwood, Missouri, with her writer husband, Jim, and crazy dog, Luna.

Kara Louise has been writing Jane Austen variations since 2001. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, but now lives in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, and their ever-changing number of dogs and cats. Their son and his wife and their two precious granddaughters live nearby.

Susan McBride is the USA Today bestselling author of the Debutante Dropout Mysteries and the River Road Mysteries. She has penned three women's fiction titles: The Truth About Love & Lightning, Little Black Dress, and The Cougar Club. She has also chronicled her bout with breast cancer in the short memoir In the Pink: How I Met the Perfect (Younger) Man, Survived Breast Cancer, and Found True Happiness After Forty. Susan lives in Saint Louis, Missouri, with her husband and daughter.

The Lies That Bind is the first novel in Ed Protzel's Dark Horse trilogy. Ed has written five screenplays for feature film and developed projects for Hollywood. He has a Master's in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Ed lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he teaches college English.


Pat Simmons has penned more than thirty-five titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She is a three-time recipient of the Romance Slam Jam Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country. Pat has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatic husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, GPS-guided chauffeur, and administrative assistant who is constantly on probation. They have a son and a daughter. 

Jeffery Viles is a mostly Missourian who was born an Okie. Viles is a former journalist-turned-oilman-turned-restaurateur-turned-property developer-turned-fiction writer. His family heritage is Dutch-Irish and he grew up a small-town Midwesterner. This is his debut novel.


Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:30am

Dana Bowman - How to Be Perfect Like Me

Wednesday, September 19, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Dana Bowman, How to Be Perfect Like MeLeft Bank Books welcomes bestselling author of Bottled and Momsieblog Dana Bowman, who will sign and discuss her new book, How to Be Perfect Like Me!

Recover. Rinse. Repeat. Dana Bowman can’t escape the lure of perfectionism, trying to be a flawless wife, mother, and person in recovery. When Dana experiences a short-lived relapse during the Christmas holiday, she has the startling realization that recovery is more than just giving up alcohol. In this funny and revealing follow-up to her best-selling book Bottled, Dana reflects on how we live in a society of excess, always pushing ourselves to do and be better. However, it doesn’t take her long to realize that self-care and getting over herself is the key to happiness.

"Bowman's memoir covers the topics of parenting and recovery with candor and honesty. Bowman's brand of humor (highly personal, a bit outlandish, and often infused with pop-culture references) will appeal to fans of Jenny Lawson." --Library Journal

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of How to Be Perfect Like Me 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, September 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

Valerie Battle Kienzle - What's With St. Louis?

Tuesday, November 6, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Valerie Battle Kienzle, What's With St. Louis?Left Bank Books welcomes St. Louis author Valerie Battle Kienzle, who sill sign and discuss the second edition of What's With St. Louis?: The Quirks, Personality, and Charm of the Gateway City!

Why are turtles incorporated into the wrought iron fence at The Old Court House? Can beaver be eaten during Lent? Why are pieces of metal track imbedded in some local streets? Who is Sweet Meat, and should he be avoided? These and other questions about St. Louis routinely perplex both natives and newcomers to the area. In this updated version of her 2016 book, author Valerie Battle Kienzle continues her quest to find answers to some of The Gateway City's most puzzling questions, digging through countless archives and talking to local experts. Part cultural study of The River City and part history lesson, the book reveals the backstories of more local places, events, and beloved traditions.

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of What's With St. Louis? 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.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 7:00pm


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