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SF STL: Charlie Jane Anders - The City in the Middle of the Night

Monday, February 18, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S 12th St.

Charlie Jane Anders, The City in the Middle of the NightLeft Bank Books and Archo present an SF STL event with Nebula Award-winning author Charlie Jane Anders, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The City in the Middle of the Night!

The bestselling author of All the Birds in the Sky delivers a brilliant new novel set in a hauntingly strange future. January is a dying planet —divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other. Humanity clings to life, spread across two archaic cities built in the sliver of habitable dusk. But life inside the cities is just as dangerous as the uninhabitable wastelands outside. Sophie, a student and reluctant revolutionary, is supposed to be dead, after being exiled into the night. Saved only by forming an unusual bond with the enigmatic beasts who roam the ice, Sophie vows to stay hidden from the world. But fate has other plans —and Sophie's ensuing odyssey and the ragtag family she finds will change the entire world.

“Like a classic from another timeline…This book has notes of Ursula K. LeGuin and Philip Pullman.” —Robin Sloan, author of Sourdough

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

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

Andrew Ridker - The Altruists

Tuesday, March 19, 7pm
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th St.

Andrew Ridker, The AltruistsLeft Bank Books welcomes Washington University alumnus Andrew Ridker, who will sign and discuss his debut novel, The Altruists!

Arthur Alter is in trouble. A middling professor at a Midwestern college, he can’t afford his mortgage, he’s exasperated his much-younger girlfriend, and his kids won’t speak to him. Those children are Ethan, an anxious recluse living off his mother’s money on a choice plot of Brooklyn real estate; and Maggie, a would-be do-gooder trying to fashion herself a noble life of self-imposed poverty. On the verge of losing the family home, Arthur invites his children back to St. Louis under the guise of a reconciliation. But in doing so, he unwittingly unleashes a Pandora’s box of age-old resentments and long-buried memories—memories that orbit Francine, the matriarch whose life may hold the key to keeping them together.

"...one of those super-brilliant, super-funny novels one enjoys in the manner of a squirrel with an especially delicious acorn. I found myself trying to get out of every activity and responsibility just to come back to this novel.” —Gary Shteyngart, author of Lake Success

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Altruists 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, March 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

David and Nic Sheff - High

Saturday, January 12, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

High, David and Nic SheffFrom David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy, and Nic Sheff, author of Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines, comes the ultimate resource for learning about the realities of drugs and alcohol for middle grade readers. High tells it as it is, with testimonials from peers who have been there and families who have lived through the addiction of a loved one. From how to navigate peer pressure to potential consequences for experimenting, Nic and David Sheff lay out the facts so that young readers can educate themselves.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET $20 (Admits ONE and includes one copy of High)
OR
PACKAGE TICKET $25 (Admits TWO and includes one copy of High)

A book signing will follow the presentation.

Tickets can be purchased starting December 17 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, January 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Steve Legomsky - The Picobe Dilemma

Tuesday, January 15, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Steve Legomsky, The Picobe DilemmaLeft Bank Books welcomes local author and Washington University professor Steve Legomsky, who will sign and discuss his new novel, The Picobe Dilemma!

Brilliant neurosurgeon Jason Stramm sets out to create the practical equivalent of eternal life. He discovers that the human brain permanently stores every memory it has ever recorded, even after death. If only he could access all those memories and store them digitally, he could replay the entirety of a person's experience over and over, forever. Jason plunges in. But as his project progresses, he is increasingly tormented by psychological demons – obsession, fears of failure, fears of success, guilt, marital friction, unrequited love, deepening ethical doubts, and things he wishes he didn't know. Jason’s story is that of a once-happy, reasonably normal husband, father, and professional whose life work steers him along a risky path to possible psychic destruction.

"Very impressive: entergetic, suspenseful, and (maybe most importantly) born out of a truly clever & original concept. It made me think, in places, of Poe..." --Ben Dolnick, author of The Ghost Notebooks

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Picobe Dilemma 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, January 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

SF STL: Ann Leckie - The Raven Tower

Tuesday, February 26, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Ann Leckie, Raven TowerLeft Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with award-winning St. Louis author Ann Leckie, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The Raven Tower, at this special launch event!

For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven's Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven's watch, the city flourishes. But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts. And they have made their own alliances with other gods. The Raven Tower is the breathtaking first fantasy novel from Ann Leckie, NYT bestselling author and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.

"Leckie's tale takes on a mythic, metafictional quality...and the story's elements weave into a stunning conclusion. This impressive piece of craftsmanship cements Leckie's place as a powerful voice in both SF and fantasy." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Raven Tower 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, February 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

Halle Butler - The New Me

Thursday, March 28, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Halle Butler, The New MeLeft Bank Books welcomes Granta Best Young American Novelist Halle Butler, who will sign and discuss her new novel, The New Me!

Thirty-year-old Millie just can’t pull it together. Misanthropic and morose, she spends her days killing time at a thankless temp job until she can return home to her empty apartment, where she oscillates wildly between self-recrimination and mild delusion, fixating on all the little ways she might change her life. Then she watches TV until she drops off to sleep, and the cycle begins again. When the possibility of a full-time job offer arises, it seems to bring the better life she’s envisioning - one that involves nicer clothes, fresh produce, maybe even financial independence - within reach. But with it also comes the paralyzing realization, lurking just beneath the surface, of just how hollow that vision has become.

“A bouncy, profane, highly addictive novel about work, female friendship, and other alienations. Halle Butler’s insane talent shimmers on every page.”
—Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The New 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.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

OTSL: Representation & Responsibility: Racial and Gender Equity in Film and Television

Sunday, January 20, 1pm
Regional Arts Commission

Kasi LemmonsPlease join us for the second installment of Opera Theatre of St. Louis's 2019 Representation & Responsibility series on Sunday, January 20, at 1 p.m. This community conversation will focus on the topic of racial and gender equity in film and television.

This event is part of an artist residency with Kasi Lemmons, the librettist for Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Check back soon for the announcement of additional panelists!

The panel discussion will be followed by a light wine and cheese reception.

This event is presnted by Opera Theatre of St. Louis. For more information, visit www.opera-stl.org.

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 7:00pm

CWE Window Walk 2018

Saturday, December 1, 8, 15 & 22
Central West End

Experience the magic of the holidays at the Central West End's annual Window Walk, now in its 9th year!

Window Walk is a month-long celebration highlighting the many wonderful attributes of the holidays in the CWE, with Holiday fun every Saturday in December. Visitors are invited to stroll amidst elegantly decorated windows while shopping at boutiques, enjoying seasonal libations and delicious meals at local restaurants.

The ninth annual CWE Window Walk kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 1, with additional programming on Dec. 8, 15 and 22.

Activities include street entertainment, live music, special discounts, food and drink offerings, free carriage rides and pictures with Santa. 

For a full schedule of events each Saturday, click here: www.cwewindowwalk.com.

Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 1:00pm

CWE Window Walk 2018

Saturday, December 1, 8, 15 & 22
Central West End

Experience the magic of the holidays at the Central West End's annual Window Walk, now in its 9th year!

Window Walk is a month-long celebration highlighting the many wonderful attributes of the holidays in the CWE, with Holiday fun every Saturday in December. Visitors are invited to stroll amidst elegantly decorated windows while shopping at boutiques, enjoying seasonal libations and delicious meals at local restaurants.

The ninth annual CWE Window Walk kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 1, with additional programming on Dec. 8, 15 and 22.

Activities include street entertainment, live music, special discounts, food and drink offerings, free carriage rides and pictures with Santa. 

For a full schedule of events each Saturday, click here: www.cwewindowwalk.com.

Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 1:00pm

CWE Window Walk 2018

Saturday, December 1, 8, 15 & 22
Central West End

Experience the magic of the holidays at the Central West End's annual Window Walk, now in its 9th year!

Window Walk is a month-long celebration highlighting the many wonderful attributes of the holidays in the CWE, with Holiday fun every Saturday in December. Visitors are invited to stroll amidst elegantly decorated windows while shopping at boutiques, enjoying seasonal libations and delicious meals at local restaurants.

The ninth annual CWE Window Walk kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 1, with additional programming on Dec. 8, 15 and 22.

Activities include street entertainment, live music, special discounts, food and drink offerings, free carriage rides and pictures with Santa. 

For a full schedule of events each Saturday, click here: www.cwewindowwalk.com.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 1:00pm

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