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BookFest St. Louis: An Evening with Sally Field

Friday, September 21, 7pm
The Chase Park Plaza, Khorassan Ballroom

Kick off BookFest St. Louis 2018 with three-time Emmy Award winner Sally Field!

The prolific actor will discuss her new book, "In Pieces," a deeply searing memoir about being a woman – a famous woman – in the last half of the 20th century. Field started writing down her thoughts after her mother’s death and has been working on this book for 5 years using family artifacts.

With raw honesty and the fresh, pitch-perfect prose of a natural-born writer, and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships--including her complicated love for her own mother.

Ticket Information

- A $37 general admission ticket admits one person to the keynote event and includes one hardcover copy of In Pieces
- A $50 VIP ticket admits one person to the keynote event and includes one hardcover copy of In Pieces, preferred seating, admission to the post-event cash bar reception & meet and greet with Saturday BookFest authors, and 10% off all featured titles purchased at BookFest St. Louis on Saturday



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ABOUT BOOKFEST ST. LOUIS

BookFest St. Louis is a celebration of the literary arts that will bring dozens of local, regional and national authors together for a one-day festival in the Central West End. Festival-goers will be able to enjoy author presentations, panel discussions, book signings and an array of family-friendly activities and programming throughout the day. Presented Saturday, Sept. 22 by the CWE North Community Improvement District, Left Bank Books and the Left Bank Books Foundation. For more information, visit www.bookfeststl.com.

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

Union Avenue Opera - Lost in the Stars

Saturday, August 18, 6:30pm
Union Avenue Opera

Join Left Bank Books at Union Avenue Opera's first Saturday night performance of Kurt Weill's Lost in the Stars, featuring books for sale after the performance!

Merging influences from Broadway, traditional African music, jazz, and blues, Kurt Weill’s final work for the stage is a gripping musical tragedy based on Alan Paton’s novel Cry, the Beloved Country.  

Set in 1940s South Africa apartheid, Lost in the Stars tells the story of Absalom, the son of Stephen Kumalo, a local black preacher. When Absalom kills his white neighbor in a desperate bid to provide for his wife and child, he is arrested and sentenced to death. Before his son is executed, the murdered man’s father, James Jarvis, comes to the preacher to offer compassion and understand rather than hatred and retaliation.  

Lost in the Stars soars with thrilling operatic passages as it lays bare the tragedy of social barriers among all people, ending with a moving promise of reconciliation and hope for the future.

For tickets to Union Avenue Opera's performance of Lost in the Stars, visit unionavenueopera.com.

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 6:30pm

Union Avenue Opera - Nabucco

Saturday, July 28, 6:30pm
Union Avenue Opera

Join Left Bank Books at Union Avenue Opera's first Saturday night performance of Verdi's Nabucco, featuring related books for sale before and after the performance!

Nabucco, King of Babylon, seizes control of Jerusalem in his war with the Israelites. Meanwhile, his daughter Fenena and her half-sister Abigaille are both in love with Ismaele, the nephew of the King of Jerusalem. War rages on between Babylon and Jerusalem. Abigaille, thinking to stop the warring once and for all, tells Ismaele that she will save his people if he vows to love her and not Fenena. When he denies her, Abigaille ruthlessly plans to take down the kingdom, claim Nabucco’s throne, and kill all the imprisoned Israelites.   

Not since Wagner’s Ring cycle has Union Avenue Opera presented a show with such epic splendor. Experience some Verdi’s grandest orchestral and choral music ever written, including the soul-stirring “Va, pensiero” chorus.

For tickets to Union Avenue Opera's performance of Nabucco, visit unionavenueopera.com.

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 6:30pm

Union Avenue Opera - HMS Pinafore

Saturday, July 7, 6:30pm
Union Avenue Opera

HMA Pinafore, Union Avenue OperaJoin Left Bank Books at Union Avenue Opera's first Saturday night performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore, featuring books for sale before and after the performance!

Take to the high seas aboard Her Majesty’s Ship Pinafore in this traditional telling of Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved comic operetta full of mistaken identity, duty, intrigue, and lots of laughs.  

Seaman Ralph Rackstraw is love-struck with a lass above his station—the Captain’s daughter, Josephine. What’s a fellow to do when she is promised by her father to The Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter, KBC, First Lord of the Admiralty who is followed everywhere by his sisters and his cousins and his aunts; how can a sailor of such a low station compete with that? Enter the mysterious Little Buttercup, a bumboat of a woman with a secret that turns everything upside down.    

Poking good-natured fun at patriotism, party politics, the Royal Navy, and the appointment of unqualified people to positions of authority, H.M.S. Pinafore is a classic, time-tested delight not to be missed.

For tickets to Union Avenue Opera's performance of HMS Pinafore, visit unionavenueopera.com.

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 6:30pm

Antony John - Mascot

Tuesday, September 11, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Antony John, MascotLeft Bank Books welcomes Central West End author Antony John, who will sign and discuss his new novel for middle readers, Mascot, at this official Launch Party event!

Noah Savino has been stuck in a wheelchair for months. He hates the way people treat him like he’s helpless now. He’s sick of going to physical therapy, where he isn’t making any progress. He’s tired of not having control over his own body. And he misses playing baseball—but not as much as he misses his dad, who died in the car accident that paralyzed Noah. Noah is scared he’ll never feel like his old self again. He doesn’t want people to think of him as different for the rest of his life. With the help of family and friends, he’ll have to throw off the mask he’s been hiding behind and face the fears that have kept him on the sidelines if he ever wants to move forward. This witty, heartfelt story about perseverance in the face of adversity is perfect for fans of R. J. Palacio and John David Anderson.

“Wonderful. Poignant. Beautifully written. Perfect voice. Do not miss this book. Mascot is a masterpiece.” Roland Smith, Peak

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

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

A Midsummer Night's Creep: Josh Woods, Kea Wilson, Fred Venturini & Jedidah Ayres

Thursday, July 19, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Boooks presents A Midsummer Night's Creep: Stories of Witches, Mutants, Cannibals & Murderers, an evening of readings and conversation with authors Josh Woods, Kea Wilson, Fred Venturini and Jedidiah Ayres!

Josh Woods, The Black Palace: Some have called it a hidden fortress, others a labyrinth of myth, a trackless mystery. And even the witches, who built it and keep it shut, fear that through the ages it has come alive. But tonight, a sleek field agent in the Witchfinders Union, DiFranco, leads her supernatural SWAT team on a raid inside The Black Palace to find one of their own. Yet once across that uncanny threshold, they must confront another world of grand secrets, where strange destinies are woven with theirs, where other desires are at work. 

Kea Wilson, We Eat Our Own: An ambitious debut novel by an original young writer, We Eat Our Own blurs the lines between life and art with the story of a film director’s unthinkable experiment in the Amazon. Inspired by a true story from the annals of 1970s Italian horror film, and told in dazzlingly precise prose, We Eat Our Own is a resounding literary debut akin to Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers, a thrilling journey behind the scenes of a shocking film and a thoughtful commentary on violence and its repercussions.

Fred Venturini, The Heart Does Not Grow Back: Dale Sampson is used to being a nonperson at his small-town Midwestern high school, picking up the scraps of his charismatic lothario of a best friend, Mack. He comforts himself with the certainty that his stellar academic record and brains will bring him the adulation that evaded him in high school. But when an unthinkable catastrophe tears away the one girl he ever had a chance with, his life takes a bizarre turn as he discovers an inexplicable power: he can regenerate his organs and limbs.

Jedidiah Ayres, Peckerwood: Assault, armed robbery, and the occasional blackmail: life is pretty damn good for Terry Hickerson. Sure he's a constant pain in the local law's ass, but Sheriff Jimmy Mondale's got enough to worry about, what with his estranged daughter on a tear, and the District Attorney being onto his partnership with ex-bikie, meth kingpin, and tackle shop owner Chowder Thompson. But when tragedy hits their small town of Spruce, Missouri, Terry's peckerwood bullshit will push the three of them into a volatile whirlwind complete with bullets, bodies, and broken bones.

This event is free and open to the public, but book purchase from Left Bank Books is required to enter the signing line.

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

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

Rachel Devlin - A Girl Stands at the Door

Monday, July 16, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Rachel Devlin, A Girls Stands at the DoorLeft Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome Rutgers University professor of history Rachel Devlin, who will sign and discuss her new book, A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America's Schools!

The struggle to desegregate America's schools was a grassroots movement, and young women were its vanguard. In the late 1940s, parents began to file desegregation lawsuits with their daughters, forcing Thurgood Marshall and other civil rights lawyers to take up the issue and bring it to the Supreme Court. After the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, girls far outnumbered boys in volunteering to desegregate formerly all-white schools. In A Girl Stands at the Door, historian Rachel Devlin tells the remarkable stories of these desegregation pioneers, among them Lucile Bluford, who fought to desegregate the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.

"This is essential American history—it's the history of how we got where we are, it's a history of how student activism changed the world by fighting against powerful forces...The book is about knowing the past and knowing your power." —Literary Hub

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of A Girl Stands at the Door from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Pre-order your copy here!

 

 

 

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

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Ben Macintyre - The Spy and The Traitor

Monday, October 22, 7pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis

Ben Macintyre, The Spy and the TraitorLeft Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome bestselling author and journalist Ben Macintyre, who will sign and discuss his new book, The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War!

The celebrated author of Double Cross and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War. Unfolding the three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Gordievsky’s nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre’s latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carré, it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional had the power to change the future of nations.

“The best true spy story I have ever read.” —John le Carré

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. Please RSVP below. Proof of purchase of The Spy and the Traitor from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Pre-order your copy here!

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Monday, October 22, 2018 - 7:00pm

Jim DeFelice - West Like Lightning

Tuesday, July 17, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Jim DeFelice, West Like LightningOn the eve of the Civil War, three American businessmen launched an audacious plan to transform communications across the hostile territory between the nation’s two coasts. In the process, they created one of the most enduring icons of the American West: the Pony Express. Daring young men galloped over a vast and unforgiving landscape, etching an irresistible tale that passed into myth almost instantly. Equally an improbable success and a business disaster, the Pony Express came and went in just 18 months, but not before uniting and captivating a nation on the brink of being torn apart. Jim DeFelice previously co-authored Chris Kyle’s #1 bestselling memoir, “American Sniper.”

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

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

Linwood Barclay - A Noise Downstairs

Tuesday, July 31, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Linwood Barclay, A Noise DownstairsBestselling suspense author Linwood Barclay presents his most haunting psychological thriller yet. College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road, he surprises a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. After nearly losing his own life in that encounter, he finds himself battling PTSD. His wife, desperate to cheer him up, brings home a vintage typewriter—to encourage him to get started on that novel he’s always intended to write. But soon Paul begins to hear it type by itself at night—a noise only he can hear. Paul believes the typewriter is somehow connected to the murderer. Has another sick twist of fate entwined his life with the killer?

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

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 7:00pm

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