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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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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

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

Keith Hernandez - I'm Keith Hernandez

Tickets are available at the door! Online ticket sales have ended.

Sunday, June 10, 4pm
Left Bank Books

Keith Hernandez, I'm Keith HernandezLeft Bank Books welcomes former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Keith Hernandez, who will sign copies his new book, I'm Keith Hernandez! This event is a booksigning only.

Keith Hernandez revolutionized the role of first baseman. During his illustrious career with the World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, he was a perennial fan favorite, earning eleven consecutive Gold Gloves, a National League co-MVP Award, and a batting title. But it was his unique blend of intelligence, humor, and talent--not to mention his unflappable leadership, playful antics, and competitive temperament--that transcended the sport and propelled him to a level of renown that few other athletes have achieved, including his memorable appearances on the television show Seinfeld. Now, with a striking mix of candor and self-reflection, Hernandez takes us along on his journey to baseball immortality.

Can't attend the event? Click here to order an autographed copy of I'm Keith Hernandez to be shipped to you!

Ticket Information

- A $31 ticket admits up to a family of FOUR (two adults maximum) and includes one hardcover copy of I'm Keith Hernandez

Signing Guidelines

- Keith WILL autograph up to five copies of I'm Keith Hernandez per ticket. Click here to order additional copies for signing! (Please note "event pickup" in the comment field at checkout.)
- Keith WILL pose for photos with guests
- Keith will not personalize books
- Keith will only sign copies of I'm Keith Hernandez purchased from Left Bank Books. Please do not bring hats, balls, baseball cards, or other non-book merchandise for him to sign

Tickets available below.  Your place in the signing line on June 10 is first-come, first-served, and will be determined by when you arrive. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of I'm Keith Hernandez or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 4:00pm

Kat Zhang - The Memory of Forgotten Things

Monday, June 11, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Kat Zhang, The Memory of Forgotten ThingsLeft Bank Books welcomes acclaimed local author Kat Zhang, who will sign and discuss her new novel for middle readers, The Memory of Forgotten Things!

One of the happiest memories twelve-year-old Sophia Wallace has is of her tenth birthday. Her mother made her a cake that year—and not a cake from a boxed-mix, but from scratch. The truth is, Sophia Wallace’s mother died when she was six years old. But that isn’t how she remembers it. Not always. Sophia has never told anyone about her unusual memories—snapshots of a past that never happened. But everything changes when Sophia’s seventh grade English class gets an assignment to research solar eclipses. She becomes convinced that the upcoming solar eclipse will grant her the opportunity to make her alternate life come true, to enter a world where her mother never died. With the help of two misfit boys, she must figure out a way to bring her mother back to her.

“A heart-tugging and mind-bending exploration of time and possibility.” —School Library Journal

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Memory of Forgotten Things 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, June 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

The Belles & Brujas Tour: Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Tracy Banghart & Mark Oshiro

Thursday, June 21, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

Dhonielle Clayton – The Belles
Dhonielle Clayton is the co-author of the Tiny Pretty Things series and COO of the non-profit, We Need Diverse Books. Her hit debut novel The Belles is a dystopian fantasy about beauty and power.

Zoraida Córdova – Bruja Born
Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of The Vicious Deep trilogy and the Brooklyn Brujas series. A follow up to her sensationally popular fantasy novel Labyrinth LostBrujas Born follows a family of sisters with magical abilities to both heal and raise the dead.

Tracy Banghart – Grace and Fury
One of the most highly anticipated young adult books of the summer, Tracy Banghart’s Grace and Fury is a must-read fantasy about fierce sisterhood, action, and political intrigue that has drawn comparisons to The Handmaid’s Tale.

Mark Oshiro – Anger is a Gift
Mark Oshiro is the creator of the online Mark Does Stuff universe (Mark Reads and Mark Watches), where he analyzes book and television series unspoiled. His first novel, Anger is a Gift, is a YA contemporary about queer friendship, love and fighting police brutality.

Presented in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit organization that promotes the importance of representation in children’s literature.

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

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

SF STL: Sabaa Tahir – A Reaper at the Gates

Tuesday, June 19, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books and Archon present an SF STL event with bestselling author Sabaa Tahir, who will sign and discuss the third book in the Ember Quartet, A Reaper at the Gates, with Setsu Uzumé!

Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger. Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister's life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies in stopping the Nightbringer. But in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her. And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender—even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.

“Tahir proves to be a master of suspense and a canny practitioner of the cliffhanger, riveting readers’ attention throughout….[An] action-packed, breathlessly paced story.” —Booklist, starred review

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

Setsu Uzumé is the host and assistant editor at PodCastle, and they are a member of Codex and SFWA. Setsu writes and occasionally narrates dark fantasy. Their work can be found at Podcastle, StarShipSofa, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Goodman Games, and Grimdark Magazine. While they have dabbled in many arts, only writing and martial arts seem to have stuck. Find Setsu on Twitter @KatanaPen.


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

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

Carey Gillam – Whitewash

Thursday, June 28, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes veteran journalist Carey Gillam, who will sign and discuss her new book, Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science!

Fifty-five years after Rachel Carson and Silent Spring awakened the world to the dangers of DDT and unchecked pesticide use, a new story illustrates how deeply we have failed to heed her warning. In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam lays bare disturbing details about the 40-year push to prominence of the world’s most popular pesticide: glyphosate, known commonly as Monsanto’s Roundup. The capstone of 20 years of meticulous reporting, Whitewash is an eerily familiar story of the dangerous consequences of putting corporate profits ahead of public safety, and Gillam is relentless in her search for truth—a champion for the health of our planet and ourselves, and a stalwart defender of the public’s right to know.

“Reads like a mystery novel..I am hopeful that Carey’s book will be a wake-up call for more transparency about the dangers surrounding many chemicals in the marketplace.” —Erin Brockovich

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

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 7:00pm

Allison Coffelt – Maps Are Lines We Draw

Thursday, May 31, 7pm
Left Bank Books

Left Bank Books welcomes Columbia, MO author Allison Coffelt, who will sign and discuss her new book, Maps are Lines We Draw: A Road Trip through Haiti, with author & Maryville University professor J. Bowers!

After a decade of dreaming, Allison Coffelt arrived in Haiti, ready—she thought—"to learn how much she didn’t know" about the Caribbean nation. She embarked on a life-changing journey that would weave Haiti’s proud, tumultuous history and present reality into her life forever. Maps Are Lines We Draw explores the culture and natural beauty of the island as well as its discomfiting realities: the threat well-intentioned aid organizations can present to the local economy; the privilege that determines who gets to travel between a "here" and a distant "there" which is foreign and other; and the challenge of doing short-term good without creating long-lasting harm.

“Reflections that are steeped in humility like Ms. Coffelt’s are rare and should be required reading for people pursuing short-term work in countries like Haiti.”
—Joia Mukherjee

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Maps are Lines We Draw from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. 

J. Bowers lives in St. Louis, where she is an Assistant Professor of English at Maryville University. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her fiction has appeared in The Portland Review, StoryQuarterly, The Indiana Review, and other journals, in addition to being anthologized by Ashland Creek Press, Zoomorphic Press, and Sundress Publications. She was also the winner of The Laurel Review‘s 2014 Midwest Short Fiction Prize and the 2016 Winter Anthology Prize. In her free time, she thinks about the hungry ghosts of silent Hollywood while riding her little yellow pony through the woods.

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

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 7:00pm

Ben Rhodes – The World As It Is

Monday, June 18, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

From one of Barack Obama’s closest aides comes a revelatory behind-the-scenes account of his presidency—and how idealism can confront harsh reality and still survive. For nearly 10 years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration—first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Briefing, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now he tells the full story of his partnership—and, ultimately, friendship—with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States.

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

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 7:00pm

Celebrity Storytime with Daniel Wiseman – Play This Book & Pet This Book

Satuday, June 2, 10:30am
Left Bank Books

Daniel Wiseman, Play This Book, Pet This BookLeft Bank Books welcomes St. Louis illustrator Daniel Wiseman for a Celebrity Storytime reading of his new picture books, Play This Book and Pet This Book!

Play This Book is a delightful, interactive picture book that invites readers to explore instruments in an exciting, playful reading experience! Little readers are encouraged to strum the guitar, slide the trombone, crash the cymbals, and more—no instruments required! Each spread focuses on a different musical instrument, and readers can "play" each one by tapping and turning the book.

Pet This Book is a delightful, interactive book that invites readers to care for and "pet" animals in an exciting, playful reading experience! This rhyming, onomatopoeic text is full of fun! Little readers are invited to pet the cat, wash the puppy, brush the horse's mane, and more—no animals required! Each engaging spread focuses on an animal readers can care for by tapping, stroking, or turning the book. 

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

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10:30am

Zinzi Clemmons – What We Lose

Tuesday, June 12, 7pm
St. Louis County Library HQ

From an author of rare, haunting power, What We Lose is a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age and a deeply felt meditation on race, family, and country. Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love. What We Lose heralds the arrival of a virtuosic new voice in fiction.

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 7:00pm


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