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To Heck with the Hook

Jennifer Hasheider

by Jennifer A. Hasheider The climax is the part everyone anticipates… I giggled when I first heard this advice in grade school. I had only a vague notion of what a climax was, and it didn’t seem to belong in the friendly monster tale I’d concocted. Much time has passed, and the climax, while still…

The Perils of Familiarity

MarkTeidemann

by Mark W. Tiedemann I’m running a workshop for a local group. This is an endeavor fraught with traps, pitfalls, ravenous worms, and flatulent amoeboids. They come, the stories, from hopeful pens, each offering up work in the hopes that the professional will deem it worthy or tell them how to fix it to make…

Roxane Gay Debuts New Collection of Essays

Bad Feminist

from Lauren Wiser Left Bank Books presents author Roxane Gay, who will sign and discuss her essay collection, Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial, August 2014), on Friday, August 29, 7pm, at Left Bank Books (399 N. Euclid). In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman…

Carl Weber Reads from The Choir Director 2

The Choir Director

Left Bank Books presents author Carl Weber, who will sign and discuss his novel, The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride (Grand Central Publishing, August 2014), on Wednesday, August 20, 7pm, at the Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Public Library (225 N. Euclid). It’s been three years since Aaron Mackie succeeded in helping his friend…

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian

cover-close-eyes

by Julie Earhart-Cracchiolo I fell in love with Chris Bohjalian’s writings about a year after Oprah picked his novel Midwives as her Book Club Pick. I’ve read almost everything he’s written since then. Some I’ve loved; other not as much. But let me tell you, Bohjalian’s seventeenth novel Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is probably…

Lori Rader-Day to Sign her Debut Novel The Black Hour

Lori Rader Day

Left Bank Books presents debut author Lori Rader-Day, who will sign and discuss her mystery novel, The Black Hour (Seventh Street Books, July 2014), on Monday, August 11, 7pm, at Left Bank Books (399 N. Euclid). For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic – until a student she’d never met shot her.…

Phaedra Parks Signs Her Books

Left Bank Books presents Phaedra Parks, who will sign copies of her etiquette book, Secrets of the Southern Belle: How to Be Nice, Work Hard, Look Pretty, Have Fun, and Never Have an Off Moment (Gallery Books, August 2014), on Saturday, August 9, 5pm, at Left Bank Books (399 N. Euclid). This event is a…

Dissolving Boundaries – Mark Tiedemann

MarkTeidemann

by Mark W. Tiedemann Author of Gravity Box and Other Spaces Recently I had a brief conversation about the changing nature of science fiction.  Not so much the stories being written, although that was part of the discussion as well, but the faces we see populating the lists of writers publishing new work.  There was a…