|A bench needs a great reading quote from Frederick Douglass.|
1. You may think that you have a pretty good idea what your local bookseller is like, but chances are you’re wrong. Thanks to the Left Bank website which profiles their booksellers in-depth (think Cronkite), we get a closer look. Daniel misses his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle slippers, April believes that George C. Scott would best play her in a movie of her life [I think the same is true for Gianna, actually], Erin is brave enough to admit that the author she loves to hate is Mitch Albom (get in line Erin…get in line), and Jonesey loves to hate John Kennedy Toole which makes Liz very happy [so incredibly happy...is Jonesey single?]. And then there is our favorite bookseller finding. When asked what was in the trunk of his car, Stu answered, “Books, I have soooo many books, which is distressing because I no longer have anywhere to put bodies.” It's funny because it’s the Midwest. [I'd put Pujols in my trunk, which is why it's just as well I drive a Jeep.]
|Fun people, cool store merchandise,|
and "we're the gayest store ever."
2. You have nothing to do? You live in St. Louis and you’re bored? You must be stoned, brother! Just in May alone you could have met Madeleine Albright, Alison Bechdel, John Sanford, pitcher John Smoltz [not a Cardinal], and Vanessa Williams. And PS…the month ain't even over.
3. They have a lesbian reading group! [This is what we could Gianna's surreptitious reading of Fifty Shades of Grey...no? I stand corrected.]
|Thanks for the warning. I'm sure the Mayans were aware|
of this possibility too.
5. Left Bank has a very cool “Friends of Left Bank Literary Society” (which sounds like something Dan Brown may write about one day). For a modest membership fee you are privy to year-round discounts, two private book sales per year and that’s not all, friends. You will also be invited to private receptions with authors. We’re not talking just any old authors either. We are talking Anothony Bourdain and David Sedaris types. Can’t get that at Amazon when you buy a waffle maker and a book. [I think "waffle maker" is a euphemism for a "The Anti-Christ is a Cardinals fan!" bumper sticker.]
6. Like any good independent business, Left Bank has a close knit relationship with the community. Oh, and Jarek as lunch with the mayor at least once a week.
|David Sedaris street party!|
|Hillary Rodham Clinton! I'm sure she was|
"greeted" properly when she walked in.
|T.S. Eliot lived in St. Louis.|
He gets a statue.
|Spike, bookstore cat, named one of the|
best bookstore cats in the country,
and the official bookstore cat of
Book Expo this year.
Kindle Commercial "It's only $79 AND it reads just like a real paper book."
Left Bank Books Commercial idea #431 "It's only 14.95 and it IS a real paper book."