Left Bank Books presents a night of music and readings at the 2nd annual Not So Late Night at Mad Art Gallery on March 15. Special guests Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and Chaya Bhuvaneswar both released highly praised debut short story collections in 2018.

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The Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, which originally opened in 1938, reopened in November of 2018 after an extensive renovation. The grand reopening of the Soldiers Memorial, now part of the Missouri Historical Society, coincided with the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I.

Ann Lemons Pollack is a familiar figure in St. Louis food writing. She and her late husband Joe Pollack coauthored the books “Beyond Toasted Ravioli” in 1998, “Beyond Gooey Butter Cake” in 2001 and “St. Louis Eats” in 2005. Pollack continues to write about food in St. Louis Magazine and on h…

While some readers favor fictional murder mysteries set in quaint villages, others prefer gritty true crime stories from their own hometowns. Vicki Berger Erwin and Bryan Erwin’s new book, “Slaying in South St. Louis: Justice denied for Nancy Zanone,” is definitely for the latter group.