Not only is Erik Larson one of America's preeminent historians, he's also a compelling storyteller whose previous books, The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts, were critically acclaimed bestsellers. Left Bank Books and Maryville University co-sponsor an author event with Larson tonight. His latest book, Dead Wake, chronicles the 1915 sinking of the RMS Lusitania in the North Atlantic by a German U-boat. The maritime attack killed 1,198 passengers (including 128 Americans) and accelerated the United States' entry into World War I.
7 p.m. The Ethical Society of St. Louis (9001 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-367-6731 or www.left-bank.com). Admission is $31 to $36 and includes a copy of Dead Wake.
Thu., April 9, 7 p.m., 2015