About Us


The Left Bank Books Foundation was created in 2009 as a 501c(3) by co-founders Kris Kleindienst, Jarek Steele and Terry Koch.  It’s mission is to promote and increase education, literary and cultural activities in the St. Louis area, through reading and disseminating books and related materials to low-income persons; and to advance the unfettered discussion of ideas.

Our signature project, The River City Readers, is a program that provides great new books to St. Louis Public School children.  We also arrange author visits for those students.

Our Board

Kimberly Rayford (President)
Joseph Blumberg
Brianna Benoit-Brown
Kalonna Carpenter
Anne DeSchryver
Francie Futterman
Kimberly Kendle-Roberson
Kris Kleindienst
Terry Koch
Chuck Ramsay
Robert Saigh – Treasurer
Jarek Steele
Jessie Youngblood

The Left Bank Books Foundation does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.