You're Invited to a Party!
Four years ago, a group of local independent bookstores, including Mrs. Dalloway’s, decided to celebrate their shared commitment to bookselling and community building by creating California Bookstore Day. The celebration was so well-received that it spawned an annual national event, and we’re delighted to again be part of what is now known as Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29. It’s a chance for us to thank our customers by throwing a party for you. In addition to a marathon reading of Virginia Wolff’s Mrs. Dalloway and other activities we’ll be selling special merchandise produced exclusively for Independent Bookstore Day. You can't buy anything in advance, and the special gift items are only available in participating independent bookstores (nearly 500 across the country!) There will be more than a dozen products available, including signed copies of a short story by Michael Chabon, literary tea towels, a canvas pouch featuring images of dogs of famous authors, an Elephant and Piggie onesie, literary condoms, and more. Click here to read about the national celebration and mark your calendar to join the party on April 29!
April is also National Poetry Month, and our poetry curator, Mary McCulloch Fox, has been hard at work. She's assembled an exciting and diverse collection of the new and familiar, an eclectic yet comprehensive selection to dazzle and delight. And make sure to check out her window display featuring some of the best poetry volumes we have to offer.
In the meantime, great books for every reading taste just keep coming through our doors, and we can't wait to share them with you. Here is a sample of what’s arriving this month, and as always, call us to have any of these titles held or click on any book cover to order it online.
The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova. A young teacher arriving in Sofia, Bulgaria accidentally ends up with an elderly couple’s bag, one containing an urn filled with human ashes of a talented musician. In her search for the family, she and an enigmatic cabdriver embark on a road trip that reveals the shattered life of a gifted musician targeted by political oppression and uncovers uncomfortable truths about Bulgarian history that some people would rather not have exposed. Available now
Earthly Remains by Donna Leon. A worthy addition to Leon’s Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti series finds the good detective in need of an enforced vacation after he mishandles an interrogation. He heads for a villa on the island Sant'Erasmo, intent on recuperation and relaxation. Then the villa’s caretaker disappears and Brunetti is compelled to investigate - no rest for the noble. Available now
In My Kitchen: A Collection of New and Favorite Vegetarian Recipes by Deborah Madison. The founder of Greens restaurant and author of the groundbreaking Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone offers a carefully curated and updated collection of 100 favorite recipes, reflecting how Madison cooks today. Available now
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck. Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, this is a powerful story of endurance and survival involving three widows of Nazi resisters whose lives and fates become intertwined. Available now
Beartown by Fredrik Backman. The author of A Man Called Ove delivers his most substantive and riveting novel to date. It’s set in small town where hockey is everything to a community without much to hope for, and Backman has created a wealth of strong, nuanced characters. When a violent act involving two teens rips the town in two, the novel’s emotional level ratchets up quickly. April 25
Gorgeous New Gifts In Bloom at Mrs. Dalloway's
Come by soon to see all the lovely things we found at the New York Gift Show. Colorful pots of all sizes, vases, solar lanterns to light up the evening garden, and more have all just arrived. Spring is here and we're celebrating.