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September 2014

  • Launch party for The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season (Brandeis University Press, $24.95).

    Tuesday, September 2, 7:30pm

    "Her brilliant work is bound to touch your heart, open your mind, and bring a new sense of the ancient power of the High Holidays. . . . a wonderful companion for the Ten Days of t’shuvah.”—Rabbi David Teutsch, director of the Center for Jewish Ethics at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

  • Ages 1-3. Bring your little ones to hear a favorite or new story. Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Tell your friends!

    Wednesday, September 3, 10:30am
  • presents Explosion Green: One Man's Journey to Green the World's Largest Industry (Morgan James, $17.95).

    Thursday, September 4, 7:30pm

    "David Gottfried not only accelerates the cause with a contagious passion, he also provides a clear path towards delivering the transformational change the world needs."--Douglas Frye, Global President and CEO, Colliers Int.

  • reads from his new novel, Your Face in Mine (Riverhead, $27.95)

    Thursday, September 11, 5:00pm
    Doe Library UC Berkeley

    "One of the most slyly penetrating novels on race and identity politics I've ever had the pleasure of reading."--Richard Price

  • presents The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity (Norton, $29.95).

    Thursday, September 11, 7:30pm

    "It is hard to imagine how Sandra Gilbert could have produced so broad an overview of contemporary food writing and thought, not only literary analysis but also history, memoir ( foodoir! ), and bibliography. Anyone wanting an introduction to the meaning of food culture should start here."--Marion Nestle

  • discusses Immigration Outside the Law (Oxford, $29.95).

    Friday, September 12, 7:30pm

    "A brilliant framework for thinking about and debating the relationship between immigration and law-including how the government enforces the law."----John Skrentny, Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego

  • Launch party for her novel, Nest (Wendy Lamb/Random House, $16.99).

    Sunday, September 14, 4:00pm

    "A poignant, insightful story of family crisis and the healing power of friendship."--Kirkus (starred)

  • reads from The Liar's Wife: Four Novellas (Pantheon, $25.95)

    Wednesday, September 17, 7:30pm

    “The sheer bliss of reading Gordon’s consummate prose is deepened by her stunning insights into moral tangles and abrupt comprehension as she mixes the comic and the profound in her considerations of innocence and defilement, self-sacrifice and greatness, insularity and the bracing tussle of the world. Beloved and much-honored, Gordon is at her captivating finest in a book primed to catch fire.”--Booklist (starred)

  • reads from his "stunning debut collection" (New York Times), The Dog: Stories (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25).

    Thursday, September 18, 7:30pm

    "Marvels of the imagination.” —Paul Harding, author of Tinkers

  • presenting The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us (Norton, $27.95)

    Thursday, September 18, 7:30pm
    St. John's Presbyterian Church

    “Diane Ackerman’s vivid writing, inexhaustible stock of insights, and unquenchable optimism have established her as a national treasure, and as one of our great authors. "--Jared Diamond

  • reads from her debut novel, Gutenberg's Apprentice (Harper, $27.99).

    Wednesday, September 24, 5:00pm
    Doe Library UC Berkeley

     Christie masterfully depicts the time and energy required to print the first Bibles...A bravura debut."--Kirkus (starred review)

  • in conversation about Bad Feminist: Essays (HarperCollins, $15.99).

    Wednesday, September 24, 7:30pm

    "Whatever her topic, Gay’s provocative essays stand out for their bravery, wit, and emotional honesty."--Publishers Weekly (starred)

  • reads from Men We Reaped: A Memoir (Bloomsbury, $16), in paperback.

    Sunday, September 28, 4:00pm

    "A haunting and essential read."--Natasha Trethewey, US Poet Laureate

  • about Munaweera's debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors (St. Martin's, $24.99).

    Tuesday, September 30, 7:30pm

    "Exquisitely written and beautifully evocative of an exotic place and bygone age."--Alan Brennert, author of Molokai

October 2014

  • Join us every Wednesday morning @ 10:30 a.m. with your little ones, ages 1-3.

    Wednesday, October 1, 10:30am
  • Release party for 99 Poems for the 99 Percent (99 Percent: The Press, $16).

    Thursday, October 2, 7:30pm
  • present Combined Destinies: Whites Sharing Grief About Racism (Potomac, $17.95), just released in paper.

    Sunday, October 5, 4:00pm

    "A ground-breaking collection . . . Everyone in society is hurt by racism, not just those who are its targets. What better way to teach this profound truth than to allow white people to share their epiphanies?"--Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

  • Tuesday, October 7, 7:00pm
  • talks about No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days (Chronicle, $14.95).

    Wednesday, October 8, 7:30pm

    Baty shares this and other pearls of writerly wisdom: lower your expectations from "bestseller" to "would not make someone vomit."

  • presenting After Her (Morrow, $14.99).

    Thursday, October 9, 5:00pm
    Doe Library UC Berkeley

    "Veteran novelist Joyce Maynard has returned with a coming of age story woven into a serial killer investigation that is both evocative and captivating."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • presents a slideshow and talk based on his new book, Frank Lloyd Wright on the West Coast (Gibbs Smith, $50).

    Friday, October 10, 7:30pm

    "A major contribution to the work of America’s greatest architect."--Peter Selz

  • present In Real Life (First Second, $17.99).

    Thursday, October 16, 7:30pm

    "A lovely graphic novel for gamer girls of all ages." —Felicia Day

  • 10% off everything in the store in honor of 10 years in business!

    Saturday, October 18 (All day)
  • presenting Ivy+Bean+Me: A Fill-in-the-Blank Book (Chronicle $10.99).

    Saturday, October 18, 10:30am

    Write or draw your own adventure!

November 2014

  • Thursday, November 6, 7:30pm
  • reads from Epilogue: A Memoir (Liveright, $25.95).

    Friday, November 7, 7:30pm

    "Don t let the title of Will Boast s magnificent memoir fool you Epilogue is about beginnings as much as endings, discovering as much as losing family. It's honest, heartbreaking, gorgeously written, and hands down the most moving book I've read so far this year." --Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

  • present Sleeps With Dogs: Tales of a Pet Nanny at the End of Her Leash (Seal, $17).

    Tuesday, November 11, 7:30pm

    "An absolutely marvelous book, filled with sharp wit and a deep compassion for the companion animals we sometimes call pets."--Philip Lee Williams, author of A Distant Flame

  • reading from The Blue Box (Red Hen Press, $14.95) and If Not For This (Red Hen Press, $16.95), respectively.

    Wednesday, November 12, 7:30pm

    "Carlson never drops an extra word or a false phrase."--The Washington Post

    If Not For This a terrific novel, poignant as hell, but feisty, funny, and romantic, too.--Jess Walters

  • reads from Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty (Graywolf, $16).

    Thursday, November 13, 5:00pm
    Doe Library UC Berkeley

    "Chandra’s melodic prose further adds to the contingency of his ambitious ideas. . . truly a relic of today’s day and age."--Publishers Weekly

  • Friday, November 14 (All day)
  • presents Blue Chair Cooks with Jam & Marmalade (Andrews McMeel, $45).

    Wednesday, November 19, 7:30pm
  • reads from her debut novel, Anatomy of Dreams (Atria, $15).

    Thursday, November 20, 7:30pm
  • Saturday, November 29 (All day)

December 2014