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September 2014

  • 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

  • author of One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven in conversation with Carla Riemer

    Friday, September 19, 7:30pm

    "...the Gaither sisters are an irresistible trio. Williams-Garcia excels at conveying defining moments of American society from their point of view--this is historical fiction that's as full of heart as it is of heartbreak." --Publishers Weekly (starred review of P.S. Be Eleven)

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

    Wednesday, September 24, 5:00pm
    202 South Hall, UC Berkeley

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

  • reads from Bad Feminist: Essays (HarperCollins, $15.99). Introduced by Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother.

    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). Featuring Dean Rader, editor, and poets Heather Altfeld, Maxine Chernoff, Troy Jollimore, Tess Taylor, and Matthew Zapruder.

    Thursday, October 2, 7:00pm

    Featuring Dean Rader, editor, and poets Heather Altfeld, Maxine Chernoff, Troy Jollimore, Tess Taylor, and Matthew Zapruder.

  • 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

    Please join us at 7:00 on the 7th for a night of young poets and poems.


  • 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!

  • reads from her collection of stories, Man V. Nature (HarperCollins, $25.99).

    Tuesday, October 21, 7:30pm

    “What I like most about these stories is that many of them are dispatches from the end of the world, and it turns out to be a surprisingly familiar place.”--Ira Glass

November 2014

  • presents Here Comes Santa Cat (Dial, $16.99, illustrated by Claudia Rueda).

    Saturday, November 1, 2:00pm

    Naughty or nice? You decide!

  • Launch for Group f.64: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and the Community of Artists Who Revolutionized American Photography (Bloomsbury, $35).

    Tuesday, November 4, 7:30pm

    The revolution that changed the way we viewed the American West, and photography as an art form. “A future classic in the history of American photography."--Kevin Starr

  • 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)
  • reads from The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S. Democracy (Roman and Littlefield, $35).

    Tuesday, November 18, 7:30pm

    "Our most provocative scholar of American power."--David Talbot

  • 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