April 2016

Join the daylong party celebrating your indie bookstore!

Just what are we celebrating? Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.
Indie bookstores, whether dusty and labyrinthine or clean and well-lighted, are not just stores, they are solutions. They hold the key to your love life, your career, and your passions. Walking the aisles of a good bookstore means stumbling upon a novel from India that expands your heart. It’s encountering an art book that changes the direction of your life. It’s the joy of having a perfect stranger steer you toward the perfect book.
In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.

We'll have books and art pieces created exclusively for (and available only at) indie bookstores, including signed copies of Kate DiCamillo's Raymie Nightingale, Curious George plush "Read with Me" toy, Literary Tea Towels, Anthony Bourdain's Perfect Burger Print, Bad Citizen Stencil, and more.* For general information and a complete list of all the wonderful exclusive and limited offerings, visit

*Note: These are limited edition items available only at indie bookstores -- not on the Internet, and not for special ordering or holding. First come, first served! So get on down to Mrs. Dalloway's early on April 30!

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 10:00am to 9:00pm

All day:

Bring your dog by for a homemade treat made from DIY for Your Dog: 30 Toys, Treats, and Treasures to Make by Rachelle Blondel, and get Rover ready for his close-up! We'll take pictures and post them on our website.

May 2016

Publication party for the illustrator of What Can I Be? Unearthed after nearly forty years, this stunning never-before-published concept book, written by Ann Rand and illustrated by Ingrid Fiksdahl King, will surely delight children with its superb graphics and vivid palette. Triangles, squares, circles, lines, and colors spring to life in various and creative formations as they ask, "What can I be?" A green triangle asks to become a tent, a kite, a Christmas tree, or the sail of a boat, or why not all of these things?

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 4:00pm
What Can I Be? Cover Image
By Ann Rand, Ingrid King (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781616894726
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - April 26th, 2016

Ann Rand (1918–2012) trained as an architect under Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and is the author of several children’s books with her husband and collaborator Paul Rand, including Sparkle and Spin, Little 1, and I Know a Lot of Things. Ingrid Fiksdahl King is a painter and professor emeritus of architecture at NTNU Norway. She is a coauthor, with Christopher Alexander, of A Pattern Language, one of the most influential books on architecture and planning. She lives in Berkeley.

about Weschler’s book Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez.

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 4:00pm
Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez Cover Image
By Lawrence Weschler, Ramiro Gomez (Illustrator), Cris Scorza (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781419720697
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: ABRAMS - April 12th, 2016

Domestic Scenes delves into the life and art of a rising young Los Angeles artist to raise questions of social equity and explore the chasms separating cultures and classes in America today.

reads from War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft, co-authored with Robert Blackwill.

"A very persuasive case for why the U.S. should make much more vigorous use of its economic and financial muscle to advance its geopolitical interests. This book should be required reading for anyone involved in making foreign policy." —Liaquat Ahamed, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Lords of Finance

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 7:30pm
War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674737211
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Belknap Press - April 11th, 2016

Today, nations increasingly carry out geopolitical combat through economic means. Policies governing everything from trade and investment to energy and exchange rates are wielded as tools to win diplomatic allies, punish adversaries, and coerce those in between. Not so in the United States, however. America still too often reaches for the gun over the purse to advance its interests abroad. The result is a playing field sharply tilting against the United States.

about Ehrensaft's The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes, an all-in-one resource on gender-nonconforming children and adolescents from a leading US authority on a subject more timely than ever.

"An accessible, engaging, and informative guide for families and therapists supporting transgender and gender creative youth. Dr. Ehrensaft’s commitment to and empathy for the young people with whom she works as well as for their families is clear throughout the book.”—Heather Killelea McEntarfer, PhD, author of Navigating Gender and Sexuality in the Classroom


Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 7:30pm
The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes Cover Image
By Diane Ehrensaft, Norman Spack (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781615193066
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Experiment - April 5th, 2016

In her groundbreaking first book, Gender Born, Gender Made, Dr. Diane Ehrensaft coined the term gender creative to describe children whose unique gender expression or sense of identity is not defined by a checkbox on their birth certificate. Now, with The Gender Creative Child, she returns to guide parents and professionals through the rapidly changing cultural, medical, and legal landscape of gender and identity.

Our 7th Annual Hot Reads for a Cool Summer event for kids is extra special this year as we will also be launching our Summer Reading Blog, Bookley,  written by kids, for kids. This year’s guest speakers are multi-talented authors and/or librarians, and also veteran bloggers: Mike Jung, Unidentified Suburban Object, Annemarie O’brien, Lara’s Gift, and, Mary Ann Scheuer, librarian at Emerson Elementary.

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Lara's Gift Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307931757
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Yearling Books - July 22nd, 2014

Unidentified Suburban Object Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545782265
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 26th, 2016

Our guests, along with our children's specialists, will present their favorite picks for Summer reading and share tips on how to be an awesome blogger. If you're a kid entering 1st-6th grade in the Fall, and you love to read, we need YOU! Kid bloggers will receive a free book (advance reader copy) for every blog post. More details at the event.

discusses his new book, Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change.

" An essential reference for conservation-minded home gardeners and stewards of larger landscapes."--Rick Darke, author of The Living Landscape and The American Woodland Garden

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 7:00pm
Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604696165
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Timber Press (OR) - May 18th, 2016

A successful garden is rewarding, stimulating, and environmentally friendly. Unfortunately, traditional gardening practices don’t often deliver on that promise. Not only are these outdated methods resource- and time-consuming, they result in gardens that are weedy, labor-intensive, and at odds with wildlife and local ecosystems.  For decades, Weaner has been at the forefront of ecological landscape design.

reading and discussing The Big Picture: On the Origin of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself.

"Language, philosophy, quantum mechanics, general relativity--they're all in The Big Picture. Sean Carroll is a fantastically erudite and entertaining writer." --Elizabeth Kolbert

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 7:30pm
The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525954828
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dutton Books - May 10th, 2016

Acclaimed theoretical physicist Sean Carroll has never been one to shy away from difficult questions. He has taken readers along for a ride across the arrow of time in From Eternity to Here and into the search for the Higgs Boson in The Particle at the End of the Universe. Carroll now tackles his most expansive and comprehensive topic yet.  

reads from his best-selling memoir, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. Just released in paperback, a deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker writer.

“A hefty masterpiece.”
Geoff Dyer, The Guardian

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 7:30pm
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143109396
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

Barbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter.

reads from her extraordinary novel, The Third Swimmer.

"Deeply, warmly, beautifully engaging, this tale of love, war, secrecy, and redeption . . . will knock your socks off."--Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Life Without a Recipe and Birds of Paradise

"With the lilting precision of a poet, Rosalind Brackenbury conjures the south of France . . .with language as compelling and seductive as that of a fine ballad. . . . At once lyrical, exhilarating, tender, and wise, this book is a delight to read, both for the sheer beauty of [her] prose and for the claims of the past that she evokes so vividly."--Thad Carhart, author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank and the forthcoming Finding Fontainebleau

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 7:30pm
The Third Swimmer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781564745828
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Daniel & Daniel Publishers - March 7th, 2016

This is the story of a marriage between two Britons, Olivia and Thomas. The first part of the novel takes place in London, on the brink of war, bracing for invasion. It ends with a bomb that would have killed Olivia, had Olivia not been spending the night with her married lover, Felix. Prior to spending her final night with Felix, Olivia has accepted a proposal of marriage from Thomas, a more suitable life partner. Part Two opens in 1952, after the war, but with the effects of the war still haunting the survivors as well as the landscape.

June 2016

Come and see us in our booth at this terrific celebration of books and authors! For more information on the festival, visit

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 9:00am to Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 6:00pm

in conversation with Joel Drucker about his book, Late to the Ball: Age. Learn. Fight. Love. Play Tennis. Win.

Only a writer as agile and intelligent as Gerald Marzorati could pull off a book like [this]. Part tennis story, part memoir, part scientific inquiry into the effects of aging, this marvelous book offers pleasures on every page and moves with the energy of Roger Federer in his prime. A wonderful addition to that shelf of sports books that are about so much more than a game."--Darcy Frey, author of The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams


Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 7:30pm
Late to the Ball: Age. Learn. Fight. Love. Play Tennis. Win. Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476737393
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - May 17th, 2016

Time waits for no man or woman, but it takes until about age 45 or so before most of us have any idea what that really means. Then begins a very intimate dialogue with the clock, as the weeks and months and years flash by with mysterious and disconcerting speed. How to confront the inevitable has long fascinated every culture. How to defy the inevitable is what Marzorati’s Late to the Ball: Age. Learn. Fight. Love. Play Tennis. Win. is all about.

reads from Finding Fontainebleau: An American Boy in France, his  beguiling memoir of a childhood in 1950s Fontainebleau.

“A delicious journey into a France we never knew and wish we did. Long before mass tourism and globalization France was simple, soulful, and every inch stimulating. Carhart knew it all and shares this with us with the deftness and insight of a master storyteller.”—Leonard Pitt, author of Walks Through Lost Paris and Paris a Journey Through Time

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 7:30pm
Finding Fontainebleau: An American Boy in France Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525428800
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking - May 17th, 2016

For a young American boy in the 1950s, Fontainebleau was a sight both strange and majestic, home to a continual series of adventures: a different language to learn, weekend visits to nearby Paris, family road trips to Spain and Italy. Then there was the château itself: a sprawling palace once the residence of kings, its grounds the perfect place to play hide-and-seek. The curiosities of the small town and the time with his family as expats left such an impression on him that thirty years later Carhart returned to France with his wife to raise their two children.

reads from Sharing the Work: What My Family and Career Taught Me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others) 

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 7:30pm
Sharing the Work: What My Family and Career Taught Me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others) Cover Image
By Myra Strober, John J. Donahoe (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780262034388
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mit Press - April 2016

reads from his novel, Sensing Light, a stunning story of three doctors' struggles in San Francisco during the first decade of the AIDS epidemic.

"In Sensing Light, Mark Jacobson creates a moving tapestry of the doctors, the patients, and their lovers, both gay and straight, caught up in the AIDS epidemic. A compassionate, intelligent novel, part medical thriller that only someone who was there from the start could've written."—Bill Barich, staff writer for The New Yorker, 1980-95, and author of Big Dreams: Into the Heart of California

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 7:30pm
Sensing Light Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612435701
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ulysses Press - June 23rd, 2016

In March,1979, a young street hustler in San Francisco stumbles into an emergency room with lungs so congested he can barely breathe. Seen by a perplexed medical resident, the patient becomes the first of many thousands to die from a yet-to-be named plague. Sensing Light is a raw, compelling novel that follows the personal and professional lives of the men and women on the front lines of the emerging AIDS epidemic.

reads from her new novel, They May Not Mean To, But They Do, a radiantly compassionate look at three generations, all coming of age together.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 7:30pm
They May Not Mean To, But They Do Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374280130
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - June 7th, 2016

Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would prefer. She won't take their advice, and she won't take an antidepressant. Her marriage to their father, Aaron, has lasted through health and dementia, as well as some phenomenally lousy business decisions. The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don't just grow, they grow old.

July 2016

Presentation on Planting Design for Dry Gardens: Beautiful, Resilient Groundcovers for Terraces, Paved Areas, Gravel and Other Alternatives to the Lawn 

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 4:00pm
Planting Design for Dry Gardens: Beautiful, Resilient Groundcovers for Terraces, Paved Areas, Gravel and Other Alternatives to the Lawn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780993389207
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Filbert Press - May 2016

September 2016

reading from her new (adult) novel, Another Brooklyn.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 7:30pm
Another Brooklyn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062359988
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Amistad Press - August 9th, 2016

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