April 2015

reads from her historical novel, Jam on the Vine.

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9780802123343
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - February 3rd, 2015

A new American classic: a dynamic tale of triumph against the odds and the compelling story of one woman's struggle for equality that belongs alongside Jazz by Toni Morrison and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

Susan Erb (Park Day School) and Terry Edeli (The San Francisco School) discuss Loving Learning: How Progressive Education Can Save America's Schools by Tom Little and Katherine Ellison.

Several years ago, Tom Little, the late, beloved headmaster of Oakland's Park Day School, set out on a tour of progressive schools across America. In his new book, he combines his own 27 years of experience as a head of school, and the wisdom of other educators, to shape the following conviction: "Progressive Education prepares students for active participation in a democratic society in the context of a child-centered environment, and with an enduring commitment to social justice." Erb and Edeli join us to discuss how a renewed commitment to these values can transform American education, forming a "pedagogy of joy."


Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9780393246162
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 2nd, 2015

discussing Stiglitz's new book, The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do about Them.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
ISBN: 9780393248579
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 20th, 2015

In this new book, Nobel Prize winner Stiglitz expands on the diagnosis he offered in The Price of Inequality and suggests ways to counter America s growing problem. With his signature blend of clarity and passion, Stiglitz argues that inequality is a choice the cumulative result of unjust policies and misguided priorities.

release party and reading for her poetry volume, Waiting to Be Called IF SF Publishing, $17. Available in-store only.

Claire Scott’s great accomplishment is in knowing how to make poetry out of every part of her life. She’s patient enough to hold opposites to the breaking point, and then to keep going toward that frontier where real poetry takes place. Each poem in Waiting to be Called lives in a world where nothing’s sacred and yet everything’s sacred. Just when you think she’s taking you to a place too dark to enter, Claire makes you laugh. And when you think a poem’s too funny to be a poem, Claire can make you cry. Scott’s a poet who knows all the dance steps, but is never confined by any one of them, able to tease her own unique electricity out of ordinary human experience where grief and despair, joy and happiness, tragedy and comedy co-exist, where every word comes to new life and means something that it’s never meant before.


Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 7:30pm

“A brilliant, eccentric, unique voice with a range that encompasses childhood violence and a God who comes to therapy. Claire Scott’s lean, beautifully crafted language dares to be cynical about the world but is never without a deep compassion. These are poems that will be read over and over again as a seismograph of our time. —Kim Chernin, author of In My Mother’s House, The Hungry Self

May 2015

Join us in celebrating books and indie bookselling on this festive day that will feature 16 exclusive books and art pieces. Included in the offerings are limited edition, unique items only available at participating bookstores, and only on May 2: a signed, original Chris Ware print; a signed chapbook of original essays by Roxane Gay; a Margaret Atwood stencil, a literary map of the seas; a color broadside from Stephen King's forthcoming novel, Finders Keepers. All this, and much, much more. See below for schedule of activities.

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 10:00am to 9:00pm

10:30 Kids' Joke-a-Thon. Come and tell your favorite joke and get the giggles going! Looking for new material? Check out our extensive humor library that includes Monkey Farts, Jokelopedia and, specially available for this day, Funny Ha Ha.

discussing Packer's new novel, The Children's Crusade.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9781476710457
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 7th, 2015

"Ann Packer flawlessly executes the most daring, difficult and exhilarating feat in the novelist's repertoire: to re-create the history of an era and a place through the history of one family, finding intimacy in the sweep of time and import in the nuance of everyday life, pulling it off with mastery, authority and all the passionate artistry that lovers of her work have come to expect.”--Michael Chabon

A sweeping, masterful new novel that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades.

Our hotly anticipated summer reading recommendation event for parents and kids k-5! Featuring special guests Jon Agee, Lisa Brown, and Ian Lendler.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Hot Reads for a Cool Summer is back! Special guests Jon Agee, Lisa Brown, and Ian Lendler join our children's specialists to recommend their top picks for reading this summer. Annotated reading lists, prizes, refreshments, and 20% off selected titles make this our most popular annual event!

present Making the Conventional Unconventional, Creating the Unique Art Book

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 1:30pm

Tom Ingalls (Missing Links Press) and Marie Dern (Jungle Garden Press) present: How to make beautiful books that tell both the designer and writer’s story. They will discuss approaches to design, from manuscript to printed book. How do you choose the basic elements of a book: paper and type?

reads from A Dangerous Place, her new Maisie Dobbs mystery.

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9780062220554
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - March 17th, 2015

Maisie Dobbs returns in a powerful story of political intrigue and personal tragedy: a brutal murder in the British garrison town of Gibraltar leads the investigator into a web of lies, deceit, and danger.

presents The Paper Playhouse: Awesome Art Projects for Kids Using Paper, Boxes, and Books

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 4:00pm
ISBN: 9781592539802
Availability: Special Order
Published: Quarry Books - January 2015

With simple techniques including sculpture, printmaking, bookbinding, collage, and
even ideas for public art, families work through step-by-step instructions while using
imagination and budding aesthetics.

This book goes beyond the typical paper craft project to include contemporary design
references like Mid-Century Modern dollhouses, VW buses, paper monsters,
costumes and masks, and the classic lemonade stand--all made with unique style and

June 2015

discusses The Great Fire: One American's Mission to Rescue of Victims of the 20th Century’s First Genocide, the harrowing story of a Methodist Minister and a principled American naval officer who helped rescue more than 250,000 refugees during the genocide of Armenian and Greek Christians--a tale of bravery, morality, and politics, published to coincide with the genocide's centennial.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9780062259882
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ecco Press - May 12th, 2015

The year was 1922: World War I had just come to a close, the Ottoman Empire was in decline, and Asa Jennings, a YMCA worker from upstate New York, had just arrived in the quiet coastal city of Smyrna to teach sports to boys. Several hundred miles to the east in Turkey's interior, tensions between Greeks and Turks had boiled over into deadly violence. Mustapha Kemal, now known as Ataturk, and his Muslim army soon advanced into Smyrna, a Christian city, where a half a million terrified Greek and Armenian refugees had fled in a desperate attempt to escape his troops.

Look for Mrs. Dalloway's booth at the festival in downtown Berkeley! For full info on activities and speakers, see

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 10:00am to Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 5:00pm

presents From Field to Fork: Food Ethics for Everyone.

As we become ever more aware of how what we eat affects our bodies, our communities, and our planet, we’re being presented with an increasing array of culinary options; organic, gluten-free, fair trade, etc. Along with these choices comes an equally befuddling series of ethical imperatives; justice for food workers and small farmers, the rising concern over the impact of industrial agriculture on food animals and the broader environment, all while a global epidemic of obesity-related diseases threatens to overwhelm modern health systems. How do we begin to think through these issues for ourselves?

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9780199391691
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 10th, 2015

Thompson applies the rigor of philosophy to key topics in the first comprehensive study to explore the interconnections hidden deep within this jumble of culinary issues. Bringing to bear more than thirty years of experience working closely with farmers, agricultural researchers and food system activists, he explores the eclipse of food ethics during the rise of nutritional science, and examines the reasons for its sudden re-emergence in the era of diet-based disease.

Launch party for her new novel, The Truth According to Us. The co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (and many books for children) has written a wise, witty, and exuberant novel that illuminates the power of loyalty and forgiveness, memory and truth, and the courage it takes to do what’s right. Once again she evokes the charm and eccentricity of a small town filled with extraordinary characters, bringing to life an inquisitive young girl, her beloved aunt, and the alluring visitor who changes the course of their destiny forever.

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9780385342940
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dial Press - June 9th, 2015

In the summer of 1938, Layla Beck’s father, a United States senator, cuts off her allowance and demands that she find employment on the Federal Writers’ Project, a New Deal jobs program. Within days, Layla finds herself far from her accustomed social whirl, assigned to cover the history of the remote mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia, and destined, in her opinion, to go completely mad with boredom.

Launch party for her new YA book, Delicate Monsters, a twisted and haunting tale about three teens uncovering dark secrets and even darker truths about themselves.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9781250063847
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 9th, 2015

When nearly killing a classmate gets seventeen-year-old Sadie Su kicked out of her third boarding school in four years, she returns to her family's California vineyard estate. Here, she's meant to stay out of trouble. Here, she's meant to do a lot of things. But it's hard. She's bored. And when Sadie's bored, the only thing she likes is trouble.

reads from his highly acclaimed debut novel, We Are Not Ourselves, just released in paperback. "A great novel about hope, heartbreak, family, and failure in America."--Esquire

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9781476756677
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 2nd, 2015

Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish immigrant parents in Woodside, Queens, in an apartment where the mood swings between heartbreak and hilarity, depending on how much alcohol has been consumed. From an early age, Eileen wished that she lived somewhere else. She sets her sights on upper class Bronxville, New York, and an American Dream is born.

Join us for another installment of James Joyce's Ulysses, expertly and enthusiastically read by two of Elmwood's finest, Thomas Lynch and George Davis. This reading will cover the second half of chapter eight, in the newspaper.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 7:30pm
By James Joyce, Erroll McDonald (Editor), Morris L. Ernst (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780679722762
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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 16th, 1990

reads from Planck: Driven by Vision, Broken by War. Planck's Law, an equation used by physicists to determine the radiation leaking from any object in the universe, was described by Albert Einstein as 'the basis of all twentieth-century physics." Max Planck is credited with being the father of quantum theory, and his work laid the foundation for our modern understanding of matter and energetic processes. But Planck's story is not well known, especially in the United States.

"Planck had his flaws, but readers of this engrossing, insightful, and definitive biography will share Brown's admiration and agree that he deserves his iconic reputation." --Publisher's Weekly, starred review

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9780190219475
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 2015

A German physicist working during the first half of the twentieth century, his library, personal journals, notebooks, and letters were all destroyed with his home in World War II. What remains, other than his contributions to science, are handwritten letters in German shorthand, and tributes from other scientists of the time, including his close friend Albert Einstein.

Discusses her new novel, The Sunken Cathedral, a deeply moving, “lyrical, ominous, and unexpectedly funny” (Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers) novel that follows a cast of characters as they negotiate one of Manhattan’s swiftly changing neighborhoods, extreme weather, and the unease of twenty-first-century life.

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9781476799322
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - June 9th, 2015

Marie and Simone, friends for decades, were once immigrants to the city, survivors of World War II in Europe. Now widows living alone in Chelsea, they remain robust, engaged, and adventurous, even as the vistas from their past interrupt their present. Helen is an art historian who takes a painting class with Marie and Simone. Sid Morris, their instructor, presides over a dusty studio in a tenement slated for condo conversion; he awakes the interest of both Simone and Marie.

present A Crow of His Own, "a very funny but telling look at self-acceptance and not assuming the worst based on first impressions."--School Library Journal

Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 2:00pm
ISBN: 9781580894470
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - April 14th, 2015

Clyde is no Larry.

Living in the shadow of a legend is a lot of work.

Larry was the best rooster ever, waking up the barnyard, impressing his compatriots, and sending all the hens into a swoon with his masterful crow. But when his genius is discovered and Larry takes off for fame and fortune, farmers Jay and Kevin replace the irreplaceable with Clyde. The other animals are skeptical.

reads from Orchard House: How a Neglected Garden Taught One Family to Grow.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9780345548078
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 31st, 2015

July 2015

reads from her story collection, Music for Wartime, a spellbinding short story collection from a master of the form, "one of our best writers—witty and precise, brilliant and compassionate—and every one of these stories contains all the depth and heartache of a doorstop-sized novel. I’ve been waiting for years for this book. Music for Wartime isn’t simply wonderful—it’s essential.” —Molly Antopol, author of The Un-Americans

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9780525426691
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking - June 23rd, 2015

Makkai’s first two novels, The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, have established her as one of the freshest and most imaginative voices in fiction. Now, the acclaimed writer returns with a highly anticipated collection of short stories marked with her signature mix of intelligence, wit, and heart.

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