August 2017

Our month-long hunt for Waldo in the Elmwood wraps up with our Waldo party on Saturday, August 5 at 4pm. We'll have yummy snacks, activities, and the chance to win a prize for those who have found 20 of the 25 hidden Waldos and turned in their completed Waldo passports to Mrs. Dalloway's. Prizes have been donated by Candlewick (the complete set of Where's Waldo books), the Elmwood merchants and other generous souls (including Nabalom pizza, movie tickets to the Elmwood Theater, swim lessons at the Berkeley Tennis Club and more!)
Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 4:00pm
Where's Waldo? Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763634988
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-2 days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 10th, 2007

Celebrating the double launch for their YA novels just releasing: When I Am Through with You ("A tense, masterful thriller that gripped me from the first page."--Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners) and Little & Lion ("Beautifully insightful, honest, and compassionate."--Nicola Yoon), respectively.

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 4:00pm
When I Am Through with You Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101994733
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - August 1st, 2017

Little & Lion Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316349000
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 8th, 2017

These two YA authors form a Mutual Admiration Society, so what could be better than to pair them as their new books come out?

reading and signing her new book, Grandma's Tiny House: A Counting Story.

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 10:30am
Grandma's Tiny House Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580897129
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - August 8th, 2017

This sweet, rhyming counting book introduces young readers to numbers one through fifteen as Grandma's family and friends fill her tiny house on Brown Street. Neighbors, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and grandkids crowd into the house and pile it high with treats for a family feast. But when the walls begin to bulge and no-body has space enough to eat, one clever grandchild knows exactly what to do. Where there's a will there's a way when families grow and come together.

September 2017

reading from Days Without End, winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award (his second) and just released in paperback.

"A true leftfield wonder: Days Without End is a violent, superbly lyrical western offering a sweeping vision of America in the making, the most fascinating line-by-line first person narration I've come across in years."--Kazuo Ishiguro

"For its exhilarating use of language alone, Sebastian Barry's Days Without End stood out among the year's novels. Epic in conception but comparatively brief in its extent, this brutal, beautiful book also features the year's most beguiling narrator ... A great American novel which happens to have been written by an Irishman."--The Times Literary Supplement

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 7:30pm
Days Without End Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143111405
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Books - September 12th, 2017

Launch for her picture book, A Stick Until . . .

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 4:00pm
A Stick Until. . . Cover Image
ISBN: 9781595727770
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Star Bright Books - June 30th, 2017

A stick is just a stick until an elephant turns it into a flyswatter, an alligator uses it to catch prey, or a child uses a stick as a toy. Constance Anderson shows readers how a simple stick can become a tool or a toy in this enjoyable look at the many uses animals and people can find for sticks. Creative uses of sticks range from chimpanzees catching tasty treats to birds attracting mates. A fun book to read to an inquisitive child or for use in a classroom, A Stick Until shows the wonders of nature and the joys of imagination.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

October 2017

Launch for You Bring the Distant Near, a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.

"Full of sisterhood, diversity, and complex, strong women, this book will speak to readers as they will undoubtedly find a kindred spirit in at least one of the Das women."-- Booklist  starred review 

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 2:00pm
You Bring the Distant Near Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374304904
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - September 12th, 2017

This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture--for better or worse.

reading from Moonglow, just released in paperback.

New York Times bestseller - Winner of the Sophie Brody Medal - An NBCC Finalist for 2016 Award for Fiction - ALA Carnegie Medal Finalist for Excellence in Fiction - Wall Street Journal's Best Novel of the Year - A New York Times Notable Book of the Year - A Washington Post Best Book of the Year - An NPR Best Book of the Year - A Slate Best Book of the Year - A Christian Science Monitor Top 15 Fiction Book of the Year - A New York Magazine Best Book of the Year - A San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year - A Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year - A New York Post Best Book of the Year

#1 Indie Next Pick -- A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice - A BookPage Top Fiction Pick of the Month - An Indie Next Bestseller

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 7:30pm
Moonglow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062225566
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper Perennial - September 19th, 2017

Another literary masterpiece from our friend and neighbor: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure--and the forces that work to destroy us.

reads from her exquisite short story collection, World Gone Missing.

“Laurie Ann Doyle understands how to structure a story so that it sneaks up on you and gives you a thump that leaves you breathless—breathless with wonder.”--Catherine Brady

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 7:30pm

In World Gone Missing, Laurie Ann Doyle’s powerful debut collection, people have disappeared. In these stories set in and around San Francisco, contemporary issues—divorce, sexual identity, homelessness—thread through a cast of memorable characters struggling to fill the void of a missing loved one.

Stopping in on her cross-country trailer tour to sign copies of Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, a revelatory work of in-depth narrative journalism about a new American workforce and a shift away from retirement as we know it.

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 4:00pm
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393249316
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 26th, 2017

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon's CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves "workampers."

reading from her new novel, Here in Berlin.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 7:30pm
Here in Berlin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619029590
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 10th, 2017

Here in Berlin is a portrait of a city through snapshots, an excavation of the stories and ghosts of contemporary Berlin--its complex, troubled past still pulsing in the air as it was during World War II. Critically acclaimed novelist Cristina Garcia brings the people of this famed city to life, their stories bristling with regret, desire, and longing.

reading from Manhattan Beach, the long-awaited, daring, and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 7:30pm
Manhattan Beach Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476716732
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 3rd, 2017

Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family.

celebrating two books published this year: The Romance of Elsewhere and The Last Laugh.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 7:30pm
Romance of Elsewhere: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619029279
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 10th, 2017

The Last Laugh Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374286651
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-2 days
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - July 3rd, 2017

Lynn Freed's deeply personal essays in The Romance of Elsewhere explore our most quintessential question: What makes a home? From very early on she had imagined for herself an ideal life: a stranger in a strange place: someone just arrived, just about to leave, and always with a home to return to. As a teenager on an exchange program to the U.S., she had made up fantastic reasons to escape high school in the suburbs and spend her time in New York City.

reading from Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 2:00pm
Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594633591
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Books - October 17th, 2017

Over the years that Victoria Sweet has been a physician, "healthcare" has replaced medicine, "providers" look at their laptops more than at their patients, and costs keep soaring, all in the ruthless pursuit of efficiency. Yet the remedy that economists and policy makers continue to miss is also miraculously simple. Good medicine takes more than amazing technology; it takes time--time to respond to bodies as well as data, time to arrive at the right diagnosis and the right treatment.

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