discussing Packer's new novel, The Children's Crusade.
"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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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 http://www.baybookfest.org/
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Discussing Walbert's 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.
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
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, a profoundly moving memoir of rediscovering, reinventing, and reconnecting, as an estranged mother and daughter come together to revive a long-abandoned garden and ultimately their relationship and themselves.
"An honest portrayal of the thorny process of mending a broken family; like coaxing a neglected garden into full fruit, the process is painful yet offers moments of sweet redemption. Weaver’s prose—especially when talking food—sings.”—Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City
discussing 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
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.