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July 2014

  • Two events @ Oliveto for The Simple Art of Vegetarian Cooking: Templates and Lessons for Making Delicious Meatless Meals Every Day (Rodale, $32.50)

    Meet Martha Rose Shulman and taste the delicious food from her new book.  Check directly with the restaurant: (or call  547-5356) for information and reservations.

    4-5:30 p.m. Cafe Downstairs: Shulman will talk briefly on the template concept of her book and answer questions

    Happy Hour featuring specialty cocktails/ wines by the glass

    5:30/6:00 p.m. Dinner Upstairs: Menu inspired by Shulman and interpreted  by Chef Jonah

    Shulman will circulate through the dining room to chat

    Books for sale at both events

    Friday, July 25, 4:00pm

    Meet Martha Rose Shulman and taste the delicious food from her new book.  Two events at Oliveto. Check directly with the restaurant: (or call  547-5356) for information and reservations.

    4-5:30 p.m. Cafe Downstairs: Shulman will talk briefly on the template concept and answer questions

    Happy Hour with specialty cocktails/wines by the glass

    5:30/6 p.m. Dinner Upstairs: Menu inspired by Shulman and interpreted by Chef Jonah

    Shulman will circulate through the dining room to chat

    Books for sale at both events.

  • reading from her new novel, The Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War (Harper, $26.99).

    Tuesday, July 29, 7:30pm

    "A haunting evocation, from an unusual angle, of the war that cast such a shadow over the whole 20th century. Jacqueline Winspear knows her native England, and the human heart, very well indeed."--Adam Hochschild

  • sharing their latest work from Copper Canyon Press. Zapruder reads from his new collection, Sun Bear ($17) and Young from Bender: New & Selected Poems ($26).

    Thursday, July 31, 7:30pm

    “With dynamic, logically complex sentences, Zapruder posits a world that is both extraordinary and refreshingly ordinary.” —BOMB

    “The language, the invention, the imagination, and the sheer fun of his poems are astounding.” —Charles Simic (on Young)

August 2014

  • Ages 1-3. Bring your little ones to hear a favorite or new story. Wednesdays @ 10:30 a.m. Tell your friends!

    Wednesday, August 6, 10:30am
  • reads from her new novel, A Wedding in Provence (Random House, $25).

    Tuesday, August 12, 7:30pm

    “Utterly charming and wildly romantic.”—Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train

  • presents The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet (Simon & Schuster, $27.99).

    Wednesday, August 13, 7:30pm

    "A gripping read for anyone who has ever tried to eat healthily....This is not an obvious page-turner. But it is...."--The Economist

  • presents Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece (Putnam, $17.99).

    Saturday, August 16, 1:00pm

    "In Polacco’s world, children confront fears and solve problems with the help of loving adults, their exchanges captured with exceptional powers of observation. . . Even the shyest readers may find themselves inspired."--Publishers Weekly

  • present three volumes in A Treasury of Glorious Goddesses: Call Me Isis, Call me Ixchel and Call Me Athena (Goosebottom Books, $12.99 each).

    Saturday, August 23, 4:00pm

    Lively middle grade novels written in the first person, A Treasury of Glorious Goddesses brings to life mythologies from around the world. Each story is told through the eyes of the goddess, in a fun and intimate first-person voice. Although all works of fiction, the books are inspired by ancient myths.

  • reading from Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered (Simon & Schuster, $28).

    Tuesday, August 26, 7:30pm

    Everybody knows her smile, but no one knows her story: Meet the flesh-and-blood woman who became one of the most famous artistic subjects of all time—Mona Lisa.

  • reads from Unstill Life: A Daughter's Memoir of Art and Love in the Age of Abstraction (Norton, $26.95).

    Wednesday, August 27, 7:30pm

    "A profoundly moving tribute to her parents . . .from Central Park West to Berkeley.” —Publishers Weekly

September 2014

  • Launch party for The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season (Brandeis University Press, $24.95).

    Tuesday, September 2, 7:30pm

    "Her brilliant work is bound to touch your heart, open your mind, and bring a new sense of the ancient power of the High Holidays. . . . a wonderful companion for the Ten Days of t’shuvah.”—Rabbi David Teutsch, director of the Center for Jewish Ethics at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

  • Ages 1-3. Bring your little ones to hear a favorite or new story. Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Tell your friends!

    Wednesday, September 3, 10:30am
  • presents Explosion Green: One Man's Journey to Green the World's Largest Industry (Morgan James, $17.95).

    Thursday, September 4, 7:30pm

    "David Gottfried not only accelerates the cause with a contagious passion, he also provides a clear path towards delivering the transformational change the world needs."--Douglas Frye, Global President and CEO, Colliers Int.

  • reads from his new novel, Your Face in Mine (Riverhead, $27.95)

    Thursday, September 11, 5:00pm
    Doe Library UC Berkeley

    "One of the most slyly penetrating novels on race and identity politics I've ever had the pleasure of reading."--Richard Price

  • presents The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity (Norton, $29.95).

    Thursday, September 11, 7:30pm

    "It is hard to imagine how Sandra Gilbert could have produced so broad an overview of contemporary food writing and thought, not only literary analysis but also history, memoir ( foodoir! ), and bibliography. Anyone wanting an introduction to the meaning of food culture should start here."--Marion Nestle

  • discusses Immigration Outside the Law (Oxford, $29.95).

    Friday, September 12, 7:30pm

    "A brilliant framework for thinking about and debating the relationship between immigration and law-including how the government enforces the law."----John Skrentny, Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego

  • Launch party for her novel, Nest (Wendy Lamb/Random House, $16.99).

    Sunday, September 14, 4:00pm

    "A poignant, insightful story of family crisis and the healing power of friendship."--Kirkus (starred)

  • 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 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

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

    Wednesday, September 24, 5:00pm
    Doe Library UC Berkeley

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

  • in conversation about Bad Feminist: Essays (HarperCollins, $15.99).

    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

  • reads from her 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

  • Release party for 99 Poems for the 99 Percent (99 Percent: The Press, $16).

    Thursday, October 2, 7:30pm
  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

November 2014

December 2014