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April 2014

  • For Ages 1-4, come on by and hear a story.

    We love kids. And what is more fun than sharing a story with a little person? Come on by Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Ttell your friends!

    Wednesday, April 23, 10:30am
  • Go forth early and disseminate literature! Then come back to hear Hannah Kent read from Burial Rites, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, April 23, 5:00pm
  • reads from her marvelous Icelandic saga, Burial Rites, just released in paper (Back Bay, $15).

    Wednesday, April 23, 7:30pm

    A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

  • celebrate the release of Kate Gale’s The Goldilocks Zone (University of New Mexico Press, $18.95), Douglas Kearney’s Patter (Red Hen Press, $17.95), and Peter Kline’s Deviants (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, $16).

    Thursday, April 24, 7:30pm
  • reads from his novel, The Steady Running of the Hour (Simon & Schuster, $26).

    Friday, April 25, 7:30pm

    A mesmerizing debut in which a young American discovers he may be heir to the unclaimed estate of an English World War I officer launching him on a quest across Europe to uncover the elusive truth.

  • presents the new issue of Star 82 Review.

    Sunday, April 27, 4:00pm

    Please join us in celebrating the fifth issue of Star 82.

  • For Ages 1-4, come on by and hear a story.

    We love kids. And what is more fun than sharing a story with a little person? Come on by Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Tell your friends!

    Wednesday, April 30, 10:30am

May 2014

  • presents An Ocean Garden: the Secret Life of Seaweed (Abrams, $17.95).

    Friday, May 2, 7:30pm

    “I fell in love with seaweed at the kitchen counter. I had returned from the windswept beach with a sack full, and as I dropped each specimen into a tub of salt water, its form and color and translucent sensuality awakened. Pale pinks mingled with bright greens and yellow oranges. Rounded fronds, bumpy textures, and long slender fingers unraveled. I focused on one green algal mass. As I teased out the delicate blades, they would stick to my fingers or to each other—these ocean flora truly belong in water not air—but I persevered . . . I felt like I was unraveling secrets that few have seen.” 

  • A statewide party, as big and varied as the state itself, celebrating independent bookstores.

    Saturday, May 3 (All day)

    93 bookstores, 13 exclusive books & art pieces. 1 day only. Join the party!

  • presents Is That Me Yelling? A Parent's Guide to Getting Your Kids to Cooperate Without Losing Your Cool (New Harbinger, $16.95).

    Sunday, May 4, 4:00pm

    “A parent's responsibility is to facilitate the development of their child's consciousness. Thanks to Rona Renner's insightful book, parents now have tools to help accomplish this.”—Deepak Chopra, MD

  • presents her picture book, Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend (Feiwel & Friends, $16.99).

    Tuesday, May 6, 7:30pm

    'Stanton’s artwork—a vibrant collage of acrylic and scraps of varied papers from around the globe—a deeply reassuring atmosphere of love and warmth."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Wednesday, May 7, 10:30am
  • Artist-and-writer team Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki present their new graphic novel, This One Summer (First Second, $17.99), at the Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Public Library.

    Wednesday, May 7, 6:30pm
    Claremont Branch Library

    "With a light touch, the Tamakis capture the struggle of growing up in a patchwork of summer moments . . . Wistful, touching, and perfectly bittersweet." -- Booklist, starred review

  • present Invitation to Architecture: Discovering Delight in the World Built Around Us (Taunton, $27).

    Wednesday, May 7, 7:30pm

    Why does architecture matter? What differentiates “architecture” from mere “building”?

  • reads from Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, just released in paperback (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.95).

    Thursday, May 8, 7:30pm

    "Thoroughly absorbing, lively . . . Fuller, so misunderstood in life, richly deserves the nuanced, compassionate portrait Marshall paints." — Boston Globe

  • reads from her new novel, And the Dark Sacred Night (Pantheon, $26.95).

    Friday, May 9, 12:30pm

    "Explores the pain of family secrets, the importance of identity, and the ultimate meaning of family . . . [a] lovely, highly readable, and thought-provoking novel.” —Booklist, starred review

  • returns to read from his new novel, The Temporary Gentleman (Viking, $26.95).

    Friday, May 9, 7:30pm

    "With this complex portrait of a man rooted in his hometown but drawn into a wider warring world, Barry again proves himself a prose artist and a skilled navigator of the rocky shoals of modern morality and Irish heritage."--Publishers Weekly

  • Wednesday, May 14, 10:30am
  • reads from her new novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 (Harper, $26.99).

    Wednesday, May 14, 7:30pm

    Michael Cunningham on Francine Prose: "She is, essentially, the Hope Diamond of literature.”

  • $5 ticket admits one adult (kids free). May be applied to purchases that night or for one month from event (6/15/14). Call Mrs. Dalloway's to purchase your tickets: 510.704.8222.

    Thursday, May 15, 6:30pm

    Join us for Mrs. Dalloway's 5th Annual Kids Summer Reading Recommendations Night. The theme this year is books that feature kids of various colors, cultures, and nationalities. Cookies, games, prizes!!!

  • Wednesday, May 21, 10:30am
  • reads from her novel, The Year She Left Us (Harper, $25.99).

    Wednesday, May 21, 7:30pm

    An extraordinary, unexpected debut tale of three generations of Chinese-American women in a San Francisco family who must confront their past and carve out a future.

  • reads from Stray Poems: San Francisco Poet Laureate Series #6 (City Lights, $9.95).

    Thursday, May 22, 7:30pm

    "In the city of poets, Murguia has become the activist voice of refugees and exiles--as so many of us are, even as natives--at the center of the Americas. Disguised by its sensuous intimacy, soothing and ennobling, his is a poetry that arms the resistance."--Dagoberto Gilb, author of The Magic of Blood

  • Wednesday, May 28, 10:30am
  • in conversation about Colbert's debut novel, Pointe (Penguin, $17.99).

    Saturday, May 31, 7:30pm

    "An extraordinary book about dance, seamlessly intertwined with the chilling aftermath of a kidnapping. In honest, confident prose, Colbert builds characters whose flaws, struggles, and bad decisions make them real and indelibly memorable. . . . Colbert gives all her characters similar depth and it’s this complexity and empathy that set this gripping story apart."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

June 2014

  • presents Lunch at the Shop: The Art and Practice of the Midday Meal (Abrams, $24.95).

    Tuesday, June 17, 12:00pm
  • reads from her new novel, Euphoria (Atlantic Monthly, $25).

    Tuesday, June 24, 7:30pm
  • A launch party for Stephanie Kuehn and her new novel, Complicit (St. Martin's Griffin, $18.99).

    Thursday, June 26, 7:30pm

    "Kuehn's second novel, after her Morris Award-winning Charm & Strange, powerfully examines how mental illness can turn into family tragedy that ripples far and wide beyond a single event. The prose is as hallucinatory as the madness Jamie seeks to uncover in a novel that's tense and ambiguous from start to finish." --Publishers Weekly, starred review