reads from his best-selling memoir, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. Just released in paperback, a deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker writer.
“A hefty masterpiece.”
—Geoff Dyer, The Guardian
Barbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter.
reads from her extraordinary novel, The Third Swimmer.
"Deeply, warmly, beautifully engaging, this tale of love, war, secrecy, and redeption . . . will knock your socks off."--Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Life Without a Recipe and Birds of Paradise
"With the lilting precision of a poet, Rosalind Brackenbury conjures the south of France . . .with language as compelling and seductive as that of a fine ballad. . . . At once lyrical, exhilarating, tender, and wise, this book is a delight to read, both for the sheer beauty of [her] prose and for the claims of the past that she evokes so vividly."--Thad Carhart, author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank and the forthcoming Finding Fontainebleau
This is the story of a marriage between two Britons, Olivia and Thomas. The first part of the novel takes place in London, on the brink of war, bracing for invasion. It ends with a bomb that would have killed Olivia, had Olivia not been spending the night with her married lover, Felix. Prior to spending her final night with Felix, Olivia has accepted a proposal of marriage from Thomas, a more suitable life partner. Part Two opens in 1952, after the war, but with the effects of the war still haunting the survivors as well as the landscape.
Come and see us in our booth at this terrific celebration of books and authors! For more information on the festival, visit http://www.baybookfest.org/content/festival/sneakpeek.html
in conversation with Joel Drucker about his book, Late to the Ball: Age. Learn. Fight. Love. Play Tennis. Win.
Only a writer as agile and intelligent as Gerald Marzorati could pull off a book like [this]. Part tennis story, part memoir, part scientific inquiry into the effects of aging, this marvelous book offers pleasures on every page and moves with the energy of Roger Federer in his prime. A wonderful addition to that shelf of sports books that are about so much more than a game."--Darcy Frey, author of The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams
Time waits for no man or woman, but it takes until about age 45 or so before most of us have any idea what that really means. Then begins a very intimate dialogue with the clock, as the weeks and months and years flash by with mysterious and disconcerting speed. How to confront the inevitable has long fascinated every culture. How to defy the inevitable is what Marzorati’s Late to the Ball: Age. Learn. Fight. Love. Play Tennis. Win. is all about.
reads from Finding Fontainebleau: An American Boy in France, his beguiling memoir of a childhood in 1950s Fontainebleau.
“A delicious journey into a France we never knew and wish we did. Long before mass tourism and globalization France was simple, soulful, and every inch stimulating. Carhart knew it all and shares this with us with the deftness and insight of a master storyteller.”—Leonard Pitt, author of Walks Through Lost Paris and Paris a Journey Through Time
For a young American boy in the 1950s, Fontainebleau was a sight both strange and majestic, home to a continual series of adventures: a different language to learn, weekend visits to nearby Paris, family road trips to Spain and Italy. Then there was the château itself: a sprawling palace once the residence of kings, its grounds the perfect place to play hide-and-seek. The curiosities of the small town and the time with his family as expats left such an impression on him that thirty years later Carhart returned to France with his wife to raise their two children.
The inimitable, much-admired Thomas Lynch reads another installment (the first half of Episode Eight: “Lestrygonians,” from James Joyce's Ulysses in a Mrs. Dalloway's tradition. Join us for Irish soda bread and Guinness.
reads from his novel, Sensing Light, a stunning story of three doctors' struggles in San Francisco during the first decade of the AIDS epidemic.
"In Sensing Light, Mark Jacobson creates a moving tapestry of the doctors, the patients, and their lovers, both gay and straight, caught up in the AIDS epidemic. A compassionate, intelligent novel, part medical thriller that only someone who was there from the start could've written."—Bill Barich, staff writer for The New Yorker, 1980-95, and author of Big Dreams: Into the Heart of California
In March,1979, a young street hustler in San Francisco stumbles into an emergency room with lungs so congested he can barely breathe. Seen by a perplexed medical resident, the patient becomes the first of many thousands to die from a yet-to-be named plague. Sensing Light is a raw, compelling novel that follows the personal and professional lives of the men and women on the front lines of the emerging AIDS epidemic.
reads from her new novel, They May Not Mean To, But They Do, a radiantly compassionate look at three generations, all coming of age together.
reads from her new young adult novel, Outrun the Moon.
From the author of the critically-acclaimed Under a Painted Sky comes a powerful novel set during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
reads from Sharing the Work: What My Family and Career Taught Me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others).
"The memoir of a woman who has learned that 'having it all' is only possible by 'sharing it all,' from finding a partner who values your work as much as you do to fighting for family friendly policies. You will learn that finding allies is crucial, blending families after divorce is possible, and that there is neither a good time nor a bad time to have children. Both women and men will find a friend in these pages."--Gloria Steinem
Myra Strober became a feminist on the Bay Bridge, heading toward San Francisco. It is 1970. She has just been told by the chairman of Berkeley’s economics department that she can never get tenure. Driving home afterward, wondering if she got something out of the freezer for her family’s dinner, she realizes the truth: she is being denied a regular faculty position because she is a mother. Flooded with anger, she also finds her life’s work: to study and fight sexism, in the workplace, in academia, and at home.
Presentation on Planting Design for Dry Gardens: Beautiful, Resilient Groundcovers for Terraces, Paved Areas, Gravel and Other Alternatives to the Lawn
Join your fellow Potterheads for a night of magic as we countdown to the release of the eighth installment of the Harry Potter Saga!
The festivities start at 7:00 pm, with a round of butterbeer for everyone! We will be hosting "classes" throughout the night including Defense Against the Dark Arts, Wand-Making, and Herbology! Do you have what it takes to beat our extreme Harry Potter Trivia? Winner will receive a spellbinding prize!
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The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
reading from her new (adult) novel, Another Brooklyn.
“A sort of fever dream, containing both the hard truths of life and the gentle beauty of memory. The story of a young girl trying to find herself in the midst of so many conflicting influences and desires swallowed me whole. Jacqueline Woodson has such an original vision, such a singular voice. I loved this book.”— Ann Patchett