October 2015

Presents An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, the first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples,
just out in paperback. 2015 Recipient of the American Book Award.

"Belongs on the shelf next to Dee Brown's classic, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."--San Francisco Chronicle

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9780807057834
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Published: Beacon Press - August 11th, 2015

Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.

reads from Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California.

“The author is deeply rooted in the Golden State’s financial history, as anyone knows who read her excellent Towers of Gold. Now we find that terroir’s part of that story, too. A family member’s bottled heirlooms passed down through generations fall victim to a bizarre crime, and the author’s drawn in by a sense of loss, anger, and curiosity. How could even an unhinged perpetrator of the worst case of wine arson in California history destroy vintages bearing some of the biggest names in West Coast viticulture, and apparently get away with it? Dinkelspiel weaves together strands of past and present in an enthralling narrative that binds the reader to the investigation and to her personal triumph.”--James Conaway, author of the NYT bestseller, Napa: The Story of an American Eden



Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9781250033222
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 6th, 2015

On October 12, 2005, a fire broke out in Vallejo, California’s Wines Central, a warehouse that stored thousands of cases of wine from vineyards and individual collectors. Within hours, flames and heat had ravaged the concrete building, destroying more than four and a half million bottles of wine worth $250 million. It was the costliest destruction of wine in history, annihilating entire California vineyard libraries as well as bottles of some of the most sought-after wines in the world.

reads from her debut novel, After the Parade, a heartfelt, funny, endlessly compelling quest of a lonesome man who moves to San Francisco from a small Minnesota town trying to make his way in a profoundly complex and beautiful world.

“Lori Ostlund's wonderful novel should come with a set of instructions:  Be perfectly still.  Listen carefully.  Peer beneath every placid surface. Be alive to the possibility of wonder."--Richard Russo

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9781476790107
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 22nd, 2015

This is the story of forty-year-old Aaron Englund—a big-hearted, self-conscious, deeply sensitive man who decides it is time to leave his older partner and make a new life for himself in San Francisco. But as he steps out into a new world, Aaron finds his memories flying back to his childhood in the small town of Mortonville, Minnesota. Aaron might have left Mortonville years ago, but in San Francisco he starts to understand that real freedom won’t come until he has made peace with the traumas, mysteries, and lost opportunities bound up in that tiny Midwestern town.

reads from Golden Age, the much-anticipated third volume of her Last Hundred Years trilogy, following Some Luck and Early Warning, in which the Langdon family comes into the present day and beyond.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9780307700346
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 20th, 2015

1987: the next generation of Langdons are facing economic, social, cultural, and political challenges unlike anything their ancestors have encountered. Michael and Richie, twin sons of World War II hero Frank, work in the high-stakes worlds of government and finance, in Washington and New York—but their fiercest enemies may be closer to home. Charlie, the charmer, recently found, struggles to find his way; Guthrie is deployed to Iraq, leaving the Iowa farm—the heart of this enthralling saga—in the hands of his younger sister, Felicity, though Felicity as always, has her own ideas.

returns to Mrs. Dalloway's to read from her latest volume of poetry, Erratic Facts. “Witty, rebellious, and yet tender, [her poetry is] a treasure trove of an iconoclastic and joyful mind.” (Pulitzer Prize citation)

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9780802124050
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Published: Grove Press - October 6th, 2015

The "classic American poet” (Los Angeles Times)—is lauded for her highly intelligible, deeply insightful wisdom and vitality. Erratic Facts is her first collection since The Best of It, animated with her signature swift, lucid, lyrical poems.

Maybeck High Schoolan independent high school just a few blocks north of Mrs. Dalloway’s, has a long tradition of teaching poets and poetry from Walt Whitman to Evie Shockley. Students write poems in response to the poems they read and they write in response to what shakes them, moves them, and delights them. They write beautiful, fluid and honest pieces.  Please join us at 6:30 on the 27th for a night of young poets and poems.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

reads from her much-anticipated new volume of stories, Mendocino Fire, her first in twenty years. In this collection of richly imagined stories the master of short fiction delivers a diverse suite of stories about men and women confronting their vulnerabilities in times of transition and challenge.

"The first pleasure here is the glitter and darkness of the prose only Tallent can produce; but the profounder gift in these stories is the author s empathy, a tireless empathy, her knowledge of her characters peculiar entitlements and pangs and assumptions." --Louis B. Jones


Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9780062410344
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Published: Harper - October 20th, 2015

The triumphant, long-awaited return of a writer of remarkable gifts: in this collection of richly imagined stories her first new work in twenty years the master of short fiction delivers a diverse suite of stories about men and women confronting their vulnerabilities in times of transition and challenge.

Beginning in the 1980s, Elizabeth Tallent's work, appeared in some of our most prestigious literary publications, including The New Yorker, Esquire, and Harper's. Marked by its quiet power and emotional nuance, her fiction garnered widespread praise.

November 2015

lead a walking tour of the Elmwood in connection with their new book, Berkeley Walks: Revealing Rambles Through America's Most Intribuing City, followed by a signing.

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 3:00pm
ISBN: 9781938901393
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Published: Roaring Forties Press - October 13th, 2015

Berkeley Walks celebrates the things that make Berkeley such a wonderful walking city: diverse architecture, panoramic views, tree-lined neighborhoods, historic homes, unusual gardens, secret pathways, hidden parks, vibrant street life, trend-setting restaurants, and intriguing history. Fascinating and surprising sidelights include the apartment building from which Patty Hearst was kidnapped; Ted Kaczynski s home before he became the Unabomber; and the residences of Nobel laureates and literary Berkeleyans such as Thornton Wilder, Ann Rice, and Philip K. Dick.

in conversation about their recent books, A Master Plan for Rescue and Electric City, respectively.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9781594633614
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 14th, 2015

ISBN: 9781619025820
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 13th, 2015

About Master Plan: Set in 1942 New York and Berlin, [a novel] about the life-giving powers of storytelling, and the heroism that can be inspired by love. In essence, it is two love stories: the story of a child who worships his parents, then loses his father to an accident and his mother to her resulting grief; and the story of a young man who stumbles into the romance of his life, then watches her decline, forever changing the arc of his future. Each is propelled by the belief that if he acts heroically enough, it will restore some part of what--or whom --he has lost.

reads from her magnificent novel, Alice in Bed.

"In a work of breathtaking imagination, Hooper goes beyond the singular diarist who was Alice James and gives us the person--audaciously curious, unapologetically original, and clearly the equal of her two more illustrious brothers, Henry and William. The James clan was known for quirkiness, even in Boston, but their sibling bond is here revealed as tender, enduring, and full of a private mirth. An extraordinary accomplishment, a captivating read.--Thad Carhart, author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9781619025714
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 13th, 2015

"Arm yourself against my dawn, which may at any moment cast you and Harry into obscurity," Alice James writes her brother William in 1891. In Hooper's magnificent book, zingers such as this fly back and forth between the endlessly articulate and letter-writing Jameses, all of whom are geniuses at gossiping. And the James family did, in fact, know everyone intellectually important on both sides of the Atlantic, but by the time we meet her in 1889, Alice has been sidelined and is lying in bed in Leamington, England, after taking London by storm.

Dorothy A. Yule is fascinated by paper engineering and has created many unusual pop-up and movable books.

Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 4:00pm

 Most of her books are written in rhyming verse.  "I find a strong relationship between the structure of rhyming verse and the architecture of pop-ups, each supporting the ideas of the narrative in a system of formal expression and engineering." Her books are in many museums and special collections including those of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, the Museum of

reads from her debut novel, Dream House.

“Deeply intelligent and psychologically complex…With architectural precision, Armsden renders the structure of a house and a family as if the house were not only a machine for living in, as Le Corbusier said, but also an insight machine, illuminating the mad attic of the psyche.”--Carolyn Cooke
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9780990537045
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Published: Bonhomie Press - November 10th, 2015

Architect Gina Gilbert is coming apart, alienated by her clients' grand house dreams and no longer certain she feels at home in San Francisco. When she travels to Maine to put family affairs in order at her childhood home, Gina and her sister Cassie stir up decades-old suspicions and resentments. Gina struggles to reconcile toxic childhood memories that still permeate the house's rooms with her deep longing for its exquisite waterfront landscape. She uses her architect's eye to unearth smoldering secrets that change family history and release her from the grip of her past.

reads from his new book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few. From the author of Aftershock and The Work of Nations, his most important book to date: a myth-shattering breakdown of how the economic system that helped make America so strong is now failing us, and what it will take to fix it.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9780385350570
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 29th, 2015

Perhaps no one is better acquainted with the intersection of economics and politics than Robert B. Reich, and now he reveals how power and influence have created a new American oligarchy, a shrinking middle class, and the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity in eighty years. He makes clear how centrally problematic our veneration of the free market is, and how it has masked the power of moneyed interests to tilt the market to their benefit.

We donate 20% of pretax sales made by our partner school communities back to the individual schools. Everything in the store applies to the fundraiser:  kid books, adult books, cookbooks, gardening books, merchandise, and gift certificates. Everything!

Online purchases also qualify for the fundraiser--all we need is a receipt dated November 13-15. 

So, encourage your friends, neighbors, out-of-town family members to shop (at the store or online) for YOUR school during the fundraising weekend. It's a great way to get a jump on your holiday shopping.

For further information, or to register your school, contact Anne Whaling (

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 10:00am to Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 6:00pm

reads from Alone on the Wall

Whenever Honnold speaks in public, he is asked the same two questions: "Aren't you afraid you're going to die?" and "Why do you do this?" Alone on the Wall takes us around the world and through the highs and lows in the life of a climbing superstar to answer those fascinating questions. Honnold's extraordinary life, and his idiosyncratic worldview, have much to teach us about risk, reward, and the ability to maintain a singular focus, even in the face of extreme danger.

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 6:00pm
ISBN: 9780393247626
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 9th, 2015

Only a few years ago, Alex Honnold was little known beyond a small circle of hardcore climbers. Today, at the age of thirty, he is probably the most famous adventure athlete in the world. In that short time, he has proven his expertise in many styles of climbing and has shattered speed records, pioneered routes, and won awards within each discipline. More spectacularly still, he has pushed the most extreme and dangerous form of climbing far beyond the limits of what anyone thought was possible.

read from the magnificent new Eating Words: A Norton Anthology of Food Writing, a glorious survey of food writing from the classical world to the present.

 "There is much for carnivores here, not surprisingly, but surprisingly, there is a good deal here for vegetarians as well. Fascinating reading. A feast of a book!"--Joyce Carol Oates


Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 7:30pm
By Sandra M. Gilbert (Editor), Roger Porter (Editor), Ruth Reichl (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780393239843
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 26th, 2015

Edited by influential literary critic and Berkeley resident) Sandra Gilbert and award-winning restaurant critic and professor of English Roger Porter, Eating Words gathers food writing of literary distinction and vast historical sweep into one groundbreaking volume. Beginning with the taboos of the Old Testament and the tastes of ancient Rome, and including travel essays, polemics, memoirs, and poems, the book is divided into sections such as Food Writing Through History, At the Family Hearth, Hunger Games: The Delight and Dread of Eating, Kitchen Practices, and Food Politics.

reading from M Train

"It's a roadmap to my life."

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9781101875100
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 6th, 2015

Legendary artist Patti Smith delivers an unforgettable odyssey, told through the prism of cafés and haunts she has visited and worked in around the world.

December 2015

reading Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" in our event season finale.


Please join us for fruitcake and festivities!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9780679602378
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Published: Modern Library - November 12th, 1996

March 2016

reads from his new book, My Brain Is on Fire: Paris and Other Obsessions.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 7:30pm
ISBN: 9781593766344
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Soft Skull Press - March 15th, 2016

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