reading and signing her new book, Grandma's Tiny House: A Counting Story.
This sweet, rhyming counting book introduces young readers to numbers one through fifteen as Grandma's family and friends fill her tiny house on Brown Street. Neighbors, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and grandkids crowd into the house and pile it high with treats for a family feast. But when the walls begin to bulge and no-body has space enough to eat, one clever grandchild knows exactly what to do. Where there's a will there's a way when families grow and come together.
Celebrating the publication of Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook, the long-awaited memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard bearer Alice Waters who recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous times leading to the opening of what is arguably America's most influential restaurant.
When Alice Waters opened the doors of her "little French restaurant" in Berkeley in 1971 at the age of 27, no one ever anticipated the indelible mark it would leave on the culinary landscape--Alice least of all. Fueled in equal parts by naivete and a relentless pursuit of beauty and pure flavor, she turned her passion project into an iconic institution that redefined American cuisine for generations of chefs and food lovers.
presents The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan.
"We are in an overheated world--physically and spiritually. It is extremely powerful to read of people who have managed to escape that world, not by traveling to outer space but by heading toward reality. This is subversive in the best possible way."--Bill McKibben
Andy Couturier captures the texture of sustainable lives well lived in these ten profiles of ordinary--yet exceptional--men and women who left behind mainstream existences in urban Japan to live surrounded by the luxuries of nature, art, friends, delicious food, and an abundance of time. Drawing on traditional Eastern spiritual wisdom and culture, these pioneers describe the profound personal transformations they underwent as they escaped the stress, consumerism, busyness, and dependence on technology of modern life.
reading from Days Without End, winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award (his second), longlisted for the Man Booker prize, and just released in paperback.
"A true leftfield wonder: Days Without End is a violent, superbly lyrical western offering a sweeping vision of America in the making, the most fascinating line-by-line first person narration I've come across in years."--Kazuo Ishiguro
"For its exhilarating use of language alone, Sebastian Barry's Days Without End stood out among the year's novels. Epic in conception but comparatively brief in its extent, this brutal, beautiful book also features the year's most beguiling narrator ... A great American novel which happens to have been written by an Irishman."--The Times Literary Supplement
Launch for her picture book, A Stick Until . . .
A stick is just a stick until an elephant turns it into a flyswatter, an alligator uses it to catch prey, or a child uses a stick as a toy. Constance Anderson shows readers how a simple stick can become a tool or a toy in this enjoyable look at the many uses animals and people can find for sticks. Creative uses of sticks range from chimpanzees catching tasty treats to birds attracting mates. A fun book to read to an inquisitive child or for use in a classroom, A Stick Until shows the wonders of nature and the joys of imagination.
discussing Marburg's collection of short stories, The Truth About Me.
"Smart and lovely stories, perceptive, compassionate, and sometimes shocking. Who are these people, so helpless in the currents that surround them? Marburg reveals their cowardice, their flaws, and their deep capacities to engage the heart.”—Roxana Robinson
In this debut of extraordinary stories, notions of love and self are turned upside
down by characters who encounter their own shortcomings, secrets, and
inventions. No matter what their station in life, the characters in these wry and
moving stories face moments in which the shock of being, and becoming,
comes from within. These stories show us how to navigate intimacy, confront
imperfection, and like so many of the characters here must, endure the private
pain that separates us from others.
presents her gorgeous new picture book, The Antlered Ship.
"Young readers will revel in the whimsical touches, like the peg-legged pigeon sailor and the imaginative map gracing the book's endpapers. This gorgeous, eye-opening adventure is an engrossing reading experience that proudly touts curiosity and finding friendship in kindred spirits." --Booklist (starred review)
In Slater's newest picture book, an inquisitive fox sets off on a seafaring voyage with a crew of deer and pigeons in this enchanting tale of friendship and adventure.
Launch for You Bring the Distant Near, a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.
"Full of sisterhood, diversity, and complex, strong women, this book will speak to readers as they will undoubtedly find a kindred spirit in at least one of the Das women."-- Booklist starred review
This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture--for better or worse.
reading from Moonglow, just released in paperback.
New York Times bestseller - Winner of the Sophie Brody Medal - An NBCC Finalist for 2016 Award for Fiction - ALA Carnegie Medal Finalist for Excellence in Fiction - Wall Street Journal's Best Novel of the Year - A New York Times Notable Book of the Year - A Washington Post Best Book of the Year - An NPR Best Book of the Year - A Slate Best Book of the Year - A Christian Science Monitor Top 15 Fiction Book of the Year - A New York Magazine Best Book of the Year - A San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year - A Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year - A New York Post Best Book of the Year
#1 Indie Next Pick -- A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice - A BookPage Top Fiction Pick of the Month - An Indie Next Bestseller
Another literary masterpiece from our friend and neighbor: a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure--and the forces that work to destroy us.
reads from her exquisite short story collection, World Gone Missing.
“Laurie Ann Doyle understands how to structure a story so that it sneaks up on you and gives you a thump that leaves you breathless—breathless with wonder.”--Catherine Brady
In World Gone Missing, Laurie Ann Doyle’s powerful debut collection, people have disappeared. In these stories set in and around San Francisco, contemporary issues—divorce, sexual identity, homelessness—thread through a cast of memorable characters struggling to fill the void of a missing loved one.
returns to Mrs. Dalloway's to present her new book, Remembering Vera, the heartwarming true story of an amazing dog who was found as a stray by the US Coast Guard, moved into the San Francisco Bay base, and became a hero and friend.
In 1962 a stray dog was found under a pile of boxes in a Coast Guard warehouse in what used to be called Government Island, the Coast Guard Base in San Francisco Bay, when a seaman named Dave Bunch was mopping the floor. It was love at first sight. At first the men decided to hide the pup from the Commander, thinking she wouldn't be allowed. But soon enough all of the men in the barracks fell hard for the little dog.
reads from his novel, Sourdough, the much-anticipated new work from the author of the bestselling Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.
Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her--feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.
Stopping in on her cross-country trailer tour to sign copies of Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, a revelatory work of in-depth narrative journalism about a new American workforce and a shift away from retirement as we know it.
From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon's CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves "workampers."
Launching her YA novel, Broken Circle, "a fast-paced, page-turning story!"--Skila Brown, author of Caminar.
Adam wants nothing more than to be a "normal" teen, but his reality is quickly leaking normal. Afraid to sleep because of the monster that stalks his dreams, Adam's breakdown at school in front of his crush Sarah lands him in the hospital.
reading from her new novel, Here in Berlin.
Here in Berlin is a portrait of a city through snapshots, an excavation of the stories and ghosts of contemporary Berlin--its complex, troubled past still pulsing in the air as it was during World War II. Critically acclaimed novelist Cristina Garcia brings the people of this famed city to life, their stories bristling with regret, desire, and longing.
reading from Manhattan Beach, the long-awaited, daring, and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad.
Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family.
celebrating two books published this year: The Romance of Elsewhere and The Last Laugh.
Lynn Freed's deeply personal essays in The Romance of Elsewhere explore our most quintessential question: What makes a home? From very early on she had imagined for herself an ideal life: a stranger in a strange place: someone just arrived, just about to leave, and always with a home to return to. As a teenager on an exchange program to the U.S., she had made up fantastic reasons to escape high school in the suburbs and spend her time in New York City.
reading from Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing.
Over the years that Victoria Sweet has been a physician, "healthcare" has replaced medicine, "providers" look at their laptops more than at their patients, and costs keep soaring, all in the ruthless pursuit of efficiency. Yet the remedy that economists and policy makers continue to miss is also miraculously simple. Good medicine takes more than amazing technology; it takes time--time to respond to bodies as well as data, time to arrive at the right diagnosis and the right treatment.
Reading from Who Reads Poetry: 50 Views from Poetry Magazine
Present Private Gardens of the Bay Area
presents the never-before-published, previously unfinished Mark Twain children's story, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine.
"Completing a story penned by arguably America's greatest author is no easy feat, but the Caldecott-winning author-illustrator (and husband-wife) team proves more than equal to the task. . . . A pensive and whimsical work that Twain would applaud."-- Kirkus, starred review
In a hotel in Paris one evening in 1879, Mark Twain sat with his young daughters, who begged their father for a story. Twain began telling them the tale of Johnny, a poor boy in possession of some magical seeds. Later, Twain would jot down some rough notes about the story, but the tale was left unfinished . . . until now.