Launch party for Tiger Boy (ages 8-11).
A tiger cub has escaped from a reserve in the Sunderbans in West Bengal, India, and Neel, a poor boy from the islands, is determined to find her in order to save her from being captured and sold on the black market by Mr. Gupta and his men.
reads from his dramatic debut, The Sympathizer.
A profound, startling, and beautifully crafted debut novel, The Sympathizer is the story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties.
presents Homegrown: Illustrated Bites from Your Garden to Your Table.
Whether your idea of gardening is a tomato plant on your fire escape or a pumpkin patch in the yard, Homegrown is the ultimate guide to growing your own food and eating it, too! With clear and uncomplicated illustrations, author Heather Hardison guides readers through the process of planting, growing, harvesting, and preparing more than 25 of the tastiest, easy-to-grow vegetables and small fruits.
reads from her historical novel, Jam on the Vine.
A new American classic: a dynamic tale of triumph against the odds and the compelling story of one woman's struggle for equality that belongs alongside Jazz by Toni Morrison and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
Susan Erb (Park Day School) and Terry Edeli (The San Francisco School) discuss Loving Learning: How Progressive Education Can Save America's Schools by Tom Little and Katherine Ellison.
Several years ago, Tom Little, the late, beloved headmaster of Oakland's Park Day School, set out on a tour of progressive schools across America. In his new book, he combines his own 27 years of experience as a head of school, and the wisdom of other educators, to shape the following conviction: "Progressive Education prepares students for active participation in a democratic society in the context of a child-centered environment, and with an enduring commitment to social justice." Erb and Edeli join us to discuss how a renewed commitment to these values can transform American education, forming a "pedagogy of joy."
discussing Stiglitz's new book, The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do about Them.
In this new book, Nobel Prize winner Stiglitz expands on the diagnosis he offered in The Price of Inequality and suggests ways to counter America s growing problem. With his signature blend of clarity and passion, Stiglitz argues that inequality is a choice the cumulative result of unjust policies and misguided priorities.
release party and reading for her poetry volume, Waiting to Be Called IF SF Publishing, $17. Available in-store only.
Claire Scott’s great accomplishment is in knowing how to make poetry out of every part of her life. She’s patient enough to hold opposites to the breaking point, and then to keep going toward that frontier where real poetry takes place. Each poem in Waiting to be Called lives in a world where nothing’s sacred and yet everything’s sacred. Just when you think she’s taking you to a place too dark to enter, Claire makes you laugh. And when you think a poem’s too funny to be a poem, Claire can make you cry. Scott’s a poet who knows all the dance steps, but is never confined by any one of them, able to tease her own unique electricity out of ordinary human experience where grief and despair, joy and happiness, tragedy and comedy co-exist, where every word comes to new life and means something that it’s never meant before.
“A brilliant, eccentric, unique voice with a range that encompasses childhood violence and a God who comes to therapy. Claire Scott’s lean, beautifully crafted language dares to be cynical about the world but is never without a deep compassion. These are poems that will be read over and over again as a seismograph of our time. —Kim Chernin, author of In My Mother’s House, The Hungry Self
Join us in celebrating books and indie bookselling on this festive day that will feature 16 exclusive books and art pieces. Included in the offerings are limited edition, unique items only available at participating bookstores, and only on May 2: a signed, original Chris Ware print; a signed chapbook of original essays by Roxane Gay; a Margaret Atwood stencil, a literary map of the seas; a color broadside from Stephen King's forthcoming novel, Finders Keepers. All this, and much, much more. See below for schedule of activities.
10:30 Kids' Joke-a-Thon. Come and tell your favorite joke and get the giggles going! Looking for new material? Check out our extensive humor library that includes Monkey Farts, Jokelopedia and, specially available for this day, Funny Ha Ha.
discussing Packer's new novel, The Children's Crusade.
"Ann Packer flawlessly executes the most daring, difficult and exhilarating feat in the novelist's repertoire: to re-create the history of an era and a place through the history of one family, finding intimacy in the sweep of time and import in the nuance of everyday life, pulling it off with mastery, authority and all the passionate artistry that lovers of her work have come to expect.”--Michael Chabon
A sweeping, masterful new novel that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades.
Our hotly anticipated summer reading recommendation event for parents and kids k-5! Featuring special guests Jon Agee, Lisa Brown, and Ian Lendler.
Hot Reads for a Cool Summer is back! Special guests Jon Agee, Lisa Brown, and Ian Lendler join our children's specialists to recommend their top picks for reading this summer. Annotated reading lists, prizes, refreshments, and 20% off selected titles make this our most popular annual event!
present Making the Conventional Unconventional, Creating the Unique Art Book
Tom Ingalls (Missing Links Press) and Marie Dern (Jungle Garden Press) present: How to make beautiful books that tell both the designer and writer’s story. They will discuss approaches to design, from manuscript to printed book. How do you choose the basic elements of a book: paper and type?
reads from A Dangerous Place, her new Maisie Dobbs mystery.
Maisie Dobbs returns in a powerful story of political intrigue and personal tragedy: a brutal murder in the British garrison town of Gibraltar leads the investigator into a web of lies, deceit, and danger.
presents The Paper Playhouse: Awesome Art Projects for Kids Using Paper, Boxes, and Books
With simple techniques including sculpture, printmaking, bookbinding, collage, and
even ideas for public art, families work through step-by-step instructions while using
imagination and budding aesthetics.
This book goes beyond the typical paper craft project to include contemporary design
references like Mid-Century Modern dollhouses, VW buses, paper monsters,
costumes and masks, and the classic lemonade stand--all made with unique style and
discusses The Great Fire: One American's Mission to Rescue of Victims of the 20th Century’s First Genocide, the harrowing story of a Methodist Minister and a principled American naval officer who helped rescue more than 250,000 refugees during the genocide of Armenian and Greek Christians--a tale of bravery, morality, and politics, published to coincide with the genocide's centennial.
The year was 1922: World War I had just come to a close, the Ottoman Empire was in decline, and Asa Jennings, a YMCA worker from upstate New York, had just arrived in the quiet coastal city of Smyrna to teach sports to boys. Several hundred miles to the east in Turkey's interior, tensions between Greeks and Turks had boiled over into deadly violence. Mustapha Kemal, now known as Ataturk, and his Muslim army soon advanced into Smyrna, a Christian city, where a half a million terrified Greek and Armenian refugees had fled in a desperate attempt to escape his troops.
presents From Field to Fork: Food Ethics for Everyone.
Launch party for her new novel, The Truth According to Us. The co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (and many books for children) has written a wise, witty, and exuberant novel that illuminates the power of loyalty and forgiveness, memory and truth, and the courage it takes to do what’s right. Once again she evokes the charm and eccentricity of a small town filled with extraordinary characters, bringing to life an inquisitive young girl, her beloved aunt, and the alluring visitor who changes the course of their destiny forever.
In the summer of 1938, Layla Beck’s father, a United States senator, cuts off her allowance and demands that she find employment on the Federal Writers’ Project, a New Deal jobs program. Within days, Layla finds herself far from her accustomed social whirl, assigned to cover the history of the remote mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia, and destined, in her opinion, to go completely mad with boredom.
Launch party for her new YA book, Delicate Monsters, a twisted and haunting tale about three teens uncovering dark secrets and even darker truths about themselves.
When nearly killing a classmate gets seventeen-year-old Sadie Su kicked out of her third boarding school in four years, she returns to her family's California vineyard estate. Here, she's meant to stay out of trouble. Here, she's meant to do a lot of things. But it's hard. She's bored. And when Sadie's bored, the only thing she likes is trouble.
Join us for another installment of James Joyce's Ulysses, expertly and enthusiastically read by two of Elmwood's finest, Thomas Lynch and George Davis. This reading will cover the second half of chapter eight, in the newspaper.
reads from Planck: Driven by Vision, Broken by War. Planck's Law, an equation used by physicists to determine the radiation leaking from any object in the universe, was described by Albert Einstein as 'the basis of all twentieth-century physics." Max Planck is credited with being the father of quantum theory, and his work laid the foundation for our modern understanding of matter and energetic processes. But Planck's story is not well known, especially in the United States.
"Planck had his flaws, but readers of this engrossing, insightful, and definitive biography will share Brown's admiration and agree that he deserves his iconic reputation." --Publisher's Weekly, starred review
A German physicist working during the first half of the twentieth century, his library, personal journals, notebooks, and letters were all destroyed with his home in World War II. What remains, other than his contributions to science, are handwritten letters in German shorthand, and tributes from other scientists of the time, including his close friend Albert Einstein.
discusses her new novel, The Sunken Cathedral.
present A Crow of His Own.