July 2016

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 script book for the upcoming play Harry Potter & the Cursed Child!

The festivities start at 6:00 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 Care of Magical Creatures! Do you have what it takes to beat our extreme Harry Potter Trivia? Winner will receive a spellbinding prize!

We anticipate high demand for this title. PRE ORDER your copy today!

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 6:00pm to Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 1:00am
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ISBN: 9781338099133
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - July 31st, 2016

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.

August 2016

to celebrate the release of her newest YA novel, The Smaller Evil.

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 4:00pm
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ISBN: 9781101994702
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - August 2nd, 2016

Sometimes the greater good requires the smaller evil.

Seventeen-year-old Arman Dukoff is crippled by anxiety and chronic illness when he arrives at an expensive self-help retreat in the remote hills of Big Sur. He's taken a huge risk for a chance to "evolve." Beau, the retreat leader, is complicated. A father figure? A cult leader? A con man? Arman's not sure, but more than anyone he's ever met, Beau makes Arman feel something other than worthless.

September 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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780062359988
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Published: Amistad Press - August 9th, 2016

present The Hunting Ground: The Inside Story of Sexual Assault on American College Campuses, the companion volume to their film of the same name featured at Sundance and broadcast on CNN.


"Terrifyingly true."--Newsweek 

"An unblinking look at sexual assaults on campus."--New York Times 

"Triumphant... a stunning call to action."--Indiewire  

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9781510705746
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Published: Hot Books - May 17th, 2016

The debate over sexual violence on campus is reaching fever pitch, from headlines about outof-control fraternities, to the mattress protests by female students at Columbia University and other colleges.

reads from Lady Cop Makes Trouble. The best-selling author of Girl Waits with Gun returns with another adventure featuring the fascinating, feisty, and unforgettable Kopp sisters.

In 1915, lady cops were not expected to chase down fugitives on the streets of New York City. But Constance Kopp never did what anyone expected. Constance Kopp and her sisters aren’t going to be living a quiet life anymore. They made the news by fighting back against a ruthless silk factory owner and his gang of thugs. And after Bergen County’s Sheriff Heath sees Constance in action, he appoints her as one of the nation’s first female deputies. He knows she’s a powerful addition to his force, and she knows she can do the job, but when the wiles of a German-speaking con man threaten her position and her hopes for this new life—and risk the honorable sheriff’s being thrown in his own jail—Constance is forced to prove herself again.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm
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ISBN: 9780544409941
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 6th, 2016

Lady Cop Makes Trouble sets Constance loose on the streets of New York City and New Jersey. Even as she tracks her fugitive, she’s also tested by other cases—helping runaway girls taken in by unscrupulous men and sorting out why an old woman is taking the fall for a murder she couldn’t have committed. Cheering her on are her sisters Norma and Fleurette—that is, when they aren’t, respectively, training pigeons for the war effort or fanning dreams of a life on the stage.

reads from her marvelous novel, The Past, in which three sisters, a brother, and their children assemble at their country house. These three weeks may be their last time there; the upkeep is prohibitive, and they may be forced to sell this beloved house filled with memories of their shared past (their mother took them there to live when she left their father). Yet beneath the idyllic pastoral surface, hidden passions, devastating secrets, and dangerous hostilities threaten to consume them.

“Exquisite…. For anyone who cherishes Anne Tyler and Alice Munro, the book offers similar deep pleasures. Like those North American masters of the domestic realm, Hadley crystallizes the atmosphere of ordinary life in prose somehow miraculous and natural.... Extraordinary.”—Ron Charles, Washington Post

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780062270429
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 20th, 2016

Over the course of this summer holiday, the family’s stories and silences intertwine, small disturbances build into familial crises, and a way of life—bourgeois, literate, ritualized, Anglican—winds down to its inevitable end.

October 2016

Join us for a reading with Grace Lin in celebration of her new book, When the Sea Turned to Silver, a breathtaking, full-color illustrated fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore, a companion to the Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 6:30pm
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ISBN: 9780316125925
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

Pinmei's gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller.

Join us as we welcome back Joel Ben Izzy for the launch of his new young adult novel, Dreidels on the Brain.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780803740976
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Published: Dial Books - October 4th, 2016

 One lousy miracle. Is that too much to ask?

Evidently so for Joel, as he tries to survive Hanukkah 1971 in the suburbs of the suburbs of Los Angeles (or, as he calls it, the “Land of Shriveled Dreams”). That’s no small task when you’re a “seriously funny-looking” twelve-year-old magician who dreams of being his own superhero: Normalman. And Joel’s a long way from that as the only Jew at Bixby School, where his attempts to make himself disappear fail spectacularly. Home is no better, with a family that’s not just mortifyingly embarrassing but flat-out broke.

presents The Rye Baker: Classic Breads from Europe and America.

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780393245219
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 27th, 2016

Join us as we welcome Marie Lu, reading from The Midnight Star, the thrilling finale to the Young Elites series! This event will be held offsite in the Community Meeting Room of the North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 6:30pm
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ISBN: 9780399167850
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 11th, 2016

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy what she’s achieved.

reads from The Jungle Around Us: Stories (Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction).

"Anne Raeff's exquisite stories are remarkable for their combination of intimacy and reverence for the mysteries and private griefs her characters fold their lives around. Seldom have I read work so confident in the power of what s left unspoken and in the deep eloquence of gesture. . . .A haunting and breathtakingly beautiful book."--Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 7:30pm
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By Anne Raeff, Nancy Zafris (Editor)
ISBN: 9780820349893
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Published: University of Georgia Press - October 2016

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