May 2017

Local contributors to New Expressions in Origami: Masterworks from 25 Leading Paper Artists present a beautiful overview of the most outstanding paper craft being made in the world today.

"What if we told you the Asian technique associated with mundane paper cranes and childish cootie catchers can also transform a single sheet of paper into a lifelike relief portrait or an M.C. Escher-esque form? Or twist pages of religious texts into an artful political statement? These are just some of the implausible projects featured in Meher McArthur's New Expressions in Origami Art: Masterworks from 25 Leading Paper Artists."--The Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 7:00pm
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By Meher McArthur, Robert J. Lang (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780804846776
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - February 28th, 2017

These master folders are pushing the boundaries of origami vigorously in new directions in terms of style, scale, materials, subject and scope.

discussing The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6′ 4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4,
ISBN: 9781101985878
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Published: Dutton Books - May 2nd, 2017

You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America. Or maybe you've read about him in The New York Times, which called him "the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years." Or maybe in The New Yorker, fawning over his brand of humor, writing, "Bell's gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women's issues as inseparable."

After all this love and praise, it's time for the next step: a book.

reads from Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage, the novelist's most intimate and powerful work to date: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love.

"Reading this book was like skating across a perfect piece of ice and then slowly noticing the cracks. Dark, cold water shows through. We can't see the depths. Be careful, Shapiro warns, be careful, but still she skates on in the fading light with remarkable beauty and grace."--Jenny Offill

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780451494481
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 11th, 2017

Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time--abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience. With courage and relentless honesty, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, her marriage, and her heart, and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning--a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made, and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become. 

reads from her new novel, 'Round Midnight, a story that follows the interconnected lives of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom experiences a life-changing moment at a classic casino nightclub.

"Gorgeous, engrossing, moving, and at times wickedly funny, this brilliant novel pulled me in and didn't let me go until the shattering final sentence. This is the novel you need to read right now."--Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year and A Fortunate Age

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9781501157783
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Published: Touchstone Books - May 2nd, 2017

Spanning the six decades when Las Vegas grew from a dusty gambling town into the melting pot metropolis it is today, 'Round Midnight is the story of four women--one who falls in love, one who gets lucky, one whose heart is broken, and one who chooses happiness--whose lives change at the Midnight Room. 

June Stein and her husband open the El Capitan casino in the 1950s, and rocket to success after hiring a charismatic black singer to anchor their nightclub. Their fast-paced lifestyle runs aground as racial tensions mount. 

presents Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto, "an absorbing read about the formative interplay of humans, cultures, and gardens".--Publishers Weekly (starred review).

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9781604697933
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - May 3rd, 2017

At thirty-five, Buck made an impulsive decision to put her personal life on hold to pursue her passion. Leaving behind a full life of friends, love, and professional security, she became the first American woman to learn pruning from one of the most storied landscaping companies in Kyoto. Cutting Back recounts Buck's bold journey and the revelations made along the way.

presents Ready, Set, Build! Get ready for a day full of construction fun! Children can follow a busy dog builder as he sketches and plans his dream, clears rubble to make space, and gets to work digging, lifting, and sawing. He builds a house for himself and his bird friend, and satisfied after a hard day’s work, they takes in all they've done and look forward to the next day of building!

A definite winner for construction-themed storytimes and for readers looking for a fun and vibrant picture book.--School Library Journal

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 10:30am
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By Meg Fleming, Jarvis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781499801750
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Published: Little Bee Books - April 4th, 2017

Grab your hard hat and get ready for a day of construction fun with a busy builder and his friend!

Grab your hard hat, tie your boots.

Pack your lunch. Ready? Scoot!

Sketch a dream. Post a chart.

Hatch the plan before you start.

presents A Little Book on Form: An Exploration Into the Formal Imagination of Poetry, a rousing reexamination of our most enduring mode of literature from one of our greatest living poets, who "writes prose every bit as zestful, penetrating, and sure-footed as his poetry."--Booklist

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780062332424
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Published: Ecco Press - April 4th, 2017

From the former U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner, an illuminating dissection of poetic form, traditional and modern, for students, enthusiasts, and newcomers alike.

reads from her new novel, There Your Heart Lies, a deeply moving novel about an American woman's experiences during the Spanish Civil War, the lessons she learned, and how her story will shape her granddaughter's path.

"An emotionally and historically rich work with a strong character portrait holding together its disparate parts."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780307907943
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 9th, 2017

Marian cut herself off from her wealthy, conservative Irish Catholic family when she volunteered during the Spanish Civil War--an experience she has always kept to herself. Now in her nineties, she shares her Rhode Island cottage with her granddaughter Amelia, a young woman of good heart but only a vague notion of life's purpose. Their daily existence is intertwined with Marian's secret past: the blow to her youthful idealism when she witnessed the brutalities on both sides of Franco's war and the romance that left her trapped in Spain in perilous circumstances for nearly a decade.

about Calhoun's essay collection, Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give.

"This unflinchingly honest, astutely balanced probe of a most perplexing institution asks all the right questions. It sets up a conversation with the reader, who is challenged to reflect at each point, choosing between 'No, that's not me' and 'How did she know that?' Most of the time, she knows."--Phillip Lopate, author of The Art of the Personal Essay

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780393254792
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 16th, 2017

We hear plenty about whether or not to get married, but much less about what it takes to stay married. Cliches around marriage--eternal bliss, domestic harmony, soul mates--leave out the real stuff. After marriage you may still want to sleep with other people. Sometimes your partner will bore the hell out of you. And when stuck paying for your spouse's mistakes, you might miss being single.

reads from her new novel, The Use of Fame.

"Rarely has a marriage so come alive in a work of fiction. This novel has the power of intensely lived life and the authority of absolute authenticity. The sympathetic presentations of both wife and husband are beautifully drawn. So intense, beautifully written, shining with 'felt life,' it is truly gripping--riveting."--Joyce Carol Oates

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9781619029491
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 16th, 2017

Abigail McCormick and Ray Stark are both poets, married nearly twenty-five years in what has always been a passionate relationship despite deep class differences. Ray is the son of West Virginia coal miners and was abused as a child--but now he is a distinguished poet with a part-time position at Brown. Abby grew up in San Francisco's posh Pacific Heights and, having abandoned poetry, she spends her energy on a new teaching position at UC Berkeley. Abby's decision to accept the post sets the stage for Ray to stray, especially as he struggles with a heart condition. 

June 2017

reads from Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray, "a fascinating look at the incredible life of Pauli Murray, a mixed-race, transgender scholar, lawyer, activist, priest, and trailblazer who played a pivotal role in the civil rights and women's movements of the 20th century."-- The Advocate

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780190656454
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - May 2017

Jane Crow tells the incredible story of Pauli Murray, a lawyer, activist, and priest. Murray spent her life fighting for women’s and civil rights, all while grappling with gender identity at a time when gender dysphoria was unrecognized. Though Murray is a relatively unknown figure today, her stunning list of accomplishments included providing legal scholarship in the landmark Brown v.

reads from his delightful memoir, Finding Fontainebleau: An American Boy in France, just out in paperback.

"While bringing alive this redolent Gallic chapter of his boyhood (baguettes from the boulangerie; inkwells and laborious handwriting exercises at school), Mr. Carhart also resurrects the mood and mores of a particular window in time: the 1950s of Ike and Elvis's America, and postwar France. . . . Like the castle, his memoir imaginatively and smoothly integrates multiple influences, styles and whims."--The New York Times

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9780143109280
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Published: Penguin Books - May 16th, 2017

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 chateau 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.

presents his new poetry collection, Almost Human, winner of the Dorset Prize, selected by Edward Hirsch.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 7:30pm

As in a profound love affair, Thomas Centolella’s new poems register attraction, delight, expectations fulfilled and foiled, and moments of great feeling cherished and/or lamented. Employing the vividness of narrative without yielding to its linear strictures and overly familiar tonalities, many of the first person protagonists in Almost Human are mysterious figures at once engaging and idiosyncratic, even outright eccentric. Often betwixt and between, neither here nor there, they are uncertain of actually getting anywhere.

Launch party for her new book, Claymates, a Junior Library Guild Selection.

"Silliness and deadpan humor combine into a hopping good story of being happy with who you are."--Booklist

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 3:00pm
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ISBN: 9780316303118
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 20th, 2017

Meet the claymates: two balls of clay that can become anything--even best friends!

What can you do with two blobs of clay? Create something amazing! But don't leave them alone for too long. Things might get a little crazy.
In this photographic friendship adventure, the claymates squish, smash, and sculpt themselves into the funniest shapes imaginable. But can they fix a giant mess before they're caught in the act?

July 2017

discussing Brownrigg's new novel, Pages for Her.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9781619029330
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 11th, 2017

reads from her new novel, A House Among the Trees

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 7:30pm
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ISBN: 9781101870365
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Pantheon Books - June 13th, 2017

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