Join us for an event for local author and illustrator, Elisa Kleven, to celebrate her newest picture book, The Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy: A San Francisco Story.
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
For August, running into a long-ago friend sets in motion resonant memories and transports her to a time and a place she thought she had mislaid: 1970s Brooklyn, where friendship was everything.
August, Sylvia, Angela, and Gigi shared confidences as they ambled their neighborhood streets, a place where the girls believed that they were amazingly beautiful, brilliantly talented, with a future that belonged to them.
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.
PRAISE FOR THE FILM:
"An unblinking look at sexual assaults on campus."--New York Times
"Triumphant... a stunning call to action."--Indiewire
The debate over sexual violence on campus is reaching fever pitch, from headlines about out of-control fraternities, to the mattress protests by female students at UC Berkeley, Stanford, Columbia University and other colleges across the nation.
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.
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
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.
presents her new book, The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us about the Relationship Between Parents and Children.
“What a relief to find a book that takes a stand against the practice of “helicopter parenting” so prevalent today . . [It] not only dispels the myth of a single best model for good parenting but also backs up its proposals with real-life examples and research studies . . . will provide helpful inspiration for parents and may prompt some to rethink their strategies.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Caring deeply about our children is part of what makes us human. Yet the thing we call "parenting" is a surprisingly new invention. In the past thirty years, the concept of parenting and the multibillion dollar industry surrounding it have transformed child care into obsessive, controlling, and goal-oriented labor intended to create a particular kind of child and therefore a particular kind of adult.
Join us in welcoming author Madeleine Dunphy as she reads from her newest picture book, Cat in the Night.
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.
Join us as we welcome back Joel ben Izzy for the launch of his new middle grade novel, Dreidels on the Brain.
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.
To many Americans, rye bread is a bland, store-bought loaf with an oval cross-section and, sometimes, a sprinkling of caraway. But true rye bread— the kind that stands at the center of northern and eastern European food culture—is so much more. Join us for tastes from recipes in the book and a lively discussion of this hearty grain.
Launch party for The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden.
"This sumptuous book will inspire you to create your own water-saving paradise."--Flora Grubb
Join us in celebrating the book that documents the unique Brancroft garden, located in Walnut Creek, one of the first gardens to be honored by joining the Garden Conservancy. Since then, Bancroft’s masterpiece has become one of America’s most acclaimed public gardens.
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.
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 her new novel, Mercury.
"No one plumbs the depths of ordinary human folly and its consequences like the brilliantly perceptive Margot Livesey. Be prepared: Mercury will take you on quite a ride."--Julia Glass
"A haunting, meticulous inquiry into the nature of blindness--its insidious power to corrupt marital trust, even between those with perfect vision. Margot Livesey is a searingly intelligent writer at the height of her powers."--Jennifer Egan
Donald believes he knows all there is to know about seeing. An optometrist in suburban Boston, he is sure that he and his wife, Viv, who runs the local stables, are both devoted to their two children and to each other. Then Mercury—a gorgeous young thoroughbred with a murky past—arrives at Windy Hill and everything changes.
presents NOW: The Physics of Time, a remarkable work on the physics and flow of time that Neil deGrasse Tyson describes as “a master-class in what time is and why we perceive it the way we do.”
Since Einstein established his relativity equations, physics has understood the basic properties of time. We know, for example, that we exist in four-dimensional space-time. We know that time stretches and flexes and flips. We know that the pace of time dilates—that, instead of being constant, it varies, depending on local conditions of velocity and gravity.
Co-winners of the 2015 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction for The Jungle Around Us: Stories and The Current That Carries: Stories talk and read from their respective works.
"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 on The Jungle Around Us
Strongly reminiscent of the stories of Annie Proulx: all these lives at—or near—the end of the road reluctantly offering up their secrets.”—Ron Carlson on The Current That Carries
The Jungle Around Us: “You’ll see how beautiful it is in the morning—jungle all around us,” says one of the characters in Raeff’s story collection, referring to the way that the jungle that threatens can also provide solace. The jungle in these stories is both metaphorical and real, taking the reader from war-torn Europe to Bolivia and from suburban New Jersey to Vietnam. Raeff examines how war and violence, like the jungle, seep into our lives, even when we are no longer in danger and long after the war is over.