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September 2017

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)

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Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 4:00pm
The Antlered Ship Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481451604
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-2 days
Published: Beach Lane Books - September 12th, 2017

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. 

Buy tix in advance by going to shoptheelmwood.com and click on the Wine Walk ad.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Fifteen merchants along College and Ashby Avenues will be offering tastes of several California vintages as well as small treats. Tickets cost $25 and include a wineglass and a map of participating stores. Tickets will be available the day of the event at the corner of College and Ashby.
 

October 2017

The author of Mother Bruce and Hotel Bruce presents a riotous sequel in Bruce's Big Move.

"Higgins turns classic picture-book scenarios upside down, then wrings them for contemporary laughs."--New York Times on Mother Bruce

 

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 11:00am
Bruce's Big Move Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368003544
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 26th, 2017

Bring your little ones to meet Ryan Higgins and be the first on your block to own Bruce's Big Move!

After the events of Hotel Bruce, our favorite curmudgeonly bear shares his home with not only his four geese, but three rowdy mice besides! Fed up with their shenanigans, Bruce sets off to find a rodent-free household. But as usual, nothing goes quite according to plan. . . A hilarious sequel for fans of the previous Bruce books, as well as a standalone discovery for new readers, Bruce's next reluctant adventure is sure to keep kids giggling.

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 

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Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 2:00pm
You Bring the Distant Near Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374304904
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-2 days
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - September 12th, 2017

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

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 7:30pm
Moonglow Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062225566
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-2 days
Published: Harper Perennial - September 19th, 2017

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.

A launch celebration and conversation about Doyle's exquisite short story collection, World Gone Missing. Mimosas, raffle prizes, and more!

“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

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 7:30pm

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.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 4:00pm
Remembering Vera Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481442275
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 3rd, 2017

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.

Join the conversation about snipping and shaping your trees and shrubs!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 3:00pm
Grow a Little Fruit Tree: Simple Pruning Techniques for Small-Space, Easy-Harvest Fruit Trees Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781612120546
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-2 days
Published: Storey Publishing - December 30th, 2014

Every pruning decision comes down to what stays and what goes. Two local tree enthusiasts present practical and artistic advice to inform and simplify the pruning conundrum. Questions welcomed. Joseph Gaglione is a professional aesthetic pruner and teacher with an eye for the beauty and essence of trees. He wrote The Art of Pruning: How to Look at a Tree. Ann Ralph is a fruit specialist, pruner, and author of Grow a Little Fruit Tree: Simple Pruning Techniques for Small-Space, Easy-Harvest Fruit Trees. A perennial gardening bestseller at Mrs.

reads from his novel, Sourdough, the much-anticipated new work from the author of the bestselling Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:30pm
Sourdough Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374203108
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-2 days
Published: MCD/Farrar Straus and Giroux - September 5th, 2017

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.

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 4:00pm
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393249316
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-2 days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 19th, 2017

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.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 3:00pm
Broken Circle Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781617755804
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-2 days
Published: Black Sheep - October 3rd, 2017

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.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 7:30pm
Here in Berlin Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781619029590
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 10th, 2017

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.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 7:30pm
Manhattan Beach Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476716732
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 3rd, 2017

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.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 7:30pm
The Romance of Elsewhere: Essays Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781619029279
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 10th, 2017

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The Last Laugh Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780374286651
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-2 days
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - July 3rd, 2017

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.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 2:00pm
Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594633591
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Books - October 17th, 2017

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.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:00pm
Who Reads Poetry: 50 Views from
By Fred Sasaki (Editor), Don Share (Editor)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780226504766
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: University of Chicago Press - October 20th, 2017

Who reads poetry? We know that poets do, but what about the rest of us? When and why do we turn to verse? Seeking the answer, Poetry Magazine since 2005 has published a column called "The View From Here," which has invited readers "from outside the world of poetry" to describe what has drawn them to poetry. Over the years, the incredibly diverse set of contributors have included philosophers, journalists, musicians, and artists, as well as doctors and soldiers, an iron-worker, an anthropologist, and an economist.

Present Private Gardens of the Bay Area.

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In Private Gardens of the Bay Area (October 2017, The Monacelli Press), seasoned garden writers Susan Lowry and Nancy Berner and landscape photographer Marion Brenner celebrate the different approaches to gardening in the Bay Area and illuminate the unrivalled beauty of Northern California.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
Private Gardens of the Bay Area Cover Image
$60.00
ISBN: 9781580934763
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Monacelli Press - October 17th, 2017

In this wonderful new volume we get the breadth of the sky, the quality of the light, the sparkle of the Bay, the shapes of the hills—that has beckoned landscape designers and gardeners for generations.

November 2017

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

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 7:30pm
The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780553523225
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

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. 

It's not too early to be making summer plans for kids! Meet Kent Collard, Director, see a slideshow about one of California's oldest summer camps located in the Trinity Alps. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

presents Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes, with tastes from the book.

"This is not a cookbook. It's a treasure map. Alison Roman joyously leads you to the promised land of extraordinary home cooking. Into every one of her stunningly beautiful recipes she's tucked the clues that will invariably lead you to deliciousness: keep it simple, have fun with your food, pack in the flavor, and, most importantly, share it with the people you love."-- Samin Nosrat, author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 7:30pm
Dining in: Highly Cookable Recipes Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780451496997
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 24th, 2017

Alison Roman is known as much for her keeper recipes as her wry Instagram voice and effortless style. Her debut cookbook features 125 recipes for simple, of-the-moment dishes that are full of quickie techniques (think slathering roast chicken in anchovy butter, roasting citrus to bring out new flavors, and keeping boiled potatoes in your fridge for instant crispy smashed potatoes).

Once again we are holding a 3-day shopping spree to benefit our partnership schools. Get a head start on your holiday shopping, in person or online. We donate 20% of pretax sales back to the individual schools. Everything in the store qualifies for the benefit: kids' books, adult books, cook books, gardening books, merchandise, plants, gift certificates ... everything! So, encourage your friends, neighbors, and out-of-town family members to shop for your school during the benefit weekend. 

 

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 5:00pm

December 2017

Truman Capote's classic story is read by Thomas Lynch the first week of December in a Mrs. Dalloway's tradition. Join us in celebrating the holiday season.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 7:30pm
A Christmas Memory Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780385392761
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 28th, 2014

Originally published in 1956, this short story based on Capote's childhood tells of a young boy who lovingly makes fruitcakes from scratch at Christmastime with his elderly cousin. This American holiday classic includes an audio CD.

Thomas Lynch is an actor, neighbor, and friend of the bookstore. 

January 2018

Launching Shames's new Samuel Craddock mystery, A Reckoning in the Back Country.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 7:30pm
A Reckoning in the Back Country: A Samuel Craddock Mystery Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781633883673
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Seventh Street Books - January 9th, 2018

When Lewis Wilkins, a physician with a vacation home in Jarrett Creek, is attacked by vicious dogs, and several pet dogs in the area around Jarrett Creek disappear, Police Chief Samuel Craddock suspects that a dog fighting ring is operating in his territory. He has to tread carefully in his investigation, as lawmen who meddle in dog fighting put their lives at risk. The investigation is hampered because Wilkins is not a local.

Craddock's focus on the investigation is thrown off by the appearance of a new woman in his life, as well as his accidental acquisition of a puppy. 

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