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SIGN OF THE TIMES

Thanks to our customers, we had a hugely successful Independent Bookstore Day celebration on Saturday, April 27. Lots of people, lots of sales, lots of community support (special thanks to Nabalom Bakery, La Mediterranee, and Dream Fluff Donuts for their food contributions and to Baker & Commons and Vintage Berkeley for their spercial offers to our customers that day). Perhaps most gratifying were the dozens of lovely comments we received on our window banners, which asked you to finish the sentence "I Love Mrs. Dalloway's Because..." You are the best!

     

     


THE PERFECT GIFT FOR WRITERS, ARTISTS, DOODLERS, AND, OF COURSE, PENCIL PUSHERS 

While we sell several different brands of pencils, our main focus is on the famed Blackwings--perhaps the best pencils ever made. Blackwing pencils were originally introduced by the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company in the 1930s. Their cult following included John Steinbeck and cartoonist Chuck Jones, who proudly used Blackwings to create Bugs Bunny and many other Looney Tunes characters. In spite of their status and undeniable quality, Blackwings never caught on with the masses, due in part to their price, and the company discontinued production in 1998.

In the meantime, a company called California Cedar Products came out with a pencil under the Palomino brand that reminded some users of the original Blackwing. Inspired by the comparison, California Cedar acquired the Blackwing trademark and produced a pencil that married the original Blackwing’s look and feel with a softer lead and black barrel. They followed that up with the Palomino Blackwing 602, which more closely imitated the original, and went on to produce the Pearl, Volumes, and Colors editions.  We invite you to check out our stock and draw your own conclusions.


SOME OF OUR  FAVORITE NEW MAY TITLES 

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Hardcover Fiction

          

Hardcover Nonfiction

       

Paperback Fiction

         

Paperback Nonfiction

        

For Children

       


LITTLE LIBRARY

Give Children in Your Life the Gift of Books! 

Start a library for the young reader in your life with Mrs. Dalloway's Little Library subscription service! 

We've made it easier than ever to sign up and tell us about your young reader's interests, allowing our expert staff to choose books that will engage and delight. If you look on the left-hand column of this page, you'll see a Little Library link — simply click on the image (or the one here) to be taken to our Subscription page. 

Here's what one happy subscriber said about the program recently: "I so appreciate your time and choices of books.... So far, this program has opened up our family to so many wonderful stories we would not have otherwise known." 

Next Event

Recently there has been a re-evaluation of popular psychedelic and empathogenic chemicals for therapeutic use. In the mid 1900s psychedelics such as LSD and MDMA were developed as pharmaceuticals. From the late 1960s on these drugs became associated with recreational use and by the 1980s most nations had outlawed them. Here in the Bay Area we have many scientists and clinicians on the forefront of the movement to bring these chemicals out of the clubs and counter-culture to explore their potential to treat a number of mental health conditions, including addiction and PTSD.

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

In collaboration with Berkeley Public Library North Branch, join us for a free panel discussion on the current cultural, regulatory and medical landscapes around these substances.

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