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Dear Friends of Mrs. Dalloway's,
WE HAVE JUST CELEBRATED OUR ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY as owners of Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary & Garden Arts. Wow! What a whirlwind year it has been! We could not have made it as seamless a transition without the amazing staff here at Mrs. Dalloway’s. Each member of the team brings expertise, enthusiasm and the community connection needed for an independent business to succeed. We are so lucky to have them all on our team! 
As we head into the holiday season, we are well-stocked with a variety of amazing books, ornaments, cards, paperwhite bulbs and more. Come on in and shop for everyone on your list!
The 14th Annual School Benefit Fundraiser was a great success with 26 local schools participating. 15% of pre-tax purchases made during the Veterans Day weekend (11/11-11/13) by family and friends will be donated to the participating schools. We saw a huge increase in patronage and purchases during that weekend and are happy to partner with our local schools. Thanks so much to all of you who came in to shop on your school’s behalf!
The Author Events we’ve hosted since April have been so much fun. Thank you to all who have joined us, supporting the authors that have come through. Attendance has been strong, and we look forward to picking back up in the new year. Events are suspended through year’s end, with the exception of the traditional Holiday Reading of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory by actor and local favorite, Thomas Lynch. Come in on December 8th at 5:30pm for the reading and some traditional refreshments.
It is with mixed emotions we share with you that at month end we will be losing one of our key team members. Floor Manager Nick Pauley is leaving us to pursue other opportunities. Nick has grown up at Mrs. Dalloway’s from a young age, helping his mother -- original co-owner Ann Leyhe -- make the store an inviting, well-stocked, diverse place for the community to patronize. Although we will really miss his leadership, organization, and literary knowledge, we understand he has much to share with the world and will make a positive difference wherever he lands. Thank you, Nick, for all of your hard work in building the store into what it is today.
As we approach Thanksgiving we want to express our appreciation for your continued support of Mrs. Dalloway’s. We are so very grateful to have been welcomed into the Elmwood community as new owners this past year and look forward to many more years to come. We wish you Happy and Healthy Holidays!
Jessica and Eric Green









The Holiday Season is here!  It's time to cozy up with a good book!  Stop by to find the perfect books for every young reader on your holiday list! Here are just a few of our favorites; click on any cover for details.




Nothing says winter holiday like a pot of blooming Paperwhites. We always sell out, so get yours soon. They can be grown in a watertight pot with gravel and will bloom in four to six weeks. 

1-4 bulbs are $2.50 apiece, 5-9 are $2.00 each, 10 + are $1.50 each. Instruction cards for planting and growing are also available.


We're delighted to be partnering with Berkeley author REBECCA CARVALHO to offer signed and personalized copies of her debut Young Adult novel, Salt and Sugar, inspired by her life in northeastern Brazil. It's a rom com about the grandchildren of two rival Brazilian bakeries who fall in love despite their families’ feud - recommended for fans of Nicola Yoon and Gloria Chao.
For personalized books, you can contact the store or order online. When placing web order, make sure to leave instructions about personalization in the Comment box at the bottom of the payment page.

On the eve of the Big Game, TYLER BRIDGES dropped by to sign copies of Five Laterals and a Trombone: Cal, Stanford, and the Wildest Finish in College Football History, a chronicle of one of college football's most bizarre game endings of all time. Bridges writes about the build-up to the game, recreates the moment through interviews with many players and coaches (and one Stanford Band trombone player) involved, and examines the lore that has grown up over the years surrounding those wild 21 seconds.

DASHKA SLATER has just published the hilarious third book in her award-winning Escargot picture book series. In Love, Escargot, everyone's favorite snail is on the way to a party on Snailentine's Day, hopeful he will find another snail who also likes to read books and eat salad with a light vinaigrette. But when he arrives, Escargot is greeted not by a snail, but by a vole. Mon dieu! This is not a Snailentine's Day party at all. It is a Volentine's Day party! At first, Escargot wants to hide in his shell, but in the end, he finds a surprising new friend.

JENNIFER LATHAM is the author of Baking Bread with Kids: Trusty Recipes for Magical Homemade Bread, an inviting and empowering guide for kids and parents to make their own delicious bread at home—and make it fun, simple, and easy, with 20+ recipes for ages 7 and up. Each recipe is organized into clear and easy-to-follow instructions and accompanied by beautiful illustrations depicting each step, perfect for school-age readers or younger kids accompanied by an adult in the kitchen. Jennifer is pictured here with her own two trusty bread makers.

ELIZABETH PARTRIDGE's important new book is Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams's Photographs Reveal about the Japanese American Incarceration, which presents three photographers, three perspectives, and through the lenses of their cameras, three different views of one bitter chapter of American history. She poses here next to our Mock Newbery display (story below); Seen and Unseen is one of the eight nominees. Also note our partnership with the author (above) that gives customers the ability to order personalized signed copies.

Oakland's COLLIN PINE is a passionate gardener and the author of the new children's book, The Garden Next Door, in which  three young children watch as birds, bees, and butterflies zoom past them, over their fence, and into their neighbor's mysterious yard. But why are there no birds or bugs in their yard? The kids are determined to find out...and maybe make some changes to bring a little wilderness to their backyard.




Number One Is Walking: My Life in the Movies and Other Diversions by Steve Martin, illustrated by Harry Bliss. This witty memoir focuses on comedian Martin's movie career, with stories from his most popular films and with artwork by New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss. What's unique here is that our wild and crazy guy's tales are presented as a series of comic strips, drawn with remarkable realism by the talented Bliss. 
But wait, there's more. The second half of the book features cartoons created by Martin and Bliss, and it's a laugh-out-loud collection. A great gift book for movie, comedy, and Martin fans. - Hut

Now Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson. The power of art runs through this sweet coming-of-age story, which begins in the summer of 1996 when awkward and bored teenagers Frankie and Zeke meet and become friends. The pair create a poster with an enigmatic message, then post copies all over their small Tennessee community - sparking curiosity, confusion and, eventually, fear that spreads beyond the town. Twenty years later, a reporter seeking the poster’s origin tracks down Frankie, threatening her lifelong secret. Wilson’s characters are imperfect and often funny, and I loved the book’s resolution - realistic and satisfying. - Hut

Meredith, Alone by Claire Alexander. I loved not just the plot of this tender novel set in Glasgow but the structure as well. The author takes us back and forth in time to begin peeling away the layers of why Meredith has not left her home in over three years. The story gets deeper and more meaningful with each passing chapter as Meredith has to contend with new friends and past trauma. Heartwarming and lovely. - Carolyn

Inciting Joy by Ross Gay. In this new collection of essays, Ross Gay prompts readers to find joy in their daily experiences, the small moments in life, and notably the times when we care for others. Gay’s thoughtful explorations of his own experiences (gardening, skateboarding, basketball) are the framework for his ideas on compassion, sharing, and community. Written in his easy meandering and conversational style, it’s a gorgeous and provocative must-read. - Eric


Three photographers. Three perspectives. And through the lenses of their cameras, three different views of one bitter chapter of American history. Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams's Photographs Reveal about the Japanese American Incarceration is a compelling and important must read for everyone over the age of 9. It would make a great gift on your holiday list! Order copies here - personalization requests can be added in the Order Comment box at the bottom of the checkout form.


Berkeley Unified School District's annual BUSD Mock Newbery nominees have been announced. The titles below have been selected by district librarians based on their literary merit as possible contenders for the prestigious Newbery Medal. The 4th & 5th graders district-wide will be reading and discussing them in their school book clubs in the coming months. Their selections make for a great recommendations list for young readers. Here are the nominees - click on any title below and get more details or order the book.
Mock Newbery Nominees
by Tracy Badua
by Kelly Yang
by Johnnie Christmas
by Jonathan Cage
by Elizabeth Partridge
by Kelly Barnhill
by Nina Moreno
by Skyler Schrempp



Ask for a signed copy of any of these featured titles when you come to the store, or request one in the Comments field when ordering online. Supplies are limited, so don't delay if you're interested.




Here are some of our favorites for celebrating Indigenous authors, illustrators, and stories every month of the year! CLICK HERE for our book list.


Help start a library for a young reader in your life with Mrs. Dalloway’s Little Library subscription service! Every month for the length of your subscription, we'll gift wrap and send your recipient a book that fits their age and interests. Our experienced staff selects titles from our ever-changing inventory of new titles and rediscovered hidden gems. To find out more and sign up, click here.

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Next Event

Join us in store for a return of an annual holiday tradition at Mrs. Dalloway's - Thomas Lynch reading Truman Capote's classic A Christmas Memory. The event takes place on Thursday, December 8, at 5:30pm - reservations are not required.

First published in 1956, this much sought-after autobiographical recollection from Capote about his rural Alabama boyhood is a perfect gift for fans young and old, a "gem of a holiday story." (School Library Journal, starred review). 

Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship and the memories the two friends share of beloved holiday rituals. 

Performer Thomas Lynch is an actor and longtime resident of the Elmwood.

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
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A Christmas Memory By Truman Capote Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385392761
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 28th, 2014