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Support small publishers with these staff-curated titles

Check out our poetry and essay table for a new display featuring some of our favorite small presses, including stories and essays from New Directions, engaging polemics from Verso, poetry from Wave books, works in translation from two local presses: Transit (based in Oakland!) and Two Lines (based in San Francisco!), plus works from Graywolf, Two Dollar Radio, The New York Review of Books, Fitzcarraldo Editions, and others. Challenge yourself, expand your horizons, and support a small press at Mrs. Dalloway's.


We had a SRO crowd at our recent Educator Night titled "Why Your Kids Should Read Graphic Novels," an event that featured three top children's author/illustrators. We are grateful to Judd Winick (the Hilo series - Book #6 just out)), Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Dragon Hoops), and Raina Telgemeier (Guts) for sharing their expertise and lending their star power to the evening.

Graphic novelists Gene Yang (left), Raina Telgemeier, and Judd Winick wowed the audience at Mrs. Dalloway's Educator Night. Telgemeier is giving a thumbs-up to this year's Newbery Award Winner, the graphic novel New Kid by Jerry Craft.


 More than 600 people packed Berkeley's First Congregational Church to hear Peggy Orenstein (right) in conversation with KQED Forum producer Judy Campbell, discussing Orenstein's new book, Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity. The January 29 event was presented by Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore in collaboration with East Bay School for Boys.


Apeirogon by Colum McCann. The newest novel from McCann (TransAtlantic, Let the Great World Spin) is a tour de force concerning friendship, love, loss, and belonging. Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on, to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend, to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate. Their worlds shift irreparably after ten-year-old Abir is killed by a rubber bullet and thirteen-year-old Smadar becomes the victim of suicide bombers. (2/25)

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson. The bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports--some released only recently--Larson provides a new lens on London's darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family. (2/25)

Weather by Jenny Offill. “Compact and wholly contemporary, Jenny Offill’s third novel sees a librarian find deep meaning and deep despair in her side gig as an armchair therapist for those in existential crisis, including liberals fearing climate apocalypse and conservatives fearing the demise of ‘American values.’ As she attempts to save everyone, our protagonist is driven to her limits, making for a canny, comic story about the power of human need.” -- Esquire (2/11)

See You on Sunday: A Cookbook for Family and Friends by Sam Sifton, The longtime food editor of The New York Times offers up a cookbook designed to rediscover joys of Sunday suppers. Drawing on years spent talking to restaurant chefs, cookbook authors, and home cooks, Sifton's 200 recipes are mostly inexpensive and simple, designed for family and groups ranging from six to sixty. (2/18)



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Next Event

launches Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism, her bold and brilliant exploration of the ferocious desire for perfection which has shaped her writing life as well as her rich, dramatic, and constantly surprising personal life.

 "One of the finest explorations I know of what it means to be a woman and an artist."--Sigrid Nunez

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Scratched by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below.

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 7:30pm
Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062410375
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-5 days.
Published: Harper - February 25th, 2020

Scratched is an intimate account of the uses a child, and the adult she becomes, will find for perfectionism and the role it will play in every part of her life.

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