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Authors Return With Safety Protocols

 

AUTHOR EVENTS AT MRS. DALLOWAY'S ARE BACK!

We're excited to announce the return of in-person author readings and signings at the store. The first two appearances are described below and are posted on the Events tab located to your right on this web page, and we will be announcing more author appearances soon.  

With that said, we also want to let everyone know that, for the foreseeable future, our in-store events will be presented in an environment that we hope will provide comfort and safety along with entertainment and elucidation. We have established a set of protocols for author appearances; we urge you to read them and familiarize yourself with these new guidelines.

Due to ongoing COVID concerns and customer safety considerations, we will be limiting the number of attendees at our in-store events. To that end, please note the following and thank you for your understanding.

  • EVENTS ARE FREE unless otherwise noted, but pre-registration is required.

  • DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

  • BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

  • WE ARE NOT ABLE to accommodate any walk-ins, and we will be closed to shoppers.

  • WE ASK that attendees arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to the event's posted start time.

  • PROOF OF up-to-date vaccination and boosting will be required at the door, as will masking for attendees during the event.

 


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UPCOMING AUTHOR EVENTS

THURSDAY, MAY 19, 7pm
 
DAVE IVERSON is an Oakland writer, documentary film producer and director, and retired broadcast journalist who has produced and reported more than 20 documentary specials for PBS. He will be at Mrs. Dalloway's to discuss his moving new memoir, Winter Stars: An Elderly Mother, an Aging Son, and Life's Final Journey. 
 
The book chronicles Dave's remarkable decade-long caregiving odyssey that began when, at age 59 and having been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, he moved in with his 95-year-old mother to care for her. It’s a book Michael J. Fox calls “a modern classic … documenting the uncertain journey into the country of caregiving and the deeply sustaining bonds of familial love.”
 
This event is free but pre-registration is required. If you would like to attend, please sign up at this link no later than 4pm on May 19. You may also register at the store. Attendance is limited to 40 people, chosen in order of registration date. 
 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 7pm

Join us for ELIF BATUMAN discussing her highly anticipated new book Either/Or. The novel is a sequel to The Idiot, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and continues her beloved protagonist Selin’s quest for self-knowledge, as she travels abroad and tests the limits of her newfound adulthood.

Elif will be in conversation with author Grace Lavery (pictured right), Associate Professor in the Department of English at UC Berkeley.

In its starred review of Either/Or, Publishers Weekly wrote, “Effervescent . . . Observant, defiant, and newly on antidepressants, Selin approaches the mystery of human relations with a beginner’s naivete and sharp intelligence . . .  Batuman’s light touch and humor are brought to bear on serious questions . . . As accomplished as The Idiot was, this improves upon it, and Batuman’s already sharp chops as a novelist come across as even more refined in these pages. Readers will be enraptured.”

This event is free but pre-registration is required. If you would like to attend, please sign up at this link no later than 4pm on June 1.


OFFSITE EVENTS SUPPORTED BY MRS. DALLOWAY'S


AUTHOR DROP-INS AT MRS. DALLOWAY'S

LAUREN WOLK visited Mrs. Dalloway's following local school events to sign copies of her new book, My Own Lightning, a sequel to her Newbery Honor–winning debut, Wolf Hollow and a return to World War II–era Western Pennsylvania and protagonist Annabelle McBride, who continues to confront injustices in an increasingly complicated world.

Local author MEG FLEMING came by to celebrate the recent publication of not one, but two new children's books I Was Born a Baby is a fun, rhyming read-aloud  about baby animals and the names they share. Wondering Around is a picture book that reveals and celebrates the curiosity that comes from exploring the outdoors.

Children's author Muợn Thị Văn has teamed with award-winning illustrator Jessica Love to produce I Love You Because I Love You,  a lovely picture book that details big and small reasons why we love the people we do within a call-and-response picture book that features families across the spectrum.

In town for the Bay Area Book Festival from Portland, Oregon, children's author CATHY CAMPER dropped in to sign copies of the newest title in her Lowriders graphic novel series, Lowriders to the Rescue. In this installment, a changing planet means new problems - and new friends - for nuestros amigos favoritos. There's Lupe, a whip-smart impala with a flair for mechanics; Flapjack, a sweet young octopus who can shine up anything with his eight gleaming tentacles; and Elirio, a thoughtful mosquito who's fascinated with words and determined to become an artist. What do all three have in common? A love of lowriders—and a passion for solving problems!

Children's author NAAZ KHAN came by prior to a school visit to sign copies of her debut picture book, Room for Everyone. In the story, a young boy on a crowded dala dala discovers that, after some wiggles and giggles, there’s room for everyone in this lighthearted rhyming picture book set in Zanzibar. It's a rollicking ride that delivers an underlying message about generosity and gratitude.
 
Well-known Berkeley author and food writer JOHN HARRIS has just had his new book published - My Little Plague Journal, a collection of personal essays written over the past couple of years. As with previous books like Cafe French and Foodoodles, John also illustrated the new volume.

STAFF PICKS

TRUST by Hernan Diaz. The hype is real - this is a fabulous book! It's a literary puzzle box, consisting of four fictional "books" in one, all covering the secretive couple at the center of late 19th / early 20th century investment banking in NYC. Fans of inventive, well-written historical fiction: meet your next favorite novel! - Nick

SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR by Richard Roper (now in paperback). I loved this debut novel from Richard Roper - I read his second book (When We Were Young) first, and I'm so glad I didn't miss this one. Andrew lives in England and his job is to track down the next of kin for people who have died alone. At the same time he's created a fictional life for himself, and the big lie he's told his coworkers is slowly starting to unravel. This book is at turns hopeful, full of heartache, and absolutely lovely. Perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine- Carolyn

SUBURBAN DICKS by Fabian Nicieza (now in paperback). This irreverent and funny - and not always politically correct - murder mystery explores racial tensions and prejudice in a New Jersey suburb after the murder of a gas station attendant. The two sleuths - a (very) pregnant former FBI profiler turned suburban mom and a disgraced journalist - are quirky and wisecracking, as befits an author who co-created Deadpool. What a wild debut! - Hut

THE CANDY HOUSE by Jennifer Egan (autographed copies on hand). Midway through The Candy House, one character comments, “Things are interwoven in ways we don’t understand.” Quite an apt description for this novel. Egan voices multiple narrators over multiple decades to tell an interconnected tale centering around the Uber-Social-Media of the near future, its effects on one’s family, friends, memory, and the meaning of authenticity in a collective mental world. It’s a mesmerizing experience. - Eric

 THE PUZZLER: One Man's Quest to Solve the Most Baffling Puzzles Ever, from Crosswords to Jigsaws to the Meaning of Life by A.J. Jacobs. Looking for the perfect gift for a puzzle enthusiast? Problem solved with this hugely entertaining tour of the history and allure of all kinds of puzzles, from crosswords and word games to jigsaws and rebuses - and many more. Jacobs immerses himself in his subject, and he's an engaging guide. Puzzle guru Greg Pliska contributes original conundrums that add to the enjoyment. - Hut

GOOD NEIGHBORS by Sarah Langan (now in paperback). Good Neighbors takes place on Maple Street on Long Island in the not too distant future. The idyllic facade of suburban life quickly disappears when a sinkhole opens, a child dies and neighbors turn on each other with accusations and gossip. Secrets are revealed and tensions ratchet up in this well written, taut literary thriller. Excellent character development! - Carolyn

THE MUSIC OF BEES by Eileen Garvin (now in paperback). This is a lovely, quiet story of three lonely and grieving characters who come together on a honeybee farm and form unexpected friendships. The joys of beekeeping provide needed healing for all three, and a fight to thwart an odious pesticide company gives them purpose and connection to a newfound community. Just wonderful. - Hut


MAY IS ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER
HERITAGE MONTH!
 
Here are just some of the wonderful new children's books by Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) authors and illustrators featuring characters and stories that reflect the diversity of AAPI culture. Our online list has a more extensive collection of books, for brand new readers to young adults. The list features books that have come out in the last 12 months and will be updated throughout the year. Check back often to find books perfect for reading every month of the year, not just in May!
MASKING IN MRS. DALLOWAY'S
 
To our customers and guests,
 
In accordance with Alameda County and City of Berkeley health guidelines, we continue to require masks if your vaccination status is not “up-to-date.”
 
To keep everyone as healthy as possible during this transition time, all Mrs. Dalloway’s staff will continue to wear face masks. We strongly request that all customers also wear face masks. We feel this is the best approach at this time to continue to protect our staff, their loved ones, and our customers of all ages. We very much appreciate your cooperation and assistance!
 
Thank you,
Eric & Jessica Green, Owners
 

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Next Event

Join us for ELIF BATUMAN discussing her highly anticipated new book Either/Or. The novel is a sequel to The Idiot, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and continues her beloved protagonist Selin’s quest for self-knowledge, as she travels abroad and tests the limits of her newfound adulthood.

Elif will be in conversation with writer Grace Lavery (pictured right), Associate Professor in the Department of English at UC Berkeley, author of  Please Miss: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Penis.

In its starred review of Either/Or, Publishers Weekly wrote, “Effervescent . . . Observant, defiant, and newly on antidepressants, Selin approaches the mystery of human relations with a beginner’s naivete and sharp intelligence . . .  Batuman’s light touch and humor are brought to bear on serious questions . . . As accomplished as The Idiot was, this improves upon it, and Batuman’s already sharp chops as a novelist come across as even more refined in these pages. Readers will be enraptured.”

Due to ongoing COVID concerns and customer safety considerations, we will be limiting the number of attendees at our in-store events. To that end, please note the following and thank you for your understanding.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. If you would like to attend, please sign up at this link no later than 4pm on June 1. You may also sign up at the store.

ATTENDANCE IS LIMITED to 40 people, chosen in order of registration date.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

WE ARE NOT ABLE to accommodate any walk-ins that evening.

WE ASK that attendees arrive no later than 6:45pm for the event.

PROOF OF up-to-date vaccination and boosting will be required at the door, as will masking for attendees during the event.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780525557593
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press - May 24th, 2022

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