Events

October 2022

Author MADELINE OSTRANDER will read from and discuss her new book At Home On An Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge On A Changed Earth. From rural Alaska to coastal Florida, it's a vivid and hopeful account of Americans working to protect the places they call home in an era of wildfires, floods, and uncertainty—including efforts in Richmond, California, to transform a city built around an oil industry giant, the Chevron refinery.

Co-hosted by the University of California, Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute, Madeline will be joined by KQED reporter Ezra David Romero and the Richmond Listening Project's Alfredo Angulo to talk about how Richmond and other frontline communities are finding resilience amid new threats, recovering after almost unthinkable disasters, and reimagining themselves in a time of climate emergency.

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How do we find a sense of home and rootedness in a time of unprecedented upheaval? What happens when the seasons and rhythms in which we have built our lives go off-kilter? Once a distant forecast, climate change is now reaching into the familiar, threatening our basic safety and forcing us to reexamine who we are and how we live. In At Home on an Unruly Planet, Ostrander reflects on this crisis not as an abstract scientific or political problem but as a palpable force that is now affecting all of us at home. She offers accounts of people fighting to protect places they love from increasingly dangerous circumstances, from a group of urban farmers work to transform Richmond, California, in the wake of a disastrous refinery fire to a Florida preservationist striving to protect one of North America's most historic cities from rising seas.  Ostrander pairs deeply reported stories of hard-won optimism with lyrical essays on the strengths we need in an era of crisis. The book is required reading for anyone who wants to make a home in the twenty-first century.

MADELINE OSTRANDER is a science journalist and writer whose work has appeared in the NewYorker.com, The Nation, Sierra magazine, PBS's NOVA Next, Slate, and numerous other outlets. Her reporting on climate change and environmental justice has taken her to locations such as the Alaskan Arctic and the Australian outback. She is the former senior editor of YES! magazine and holds a master's degree in environmental science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She lives in Seattle with her husband.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth By Madeline Ostrander Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250620514
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - August 2nd, 2022

 

Author TONI MIROSEVICH will make an in-store appearance at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on Thursday, October 13th. Toni will read from and discuss her new linked story collection, Spell Heaven and Other Stories, in which, after moving to a coastal town, a gay couple is drawn to a group of outsiders living on the edge of the sea. Toni will be joined in discussion by author Janine Kovac (right).

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Stories in the the collection include the tale of an undocumented boy's drowning when a wave pulls him out to sea, an ex–FBI agent’s surveillance of a man who leaves chocolate bars at a tree in a weekly ritual, a mother on meth who teaches a lesson on mercy, and Kite Man, who flies kites from a fishing pole and sells drugs on the side. His motto: When the kites fly, you can buy.


TONI MIROSEVICH was raised in a Croatian American fishing family in Everett, Washington. She is the author of a book of nonfiction stories, Pink Harvest, winner of the First Series Award for Creative Nonfiction, and five books of poetry. A professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University for many years, she currently resides with her wife in Pacifica, California.

Drawing from her career as a professional ballet dancer, JANINE KOVAC writes about power dynamics and women’s bodies. Her memoir Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home was a semifinalist for Publishers Weekly’s BookLife Prize and a winner of the National Indie Excellence Awards.

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Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Spell Heaven: and Other Stories By Toni Mirosevich Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640095168
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Published: Counterpoint - April 26th, 2022

Acclaimed author MALINDA LO will read from her new Young Adult novel A Scatter of Light and will be joined in conversation with Printz Award winner, NINA LACOUR (right). Malinda will sign copies of her book at the end of her presentation. A Scatter of Light is a companion novel to Malinda's National Book Award winner Last Night at the Telegraph Club

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Aria Tang West had big plans for her summer before MIT. Then an ill-advised party hookup with a forgettable boy ends with non-consensual topless pictures on Tumblr, and Aria quickly finds her invitation to Cape Cod retracted and her flight to Marin County to stay with grandmother booked. But the summer of 2013 in the Bay is a momentous one for Aria, for the working-class queer community she finds herself in, and for her artist grandmother. It's the kind of summer that changes a life's trajectory forever. Set against the backdrop of the first of the major Supreme Court decisions that brought marriage equality to the United States, Aria's coming-of-age story is deftly entwined with a poignant note of closure for Lily and Kath from Last Night at the Telegraph Club.

MALINDA LO is the award winning and critically acclaimed author of several young adult novels, including most recently Last Night at the Telegraph Club,  winner of the 2021 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Stonewall Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award, and a Printz Honor award. Her novel Ash, a lesbian retelling of Cinderella, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and was a Kirkus Best Book for Children and Teens. She has been a three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda's nonfiction has been published by the New York Times Book Review, NPR, the Huffington Post, The Toast, the Horn Book, and in many anthologies. She lives in Massachusetts with her wife.

NINA LACOUR is the bestselling and Michael L. Printz Award-winning author of picture books, young adult novels, and adult literary fiction. Her novel We Are Okay was named one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 YA Novels of All Time. Her adult literary debut, Yerba Buena, was a Book of the Month Club selection, Target Book Club selection, and Indie Next Pick. Garnering starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, BookPage, Booklist, and others, Nina’s books have been translated into over a dozen languages.

For a list of books by both authors, click here.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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A Scatter of Light By Malinda Lo Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525555285
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2022

 

Join us Thursday October 20th, 7pm when Berkeley author ERIK TARLOFF comes to Mrs. Dalloway's to read from and discuss his new novel, Tell Me the Truth About Love.

 

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A novel about sexual love, straight and queer, about love between friends, between exes, between parents and children, between lovers old and new, Erik Tarloff’s Tell Me the Truth About Love tells the story of Toby Lindeman, a divorced man in San Francisco leading what appears to be an enviable bachelor’s life. Suave, attractive, somewhat detached from the emotional needs of those around him, he seems to sail blithely above life’s common difficulties as he goes about his duties as chief fundraiser for the San Francisco Opera.

But then, to his own surprise, he falls passionately in love with the most inappropriate woman possible, the long-time mistress of the powerful man on whom his own future seems to depend. As Toby navigates the risks of this relationship, encountering heartbreak and professional catastrophe along the way, he also finds himself reconnecting on a much deeper level with all the people in his life. Suspenseful, sexy, and often laugh-out-loud funny, Tell Me the Truth About Love is a very contemporary look at the varieties of human connection.

ERIK TARLOFF has written extensively for the screen, both large and small, and for publications including SlateThe Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, and many others. He is the author of three plays, Something to Hide, Another Weekend in the Country, and Cedars. He currently lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, economist Laura Tyson. This is his fifth novel.

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Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781644283110
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Published: Rare Bird Books - October 11th, 2022

Eminent sports photographer Michael Zagaris joins us at Mrs. Dalloway's to present his new book FIELD OF PLAY: 60 Years of NFL Photography. Michael will show images from the book, discuss his lifetime of photography, and will sign copies of this stunning gift volume.

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Field of Play is a striking celebration of decades of unparalleled access to the NFL by a critically acclaimed sports photojournalist. For the past 60 years, Michael Zagaris has taken his camera behind the scenes of the NFL, capturing the moments that define America’s game. With unparalleled access—42 Super Bowls, 49 seasons as team photographer for the San Francisco 49ers, and a behind-the-scenes passport to the rest of the NFL—Zagaris takes his aim beyond the field and to the locker room, the bench, the practices, and the training camps. His intimate portraits convey the nerves, the tension, the pain, and the elation with emotional depth and the clarity of a longtime insider.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With contributions from celebrated Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, and Fred Biletnikoff, as well as text from renowned sportswriter Steve Cassady and sociologist Dr. Harry Edwards, Field of Play highlights Zagaris’s storied career as a photographer, showcasing the irresistible force of football and celebrates its enduring presence.

MICHAEL ZAGARIS is a critically acclaimed sports and music photographer who has photographed the NFL since the 1970s and continues to be the San Francisco 49ers team photographer to this day. He has photographed 42 Super Bowls and 12 World Series and has earned three Super Bowl rings and one World Series ring. Zagaris lives in San Francisco with his wife and muse, Kristin.

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Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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By Michael Zagaris (By (photographer)), Steve Cassady, Ronnie Lott (Other primary creator), Joe Montana (Other primary creator), Fred Biletnikoff (Other primary creator), Harry Edwards (Other primary creator)
$80.00
ISBN: 9781951836764
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 4th, 2022

 

November 2022

Bestselling author SILAS HOUSE comes to Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore for an in-person reading and discussion of his new novel Lark Ascending It's a riveting story of survival and hope, set in the not-too-distant future, about a young man forced to flee the United States and seek refuge across the Atlantic. 

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As fires devastate most of the United States, Lark and his family secure a place on a refugee boat headed to Ireland, the last country not yet overrun by extremists and rumored to be accepting American refugees. But Lark is the only one to survive the trip, and once ashore, he doesn’t find the safe haven he’d hoped for. As he runs for his life, Lark finds an abandoned dog who becomes his closest companion, and then a woman in search of her lost son. Together they form a makeshift family and attempt to reach Glendalough, a place they believe will offer protection. But can any community provide the safety that they seek? 

For readers of novels such as Station Eleven, The Dog Stars, and MigrationsLark Ascending is a moving and unforgettable story of friendship, family, and healing.

SILAS HOUSE is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, one book of creative nonfiction, and three plays. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Advocate, Time, Garden & Gun, and other publications. A former commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, House is the winner of the Nautilus Award, the Storylines Prize from the NAV/New York Public Library, an E. B. White Honor, and many other awards.

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Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Lark Ascending By Silas House Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781643751597
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Algonquin Books - September 27th, 2022

Bestselling author DANI SHAPIRO returns to Mrs. Dalloway's to read from her new novel Signal Fires; she will be joined in conversation by author TOBIAS WOLFF (right). It's Dani's first work of fiction in fifteen years, a deeply felt novel that examines the ties that bind families together—and the secrets that can break them apart. 

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Signal Fires opens on a summer night in 1985. Three teenagers have been drinking. One of them gets behind the wheel of a car, and, in an instant, everything on Division Street changes. Each of their lives, and that of Ben Wilf, a young doctor who arrives on the scene, is shattered. For the Wilf family, the circumstances of that fatal accident will become the deepest kind of secret, one so dangerous it can never be spoken.

On Division Street, time has moved on. When the Shenkmans arrive—a young couple expecting a baby boy—it is as if the accident never happened. But when Waldo, the Shenkmans’ brilliant, lonely son who marvels at the beauty of the world and has a native ability to find connections in everything, befriends Dr. Wilf, now retired and struggling with his wife’s decline, past events come hurtling back in ways no one could ever have foreseen.

DANI SHAPIRO is a best-selling novelist and memoirist and host of the podcast Family Secrets (now in its seventh season). Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue, and Time. She has taught at Columbia and New York University and is the co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference. She lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

TOBIAS WOLFF is an American short story writer, memoirist, novelist, and teacher of creative writing. He is known for his memoirs, particularly This Boy's Life and In Pharaoh's Army . He has written four short story collections and two novels including The Barracks Thief which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Wolff received a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in September 2015

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Friday, November 4, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593534724
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Published: Knopf - October 18th, 2022

Join us when author GARY KAMIYA (left) and illustrator PAUL MADONNA read from, discuss, and sign copies of their new paperback edition of  Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages Through the Unknown City the bestselling book from two prizewinning, critically acclaimed contemporary chroniclers of San Francisco — a rich, illustrated, idiosyncratic portrait of this great city.

 

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In Spirits of San Francisco, Kamiya,  bestselling author of  Cool Gray City of Love, teams with celebrated artist Madonna to take a fresh look at this one-of-a-kind city. Marrying image and text in a way no book about this city has done before, Kamiya’s illuminating narratives accompany Madonna’s masterful pen-and-ink drawings, breathing life into San Francisco sites both iconic and obscure. Handsome and irresistible—much like the city it chronicles—Spirits of San Francisco is both a visual feast and a detailed, personal, loving, informed portrait of a beloved city.

GARY KAMIYA is the author of the #1 San Francisco bestseller Cool Gray City of Love, which won the Northern California Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. He writes a very popular history column for the San Francisco Chronicle. A co-founder of Salon.com and the former executive editor of San Francisco magazine, Kamiya has been a fixture on the Bay Area literary scene for more than 30 years. He lives in San Francisco.

PAUL MADONNA is an award-winning artist and author. His popular series "All Over Coffee" ran in the San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years and has been collected into three sui generis volumes, All Over CoffeeEverything is Its Own Reward and the recently published You Know Exactly.  Paul is the creator of the Emit Hopper Mystery Series, and his unique brand of combining images and stories has been heralded as “an all new art form,” celebrated in galleries, museums, and print.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Spirits of San Francisco: Voyages through the Unknown City By Gary Kamiya, Paul Madonna (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gary Kamiya, Paul Madonna (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635579819
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 20th, 2022