Events

March 2024

 

Join us at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on Monday, March 4th at 7:00 pm when bestselling author CARA BLACK comes to read from, discuss, and sign copies of her new mystery Murder at la Villette. In this thrilling 21st installment of Cara bestselling mystery series, Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc has been framed for the murder of her daughter’s father—now she’s on the lam, and must find the real killer to clear her name. (Cara's photo by Laura Skayhan)

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Melac, Aimée Leduc's ex, has been hounding her for weeks, pressuring her to move little Chloé to Brittany, threatening to take her to court for custody—all but stalking her. Harassed and fed up, Aimée has stopped taking his calls. Which is why she doesn’t know, as she’s leaving a client’s office late one night, that Melac is waiting for her by the Bassin de la Villette—where an assailant attacks him just in time for Aimée to find his still-bleeding body in the canal. Interrupted, the killer knocks Aimée out and plants the bloody knife in her hands for the police to find.

Now Aimée is in police custody, debilitated by her concussion, with overwhelming evidence working against her. She has to figure out who murdered Melac—not an easy job, given the target on his back as a former homicide investigator. Cut off from her typical network and forced to operate under multiple layers of cover, Aimée must go deep into the underbelly of Paris’s 19th arrondissement, where she rubs shoulders with biker gangs, paranoid journalists, grieving parents, and frustratingly tight-lipped ex-cops on her hunt for justice.

CARA BLACK is the author of twenty books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series and the national bestseller Three Hours in Paris. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and visits Paris frequently.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:00 pm on March 4th.

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Monday, March 4, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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ISBN: 9781641294478
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Published: Soho Crime - March 5th, 2024

 

Join us at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 pm when CAROLINE PAUL, bestselling author of The Gutsy Girl, will read from, discuss, and sign copies of her new book Tough Broad: From Boogie Boarding to Wing Walking--How Outdoor Adventure Improves Our Lives as We Age. Caroline will be joined by award-winning travel writer and author ELAINE LEE as they discuss this funny, inspiring, deeply researched exploration into the science and psychology of the outdoors and our place in it as we age. (Caroline's photo by Lauren Tabak)

 

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Caroline Paul has always filled her life with adventure. From mountain biking in the Bolivian Andes to pitching a tent, mid-blizzard, on Denali, she has never been a stranger to the exhilaration the outdoors can hold. Yet through it all, she has long wondered, "Why aren’t women, like men, encouraged to keep adventuring into old age?"


Tough Broad is her quest to understand not just how to live a dynamic life in a changing body, but why we must. She dives deep into the current research on aging, and highlights the results with the stories of women like 93-year-old hiker Dot Fisher-Smith, 80-year-old scuba diver Louise Wholey, 52-year-old BASE jumper Shawn Brokemond, 64-year-old birdwatcher Virginia Rose, and the many septuagenarian Wave Chasers who boogie board together in the San Diego surf. These women aren’t experts. But their experiences and the scientific studies that back them up offer important insight into our own physical and emotional health as we age, showing that growing older is no reason for women to sell themselves short. Tough Broad is a high-spirited call for women to embrace the outdoors, not back away from it, in our fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond, casting our own futures in a new and dazzling light

CAROLINE PAUL is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure and Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology, which has been translated into fifteen languages. She is also the author of the memoir Fighting Fire, the middle-grade book You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World, and the novel East Wind, Rain. Her TED Talk, “To Raise Brave Girls, Encourage Adventure,” has been viewed over 2 million times. A longtime member of the Writers Grotto, she lives in San Francisco.

ELAINE LEE is the Bay Area based editor of Go Girl: The Black Woman's Book of Travel and Adventure who has visited 69 countries and completed two solo trips around the world. Her travel writings have appeared in numerous national magazines, webzines and anthologies. She has shared her love of travel on numerous local and national radio, TV shows and podcasts and has served as keynote speaker, lecturer and travel writing instructor at many national travel conferences and educational organizations. She has published a free quarterly Afrocentric travel media newsletter since 2001. Her website, ugogurl.com, is a leading portal for information on black travel, black travel writing and black travel media. Go Girl 2, a new and expanded edition of Lee’s classic travel manual will be publishing in Feb. 2024.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:00 pm on March 5th.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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ISBN: 9781635576498
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 5th, 2024

 

Join us at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on Thursday, March 14th at 7:00 PM when author LAURENCE RALPH will read from, discuss, and sign copies of his new book SITO: An American Teenager and the City That Failed HimLaurence will be joined in discussion by FORREST STUART. The book is a riveting and heart-wrenching story of violence, grief and the American justice system, exploring the systemic issues that perpetuate gang participation in one of the wealthiest cities in the country, through the story of one teenager.

 

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In September of 2019, Luis Alberto Quiñonez—known as Sito— was shot to death as he sat in his car in the Mission District of San Francisco. He was nineteen. His killer, Julius Williams, was seventeen. It was the second time the teens had encountered one another. The first, five years before, also ended in tragedy, when Julius watched as his brother was stabbed to death by an acquaintance of Sito’s. The two murders merited a few local news stories, and then the rest of the world moved on.

But for the families of the slain teenagers, it was impossible to move on. And for Laurence Ralph, the stepfather of Sito’s half-brother who had dedicated much of his academic career to studying gang-affiliated youth, Sito’s murder forced him to revisit a subject of scholarly inquiry in a profoundly different, deeply personal way.

Written from Ralph's perspective as both a person enmeshed in Sito's family and as an Ivy League professor and expert on the entanglement of class and violence, SITO is an intimate story with an message about the lived experience of urban danger, and about anger, fear, grief, vengeance, and ultimately grace.

LAURENCE RALPH is a professor, writer and filmmaker. His first book, Renegade Dreams, received the C. Wright Mills Award and the J.I. Staley Prize. His second book, The Torture Letters, explores a decades-long scandal in which hundreds of Black men were tortured in police custody. The Torture Letters is also the name of his award-winning, animated short film, which is featured in The New York Times Op-Doc series. Laurence’s work has been featured in The Paris Review, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, The Chicago Review of Books, Boston Review and Literary Hub. Ralph is currently a professor of anthropology at Princeton University. He has been awarded many fellowships for his work, including the Guggenheim and Carnegie Fellowships. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his family.

FORREST STUART is a Professor of Sociology at Stanford University, where he also directs the Stanford Ethnography Lab and the Program on Urban Studies. A 2020 MacArthur Fellow, his research examines the causes, contours, and consequences of urban poverty. He is the author of Down, Out and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row and Ballad of the Bullet: Gangs, Drill Music, and the Power of Online Infamy.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:00 pm on March 14th.

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Thursday, March 14, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Sito: An American Teenager and the City that Failed Him By Laurence Ralph Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781538740323
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 20th, 2024



Join us on Tuesday, March 19th at 7:00 pm when author PETER COVIELLO reads from, discusses, and signs copies of his new book Is There God After Prince?: Dispatches From an Age of Last Things, a collection of  essays considering what it means to love art, culture, and people in an age of accelerating disaster.

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This is a book about loving things—books, songs, people—in the shadow of a felt, looming disaster. Through lyrical, funny, heart-wrenching essays, Peter Coviello considers pieces of culture across a fantastic range, setting them inside the vivid scenes of friendship, dispute, romance, talk, and loss, where they enter our lives. Alongside him, we reencounter movies like The Shining, shows like The Sopranos; videos; poems; novels by Sam Lipsyte, Sally Rooney, and Paula Fox; as well as songs by Joni Mitchell, Gladys Knight, Steely Dan, Pavement, and the much-mourned saint of Minneapolis, Prince.

Navigating an overwhelming feeling that Coviello calls “endstrickenness,” he asks what it means to love things in calamitous times, when so much seems to be shambling toward collapse. Balancing comedy and anger, exhilaration and sorrow, Coviello illuminates the strange ways the things we cherish help us to hold on to life and to its turbulent joys. Is There God after Prince? shows us what twenty-first-century criticism can be, and how it might speak to us, in a time of ruin, in an age of “Last Things.”


PETER COVIELLO is the author of six books, including Make Yourselves Gods, a finalist for the 2020 John Whitmer Historical Association Best Book Prize; Tomorrow’s Parties, a 2013 finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies; and Long Players, a memoir selected as one of ARTFORUM’s Ten Best Books of 2018. His newest book, Is There God After Prince?: Dispatches from an Age of Last Things, was selected for The Millions’ “Most Anticipated” list for 2023. He taught for many years at Bowdoin College and since 2014 has been at UIC, where he is Professor and Head of English.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:00 pm on January 16th.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Is There God after Prince?: Dispatches from an Age of Last Things By Peter Coviello Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780226828084
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 6th, 2023

 

Join us on Thursday, March 21st when New York Times bestselling author MARGOT LIVESEY comes to the store to share her latest novel The Road From Belhaven. Margot will read from and discuss her book and will sign copies after the presentation. (Margot's photo by Michael Lionstar).

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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy comes a novel about a young woman whose gift of second sight complicates her coming of age in late-nineteenth-century Scotland.

“Bewitching and seductive.” —Rebecca Makkai, author of I Have Some Questions for You

“A treasure: a writer who understands the magic and mysteries of the human soul." —Chris Bohjalian, author of Hour of the Witch

“This book is a cold, clear, perfect lake." —Lauren Groff, author of The Vaster Wilds

Growing up in the care of her grandparents on Belhaven Farm, Lizzie Craig discovers as a small child that she can see into the future. But her gift is selective—she doesn’t, for instance, see that she has an older sister who will come to join the family. As her “pictures” foretell various incidents and accidents, she begins to realize a painful truth: she may glimpse the future, but she can seldom change it.

Nor can Lizzie change the feelings that come when a young man named Louis, visiting Belhaven for the harvest, begins to court her. Why have the adults around her not revealed that the touch of a hand can change everything? After following Louis to Glasgow, though, she learns the limits of his devotion. Faced with a seemingly impossible choice, she makes a terrible mistake. But her second sight may allow her a second chance.

Luminous and transporting, The Road from Belhaven once again displays “the marvelous control of a writer who conjures equally well the tangible, sensory world . . . and the mysteries, stranger and wilder, that flicker at the border of that world.” —The Boston Globe

MARGOT LIVESEY was born and grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. She is the author of a collection of stories and nine other novels, including Eva Moves the Furniture, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, Mercury, and The Boy in the Field. She has received awards from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute. She lives in Cambridge, MA and is on the faculty of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on March 21st.

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Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Road from Belhaven: A novel By Margot Livesey Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593537046
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Knopf - February 6th, 2024

April 2024

 

Join us at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM when Berkeley author SHERYL KASKOWITZ comes to the store to launch her new book A Chance to Harmonize: How FDR's Hidden Music Unit Sought to Save America from the Great Depression--One Song at a TimeSheryl will sign copies of her book after the presentation. It's the remarkable story of a hidden New Deal program that tried to change America and end the Great Depression using folk music, laying the groundwork for the folk revival and having a lasting impact on American culture. (Sheryl's photo by Shira Bezalel)

 

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In 1934, the Great Depression had destroyed the US economy, leaving residents poverty-stricken. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt urged President Roosevelt to take radical action to help those hit hardest—Appalachian miners and mill workers stranded after factories closed, city dwellers with no hope of getting work, farmers whose land had failed. They set up government homesteads in rural areas across the country, an experiment in cooperative living where people could start over. To boost morale and encourage the homesteaders to find community in their own traditions, the administration brought in artists to lead group activities—including folk music.

As part of a music unit led by Charles Seeger (father of Pete), staffer Sidney Robertson traveled the country to record hundreds of folk songs. Music leaders, most notably Margaret Valiant, were sent to homesteads to use the collected songs to foster community and cooperation. Working almost entirely (and purposely) under the radar, the music unit would collect more than 800 songs and operate for nearly two years, until they were shut down under fire from a conservative coalition in Congress that deemed the entire homestead enterprise dangerously “socialistic."

Despite its early demise, the music unit proved that music can provide hope and a sense of belonging even in the darkest times. It also laid the groundwork for the folk revival that followed, seeing the rise of artists like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Odetta, and Bob Dylan.

Award-winning author and Harvard-trained American music scholar Sheryl Kaskowitz has had the unique opportunity to listen to the music unit’s entire collection of recordings and examine a trove of archival materials, some of which have never been made available to the public.

A Chance To Harmonize reveals this untold story and will delight readers with the revelation of a new and previously undiscovered chapter in American cultural history.

SHERYL KASKOWITZ PHD, is the author of God Bless America: The Surprising History of an Iconic Song, which won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Book Award for music writing. Her articles have been published in the New York Times, Slate, Bloomberg News, and other outlets. Kaskowitz earned her PhD in music with an ethnomusicology focus from Harvard in 2011 and completed her BA in music at Oberlin. She has served as a lecturer at Brandeis University and Brown University and lives with her family in Berkeley, California.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on April 3rd.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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ISBN: 9781639365715
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Published: Pegasus Books - April 2nd, 2024

Join us on Wednesday, April 24th, 7:00 pm when acclaimed Berkeley author SYLVIA BROWNRIGG comes to Mrs. Dalloway's to launch her new memoir, The Whole Staggering Mystery: A Story of Fathers Lost and FoundShe will be joined in conversation by author PEGGY ORENSTEIN. (Sylvia's photo by Gina Logan)

 

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When Sylvia Brownrigg received a package addressed to her father that had been lost for over 50 years, she wanted to deliver it to him before it was too late. She did not expect that her father, Nick, would choose not to open it, so she and her brother finally did.

Nick, an absent father, was a hippie and would-be Beat writer who lived off the grid in Northern California. Nick’s own father, Gawen–also absent–had been a well-born Englishman who wrote a Bloomsbury-like novel about lesbian lovers, before moving to Kenya and ultimately dying a mysterious death at age twenty-seven. Brownrigg was told he had likely died by suicide.

Reconstructing Gawen’s short, colorful life from revelations in the package takes her through glamorous 1930s London and Pasadena, toward the last gasp of the British Empire in Kenya, and from there, deep into the California redwoods, where Nick later carved out a rugged path in the wilderness, keeping his English past at bay. Vividly weaving together the lives of her father and grandfather, through memory and imagination, Brownrigg explores issues of sexuality and silences, and childhoods fractured by divorce. In her uncovering of this lost family, she finally makes her own story whole.

SYLVIA BROWNRIGG is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction, including the novels Morality Tale; The Delivery Room, winner of the Northern California Book Award; Pages for You, winner of the Lambda Award; and The Metaphysical Touch; and a collection of stories, Ten Women Who Shook the World. Brownrigg’s works have been included in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times lists of notable fictions and have been translated into several languages. Her novel for children, Kepler’s Dream, written under the name Juliet Bell was published in 2012 and turned into a feature film. Brownrigg lives with her family in London and Berkeley

PEGGY ORENSTEIN is the New York Times bestselling author of UnravellingBoys & Sex, Girls & Sex, Don’t Call Me Princess, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Waiting for Daisy, Flux, and Schoolgirls. A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and AFAR, her work has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Tmes, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and other publications, and she has contributed commentary to NPR’s All Things Considered and PBS NewsHour. Her TED Talk has been viewed over 5.7 million times.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:00 pm on April 24th.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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ISBN: 9781640096561
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Published: Counterpoint - April 23rd, 2024

Join us at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 pm when author ELIZABETH ABEL comes to read from, discuss, and sign copies of her new book Odd Affinities: Virginia Woolf's Shadow Genealogies.  Experience a new reading of Virginia Woolf in the context of “long modernism.”

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In recent decades, Virginia Woolf’s contribution to literary history has been located primarily within a female tradition. Elizabeth Abel dislodges Woolf from her iconic place within this tradition to uncover her shadowy presence in other literary genealogies. Abel elicits unexpected echoes of Woolf in four major writers from diverse cultural contexts: Nella Larsen, James Baldwin, Roland Barthes, and W. G. Sebald. By mapping the wayward paths of what Woolf called “odd affinities” that traverse the boundaries of gender, race, and nationality, Abel offers a new account of the arc of Woolf’s career and the transnational modernist genealogy constituted by her elusive and shifting presence. Odd Affinities will appeal to students and scholars working in New Modernist studies, comparative literature, gender and sexuality studies, and African American studies.

ELIZABETH ABEL is the John F. Hotchkis Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Virginia Woolf and the Fictions of Psychoanalysis and Signs of the Times: The Visual Politics of Jim Crow and the editor or coeditor of four collections, most recently, Female Subjects in Black and White: Race, Psychoanalysis, Feminism.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on April 25th.

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Thursday, April 25, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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ISBN: 9780226832678
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Published: University of Chicago Press - April 19th, 2024