Events

January 2023

 

Join us on Sunday, January 29th, at 3:00 PM when debut author-illustrator duo EUGENIA YOH (right) and VIVIENNE CHANG (left) present their new book This Is Not My Home, a humorous and heartfelt reverse immigration story that will resonate across cultures and show us how a place can become home.

 

 

To attend this free event, you must sign up on Eventbrite or contact us at the store prior to the presentation. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

This is not my backyard barbecue.

This is not our car, these are not my fireflies.

This is not my farmer’s market and...

This is not my home.

When Lily’s mom announces their family must move back to Taiwan to take care of her elderly Ah Ma, Lily is devastated to leave behind her whole life for a place that is most definitely not her home. But Lily soon realizes, through the help of her family and friends, what home means to them. And perhaps someday—maybe not today, but someday—it might become her home too.

EUGENIA YOH and VIVIENNE CHANG are students at Washington University in St. Louis. Eugenia studies Communication Design and spends her free time designing posters for clubs. Vivienne studies Economics and spends her free time creating events for clubs that need posters. They hope to continue telling stories that simplify seemingly universal ideas through humor. When they are not discussing their next book concept, they can be found at a lake, a library, or in the yogurt section of Whole Foods.

PLEASE NOTE:

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 1:30 pm on January 29th.

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

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

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

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 2:45 and 3:00 PM for the event.

 

Sunday, January 29, 2023 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
This Is Not My Home By Vivienne Chang, Eugenia Yoh Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316377102
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 24th, 2023

February 2023

Author SELBY WYNN SCHWARTZ comes to Mrs. Dalloway's to read from and discuss her debut novel After Sappho. Longlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize, After Sappho reimagines the intertwined lives of feminists at the turn of the twentieth century.

 

To attend this free event, you must sign up on Eventbrite or contact us at the store prior to the presentation. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

“The first thing we did was change our names. We were going to be Sappho,” so begins this intrepid debut novel, centuries after the Greek poet penned her lyric verse. Ignited by the same muse, a myriad of women break from their small, predetermined lives for seemingly disparate paths: in 1892, Rina Faccio trades her needlepoint for a pen; in 1902, Romaine Brooks sails for Capri with nothing but her clotted paintbrushes; and in 1923, Virginia Woolf writes: “I want to make life fuller and fuller.” Writing in cascading vignettes, Selby Wynn Schwartz spins an invigorating tale of women whose narratives converge and splinter as they forge queer identities and claim the right to their own lives. A luminous meditation on creativity, education, and identity, After Sappho announces a writer as ingenious as the trailblazers of our past.

“This book is splendid: Impish, irate, deep, courageous. . . . Brava!”—Lucy Ellmann, author of Ducks, Newburyport

SHELBY WYNN SCHWARTZ holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of The Bodies of Others: Drag Dances and Their Afterlives, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and the forthcoming novella A Life in Chameleons.

PLEASE NOTE:

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:30 pm on February 2nd.

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

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

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

Thursday, February 2, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
After Sappho: A Novel By Selby Wynn Schwartz Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781324092315
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Liveright - January 24th, 2023

Join us at Mrs. Dalloway's Thursday, Feb 9th at 6:00 PM when award-winning authors GRACE LIN (left) and KATE MESSNER (right) come to read from and sign Once Upon a Book, a modern folktale about the joy of reading.

The event is free, but you must register in advance at Eventbrite or contact us at the store prior to the presentation. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

Once upon a time, there was a girl. She went to a place alive with colors, where even the morning dew was warm. Alice loves to imagine herself in the magical pages of her favorite book. So when it flaps its pages and invites her in, she is swept away to a world of wonder and adventure, riding camels in the desert, swimming under the sea with colorful fish, floating in outer space, and more! But when her imaginative journey comes to an end, she yearns for the place she loves best of all. Paired with vibrant illustrations, this lyrical, expressive story invites the reader to savor each page and indulge in the power of imagination.

GRACE LIN is the recipient of the Children's Literature Legacy Award and is the bestselling author and illustrator of over thirty books, including A Big Mooncake for Little Star (a Caldecott Honor), A Big Bed for Little Snow, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (a Newbery Honor), The Year of the Dog, and the Ling & Ting series. Grace is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Massachusetts. She invites you to visit her online at gracelin.com.

KATE MESSNER  is a New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty books for young readers. Kate's award-winning titles include picture books like Over and Under the Snow and The Brilliant Deep; novels like Breakout and Chirp; engaging nonfiction like The Next President and the History Smashers series; the Ranger in Time adventures; and the Fergus and Zeke easy readers. Kate lives on Lake Champlain and invites you to visit her at katemessner.com.

PLEASE NOTE:

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:30 pm on February 9th.

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

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

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

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 5:45 and 6:00 PM for the event.

 

Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Once Upon a Book By Grace Lin, Kate Messner Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316541077
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 7th, 2023

Join us on Sunday February 26th at 3:00 pm as MONICA WESOLOWSKA visits us in-store and co-author JEROME PUMPHREY  joins virtually to present, discuss, and sign their new book Elbert In The Air, a heartwarming story about unconditional love and rising above those who stand in the way of being who you are.

To attend this free event, you must sign up on Eventbrite or contact us at the store prior to the presentation.

Shortly after he is born, Elbert floats up into the air. Before long, his mother must stand on her tip toes to reach him and toss toys into the air at playtime. While everyone in town, from the school nurse to the mayor, is full of advice for keeping her boy down, Elbert’s mother knows her son is meant to float. And so, she lets him. But as life becomes more and more difficult for a floating boy, and people understand him less and less, Elbert has to make a decision: Stay bound to the ground or float higher in the hopes of finding the world—and community—he’s always wished for. 

Elbert In the Air is a truly special picture book because it places an emphasis on cherishing our differences rather than suppressing them for others’ comfort, which is especially poignant today as a metaphor for affirming marginalized racial, gender, and sexual orientations. Rather than keeping him down – literally or figuratively – Elbert’s Ma is his biggest champion, showing readers that the onus is on the adults to adapt, and not on children to change or educate others.

MONICA WESOLOWSKA is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life and the picture book Leo + Lea. She teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford Continuing Studies and lives in Berkeley with her husband and two boys.

JEROME PUMPHREY Jerome Pumphrey is a designer, illustrator, and writer. He studied graphic design at the Art Institute of Austin and has worked as a technical writer, freelance graphic designer, and illustrator. Since 2016 he has been a graphic designer at The Walt Disney Company where he uses design and illustration to visually tell stories in print, digital, and immersive experiences for Disney global business development. Together with his brother, Jarrett, Jerome is a creator multiple books, including The Old Truck, The Old Boat, and Creepy Things Are Scaring Me. Jerome lives in Florida.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 1:30 pm on February 26th.

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

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

WALK-INS will be accommodated if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 2:45 and 3:00 PM for the event.

Sunday, February 26, 2023 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
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Elbert in the Air By Monica Wesolowska, Jerome Pumphrey (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593325209
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Published: Dial Books - February 21st, 2023

Bestselling author AMY POEPPEL visits Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore Tuesday, February 28th to read from and discuss her new novel The Sweet Spot. She brings her signature “big-hearted, charming” (The Washington Post) style to this wise and joyful novel that celebrates love, hate, and all of the glorious absurdity in between. Amy will be joined in conversation by ANIKA STREITFELD (right) and sign books after her presentation.

To attend this free event, you must sign up on Eventbrite or contact us at the store prior to the presentation. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

In the heart of Greenwich Village, three women form an accidental sorority when a baby—belonging to exactly none of them—lands on their collective doorstep.

Lauren and her family—lucky bastards—have been granted the use of a spectacular brownstone, teeming with history and dizzyingly unattractive 70s wallpaper. Adding to the home’s bohemian, grungy splendor is the bar occupying the basement, a (mostly) beloved dive called The Sweet Spot. Within days of moving in, Lauren discovers that she has already made an enemy in the neighborhood by inadvertently sparking the divorce of a couple she has never actually met.

Melinda’s husband of thirty years has dumped her for a young celebrity entrepreneur named Felicity, and, to Melinda’s horror, the lovebirds are soon to become parents. In her incandescent rage, Melinda wreaks havoc wherever she can, including in Felicity’s Soho boutique, where she has a fit of epic proportions, which happens to be caught on film.​

Olivia—the industrious twenty-something behind the counter, who has big dreams and bigger debt—gets caught in the crossfire. In an effort to diffuse Melinda’s temper, Olivia has a tantrum of her own and gets unceremoniously canned, thanks to TikTok.

When Melinda’s ex follows his lover across the country, leaving their squalling baby behind, the three women rise to the occasion in order to forgive, to forget, to Ferberize, and to track down the wayward parents. But can their little village find a way toward the happily ever afters they all desire?

AMY POEPPEL is the award-winning author of the novels The Sweet Spot, Musical Chairs, Limelight, and Small Admissions. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Rumpus, Literary Hub, and Working Mother. She and her husband have three sons and split their time between New York City, Germany, and Connecticut.

ANIKA STREITFELD a book editor, writer, and Berkeley native. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown and holds an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.  As a Senior Editor at Random House, Anika’s authors included Dan Chaon, Charles Frazier, and Amanda Eyre Ward. She is now an independent editor and has worked on each of Amy’s novels from conception to final copy. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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The Sweet Spot: A Novel By Amy Poeppel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982176457
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - January 31st, 2023

April 2023

Bestselling author ALKA JOSHI visits Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on Tuesday, April 4th to present the third book in her Jaipur Trilogy, The Perfumist of Paris. The first installment, The Henna Artist, was a Reese's Book Club Pick, and now the final chapter takes readers to 1970s Paris, where Radha’s budding career as a perfumer must compete with the demands of her family and the secrets of her past.

The event is free, but you must sign up in advance on Eventbrite or contact us at the store prior to the presentation.

Paris, 1974. Radha is now living in Paris with her husband, Pierre, and their two daughters. She still grieves for the baby boy she gave up years ago, when she was only a child herself, but she loves being a mother to her daughters, and she’s finally found her passion—the treasure trove of scents.

She has an exciting and challenging position working for a master perfumer, helping to design completely new fragrances for clients and building her career one scent at a time. She only wishes Pierre could understand her need to work. She feels his frustration, but she can’t give up this thing that drives her.

Tasked with her first major project, Radha travels to India, where she enlists the help of her sister, Lakshmi, and the courtesans of Agra—women who use the power of fragrance to seduce, tease and entice. She’s on the cusp of a breakthrough when she finds out the son she never told her husband about is heading to Paris to find her—upending her carefully managed world and threatening to destroy a vulnerable marriage.

ALKA JOSHI was born in India and raised in the U.S. since she was nine. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of Arts. Joshi's debut novel, The Henna Artist, immediately became a NYT bestseller, a Reese Witherspoon Bookclub pick, was Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, & is in development as a TV series. Her second novel, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur was published in 2021.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:30 pm on April 4th.

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

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

WALK INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

Tuesday, April 4, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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The Perfumist of Paris: A Novel from the Bestselling Author of the Henna Artist By Alka Joshi Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780778386148
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Mira Books - March 28th, 2023

Join us Thursday April 6th when author MARY OTIS comes to Mrs. Dalloway's to read, discuss, and sign her debut novel Burst, which explores the relationship complexities between mothers and daughters, the desire to escape, and the longing to connect. Burst is a powerful story about how we become—and unbecome—our mothers, how we absorb the past, and how we burst into our own futures. Mary will also sign copies of her book at the end of the event.

To attend this free event, you must sign up on Eventbrite or contact us at the store prior to the presentation. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

Viva has always found ways to manage her mother’s impulsive, eccentric, and addictive personality. She’s had to—for her entire life, it has always been Viva and Charlotte against the world. After accidentally discovering an innate ability for dance, Viva chases her new passion with the same fervor with which her mother chases the bottle. Over the years, Viva’s talent becomes a ticket to a life of her own, and as she moves further away from home to pursue her dream, Charlotte struggles to make peace with her own past as a failed artist and the effects of her addiction. When tragedy strikes, Viva begins a downward spiral and must decide whether she will repeat her mother’s mistakes or finally take control of her life.

Told from interwoven perspectives with lyrical writing as deft as a choreographed dance, Burst excavates a mother-daughter relationship to reveal its gorgeous beating heart.

MARY OTIS is the author of the short story collection Yes, Yes, Cherries. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have been published in Best New American Voices, Electric Literature, Tin House, Zyzzyva, McSweeney's, Bennington Review, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, and numerous other literary journals and anthologies. She has taught fiction at UCLA and was a founding professor in the UC Riverside Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program. Originally from the Boston area, Mary lives in Los Angeles.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:30 pm on April 6th.

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

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

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

Thursday, April 6, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Burst By Mary Otis Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9798985282825
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Zibby Books - April 4th, 2023