Events

September 2022

Award-winning and bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes to Mrs. Dalloway's to launch his new trilogy with the first book The Door of No Return. This family read is destined to be a major saga that will change the way we think about pre-colonial Africa.

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“Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end…I wrote this this one because people need to know that the middle was not our beginning…I wanted to speak the truth about the history of African-Americans…because while most of us are aware of the American part…it’s time for us to know more about the African part,” said Alexander about his motivation behind writing this new trilogy.

The Door of No Return tells the saga of an African family through the eyes of twelve-year-old Kofi and his friend Ama, as they come of age in pre-colonial Ghana and face the woes and wonders of the new worlds of Europe and America. Alexander’s masterful storytelling and real-to-life characters paint a portrait of a young boy coming-of-age whose similarity to readers will offer an immediate connection to the world of today and continues the legacy of family saga stories such as Roots.

KWAME ALEXANDER is a poet, educator, publisher, and New York Times Bestselling author of 35 books, including the Caldecott Medal and Newbery Honor-winning picture book The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, the Newbery medal-winning novel, The Crossover, Becoming Muhamad Ali , co-authored with James Patterson, Booked, which was longlisted for the National Book Award, Rebound, Solo, and Swing. A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. In 2018, he founded the publishing imprint VERSIFY, and opened the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic in Ghana, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded. He is the writer and executive producer of the forthcoming Crossover TV series on Disney plus. He invites you to visit him at kwamealexander.com on IG and Twitter @kwamealexander.

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Monday, September 26, 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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ISBN: 9780316441865
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2022

Join us when author LARA GABRIELLE comes to Mrs. Dalloway's on Thursday, September 29, 7pm, to read from and discuss her critical biography, Captain of Her Soul : The Life of Marion Davies. Lara will be joined in conversation by San Francisco Chronicle Arts and Culture columnist Tony Bravo (right).
 
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From Marion Davies's humble days in Brooklyn to her rise to fame alongside press baron William Randolph Hearst, the public life story of the film star plays like a modern fairy tale shaped by gossip columnists, fan magazines, biopics, and documentaries. Yet the real Marion Davies remained largely hidden from view, as she was wary of interviews and trusted few with her true life story. In Captain of Her Soul, Lara Gabrielle pulls back layers of myth to show a complex and fiercely independent woman, ahead of her time, who carved her own path.

Through meticulous research, unprecedented access to archives around the world, and interviews with those who knew Davies, Captain of Her Soul counters the public story. This book reveals a woman who navigated disability and social stigma to rise to the top of a young Hollywood dominated by powerful men. Davies took charge of her own career, negotiating with studio heads and establishing herself as a top-tier comedienne, but her proudest achievement was her philanthropy and advocacy for children. This biography brings Davies out of the shadows cast by the Hearst legacy, shedding light on a dynamic woman who lived life on her own terms and declared that she was "the captain of her soul."
 
Lara Gabrielle is a film writer and researcher whose work on Marion Davies has been featured in the Missouri Review and on PBS's American Experience. She has spoken about Davies at film festivals and retrospectives worldwide and has served as a consultant on her life and legacy for books, dissertations, and film projects. Gabrielle lives in Oakland.
 
Tony Bravo is The San Francisco Chronicle’s Arts and Culture columnist. Bravo joined The Chronicle staff in 2015 as a reporter for the former Style section, where he covered New York Fashion Week for the Hearst newspapers and served as the section’s editorial stylist, in addition to writing the relationship column “Connectivity.” He primarily covers visual arts and the LGBTQ community as well as specializing in stories about the intersections of arts, culture and lifestyle.
 

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Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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ISBN: 9780520384200
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Published: University of California Press - September 27th, 2022

October 2022

RAQUEL DONOSO will present her debut children's picture book Viva's Voice, an empowering picture book about five-year-old Viva, who learns there is a need for girls with powerful voices everywhere when she helps Papi raise his voice on the picket line.

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Viva's Papi is a bus driver and Viva loves going to work with him. The sounds of the traffic and the voices of the passengers are music to Viva's ears. When she finds out that Papi's union is going on strike, she convinces Papi to take her along to the picket line. When quiet Papi is too nervous to give his speech, Viva uses her powerful voice to give him the confidence to find his own. A first introduction to labor unions, strikes, picket lines, and workers' rights, this powerful picture book is both educational and endearing. Viva's story is based on Donoso's own childhood experience, in which her father's union went on strike.

Dr. Raquel Donoso is a native of California and the daughter of immigrant parents who instilled in her a deep love of reading and learning. She is an activist, consultant, and philanthropic advisor who works to increase educational opportunities for students. Her books are inspired by the sights, sounds, and flavors of the world around her. Raquel is the mother of two sons and lives with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area. Viva’s Voice is Raquel’s debut children’s picture book.

Carlos Vélez is a professional illustrator from Mexico City, Mexico. He has illustrated more than 20 children’s books and is the author/illustrator of the graphic novel Salón Destino. Carlos has been recognized with two illustration awards from the International Children’s and Youth Book Fair in Mexico. He is a graduate of the National School of Plastic Arts of the National University Autonomous of Mexico.

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Sunday, October 2, 2022 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
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ISBN: 9781638940067
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Published: Kind World Publishing - September 27th, 2022

Rich City Rides and the University of California, Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute host a night of storytelling with Madeline Ostrander, author of At Home on An Unruly Planet, a new book that tells how Richmond and other communities across the country are facing the climate crisis and fighting for community, health, safety, and justice. The book dives deeply into Richmond history and activism, environmental injustice, and how growing healthy food is changing what’s possible in our city. Starting at 4:00pm, we’ll host music and mingling followed by an open mic for Richmond storytellers at 4:30pm.

At 5:00pm, Madeline Ostrander, Doria Robinson, and Najari Smith will talk about hope and resilience—and how what happens in Richmond is part of an important national conversation.

BYO food and beverages from 4 the Soul Catering (vegan options available, please preorder by calling 510-228-8721 or DM on Instagram @4theSoulCatering) or El Garage. Mrs. Dalloway's will be selling At Home on An Unruly Planet at the event.

Sunday, October 2, 2022 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
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 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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THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:50 pm on October 5th.

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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
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
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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THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4pm on August 10th.

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

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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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.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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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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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