Events

April 2024

Join us at Mrs. Dalloway's bookstore on Sunday, April 21st at 5:00 PM when award-winning and bestselling author LOIS LOWRY comes to celebrate the release of her new middle grade novel Tree. Table. Book. Lois will read from, discuss, and sign copies of her book and will be joined in discussion by local author MAC BARNETT. Experience the latest compelling work from the master storyteller! (Lois Lowry photo credit Howard Corwin. Mac Barnett photo credit Sonya Sones.)

 

This is a ticketed event. Your ticket purchase on Eventbrite includes one copy of Tree. Table. Book. and either one or two event reservations. Family tickets are also available.

From two-time Newbery medalist Lois Lowry comes this warm and resonant story of an unlikely friendship, which unfolds as a revelation on how we hold on to—and pass on—what matters most. When precocious eleven-year-old Sophie sets out to save her elderly neighbor (who is also her dearest friend), her journey will take her through their familiar suburban landscape and then, steadily yet unexpectedly, deeper into a landscape of history and shared stories.

Everyone knows the two Sophies are best friends. One is in elementary school, and one is . . . well . . . in a little trouble of late. She’s elderly, sure, but she’s always been on her game, the best friend any girl struggling to fit in could ever have. The Sophies drink tea, have strong opinions about pretty much everything, and love each other dearly. Now it seems the elder Sophie is having memory problems, burning teakettles, and forgetting just about everything. It looks like her son is going to come and get her and steal her away forever. Young Sophie isn’t having that. Not one bit. So she sets out to help elder Sophie’s memory, with the aid of her neighborhood friends Ralphie and Oliver. But when she opens the floodgates of elder Sophie’s memories, she winds up listening to stories that will illustrate just how much there is to know about her dear friend, stories of war, hunger, cruelty, and ultimately love.

LOIS LOWRY is the author of more than forty books for children and young adults, including the New York Times bestselling Giver Quartet and the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, Number the Stars and The Giver.

MAC BARNETT is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into more than thirty languages. His picture books include two Caldecott Honor–winning collaborations with Jon Klassen: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn. Among his other popular books are I Love You Like a Pig, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, and The Magic Word, illustrated by Elise Parsley. He lives in Oakland, California. You can visit him online at macbarnett.com.

THIS EVENT is ticketed and pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 4:30 pm on April 21st.

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 4:45 and 5:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Sunday, April 21, 2024 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
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Published: Clarion Books - April 23rd, 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)

 

This is a free event, but you must preregister on Eventbrite or in the store. Click Here to preorder a copy of The Whole Staggering Mystery.

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.

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.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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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.” She will be joined in conversation by CLAIRE KAHANE.

This is a free event, but you must pre-register on Eventbrite or at the store to guarantee seating. Click Here to preorder a copy of Odd Affinities.

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.

CLAIRE KAHANE is a Professor of English Emerita at the University at Buffalo and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley. A feminist-psychoanalytic critic, she has written on modern American and British fiction, Gothic literature, and Holocaust trauma. Her book Passions of the Voice: Hysteria, Narrative and the Figure of the Speaking Woman, 1850-1915 (1995) concludes with a chapter on Virginia Woolf’s The Voyage Out. A memoir, Nine Lives: Adventures in Pursuit of a Self, is forthcoming later this year from Brandylane Publishers, Inc.

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

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.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Thursday, April 25, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Odd Affinities: Virginia Woolf's Shadow Genealogies By Professor Elizabeth Abel Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780226832678
Availability: Backordered
Published: University of Chicago Press - April 19th, 2024

 

Noted children's author JOANNA HO will make a special in-store appearance as part of our celebration of Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 27 from 11am-noon. Joanna will chat with customers and sign copies of her new book, We Who Produce Pearls: An Anthem for Asian America, a poetic ode delivering an uplifting call to action that celebrates the richness and diversity within the Asian American identity. The book includes vibrant and colorful illustrations by artist and activist, AMANDA PHINGBODHIPAKKIYA.  

JOANNA HO is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of many children's books including Eyes that Kiss in the Corners; Eyes that Speak to the Stars; Eyes that Weave the World's Wonders, Say My Name, and Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma, recipient of an Ezra Jack Keats Honor. Her debut young adult novel, The Silence that Binds Us, received the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Young Adult Honor. She earned her Masters in Educational Leadership at the Principal's Leadership Institute at the University of California, Berkeley and has been a classroom teacher, program designer and high school administrator. Her passion for equity in books and education is matched only by her love of homemade chocolate chip cookies, outdoors adventures, and dance parties with her kids. Visit her at www.joannahowrites.com

Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
We Who Produce Pearls: An Anthem for Asian America By Joanna Ho, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya (Illustrator) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338846652
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Orchard Books - April 16th, 2024

 

Children's author NADIA SALOMON will make a special in-store appearance as part of our celebration of Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 27 from 1-2pm. Nadia will chat with customers about her books - Goodnight Ganesha, A gorgeously illustrated goodnight story that celebrates the nighttime rituals of two young children visiting their grandparents in India and A Voice of Hope: The Myrlie Evers-Williams Story, a picture book biography of a civil rights hero being published in September (but which can pre-ordered!).

NADIA SALOMON is an award-winning journalist who holds a journalism degree from Emerson College. She is the author of Goodnight Ganesha, which is a Bank Street Best and ALSC DÍA Selection. A Voice of Hope received the 2019 SCBWI WOOP Honor Award for work of outstanding progress. She works closely with SCBWI, 12x12 Challenge, and Storyteller Academy. When Nadia’s not spinning yarns, you’ll most likely find her blogging about her favorite reads on her Nadia’s Nook platform. She lives in California. You can visit Nadia Salomon at NadiaSalomon.com or follow her on Instagram @NadiaSalomon.Author.

Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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By Nadia Salomon, Poonam Mistry (Illustrator)
$17.99
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ISBN: 9780593203613
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 31st, 2021

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ISBN: 9780593525913
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Published: Philomel Books - September 24th, 2024

 

Join us Tuesday, April 30th at 7:00 PM when Berkeley author and wildlife biologist REBECCA KORMOS comes to share her new book Intertwined: Women, Nature, and Climate Justice. Rebecca will read from and discuss her book and will sign copies after the presentation. She will be joined in a panel discussion by environmental and social change experts (left to right) ANNIE BURKE, AMIRA DIAMOND, JENNIFER NORRIS, and KRISTINE ZEIGLER.

 

     

This is a free event, but you must sign up on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating. Click Here to preorder a copy of Intertwined.

"With passion and care, Intertwined weaves together stories of hope, determination, and the transformative actions of women involved in the movement against climate change. It provides a vivid and empowering portrait of a world where resilience and environmental stewardship converge." —Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace

Women are disproportionately impacted by climate change—floods, droughts, and extreme temperatures overwhelmingly affect women in the short and long term. In some cases, women make up almost 90 percent of casualties during dangerous climate events, and the majority of those displaced in the aftermath are women. Despite this disparity, women are underrepresented at every level of decision-making about the future of our planet: only 24 percent of CEOs in nonprofit conservation and around one-third of the representatives in national and global climate negotiating bodies have been women.

In Intertwined, writer and wildlife biologist Rebecca Kormos elevates the voices of women working to prevent the climate crisis, weaving together their stories to make a powerful case for why women are essential to changing our current trajectory toward catastrophic global warming and environmental degradation. Kormos argues that empowering women is one of the most important solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss: women’s leadership and equal representation is linked to lower CO2 emissions, better forest management, better land protection, less land grabbing, and fewer conflicts over resources.

For readers of All We Can Save and Braiding Sweetgrass, Kormos joins the ranks of recent breakthrough efforts to showcase women’s voices in the movement to combat climate change. Kormos takes this endeavor one step further with a global, intersectional narrative of how women and gender nonconforming individuals are doing the crucial work at the local and national levels to reframe how we think about environmental activism. Ultimately, Intertwined proves that climate justice is inextricable from gender equality.

REBECCA KORMOS is a primatologist, wildlife biologist, conservationist, filmmaker, writer, National Geographic Explorer, and one of the co-founders of the Women in Nature Network. Intertwined: Women, Nature, and Climate Justice is her first book. She lives in Berkeley, California.

ANNIE BURKE was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her passion is connecting and catalyzing groups of people for environmental justice and social change. Annie serves as the executive director of TOGETHER Bay Area, where she applies her skills and experience in coalition building, strategy, communications, convening, and fundraising. She also serves on California’s 30x30 Partnership Coordination Committee and has produced several films. Her children, nieces, and nephews give her a sense of purpose and a lot of joy.

JENNIFER NORRIS is currently the Executive Director of the Wildlife Conservation Board. Jen was born and raised in Somers, New York. Her career in public service has spanned multiple state and federal agencies, including the New Mexico State Land Office and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Today she works and lives in Sacramento, serving as deputy secretary for biodiversity and habitat at the California Natural Resources Agency. Her approach in leading the initiative to conserve 30 percent of the state’s lands and coastal waters by 2030 serves as a model for 30x30 efforts around the world.

AMIRA DIAMOND has over two decades of leadership experience around the world designing and delivering community driven, rights-based programming at the intersection of gender, racial, economic, environmental and climate justice. A women’s studies and international development practitioner, Amira is passionate about building replicable models for achieving resilient communities. A certified Holistic Health Educator, she was recently named one of FoodTank’s Women Reshaping the Food System. Amira lives with her partner and their two young sons on the traditional, unceded land of the Graton Rancheria and Southern Pomo nations, in the Atascadero/Green Valley Watershed. She is a frequent keynote speaker and performer at social impact events, a leadership trainer, facilitator and strategic planner.

KRISTINE ZIEGLER'S passion for all living beings began in the Sierra Nevada of eastern California. Kristine has worked on behalf of environmental and animal welfare organizations for the past twenty-five years, including the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, and more. She co-founded and is chief executive officer of Planet Women, which partners with women to create a healthy planet for all life. Kristine serves as a member of the board of directors of the Mono Lake Committee and is an adviser to a handful of conservation organizations. She blogs at owensrivergirl.com.

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

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.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Published: New Press - April 30th, 2024

May 2024

 

Join us at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on Wednesday, May 1st, 7pm when local Berkeley author and documentary filmmaker ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH comes to the store to read from, discuss, and sign copies of her new book Last Light. Elizabeth will be joined in conversation by MARION ABBOTT.

This is a free event, but you must register on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating. Click Here to preorder a copy of Last Light.

 

The year is 1943. Victorious in North Africa, the Allies send thousands of German prisoners of war to the United States. Severely injured or ill POWS will be treated in U.S. Army hospitals. On a hot day in August, a young newspaper reporter rides her horse to the Buffalo Ridge Army Hospital just west of Topeka, Kansas. Carrying an aura of mystery, Isabelle Graham speaks German with a Viennese accent. She is soon hired to interpret for an amnesiac prisoner who claims to be a corporal but behaves more like a high officer. Isabelle must discover his identity. Her quest will end in bloody violence with consequences not only for her and the prisoner, but also for many others in the far-away conflagration of war.

ELIZABETH FARNSWORTH author, documentary filmmaker, and former chief correspondent of the PBS NewsHour, has written for publications ranging from The Nation Magazine to Foreign Policy. Her memoir, A Train Through Time: A Life, Real and Imagined, was published in 2017. As a print reporter and for television, she has covered crises around the world. Farnsworth serves on the advisory board of the Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law, and the advisory committee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California. She lives in Berkeley, California.

After beginning her career in trade book publishing, MARION ABBOTT co-founded and co-owned Mrs. Dalloway’s (with Ann Leyhe) from 2004-2021. Her short stories, essays, and book reviews have appeared in anthologies, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, and Lithub. She now works as a freelance editor and is writing a book about her years as an indie bookseller.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on May 1st.

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.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Last Light By Elizabeth Farnsworth Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781953583840
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Flint Hills Publishing - March 12th, 2024

 

Join us on Tuesday, May 7th at 7pm  when MELISSA BRODER comes to the store to celebrate the paperback release of her novel Death Valley. She will read from and discuss her book and will sign copies after the presentation. "One of the best books I've read in years: funny, brilliant, gutting, and easily devoured over the course of one blissful afternoon." - Elle (Melissa's photo by Ryan Pfluger)

 

This is a free event, but we ask you to pre-register on Eventbrite or in the bookstore to ensure seating. Click Here to preorder a paperback copy of Death Valley.

In Melissa Broder’s astonishingly profound new novel, a woman arrives alone at a Best Western seeking respite from an emptiness that plagues her. She has fled to the California high desert to escape a cloud of sorrow—for both her father in the ICU and a husband whose illness is worsening. What the motel provides, however, is not peace but a path discovered on a nearby hike.

Out along the sun-scorched trail, the narrator encounters a towering cactus whose size and shape mean it should not exist in California. Yet the cactus is there, with a gash through its side that beckons like a familiar door. So she enters it. What awaits her inside this mystical succulent sets her on a journey at once desolate and rich, hilarious, and poignant.

Death Valley is Melissa Broder at her most imaginative, most universal, and finest, and is “a journey unlike any you’ve read before” (
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Friday Black).


“A hilarious and hallucinatory journey into the badlands of California. . . . Like grief itself, this book is at once surreal, absurd, lucid, and wise; it will change you.” —O, The Oprah Magazine, Best Books of 2023

 

MELISSA BRODER is the author of the novels Milk Fed, The Pisces, and Death Valley, the essay collection So Sad Today, and five poetry collections, including Superdoom. She has written for The New York Times, Elle, and New York magazine’s The Cut. She lives in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter @SoSadToday and @MelissaBroder and Instagram @RealMelissaBroder.

 

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on May 7th.

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.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Published: Scribner - May 7th, 2024

 

Join us on Friday, May 10th at 7pm for a swashbuckling pirate and witch party with debut author RACHEL RUECKERT to celebrate her novel If The Tide Turns. There will be prizes, trivia, an educational presentation/reading, snippets of Rachel's new, literary historical fiction novel, and lots of fun. You will leave knowing 10 things you didn’t know about real pirates.

This is a free event, but we ask you to pre-register on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating.  Click Here to preorder a copy of If The Tide Turns.

Pirate and witch costumes are not necessary, but they will be rewarded. And Rachel promises you want some of the plunder! Free exclusive pirate and witch stickers with each book purchased.

Set during the Golden Age of Pirates and the shadowy aftermath of the Salem witch trials, this vivid literary debut is inspired by the captivating true story of real-life pirate Samuel Bellamy, combining high seas adventure, star-crossed longing, surprisingly timely questions about social justice and freedom, and the emotionally satisfying tale of one strong-willed young woman determined to choose her own path.

1715, Eastham, Massachusetts: As the daughter of a wealthy family, Maria Brown has a secure future mapped out for her, yet it is not the future she wants. Young, headstrong, and restless, Maria has no desire to marry the aging, mean-spirited John Hallett, regardless of his fortune and her parents’ wishes. As for what Maria does want—only one person has ever even asked her that question.

Samuel Bellamy, an orphaned sailor searching for work, meets Maria by chance, enthralling her with talk of far-flung places and blasphemous ideals. But neither is free from the social order into which they were born. When Sam is banished from Maria’s parents’ home after asking for her hand, he vows to return a wealthy man, and Maria promises to keep the faith until then.

Sam is drawn into piracy and discovers a brotherhood more equal and fulfilling than any on land, despite its dangers. Beguiled by the chance to both fight for justice and make a fortune to bring home to Maria, Sam is torn between duty to his crew and his desire to return. Separated by more than just the ocean, time slips by as Sam and Maria cling to their love for each other. Maria is determined to stay strong in her conviction in Sam, but as rumors swirl and her position in Eastham turns perilous, Maria is forced into an impossible decision.

Now, on a journey no less treacherous and eventful than Sam’s, Maria draws on every shred of her courage and resilience not merely to survive, but to honor her own yearning for freedom.

RACHEL RUECKERT is an award-winning writer, editor, and teacher who holds an MFA from Columbia University and an M.Ed. from Boston University. On her first visit to Provincetown, Massachusetts, she learned about the true story of Anne Bonny, Mary Read and Samuel Bellamy and vowed to write their story, returning to Cape Cod again and again over the years for research and freedom in the shape of solace. If the Tide Turns is her debut novel. She splits her time between Salt Lake City and Cambridge, MA and can be found online at RachelRueckert.com

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on May 10th.

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.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Friday, May 10, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
If the Tide Turns: A Thrilling Historical Novel of Piracy and Life After the Salem Witch Trials By Rachel Rueckert Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781496747532
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Kensington - March 26th, 2024

 

Join us on Saturday, May 11th at 7:00 PM for a special Pre-Mother's Day evening with Oakland author ELISSA STRAUSS when she comes to the store to celebrate her new book When You Care: The Unexpected Magic of Caring for Others. Elissa will read from and discuss her book and will also sign copies after the presentation. Author COURTNEY E. MARTIN joins Elissa in the conversation. (Elissa's photo by Laura Turbow Photography)

This is a free event, but you must sign up in advance on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating. Click Here to preorder a copy of When You Care.

In this “brilliantly argued and timely book” (Brigid Schulte, New York Times bestselling author), journalist Elissa Strauss explores the powerful role caring for others plays in our individual and communal lives, weaving together research about care and stories from parents and caregivers with a feminist bent.

Behind our current caregiving crisis, in which a broken system has left parents and caregivers exhausted, sits a fierce addiction to independence. But what would happen if we started to appreciate dependency, and the deep meaning of one person caring for another? If we start to care about care?

Drawing on research into parenting and caregiving, as well as her own experiences as a mother, journalist Elissa Strauss delves into the history and power of care in our lives and communities. With a curiosity and desire to more fully understand one of humanity’s most profound and essential relationships, she interrogates our societal obsession with going it alone, and poses a challenge to let ourselves be transformed by the act of caregiving.

When You Care weaves historical anecdotes and science with conversations with parents and caregivers to the young, old, disabled, ill, and more, revealing a rich array of insights about how care shapes us on the inside and the outside, for the better. Care is a long-ignored force in our collective and political lives, as well as a deeply philosophical, spiritual, and psychologically potent experience. More so, an embrace of care by both women and men will lead to a more gender equitable future and help us reimagine what it means to be productive and live a meaningful life. The result is an eye-opening exploration into the power of being depended on—and a stirring call to action to finally acknowledge the breadth, depth, and beauty of all that caregivers do.

ELISSA STRAUSS has been a journalist, essayist, and opinion writer for the past fifteen years. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Glamour, Elle, Allure, The American Prospect, and elsewhere. She’s been a contributing writer for CNN where she covered the culture and politics of parenthood, as well as at Slate, where she wrote on feminism and motherhood. Since 2011 she has been an artistic director of LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. She lives in Oakland, California, with her family.


COURTNEY E. MARTIN is the author of many books, including most recently, Learning in Public: Lessons for a Racially Divided America from My Daughter's School. She also writes a popular substack newsletter called Examined Family and is the storyteller-in-residence at The Holding Co, a lab to redesign care. She lives in a cohousing community in Oakland.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on May 11th.

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.

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Saturday, May 11, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Published: Gallery Books - April 23rd, 2024

 

Join us on Friday, May 17th, 7pm when author GRETCHEN ANTHONY comes to the store to read from and discuss her new novel Tired Ladies Take a Stand. Gretchen will be joined in conversation by RENEE RIVERA and will sign copies of her book after the presentation.

"Do yourself a favor and say yes to the perfect bookish escape." —Lucy Gilmore, author of The Lonely Hearts Book Club

This is a free event, but you must pre-register on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating. Click Here to preorder a copy of Tired Ladies Take a Stand.

From the Alex Award-winning author Gretchen Anthony, a new novel following four 40-something best friends who make a pact to say No! to all the impossible expectations and mountains of busywork placed on them as women with hilarious results, perfect for fans of The Authenticity Project and Funny You Should Ask.

You've heard of "Year of Yes." Introducing... "Year of No." During one unforgettable year in their twenties, best friends Emma, Fern, Carolina, and Andi make a pact to embrace whatever life throws at them, inspiring Fern to write a memoir detailing their escapades and the magical power of saying Yes.

But fast forward 20 years and they have reached their bandwidth of responsibilities. Fern is a full-time writer struggling to pay the bills. Carolina is a fitness-obsessed workaholic. Andi is a disillusioned human rights lawyer. And Emma is a stressed-out divorcée in the thick of planning her daughter’s wedding. To reconnect to the fun, fulfilled women they were before, they must learn how to stop saying Yes to everything asked of them. And so begins the "Year of No."

Heartfelt, emotionally perceptive and sharply funny, Tired Ladies Take a Stand celebrates the bonds of female friendship and women reclaiming their autonomy in a world that expects them to do it all.

GRETCHEN ANTHONY is the award-winning author of The Kids Are Gonna Ask, recipient of the 2021 Alex Award from the American Library Association. Her debut novel, Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners, was a Midwestern Connections Pick and a best books pick by Amazon, BookBub, PopSugar, and the New York Post. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Medium, and The Write Life, among others. She lives in Minneapolis with her family.

RENEE RIVERA is the Senior Director of Enterprise Applications at Intel Corporation. She is also a real-life friend of Gretchen Anthony and the inspiration for Carolina Kahele's character in Tired Ladies Take a Stand. Professionally, Renee is a seasoned tech veteran with 20+ years of experience, initially diving into the industry through consulting and later working for a number of large Silicon Valley-based companies. When not entrenched in work, she is an avid landscape photographer and outdoor enthusiast, leading backpacking trips for the Sierra Club and indulging in snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and hiking.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on May 17th.

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Friday, May 17, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Published: Park Row - May 14th, 2024

 

Join us on Monday, May 20 at 6:30pm when acclaimed Oakland author MICHAEL LEALI comes to launch his new middle grade novel The Truth About Triangles. Michael will read from, discuss, and sign copies of his book and will be joined in discussion by author A. J. SASS. This heartfelt and contemporary story, perfect for fans of Front Desk, follows Luca Salvatore, a young gay Italian American trying to save his family’s pizza restaurant and a life that feels like it’s falling apart after he learns that his parents may be separating and his first crush and best friend might be into each other.

This is a free event, but you must pre-register on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating. Click Here to preorder a copy of The Truth About Triangles.

Twelve-year-old Luca Salvatore is always running interference: in arguments between his younger twin siblings, in his parents’ troubled marriage, and between Will, the cute new boy in town, and Luca’s best friend, June, who just can’t seem to get along.

When the host of his favorite culinary TV show announces an open call for submissions for its final season, Luca is sure getting his family's failing pizzeria on the show will save it and bring his falling-apart family together. Surprisingly, securing a spot is easier than kneading dough—but when the plan to fix everything comes out burnt, Luca is left scrambling to figure out just the right recipe to bring his family and his friends back together.

From Lambda Literary Award finalist Michael Leali, The Truth About Triangles is full of heart and is perfect for readers of Lisa Jenn Bigelow, Kelly Yang, and Maulik Pancholy.

MICHAEL LEALI (he/him) is an award-winning writer and educator. He earned his MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is the author of the Golden Kite Award–winning novel The Civil War of Amos Abernathy and Matteo. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Michael currently lives in Oakland.

A. J. SASS (he/they) is the author of the ALA Rainbow Book List Top 10 titles Ellen Outside the Lines, which was also a Sydney Taylor Honor Book, and Ana on the Edge, as well as Camp QUILTBAG (co-written with Nicole Melleby). He grew up in the Midwest and South, spending many of his summers with his family enjoying the beautiful Northwoods lakes and scenery in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He now lives in Oakland with his husband and two cats who act like dogs. He invites you to visit him online at sassinsf.com.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:00 pm on May 20th.

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Monday, May 20, 2024 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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Published: HarperCollins - May 21st, 2024

 

Join us on Tuesday, May 21st at 7pm when Oakland author EVA DES LAURIERS  comes to the store to launch her debut young adult novel I Wish You Would, a love story in which explosive secrets threaten to tear everyone apart, including best friends (or maybe more?), Natalia and Ethan. Eva will read from and discuss her book and will sign copies after the presentation. She will be joined in conversation by author KRISTIN DWYER.

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It’s the epic overnight at the beach that kicks off senior year. But for Natalia and Ethan, it’s the first time seeing each other after junior prom—when they almost crossed the line from best friends to something more and ruined everything. Natalia is desperate to pretend she doesn’t care and Ethan is desperate to fix his mistake.

When the senior class carries out their tradition of writing private letters to themselves—what they would do if they were braver—Natalia pours her heart out. So does Ethan. So does their entire class. But in Natalia’s panicked attempt to retrieve her confession, the wind scatters seven of the notes across the beach. Now, Ethan and Natalia are forced to work together to find the lost letters before any secrets are revealed—especially their own.

"Eva Des Lauriers' writing brims with fragile, hopeful beauty—the way I ached for these characters and their huge, complicated hearts as they reveal their truest selves over the course of a single life-changing day. One of the best YA novels I've read in a long time." —Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of Today Tonight Tomorrow

EVA DES LAURIERS is a California girl who became a diehard romantic when she married her best friend, the boy she sat next to in eleventh grade Calculus. She was a delight to have in class if only she stopped talking and now holds both an MSW and BA in Psychology. As a clinical social worker, she had the privilege of working with the vibrant and complicated teens for whom she now writes. When she isn’t writing, you can find her wandering through the redwoods, staring at the sea, or pretending she’s in a music video while listening to music. She lives with her husband, their two children, and her collection of kissing books in Northern California.

KRISTIN DWYER grew up under the California sun and prayed every day for a cloudy sky. Now Kristin and her spouse are currently raising their mischief-makers in the hills of North Carolina, where there is just the right amount of clouds. When she’s not writing books about people kissing, Kristin is a part-time hair model and full-time TSA PreCheck. One time a credible news outlet asked for her opinion on K-pop (it was the best day of her life). Please do not talk to her about your fandom; she will try to join.

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

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 21st, 2024

June 2024

 

Join us on Tuesday, June 11th at 7pm when beloved and bestselling author LEIF ENGER comes to share his latest novel I Cheerfully Refuse. Leif will read from, discuss, and sign copies of his book, epitomizes the “musical, sometimes magical and deeply satisfying kind of storytelling” (Los Angeles Times) for which he is cherished. A rollicking narrative in the most evocative of settings, this latest novel is a symphony against despair and a rallying cry for the future. (Leif's photo by Robin Enger)

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I Cheerfully Refuse is the tale of a bereaved and pursued musician embarking under sail on a sentient Lake Superior in search of his departed, deeply beloved, bookselling wife. Rainy, an endearing bear of an Orphean narrator, seeks refuge in the harbors, fogs, and remote islands of the inland sea. Encountering lunatic storms and rising corpses from the warming depths, Rainy finds on land an increasingly desperate and illiterate people, a malignant billionaire ruling class, crumbled infrastructure, and a lawless society. Amidst the Gulliver-like challenges of life at sea and no safe landings, Rainy is lifted by physical beauty, surprising humor, generous strangers, and an unexpected companion in a young girl who comes aboard. And as his innate guileless nature begins to make an inadvertent rebel of him, Rainy’s private quest for the love of his life grows into something wider and wilder, sweeping up friends and foes alike in his strengthening wake.

"Enger casts this adventure as an Orphean quest, but once Rainy takes on a young sidekick who's also on the lam, the enterprise feels like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn reconceived by Cormac McCarthy." -- Ron Charles, Washington Post

LEIF ENGER grew up in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio before writing his bestselling debut novel Peace Like a River, which won the Booksense Award for Fiction and was named one of the Year's Best Books by Time Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was also a national bestseller. It was a Midwest Booksellers Honor Book, and won the High Plains Book Award for Fiction. His third novel Virgil Wander was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, Bookpage, and the Chicago Public Library. He lives with his wife in Duluth, MN.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on June 11th.

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

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780802162939
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Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2024