Events

August 2019

West Coast launch party for Let's Call It a Doomsday, an engrossing and thoughtful contemporary tale for young adults that tackles faith, friendship, family, anxiety, and the potential apocalypse.

"Henry writes witty dialogue, creates complicated characters, and treats different religious beliefs with sincerity and respect....This one's a gem."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Let's Call It a Doomsday by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 7:00pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062698902
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-5 days.
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - August 6th, 2019

There are many ways the world could end. A fire. A catastrophic flood. A super eruption that spews lakes of lava. Ellis Kimball has made note of all possible scenarios, and she is prepared for each one.

What she doesn't expect is meeting Hannah Marks in her therapist's waiting room. Hannah calls their meeting fate. After all, Ellis is scared about the end of the world; Hannah knows when it's going to happen.

discussing Orange's There There, a wondrous and shattering novel that follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. 

"Not merely a literary triumph but a cultural and political one, too. It is a work of defiance and recovery."--The Economist
 

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 7:30pm
There There Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436140
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-5 days.
Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

In collaboration with UC Berkeley's "On the Same Page" program. The event is free and open to the public. Come and have your book signed. For more information: https://onthesamepage.berkeley.edu/feature-detail/2992

reads from Spin the Dawn, a sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

"Pure magic. Romance, artistry, and deep enchantment."--Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked

"What an amazing creation! Every time I thought I knew where it was going, I was wrong. This is a white-knuckle read."--Tamora Pierce, author of Tempests and Slaughter

To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Spin the Dawn by speaking to a bookseller or by clicking on the cover below.

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 6:30pm
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$18.99
ISBN: 9780525646990
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-5 days.
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 9th, 2019

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she'll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There's just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job. 

September 2019

present Filigree's Midnight Ride, about a five-pound Pomeranian who stows away on Paul Revere's midnight ride in this first book of the At the Heels of History series, inspired by important events and told through the eyes, ears, and noses of dogs.

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Filigree's Midnight Ride in advance by speaking to a bookseller or by clicking on the cover below.

Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 4:00pm
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$6.99
ISBN: 9781534433328
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 27th, 2019

Filigree may be a small puff of a Pomeranian but he has a big, brave heart. As the Revere family dog, he's ready to do his part to help the American colonists stand up to the British soldiers. But the other dogs, like Jove, Sam Adams's Newfoundland, and even the Revere cat, Anvil, think Filigree is a joke. The Reveres' daughter Frances is the only one who believes in him.
 

returns to launch The Last Train to London, a beautifully rendered novel centering on the Kindertransports that carried thousands of children out of Nazi-occupied Europe--and one brave woman who helped them escape to safety.

"Painful and beautiful, absorbing and unforgettable. A wonderful tribute to courage, to a remarkable woman, to the ones she saved, and the ones she could not. Recommend this book to anyone who thinks no single person can make a difference."--Karen Joy Fowler

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of The Last Train to London by speaking with a bookseller or by clicking on the cover below.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 7:30pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062946935
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper - September 10th, 2019

In 1936, the Nazi are little more than loud, brutish bores to fifteen-year old Stephan Neuman, the son of a wealthy and influential Jewish family and budding playwright whose playground extends from Vienna's streets to its intricate underground tunnels. Stephan's best friend and companion is the brilliant Zofie-Helene, a Christian girl whose mother edits a progressive, anti-Nazi newspaper. But the two adolescents' carefree innocence is shattered when the Nazis' take control. 

launch party for her new middle-grade novel, Running Wild.

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Running Wild by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below.

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 7:00pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9780823443635
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - September 10th, 2019

Twelve-year-old Willa and her twin brothers have survived with their father in the Alaskan wilderness for five years. But Willa knows this can't go on--they must escape.

launch their new books Hi, Jack! and Jack Blasts Off, a funny early reader series about a mischievous rabbit, a cranky old lady, and a lovable dog sure to delight fans of Elephant & Piggie. The always entertaining author/illustrator duo will hold forth at the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood for this special Saturday morning family event. While all ages will enjoy this presentation, the Jack books are best suited for children ages 4 to 8.

Tickets are available at Eventbrite. A ticket includes purchase of either Hi Jack or Jack Blasts Off, and a limited number of companion tickets are also available (maximum of two per book purchase). Companion tickets cannot be purchased without buying a ticket with book first. Click here for all ticket details and to order.

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 10:00am
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By Mac Barnett, Greg Pizzoli (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593113790
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

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By Mac Barnett, Greg Pizzoli (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593113851
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

Mac Barnett is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty books, including Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, Extra Yarn, and the Mac B., Kid Spy series. His books have won numerous prizes, including three E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, two Caldecott Honors, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He lives in Oakland.

launch party for Brave the Page, the official NaNoWriMo handbook that inspires young people to tackle audacious goals and complete their creative projects.

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Brave the Page by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below.

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 3:00pm
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$13.99
ISBN: 9780451480293
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 27th, 2019

Partly a how-to guide on the nitty-gritty of writing, partly a collection of inspiration to set (and meet) ambitious goals, Brave the Page is the go-to resource for middle-grade writers. Narrated in a fun, refreshingly kid-friendly voice, it champions NaNoWriMo's central mission that everyone's stories deserve to be told.

host an interactive party/workshop inaugurating a new series for writers: LIT STARTS. Writing Action is the focus of this evening, with Foreword author Bonnie Tsui reading and guiding a prompt-and-response session.

To reserve your seat, please purchase any of the four LIT STARTS books listed below by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the covers below. Bring a writing instrument and your creative juices!

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
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$12.99
ISBN: 9781419738302
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Abrams Noterie - September 10th, 2019

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Writing Character (Lit Starts): A Book of Writing Prompts Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419738326
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Published: Abrams Noterie - September 10th, 2019

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Writing Dialogue (Lit Starts): A Book of Writing Prompts Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419738319
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Published: Abrams Noterie - September 10th, 2019

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Writing Humor (Lit Starts): A Book of Writing Prompts Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419738333
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Published: Abrams Noterie - September 10th, 2019

Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. Writing Action kicks off with a foreword by award-winning author and journalist Bonnie Tsui, who offers pointers for creating page-turning prose. The rest of the book consists of prompts and space to write, providing opportunities to explore how both high-stakes and low-key moments can be action-packed. Among other ideas, you'll be asked to write an account of:

present Poetry and Terror: Politics and Poetics in Coming to Jakarta, a study at many levels of Scott's long poem Coming to Jakarta.

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Poetry and Terror ($34.99 paperback) in advance by speaking to a bookseller.

 

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 3:00pm

Coming to Jakarta is Scott's response to a midlife crisis triggered in part by his initial inability to share his knowledge and horror about American involvement in the great Indonesian massacre of 1965.

presenting her novel The Ventriloquists.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 6:30pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780778308157
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Park Row - August 27th, 2019

present Grassroots Baseball: Where Legends Begin. The evening will include a presentation by photographer Jean Fruth and retiring National Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson, on some of the legends in the book and the places they come from. Followed by a book signing.  A matching donation of the book price ($60) will be donated to Oakland Little League for every book sold at this event. 

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Grassroots Baseball $60 hardcover) in advance by speaking with a bookseller.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 7:30pm
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By Jean Fruth (By (photographer))
$60.00
ISBN: 9781683583257
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-5 days.
Published: Sports Publishing - June 4th, 2019

In Grassroots Baseball: Where Legends Begin, photographer Jean Fruth features more than 250 of the best images from all levels of the amateur game in the U.S. as well as several hotbeds of baseball around the world. Each chapter opens with a portrait of a baseball legend and a first-person essay recounting his early memories of playing the game. Some of the stars highlighted in this full-color book include Whitey Ford, Vladimir Guerrero, Hank Aaron, Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, and Ichiro Suzuki.

launches his delightful new book, Café French: A Flâneur’s Guide to the Language, Lore and Food of the Paris Café. 

"L. John Harris's amusing and instructive book distills Parisian flânerie—that unique blend of urban strolling and conversing that fuses literary, spatial and historical life—with playful images, witty narrative and memorable quotations by and about the notorious flâneurs of yore."–W. Scott Haine, author of The World of the Paris Café

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Café French in advance by speaking to a bookseller.

Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 3:00pm

He has been called Mr. Garlic, the Balzac of Berkeley and now a Neoflâneur: author, artist, cookbook publisher, filmmaker and “pre-foodie” L. John Harris, a founding father of Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, is all of the above and more. Join us as we celebrate the publication of his new book of witty texts and whimsical illustrations inspired by his wanderings through the streets and cafés of Paris.

October 2019

present Letters to 87: Fans Remember the Legacy of Dwight Clark, a coffee table book featuring heartfelt letters from fans of the San Francisco 49ers hero, with essays by Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Brian Murphy, and Kelly Clark. Letters to 87 also offers rare photos from Michael Zagaris, Brad Mangin, and John Storey.

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Letters to 87 by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below.

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 7:30pm
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By Matt Maiocco (Editor), Brad Mangin (By (photographer))
$25.00
ISBN: 9781944903770
Availability: Backordered
Published: Cameron - August 6th, 2019

Football fans will always remember "The Catch" as the moment a dynasty was born. When Dwight Clark received the touchdown pass that sent the 49ers to their first Super Bowl in 1982, an indelible moment was etched into the history of the NFL. Later, as Clark battled ALS, he and sportswriter Matt Maiocco put out a call to fans, asking them to share their memories of this moment.

presents Unsung America: Immigrant Trailblazers and Our Fight for Freedom.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 7:30pm
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By Prerna Lal, Allegra McLeod (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781642501124
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Mango - October 15th, 2019

presents And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 7:30pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780374236410
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-5 days.
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 13th, 2019

returns to read from her exquisite new novel, Without Her.

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Without Her in advance by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 7:30pm
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$25.95
ISBN: 9781883285791
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-5 days.
Published: Delphinium - July 23rd, 2019

When her old friend Hannah doesn't show up at her house in the south of France, everyone assumes that Claudia, who has known Hannah since their shared years at boarding school, will know where she is, and what has happened. But as Claudia travels from the USA to France to help Hannah's husband and children conduct their search, she is forced to deal with her old jealousy of Hannah, as well as her own relationship in the present with her French lover, Alexandre.

November 2019

presents Guts, a true story from the bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts. Telgemeier once again brings a thoughtful, charming, and funny tale about growing up and gathering the courage to face--and conquer--her fears.

Stay tuned for further details about how to sign up to attend.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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$12.99
ISBN: 9780545852500
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Published: Graphix - September 17th, 2019

(and introduced by L. John Harris) discussing Sciolino's new book The Seine: The River that Made Paris.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 7:30pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393609356
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 29th, 2019