reads from his magnificent new novel, The Winter Soldier, a sweeping, unforgettable love story of a young doctor and nurse at a remote field hospital in the First World War.
"I have been a Daniel Mason fan since The Piano Tuner. His abilities as a storyteller and a writer of the most gorgeous prose leave you wanting more. The Winter Soldier is a tour de force. I was immersed in the grandeur of Imperial Vienna and the frozen battlefields of the Eastern Front, and in this beautiful tale of love and war, and of our frailty and resilience in the face of both."--Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone
To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of The Winter Soldier by speaking to a bookseller or ordering via our website.
Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives--at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains--he discovers a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single mysterious nurse named Sister Margarete remains.
Enjoy a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll in The Elmwood and sample over 70 wines!
Buy tickets online by September 15 for only $25. Type in code "Preferred" to receive a special $2 frequent buyer discount. After September 15, tickets will be available for $35. If we do not sell out, tickets will be available Sept. 23 at the ticket table on the lawn next to Wells Fargo Bank on Ashby Ave.
Sunday 1 PM, Sept. 23, 2018 – Bring your ticket and ID to one of the check-in locations: Anton Salon, McGuire Real Estate, or the table on the lawn next to Wells Fargo. (A limited number of tickets may be available for purchase at the latter location on the day of the event.) Pick up your wine glass and program. The program has a map with the participating locations and information about the wines being poured.
50% of the event’s net proceeds will be donated to Berkeley United in Literacy Development (BUILD). BUILD is one of the largest reading programs in the East Bay.
East Bay launch for her story collection, Lava Falls.
“From Antarctica to suburbia to the ancient past and a post-apocalyptic future, these tales of kick-ass women adventurers and survivor girls are big-hearted, breathtaking, and profound. Reading Lava Falls is like meeting an animal in the wild: I was rapt, unable to turn away, with no idea what would happen next."—Micah Perks, author of What Becomes Us
To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Lava Falls by speaking to a bookseller or ordering via our website.
The spirited, heart-driven people who populate these stories find surprising pockets of hope as they scrabble for ways to believe in themselves and the world. A woman returns to the Alaskan cabin of her survivalist childhood, full of misgivings and memories. A trip to Yellowstone sparks a crisis for a man who feels kinship with the wolves he glimpses there. Nursing painful pasts, sisters take a cruise together to Antarctica. A runaway finds salvation from violence in her own singing.
presents Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World's Best New Gardens, a sumptuously illustrated survey and the perfect armchair travel guide to 50 of the most innovative modern gardens from around the world.
"A beautiful and relaxing tour through some of the loveliest gardens in the world! The author's original images provide a fine taste of their gorgeous plants and the creativity used in organizing them."--Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus at Missouri Botanical Garden
To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Gardenlust in advance by speaking to a bookseller or via our website.
In Gardenlust, adventurous biophiliac Christopher Woods takes readers on a worldwide tour that goes beyond the palace grounds of centuries past to transport you to places of botanical wonder. From a garden defined by shape and light in Marrakech to an urban forest in Tokyo, with each stop of this tour Woods curates a collection of contemporary gardens that inspire wanderlust not just for their exotic locations but for the people, plants, and stories that give these spaces life.
Launch for You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!, a novel that carries a strong social message as Gino traces the stages of Jilly’s enlightenment…Its thoughtful handling of characters and dynamics offers fodder for further discussion about privilege in all its forms.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[An] engrossing and satisfying read…Necessary and rewarding.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! by speaking to a bookseller or via our website.
Jilly thinks she's figured out how life works—but when her sister Emma is born deaf, she realizes how much she still has to learn. A big fantasy reader, Jilly connects online with another fan, Derek, who is a deaf Black ASL user. She goes to Derek for advice on how to advocate for her little sister, but doesn't always know the best way to ask and makes some mistakes along the way.
reads from The Shape of the Ruins, his highly anticipated, deeply personal masterpiece that is being heralded as the most ambitious novel of his career.
"A highly sophisticated, fast-moving political thriller set in Colombia and an excellent read."--Alan Furst
"One of the great novels of recent years."--Mario Vargas Llosa
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of The Shape of the Ruins by speaking with a bookseller or ordering from our website.
The Shape of the Ruins is a masterly story of conspiracy, political obsession, and literary investigation. When a man is arrested at a museum for attempting to steal the bullet-ridden suit of a murdered Colombian politician, few notice. But soon this thwarted theft takes on greater meaning as it becomes a thread in a widening web of popular fixations with conspiracy theories, assassinations, and historical secrets; and it haunts those who feel that only they know the real truth behind these killings.
discussing The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty That Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation.
"A remarkable book--a generational biography of a political dynasty, ranging from the California Gold Rush to the presidency of Donald Trump. She recounts the pivotal governorship of Pat Brown and the even more significant career of his son Jerry with assured prose and a keen sense of historical context. This is the engrossing saga of complicated family at the center of American political life for the last sixty years."--T.J. Stiles, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Custer's Trials and The First Tycoon.
To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of The Browns of California by speaking to a bookseller or via our website.
Even in the land of reinvention, the story is exceptional: Pat Brown, the beloved father who presided over California during an era of unmatched expansion; Jerry Brown, the cerebral son who became the youngest governor in modern times--and then returned three decades later as the oldest.
Come meet the author of Cooking South of the Clouds: Recipes and Stories from China's Yunnan Province.
"More than a cookbook, it's an intimate journey through culinary traditions almost unknown in the West. Josh Wand's photos of the region's countryside, villages, markets, and dishes paint a stunning portrait of Yunnanese cuisine and life. . . . Deserves a place of honor in every collection of Chinese cookbooks."--Grace Young, James Beard Award-winning author of Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge
China's Yunnan Province is the most geographically, biologically, and ethnically diverse region in China. Stretching from the Himalayan plateau to the subtropics, the province is home to thousands of species of plants and animals as well as twenty-four of China's minority groups. As a result, Yunnan is one of the most culinary interesting and delicious places on earth, with a wide variety of cuisines and flavors all packed into one small province.
reads from his award-winning novel, You Have Me to Love, an unforgettable story about lost childhood innocence, isolation, guilt and mother-son relationships.
"An intense and dramatic novel filled with meticulous use of detail and a forensic psychological accuracy. Its power comes from the fierce energy of the narrative structure, the way of handling silence and pain, and the ability to confront the darkest areas of experience with clear-eyed sympathy and care. Jaap Robben handles delicate, dangerous material with subtlety and sympathy, but also with a visionary sense of truth that is masterly and unforgettable."--Colm Tóibín
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of You Have Me to Love by speaking to a bookseller or ordering via our website.
Mikael lives with his parents on an island somewhere between Scotland and Norway. One day Mikael's father saves him from drowning in the ocean, but is himself thrown against the rocks by a wave and disappears under water. In shock and unable to speak, Mikael blocks out the memory of what took place, silently joining his mother in the search for his missing father.
From Discovery to Consistency: Collaborating with Artists on Award-winning & Distinctive Publishing
presents Resurrections: Authors, Heroes--and a Spy, portraits of writers and artists including Ian Watt, Paul Theroux, James Salter, and Anthony Blunt.
" Intellectually stimulating . . . a portrait of the artist in portraits of other artists."--Kirkus Reviews
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presents In My Father's House: A New View of How Crime Runs in the Family, a pathbreaking examination of our huge crime and incarceration problem that looks at the influence of the family--specifically one Oregon family with a generations-long legacy of lawlessness.
"A spellbinding book, brilliant and bone-chilling. In My Father's House will change the way we look at what makes a criminal."--Linda Fairstein, author of Deadfall
To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of In My Father's House by speaking to a bookseller or ordering on our website.
celebrating the publication of his wonderful new novel, Virgil Wander, much of which takes place in and around a beloved old movie theater not unlike our own here in the Elmwood. There will be a special screening of Cinema Paradiso in connection with the reading and signing. Buy your tickets, with or without book, through Eventbrite: https://leifengermrsds.
Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander is "cruising along at medium altitude" when his car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior. Virgil survives but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him.
presents Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Ecology in India--An Exploration of the Kolam, the first comprehensive book in English on the kolam, a ritual rice flour drawing created by Tamil women.
"This beautiful book is a treasure, bringing to life for the first time the wealth of meanings of this form of women's religious practice."--Diana L. Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies, Harvard Divinity School
"This is the book of a lifetime, and it represents a lifetime's work on Tamil women's daily ritual practice. . . .Nagarajan tells local and diasporic stories of the kolam with passion, sensitivity, and a deep ethnographic identification with the women whose generosity daily feeds a thousand souls."--Kamala Visweswaran, Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Feeding a Thousand Souls by speaking to a bookseller or ordering via our website.
Every day millions of Tamil women in southeast India wake up before dawn to create a kolam, an ephemeral ritual design made with rice flour, on the thresholds of homes, businesses and temples. This thousand-year-old ritual welcomes and honors Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and alertness, and Bhudevi, the goddess of the earth. Created by hand with great skill, artistry, and mathematical precision, the kolam disappears in a few hours, borne away by passing footsteps and hungry insects.
Join us for fruitcake and cheer in this annual Mrs. Dalloway's tradition.
First published in 1956, this much sought-after autobiographical recollection from Capote about his rural Alabama boyhood is a perfect gift for fans young and old, a "gem of a holiday story." (School Library Journal, starred review).
Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship and the memories the two friends share of beloved holiday rituals.
Discussing Stone's new novel, Hungry Ghost Theater, "a thrilling hybrid of a novel about the intricacies of family life and the inevitable handing down from one generation to the next of our deepest passions and pathologies. . . . both marvelously inventive and deeply humane."--Ann Packer
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Hungry Ghost Theater by speaking to a bookseller.
An inventive, funny, sometimes heart-breaking exploration of the connections between hunger and art, duty and desire, and
loss and survival. Brother and sister Robert and Julia Zamarin are trying to awaken the world to its peril with their tiny political theater company, while their sister Eva, a neuroscientist, searches for the biological roots of empathy. As Julia attempts to break free of Robert’s influence, Robert, as lost without her as she is without him, takes on dark material and drives away members