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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
presents And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks.
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.
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.
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.
(and introduced by L. John Harris) discussing Sciolino's new book The Seine: The River that Made Paris.