Events

June 2022

Join us for a special in-store book launch to celebrate local author SANA RAFI'S new picture book,  A Mermaid Girl, recommended for ages 3 - 7.  A young girl celebrates the experience of wearing a burkini for the first time in this lyrical and heartwarming story that casts a fresh light on timeless summer activities, and celebrates cultural traditions and intergenerational bonds.

To register for this event, you must sign up on Eventbrite or come to the store in person prior to the event date.

SANA RAFI is a Muslim American author who received her MFA from Columbia University in New York. She's passionate about showcasing Muslim and immigrant characters in her books. When she's not writing, she can be found reading, visiting beaches or being silly with her son. Rafi currently resides in sunny California but is often found daydreaming of her hometown, Lahore, Pakistan. Find out more at www.sanarafi.com.

Signed copies of A Mermaid Girl are available from Mrs. Dalloway's. Orders can be personalized as well. Please include inscription instructions in the comments field at checkout.

This is a free event though we encourage you to purchase a signed copy of the book through our website or at the event.

PLEASE NOTE: To ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment, pre-registration is required; and attendance will be limited to 40. Proof of vaccination necessary for entrance, and masks will be required during the event.

 

Sunday, June 26, 2022 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
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A Mermaid Girl Cover Image
By Sana Rafi, Olivia Aserr (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593327609
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 28th, 2022

July 2022

Join us for LESLIE KIRK CAMPBELL reading from her new short story collection, The Man With Eight Pairs of Legs, winner of the 2020 Mary McCarthy Prize for FictionHer appearance at Mrs. Dalloway's will also include conversation with author Keenan Norris (right).

 

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The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs, from publisher Sarabande Books , is about the ways our bodies are marked by memory, often literally, and the risky decisions we make when pushed to the extreme. This collection is a study in compassion and in passion, a must-read for our times.

"[A] remarkable collection—every story a deep dive well worth taking." San Francisco Chronicle

"In these eight stories, Campbell spins tales of isolation that range from the desperate to the profound, and her clear prose cuts through the trepidation her characters often feel. A meaningful and utterly devastating collection that cements Campbell as a leading short story writer." —"16 Upcoming Books From Indie Presses You’ll Love," Buzzfeed

“History and memory crosscut through The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs in a gorgeous weave. These are marvelous, stirring stories, sometimes sexy, sometimes harrowing, somehow both timeless and timely. Campbell writes with great depth, patience, wisdom, and beauty.” —Anthony Doerr, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for All the Light We Cannot See

LESLIE KIRK CAMPBELL'S short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares Solos and won awards at Arts & Letters, Southern Indiana Review, Briar Cliff Review and The Thomas Wolfe Review. The author of Journey into Motherhood, Leslie is the mother of two grown sons and teaches at Ripe Fruit Writing, a creative writing program she founded in San Francisco.

KEENAN NORRIS'S latest novel is The Confession of Copeland Cane. Keenan teaches American literature and creative writing at San Jose State. His essay “One Coyote” won a 2021 Folio: Eddie Award and his debut novel Brother and the Dancer won the 2012 James D. Houston Award. 

Due to ongoing COVID concerns and customer safety considerations, we will be limiting the number of attendees at our in-store events. To that end, please note the following and thank you for your understanding.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4pm on July 6th.

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

WE ARE NOT ABLE to accommodate any walk-ins that evening.

WE ASK that attendees arrive no later than 6:45pm for the event.

PROOF OF up-to-date vaccination and boosting will be required at the door, as will masking for attendees during the event.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs (Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781946448880
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Sarabande Books - February 1st, 2022

Join us at Mrs. Dalloway's on Wednesday July 13th at 7:00 PM for an in-store appearance by author JUDY GUMBO, who will read from and discuss her new memoir Yippie Girl: Exploits in Protest and Defeating the FBI.

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Lifelong activist Judy Gumbo, an original member of The Yippies, a 1960s anti-war satirical protest group, offers an insider feminist memoir of her involvement with the Yippies, Black Panthers, women's rights, environmental actions, and a life of activism.

In this historical account, Gumbo reveals intimate details of—and struggles with—her fellow radicals Jerry Rubin, Anita & Abbie Hoffman, Eldridge Cleaver, Paul Krassner, Stew Albert, and more, detailing their experiences in radical protests. This deep dive into her activism includes details of her organization of a national women's rights group, her visit to North Vietnam during the war, her travels around the globe to promote women's liberation and anti-war protest, and her environmental activism. It also includes extensive excerpts from illegal wiretaps and surveillance by the FBI.

Due to ongoing COVID concerns and customer safety considerations, we will be limiting the number of attendees at our in-store events. To that end, please note the following and thank you for your understanding.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4pm on July 6th.

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.

WE ARE NOT ABLE to accommodate any walk-ins that evening.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:30 and 6:45pm for the event.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

 

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Yippie Girl: Exploits in Protest and Defeating the FBI Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781953103185
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Three Rooms Press - May 3rd, 2022

Join us on Thursday, July 28 at 7pm for an in-store appearance by authors Richard J. Nevle and Steven Nightingale, who will read from their new collection of essays and poetry, The Paradise Notebooks: 90 Miles Across the Sierra Nevada. 

To attend, please register at Eventbrite or at the store. 

About the Book

Over the course of 21 paris of short essays, Nevle (left) and Nightingale (right) contemplate the natural phenomena found in the Sierra Nevada. From granite to aspen, to fire, to a rare, endemic species of butterfly, these essay pairs explore the natural history and mystical wonder of each wild element with a balanced and captivating touch. From granite to aspen, to fire, to a rare, endemic species of butterfly, these essay pairs explore the natural history and mystical wonder of each wild element with a balanced and captivating touch. In a time of rapid environmental degradation, The Paradise Notebooks offers a way forward—a whole-minded, learned, loving attention to place that rekindles our joyful relationship with the living world.

Richard J. Nevle is the deputy director of the Earth Systems Program at Stanford University and recipient of the university’s highest teaching honor.

Steven Nightingale teaches poetry in schools and universities in Nevada and California. He is the author of ten books, including the short fiction collection The Hot Climate of Promises and Grace.

Due to ongoing COVID concerns and customer safety considerations, we will be limiting the number of attendees at our in-store events. To that end, please note the following and thank you for your understanding.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4pm on July 28th.

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.

WE ARE NOT ABLE to accommodate any walk-ins that evening.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:30 and 6:45pm for the event.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

 

Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Paradise Notebooks: 90 Miles Across the Sierra Nevada Cover Image
$29.95
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781501762697
Published: Comstock Publishing - April 15th, 2022

 

August 2022

Author TONI MIROSEVICH will make an in-store appearance at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on Wednesday, August 10th. 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.

Due to ongoing COVID concerns and customer safety considerations, we will be limiting the number of attendees at our in-store events. To that end, please note the following and thank you for your understanding.

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.

WE ARE NOT ABLE to accommodate any walk-ins that evening.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:30 and 6:45pm for the event.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Spell Heaven: and Other Stories Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640095168
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Counterpoint - April 26th, 2022