Showing both the drama of familial intimacy and the ups and downs of the everyday, My Old Faithful introduces readers to a close-knit Chinese family. These ten interconnected short stories, which take place in China and the United States over a thirty-year period, merge to paint a nuanced portrait of family life, full of pain, surprises, and subtle acts of courage. Richly textured narratives from the mother, the father, the son, and the daughters play out against the backdrop of China's social and economic change.
reads from his new novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo.
"A beautiful, richly textured novel, ambitious and delicately crafted."-- Rabih Alameddine
To reserve your seat, buy a copy of The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website.
In this spellbinding novel, a young man journeys from California to Cairo to unravel centuries-old family secrets.
Calling all Treehouse Series fans! Join bestselling author Andy Griffiths as he presents the newest release in his award-winning series, The 78-Story Treehouse. Andy’s hilarious and highly interactive presentation will have your kids (and you!) in stitches. This free event is best for 5—10 year olds, but all ages are welcome. Buy your book at the theater, or before the event, at Mrs. Dalloway’s, and have it signed after the presentation. To reserve your seat RSVP at AndyGriffithsRialto.eventbrite.com
Winner of multiple awards, including the Newbery and finalist for the National Book Award, celebrates two new titles: his newest middle grade novel, Sunny, and his stirring and inspirational poem For Every One.
Purchase a copy of Sunny or For Every One to reserve your seat in advance by speaking to one of our booksellers (510.704.8222), or ordering through our website.
Sunny is the third in Reynolds’ acclaimed Track series about four kids on the track team with wildly different backgrounds whose personalities are explosive when they clash. Each book is told from the perspective of one of the four kids and Sunny tells the tale of a protagonist who struggles to shine despite a troubled past and difficult relationship with his dad.
Join National Book Award finalist, Betsy Partridge for the launch of Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam.
Young adult readers (ages 12 and up) will find astounding echoes of what they see in the new now: youthy led politcal activism, questions of racism and patriotism, scandal and discontent with politicians, and government policies that affect their own young lives.
We welcome veterans and protestors as well to discuss this important new book.
reads from her new Maisie Dobbs mystery, To Die But Once.
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of To Die But Once by calling the store (510) 704-8222 and speaking to one of our booksellers.
During the months following Britain's declaration of war on Germany, Maisie Dobbs investigates the disappearance of a young apprentice working on a hush-hush government contract. As news of the plight of thousands of soldiers stranded on the beaches of France is gradually revealed to the general public, and the threat of invasion rises, another young man beloved by Maisie makes a terrible decision that will change his life forever.
presents Desert Gardens of Steve Martino.
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Desert Gardens of Steve Martino in advance by speaking to one of our booksellers or ordering from our website.
This survey of twenty-one gardens by Steve Martino, whose work blends colorful, man-made elements with native plants to reflect the sun-drenched beauty of the desert, is sure to inspire gardeners, landscapers, and admirers of California and the Southwest. For more than thirty years, Steve Martino has been committed to the development and advancement of landscape architecture in the Southwest. His pioneering work with native plant material and the development of a desert-derived design aesthetic is widely recognized.
presents Grow What You Love: 12 Food Plant Families to Change Your Life, in a hands-on demonstration to celebrate Earth Day!
To reserve your seat, purchase Grow What You Love in advance by speaking to one of our booksellers or ordering from our website.
Grow What You Love is designed to be a simple guide to growing vegetables, herbs and more that will add to the flavor and variety of fresh produce choices throughout the year. Aimed at novice and experienced gardeners alike, it will be an image-driven, how-to adventure from an expert gardener and communicator with an enthusiasm for an authentic life.
reads from her short story collection, My Old Faithful, winner of the 2017 Juniper Prize.
To reserve your seat, purchase My Old Faithful in advance by speaking to one of our booksellers or ordering from our website.
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online. Come join the party!
Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers.They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity.They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.
In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.
presents Windows on Provence: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France, a book for travelers, for dreamers, for Francophiles, for lovers of Provencal craft and cuisine, and for anyone who wants to be a part of something beautiful and special.
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Windows on Provence by speaking to one of our booksellers. (510) 704-8222.
Famous for its radiant light, vibrant colors, beautiful architecture, flavorful foods, and opulent wines, Provence is one of the most visited destinations of the world. To turn the pages of Windows on Provence is to be immersed in the magical region.
With each photograph and chapter, the reader is transported to the beaches of Nice under a white umbrella, to the twisting streets of Aix-en-Provence, to the 2,000-year-old ruins of Cimiez, and beyond.
Benefitting Berkeley Public Schools and the Elmwood Beautification Fund
Watch this space for specifics on ticket purchases.
reading from Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History.