April 2019

It's a party! Join us for the 5th Annual celebration of all things bookish!

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 9:00pm

On this special day, Mrs. Dalloway's will offer exclusive merchandise (books, pins, stencils, notebooks) created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. (Some are free!) Since its inception in 2014, more than 200 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day. Follow this link to see this year's items. Note: Not all stores will have all items. Call to make sure the item you want is in stock.

discussing his exciting new graphic novel adaptation of Homer's epic tale,The Iliad. 

"This is no mere comics adaptation of an ancient classic. Through his intricately illustrated panels, Gareth Hinds brings us The Iliad's depth, brutality, and power. A Herculean effort worthy of the original."--Gene Luen Yang, Michael L. Printz Award winner for American Born Chinese

To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of The Iliad in advance by speaking to a bookseller or ordering through our website.

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 7:00pm

More than three thousand years ago, two armies faced each other in an epic battle that rewrote history and came to be known as the Trojan War. The Iliad, Homer's legendary account of this nine-year ordeal, is considered the greatest war story of all time and one of the most important works of Western literature. In this stunning graphic novel adaptation -- a thoroughly researched and artfully rendered masterwork -- renowned illustrator Gareth Hinds captures all the grim glory of Homer's epic.

May 2019

presents With the Fire on High, a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.

"Acevedo has done it again: the multi-award-winning author of The Poet X here delivers perfection... This sophomore novel is simply stunning."--Booklist

To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of With the Fire on High by speaking to a bookseller or ordering through our website.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 7:00pm
With the Fire on High Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062662835
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: HarperTeen - May 7th, 2019

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago's life has been about making the tough decisions--doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

launching The Dictionary of Difficult Words: With More Than 400 Perplexing Words to Test Your Wits! 

To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of The Dictionary of Difficult Words by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 3:00pm
The Dictionary of Difficult Words: With more than 400 perplexing words to test your wits! Cover Image
By Jane Solomon, Louise Lockhart (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781786038111
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - April 30th, 2019

What is a bumbershoot? Or a moonbow? And what does it mean when someone absquatulates? Find out all this and more in the Dictionary of Difficult Words. Test your knowledge with more than 400 words to amaze, confuse, and inspire budding wordsmiths (and adults). All of the words featured in this book are difficult to spell, hard to say, and their meanings are obscure to most children (and most adults)!

Recently there has been a re-evaluation of popular psychedelic and empathogenic chemicals for therapeutic use. In the mid 1900s psychedelics such as LSD and MDMA were developed as pharmaceuticals. From the late 1960s on these drugs became associated with recreational use and by the 1980s most nations had outlawed them. Here in the Bay Area we have many scientists and clinicians on the forefront of the movement to bring these chemicals out of the clubs and counter-culture to explore their potential to treat a number of mental health conditions, including addiction and PTSD.

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

In collaboration with Berkeley Public Library North Branch, join us for a free panel discussion on the current cultural, regulatory and medical landscapes around these substances.


·         Prof. David Presti, PhD, UC Berkeley Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and author of Mind Beyond Brain: Buddhism, Science, and the Paranormal

June 2019

presents Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life, an essential, empathetic look at a vital but little respected stage of life.

"In the latter years there are possibilities for joy, transcendence, and meaning, but also for just the opposite. Aronson writes like a memoirist while giving us scientific insight, philosophical wisdom, and wise counsel for a journey and destination we all share. Elderhood is a lovely and thoughtful exploration of this voyage."--Abraham Verghese

To reserve your seat please purchase a copy of Elderhood by speaking to a bookseller or ordering through our website.

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 7:30pm
Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620405468
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 11th, 2019

For more than 5,000 years, "old" has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet at the very moment that humans are living longer than ever before, we've made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, denigrated, neglected, and denied. 

reading from Chapter Ten of James Joyce's Ulysses recalling Dublin on June 16, 1904 .

Join us for Guinness, Irish soda bread and cheer!

Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 9:45am
Ulysses (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679722762
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-5 days.
Published: Vintage - June 16th, 1990

July 2019

presents The Apollo Chronicles: Engineering America's First Moon Missions, a uniquely earthbound story of space travel that follows a handful of surviving engineers from the time through their longest days, tightest deadlines, and most confounding challenges.

[Brown]  has captured the soul of what was arguably the most challenging and significant engineering accomplishment of the 20th century…a great read for all audiences…I learned things about ‘my era’ that I never knew!-- Gerry Griffin, Former Director of the Johnson Space Center, and former flight director for the Apollo Program

To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of The Apollo Chronicles by speaking to a bookseller or ordering through our website.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 7:30pm
The Apollo Chronicles: Engineering America's First Moon Missions Cover Image
ISBN: 9780190681340
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 7th, 2019

The moon landing of 1969 stands as an iconic moment for both the United States and humankind. The familiar story focuses on the journey of the brave astronauts, who brought home Moon rocks and startling photographs. But Apollo's full account includes the earthbound engineers, mounds of their crumpled paper, and smoldering metal shards of exploded engines. How exactly did the nation, step by difficult step, take men to the Moon and back?

August 2019

reads from his much-anticipated The Lager Queen of Minnesota, a novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate, and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest.

"Warm, whimsical, incredibly well-written and infused with Stradal's signature sympathy for his characters--those everyday heroes we all know and love. . . a thorough delight, from beginning to end."--Nickolas Butler

To reserve your seat please purchase a copy of The Larger Queen of Minnesota by speaking to a bookseller or ordering through our website.

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 2:45pm
The Lager Queen of Minnesota: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399563058
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Pamela Dorman Books - July 23rd, 2019

Edith Magnusson's rhubarb pies are famous in the Twin Cities--they were named the third-best in the state of Minnesota and St. Anthony-Waterside Nursing Home has quickly become the hottest dinner ticket in town. Still, she lies awake wondering how her life might have been different if her father hadn't left their family farm to her sister Helen, a decision that split their family in two.

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 ordering from our website.



Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 6:30pm
Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525646990
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
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

Presenting Circe, just released in paperback.

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 2:00pm
Circe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316556323
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Back Bay Books - September 3rd, 2019