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 The Ventriloquists, her much-anticipated debut novel inspired by true events, about a ragtag gang of journalists and resistance fighters risking everything for an elaborate scheme to undermine the Reich.
"Magnetic... Sprawling and ambitious, with crisp pacing and fully realized characters, this will fascinate anyone looking for an unusual, enthralling war story." -- Publishers Weekly
In this fast-paced historical thriller, twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country's most popular newspaper, Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda. Helene's world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws her into a secret network that publishes dissident underground newspapers.
present Grassroots Baseball: Where Legends Begin. The evening includes 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
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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.
launching Unsung America: Immigrant Trailblazers and Our Fight for Freedom. Please join us for a most timely discussion.
"Deeply insightful and intentionally detailed--Prerna Lal has conceived a text that breaks down the inner workings of the United States immigration system and the impact it has had on the lives of countless immigrants and families. Lal lays out a timeline both old and new, that vividly chronicles the birth and impact of certain policies, views, and opinions within the realm of immigration policy."--Juan Escalante
To reserve your seat please purchase a copy of Unsung America by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below.
Far too often, immigrants are demonized and scapegoated, when they should be celebrated as heroes and revolutionaries. This book strings together both triumphant and painful stories of immigrants who blazed trails and broke barriers in their fight for American citizenship and fundamental human rights.
presents And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks, the untold story of the famous neurologist, his own most singular patient.
"The story of Lawrence Weschler's faithful four-decade friendship with the amazing Oliver Sacks offers pleasures and amazements on every page. This loving but unblinking portrait will delight fans of Dr. Sacks as well as devotees of Weschler's always-pathfinding nonfiction."--Ian Frazier
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Lawrence Weschler began spending time with Oliver Sacks in the early 1980s, when he set out to profile the neurologist for The New Yorker. Almost a decade earlier, Dr. Sacks had published his masterpiece Awakenings--the account of his long-dormant patients' miraculous but troubling return to life in a Bronx hospital ward. But the book had hardly been an immediate success, and the rumpled clinician was still largely unknown.
returns to read from her exquisite new novel, Without Her.
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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.
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Raina Telgemeier has been captivating readers young and old for years, and once again she brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face--and conquer--your fears. She is the bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning creator of Smile and Sisters, which are both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. She is also the creator of Drama and Ghosts, and is the adapter and illustrator of four Baby-sitters Club graphic novels.
launches his new book A Place Outside the Law: Forgotten Voices of Guantánamo, containing firsthand testimonies from Guantánamo Bay, inspiring future generations to never repeat the human rights violations of the detention center.
"The definitive account of what happened at Guantánamo in all of its chilling and horrifying detail. What makes this book unique and compelling is that it is the story of what it does to people’s lives to create ‘a place outside the law.’ Through his countless interviews, Professor Honigsberg describes the impact of Guantánamo on those who have been part of it: soldiers, medical personnel, lawyers, interrogators, torturers, detainees. It is the story of what happens when a country abandons the rule of law.”--Erwin Chemerinsky, UC Berkeley, School of Law
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Law scholar and Witness to Guantánamo founder Peter Jan Honigsberg uncovers a haunting portrait of life at the military prison and its toll, not only on the detainees and their loved ones but also on its military and civilian personnel and the journalists who reported on it.
(and introduced by L. John Harris) discussing Sciolino's new book The Seine: The River that Made Paris.
A soulful, transformative voyage along the body of water that defines the City of Light. Elaine Sciolino is the perfect guide to the world's most romantic river."--Lauren Collins
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Elaine Sciolino came to Paris as a young foreign correspondent and was seduced by a river. In The Seine, she tells the story of that river from its source on a remote plateau of Burgundy to the wide estuary where its waters meet the sea, and the cities, tributaries, islands, ports, and bridges in between.