It's not too early to be making summer plans for kids! Meet Kent Collard, Director, see a slideshow about one of California's oldest summer camps located in the Trinity Alps.
Discussing Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity.
Tickets and books also available at the store.
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore and the East Bay School for Boys are thrilled to welcome Peggy Orenstein and Judy Campbell, discussing Orenstein's new book, Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent and Navigating the New Masculinity.
conducts a workshop based on his most recent book, How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning, with Kazu Haga, founder of the East Point Peace Academy and author of the forthcoming Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm.
Register at eastpointpeace.org/howwewin or call 510.500.7853. Sliding scale $20-$80. Wheelchair accessible.
"It's a good time to take a fresh look at what has worked in times of trouble, and share what we have learned about successful campaigning that gives hope for the future. These times call for new and creative tactics in order to make changes to the status quo," says activist and sociologist Lakey.
Doubleheader! Joan Frank launches two prize-winning new books: Where You're All Going, a quartet of novellas, winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, and Try to Get Lost: Essays on Travel and Place (winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize).
To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of either book in advance by speaking to a bookseller or online by clicking on the covers below.
In Where You're All Going, Frank invites readers into the inner lives of characters bewildered by love, grief, and inexplicable affinities. A young couple navigates a strange friendship and unexpected pregnancy; a woman recalls the bizarre fallout of her former lover's fame; a lonely widow is drawn to an arrogant young man; a wealthy spiritual seeker grapples with what wealth cannot affect. Witty and humane, Frank taps the riches of the novella form as she writes of loneliness, friendship, loss, and the filaments of intimacy that connect us through time.
launches Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism, her bold and brilliant exploration of the ferocious desire for perfection which has shaped her writing life as well as her rich, dramatic, and constantly surprising personal life.
"One of the finest explorations I know of what it means to be a woman and an artist."--Sigrid Nunez
To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Scratched by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below.
Scratched is an intimate account of the uses a child, and the adult she becomes, will find for perfectionism and the role it will play in every part of her life. Elizabeth Tallent's story begins in a hospital in mid-1950s suburban Washington, D.C., when her mother refuses to hold her newborn daughter, shocking behavior that baffles the nurses. Imagining her own mother's perfectionist ideal at this critical moment, Tallent moves back and forth in time, juxtaposing moments in the past with the present in this innovative and spellbinding narrative.
presents The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants. In this beautiful and empowering book, Jennifer Jewell—host of public radio’s award-winning program and podcast Cultivating Place—introduces 75 inspiring women. Working in wide-reaching fields that include botany, floral design, landscape architecture, farming, herbalism, and food justice, these influencers are creating change from the ground up.
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Profiled women include flower farmer Erin Benzakein; codirector of Soul Fire Farm Leah Penniman; plantswoman Flora Grubb; edible and cultural landscape designer Leslie Bennett; Caribbean-American writer and gardener Jamaica Kincaid; soil scientist Elaine Ingham; floral designer Amy Merrick, and many more. Rich with personal stories and insights, Jewell’s portraits reveal a devotion that transcends age, locale, and background, reminding us of the profound role of green growing things in our world—and our lives.
reads from Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes, the astonishing but forgotten story of an immigrant sweatshop worker who married an heir to a great American fortune and became one of the most charismatic radical leaders of her time.
"Through the lens of a remarkable marriage, Adam Hochschild draws a vivid portrait of the Gilded Age--of immigrants, sweatshops, tenements, strikes, enclaves of patrician privilege, and a 'citadel of socialism' on a private island. At the center of it all is Rose, whose extraordinary story ends as anything but a fairy tale."--Jean Strouse
To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Rebel Cinderella by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below.
Rose Pastor arrived in New York City in 1903, a Jewish refugee from Russia who had worked in cigar factories since the age of eleven. Two years later, she captured headlines across the globe when she married James Graham Phelps Stokes, scion of one of the legendary 400 families of New York high society. Together, this unusual couple joined the burgeoning Socialist Party and, over the next dozen years, moved among the liveliest group of activists and dreamers this country has ever seen. Their friends and houseguests included Emma Goldman, Big Bill Haywood, Eugene V.
reads from her new volume of poetry Ledger, a book of personal, ecological, and political reckoning from the internationally renowned poet named "among the modern masters" (Washington Post).
From one of our most celebrated contemporary poets--long-listed for the National Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and England's T.S. Eliot Prize--comes Jane Hirshfield's Ledger, her most important work yet. From its already much-quoted opening lines of despair and defiance ("Let them not say: we did not see it. / We saw."), Hirshfield's poems inscribe a registry, both personal and communal, of our present-day predicaments, and call us to action.
presents Why We Swim, "a beautifully written love letter to water and a fascinating story" (Rebecca Skloot).
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Humans, unlike other animals that are drawn to water, are not natural-born swimmers. We must be taught. Our evolutionary ancestors learned for survival; now in the twenty-first century we swim in freezing Arctic waters and piranha-infested rivers to test our limits. Swimming is an introspective and silent sport in a chaotic and noisy age; it's therapeutic for both the mind and body; and it's an adventurous way to get from point A to point B. It's also one route to that elusive, ecstatic state of flow.
discussing Wetmore's marvelous debut novel, Valentine.