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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.