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Elizabeth Wetmore in Conversation with Sylvia Brownrigg discussing Wetmore’s marvelous debut novel, Valentine.
Elizabeth Wetmore in Conversation with Sylvia Brownriggdiscussing Wetmore's marvelous debut novel, Valentine. Friday, April 17, 2020 - 7:30pmFind out more »
Bonnie Tsui presents Why We Swim, "a beautifully written love letter to water and a fascinating story" (Rebecca Skloot). To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Why We Swim by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below. 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.…Find out more »
Jane Hirshfield 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…Find out more »
Adam Hochschild 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…Find out more »
Jennifer Jewell 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. To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of The Earth in Her Hands by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below. Profiled women include flower farmer Erin Benzakein; codirector of Soul Fire Farm…Find out more »
Elizabeth Tallent 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…Find out more »
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
Joan Frank 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. Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 7:30pm In Where You're All Going, Frank invites readers…Find out more »
George Lakey Workshop with Kazu Haga OFFSITE 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. Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 2:30pm "It's a good time to take a fresh look at what has worked in times of trouble, and share…Find out more »
Wednesday, January 29 - 7:00pm OFFSITE TICKETED EVENT In conversation with Judy Campbell discussing Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity. The award-winning journalist Orenstein's Girls & Sex broke ground, shattered taboos, and launched conversations about young women's right to pleasure and agency in sexual encounters. In Boys & Sex, she reveals how young men also understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy. The result is a provocative work that offers a vision…Find out more »
Ian Haney López OFFSITE presents Merge Left:Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America.
Tickets $12 advance at Mrs. Dalloway's or through brownpapertickets.com. Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 7:30pm In 2014, Ian Haney López in Dog Whistle Politics named and explained the coded racial appeals exploited by right-wing politicians over the last half century--and thereby anticipated the 2016 presidential election. Now the country is heading into what will surely be one of the most consequential elections ever, with the Right gearing up to exploit racial fear-mongering to divide and distract, and the Left splintered over the…Find out more »
Join us for fruitcake and cheer in this annual Mrs. Dalloway's tradition. Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 7:30pm First published in 1956, this much sought-after autobiographical recollection from Capote about his rural Alabama boyhood is a perfect gift for fans young and old, a "gem of a holiday story." (School Library Journal, starred review). Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an odd but…Find out more »
Elaine Sciolino in Conversation with Thad Carhart discussing Sciolino’s new book The Seine: The River that Made Paris.
Elaine Sciolino in Conversation with Thad Carhart (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 To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of The Seine by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover. Elaine Sciolino came to Paris as a young foreign…Find out more »
Peter Jan Honigsberg 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…Find out more »
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 10:00am to Monday, November 11, 2019 - 6:00pm Once again, Mrs. Dalloway's will reimburse all partnership schools for 17% of total pre-tax purchases made by the school community from Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11. This is a great opportunity to stock up on holiday gift items such as children's books, cookbooks, adult fiction and nonfiction, gardening books, merchandise, art, and gift certificates for teachers, family, and friends. Online sales are welcome! Can't make it to the shop? Support your school by visiting www.mrsdalloways.com.…Find out more »
Raina Telgemeier OFFSITE TICKETED EVENT 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. Stay tuned for further details about how to sign up to attend. Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm Event address: First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way @ Dana St Berkeley, CA 94704Find out more »
To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Without Her in advance by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below. 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…Find out more »
Lawrence Weschler 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 To reserve your seat in advance please purchase a copy of And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? by…Find out more »
Prerna Lal 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…Find out more »
Matt Maiocco, Brad Mangin & Brian Murphy present Letters to 87: Fans Remember the Legacy of Dwight Clark
Matt Maiocco, Brad Mangin & Brian Murphy 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…Find out more »
L. John Harris launches his delightful new book, Café French: A Flâneur’s Guide to the Language, Lore and Food of the Paris Café.
L. John Harris 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 To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Café French…Find out more »
Jean Fruth & Jeff Idelson 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…Find out more »
E.R. Razmipoor OFFSITE 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,…Find out more »
Peter Dale Scott and Freeman Ng present Poetry and Terror: Politics and Poetics in Coming to Jakarta
Peter Dale Scott and Freeman Ng 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. In Poetry and…Find out more »
Bonnie Tsui & other Writers Grotto members host an interactive party/workshop inaugurating a new series for writers: LIT STARTS
Bonnie Tsui & other Writers Grotto members 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…Find out more »
NaNoWriMo's Grant Faulkner, Rebecca Stern and Laura Bradley launch Brave the Page, the official NaNoWriMo handbook that inspires young people to tackle audacious goals and complete their creative projects. To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Brave the Page by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below. National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) has generated one of the most effective approaches to writing the novel of your dreams. But it's not just for adults. Its Young Writers Program…Find out more »
Kids 4-8! Mac Barnett & Greg Pizzoli launch their new books Hi, Jack! and Jack Blasts Off, a funny early reader series about a mischievous rabbit, a cranky old lady, and a lovable dog sure to delight fans of Elephant & Piggie. The always entertaining author/illustrator duo will hold forth at Mrs. Dalloway's for this special Saturday morning family event. While all ages will enjoy this presentation, the Jack books are best suited for children ages 4 to 8. Mac Barnett is the New York Times bestselling author…Find out more »
To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Running Wild by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below. Twelve-year-old Willa and her twin brothers have survived with their father in the Alaskan wilderness for five years. But Willa knows this can't go on--they must escape.Since their mother died five years ago, Willa, her younger brothers, and her father have lived in the wilderness, in a log cabin they built. They survive on food they grow and animals they…Find out more »
Meg Waite Clayton returns to launch The Last Train to London, a beautifully rendered novel centering on the Kindertransports that carried thousands of children out of Nazi-occupied Europe--and one brave woman who helped them escape to safety. "Painful and beautiful, absorbing and unforgettable. A wonderful tribute to courage, to a remarkable woman, to the ones she saved, and the ones she could not. Recommend this book to anyone who thinks no single person can make a difference."--Karen Joy Fowler To reserve your seat, please purchase…Find out more »
Kids 12 up! Elizabeth Lim 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…Find out more »
Neil Shister in Conversation with Harley Dubois discussing Radical Ritual: How Burning Man Changed the World. "An all-in history of, and love letter to, this one-of-a-kind event. If you've been there, or want to go, you couldn't possibly find better companions than Neil Shister and his engaging book."--Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call and The Guarded Gate To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Radical Ritual in advance by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website. Through interviews with fabled Burning Man…Find out more »
Alexander Tilney in Conversation with Katharine Dion discussing Tilney’s new novel, The Expectations
Alexander Tilney in Conversation with Katharine Dion discussing Tilney's new novel, The Expectations, "a deeply resonant, brilliantly nuanced meditation on privilege, social ambition, and the folly (and cruelty) of youth."--Kate Walbert "Alexander Tilney applies supple, panoramic prose to the deep interior of an exclusive Northeastern prep school, with arresting results: at once anthropological and visceral, The Expectations provides an authoritative glimpse into a rarefied world of privilege--and announces a dazzling new voice in American fiction."-- Jennifer Egan St. James is…Find out more »
J. Ryan Stradal 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…Find out more »
Tucker Malarkey returns to present Stronghold: One Man’s Quest to Save the World’s Wild Salmon, the story of Guido Rahr
Tucker Malarkey returns to present Stronghold: One Man's Quest to Save the World's Wild Salmon, the story of Guido Rahr, a passionate and eccentric environmentalist who has single-mindedly dedicated his life to saving the environment, working to preserve the world's last pristine stronghold for salmon in Russia's Far East--a landscape of ecological richness and diversity that is rapidly being developed for oil, gas, minerals, and timber in the Putin era. "A powerful and inspiring story. Guido Rahr's mission to save the wild Pacific…Find out more »
Brandon Brown 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. 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…Find out more »
Bloomsday with Thomas Lynch reading from Chapter Ten of James Joyce's Ulysses recalling Dublin on June 16, 1904. Join us for Guinness, Irish soda bread and cheer! Bring Dad! Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 3:00pmFind out more »
Louise Aranson presents Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life, an essential, empathetic look at a vital but little respected stage of life.
Louise Aranson 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…Find out more »
Kids 8-12/ Susan Adrian in Conversation with Anne Nesbet discussing Adrian's new book, Forever Neverland, a contemporary sequel to J. M. Barrie's timeless classic Peter Pan. "A magical ode to childhood that updates the classic while keeping its flavor."--Kirkus Reviews "One of the best representations of autism in middle grade literature. A must purchase for all children who love magic and adventure, especially those who have longed to see someone like Fergus on the page."--Lizzie Huxley-Jones, editor of Stim To reserve your seat, please purchase…Find out more »
Jane Solomon and Tyler Schnoebelen in Conversation launching The Dictionary of Difficult Words: With More Than 400 Perplexing Words to Test Your Wits!
Ages 7 up! Jane Solomon and Tyler Schnoebelen in Conversation 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. 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…Find out more »
Gareth Hinds in Conversation with Pam Turner 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. More than three thousand years ago, two armies faced each other in an epic battle that rewrote history and…Find out more »
Sloane Tanen reads from her novel, There's a Word for That, a hilarious and moving chronicle of a wildly flawed family that comes together--in rehab, of all places--even as each member is on the verge of falling apart. "Full of intelligence and charm."--Kirkus Reviews (starred) To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of There's a Word for That by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website. Introducing the Kesslers: Marty, a retired LA film producer whose self-worth has been eroded by age and…Find out more »
Jacqueline Winspear returns to read from her fifteenth Maisie Dobbs novel, The American Agent, in which our beloved heroine investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz in a page-turning tale of love and war, terror and survival. "Excellent....In Winspear's capable hands, Maisie has evolved into a deeply sympathetic character. Readers will eagerly await her next outing."--Publishers Weekly, starred review To reserve your seat please purchase a copy of The American Agent by speaking with a bookseller or ordering from our website. When…Find out more »
Timothy Hampton presents Bob Dylan's Poetics: How the Songs Work, a close examination of Bob Dylan's songs that locates his transgressive style within a long history of modern (and modernist) art. "A truly powerful book written by one of the leading scholars of the history of poetry today. The writing is clear and intellectually most exciting: Dylan's idiosyncratic genius is explained more compellingly than ever before. Hampton remains relevant, exciting and persuasively accurate as he shows the genesis of the songs as musical…Find out more »
Lori Gottlieb presents Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed, currently being adapted for television with Eva Longoria and ABC.
Lori Gottlieb presents Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed, currently being adapted for television with Eva Longoria and ABC. "If you have even an ounce of interest in the therapeutic process, or in the conundrum of being human, you must read this book. It is wise, warm, smart and funny, and Lori Gottlieb is exceedingly good company."--Susan Cain "Gottlieb is an utterly compelling narrator: funny, probing, savvy, vulnerable. She pays attention to the…Find out more »
Namwali Serpell in Conversation with Yael Goldstein Love discussing Serpell’s new novel The Old Drift
Namwali Serpell in Conversation with Yael Goldstein Love discussing Serpell's new novel The Old Drift, an electrifying debut that has already garnered three starred advance reviews and accolades from multiple writers. "Recalling the work of Toni Morrison and Gabriel García Márquez as a sometimes magical, sometimes horrifically real portrait of a place, Serpell's novel goes into the future of the 2020s, when the various plot threads come together in a startling conclusion. Intricately imagined, brilliantly constructed, and staggering in its scope, this…Find out more »
Carolyn Burke presents Foursome: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Strand, Rebecca Salsbury, A captivating, spirited account of the intense relationship among four artists whose strong personalities, passionate feelings, and aesthetic ideals drew them together, pulled them apart, and profoundly influenced the very shape of twentieth-century art. “Intimate and exhaustively researched…offers detailed insight into one of the most important periods in American art.”–Publishers Weekly To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Foursome by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website. New York, 1921:…Find out more »
"An irresistible, irrepressible comic saga. I utterly loved every page."--Anthony Marra To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Oksana, Behave! by speaking to one of our booksellers or ordering on our website. When Oksana's family begins their new American life in Florida after emigrating from Ukraine, her physicist father delivers pizza at night to make ends meet, her depressed mother sits home all day worrying, and her flamboyant grandmother relishes the attention she gets when she walks Oksana to school, not realizing…Find out more »
Please join us for a lively discussion of Berkeley Public Library’s Citywide Read book, Crazy Rich Asians. A limited number of copies will be available at the branch and staff can help you request copies from other branches and through Link+. The e-book is available for immediate download from Overdrive.Find out more »
W. Thomas Boyce OFFSITE A celebration and reading from his new book The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive.
“The Orchid and the Dandelion is based on groundbreaking research that has the power to change the lives of countless children–and the adults who love them.”–Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts From one of the world’s foremost researchers and pioneers of pediatric health–a book that offers hope and a pathway to success for parents, teachers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and child development experts coping with “difficult” children, fully exploring the author’s revolutionary discovery about childhood development, parenting, and the key to…Find out more »
Kurt Eichenwald presents A Mind Unraveled: A Memoir, the compelling story of an acclaimed journalist and New York Times bestselling author's ongoing struggle with epilepsy-- his torturous decision to keep his condition a secret to avoid discrimination, and his ensuing decades-long battle to not only survive, but to thrive. "Inspirational in the true sense of the word....It is written with great verve and wisdom by someone who has closely and thoughtfully detailed his own plight as well as the journey out of it....A book to…Find out more »
Joyce Carol Oates reads from her latest novel The Hazards of Time Travel, an ingenious, dystopian novel of one young woman's resistance against the constraints of an oppressive society. To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of The Hazards of Time Travel by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website. "Time travel"--and its hazards--are made literal in this astonishing new novel in which a recklessly idealistic girl dares to test the perimeters of her tightly controlled (future) world and is punished by…Find out more »
Launch party for her picture book The Yellow Suitcase, a touching story that celebrates grandparental love. "A thoughtful story that artfully addresses the loss of a grandparent from an immigrant perspective.” --Kirkus To reserve your seat please purchase a copy of The Yellow Suitcase by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website. Bring your kids to listen to Meera Sriram read and launch The Yellow Suitcase. Stick around for book signing, a small craft, and surprise treats from the book! Meera Sriram lives with her husband…Find out more »
The Retirement Center and Ashby Village are pleased to host Ashton Applewhite, activist and author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, a rousing manifesto against discrimination and prejudice on the basis of age. Applewhite takes readers and audiences on a journey, examining the historical roots of ageism and how it divides and diminishes us. She examines how ageist stereotypes affect the way our brains and bodies function in the workplace and the bedroom! Starting with her own experiences and her explorations…Find out more »
Elinor Lipman returns to Mrs. Dalloway's to celebrate the publication of her latest novel, Good Riddance, in which one woman's trash becomes another woman's treasure, with deliriously entertaining results. A pitch-perfect, whip-smart new novel from an "enchanting, infinitely witty yet serious, exceptionally intelligent, wholly original, and Austen-like stylist" (Washington Post). In this delightful new romantic comedy, Daphne Maritch doesn't quite know what to make of the heavily annotated high school yearbook she inherits from her mother, who held this relic dear. Too dear.The…Find out more »
Katie Peterson in Conversation with Louise Gluckdiscussing her new book of poems A Piece of Good News.
Katie Peterson in Conversation with Louise Gluck discussing her new book of poems A Piece of Good News. Dense, rich, and challenging, Katie Peterson's A Piece of Good News explores interior and exterior landscapes, exposure, and shelter. Imbued with a hallucinatory poetic logic where desire, anger, and sorrow supplant intelligence and reason, these poems are powerful meditations of mourning, love, doubt, political citizenship, and happiness. Learned, wise, and witty, Peterson explodes the possibilities of the poetic voice in this remarkable and deeply felt…Find out more »
James Cagney is a poet from Oakland. He has performed in venues and museums throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. His first book, Black Steel Magnolias In The Hour of Chaos Theory, is available from Oakland's own Nomadic Press. James will read his poems, then sit for an interview; audience discussion will follow the interview. A month before the reading a free chapbook of James Cagney's poems will be available at all BPL branches. James Cagney is the 11th…Find out more »
Alan Brennert reads from Daughter of Moloka'i, the sequel to his bestselling Moloka'i. Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:30pmFind out more »
Dani Shapiro returns to Mrs. Dalloway’s to present Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love.
"Identity is frail business, and in her searing story, Dani Shapiro makes the most disquieting discovery: that everything, from her lineage, to her father, down to her very own sense of self is an astounding error. How do we live with ourselves after finding we are not who we thought we were? The answer is not disquieting. It is beautiful."--Andre Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Inheritance by speaking with a bookseller or…Find out more »
Angie Thomas in Conversation with MK Asante OFFSITE discussing her new novel On the Come Up, an ode to hip hop.
Angie Thomas in Conversation with MK Asante OFFSITE discussing her new novel On the Come Up, an ode to hip hop. The ticketed event is co-sponsored by Oakland Unified School District Library Services and Mrs. Dalloway’s. Tickets and further information available through Eventbrite. Your $25 purchase includes a ticket and a copy of On the Come Up, available for pickup at the event. Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up, an ode to hip-hop, is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you;…Find out more »
Vandana Shiva and Vijaya Nagarajan OFFSITE In conversation on Women, Rituals, Ecology in India. Vandana Shiva is an Indian scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, and alter-globalization author. Currently based in Delhi, she has authored more than twenty books, including Who Really Feeds the World? Water Wars, and Biopiracy. She is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization (along with Jerry Mander, Edward Goldsmith, Ralph Nader, Jeremy Rifkin) and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as the…Find out more »
Sharon Saline presents What your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life.
You've read all the expert advice, but despite countless efforts to help your child cope better and stay on track, you're still struggling with everyday issues like homework, chores, getting to soccer practice on time, and simply getting along without pushback and power struggles. What if you could work with your child, motivating and engaging them in the process, to create positive change once and for all? In this insightful and practical book, veteran psychologist Saline shares the words and inner struggles of…Find out more »
Sarah Stone in Conversation with Sylvia Brownrigg discussing Stone’s new novel, Hungry Ghost Theater
"a thrilling hybrid of a novel about the intricacies of family life and the inevitable handing down from one generation to the next of our deepest passions and pathologies. . . . both marvelously inventive and deeply humane."--Ann Packer To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Hungry Ghost Theater by speaking to a bookseller. An inventive, funny, sometimes heart-breaking exploration of the connections between hunger and art, duty and desire, and loss and survival. Brother and sister Robert and Julia Zamarin…Find out more »
"Perceptive, finely wrought....Hadley is a writer of the first order, and this novel gives her the opportunity to explore, with profound incisiveness and depth, the inevitable changes inherent to long-lasting marriages."-- Publishers Weekly To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Late in the Day by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website. The lives of two close-knit couples are irrevocably changed by an untimely death in this latest from Hadley. Alexandr and Christine and Zachary and Lydia have been friends since they…Find out more »
Launch party for his terrific new novel The Dakota Winters, an evocative and wildly absorbing story about the Winters, a family living in New York City's famed Dakota apartment building in the year leading up to John Lennon's assassination. "Deft, funny, touching, and sharply observed, a marvel of tone, and a skillful evocation of a dark passage in the history of New York City, when all the fearful ironies of the world we live in now first came stalking into view."--Michael Chabon It's…Find out more »
Join us for fruitcake and cheer in this annual Mrs. Dalloway's tradition. First published in 1956, this much sought-after autobiographical recollection from Capote about his rural Alabama boyhood is a perfect gift for fans young and old, a "gem of a holiday story." (School Library Journal, starred review). Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship and the memories the two…Find out more »
Celebrate the power of Independent and Small in this post-Thanksgiving shopping tradition. Indies First, held on Small Business Saturday, brings together authors, readers, and publishers in support of independent bookstores. Authors and local celebrities volunteer at events across the country, and publishers offer special terms on books and exclusives. Indies First is a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that help communities thrive. Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 9:00pm Award-winning author Jason Reynolds is serving, once again, as the 2018 Indies First spokesperson.…Find out more »
Vijaya Nagarajan presents Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Ecology in India–An Exploration of the Kolam
Vijaya Nagarajan presents Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Ecology in India--An Exploration of the Kolam, the first comprehensive book in English on the kolam, a ritual rice flour drawing created by Tamil women. To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Feeding a Thousand Souls by speaking to a bookseller or ordering via our website. Every day millions of Tamil women in southeast India wake up before dawn to create a kolam, an ephemeral ritual design made with rice flour, on the thresholds…Find out more »
Roshi Joan Halifax OFFSITE discusses Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet
Roshi Joan Halifax OFFSITE discusses Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet, with Gaetano Maida, sponsored by KPFA, St. John's Presbyterian Church, and Mindful Schools. Advance tickets: $12 : brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006 Books Inc/Berkeley, Pegasus (3 sites), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s. East Bay Books, $15 door, Wheelchair Access Standing at the Edge is an evocative examination of how we can respond to suffering, live our fullest lives, and remain open to the full spectrum of our human experience. Joan Halifax…Find out more »
Leif Enger OFFSITE @ Rialto Cinemas Elmwood celebrating the publication of his wonderful new novel, Virgil Wander, much of which takes place in and around a beloved old movie theater not unlike our own here in the Elmwood. There will be a special screening of Cinema Paradiso in connection with the reading and signing. Buy your tickets, with or without book, through Eventbrite: https://leifengermrsds.eventbrite.com or in the store. We will have additional copies of Virgil Wander and Peace Like a River for sale at the event. Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander is…Find out more »
Fox Butterfield presents In My Father's House: A New View of How Crime Runs in the Family, a pathbreaking examination of our huge crime and incarceration problem that looks at the influence of the family--specifically one Oregon family with a generations-long legacy of lawlessness. "A spellbinding book, brilliant and bone-chilling. In My Father's House will change the way we look at what makes a criminal."--Linda Fairstein, author of Deadfall To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of In My Father's House by speaking to…Find out more »
Jeffrey Meyers presents Resurrections: Authors, Heroes--and a Spy, portraits of writers and artists including Ian Watt, Paul Theroux, James Salter, and Anthony Blunt. " Intellectually stimulating . . . a portrait of the artist in portraits of other artists."--Kirkus Reviews To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Resurrections by speaking to a bookseller or ordering via our website. In this new book, the prolific biographer Meyers brings to life a set of extraordinary writers, painters, and literary adventurers who turned their lives into art. Meyers knew nine of…Find out more »
Jaap Robben in Conversation with Jeroen Dewulf reads from his award-winning novel, You Have Me to Love
Jaap Robben in Conversation with Jeroen Dewulf reads from his award-winning novel, You Have Me to Love, an unforgettable story about lost childhood innocence, isolation, guilt and mother-son relationships. "An intense and dramatic novel filled with meticulous use of detail and a forensic psychological accuracy. Its power comes from the fierce energy of the narrative structure, the way of handling silence and pain, and the ability to confront the darkest areas of experience with clear-eyed sympathy and care. Jaap Robben handles delicate,…Find out more »
Georgia Freedman Come meet the author of Cooking South of the Clouds: Recipes and Stories from China's Yunnan Province. "More than a cookbook, it's an intimate journey through culinary traditions almost unknown in the West. Josh Wand's photos of the region's countryside, villages, markets, and dishes paint a stunning portrait of Yunnanese cuisine and life. . . . Deserves a place of honor in every collection of Chinese cookbooks."--Grace Young, James Beard Award-winning author of Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge China's Yunnan…Find out more »
If you are a local educator, you are cordially invited to join us for a special Educator Evening celebrating non-fiction books, reading, and you. The event is free but we ask that you RSVP via Eventbrite (https://mrsdseducatornight.eventbrite.com) so we can plan for attendance and refreshments. We've created a fun-filled, information-packed evening just for elementary school educators, grades K-5: 7 non-fiction authors will present their books--each author will pair her book(s) with a fiction book. We look forward to welcoming: Patricia Newman,…Find out more »
Miriam Pawel in Conversation with T.J. Stiles discussing The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty That Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation. "A remarkable book--a generational biography of a political dynasty, ranging from the California Gold Rush to the presidency of Donald Trump. She recounts the pivotal governorship of Pat Brown and the even more significant career of his son Jerry with assured prose and a keen sense of historical context. This is the engrossing saga of complicated family at the…Find out more »
Juan Gabriel Vasquez reads from The Shape of the Ruins, his highly anticipated, deeply personal masterpiece that is being heralded as the most ambitious novel of his career. "A highly sophisticated, fast-moving political thriller set in Colombia and an excellent read."--Alan Furst "One of the great novels of recent years."--Mario Vargas Llosa To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of The Shape of the Ruins by speaking with a bookseller or ordering from our website. Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 7:30pm The Shape of…Find out more »
Launch for You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P!, a novel that carries a strong social message as twelve-year-old Jilly learns how to support the marginalized people in her life when her sister is born Deaf and Jilly makes friends with Profound, a black, Deaf boy she meets online. Gino tackles powerful issues with grace and thoughfulness. An ASL Interpreter will be provided. "…Its thoughtful handling of characters and dynamics offers fodder for further discussion about privilege in all its forms.”—Publishers Weekly,…Find out more »
Christopher Woods presents Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World's Best New Gardens, a sumptuously illustrated survey and the perfect armchair travel guide to 50 of the most innovative modern gardens from around the world. In Gardenlust, adventurous biophiliac Christopher Woods takes readers on a worldwide tour that goes beyond the palace grounds of centuries past to transport you to places of botanical wonder. From a garden defined by shape and light in Marrakech to an urban forest in Tokyo, with each stop of…Find out more »
Come celebrate the release of Aaron Southerland’s third graphic novel, SolForce: Alpha Kale! All ages welcome. Aaron Southerland, from Brooklyn, NY, currently works as a freelance art teacher & cartoonist in the Bay Area! He is the creator of the graphic novels Strawberry Dough & SolForce. More at www.baomerch.com.Find out more »
The spirited, heart-driven people who populate these stories find surprising pockets of hope as they scrabble for ways to believe in themselves and the world. A woman returns to the Alaskan cabin of her survivalist childhood, full of misgivings and memories. A trip to Yellowstone sparks a crisis for a man who feels kinship with the wolves he glimpses there. Nursing painful pasts, sisters take a cruise together to Antarctica. A runaway finds salvation from violence in her own singing.…Find out more »
Featuring queer librarians reading from their works: Gr Keer, CSU East Bay Andrew Demcak, Oakland Public Library Rebekah Eppley, Oakland Public LibraryFind out more »
Daniel Mason reads from his magnificent new novel, The Winter Soldier, a sweeping, unforgettable love story of a young doctor and nurse at a remote field hospital in the First World War. Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives--at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains--he…Find out more »
Eighteen-year-old Vera, eager to start college and escape the celebrity her family has endured since her twin's disappearance twelve years earlier, finds her world turned upside-down again when Ava returns. Ava's disappearance was the crack in the Rivers family glacier. I wish I could explain to you how we were before, but I can't, because the before is so filmy and shadowed with the after. The after is all Vera remembers. When her twin sister, Ava, disappeared one Halloween night,…Find out more »
Rachel Neumann and Teen Subjects present I Am Home: Portraits of Immigrant Teenagers. To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of I Am Home by speaking to a bookseller or ordering via our website. Meet the faces and voices behind the conversations around immigration. These portraits and stories of teenagers who are recent immigrants to the US from all over the world show the diversity, beauty, and potential of the people who now call the United States home.Sixty full-page portraits of students…Find out more »
Rebecca Clarren reads from her debut novel, Kickdown, a taut and moving novel of a family's struggle to sustain their land when fracking comes to the contemporary American West. "Deep, true, achingly pure, as stripped of glamour and pretense as the beautiful desolation it describes. With an unflinching eye for the unsettling political and environmental issues of our time, Clarren captures perfectly the heartland of our country and the hearts of those whose old answers have suddenly failed them--they are all strangers…Find out more »
Celebrating Ivy + Bean #11: One Big Happy Family. Ivy + Bean are back--and they're funnier than ever! Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 10:00am Meet author Annie Barrows and illustrator Sophie Blackall at a special launch celebration of the latest volume in the hit series. As One Big Happy Family begins, Ivy's worried. She's read a lot of books about only children, so she knows that they are sometimes spoiled rotten. They don't share their toys. They never do any work. They scream and…Find out more »
Join us on first Fridays at 4:00pm to discuss our book of the month, enjoy snacks and make new friends. Each meeting will last one hour and end promptly at 5:00pm. Space is limited, so make your reservation on Eventbrite soon! For more information, contact Michael at (510) 981-6280.Find out more »
One boy's search for his father leads him to Puerto Rico in this moving middle grade novel, for fans of Ghost and See You in the Cosmos. Marcus Vega is six feet tall, 180 pounds, and the owner of a premature mustache. When you look like this and you're only in the eighth grade, you're both a threat and a target. After a fight at school leaves Marcus facing suspension, Marcus's mom decides it's time for a change of environment. She takes Marcus…Find out more »
Katie Henry Launch for Heretics Anonymous, her hilarious debut YA novel about a band of misfits who set out to challenge their strict Catholic school, one nun at a time. When Michael walks through the doors of Catholic school, things can't get much worse. His dad has just made the family move again, and Michael needs a friend. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow atheist at that. Only this girl, Lucy,…Find out more »
Workers from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters will be on hand to answer your questions and register voters on Tuesday, August 21st, from 11-1pm. Please call for more information 510-981-6280 or visit our website.Find out more »
Thor Hanson Presents Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees, a natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round. "A wondrous, action-packed journey to discover the secret lives of bees, flowers, and the unconventional men and women who study them. This book really is the buzz about bees, and it's destined to become a natural history classic."--Stephen Buchmann, author of The Reason for Flowers To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Buzz by speaking to a bookseller or…Find out more »
Andrew Lawler presents The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke
Andrew Lawler presents The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke, a sweeping account of America's oldest unsolved mystery, the people racing to unearth its answer, and the sobering truths--about race, gender, and immigration--exposed by the Lost Colony of Roanoke. "A fascinating account of one of our country's great historical mysteries. Fast-paced and wonderfully written, with plenty of surprising turns along the way, The Secret Token is a delight."--Nathaniel Philbrick To reserve your seat in advance, purchae a copy…Find out more »
For Young Adults 12 & up! James Parks reads from Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 2: The Middle-Route Run
Nimona meets Adventure Time in this full-color graphic novel as a singing skeleton continues to search for his origins alongside his gelatin monster sidekick! Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 3:00pm Rickety Stitch is a walking, talking, singing skeleton minstrel, the only animated skeleton in the dungeon who seems to have retained his soul. He has no idea who he used to be when he was covered in a living, breathing sack of meat and skin. His only clue to his former identity is…Find out more »
Poets Jane Gregory & Claire Marie Stancek Reading from their recent respective volumes Yeah No and Oil Spell, and introduced by Lyn Hejinian.
Jane Gregory's mystifying second collection begins with a "Knock knock," inviting the reader into a realm where "Everything is a pattern / of yesses and no." Within these pages we find Gregory constructing a multivalent world—ripe with struggle, prophecy, and, by the end, a resemblance of hope. Using her highly-tuned sensibility throughout, Gregory guides us through the anxieties of this journey by inventing new and enigmatic forms filled with sonic experimentation and polyphony. Jane Gregory is from Tucson and lives in…Find out more »
Ages 8-12! Ann Killion presents Champions of Men’s Soccer and Champions of Women’s Soccer, the ultimate guides for young sports fans from an award-winning sports journalist.
Featuring Top Ten Lists and stunning photos of history-making moments, these comprehensive pro soccer collections catalog the greatest international players and the greatest Americans. These are the perfect books for young sports fans eager to kick off their soccer schooling. Ann Killion has covered American sports for more than a quarter century. An award-winning columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, she has covered several World Cups and pivotal moments in the rise of both American men's and women's soccer. She…Find out more »
For Kids ages 4-8 Leslie Crawford Presents Sprig the Rescue Pig, inspired by the true story of a feisty swine who escapes a delivery truck and ends up at an animal sanctuary, this gently humorous tale introduces kids to an intelligent, inquisitive, and very appealing pig. "May Sprig help people to see what wonderful individuals pigs truly are."--Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig, Tamed & Untamed, and The Soul of an Octopus To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Sprig the Rescue…Find out more »
Hazel White presents Vigilance is No Orchard, an experimental poem sequence inspired by a famous garden now in ruin.
An experimental poem sequence inspired by a famous garden now in ruin. In Vigilance is No Orchard, Hazel White records her haunting romance with the Valentine Garden, created by landscape architect Isabelle Greene in the foothills of Santa Barbara, California. Jealous of its maker's power to affect a dynamic experience of space, White tries to make language play faithfully in the game coursing between the body and Greene's fiercely stirring landscape. Both the poems and the constructed landscape they describe are complex…Find out more »
Katharine Dion: Launch celebration for her debut novel, The Dependents, a wise and lyrical debut novel about a new widower confronting the truth about his long marriage. "A marvel of a novel. With great subtlety and tact, it evokes the love, devotion, and sadness that bind a grieving father to his troubled daughter. Its cumulative power comes from the depth of Dion’s entry into her characters and the vividness of her prose that brings them to life. The Dependents is one of the best debut novels I’ve…Find out more »
Join us for Irish soda bread as Thomas Lynch continues reading the whole of Ulysses. Chapter Nine up next.Find out more »
Leslie Jonath Presents Foraged Art: Creating Projects Using Blooms, Branches, Leaves, Stones, and Other Elements Discovered in Nature.
To reserve your seat, purchase a copy of Foraged Art by speaking to a bookseller or ordering from our website. Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 7:30pm In the spirit of land artists like Andy Goldsworthy, the book is as much about discovery as it is about creation. Leaves shaped like lips might inspire a face; an array of rocks might be become an eclectic mosaic; winter's first snow might be carved into glowing luminaria.Whether you love to look for heart-shaped flowers…Find out more »
Twelve-year-old Lizzie is in trouble. She used to live a comfortable life with her loving father, but after the stock market crash of 1929 and his sudden death, she and her family now live in poverty. Lizzie is expected to help support the family, but she can't even cook without burning food. One day, a letter arrives. Her wealthy uncle has offered her a paying job as a summer governess for her two young cousins at a remote logging…Find out more »