Book Discussions/Events

Book discussion, author talks, Friend's book sales, Foundation events that are free and open to public.

May Your Life Be Deliciosa Book Event @Central Children's Room

May Your Life Be Deliciosa is a story of love, family, tradition, and "cooking by heart." We are happy to have the author, Michael Genhart, and 2022 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Winner, Loris Lora, here to talk about this lovely picture book. Mr. Genhart will be here in person, and Ms. Lora will be "Zooming" in to our space here on the 4th floor.

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Scary Stories, Past and Present - LOREN RHOADS

Join us for a spine-chilling storytime to get you in the Halloween spirit! First, hear local author Loren Rhoads read her short story, "In the Pines," a tale that's short but definitely not sweet, then participate in a live Q&A with the author. Next, listen to the beginning of Shirley Jackson's classic masterpiece The Haunting of Hill House as read by David Warner.

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Scary Stories, Past and Present - SUMIKO SAULSON

Join us for a spine-chilling storytime to get you in the Halloween spirit!

First, hear local author Sumiko Saulson read an excerpt from hir novella Ashes and Coffee, a distinctly Bay Area, modern take on Poe's The Masque of the Red Death, and participate in a live Q&A with Sumiko. Then hear the original Poe story as read by Basil Rathbone. (Link+ has a number of Saulson's works, and BPL is working on adding Ashes and Coffee and more to our collection.)

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Scary Stories, Past and Present - ADDIE TSAI

Join us for a spine-chilling storytime to get you in the Halloween spirit! First, hear author and artist Addie Tsai read from their new novel, Unwieldy Creatures, a biracial, queer, gender-swapped retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and participate in a live Q&A. Then enjoy a horror classic, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as read by Anthony Quayle. (Unwieldy Creatures is on order at BPL, but Link+ has you covered for now!)

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BPL Book Club

This online book group will discuss recent literary fiction books, on the last Tuesday of the month. All sessions meet at 2pm

This month's book is: Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

The discussion will take place over Zoom and include 15 participants with a waitlist.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYoc-GhqDwpHNzKdz1fqQeT-uEy9UPpmzED

 

Future Books:

December: Joan is Okay by Weike Wang

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BPL Book Club

This online book group will discuss recent literary fiction books, on the last Tuesday of the month. All sessions meet at 2pm

This month's book is: The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

The discussion will take place over Zoom and include 15 participants with a waitlist.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYoc-GhqDwpHNzKdz1fqQeT-uEy9UPpmzED

 

Future books:

October: The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

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BPL Book Club

This online book group will discuss recent literary fiction books, on the last Tuesday of the month. All sessions meet at 2pm

This month's book is: The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

The discussion will take place over Zoom and include 15 participants with a waitlist.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYoc-GhqDwpHNzKdz1fqQeT-uEy9UPpmzED

 

Future books:

November: Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

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The Way Back @Central

Author Phil Coffin visits the Library to discuss his new book, The Way Back, about the Berkeley Tuolumne Camp's resurrection after the Rim Fire, it's colorful past and the river that shaped it.  Split into three parts, the book shares Phil's experiences as a longtime staffperson at the Camp.  In Part I Phil rides his bike from Camp all the way back to Oakland, exploring the natural and built environment of the Tuolumne River watershed. Part II is a collection of reflections on his experience as camp staff in the 1990s, when diversity and creativity inspired a renaissance at Camp.

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