Book Discussions/Events

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

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.

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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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Leamos autoras: club de lectura en español

¡Bienvenides al club de lectura en español de la Biblioteca Pública de Berkeley!

Primer evento (en persona, no requiere registro) viernes 3 de febrero 2023 - 4:30 pm - Sala de reuniones del tercer piso de la BPL (sede central). El uso de mascarilla es obligatorio en todos los encuentros en persona. Hablaremos sobre La perra, de Pilar Quintana. Puedes leer una reseña del libro aquí.

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Drawing and Talking Little Monarchs w/ Jonathan Case - TIME CHANGE

Thanks to all those who registered for the event!

Unfortunately Jonathan Case experienced some car trouble on his drive up to the Bay Area. He still hopes to make the event, with a shift in time.

The event will now take place with Jonathan from 4:30-5:30pm, and at 4pm we will also have some art materials and guidance if you’d like to get drawing. At that time you would also be able to get a free copy of Little Monarchs while supplies last, along with wildflower seed packets to take home!

We will keep you updated if anything else changes!


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Gene Luen Yang, author of Marvel’s Shang-Chi!

Gene Luen Yang joins us again this year to discuss his latest work and the reclamation (and representation) of the original Shang-Chi character in the Marvel universe. His work is a perennial favorite of Berkeley’s high school students and community teens who have read his graphic novel, American Born Chinese. Attendees of this event will be able to connect this presentation to themes of identity, belonging, racism, xenophobia, and the Chinese immigrant experience.

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