Book Discussions/Events

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

Book Group @Claremont

In March the Claremont Book Club reads William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Bring a dish to share if you like, of just bring yourself for an evening with shipwrecked Viola, the lovesick Duke Orsino and the rest of the gang.

We have a limited number of copies of Twelfth Night at the Claremont Branch Information desk for you to borrow. We hope you can make it.

The Book Group meets every other month. For more information of to ask about our May selection, please call 510-981-5280.

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Rad Women! with Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl @North

Celebrate Rad Women Worldwide! In honor of Women's History Month, North Branch welcomes author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl, creators of the book Rad Women Worldwide. The educational and inspirational bestseller available from Ten Speed Press is a boldly illustrated collection of 40 biographical profiles showcasing extraordinary women from across the globe.

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"California's Lansom Murder Mystery" author Tom Zaniello @ North

Author Tom Zaniello takes us inside a 1933 murder case whose legacy still reverberates today. When Stanford executive David Lansom found his wife dead in their home on Memorial Day, he became the center of the biggest murder trial the state had ever seen. An unlikely team of Lansom’s colleagues came to his defense, including poets Yvor Winters and Janet Lewis, as well as the “Sherlock Holmes of Berkeley,” criminologist E.O. Heinrich!

Come hear the author walk us through his new book about this outlandish and surprising historical true crime!

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"The Picture Man" Book Presentation w/ Ruth Beckford and Careth Reid @North

"The Picture Man: From The Collection of Bay Area Photographer E.F. Joseph" is a new book from Arcadia Press celebrating the work of a photographer who documented the African-American community in the Bay Area for more than 50 years, from 1927 until 1979.  At this special event, the book's authors Ruth Beckford and Careth Reid will share highlights from the book and stories from the Bay Area's rich African-American heritage.  Join us for this unique view of Bay Area history!  Books will be on sale from Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore at the event.

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From Labor to Reward: A History of Black Churches in the Bay Area

The Black Church in the Bay Area has been a supportive and motivational institution for over 160 years. It has provided leadership in the struggle for civil rights, political representation, economic equality, and social advancement. Join Dr. Martha C. Taylor as she discusses her new book, "From Labor to Reward: Black Church Beginnings in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond, 1849-1972," which traces the growth of 65 churches, from the Gold Rush days to the Civil Rights Era.

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Shakespeare and Golden Age Cinema @North

Berkeley Public Library North Branch is delighted to announce University of California, Berkeley Professor Jeffrey Knapp will be presenting on his new book, Pleasing Everyone: Mass Entertainment in Renaissance England and Golden Age Hollywood.  What do Shakespeare’s plays have to do with famous movies?  Find out how mass entertainment enriches our lives.


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Joe Lurie on Cross-Cultural Communication @North

Author Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus of the University of California Berkeley’s International House, comes to North Branch to discuss the causes and perils of cultural misunderstanding in a hyper-connected world. How do our inborn cultural biases influence how we view things? Is a cow dinner, dowry, or divine? Learn more when Lurie gives a fascinating talk on how culture shapes and informs our perceptions.

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