Book Discussions/Events

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

Rahul Kanakia Book Launch @Central

Enter Title Here - Book Launch Join Rahul Kanakia to celebrate the release of Enter Title Here. In order to score a book deal, an unscrupulous overachiever has to turn herself into a quirky, light-hearted YA novel protagonist. But after she’s caught plagiarizing an assignment, Reshma Kapoor will need to decide how far she’ll go to get a satisfying ending. (Note: it’s pretty far.)
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Quirky Berkeley Book Release Party @North

Based on Tom Dalzell's blog of the same name, the new book Quirky Berkeley pays tribute to the boldly imaginative artwork on display in front of, on top of, and engulfing residents' houses all over our fair city. With full-color photographs and a pithy wit, Dalzell shares his discoveries of the unexpected: the giant orange on Spruce Street, a house shaped like a fish, bowling balls as lawn art, enormous dachshund sculptures, and the birdhouse pyramid on Sacramento, to name just a few of the oddities. 

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Adult Story Time: A Rose for Emily @Central SR

4th floor Story Room

Multiple readers, two kinds of puppets, sound effects, music and backdrops bring the Faulkner short story “A Rose for Emily” to life.  The darkly humorous story of a Southern spinster, told posthumously through the gossipy townfolk, will have you seeing Faulkner in a new light.  Stay for tea, cake and discussion after the performance.

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Freedom From Fat Shame! Readings+Discussion with Virgie Tovar @North

Author Virgie Tovar has assembled a group of incisive writers and activists for an evening of body liberation with readings and personal stories. Let their words smash your feelings of fat-shame and help you foster acceptance in yourself and celebrate diversity your community!  Featuring Casey Gilly, Caleb Luna, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Irene McCalphin, and Dr. Kjerstin Gruys, author of Mirror, Mirror off the Wall.


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Mary Roach Reads From GRUNT @Northbrae Comm. Church

Celebrate the release of this intriguing new piece of literature in which Mary Roach -- the acclaimed author of Stiff, Gulp, and Packing for Mars -- launches herself into first-hand military experiences to better understand the human symptoms of battle. Join us for an author lecture followed by an audience Q&A. Grab your fresh copy of Grunt (along with a free gift) and get it signed by Mary Roach! 

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Ina Coolbrith: Aleta George Book Talk @THP South

Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song Of California's First Poet Laureate Book Talk with Author Aleta George Ina Coolbrith was crowned California's first poet laureate 101 years ago. Her First love was poetry, but she earned a living as Oakland's first librarian where she mentored Jack London and fought gender discrimination in the workplace. Join us for a book talk with author Aleta George who will be reading from her award winning book about California's first poet laureate.
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