Book Discussions/Events

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

Berkeley Verses @North

In celebration of National Poetry Month, local poets Susan Cohen and Meryl Natchez present a look at Berkeley’s poetic legacy by celebrating some of its most iconic voices! Come hear readings of poems by Chana Bloch, Bob Hass, Louise Glück, Allen Ginsberg, and other luminaries who have called Berkeley home! See why our city could truly be called the Paris of America.


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Author Robin Sloan @North

Author Robin Sloan comes to the North Branch Book Club to answer our questions about his first novel Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, already a modern classic. The book is a comic fantasy about literary obsession and the 21st Century tension between paper and pixels.  It is a book to savor and this is a conversation that you won’t want to miss!  Copies available to borrow at North Branch.

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"The Warmth of Other Suns" Book Discussion and Documentary

Learn more about the pivotal role that "The Great Migration" of African-Americans out of the South excaping the brutality of Jim Crow segregation and into Northern and Western cities seeking better lives. There will a showing of the wonderful documentary "Going to Chicago" which follows a group of African-Americans as they return to visit the land they once fled. Following the documentary is a discussion of the migration as explored in the award-winning book "The Warmth of Other Suns".
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Claremont Book Club: All the Light We Cannot See

On Wednesday, March 18th at 6:30 p.m. the Claremont Book Group will discuss  Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award and finalist for the National Book Award. A blind French girl and a German boy navigate the horrors of World War II in this masterfully told tale "from a writer whose sentences never fail to thrill" —LA Times. 

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