Book Discussions/Events

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

Poet MK Chavez @Claremont

MK Chavez reads her poems, followed by an interview and discussion. MK Chavez is the author of several chapbooks including Mothermorphosis.  Chavez is co-founder/curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges at Pegasus Books, curates Uptown Fridays, and is co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival. A free chapbook is available at Berkeley Public Library branches. Please pick one up!

For directions or other information please call the Claremont Branch at 510-981-6820. This event is part of a guest poet series held three times a year at the Claremont Branch. Free.

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Book Group @Claremont

On Wednesday, May 17th at 5:30p, the Claremont Book club will meet to discuss Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. We have a limited number of copies at the Claremont Information desk. Staff are also happy to help you request copies from other locations or to help you check this book out from our new download service, Hoopla. We hope you can join us for what is certain to be a robust discussion of a classic! We'll also be planning our reading selection for July's group meeting. All are welcome. Free.

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Poet B.H. Fairchild Reading @North Branch

A rare Bay Area chance to hear the work of this National Book Award-nominated poet!


B.H. Fairchild grew up in small towns in Texas and Kansas. His poetry explores the empty landscapes of the region of his birth, the lives of its working-class residents, and the search for meaning in daily life. Paul Mariani says Fairchild’s poems “insist on the beauty to be found in what seems to be a desolate landscape.” 


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"The Picture Man" Photographs from 50 Years of Black life in the Bay Area @THP South

"The Picture Man: From The Collection of Bay Area Photographer E.F. Joseph collects the work of a photographer who documented African American Lives in the Bay Area 

from 1927 until 1979.  The Book's Authors Ruth Beckford and Careth Reid will share highlights and stories from the Bay Area's rich African-American heritage. 

Books will be available to purchase from Mrs. Dalloway's


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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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