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The End of Everything: Geoff Dyer and David Thomson on Aging and Other Disasters

Few writers make us laugh–and think–as much as “effortlessly erudite” (The Boston Globe) polymath and self-described “malcontent” Geoff Dyer, whose dizzying scope of knowledge and passion ranges from jazz to photography to cinema…
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Nordic Noir

Get a pleasant chill in your bones with these jewels of the noir crown, rife with suspense as sharp as the ice in a fjord. The rights to Camilla Sten’s terrifying and internationally acclaimed The Lost Village have been sold to nineteen territories…
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Publishing: Who Calls the Shots?

Publishing might be notoriously resistant to change, but innovative business models, fresh ways of thinking, and new leadership might (finally?) be shifting the course of this crusty old behemoth. How have self-publishing and hybrid publishing…
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Collective Book Studio Presents: Mother’s Day

Call up your mom, your grandma, your daughters, and your friends, and make plans to meet up for this heartfelt and funny session about the joys and absurdities of modern motherhood. In Where'd I Go?, Raquel Kelley has created a lift-the-flap…
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SOLD OUT: Wander the Coast with Obi Kaufmann

Invigorate your Festival weekend and gain a new vantage on familiar landscapes when you hit the trails with beloved naturalist and poet-painter Obi Kaufmann. During this intimate walking tour through the coastal East Bay hike near Berkeley (meeting…
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The Art of Translation

To translate an author’s work—staying faithful to their vision, style, and message, in a language not their own—is to assume an awesome responsibility: one that hasn’t always gotten its just due as an art form. Four of today’s most…
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The Poetry of Exile

From Dante to Liu Tsung-yuan to Pablo Neruda, the subject of exile has been fertile ground for poetry. Four contemporary luminaries put their own singular spins on this timeless theme. New York Times Magazine poetry editor Victoria Chang draws…
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Birds in Your Backyard

Everyone, from the avian novice to the most avid birder, will learn something new from this delightful conversation about the beauty and magic teeming in our own backyards. In The Private Lives of Public Birds, Jack Gedney, author and co-owner…
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Short Stories: In Search of Belonging

What makes short stories so special (and so hard to write)? They deliver a gut-punch emotional payoff in the fewest possible words. What is this literary magic? A virtuoso of the genre will shed light on this, and so much more. Short-story maestro…
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Show the World

What inspires you? Is it exploring the sights, sounds, and smells of your neighborhood? Fighting to protect that neighborhood? Or maybe hearing a great story? In this inspiring picture book, Oakland-based author Angela Dalton introduces readers…