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March 2015
$100

TWO TEAMS. TWO COUNTRIES. ONE GAME. GHOST TOWN TO HAVANA

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Private Home,
Berkeley, CA United States

Ghost Town to Havana is an intimate portrait of two coaches and their youth baseball teams. Nicolas Reyes, a coach in Havana, and Roscoe Bryant, a coach in Oakland, mentor their boys through the toughest of circumstances. In May of 2010, the two coaches meet and their teams get the chance to play together in Cuba. At its core Ghost Town to Havana is a film about poverty, mentorship, sports and race.

The film will be shown in the intimate private screening room of Daniel and Hilary Goldstines’ Berkeley home. Authentic Cuban food from Mojo de Cuba will be served.

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$125

TOO MUCH MEMOIR? A TRIO OF EMINENT MEMOIRISTS DISCUSSES THIS UBER-POPULAR LITERARY FORM.

March 29 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
McDuffie House,
Berkeley, CA United States

Why are memoirs currently so popular with writers and readers alike?  And what does the popularity of memoirs say about modern society?

These and other provocative questions will be discussed by a trio of award-winning memoir writers:  Katie Hafner(Mother Daughter Me), Elizabeth Scarboro (My Foreign Cities ) and Frances Lefkowitz (To Have Not).   It promises to be a stimulating afternoon and an elegant one too, as the discussion will take place in the grand and historic McDuffie House, designed by architect Willis Polk with landscape design by the Olmsted Brothers of Central Park fame, all lovingly restored by the current owners.  The afternoon will begin with delicious treats provided by one of the Bay Area’s top caterers, Jane Hammond Events.

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April 2015
$150

TOUR STANFORD’S MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. INSTITUTE WITH CLAYBORNE CARSON + LUNCH AT THE FACULTY CLUB

April 9 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Stanford University,
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One of our honored authors of 2014, Stanford historian Clayborne Carson returns this year to host an AfterWords event for those history buffs and civil rights proponents who want a more intimate look at the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the twentieth century’s towering civil rights leader.

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$100

AN AFTERNOON WITH MARK COHEN, AUTHOR OF “ALLAN SHERMAN – OVERWEIGHT SENSATION”

April 12 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mark Daniels House,
Berkeley, CA United States
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The story of Sherman’s surprising rise, his heartfelt comic art form, his impact on the image of Jews in the media, as well as his rapid fall from grace are all presented by author Mark Cohen in intimate detail and with an affectionate touch of humanity.  Attendees will be treated to some audio clips of famous as well as previously unreleased Sherman recordings, such as the gem 76 Sol Cohens.

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$50

A POP UP BOOK CLUB WITH BESTSELLING AUTHOR ELLEN SUSSMAN

April 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Private Home,
Berkeley, CA United States

Have you ever wanted to be invited to a destination wedding in the South of France? Here’s your chance! Ellen Sussman’s latest book, A Wedding in Provence, will transport you to the beaches and vineyards of this picturesque area for a delicious and sensuous getaway – no airfare required!  One of our honored authors of 2014, Ellen Sussman has written three previous best selling novels, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This, and two anthologies. All three novels have been translated into several languages, and French Lessons has been optioned by Unique Features to be made into a movie. Buy your book at Mrs. Dalloway’s with a 20% off coupon, devour it and then meet with Ellen for treats and tantalizing talk.

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$35

PELICAN DREAMS, A FILM FOR FAMILIES PRESENTED AT MEYER SOUND’S PEARSON THEATER

April 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pearson Theatre,
2832 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA United States
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Meet filmmaker Judy Irving at Meyer Sound’s Pearson Theater for a screening of her documentary, Pelican Dreams.  Pelican Dreams features a young brown pelican who mistakenly lands—tired, hungry, and confused—on the roadway of the Golden Gate Bridge, creating a spectacular traffic jam and re-igniting Judy’s enduring fascination with these ancient, endangered birds.

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$35

PARIS TRANSFORMING: THE BEAUTY AND THE HORROR OF URBAN RECONSTRUCTION A VISUAL SHOW WITH STORIES BY LEONARD PITT

April 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Branch Library,
1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA United States
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Leonard Pitt has excelled in acting, teaching, and writing, has written numerous books, and been a graphic artist and a mime. He has founded theaters and worked with inner city youth. And now, with this latest show about Paris, he can add archaeological super sleuth to his resume, as he brings old Paris to life right before our eyes.

Always lively and fascinating, don’t miss Leonard Pitt’s tour through lost Paris.

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May 2015
$70

A CONVERSATION WITH ZAC UNGER, AUTHOR OF NEVER LOOK A POLAR BEAR IN THE EYE

May 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Private Home,
Berkeley, CA United States

In 2008 local author Zac Unger moved with his wife and three children from comfortable Oakland to frigid and remote Churchill, Manitoba, population 943 – the “polar bear capital of the world.” His book Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye is a spirited and often humorous account of his family’s time in this unique place. 

The event will take place at the north Berkeley home of Sophie Hahn and Eric Bjerkholt. The home was designed by noted architect John Hudson Thomas and has lovely spaces both inside and out, including a small urban CSA farm. Your ticket includes Zac’s book, which he will sign at the event, and afternoon treats at the reception.

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$70

A CONVERSATION WITH SCOTT SAUL, AUTHOR OF A NEW RICHARD PRYOR BIOGRAPHY

May 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Linden Street Brewery,
95 Linden Street, Oakland, CA United States
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Scott Saul will talk about the complex process of writing a biography as well as about his subject: groundbreaking comedian, actor and satirist, Richard Pryor. Saul teaches courses in American literature and history at UC-Berkeley and has written for The NY Times and Harper’s, among other venues. The setting for this special event is Linden Street Brewery. Adam Lamoreaux’s famed brews will be served along with wine and snack creations from the new James Syhabout restaurant, The Dock at Linden Street.

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$50

POP-UP BOOK CLUB WITH NOVELIST AND PLAYWRIGHT JESSE KELLERMAN

May 17 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Private Home,
Berkeley, CA United States

Always wondered how the complexities of a mystery novel are achieved, how suspense is built and clues embedded? At this pop-up book club Jesse Kellerman will discuss his book The Golem of Hollywood, his first collaboration with his father, famed author Jonathan Kellerman.

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