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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
Edan Lepucki is a stunning new talent on the literary scene. Her arresting debut novel, California, chronicles the struggles of a young couple who flee a dysfunctional Los Angeles and try to eke out their lives in a drastically altered world. Her husband Patrick Brown works for Goodreads, the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations whose mission is to help people find and share books they love. Join them in the charming private dining room at Oliveto, which in its 25+ years has become a star of the Bay Area food scene. A copy of California is included.Find out more »