Dear Reader,                                                                             
There is so much going on this month! On the 23rd please join us at Fairyland for a day of children's book authors and fun. We'll be there in support of the author books. Click here for more info!

     Indie Book Store Day is on April 30 so plan to be with us. There will be exclusive offerings that will only be offered at Indies, and then at 7pm we will host Jewelle Gomez. It should be quiet a day!

     Bryan Schwartz with his beautiful book on the Jewish Diaspora will be here on the 21st, then Reverend Billy will be in the house on the 22nd. If you, like many, are puzzled at us having a reverend here, you should know that his church is the Church of Stop Shopping. Perfect choice for Earth Day!
     Of course Mike Jung will be launching his new middle grade novel on Sunday, the 24th and the kids absolutely have to be here for that.
     Also booked are Diane Ehrensaft with her book about gender and kids, and Peggy Orenstein about girls and sex.
     See? Never a dull moment here at Laurel Book Store.

Take a look below for some new books and our cool events.
We are planning to be open on Sundays in the near future,

Happy Reading,

Remarkable Trees of the World by Thomas Pakenham $35 is a stunning look at incredible trees around the world. Pakenham embarked on a five-year odyssey to most of the temperate and tropical regions of the world to photograph sixty trees of remarkable personality and presence: Dwarfs, Giants, Monuments, and Aliens; the lovingly tended midgets of Japan; the enormous strangler from India; and the 4,700-year "Old Methusalehs." You give Earth Day gifts, right? Here's a good one.  
Brilliant Beacons, A History of the American Lighthouse by Eric Jay Dolin is another remarkable book, albeit one with fewer pictures.
 In a work rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail, Eric Jay Dolin, the best-selling author of Leviathan, presents the most comprehensive history of American lighthouses ever written, telling the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels. Set against the backdrop of an expanding nation, Brilliant Beacons traces the evolution of America's lighthouse system, highlighting the political, military, and technological battles fought to illuminate the nation's hardscrabble coastlines.

"Most Blessed of the Patriarchs" Thomas Jefferson and he Empire of the Imagination by Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf $27.95   Thomas Jefferson is still presented today as a hopelessly enigmatic figure, despite being written about more than any other Founding Father. Lauded as the most articulate voice of American freedom, even as he held people in bondage, Jefferson is variably described by current-day observers as a hypocrite, an atheist, and a simple-minded proponent of limited government. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed teams up with the country's leading Jefferson scholar, Peter S. Onuf, to present an absorbing and revealing character study that finally clarifies the philosophy of Thomas Jefferson. Tracing Jefferson's development and maturation from his youth to his old age, the authors explore what they call the "empire" of Jefferson's imagination-his expansive state of mind born of the intellectual influences and life experiences that led him into public life as a modern avatar of the enlightenment, who often likened himself to an ancient figure-"the most blessed of the patriarchs."

The Pharos Gate; Griffin & Sabine's Lost Correspondence by Nick Bantock $24.95
Do you remember Griffin & Sabine? The first book came out 25 (!) years ago and this is the 5th and final book. A love story for the ages, the tale of Griffin and Sabine is an international sensation that spent over 100 weeks on theNew York Times bestseller list and continues to beguile readers 25 years after its original publication. Here to celebrate that anniversary is the final volume in Griffin and Sabine's story-a book that can be enjoyed as a singular reading experience or in conjunction with the series as a whole. The Pharos Gate rejoices in the book as physical object, weaving together word and image in beautifully illustrated postcards and removable letters that reveal a sensual and metaphysical romance, one full of mystery and intrigue.

The Flavors of Home; A Guide to Wild Edible Plants of the San Francisco Bay Area by Margit Roos-Collins $18.00 A new edition of a much-loved foraging classic, The Flavors of Home introduces readers to the San Francisco Bay Area's abundance of edible wild plants and mushrooms. Margit Roos-Collins's lively, graceful instructions for identifying and enjoying 128 blossoms, berries, nuts, greens, mushrooms, and seaweeds inspires a deep sense of intimacy and affection for our surroundings.

Meet Margit here on June 14.

Check out our new mug! 
It has a photo of our building and City Hall but no Plaza because San Pablo still ran through that area. It's from the 1950's and I'm deeming it to be utterly cool. 
$14 each and we've sold three today just after opening the box. 
Younger Readers

Shrunken Treasures; Literary Classics, Short, Sweet, and Silly by Scott Nash $15.99 No joke! Can't stomach all of Frankenstein? Lacking the strength to read The Odyssey? Don't have 1,001 nights to get through Scheherazade's ordeal? Never fear,Shrunken Treasures are here! Nine of the world's best-known stories and books have been reduced, like slowly simmered cherries, to tart and tasty mouthfuls. Lighthearted verse turnsMoby-Dick into a simple nursery song. Outrageous color makes even gloomy Hamlet seem like fun. Riotous images transform Jane Eyre's ordeal into a whirlwind adventure.The Metamorphosis, Remembrance of Things Past, Don Quixote, and others have all been delivered from dense duty to delightful ditty in Scott Nash's collection of hallowed classics, featuring notes about the original texts at the end. 7 and up is the target audience, bur really, doesn't it sound like fun for anyone?

The Whale by Ethan Murrow and Vita Murrow $17.99  There is a legend that a Great Spotted Whale lives in the ocean, although a sighting fifty years ago was never corroborated. Now two young whale watchers each set out to find the whale, one armed with sound-recording equipment, the other with a camera. When their boats collide, they pool their resources to capture incontrovertible proof that the mythical whale exists. The eventual sighting is a magical moment, especially when the children discover that it was their own grandparents who first glimpsed the whale fifty years ago. The Murrows' spectacular wordless adventure is brought to life with stunning graphite drawings that convey the drama and haunting beauty of the ocean and capture the majesty of the awe-inspiring whale.

We now have this cool travel game set in stock. Ten different game cards and a wipe off pen will give you hours of fun. All the instructions for each game are included. At only $6.95 it's a must have to keep in the car or backpack.

Book Club  
 To join, read the book and show up. We would love to have you with us. 

The next book in the club is The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson and the Discussion is April 19.

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family
Maggie Nelson's "The Argonauts "is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author's relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes Nelson's account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, offers a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making.
Writing in the spirit of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Nelson binds her personal experience to a rigorous exploration of what iconic theorists have said about sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and child-rearing. Nelson's insistence on radical individual freedom and the value of caretaking becomes the rallying cry of this thoughtful, unabashed, uncompromising book.

Art at Laurel Bookstore  
Come and paint with us at the Laurel Bookstore
Saturday afternoons 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us to meet authors in person.

April 21
Bryan Schwartz, Scattered Among the Nations
Beautiful book on the Jewish Diaspora

April 22
Reverend Billy, The Earth Wants You
Earth saving activist and leader of the Church of Stop Shopping

April 24
Launch Party for Mike Jung's new book
Unidentified Suburban Object

April 28
Anne K. Ross, Beyond Rainman
Raising a child on the autism spectrum.

April 30
Independent Book Store Day! 
Meet Jewelle Gomez for the
anniversary release of The Gilda Stories

May 4
Launch of the Book Store release of Kristen Caven's
May 7
Diane Ehrensaft
The Gender Creative Child

May 22
The Oakland Book Festival

June 1
Peggy Orenstein
Girls & Sex

Check the website for more events! 
April's Featured Artist
Nancy Record
First Friday reception on April 1 from 6-9pm 

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