Dear Reader,

   Did you go to any of the panels for the Oakland Book Festival? They were amazing! It's due to a number of dedicated people that it has been a success each of the three years and if you missed it, be sure to plan on attending next year. The panels we hosted here were nothing short of amazing.

   We will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day so get in here on Saturday to pick up something to read for the weekend.

   Speaking of Saturday we have two, count 'em TWO events on Saturday.
At 2pm please join us to meet Michael Wertz, author and illustrator of ABC Oakland, a new picture book of awesome Oakland sights that will delight kids of all ages. There will be a bookmaking art activity too so please bring the kids! (Free parking in the lot beneath 250 Frank Ogawa plaza, with the entrance on 16th between San Pablo and Clay.)

   Then at 6 join us to meet a few of the members of the California Writer's Club who write about politics. They'll each be reading some of their works and a few have books available. Come in to meet some likely new-to-you authors.

   Then on Sunday and Monday, you have my permission to lay about and read. Yep, it's that easy.
    Happy reading and take care of each other,


New and Notable

ABC Oakland by Michael Wertz $17 A is for Aviary, a home for the birds; B is for Broadway, from College to Third. C is for Cranes standing tall in the sky; D is for Dogs, wagging tails, saying "hi!" This enchanting picture book highlights landmarks and themes that exemplify Oakland's unique culture, from the myriad food trucks on International Boulevard to the giant redwoods that stretch up to the sky. Michael Wertz's bold, whimsical prints and jaunty text reflect the city's energetic and wonderfully diverse atmosphere. Bursting with civic pride, ABC Oakland encourages children and adults alike to explore the possibilities that "the Town" has to offer.
Bonus book trailer!

Becoming Ms Burton by Susan Burton $25.95
Susan Burton's world changed in an instant when her five-year-old son was killed by a van driving down their street. Consumed by grief and without access to professional help, Susan self-medicated, becoming addicted first to cocaine, then crack. As a resident of South Los Angeles, a black community under siege in the War on Drugs, it was but a matter of time before Susan was arrested. She cycled in and out of prison for over fifteen years; never was she offered therapy or treatment for addiction. On her own, she eventually found a private drug rehabilitation facility.
Once clean, Susan dedicated her life to supporting women facing similar struggles. Her organization, A New Way of Life, operates five safe homes in Los Angeles that supply a lifeline to hundreds of formerly incarcerated women and their children-setting them on the track to education and employment rather than returns to prison. Becoming Ms. Burton not only humanizes the deleterious impact of mass incarceration, it also points the way to the kind of structural and policy changes that will offer formerly incarcerated people the possibility of a life of meaning and dignity. **
** Meet Susan Burton on Monday, June 5**

Maker-Centered Learning; Empowering Young People to Shape Their Worlds by Edward P. Clapp, Jessica Ross, Jennifer O. Ryan and Shari Tishman $32.95     This is one for our home-school, educator, and librarian friends.  I was fortunate enough to be at the presentation of projects that have been in the works for a few years that create curriculum for maker lessons. They were fabulous! This book will help any teacher create a maker space that can foster creativity and innovation. You have to see it.


Here are our Laurel Book Store exclusive postcards for sending to
elected officials who might need to hear your concerns.
Flag                                   Constitution

The creations of illustrator Eve Aldridge are on our website and they fit the bill for anyone who
wants a bit more pointed message. .60 each. Limited quantity on hand for now.
Yes, you can order them individually or as a mixed pack. Click here.


Here is what we have scheduled so far.  
Please join us for any or all of our literary events.  
Click on links for more info. 
See the website for a whole lot of what's coming up!
June 10  5pm
Dispatches from Lesbian America
with editor Giovanna Capone and others

June 17  4pm
Anne-Christine d'Adesky author of The Pox Lover, An
Activist's Decade in New York and Paris 
June 22  7pm
Helen Klonaris author of the collection of short stories


Not yet finalized but in the works:

Would you be interested in a cookbook club
that would meet for a lunchtime gathering once a month?
Or would you rather is be after work? 

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