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Afternoon with Author 

Mark Cohen

April 12 @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah!"

In the earlier part of the twentieth century, entertainment was all about assimilation, integration and Americanism.  Then came Allan Sherman. In his 1962 comedy album, My Son, The Folk Singer, Sherman took familiar folk songs and substituted hilarious new lyrics with a suburban, Jewish sensibility. He was a highly unlikely pop star and yet so cool President John F. Kennedy was heard singing his songs. Author Mark Cohen shares the story of Allan Sherman over authentic Jewish and Eastern European food provided by Saul's, one of the Bay Area's top delicatessens. Attendees will be treated to audio clips of famous as well as previously unreleased Sherman recordings, such as the gem 76 Sol Cohens. 

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Pop Up Book Club with Author 
Ellen Sussman

April 19 @ 2:00pm - 4:00pm


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. 

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Film Screening of Pelican Dreams

Meyer Sound's Pearson Theatre

April 19 @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm


You and your family can meet filmmaker Judy Irving, best known for "The Parrots of Telegraph Hill", at Meyer Sound's Pearson Theater for a screening of her newest documentary, "Pelican Dreams" which features a young brown pelican who mistakenly lands on the Golden Gate Bridge, re-igniting Judy's enduring fascination with these ancient, endangered birds.


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. 


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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. Your ticket includes Zac's book, which he will sign at the event, and afternoon treats at the reception.


A Conversation With Scott Saul, Author Of A New Richard Pryor Biography

May 3 @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm 

If you missed the Terry Gross interview of Scott Saul 

on Fresh Air, this is your chance to ask your own questions about his recently published book, Becoming Richard Pryor. This carefully researched and well written biography has grabbed the attention of reviewers across the country and abroad, who have acclaimed it as "riveting" (TIME), "masterful" (Newsreel) and "gripping" (Sunday Times). Berkeley's own Michael Chabon says "it's a fascinating, exhilarating read. It makes the worlds Pryor inhabited, and Pryor himself, come alive with a thrilling intensity. I didn't want to put the book down and couldn't wait to get back to it." The setting for this special event is Linden Street Brewery along with wine and snack creations from the new James Syhabout restaurant, The Dock at Linden Street.


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Pop-Up Book Club With Novelist And Playwright Jesse Kellerman

May 17 @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm


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.Of the book Stephen King says, "An extraordinary work of detection, suspense, and supernatural mystery. I spent three days totally lost in the world Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman have created. This is brilliant, page-turning fiction with mythic underpinnings that give it a special resonance; a rare collaboration where the sum is truly greater than the parts. The book is like nothing I've ever read before.


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Conversation and Crudit?s with Author Edan Lepucki and Patrick Brown 
from Goodreads
June 14 @ 5:30pm


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.


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Six guests will begin this special evening with a pre-performance dinner backstage with founding artistic director Patrick Dooley, dinner compliments of Poulet.  Then you will attend Shotgun's production of Top Girls, Caryl Churchill's play examining what it means to be a successful woman in today's world. It's a night out you won't forget!


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