Dear Reader,                                                                             
Did you think I was done? What? No books to recommend?
No mention of two other things going in?
I don't even know me any more.
See below!
We've added a launch party for the 46th Issue of the Berkeley Poetry Review on Saturday, May 7.  Diane Ehrensaft will now be here on May 25 so please mark your calendars!

Happy Reading and be sure to stop in on Saturday!


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We are going to have a great time on Indie Book Store Day!
There will be drawings every hour to win excellent prizes, exclusive items for sale, and some of our favorite authors on hand all day long.  Please come by any time of the day, parking is free all day in the Clay Street Garage!

10am Erin Dealey
, author of picture books that are simply adorable! We'll have
Little Bo Peep Can't Get to Sleep, Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox, and Deck the Walls
on hand. (Put Deck... away for Christmas so you can surprise them!) Ask her about her theater background and the strangest thing she's ever had to do.
Noon Pamela S. Turner
, author of Samurai Rising about the life of the most famous and influential samurai in history- Minamoto Yoshitsune. It's a great young adult or adult read. Plus we'll have her picture book Hachiko and one of her Scientist in the Field books about a frog scientist with ties to Oakland. Ask her how she got so interested in samurai and if she can wield a sword like one. (But don't challenge her to a duel. Seriously.)
1:30 Kathryn Otoshi is the author and illustrator of several incredible books. We will have
Zero, One, and Beautiful Hands here and you should have them. Her books are for young and old, deal with numbers, colors, as well as bullying, self worth, and making friends. How can she pack it all in? She's amazing. Ask her about movie making and her favorites. Or how she remembers learning her numbers.
3:00 Julie Bayless is the author and illustrator of ROAR! her very first picture book. It's perfect for lap reading and sharing a story together. A little lion cub wants to play, but everyone is sleeping. What happens when she sets out to find playmates? She is a lion after all....  Ask Julie if she's ever drawn pictures that were just plain silly. Maybe she'll draw some for you!
4:30 James Robinson
has written a book with Lake Merritt as the setting!
In A Bird's Tale Robinson shows us through Peter the America White Pelican how when life happens to us we can learn to move forward, even if things are different than we are used to. Peter has to deal with affects of the world around him, and has to find the strength to continue even when he is faced with negativity and even troublesome circumstances. Great for middle grade readers or anyone really. Ask James what his favorite birds are and what kind of challenges he's had to overcome.
7:00 Jewelle Gomez will be here to celebrate the 25th anniversary issue of The Gilda Stories. This remarkable novel begins in 1850s Louisiana, where Gilda escapes slavery and learns about freedom while working in a brothel. After being initiated into eternal life as one who "shares the blood" by two women there, Gilda spends the next two hundred years searching for a place to call home. An instant lesbian classic when it was first published in 1991,The Gilda Stories has endured as an auspiciously prescient book in its explorations of blackness, radical ecology, re-definitions of family, and yes, the erotic potential of the vampire story.
Jewelle Gomez is a writer and activist and the author of many books includingForty-three Septembers, Don't Explain, The Lipstick Papers, Flamingoes and Bears, and Oral Tradition. The Gilda Stories was the recipient of two Lambda Literary Awards, and was adapted for the stage by the Urban Bush Women company in thirteen United States cities.

"Before Buffy, before Twilight, before Octavia Butler's Fledgling, there was The Gilda Stories, Jewelle Gomez's sexy vampire novel."The Gilda Stories is groundbreaking not just for the wild lives it portrays, but for how it portrays them--communally, unapologetically, roaming fiercely over space and time."--Emma Donoghue, author of Room"  
New and Notable

Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet $25.95  Lydia Millet's chilling new novel is the first-person account of a young mother, Anna, escaping her cold and unfaithful husband, a businessman who's just launched his first campaign for political office. When Ned chases Anna and their six-year-old daughter from Alaska to Maine, the two go into hiding in a run-down motel on the coast. But the longer they stay, the less the guests in the dingy motel look like typical tourists-and the less Ned resembles a typical candidate. As his pursuit of Anna and their child moves from threatening to criminal, Ned begins to alter his wife's world in ways she never could have imagined.A double-edged and satisfying story with a strong female protagonist, a thrilling plot, and a creeping sense of the apocalyptic, Sweet Lamb of Heaven builds to a shattering ending with profound implications for its characters-and for all of us.

Father's Day by Simon Van Booy $24.99 At the age of six, a little girl named Harvey learns that her parents have died in a car accident. As she struggles to understand, a kindly social worker named Wanda introduces her to her only living relative: her uncle Jason, a disabled felon with a violent past and a criminal record. Despite his limitations-and his resistance-Wanda follows a hunch and cajoles Jason into becoming her legal guardian, convinced that each may be the other's last chance.

100 Years, Wisdom From Famous Writers on Every year of Your Life, Visualizations by Milton Glaser $17.95  A beautifully designed gift book featuring wisdom from famous writers on every age from birth to one hundred.
Seriously fun and a great gift item. Or something to put on a waiting room table.

The Green Road by Anne Enright $15.95 The Green Road is a tale of family and fracture, compassion and selfishness-a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we strive to fill them.Spanning thirty years, The Green Road tells the story of Rosaleen, matriarch of the Madigans, a family on the cusp of either coming together or falling irreparably apart. As they grow up, Rosaleen's four children leave the west of Ireland for lives they could have never imagined in Dublin, New York, and Mali, West Africa. In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she's decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds. Her adult children come back for a last Christmas, with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold. A profoundly moving work about a family's desperate attempt to recover the relationships they've lost and forge the ones they never had. 

Pleasantville by Attica Locke $15.99 
In this sophisticated thriller, lawyer Jay Porter, hero of Attica Locke's bestsellerBlack Water Rising, returns to fight one last case, only to become embroiled once again in a dangerous game of shadowy politics and a witness to how far those in power are willing to go to win.
Fifteen years after the events of Black Water Rising, Jay Porter is struggling to cope with catastrophic changes in his personal life and the disintegration of his environmental law practice. His victory against Cole Oil is still the crown jewel of his career, even if he hasn't yet seen a dime thanks to appeals. But time has taken its toll. Tired and restless, he's ready to quit.

Woman With a Secret by Sophie Hannah $14.99
Traffic on Elmhirst Road has come to a halt. The police are stopping cars, searching for something. Nicki Clements waits patiently, until she glimpses a face she hoped she'd never see again. It's him-and he's the cop checking each car. Desperate to avoid him, she makes a panicky U-turn and escapes.
But Nicki's peculiar behavior did not go unnoticed, and now the police have summoned her for questioning. A resident of Elmhirst Road has been murdered-a controversial newspaper columnist named Damon Blundy. The detectives begin peppering her with questions. Why was she seen fleeing the scene? What is her connection to the victim? Why was the knife that killed him used in such a peculiar way? Why were the words "HE IS NO LESS DEAD" painted on the wall of Blundy's study-and what do they signify?
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby $9.99 
"Ruby's novel deserves to be read and reread. It is powerful, beautiful, extraordinary."-School Library Journal
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps.
So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren't surprised. But Finn knows what really happened to Roza. He knows she was kidnapped by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember.
As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap, acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a tale of the ways in which the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.  Teen and up. 

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

Next meeting is Thursday, May 19, 6:15. Gary Shteyngart's memoir, Little Failure is our choice. 

Little Failure is the all too true story of an immigrant family betting its future on America, as told by a lifelong misfit who finally finds a place for himself in the world through books and words. In 1979, a little boy dragging a ginormous fur hat and an overcoat made from the skin of some Soviet woodland creature steps off the plane at New York's JFK International Airport and into his new American life. His troubles are just beginning. For the former Igor Shteyngart, coming to the United States from the Soviet Union is like stumbling off a monochromatic cliff and landing in a pool of Technicolor. Careening between his Soviet home life and his American aspirations, he finds himself living in two contradictory worlds, wishing for a real home in one. He becomes so strange to his parents that his mother stops bickering with his father long enough to coin the phrasefailurchka-"little failure"-which she applies to her once-promising son. With affection. Mostly.  

Join us to meet authors in person.

April 28

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

School psychologist Ross writes beautifully about not only working in the field professionally but also raising a son on the autism spectrum. Please join us and pass this along to anyone who may want to meet her.

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   6pm
A launch party for  
Issue 46 of the Berkeley Poetry Review
With readings from the fantastic Bay Area poets included in the issue:
Steven Gray
Jacqueline Last
Maggie Millner

May 22
The Oakland Book Festival

May 7--- Date change to May 25
Diane Ehrensaft
The Gender Creative Child

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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