Dear Reader,                                                                             
Indie Book Store Day is upon us! It's an annual party supporting indendent book stores around the country and we're delighted to be part of it.
Please see below for details of the week and an sneak preview of some exclusives!

Plus on Thursday, please join us to meet Anne Ross, a long time school psychologist who has written a book about raising a son who is on the autism spectrum.

Happy Reading and be sure to stop in on Saturday!


  Click here to see the cool exclusive items for sale.

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.

 Cool huh? We have some fun stuff in store for you. Print this out big, color it, and bring it in and we'll put it in our gallery of amazing customer art! 

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--- Date change to May 25
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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