Dear Reader,   
    Please join us tonight to meet Terri Tate who tells her inspiring story in her new book A Crooked Smile. See more below, and then we'll see you at 5.
   We are now delivering paid orders to Cafe Santana at 4100 MacArthur for those who are in the southern half of the city. That it is the site of the original store is quite sweet! Books that come in on one day will be delivered to the Cafe the next morning. They're open 7 days a week and mostly 7 to 3 so it's easy to pick up orders there all week! Thank you to Richard and Isela for agreeing to be out drop off spot! Rumor has it they have great coffee too.
   We're planning some really great events in the next months as we also prepare for the fall and winter seasons. Louise Penny's new novel is released on Tuesday! There are quite a few books coming along in the near future that we can't wait to have on our shelves and put into your hands.
   What are you looking forward to reading already?
   Come by today (Saturday) and have a piece of cake. We're taking donations for the Southern Poverty Law Center and in return there's cake! The power of cake is strong. And it's a sweet way to protest!
Take care of each other and happy reading,


New and Notable

Glass Houses by Louise Penny $28.99  When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized. But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied.
Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache's own conscience is standing in judgment.

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud $25.95 Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship. The Burning Girl is a complex examination of the stories we tell ourselves about youth and friendship, and straddles, expertly, childhood's imaginary worlds and painful adult reality-crafting a true, immediate portrait of female adolescence.Claire Messud, one of our finest novelists, is as accomplished at weaving a compelling fictional world as she is at asking the big questions: To what extent can we know ourselves and others?

All the Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler $22  All The Dirty Parts is an unblinking take on teenage desire in a culture of unrelenting explicitness and shunted communication, where sex feels like love, but no one knows what love feels like. With short chapters in the style of Jenny Offill or Mary Robison, Daniel Handler gives us a tender, brutal, funny, intoxicating portrait of an age when the lens of sex tilts the world. "There are love stories galore," Cole tells us, "This isn't that. The story I'm typing is all the dirty parts."

Lonely Planet's Best Ever Photography Tips $9.99 Sharpen your skills and your pictures with award-winning travel photographer Richard I'Anson, who's spent over 30 years capturing the world. Whether you're a novice or enthusiast, wield a smartphone or DSLR, this new and expanded edition features ten golden rules and 45 practical tips for creating brilliant photographs.

The record-breaking records annual is back and packed with more incredible accomplishments, stunts, cutting-edge science and amazing sporting achievements than ever before. With more than 3,000 new and updated records and 1,000 eye-popping photos, it has thousands of new stats and facts and dazzling new features.
This makes a great first day of the new school year gift. Just sayin'.

Where's Rodney by Carmen Bogan with illustrations by Floyd Cooper $16.99 Rodney is that kid who just can't sit still. He's inside, but he wants to be outside. Outside is where Rodney always wants to be. Between school and home, there is a park. He knows all about that park. It's that triangle-shaped place with the yellow grass and two benches where grown-ups sit around all day. Besides, his momma said to stay away from that park. When Rodney finally gets a chance to go to a real park, with plenty of room to run and climb and shout, and to just be himself, he will never be the same.
**We will host Carmen in September so watch for details!**


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.


Please join us for any or all of our literary events.  
Click on links for more info.
  Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 5:00pm
Terri Tate
A Crooked Smile
How do you keep going when the doctors give you a two percent chance of survival? For Terri Tate, it was a blend of faith, perseverance, prescription-strength humor-and most of all, a heart that never quit. "I had to stop reproaching myself for not being able to adhere to any one system of treatment," writes Terri. "I needed to create my own recipe for healing." 
Thursday, August 31 - 3pm  Jacqueline Luckett 
We have teamed up with ROAR, Resources for Oakland's Active Retirees to create a series of talks once a month. Please join us to welcome our first guest speaker
author Jacqueline Luckett who had published two novels. Jacqueline came to writing late in life and will talk about her journey, her writing, and how to write your own stories.  
Friday, September 1 - 2:30pm
Oakland School for the Arts Reading
Once in a while we have a group of aspiring writers from OSA come and read on a lovely Friday afternoon and I'm always amazed by their honesty and skill. Want to know what the youth of Oakland is all about? Come and hear them read their works!  
Friday, September 1 6-9pm  Artist Reception for Margo White, our guest artist for September    
Saturday, September 2, 6:30 to 7:30
Beast Crawl! Join us for one leg of the amazing event known as Beast Crawl.  
Literary events will be happening all over the city and we want to see you here for our!
Tuesday, September 5 at 7pm
Genny Lim, Kitty Tsui, Nellie Wong, Canyon Sam and special guest emcee Jade Cho, celebrates the 35th anniversary reunion of these pioneer poets, who broke ground as members of the writing collective, Unbound Feet, established in 1981. 
Friday, September 8, 6-9pm  
Savona Jenkins and Style Equation pop up
Monday, September 11, 7pm
Anita Sanchez at the Hub 
See the website for more of what's coming up!

Book Group 

Third Wednesday of September, then we'll switch to Second Thursday for the rest of the year.
6:15 to 7:30

September 20  

The Living by Annie Dillard
The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pilgrim at Tinker Creek delivers her first novel--a stunning and mesmerizing evocation of life in the Pacific Northwest during the late 1800s. The many characters include Indian fishermen, entrepreneurs, and hermits. 
October 12      Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
November 9    God of Small Things by Arundati Roy
December 14  Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
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