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Included In This Newsletter:

Daniel Cassidy on Wednesday, September 26th
Andrew Fraknoi on Thursday, September 27th
Nicole Hollander on Tuesday, October 2nd
Janey Bennett on Wednesday, October 3rd
New Releases at BookShop West Portal
Storytime At BookShop West Portal
Upcoming Knitting Classes
Writing And Your Health
Yoga At BookShop West Portal

  Upcoming Author Events at BookShop West Portal
How the Irish Invented Slang

Daniel Cassidy
How the Irish Invented Slang
Wednesday, September 26th at 7pm

In How the Irish Invented Slang: The Secret Language of the Crossroads, Daniel Cassidy cuts through Anglo-American academic "baloney" and reveals the hidden influence of the Irish language on American vernacular. Cassidy sheds light on the origins of everyday slang words - from "poker" and "jazz" to "skedaddle" and "sucker."

Wonderful World of Space

Andrew Fraknoi
Wonderful World of Space
Thursday, September 27th at 7pm

Author Andrew Fraknoi's Wonderful World of Space provides straightforward answers to questions such as "What is a black hole?" and "Could there be life on other planets?" Fraknoi's wisdom and fascinating facts about planets, stars and space exploration appeal to children of all ages.

Tales of Graceful Aging from the Planet Denial

Nicole Hollander
Tales of Graceful Aging from the Planet Denial
Tuesday, October 2nd at 7pm

Nicole Hollander, creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip Sylvia, humorously presents the decisions and dilemmas she has faced while coming to terms with getting older. In this collection of wise and witty essays, Tales of Graceful Aging from the Planet Denial, Hollander weighs the impact of a new haircut against plastic surgery and wonders: "If sixty is the new fifty, when do I get to be thirty again?"

The Pale Surface of Things

Janey Bennett
The Pale Surface of Things
Wednesday, October 3rd at 7 pm

Nothing is as it seems in Janey Bennett's ambitious, action-packed novel. Set in a village on Crete, The Pale Surface of Things illuminates the island's history and customs while detailing the dramatic adventures of an American archaeologist who becomes entangled in a family's complicated and dangerous vendetta.

  New Releases at BookShop West Portal
Bridge of Sighs

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

Russo, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller Empire Falls, is back with a book that explores small-town rhythms and the claims of family. Russo presents a town, as well as a world, defined by magnificent and nearly devastating contradictions.


Run by Ann Patchett

The highly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Bel Canto tells the captivating story of a fateful night and day that will change everything for one Boston family. Full of surprises, Run is a novel about secrets, responsibility and the lengths we will go to protect our children.

The Coldest Winter

The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam

Finished just days before Halberstam died in a car accident last April, this account of the 1950-1953 Korean War combines the Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent's knack for detailed interviews with thorough research. The book provides an intimate look at the decisions made by General Douglas MacArthur and the soldiers and ordinary people affected by them.

  Upcoming Classes at BookShop West Portal
  Story Time

with Mary Alice

Sundays at 11 a.m.

Kids of any age who like to hear good stories are invited. These readings will be tailored to the children who attend, and interaction between the children and the reader will be encouraged.

with Sonia

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

This will be a weekly reading event for babies and toddlers, featuring interactive songs and fingerplays. Sonia is a former nursery school teacher, mother of three, and grandmother of two.


Learn To Knit!
Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Oct 1st
Also Offered:
Sundays 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Oct 14th, 21st, 28th and Nov 4th

Shaping Workshop
Sunday, Sep 30th 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Intermediate Knitting Techniques
Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Oct 15th, 22nd, 29th and Nov 5th


Wednesday October 17, 7-9 PM


To sign up for a class, please call the store at 415-564-8080.
For more information, visit our website

  Writing And Your Health with Dr. Abby Caplin

Sundays from 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Space is limited to a maximum of eight people, so register early!
Contact Dr. Caplin at (415) 255-9981.

  Yoga Classes

Yoga by the Books at BSWP

Come join us for Yoga classes on Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday mornings at the store before it opens for business.

Please see our website for more details.