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Included in this newsletter:
Jason Roberts on Thursday, July 26 at 7 PM
John Collins on Saturday, July 28 at 1030 AM
Louann Brizendine on Tuesday, August 14 at 7 PM
Storytime for children Wednesday and Sunday mornings
UPDATED - Yoga Classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings

A Sense of the World

A Sense of the World
Thursday, July 26 at 7 PM

In this vibrant biography of James Holman (1786-1857), Roberts, a contributor to the Village Voice and McSweeney's, narrates the life of a 19th-century British naval officer who was mysteriously blinded at 25, but nevertheless became the greatest traveler of his time. Holman entered the navy at age 12, at the height of the Napoleonic Wars. When blindness overcame him, Holman was an accomplished sailor, and he ingineered to join the Naval Knights of Windsor, a quirky group who only had to live in quarters near Windsor Castle and attend mass for their stipend. For many blind people at the time, this would have been the start of a long (if safe) march to the grave. Holman would have none of it and spent the bulk of his life arranging leaves of absence from the Knights in order to wander the world (without assistance) from Paris to Canton; study medicine at the University of Edinburgh; hunt slavers off the coast of Africa; get arrested by one of the czar's elite bodyguards in Siberia; and publish several bestselling travel memoirs. Roberts does Holman justice, evoking with grace and wit the tale of this man once lionized as "The Blind Traveler."

Fantastic Flight and Gliding Flight

Back by Popular Request, San Francisco's Master Paper Airplane Designer,
John Collins
Fantastic Flight and Gliding Flight
Saturday, July 28 at 1030 AM

John Collins will demonstrate some of his fabulous flying creations, and he will instruct the audience on the art of creating a few of his basic planes. Paper will be supplied. You need only your eyes, ears, and attention.

For those who desire advanced instruction there will be classes offered in August. Contact BookShop West Portal for details.

The Female Brain

Louann Brizendine
The Female Brain
Tuesday, August 14 at 7 PM

This comprehensive new look at the hormonal roller coaster that rules women's lives down to the cellular level, "a user's guide to new research about the female brain and the neurobehavioral systems that make us women," offers a trove of information, as well as some stunning insights. Though referenced like a work of research, Brizedine's writing style is fully accessible. Brizendine provides a fascinating look at the life cycle of the female brain from birth ("baby girls will connect emotionally in ways that baby boys don't") to birthing ("Motherhood changes you because it literally alters a woman's brain—structurally, functionally, and in many ways, irreversibly") to menopause (when "the female brain is nowhere near ready to retire") and beyond.

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.

Please see our website for more details.


Yoga by the Books at BSWP

UPDATE - For the next two weeks, Sunday yoga classes will be cancelled while our instructor is away. Classes on Sunday, July 29 and Sunday, August 5 are cancelled, but the regular Tuesday and Thursday classes will continue as usual. Sunday classes will resume on Sunday, August 12.

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

Please see our website for more details.