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In This Newsletter:
Introduction to Crochet - Starts Sunday, July 19, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Rhys Bowen, Ann Parker & Juliet Blackwell - Tuesday, July 21 at 7:00 PM
Erica Johnson Debeljak - Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 PM
Wayne Moniz - Tuesday, July 28 at 7:00 PM
More events coming in August...

Royal Flush SUE APPELBAUM teaches
Introduction to Crochet
First class begins Sunday, July 19 at 1 PM

We're very happy to offer this new class, taught by a teacher who is new to BookShop West Portal, but not to teaching. For 4-1/2 years, Sue Appelbaum taught knitting and crocheting at Noe Knit. She learned to knit and crochet from her mother, aunts, and grandmother when she was 5.

Sue's three-week class will give you a great foundation in crochet. During the first class, you'll learn to crochet a simple beret in the round, making increases and decreases. In the second class, you'll try your hand at a sampling of different crochet stitches. And in the third and final class, you'll learn to crochet flat objects by starting a scarf of your own design.

For more information on all our Fiber Arts classes, visit our website.

A Night of Mystery
Tuesday, July 21 at 7 PM

Rhys Bowen will read from Royal Flush, the latest in the Royal Spyness mystery series, starring Lady Georgiana, who is 34th in line for the throne and the mystery world's favorite penniless heiress.

Ann Parker, author of Iron Ties and Silver Lies, will read from her latest novel, Leaden Skies, featuring Leadville, Colorado's intrepid saloon keeper, Inez Stannert.

Juliet Blackwell will read from Secondhand Spirits, the first in a new series featuring SF vintage clothing shop owner Lily Ivory, who tries to conceal her witchiness until a client is murdered and children start disappearing.

Forbidden Bread ERICA JOHNSON DEBELJAK will read from her memoir
Forbidden Bread
Thursday, July 23 at 7 PM

Debeljak's jaunty, engaging memoir begins in New York City, where the author - a successful financial analyst - meets Ales Debeljak, a womanizing Slovenian poet who catches her attention at a cocktail party. Against her own judgment and the judgment of pretty much everybody else that she knows, the author marries the poet and moves to Slovenia.  As she struggles to forge an identity in her new home, Debeljak faces numerous challenges, including an absurdly complicated language, an apartment not much larger than a New York closet, old-fashioned sexism, and alcoholism. And yet, over the course of her early years in Slovenia, she comes to know and love her new husband’s family, the quirky but quickly modernizing Ljubljana, and the fast-disappearing rural traditions of this beautiful green country.

Placed WAYNE MONIZ will read from his story collection
Under Maui Skies
Tuesday, July 28 at 7 PM

The recipient of Hawaii’s most prestigious literary prize - the Cades Award for Literature (2005) - Moniz has written seven tales featuring Maui's rich history and culture. Under Maui Skies includes different traditional storytelling genres set in a variety of Maui locales, ranging in time from pre-contact Hawaii to the 1960s.
Whether he is writing about the wrath of Pele, goddess of fire, the true story of a love affair in Old Lahaina haunted by missionaries and alcoholism, or Haleakala as a universal porthole that leads to the edge of the galaxy, Moniz's fresh voice and cadence capture the flavor of the islands and their history.

Coming up in August:

  • Dr. KEITH BLOCK will discuss
    Life Over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment
    Tuesday, August 4 at 7 PM

    will read from their latest works
    Thursday, August 6 at 7 PM

  • JILL JONNES will read and discuss
    Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count
    Tuesday, August 11 at 7 PM

  • MELANIE GIDEON will read from
    The Slippery Year
    Tuesday, August 18 at 7 PM

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