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Included In This Newsletter:

Ruthanne Lum Mccunn on Thursday, September 20th
Gennifer Choldenko on Sunday, September 23rd
Daniel Cassidy on Wednesday, September 26th
Andrew Fraknoi on Thursday, September 27th
Storytime At BookShop West Portal
Upcoming Knitting Classes
Writing And Your Health
Yoga At BookShop West Portal

  Upcoming Author Events at BookShop West Portal
God of

Ruthanne Lum Mccunn
God of Luck
Thursday, September 20th at 7pm

Ruthanne Lum McCunn, born of Chinese and Scottish descent in San Francisco’s Chinatown and raised in Hong Kong, brings her unique experience and voice to her latest novel, God of Luck. Join us as the author discusses this beautiful and emotional story of a couple separated by the cruelty of the Pacific Slave Trade of the 1800s. Described as “Wise and spellbinding” which “[n]ever separat[es] history from its impact on individual people,” God of Luck, embraces a little-known chapter in the early history of Chinese experience in the Americas and shows the reader the extraordinary courage and hope people can muster when called upon to defend someone they love, no matter how difficult the circumstances. Part Odyssey, part history, part Amistad, McCunn creates a wholly unforgettable book.

Louder, Lili

Gennifer Choldenko
Louder, Lili
Sunday, September 23rd at 11am

Lili is the quietest kid in class. She spends recess inside with Lois, the class’s pet guinea pig, and allows Cassidy do her talking for her, even if it means never getting to have the best parts in games. Sometimes it’s just easier letting Cassidy be in charge, but will Lili have the courage to speak up when it means keeping Lois from getting hurt? Louder, Lili is a warm, humorous story from Gennifer Choldenko, the best-selling children’s author of Al Capone Does My Shirts, that will speak to any child learning to find his or her own voice.

How the
Irish Invented Slang

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

In How the Irish Invented Slang, Daniel Cassidy cuts through two hundred years worth of Anglo-academic “baloney” and reveals the massive, hidden influence of the Irish language on the American language. Cassidy traces the hidden history of how Ireland fashioned America, not just linguistically, but through the gambling underworld, urban street gangs, and the powerful political machines that grew out of them. In a series of essays, including: “Decoding the Gangs of New York,” “How the Irish Invented Poker and American Gambling Slang,” and in a first dictionary of Irish-American vernacular, Cassidy provides the hidden histories of so-called slang, and words with unknown origin-words that define the American language and culture: scam, slum, snazzy, sucker, swell, poker, daddy-o, fink, moolah, ballyhoo, and baloney, as well as the hottest word of the 20th century, jazz.

Wonderful World of Space

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

How hot is the sun? How big is the moon? Could there be life on other planets? Created by Andrew Frankoi, an award-winning science educator known for his skill in interpreting astronomical discoveries and ideas in everyday language, to appeal to a child’s natural curiosity about space, Wonderful World of Space engages children with fascinating facts about galaxies, planets, stars, space exploration, and more! Standard and Classic Disney characters guide budding astronomers and curious sky watchers through the cosmos. This stunning volume is designed to instill a sense of wonder in kids of all ages about the universe from the Big Bang to newly discovered worlds.

  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.


San Francisco Shrug!
Wednesday September 19th
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Learn To Knit!
Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Sep 17th, 24th and Oct 1st
Also Offered:
Sundays 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Oct 14th, 21st, 28th and Nov 4th

Knitting Socks
Sunday, Sep 23rd 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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


Tuesday September 25, 7-9 PM
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.