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In This Newsletter:
Paul Harding - Thursday, January 8th at 7:00 PM
Historian Donald Worster - Tuesday, January 13th at 7:00 PM
6th Annual San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference - January 16-19th at the Hyatt Embarcadero
Mind-Body Health Writing Workshop with Dr. Abby Caplin - begins Sunday, January 18th
Learning to Knit Beginner Classes - start Sunday, January 25th
A Note of Thanks from BookShop West Portal

Tinkers by Paul Harding PAUL HARDING
reads from Tinkers
Thursday, January 8th at 7 PM

This exquisitely written debut novel is the talk of many Bay Area Independent Bookstores.  It has garnered spectacular endorsements from writers such as Marilynne Robinson, Barry Unsworth and Elizabeth McCracken. Published by the new, small upstart, Bellevue Literary Press, this gem should be the word-of-mouth discovery of the season.

George Washington Crosby lies dying while surrounded by his family in his New England home. He repairs antique clocks for a living, and on his deathbed revisits his turbulent childhood as the oldest son of an epileptic traveling salesman. George loves the precision of fine timepieces, but now he is at the mercy of chaotic forces and seems to be channeling his late father, Howard, a tinker and a mystic whose epileptic seizures strike like lightning. Howard, in turn, remembers his strange and gentle minister father.

"Tinkers is truly remarkable…It confers on the reader the best privilege fiction can afford, the illusion of ghostly proximity to other human souls."  - Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Home and Gilead

A Passion for Nature Historian DONALD WORSTER discusses
A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir
Tuesday, January 13th at 7 PM

Based on Muir's private correspondence, A Passion for Nature uncovers the complex inner life behind the legend of the solitary mountain man. "I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer," Muir wrote. "Civilization and fever and all the morbidness that has been hooted at me has not dimmed my glacial eye, and I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature's loveliness. My own special self is nothing."

Worster fully explores Muir's "special self" — the struggling writer, self-made man, world traveler, father and husband, scientist, great thinker, and champion for natural wonders like Yosemite — as well as Muir's extraordinary ability, then and now, to get others to see the sacred beauty of the natural world. This biography is the most complete account of the great conservationist and founder of the Sierra Club ever written.

"A towering biography of a towering figure! John Muir is one of those very few Americans who reshaped the way we saw the world. This volume, from one of our most eminent historians, makes clear both the sources and the meaning of Muir's great and wild epiphany." - Bill McKibben, author of The Bill McKibben Reader

6th Annual Yoga Journal San Francisco Conference 6th Annual Yoga Journal
San Francisco Conference
January 16-19th at the
Hyatt Embarcadero

Don't miss the 6th Annual Yoga Journal San Francisco Conference, January 16-19, 2009 at the Hyatt Embarcadero. Classes for all levels with Seane Corn, Rodney Yee and many more! Learn about activism from Julia Butterfly Hill. Listen to a keynote by Wes "Scoop" Nisker. Check out Yoga Trance Dance and Kirtan with Shiva Rea and Jai Uttal. Cruise the Yoga Marketplace for the latest yoga products, stylish yoga wear, CDs, DVDs, books and more.

Yoga Journal Conference DiscountRegister online at
or call: 800.561.9398.

SPECIAL BONUS for our loyal customers: mention promo code VEND and receive $100 off the Main Conference!

Mind-Body Health Writing Workshop Mind-Body Health Writing Workshop
with Dr. Abby Caplin
Begins Sunday, January 18th at 7 PM

Discover how therapeutic writing can help you feel accepted and confident. Dr. Abby Caplin will guide you through a process of reflection, writing and optional sharing. Absolutely no writing experience is necessary! Just come with an open mind and notebook. Visit our website for more details.

Learning To Knit Learning To Knit with Thea Gray
Beginner Classes Start
Sunday, January 25th at 10:30 AM

Learn all the basic skills you need for your first scarf or hat, focusing on (but not limited to) casting on, knitting and purling using the English (aka American or throw) method, increasing and decreasing, and casting off. Visit our website for more details.

We wish to send you all a very special thank you for your support this past year. While the economy has been in turmoil, we feel that our community has really supported us with good wishes, active concern and real patronage. You have responded to our special offers, like the Buyer’s Choice titles, our School Days promotion and our Annual Pre-Holiday Sale, and the turnout at events in December was most gratifying. Calvin Trillin was astounded at the turnout. It was the only thing he said all evening without a deadpan expression.

Meanwhile new exciting titles have begun arriving for your consideration. Here is just a taste:

Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Thinking in Pictures.

Things I’ve Been Silent About by Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran.

People of the Book in paperback by Geraldine Brooks, author of March and A Year of Wonders.

Song Yet Sung in paperback by James McBride, author of The Color of Water.

And coming soon:

Life Class by Pat Barker in paperback.

A Free Life by Ha Jin in paperback.

The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller in paperback.

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