Calvin Trillin This Saturday at BookShop West Portal

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Don't Miss These Upcoming Events:
Calvin Trillin - Saturday, December 6th at 7:00 PM
Mind-Body Health Writing - New Classes Begin in January!
Knitting Class - this Sunday, December 7th at 10:00 AM

Calvin Trillin -
Deciding The Next Decider

Calvin Trillin
Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Race in Rhyme
Saturday, December 6 at 7:00 PM

Deciding the Next Decider is an ongoing campaign narrative in verse interrupted regularly by other poems, such as a country tune about John Edwards called “Yes, I Know He’s a Mill Worker’s Son, But There’s Hollywood in That Hair,” and a Sarah Palin song about her foreign policy credentials: “On a Clear Day, I See Vladivostok.” It covers the slow-motion implosion of Hillary Clinton’s drive to the White House (“Some pundits wrote that Hil’s campaign might fare / A little better if Bill wasn’t there”), and the differing responses of Barack Obama and John McCain to the financial crisis (“Though coolness has its limitations, it’ll / Prevent comparisons with Chicken Little”). And it carries through to the vote that made Barack Obama the forty-fourth president of the United States.

Trillin has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1963. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Obliviously On He Sails and A Heckuva Job.

“Trillin praised the country’s choice to reboot
In verse that was witty, quick and acute.
What had begun two books back as a wry chronicle of woe
Became a tribute to the nation’s ability to grow.”
                — New York Times Book Review

Mind-Body Health

Mind-Body Health Writing
Workshop Series with Abby Caplin, MD, MA
Sundays, 7:00-8:30 PM

Attention: women with ongoing health problems - discover how therapeutic writing can help you feel accepted and confident.

If you are distressed and discouraged by your illness or healthcare experience, this workshop is for you!

  • Learn simple tools to help you feel stronger, inside and out
  • Connect with others who have similar challenges
  • Discover the power of your story and healing journey
  • Spark your creativity for personal growth

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.

Dr. Caplin helps her patients ease symptoms and get stronger from the inside out. The process of writing is known to be a valuable therapeutic tool for those with ongoing medical conditions.

Only $145 for 5 sessions
Sign up now since space is limited!

Call 415.255.9981 or email

Prerequisites: None!
Materials: An open mind and a notebook.
Schedule: Sundays 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Class One: January 18th, 25th, February 1st, 15th and 22nd
Class Two: March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th

Ruff Scarf

Knitting Classes with Thea Gray
Short-row Ruff Scarf: One 3-hour Session
Sunday, December 7th 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Warm scarves are a must for our foggy clime, but sometimes the long ones just get in the way. Consider this attractive ruff from One-Skein Wonders as an alternative, for you or a loved one. Knit in a worsted weight yarn, it works up quickly but looks rather fancy. Plus, you'll learn an excellent technique - short rows - that can be used for hats, sweaters, and all manner of other projects, as well as a simple buttonhole technique. Makes a great, fast gift. This class was a favorite in 2007.

Prerequisites: Mastery of casting on, the knit stitch, and binding off.
Materials: Bring a skein of worsted weight yarn (any fiber content will do), a set of size 8 (5 mm) needles (straight or circular), and a tapestry needle.

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