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Event highlights at Bookshop West Portal:
Jack Kornfield reads June 12th
Knitting Retreat June 13-15th in Point Reyes
Matt Richtel reads June 17th
Will Durst reads June 19th
Joey Altman at BSWP June 24th
Writing and Your Health begins September 7th



Jack Kornfield will read and discuss his novel, The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology
Thursday, June 12th at 7:00 PM

Author, psychologist and pioneering Buddhist teacher, Jack Kornfield brings us The Wise Heart: A guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology.

Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma, and is now a founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. His earlier books include After the Ecstasy, The Laundry, Teachings of the Buddha, and The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace.

"His best book yet ... Kornfield comes across as the therapist you wish you'd had ... Provides convincing and illustrative anecdotes and stories, and reaches into the world traditions, and literature as well as contemporary scientific research." —Publisher's Weekly (starred review)



Upcoming Events At BookShop West Portal

Knitting Retreat at Point Reyes
Friday, June 13th - Sunday, June 15th

If you haven't quite made up your mind whether to attend our upcoming knitting retreat in the coastal wilderness of Point Reyes National Seashore, you may just need a bit more information.

To see photos of the techniques to be taught, as well as more photos of the historic Point Reyes Hostel and its surroundings, visit: www.theagray.com/knitting and click on "Knitting on the Coast Retreat."

The retreat fee is $190, which includes all instruction and two nights' stay in the Point Reyes Hostel bunkhouse, plus coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon. No meals are provided.

Registration for the retreat is limited to 12 participants. To get a brochure, visit Bookshop West Portal or see it online in pdf format at www.theagray.com/knitting/ Pass it on!

Matt Richtel will read and discuss his novel, Hooked
Tuesday, June 17th at 7:00 PM

Hooked is the first novel from Matt Richtel who has covered technology for the New York Times San Francisco bureau since 2000. He also writes the syndicated daily comic strip, Rudy Park, under the pen name Theron Heir. Hooked vividly illustrates how technology is turning us into a nation of addicts. Just as previous generations were influenced by movies, today we are becoming hooked on internet technology, and it is changing the way we read, think, and dream.

"Matt Richtel has written a very smart and engaging page-turner about the chaos of our present moment and the timeless qualities that make us human." —Edgar Award winner David Liss

Will Durst will read and discuss his novel, The All-American Sport of BiPartisan Bashing
Thursday, June 19th at 7:00 PM

For years, Will Durst has been preaching that Americans need to take a common sense approach to politics—one that isn't red or blue, but truly bipartisan. Now the liberal left and the conservative right can finally agree on something.

" One of the greatest commentators on all things political. " —Air America
" Quite possibly the best political satirist working in the country today. " —New York Times

Joey Altman author of Without Reservations: How to Make Bold, Creative, Flavorful Food at Home
Tuesday, June 24th at 7:00 PM

In 1998 Altman launched Bay Café, a food-magazine television show that provides food and wine enthusiasts with an insider's look at the Bay Area's rich and diverse culinary scene. It quickly became a Bay Area favorite food show and has won The James Beard Award for Best Local Cooking Series three times. In Without Reservations, Altman enthusiastically provides home chefs with great techniques to create california cuisine in their own homes.

" In this enticing book, Joey Altman shows us that with the proper techniques, the knowledge and craftsmanship of the professional chef can be translated to the home kitchen with great menus. " —Jacques Pépin

Writing and Your Health Workshop with Abby Caplin, MD
Begins September 7th

This workshop is for you, if you have always wanted to explore and write about your experiences of health and illness. Research has also shown that the writing process itself is a valuable therapeutic tool for those with medical conditions.

Dr. Abby Caplin, MD a physician specializing in Mind-Body Medicine and Counseling, will guide you through a process of reflection, writing and sharing (if desired). Absolutely no writing experience is necessary! Just come with an open mind and a notebook.

September 7, September 21, September 28, October 5 and October 12, 7:00-8:30 PM
Space is limited to a maximum of eight people.
For more information contact Dr. Caplin by phone: 415-255-9981
Or by e-mail at: abby@abbycaplinmd.com

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