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In This Newsletter:
National Poetry Month - Save 20% on All Poetry Books!
New Writer's Workshop Series with Joan Gelfand
Reserve Rick Riordan's New Book Now and Save 20%!
Mary Roach - Tuesday April 28th at 7:00 PM
Shawna Yang Ryan - Thursday April 30th at 7:00 PM


April is National Poetry Month, when we celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Bring a friend or family member and check out our poetry sections — for adults and for children — and save 20% on any poetry book purchase. This offer is good throughout the month of April.

Joan Gelfand We’re very excited to announce that local award-winning poet, Joan Gelfand, will teach a new workshop at our store titled Build Your Writer’s Resume:  How to Get on the Road to Publication. The series is offered in three sessions (May 6th, June 3rd, and June 17th) from 7 – 8:30 PM. The class is $90 and limited to ten writers.

The first session is an introduction to the Writer's Resume. Joan will help writers assess where they are now, where they would like to go, what to expect, what a Writer's Resume is and how to build one. The second session will focus on fine-tuning: editing, when and where to find a professional editor, online versus hard copy submissions, and networking. In the final session, Joan will help writers get ready to build on their reputation, work on submissions, develop relationships with editors, and get support when they need it.

Joan was the recipient of the Chaffin Fiction Award for Paris Blues Redux, and her story The Art Critic was short-listed for a Carver Prize. Her latest collection of poetry, A Dreamer’s Guide to Cities and Streams, was published in January by San Francisco Bay Press.

To register, please call us at (415) 564-8080, or stop by the store. For more information about Joan and this workshop, please visit our website:

The Last Olympian We are pleased to report that the fifth and final book in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, The Last Olympian, will be available on May 5th. Reserve your copy with us today and receive 20% off the cover price!

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

Don't miss these great upcoming events this month:

BonkMARY ROACH will discuss
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
Tuesday, April 28th at 7 PM

The bestselling author of Stiff  has written an impeccably researched and hilarious tribute to "the men and women who dared" — dared to use hard science to search for better, more satisfying sex. Roach reveals the "occasionally noble, sporadically ghastly, ever surreal world" of researchers in the often mysterious and frustrating field of sexual physiology. Chapters include: "The Upsuck Chronicles," "The Lady's Boner," and "What Would Allah Say?"

Don't miss this entertaining event with "the funniest science writer in the country." (Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker)

Water GhostsSHAWNA YANG RYAN will read from
Water Ghosts
Thursday, April 30th at 7 PM

Ryan's debut novel, a finalist for the 2008 Northern California Book Award, is a mesmerizing story of a community of Chinese immigrants in a small California town in 1928, and the ghosts who haunt them. A boat bearing three bedraggled Chinese women appears through the mists of the Sacramento Delta, throwing the community into confusion. As the lives of the townspeople become intertwined with the newly arrived women, a flood threatens to wash away the entire town, and the frightening power of these women from the mist is revealed.

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