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Here and Now and Then MIKE CHEN
Here and Now and Then
Thursday, February 7th at 7 PM

In what Publisher’s Weekly calls a “heartfelt and thrilling debut,” Mike Chen writes of Kin Stuart, a time travelling agent of the TCB — the Temporal Corruption Bureau. Sent on assignment from San Francisco circa 2142, Stuart finds himself stranded in 1996. After waiting futilely for rescue, against all protocols, he eventually builds a life with a wife and daughter. And then they show up, eighteen years later.

Chen has all kinds of fun with sci-fi tropes and world building, but at its heart, this is a novel about a father’s love for his child. Please join us in welcoming Mike Chen, the newest member of the Bay Area literati.

Out There: A Scientific Guide to Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel (For the Cosmically Curious) MICHAEL WALL
Out There: A Scientific Guide to Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel (For the Cosmically Curious)
Thursday, February 21st at 7 PM

Shout out to the cosmically curious!’s Mike Wall is here for you! In his new book, Wall explores the cutting edge of science. Topics like extraterrestrial life, time travel, and space colonization might seem like the stuff of science fiction, but scientists are actively researching these areas and many, many more covered in Out There. Wall traverses a lot of territory via an accessible Q & A format, and isn’t afraid to have fun with his subject matter. Learning should be fun, so please come join Mike Wall for an educational and entertaining exploration of what’s Out There.

Leading Men Sleeping with Strangers: How Movies Shaped Desire CHRISTOPHER CASTELLANI & DAVID THOMSON
Leading Men & Sleeping with Strangers: How Movies Shaped Desire
Monday, February 25th at 7 PM

We are thrilled to welcome authors David Thomson and Christopher Castellani to BookShop West Portal for what will, no doubt, be a fascinating evening. David is the author of more than 20 books on film and television, and was called by the Atlantic Monthly "probably the greatest living film critic and historian." His latest book is Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire, a look at how films have impacted us culturally, from our social and sexual mores up through the #MeToo movement of today. Christopher Castellani is the author of Leading Men. To quote Publisher's Weekly, "Castellani's spectacular fourth novel imagines the relationships between Tennessee Williams, his lover Frank Merlo, and a young actress named Anja Bloom, whom they take under their wing." Set largely in the 50s and 60s, Christopher's tale delves with both well-researched fact and a healthy dose of fiction into both Hollywood and the theatrical world of the past. We've got an expert on storytelling, and an expert storyteller.This conversation is going to be great!

The Love for Three Oranges MARY BURNS
The Love for Three Oranges
Thursday, February 28TH at 7 PM

West Portal favorite Mary Burns is back with her latest John Singer Sargent/Violet Paget mystery! Sure, Sargent made his name as a painter and Paget was better known by her pen name, Vernon Lee, but these dear friends always seem to find themselves enmeshed in mystery. This is the pair’s second outing, set two years after the events of The Spoils of Avalon. And this time they’re off to atmospheric Venice in the last, dwindling days of 1879. Set across four short days, The Love for Three Oranges is a fast-paced treat for fans of historic fiction and the arts.

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