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In This Newsletter:
Sidewalk Sale! - Saturday May 16
Scott Norton - Tuesday May 19th at 7:00 PM
Geoffrey Nunberg - Wednesday May 20th at 7:00 PM
Mind-Body Health Writing - Next Workshop Series Starts June 7
Also Coming This Month...

This Saturday, May 16th

Come check out the West Portal Merchants' Sidewalk "Sell & Tell." Stroll the avenue and "Get Smart." There will be brief merchant demos and prizes!

Developmental Editing SCOTT NORTON will discuss
Developmental Editing: A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors and Publishers
Tuesday, May 19th at 7 PM

Norton, developmental editor and project manager for science at the University of California Press, addresses the tricky business of editing, which requires analytical flair and creative panache, the patience of a saint and the vision of a writer. Using a series of humorous and relevant "case studies," Norton explores the tough work of a developmental editor. He gives aspiring editors the tools they need to turn an idea or manuscript into a good book. He gives authors the understanding they need to take advantage of an editor's advice. And, he gives authors without the benefit of a developmental editor a way to look at their own work with a critical eye.

"Scott Norton is no seat-of-the-pants developmental editor. He's a man with a method - practical, detailed, lucid, engaging. Even the most battle-tested editors and agents will rethink their tactics after reading this field guide to manuscript development." — Susan Wallace Boehmer, executive editor for trade book development, Harvard University Press.

The Years of Talking Dangerously GEOFFREY NUNBERG will read from
The Years of Talking Dangerously
Wednesday, May 20th at 7 PM

"There has never been," Nunberg writes, "an age as wary as ours of the tricks words can play, obscuring distinctions and smoothing over the corrugations of the actual world...Yet as advertisers and marketers know, our mistrust of words doesn't inoculate us against them."

With illuminating intelligence and great humor, Nunberg decodes the changing syntax of Time magazine, explains why grammar buffs are drawn to sarcasm, and deftly unpacks the telling phrases of our national conversation.

Nunberg is a professor at UC Berkeley's School of Information. His commentaries on language and politics have appeared regularly in the Sunday New York Times and on NPR's "Fresh Air."

Mind-Body Health Writing Workshop Mind-Body Health Writing Workshop
with Dr. Abby Caplin
Begins Sunday, June 7th 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.

Sign up early since space is limited! Visit our website for more details.

Also Coming in May:

  • MATTHEW AMSTER-BURTON will read from
    Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater
    Thursday, May 28 at 7 PM

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