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Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel
Thursday, August 24 at 7 PM

Jacqueline Winspear brings us Messenger of Truth, the fourth installment in her best-selling Maisie Dobbs series about an intrepid British investigator set in the early decades of the twentieth century.

Wabi Sabi

The Little Wabi Sabi Companion
Friday, September 8 at 7 PM

In The Little Wabi Sabi Companion, Diane Durston, a noted writer on Japanese art and culture, presents a collection of reflections, along with classic poetry and verse from both Eastern and Western traditions, that capture the wabi sabi moment, and inspire readers to do the same.

West of Twin Peaks

West of Twin Peaks
Sunday, September 10 at 3 PM

Local historian, Jacqueline Proctor, offers a view of San Francisco's development from its highest point. Home to some of San Francisco's most beautiful neighborhoods and influential citizens, this story of those who dared to dream is part of the tapestry that makes San Francisco the city it is today.


Mary: A Novel
Wednesday, September 13 at 7 PM

Mary: A Novel by Janice Cooke Newman is an unforgettable tale of one of history's most misunderstood women, Mary Todd Lincoln. Writing from Bellevue asylum — where the shrieks of the other inmates keep her awake at night — the famous widower can finally share the story of her life in her own words. From her tempestuous childhood in a slave-holding Southern family through the opium-clouded years after her husband's death, we are let into the inner, intimate world of this brave and fascinating woman.

Fantastic Flight

The Gliding Flight
Sunday, September 17 at 11 AM

The Gliding Flight is a return to paper airplane basics: one person, one piece of paper, and a few folds later, one airplane. Using a refreshingly innovative approach to designs and flying characteristics, John Collins teaches you to make 20 paper planes, such as the Stealth, the Wind Devil, the Glart, and the Skid Kid.

Loving the Machine

Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots
Thursday, September 21 at 7 PM

From the amazing automatons of feudal Japan to giant animated robots and the cutting-edge androids of today, Loving the Machine explores the reasons behind Japan's unique affection for robots, and looks at the surprising direction in which robo-mania is taking the country.

Tongue Fu Bookjacket

Tongue Fu
Friday, September 22 at 7 PM

Learn to control how you respond to criticism and how you direct arguments and negative communications through Sam Horn's deft explanations of the fine art of Tongue Fu. Horn provides plenty of case history examples on how to deflect and defuse any verbal conflict, presenting action plans for changing both individual and group communication patterns.

Happiness Sold Separately

Happiness Sold Separately
Monday, September 25 at 7 PM

In Happiness Sold Separately, Lolly Winston demonstrates once again a laser-like ability to focus on the inescapable reality of contemporary relationships, tempering her characters' abject pain with appealing good humor.