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Included in this newsletter:
Donna Long on Saturday, June 16 at 10:30 AM
Gwen Mazer and Christine Alicino on June 19
Anne Fadiman on June 20
Emily Mitchell on June 21
Carol Pogash on June 22
Kaui Hart Hemmings on June 26
Bridget Kinsella on June 28
Knitting Classes in June and July
Harry Potter: Reserve your book or audio book
Storytime for children Wednesday and Sunday mornings
Yoga Classes on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings

The Best Dog in the World

The Best Dog in the World: Vintage Portraits of Children and Their Dogs
Saturday, June 16 at 10:30 AM

Move over, Timmy and Lassie! Packed with gorgeous sepia-toned photographs, The Best Dog in the World is a tribute to loyal canine companions and the kids who love them — with antique and vintage photographs taken between 1875 and 1925. A must-see for dog lovers and lovers of Victoriana. Bring your dog! A professional pet photographer will be available, should you wish to purchase a photo of you and your pet. This event will be held in the courtyard, weather permitting.

Wise Talk, Wild Women

Wise Talk, Wild Women
Tuesday, June 19 at 7 PM

In Wise Talk, Wild Women, journalist Gwen Mazer (fashion editor for Harper's Bazaar, articles in New Yorker and Vogue) and fine art photographer and Cleo Award winner Christine Alicino show, through stories and photographs, that women now achieving the age of sixty and beyond are experiencing age differently that did their mothers. "It's wonderful to find a documentation of the power of aging in a time when most media and social structures render women over sixty invisible. What a joy to read," writes actress Susan Sarandon.

At Large and At Small

At Large and At Small
Wednesday, June 20 at 7 PM

Anne Fadiman, the author of essays in Ex Libris and of the moving study of the Hmong in The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award), now offers her new book of essays, At Large and At Small. When you open the book, you're in for essays on coffee, the friendlier aspects of the Arctic, dipping in and out of the lives of Melville (wife-beater?) and Emerson (misogynist?), Fadiman's inability to sleep at night, and her long-abiding affection for Haagen-Dazs. What more can one ask for?

Last Summer of the World

Last Summer of the World
Thursday, June 21 at 7 PM

In the summer of 1918 with the Germans threatening Paris, Edward Steichen arrives in France to do aerial reconnaissance photography for the allies. His search for enemy movement and armament is paralleled by his search for the reasons that his own marriage had gone awry in a nearby French village where he lived just a few years earlier. The Last Summer of the World is a beautifully written debut novel by local author Emily Mitchell. Her quietly building story probes with deadly accuracy the way two people can misunderstand each other, and with ongoing self-absorption fail to see the hurts they cause to their own loved-ones.

Seduced by Madness: The True Story of the Susan Polk
Murder Case

Seduced by Madness: The True Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case
Friday, June 22 at 7 PM

Carol Pogash tackles the intricate details of the case of Susan Polk, who was accused in 2002 of murdering her husband, a prominent Berkeley psychologist in their Orinda home. The case attracted media attention due to Polk's bizarre behavior during the trial, including talking over the judge and insulting the prosecutor. Polk insisted that she stabbed her husband, Felix, in self-defense. What's the true story? Pogash, a contributor to the New York Times and the Washington Post, is also the author of As Real As It Gets, an account of the AIDS epidemic as seen through the eyes of staff at San Francisco General Hospital.

The Descendants: A Novel

The Descendants: A Novel
Tuesday, June 26 at 7 PM

Put together a father and his two out-of-control daughters, along with a wife in a coma and a secret affair—and all this in Hawaii!—and you've got the makings of a terrific first novel. Publishers Weekly calls Descendants a "sharply observed, frequently hilarious and intermittently heartbreaking look at a well-meaning father trying to hold together his unconventional family." Hemmings, the author of the critically acclaimed short-story collection House of Thieves, lives in San Francisco.

Visiting Life: Women Doing Time on the Outside

Visiting Life: Women Doing Time on the Outside
Thursday, June 28 at 7 PM

In this beautifully written, brutally honest memoir, Publishers Weekly editor Bridget Kinsella tells how she stumbled into a relationship with a prison lifer and became part of a sorority she never thought she'd join. Over the course of three years, she spends time with and ultimately befriends the wives, girlfriends and mothers of some inmates at Pelican Bay. Through the lens of her own experience, Kinsella examines those impacted by crime and punishment with keen observation, candor and compassion.


Learn to Knit:
Mondays, June 4, 11,18, 25
7 PM - 9 PM
It Felt Good!
Sundays, June 10 and 17
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Knitting Socks:
Sunday, June 24
10 AM - 1 PM


Basic Shaping Workshop
Sunday, July 1
10:30 AM - 12 PM
Finishing Workshop
Sunday, July 8
10 AM - 1 PM
First Sweater Workshop
Mondays, July 2, 9, 23, 30 &
August 6, 13
7 PM - 9 PM

Wednesday June 27, 7-9 PM
Wednesday July 11, 7-9 PM
Wednesday July 25, 7-9 PM

To sign up for a class, please call the store at 415-564-8080.
For more information, visit our website

Harry Potter 7


Order your copy with us today for only $24.95 plus tax ($34.95 cover price) and pick it up at the store on the day it comes out: Saturday, July 21, 2007.

Reserve the unabridged audio book format (17 CDs) in advance of its publication on Saturday, July 21, 2007. Our special, pre-publication price is only $54.20 each (49.95 plus tax), a substantial savings off the $79.95 list price. Call or drop by to reserve your copy today.

Don't forget to come to our midnight publication party on Friday, July 20th to get your copy the moment it comes out!

Story Time

with Mary Alice

Sundays at 11 a.m.

Kids of any age who like to hear good stories are invited. These readings will be tailored to the children who attend, and interaction between the children and the reader will be encouraged.

with Sonia

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

This will be a weekly reading event for babies and toddlers, featuring interactive songs and fingerplays. Sonia is a former nursery school teacher, mother of three, and grandmother of two.


Yoga by the Books at BSWP

Come join us for Yoga classes on Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday mornings at the store before it opens for business.

Please see our website for more details.