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Event highlights at Bookshop West Portal:
Author Charles Li in the store on Wednesday, February 13th at 7:00 PM
Knitting Workshop dates for February and March
"Writing and Your Health" Workshop with Abby Caplin, MD


Meet The Bitter Sea Author Charles Li
Wednesday, February 13th, 7:00 PM

In 1940, China was battling both the Sino-Japanese War and World War II. At the same time, the city of Nanjing was in the grip of a Japanese-collaborationist government. It was in this year that Li Na was born as the youngest son of a government official in a mansion in Nanjing. Twenty-one years later, when Li - now called Charles - abandoned China forever, the nation was fully embroiled in the chaos of Chairman Mao's Communist reform campaigns. The Bitter Sea: Coming of Age in a China Before Mao is the remarkable true story that chronicles the turbulent years in between World War II and the height of Mao's Communist campaign in China when Li experienced an almost unbelievable range of the emerging nation's many identities. Li's riveting memoir tells the unique coming of age tale of both a young man and his rapidly changing country.


Upcoming Classes

Learn to Knit - Five 2-hour sessions, $110
Sundays 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Feb 17th, 24th, and March 2nd, 9th, and 16th

This five-session class will equip you with all the basic skills you need to make your own scarf, hat, shawl, poncho, or blanket: casting on (long-tail technique), reading a pattern, knitting and purling using the English (aka American or throw) method, adding a new ball of yarn, increasing and decreasing, casting off, and weaving in ends.

Cabled Fingerless Gloves - Two 2-hour sessions, $45
Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 PM, February 25th, and March 3rd

This two-session class will give you an introduction to the mysterious ways of cables, as well as working in the round on double-point needles. You can complete the second glove at home. A great gift idea. Pattern provided.

Drop-in Social Circle and Knitting Clinic - $10/hr
Wednesday, Feb 20th, March 5th, and 19th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Bring your questions and whatever project you’re currently working on and get the help you need. No help needed? You’re welcome to drop by our free social circle and enjoy a fun, relaxing evening in the company of other knitters.

Writing And Your Health with Dr. Abby Caplin - Five sessions, $125
Sunday evenings, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Research has shown that the writing process is useful as a therapeutic tool for people living with medical conditions. This unique writing workshop is designed for those with healthcare concerns who would like to share their experience through writing. Dr. Abby Caplin, a physician specializing in Mind-Body Medicine, will guide participants through a process of reflection, allowing time for writing and sharing if desired. No writing experience is necessary; just come with an open mind and a notebook. For more information contact Dr. Caplin at: 415-255-9981 or abby@abbycaplinmd.com

Ongoing Ons...

Story time for children every Sunday and Wednesday morning.
Yoga by the books every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Don't forget to ask about the new discount cards!

See our website at www.bookshopwestportal.com