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415-564-8080
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Open 10 AM - 9 PM Every Day

Included in this newsletter:
Glenn Kurtz on Wednesday, July 11 at 7 PM
Harry Potter Midnight Publication Party on Friday, July 20
Jason Roberts on Thursday, July 26 at 7 PM
Louann Brizendine on Tuesday, August 14 at 7 PM
Knitting Classes in July and August
Storytime for children Wednesday and Sunday mornings
Yoga Classes on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings

  SPECIAL AT BOOKSHOP WEST PORTAL
Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music

GLENN KURTZ
Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music
Wednesday, July 11 at 7 PM

For anyone who has given up a pursuit that he has loved, Glenn Kurtz's Practicing is an inspiration. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, where he trained as a classical guitarist, Kurtz was confronted with the economic realities of a career in music and went on to become a teacher and critic. "Perhaps it sounds strange," Kurtz says, "but when I quit music, I didn't realize that my heart was broken." Later, when he returned to the rigors and joys of practicing on his guitar, he decided to write about a "commitment to something you love, just because you love it." Read more about Kurtz and his work at www.glennkurtz.com.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

HARRY POTTER MIDNIGHT PUBLICATION PARTY
FRIDAY NIGHT, JULY 20th
Join us for a dramatic reading from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by Word for Word, refreshments, a magician and live music. And best of all, you will receive your copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows once midnight has struck!

Pre-order your copy of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS:
BOOK
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.

AUDIO BOOK
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.

A Sense of the World

JASON ROBERTS
A Sense of the World
Thursday, July 26 at 7 PM

In this vibrant biography of James Holman (1786-1857), Roberts, a contributor to the Village Voice and McSweeney's, narrates the life of a 19th-century British naval officer who was mysteriously blinded at 25, but nevertheless became the greatest traveler of his time. Holman entered the navy at age 12, at the height of the Napoleonic Wars. When blindness overcame him, Holman was an accomplished sailor, and he ingineered to join the Naval Knights of Windsor, a quirky group who only had to live in quarters near Windsor Castle and attend mass for their stipend. For many blind people at the time, this would have been the start of a long (if safe) march to the grave. Holman would have none of it and spent the bulk of his life arranging leaves of absence from the Knights in order to wander the world (without assistance) from Paris to Canton; study medicine at the University of Edinburgh; hunt slavers off the coast of Africa; get arrested by one of the czar's elite bodyguards in Siberia; and publish several bestselling travel memoirs. Roberts does Holman justice, evoking with grace and wit the tale of this man once lionized as "The Blind Traveler."

The Female Brain

Louann Brizendine
The Female Brain
Tuesday, August 14 at 7 PM

This comprehensive new look at the hormonal roller coaster that rules women's lives down to the cellular level, "a user's guide to new research about the female brain and the neurobehavioral systems that make us women," offers a trove of information, as well as some stunning insights. Though referenced like a work of research, Brizedine's writing style is fully accessible. Brizendine provides a fascinating look at the life cycle of the female brain from birth ("baby girls will connect emotionally in ways that baby boys don't") to birthing ("Motherhood changes you because it literally alters a woman's brain—structurally, functionally, and in many ways, irreversibly") to menopause (when "the female brain is nowhere near ready to retire") and beyond.


JULY-AUGUST SCHEDULE

First Sweater Workshop
Mondays, July 23, 30 &
August 6, 13, 20 and 27
7 PM - 9 PM

Knitting Socks
Sunday, July 29
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Learn to Knit
Sundays, August 5, 12, 19, 26
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

UPCOMING KNITTING CLINIC AND SOCIAL CIRCLE:

Wednesday July 18, 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


Story Time

SUNDAY MORNING 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.

WEDNESDAY MORNING STORY TIME
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.

Please see our website for more details.


Yoga
Classes

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.