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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Stacking The Shelves # 98 & Sunday Post # 61



I am combining two great blog hops:  Stacking The Shelves (a Saturday feature by Team Tynga's Reviews), and Sunday Post (a Sunday feature by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer).  Both of these features give people a chance to post about what books they received and also an opportunity to catch a glimpse of what others are excited about.  I really enjoy see everyone's version of these features! If you enjoy my blog, please consider following me via Bloglovin, Networked Blogs, GFC, or by email subscription.  If you leave a comment and tell me you are a new follower, I will follow you back! 

I have begun to participate in the Amazon affiliate program, so if you click on any of the book covers it will take you to Amazon if you want to buy the book.  I will be getting a small fee for each purchase. 


On The Blog:

Monday:  Bay Area Book Events #64

Tuesday:  ARC Review:  Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Thursday:  Audio ARC Review:  A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess

I have been busily reading and writing reviews for the blog.  I am almost caught up and hope to do a massive amount of writing this weekend to finally be at a point where I am not cutting it so close!

In Real Life:

I was really happy to attend a wonderful event at Books Inc., in Berkeley on Tuesday.  The theme that author Anne Korkeakivi stressed was on storytelling.  She discussed this with Berkeley musician Rachel Garlin, who treated us to a song she composed.  The evening was inspiring and filled with positive energy.

New Books:

Purchased:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316307866/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0316307866&linkId=da03d3ff98ddc930f4f3a3a48a7831aa
 
Only one new book, and that's because I went to the book signing for Anne Korkeakivi.  This looks like a book that's right up my alley.  A sweeping family saga that I can't wait to read.

That's it for this week.  

Happy Autumn!


  
               

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Audio ARC Review: A Poison Dark and Drowning by jessica Cluess

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553535943/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0553535943&linkId=5298cffa0f276c280ac42ab78d9806ca
Please Note:  I received an audio copy of this book from Random House in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.  Also, I have linked the book cover to Amazon.  If you buy the book through this link, I will get a small fee.

Synopsis (From Goodreads):
Henrietta doesn't need a prophecy to know that she's in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.
Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook s system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own. So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out strange new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and uncover the most devastating weapon of all: the truth.  


Review:
A year ago, I had the good fortune to read an advance copy of A Shadow Bright and Burning, by Jessica Cluess.  I fell in love with the world created by the author, and adored her main character, Henrietta Howl.

Now, a year late, we have been treated with an even more impressive second novel, A Poison Dark and Drowning.  This has all the fun of the first book, and adds even more romance, heartache, and kick-ass feminism!


What I Liked:

Audio Book Performance:
This book is performed by the amazing Fiona Hardingham.  I have now listened to several audio book performances by her (such as An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir) and she is always riveting.  The subtle changes she makes in her voice to create male characters is particularly impressive.  As Henrietta, I could feel the longing and heartbreak of this character come to life.
Backstory:
I loved that we get to find out all about the backstory of how the Ancients came into the human realm, and how Henrietta's and Blackwood's fathers were involved.  The mistakes they make are what creates the havoc that their children are dealing with.  Could this be a metaphor for how modern-day problems have their roots in the decisions of the past?

Characters:
With the introductions out of the way in the first book, this novel has the luxury of delving in to the heart of the characters of Henrietta, her fellow sorcerers, and of her enemies.  I love that no character is portrayed as completely good (or evil).  Author Jessica Cluess gives us characters who have faults and make questionable choices.  Even Relum, the leader of the Ancients, has moments where we see an (almost) human side.

There is also the addition of another wonderful female character, Mariah.  An orphan, Mariah is self-sufficient but guards a secret that could get her killed.  I love how assured Mariah is and that she bonds so well with Henrietta.

Henrietta, in particular, is wonderful and heartbreaking.  When I think about what her motivation is throughout the book, I come up with the notion that all she really wants is to feel part of a family.  This is a character who thrives on friendships.  When they go well, she is strong and capable.  But when things become complicated, as with Rook, Magnus, and Blackwood, she becomes very uncertain of herself.  Her choices are so human, as she waivers in what she thinks she wants.  

Feminism:
One thing that Henrietta never waivers on is her staunch determination to be her own person.  She will not "belong" to any man, and bristles at the idea that once she marries, she will have to "obey" her husband.  Women in that time really had very few choices when it came to marriage.  In high society, they were told that it was their duty to marry and bare children to carry on the next generation of the ruling class.  I was a bit surprised that Henrietta should have such a modern attitude.  But I loved it, all the same.

Tragic Romance:
This book is filled with people who can't be with the person they love.  As Rook is consumed by shadows (he was bitten by an Ancient in the first book), Henrietta clings to the hope that he can be cured.  Both Blackwood and Magnus are attracted to Henrietta, but see that her heart is tied to Rook.  My heart broke for these characters as they tried to sort out their feelings.  I just wanted them all to be happy!  But that would make for a very dull book, right?

What I Didn't Like:

                     
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Rating: 





Release Date:  September 19th, 2017

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Publisher:  Random House Audio

Length:  12 Hours 58 Minutes

Page Length:  432 Pages

Source:  Random House Audio

Format:  Audio Book

Performed by: Fiona Hardingham

Recommendation:  This is a compelling second installment of this series.  With tragic characters, and plenty of action, this is a book that you will have a tough time putting down.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ARC Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385744773/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0385744773&linkId=892ec59680b1400cc26daa3a59257ba7
Please Note:  I received an advanced reader's copy from the publisher's First In Line program in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.  Also, I have linked the book cover to Amazon.  If you buy the book with this link, I will get a small fee.

Synopsis (From Goodreads):
The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.



Review:
As a huge fan of the book, We Were Liars, I squealed in delight when I received E. Lockhart's newest novel, Genuine Fraud, in the mail from Random House's First In Line program.  Much of what I adored about her previous book was also present in this new novel.  I loved the unusual narrative style, the central mystery of who Jule was and what had she done, and the strong characters.  While it was hard for me to have empathy for a psychopath, reading this tale was thrilling.
 
What I Liked:
Narrative Style:
As the novel opens, the main character, Jule, is in Mexico being pursued by a mystery person.  Jule seems to know a lot about disguises, using fake I.D.s, and methods of evading others. The story is told in backwards order so we can see how Jule, has gotten into this predicament.  It took me a few chapters to realize this was the road map for the book, but once I got it, I was excited to see what happened before.

Central Mystery:
Why is Jule being pursued?  How is her story related to Imogen?  Was there a murder?  So many questions!  I don't know if others will have this reaction, but I loved being confused, I think because I knew that I would eventually understand everything by the end.

Strong Characters:
Jule is a very complicated person.  This is one book where one has to question reliability of Jule's narrative.  Her accounts of what happen are constantly changing to fit the image she wants to portray.  This made reading this book a challenge.  I had to go back in the text several times to re-read some of her childhood recollections.  But the disjointed memories fit with Jule's  fractured character.

Although it would seem she is just a spoiled rich girl, Imogen resents that people constantly demand things from her.  She rebels and refuses to let people use her.  But that often means she becomes the user in a relationship. 


What I Was Mixed About:

Anti-Hero:
Although I could understand why Jule did what she did, there is no escaping that she is a psychopath!  I don't think there were any characters that very good people.  But Jule was a seriously damaged person.  Reading this was hard, at times, because I hated the choices she made.  As in the show, The Sopranos, I couldn't root for her to succeed. 
Ending:
As much as I enjoyed the misdirection surrounding various events, I was surprised it wasn't more twisty.  I think this was due to my expectations of the author, E. Lockhart.  Her previous book did have a big surprise at the end, and I thought Genuine Fraud would also have a big twist.  I kept waiting for it, and it didn't happen.  

In retrospect, I am glad there wasn't a surprise ending.  I think if the author had done so, it would have been gimmicky, and she would have established that she was the author who always had a twist at the end. 


                                                                  

Rating:   




Release Date:  September 5th, 2017

Genre:  YA Contemporary Thriller

Publisher:  Random House (Delacorte Press)

Length:  272 pages

Source:  Random House First In Line program

Format:  ARC Paperback

Recommendation:  A thriller that will keep you guessing right up to the end.  I could not put this down!




 
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Bay Area Book Events #64

Due to the enormous size of this list, I only show events about four weeks in advance.  There is also a master calendar that has all listings.

Bookstores in this list may include:  
A Great Good Place For Books (Oakland) 
Barnes & Noble (various Bay Area Locations)
Books Inc. (various Bay Area Locations)
Book Passage (Corte Madera & San Francisco) 
Borderlands Books (San Francisco) 
Copperfield's Books (Various Locations) 
East Bay Booksellers (Oakland)   
Green Apple Books (San Francisco) 
Hicklebee's Children's Books (San Jose) 
Kepler's Books (Menlo Park)   
Mrs. Dalloway's (Berkeley) 
Orinda Books (Orinda)   
Pegasus Books (Berkeley & Oakland)   
Point Reyes Bookstore (Point Reyes) 
Rakestraw Books (Danville)
The Booksmith (San Francisco)
Town Center Books (Pleasanton)  

I am attempting to make this a one stop place to find book signings in the San Francisco Bay Area! I will mostly focus on YA books, but I will also include some general fiction if I think it will be of interest.  I do not list non-fiction books (There are simply too many events of those to list).  I think this is an extensive list, but there is always the possibility that I missed an event (Hey, I'm human). If you think there is an event that I should include, please leave me a note in the comments section. Thanks.

All  book graphics have links to GoodReads so you can check them out.

As always, it is a good idea to call the store a day or two before to confirm that the scheduled event is still on.  I have learned that these events change constantly.


Monday, September 18th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35248823-the-age-of-perpetual-light?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Age of Perpetual Light
Author:  Josh Weil
Location:  Point Reyes Books
Address:  11315 State Rt. 1, Point Reyes Station
Tel:  (415) 663-1542


Monday, September 18th, at 7:30pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29430055-lucky-boy?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Lucky Boy
Author:  Shanthi Sekaran
Location:  Green Apple Books on the Park
Address:  1231 9th Ave., San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 742-5833


Tuesday, September 19th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33107352-the-hidden-school?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Hidden School
Author:  Dan Millman
Location:  Book Passage
Address: 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960


Tuesday, September 19th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28118538-shining-sea?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Shining Sea
Author:  Anne Korkeakivi
Location:  Books Inc., (Berkeley)
Address:  1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 525-7777


Tuesday, September 19th, at 7:30pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28509442-a-loving-faithful-animal?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  A Loving, Faithful Animal
Author:  Josephine Rowe
Location:  Green Apple Books on the Park
Address: 1231 9th Ave., San Francisco
Tel: (415) 742-5833


Wednesday, September 20th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34502958-mask-by-mask?from_search=true

Book:  Mask By Mask
Author:  Tyler Kyle
Location:  Books Inc., (The Marina)
Address: 2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 931-3633


Wednesday, September 20th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28509442-a-loving-faithful-animal?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  A Loving, Faithful Animal
Author:  Josephine Rowe
Location:  Point Reyes Books
Address:  11315 State Rt. 1, Point Reyes Station
Tel: (415) 663-1542


Wednesday, September 20th, at 7:00pm



Book: The School For Good And Evil - Book 4
Author:  Soman Chainani
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tel:  (650) 324-4321


Wednesday, September 20th, at 7:30pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27837534-work-and-days?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32445217-the-nightlife?from_search=true

Book:  Work & Days
Author:  Tess Taylor
Book:  The Nightlife
Author:  Elise Paschen
Location:  Green Apple Books on The Park
Address:  1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 742-5833
 

Wednesday, September 20th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32920226-sing-unburied-sing?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Sing, Unburied, Sing
Author:  Jesmyn Ward
Location:  The Booksmith
Address:  1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 863-8688


Wednesday, September 20th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34129589-heaven-is-all-goodbyes?ac=1&from_search=true

Note:  This used to be Diesel, A Bookstore, but has recently changed ownership

Book:  Heaven Is All Goodbyes
Author:  Tongo Eisen-Martin
Location:  East Bay Booksellers
Address:  5433 College Avenue, Oakland
Tel:  (510) 653-9965


Thursday, September 21st, at 7:00pm

NYMBC Presents:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27426044-nyxia?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Nyxia
Author:  Scott Reintgen
Location:  Books Inc., Palo Alto
Address:  855 El Camino Real #74, Palo Alto
Tel:  (650) 321-0600


Thursday, September 21st at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29385546-warcross?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Warcross
Author:  Marie Lu
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tel:  (650) 324-4321


Thursday, September 21st at 7:30pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33385420-the-twelve-mile-straight?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  The Twelve-Mile Straight
Author:  Eleanor Henderson
Location:  The Booksmith
Address:  1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 863-8688


Thursday, September 21st, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31501679-swallowing-mercury?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Swallowing Mercury
Author:  Wioletta Greg
Location:  Green Apple Books on the Park
Address:  1231 9th Ave., San Francisco
Tel: (415) 742-5833


Friday, September 22nd, at 4:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33163378-moxie?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Moxie
Author:  Jennifer Mathieu
Location:  Copperfield's Books (Petaluma)
Address:  140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma
Tel:  (707) 762-0563


Friday, September 22nd, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33358209-the-readymade-thief?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  The Readymade Thief
Author:  Augustus Rose
Location:  Books Inc. (Alameda)
Address:  1344 Park Street, Alameda
Tel:  (510) 522-2226


Friday, September 22nd, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32920226-sing-unburied-sing?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Sing, Unburied, Sing
Author:  Jesmyn Ward
Location:  East Bay Booksellers
Address:  5433 College Ave., Oakland
Tel:  (510) 653-9965


Saturday, September 23rd, at 3:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33414577-the-uploaded?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Uploaded
Author:  Ferrett Steinmetz
Location:  Borderlands Cafe
Address:  870 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203


Saturday, September 23rd, at 4:00pm
NYMBC Presents:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29359948-a-map-for-wrecked-girls?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33163378-moxie?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Moxie
Author:  Jennifer Mathieu
Book:  A Map For Wrecked Girls
Author:  Jessica Taylor
Location:  Books Inc. (Berkeley)
Address:  1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 525-7777


Saturday, September 23rd, at 5:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34593613-stolen-secrets?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Stolen Secrets
Author:  L.B. Schulman
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960


Saturday, September 23rd, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33921115-murder-under-the-fig-tree?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Murder Under The Fig Tree
Author:  Kate Raphael
Location:  Laurel Book Store
Address:  1423 Broadway, Oakland
Tel: (510) 452-9232


Monday, September 25th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34068534-the-burning-girl?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Burning Girl
Author:  Claire Messud
Location:  Books Inc., (Opera Plaza)
Address:  601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 776-1111


Monday, September 25th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33544874-forest-dark?ac=1&from_search=true


Book:  Forest Dark
Author:  Nicole Krauss
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tel:  (650) 324-4321


Monday, September 25th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30341480-montpelier-parade?from_search=true

Book:  Montpelier Parade
Author:  Karl Geary
Location:  Green Apple Books on The Park
Address:  1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415)  742-5833


Tuesday, September 26th, at 12:00pm 

Literary Luncheon

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33544874-forest-dark?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Forest Dark
Author:  Nicole Krauss
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960


Tuesday, September 26th, at 6:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25692886-borderline?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Borderline
Author:  Mishell Baker
Location:  Borderlands Books
Address:  866 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203


Tuesday, September 26th, at 6:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33921121-venetian-blood?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Venetian Blood
Author:  Christine Volker
Location:  Book Passage (Sausalito)
Address:  100 Bay Street, Sausalito
Tel:  (415) 339-1300


Tuesday, September 26th, at 6:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33825757-paradox-bound?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Paradox Bound
Author:  Peter Clines
Location:  Borderlands Cafe
Address:  870 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203


Tuesday, September 26th, at 7:00pm

In Conversation with Stephanie Garber

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33629245-a-poison-dark-and-drowning?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  A Poison Dark and Drowning
Author:  Jessica Cluess
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tel:  (650) 324-4321


Tuesday, September 26th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33590214-young-jane-young?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Young Jane Young
Author:  Gabrielle Zevin
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960


Wednesday, September 27th, at 9:00am

Breakfast Event:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33544874-forest-dark?ac=1&from_search=true


Book:  Forest Dark
Author:  Nicole Krauss
Location:  Rakestraw Books
Address:  3 Railroad Avenue, Danville
Tel:  (925)  837-7337


Wednesday, September 27th, at 6:00pm

Whodunit Dinner with Charlaine Harris

Book:  Sleep Like A Baby
Author:  Charlaine Harris
Location:  Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa
Address:  2777 4th Street, Santa Rosa
Tel:  (707) 578-8938 (Copperfield's Santa Rosa)


Wednesday, September 27th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34550479-return-to-the-dark-valley?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Return To The Dark Valley
Author:  Santiago Gamboa
Location:  East Bay Booksellers (Formerly Diesel, A Bookstore)
Address:  5433 College Avenue, Oakland
Tel:  (510) 653-9965


Wednesday, September 27th at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33825757-paradox-bound?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Paradox Bound
Author:  Peter Clines
Location:  Books Inc., (Mountain View)
Address:  317 Castro Street, Mountain View
Tel:  (650) 428-1234


Wednesday, September 27th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32991569-jane-unlimited?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Jane, Unlimited
Author: Kristin Cashore
Location:  A Great Good Place For Books
Address:  6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland
Tel:  (510) 339-8210


Wednesday, September 27th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33590214-young-jane-young?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Young Jane Young
Author:  Gabrielle Zevin
Location:  Rakestraw Books
Address:  3 Railroad Avenue, Danville
Tel: (925) 837-7337


Wednesday, September 27th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22585014-bone?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Bone
Author:  Yrsa Daley-Ward
Location:  Pegasus Books Downtown
Address:  2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 649-1320 


Thursday, September 28th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33590627-all-the-dirty-parts?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  All The Dirty Parts
Author:  Daniel Handler
Location:  East Bay Booksellers (Formerly Diesel, A Bookstore)
Address:  5433 College Avenue, Oakland
Tel: (510) 653-9965


Thursday, September 28th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33785079-we-were-strangers-once?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  We Were Strangers Once
Author:  Betsy Carter
Location: Copperfield's Books (Santa Rosa)
Address:  775 Village Court, Santa Rosa
Tel:  (707) 578-8938


Thursday, September 28th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28209634-autonomous?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Autonomous
Author:  Annalee Newitz
Location:  Books Inc. (Alameda)
Address:  1344 Park Street, Alameda
Tel:  (510) 522-2226


Thursday, September 28th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33946142-a-kind-of-freedom?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  A Kind Of Freedom
Author:  Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Location:  Books Inc. (Berkeley)
Address:  1491 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 525-7777


Thursday, September 28th, at 7:30pm

Book Launch!


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34129589-heaven-is-all-goodbyes?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Heaven Is All Goodbyes
Author:  Tongo Eisen-Martin
Location:  Pegasus Books Downtown
Address:  2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 649-1320  


Thursday, September 28th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33528152-dinner-at-the-center-of-the-earth?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Dinner At The Center Of The Earth
Author:  Nathan Englander
Location:  Green Apple Books On The Park
Address:  1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 742-5833


Friday, September 29th, at 6:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25353286-provenance?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Provenance
Author:  Ann Leckie
Location:  Borderlands Cafe
Address:  870 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203


Friday, September 29th, at 6:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35660924-crescent-street?from_search=true

Book:  Crescent Street
Author:  Terry Bush
Location:  Orinda Books
Address:  276 Village Square
Tel:  (925) 254-7606


Friday, September 29th, at 7:30pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30315844-into-each-room-we-enter-without-knowing?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32073360-simulacra?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Into Each Room We Enter Without Knowing
Author:  Charif Shanahan
Book:  Simulacra
Author:  Airea D. Matthews
Location:  Green Apple Books on The Park
Address:  1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 742-5833


Saturday, September 30th, 

at 10:30am & 1:30pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33931235-a-tale-of-two-kitties?ac=1&from_search=true

Free tickets will be available starting at 10:00 am on the day of the event. Seating is limited and tickets will be given away on a first come, first serve basis.
Book:  Dog Man: A Tale Of Two Kitties
Author:  Dav Pilkey
Location:  Charles Schultz Museum
Address:  2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
Tel: (707) 579-4436


Saturday, September 30th, at 2:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34024785-feathers-in-the-wind

Book:  Feathers In The Wind
Author: Lynn Case
Location:  Barnes & Noble (Antioch)
Address:  5709 Lone Tree Way, Antioch
Tel:  (925) 978-1031


Saturday, September 30th, at 3:00pm

In Conversation with Nina LaCour

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15797848-there-s-someone-inside-your-house?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  There's Someone Inside Your House
Author:  Stephanie Perkins
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real
Tel: (650) 324-4321


Saturday, September 30th, at 3:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28209634-autonomous?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Autonomous
Author:  Annalee Newitz
Location:  Borderlands Cafe
Address: 870 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203


Sunday:  October 1st at 1:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32150439-the-solace-of-trees?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Solace Of Trees
Author:  Robert Madrygin
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415)  927-0960


Sunday, October 1st, at 2:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33155334-you-bring-the-distant-near?ac=1&from_search=true


Book:  You Bring The Distant Near
Author:  Mitali Perkins
Location: Mrs. Dalloway's Books
Address:  2904 College Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 704-8222


Sunday, October 1st, at 4:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33528152-dinner-at-the-center-of-the-earth?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Dinner At The Center Of The Earth
Author:  Nathan Englander
Location:  Rakestraw Books
Address:  3 Railroad Avenue, Danville
Tel: (925) 837-7337


Monday, October 2nd, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33785079-we-were-strangers-once?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  We Were Strangers Once
Author:  Betsy Carter
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel: (415) 927-0960


Tuesday, October 3rd, at 11:30am
Literary Luncheon
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29430055-lucky-boy?ac=1&from_search=true


$12 ticket
includes luncheon with wine.
Phone Orinda Books 925-254-7606
to reserve your seat!
Book:  Lucky Boy
Author:  Shanthi Sekaran
Location:  Orinda Books
Address:  276 Village Square
Tel:  (925) 254-7606


Tuesday, October 3rd, at 4:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25528849-we-are-party-people?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  We Are Party People
Author:  Leslie Margolis
Location:  Copperfield's Books (Petaluma)
Address:  140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma
Tel: (707) 762-0563 


Tuesday, October 3rd, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31933068-winter-solstice?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Winter Solstice (Winter #4)
Author:  Elin Hilderbrand 
Location:  Copperfield's Books (Healdsburg)
Address:  106 Matheson Street, Healdsburg
Tel:  (707) 433-9270 


Tuesday, October 3rd, at 7:00pm
Book Launch
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33534890-sparked?from_search=true

Book:  Sparked
Authors:  Helena Echlin & Malena Watrous
Location:  Books Inc. (Berkeley)
Address:  1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 525-7777


Tuesday, October 3rd, at 7:30pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26795307-moonglow?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Moonglow
Author:  Michael Chabon
Location:  Mrs. Dalloway's Books
Address:  2904 College Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 704-8222


Wednesday, October 4th, at 11:30am
Read It & Eat It 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34273236-little-fires-everywhere?ac=1&from_search=true
Reservations are required for this event:
$35 - Lunch & Book $15 - Lunch only
Book:  Little Fires Everywhere
Author:  Celeste Ng
Location:  Town Center Books
Address:  555 Main Street, Pleasanton
Tel: (925) 846-8826 


Wednesday, October 4th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33375622-her-body-and-other-parties?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Her Body and Other Parties
Author:  Carmen Maria Machado
Location:  East Bay Booksellers (Formerly Diesel, A Bookstore)
Address:  5433 College Avenue, Oakland
Tel: (510) 653-9965 

 

Wednesday, October 4th, at 7:30pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34273236-little-fires-everywhere?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Little Fires Everywhere
Author:  Celeste Ng
Location:  The Booksmith
Address:  1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 863-8688 


Thursday, October 5th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34773501-gangster-nation?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Gangster Nation
Author:  Tod Goldberg
Location:  East Bay Booksellers (Formerly Diesel, A Bookstore)
Address:  5433 College Avenue, Oakland
Tel: (510) 653-9965



Thursday, October 5th, at 7:00pm
Book Launch


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35143936-china-girl?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  China Girl: And Other Stories
Author:  Ho Lin
Location:  Books Inc. (The Marina)
Address:  2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 931-3633



Thursday, October 5th, at 7:30pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35415324-world-gone-missing?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  World Gone Missing
Author: Laurie Ann Doyle
Location:  Mrs. Dalloway's Books
Address:  2904 College Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 704-8222 


Friday, October 6th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34145376-swearing-off-stars?from_search=true

Book:  Swearing Off Stars
Author:  Danielle Wong
Location:  Barnes & Noble (Emeryville)
Address:  5604 Bay Street, Emeryville
Tel:  (510) 547-0905


Saturday, October 7th, at 2:00pm
WNBA National Reading Group
Author Panel:
Books:  Equal of the Sun (Anita Amirrezvani), Some Bright Morning I'll Fly Away (Alice Anderson), The Last Days of Cafe Leila (Donia Bijan), Pages for Her (Sylvia Brownrigg), The Towers of Antilles (Achy Obejas)
Location:  Books Inc. (Opera Plaza)
Address:  601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 776-1111


Saturday, October 7th, at 6:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34220302-mistress-of-all-evil?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Mistress of All Evil
Author:  Serena Valentino
Location:  Borderlands Books
Address:  866 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203 


Saturday, October 7th, at 7:30pm
An Evening of Poetry
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14657380-actualities?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33573522-dark-tussock-moth?from_search=true

Book: Day of Clean Brightness
Author:  Jane Lin
Book:  Dark Tussock Moth
Author:  Mary Cisper
Book:  Actualities
Author:  Norma Cole
Location:  Green Apple Books on the Park
Address:  1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 742-5833


Sunday, October 8th, at 4:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28648802-what-just-happened?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  What Just Happened
Author:  Sara Tolchin
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel: (415) 927-0960


Tuesday, October 10th, at 11:00am


Book:  An Excess Male
Author:  Maggie Shen King
Location:  Town Center Books
Address:  555 Main Street, Pleasanton
Tel:  (925) 846-8826

Tuesday, October 10th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30025336-all-the-crooked-saints?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  All The Crooked Saints
Author:  Maggie Stiefvater
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real. Menlo Park
Tel:  (650) 324-4321

Tuesday, October 10th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34542151-having-and-keeping?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Having and Keeping
Author:  David Watts
Location:  Book Passage (Sausalito)
Address:  100 Bay Street, Sausalito
Tel: (415) 339-1300 


Wednesday, October 11th, at 11:30am
Literary Luncheon
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28815371-the-mothers?ac=1&from_search=true

$12 ticket
includes luncheon with wine.
Phone Orinda Books 925-254-7606
to reserve your seat!

Book:  The Mothers
Author:  Brit Bennett
Location:  Orinda Books
Address:  276 Village Square, Orinda
Tel:  (925) 254-7606 

Wednesday, October 11th, at 7:00pm
Epic Reads Meet Up
Attendees will be seated in small groups and the authors will come around one at a time to chat, speed-dating style! 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32711705-the-dazzling-heights?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29923707-one-dark-throne?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30249925-this-darkness-mine?ac=1&from_search=true
 A purchase of any of the authors’ new books is required to participate (and you can bring books from home!)
Author: Kendare Blake (One Dark Throne), Katharine McGee (The Dazzling Heights), Mindy McGinnis (This Darkness Mine)
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tel:  (650) 324-4321

Wednesday, October 11th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30025336-all-the-crooked-saints?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  All The Crooked Saints
Author:  Maggie Stiefvater
Location:  Books Inc. (Opera Plaza)
Address:  601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 776-1111 

Wednesday, October 11th, at 7:00pm


Book:  The Whole Of The Moon
Author:  Brian Rogers
Location:  Green Apple Books
Address:  506 Clement Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 387-2272

Thursday, October 12th, at 4:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35162260-elites-of-eden?ac=1&from_search=true

This is a ticketed event

Book:  Elites of Eden
Author:  Joey Graceffa
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960 

Thursday, October 12th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28815371-the-mothers?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Mothers
Author:  Brit Bennett
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960 

Thursday, October 12th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33916024-sourdough?ac=1&from_search=true

Call the store to buy a copy of the book and reserve your seat
Book:  Sourdough
Author:  Robin Sloan
Location:  Mrs. Dalloway's Books
Address:   2904 College Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 704-8222

Friday, October 13th, at 6:30pm
Lit By The Lake at The Library


$5.00 suggested donation
Author:  Aya de Leon (Uptown Thief), Meredith Jaeger (The Dressmaker's Dowry), Elizabeth Rosner (Electric City), Shanthi Sekaran (Lucky Boy), and Arisa White (You're The Most Beautiful Thing That Happened)
Location: Oakland Main Library
Address: 125 14th Street, Oakland
Tel:  (510) 238-3134


Saturday, October 14th, at 6:30pm
Litquake Litcrawl Phase 2

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30955863-heroine-worship?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35066651-taste-of-marrow?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23130135-the-dangerous-type?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25246198-gypsy

Authors:  Sarah Gailey (Taste of Marrow), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Worship), Loren Rhoads (The Dangerous Type), and Carter Scholz (Gypsy)
Location:  Borderlands Books 
Address:  866 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203 

Saturday, October 14th, at 8:00pm
Litquake Litcrawl Phase 3

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31372178-passing-strange?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26123536-the-guns-above?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35007994-the-spawn-of-lilith?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23282183-the-entropy-of-bones

Authors: Robyn Bennis (The Guns Above), Dana Fredsti (The Spawn of Lilith), Ayize Jama-Everett (The Entropy of Bones), and Ellen Klages (Passing Strange)
Location:  Borderlands Books 
Address:  866 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203 


Sunday, October 14th at 3:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34550708-broken-circle?from_search=true
Call the store to buy a book and reserve your seat
Book:  Broken Circle
Author:  Jessica Powers
Location:  Mrs. Dalloway's Books
Address:  2904 College Avenue, Berkeley
Tel:  (510) 704-8222

 
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