Gordon Johnson at College of the Desert

Wednesday Oct 23 2019   2:00 PM
Walter N. Marks Gallery for the Arts (College of the Desert)  43-500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, CA  map

Join author Gordon Johnson as he reads from his latest book, Bird Songs Don’t Lie: Writings from the Rez. 

Free and open to the public; more info here, or contact Ruth Nolan at RNolan@collegeofthedesert.edu.

Maestrapeace authors at the J. Paul Leonard Library

Wednesday Oct 23 2019   12:30 PM
J. Paul Leonard Library  1630 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA  map

Join the authors/muralists of Maestrapeace: San Francisco’s Monumental Feminist Mural for a panel discussion at the J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 121, on the San Francisco State University campus.

Free and open to the public.


Obi Kaufmann at the UC Davis Arboretum

Thursday Oct 24 2019   7:00 PM
ANR Building, Valley Conference Room  2801 2nd St, Davis, CA  map

In this free public lecture, Obi Kaufmann will share his insights and vision about the future of California. He will stay for a Q&A session and book signing following the lecture.

This event is cohosted by the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden and the UC Master Gardener Program.

Free and open to the public; register on Eventbrite.

Jenny Odell and Oliver James at the Claremont Branch Library

Monday Oct 28 2019   6:30 PM
Claremont Branch Library  2940 Benvenue Avenue, Berkeley, CA  map

Join authors Jenny Odell (How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy) and Oliver James (The Birds of Berkeley) for a sparkling evening in conversation at the Claremont Branch Library. Sponsored by The Berkeley Public Library Foundation.

Free to the public but space limited; please RSVP by calling (510) 981-6115 or contact events@bplf.org.


Richard Schwartz at the North Berkeley Public Library

Saturday Nov 02 2019   6:00 PM
North Branch Library  1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA  map

The Circle of Stones author Richard Schwartz will give an illustrated talk on Indian life in Berkeley and the evidence surrounding it from thousands of years of Native habitation here. He will demonstrate how the discovery and protection of village sites, artifacts, and history combine as powerful tools to begin to understand the extent Native Americans lived (and continue to live) within what became the City of Berkeley. He will demonstrate how a culture can be learned or lost by the efforts and actions of current residents and how this history might exist in your own backyard.

Kim Bancroft at the San Francisco Public Library

Sunday Nov 03 2019   2:00 PM
San Francisco Public Library  , San Francisco, CA  map

As part of the San Francisco Public Library’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) events, we welcome Kim Bancroft, who will discuss her writing and editing process, and her literary roots. Bancroft will discuss two of her literary endeavors which explore the stories of two publishing leaders: The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher and Literary Industries: Chasing A Vanishing West, which written by Hubert Howe Bancroft and edited for a modern reader by Kim Bancroft. Kim will also discuss her most recent book project, Archived Women: The Writing Wives of H.H. Bancroft, in which she tells the story of two women through their letters and journals.

Fireside Meeting with Richard Schwartz

Monday Nov 04 2019   7:30 PM
Hillside Club  2286 Cedar St, Berkeley, CA  map

Historian Richard Schwartz will tell the fascinating story of the numerous philanthropic and significant deeds of immigrant Maurice Curtis, once a famed but later largely forgotten actor, for the city of Berkeley that still have an effect on us today. Schwartz will also discuss the never-before-shared history of Curtis’s Berkeley-based Peralta Park Hotel, the tallest hotel in the Bay Area at the time (now the site of the Saint Mary’s College High School). As Curtis catapulted to fame and fortune, he was thrilled to help the town he loved and its people thrive.

This presentation will include Berkeley-specific stories not included in Schwartz’s book, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis, recently released in paperback.

This will be a Hillside Club member benefit. Open to the public, with a requested $10 admission charge to benefit our speaker fund.

Cosponsored by the Hillside Club and the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA).

More info here.

Maestrapeace authors at Books, Inc.

Wednesday Nov 06 2019   7:00 PM
Books, Inc. - Berkeley  1491 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

Join the authors/muralists of Maestrapeace: San Francisco’s Monumental Feminist Mural at Books, Inc., Berkeley, for a book talk and signing.

Free and open to the public; more info here.

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty at Shakespeare & Co.

Thursday Nov 07 2019   6:30 PM
Shakespeare & Co.  1632 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA  map

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty author Richard Schwartz will speak on the life of actor M. B. Curtis, emphasizing his Philadelphia presence as well as the Statue of Liberty story.

Josie Iselin and Shilpi Chhotray at the Brower Center

Thursday Nov 07 2019   6:30 PM
The Brower Center  2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA  map

The Brower Center, Josie Iselin, and Shilpi Chhotray (founder of Samudra Products) are pleased to present “The Curious World of Seaweed,” a presentation on the seaweeds of our Pacific coast and the science of ocean health. A book signing will take place after the program, with a 25% discount on books and Samudra products included with admission. “The Curious World of Seaweed” is Josie’s newly released book. Marine algae are the supreme eco-engineers of life: they oxygenate the oceans, create habitat for countless other organisms, and form the base of a food chain that keeps our planet unique in the universe as we know it. Shilpi Chhotray is the founder of Samudra Skin & Sea, a plant-based skincare line featuring wild harvested, local seaweed. By using clean ingredients, zero-waste packaging, and brand activism, their goal is to incentivize everyday consumers to be better stewards of our blue planet. Shilpi is also a plastic pollution activist and serves as the Senior Communications Officer for Break Free From Plastic, the global movement working to stop plastic pollution for good. Doors will open at 6:30pm with program and Q&A from 7:00-8:00pm. Book signing and mingling will take place from 8:00pm-8:45pm.

$5 – $10 General Admission. Seating is limited; more info here.

Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi at The Green Arcade

Wednesday Nov 13 2019   7:00 PM
The Green Arcade  1680 Market St, San Francisco, CA  map

We had a great and deep time for the release of the first edition of this book ten years ago, and this history of the gaining—and retaining—of civil rights in California could not be timelier. Join as we celebrate the process with Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi: Wherever There’s a Fight, 10th Anniversary Edition: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California.

Free and open to the public; more info here.


Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi at Point Reyes Books

Thursday Nov 14 2019   7:00 PM
Point Reyes Books  11315 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station, CA  map

Authors Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi join us to discuss the 10th anniversary edition of their California Book Award winner, Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California.

Free and open to the public; more info here.

Berkeley Public Library Foundation’s Annual Authors Dinner with Richard Schwartz

Saturday Feb 08 2020  
Berkeley City Club  2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

This event spotlights the Bay Area’s literary tradition and celebrates the authors who enrich our community. Proceeds from the event fund library innovations, capital improvements, and expand literacy projects that help make a strong public library possible. This year’s event will be held at the prestigious Berkeley City Club. The evening begins with a cocktail reception, an opportunity for authors and guests to mingle, followed by dinner where each author is seated with a group of library-loving guests and introduced briefly to the attendees at large by the evening’s host emcees. Our 2020 hosts include Emmy Award winner Linda Schacht Gage, Pulitzer Prize-winning author T.J. Stiles, San Francisco Chronicle columnist and author Vanessa Hua, and author-historian Richard Schwartz. For a peek at what to expect, you can view our gallery from the 2019 gathering here.

The Foundation raises funds to benefit all five locations of the Berkeley Public Library by supporting innovations, building improvements, and literacy projects for all ages. This summer brings exciting news, as construction has just begun on building out the new Teen Space, as well as to create other common areas for gathering, reading, and programming. This is all made possible thanks to authors, sponsors, and donors who support the beloved annual Authors Dinner. More details TBA.