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On Friday, January 7th, we featured author Paul Weiss, whose uplifting book “Touching the Rainbow Ground: 8 Steps to Hope” was discussed.  Weiss has spent three decades among the poorest children in the world, working hard to trying to make them rich in spirit.  We had a marvelous crowd here to hear Paul’s story, so the event was definitely a success!  Thanks for coming out!

Our event tonight was a rousing success!  Thanks to everyone who came out tonight to meet Andrew and listen to him speak!  We have signed copies of Twain’s Feast on hand in case you didn’t get a chance to make it!

We are so thrilled to be able to announce one of the biggest author events we’ve had to opportunity of having so far – Andrew Beahrs, the author of Twain’s Feast!  Here’s his personal bio from his website:

Andrew Beahrs is the author of Twain’s Feast, forthcoming from Penguin Press, and the novels Strange Saint and the The Sin Eaters, both from Toby Press.

His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Writer’s Chronicle, Gastronomica, Food History News, Ocean Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, Alligator Juniper, and other journals.

Born and raised in Connecticut, he earned his BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, his MA in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Virginia, and his MFA in Fiction from Louisville’s Spalding University.

Andrew lives in Berkeley with his family.

Andrew will be joining us for a book reading and signing on Friday, October 8th from 5 to 8 PM.

Twain’s Feast is, so far, my book of the year, so I can not contain my happiness about the fact that Andrew is coming here to do an event for us.  It’s incredibly nice of him to do this, and am really looking forward to hearing him discuss the book and his ties to Twain, as well as some of his anthropological background.  I urge you, if you have any sort of interest in Twain, food or anthropology, to swing by for this very special event.

We have a cool store event in our future – two local authors will be here on Saturday, March 13th to help us celebrate our children’s book sale!  Sandra Alonzo, a local author (and friend of mine) who recently got her YA novel, Riding Invisible, published through Hyperion, will be here from 1 – 2:30 PM, while local poet Jeannie Harsha will be here from 2:30 – 4pm to share her recently published anthology, But First, Can You Tie My Shoe?  You can check out details about Sandra here, and Jeannie here.  Throughout the day, we’ll be having a special sale on all of our new children’s book titles.  You can save 30% off of the retail price!

Our event with Grace went extremely well!  Thanks to everyone who made it!  We now have several signed copies of Grace’s book, Zen Women, in stock!  Just in case you couldn’t make it, Grace was interested in doing another signing later on in the year, so we’ll let you know if and when that happens.