Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6-8 PM.
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6-8 PM.
Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 10:15 AM
Are you a poet in search of a poetry group? Please bring at least one original poem of yours to share and be read out loud. Come meet other writers as we discuss the art of poetry, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals.
Wednesday, June 3, 2 p.m.
At the Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell
Named one of the Ten Best Books of 2016 by the New York Times, a spirited account of a major intellectual movement of the twentieth century and the revolutionary thinkers who came to shape it, by the best-selling author of How to Live Sarah Bakewell.
Paris, 1933: three contemporaries meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are the young Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and longtime friend Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher who raves to them about a new conceptual framework from Berlin called Phenomenology. "You see," he says, "if you are a phenomenologist you can talk about this cocktail and make philosophy out of it!"
It was this simple phrase that would ignite a movement, inspiring Sartre to integrate Phenomenology into his own French, humanistic sensibility, thereby creating an entirely new philosophical approach inspired by themes of radical freedom, authentic being, and political activism. This movement would sweep through the jazz clubs and cafés of the Left Bank before making its way across the world as Existentialism.
Wednesday, June 3, 4:00pm
Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers by Natalie Eve Garrett (Editor), Anthony Doerr (Contribution by), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Contribution by)
This collection of intimate, illustrated essays by some of America's most well-regarded literary writers explores how comfort food can help us cope with dark times--be it the loss of a parent, the loneliness of a move, or the pain of heartache.
Lev Grossman explains how he survived on "sweet, sour, spicy, salty, unabashedly gluey" General Tso's tofu after his divorce. Carmen Maria Machado describes her growing pains as she learned to feed and care for herself during her twenties. Claire Messud tries to understand how her mother gave up dreams of being a lawyer to make "a dressed salad of tiny shrimp and avocado, followed by prune-stuffed pork tenderloin." What makes each tale so moving is not only the deeply personal revelations from celebrated writers, but also the compassion and healing behind the story: the taste of hope.
Meets 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 5:30 PM.
Are you a poet in search of a poetry group? Please bring at least one original poem of yours to share and be read out loud. Come meet other writers as we discuss the art of poetry, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals.Meets in the Writers Corner on the mezzanine level of the store near the poetry section & Evolve Chocolate + Cafe.
Meets 1st & 3rd Sundays, 3-5pm
We have eclectic tastes that range from biography, history, nature writing, and self-help, but tend to focus primarily on the memoir. Our process is to bring a printed copy of your piece for each member of the group to follow while you read aloud. The group critiques aloud and also writes notes on your print out, and returns the print outs to you for you to keep. Critiquing is honest and encouraging. We ask that new members attend at least two meetings before submitting their own works for critique.
Meets 2nd & 4th Mondays, 4-6 PM.
Join us as we respond to 2-3 prompts each session. Let your imagination go wild. We will time each write for 15-20 minutes then share our stories in a safe, supportive setting. Meets in the Writers Corner on the mezzanine level of the store near the poetry section & Evolve Chocolate + Cafe.
Monday, June 8, 7:00pm
A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler by Jason Roberts
He was known simply as the Blind Traveler. A solitary, sightless adventurer, James Holman (1786-1857) fought the slave trade in Africa, survived a frozen captivity in Siberia, hunted rogue elephants in Ceylon, helped chart the Australian outback—and, astonishingly, circumnavigated the globe, becoming one of the greatest wonders of the world he so sagaciously explored. A Sense of the World is a spellbinding and moving rediscovery of one of history's most epic lives—a story to awaken our own senses of awe and wonder.
Wednesday, June 10, 1:00pm
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger. Dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survivial. Can he rise above his enemies and become the master of his realm once again? With an inspirational introduction by award-winning author Melvyn Burgess, The Call of the Wild is one of the twenty wonderful classic stories being reissued in Puffin Classics in March 2015.
Meets 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6-8pm
The second Thursday meeting takes place in the Writers' Corner on the mezzanine level of the bookstore.
The fourth Thursday meeting takes place in the Colophon Cafe.