In-store Book Events this Week!

2/19

6 p.m. 

Skype Talk with Natasha Lennard of the Intercept discussing her contributions to the book Violence: Humans in Dark Times 

About the book:  Through a series of penetrating conversations originally published in the  New York Times  and the  Los Angeles Review of Books ,  Brad Evans and Natasha Lennard  talk with a wide range of cutting edge thinkers--including  Oliver Stone, Simon Critchley, and Elaine Scarry --to explore the problem of violence in everyday life, politics, culture, media, language, memory, and the environment. "To bring out the best of us," writes Evans, "we have to confront the worst of what humans are capable of doing to one another. In short, there is a need to confront the intolerable realities of violence in this world."

About the book:

Through a series of penetrating conversations originally published in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books, Brad Evans and Natasha Lennard talk with a wide range of cutting edge thinkers--including Oliver Stone, Simon Critchley, and Elaine Scarry--to explore the problem of violence in everyday life, politics, culture, media, language, memory, and the environment. "To bring out the best of us," writes Evans, "we have to confront the worst of what humans are capable of doing to one another. In short, there is a need to confront the intolerable realities of violence in this world."


2/20

6:30 p.m.

Pleasure Activism Book Release w/Author Adrienne Maree Brown 

About the book:   How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken within ourselves desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life? Author and editor adrienne maree brown finds the answer in something she calls “pleasure activism,” a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work. Drawing on the black feminist tradition, she challenges us to rethink the ground rules of activism. Her mindset-altering essays are interwoven with conversations and insights from other feminist thinkers, including Audre Lorde, Joan Morgan, Cara Page, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

About the book:

How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken within ourselves desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life? Author and editor adrienne maree brown finds the answer in something she calls “pleasure activism,” a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work. Drawing on the black feminist tradition, she challenges us to rethink the ground rules of activism. Her mindset-altering essays are interwoven with conversations and insights from other feminist thinkers, including Audre Lorde, Joan Morgan, Cara Page, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs.


2/22

5:30

They Call Me George: The History of Canadian Sleeping Car Porters Book Author Talk w/Cecil Foster

Smartly dressed and smiling, Canada’s Black train porters were a familiar sight to the average passenger―yet their minority status rendered them politically invisible, second-class in the social imagination that determined who was and who was not considered Canadian. Subjected to grueling shifts and unreasonable standards―a passenger missing his stop was a dismissible offense―the so-called Pullmen of the country’s rail lines were denied secure positions and prohibited from bringing their families to Canada, and it was their struggle against the racist Dominion that laid the groundwork for the multicultural nation we know today. Drawing on the experiences of these influential Black Canadians, Cecil Foster’s  They Call Me George  demonstrates the power of individuals and minority groups in the fight for social justice and shows how a country can change for the better.

Smartly dressed and smiling, Canada’s Black train porters were a familiar sight to the average passenger―yet their minority status rendered them politically invisible, second-class in the social imagination that determined who was and who was not considered Canadian. Subjected to grueling shifts and unreasonable standards―a passenger missing his stop was a dismissible offense―the so-called Pullmen of the country’s rail lines were denied secure positions and prohibited from bringing their families to Canada, and it was their struggle against the racist Dominion that laid the groundwork for the multicultural nation we know today. Drawing on the experiences of these influential Black Canadians, Cecil Foster’s They Call Me George demonstrates the power of individuals and minority groups in the fight for social justice and shows how a country can change for the better.


2/24

4 p.m.

Black Male Writers Read from their Published Books

Featured Authors Reading:    Stephen Ward ~  In Love and Struggle  - Non Fiction/ Biography    Stephen Mack Jones ~  Lives Laid Away  &  August Snow  Crime/Fiction    Zig Zag Clayborn ~  The Brothers Jetstream: Livathan  - Science Fiction    Wardell Montomery ~  Abandoned Automobile  - Poetry    Yusef Shakur ~  Redemptive Soul  - Memoir

Featured Authors Reading:

Stephen Ward ~ In Love and Struggle - Non Fiction/ Biography

Stephen Mack Jones ~ Lives Laid Away & August Snow Crime/Fiction

Zig Zag Clayborn ~ The Brothers Jetstream: Livathan - Science Fiction

Wardell Montomery ~ Abandoned Automobile - Poetry

Yusef Shakur ~ Redemptive Soul - Memoir


Mind, Body & Spirit Classes

Saturday Class Schedule

All Classes at 10 a.m. 

Feb. 2 - Tai Chi w/Vernice

This ancient martial arts based practice builds strength and flexibility.

Feb. 9 - Qi Gong w/Betty

Betty is our guide to increased health, energy and flexibility through "breath work" and gentle motion.

Feb. 16 - Tai Chi w/Vernice

This ancient martial arts based practice builds strength and flexibility.

Feb. 23 -Chair Yoga w/Tene

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support

All classes are free and open to the public, but we encourage a Love Offering for our generous instructors who donate their time.

See our Calendar for the full list of events & details. Click on a highlighted date for info.