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Bookshop Santa Cruz

1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
831-423-0900

January 2011

Community Book Group with Karen Tei Yamashita

January 25, 2011 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Dazzling and ambitious, this hip, multi-voiced fusion of prose, playwriting, graphic art, and philosophy spins an epic tale of America’s struggle for civil rights as it played out in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Divided into ten novellas, one for each year, I Hotel begins in 1968, when Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated, students took to the streets, the Vietnam War raged, and cities burned. As Karen Yamashita’s motley cast of students, laborers, artists, revolutionaries, and provocateurs make their…

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February 2012

John Jordan, Supposing Bleak House

February 2, 2012 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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John O. Jordan is giving a reading at Bookshop Santa Cruz in honor of Charles Dickens's bicentenary (born Feb 7, 1812). John will read from his book, Supposing Bleak House, and discuss Dickens, Bleak House, the Dickens Project, and the upcoming Dickens Universe (focusing on Bleak House this summer). There's a Bookshop link at http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/john-jordan.

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February 2014

Poetry Santa Cruz presents Michael Hannon and Gary Young

February 11, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Michael Hannon was born in California in 1939. He has been writing and publishing poetry for 53 years. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies both here and abroad. Much of his work has been published by California’s leading book artists in limited editions. His thirty-year collaboration with the artist William T. Wiley has produced books, sculptures and numerous gallery and museum shows. Kenneth Rexroth said of Hannon’s work: “A very good poet indeed and certainly one of the few…

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October 2016

Micah Perks: “What Becomes Us”

October 4, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Micah Perks What Becomes Us

Join us as we celebrate the launch of this wonderfully consuming new novel from local author, professor, and co-director of UCSC’s creative writing program Micah Perks. Following a near-fatal accident, Evie, a mild-mannered, pregnant school teacher, abandons her controlling husband and flees California for the wilds of western New York. She rents a farm house on a dead end road in a close-knit community that is divided by local colonial history, a story that goes deep to the roots of…

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Geraldine Brooks: “The Secret Chord”

October 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Geraldine Brooks, The Secret Chord

Now out in paperback from Pulitzer Prize winning, bestselling author Geraldine Brooks, The Secret Chord traces the arc of King David's journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage. The Secret Chord has received critical acclaim; The Chicago Tribune wrote, “Deeply sympathetic. Brooks offers new perspectives on a character whose story has captured the Western imagination for millennial… she breaks from the…

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October 2017

Kim Stanley Robinson, New York 2140

October 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Institute for Humanities Research are pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson as he returns for a book talk and signing of his bold and brilliant vision of New York City in the next century: New York 2140. "In the not-so-distant future, a diverse cast of characters inherit a New York that has been flooded and overwhelmed as a result of the environmental, economic, and social disasters we are facing today.…

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May 2018

Robin Coste Lewis at Bookshop Santa Cruz

May 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Robin Coste Lewis is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus (2015), which won the National Book Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition, and VIDA. This free event will take place in Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins. Full event info: http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/event/robin-coste-lewis-voyage-sable-venus RELATED EVENTS Tuesday, May 29th "Opera Works: Journey in Creation" Workshop rehearsals with Opera Parallele…

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October 2018

Anita Sarkeesian and Ebony Adams: History vs. Women

October 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Join us at Bookshop Santa Cruz for discussion and signing with Anita Sarkeesian and Ebony Adams, moderated by UCSC Professor of Film and Digital Media Shelley Stamp, about their new book, History vs. Women.  Rebels, rulers, scientists, artists, warriors and villains. Women are, and have always been, all these things and more. Looking through the ages and across the globe, Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency, along with Ebony Adams PHD, have reclaimed the stories of twenty-five remarkable women who dared to…

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Micah Perks Book Launch: True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape

October 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Image of Micah Perks leaning forward and smiling next to the red jacket for her new book

Bookshop Santa Cruz and The Humanities Institute welcomes local author Micah Perks to celebrate the publication of her new book, True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape. Magical and funny, profound and seductive, the linked stories in True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape explore the life-bending power of love. In these interwoven lives, ardent desire meets a keen sense of reality deep in the heart of progressive California. When Sadie opens a funky bookstore in Santa Cruz, she is swept…

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February 2019

Book Talk: Marlon James – Black Leopard, Red Wolf

February 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
Marlon James, Black Leopard, Red Wolf

We are thrilled to partner with Bookshop Santa Cruz to welcome award-winning author Marlon James for a reading and signing of his highly-anticipated novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, which is already being touted as a book that "will come to be seen as a classic of our times." (NPR) "A fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made." —Neil Gaiman The epic novel, an African Game of Thrones, from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven…

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March 2019

Book Launch: Dana Frank, “The Long Honduran Night”

March 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
Dana Frank

Professor Dana Frank will join us to discuss and sign copies of her new book, The Long Honduran Night—a story of resistance, repression, and U.S. policy in Honduras in the aftermath of a violent military coup. This powerful narrative recounts the dramatic years in Honduras following the June 2009 military coup that deposed President Manuel Zelaya, told in part through first-person experiences, layered into deeper political analysis. It weaves together two broad pictures: first, the repressive regime that was launched with…

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Book Talk: Carolyn Burke, Foursome

March 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
Carolyn Burke, Foursome

THI joins Bookshop Santa Cruz to welcome author Carolyn Burke for a discussion and signing of her new book, Foursome, a captivating, spirited account of the intense relationship among four artists whose strong personalities, passionate feelings, and aesthetic ideals drew them together, pulled them apart, and profoundly influenced the very shape of twentieth-century art. This event is cosponsored by The Humanities Institute UC Santa Cruz. New York, 1921: Alfred Stieglitz, the most influential figure in early twentieth-century photography, celebrates the…

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June 2019

Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

June 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

We welcome award winning author Ocean Vuong (Night Sky with Exit Wounds) for a reading of his highly acclaimed debut novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, named a best book of summer by The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Vulture, Thrillist, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, and more. "In this achingly beautiful novel, a young Vietnamese American writes a letter to his abusive mother about his struggle to find love and a sense of identity. In the process, he comes to appreciate the…

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August 2019

Téa Obreht – Inland: A Novel

August 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
Tea Obreht

Bookshop Santa Cruz is delighted to welcome Téa Obreht, National Book Award finalist and bestselling author of The Tiger's Wife, back to the store for a reading and signing of her new novel, INLAND—an epic journey across an unforgettable landscape, a stunning tale of perseverance and family, and a love letter to the complicated and glorious American West. This event is co-sponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz. In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives collide.…

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October 2019

Lit Quake

October 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Funny & Peculiar: Santa Cruz Writers on Keeping it Weird It’s 2019 and it seems like things couldn’t get any stranger. What better time to mine the oddities of life with noted writers Elizabeth  McKenzie, Micah Perks, Peggy Townsend, Liza Monroy and Wallace Baine? Moderated by Dan White and Amy Ettinger. This event is co-presented by Bookshop Santa Cruz. In honor of Litquake's 20th anniversary in 2019, the festival is holding 20 events in 20 cities nationwide - including this…

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February 2020

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Children of the Land

February 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes award-winning poet Marcelo Hernandez Castillo for a discussion and signing of his new memoir about growing up undocumented in the United States. Children of the Land recounts the sorrows and joys of a family torn apart by draconian policies and chronicles one young man’s attempt to build a future in a nation that denies his existence. Castillo will be in conversation with Nathan Osorio at this event, which is cosponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC…

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May 2020

POSTPONED – Ottessa Moshfegh: Death in Her Hands

May 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

This is an advanced event listing. Please check back for updated information at: https://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/ottessamoshfegh2020 This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins. If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please email info@bookshopsantacruz.com by May 2nd. Death in Her Hands comes from one of our most ceaselessly provocative literary talents, a novel of haunting metaphysical suspense about an elderly widow whose life is upturned…

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