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Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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October 2014

Azar Nafisi: "The Republic of Imagination"

October 28, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Peace United Church, 900 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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$31.50

The bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran will discuss and sign copies of her new book, The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books—a hymn to the power of fiction to change lives. Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-copy bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics to her eager students in Iran. In this exhilarating follow-up, Nafisi has written the book…

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November 2014

Karen Armstrong: "Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence"

November 14, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Peace United Church, 900 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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$32.70

The renowned author of A History of God will discuss and sign copies of her new book, Fields of Blood—a sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence. For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in America. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11 perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness—something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? With deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong…

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December 2016

Michael Chabon: “Moonglow”

December 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Peace United Church, 900 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Telegraph Avenue) for an offsite book talk and signing of Moonglow, his first novel in four years. Moonglow takes the form of a grandfather's deathbed confession to his grandson and covers the course of the 20th century. It is a novel of truth and lies, family legends, and existential adventure and the forces that work to destroy us.   "Chabon's most beautifully realized novel to date ....…

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June 2018

Jennifer Egan: “Manhattan Beach”

June 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Peace United Church, 900 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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BUY TICKETS Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan to town for a reading and signing of her fantastic novel, Manhattan Beach. Tickets for this special offsite event (which will be held at Peace United Church) are on sale now online at Bookshop Santa Cruz. This event is cosponsored by The Humanities Institute UC Santa Cruz. Join us prior to the event for a wine reception at 6:30. Praise for Manhattan Beach Manhattan Beach may seem like a…

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October 2018

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Reyna Grande Book Launch: A Dream Called Home

October 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Peace United Church, 900 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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UC Santa Cruz alumna, Reyna Grande, will discuss her new memoir, A Dream Called Home, in conversation with Micah Perks, UC Santa Cruz Literature Professor. A DREAM CALLED HOME is Grande’s lyrical and moving follow-up to The Distance Between Us. This memoir tells the story of her pursuit to become the first in her family to earn a college degree at UC Santa Cruz and become an award-winning and bestselling author. Grande shares an inspiring, personal account of what it means…

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VENUE CHANGE: Living Writers – Khary Polk

October 25, 2018 @ 5:20 pm - 6:55 pm
Peace United Church, 900 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Khary Polk is an Assistant Professor of Black Studies & Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies at Amherst College. He attended Oberlin College as an undergraduate, where he majored in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and received his Ph.D. in American Studies from New York University. Polk has written for the Studio Museum of Harlem, The Journal of Negro History, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Gawker, the journal Biography, and has contributed essays to a number of queer of color anthologies,…

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November 2018

Living Writers: Alexandria Marzano Lesnevich

November 21, 2018 @ 5:20 pm - 6:55 pm
Peace United Church, 900 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, recipient of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir and the 2018 Chautauqua Prize. Named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible.com, Bustle, Book Riot, The Times of London, and The Guardian, it was an Indie Next Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection, long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize, short-listed for the CWA Gold Dagger, and a…

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February 2019

Living Writers: Alex Marzano Lesnevich

February 21, 2019 @ 5:20 pm - 7:00 pm
Peace United Church, 900 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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UCSC Living Writers, THI and the Hichcock Poetry Fund presents a reading of author Alex Marzano-Lesnevich's book, "The Fact of a Body murder and a memoir and Kirstin Wagner. Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, recipient of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir and the 2018 Chautauqua Prize. Named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible.com, Bustle, Book Riot, The Times of London, and The Guardian, it…

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May 2019

Living Writers: Brenda Shaughnessy with Ellen Bass

May 9, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Peace United Church, 900 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Brenda Shaughnessy earned a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MFA from Columbia University. She is the author of Interior with Sudden Joy (1999), Human Dark with Sugar (2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, Our Andromeda(2012), So Much Synth (2016), and The Octopus Museum (2019). Her work has appeared in the Yale Review, the Boston Review, McSweeney’s, and Best American Poetry, among other places. Shaughnessy’s work is known for…

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September 2019

Colson Whitehead Reading: The Nickel Boys

September 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Peace United Church, 900 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Event Photos by Crystal Birns: Bookshop Santa Cruz presents Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author Colson Whitehead for a reading of The Nickel Boys, his highly anticipated followup and companion to The Underground Railroad. This special ticketed event will take place at Peace United Church and is cosponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz. TICKET PACKAGES: Ticket packages are $30 and include ONE ticket to the event and ONE copy of The Nickel Boys. Purchase ticket packages…

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Jacqueline Woodson: Red at the Bone

September 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Peace United Church, 900 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States

Bookshop Santa Cruz is delighted to present an evening with acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson to celebrate the release of her newest book, Red at the Bone. This special book talk, Q+A, and book signing is cosponsored by The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz. Ticket options: Single Entry: $30.00 Admission for 1 person. Includes 1 ticket and 1 copy of Red at the Bone  Double Entry: $38.00 Admission for 2 people. Includes 2 tickets and 1 copy of Red at the Bone (Red at the Bone publishes…

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