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Mark McClusky

Thu., Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
510-653-9965
The author will discuss and sign his new book Faster, Higher, Stronger. Free
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Ave., Oakland (map)

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William Gibson

Fri., Oct. 31, 7 p.m.
510-653-9965
William Gibson
William Gibson is often credited with having predicted the internet before it was popularized. The Neuromancer (1984) author coined the term “cyberspace,” and described virtual environments and cultural phenomena (such as reality television) at a time when they were merely sci-fi fantasies. Gibson is a cyberpunk and speculative fiction icon, with three trilogies under his belt and an enormous cult following. This week, he is releasing his first book since 2010, The Peripheral. It’s a work of near-future fiction that takes place in two time periods, following two professional video game players, who, of course, are somehow also involved in the black market. Another given is that it’s a grim cultural critique, dissecting economic inequality by throwing it into the future, but keeping it contemporary enough to tether it to reality. Diesel, A Bookstore (5433 College Ave., Berkeley) will be hosting a Halloween party — complete with costumes — to celebrate his new release and the thirtieth anniversary of Neuromancer. Gibson will discuss the book and sign copies. For all of you cyberpunk nerds hiding out there, this could be the perfect opportunity to dress up as your favorite Gibson character around people who will actually get it. That, and finally meet a literary legend. Free
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Ave., Oakland (map)

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Rebecca Solnit

Tue., Nov. 4, 7 p.m.
510-653-9965
Rebecca Solnit discusses, signs, and reads from her new collection of essays, The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness. Free
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Ave., Oakland (map)

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Toastmasters International @ Warehouse 416

Tuesdays, 7 a.m.
510-922-1653
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. free
Warehouse 416 416 26th St., Oakland (map)

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Lawyers in the Library

First Tuesday of every month, 5-7 p.m.
510-597-5017
Services provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up begins at 4:45 p.m. Call 510-597-5017 to confirm event. free
Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch 5366 College Ave., Oakland (map)

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Preschool Storytime

, Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m.
510-597-5017
With read alouds, songs, and rhymes for ages 3 to 5. free
Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch 5366 College Ave., Oakland (map)

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Toddler Storytime

, Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m.
510-597-5017
With songs, active rhymes, and stories for ages 18 months to 3 years. free
Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch 5366 College Ave., Oakland (map)

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