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Mallory Ortberg

Sat., Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.
510-649-1320
Mallory Ortberg
What if your favorite literary figures had smartphones and unlimited data plans? Such is the premise of Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters, the first book from the wry and always amusing Mallory Ortberg, Oaklander and co-creator of the women-centric website The Toast. Ortberg draws from well-known literary figures and books (Jane Eyre, obvs., along with Sherlock Holmes, Atlas Shrugged, The Hunger Games), as well as less prominent figures (Circe, The Wife of Bath), but you don’t have to be a former English major or someone who wears bloomers to enjoy these missives. A few favorites include texts from Odysseus to Circe: “Why did you turn my friends into pigs?” “I don’t know. Maybe the real question is why are your friends so turn-into-pigsable”; Beth from Little Women complaining that sun shining through a window is killing her; and a (presumably teenage) Virginia Woolf texting her intrusive mother: “I NEED A ROOM OF MY OWN NOT A ROOM YOU COME INTO WHEN I’M GONE AND CLEAN UP … MY FICTION IS THAT YOU’RE AN UTTER BITCH TIDY THAT UP.” Ortberg will sign, read, (and hopefully shout) from her book on Saturday at Pegasus Books (2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley). Regardless of your literary inclinations, Texts from Jane Eyre is sure to leave you ROFL B-) Free
Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley & Oakland (map)

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Bittermelons and Mimosas: A Philippine Memoir

Sun., Nov. 23, 3-4 p.m.
510-745-1469
Nieves Catahan Villamin will share her memoir and speak about life on a Philippine farm, college, moving to the United States, and life on her family’s vineyard. Free
Union City Library 34007 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City (map)

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Thomas Lynch reads Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory"

Tue., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.
510-704-8222
A holiday favorite! Join in for fruitcake and cheer! Free
Mrs. Dalloway's 2904 College Ave., Berkeley (map)

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A Child's Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas

Thu., Dec. 4, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas presented by The Rebound Players, a local theater troupe. The Players will read and perform an adaption, with music, of the beloved holiday classic. Come early to get a good seat! The public is welcome, and refreshments will be served. Free
Marin Poetry Center 1408 Mission St., San Rafael (map)

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Winter 2014 Cookbook Extravaganza!

Sun., Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m.
510-653-9965
Authors Sara Deseran, Tony Gemignani, Kathleen Weber, Alice Medrich, and Tanya Holland share their new cookbooks (and of course bring some excellent food)! Free
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Ave., Oakland (map)

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Family Storytime

, Saturdays, 10:30-11 a.m.
510-238-7344
With stories, songs, rhymes, and play for all ages. free
Oakland Public Library, Lakeview Branch 550 El Embarcadero, Oakland (map)

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Toddler Storytime

, Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.
510-535-5623
Stories, songs, and finger plays for children under 3 years old. free
Oakland Public Library, Melrose Branch 4805 Foothill Blvd., Oakland (map)

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Toddler Storytime

, Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
510-238-3134
Stories, songs, and finger plays for children under 3 years old. free
Oakland Public Library, Main Branch 125 14th St., Oakland (map)

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Bilingual Family Storytime

, Saturdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
510-238-3400
Stories and activities for the whole family, presented in English and Mandarin. free
Oakland Public Library, Asian Branch 388 9th St., Ste. 190, Oakland (map)

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Saturday Night Special: East Bay Open Mic

, Last Saturday of every month, 7-9 p.m.
510-652-6425
A monthly open mic hosted by Hollie Hardy and Tomas Moniz. free
Nick's Lounge 3218 Adeline St., Berkeley (map)

Write for Your Life

Mondays, 9-11:45 a.m.
510-525-0302

There are far worse ways to spend a Monday than doing some writing as meditation. Write for Your Life happens every Monday morning at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley (1 Lawson Rd., Berkeley), with participants writing in response to a reading at the top of the session. Reading aloud to the group is optional. 9:15-11:45 a.m., free. 510-524-2858 or UUCB.org

free
Unitarian Universalist Church 1 Lawson Rd., Berkeley (map)

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Preschool Storytime

, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
510-615-5725
With read alouds, songs, and rhymes for ages 3 to 5. free

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The East Bay Mystery Readers' Group

, First Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m.
510-832-4438
Visit website for monthly titles.
Walden Pond Books 3316 Grand Ave., Oakland (map)

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Family Storytime

, Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
510-482-7844
With stories, songs, and rhymes for all ages. free
Oakland Public Library, Dimond Branch 3565 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland (map)

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Toddler Storytime

, Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m.
510-597-5011
Stories, songs, and finger plays for children under 3 years old. free

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