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Patricia Bracewell 

When: Fri., Feb. 8, 7 p.m. 2013
Price: free

Long-forgotten Queen Emma of Normandy braved crossing the Narrow Sea at fifteen to enter into a loveless marriage with an English king much older than she, in a bid to unite the two countries and keep the Danes from raiding English shores. With the heavy crown in place, however, Emma finds herself a much-loathed Queen and stepmum, with ravishing ladies angling to take her place, and a growing attraction to a man other than her husband the King. Oakland author Patricia Bracewell's based-on-true-events novel, Shadow on the Crown, will satisfy cravings for all things Anglophile and whisk you off to 11th-century England, where just being a woman was cause for concern, and the supernatural world was still very much a part of our own. Read all about it when Bracewell comes to Diesel (5433 College Ave., Oakland) on Friday, Feb. 8. 7 p.m., free. 510-653-9965 or DieselBookstore.com

— Alison Peters

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