Don't Miss This

By Dorothy Snodgrass
Tuesday June 08, 2010 - 12:57:00 PM

Since faithful readers of the Berkeley Daily Planet are without question of high intellectual and eclectic tastes, 

this week's "Don't Miss This" column will be of a literary nature. We'll feature leading book stores in our area and the distinguished authors they present in entertaining and stimulating readings. 

First, we start off with the beloved Mrs. Dalloway's Book Store on College Avenue, owned and operated by Marion Abbott and Ann Leyhe, who, year after year have offered readings by distinguished writers. Here's an opportunity to meet these charming ladies, who will be guests of Friends of the Library at their Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, June l6, 12 noon at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley. For reservations, call (510) 981-6152. Later, that same day, local actor Thomas Lynch will once again treat fans to his wonderful James Joyce reading at 3 p.m. And if that were not enough, Jane Smiley will read from her new novel at 7:30 p.m. All of this in one day! 

On June 23rd at 12:30 p.m. the Nooner Book Club will discuss "Among the Missing" by Dan Chaon at Books, Inc. in Berkeley. Also, on June 28, at 7:00 p.m. at Books, Inc., best selling author Michael Pollan will toast 75 years of Penguin Books at an author event featuring his latest book, "Food Rules." And here's great news for all book lovers, when 

Books, Inc. will offer a Lunch Break Book Club, meeting on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. (Bring your lunch for this one.) 

We'd be remiss not to mention other fine book stores in Berkeley -- i.e., Moe's, Pegasus, Half-Priced Books, and 

Black Oak Book Store (newly reopened on San Pablo Avenue.) Each of these stores also schedules readings by best selling writers. 

So, clearly there's no shortage of intellectual stimulus in our wonderful Bay Area, surrounded as we are by so many excellent book stores.