Events at BookShop West Portal

We are always happy to have any of these great books signed for you! When ordering online, simply request a signed copy using the order comments box in checkout.
 

Diane Frank 
Yoga of the Impossible
Tuesday, September 9th at 7:00 PM

Diane Frank is an award winning poet and novelist.  She lives in San Francisco – where she dances, plays cello, and creates her life as an art form.   She teaches at San Francisco State University, Dominican University, leads workshops for young writers as a Poet in the School, and directs the Blue Light Press On-line Poetry Workshop.  Blackberries in the Dream House, her first novel, won the Chelson Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Swan Light, her recent book of poems, has been called "a finely wrought choreography of poetry that intersects with the music of language and the spirit of dance".  Her new novel, Yoga of the Impossible has just been published.  

"Yoga of the Impossible is clearly written by a poet.  The language is spare, allowing the images and story to come alive.  Like Blackberries in the Dream House, the novel is infused with a sense of magic as it reveals the life of a sculptor who loves to create art as much ashe lets her experiences mold and transform her." -Stewart Florsheim, author of The Short Fall from Grace 

 

 
 

Matt Richtel
A Deadly Wandering
Thursday, October 2nd at 7 PM

From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Matt Richtel, a brilliant, narrative-driven exploration of technology's vast influence on the human mind and society, dramatically-told through the lens of a tragic "texting-while-driving" car crash that claimed the lives of two rocket scientists in 2006.

In this ambitious, compelling, and beautifully written book, Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, examines the impact of technology on our lives through the story of Utah college student Reggie Shaw, who killed two scientists while texting and driving. Richtel follows Reggie through the tragedy, the police investigation, his prosecution, and ultimately, his redemption.

In the wake of his experience, Reggie has become a leading advocate against "distracted driving." Richtel interweaves Reggie's story with cutting-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains, proposing solid, practical, and actionable solutions to help manage this crisis individually and as a society.

A propulsive read filled with fascinating, accessible detail, riveting narrative tension, and emotional depth, A Deadly Wandering explores one of the biggest questions of our time--what is all of our technology doing to us?--and provides unsettling and important answers and information we all need.

   

  
 
 

Diane Frankenstein's Literature Series
Call or stop by with questions!

Dates for upcoming classes in the adult series:

Tuesday
November 11th, December 9th, January 13th, February 24th, March 24th and April 21st

Thursday
November 13th, December 11th, January 15th, February 26th, March 26th and April 23rd 

For more information contact Diane at diane@dianefrankenstein.com

Texts purchased for Diane's literature series are discounted 20%.  Use the coupon code DIANE and your discount will be taken at checkout.                                                                                                

  
 

August      

Fiber Arts Classes with Thea Gray

 

 

Fiber Arts Classes with Thea
DROP-IN CLINIC & FREE SOCIAL
Alternating Wednesdays from 7-9:00 PM

Drop-in sessions, which combine a knitting clinic and social circle, are generally held 7 to 9 pm on alternating Wednesdays at Bookshop West Portal. Sometimes you'll find folks have brought skeins of yarn, knitting needles, and other goodies to give away or trade.

Here are the upcoming dates:          

                           
  • August 13
  • August 27
  • September 10
  • September 24

 

Knitting Clinic: $10 per hour.
If you can't commit to an ongoing class, or you only need a bit of help here and there, this beginning and intermediate knitting clinic is for you. Bring your questions and whatever project you're currently working on and get the help you need. Help is free to those folks who are working on a pattern from a class they'd previously taken with me at BSWP.

Social Circle: Free
No help needed? You're welcome to drop by for our free social circle and enjoy a fun, relaxing evening in the company of other knitters. Crocheters, needlepointers, sewers—all are welcome!