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 

 

 
 

 

 

 

      

Tom Cole
A Short History of San Francisco
Thursday, September 18th at 7:00 PM

This is the story of San Francisco, a unique and rowdy tale with a legendary cast of characters. It tells of the Indians and the Spanish missions, the arrival of thousands of gold seekers and gamblers, crackbrains and dreamers, the building of the transcontinental railroad and the cable car, labor strife and political shenanigans, the 1906 earthquake and fire, two World Wars, two World's Fairs, two great bridges, the beatniks and hippies and New Left--a story that is so marvelous and wild that it must be true. A new afterword from the author brings The City into the twenty-first century: a time just as hectic, experimental, and opportunistic as its rambunctious past.

  
 

 

 

Kelli Stanley
City of Ghosts
Tuesday, September 23rd at 7 PM

June, 1940. 

For the United States, war is on the horizon. 
For Miranda Corbie, private investigator and erstwhile escort, there are debts to be paid and memories--long-suppressed and willfully forgotten--to be resurrected. Enter the U.S. State Department and the man who helped Miranda get her PI license. A man she owes. A man who asks her to track a chemistry professor here in San Francisco whom he suspects is a spy for the Nazis. Playing along may get Miranda a ticket to Blitz-bombed England and answers about her past...if she survives. 
Through sordid back alleys and art gallery halls, from drag dress nightclubs to a Nazi costume ball, Miranda's journey into fear takes her on the famed City of San Francisco streamliner and to Reno, Nevada, the Biggest Little City in the World...where she finds herself framed for a murder she never anticipated. Forced to go underground, Miranda soldiers on alone, determined to find the truth about a murder, a Nazi spy, and her own troubling past. 
But Miranda will have to learn the difference between reality and illusion, from despair to deceit and factual to fake, as she tries to get her life back...and navigates a "City of Ghosts." 
Miranda Corbie's back. Noir will never be the same. 

And Kelli Stanley will once again mesmerize readers with the most thrilling novel yet in her award-winning series.                                                                                                          

  
 

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.

   

  
 

 

 

Jane Smiley
Some Luck
Thursday, October 23rd at 7 PM

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a powerful, engrossing new novel--the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades in America. 

On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children: from Frank, the handsome, willful first born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father's heart. 
Each chapter in "Some Luck "covers a single year, beginning in 1920, as American soldiers like Walter return home from World War I, and going up through the early 1950s, with the country on the cusp of enormous social and economic change. As the Langdons branch out from Iowa to both coasts of America, the personal and the historical merge seamlessly: one moment electricity is just beginning to power the farm, and the next a son is volunteering to fight the Nazis; later still, a girl you'd seen growing up now has a little girl of her own, and you discover that your laughter and your admiration for all these lives are mixing with tears. 

"Some Luck "delivers on everything we look for in a work of fiction. Taking us through cycles of births and deaths, passions and betrayals, among characters we come to know inside and out, it is a tour de force that stands wholly on its own. But it is also the first part of a dazzling epic trilogy--a literary adventure that will span a century in America: an astonishing feat of storytelling by a beloved writer at the height of her powers.                                                                                                                    

  
 
 

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.                                                                                                

  
 

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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:          

                           
  • September 10
  • September 24
  • October 8
  • October 22
  • November 5

 

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!