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Tuesday, April 7th at 7 PM
The Beauty: Poems
Hirshfield's lines cut, as always, directly to the heart of human experience. Her robust affirmation of choice even amid inevitability, her tender consciousness of the unjudging beauty of what exists, her abiding contemplation of our moral, societal, and biological intertwinings, sustain poems that turn and re-tune the keys of a life.
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Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World
A dazzling collection of essays on how the best poems work, from the master poet and essayist.
Tuesday, April 14th at 7 PM
Rescue At Los Baños
From the bestselling author of Hero Found comes the incredible true story of one of the greatest military rescues of all time, the 1945 World War II prison camp raid at Los Banos in the Philippines--a tale of daring, courage, and heroism that joins the ranks of Ghost Soldiers, Unbroken, and The Boys of Pointe du Hoc.
Thursday, April 30th at 7 PM
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
With the same dramatic drive of "El Narco" and "Methland," Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of American capitalism: The stories of young men in Mexico, independent of the drug cartels, in search of their own American Dream via the fast and enormous profits of trafficking cheap black-tar heroin to America's rural and suburban addicts; and that of Purdue Pharma in Stamford, Connecticut, determined to corner the market on pain with its new and expensive miracle drug, Oxycontin; extremely addictive in its own right.
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Thursday, May 7th at 7 PM
An unlikely friendship between Colette Lafia and a silent monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani, where Thomas Merton lived, comes to life through seven years of shared letters. Lafia's palpable openness and warm storytelling lead readers through the same compassionate process that led the author to accept herself, find peace with life, and strive for an ever-deepening relationship with God.
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Tuesday, May 12th at 7PM
Journeying from Queens to Brooklyn to Seoul, and back, this is a fresh, contemporary retelling of Jane Eyre. Re Jane is a bright, comic story of falling in love, finding strength, and living not just out of obligation to others, but for one's self.
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Thursday, May 14th at 7PM
Geshe Thupten Jinpa
The Fearless Heart
The Buddhist practice of mindfulness caught on in the west when we began to understand the everyday, personal benefits it brought us. Now, in this extraordinary book, the highly acclaimed thought leader and longtime English translator of His Holiness the Dalai Lama shows us that compassion can bring us even more.
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Monday, May 18th at 7 PM
Everything I Never Told You
A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, "Everything I Never Told You" is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
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Diane Frankenstein's Literature Series
Call or stop by with questions!
Dates for upcoming classes in the adult series:
November 11th, December 9th, January 13th, February 24th, March 24th and April 21st
November 13th, December 11th, January 15th, February 26th, March 26th and April 23rd
For more information contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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:
- March 25th
- April 8th
- April 22nd
- May 6th
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!