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Fiber Arts Classes with Thea Gray



Fiber Arts Classes with Thea
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:

  • April 23
  • May 7
  • May 21
  • June 4


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!


Scent of Jasmine



Scent of Jasmine
Thursday, April 24 at 7 PM

Meet Nitza Agam, whose gripping memoir, set in San Francisco and Israel, crisscrosses the ocean as she finds true love - only to face the shocking loss of her beloved to the Yom Kippur War in 1973. The pain is so unbearable that Agam must leave Israel. But the love and loss never leave her. This is the tale of how she finds herself - as an adolescent, a young woman, a mother, a wife, and a writer.


Cool Gray City of Love



Cool Gray City of Love
Saturday, May 3 at 7 PM

Join us as we celebrate California Bookstore Day* with a very special event featuring Gary Kamiya, author of Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco - one of our bestselling books! The lifelong Bay Area resident and co-founder of Salon has created a kaleidoscopic love letter to one of the world's great cities.

* California Bookstore Day is a statewide party on May 3 to celebrate independent bookstores. More than 90 stores in over 80 zip codes will have their own party, featuring books you can't get at any other time or place, readings, prizes, and refreshments.
Don't miss the party!


And the Dark Sacred Night



And the Dark Sacred Night
Thursday, May 8 at 7 PM

In her new novel, the award-winning author of Three Junes weaves together the lives of four unforgettable characters - including Fenno McLeod, the beloved Three Junes protagonist - in a story about family secrets, the choices that shape our destinies, the need for forgiveness, and the surprisingly changeable meaning of family.


Jack of Spies



Jack of Spies
Thursday, May 22 at 7 PM

The British author of six books in the John Russell espionage series, including Zoo Station and Silesian Station, Downing's new espionage novel takes readers back across oceans and continents, steamliners and cross-country trains, to the dawn of that most fascinating of 20th century characters - the spy.


The Year She Left Us



The Year She Left Us
Thursday, June 5 at 7 PM

Meet Kathryn Ma, who will read from her powerful first novel that explores the promise and pain of adoption, the price of assimilation and achievement, the debt we owe to others, and what we owe to ourselves. Publishers Weekly calls the debut "a sweeping success, a standout from the many novels about Chinese assimilation and the families of Chinese immigrants."


The Care and Management of Lies



The Care and Management of Lies
Thursday, July 24 at 7 PM

"In this dazzling novel Jacqueline Winspear writes irresistibly about the First World War, both in the trenches of France and the fields of England. Her characters walk off the page and into our imaginations, as we fight with them, farm with them, cook with them. I devoured this book." - Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy





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