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« Thursday May 23, 2013 »
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Start: 10:00 am
Join Bitsy Bee as she journeys to a faraway land in Princess Bugs ($12.99), a touch-and-feel Bugs adventure!Bitsy Bee loves reading about her favorite princesses in fairy tales. One night, Bitsy dreams that she has been transported to a magical land far away. Bitsy Bee has become part of her very own fairy tale! Join Bitsy as she discovers Flower Bugs, Unicorn Bugs, Cotton Candy Cloud Bugs, a handsome prince, and more in this interactive, touch-and-feel Bugs adventure!David A. Carter is a master paper engineer and creator of the Bugs series, which has sold more than 6 million copies. Also the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed Color series, featuring One Red Dot, Blue 2, 600 Black Spots, Yellow Square, and White Noise, he lives in Auburn, California, with his wife and two daughters. 
Start: 6:00 pm
Authors Joanna Hershon and Hilary Reyl come together to share their latest respective novels in an evening of readings and discussion................................................................................................Can a friendship define your view of the world? Spanning from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the present-day stock market collapse, with locations as diverse as Dar es Salaam, Boston, Shenzhen, and Fishers Island, Joanna Hershon's A Dual Inheritance ($26.00) asks this question, as it follows not only these two men, but the complicated women in their vastly different lives. And as Ed and Hugh grow farther and farther apart, they remain uniquely—even surprisingly—connected.Joanna Hershon is the author of The German Bride, The Outside of August, and Swimming. She has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Edward Albee Foundation. An adjunct assistant professor in the creative writing department at Columbia University, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the painter Derek Buckner, and their twin sons. ...............................................................................................It’s 1989, the Berlin Wall is coming down, and Kate has just graduated from Yale, eager to pursue her dreams as a fledgling painter. When she receives a job offer to work as the assistant to Lydia Schell, a famous American photographer in Paris, she immediately accepts. It’s a chance not only to be at the center of it all, but also to return to France for the first time since she was a lonely nine-year-old girl, sent to the outskirts of Paris to live with cousins while her father was dying. In compelling and sympathetic prose, Hilary Reyl perfectly captures this portrait of a precocious, ambitious young woman struggling to define herself in a vibrant world that spirals out of her control. Lessons in French ($24.00) is at once a love letter to Paris and the story of a young woman finding herself, her moral compass, and, finally, her true family.Hilary Reyl has a Ph.D. in French literature from NYU with a focus on the nineteenth century and has spent several years working and studying in France. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children. 
Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm
Five Thurs.: May 23 - June 20 • 6:00-8:00 pm • $150   This course is for students who are interested in practicing their language skills by reading and reviewing a short, modern Italian novella in class. All lessons will be conducted in Italian and students must be conversant at an Intermediate-Advanced level.Silvia Iannelli is a private Italian tutor who was born and raised in Rome. She creates a fun and welcoming environment for her students, motivating them through activities and exercises. Her personal quote is: “La traduzione della parola e’ nel cuore ~ The translation of a word is in the heart.”  
Start: 7:30 pm
San Francisco magazine celebrates its June "Authors Issue" with a mega-reading featuring some of the Bay Area's most exciting writing talent. Authors contributing to the issue include Dave Eggers, Daniel Handler, Michelle Tea, John Lescroart, Yiyun Lee, Andrew Sean Greer, Helene Wecker, Robin Sloan, Chinaka Hodge, Joshua Mohr, Jennifer Kahn, Doug McGray, Peter Orner, Leath Tonino, and Scott Hutchins, many of whom will be on hand to read selections from the magazine's writers-on-writers anthology.Magazines will be available for purchase. Wine, soft drinks, and light snacks will be served. 


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