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Moe's Books

2476 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley CA 94704

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Phone: (510) 849-2087

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Store Events

Moe's literary events began as a weekly poetry reading called Monday@Moe's. Over the years Moe's Books has become one of the premier Bay Area venues to hear novelists, poets, activists, and scholars read from their works. We archive our events in audio and video files that can be accessed from our webpage. Sign up for the Moe's Books events calendar alerts here.

If you are an author who'd like to be considered for a reading, please contact Nick Baranowsky.

All events, unless noted, start at 7:30pm

Poetry Flash presents Ellery Akers and Randall Potts, Thursday, January 29th

Ellery Akers's new book of poems, Practicing the Truth , won the 2014 Autumn House Poetry Prize, selected by Alicia Suskin Ostriker, who says of it, “With the passion and determination of an abuse survivor, the exploring mind of a naturalist, and the soul energy of a language-loving poet, Akers gives us not one truth but layer on layer of overlapping truths.” A writer, artist, and naturalist, she is also the author of the previous poetry collection Knocking on the Earth and the children's novel Sarah's Waterfall. Her poetry has been featured on National Public Radio, and her many honors include the Poetry International Prize, the John Masefield Award, and Sierra magazine's Nature Writing Award.
Randall Potts's new book of poems is Trickster.  Gerald Stern says of it, “I admire the clarity, the urgency, the invention, the intelligence, and the commitment of Randall Potts's new book. A terrific book.” Previous collections by Randall Potts are Collision Center and a chapbook, Recant: (A Revision).  A volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation hospital, he has worked on and written about oil spill responses, some of which material appears in Trickster.  His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review , Antioch Review , Colorado Review , Denver Quarterly , Five Fingers Review , Iowa Review , Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche , The West Marin Review , Poetry Flash , and other publications.


Poetry Flash presents Jack Foley, Adelle Foley and Clara Hsu, Thursday, February 5th

Jack Foley will be celebrating two new books of poems, EYES, his selected poems, about which Michael McClure has said, “Foley is our firebrand experimentalist and he holds his torch high so the reader can have more light,” and LIFE. He has published thirteen books of poetry and Visions and Affiliations, a 1,300-page “chronoencyclopedia” of California poetry from 1940 to 2005. He is a contributing editor of Poetry Flash and host of the radio show Cover to Cover on KPFA. He and Clara Hsu are co-publishers of Poetry Hotel Press.

Adelle Foley is a haiku poet and an arts activist. Along the Bloodline is her first full-length book of poems, and her work is widely published in various journals.

Clara Hsu’s new book of poems is The First to Escape, edited and with an introduction by Jack Foley. A musician and translator as well as a poet, she is the author of the book of poems Mystique, honorable mention at the 2010 San Francisco Book Festival, and Babouche Impromptu and Other Moroccan Sketches, a book of short stories. She is part of the performance ensemble “Lunation,” which combines Chinese and original poetry with traditional Asian instruments.


The 48th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, at the Oakland Marriott City Center, Friday, February 6th, to Sunday, February 8th


1001 Broadway, Oakland

Featuring the collections and rare treasures of over 200 booksellers from 33 different countries around the world the California International Antiquarian Book Fair is recognized as one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books. The Fair gives visitors the opportunity to see, learn about and purchase the finest in rare and valuable books, manuscripts, autographs, graphics, photographs and more.

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Edition Muta presents Douglas Blazek, Saturday, February 7th

Douglas Blazek (born 1941) is a poet who affected American letters during the 1960's as a publisher and major force in underground poetry. Blazek authored and edited more than 35 publications and appeared in over 1,300 periodicals since 1961 and is recognized as a primary instigator of the Mimeo Revolution - a literary movement through which he was instrumental in publishing formative work by Charles Bukowski, d.a.levy and Robert Crumb alongside other poets and artists central to the era. In 1984, Blazek declared dissatisfaction with his accomplishments and vowed not to further seek further publication until he had acquired the powers that would, as he stated, "drive my work to ultimate ripeness." The author proceeded to enter a process of intense rewriting of virtually every previously published poem while continuing to write new poetry. After nearly 35 years, a series of new books of poetry by Douglas Blazek are now being published by Edition Muta - representing the author’s complete revisioning accomplished through a decades long process of re-writing, repeatedly, year after year, the original versions.
About Blazek's new book, American Micoreviews says:

"Of an ahistorical and gnomic consciousness, Ventriloquy of Light is more meditative labyrinth than arc, more philosophy-in-action than careful archive. Themes of impermanence, reincarnation, and enlightenment are interwoven with those of war, aging, and geologic time in this, the fourth in a series of Blazek titles recently released by Edition Muta. The poems here are principally concerned with the mind’s ear, not the mind’s eye, blurring sensory perceptions rather than reinforcing mythic—or contemporary—images. Every book has its primary force, and in these pages the sonic field takes precedence."


The Codex International Book Fair & Symposium, February 8-11


Digital is dead, at least for one week this coming February. Over 200 of the world’s most distinguished book artists and artisans, private presses, and fine art publishers will be exhibiting their work at the upcoming biennial CODEX International Book Fair, February 8 through 11 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California. THIS IS THE LARGEST BOOK FAIR OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD TODAY!

There is no better place to find and collect the world’s greatest contemporary artist books, fine press books, and fine art editions than at CODEX. Now in it’s 10th year, CODEX has been acknowledged as the leading International Fine Press and Artist book fair. Exhibitors are coming from Germany, UK, Italy, France, South America, The Netherlands, Mexico, Israel, China, Austria, Poland, Australia, Russia, and Japan. The event also attracts special collections librarians, curators, and private collectors from all over the world. “This is THE place to see the latest work from ‘the best of the best’ “ states Peter Rutledge Koch, Founder of the CODEX Foundation.

Coinciding with the Book Fair is a two-day CODEX Symposium that takes place at the Anna Head Alumnae Hall in the mornings before the Book Fair on February 9 & 10. This is usually a sold out event so tickets should be purchased on line in advance. 

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Okey Ndibe, author of Foreign Gods, Inc., Tuesday, February 17th

Okey Ndibe is a novelist, political columnist, and essayist. Of Igbo ethnicity, Ndibe was born in Yola, Nigeria. He is the author of Arrows of Rain, a critically acclaimed novel published in 2000 and recently issued in the U.S, and Foreign Gods Inc.

He relocated to the United States in 1988 to serve as founding editor of African Commentary, a magazine described as "award-winning and widely acclaimed." Ndibe's essay, "My Biafran Eyes," about his childhood experience of war, is published in Best of the Web 2008 (Dzanc Books). He teaches fiction and African literature at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. His poetry is published in New West African Poets, edited by the Gambian writer, Tijan Sallah. Ndibe has taught at Simon's Rock of Bard College in Great Barrington, MA, Connecticut College, New London, CT, and the University of Lagos (as a Fulbright scholar). 

Ndibe is co-editor (with the Zimbabwean writer, Chenjerai H ove) of a collection of essays titled Writers, Writing on Conflicts and Wars in Africa.


Poetry Flash presents Chana Bloch and Rusty Morrison, Thursday, February 26th

Chana Bloch’s new book of poems is Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems 1980-2015. Henri Cole says of her new poems, “Chana Bloch is writing the best poems of her life…[She] is like a Japanese potter mending the cracked and dinged pottery of experience with gold powder sprinkled from her fingers.” She is the co-translator of The Song of Songs and of the poets Yehuda Amichai and Dalia Ravikovitch. Among her honors are two Pushcart Prizes, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America.

Rusty Morrison’s latest book of poems is Beyond the Chainlink. Lisa Robertson says of it, “How do we continue to choose, speak and interpret given the weight of the end fact? Silence in Morrison’s new work is transformed from an absence to a concept, a potential translator of temporal givens; she tends silence’s conscious work with a measure and a subtle ear.” Her previous collections have been prize-winners: the true keeps calm biding its story won Ahsahta Press’s Sawtooth Prize, the Academy of American Poets James Laughlin Award, the Northern California Book Award, and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America.After Urgency won the Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press, and Whethering won the Colorado Prize for Poetry. She has been co-publisher of Omnidawn Press since 2001.