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Moe's Books

2476 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley CA 94704

Open 10 to 10 daily
Phone: (510) 849-2087

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Phone: (510) 849-2133

 

  • World Famous Destination for book lovers since 1959
  • Hundreds of thousands of titles in our ever changing stock
  • Buy, Sell & Trade books all day, every day
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  • We offer a unique selection of new books in our topnotch store

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







Join us on Sundays from noon to 5, July 19 until August 30, on Telegraph Avenue for a people zone full of musicians, dancers, artists, craftsmen, vendors, and poets. People from all walks of life – locals, visitors, and students alike come out to enjoy the pleasant weather and festivities. Here is your chance to experience the breadth of culture Telegraph Avenue and Berkeley have to offer. For details of musical acts, click here.

Premier of New Mo' Cut, Thursday, August 27th

New Mo’ Cut: David Peoples lost film of Moe’s Books is a short documentary chronicling the surprising discovery at the Berkeley dump of a 16mm film of Moe Moskowitz at the opening night party for his legendary Telegraph Avenue bookstore in 1965.

Kevin Laird, a recycler for Urban Ore, found the film canister and managed to deliver it into the hands of Moe’s daughter Doris who didn’t know of its existence or origin. Soon after the film is digitized and put online, Doris discovers the filmmaker is Oscar nominated screenwriter David Peoples. The two minute and forty six second workprint is a peek into his early documentary film explorations before he gained notoriety as a screenwriter rewriting Blade Runner, earning an Oscar nomination for Unforgiven and co-writing 12 Monkeys with his wife, screenwriter Janet Peoples.

New Mo Cut: David Peoples lost film of Moe’s Books recalls one of Telegraph’s larger than life characters, while musing on books, filmmaking and the phenomenon of reclaiming history from the waste stream.

The Berkeley premier will be at the Elmwood Theater at 2966 College Avenue on August 27th. There will be a 7 p.m. showing for Kickstarter funders, and a 8p.m. showing for general admission.

Read the blog entry.

Here is the official movie site.

 


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Poetry Flash presents Rose Black and Shelley Savren, Thursday, September 17th

Rose Black Rose Black’s newest book of poems is Green Field. David St. John says, “Rose Black’s superb collection of poems, Green Field, is a sobering volume of recollections, reflections and meditations upon a life’s ravaged hopes, the echoes of a personal past, and the raw realities of our present.” Her first two collections, Clearing and Winter Light, are included in Yale University’s Beinecke Library Collection of American Literature. She has been editor of the Marin Poetry Center Anthology, and teaches poetry at Salinas Valley State Prison, which has inspired some of the poems she’ll be reading.
shelley savren Shelley Savren’s new book of poems is The Wild Shine of Oranges. Dorianne Laux says, “These frank, tightly-crafted narratives recount the sounds of protest and are testament to lives lost and shared, where, in moments of mercy, ‘there are no shadows.’” Her first book of poems is The Common Fire. She has taught workshops for homeless, abused, neglected and emotionally disturbed youths, developmentally disturbed adults, at juvenile halls, at a maximum security men’s prison, and for every grade through California Poets in the Schools.

 

Omnidawn Night, Friday September 18th

  Andrea Baker,  Each Thing Unblurred is Broken:  Andrea Baker is the author of Like Wind Loves a Window (Slope Editions 2005) which won the Slope Editions Book Prize; True Poems About The River Go Like This (Cannibal Books, 2008); and Gilda (Poetry Society of America, 2004), for which she was selected a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellow. She has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize.
Barbara Claire Freeman, Every Day but Tuesday: Barbara Claire Freeman is the author of  The Feminine Sublime: Gender and Excess in Women's Fiction (University of California Press), among many other works of literary theory and criticism. Formerly an Associate Professor of English at Harvard, she teaches creative writing and poetics in the Rhetoric Department at UC Berkeley.  Incivilities, her  first collection of poems, was published by Counterpath Press. She won the Boston Review/Discovery Prize.
  Cecil Giscombe, Ohio Railroads: His books of poems include Prairie Style (Dalkey Archive Press, 2008), Giscome Road (Dalkey Archive Press, 1998), and Here (Dalkey Archive Press, 1994). Giscombe is also the author of Into and Out of Dislocation (North Point Press, 2000), a travelogue-memoir in prose.  Giscombe's honors and awards include the Stephen Henderson Award in Poetry, the American Book Award, and the Carl Sandburg Prize, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fund for Poetry, the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, and the Canadian Embassy.  He currently teaches poetry at the University of California, Berkeley.

Douglas Piccinnini, Blood Oboe (with an introduction by Calvin Bedient) Douglas Piccinnini has been awarded residencies by The Vermont Studio Center, Art Farm in Marquette, NE and, The Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia. In 2014, he was selected by Dorothea Lasky as a winner of the Summer Literary Seminars for Poetry. Piccinnini is the author of Story Book: A Novella (The Cultural Society, 2015) and several chapbooks including Soft (The Cultural Society) and Flag (Well Greased Press), an encoded chromaglyph. 

Margaret Ross, A Timeshare (selected by Timothy Donnelly as winner of the 2014 Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Prize)  Margaret Ross was born in New York City. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, Yaddo, the Breadloaf Writers' Conference and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she earned her M.F.A. in 2011. She is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
Dan Rosenberg, Thigh's Hollow (winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Prize, selected by Kazim Ali):  Dan Rosenberg is the author of The Crushing Organ (Dream Horse Press, 2012) and  cadabra (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2015). He has also written two chapbooks, A Thread of Hands (Tilt Press, 2010), and he co-translated Miklavz Komelj's Hippodrome (Zephyr Press, forthcoming 2015). His work has won the American Poetry Journal Book Prize. He teaches literature and creative writing at Wells College and co-edits Transom.
Cassandra Smith,  u&i :  Cassandra Smith is a poet and visual artist. She has exhibited her book and photography installations in Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, Chicago, and Memphis. Various writings and poetry have appeared in The Offending Adam, comma, poetry, Saginaw, Joyland, The Medium via The VoltaPilgrimageGlitterponyWith+Stand, and others.
Fabulist Fiction: Emily Capettini, Thistle (winner of the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Prize selected by Theodora Goss): Emily Capettini holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and works as an Assistant Editor for Sundress Publications. Her fiction has previously appeared in The Battered Suitcase, The Louisiana Review, Stone Highway Review, Noctua Review, The Future Fire: Outlaw Bodies Anthology, Stirring: A Literary Collection, and Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place (Sundress Publications, 2013).

 

Tim Burkett, author of Nothing Holy About It, Saturday, September 19th

Tim Burkett was only 20 years old and a student at Stanford in 1964 when he met his teacher, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. At that time there was only one small Zen center in northern California and the practice of meditation was considered “kind of odd.” Then the wildly successful Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind was published. Tim heard firsthand the talks that later appeared in that book, which has sold more than any other book on Zen Buddhism.

In his new book, Nothing Holy About It: The Zen of Being Just Who You Are, Tim writes about the struggle to raise money for the now famous Tassajara Monastery and the story of when Suzuki took the stage after Janis Joplin at the Fillmore Auditorium during a fund-raiser. And he remembers Suzuki’s empathy for his long-suffering student, Trudy Dixon, and his tearful “lion’s roar” at her funeral.

Tim also writes about intimate moments with two other early Japanese teachers: Katagiri Roshi and Chino Roshi. Tim was Chino Roshi’s attendant when he first arrived from Japan and he writes about having tea with him every evening at Tassajara.

In his book, Zen’s core teachings unfold within the ordinary comedies and tragedies of everyday life. He uses poems, Zen art, parables, and koans to show how we realize our interconnected nature through the small things that we do. In his book, as in his life, Tim reveals how to live in the world with a deep joy that comes from embracing the work and play of this very

Tim is the former CEO of the largest non-profit in Minnesota for the mentally impaired and chemically dependent. He is a psychologist, a Zen Buddhist priest, and the Guiding Teacher of Minnesota Zen Meditation Center.

 

Jon Boilard, Friday, September 25

Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, Jon Boilard has been living in Northern California since 1986. Jon's second novel, The Castaway Lounge, was published by Dzanc Books in July 2015. His debut novel, A River Closely Watched (MacAdam Cage/2012), was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. His short stories have been published in literary journals in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Set in a busted Massachusetts mill town circa 1986, The Castaway Lounge is the story of Jackson "Applejack" Thibedeaux. Cocaine dealer, womanizer, and tough-guy-for-hire, Applejack is weary of the wrong life and trying to leave it behind. But all bets are off when a young pole dancer ends up dead during an after-hours party with a local businessman and politician, and our hero risks going to prison or worse by setting in motion a plan to bring the killers to justice.

Along the way, Applejack's fiancée is abducted by a flying saucer and she goes on the Oprah Winfrey show to talk about her experience, a bible-thumping arsonist burns down the titty bar, and a disturbing love triangle forms when a washed-up guitar player seduces his teenage son's girlfriend. To further complicate matters, upon learning of her demise, the dead pole dancer's father and twin brother's thunder down from the high hills with violent intentions.

It is a dark world that these people live in, but from time to time slivers of light manage to break through. At its core, the book is an exploration of one man's struggle to choose between right and wrong. And the fact that sometimes the right choice requires the ultimate sacrifice.

 

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Poetry Flash presents Marsha de la O and Lisa Erin Robertson, Thursday, October 22nd

Marsha de la O's new book of poems is  Antidote for Night. David Wojahn says, “Her poems are bracing, frightening, and — I would go so far as to say — prophetic.  Antidote for Night is, quite simply, a remarkable accomplishment.” Her first collection,  Black Hope , won the New Issues Press Poetry Prize. She and her husband Phil Taggart live in Ventura, California where they organize events and a reading series and where they edit and publish the literary journal  Askew.  They also founded the annual Ventura Erotic Poetry reading, a popular southern California literary event.
Lisa Erin Robertson's first book of poems is  The Orbit of Known Objects. Edward Falco says, “In the universe of her poems, buried moments cast off their dirt and rise again for the consideration of her readers. Robertson is a poet of exquisite sensibilities, with a generous heart and an eye for the sadness and beauty of our brief, mysterious lives.” She has worked in public health for many years.