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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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Art and Antiquarian Shop

Open 12 noon to 6 daily
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
  • Always pay fair prices for quality books
  • 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

 

Tales and Scenes from Bali: A Presentation by Joseph Fischer, Wednesday, April 22nd

Joseph Fischer has been a lecturer at Rangoon University of Burma, Gadja Mada University of Indonesia, and University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of several books on the art and folklore of Indonesia. Tonight he will regale us with Balinese myths and folktales, as well as presenting his new book, Tradition for Sale: Balinese Popular Paintings, which argues for the reevaluation of Balinese "street" art as a skilled and valuable tradition.
 

Tales and Scenes from Bali

Fischer writes of his new book:

"The focus here with respect to the artistry, authenticity of tradition, and degree of technical skill is, for the most part, to let the paintings speak for themselves. The fact that they were made for sale rather than for customary use does not rule them out as bona fide traditional folk art. This art and its content reflect myths, symbols, scenes, characters, and tales that are a long-standing part of Balinese culture.
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In sharp contrast to so-called refined high art, which is an expression of an artist's individuality, usually motivated by the pursuit of personal fame, folk art is the result of the collective experience of a people. The paintings presented here are apt examples of this distinction that make them part of traditional culture."

 

Poetry Flash present Lola Haskins and Lynne Knight, Thursday, April 23rd

Lola Haskins’s new book of poems is The Grace to Leave. W.S. Merwin says of it, “She writes with the startling freedom and grace of a kite flying, and with the variety and assurance of invention that reveal, in image after image, the dream behind the waking world.” She has published nine books of poetry, including Still the Mountain and The Rim Benders. Among her honors are two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Iowa Poetry Prize, and the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America. 
Lynne Knight’s most recent book of poems is Again; she’s published four books of poems in all, and four chapbooks. She’s received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, won the Prix de l’Alliance Française 2006, a Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, the RATTLE Poetry Prize, and she’s appeared in Best American Poetry. Her translation, with the author, of Ito Naga’s Je sais, I Know appeared in 2013.

 

Milvia Street 25th Anniversary Spring reading, Tuesday, April 28th

  Milvia Street Art And Literary Journal Presents its 25th Anniversary and Annual Spring Reading by Berkeley City College Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff

Milvia Street , Berkeley City College's art and literary journal, showcases work by BCC students, recent alumni, staff, and faculty. It's been in publication since 1989 - we'll be celebrating our 25th year! We provide a first place for budding writers to publish, and for seasoned writers to continue working. Our writers often go on to graduate creative writing programs and to producing their own books and publications. 

Readers will include:

Carol Dvora
GS Scott
Fred Dodsworth
Paul Elias Taylor

 

California Bookstore Day, Saturday, May 2nd

It's the 2nd annual California Bookstore Day (also known now as Indie Bookstore Day)!

Indie Bookstore Day books and collectibles will be available all day. Thank you, publishers!

As you make the rounds, visit our Book Lover’s Happy Hour at Moe’s. From 4pm to 6pm we’re having a little party. Everything In the store will be discounted 20% on cash purchases! We’re offering an original “virgin Cocktail” for the occasion from a guest mixologist and Tea and Flowers will be serving up some yummy tea. There will be music by John Schott and the Actual Trio.

In addition, we will have twenty-five sets of specially printed poetry broadsides, free, first come first served. And have you checked out our kickstarter campaign for New Mo’ Cut: David Peoples’ Lost Film of Moe’s Books? Contribute and get a free poster!

 

 

The first Bay Area Book Festival, the weekend of June 6 & 7

  The first annual Bay Area Book Festival will be held in Berkeley on the weekend of June 6 & 7. 200 top authors will be attending the festivities. Both days will be packed with a children's arena, teen stage, a cooking stage, a literary street fair, and a major art installation. For more information go to: www.baybookfest.org