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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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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




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Plein Air Editions-four poets from Bootstrap Press, Tuesday, May 17th

Rebecca Eland earned her B.A from Naropa University and an M.F.A from Saint Mary’s College of California. She has performed poetry with dancers from the Boulder Ballet, and at venues such as The Royal Botanical Gardens of Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Denver Art Museum and the Watershed Poetry Festival. She has taught at Deer Park Institute, India and currently teaches College Composition and dances ballet. Rebecca lives in the mountains just outside of Boulder, Colorado. Her first collection of poetry, Arrives, Then Steady Pace with the Hour, is published by Plein Air Editions. 
  Jason Morris was raised in Vermont and now lives in California. His poems and essays have appeared in Vlak, The Can, Greetings, TRY!, Where Eagles Dare, Big Bell, The Tsatsawassans, Amerarcana, and elsewhere. His chapbooks are From the Golden West Notebooks (Allone Co./Publication Studios), Spirits & Anchors (Auguste Press), and most recently Takes (Bootstrap Press).
Ava Koohbor was born in Tehran and now lives in San Francisco. In the past, many of her poems have been translated into English with the assistance of poet Patrick James Dunagan and appear in various publications. Yet she's now started to translate her own work as well as write directly in English: her recent chapbook published by Bootstrap Press is Triangle Squared, a fictional conversation among John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, and Morton Feldman. She appreciates whatever art offers to her in any and all forms. She believes that each artist is a medium to transfer the world of possibilities to what is.
Tongo Eisen-Martin is a movement worker and educator who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. His latest book of poems titled, someone's dead already (Bootstrap Press, 2015) has been nominated for a California Book Award. His work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, "We Charge Genocide Again," has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. He recently lived and organized around issues of human rights and self-determination in Jackson, MS.



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Poetry Flash presents Carol Snow and Brian Teare, Thursday, May 26th

Carol Snow’s new book is Position Paper: New and Selected Poems. Robert Hass has called her work “brilliant, funny, subtle,” Cole Swenson “delicate and masterful,” and Fanny Howe has deemed it “a new and mesmerizing way of looking at things.” Her previous books are Artist and Model, selected by Robert Hass for the National Poetry Series and winner of the Poetry Center Book Award; For; The Seventy Prepositions; and Placed: Karesansui Poems. Among her honors are the Joseph Henry Jackson Award, a Pushcart Prize, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Poetry Fund grant.
  Brian Teare’s new book of poems is The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven. Cole Swensen says, “A kind of stillness gradually builds through these carefully-shaped pieces, a distilled poise in which one comes to hear Agnes Martin as one simultaneously sees the Zen koan that the collection itself slowly, precisely forms.” He’s published four previous books of poems, The Room Where I Was Born, winner of the Brittingham Prize; Sight Map; Pleasure, which won the Lambda Award; and Companion Grasses, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award. A 2015 Pew Fellow in the Arts, he’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fund for Poetry, among others. An Assistant Professor at Temple University, he lives in South Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.


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Nightboat Books poets Maged Zaher and Alli Warren, Wednesday, June 1

Maged Zaher is the author of The Consequences of My Body published by Nightboat Books this Spring and six other books, including a collaboration with Pam Brown, and a translation of contemporary Egyptian poetry. He is the recipient of the 2013 Genius Award in Literature from The Stranger. He lives in Seattle.

The Consequences of My Body

This sequence of short lyrics explores love, the most ancient of subjects in the most contemporary and immediate ways

The varying poetics of both ancient and modern Arabic poetry inflect this book-long exploration of the materiality of the body, negotiating the terrain of love—and its denials. Zaher explores the landscape of life fraught with disappointments and occasional triumphs through fragments, lyrics, metatextual pauses, stutterings, translations of ancient poetry, and the occasional late-night email. This epic foray into fraught emotional territory is alive with Zaher’s particular gift of keen observation, deft whimsy, and superb intelligence.
  Alli Warren's, I Love it Though is a lyric invocation that engages us in a song of despair, one that first sets the scene of lived experience under the current conditions of Capitalism and The State, and moves back and forth across erotic, political, and comradely love/desire, finally ending somewhere near hope.

Alli Warren's most recent published works include Don't Go Home With Your Heart On and Poetry Center Book Award winner Here Come the Warm Jets. Her writing has been published in many journals and magazines, including Poetry, The Brooklyn Rail, Jacket, and Rethinking Marxism. She previously co-curated The (New) Reading Series at 21 Grand, edited Dreamboat magazine, and co-edited the Poetic Labor Project. Her book I Love it Though is forthcoming from Nightboat
Books in Winter of 2017

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Bay Area Book Festival, Saturday & Sunday, 6/4 & 5

We will have a “mini Moe’s” in downtown Berkeley on “RADICAL ROW” and have in-store specials to entice to stay here.

For more information on the festival, the events, exhibits and author appearances, please check out their website at baybookfest.org