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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


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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


A Celebration if an All-New SPD Small Press Section in Your Favorite Berkeley Bookstore, Wednesday, July 6th

Hooke Press's launch of Nicole Trigg's Chapbook Slats

Nicole Trigg lives in Oakland.  She is the author of two chapbooks, Double Cup and Slats. Recent writing is published in Macaroni Necklace, 580 Split, Monday Night, and the Featherboard Writing Series release "Crossing Paths." She will be returning to school in the fall of 2016 to study Italian feminism.

In Nicole Trigg's writing, the personal, the political, and the colloquial exist in always-shifting relations to one another--at times one is clearly the other; at times their conflation is the primary problem.  Both autobiographical and imaginary, unhurried and urgent, the contrasts and differentiations located in and between these poems become the "slats" of the title in at least one essential way: they let the light of the outside in.


Readings by Sean Collins, Johnny Hernandez, Jason Christopher Mull and Nicole Trigg.

And Cake!


Poetry Flash presents Michelle Bitting, Dorianne Laux, and Joseph Millar, Thursday, July 7th

Michelle Bitting’s new book of poems is The Couple Who Fell to Earth. Juan Felipe Herrera says, “In a multi-directional ‘one shape’ of voices, time, people, spaces Bitting takes us in and out of her all seeing third eye poetics. We go into an orb of family, love, then we swoop out into the delight of humanity.…A unique treasure of visions and voice.” Her first collection, Good Friday Kiss, was chosen by Thomas Lux for the DeNovo First Book Award, and her second, Notes To The Beloved, won the Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award and got a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.


Dorianne Laux’s fifth book of poems is The Book of Men, winner of the Paterson Prize. Alan Shapiro says, “The Book of Mencould just as easily have been called The Book of Empathy, or The Book of Negative Capability, or The Book of Intimate Awareness of Who We Are and How We Got To Be This Way. Whether she is writing about men or women, the powerful or the powerless, the present day or the past, Laux observes, evokes and meditates with profound compassion and understanding for the delicate complexities of the human heart.” Her previous collections are Awake, What We Carry, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Smoke, and Facts About the Moon, which won the Oregon Book Award. Among her other honors are a Pushcart Prize, two appearances in Best American Poetry, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Joseph Millar’s new book of poems is Blue Rust. Tony Hoagland observes of it, “long spiraling sentences full of used cars and kung pao chicken, umbilical blood and rent money, lentils and sausage and death.Blue Rust is a big, beautiful book of poemsmoving, sensuous, artful, full of courage and blessings.” His previous collections areOvertime and Fortune. His honors include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Pushcart Prize.


Carnarium Books night with Farnoosh Fathi and John Beer, Friday, July 15th

Farnoosh Fathi is the author of Great Guns (Canarium, 2013), the editor of The Collected Poems of Joan Murray (NYRB, 2017), and the founder of YALDA: The Young Artists Language and Devotional Alliance, a literary intensive and publishing platform for young women authors ages 12 to 19. She lives in New York City and in the Granny Cloud.


John Beer is the author of The Waste Land and Other Poems (Canarium Books, 2010), winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, a chapbook, Lucinda (Spork Press, 2013), and the full-length verse novella of Lucinda, published by Canarium Books in 2016. He is also the editor of a selection of Robert Lax's poems, published by Wave Books in 2013. He lives in Portland, Oregon and teaches at Portland State University.