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A Note from Kate and Steve

 
On May 2, Point Reyes Books joins with retailers across California and the country to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day. We’ll also be marking our 13th Anniversary that day. We are proudly independent, but over these dozen+ years, we've learned how much small businesses like ours also rely on connections: with the authors whose books inspire us on a daily basis, with the tribe of booksellers whose passion for books we share, with the publishers who enable us to stock or special order amazing and beloved books, and especially with you, our friends and customers.
 
We believe that readers, writers, books, and bookstores can work magic together. And so we present our Declaration of Interdependence, below, to describe those connections by setting down who we are and what we value most as a small independent bookstore. Please take a few minutes to read it, then post your responses—as well as any other thoughts you have about the impact of Point Reyes Books—on Twitter or Facebook
 
The Point Reyes Books Declaration of Interdependence
 
1. We strive to provide great service and hospitality.ʉ۬
We welcome all who walk through our doors. Our staff is like a family with each of us contributing our unique experiences, voices, and skills in support of education, conversation, and inspiration.

2. We try to be generous, kind-hearted, and collaborative.
We work to build and improve our community by weaving Point Reyes Books into the fabric of community life—making connections between people, supporting local nonprofit organizations, and nurturing new ideas.
 
3. We encourage writers.
We offer an active author events program grounded in place, community, spirit, and story. We invite noted authors who best reflect these interests to engage in conversations with our community and explore ideas in deeper ways.

 4. We inspire readers.

We curate an inventory of top new books as well as soulful and important books not found elsewhere. We celebrate the literary arts, host book groups, and cultivate adult and youth reading and writing skills in partnership with local literacy projects.

5. We are creative, spirited, and independent.

We establish innovative programs that serve as creative expressions of a truly spirited and independent bookstore, such as: the West Marin Review; the Geography of Hope Literary Conference; Black Mountain Center; and our Community Supported Bookstore (CSB) program.

6. We provide a sense of place and tell stories. â€¨
We seek to create a special “community living room” within our extraordinary West Marin physical landscape. We remember the past, relish the present, and envision the future by writing our own stories, making our own history, and leaving this place better for the next generation.
Upcoming Events

Refuge

An Unnatural History
of Family and Place
A Book Study in Five Sessions
Led by interfaith minister
Elizabeth River


Fridays, May 1, 8, 22, & 29
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Point Reyes Presbyterian Church
Donations requested.


Interfaith minister Elizabeth River leads a class based on the book Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams a poetic memoir that reflects on several themes: the destruction of wild bird populations in the flooding of Great Salt Lake; her mother’s death from cancer; women in the Mormon Church; and the US government’s responsibility for irradiating Utah over 11 years of atomic testing. Using these themes of family and place, ecology and healing, we will deepen our own commitment to awareness and action through discussion, meditation, and writing. Point Reyes Books offers 10% off this book. Presented by Point Reyes Books and Black Mountain Circle. More

Celebrate Our 13th Anniversary & California Bookstore Day

 

Saturday, May 2
10:00am to 6:00pm
Bookstore
Free event


In addition to being our 13th anniversary, May 2 is a day to celebrate independent bookstores  and all they contribute to their communities. Join us for spontaneous poetry readings, samosas, a literary trivia contest with prizes, snickerdoodles, and a copy of our Declaration of Interdependence. We’ll be giving away a limited number of books for adults and kids, and  Blaine Sprouse, one of the great fiddlers of our time, entertains from 1 to 4 p.m. That evening, at 7 p.m., we’ll present Diana Beresford-Kroeger at a free reading and book signing. A writer steeped in Gaelic storytelling traditions, she’s also a botanist, a medical biochemist, and a self-described “renegade scientist” who explores the inter-relationship of spirit, story, and place. More

Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Author of The Sweetness of a Simple Life & The Global Forest
Reading & Booksigning


Saturday, May 2
7:00pm
The Dance Palace
Free event

 

Diana Beresford-Kroeger brings together ethnobotany, horticulture, spirituality, and alternative medicine to reveal a path toward better stewardship of the natural world. The author of the The Global Forest: 40 Ways Trees Can Save Us, Diana's latest book is The Sweetness of the Simple Life: Tips for Happier, Healthier and Kinder Living. A precise and poetic writer steeped in Gaelic storytelling traditions gathered from her childhood in Ireland, she is a botanist, a medical biochemist, and a self-described “renegade scientist.” Presented by Point Reyes Books and Black Mountain Circle with support from the New School at Commonweal. More

Diana Beresford-Kroeger
Day-long Retreat

In Conversation with Wendy Johnson


Sunday, May 3
9:30am to 4:00pm
Commonweal
$40

 
 
This day-long retreat in Bolinas will explore the sacred in nature through readings, writing exercises, and excursions on the land with botanist, medical biochemist, and self-described “renegade scientist” Diana Beresford-Kroeger. She’ll be in conversation with dharma teacher and Green Gulch Organic farm co-founder Wendy Johnson. Beresford-Kroeger brings together ethnobotany, spirituality, alternative medicine, and ancient storytelling traditions, to show a path toward better stewardship of the natural world. Her new book, The Sweetness of the Simple Life: Tips for Happier, Healthier and Kinder Living, is a guide for living simply and well, using the natural world as a touchstone. Presented by Point Reyes Books and Black Mountain Circle with support from the New School at Commonweal. Tickets at bookstore or  onlineMore

“Contemporary Classics” - May Session

Patricia Holt’s Monthly Book Discussion Group


Tuesday, May 19
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Bookstore
$90 for 5-book series; $20 for individual session

 
Patricia Holt, former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, continues her popular book group, “Contemporary Classics.” A book should stand the test of time before becoming a classic, but very often, critics and literary judges leap to praise books as “instant classics” soon after publication. These are the titles Pat’s group will hold up to scrutiny—in fact, the chewier, more literary, more dense, and "hard to read" the better. One needn't have read widely, studied literature, or learned about literary criticism to join. Just drop in or join us for the whole series, and let the developing wisdom of the group be your only guide. More

Norman Fischer

An Afternoon of
Training in Compassion


Saturday, June 6
1:30pm to 4:30pm
Point Reyes Presbyterian Church
Donation. Reservation required.

 
Based on Norman's book Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong, the theme of this afternoon workshop is training the heart to reduce self-centeredness (which is so painful!) and increase  compassion. We will practice guided meditations, contemplate teachings, and engage in discussion and imaginative exercises designed to bring the material home to the particularity of our lives today.
Presented by Point Reyes Books & Black Mountain Circle. More

California’s Wild Edge - An Evening of
Art & Poetry of the California Coast
 

With Gary Snyder, Tom Killion, Jane Hirshfield & Jerry Martien
A Benefit for Heyday

 

Saturday, June 27
5:30pm (Dinner at Toby’s Feed Barn)
7:30pm (Poetry, Prose & Conversation at West Marin School; doors open at 6:30pm)

$40 (Poetry, Prose & Conversation at West Marin School only) Get Tickets

$175 (Poetry, Prose & Conversation at West Marin School, plus dinner, and choice of book or letterpress broadside suitable for framing signed by Tom Killion and Gary Snyder.) Very limited seating.
Reservations required. Get Tickets


Artist Tom Killion and poet Gary Snyder have reunited to produce another exquisite book. In California’s Wild Edge, Killion’s printmaking captures the beauty of the California coast from Mendocino to Point Lobos and beyond, portraying the rocky cliffs, storm tides, and serene moonlit coves. The beauty of his art is deepened by Snyder’s poetry, as well as by selections from other poets, storytellers, and travelers. On June 27 Killion and Snyder will be joined by poets Jane Hirshfield and Jerry Martien for a transformative evening of readings and conversation at West Marin School preceded by a limited-seating delicious dinner at Toby’s Feed Barn. The book is published by Heyday, an independent nonprofit publisher and cultural institution based in Berkeley. Presented by Point Reyes Books and Heyday as a benefit for Heyday’s independent publishing program. More

Ellery Akers & Roy Mash

An Evening of Poetry
Reading & Booksigning


Thursday, July 9
7:00pm
Bookstore
Free event

 
Point Reyes Books presents Marin poets Ellery Akers and Roy Mash as they celebrate the publication of their latest poetry collections. Ellery will read from Practicing the Truth  which won the 2014 Autumn House Poetry Prize. Roy will read from Buyer's Remorse, praised by Kirkus Reviews as "winsome and raucous." More

Bookstore News


Join the Party
Saturday, May 2



Join us on May 2 for spontaneous poetry readings, samosas, a literary trivia contest with prizes, snickerdoodles, and a copy of our Declaration of Interdependence. We’ll be giving away a limited number of books for adults and kids, and Blaine Sprouse, one of the great fiddlers of our time, entertains from 1 to 4 p.m. That evening, at 7:00 pm, we’ll present Diana Beresford-Kroeger at a free reading and book signing. A writer steeped in Gaelic storytelling traditions, she’s also a botanist, a medical biochemist, and a self-described “renegade scientist” who explores the inter-relationship of spirit, story, and place. Pictured: Blaine Sprouse. Photo: bluegrasstoday.com

 

H is for Hawk & for Helen



On April 15, a rapt crowd of 175 people heard Helen Macdonald discuss her award-winning book, H is For Hawk. The memoir describes how she coped with grief following the death of her beloved father by training a goshawk, whose “fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own.” You can purchase a signed copy at the store. And thanks to Bing Gong, you can listen to the presentation here. Pictured: Helen Macdonald at the (not Steve) Costa Award ceremony. Photo: www.theguardian.com

 

Geography of Hope Conference Audio Now on Our Website
 



Audio recordings of many of the Geography of Hope Conference panel sessions are now posted on our website. If you missed the conference or if you want to listen again to some of the wisdom, humor, and hope shared that weekend, just click here. Pictured: Pomo and Coast Miwok tribal elder Joanne Campbell at the GOH closing ceremony. Photo: Carlos Porrata
 
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We'd love to see you at our upcoming events and welcome your ideas and feedback.
books@ptreyesbooks.com

Steve and Kate
 
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