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09/20/2019 - 4:33pm

BOOKS

FICTION
Margaret Atwood The testaments
Carolina De Robertis Cantoras
Salman Rushdie Quichotte
Cathleen Schine The grammarians
Wallace Thurman...

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09/19/2019 - 10:00am

Many people know about Frank Abignale from having watched the movie Catch Me If You Can (starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hanks). The real-life Frank Abignale has spent his post-criminal life working to prevent the sort of crimes he used to commit. Contrary to the movie version, he never accepted money from law enforcement, providing his consulting services and classes to law enforcement agencies for free. He has...

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09/15/2019 - 10:00am

The winners of the Hugo Awards for best science fiction of the year, announced at the 77th World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland on August 18th, include some titles in our collection, print, e-book and DVD:

Best Novel: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

  • An alternate history in which a meteorite ob...
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09/13/2019 - 3:17pm

BOOKS

FICTION
K. Sello Duiker Thirteen cents
Tupelo Hassman Gods with a little g
Michelle Ruiz Keil All of us with wings
Elias Khoury Children of the ghetto: my name is Adam
Stéphane Larue...

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09/06/2019 - 4:36pm

BOOKS

FICTION
Jonathan Coe Middle England
Elyssa Friedland The floating Feldmans
Bryn Greenwood The reckless oath we made
James Gregor Going Dutch
Joshilyn Jackson...

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09/05/2019 - 3:35pm

Dear Writers, Thank you for your support of Mechanics’ Institute’s literary endeavors and for your participation in our writers’ groups and activities. I am proud of your efforts and eager to champion your literary achievements so please let me know when you publish something or win an award. I have had to cancel several classes lately due to lack of enrollment. If you aren’t seeing the classes you need to grow as a writer please let me know! Meanwhile, we have several upcoming classes that...

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08/29/2019 - 2:45pm

BOOKS

FICTION
Fleur Jaeggy Sweet days of discipline
Lisa Lutz The swallows
Téa Obreht Inland
Mia Kirsi Stageberg Landlords

Mystery, Suspense, Espionage & Intrigue
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08/22/2019 - 9:54am

BOOKS

FICTION
Charles Brockden Brown Edgar Huntly, or, Memoirs of a sleep-walker
Philip Caputo Hunter's moon
Kristan Higgins Life & other inconveniences
Regina Porter The travelers
Natash...

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08/19/2019 - 12:48pm

 

As the finale (and 4th installment) for our long-running California Midwinter Fair exhibit, in the 2nd floor archival display cabinet, we have an incredible showcase of Ed Herny’s collection of over 200 souvenir spoons, medals, badges, watch fobs, match safes and luggage tags from the Fair!  This is a phenomenal display and a fitting end to this exhibit, which will close in mid-September.

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08/19/2019 - 10:15am

For all our true crime readers we have nine new titles we acquired in the last couple months that you may enjoy. (Click on a title below to place a hold). 

The five : the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper / Hallie Rubenhold.

  • The untold story of the women killed by Jack the Ripper. Few people even know their names. For more than a century newspapers have been keen to tell us...
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