East Bay Events


Former jounalist, and voice of the blog Working Moms Break, Katrina Alcorn shares Maxed Out. Part memoir, part journalistic research, Katrina's insights examine what it means to be a working mom today,and how to bounce back healthier, happier, and more productive when the pressure becomes too much.Katrina will be joined by Joan Blades, co-founder and president of MomsRising.org, a leading advocacy organization working to increase family economic security, and to end discrimination against women and mothers.




With paintings that have appeared in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Greece, artist Christian Brechneff first found inspiration on the Greek island of Sifnos in 1972 at the age of twenty-one. In The Greek House, he shares how the island shaped him as an artist and a person, and the various changes the island has gone through since his first trip there.

Christian's dear friend, Alameda resident and legendary Mezzo-Soprano Frederica "Flicka" Von Stade will introduce him.  

RHYS BOWEN at Books Inc Alameda

New York Times bestselling author, and Agatha Award-winner, Rhys Bowen shares book seven in her delightfully terrifying Royal Spyness series, Heirs and Graces. When Lady Georgiana Rannoch is entrusted with grooming Jack Altringham--the Duke's newly discovered heir--she finds herself living in luxury, that is until Jack is accused of murdering the Duke. . .

GARY SOTO at Books Inc Alameda

Pulitzer Prize-nominee, National Book Award finalist, and winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal, among other awards, acclaimed poet Gary Soto shares his engaging writer's confession, What Poets Are Like. Shared through sixty short episodes, Gary's memoir touches on what makes up a writer's life--from blows to ego, to the pleasures of the written word.

Watch the book trailer here:

What Poets Are Like: Up and Down with the Writing Life