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Diesel, a bookstore - Oakland

5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618

United States

510-653-9965; infodieselbookstore.com

Type: Bookstore — new books

Web site: http://www.dieselbookstore.com

Events: http://www.dieselbookstore.com/event

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For some reason this was listed at Wild Rumpus, but it is not so I changed it to what the description said Diesel, A Bookstore.
November 2008 by omayao

Upcoming events

Apr
17
Oakland - World Book Night Pick-Up Party (Thursday, April 17 at 6pm)
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland invites you to our World Book Night Pick-Up Party on Thursday, April 17th at 6pm.

World Book Night on April 23rd is a one-of-a-kind event, a special chance for people to share their love of reading with those who don’t regularly read, whether for reasons of means or geography. Every year, 25,000 passionate volunteers all across America give a total of half a million books within their communities. Why? Because they firmly believe that reading can change your life. And they’re not alone. According to the National Endowment for the Arts, “reading improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness. Book readers are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise.”

Whether you’ve volunteered already for your box of books, are simply curious to know more, or would like to show your support, come to the pick-up party! Enjoy pie and libations, swap stories and share your love of reading! (And if you forgot to volunteer, come down anyway! We'll have a handful of extra boxes for latecomers.)

Location: Street: 5433 College Ave City: Oakland, Province: California Postal Code: 94618-1502 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
19
Oakland - Literary Karaoke Night (Saturday, April 19 at 7pm)
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland invites you to the store for our first Literary Karaoke Night on Saturday, April 19th at 7pm.

We’ve all enjoyed (or endured, depending on your perspective) musical karaoke. Warbling, heart-felt renditions of “I Will Always Love You” and hand-held “Islands in the Stream” duets – all fueled by a bit of enthusiasm, encouragement and . . . well, more often than not, alcohol. Literary Karaoke is not so different, minus the warbling. We’ll bring the microphone and I bet we can even find a few books lying around if you bring your voices. The steps are simple. Bring something from home or grab a book off one of our shelves, read one or two pages from it, and perhaps just as important . . . listen to everybody else do the same. All we ask is that it not be something you wrote. There are plenty of places to do that. We’re a little different at Diesel, so you’d expect us to do things a bit differently too. (Translated: there just might be a bottle of something strong and distilled, should you need some liquid courage or your voice a smoky rasp.)

Location: Street: 5433 College Ave City: Oakland, Province: California Postal Code: 94618-1502 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
21
Oakland - The Diesel Readers discuss "Spook" (Monday, April 21 at 7pm)
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes The Diesel Readers back to the store to discuss Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach on Monday, April 21st at 7pm.

With her first book, Stiff, the ever-curious Mary Roach explored what happens to our corporeal form after death. In her follow-up book, Spook, she shifts her focus to the ethereal. What happens to the soul? Is there even one to begin with? How can we know? Consulting a range of modern-day soul-searchers – mystics, engineers, scientists, mediums, doctors and gurus – she seeks answers to one of the oldest questions in the world: what happens to us when we die?

This event is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Location: Street: 5433 College Ave City: Oakland, Province: California Postal Code: 94618-1502 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Apr
24
Oakland - Publication Party for "Mamas Write" (Thursday, April 24 at 7pm)
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes members of the Write On Mamas! to the store to celebrate the publication of their anthology Mamas Write on Thursday, April 24th at 7pm.

What is family? The ways in which they are built are as varied as the members of whom they are comprised, from marriages and births, to surrogacy, adoption, and partnership. Mamas Write is a collection of 29 essays that takes on parenting in the modern family. This first anthology of the Write On Mamas is published by Bittersweet Press, and features a forward by Kate Hopper, author of Use Your Words and Ready for Air.

Write On Mama! is a Marin/East Bay writing group with over 40 members who meet online and in person to write, read, revise, and share. Members are published authors, journalists, bloggers, and poets, as well as those beginning their writing journey. Not limited to Northern California, Write On Mamas also hail from Oregon, Minnesota, Maryland, and Calgary. Visit them at writeonmamas.com.

Copies of Mamas Write will be available for sale at the event.

Location: Street: 5433 College Ave City: Oakland, Province: California Postal Code: 94618-1502 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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May
2
Oakland - 580 Split Issue 16 Launch Party (Friday, May 2 at 6pm)
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes managing editor Jennifer Williams and contributors of 580 Split Literary Magazine to the store to celebrate the launch of Issue No. 16: Mischief on Friday, May 2nd at 6pm.

What we create as artists and writers is not always nice and orderly, and well we know how creativity can surprise, interrupt and overthrow traditional notions of normalcy. But there is value in disregarding such notions for the sake of creating something real. Featuring work from Bianca Stone, David Buuck, Selah Saterstrom and more, the issue includes generative pieces that are meant to extend to the creativity of readers, as well as some oddball interviews with Anne Carson, LaTasha Nevada Diggs, and Uzodnima Iweala.

The launch party will feature live music, refreshments, and plenty of time to mingle. Come early, seats will go fast!

580 Split is an annual journal of arts and literature published by graduate students of the English Department at Mills College. Including innovative and risk-taking fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art, it is one of the few literary journals carried by the Oakland Public Library.

Location: Street: 5433 College Ave City: Oakland, Province: California Postal Code: 94618-1502 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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May
7
Oakland - Elizabeth Fishel discusses and signs "Getting to 30" (Wednesday, May 7 at 7pm)
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes co-author Elizabeth Fishel to the store to discuss and sign her new book, Getting to 30: A Parent's Guide to the 20-Something Years, on Wednesday, May 7th at 7pm.

There’s a word in Italian that evokes the overgrown adult still living with his parents: bamboccioni. But this phenomenon is hardly limited to our European neighbors. In fact, it’s a common complaint that you’ve probably heard before: “When will my twenty-something-year-old leave home, start a career, get married?” In short, when will they grow up?

If you’re a parent, Getting to 30 is the map to help you and your twenty-something on this longer-than-expected road to adulthood. It explains what’s really happening to them, from their moods to the new landscape of 20-something romance. It explains the phenomenon of the "boomerang child," and why it may actually be a good thing for both parents and kids. Plus, it gives you an assortment of valuable advice, from knowing when to open (and close) the Bank of Mom and Dad, to social media protocols, to six ways to listen more than you talk. Published in hardcover as When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up?, Getting to 30 includes the latest research on the optimistic and supportive attitude most parents have regarding their 20-something children.

Elizabeth Fishel is the author of Sisters, I Swore I’d Never Do That (winner of the Parents' Choice award), and Reunion. She has written extensively about family issues for Parents, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, More, and many other magazines.

Location: Street: 5433 College Ave City: Oakland, Province: California Postal Code: 94618-1502 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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May
15
Oakland - Publication Party for Tai Moses' "Zooburbia" (Thursday, May 15 at 7pm)
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Tai Moses to the store to celebrate the publication of her new book Zooburbia on Thursday, May 15th at 7pm.

Wildlife conservation, nature preserves, eco-mindfulness – these are terms we’ve all become familiar with, understanding intrinsically the importance of staying somehow connected to the natural world, especially as we increasingly feel removed from it. Urban and suburban environments have done much to isolate us from the wild (for better or worse, depending on your point of view) but that reverence, wonder, or fascination that we so often feel in the presence of wildlife – that raccoon perched in the arbor, the deer standing on the side of the road – is proof that to live a life alienated from animals is not natural. In Zooburbia, a lively blend of memoir, mindfulness practices, and urban natural history, Tai Moses points out that nature is just around the corner, that a myriad of wildlife shares our environment, ready to teach us and enrich our lives, if only we’re willing to step out and look around.

Tai Moses is a journalist and was formerly a senior editor at AlterNet.org. Her writing has been widely published in the independent press. She has also worked as a veterinary assistant, a barista, a hotel maid, a salmon canner, and a wilderness firefighter. She lives in Oakland with her husband, her dog, and a number of cats.

Location: Street: 5433 College Ave City: Oakland, Province: California Postal Code: 94618-1502 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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May
17
Oakland - UC Berkeley Extension Student Readings (Saturday, May 17 at 4pm)
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes the UC Berkeley Extension Writers back to the store to read from their work on Saturday, May 17th at 4pm. Come hear students in UC Berkeley Extension’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing share their works of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction at their annual student reading event.

This event is free and open to the public!

Location: Street: 5433 College Ave City: Oakland, Province: California Postal Code: 94618-1502 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)… (more)
May
19
Oakland - The Diesel Readers discuss "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" (Monday, May 19 at 7pm)
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes The Diesel Readers back to the store to discuss The Lone Ranger and Tonto fistfight in heaven by Sherman Alexie on Monday, May 19th at 7pm.In this darkly comic short story collection, Sherman Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, weaves memory, fantasy, and stark realism to paint a grimly ironic portrait of life in and around the Spokane Indian Reservation. These twenty-two interlinked tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, and yet are filled with passion and affection, myth and dream. There is Victor, who as a nine-year-old crawled between his unconscious parents hoping that the alcohol seeping through their skins might help him sleep, Thomas Builds-the-Fire, who tells his stories long after people stop listening, and Jimmy Many Horses, dying of cancer, who writes letters on stationary that reads "From the Death Bed of Jimmy Many Horses III," even though he actually writes them on his kitchen table. Against a backdrop of alcohol, car accidents, laughter, and basketball, Alexie depicts the distances between Indians and whites, reservation Indians and urban Indians, men and women, modern Indians and the traditions of the past.

This event is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Location: Street: 5433 College Ave City: Oakland, Province: California Postal Code: 94618-1502 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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May
22
Oakland - Nina LaCour discusses and signs "Everything Leads to You" (Thursday, May 22 at 7pm)
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Nina LaCour to the store to discuss and sign her new young adult novel, Everything Leads to You, on Thursday, May 22nd at 7pm.

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She's enigmatic, she's beautiful, and she is about to expand Emi's understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

Nina LaCour is the author of the award-winning Hold Still and widely acclaimed The Disenchantments. Formerly a bookseller and high school English teacher, she now writes and parents full time. Nina lives with her family in Oakland. Visit her at ninalacour.com.

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Jun
5
Geoff Dyer (Thursday, June 5 at 7pm)
Geoff Dyer (Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, The Ongoing Moment, Zona, Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It, Sons and Lovers, The Missing of the Somme, Another Great Day at Sea)

Geoff Dyer's most recent work, Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush was published by Pantheon Books in May 2014. His previous books include But Beautiful (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award); The Missing of the Somme; Out of Sheer Rage; The Ongoing Moment (winner of the ICP Infinity Award for writing on photography); Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; and Zona. His many awards include the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and, most recently, a National Book Critics Circle Award for the essay collection Otherwise Known as the Human Condition. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and his books have been translated into twenty-four languages. Dyer currently lives in Venice, California. (added from Random House)… (more)

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