Moe's Books Offers a Proud "Welcome Home" to Acclaimed Author Jonathan Lethem.

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For MacArthur Award winner Jonathan Lethem, returning to Moe's Books is a return to "one of the best bookstores in the country [where] I was becoming an expert in the books I care about the most..." Lethem completed his first novel, Gun With Occasional Music, while working at the legendary Berkeley bookstore. He will read from his new novel, Chronic City, at Moe's on Thursday, October 29, 2009.

When acclaimed author Jonathan Lethem reads at Moe's Books in Berkeley on Thursday, October 29, it will be a homecoming of sorts. Lethem worked at the historic Telegraph Avenue store for five years while writing his first novel. He stops in at Moe's with each book tour, where he is greeted by a store full of fans and former co-workers. The Moe's events offer him an opportunity to visit with old friends and catch up with store gossip.

Lethem is on tour to promote his new novel, Chronic City, a multi-layered story centered in Manhattan. In his Publishers Weekly review Arthur Nersesian calls Chronic City "a luxuriously stylized paean to Gotham City's great fountain of culture." Kirkus Reviews called the book his "most ambitious to date." During the twelve-city tour he will read and sign almost exclusively at independent bookstores.

Although known as a New Yorker, Lethem also has ties to the Bay Area. Portions of Lethem's early novels took place in the East Bay, where he also worked at Pegasus Books. Of Moe's he writes: "The last five years I worked at one of the best bookstores in the country. I was becoming an expert in the books I cared about most, modern first editions and rare paperbacks. In, say, another fifteen years of apprenticeship--a trifle in antiquariania, as with any serious guild--I might have been one of the top rare lit men in the country."

Like actors who wait on tables, writers have always staffed bookstores. This is especially true for Moe's. The store has long been a haven for independent scholars, writers, and poets. For some, like Jonathan Lethem, the store provides a home away from home, a meeting place for workers in words.

For more information, including upcoming events, book searches and interviews, visit or call 1 510 849 2087

Moe's Books
2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, Ca 94704

Also upcoming at Moe's:

Tuesday, October 13th: Oran Canfield

Oran Canfield, 34, is the son of Jack "Chicken Soup for the Soul" Canfield. Oran was raised primarily in the San Francisco Bay area. In his early twenties, while attending the San Francisco Art Institute, Oran began his career as a drummer and became heavily involved in San Francisco's flourishing underground music and art communities. Along with his involvement as a drummer for a countless number of bands in the nineties, he also owned and operated a recording studio and co-operated a music venue featuring experimental and creative jazz music. He has held jobs as a bike messenger, piano restorer, housecleaner, and limo driver. Early in 2000, after seven separate stints in rehab, he got clean off drugs after attending an experimental treatment center in the Virgin Islands. He currently lives in Brooklyn and works as a freelance art handler and audio installer for art galleries and designer Donna Karan.

Tuesday, October 20th: Paul Hoover and Norman Fischer

Paul Hoover is the author of twelve books of poetry including Sonnet 56 (Les Figues Press, 2009), Edge and Fold (Apogee Press, 2006), and Poems in Spanish (Omnidawn, 2005), which was nominated for the Bay Area Book Award. With Maxine Chernoff, he edited and translated Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin (Omnidawn Publishers, 2008). With Nguyen Do, he edited and translated the anthology Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry (Milkweed Editions, 2008). Beyond the Court Gate: Poems of Nguyen Trai, edited and translated with Nguyen Do, will be published by Counterpath Press in 2010.

Norman Fischer is a poet, essayist, writer, and senior Zen Buddhist priest from the San Francisco Bay Area. His latest poetry collection is Questions/Places/Voices/ Seasons, just out from Singing Horse Press in San Diego, and his latest prose work is Sailing Home: Using the Wisdom of Homer's Odyssey to Navigate Life's Perils and Pitfalls (Simon and Schuster, 2008). Norman lived at the San Francisco Zen Center temples for twenty-five years, and served as an abbot of the Center from 1995-2000. In 2000 he founded the Everyday Zen Foundation. He lives with his wife Kathie on a cliff in Muir Beach.

Thursday, October 22nd: Kim Stanley Robinson and Terry Bisson

Born in 1952, a Californian through and through, Kim Stanley Robinson grew up in Orange County, surfed his way through UC San Diego (writing his doctoral thesis on Philip K. Dick), and now lives in Davis with two kids and a beautiful scientist wife. He spends several weeks a year above 11,500 feet in the high Sierras. Not surprisingly, he's a good friend of Gary Snyder.

Combining dazzling speculation with a profoundly humanist vision, Kim Stanley Robinson is known as not only the most literary but also the most progressive (read "radical") of today's top rank SF authors. His bestselling Mars Trilogy tells the epic story of the future colonization of the red planet, and the revolution that inevitably follows. The Years of Rice and Salt is based on a devastatingly simple idea: If the medieval plague had wiped out all of Europe, what would our world look like today? His latest novel, Galileo's Dream, is a stunning combination of historical drama and far-flung space opera, in which the ten dimensions of the universe itself are rewoven to ensnare history's most notorious torturers.

The Lucky Strike, the classic and controversial story Robinson has chosen for PM's new Outspoken Authors series, begins on a lonely Pacific island, where a crew of untested men are about to take off in an untried aircraft with a deadly payload that will change our world forever. Until something goes wonderfully wrong ...

Terry Bisson, who was for many years a Kentuckian living in New York City, is now a New Yorker living in California. In addition to science fiction, he has written bios of Mumia Abu-Jamal and Nat Turner. He is also the host of a popular San Francisco reading series (SFinSF) and the Editor of PM's new Outspoken Authors

The Left Behind novels (about the so-called "Rapture" in which all the born-agains ascend straight to heaven) are among the bestselling Christian books in the US, describing in lurid detail the adventures of those "left behind" to battle the Anti-Christ. Put Bisson and the Born-Agains together, and what do you get? The Left Left Behind--a sardonic, merciless, tasteless, take-no-prisoners satire of the entire apocalyptic enterprise that spares no one--predatory preachers, goth lingerie, Pacifica radio, Indian casinos, gangsta rap, and even "art cars" at Burning Man.

It's 1959 in socialist Virginia. The Deep South is an independent Black nation called Nova Africa. The second Mars expedition is about to touch down on the red planet. And a pregnant scientist is climbing the Blue Ridge in search of her great-great grandfather, a teenage slave who fought with John Brown and Harriet Tubman's guerrilla army.

Long unavailable in the US, published in France as Nova Africa, Fire on the Mountain is the story of what might have happened if John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry had succeeded--and the Civil War had been started not by the slave owners but the abolitionists.

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