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Celebrate 50 Years of Pegasus Books: 1969-2019

We're celebrating our fiftieth birthday with a week of special events from June 11-17.

Visit the store this month to support this legacy independent bookseller: 5560 College Avenue

Read on for the full schedule!


Tuesday, June 11, 7:30 pm

Pegasus Books Solano
Jazz Stories presents "Jazz & Books: A Jazz Player's Secret Reading list!"
A very special Jazz Stories on the second (!!!) Tuesday of June: "Jazz & Books: A jazz player's secret reading list!" Books and songs by Dizzy, Miles, Mingus and more. Come hear and grab something new and thrilling!

Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 pm

Pegasus Books Downtown

Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series
Lyrics & Dirges celebrates 50 years of Pegasus Books with a special edition of the flagship monthly reading series. Featuring:Susana Praver-Perez, Kwan Booth, Maisha Z. Johnson, Serena W. Lin, and Elmaz Abinader. Hosted by Mk Chavez.

Thursday, June 13, 7:30 pm

Pegasus Books Downtown
Lynn Breedlove's 45 Thought Crimes
Queercore icon Lynn Breedlove presents a new collection of writing, 45 Thought Crimes. Celebrate this book release with a hat tip to Pride Month, a nod to Pegasus' 50th year, and a salute to 35 years of Manic D Press.

Thursday, June 13, 7:30 pm

Pegasus Books Solano
Strange Attractors: The Craft of Memoir
Larry Bensky, of Pacifica, KPFA, and former New York Times op-ed editor, will be interviewing local teacher and author Elizabeth Rosner on the craft of writing memoir.

Friday, June 14, 7:30 pm

Pegasus Books Downtown
The Battle for People's Park, Berkeley 1969
Author Tom Dalzell will be in conversation with Steve Wasserman, publisher and executive director of Heyday, to discuss his new book The Battle of People's Park, Berkeley 1969, released on the fiftieth anniversary of one of the most searing conflicts that closed out the tumultuous 1960s.

Saturday, June 15, 7:30 pm

Pegasus Books Downtown
Obi Kaufmann presents The State of Water
Obi Kaufmann, author of the best-selling California Field Atlas, discusses and signs copies of his new book, The State of Water: Understanding California's Most Precious Resource.

Sunday, June 16, 7:00 pm

Pegasus Books Downtown
A Plurality of One: The Song of Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman takes spectral form to discuss the central poem in his oeuvre, “Song of Myself” -  its meaning, its influence, its appeal to be embodied. Discover that mortality need not preclude an author appearance, and that Whitman’s song - an expression of native soul as essential as The Declaration of Independence or “Johnny B. Goode” - works best as a chorale for mixed voice, including yours.  Written and staged by Joe Christiano. Performed by Stanley Spenger. Music by Justin Jones. Presented by National Delivery.

Monday, June 17, 7:00 pm

Ben & Nick's (5612 College Ave, Oakland)
Literary Pub Quiz at Ben & Nick's
Calling all lit majors, librarians, lovers of language, and literati. Come on out for a fabulous night of biblio-mania! Featuring fearless facts of fictional fancy, this special edition pub quiz is sure to tickle your textual tendencies. Hosted by Pegasus Oakland, we welcome all word-smiths on Monday, June 17 at Ben & Nicks!