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NEWS & EVENTS AT WALDEN POND BOOKS
UPDATE 4/6/20: We've added Sunday to our phone-in schedule and are now taking phone orders SEVEN DAYS A WEEK! Except for sales over the phone and local curbside pickup, Walden Pond Books remains closed for the duration of the current public health emergency. We will continue to serve the reading public by having books shipped by publishers and distributors directly to our customers who are self-quarantining and sheltering at home. Call 510-832-4438 between the hours of 10:00 am and 5:00 pm, seven days a week. Your books will be immediately mailed to you or you can arrange a safe and sanitized pickup at the store.
Please practice social distancing, wash your hands constantly, and only leave your home if you absolutely have to. Stay SAFE!
PLEASE NOTE: We have stopped buying and trading books in March and April
and - depending on the public health situation - will resume buying and trading books at a date to be determined.
MUST-READ books published in 2020:
NEW HARDCOVER FICTION:
- THE CITY WE BECAME by N.K. Jemisin
- THE MIRROR AND THE LIGHT by Hilary Mantel
- DEACON KING KONG by James McBride
- A LONG PETAL OF THE SEA by Isabel Allende
- AGENCY by William Gibson
- HITTING A STRAIGHT LICK WITH A CROOKED STICK: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance by Zora Neale Hurston
- SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid
- THE VANISHED BIRDS by Simon Jimenez
- WHEN WE WERE VIKINGS by Andrew David MacDonald
NEW HARDCOVER NONFICTION:
- ARGUING WITH ZOMBIES: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future by Paul Krugman
- UNCANNY VALLEY: A MEMOIR by Anna Wiener
FICTION FINALLY IN PAPERBACK:
- NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney
- A GOOD MAN by Ani Katz
- THE CARE AND FEEDING OF RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY GIRLS by Anissa Gray
- THE NIGHT TIGER by Yangsze Choo
- THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP by H. G. Parry
- TIAMAT'S WRATH by James S. A. Corey
- GHOST WALL by Sarah Moss
- OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by T. C. Boyle
- A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD by C. A. Fletcher
NONFICTION FINALLY IN PAPERBACK:
- UNINHABITABLE EARTH: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells
- EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE: FIRST LOVES AND LAST TALES by Oliver Sacks
- THE CLUB: JOHNSON, BOSWELL, AND THE FRIENDS WHO SHAPED AN AGE by Leo Damrosch
- BAD BLOOD: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
- BEYOND THE PERIPHERY OF THE SKIN: Rethinking, Remaking, and Reclaiming the Body in Contemporary Capitalism by Silvia Federici
BOOK AWARD NEWS:
- Thursday, February 27, 2020: A panel of five outstanding judges, (Ted Hodgkinson, Lucie Campos, Jennifer Croft, Valeria Luiselli, and Jeet Thayil) have selected the nominees for the 2020 INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE - the annual award that honors the finest fiction translated into English:
- RED DOG by Willem Anker, translated by Michiel Heyns.
- THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF THE GREENGAGE TREE by Shokoofeh Azar, translated anonymously..
- THE ADVENTURES OF CHINA IRON by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, translated by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh.
- THE OTHER NAME: SEPTOLOGY I – II by Jon Fosse, translated by Damion Searls.
- THE EIGHTH LIFE by Nino Haratiscvili, translated by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin.
- SEROTONIN by Michel Houellebecq, translated by Shaun Whiteside.
- TYLL by Daniel Kehlmann, translated by Ross Benjamin.
- HURRICANE SEASON by Fernanda Melchor, translated by Sophie Hughes.
- THE MEMORY POLICE by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder.
- FACES ON THE TIP OF MY TONGUE by Emmanuelle Pagano, translated by Sophie Lewis and Jennifer Higgins.
- LITTLE EYES by Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell.
- THE DISCOMFORT OF EVENING by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, translated by Michele Hutchinson.
- MAC AND HIS PROBLEM by Enrique Vila-Matas, translated by Margaret Jull Costa and Sophie Hughes.
- Wednesday, November 20, 2019: The 2019 National Book Awards have been presented for the year's best Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature
- Fiction: TRUST EXERCISE by Susan Choi
- Nonfiction: THE YELLOW HOUSE by Sarah M. Broom
- Poetry: SIGHT LINES by Arthur Sze
- Young People's Literature: 1919: THE YEAR THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Martin W. Sandler
- Monday, October 14, 2019: Both GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER by Bernardine Evaristo and THE TESTAMENTS by Margaret Atwood have won the 2019 Booker Prize for the best novel of the year.
- Sunday, August 18, 2019: THE CALCULATING STARS by Mary Robinette Kowal wins the 2019
Hugo Award for the best science-fiction/fantasy novel of the year.
- Wednesday, July 24, 2019: The nominees for the 2019 Booker Prize have been announced.
- Wednesday, June 5, 2019: AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Tayari Jones wins
the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction - the world's most prestigious annual book award celebrating and honoring women authors.
- Tuesday, May 21, 2019: CELESTIAL BODIES by Jokha Alharthi - translated by Marilyn Booth from the original Arabic - wins the 2019 International Booker Prize for the best novel of the year translated into English.
- Saturday, May 18, 2019: THE CALCULATING STARS by Mary Robinette Kowal wins the 2019 Nebula Award for the best science-fiction/fantasy novel of the year.
- Friday, April 26, 2019: DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA by Walter Mosley wins the 2019 Edgar Award for the best mystery/suspense novel of the year.
- Monday, April 15, 2019: The winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction, Nonfiction, History, Biography, and Poetry have been announced.