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    Friday & Saturday, December 18 & 19:
    9:00am to 11:00pm

    Sunday, December 20:
    10:00am to 9:00pm

    Monday through Wednesday,
    December 21 through 23:

    9:00am to 10:00pm

    Thursday, December 24

    8:00am to 7:00pm

      2015 NEWS:
    • Saturday, November 28: Small Business Saturday: Don't stop shopping locally now! Keep supporting your neighborhood independent bookstore!
    • Friday, November 27: Plaid Friday: Skip the malls and the chain stores. Shop in your neighborhood and support local and independently owned stores! Come shop local on Plaid Friday, and throughout the holiday season, and support those businesses that call Oakland home.
    • Thursday, November 26: Happy Thanksgiving! (We'll be open from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.)
    • Now through Thursday, November 26: Even if you're already on our mailing list, take $5.00 off any purchase over $25.00!
      Simply enter your e-mail address to claim your discount! (And if you haven't already done so, *like* us on Facebook!)
    • Now through Saturday, November 21: Walden Pond Books will be buying and trading used books for just a few more days this year. We buy and trade during the first three weeks of each month - but NOT in December. So after November 21, we will NOT be buying and trading used books for the rest of the year. We will resume buying and trading Monday, January 4 through Thursday, January 21, 2016.

    Wednesday, October 14:
    KPFA Radio presents:
    An Irregular Education

    Wednesday, October 14 @ 7:30 pm
    First Congregational Church
    2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
    Hosted by Gaetano Kazuo Maida

    Click here for Chris Hedges tickets
    Advance Tickets @ Walden Pond Books: $12.00 | Tickets at the Door: $15.00

    In his energetic, funny, and exceptionally intelligent memoir, The Rainman’s Third Cure, Peter Coyote relives his fifteen-year ride through the heart of the counterculture - a journey that took him from the quiet rooms of privilege as the son of an East Coast stockbroker, to Greenwich Village to the riotous life of political street theater and the self-imposed poverty of the West Coast communal movement known as The Diggers. With this innovative collective of artist-anarchists who cared for the homeless and hungry through Digger kitchens in the Haight-Ashbury and gardens in Marin, Coyote was drawn away from the noise and turmoil of the 60’s counterculture into the studious quiet of Zen Buddhism, and a deep, lasting friendship with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder.

    THE RAINMAN'S THIRD CURE: An Irregular Education by Peter Coyote
    The tale of a young man caught between apparently antipodal options and the journey that leads him from the privileged halls of power to Greenwich Village jazz bars, to jail, to the White House, to government service and international success on stage and screen.
    "An artfully rendered chronicle. . . A descriptively brilliant biographical odyssey. Coyote presents a fascinatingly intricate portrait. . . Presented with so many well-defined faces, there's guaranteed to be at least one Coyote, and probably more, that readers enjoy meeting." — Kirkus Reviews.
    "Coyote not only survived the excesses of the Sixties and Seventies but emerged from years of journeying through the counterculture to achieve success as an actor. Considering the numerous casualties among radicals, who, like Coyote, were heroin junkies living on the edge of society, this is a rare feat. Coyote's thoughtful, articulate writing displays a compassionate wisdom that puts this chronicle in a class above the typical actor's autobiography. Highly recommended." — Library Journal.
    Walden Pond Books will be providing signed copies of Peter Coyote's books for sale at the event. We hope to see you there!

    Thursday, October 22:
    KPFA Radio presents:
    Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

    Thursday, October 22 @ 7:30 pm
    First Congregational Church
    2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
    Hosted by Quincy McCoy

    Click here for Chris Hedges tickets
    Advance Tickets @ Walden Pond Books: $12.00 | Tickets at the Door: $15.00

    David Talbot is the author of Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years and the acclaimed national bestseller Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love. He is the founder and former editor in chief of Salon, and was a senior editor at Mother Jones and the features editor at the San Francisco Examiner. He has written for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Time, The Guardian, and other major publications. Mr. Talbot lives in San Francisco, California.

    David Talbot contends that one of modern history's greatest untold stories is that of the United States’ rise to complete world dominance during the CIA directorship of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into a powerful, secretive and ruthless organization that dragged America from democracy into a security state.

    THE DEVIL'S CHESSBOARD: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government by David Talbot
    Drawing on revelatory new materials - including recently discovered U.S. government documents, U.S. and European intelligence sources, the personal correspondence and private journals of Dulles’s wife and mistress, plus exclusive interviews with the children of prominent CIA officials - David Talbot reveals the dark underside of one of America’s most influential figures.
    "Talbot shares his extensive knowledge and intense investigations of American politics with a frightening biography of power, manipulation, and outright treason. Talbot delivers a variety of thrilling stories about Dulles that boggle the mind, from skimming funds from the Marshall Plan to using Richard Nixon as his mouthpiece in Congress. It is really about the power elite, the corporate executives, government leaders, and top military officials who controlled the world. The Devil's Chessboard will shock most readers. Washington, D.C. regulars may know some of this information, and foreign nations certainly do, but all engaged American citizens should read this book and have their eyes opened. " — Kirkus Reviews.
    "Talbot does not paint a pretty picture of Allen Dulles, the longest-serving director of the CIA. Talbot shows us a man who considered himself above the law, facilitating the escape of hundreds of German war criminals and the assassination of foreign leaders not to his political liking; there are hints that the book will discuss evidence regarding his connection to John F. Kennedy's assassination. Expect a big media boxing match. Readers who enjoy espionage's dark history will have a tough time putting this book down." — Library Journal.
    Walden Pond Books will be providing signed copies of David Talbot's books for sale at the event. We hope to see you there!

      MORE 2015 NEWS:
      Be sure to stop by Walden Pond Books to help celebrate
      Bookstore Day! On that day - and that day only - you'll find special editions of books, records, and literary merchandise that you won't find any other day of the year. We've also been hoarding some of our our choicest inventory just for this day! Our rare and collectable books on display are priced considerably BELOW market value and these prices are ONLY valid on Bookstore Day. So mark Saturday, May 2, on your calendars - this is going to be a very special day! (Please note that we will not be buying or trading books on May 2 - we will resume buying and trading on Sunday, May 3, through Thursday, May 21.)
    • Wednesday, April 1 through Tuesday, April 21: Walden Pond Books resumes buying and trading books in April. We buy and trade books the first 21 days of each month (from 10:00am through 3:00pm), We do NOT buy or trade books during the months of August and December.
    • Friday, January 2: Our new T-shirts are back in stock! Now we have women's sizes! And now we have THREE colors: midnight blue, battleship grey, and a new color: dark forest green!

      2014 NEWS:
    • VERY VINYL! We've vastly expanded our music sections. Not just our music book section, but actual music as well! We now proudly carry an extremely eclectic and highly curated section of LPs - scarce originals, unique re-issues, forgotten classics - both used and new. Stop by the store and chat with Kyle, our Music Manager, and discover why record collectors, audiophiles, and analogue fans are making Walden Pond Books their record-buying destination of choice.
    • Monday, July 1: Oakland Magazine released their Best of Oakland and the East Bay 2014 issue. For the fourth year in a row, Walden Pond Books won the Best Bookstore category.

    • 2014 marked Walden Pond Books' 40th year of serving Oakland and East Bay readers and welcoming book lovers from all over the world. We've been celebrating all year long, so drop by often to see what we're up to. Be sure to pick up one of our new distinctive Walden Pond Books T-shirts!

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