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Tanwi Nandini Islam reads from her new novel, Bright Lines

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Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707

Visiting author ​Tanwi Nandini Islam reads from her new novel Bright Lines. With guest reader Nayomi Munaweera, author of the new novel Island of a Thousand Mirrors.



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ISBN: 9780143123132
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Published: Penguin Books - August 11th, 2015

The most daring, emotionally dense work I’ve ever read by a debut novelist. I can’t remember the last time a novel kept me breathless, wandering and reconsidering the decisions of my own life…. BRIGHT LINES is brilliant and absolutely soulful." --Kiese Laymon, Author of Long Division ***

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ISBN: 9781250043931
Availability: Out of Print
Published: St. Martin's Press - September 2nd, 2014

Joseph Matthews reads from his WWII novel, Everyone Has Their Reasons

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Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue
Berkel, CA 94704

Join us for a reading with Joseph Matthews, author of the new WWII novel Everyone Has Their Reasons. With an introduction by Sasha Lilley, host of KPFA's Against the Grain.


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ISBN: 9781629630946
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Published: PM Press - October 2015


Born in Boston and raised there and in California, Joseph Matthews was for a number of years a criminal defense lawyer in San Francisco, engaging in the criminal/political cases of anti–Vietnam War activists and Mission District barrio residents, defending prisoners during the California prison rebellions of the 1970s, serving as a public defender, and teaching at the law school of the University of California, Berkeley. He spent considerable time in Greece in the 1970s and 1980s, where his novel Shades of Resistance (1996) is set during the period of the military junta there. His other previous books are the short story collection The Lawyer Who Blew Up His Desk (1998) and the political analysis Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War (2005, with Iain Boal, T.J. Clark, and Michael Watts).



Sasha Lilley is a writer and radio broadcaster. She's the co-founder and host of the critically acclaimed program of radical ideas, Against the Grain. While program director of KPFA Radio, the flagship station of the Pacifica Network, she headed up such award-winning national broadcasts as "Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan." Sasha is the series editor of PM Press’ political economy imprint, Spectre, and is the author of Capital and Its Discontents, which Publishers Weekly calls a "cool-headed but urgent volume—timely but sophisticated and wide-ranging enough to remain a longtime reference." Her co-authored book Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth was published by PM Press in 2012.

East Bay launch of Paulette Boudreaux's new novel, Mulberry

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Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

Join us in welcoming Paulette Boudreaux for the East Bay launch of her new novel, Mulberry. Boudreaux's Mulberry was the winner of the inaugural Lee Smith Novel Prize from Carolina Wren Press in 2014.


Wheelchair accessible. Refreshments served. This event is free.



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ISBN: 9780932112873
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Published: Blair - October 2015


Paulette Boudreaux is a Mississippi native who now lives in Los Gatos, California. She is a member of the English faculty of West Valley College and has published short stories and novel excerpts in national and international literary journals including Room of One’s Own, Acorn Whistle, Equinox: Writing for a New Culture, In the Margins, and Voices. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and a master’s in fine arts degree from Mills College.



"A captivating tale of loss and redemption that describes the power of a love as complex as the place and times in which Maddy lives."


A young girl growing up in small-town segregated Mississippi in the 1960s, Maddy Culpepper's life is calm and ordinary. In spite of being raised in a working poor family, she has lived an insular life in a family held together by the strength and wits of her mother. But life begins to crumble when her mother abandons the home to tend to her youngest child, an infant who is hospitalized. Maddy and her three young brothers are left in the care of their father, a combat veteran possessed by a tragic family secret. As he slides into an alcohol-soaked world of guilt and shame, Maddy must take on responsibilities no child should face, and she becomes a force to contend with in her own right.


Paulette Boudreaux's Mulberry was the winner of the inaugural Lee Smith Novel Prize from Carolina Wren Press in 2014.