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Stephen Tobolowsky


Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared on stage, television, and in over 200 films. And he’s an author!

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Join us as he reads from his book The Dangerous Animals Club, and previews samples from his new book to be published in December. Q&A to follow the reading.

November 5th, 6 PM
Oreana Winery
205 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara

The Book Den will have books for sale and signing. This event is free!



David Wolpe


The Divided Heart


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David: the Divided Heart is Rabbi Wolpe’s  latest  book. He is Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and author of Why Faith Matters.

November 16th,
3:00 PM.
UCSB Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall

The Book Den will have  books available for sale and signing.


Peter Barnes

With Liberty and Dividends for All:

How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay Enough


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Peter Barnes is an entrepreneur,  a journalist, and the author of Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons.

November 18
8:00 PM
UCSB Corwin Pavilion

The Book Den will have  books available for sale and signing.


Ari Shavit

My Promised Land:

The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel


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My Promised Land, Ari Shavit’s most recent book, was named one of the best books of 2013 by both the New York Times and the Economist.

December 2
8:00 PM
UCSB Corwin Pavilion

The Book Den will have  books available for sale and signing.





Poet Galway Kiinnell dies at 87.

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Galway Kinnell, who was recognized with both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for a body of poetry that pushed deep into the heart of human experience in the decades after World War II, died on Tuesday at his home in Sheffield, Vt. He was 87. – New York Times. See the full obituary here.


A good week for new books on strong women.

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Isabella: The Warrior Queen
by Kirstin Downey

Kirstin Downey makes medieval history read like a modern day thriller. Queen Isabella’s life unfolded at the pivotal moment when the old world was astonished by the discovery of the new, and this graceful and insightful biography reveals her crucial role in making it happen.” –Deirdre Bair, National Book Award-winning author of Samuel Beckett

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Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured  by Kathryn Harrison

The profoundly inspiring and fully documented saga of Joan of Arc, the young peasant girl whose “voices” moved her to rally the French nation and a reluctant king against British invaders in 1428, has fascinated artistic figures as diverse as William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Voltaire, George Bernard Shaw, Bertolt Brecht, Carl Dreyer, and Robert Bresson. Was she a divinely inspired saint? A schizophrenic? A demonically possessed heretic, as her persecutors and captors tried to prove?

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Victoria: A Life by A. N. Wilson

When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she had ruled for nearly sixty-four years. She was a mother of nine and grandmother of forty-two and the matriarch of royal Europe through her children’s marriages. To many, Queen Victoria is a ruler shrouded in myth and mystique, an aging, stiff widow paraded as the figurehead to an all-male imperial enterprise. But in truth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch was one of the most passionate, expressive, humorous and unconventional women who ever lived, and the story of her life continues to fascinate.

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The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story–and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism
Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history.
The Secret History of Wonder Woman is a tour de force of intellectual and cultural history. Wonder Woman, Jill Lepore argues, is the missing link in the history of the struggle for women’s rights–a chain of events that begins with the women’s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later.


Just published – October 21

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The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books

By Azar Narisi

The author of Reading Lolita in Tehran turns her attention to fiction in America, specifically Huck Finn, Babbitt, and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.

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Beautiful You
by Chuck Palahniuk

“A billion husbands are about to be replaced.”
From the author of Fight Club comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of a new product that gives new meaning to the term “self-help.”

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First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen

Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of “Little Book of Allegories “by Richard Mansfield. Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice — and ultimately threaten Sophie’s life.

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Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution

Peter Ackroyd has been praised as one of the greatest living chroniclers of Britain and its people. In Rebellion, “he continues his dazzling account of the history of England, beginning the progress south of the Scottish king, James VI, who on the death of Elizabeth I became the first Stuart king of England, and ending with the deposition and flight into exile of his grandson, James II.