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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.





Small Business Saturday

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For Small Business Saturday, we’ve invited some of our favorite Santa Barbara authors come and work at the Book Den for a few hours (we expect to be very busy). Stop by and say hello.

local historian Cheri Rae,
trail guide author John McKinney,
cookbook author Pascale Beale,
Santa Barbara historian Betsy J. Green
children’s book author Page O’Brien Jasinski,
illustrator Peggy Lindt,
children’s book author Janet Lucy,
and children’s book author Colleen McCarthy-Evans.

Watch this space for additions.

This promotion is modeled on the American Booksellers Association’s Indies First program. It was author Sherman Alexie who come up the idea of volunteering at his local bookstore. Small Business Saturday is a promotion by American Express to encourage shoppers, after Black Friday, to remember their local merchants on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. Card holders who sign up on their website can earn up to three $10 credits by shopping at participating merchants. Go to ShopSmall.com for more info.


Shortlist for Literary Review fiction prize announced

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We’re done with the National Book Award and the Man Booker Prize. Next up: The Literary Review’s prize for Bad Sex in Fiction. The short list includes:

The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
The Hormone Factory by Saskia Goldschmidt
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
The Age of Magic by Ben Okri
The Affairs of Others by Amy Grace Loyd
Desert God by Wilbur Smith
Things to Make and Break by May-Lan Tan
The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh
The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle by Kirsty Wark

For more, see The Guardian’s article here.


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.