Author Readings, Week of May 24-May 30

Next week has a couple interesting readings –  one for the rabid soccer fans like the one I live with, and one to help us reminisce about that great book Holes.

Alan Black discusses his new book, The Glorious World Cup: A Fanatics Guide on May 25 @  6:30 P.M. at the Berkeley Public Library (2090 Kitterage at Shattuck).  This event will be held in the Community Meeting Room.

“If a guide book was a riot, then this is it. The Glorious World Cup is a smash and grab read with propellant laughs, and wicked satire. Expect some crunching tackles on the establishment with profiles on hooligans, World Cup villains and serious national grudges. Stuffed with country and player profiles, bags of footie history, and all you need to know about South Africa. Shooting on target are contributors Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting, best-selling author Po Bronson, and the world’s best soccer writer, Simon Kuper. This is the rebel guide for the soccer masses and the fanatic. Score one.”  (description from

Louis Sachar at Books Inc in Alameda (1344 Park Street, Alameda) on May 27 @ 6:30 P.M.

For a blast from the past, go see Louis Sachar, author of Holes, Small Steps and the Sideways School books among others.  He’ll be talking about his new book titled Cardturner.

“When Alton’s ageing, blind uncle asks him to attend bridge games with him, he agrees. After all, it’s better than a crappy summer job in the local shopping mall, and Alton’s mother thinks it might secure their way to a good inheritance sometime in the future. But, like all apparently casual choices in any of Louis Sachar’s wonderful books, this choice soon turns out to be a lot more complex than Alton could ever have imagined. As his relationship with his uncle develops, and he meets the very attractive Toni, deeply buried secrets are uncovered and a romance that spans decades is finally brought to a conclusion. Alton’s mother is in for a surprise!” (description from


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