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“How To Clone A Mammoth” Book Signing

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We’ll be collaborating with The Crepe Place to host the “How To Clone A Mammoth” signing with author Beth Shapiro on June 10!

Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. In How to Clone a Mammoth, Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in “ancient DNA” research, walks readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used–today–to resurrect the past.

Journeying to far-flung Siberian locales in search of ice age bones and delving into her own research–as well as those of fellow experts such as Svante Paabo, George Church, and Craig Venter–Shapiro considers de-extinction’s practical benefits and ethical challenges. Would de-extinction change the way we live? Is this really cloning? What are the costs and risks? And what is the ultimate goal? Using DNA collected from remains as a genetic blueprint, scientists aim to engineer extinct traits–traits that evolved by natural selection over thousands of years–into living organisms.

But rather than viewing de-extinction as a way to restore one particular species, Shapiro argues that the overarching goal should be the revitalization and stabilization of contemporary ecosystems. For example, elephants with genes modified to express mammoth traits could expand into the Arctic, re-establishing lost productivity to the tundra ecosystem. Looking at the very real and compelling science behind an idea once seen as science fiction, How to Clone a Mammoth demonstrates how de-extinction will redefine conservation’s future.

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Assymetrical Press Word Tasting Tour

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Excited to be collaborating with The Crepe Place to host the Assymetrical Press Word Tasting Tour on June 3rd!

Not just a book reading, not just another event—a meaningful experience. Asymmetrical Press’ team of talented authors is hitting the road in May and June for a WordTasting Tour across the western United States and Canada. From minimalism and travel to storytelling and humor, this tour provides a taste of something for everyone.

Join Colin Wright, Josh Wagner, Shawn Mihalik, Skye Steele, and special local guests for an evening of WordTasting: readings, stories, live music, questions, and answers. Plus special guests Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists will host and read at most events (see full schedule for details).

Admission to each two-hour event is free. So are the words.

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Independent Bookstore Day – May 2, 2015

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California Bookstore Day is now expanding to Independent Bookstore Day and we’re proud to participate! Join us to celebrate independent bookstore culture on May 2nd. We’ll have the following special items on order:

Building Stories (signed limited Chris Ware print)
Days Like This (anthology of essays/short stories)
Funny HaHa (kids joke book)
Hyperbole and a Half Broadside (poster)
Urgent Unheard Stories by Roxane Gay (limited edition signed chapbook)
Books about Books Box Set

It’s sure to be a great day…check out the website for more info!

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And Now For Something Completely Different

When you have been in business for 45 years, you expect that you have seen just about everything that can happen in your store.

But the universe keeps some goodies in its back pocket, and early Saturday, about 1:30 in the morning, a motorcyclist and his bike crashed through the front window of Logos. No human was hurt, but a display table and a couple of hundred books met their demise. They will be mourned.

Just a few choice photos follow…

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The Bone Clocks

David Mitchell’s newest novel The Bone Clocks will feel familiar in many ways to readers of his previous books, and especially to readers of Cloud Atlas. In Cloud Atlas, as many will remember, Mitchell provides an ascending series of first halves of stories, a single “keystone” story at the center which is complete, followed by the second halves of the incomplete stories in descending order.  It’s been 10 years since I read it, but the experience stands out in my memory. Each nested story deepens and amplifies the others. The audacious structure that might have been the ill-advised gimmick of a lesser writer is a sturdy and dazzling latticework of bright prose.  As a young reader, I remember feeling stunned by this accomplishment. The Bone Clocks is in a sense the continuation of what Mitchell began in Cloud Atlas, alloying the absurd and the quotidian in the same crucible by marrying a prodigiously fertile imagination with a clear and robust literary talent.

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