Feldman's Books is now hosting small, intimate events featuring local artists.
Feldman's Books Writing Group
Feldman's got a Writing Group now too!
Come write with us! Practice your craft in a supportive environment.
Gwen will host every 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, from 11 to noon.
Yes, it's Free!
Contact Gwen at gwen @ feldmansbooks.net.
The Chris Sor Jazz Combo and LuDog Records
The Chris Sor Jazz Combo, who played at Jack Feldman's Birthday Party, return from 4-6pm to offer a little jazz music. They are a group of Stanford physics students. Chris Sor is a senior this year, and plays both bass and guitar. Michael Robertson is also a senior this year, and plays trombone. Aaron Breidenbach is a PHD student, and is the percussionist for the group. Roman Dimov is also a senior like Chris and Michael, and holds everyone together on the piano.
Then, from 6-7pm, Aaron Thurlow of LuDog Records, who consigns albums at Feldman's Books, joins us to discuss his life passion of collecting vinyl. He will bring a record player up on stage and play some tracks for us, discussing the qualities and eccentricities of this classic medium, as well as the lost art of collecting records!
Afterwards, head over to the Guild Theatre to see An evening with Stu Allen & Mars Hotel.
Mimi Tempestt introduces her new book
The Delicacy of Embracing Spirals.
mimi tempestt (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and daughter of California. She has a M.A. in Literature from Mills College, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Creative/Critical Ph.D. in Literature at UC Santa Cruz.
Her first book, the monumental misrememberings, was published with Co-Conspirator Press//The Feminist Center for Creative Work in 2020. In 2021, she was selected for participation in the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices & Writers, and was a Creative Fellow at The Ruby in San Francisco. Her works can be found in Foglifter, Interim Poetics, and at the Studio Museum in Harlem. A native of Los Angeles, she currently resides in Berkeley, CA.
Rachelle Linda Escamilla will be the the opening act. Rachelle is a Chicana poet from the Central Coast of California. Rachelle's latest book of poetry is Space Junk from the Heavenly Palace (Nomadic Press, 2023).
Kyra Flores Vasquez will be the warm-up act. Kyra is a student at Menlo College. Hailing from San Jose, California, Vasquez studies Psychology. Passionate about the human mind and feelings, Vasquez pours her heart and soul into her writing, relating it to her own experiences in a way she hopes audiences understand. A Latina, Vasquez feels passionate about overcoming the stigma of showing emotions. She hopes her writing reaches people and opens them up to a world of inner depths. This will be Kyra's second appearance at Feldman's.
Winter Concert of Original Folk Music
Kyle Alden and Rebecca Richman will perform a Winter Concert of original folk music. Kyle Alden and Rebecca Richman play traditional music on fiddle, concertina and guitar in the Irish, Welsh, Scottish and American traditions, and perform folk and original songs, and songs made from the poetry of W.B. Yeats, Robinson Jeffers and William Blake, among others.
The band Open Road will open for Kyle and Rebecca. Open Road, a duo featuring veteran songwriters Lucia Comnes and John Palmer, serves up original songs and reimagined acoustic covers as authentic Americana, from ragtime to rockabilly with a dash of R&B. Lucia and John are storytellers who share a passion for songwriting, and enjoy interpreting songs by favorite writers including Emmylou Harris, Townes Van Zandt, and Tom Petty.
Feldman’s First Fridays Poetry:
First Fridays at Feldman’s #3 – Feldman’s Books Presents in Association with the California Writers Club – a monthly poetry open mic event. Please come and share your work with the community!
Kate Adams will be our second guest for this series. Kate is a writer living in Mountain View, California. Previous work has appeared in Centennial Review, Zzyzzyva, and the Sand Hill Review. Her work has won awards from the Massachusetts Artists’ Foundation, in poetry and in ﬁction. Over many years of writing, she has come to enjoy the technical and artistic challenges of writing in ballad and sonnet forms. She is currently serving as the editor-in-chief of Fault Zone, the anthology published by the SF Peninsula branch of the California Writers’ Club. Poets of inﬂuence include Matthew Arnold, Wallace Stevens, and Gjertrude Schnackenberg. More of her writing appears at MadManorWoman.com.
Poet Paul Max Payton will open for Kate. Paul is a Chief Software Engineer at Visa. He worked at Lockheed Martin for 30 years. Nevertheless, he considers himself a poet and artist, a Renaissance man in training.
Actor Steve Budd Performs
“What They Said About Love."
In “What They Said About Love,” his award-winning solo show, Steve Budd wonders why other people can and he can’t—tie the knot, that is. So he asked a bunch of couples what brought them together and keeps them from pulling apart. Meet a New Age couple who swears they met BEFORE they met, a pair of Metal Heads who thought it would be a hoot to get married on 6-6-06, and more. Satisfy your voyeuristic tendencies about how others look for love and, sometimes, find it.
"A hilarious take on how people fall in love." --East Bay Express
Steve already performed at Feldman's in October and was asked to come back for more shows. He will also perform in February 2024 in another show called --- wait for it ! --- “What They Said About Sex.”
Robert M Powell, Original Songs & Beyond
As a musician and producer Robert M Powell has worked with a diverse array of artists from around the world including Sachiko Kanenobu, Titos Sompa, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Shafqat Ali Khan & Sukhawat Ali Khan, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, Deva Premal, Kingfish and bluesman Roy Rogers. Robert has been a part of many San Francisco Bay Area bands over the years including Shana Morrison & Caledonia, Clothesline Revival, The Venusians, Opafire, Kundalini Boombox and Hologramatron and in recent years with his own band, Everett Tree.
Actor Steve Budd Performs
“What They Said About Sex."
Steve Budd wondered what other people knew about sex that he didn’t. So he asked them. Meet a gay man, a polyamorous tantric sex practitioner, a trans man, and a sex-positive octogenarian, and take a wild ride through their stories and secrets—and Steve’s. Satisfy your curiosity about what other people do between the sheets. “What They Said About Sex” has delighted audiences in the Bay Area, L.A., San Diego, Kansas City, and Washington, D.C., and is the newest mashup of personal storytelling and documentary theater from an award-winning solo performer who "sparkles with manic and irrepressible charm."
February 16. Reservations open soon.
Feldman’s First Fridays Poetry:
Anne Marie Wenzel
First Fridays at Feldman’s #2 – Feldman’s Books Presents in Association with the California Writers Club – a monthly poetry open mic event. Please come and share your work with the community!
Anne Marie Wenzel will be our first guest. She was born in San Francisco, California, and graduated with a master’s degree in economics from San Francisco State University. She has studied poetry and creative writing through Berkeley’s Left Margin Lit and Stanford Continuing Studies, where she received a certificate in novel writing. Her poetry appears in Humble Pie, the California Writers Club 2022 Literary Review, Phases: Redwood Writers 2023 Anthology, and the forthcoming Fault Zone: Detachment. She lives in Menlo Park, California, where she is at work on an historical novel set in early 20th century Northern California.
Kyra Flores Vasquez will be the opening act. Kyra is a student at Menlo College. Hailing from San Jose, California, Vasquez studies Psychology. Passionate about the human mind and feelings, Vasquez pours her heart and soul into her writing, relating it to her own experiences in a way she hopes audiences understand. A Latina, Vasquez feels passionate about overcoming the stigma of showing emotions. She hopes her writing reaches people and opens them up to a world of inner depths.
Jack Feldman’s 67th Birthday
Jack Feldman’s Birthday – Come celebrate the birthday of our favorite independent bookseller and birdwatcher Jack Feldman. Live jazz music, ginger beer, and snacks provided.
Will Knox and his jazz trio (bass, guitar, and piano) will be playing for Jack.
Carrie Kartman’s One-Woman Show
“I Should Have Listened”
Fundraiser for "You'll Lose A Good Thing"
You're invited to a private cocktail party in the bookstore, celebrating the production of "You'll Lose A Good Thing," an independent movie that was filmed at Feldman's Books next Tuesday, November 7 at 5:30 PM.
"You'll Lose A Good Thing" is currently in its final editing and post-production phase and needs your help.
Learn about how the project was cast and produced, how the crew raised over $300,000 to film the project across 44 days over two years! Meet key cast and crew members. Afterwards, join us for dinner around the corner at Bistro Vida.
If you prefer to donate directly to the fund and avoid Eventbrite fees, please click here to donate via Paypal. We'll reserve a spot for you!
Singer-Songwriter Rory McNamara
A favorite of Feldman’s Books, Rory McNamara has been performing his own personal blend of Irish and American music and song since the 1970s.
From the night spots of Berlin and Hamburg, the folk music clubs of the British Isles, to the festivals and nightclubs of the San Francisco Bay Area, audiences have returned time and time again to hear his heartfelt singing from a well-chosen repertoire of songs.
California Native Gardening, a presentation by Author Helen Popper
Helen Popper's talk will guide us through this first of its kind month-by-month guide to gardening with native plants in a state that follows a unique, nontraditional seasonal rhythm.
Helen Popper was recently honored as one of the ten best garden authors of California by Live Outside. Combining delightful prose and beautiful photography, she has collected the insights of dedicated professional and amateur native gardeners into a treasured guide for your own native garden.
Storyteller Steve Budd Presents
At 31, Steve moves back in with his parents. He's always wished his father were different. Less distant. Less gruff. Less critical. More alive. More engaged. Easier to connect with. But when his dad transforms before his very eyes, Steve is in for the ride of a lifetime. “Seeing Stars” is a heartfelt and hilarious exploration of family dysfunction, mental illness, and a son’s desire to connect with his dad.
Join us for a night of poetry at Feldman's Books. Get ready to be inspired by two talented poets, Marianne Brems and Nancy Davenport.
Arán & Im: Bread and Butter
with Irish writer Manchán Magan
Arán & Im celebrates the Irish language in an engaging, accessible bilingual way, through sourdough bread and home-churned butter.