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D.G.Wills Books

7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, Ca. 92037 (858)456-1800
HOURS: Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
La Jolla's largest collection of new and used scholarly books; and home of the La Jolla Cultural Society.

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Visit the D.G.Wills Books YouTube Channel, featuring past appearances by Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Maureen Dowd, Freeman Dyson, Allen Ginsberg, Christopher Hitchens, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Billy Collins, Iris Chang, Patricia Neal with Stephen Michael Shearer, Edward Albee, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and Oliver Stone. 
 
D.G.Wills Books events on Book TV, C-SPAN:
Professor Yunte Huang discussing his book Charlie Chan.
Journalist Dave Zirin discusses his book  Welcome to the Terrordome.
 
D.G.Wills Books events  on UCSD TV:
Professor Robert Polito and Patricia Patterson discussing
Professor Andrew Feenberg discussing his collection The Essential Marcuse.
 
 
D.G.Wills Books events on TSN: THE SCIENCE NETWORK:
Professor V.S. Ramachandran dicusses his book The Tell Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human. 

Professor Lawrence M. Krauss discusses his book Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life In Science.

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Upcoming Events
 
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Poet
 Bruce Willard
will read from his new book
VIOLENT  BLUES
Saturday,
February 25
at 7PM

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Violent Blues is a blues-harp album of words, a soundtrack of loss, introspection and renewal–one man’s search for intimacy and enduring music. Its poems are rooted in the natural world and tethered by concrete experience.


“… I am struck by the sincerity of the voice here, the relentless set of mind-heart puzzles, the tender, wisdom-lit-aloneness in this collection. Each poem, in a way, is a deep breath koan that musics-in-out from sea depths, dream echoes—the ‘pressure’ of existence and non-being—yet all is alive as cherimoya, jacaranda and, jasmine. This is a rare gift, a magnificent wave of poems that will move with you forever.”

 —Juan Felipe Herrera, US Poet Laureate 


Bruce Willard is a graduate of Middlebury College and holds an MFA from Bennington College’s Writing Seminars program. His poems have appeared in 5 A.M., African American Review, Agni Online, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Salamander, NPR’s Writer’s Almanac, and numerous other publications. His first collection of poems, Holding Ground, was published by Four Way Books in 2013.


 




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Thirty-Eighth Annual
ST.PATRICK’S DAY
Open Reading of
Irish Poetry and Prose

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Members of the public are invited to read from their favorite selections of James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Fingal O’Flaherty Wills Wilde, Edmund Burke, Sean O’Casey and others.

17 March 2017, Friday from
7 P.M. until it ends, at

D.G. Wills Books
7461 Girard Ave., La Jolla (858)456-1800
www.dgwillsbooks.com

 Messrs. Guinness and Harp will officiate the proceedings.

 

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San Francisco historian and musician
Mat Callahan
will discuss his new book
THE EXPLOSION OF
DEFERRED DREAMS
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MUSICAL RENAISSANCE AND
SOCIAL REVOLUTION
IN SAN FRANSCISCO, 1965-1975

Wednesday, May 17th 7PM

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As the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love floods the media with debates and celebrations of music, political movements, “flower power,” “acid rock,” and “hippies,” The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965–1975 offers a critical re-examination of the interwoven political and musical happenings in San Francisco in the Sixties. Author, musician, and native San Franciscan Mat Callahan explores the dynamic links between the Black Panthers and Sly and the Family Stone, the United Farm Workers and Santana, the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and the New Left and the counterculture. Callahan’s meticulous, impassioned arguments both expose and reframe the political and social context for the San Francisco Sound and the vibrant subcultural uprisings with which it is associated. Using dozens of original interviews, primary sources, and personal experiences, the author shows how the intense interplay of artistic and political movements put San Francisco, briefly, in the forefront of a worldwide revolutionary upsurge. 

Mat Callahan is a musician and author originally from San Francisco, where he founded Komotion International. He is the author of three books, Sex, Death & the Angry Young Man, Testimony, and The Trouble with Music as well as the editor of Songs of Freedom: The James Connolly Songbook.  

“Something very special took place in San Francisco in the Sixties, generating waves of social and aesthetic motion that still ricochet around this planet. The Explosion of Deferred Dreams takes a clear-eyed, politically engaged view that separates truth from propaganda. Grasping why the time became legendary and how society dealt with the challenges it created is what Explosion is about—and it accomplishes this critical task with intelligence and clarity.” Dennis McNally, author of A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead.

Previous Events at D.G.Wills Books

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Christopher Hitchens

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Director Oliver Stone

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Historian and Churchill biographer Sir Martin Gilbert

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Francoise Gilot

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Vogue magazine photo of Francoise Gilot at the original store

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Michael McClure

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Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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Nobel Laureate Gerald Edelman, Director of the Neurosciences Institute, with U.C. Berkeley philosopher John Searle with Mrs. Searle

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Nobel Laureate Manfred Eigen

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Quincy Troupe

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Iris Chang

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Gerry Spence

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Noted editor Robert Weil, editing a Patricia Highsmith manuscript for W.W. Norton & Co.

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Loeb Classical Library and Western Philosophy wall

Previous Events at D.G.Wills Books 

NORMAN MAILER, l995

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Ted Burke, Norman Mailer, Dennis Wills

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Allen Ginsberg, l994

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The New York Times Pulitzer Prize Columnist Maureen Dowd

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Jill Abramson, Executive Editor, The New York Times, with Maureen Dowd

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Billy Collins, Poet Laureate of the United States, 2001-2003

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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Gore Vidal, November 2005

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Gore Vidal with Professor Dennis Altman

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Gore Vidal, March l998, with noted South African playwright Athol Fugard in audience

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Nobel Laureate Francis Crick, February 1995

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James D. Watson and Francis Crick with their model of the DNA molecule, the Double Helix, at Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University, l953

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Nobel Laureate James D. Watson, September 2007

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Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott

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Nobel Laureate Kary Mullis

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Three & One-Half Time Pulitzer Prize Playwright Edward Albee

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Pulitzer Prize Poet Gary Snyder

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Pulitzer Prize poet Gary Snyder

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Oscar-Winning Actress Patricia Neal with her biographer Stephen Michael Shearer

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Patricia Neal holding a model of "Gort" from the science fiction film classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still"

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Richard C. Atkinson, President Emeritus of the University of California, former UCSD Chancellor and former Director of the National Science Foundation

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Renowned scientist Freeman Dyson 

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Freeman Dyson with Mrs. Dyson

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A visit from Oscar Nominated and Emmy Award Winning Actor Paul Giamatti

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A visit from Jim Belushi, 2003

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Jim Belushi at the original store, l988

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Claude Picasso and Francoise Gilot

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D.G.Wills Books
7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla
(858) 456-1800