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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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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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Renowned historian
TIMOTHY SNYDER
 will discuss his new book
ON TYRANNY:
TWENTY LESSONS FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Thursday, March 23, 7PM

timsynder.jpgThe Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. In recent weeks the United States has seen unprecedented changes to the fabric of our national and global identity. As noted historian Timothy Snyder explains, democracy can fail and has failed. Snyder offers today’s reader a guide to identifying and understanding the frightening parallels that exist between our current reality and the reality faced by Europeans of the twentieth century. Through the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, democracies across Europe would yield to fascism, Nazism, and communism. Americans have always held tight to the belief that such regime change can’t happen here—but that is a dangerous illusion. Having spent his career examining the tragedies and atrocities of the twentieth century, Snyder has studied the ways in which shifts and changes, both large and small, have led to the failure of democratic principles and ideals. As he writes, “history does not repeat, but it does instruct”—and we must heed its warnings.

"We are rapidly ripening for fascism. This American writer leaves us with no illusions about ourselves.” —Svetlana Alexievich, Winner of The Nobel Prize in Literature

TIMOTHY SNYDER is one of the leading American historians and public intellectuals. He is the Housum Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997, where he was a British Marshall Scholar. Before joining the faculty at Yale in 2001, he held fellowships in Paris, Vienna, and Warsaw, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard. His books include The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1659-1999Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist’s Mission to Liberate Soviet UkraineThe Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg ArchdukeBloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin; and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. Snyder was the recipient of an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellowship in 2015 and received the Havel Foundation prize the same year. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, is the faculty advisor for the Fortunoff Collection of Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, and sits on the advisory councils of the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research and other organizations.

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Alexander P. Butterfield
will discuss Bob Woodward’s new book
 THE LAST OF THE PRESIDENT'S MEN
Sunday, April 9, 2PM

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“There’s more to the story of Nixon,” confided Alexander P. Butterfield, the aide who disclosed the president’s greatest secret – the taping system that provided the evidence of his Watergate crimes and ended the Nixon presidency. For three years as Deputy Assistant to the President, working and watching from an office adjoining the Oval Office, Butterfield was often the first to see Nixon in the morning and the last at night, the ultimate insider and the most dangerous witness. Butterfield supervised the installation of the taping system and was one of a handful who knew about it. Even Nixon’s top aides, Henry Kissinger and John Ehrlichman, were not aware of it. In his memoir RN, the president wrote that he believed the secret “would never be revealed.”

 

Butterfield’s insights reveal Nixon’s secrets, rages, obsessions and deceptions; and his vindictive preoccupation with disinformation and suppression of the press, especially The New York Times and The Washington Post. Sound familiar? Pulitzer Prize Washington Post investigative journalist Bob Woodward describes the intense drama of Butterfield’s struggle and why and how he changed history.

 

Alexander P. Butterfield attended UCLA, the University of Maryland, George Washington University, the National War College and the National Defense University. During his Air Force career,Col.Butterfield flew ninety-eight combat and reconnaissance missions during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He later served as a military assistant to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, and was senior U.S. military officer in Australia. After leaving the White House, he served as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.

 

It was the biggest bombshell of the biggest political scandal in American history: White House aide Alexander Butterfield revealing the existence of the White House taping system.”  -CBS News.

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San Francisco historian and musician
Mat Callahan
will discuss his new book
THE EXPLOSION OF
DEFERRED DREAMS
:
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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7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla
(858) 456-1800