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Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes The Seated Diesels back to the store to discuss Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata on Tuesday, September 25th at 7pm.With a restraint that barely conceals the ferocity of his characters' passions, one of Japan's great postwar novelists tells a luminous story of desire, regret, and the almost sensual nostalgia that binds the living to the dead. "A novel of exquisite artistry... and a story that is human, vivid, and moving" - New York Herald Tribune. Yasunari Kawabata, winner of the 1968 Nobel Prize for Literature, was one of Japan's most distinguished novelists. Among his major novels published in the US are Snow Country (1956) and The Master of Go (1972). He committed suicide in 1972. This event is free and all are welcome and encouraged to attend!
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Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes local author Bernard Radfar to the store to celebrate the publication of his new book, Insincerely Yours, on Tuesday, September 25th at 7pm.When eternal prankster Bernard Radfar created a make-believe character, "Mark Black," a filthy rich eccentric with some highly unusual needs, he had no idea that "Mark's" letters requesting bizarre services would actually bring him responses! Mark tended to expect a lot - after all, the richest do - and wrote to a wide range of companies who might be willing to satisfy the requests of an affluent individual. This hilarious collection of genuine letters is pure fun, contrasting Mark's boldness of privilege with his respondents' genuine desire to be of service. Among them is a request for a private jet to fly his Brazilian lover(s) to his ranch house in Germany... ordering a ton of beluga caviar for next-day delivery to satisfy his craving for munchies... and asking how he could apply for the Nobel Prize for Literature. And that's just the beginning!When not working as an investor, or making mischief during his off-hours, Bernard Radfar writes novels and screenplays, two of which are in development. He lives with his wife and children in Los Angeles. This is his first book.