Entries by Hannah Onstad

Love Audio Books? Then it is Prime Time to Make the Switch

It’s important to realize there are alternatives to the massive online retailers that dominate the inter-webs. One such alternative is the one LOAKL uses to distribute eBooks. You can find us here and browse audio eBooks for purchase or get a subscription. Right now, and for a limited time, you can use promo code “SWITCH” and get […]

A Gentle Madness Leads to New Discoveries

A Books + Chocolate Crawl leads to a new bookstore in the East Bay featuring Books + Cats Last weekend, I stumbled upon a listing for an event called “Bookstore & Chocolate Crawl” and ever the fan of a good crawl, I thought I’d investigate further. The pairing was irresistible. Conceived by a small group […]

Isn’t it Time You Ditched Audible for Audio Books?

Dear Audible, I feel torn writing this, because we’ve had so many good times. We’ve been through  so much together. I really mean that. Remember that road trip to Minneapolis, where we drove through the night, and you helped keep me awake? And those early mornings at the gym on the elliptical with the sounds […]

Holy Mackerel! May 5 is
Free Comic Book Day

Berkeley Public Library will give away hundreds of free comics during fun comic-book themed events in celebration of Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 5th. Festivities will take place from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at all library locations. Free comics will be available for children, teens, and adults (limit 3 per person, while supplies last) and […]

Writers and Readers Unite at
Bay Area Book Festival this Weekend

Dear Readers, Writers and Book Lovers, There is a session for you this weekend at the Bay Area Book Festival in downtown Berkeley, April 28-29, from 11am – 6pm. The eclectic event covers a range of literary topics sure to appeal to the diverse interests of Bay Area festival goers, for example: Viv Albertine (formerly of The Slits) Sits […]

Is it Love…or just Spring?

“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.” —Geoffrey Chaucer, 14th century   Some say the feast of St. Valentine marks the beginning of spring. Others say, “meh.” As much as I love chocolate and a juicy love story, I have to say I haven’t always been a […]

Is the Local Economy the Solution?

(This article originally appeared in AlterNet on August 12, 2015.) Think local. Buy local. Support your local community. Community investment. This all makes sense, right? Right. Then why do so many government-funded economic development programs get this wrong? According to community economics advocate Michael Shuman, mainstream economic development today is a scam. States and local government […]

Is it Time for Amazon Go? Or No?

When I first read about Amazon Go, a futuristic new Amazon store rumored to be coming sometime in 2017 (actually it opened today, 1/23/18), and learned that cashiers were to be replaced with an app that tracks what you buy at checkout—frankly, I was alarmed. This is not my idea of a friendly, neighborhood store. While the video […]

January Asks: What Do You Really Want?

The month of January is often a time to take a breather after the holiday madness and slow ourselves down. It’s also the ideal time to take stock as we ask ourselves…what do I really want in the year ahead? Whether it’s setting goals & intentions, decluttering or challenging ourselves to think outside our box, […]