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"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

Archive for the day “October 29, 2010”

In Memory of Pat Cody

Tomorrow there will be a public memorial service for Pat Cody at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way.

Pat, who along with her husband Fred, built one of Berkeley’s most beloved institutions, Cody’s Books, died Thursday, Sept. 30 at the age of 87.

Perhaps another way to pay tribute to Pat’s work and vision might be to go to your local independent bookstore and buy a book on October 30. Please tell the staff member who takes your money that this is in Pat’s memory. Click here for a list of independent bookstores in the Bay Area.

Cody’s Books was an icon of the literary streets of Berkeley. Together with so many local independent businesses that are part of our community and disappearing, Cody’s  is sadly missed. So will those who pioneered their way.

Here’s to you, Mrs. Cody. I bet there’s a great library of books where you are heading. Enjoy them. ——————————————————————————————————-

Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at www.alonshalev.com


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