Wine and words. They go well together. Especially when savored slowly.

University Press Books on Bancroft will host its second Slow Reading Dinner on Monday, Feb. 22 from 6 to 8 pm. Guests will gather around the store’s central table, nibble on food foraged from the Berkeley Hills (and elsewhere) prepared by Erick Balbuena, the chef at Musical Offering.  Guests will then read a paragraph or passage from a favorite book and ponder reading in the slow lane.

From the looks of the photos from last month’s event, the food looks delicious and the company inviting. The evening costs $40. Call 510-548-0585 or e-mail the store at to reserve a spot.

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Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, published in November...