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Diana Nyad - Find a Way

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $25 (includes signed paperback copy of Find a Way)

On September 2, 2013, at the age of sixty-four, Diana Nyad emerged onto the sands of Key West after swimming 111 miles, nation to nation, Cuba to Florida, in an epic feat of both endurance and human will, in fifty-three hours. Nyad carried three poignant messages on her way across this stretch of shark-infested waters, and she spoke them to the crowd in her moment of final triumph:

1. Never, ever give up.
2. You re never too old to chase your dreams.
3. It looks like a solitary sport, but it's a Team.

Millions of people around the world cheered this maverick on, moved by her undeniable tenacity to be the first to make the historic crossing without the aid of a shark cage. At the end of her magnificent journey, after thirty-five years and four crushing failures, the public found hope in Nyad's perseverance. They were inspired by her mantra find a way that led her to realize a dream in her sixties that had eluded her as a young champion in peak form.

In Find a Way, Nyad engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit.

Nyad was a world champion in her twenties, setting the record for swimming around Manhattan Island, along with other ocean-swim achievements, all of which rendered her a star at the time. Back then, she made the first attempt at the Mount Everest of swims, the Cuba Swim, but after forty-two hours and seventy-nine miles she was blown desperately off course. Her dream unfulfilled, she didn t swim another stroke for three decades.

Why, at sixty-four, was she able to achieve what she could not at thirty? How did her dramatic failures push her to success? What inner resources did Diana draw on during her long days and nights of training, and how did the power of the human spirit trump both the limitations of the body and the forces of nature across this vast, dangerous wilderness? This is the gripping story of an athlete, of a hero, of a bold mind. This is a galvanizing meditation on facing fears, engaging in our lives full throttle, and living each day with no regrets.

 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780804172912
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Vintage - June 28th, 2016

When Diana Nyad arrived on the shore of Key West after fifty-three hours of grueling swimming across an epic ocean, she not only set a world record becoming the first person to swim the shark-infested waters between Cuba and Florida with no cage for protection she also succeeded in fulfilling a dream she first chased at age twenty-eight and at long last achieved when she was sixty-four.


Angelico Hall
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Bill Walton - Back from the Dead (Sweetwater Music Hall)

Monday, June 20, 2016 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $15
Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley

Back from the Dead is the inspiring memoir from sports and cultural icon Bill Walton, recounting his devastating injuries and amazing recoveries, set in the context of his UCLA triumphs under John Wooden, his storied NBA career, and his affinity for music and the Grateful Dead.

Walton grew up in San Diego in the 1950s and 1960s and was deeply influenced by the political and cultural upheavals of that period. Although he strongly identified with the cool people, particularly in music and politics, his greatest role model outside his family was super-straight UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, a thoughtful, rigorous mentor who seemed immune to the turmoil of the times. Although there was always tension and conflict between them, the two men would speak nearly every day for forty-three years, until Wooden’s death at age ninety-nine.

Despite a lifelong stuttering affliction, Walton chose a career in broadcasting after his playing days ended. He eventually won an Emmy Award and other accolades for broadcasting and was recognized as a leading media pundit.

John Wooden once said that no greatness ever came without sacrifice. Nothing better illustrates this saying than the real story of Walton’s life. In his own words, Back from the Dead shares this dramatic story, including his basketball and broadcasting careers, his many setbacks and rebounds, and his ultimate triumph as the toughest of champions.

Bill Walton was NCAA player of the year at UCLA from 1972 to 1974, when UCLA set an NCAA record eighty-eight consecutive-game winning streak. A former NBA Champion and MVP, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and selected as one of the NBA’s Fifty Greatest Players ever. He has also had a successful award-winning broadcasting career with ABC, ESPN, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, Turner, and Fox, among others. He currently resides in his hometown of San Diego with his family.

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781476716862
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - March 22nd, 2016

This inspiring memoir from sports and cultural icon Bill Walton recounts his devastating injuries and amazing recoveries, set in the context of his UCLA triumphs under John Wooden, his storied NBA career, and his affinity for music and the Grateful Dead.


19 Corte Madera Ave
Mill Valley, CA 94941

David Sedaris - An Evening at the Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 8:00pm

Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium San Rafael, CA

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. He is the author of the NYT-bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). There are a total of ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages.

Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
10 Ave of the Flags
San Rafael, CA 94901

Billy Collins - The Rain in Portugal

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican Univeristy of CA

Tickets: $35 (includes a signed copy of The Rain in Portugal)

From former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins comes a twelfth collection of poetry offering nearly fifty new poems that showcase the generosity, wit, and imaginative play that prompted The Wall Street Journal to call him “America’s favorite poet.”
 
The Rain in Portugal—a title that admits he’s not much of a rhymer—sheds Collins’s ironic light on such subjects as travel and art, cats and dogs, loneliness and love, beauty and death. His tones range from the whimsical—“the dogs of Minneapolis . . . / have no idea they’re in Minneapolis”—to the elegiac in a reaction to the death of Seamus Heaney. A student of the everyday, here Collins contemplates a weather vane, a still life painting, the calendar, and a child lost at a beach. His imaginative fabrications have Shakespeare flying comfortably in first class and Keith Richards supporting the globe on his head. By turns entertaining, engaging, and enlightening, this collection amounts to another chorus of poems from one of the most respected and familiar voices in the world of American poetry.

Billy Collins is the author of ten collections of poetry, including Aimless Love, Horoscopes for the Dead, Ballistics, The Trouble with Poetry, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the Room, Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, and Picnic, Lightning. He is also the editor of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds. A Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, he was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and Poet Laureate of New York State from 2004 to 2006. He lives in Florida.

The Rain in Portugal: Poems Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780679644064
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Random House - October 4th, 2016

From former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins comes a twelfth collection of poetry offering nearly fifty new poems that showcase the generosity, wit, and imaginative play that prompted "The Wall Street Journal" to call him America's favorite poet.


Angelico Hall
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Cooks with Books: Victor Hazan - Ingredienti (Left Bank Restaurant)

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Single $110; Couple $180 (one book)

 

From the inimitable woman who popularized Italian cuisine in America, Marcella Hazan’s simple and elegant manual on how to shop for the best ingredients and prepare the most delicious meals is a must-have for every home cook.

When Marcella Hazan died in 2013, the world mourned the passing of the “Godmother of Italian cooking.” But her legacy lives on, through her cookbooks and recipes, and in the handwritten notebooks filled with her thoughts on how to select the best ingredients—Ingredienti. Her husband and longtime collaborator Victor Hazan has translated and transcribed these vignettes on how to buy and what to do with the fresh produce used in Italian cooking, the elements of an essential pantry, and salumi.

Before you know how to cook, you must know how to shop. From Artichokes to Zucchini, Anchovies to Ziti, this guide offers succinct and compelling advice on how to choose vegetables, pasta, olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano, prosciutto, and all of the key elements of Marcella’s classic meals. Organic isn’t necessarily best, boxed pasta can be better than fresh. Marcella’s authoritative wisdom and surprising tips will change the way you cook. Her clear, practical guidance in acquiring the components of good cooking is helpful wherever you choose to shop—in supermarkets, farmers’ markets, specialty food stores, or online.

Based on sixty years of almost daily visits to the market to choose the ingredients of that day’s meal, this book is a life’s work, distilled—an expression of Marcella’s judgments, advice, and suggestions. Uncomplicated and precise, this volume will be essential to home cooks eager to produce meals in the same delicious style Marcella was the first to introduce to America.

Victor Hazan, Marcella’s lifelong collaborator and writing partner, is an authority on Italian wine and food. He is the author of Italian Wine. He lives in Longboat Key, Florida.

 

Ingredienti: Marcella S Guide to the Market Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781451627367
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - July 12th, 2016

From the inimitable woman who popularized Italian cuisine in America, Marcella Hazan's simple and elegant manual on how to shop for the best ingredients and prepare the most delicious meals is a must-have for every home cook.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939

Mandy Ingber - Yogalosophy for Inner Strength (New Om World)

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 12:00pm

New Om World, Corte Madera

Open your heart and embrace joy with Yogalosophy! Celebrity fitness and wellness expert and New York Times best-selling author, Mandy Ingber, has used her signature Yogalosophy yoga/toning hybrid to help stars like Jennifer Aniston and Kate Beckinsale sculpt their bodies. Building on the concepts in her first book, join Mandy for a sampler yoga class designed to open your heart and cultivate joy. This 90-minute practice will draw from the 5 routines in her new book, with lessons and exercises to energize, open and relax you. 

Ingber incorporates anecdotes from her personal journey through loss and trying times, and stories from experts within her inner circle of friends. Whether you’re experiencing crisis or simply feeling adrift, Yogalosophy for Inner Strength will help guide and carry you through your transition by providing a path to emotional strength, inner balance, and ultimately, to a greater capacity for true joy.

Mandy Ingber, The New York Times best-selling author of Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover and creator of the yoga-hybrid DVD Yogalosophy, is a celebrity fitness and wellness expert. Her twenty years of teaching experience have attracted such clients as Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale, Helen Hunt, Ricki Lake, Jennifer Meyer, and Brooke Shields. She has been a spokesperson for Silk Soymilk and is a contributing fitness and wellness advisor for Health, POPSUGAR, SELF, Shape, USA Today and Yahoo!  Mandy is a fitness blogger for E! Online and People.com and is featured regularly in Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, O, The Oprah Magazine, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and more.

For more information, call New Om World at (415) 891-3764 

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$24.00
ISBN: 9781580055932
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Seal Press (CA) - May 17th, 2016

" Heartbreak is a universal experience, and self-compassion is vital to healing. In this moment of truth lies the opportunity to find action-oriented ways to love yourself. "


New Om World
67 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cooks with Books: Eric Ripert - 32 Yolks

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur • Single $120; Couple $190 (one book)

Online ticket sales have closed. To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

For readers of Jacques Pepin's The Apprentice and Marcus Samuelsson's Yes, Chef, here is 32 Yolks: From My Mother's Table to Working the Line, the coming-of-age story of a true French chef and international culinary icon. Before he earned three Michelin stars at Le Bernardin, won the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Chef, or became a regular guest judge on Bravo's "Top Chef," and even before he knew how to make a proper omelet, Eric Ripert was a young boy in the South of France who felt that his world had come to an end. The only place Eric felt at home was in the kitchen. His desire to not only cook, but to become the best would lead him into some of the most celebrated and demanding restaurants in Paris, serving under such legendary chefs as Joel Robuchon and Dominique Bouchet, and trying to survive the brutal, exacting environment of their kitchens.

Eric Ripert is the co-author of the recently published On the Line: Inside the world of Le Bernardin, and chef and part-owner of Le Bernardin, awarded four stars by The New York Times, three stars by the Michelin Guide, and rated best restaurant in New York by Zagat. He is a frequent guest on such national shows as Bravo's "Top Chef," "Today," "Charlie Rose," "Martha," and Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations." He has opened two new restaurants, 10 Arts in the Philadelphia Ritz-Carlton and Westend Bistro in Washington, D.C. You can watch Eric Ripert in action on his forthcoming television show "Avec Eric" and on his Web site, www.aveceric.com.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780812992984
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Published: Random House - May 17th, 2016

Hailed by Anthony Bourdain as heartbreaking, horrifying, poignant, and inspiring, "32 Yolks "is the brave and affecting coming-of-age story about the making of a French chef, from the culinary icon behind the renowned New York City restaurant Le Bernardin.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Dining with Writers: Joyce Goldstein - The New Mediterranean Jewish Table (Spinster Sisters)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 6:30pm

Spinster Sisters Restaurant in Santa Rosa• Single $100; Couple $165 (one book) 

  

For thousands of years, the people of the Jewish Diaspora have carried their culinary traditions and kosher laws throughout the world. In the United States, this has resulted primarily in an Ashkenazi table of matzo ball soup and knishes, brisket and gefilte fish. But Joyce Goldstein is now expanding that menu with this comprehensive collection of over four hundred recipes from the kitchens of three Mediterranean Jewish cultures: the Sephardic, the Maghrebi, and the Mizrahi.

The New Mediterranean Jewish Table is an authoritative guide to Jewish home cooking from North Africa, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and the Middle East. It is a treasury filled with vibrant, seasonal recipes—both classic and updated—that embrace fresh fruits and vegetables; grains and legumes; small portions of meat, poultry, and fish; and a healthy mix of herbs and spices. It is also the story of how Jewish cooks successfully brought the local ingredients, techniques, and traditions of their new homelands into their kitchens. With this varied and appealing selection of Mediterranean Jewish recipes, Joyce Goldstein promises to inspire new generations of Jewish and non-Jewish home cooks alike with dishes for everyday meals and holiday celebrations.

Joyce Goldstein was chef and owner of the groundbreaking Mediterranean restaurant Square One in San Francisco. Prior to opening Square One, she was chef at the Chez Panisse Café and visiting executive chef at the Wine Spectator Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa. Today she is a cooking teacher, consultant to the restaurant and food industries, and prolific cookbook author.

The New Mediterranean Jewish Table: Old World Recipes for the Modern Home Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780520284999
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of California Press - April 12th, 2016

For thousands of years, the people of the Jewish Diaspora have carried their culinary traditions and kosher laws throughout the world. In the United States, this has resulted primarily in an Ashkenazi table of matzo ball soup and knishes, brisket and gefilte fish.


Spinster Sisters
401 South A Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Books & Bites: Duggan McDonnell - Drinking the Devil's Acre

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Cavallo Point Cooking School, Sausalito
Registration (Includes Book & Dinner): $125 per person • 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Quench your thirst at this bottom’s up class featuring the lore and recipes from a city that was devoted to drink. The Devil’s Acre was a single bar filled block within San Francisco’s infamous Barbary Coast that historically housed the wildest saloons in the country. Duggan McDonnell is a barkeeper, distiller, winemaker, educator, teacher, and champion of the cocktail.

In this class, McDonnell will share fun insights, stories, and some libations from his popular new book, while the Cavallo Point kitchen prepares a dinner menu inspired by the selected cocktails. The book pairs vintage photos of old San Francisco with classic elixirs that range from the modern day Lemon Drop, Mojito, and Sangria to older cocktails like the Revolver and the Last Word.

Must be 21 years of age to attend this class.

Drinking the Devil's Acre: A Love Letter from San Francisco and Her Cocktails Cover Image
By Duggan McDonnell, Luke Abiol, Luke Abiol (Photographer)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452135250
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2015

During the 1870s and '80s, a single bar-filled block in San Francisco called the Devil's Acre threw what may have been the most enduring party the world has ever seen. Duggan McDonnell is in love with the city of his forefathers and its ever-flowing cocktails, and it shows in this history-packed drinking tour through one of the most beloved cities in the world.


Cavallo Point Cooking School
601 Murray Cir
Sausalito, CA 94965

Annie Proulx - Barkskins (Osher Marin JCC)

Monday, June 20, 2016 - 7:30pm

Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
Tickets: Single $45, Couple $65 (one book)

 

From Annie Proulx—the Pulitzer Prize­ and National Book Award-­winning author of The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain—comes an ecological masterwork, five years in the writing: an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about the taking down of the world’s forests. Annie Proulx is one of the most formidable and compelling American writers, and Barkskins is her greatest novel, a magnificent marriage of history and imagination.

In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters—barkskins. René suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mi’kmaw woman and their descendants live trapped between two inimical cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away from the seigneur, becomes a fur trader, then sets up a timber business. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over three hundred years—their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions—the revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, and cultural annihilation. Over and over again, they seize what they can of a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse.

Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range. Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. She lives in Seattle.

 

Barkskins Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780743288781
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - June 14th, 2016

From Annie Proulx the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author of "The Shipping News" and Brokeback Mountain, comes her masterwork: an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about the taking down of the world's forests.


Osher Marin JCC
200 N San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903

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