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Billy Collins - The Rain in Portugal (Dominican University)

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican Univeristy of CA

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

Online ticket sales now closed. Tickets available at the door. 

 

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.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780679644064
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Published: Random House - October 4th, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - From former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins comes a twelfth collection of poetry offering over 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)

This event is now sold-out. To inquire about waitlist availability, call (415) 927-0960 x233.

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.

 

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$20.00
ISBN: 9781451627367
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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
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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)

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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
Availability: Special Order
Published: Random House - May 17th, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - 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.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR


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) 

This event is now sold out. Please call Spinster Sisters Restaurant for potential availability. Spinster Sisters Restaturant phone number is: 707-528-7100

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.

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$39.95
ISBN: 9780520284999
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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 (Photographer)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452135250
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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)

Online ticket sales closed. Tickets available at the door.

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.

 

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$32.00
ISBN: 9780743288781
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 14th, 2016

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Best Novel
A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Best Book of the Year


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

Helen Macdonald - H is for Hawk

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Ticket: $25 (includes a copy of H is for Hawk)

Please note: online ticketing is now closed. Tickets will be available at the door.

The instant New York Times bestseller and award-winning sensation, Helen Macdonald's story of adopting and raising one of nature's most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel's temperament mirrors Helen's own state of grief after her father's death, and together raptor and human "discover the pain and beauty of being alive" (People). H Is for Hawk is a genre-defying debut from one of our most unique and transcendent voices.

Before Macdonald rose to international acclaim with her "beautiful and nearly feral" (New York Times) bestselling memoir H Is for Hawk, she wrote a collection of poetry, Shaler's Fish. In robust, lyrical verse, this collection roams both the outer and inner landscapes of the poet's universe, seamlessly fusing reflections on language, science, and literature with the loamy environments of the natural worlds around her.

Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator, historian, and naturalist, as well as an affiliated research scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. She also worked as a research fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge. As a professional falconer, she assisted with the management of raptor research and conservation projects across Eurasia.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124739
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Published: Grove Press - March 8th, 2016

One of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year


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$22.00
ISBN: 9780802124630
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - February 2nd, 2016

Before Helen Macdonald rose to international acclaim with her "beautiful and nearly feral" (New York Times) bestselling memoir H Is for Hawk, she wrote a collection of poetry, Shaler's Fish.


Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Dining with Writers: Pati Jinich - Mexican Today

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 6:30pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Spinster Sisters Restraurant, Santa Rosa
 

On her PBS TV series, now in its fifth season, as well as in frequent appearances on shows like "The Chew," Pati Jinich, a busy mother of three, has shown a flair for making Mexican cooking irresistibly accessible. In Mexican Today, she shares easy, generous dishes, both traditional ones and her own new spins. Some are regional recipes she has recovered from the past and updated, like Miners Enchiladas with fresh vegetables and cheese or Drunken Rice with Chicken and Chorizo, a specialty of the Yucatan. Sweaty Tacos with ripe tomatoes and cheese are so convenient they re sold on Mexican streets by bicyclists. Her grandmother's Cornflake Cookies feel just as contemporary now as they did then.Pati has Mexed up other recipes in such family favorites as Mexican Pizza with Grilled Skirt Steak and Onions. Still other dishes show the evolution of Mexican food north and south of the border, including Mexican Dreamboat Hotdogs and Cal-Mex Fish Tacos with Creamy Slaw. This food will draw everyone together a family at the end of a working day, a book club, or a neighborhood potluck. Throughout, Pati is an infectious cheerleader, sharing stores of the food, people, and places behind the recipes.

Pati Jinich is the host of the popular PBS show Pati's Mexican Table and the official chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute. She has appeared on the Food Network, Fox News, NPR, and The Splendid Table, and appears regularly on NBC's Today Show, ABC's The Chew, and CBS's The Talk. She hosts live programs for the Smithsonian Institution and has cooked at the Blair House, the official guest house for the President of the United States.

 

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780544557246
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 12th, 2016

Intriguing recipes for everyday meals from the host of the PBS series Pati's Mexican Table


Spinster Sisters
401 South A Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Kate Hudson - Pretty Happy

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Christine Bronstein

Please note: this event is now sold out! To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960.

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $35 (includes signed copy of Pretty Happy)

I didn’t just wake up one day understanding how to take care of myself. I had to learn how to do so over time, and I continue to learn—each and every day.This is a process, and my body is constantly changing. So is yours. And when I learned how to accept that I will always be like this, I relaxed. Our bodies do not stand still for time.

When you understand yourself and connect to how you can become body smart, you realize pretty quickly that the perfect, the ideal is not the goal. Instead, the goal is feeling good in your body. That’s what leads to confidence, to feeling and looking fit, and being pretty happy. Doesn’t that sound great? I think so! 

In almost every interview she gives, Kate Hudson is asked the same questions: What do you eat? How do you stay so fit? What workout do you do? What's your secret? Well, the secret is that the sound bites the media loves so much don?t tell the story, and the steps you need to take to have a healthy, vibrant and happy life can’t be captured in a short interview. The key to living well, and healthy, is to plug into what your body needs, understanding that one size does not fit all, all the time, and being truly honest with yourself about your goals and desires.

Like everyone else, Kate is constantly on the move, with a life full of work, family, responsibilities and relationships. In Pretty Happy, Kate explains how she honors her body through exercise, mindfulness about what she eats, and the flexibility to go back to the drawing board, setting fresh goals rather than holding herself to unrealistic standards of perfection. Focusing on the Four Pillars of Health to enhance her well-being, Hudson shows the benefits of:

• Cultivating an Intuitive Relationship With Your Body
• Eating Well
• Awakening Your Body Through Movement
• The Miracle of Mindfullness

Full of questionnaires to help you assess your Body Type and your stress levels, advice about cleanses and keeping your diet and body balanced, and plenty of interactive Drawing Board exercises, this is a beautiful, insightful, and personal look at health from the inside out, an authentic plan for an authentic life from a woman who truly lives what she speaks.

Kate Hudson is an internationally-renowned actress, fashion icon, humanitarian, and founder of the activewear line, Fabletics. She was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award for her breakthrough performance in Almost Famous. The mother of two sons, Kate makes her home in Los Angeles, California.

Christine Bronstein is the founder of Nothing But The Truth Publishing, an independent publishing house specializing in works by diverse female authors.  She is also the author of the award-winning Stewie BOOM! children’s book series.  In 2009, she started A Band of Women, a social network and information website for women. Chris's writing has been published on Forbes.com, as well as in the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, and on Maria Shriver’s website. She has been featured in Elle, 7x7 Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle. She is married to journalist Phil Bronstein, who is the Executive Board Chair of the Center for Investigative Reporting. Chris is mother to three school age children and ten animals. Chris earned her MBA from Columbia University and is a member of the honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma. For eight years, Chris was CEO of one of the few women run, venture-backed health and fitness companies in the U.S. She was also president of a child-welfare foundation for three years.

 

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062434234
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Published: Dey Street Books - February 16th, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELER


Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

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