Start: 1:00 pm
Lisa O'Donnell reads from The Death of Bees ($25.99). From the opening line of Lisa O’Donnell’s debut novel, you know you are in for something different. "Today is Christmas Eve. Today is my birthday. Today I am fifteen. Today I buried my parents in the backyard. Neither of them were loved.” You quickly learn that the parents buried in the backyard are Izzy and Gene, parents of Marnie and Nelly – two neglectful, selfish, generally heinous adults now moldering beneath loosely planted stalks of lavender. But you do not know how they got there. Not yet. The girls intend to keep the deaths a secret. Lisa O’Donnell won the Orange Screenwriting Prize in 2000 for The Wedding Gift, and in the same year was nominated for the Dennis Potter New Screenwriters Award. Originally from Scotland, she lives in Los Angeles with her family where she is now a full time novelist.
Start: 1:00 pm
Erica Bauermeister shares The Lost Art of Mixing ($25.95). In prose to be savored, Bauermeister brings back some of the most engaging characters from School and introduces intriguing new personalities as she follows them around the seasons of a year. At the heart of her story once again is Lillian, the chef and restaurant owner with a remarkable ability to bring out the hidden essence of people as well as ingredients, and to combine both in surprising, delightful new ways Erica Bauermeister, the bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients and Joy for Beginners, is also the coauthor of 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Washington, from which she holds a Ph.D. in literature, and is a graduate of Occidental College.
Start: 4:00 pm
On the twentieth anniversary of Ian Rankin's first American publication comes a novel bursting with the vitality and suspense that made its author one of crime fiction's most dazzling stars. Standing in Another Man's Grave ($25.99) is the triumphant return of John Rebus, and a riveting story of sin, redemption, and revenge.It's every parent's nightmare: a fifteen-year old girl has disappeared. She was last seen hitch-hiking along a scenic highway in rural Scotland, and the only other clue is a photograph sent from her phone. Two detectives, one of them retired, are working the case when they learn that there may be other victims out there, stretching back a decade and more. The road itself may provide them with answers, but a complicated case is only made worse by interference from conflicting witnesses, the police department's own Internal Affairs division--and the ominous attentions of the missing girl's gangster stepfather.Ian Rankin is a #1 international bestselling author. Winner of an Edgar Award and the recipient of a Gold Dagger for fiction and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.
Start: 4:00 pm
This event is preceded by a yoga workshop with Dana across the courtyard at Yoga Tree. Click here for details on the workshop. After sending out Weekly Oms for over five years, Dana Damara compiled her Oms into what is now known as Oms from the Mat ($17.99). Through the opportunities of her life, she relates philosophical yoga principles in a way that allows all readers to truly relate and connect with the power and magic of this amazing practice.Dana Damara has embraced yoga as a lifestyle both on and off the mat. Through her children, writing, yoga, and creation of meaningful relationships with the community around her, Dana has facilitated that power of soulfulness and spiritual awakening through yoga, both for others and herself.
Start: 7:00 pm
Susan C. Strong shares Move Our Message: How to Get America's Ear ($10.00). The 2012 election may be over, but the future of our country still hangs in the balance. What citizens do in 2013 and beyond will make the difference. That’s why progressives need to “speak American” about the issues, whether the focus is climate change, the environment, economic justice, or peace. Using a concept Strong calls "American Framing", this book takes readers through the necessary steps to reach a mainstream audience with your message. Susan C. Strong is the founder and executive director of The Metaphor Project, http://www.metaphorproject.org. She has been helping progressives and liberals mainstream their messages for the last 15 years.