Start: 6:00 pm
Utilizing the lunar calendar, a pillar of Chinese tradition and culture, Deng Ming-Dao highlights festivals and ancient scriptures that correlate with the teaching of Taoism. Each day of the lunar year is represented with meditation, poetry, translated scripture and illustrations to impart key concepts and promote constant learning. With these tools, The Lunar Tao ($18.99) encourages readers to practice Taoism at any point in their lives and internalize the core understanding of Taoism in digestible ways. Deng Ming-Dao is the author of eight books, including The Living I Ching, Chronicles of Tao, Everyday Tao, 365 Tao, and Scholar Warrior. His books have been translated into fifteen languages. He studied qigong, philosophy, meditation, and internal martial arts with Taoist master Kwan Saihung for thirteen years and with two other masters before that.
Start: 7:00 pm
Introduced and moderated by Liam Mayclem Grand Hall in the Ferry BuildingAdmission: $40 at the doorPrice of admission includes a signed copy of All Natural ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.Bay-area based journalist Nathanael Johnson discusses All Natural: A Skeptic's Quest for Health and Happiness in an Age of Ecological Anxiety ($25.99). Johnson explores the way we react to what he calls "our overall ecological anxiety" - how many of us are drawn to natural solutions and organic lifestyles while others rally around high-tech development and industrial efficiencies. He examines these phenomena through the personal lens of his own crunchy-granola upbringing. He expands the conversation by speaking with figures as varied as an outlawed midwife, radical doctors, renegade farmers and one hermit forester. Nathanael Johnson is an award-winning journalist who has written features for Harper's, New York, Outside, and San Francisco magazines and produced stories for National Public Radio and This American Life. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.Michael Pollan is the author of six previous books, including Food Rules, and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. He is the recipient of the James Beard Award and is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at Berkeley. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. His most recent book, Cooked: Finding Ourselves in the Kitchen, will be published in April 2013.
Start: 7:00 pm
Marin author and physician Dr. Arthur J. Ammann presents Women, HIV, and the Church ($25.30). This book uses the megaphone of HIV to draw attention to the discrimination of women and violence against women worldwide and the continuing problem of intimate partner violence in developing countries but also in the United States. The book has several essays from other Bay Area authors as well as international authors who speak on behalf of women. Women, HIV, and the Church reinforces the call on the faith community to take action. Dr. Arthur Ammann's career has spanned many fields including physician, researcher, activist, philanthropist and clinical professor. In 1982, Dr. Ammann described two of the three ways that HIV is transmitted, including the first cases of transmission of AIDS from mother to infant and the first blood transfusion associated AIDS patients. Dr. Ammann has been featured in media outlets from Time to Frontline.