Start: 6:00 pm
Computers have failed, electricity is extinct, and the race to discover new lands is underway! Brilliant explorer Alexander West has just died under mysterious circumstances, but not before smuggling half of a strange map to his intrepid children—Kit the brain, M.K. the tinkerer, and Zander the brave. Why are so many government agents trying to steal the half-map? (And where is the other half?) It’s up to Alexander’s children—The Expeditioners ($22.00)—to get to the bottom of these questions, and fast.S. S. Taylor lives in Vermont and has a strong interest in books of all kinds, expeditions, old libraries, mysterious situations, long-hidden secrets, maps, and exploring known and unknown places. She is most recently the author of Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean.
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm
Six Wednesdays: Feb. 6-Mar. 13 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $150 There are lots of poets, it sometimes seems. It’s the discerning readers that are scarce. “To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences, too.” In this reading group we look at English-language poetry of many styles and periods, taking nobody’s word for it about what is “great.” What makes poetry tick? What makes a poem worth the effort of reading it? How do we enjoy and judge the seemingly obscure or difficult poem? Widely-published local poet and author John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn, now in its 35th year.
Start: 7:00 pm
Frosty Hesson discusses Making Mavericks: The Memoir of a Surfing Legend ($16.95). When Richard “Frosty” Hesson was first approached by a young Jay Moriarty in 1990, the skinny kid with a sparkle in his eye only wanted one thing from the icon: his help in becoming a better surfer. Hesson, one of the first to conquer the huge waves off northern California known as Mavericks, recognized that the kid “had a vision.” Jay quickly demonstrated a resolve that reminded Frosty of his younger self, pursuing his goal with a seriousness far beyond his years. His attitude and work ethic earned Frosty’s respect and, eventually, his friendship. Making Mavericks is the inspiring story of their father-son bond and of the challenges that made each of them who they were—surf legends, and the subject of the upcoming film Chasing Mavericks.Richard “Frosty” Hesson has been surfing the northern California waters since 1963 and was among the elite group of surfers who first began riding the colossal waves at Mavericks in the 1980s. He has trained hundreds of young people in the art of surfing. Frosty continues to surf and follow his quest to help people achieve and accomplish their goals. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.