Start: 10:00 am
End: 3:00 pm
Sat., Feb. 9 • 10:00-3:00 pm • $75The new wave of nature writing emphasizes the relationship between outer landscapes and the inner terrain of psyche and soul. In this workshop, we will focus on the natural world in order to turn inward. We’ll review nature writing by Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez, and Gretel Ehrlich and discuss our own experiences to find nature’s metaphors and craft our personal stories in striking new ways. Mary Reynolds Thompson is founder of “Write the Damn Book.” She is author of Embrace Your Inner Wild: 52 Reflections for an Eco-Centric World, as well as numerous essays on eco-spirituality.
Start: 12:00 pm
Gourmet restaurateur and vegan food expert Miyoko Schinner shares her secrets for making homemade nondairy cheeses in Artisan Vegan Cheese: From Everyday to Gourmet ($19.95). Learn how to make cheeses that retain all the complexity and sharpness of their dairy counterparts while incorporating nutritious nuts and plant-based milks. For readers who want to whip up something quick, Miyoko provides recipes for almost-instant ricotta and sliceable cheeses, and a variety of tangy dairy substitutes, such as vegan sour cream, creme frache, and yogurt. For suggestions on how to incorporate vegan artisan cheeses into favorite recipes, Miyoko offers up delectable appetizers, entres, and desserts, from caprese salad and classic mac and cheese to eggplant parmesan and San Francisco cheesecake.
Start: 1:00 pm
Terri Glass will discuss the lives and poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi, and Rainer Maria Rilke. Their work will serve as inspiration to fuel writing exercises that center around a particular theme. Get in touch with images that stir your soul and find a new way to articulate unconscious material and bring it to light through the writing process.Terri Glass is a poet, writer and teacher of creative writing. She served as Program Director for California Poets in the Schools from 2008-2011 and actively teaches poetry in Marin County schools. She is the author of Language of the Awakened Heart, a guidebook for classroom teachers and a book of poetry, The Song of Yes, which is a blend of the spiritual and natural worlds. Visit her website at www.terriglass.com. She is serving as a judge for the second annual Songs of the Soul Poetry Contest sponsored by the International Association of Sufism; winners will be announced at the Songs of the Soul Poetry and Sacred Music Festival in March. More info is available at www.ias.org.
Start: 4:00 pm
In Insane City ($26.95), Dave Barry returns to the comic suspense genre of which he is a past master. Here is a madcap, hilariously complicated, heartfelt tale of a groom, Seth Weinstein, and his numbskull posse of pals, set on the eve of his spectacular wedding. Soon Seth will become involved with a family of Haitian refugees, an orangutan named Trevor, medical marijuana, a fake pirate ship, a gigantic snake, Russian gangsters, scheming billionaires, angry strippers, and gorgeous Cuban women – all set in and around Barry’s insanely dangerous, wacky, but exhilarating hometown of Miami.Dave Barry has been a professional humorist ever since he discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working. Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, although he misplaced it for several years, which is why his wife now keeps it in a secure location that he does not know about. He has also written more than 30 books, including the novels Big Trouble, Lunatics, and Tricky Business.
Start: 7:00 pm
Left Coast Writers® Book Launches at Book Passage in Corte MaderaSeeing Red: A Women's Quest for Truth, Power and the Sacred ($16.95) is an intimate memoir about Lone Morch's search for personal power, a journey of climbing inner and outer mountains that takes her to the holy Mt. Kailas in Tibet, through a seven-year marriage, and into the arms of the fierce goddess Kali, where she discovers her powerful feminine self. As much a memoir about coming into one's own as it is a love affair with the Himalayas, Seeing Red takes the reader on an unforgettable journey of creation and destruction. Award-winning author, photographer and rebel priestess, Lone Mørch is the founder of Lolo’s Boudoir and creative soul behind the Free Your Sacred Journey program. Her photography and writing have been featured internationally in InStyle, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Examiner, 7×7 Magazine, La Bella Bride, Untapped, Daily Candy, Femina, PRmag, anthologies and more.