Start: 5:30 pm
In Conversation with Susanne PariSpecial book signing and food tasting!Tickets: $38 per person, $45 per couple (both options include one signed book) This luscious and contemporary take on the alluring cuisine of Iran from cookbook author Louisa Shafia features 75 recipes for both traditional Persian dishes and modern reinterpretations using Middle Eastern ingredients. Louisa Shafia, author of the award-winning Lucid Food, explores her heritage while bringing a healthy and vibrant perspective to Persian recipes that might otherwise rely too heavily on white sugar and heavy oils for flavor. The New Persian Kitchen ($24.99) demystifies unfamiliar ingredients like rosewater, dried limes, and sumac; provides a comprehensive resources section; and offers helpful substitutions. The recipes–such as Jeweled Rice, Pomegranate Soup, and Saffron Ice Cream–range from starters to sweets and employ simple techniques and preparations, making this exotic, beautiful, and ancient cuisine accessible to the home cook.Louisa Shafia’s unique style of fresh, Silk Road-inspired cooking has been featured in Yoga Journal, New York magazine, Whole Living, Every Day with Rachael Ray, the Washington Post, and Saveur. Her first cookbook, Lucid Food, was nominated for an IACP award. Look for Louisa on the Cooking Channel's Taste in Translation series, making Persian kebabs. Louisa lives in Brooklyn.
Start: 6:00 pm
A moving tale of one young woman’s life spinning out of the typical and into the extraordinary during one of the most politically and racially charged eras in America, Virgin Soul ($26.95) will resonate with readers of Monica Ali and Ntozake Shange. From lauded poet and playwright Judy Juanita comes this novel of a young woman's life with the Black Panthers in 1960s San Francisco.Judy Juanita’s poetry and fiction have been published widely, and her plays have been produced in the Bay Area and New York City. She has taught writing at Laney College in Oakland since 1993. This is her first novel. She lives in Oakland.
Start: 7:00 pm
In Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War ($26.99), Dale Maharidge delivers the World War II story that has been impossible to get for more than half a century. Through affecting narration, he weaves together the stories of twelve members of Love Company—six of whom were present when Mulligan was killed—about what really happened overseas. And through these stories, he finds significant clues as to who Mulligan was, how he died, and why his father was unable to let his memory go. The quest answered the mystery of Steve Maharidge’s raging fits—Dale learned how blast concussions most likely damaged his father’s brain. What once began as an obsession with a photograph inevitably led to a much more dramatic and greater discovery: an understanding of the war. Dale Maharidge has been teaching at the Columbia Journalism School since 2001; before that, he was a visiting professor at Stanford University for ten years and spent fifteen years as a newspaperman. Several of his books are illustrated with the work of photographer Michael S. Williamson. The first book, Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass, later inspired Bruce Springsteen to write two songs. His second book, And Their Children After Them, won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1990.