Start: 11:00 am
Rebecah Freeling is a master storyteller, experienced early childhood educator, and parent coach. New to California, she recently joined the faculty of Marin Mountain School Early Childhood Center in Corte Madera. For thirteen years she was owner, Director and Lead Teacher of Briar Rose Children's Center in her home state of Ohio. Her magical stories, both original and drawn from the folk and fairy tale traditions, are enhanced by handmade table puppets and simple marionettes. One often observes the children hearing her stories to be sitting on the edge of their seats, eyes wide and mouths open in anticipation!
Start: 1:00 pm
Octopus loves living on the busy reef under the sea. From her cozy cave, she can see clown fish, and sea turtles, and little butterflies swimming by. She especially loves watching the seahorses having fun, wiggling and twirling. Sometimes she will play with them, but occasionally Octopus just wants to be alone, somewhere quiet, and not so busy. So one day, she swims far, far beyond the reef and finds another cozy cave, only here she is perfectly, wonderfully alone. It is exactly what she wanted . . . until she’s ready to go back home to be with her friends.As she did in Little Owl's Night, Divya Srinivasan shows children a wonderful part of the natural world in a very warm-hearted way with Octopus Alone ($16.99).Divya Srinivasan is an illustrator and animator living in Austin, Texas. Her illustrations have appeared in New Yorker magazine, and she has done work for This American Life, They Might Be Giants, Sundance Channel, Sufjan Stevens, and Weird Al Yankovic, among others. Divya was also an animator on the film Waking Life. She is the author-illustrator of Little Owl's Night. More of her work can be seen at www.pupae.com.
Start: 4:00 pm
Co-Sponsored by A Band of WivesAdmission: $45(includes signed book, appetizers, wine and a donation to A Band of Wives)..............................................................................................................................................................................................The self-publishing revolution is in full swing, offering writers more opportunities than ever to control the publishing process and create a high-quality book that rivals traditional publishing. Former Apple chief evangelist and bestselling author Guy Kawasaki knows this first-hand. After publishing ten books with traditional publishers, he turned to self-publishing for his last two, including his most recent, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur–How to Publish a Book. In this workshop, Guy will explain how to fill the critical roles of author, publisher, and entrepreneur in order to succeed as a self-publisher. Topics include:• Writing for the right reasons• How to tap “the crowd” during writing and marketing• How to produce both ebooks and printed books• How to use social media to build a fan base, create a brand, and sell books• Recommendations on DIY vs. hiring outGuy has written eleven other books, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Enchantment. He is the co-founder of Alltop.com, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web, and was previously the chief evangelist of Apple. Guy has a BA from Stanford University, an MBA from UCLA, and an honorary doctorate from Babson College.A Band of Wives is a new kind of sisterhood for all women-married, single and everything in between.
Start: 4:00 pm
Matt Coyle presents Yesterday's Echo ($26.95). Rick Cahill was never convicted of his wife's murder, but he was never exonerated either. Not by the police. Not by the media. Not even by himself. Eight years later, police suspicion and his own guilt remain over his responsibility in his wife's death. Before Rick can save himself and bring down a murderer, he must confront the truth about his own past and untangle his feeling for a woman he can never fully trust.Yesterday's Echo is Matt Coyle's first novel. He's drawn from his days in the restaurant business and his extended family's law enforcement background in creating this thriller. Matt lives in San Diego with his wife Deborah and their yellow lab, Angus.
Start: 7:00 pm
Featuring "Bliss" Ananda Kenboya on conga drums! Mama’s Child ($15.00) is Joan Lester's story of an idealistic young white woman who travels to the American South as a civil rights worker, falls in love with an African American man, and starts a family in San Francisco, where the more liberal city embraces them—except when it doesn’t. They raise a son and daughter, but the tensions surrounding them have a negative impact on their marriage, and they divorce when their children are still young. As the years pass, the chasm between mother and daughter widens, even as the mother attempts to hold on to the emotional chord that binds them. It isn’t until the daughter, Ruby, herself becomes a wife and mother that she begins to develop compassion and understanding for the many ways that her own mother’s love transcended race and questions of identity.Joan Steinau Lester, Ed.D., is an award-winning journalist and author of four critically acclaimed books. Her writing has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including Essence, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Northern California.