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« Week of July 28, 2013 »
Start: 7:00 pm

Humboldt County is one of the most beautiful places in California, but it is also the epicenter of marijuana production. Emily Brady spent more than a year immersed in the community. In her compelling narrative debut, Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier ($27.00), she takes readers inside this secretive and virtually unknown world.


Start: 6:30 pm
End: 8:30 pm

Five Tuesdays: July 2 - 30 • 6:30-8:30 pm • $40 per session

Limited to 10—Restricted registration; call (415) 927-0960 for information

Are you ready to commit to completing your book? Use the support and camaraderie of fellow writers, as well as helpful, well-timed feedback, to move through resistance and finish your work. Leslie provides incisive feedback as well as structural and publishing advice as needed.


Start: 7:00 pm

It’s 1964. Eleven-year-old Fin and his glamorous, worldly, older half sister, Lady, have just been orphaned, and Lady, whom Fin hasn’t seen in six years, is now his legal guardian and his only hope. That means Fin is uprooted from a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut to Greenwich Village, smack in the middle of the swinging ’60s. He soon learns that Lady—giddy, careless, urgent, and obsessed with being free—is as much his responsibility as he is hers.

So begins Fin & Lady ($26.00), the lively, spirited new novel by Cathleen Schine, the author of the bestselling The Three Weissmanns of Westport. Fin and Lady lead their lives against the background of the ’60s, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War—Lady pursued by ardent, dogged suitors, Fin determined to protect his impulsive sister from them and from herself.

Cathleen Schine is the author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport, The New Yorkers, and The Love Letter, among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.



Start: 6:00 pm

In No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood ($16.00), comedy writers tackle the topic of not having kids. This
fascinating collection features a star-studded group of contributors, including Andrea Carla Michaels, Bernadette Luckett, Margaret Cho, and Laurie Graff.


Start: 7:00 pm

Joseph Zaccardi, the incoming Poet Laureate of Marin County, and C.B. Follett, the outgoing Laureate will present an evening of poems.  Both have new poetry books coming out: Nine Gradations of Light (Zaccardi), and Of Gravity and Tides (Follett).  Follett will speak on her programs, specifically ROAR and Poetry Exchange Boxes, and Zaccardi will talk about plans for his Laureate project.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, poetry came late to Joseph Zaccardi at the age of thirteen. His publications include Vents, Render, and The Nine Gradations of Light. In 2003, he received an Individual Artist Grant from the Marin Arts Council, and from 2010 to 2012 was editor of the Marin Poetry Center Anthology. He was appointed Poet Laureate of Marin County, CA in 2013 for a two-year term. Since 1987, he has lived in Fairfax, tossing seeds from an imaginary apple tree.

C.B. Follett is, by roots, a Connecticut Yankee. But she has been in California for so long, her roots are confused. Of Gravity and Trees is her eighth book of poems, as well as several chapbooks. She is Publisher and Editor of Arctos Press, which among many titles, published Beside the Sleeping Maiden: Poets of Marin; and GRRRRR: A Collection of Poems About Bears.

Both have received Poetry Grants from the Marin Arts Council and are members of the Marin Poetry Center.


Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

2 Thursdays: Aug. 1 & 22 • 6:00-8:00pm • $80



Make space for your writing. Making commitments and setting goals is one way to find the consistency you need. The habit of writing is what helps us access our creativity. Use the support of other writers and Keenan's guidance and techniques to keep moving forward. 

Start: 7:00 pm

When Francine Toder, Ph.D. retired from private practice as a clinical psychologist, she began to think about what to do with her retirement. Her search for a meaningful way to spend her new-found time is chronicled in The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty ($23.95).



Start: 10:00 am
End: 12:00 pm

Sat., Aug. 3 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $40

This class has been cancelled. Please call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 for further details

The idea behind “Together Stories” is deliciously simple and wonderfully addictive: using storytelling to forge a bond between the young and the old. Learn how to create a collaborative story using a sequential back-and-forth method via email. Writing a story with a child is a unique way to gain insight into a child’s thoughts—and the kids love it! Susanne Pari is a novelist, essayist, and author of The Fortune Catcher. Sheila Gordon was one of the original organizers the Kidney Foundation Authors Luncheon. She has written a Together Story with her granddaughter Emily.





Start: 10:30 am
End: 12:30 pm

Sat., Aug. 3 • 10:30-12:30 pm • $50

Class is postponed - please call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 for further information 

What's going on in the art world?  What are galleries and museums looking for now?  What makes the Bay Area a unique place for artists?  This workshop will help emerging and established artists learn the basic business strategies required for success.  Topics include:  how to create an artist-friendly business plan, how to think like an entrepreneur, and how to use professional networks to advance your career.  

Mary Edwards is a Career & Life Coach for artists and creative entrepreneurs.  She works with painters, sculptors, photographers, designers, graphic artists, and other creative people.  Mary has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has taught workshops and classes for artists throughout the Bay Area.

Start: 1:00 pm
End: 4:00 pm

Sat., Aug. 3 • 1:00-4:00 pm • $60



You only have a couple pages to hook your prospective agent, editor or reader. Detailed edits and a technique checklist make your opening stand out from the slush pile.

Elizabeth Stark Powers wrote the novel Shy Girl and two short films. She is a veteran writing instructor.



Start: 4:00 pm

Featuring Champagne Reception!

Barefoot Wine is now America’s #1 wine brand but did you know it was created by a North Bay couple in a laundry room of a rented farmhouse? They built a bestselling wine brand with no money and no knowledge of their industry, and did it all without conventional advertising! Instead they relied on support for non-profits. Their new book, The Barefoot Spirit ($15.95) is a New York Times bestselling business paperback. It takes the reader on a seat-of-your-pants rocket ride behind the scenes of the mysterious wine business. But the takeaway lessons are applicable to any business. In fact Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey are now are professional speakers and travel throughout the country sharing their experience with colleges of entrepreneurship. They also work with post 9/11 disabled veterans aspiring to become entrepreneurs.

Michael and Bonnie will share their industry reforming guiding principles during their talk. This is your opportunity to meet some North Bay folks who have made a difference by using their business to support the causes they hold dear. Their book was professionally written by Sacramento Bee columnist and award-winning journalist Rick Kushman. Their wine was designed for the average person and their book is as well. For more information on Michael and Bonnie, check out and


Start: 7:00 pm

No crime is more horrific than a child’s murder at the hands of a parent. Veteran journalist Mary Papenfuss combines research, interviews, and detailed profiles of this troubling American crime. Often shocking, Killer Dads ($19.00) provides disturbing insights into the dark forces that can turn family dynamics into the worst imaginable nightmare.


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