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Start: 1:00 pm

Make Me Your Own:  Poems to the Divine Beloved ($15.00) is a poetic sequel  to the popular book Outrageous Openness Letting the Divine Take the Lead which got its own sort of unexpectedly rabid following around the world.  This new book guides the reader ever deeper into union with the inner Divine Beloved through the realm of poetry.  

Tosha Silver has been in love with the Divine for as long as she can remember.  She graduated from Yale University with a degree in English Literature but quickly became immersed in metaphysics and yogic philosophy.  She lives in the East Bay where she writes and teaches all the time about opening to this Force in a daily, practical way.  You can find her at toshasilver.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Start: 4:00 pm

Q & A with Bob Aufuldish

Debra Bloomfield engaged for five years on a photographic project in the wilderness. After photographing the desert in Four Corners and the ocean in Still, she has moved on in this new book to the forest.

In Wilderness ($50.00), Debra's photographs do not describe a particular place. She does not catalog the elements that add up to wilderness. She does not show each detail she observed or convey all the information she learned while she was there. Instead, her photographs and soundscapes bring us to the experience of wilderness. A CD is an integral part of this book, allowing the reader to share the photographer’s journey of hearing the call of birds overhead, the crunch of snow underfoot, and the hum of a ferry’s engine.

In Wilderness, Bloomfield has engaged the contributions of notable writers Terry Tempest Williams, Lauren Oakes, and Rebecca Senf, who all have essays featured in the book.  The book includes a CD soundscape, that Bloomfield considers a collaboration between her and her son, musician Jake Bloomfield-Misrach.

Debra Bloomfield’s poetic large-scale color photographs are included in the collections of the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Phoenix Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the George Eastman House, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Bob Aufuldish is the designer of Wilderness. Bob is teaching at CCA and is well known both in the Bay Area, as well as New York for his exceptional book designs.

 

 

 

 

Start: 7:00 pm

Please note: this event will be a reading and a conversation with the audience

In an account as good-humored as it is heart-warming, readers meet Betty at age 89. She is clever and funny, still the life of a party, loves puns and poetry, does all her own cooking and house cleaning. Once a nurse, she reads blood pressures at a local assisted-living facility with her own stethoscope and cuff. She leads a walking group, participates in Yiddish theater and in her local Jewish Center's annual senior fashion show. She has a group of three or four very close friends, and a very large circle of friendly acquaintances.

Betty is also afflicted with Alzheimer's disease and with the less-well-known Lewy body disease, but it will be years more before this is understood. In the meantime, Betty moves to Point Reyes Station from Palo Alto, California to be closer to her daughter. Leavened with illustrative letters, poetry, and genuinely funny moments, The Alzheimer's Years: A Mother and Daughter Reuniun ($15.00), a daughter's story of her mother's last years is also the story of a fractured relationship that healed, and love that grew.

Doris Ober is an independent editor and author's collaborator in the California Bay Area; managing editor of West Marin Review, a literary and art journal; and author of The Dogtown Chronicles: Our Life and Times with Sheep, Goats, Llamas, and Other Creatures.

 

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Start: 7:00 pm

Veteran Joe Krueger is drifting in 1950s California, looking for work wherever he can find it. Tired after a long drive, he stops at a boardinghouse and meets sweet — and sexy — Ida, who rents him a room. That very night, Ida tells him “Mother” and “Father” have run their auto over a cliff, then seduces him in the teary aftermath. Smitten now, Joe starts helping out around the boardinghouse, and the two marry. The honeymoon is over when a shocking series of events force the Kruegers down to San Francisco, where Ida is injured in a bus accident. Soon enough, insurance investigators have chased them out of the city to another town where Ida schemes to swindle a motel owner out of her property.

Based on the true story of Iva Kroeger and her husband Ralph, who were indicted for the murders of Mildred and Jay Arneson in 1962, Naughty ($35.00) culminates in a trial: Ida, whose crimes have (only just) begun to catch up to her, is at her zenith, pleading insanity and playing the part to the hilt. The reader learns Joe’s and Ida’s fates via excerpts from authentic court documents. Naughty explores exactly what happens when “a swell-looking babe” is unleashed on real life, leaving marks, patsies, and bodies in her wake. 

Monte Schulz received his M.A. in American Studies from UCSB. He published his first novel, Down By the River, in 1990, and spent the next twelve years writing a novel of the Jazz Age—This Side of Jordan. He wrote it for his father, the late cartoonist, Charles M. Schulz. It is followed by The Last Rose of Summer and a third book in the trilogy.

 

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Start: 6:00 pm
J. Tony Serra is the epitome of counter-cultural hero. He has spent his life defending society’s marginalized citizens in the courtroom. His role in the Chol Soo Lee case was depicted in the film True Believer and he has gained national prominence for his closing argument techniques. Mr. Serra has consulted with hundreds of professional organizations on various legal issues in multiple forums in 14 different states. He is a life-long tax resister who has spent time in federal prison in protest of what he perceives to be an unjust political and legal system.

His recent stay in Lompoc Federal Prison Camp yielded the release of Walking the Circle: Prison Chronicles ($15.00) that sheds light on the conditions prevalent in the prison system. Not one to be content with fighting for a more civil and just society only in the court-room, Tony Serra has taken the fight to the front-lines. His examination and criticism of the prison system complex adds to the ongoing dialog for prison reform.

J. Tony Serra has been a practsing criminal defense attorney for over 45 years. He has represented: Heuy Newton and the Black Panthers, The White Panthers, The Hell’s Angels, Chol Soo Lee, Hooty Croy, Brownie Mary, Bear Lincoln, and many others. He is the reciepient of numerous award that include: ACLU Benjamin Dreyfus Civil Liberties Award, Gideon Equal Justice Award from the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, Lawyer of the Year from the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association, as well as numerous others.

 

 

Start: 7:00 pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled. 

1963 was a year that began with George Wallace declaring “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever,” and concluded with Martin Luther King being named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year. It was a year that cemented our current Cuban policy and shaped the events in Vietnam. It was a year that demonstrated to the world America’s incongruence between the Jeffersonian ideal that “all men are created equal” and the everlasting threads of segregation and slavery to which the streets of Birmingham bore witness. Finally, 1963 was the year America was forced to acknowledge the fact that presidential assassinations were a reality as it witnessed the death of President Kennedy. 1963:The Year of Hope and Hostility ($32.99) explores the transformative year when America lost the illusion of innocence.

Byron Williams is a columnist, author, and pastor of the Resurrection Community Church in Berkeley, CA.

 

 

Start: 7:00 pm

Osher Marin JCC
FREE – no registration necessary.

 

 

In 1992, a handful of Holocaust survivors and their children turned a Sarajevo synagogue into a humanitarian aid agency. Called La Benevolencija, Ladino for good will, Muslims and Jews, Serbian Orthodox and Catholic Croats, banded together to help others. View this extraordinary exhibit and film and hear photographer Edward Serotta’s first hand account from his book, Surviving Sarajevo, of covering the conflict for Time Magazine and others. 

Part of the Osher Marin JCC’s “Salaam, Shalom: Speaking of Peace” Series. Co-sponsored by Congregation Kol Shofar, the Marin Interfaith Council, and other faith organizations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Start: 7:00 pm

Chris Rainier is a master at creating powerful images that document the anthropological story of indigenous cultures whose ways are under threat. His new book, Cultures on the Edge ($40.00), propels us to the edge of the map, illuminating societies vulnerable to powerful changes unfolding in this century. Former assistant to Ansel Adams, Rainier’s stunning images have been featured in Life, Time, and Adventure.

 

 

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Start: 6:00 pm

The words “Silicon Valley” usually evoke images of shiny new devices unveiled at blockbuster product launches, geniuses performing coding miracles in futuristic office campuses, and blockbuster IPOs creating the world’s biggest fortunes.

They usually don’t evoke images of misfits, malefactors and ordinary schlubs turned into accidental felons… But the same way Tom Wolfe unveiled the seamy underbelly of Manhattan high finance in The Bonfire of the Vanities, tech insider Ken Goldstein holds nothing back in his debut novel This Is Rage: A Novel of Silicon Valley and Other Madness ($15.95). Goldstein has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a software and media executive. In This Is Rage, he translates his expertise into the Silicon Valley novel we’ve all been waiting for—a biting, darkly comic crime thriller that lays bare the realities of the tech business, the media, and how they relate to the economic and political powder keg that is America in the twenty-first century.

From the opening scene, where a botched attempt to kidnap a legendary billionaire venture capitalist leaves one investment banker dead, two start-up execs missing, and two terminally unlucky programmers in way over their heads, all bets are off. And the ride only gets wilder from there. Right up to the final scene of this accomplished debut, it’s tantalizingly hard to tell where the good guys end and the bad guys begin in This Is Rage. Ken Goldstein has had a front row seat for the last two-plus decades of incredible progress in tech and media, and has parlayed these experiences into the fiction event of the fall.

Ken Goldstein advises start-ups and established corporations in technology, entertainment, media, and e-commerce. He served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of SHOP.COM, a market leader in online consumer commerce acquired by Market America. He previously served as executive vice president and managing director of Disney Online, and as vice president of entertainment at Broderbund Software. He is active in children's welfare issues and has served on the boards of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, and Full Circle Programs, and is currently actively in local government.

 

 

Start: 7:00 pm

Please note: this event has been cancelled. For information, please contact us at 415-927-0960, ext. 1

The extraordinary memoir of a woman whose journey took her from a prescribed life in mid-century Iowa to building her own family in Kenya-and from suffering the violent loss of her son, Dan, to picking up the activist's torch to ensure that his crusade wouldn't end.

After moving from the U.S. to London after college, Kathy Eldon longed for a more vibrant life. In 1978, her wishes were granted. Kathy moved with her husband and two young children to Kenya -- an opportunity that might provide the adventure and life experience she longed for. There, Kathy and her husband set about raising Dan and Amy in a life of safaris and social engagement, in a society that shaped her children to be spiritual and artistic-and where they were free to follow their own truth. At the same time, Eldon dove into this new world as a journalist and writer.

Kathy came to international prominence following the death of her son, Dan in 1993. A 23-year old photojournalist for Reuters, Dan was stoned to death by an angry mob in Somalia. Eldon knew that there was no way through her grief unless she could transform it into something positive. Since Dan's death, Kathy has experienced her own spiritual journey, and her memoir, In the Heart of Life ($26.99), captures the enduring connection she has to her slain son. Because Kathy is a journalist, she has a gift for wonderfully capturing this story.

Kathy Eldon has worked as a teacher, editor, journalist, and film and television producer. Following the death of her son, Dan, she and her daughter Amy launched Creative Visions Foundation to support "creative activists" like Dan, who use media to inform, inspire and empower positive change. CVF has incubated more than 85 projects and productions on seven continents (most recently with a screening in the Antarctic), touching the lives of more than 10 million people.

 

 

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Start: 1:00 pm

Elaine Petrocelli and a team of Book Passage booksellers lead a discussion of books for the holidays. Come join us as we present new books for all the readers on your holiday shopping list this season, from children’s books to the latest literary fiction, and art books to thrillers—we’ll have the best recommendations for readers of all ages and interests!

 

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Start: 1:00 pm

Poets notice what other people miss. Nationally-known poet Molly Fisk’s Blow-Drying a Chicken ($14.89), is a book on love, death, grammar, lingerie, small towns, and the natural world that will get you laughing, crying, and thinking.

Poet Molly Fisk writes weekly essays for community radio stations in California, Colorado, Illinois and Wisconsin. She's the author of the poetry collections, The More Difficult Beauty, Listening to Winter, and Salt Water Poems. Fisk has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She's the owner of Poetry Boot Camp (poetrybootcamp.com). 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: 4:00 pm

I Know (Je sais) ($20.00) is a collection of 469 observations on life and the universe by a scientist whose eye for detail is keen and whose sense of humor is refreshing. Translated from the French by the author with Sixteen Rivers poet Lynne Knight, and published by Sixteen Rivers Press in a bilingual edition, the book is profound without being ponderous, instructive without being pedantic, and engaging even at its most serious. Although I Know (Je sais) was inspired by Brainard's I Remember and Perec's Je me souviens, it remains unique. Thanks to the author's unusually perceptive and fluid mind, the range of the book is enormous, from light rays and irony to the animal world to human love and disappointment.

Ito Naga is the nom de plume of a prominent French astrophysicist living in Paris. He is the author of three books, all published in France by Cheyne éditeur: NGC 224 (2013); Iro mo ka mo, la couleur et le parfum (2010), now in its third printing; and Je sais (2006), now in its seventh printing. He also contributes regularly to the Italian journal Sud.

 

Start: 7:00 pm

Left Coast Writers Book Launch!

When Lynne Ashdown, her new lover, and more than fifty Italian male cyclists departed Italy in June of 1990, no one had yet ventured into the long-closed reaches of Eastern Europe since the falling of the Iron Curtain more than forty years before. They would be cycling almost a thousand miles from Verona, across Northern Italy, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland to Warsaw, in just ten days. Ashdown hadn't realized she would be the only woman cycling with the fifty-four men.

One American Woman Fifty Italian Men ($17.95) tells not only of a sweeping journey of adventure, romantic disaster, and cultural collision, but also of a revelation of Ashdown's identity, forged by her will in the constant pain of trying to keep up with the men who were stronger. This trip back in time shows the stark contrasts between the world she knew as an American and the world she saw in impoverished Eastern Europe. This true story, rich with images of the countries the cycled through, describes the warmth and the cycling lives of the Italians, as well as the lives of people who lived under communism for so long and the values that survive all governments.

Besides cycling across Eastern Europe, Lynne Ashdown has cycled alone halfway across the U.S., and through Germany, France, Italy, and Greece. Recently she walked 400 miles alone across northern Spain on the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Trail. She is a writer, a searcher, and an incurable adventurer, specializing in over-reaching. At 42 she earned her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in (Third World) Development Studies, where she also studied journalism. She wrote always in the context of her work, taking inspiration from great writers, from years of seminars and writers’ groups, and from her travels, writing her adventures for magazines and newspapers. She worked as a singer-guitarist while raising her children, and as a highly-certified feng shui practitioner for over twenty years.

 



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