Start: 9:30 am
End: 1:30 pm
Sat., Jan. 18. • 9:30-1:30pm • $65 Whatever you have lost—keys, single socks, your empathy for a nasty neighbor, your marriage, your parents, your sense of optimism in the face of loss–you can bring it back to life with words. In this class, you will read excerpts from fabulous writers working with memories, learn techniques for delving into our own, and find ways to keep working with this rich material at home.Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life. With an introduction by Erica Jong, Holding Silvan explores motherhood, modern medicine, and grief. She has taught at UC Berkeley Extension and elsewhere for over a decade.
Start: 1:00 pm
Todd Porter and Diane Cu are photographers who publish the immensely popular food, gardening, and lifestyle blog WhiteonRiceCouple.com. Inspired by their love of cooking, growing vegetables and over 38 fruit trees in their suburban garden, Todd and Diane love sharing recipes that are fresh and seasonally simple. Their cookbook, Bountiful: Recipes Inspired by Our Garden ($35.00), offers 100 seasonal, flavorful, and approachable recipes -- 90 of which have not been seen on the blog -- each featuring a vegetable or fruit as the star of the meal. Blueberry Frangipane Tarts, Wilted Mizuna Shrimp Salad, Blood Orange Bars and Gin Cocktail with Pomegranate & Grapefruit are just a few examples of recipes that are inspired from their garden bounty. Peppered with personal stories from Todd's childhood on a cattle ranch in Oregon and Diane's journey from Vietnam to the United States, this cookbook shares the couples' beautiful love story as well as their diverse recipes that reflects their love of fresh and healthy produce, seasonally ripe fruit and sharing a home cooked meal with those you love.
Start: 1:00 pm
End: 5:00 pm
Sat., Jan. 18 • 1:00-5:00pm • $70 Advanced registration required to receive supply list. Make your travel experiences memorable by keeping an art journal! In this workshop you will transform a blank journal into a creative expression of your journey using art media, magazine pictures, and collage to prep your pages for writing. You’ll learn how to create journal pockets and storage areas to hold trip memorabilia, and get tips on how to alter and incorporate travel photos into your journal.
Start: 4:00 pm
In Astor Place Vintage ($16.00), Amanda Rosenbloom, proprietor of Astor Place Vintage, thinks she’s on just another call to appraise and possibly purchase clothing from a wealthy, elderly woman. But after discovering a journal sewn into a fur muff, Amanda gets much more than she anticipated. The pages of the journal reveal the life of Olive Westcott, a young woman who had moved to Manhattan in 1907. Olive was set on pursuing a career as a department store buyer in an era when Victorian ideas, limiting a woman’s sphere to marriage and motherhood, were only beginning to give way to modern ways of thinking. As Amanda reads the journal, her life begins to unravel until she can no longer ignore this voice from the past. Despite being separated by one hundred years, Amanda finds she’s connected to Olive in ways neither could ever have imagined.Stephanie Lehmann received her BA at UC Berkeley and a MA in English from New York University. She has taught novel writing at Mediabistro and online at Salon.com, where her essays have been published. She is the author of several books, including The Art of Undressing.
Start: 7:00 pm
Elizabeth Cohen’s writing has been called “frank, funny . . . courageous” (New York Times Book Review) with “language that’s light, beautiful, and razor-sharp” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). Now, in her provocative and whimsical new short story collection, The Hypothetical Girl ($14.95), she explores the world of online dating, with a menagerie of characters that are ordinary, dissatisfied, and desperate to find love. Under fictitious personas, they flirt and court, but in spite of dating’s technological advances, finding a suitable lover turns out to be just as confusing, embittering, and isolating as ever—and maybe even more so. Alternating between quirky humor, painful awkwardness, and the outright painful, Elizabeth Cohen offers an insightful, heartrending, and comical look at love in the age of the internet. The Hypothetical Girl will resonate with any reader who has ever ventured into the dating world (digital or physical), or is at all curious about the intersection of love and technology today. Elizabeth Cohen is an assistant professor of English at Plattsburgh State University. Her memoir, The Family on Beartown Road, was a New York Times Notable Book, and her articles, stories, and poetry have appeared in Newsweek, New York Times Magazine, Salon, Tablet, and the Yale Review.