Start: 3:00 pm
End: 5:00 pm
Four Thursdays • April 3-May 1 (No class April 17) • 3:00-5:00 pm • $160 Using your life as the source for personal essays, stories, and memoir, you’ll learn techniques to access and shape your material, approach it from new angles, and find the pearls. Includes instruction, in-class writing and feedback. Deutsch’s book Writing from the Senses will be published in May. Her work has appeared in the L.A. Times, MORE magazine, Eating Well, and Best Women’s Travel Writing. She has taught writing at UC Berkeley. “Laura was terrific — organized and original, a generous and talented teacher. This is one of the best classes I’ve taken,” says one student.
Start: 6:00 pm
In the tradition of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Last Lecture, journalist and bestselling author Sara Davidson met with Jewish Renewal leader and iconic rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi every Friday for two years to discuss the spiritual work people must undergo during the "December" or latter years of their lives. The result is The December Project: An Extraordinary Rabbi and Skeptical Seeker Take Aime at Our Greatest Mystery ($25.99).Davidson was surprised to get a call from Reb Zalman asking her to engage with him in what he called, "The December Project." At 85, he wanted to teach people how to navigate the December of life and to help them "not freak out about dying." Although she has a seeker's heart and a skeptic's mind, Davidson jumped at the opportunity. For two years, she and the rabbi met to explore our greatest mystery. Interspersed with their talks are sketches from Reb Zalman's past. He barely escaped the Nazis, became an Orthodox rabbi in the U.S., was married four times and had eleven children, and formed friendships with leaders of other faiths, such as Thomas Merton and the Dalai Lama. Breaking with the Orthodox, he founded the Jewish Renewal Movement to encourage people to have a direct experience of God.During their time together, Davidson was nearly killed by a suicide bomb and Reb Zalman struggled with a steep decline in health. Together they created strategies to deal with pain and memory loss, and found tools to cultivate simplicity, fearlessness, and joy--at any age. Davidson includes twelve exercises in the book so that readers can experience what she did--making peace with our fear of dying so that we can live more fully today.
Start: 6:30 pm
End: 9:30 pm
6:30-9:30 pm • Cavallo Point Cooking School • $125 (includes book)Please note: Online registration is now closed. For remaining availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1. This is an interactive cooking class with a menu inspired by Joyce Goldstein’s new book, Inside the California Food Revolution: 30 Years That Changed Our Culinary Consciousness. Many of the fresh and organic ingredients we buy at markets today weren’t available a few decades ago. Goldstein tells how this revolution came about and how the cuisine of California has changed..There will be a collaborative prepping of the recipes and an interactive sampling of dishes. Joyce Goldstein was chef/owner of San Francisco's Square One and was named James Beard Best Chef in California.
Start: 7:00 pm
The unforgettable story of the birth of modern America and the western writers who gave voice to its emerging identity begins in 1860s San Francisco, and is brought to light in: The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature ($27.95). The Gold Rush has ended; the Civil War threatens to tear apart the country. Far from the front lines, a city at the western edge roars. A global seaport and home to immigrants from five continents, San Francisco has become a complex urban society virtually overnight. The bards of the moment are the Bohemians: a young Mark Twain, fleeing the draft and seeking adventure; literary golden boy Bret Harte; struggling gay poet Charles Warren Stoddard; and beautiful, haunted Ina Coolbrith, poet and protectorate of the group. Ben Tarnoff’s elegant, atmospheric history reveals how these four pioneering western writers would together create a new American literature, unfettered by the heavy European influence that dominated the East.The Bohemian movent would continue in Boston, New York, and London, and would achieve immortality in the writings of Mark Twain. San Francisco gave him his education as a writer and helped inspire the astonishing innovations that radically reimagined American literature. At once an intimate portrait of an eclectic, unforgettable group of writers and a history of a cultural revolution in America, this work reveals how a brief moment on the western frontier changed our country forever.Ben Tarnoff has worked at Lapham's Quarterly, and his writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. He graduated from Harvard in 2007 and lives in New York City.