Dining with Writers: Sean Brock - Heritage

Intimate Meals with Famed Authors at The Spinster Sisters Restaurant in Santa Rosa

Spinster Sisters Restaurant • Santa Rosa
Ticket: $95 person (includes the book, meal, wine, tax, tip & dessert)

 

 

Sean Brock is the chef behind the gamechanging restaurants Husk and McCrady’s, and Heritage, his first book, offers all of his inspired recipes. The recipes include all the comfort food (think food to eat at home) and high-end restaurant food (fancier dishes when there’s more time to cook) for which he has become so well-known.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
Spinster Sisters
Additional:
401 South A Street
City:
Santa Rosa
,
Postal Code:
95401

Heritage (Hardcover)

$40.00
ISBN-13: 9781579654634
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Artisan Publishers, 10/2014

Victoria Tennant - Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo

Introduction by Peter Coyote

In conversation with Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine 

In the 1930s and '40s, the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo toured the United States and the world, introducing many to ballet as an art form, while spreading the enduring image of the ballerina as an embodiment of feminine grace and sophistication. Irina Baronova and the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo ($55.00) is a sumptuous, illustrated history that tells the story of the rise of modern ballet and its popularity through the life story of one of ballet's most glamorous stars, Irina Baronova (1919-2008), prima ballerina for the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo and later for Ballet Theatre in New York. 

Drawing on letters, correspondence, oral histories, and interviews, Baronova's daughter, the actress Victoria Tennant, warmly recounts Baronova's dramatic life, from her earliest aspirations to her grueling time on tour to her later years in Australia as a pioneer of the art. She begins with the Baronov family's flight from Russia during the Revolution, which led them to Romania and later Paris, where at the age of thirteen, Baronova became a star, chosen by the legendary George Balanchine to join the Ballets Russes, where she danced the lead in Swan Lake. Tennant provides an intimate account of Baronova's life as a dancer and rare behind-the-scenes stories of life on the road with the stars of the company. Spectacular photographs, a mix of archival images and family snapshots, offer many rare views of rehearsals, costumes, set designs, and the dancers themselves both at their most dazzling and in their most everyday. 

The story of Irina Baronova is also the story of the rise of ballet in America thanks to the Ballets Russes, who brought the magisterial beauty and star power of dance to big cities and small towns alike. "Irina Baronova and the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo "offers a unique perspective on this history, sure to be treasured by dance patrons and aspiring stars. 

For over twenty-five years, Emmy-award winning directors/producers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine have jointly created critically-acclaimed multi-character documentary narratives that braid their characters' individual personal stories to form a larger portrait of the human experience. Geller and Goldfine first met Irina Baronova in June 2000 while filming the Ballets Russes Reunion in New Orleans during the production of their documentary Ballets Russes. A feature-length documentary covering more than fifty years in the lives of a group of revolutionary artists combines intimate interviews and verite documentary scenes with surviving members of the Ballets Russes companies, as well as rare motion picture performance footage, clips from Hollywood movies and "home movies," letters, diaries, journals and other archival materials, to trace the story of the companies and the lives of the individuals who danced with them. 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$55.00
ISBN-13: 9780226167169
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: University of Chicago Press, 10/2014

Richard Blanco - The Prince of Los Cocuyos

Richard Blanco’s childhood and adolescence were experienced between two imaginary worlds: his parents’ nostalgic world of 1950s Cuba and his imagined America, the country he saw on reruns of The Brady Bunch and Leave it to Beaver—an “exotic” life he yearned for as much as he yearned to see “la patria.” Navigating these worlds eventually led Blanco to question his cultural identity through words; in turn, his vision as a writer—as an artist—prompted the courage to accept himself as a gay man. In The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, Blanco traces his poignant, often hilarious, and quintessentially American coming-of-age and the people who helped influenced him.

Richard Blanco was born in Madrid in 1968 and immigrated as an infant with his Cuban-exile family to the United States. He was raised and educated in Miami, earning a B.S. in civil engineering and a M.F.A. in creative writing from Florida International University. Blanco is practicing engineer, writer and poet, and has taught at Georgetown University, American University, Writer’s Center and Central Connecticut State University. In addition to his numerous honors and awards, in 2013 he was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, becoming the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and openly gay writer to hold the honor.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780062313768
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ecco Press, 9/2014

Class: Amy Novesky - On-the-Spot Children's Writing Workshop

11/15/2014 2:00 pm
Sat., Nov. 15 • 10:00-2:00 pm • $60
 
48-hour advance registration • Limit of six
 
 
 
You’ve written a brilliant children’s story and can’t wait to hear what others think, or you’re stuck and need a critique. Bring your manuscript or idea to this on-the-spot workshop, and we’ll critique it. Amy Novesky is a children’s book editor, author, and experienced workshop leader.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Barbara Rose Brooker - The Rise and Fall of a Jewish American Princess

Beginning in 1960, The Rise and Fall of a Jewish American Princess chronicles Dianne Roseman, who is programmed to be a Jewish Princes; to define herself by marriage, her struggle to become an artist in the brutal art world, her falll from a love affair with a famous dealer of contemporary art, and her rise in her true self. Asking questions of deception and redemption, Barbara Rose Brooker's newest novel explores women of all cultures.

Barbara Rose Brooker is the author of The Viagra Diaries and currently teaches at San Francisco State University. She has a Master's in Creative Writing. She has appeared on The Today Show and The Talk and has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, and more. 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Cathy Barrow - Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry

In Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry ($35.00), home preserving expert Cathy Barrow presents a world of practical and easy-to-master techniques for preserving fruits, vegetables, meats, and fish, canning beans and soups, and making cheese. From double strawberry jam and chile-spiked tomatoes to duck confit and homemade pancetta, Mrs. Wheelbarrow s Practical Pantry gives readers the tools to turn the fleeting abundance of the farmers market into a well-stocked pantry. It arms home cooks with clear instructions for water-bath processing and pressure canning and further inspires readers with more than 150 color photographs that feature fresh produce in season, cooking techniques, and finished dishes.
 
Cathy Barrow writes the food blog Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen. She has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Garden and Gun, NPR, and Modern Farmer, among other publications. She lives in Washington, DC. 


Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
$35.00
ISBN-13: 9780393240733
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 11/2014



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