Update from Readers’ Books

Information Contact:

lilla@readersbooks.com

Lilla Weinberger, co-owner

Readers’ Books

130 E. Napa Street

Sonoma, CA 95476

707-939-1779

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Tuesday, June 5, 7:30 p.m. *Eric Maisel*, author of “Creativity for Life: Practical Advice on the Artist’s Personality and Career from America’s Foremost Creativity Coach” and many other books, will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Eric Maisel, who has made a career out of helping artists and writers cope with the challenges that are the price of admission to a creative life, has a new book “Creativity for Life: Practical Advice on the Artist’s Personality, and Career from America’s Foremost Creativity Coach.” He’ll be describing his methods at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, June 5^th , at 7:30 p.m.

“Creativity for Life” speaks to working artists in the real world. This book, firmly grounded in psychology, contains exercises and inspiration to nurture growth for artists. It helps the creative person to determine his or her level of commitment, degree of talent, ability to hone the craft, overcome blocks, and survive as an artist. It is also affirms the value of society’s visionaries and rebels, recognizing the importance of the artist’s committment to a life of creativity.

Eric Maisel is the author of over 20 books, including “Fearless Creating: A Life in the Arts,” as well as “A Writer’s Paris”, and “Everyday You: Create Your Day with Joy and Mindfulness.”He lives and practices in San Francisco.

Readers’ Books is at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Thursday, June 7, 7:30 p.m. *David Shalleck*, author of “Mediterranean Summer: A Season on France’s Cote D’Azur and Italy’s Costa Bella” and chef aboard a ship on the Mediterranean, will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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David Shalleck had cooked in some of the best restaurants in New York and Europe when he signed on for one incredible summer of creating meals for a wealthy Italian couple, their friends, and their crew aboard the yacht “Serenity.” He will be at Readers’ Books on June 7 at 7:30 p.m. to recount his adventures as described in his new book, “Mediterranean Summer: A Season on France’s Cote D’Azur and Italy’s Costa Bella.” Refreshments will be served.

The author must not only cook three meals a day in a tiny galley kitchen while at sea, but must also use local products from the ports where they anchor, and is instructed never to repeat a dish. The route includes the western Italian coast from Amalfi, then across to Sardinia, up to Corsica, and then to Saint-Tropez, with stops in Antibes, Monte Carlo, Portofino, Capri, and Positano.

This is not only a travel story but an odyssey with recipes, from baked snapper with tomatoes and olives and halibut in crazy water, to baked stone fruit with sweetened ricotta and crushed amaretti cookies.

Shalleck has cooked in restaurants in New York, San Francisco, the Napa Valley, London, Provence, and Italy. He lives in San Francisco.

Readers’ Books is at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Tuesday, June 12, 7:30 p.m*. Lilla Weinberger*, co-owner of Readers’ Books, will present her new summer reading recommendations at Buttram Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church, 275 E. Spain St., Sonoma. Sponsored by the Unruly Bookclub and open to all. Refreshments. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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The Unruly Bookclub will present “Lilla Weinberger’s Spring Book Talk” on Tuesday, June 12^th , at 7:30 p.m., at Buttram Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church. Weinberger will be reviewing notable new books in fiction, nonfiction, cooking and gardening, art and travel, and children’s categories. Ideas for gifts, summer reading , and book club suggestions will be included. Other book club members are welcome as is the general public.

The event is free and open to the public. Buttram Hall is a 275 E. Spain St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Friday, June 15, 7:30 p.m. *Michael Chabon*, author of the new novel “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” and many other books, will be at Burlingame Hall, 252 W. Spain St., Sonoma. $5 donation at the door. Co-sponsored by Readers’ Books and the Education Committee of Congregation Shir Shalom. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Michael Chabon, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay,” and many other books, has written a new novel, “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union,” that blends genres, explores conundrums, and meditates on Zionism. Chabon will be at Burlingame Hall on June 15 at 7:30 p.m. to read from and talk about his book. The event is co-sponsored by Readers’ Books and the Education Committee of Congregation Shir Shalom.

“The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” is a gripping whodunit, a love story, an homage to 1940s noir literature, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption. The hero, homicide detective Meyer Landsman, lives in the Federal District of Sitka, a “temporary” safe haven for Jews in Alaska created after the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledging state of Israel. The vibrant little world is about to change but Landsman is more worried about the shambles of his marriage, his career, and the love of his life. He seeks redemption through a murder case that’s out of his control.

Michael Chabon’s first novel “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” in 1988, was originally written for his master’s thesis at the University of California, Irvine; it became a “New York Times” bestseller as did “Wonder Boys,” written in 1995, which was made into a film starring Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire. He has also written short stories, articles, essays, and a number of screenplays and writes a regular column for the magazine “Details.” Chabon lives in Berkeley, CA., with his wife, the author Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

Readers’ Books is at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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1 Comment

  1. franQ said,

    May 30, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Hearing all this talk of the new Chabon release makes me a little sad…

    A year ago, I would have been thrilled and no doubt attended his book signing. He’s been my favorite author since I first read his debut novel THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH back in the early 90s.

    But I can no longer support the work of an author who has no regard for the story and characters that put him on the literary map.

    In case you haven’t heard, there’s a film version of MOP coming out later this year… Written and directed by the guy who brought us DODGEBALL, in which he’s CHANGED 85% of Chabon’s original story.

    And the sad part is… Michael Chabon himself APPROVED of the script! WHY would he do this? I can only think of one possible answer: $$

    If you are a Chabon fan, esp MOP, I suggest you do NOT see this movie. You will be sadly disappointed at the COMPLETE removal of the gay character, Arthur Lecomte, and the fabrication of a romantic love triangle between Art Bechstein, Jane Bellwether, and a bi-sexual Cleveland Arning. And really, what is MOP without the presence of Phlox Lombardi? Alas, she’s barely in it.


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