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

Calendar

Tuesday, June 26, 7:30 p.m. Peter Malae, author of “Teach the Free Man: Stories,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

Press Release

Peter Malae, author of the compelling “Teach the Free Man: Stories,” will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, June 26th at 7:30 p.m., to discuss how he has captured the colloquial voices of California’s prison inmates in this startling collection. In exposing the heart and soul of the dark corridors of human experience, Malae illustrates that in spite of the physical and cultural isolation of his subjects, they confront dilemmas with which we can all identify: the choice to show courage against peer pressure, the search for individual rights within a bureaucra y, and the desire for honor. Although the stories are linked by the theme of incarceration, their range extends well beyond the prison’s bars..

Novelist Russell Banks says “this book is more than an auspicious debut; it’s as good a collection of stories as I’ve read in years.” Peter Malae has published fiction, poetry, and essays in many literary journals. He lives in northern California and is working on his first novel.

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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Calendar

Wednesday, June 27, 7:30 p.m. Alan Morinis, author of “Everyday Holiness; The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

Press Release

Alan Morinis, author of “Everyday Holiness; The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar,” will be at Readers’ Books on Wednesday, June 27th, at 7:30 p.m., to discuss the Jewish spiritual tradition known as Mussar. Though little known outside Orthodox Jewish communities, Mussar is an illuminating, accessible, and highly practical set of teachings for cultivating personal growth in day-to-day life.

According to Mussar our work in life is to return to our pure and wholly essence, which over the course of our lives becomes obscured by the extremes of emotion, desire, and bad habits. The book features short chapters on key character traits and includes practical exercises such as meditations, journaling, chanting, etc. The goal of the book is to help the reader to become a mensch, a deeply good and decent human being

Alan Morinis has a doctorate from Oxford University and is a producer of award-winning television and film programs as well as being the founder and director of the Mussar Institute. He lives in Vancouver, BC.

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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Calendar

Friday, June 29, 7:30 p.m. Cristina Garcia, author of “Handbook to Luck,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

Press Release

Cristina Garcia, author of the bestselling novel “Dreaming in Cuban,” will be at Readers’ Books on Friday, June 29th, at 7:30 p.m., with her new book, “A Handbook to Luck.”

Set in the late 1960s, this book follows three children, Enrique from Cuba, Marta Claros in San Salvador, and Leila Rezvani in Tehran, who grow up, cross paths, lose each other, and find each other again. With these characters we move not just through time and the psychological shifts between childhood and adulthood, we also experience the hopes and doubts of ordinary people whose lives are made extraordinary by circumstance.

Cristina Gardia was born in Havana and grew up in New York City. She is the author of “The Aguero Sisters” and “Monkey Hunting” and is the editor of two anthologies. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow and has won many other awards. She lives in the Napa Valley with her daughter and husband.

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. Camille said,

    June 25, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Peter Malae is a very unique, local voice and I’m pleased to hear that he’s reading tomorrow night. He is masterful with this subject matter, giving life to many distinctive voices and perspectives.

    I heard him speak on the Peninsula a couple of times. It should be an interesting evening–with wonderful storytelling.


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