Readers’ Books events on 08/04 and 05 and 08/10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 27, 2007

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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Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Readers’ Books welcomes local authors to the Sonoma Salute to the Arts, near the duck pond, on the Plaza, Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.
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Readers’ Books will salute local authors at the Sonoma Salute to the Arts on Saturday and Sunday, August 4th and 5th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Readers and friends of readers can buy a book and have it signed by the author on the spot.

Authors Kathleen and Gerry Hill of the Hill guides, M.J. Allen of “Sonoma, California: Portrait of a Town,” Eliot Fintushel, author of “Breakfast with the Ones You Love,” Eric Gower, of “The Breakaway Cook,” and others will be on hand Saturday morning until 1:30 p.m.

Matthew Gollub and Bob Barner, children’s book authors, will be among those participating Saturday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

On Sunday morning mystery writer Anthony Eglin will be among the honored and Sunday afternoon will find food writer Michele Anna Jordan, and Julia Flynn Siler of “The House of Mondavi” at the table.

Readers’ Books will be located near the duck pond on the Plaza.

For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Friday, August 10, 7 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. reading. Maureen Adams, author of “Shaggy Muses: The Dogs Who Inspired Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, and Virginia Woolf “ will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.
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Maureen Adams, author of “Shaggy Muses: The Dogs Who Inspired Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, and Virginia Woolf,” will be at Readers’ Books on Friday, August 10, for a reception at 7 p.m. and a reading at 7:30.

Psychologist and former English professor, Maureen Adams, was herself coaxed through a depression by her golden retriever. When he died, she was heartbroken and found herself still grieving several months later. This experience led her to look more closely at the human-dog bond, to look for explanations for our intense emotional attachment to our dogs. When psychological explanations didn’t suffice, Adams turned to her knowledge of poetry and literature. She was drawn to five exceptional women writers who relied on their loyal dogs for emotional support. Through diaries, letters, and contemporary accounts, she seeks to understand the authors’ various relationships to their dogs and the important effect of each animal on their owner’s work and life. Included are illustrations and photos of the authors and their dogs.

Maureen Adams lives in Sonoma with her husband and her dog. This is her first book.

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

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Free City Party, July 31st, Sonoma Plaza

Sonoma Community Center
presents the
ANNUAL
CITY PARTY
   
Greetings Veronica!

You are invited to the Annual City Party, on Tuesday, July 31st! This free event, presented by the Sonoma Community Center in conjunction with the City of Sonoma, is a true hometown treasure.

Pride & Joy, the Bay Area’s most popular dance band, has been staging timeless pop/soul music, for over 20 years, in an electrifying high-style show that pulls the audience directly into the heart of their performance.

Be there, on the square, behind City Hall, Tuesday, July 31st at 6:00pm. We’d love to see you come out, dance and celebrate our great community!

 

Cheers!


city party flier

Authors visiting Readers’ Books, July 24th & 26th

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 12, 2007*

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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/*PLEASE NOTE THAT ANTHONY BARBERA, SCHEDULED FOR JULY 19TH, HAS BEEN CANCELLED*/

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Tuesday, July 24, 7:30 p.m. *Gerald W. Haslam *will read from his new novel, “Grace Period, “at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma./ /For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Gerald W. Haslam will read from his new novel, “Grace Period,” at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, July 24^th , at 7:30 p.m. at Readers’ Books.

Marty Martinez, a Mexican American journalist, doesn’t think his life can’t get any worse, but it does. His beloved son has died of AIDS, his wife has divorced him and joined a cult, and his daughter blames him for everything. Then he finds out he has cancer. “Grace Period” is a powerful and sometimes hilarious novel about living with serious illness, a dysfunctional family, and a newly inspired career. He falls in love with a fellow cancer patient and renews his faith in a Catholic Church as troubled as he is.

Gerry Haslam is one of California’s finest writers. Here he depics the complexities of everyday life and the intricate, sometimes painful bonds of love, friendship, and family. He is a professor emeritus of English at Sonoma State University, the author of many articles and books, and a cancer survivor himself, He lives in Penngrove, CA.

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, July 26, 7:30 p.m. *Mary Mackey* will read from her new novel, “The Notorious Mrs. Winston, “ at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma./ /For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Mary Mackey will read from her new novel, “The Notorious Mrs. Winston,” at Readers’ Books on Thursday, July 26^th , at 7:30 p.m.

When it comes to great battles in American history, the Civil War remains a highly romanticized, politically charged conflict that not only divided a nation, but broke up families as well. Historical novelist Mary Mackey has written a stunning novel about one woman’s struggle to be courageous, to love, and to stand up for her convictions.

Claire Winston is married to an older man who sees her as little more than a possession. She’s trapped and unhappy but knows that her pain is nothing compared to that of others during the build-up to the Civil War. When she falls in love with her husband’s nephew, a Confederate soldier, she gets caught up in fighting for the wrong side and must disguise herself as a male soldier in order to travel across a war-torn nation.

Mary Mackey is the author of eight novels as well as screenplays, poetry, and nonfiction. She is a professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at California Station University. She lives in Berkeley, CA.

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.

Monterey Summer of Love Festival-July 27-29

Occasionally I include items in this blog that aren’t happening in the Sonoma Valley, but that I feel would be of interest to SV folks. Since I used to have a music memorabilia store on the plaza, this email caught my eye and I thought of many people who would love to know about it:

Dear Musicians for Peace

The Monterey Summer of Love Festival asked us to head up the
political/activist part of the Monterey Summer of Love Festival. Please let me know if you want to perform on the Musicians for Peace Stage at this event. You won’t get paid but you will will get a two day pass to the festival and get to be a part in this historic event.

We also need one or two more MCs for a 2-3 hour slot.

In peace, Alan

July 27-29 Monterey Summer of Love Festival

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, The Monterey Pop
Festival, the release of the Beatles’s Sergeant Pepper album and the Peace, Love and Flower Power generation. Five of the original acts from the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967 will be performing including The Jefferson Starship, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Cathy Richardson of “Love, Janis” fame, the long-awaited reunion of Moby Grape, the Grateful Dead’s Tom Constanten and It’s a Big, Bad, Beautiful Day with David LaFlamme have all been confirmed. Others who performed in ’67 are being pursued.
Also The Grateful Dead’s Tom Constentan and a special vocal appearance by our own Boudeeka!. More Acts, both Classic and Contemporary to be announced soon!

The Monterey County Fairgrounds on the exact same stage as 1967!
More info at www.sfsummeroflove.com or contact the Festival Director at
director@summer67.com
For media interviews, please contact publicist Denise Dorman at (630)
845-4694 or Denise@writebrainmedia.com

San Francisco-based I.E. Artists Group is presenting the Monterey Summer of Love Festival on the exact same stage as the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, and has secured five of the original acts who performed in ’67:

Festival director Andrew Hernandez is also booking contemporary artists to
attract Generations X and Y, hoping the kids of the ’60s and younger generations
will connect to discuss today’s world issues and help inspire the surging
young activist groups around the World. “The parallels of 1967 and 2007 are
surreal,” says Hernandez. “We have to get today’s youth out from behind their text messaging and Play Stations long enough to create something meaningful and beautiful. We need to get them involved in the struggles of humanity.” Hernandez said the festival will focus mainly on the great music that brought all those groovy kids together and united them in the fight for Peace, Love and Freedom.

The Monterey festival is planning to feature exhibits of ’60s memorabilia,
including arts & crafts, poster art, Ken Kesey’s late ’60s psychedelic bus and
The Moving Wall Vietnam Memorial.

Also confirmed to perform on either the main or tribute stages are world
class tribute bands.

Upcoming Readers’ Books events

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, July 17, 7:30 p.m. *Cheryl Angelina Koehler*, author of “Touring the Sierra Nevada,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Cheryl Angelina Koehler, author of “Touring the Sierra Nevada,” will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, July 17^th , at 7:30 p.m., to discuss the massive mountain chain that stretches north to south over four hundred miles of California and western Nevada. One of the most scenic, biologically diverse, and historically interesting

ranges in the world, it is captured here by one who has explored it all. Whether you are traveling by car, planning a day trip, or scouting out a serious backpacking expedition, Koehler is a knowledgeable guide.

The book contains information about the Sierra’s geology, flora and fauna, history, and special landscape features, as well as practical advice about contacting parks, museums, visitors’ bureaus and other agencies; finding lodging, campgrounds, and restaurants; and preparing for weather and altitude changes. The book is illustrated with photographs and detailed maps.

Cheryl Koehler is a journalist and freelance writer who has worked for several Northern California newspapers. She lives in Oakland, CA., and is the editor and publisher of “Edible East Bay.”

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, July 19, 7:30 p.m. *Anthony Barbera*, author of “First Rains of October,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Local author Anthony Barbera will be at Readers’ Books on Thursday, July 19th, at 7:30 p.m., to read from his novel “The First Rains of October.”

This is a story of crime and punishment, loss and forgiveness, and spirituality and revenge. Barbera starts off on a chilling note, His naked teenaged heroine, August St. Clair, jumps off a cliff to escape a rapist. No body is ever found but a family friend is convicted of her murder.

The rest of the story deals with the aftermath of this event and its effect on all of those it touches.

Tony Barbera is the author of plays and screenplays. He is the president of Barbera FilmWorks and lives in Northern California with his family.

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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/Friday, July 20, 10:30 p.m. to midnight. *Harry Potter Party *to celebrate the publication of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” Magic, trivia and costume contest, prizes and a raffle of Potter memorabilia. Pumpkin juice and Bertie Bott’s Every Favor Beans will be served! /

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/Who will live and who will die? Is Snape good or evil? Will Hogwarts reopen? Who winds up with whom? Where are the Horcruxes? Will Voldemort be defeated? What are the Deathly Hallows? Find out the answers to these questions and more on Friday night, July 20^th , from 10:30 p.m. to midnight at Readers’ Books. /

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/In celebration of the release of the seventh and final Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” we’ll be having a party. Roger Rhoten and Tobias will provide the magic. Our party planners, Siobhan O’Reilly and Carol Greenlund have organized a raffle of great Harry Potter memorabilia, a Harry Potter trivia contest, and prizes for the best costumes. There will be a reading from the first Harry Potter to get us in the mood. And of course there will be refreshments—pumpkin juice and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, as well as homemade cookies. /

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/At 12:01 a.m. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” will go on sale, and we expect that by Saturday morning Harry’s biggest fans will be barely able to keep their eyes open. Come and join in the fun at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information call 707-939-1779. Free and open to all./

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Don’t miss the 4th of July parade at the Sonoma Plaza

The 4th of July parade is my favorite Sonoma Valley event.  The parade is scheduled to begin at 10am.  Wear a hat and sunblock, it will be a warm day.  Oh yeah, if you get hit by a water balloon or get wet in one of the water fights the firefighters get into…..that means you were there!  There will be an art show and other great events in the plaza following the parade.

Just after dark, the fireworks will be set off in the field behind General Vallejo’s home.  They can be seen from all over the Valley.

Be safe and enjoy!

Authors visiting Readers’ Books, July 10th & 12th

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, July 10, noon. *Lisa See*, author of “Peony in Love,” will be at Meritage, 165 W. Napa St., Sonoma. $20 includes lunch. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Lisa See, author of “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” will be at Meritage Restaurant in Sonoma on Tuesday, July 10^th , at noon, to read from her new book “Peony in Love.” This novel, set in 17^th century China, is a coming-of-age story, a ghost story, a family saga, and a work of musical and social history.

Unusual for a girl in her time, 15-year-old Peony is educated and objects to an arranged marriage. She loves the famous and controversial1598 opera “The Peony Pavilion” in which the government is criticized and an unmarried couple have a love affair. The opera was thought to cause lovesickness and even death; young Chinese women obsessed with the opera sometimes starved themselves. “The Peony Pavilion” was the first piece of fiction in China in which the heroine, a sixteen year-old girl, chooses her own destiny.

See’s novel is the story of three women who become emotionally involved with the opera. .Peony, an elegant, sheltered, obedient girl, is the first to succumb to its spell. When she dies, she returns to earth as a “hungry ghost” to pursue her obsession and try to take her rightful place as wife to her former fiancé, who has married another. Using the richness and magic of the Chinese afterlife, the author explores the boundaries between life and death, the bonds of female friendship, and the desire of women to be heart.

Lisa See is the author of four previous novels and a memoir “On Gold Mountain.” She lives in Los Angeles.

Meritage is at 165 W. Napa St., Sonoma. Tickets are $20 and include lunch. For reservations, call 707-939-1779.

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Thursday, July 12, 7:30 p.m. *Susan G. Wooldridge*, author of “Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing and Freeing Your Creative Process,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Susan G. Wooldridge, author of “Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing and Freeing Your Creative Process,” will be at Readers’ Books on Thursday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m., to share her own journey from loss and grief to wholeness and joy. She offers poetry exercises, journal writing, and other practices to encourage creative play—an opening to reevaluating what is most important in each of our worlds.

Many people have tried to capture creativity, to motivate and transform people who are blocked or stuck by events both interior and exterior. Wooldridge offers dozens of stories and suggestions for the artist within to cultivate a creative lifestyle. Whether through photography, dance, gardening, cooking, songwriting, poetry, or collage-making with found objects, “Foolsgold” can jump start the creative process.

Susan Wooldridge is a poet and teacher who conducts workshops privately, as well as with the California Poets in the Schools program. She is the author of “Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words,” and participated in the Sonoma Valley Poetry Festival. She lives in Chico, CA.

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.

Center of the Universe Cafe – July 7th – Community Center

Café at the Center of the Universe
“Food for Thought”
Andrews Hall
Sonoma Community Center

   

Food for Thought!
at the Center of the Universe Café
earth
Bring your Food for Thought to the Café at the Center of the Universe, the Sonoma Community Center’s monthly open mic evening, held on Saturday, July 7 in Andrews Hall. This month’s suggested theme, “Food for Thought,” invites participants to bring poems, songs, or stories that celebrate favorite foods, cooking, gardens and gardening or sharing meals.
The guest chefs will be Bear Flag Social Club producer, Ken Brown and volunteers from the Sonoma Garden Park community garden. The menu includes:
BBQ’d salmon, fresh summer vegetables, couscous,
and ice cream sundaes!


The public is invited to sign up for the open mic portion of the evening, featuring 25 five-minute segments of poetry, spoken word, music and song. Participants are encouraged to time pieces in advance to stay within the five minute limit. The selection process is random though volunteers are assured of early time slots.

Bassist Steve Shain will accompany readers with a backbeat, if they wish. Acoustic guitars are welcome, but, please no personal amplifiers.

This month’s guest MC will be Sonoma poet Diane Rawicz. She was the co-founder and past producer of the Marin Theater Company, “Eden 2”. The evening, coordinated by local poet Lin Marie deVincent and Ken Brown, benefits programs held at the Sonoma Community Center.

Andrews Hall is located inside the historic Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street, just two blocks from Sonoma Plaza.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with dinner starting at 6:15 p.m. and continuing until all are served. The Open Mic will start at 7:00 p.m. with an intermission at 8:30 p.m., for coffee and dessert.

Cost is $15 for dinner and café, $6 for café only. Local wines will also be available for purchase. Please no outside wine.

Tickets are available at the door and, due to increased popularity, paid credit card reservations may now be made in advance, until Friday, July 6 at 5:00 p.m. by contacting the Sonoma Community Center at 707-938-4626 x1 or stopping by the center 9-5 Monday-Friday.

Where & When
276 East Napa Street

Sonoma, California 95476
July 7, 2007
6:00PM-10:00PM

 
Sonoma Community Center

The non-profit Sonoma Community Center brings a broad range of cultural, educational, recreational, and community service activities to the Sonoma Valley. It also strives to preserve and restore its historic building and provides affordable space for community events. 276 East Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476

(707)938-4626