Readers’ Books events in September

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 30, 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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/Sunday, September 9, 4:30 p.m. *Viana La Place*, author of “My Italian Garden: More Than 125 Seasonal Recipes from a Garden Inspired by Italy,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 707-939-1779./

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/Viana La Place, author of “My Italian Garden: More Than 125 Seasonal Recipes from a Garden Inspired by Italy,” will be at Readers’ Books on Sunday, September 9th, from 4:30-6 p.m., to talk about an Italian garden as a state of mind. La Place relishes meals that require only a few of the freshest ingredients. In this book, she brings the earth to the table for readers who want to cook delicious dishes with minimum effort and maximum flavor. She says that cooking from the garden is the most uncomplicated way to cook and, reminding us that the most satisfying food is the simplest, she fills her book with seasonal offerings such as New Fava Bean and Spring Greens Soup, Panini with Grilled Zucchini and Ricotta Salata, and Meyer Lemon Gelato with Fresh Figs and Pistachios. The book is charmingly illustrated and the author firmly believes that any patch of land can become an Italian garden. /

/La Plante is also the author of “Cucina Fresca,” “Cucina Rustica,” and “Panini, Bruschetta, Crostini.” She lives in San Francisco. /
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/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, September 11, 7:30 p.m. *Ruthanne Lum McCunn*, author of “God of Luck,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Ruthanne Lum McCunn, author of “God of Luck,” will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, September 11th, at 7:30 p.m., to read from this epic love story that spans two continents.

Ah Lung is separated from his wife, Bo See, at the peak of the 19^th century Chinese slave trade. He is kidnapped and shipped to the deadly guano mines off the coast of Peru. Holding on to their hopes of being reunited, these two strive to stay safe by using their wits and praying to the God of Luck. Much of this novel is set in Pisco, in the part of Peru recently devastated by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake. Readers’ Books will be accepting donations on behalf of the Peru Earthquake Relief Fund, and Ruthanne McCunn will include information on relief efforts there..

McCunn, of Scottish and Chinese ancestry, is the author of “Thousand Pieces of Gold” and “Wooden Fish Songs.” She 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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/Thursday, September 13, 7:30 p.m. *Charlie Price*, author of “Lizard People,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779./

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/Charlie Price, author of “Lizard People,” and “Dead Connections” will be at Readers’ Books on Thursday, September 13th, at 7:30 p.m., to read from this startling story of madness and identity./

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/Ben Mander’s junior year is derailed when his mentally ill mother descends into madness. Visiting her in the psychiatric hospital, Ben meets Marco, who also has a mentally ill mother. Marco tells a story that turns Ben’s idea of reality upside down and soon the story begins to mirror Ben’s own life. //Lizard People// races along the edge of madness as Ben confronts his greatest fear—that he, too, is insane. Recommended for both young adults who are just learning about themselves in a confusing world, and the rest of us as well. In the ‘70s Charlie Price was the director of the Moon Valley School, an alternative school in Sonoma.**/

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/“Dead Connections,” Price’s first novel, was widely acclaimed. He lives in Northern California./

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/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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Sunday, September 16, 4:30 p.m. reception, 5 p.m. reading. David Talbot, author of “Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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David Talbot, author of “Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years,” will be at Readers’ Books on Sunday, September 16th, at 4:30 p.m for a reception and discussion on the new light his research has cast on the inner life of the Kennedy presidency and its aftermath.

Talbot, the founder of Salon.com, has written a new story of a young president and his even younger brother fighting to maintain control over hard-line generals and spymasters who were hell-bent on a showdown with a Communist foe –in Berlin, Laos, Vietnam, and especially Cuba. This is also the story of Bobby Kennedy’s quest to solve his brother’s murder, which may have led to his own. Talbot interviewed over 150 people for this book, giving his narrative an authenticity and insight unmatched to date.

David Talbot is the founder of Salon.com.

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, September 18, 7:30 p.m. *Kate Christensen*, author of “The Great Man,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Kate Christensen, author of “The Great Man,” will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, September 18th, at 7:30 p.m., to read from her new novel, a book that detailing the lives of the biographers and women whose lives revolve around “the great man.”

Behind the subject of this book, a famous painter, is one sharp-witted, extraordinary novelist. Christensen has created four women—a wife, a sister, a mistress, and her best friend—all involved with the dead painter, plus two biographers who are looking for the “truth” about his life. The book opens with the painter’s obituary and closes with reviews of the biographies. In between is a scintillating comedy of life among the avant-garde and of jostling for position behind the glossy façade of artistic greatness. The women are lovely, funny, sexy, and brilliant. The story is about aging, about these women reexamining their love lives, and about the skewering of greatness.

Kate Chistensen is also the author of “The Epicure’s Lament,” “Jeremy Thrane,” and “In the Drink.”

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, September 20, 7:30 p.m. *Daniel Pinchbeck*, author of “2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Daniel Pinchbeck, author of “2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl,” will be at Readers’ Books on Thursday, September 20th, at 7:30 p.m., to expound on what the Mayan’s end date of 2012 might mean to us today.

Pinchbeck has found that every sign in his search for meaning in modern life points to the precarious balance between greater self-potential and environmental disaster. The Mayan calendar’s “end date” of 2012 seems to define our present age: the end of one way of existence and the return of another in which the serpent god Quetzalcoatl reigns again. This ancient, and to us new, way of living comes from Daniel Pinchbeck’s 21st century aptitude for quantum theory and existential psychology. Pinchbeck has been called a cross between James Merrill, H.P. Lovecraft, and Carlos Castaneda . A seeker, skeptic, and cartographer of hidden realms, his is a voice of lucidity, reason, and informed audacity.

Pinchbeck is also the author of “Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism.”

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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