Update from Readers’ Books – Events on 10/30, 11/01, 11/03 and 11/04

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lilla@readersbooks.com
Lilla Weinberger, co-owner
Readers’ Books
130 E. Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
707-939-1779

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Tuesday, October 30, 7:30 p.m. Angeles Arrien, author of “The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

Press Release

Angeles Arrien, author of “the Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom,” returns to Readers’ Books on Tuesday, October 30th, at 7:30 p.m., to discuss this latest work, now out in paperback, and how she came to write it.

Dr. Arrien is a teacher, author, and cultural anthropologist. She asserts that finding the courage to change at midlife engenders a miracle. Her first steps toward that change are rendered in images, poetry, metaphors, and other forms of symbolic language from diverse world cultures. She introduces lessons and gifts from which to harvest the meaning and purpose of life and spiritual maturity. Her emphasis is on shifting focus from ambition to meaning—a route to growing into the exceptional elder one always imagines one will become. That is the miracle, creating one’s legacy.

Arrien lectures and conducts workshops worldwide, bridging cultural anthropology, psychology, and comparative religions. She is the President of the Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and research. Her books have been translated into nine languages. She lives in Sausalito, 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,, November 1, 7:30 p.m. Local author Sam Keen, presents his new book “Sightings: Extraordinary Encounters with Ordinary Birds,” at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

Press Release

Sam Keen, author of “Sightings: Extraordinary Encounters with Ordinary Birds,” will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m., to read from this new book. This event was originally scheduled in October and has been rescheduled for November 1..

“Sightings” is a collection of reflections on nature. Keen has spent a lifetime in nature which here forms the basis for his spiritual and soulful observations. His viewings of a wood thrush, a brown thrasher, or a wild turkey occasion essays on childhood memories, stories others have told him, spiritual experiences in the wild. His walks outside have led to thoughtful meditations incorporating his own background and learning.

Sam Keen lives in Sonoma. He is the author of the best-selling “Fire in the Belly” and many other books, as well as being a contributing editor to “Psychology Today” for 20 years.

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

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Saturday, November 3, 4:30-6 p.m. *Barbara Baer*, publisher of author Gregory M. Levin’s “Pomegranate Roads: A Soviet Botanist’s Exile from Eden,” will be at Readers’ Books for a pomegranate tasting and reading, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

Barbara Baer, publisher of author Gregory M. Levin’s “Pomegranate Roads: A Soviet Botanist’s Exile from Eden,” will be at Readers’ Books on Saturday, November 3rd, at 4:30 p.m. She will bring a variety of pomegranates grown at U.C. Davis for tasting. Baer will explain how she found Dr. Levin and how his 40 years in a remote Soviet agricultural outpost reflects in microcosm the tumultuous history of science in the Soviet Union: the shadow of Stalinist repression, the golden age of discovery after WWII, the collapse of the USSR, and the abandonment of its scientists.

Through all of this Dr. Levin created the world’s largest pomegranate collection—1,117 living specimens from 27 countries and four continents, in a subtropical valley in Turkmenistan. The saga of Dr. Levin’s survival covers the astonishing range of tastes and the health benefits of this wonder fruit. Its botany, its use in ancient folk medicine, and its role in emerging pharmaceuticals are all described by this scientist whose passion directed his research.

Dr. Levin currently lives in Israel. Barbara Baer’s Floreant Press is based in Forestville, 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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Sunday, November 4, 4:30 p.m. reception, 5 p.m. reading. Eduardo Machado, author of “Tastes Like Cuba: An Exile’s Hunger for Home,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

Press Release

Playwright Eduardo Machado, author of “Tastes Like Cuba: An Exile’s Hunger for Home,” will be at Readers’ Books on Sunday, October 18, at 4:30 p.m. for a reception that will include dishes from the book. His reading at 5 p.m. will explain how grappling with the questions of identity, loss, and resistance throughout his life and work led him to express these struggles in the form of a memoir/cookbook.

Machado moved from pre-Revolutionary Cuba to exile in Los Angeles where he has been an actor, a director, a playwright, and a professor. More than any other playwright his work has been about the experiences on both sides of the Cuban conflict—those who chose to stay and those who chose to leave. In his memories and in his more recent travels back to Cuba, he has found that the most natural connection he can make to the Cuba of today is through food.

Every recipe in this book has been updated so that the modern home cook can easily create the flavors of traditional Cuban dishes, such as Machado’s favorite roast pork and his grandfather’s “arroz con pollo,” Machado shows that for any exile, food represents not only the lost comfort of home, but the best chance to reclaim it.

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. mikey said,

    October 21, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    youz guys rock!
    whatta line-up!
    AGAIN! [and again, and again!]
    [and] all of this stuff matters!!
    thanx for making such a big contribution
    to the stuff that breeds sonoma
    as a stunnning model of community!


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