Readers’ Books Calendar of Events for March and April, 2008

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma, and are free and open to the public. For more information, call 707-939-1779. Lilla Weinberger

March-April 2008

Bill Moody. “Shades of Blue.”
Tuesday, March 4, 7:00 p.m. reception featuring music by the Dick Conte Trio, 7:30 p.m. reading.

Readers’ is excited to welcome Bill Moody back to tell us about his new jazz-related mystery. In this book, the hero, Evan Home, who’s been living in Europe returns to San Francisco and quickly becomes a player on the local jazz scene. Just when he’s settled in, he learns that his friend and mentor Calvin Hughes has died and named Evan his sole beneficiary. When Evan begins sorting through Hughes effects, he finds some old manuscripts credited to Miles Davis. Was Calvin Hughes really the composer of these famous tunes? And just what was his relationship to Evan’s mother? Come get clues from the author himself.

Rosemary Winslow. “Green Bodies.”
Thursday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.

Poetry month is actually April but we’re giving you a chance to get in the mood a little early through the dramatic work of this most expressive poet. Rosemary Winslow’s melding of darkness and light, terror and joy, violence and loss gives her poems a resonance that cannot be ignored. With lines like “I want a quieter song than I’ve had in my life,” “blossoms of thick cream,” and “bone opened white to daylight” Winslow cuts to the chase as one who grew up in a painfully difficult family and learned that the unlovable can be loved if we accept “the terrible complexity of love.”

Lynn Weinberger. “Viniyoga Therapy for the Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders” and “Viniyoga Therapy for the Low Back, Sacrum and Hips.”
Tuesday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.

Lynn Weinberger, local yoga instructor extraordinaire (and, yes, a relative) will discuss the protocols developed by Gary Kraftsow. Kraftsow has recently completed this two-DVD series based on work he did for a National Institutes of Health-sponsored study of treatment for back pain. One DVD focuses on the upper back and one on the lower back. The detailed instruction, gentle repetitive movements, and focus on moving with awareness and the breath make these practices ideal for a wide range of people. Lynn Weinberger is featured as one of those demonstrating Kraftsow’s work on the DVDs.

Cara Black. “Murder in the Rue de Paradis”
Thursday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.

Cara Black is back. The latest in her series of Paris-based mysteres featuring Aimee Leduc starts out with a very romantic interlude between Aimee and her on-again-off-again lover, investigative journalist Yves Robert. But it’s a short-lived moment—Yves turns up in the morgue the very next day, an apparent victim of a tryst gone terribly wrong. Aimee doesn’t accept the official explanation and enters into a pre-9/11 world (the book is set in 1995) where terrorism is already in evidence everywhere (Metro bombings, Turkish and Kurdish politics, sleeper cells, and warring Muslim factions). Aimee’s adventures are a frightening foreshadowing of things to come.

Flowery Elementary School Book Fair. 17600 Sonoma Highway
Saturday, March 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Featuring books in English and Spanish for children and adults. Sponsored by Flowery Elementary School and Readers’ Books.

Douglas J. Mudgway. “William H. Pickering: America’s Deep Space Pioneer.”
Tuesday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. reading.

On February 1, 1958, three men held up a model of Explorer 1, our first Earth satellite, for news photographers. Their picture became an icon for America’s response to the Soviet’s Sputnik challenge. William Pickering, the director of Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), was one of those men. Pickering led the intense 83-day JPL effort that joined the Wernher von Braun and James Van Allen teams (the other two men in the picture) to put this satellite into orbit. Soon after that Pickering affiliated JPL with the newly formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This year marks 50 years since the beginning of the Space Age; this book, by a former NASA-JPL scientist, and fellow New Zealander, traces the life of this influential man during a critical period in this country’s history.

Michael Krasny. “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life.”
Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. reading.
Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa Street, Sonoma. Tickets $15 at Readers’ Books or through the Sonoma Community Center’s website.

Joan Didion, Amy Tan, Philip Roth, Umberto Eco, Michael Chabon, Jimmy Carter, Jane Goodall…. Michael Krasny has interviewed them all. Krasny is the host of “Forum,” heard weekday mornings (9 to 11 a.m.) on KQED-FM, online, and by Sirius satellite. He’s literate, probing, and erudite with a studied but seemingly effortless ability to talk to anyone about anything. The book, though, is not about the people interviewed as much as it’s about Krasny himself. He’s a Jewish boy from a working-class family in Cleveland who grew up insecure but made the most of his gifts of intelligence and speech. The book focuses primarily on writers, perhaps because of his own desire to be a writer–a desire which he achieves in this wonderful book.

Cari Corbett-Owen. “The Joy-Filled Body.”
Tuesday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.

Are you tired of hating the body you live in? Exhausted from all your ongoing dieting attempts? Drained from thinking you’re not attractive or good enough? Weary from starting exercise programs you can’t sustain? Feeling there has to be more to life than living with constant worry about your body? Cari Corbett-Owen is a South African clinical psychologist and founder of the “Mind over Fatter” program. Under her tutelage food becomes just food, no longer an enemy or an obsession. Come to hear her confirm that you are not alone. Corbett sets you on a path to living in tune with your body.

Claire Hope Cummings. “Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds.”
Tuesday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.

Claire Hope Cummings is an environmental lawyer-journalist who writes about the environmental, political, and cultural implications of how we eat. She has worked with native Hawaiian groups for over 15 years, produced and hosted a popular weekly radio show on food and farming, and continues to report on agriculture and the environment. Because life on earth is facing unprecedented challenges from global warming, war, and mass extinctions, the plight of seeds is a less visible but no less fundamental threat to our survival. Come hear how their survival is key to maintaining our food supply, our resistance to disease, and our ability to cope with a changing climate.

Poets for Peace.
Thursday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.

In honor of Poetry Month, Readers’ Books welcomes local poets Ted Sexauer, Patricia Spicer and others for a reading of their work focusing on peace. Please join us for an inspiring evening.

James Rule. “Privacy in Peril.”
Tuesday, April 8, Reception 7 p.m. Reading, 7:30 p.m.

Jim Rule warns us against the legal uses of personal information in this troubling account of how both government and private industry are pushing into our private lives. The personal data that we make available to virtually any organization for virtually any purpose is likely to turn up everywhere. The mass collection and processing of personal information produces such tremendous efficiencies that these organizations feel perfectly justified in collecting it. Unrestricted snooping allows banks, insurance companies, chain stores, etc., to decide whom to target, what to charge, and how to market their product or service. As long as we succumb to convenience and ignorance, the more completely our privacy is endangered.

Germaine Greer. “Shakespeare’s Wife.”
Saturday, April 12, 7:00 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. reading.
Burlingame Hall, 252 W. Spain St., Sonoma. Tickets $15 at Readers’ Books or on the Sonoma Community Center website.

The author of the staggeringly influential “The Female Eunuch” is coming to Sonoma. That book, first published in the ‘70s, inspired a generation of women and spawned the growth of feminist scholarship around the world. Greer looked at the inherent and unalterable biological differences between men and women and posited how that dichotomy could be resolved. In this new book, Greer examines the misunderstood life of one particular woman, Shakespeare’s wife. She meticulously traces the members of the Shakespeare and Hathaway families and their acquaintances, and posits that Anne Hathaway probably supported their children herself by working as a maltster. Greer also points out which sonnets were written by Shakespeare to his wife, dispelling other critics’ contentions that it was a loveless marriage. Greer’s research into the details of the late 15th century make this a most compelling study, and she herself is a marvelous speaker.

Gillian Wegener, Dan Bellm, and Terry Ehret.
Sunday, April 13, 3 p.m.

Three Bay Area poets will join together to read from their works as part of our month-long tribute to National Poetry Month. Terry Ehret is one of the founders of Sixteen Rivers Press and the 2004-2006 Sonoma Country Poet Laureate. She has taught writing at San Francisco State and Sonoma State Universities, California College of the Arts, Santa Rosa Junior College, and with the California Poets in the Schools Program. Her third book of poems is “Lucky Break.” Dan Bellm will read from his third book of poems, “Practice,” which has been described as both humble and heartbreaking. Gillian Wegener is much published and was awarded a top prize by the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation for 2006. Join us as this talented trio present their latest work.

Robyn Scott. ” Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: The Story of an African Childhood.”
Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

The Scotts are a highly unusual family. Their life in Botswana is unconventional and filled with adventure. Robyn’s father is a flying doctor who always wanted to be a vet. Her mother believes in holistic medicine and home-schooling. The parents take a laissez-faire attitude toward their children’s upbringing, and their schooling consists mostly of stories, and searching the bush for animals to let loose in their classroom. But when the family moves to a game farm bordering South Africa, racism, AIDS, and the darker side of life in Africa appear. Scott went on to earn a masters in bioscience enterprise at Cambridge. She currently lives in London and, with her mother, is establishing an AIDS orphan charity. Join us to learn more about this remarkable woman and her fascinating story.

Thirza Vallois. “Aveyron: A Bridge to French Arcadia.”
Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.

“It all began in Paris with a riot of wisteria.” A chance meeting between the author and George and Odette residents of the Aveyron, led to Vallois’ love affair with the region. Until recently, this was France at its most quintessentially rural, sealed off from the rest of the country by a rugged terrain. Today the Aveyron is a mosaic of enchanting landscapes and astonishing contrasts. Vallois’ descriptions of the place and the people put you instantly into another world. A treat for all Francophiles.

Za Rinpoche and Ashley Nebelsieck. “The Backdoor to Enlightenment: 8 Steps to Living Your Dreams and Changing Your World.”
Monday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

This book is been described as a manual for the “spiritually challenged,” but even the already enlightened will enjoy this dynamic duo. Za is a Tibetan monk, spiritual leader to thousands of Buddhists, who enjoys going to the movies. Ashley, a Sicilian-American girl educated at America’s #1 party school, has amazing insight into deep philosophical issues. Together they’ll make you laugh, help you understand, and perhaps give you a glimpse of enlightenment. The book is part hands-on self-help, part mystery-adventure, and part wise teachings.

John Marks. “Reasons to Believe: One Man’s Journey Among the Evangelicals and the Faith He Left Behind.” Burlingame Hall, 252 W. Spain St.,Sonoma. Co-sponsored by Readers’ Books and the Forum Committee of the First Congregational Church. Donation $5.
Wednesday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.

Marks has reached across sectarian lines to present the evangelical world from the inside out at a time when our country is increasingly divided over questions of faith, spirituality, morality, and the meaning of life. A former producer for “60 Minutes” and a journalist for “US News and World Report,” Marks felt a growing tension between the secular life he was living and his evangelical past. In doing his research Marks found that over 60 million Americans claim to be evangelical Christians yet their rates of divorce, homosexuality, addiction, etc., are the same as everyone else’s. This book is an attempt to gain a better understanding of both sides.

Readers’ Books event on 02/19

Information Contact:
Lilla Weinberger, co-owner
Readers’ Books
130 E. Napa Street
Sonoma, CA 95476

Tuesday, February 19, 7:30 p.m. Diana O’Hehir, author of “Dark Aura, a Mystery Novel,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa Street, Sonoma. . For more information, please call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

Diana O’Hehir, author of “Dark Aura, a Mystery Novel,” will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, February 19, at 7:30 p.m., to talk about Carla Day and her Egyptologist father. Characters from her two earlier mysteries—the plucky Carla and Professor Edward Day, her Alzheimer’s-challenged father—try to unravel the mystery surrounding Tamina Kerry’s fall from a cliff. The gifted and charismatic Tamina was an indigo child, said by those in the know to have a purplish glow. She spoke in metaphors and had told her followers she had something urgent to tell them.

Carla is the deputy sheriff in the town of Stanton’s Mill, an offbeat enclave not far from Berkeley. Carla has few reliable witnesses and her father, who knew the child, confuses her with the ancient Egyptian journeywoman of the dead, Ta-Ent. A hysterical grandmother, a drug-addled young man, a baby, and no straight answers hamper Carla as she tries to break the case–which she does with style, wit, and the author’s wry take on Northern California.

Diana O’Hehir’s first novel “I Wish This War Were Over” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is also a poet and the author of two previous Carla Day mysteries “Murder Never Forgets” and “Erased from Memory.”

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

Sheana Davis has two wonderful cooking events coming up!

A fourth generation Sonoma Valley native, Sheana Davis is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her company, The Epicurean Connection, specializing as a chef, caterer and culinary educator, she hosts events throughout Sonoma County and nationally. Sheana offers a creative and versatile range of food experiences and services. The Epicurean Connection was recently recognized by The Chamber of Commerce as one of the leading “Green Businesses” in Sonoma Valley. Her website is

Here are her next two events:
Relish Culinary Adventures
Cheesemaking Workshop (partial hands-on)

with Chef Sheana Davis
Saturday, February 23
1:00 PM
Relish Culinary Center, Healdsburg


At this interactive workshop, Sheana Davis, cheesemaker and producer of The Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference, will show you how to make a variety of fresh cheeses such as chevre (fresh goat cheese), crème fraiche and fromage blanc with assistance from guests. In addition to demonstrating techniques that are easy to reproduce at home, Sheana will discuss artisan cheesemaking, wine and cheese pairings and creative ideas for cheese platters. At the end of the class, we will enjoy a festive wine reception where we’ll taste our homemade fresh cheeses plus local artisan cheeses and creative accompaniments. Guests will take home instructions and a list of sources for raw materials so you can make these wonderful fresh cheeses yourself.

  • Fresh Chevre with Tierra Vegetables Strawberry Chipotle Jam
  • Crème Fraiche with Boiled Oh Tommy Boy Potatoes and Caviar
  • Fromage Blanc with Summer Fruit Compote
  • Delice de la Vallee (a new cheese Sheana is producing)
  • Variety of artisan cheese

Ramekins Culinary School
From the Farm to the Table

with Sheana Davis, Demonstration class
Wednesday, March 19,

Born and raised in Sonoma, it is no surprise that Sheana Davis is inspired by the bountiful surroundings she’s grown up in. Sheana currently works with local food producers to promote their products, and her passion is to educate consumers on the quality and uniqueness of these products and introduce you to the talented people who create them. Sheana is a certified chef and is an active member in the Sonoma County Culinary Guild, American Cheese Society and Sonoma Valley Farmers’ Markets.

Sheana owns The Epicurean Connection, a culinary education company focused on sustainable cheeses, brewing, and winemaking. With 20 years in the industry, Sheana’s passion for regionally based and sustainably grown foods radiates into every detail of her work. In this class, Sheana will demonstrate early spring recipes, and discuss the abundance of ingredients found in Sonoma County.

· Bellwether Farm Sheep’s Milk Cheeses with Spring Fruit and Artisan Bread

· Wine Country Pasta Served with Spring Herbs and Fava Beans

· Grilled Spring CK Farms Lamb Marinated in Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir and Thyme

· Oakhill Farm Spring Salad Served with Spring Blossoms and Apple Cider Vinaigrette

· Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake served with Crème Fraîche
Further information about Sheana:

Before being a “foodie” was in vogue, Davis pursued her passion with a vengeance, obtaining a culinary degree more than twenty years ago from Santa Rosa Junior College. “Back then, I was instructed by Chef John Ash. He was always very supportive and helpful and encouraged me to move forward.”

Sheana stands out in a crowd. A small woman with a laugh ready to burst out at any time, her buoyancy and passion have made her a leader in education, marketing and advocacy of sustainable practices and products. Her roots as a chef began back in High school when she cooked with the legendary food writer and Sonoma resident MFK Fisher. After graduating from Culinary school, Sheana left for an internship at the famed Commander’s Palace in New Orleans.

While that first visit to Louisiana’s culinary capital quickly established a life-long love of the Big Easy for Davis. Returning to Sonoma, her first job was with Digioia catering and it held a bit of glamour for being set in the old Williams Sonoma kitchen. As fame and reputation grew, private gigs, special events, and custom tastings began taking her all over the country, from New York to Texas, from Wisconsin to Washington, and beyond where Sheana leads classes, lectures, and performs culinary demonstrations at trade shows, events, conferences, and seminars. Her message emphasizes the biodiversity farming styles and the benefits – both to consumers and the earth – of biodynamically-farmed foods.

Heading up her own company was a natural step as she began developing classes for both the trade and for the consumer. Called From The Farm To The Table. “The more I traveled and taught people about food in general, the more I wanted to teach people about Sonoma and all that we have to offer,” Sheana says.

That was the brainstorm for the cheese conference. “I contacted Ig Vella, knowing if I had a big name, I could get others to join in.” Starting March 4th and running through the 6th, Davis will host over thirty famed speakers and luminaries within the cheese world including Juliet Harbutt, chairman of the British Cheese Awards, Allison Hooper from the Vermont Butter and Cheese Company, and Dee Harley of Harley Farms. This is a conference that is becoming more important within the ever-growing cheese industry, attracting more people each year. Less than a decade ago, the general public was just becoming aware of artisinal cheeses like of chevre goat cheese or Cowgirl Creamy – breaking away from the harshly-wrapped plastic bricks of orange, monstrosities known as American cheese. “Now Sonoma county is known as a growing center of the artisinal cheese movement in America,” Davis describes.

“While local catering is where my heart is,” Davis explains, “I am passionate about sharing my love of cheese, wine, and pairing.” That love of cheese is taking her in yet another new direction with the development of her own fresh cheese, Delice de la Vallee. Made in the French style, it is a combination of cow and goat milk and will be a fresh, soft, creamy cheese topped with seasonal accompaniments like Meyer lemon and green olives.

Currently, Sheana is working extensively to bring her mission to other regions, where she advocates the local and regional products to those regions. Her flair for the unusual built her a strong reputation in New Orleans, where she loves fusing the area’s rich cultural heritage with her own enthusiasm for farm-fresh foods – and her flair as a chef.

In joining the challenge to rebuild after Katrina, Sheana has agreed to a series of classes, special events and guest chef appearances in New Orleans every six to eight weeks. Poppy Tooker, the leader of the local New Orleans Slow Food chapter, and Davis, representing Slow Food Sonoma have joined forces to host a culinary face-off at San Diego’s Winter Fancy Food Show. “I am proud to be helping New Orleans rebuilding one of America’s finest city’s.”

While attracted to the majesty and history of New Orleans, Sonoma is home and where Davis’ heart is – as well as her family, 15 year old daughter Karina and her Labrador Retriever Arrow and a wide network of family and friends.

True to her motto, Eat Responsibly, Act Locally, Respond Politically,” Sheana views food as an entire process – from farm to table. She will continue to preach the gospel of sustainable growing, culinary pairings, and recipe development. Look for Sheana to be Podcast on the Sonoma Index Tribune website at starting in March 2008.

Sonoma Garden Park News – February 2008

Sonoma Garden Park News – February 2008 
Park Hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday  10am – dusk
Volunteer Days through February are Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm and Saturdays 10am – 1pm (Unless it is pouring rain). 
Meet new friends!  Learn new skills! 
Rebecca Bozzelli, our new garden manager, has just returned from the Eco-Farm Conference at Asilomar and will share her stories with anyone who comes to the garden to volunteer!
Special Volunteer Opportunities:
Help pruning fruit trees, grape vines and various perrennial shrubs at the Garden.  
Help distribute workshop flyers in Sonoma. (contact Tiona at 996-0712 X 120)  
Seeds Needed:  Do you have any viable vegetable seeds that you can donate?  We need all kinds, especially beets!
Butterfly Activity Station Installed:  
The first station of the Children’s Discovery Trail has been installed at the Garden.  It is an informational, bi-lingual, Spanish/English, station highlighting local butterflies, their host plants and what you can do to attract them to your garden. Through a grant from the Scarlet Oak Foundation and other individual donors, the Sonoma Ecology Center has contracted with Gordon Chun Design to install three activity stations.  The next two stations to be installed this year are the Bird Identification Station and the Honeybee Station.
February Workshops Offered:
Grafting Fruit Trees  – Saturday, Feb 9th  1pm – 3pm  Tommy Perot, extremely knowledgeable 9th grade high school student, will teach this class.  It was so successful last year and we are pleased to offer it again this year.  Free scions (grafting shoots), will be available to participants.
See attached flyer below.


Greenhouse Growing Methods  Saturday, Feb. 23rd 1pm – 3pm  Local farmer, Paul Wirtz, of Oak Hill Farm leads us on a tour of his greenhouses and discusses: seeding methods, nursery soils, greenhouse construction tips and fertigation (injecting organic fertilizer into irrigation lines).  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of the Valley’s best organic growers!   This class will take place at Paul’s farm on Arnold Drive across from Brocco’s Old Barn, 19655 Arnold Dr.  Carpooling will leave from Sonoma Garden Park at 12:45 pm.


All classes are $20 sliding scale (no one turned away)  Please register by calling 707-996-0712 X 120 or email: 
Proceeds from workshops benefit programs at the Garden Park.
Special thanks to the following volunteers:  Suzanne Adams for bringing hot water for tea to our garden workshops.  Don Messing for installing garden benches onto platforms and making an estimate for barn windows.  Jane Downes for cabinet donation.  David Wenzel for growing plants and help with “everything”.  Jessie Olson for a garden design for native plants.  Tom Russert and Darren Peterie for beginning the wild bird habitat behind the orchard.  Gary Edwards for offering his tractor services.  Whitney and Jeanette Evans for their unfaltering support for the Children’s Discovery Trail! 

Tiona Gundy
Sonoma Garden Park Coordinator
Sonoma Ecology Center
996-0712 X 120