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.


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