Readers’ Books Calendar of Events

Readers’ Books Calendar of Events

July-August, 2009

Thursday, July 9th, 7:30 p.m. *Vivienne Sosnowski*, “When the Rivers Ran Red: An Amazing Story of Courage and Triumph in America’s Wine Country.” A recounting of the epic battle that California’s winemakers fought against Prohibition, and the resourcefulness that kept the industry alive through its darkest days.

Tuesday, July 14th, 7:30 p.m. *Michael Collins*, “Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs: The Making of a Surgeon.” How does an Irish Catholic working class construction worker who spends his days building curbs and gutters and drinking beer with his pals transform himself into a first-class surgeon? This is a no frills memoir of how hard work and brains can make miracles happen.

Sunday, July 19th, 4 p.m. *Diana Alstad and Joel Kramer*, “The Passionate Mind Revisited: Expanding Personal and Social Awareness.” This updated version of the 1974 classic takes on Eastern and Western spirituality and scientific materialism at once. The result is a view more reflective of the complexity of our world and more relevant to the challenges we face.

Sunday, July 26 through Wednesday, July 29th. *Napa Valley Writer’s Conference*. Once again Readers’ Books is honored to participate in this annual event in our neighboring valley. This year’s crop of distinguished poets and writers include Elizabeth Alexander, Carl Dennis, Jane Hirshfield, David St. John, Robert Boswell, Peter Ho Davies, Antonya Nelson and ZZ Packer. For more information on individual author readings, go to

Saturday, August 1st, *Benefit for Sonoma County Book Festival*, This year’s benefit for our very own county book festival will be held at Windrush Farm and will feature Jonah Raskin’s new book, “Field Days.” about eating and drinking his way through the Valley of the Moon,

Sunday, August 2nd, 4 p.m. *Novella Carpenter,* “Farm City.” This is the story of two idealistic people who set out to create an urban farm in the middle of the Oakland ghetto. Novella Carpenter introduces pigs and goats, lime trees and vegetables Into this blighted landscape, and amazing things begin to happen. This book will change forever the way you think about farms, cities and human potential.

Tuesday, August 4th, 7:30 p.m. *Joyce Maynard*. “Labor Day.” A gripping psychological tale about power, domination, loneliness and love. When a single mother and her 13 year-old son are briefly taken hostage by an escaped convict, everyone comes away changed forever.

Thursday, August 6th, 7:30 p.m. *David White*. “Sippin’ On Top of the World: Toasting Good Times and Better Days. David White has been exploring the intersection between wine and spirituality for years, and his book offers short, succinct essays into what it really means to be a winemaker and to pursue this particular Holy Grail.

Saturday, August 8th, 1 p.m. *Linda Loveland Reid and Kate Farrell*. “Touch of Magenta” and “Girl in the Mirror.” Meet and greet two Sonoma County authors, part of the Redwood Writers Collective. There will be live music from Monica McKey and refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, August 11th, 4 p.m. Mystery Tea with *Rhys Bowen, Ann Parker and Juliet Blackwell.*. Join us for tea with some of California’s most delightful and distinguished mystery writers. They have all written mystery series featuring female sleuths. Rhys Bowen’s latest is “Royal Flush.” and takes place in 1930s England. Ann Parker has written a series set in Colorado in the 1880s and Juliet Blackwell’s heroine is a witch in hiding who runs a vintage clothing store in San Francisco.

Thursday, August 13th, 7:30 p.m. *Mark Sloan*, “Birth Day.” California pediatrician Mark Sloan has helped deliver more than 3,000 babies and he marvelously captures both the joys and anxieties of childbirth while treating readers to an informed and captivating history of the medical practices surrounding birth in America.

Thursday, August 27th, 7:30 p.m. *Len Saputo*, ” A Return to Healing: Radical Health Care Reform and the Future of Medicine.” Len Saputo has been a frontline witness to the failure of America’s health care system and he has many insights into how to make it work for all of us. Much of his work focuses on healing and wellness strategies rather than disease.

Lilla G. Weinberger
Readers’ Books
130 E. Napa St.
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 939-1779

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