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 http://www.napawritersconf.org/.

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

Update from Reader’s Books

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — February 22, 2009*

Information Contact:

lilla@readersbooks.com

Lilla Weinberger, co-owner

Readers’ Books

130 E. Napa Street

Sonoma, CA 95476
707-939-1779

On Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m., March 22^nd , Readers’ Books welcomes back San Francisco’s legendary writer and teacher, *Adair Lara*, to discuss her latest book, /Naked, Drunk, and Writing: Writing Essays and Memoirs for Love and for Money./*//*

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Lara has shepherded many talented young writers into the publishing world, including Janis Newman, Lolly Winston and Jacqueline Winspear (author of the popular Maisie Dobbs mystery series) among others.

In* */Naked, Drunk, and Writing /she tackles all the problems, anxieties and questions budding writers have pondered from time immemorial. How do I know where to start, and where to end? How do I know when I need more detail and when less? How do I keep writing when I know it’s crap? Why would anybody care about this?

If you are a writer or ever thought about writing, or someone who just enjoys reading an elegant sentence now and then, come join us for a delightful afternoon with one of California’s most insightful, witty and humorous human beings.

Readers’ Books is located at 130 East Napa Street, Sonoma. For more information call 707-939-1779 or email us at info@readersbooks.com .

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On Tuesday, March 24^th , Readers’ Books will host an evening with *Raphael Cushnir* to celebrate the publication of his latest book, /The One Thing Holding You Back: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Connection./*//*

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Most people have a vision of their lives that they’re not pursuing, or they are only pursuing half-heartedly, or they are pursuing it with all their might and yet still falling short. This vision can be modest or grand. It may involve breaking free of a destructive habit or finding a truly healthy relationship. It might have to do with making a real difference in the world. Whatever the quest, in /The One Thing Holding You Back /Raphael Cushnir, a leading voice in the field of personal and professional development, reveals that whenever people aren’t living their dreams it’s because they are not yet willing or able to feel specific emotions related to those dreams. Once we access and understand these emotions our dreams can and will come true.

Cushnir has shared his unique approach to personal growth and fulfillment with millions of readers of /O/ magazine, /beliefnet/* *and /Spirituality and Health/. He is the author of three previous books, lectures worldwide, and is a faculty member of the Esalen Institute, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. In addition, he coaches individuals and teams at Fortune 100 companies, governmental offices, religious organizations, and leading nonprofits.

Raphael Cushnir’s talk begins at 7:30 p.m. and the public is cordially invited. Readers’ Books is located at 130 East Napa Street, Sonoma. For more information call 707-939-1779 or go to http://www.readersbooks.com.

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On Thursday night, March 26^th , at 7:30 p.m., Readers’ Books and the Sonoma Community Center will co-host a special evening to celebrate *Nafisa Haji *and her debut novel, /The Writing on My Forehead/ at Andrews Hall.

Nafisa Haji is an American of Indo-Pakistani descent and she now lives in northern California. Her novel, which has attracted nation-wide attention, concerns the yearnings of a young girl for freedom and meaning of family, tradition, and the ties that bind.

Khaled Hosseini, author of /The Kite Runner/ and /A Thousand Splendid Suns/, has called Haji’s book “lyrical and touching. It is a story of mother and daughters, and a story of a young Muslim woman at the crossroads, shaped by the forces of her past, her religion, her roots, her culture, and her own determined will.”

Join us at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street, in Sonoma, for what will surely be a memorable tour of the foreign and the familiar.

This event is part of the Sonoma Arts + Lectures Series . Andrews Hall is at 276 E. Napa St. Tickets are $15, available at Readers’ Books or The Sonoma Community Center. For more information call 707-939-1779 or email us at info@readersbooks.com.

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

Stephen Mitchell and his new book: The Second Book of the Tao – March 5th – Reader’s Books

Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. *Stephen Mitchell *will present his new book, “The Second Book of the Tao,” at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information call 707-939-1779./ / / /

On Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m., Readers’ Books will welcome back Stephen Mitchell to talk about his new work, “The Second Book of the Tao.” Mitchell is well-known for his translations and reworking of classic texts. His previous books, the “Tao Te Ching,” “The Gospel According to Jesus,” “Genesis” the “Bhagavad Gita,” “The Book of Job,” and “Gilgamesh,” among others, have earned him a special place of honor in that small pantheon of individuals who try to tease out the real meaning of literature and philosophy. / / / /

“The Second Book of the Tao” represents a bit of a departure. It is a twenty-first century form of ancient wisdom, bringing a new homemade sequel to the “Tao Te Ching” into the modern world. Mitchell introduces us to a cast of vivid characters, most of them humble artisans or servants, who show us precisely what it means to be in harmony with the way things are. His meditations and risky reimagining of the original texts are brilliant and liberating, not least because they catch us off-guard, opening up the heavens where before we saw only a roof./ / / /

Stephen Mitchell’s talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. and it is free and open to the public. Readers’ Books is located at 130 East Napa Street, Sonoma. For more information call 707-939-1779. / — Lilla G. Weinberger Readers’ Books 130 E. Napa St. Sonoma, CA 95476 (707) 939-1779

Update from Reader’s Books

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — January 23, 2009*

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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*Morley Clark*, /Place/, *Rose Black*, /Clearing /and/ Winter Light/, and *Melanie Maier*, /sticking to earth/.
Tuesday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a fascinating evening with three poets from Northern California. Morley Clark, who used to live in Sonoma, has published a new book of poems that reflect her concerns with the oneness of the rhythms of nature and of the body. Rose Black’s prose poems are atmospheric, surprising meditations on her life’s experiences as both a child and an adult. Melanie Maier, a San Francisco native, takes the experiences and images from a lifetime and focuses on the verbal snapshots that remain in the memory.

*Vincenza Scarpacci*. /Journey of the Italians in America/.
Thursday, January 29, 7 p.m.

Come enjoy appetizers from Della Santina’s, as we welcome Vincenza Scarpaci for her book, /Journey of the Italians in America. / Scarpaci gives a visual tour of Italians and their mark on America with over four hundred photographs, including one of Sonoma’s own Richard Cuneo of the Sebastiani family. The reader can see the influence of Italian Americans in almost all sectors of the nation’s culture. Dating back to the role Italians played in the signing of the Declaration of Independence, her vivid depiction of the contributions of Italians to American culture makes their positive contribution crystal clear.

*Antonia Juhasz* /The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry and What// We Must Do to Stop It./
Tuesday, February 3rd, 7:30 p.m. (rescheduled from December)

Antonio Juhasz returns to Readers Books with her new book, /The Tyranny of Oil/. Juhasz , a leading expert on corporations and globalization, impressed us last year with her book, /The Bush Agenda/. In her new book, she develops one of the most penetrating investigations of the U. S. oil industry to date. Juhasz argues for the break-up of big oil and this book becomes an inspiring call to action for citizens interested in reining in the industry.

*Yiyun Li* /The Vagrants/.
Thursday, February 5th, 7:30 p.m.

A harrowing novel that chronicles the counterrevolutionary era in China, /The Vagrants/ is Yiyun Li’s much-anticipated first novel. Her first book, /A Thousand Year’s of Good Prayers/, a collection of short stories, was one of Readers’ Books’ favorites of 2005. When a young counter-revolutionary woman is executed in the provincial city of Muddy Waters no one realizes what a profound effect it will have on the entire community. This is a portrait of China in the 1970’s and the lives of unforgettable characters and their stories of resilience, sacrifice, perversion, courage and belief.. Yiyun Li grew up and attended school in China before relocating to the United States in the late 90’s. Her firsthand knowledge of China shines through in this intricate novel.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information call 707-939-1779.


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

Reader’s Books Events – Jan 8 and Jan 11

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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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Thursday, January 8, 7:30 p.m. *Peter Laufer* and *Markos Kounalakis* will discuss their book /Hope Is a Tattered Flag: Voices of Reason and Change for the Post-Bush Era* */at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

On Thursday, January 8^th , at 7:30 p.m, Readers’ Books will present an evening with Peter Laufer and Markos Kounalakis, authors of /Hope Is a Tattered Flag: Voices of Reason and Change for the Post-Bush Era./

Laufer and Kounalakis host a nationally syndicated radio show—“Washington Monthly on the Radio”—and to produce this book they have carefully culled 48 interviews from the run-up to the 2008 presidential election. Some of the interviews are with inside the beltway pundits and political stars like Bill Richardson, but many of them are the words of governmental and civilian underlings—speechwriters, analysts, Army colonels, businessmen and artists, the people who do the actual work of the nation. These interviews cover the gamut of the current American experience and offer rich and rare insights into what’s likely to come in the Obama Administration.

Readers’ Books is located at 130 East Napa Street in Sonoma and the public is cordially invited. For more information on this event call 707-939-1779.

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Sunday, January 11, 3:00 p.m. *Tilar Mazzeo *will present her new book “The Widow Clicquot: The Story a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It/./.” at Andrews Hall, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information call 707-939-1779.

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Readers’ Books will host a champagne reception and talk on Sunday, January 11, at 3 p.m. to celebrate the publication of Tilar J. Mazzeo’s book, “The Widow Clicquot: The Story a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It.” The reception and talk will be held in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma.

Although Veuve Clicquot champagne is celebrated all over the world, until now very little was known about the woman who brought it to life. Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin lived through and witnessed many of the dramatic events of the French Revolution. After her husband’s death she broke with convention and assumed the reins of his fledgling business. A daring and determined entrepreneur, it was Barbe-Nicole who arranged for secret deliveries of her champagne to Russia on one day and entertained Napoleon and Josephine on another. Often on the brink of financial ruin, she ultimately became one of the richest women of her time and through her product, her name lives on today.

Tilar J. Mazzeo is a cultural historian and biographer. She divides her time between California wine country and Maine, where she teaches at Colby College.

Andrews Hall is located at 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma. This event is co-sponsored by Readers’ Books and the Sonoma Community Center. A $10 donation is requested, which includes a glass of champagne. The public is invited. For more information call 707-939-1779.

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

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

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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.

Readers’ Books events on 01/15/08 and 01/17/08

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 3, 2008*

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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Tuesday, January 15, 7:30 p.m. *Gay Hendricks*, author of “Five Wishes: How Answering One Simple Question Can Make Your Dreams Come True,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Gay Hendricks, author of “Five Wishes: How Answering One Simple Question Can Make Your Dreams Come True,” will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, January 15^th , at 7:30 p.m., to explain how a question asked of him at a party led to both a loving, lasting relationship and to this book.

Hendricks was asked the question by a stranger who suggested that turning a wish into a goal and putting it into the present tense would change his life. He did and it did. In the book and in seminars he holds all over the world, Hendricks guides people through imagined regrets into goals-not-yet-met. He holds that by envisioning a future in which you’ve missed out on the very things you most want, you both develop focus and commitment, and also discover how easy some dreams are to achieve. The book includes worksheets for readers to articulate their own desires and strategies for pursuing them.

Gay Henricks is the author of more than 20 books, including the bestselling “Conscious Living and Conscious Loving,” and is the founder of the Spiritual Cinema Circle. He lives in Ojai, 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, January 17, 7:30 p.m. *Rebecca Lawton* and* Jordan E. Rosenfeld *authors of “Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life,” will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

Rebecca Lawton and Jordan E. Rosenfeld, authors of “Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life,” will be at Readers’ Books on Thursday, January 17^th , at 7:30 p.m., to present a mini-workshop using the principles of their book. .

“Write Free” relies on a universal principle in which like attracts like. Lawton and Rosenfeld use their writing energy to consciously attract the lives they want. They have found that just as they can create worlds, images, essays, and stories with words, they can also create the artist’s life they want. And so can you.

For Lawton, the Write Free system works especially well when joined with appreciating the natural world. She was one of the first women river guides in the West. She wrote about her experiences and her instinctive sense of the river in “Reading Water: Lessons from the River.” She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in nonfiction and in poetry and won the Ellen Meloy Fund 2006 Award for Desert Writers. She lives in Sonoma, where she is an editor of Kulupi Press, dedicated to publishing and distributing “publications with a sense of place.”

Rosenfeld is a fiction writer, freelance journalist, and editor who uses Write Free in all her work. She is the author of “Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time.” She is the former host of “Word by Word” on KRCB Radio and regularly contributes book reviews to the California Report on KQED Radio. Her stories and articles have appeared in a variety of literary journals and magazines.

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

Readers’ Books events on 01/08/08 and 01/10/08

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 27, 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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Tuesday, January 8, 7:00 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. reading. Publication party for *Sue Miller’s *latest novel “The Senator’s Wife “at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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“The Senator’s Wife” is a story about the complications of celebrity, unexpected pregnancy, philandering, and married love, Author Sue Miller, who knows how to reveal the inner lives of her characters, will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, at 7:00 p.m., to celebrate the publication of her latest book. There will be reception in her honor followed by a reading at 7:30 p.m.

Miller is the author of “The Good Mother,” “Lost in the Forest,” and many other books. She is known for her economy of style and remarkable grasp of both passion and ordinariness. Here her leading characters—the seventyish, sophisticated and glamorous senator’s wife, Delia, and Meri, a sly, smart and moody young married woman who moves in next door—face the dilemmas, disappointments and betrayals of family life and friendship.

Miller divides her time between Glen Ellen and Boston. In addition to her award-winning novels, she has written “The Story of My Father,” a nonfiction memoir of her father’s illness and death from Alzheimer’s disease She has taught fiction at Amherst, Radcliffe, Bennington, and MIT.

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, January 10, 7:30 p.m. *Joanna Macy*, author of “World as Lover, World as Self: Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewal “ will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

_Press Release_

Joanna Macy, author of “World as Lover, World as Self: Courage for Global Justice and Ecological Renewal,” will be at Readers’ Books on Thursday, January 10^th , at 7:30 p.m., to talk about the interconnectedness of our world. She shows that ignoring this fact results in a self-centeredness that has devastated the environment..

The dynamic model set forth in this book encourages readers to step out of an antagonistic “us” versus “them” interaction. Macy ‘s thought-provoking essays put the relationship between the personal and political into a Buddhist context filled with her trademark humor and rich storytelling. In the preface to the book, the author says, “This is a guidebook. It maps ways into the vitality and determination we each possess to take part in the healing of our world.”

Joanna Macy, Ph. D., is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with four decades of activism. She lives in Berkeley, 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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Kate Jacobs, author of “The Friday Night Knitting Club” Jan 4th

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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Friday, January 4, 7:30 p.m. Kate Jacobs, author of “The Friday Night Knitting Club “ will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a “Knit Night” sponsored by Sonoma Yarns. For more information, call 707-939-1779.
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Kate Jacobs, author of “The Friday Night Knitting Club,” will be at Readers’ Books on Friday night, January 4, at 7:30 p.m., to talk about her novel. At 6:30 p.m. Sonoma Yarns will sponsor a “Knit Night” for those who would like to bring their needles and knit together.

Jacobs’ book is about a single mother who runs a Manhattan yarn shop where the regulars gather to chat about their stories of love, life, and everything in between. The heroine, Georgia, has her hands full, juggling running the store with raising her spunky teenage daughter, negotiating among her good friends in the Friday night group, warding off her ex, and possibly starting something new. Then something happens to make all the characters realize how important their connection is.

Jacobs is a magazine writer and editor living in Southern California; this is her first novel. Julia Roberts’ Red Om production company and Universal Pictures have optioned it for the film rights.

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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