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


Update from Reader’s Books

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — January 23, 2009*

Information Contact:

Lilla Weinberger, co-owner

Readers’ Books

130 E. Napa Street

Sonoma, CA 95476



*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

Interview with RICHARD UNGER – Hand Analyst, Author

Richard Unger will be in Sonoma at Readers’ Books, November 29, 7:30 pm

Richard’s book is:

LifePrints: Deciphering Your Life Purpose from Your Fingerprints by Richard Unger, Founder of the International Institute of Hand Analysis

Combining the scientific study of fingerprints with the ancient wisdom of palmistry, the LifePrints system is a groundbreaking method of self-discovery. Attendees will receive a fingerprint kit and instructions on deciphering their own life purposes.

I took some time to get to know Richard and learn more about Hand Analysis.


What Is Hand Analysis?
Hand analysis is the modern form of the ancient art of palmistry. Whereas
palmistry is defined as foretelling the future from the lines of your palm,
hand analysis shows you who you are today and who you can be at your best.

The hand analyst examines the overall shape of palm and fingers to determine
basic temperament, the thumb to see you how you “get things under your
thumb,” and the twelve zones of the fingers to see personality strengths and
weaknesses. The lines in the palm are examined to determine basic wiring:
the type of emotional system you have, the kind of computer you possess,
which nervous system type you are, etc. Talents and hidden motivations are

Both hand shape and lines change over time, but fingerprints remain
unaltered from five months prior to birth. By comparing the original imprint
revealed in your fingerprints with the dynamic map of your personality and
character shown in the lines and hand topography, a hand reading gives
perspective to your current circumstances in relation to the big picture of
your life story.

Some people think of hand analysis is palm reading. How do you handle that potentially negative association?
Palm reading is associated in our culture with fortune telling and hand
analysis has nothing to do with telling a person’s future. After reading
over 52,000 pairs of hands, I can say for sure that there is no way for me
to know how many marriages you have had or will have, how long you are going
to live, or if you are going on a long journey. Instead, what I can see is
your life purpose and what you would have to do to bring that purpose
forward so you can get to that same place I got to by reading hands. And
this type of reading is infinitely more interesting.

Why do you read hands?
“Two hands open and in front of my eyes an entire Universe stares back at
me. I descend into their world, like a cave explorer, my ropes and lanterns
at the ready, immersed in this alien environment both strange and familiar:
their essence, the meaning behind life’s events, asking me to put into words
and images that which calls out for understanding and acceptance.

And when I take notice, I see a transformation in my own experience: I am
clear and centered, weightless, aware, more alive, more thankful and more
alert than at any other time in my life.

Why do I read hands? To help other people, to become more self aware,
because nothing, absolutely nothing, connects me more to my spiritual
center, because my own Life Purpose commands it, because they are there.”

When did you realize that this is ‘your path of service’?
I had no idea that hand reading would turn into my life work, but the more
hands I read, the more a certain ME emerged and I liked the way it felt to
be in touch with that ME. Little did I realize at the time, I was in touch
with my life’s purpose when I read hands and there is no better feeling in

What is Life Purpose and Why is it Important?

By definition, Life Purpose is that which brings satisfaction at the deepest
possible level. More than a goal or set of goals, beyond right livelihood,
your Life Purpose is your Right Life, an ongoing connection to a personal
directive, a call to cosmic duty. It is your highest potential expressing
itself naturally and powerfully in all that you do.

To know your Life Purpose is to see the big picture, to have perspective, to
understand the significance of past events and current circumstances, and to
see your own role in the unfolding of your life story. In short, your Life
Purpose is your reason for being. Finding it is the single most important
thing you can do in life.

I understand that you work also includes Soul Psychology. What is Soul Psychology?
Soul Psychology is a model for understanding a person’s core nature and
differs markedly from standard psychology. What would make you feel this has
been a life well lived, that you are not wasting your time on this planet?
What is your Life Purpose? What are your Life Lessons? Good questions, Soul
Psychology questions. Personality psychology can help improve behavior and
outcomes, but it is Soul Psychology that engages the soul level, addressing
the hunger for meaning deep in the center of one’s being.

Tell me about writing your book LifePrints.
LifePrints has been a labor of love from the very first day I started to
write it sixteen years ago. Fingerprints and life purpose analysis has been
my life’s work and my own hands insist that I write a book about it. But,
but…there are a million buts. Where will I get the time to write? Where
will I find an agent? A publisher? An editor? Etc. Etc.

I was inching along, working intermittently on my manuscript, until 9/11/01.
For the next year, my phone went silent and my business (and income)
disappeared. I used this time to work full time on writing, and when my
business began to return to normal, I had several hundred pages done. Little
did I realize this was only the beginning.

After being turned down by a number of publishers, I hired an editor who
helped me make my manuscript more reader-friendly. Re-writing the book was
an excruciating process that took almost as much time as the original
writing. After a while, just having a normal conversation, I could hear my
editors in my head, correcting my English, forcing me to be more exact.

Finally, the process ended and Voila! There is a book. It is in bookstores.
It teaches people the basic concepts of life purpose and soul psychology.
Anyone can read it and figure out their own life purpose or the life purpose
of their spouse and children. I get to talk about all this in lectures and
on the radio, etc. Ain’t life grand!

What are your upcoming events?
Copperfield’s Bookstore, Calistoga, October 26th, 7pm
Avid Reader Bookstore, Davis, November 2, 7:30
Readers Bookstore, Sonoma, November 29, 7:30 pm
Life Purpose Retreat, Weekend of March 30, 2008, Marshall, CA

How can people contact you for more information?
Call me at 415 331-9922