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 — February 22, 2009*

Information Contact:

Lilla Weinberger, co-owner

Readers’ Books

130 E. Napa Street

Sonoma, CA 95476

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 .


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


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

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

Reader’s Books Events – Jan 8 and Jan 11

* ** ** ** **FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 2, 2009*

Information Contact:

Lilla Weinberger, co-owner

Readers’ Books

130 E. Napa Street

Sonoma, CA 95476



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.




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.

_Press Release_

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.

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