My Calendar (Our Events page)
|October 28, 2019
7:00 pm: Prove My Soul: Another Side to the Vietnam War
October 28, 2019 –
Monday October 28th 7:00 pm
Brian M. Briggs author of
Prove My Soul: Another Side to the Vietnam War
Marine Lieutenant Brian M. Biggs takes us to the front lines, not of a shooting war, but of the battle for the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese people. The story that Biggs pieces together straddles decades, and is full of wry humor and unintended consequences...a remarkable look at a seldom seen side of the Vietnam War.
From 1966-1967, Brian M. Biggs served a unique tour of duty in Vietnam as a Marine Civic Action Officer, an assignment that included teaching English to elementary school teachers in the village of Hoa My--a life-changing experience that developed cherished friendships which have lasted to this day.
"For me," he writes, "it was a meal of Bun Bo soup served on the school desks of Hoa My Elementary School that swept the Vietnamese teachers into my heart and mind." His three return trips to Vietnam in 2001, 2004, and 2006, allowed those friendships to flourish.
Those visits also unraveled a mystery born out of the chaos and confusion that was the Vietnam War. A mystery that mistakenly cast him as a spy for the South Vietnamese government and brought to light the role he played in the fate of one of the teachers suspected of being Vietcong.
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|November 4, 2019
7:00 pm: Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World
November 4, 2019 –
Monday November 4th 7:00 pm
Michael Lerner talks about his book -
Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World
For those who are tired of screaming across the table as they debate the future of the country and the planet, Revolutionary Love brings hope, respect, and love to today's political divide. Michael Lerner offers concrete solutions for future development by identifying why the Left and the Right have been so ineffective in achieving any lasting change and discussing what it will take to actually heal and repair the world, both spiritually and physically. He reminds us that ethical and spiritual qualities--compassion, respect, love, and a strong sense of community--can bring people together in a beneficial and constructive way that has the possibility of effecting real change. A daring book on an urgent topic, Revolutionary Love aims to reunite all sections of the population into a positive democratic force capable of reversing the downward trajectory of our world. It is about a fundamental transformation of collective thinking and acting that unites us for the greater good of all people.
|November 5, 2019||November 6, 2019||November 7, 2019
7:00 pm: One Dyke's Theater: Selected Plays 1975-2014
November 7, 2019 –
Thursday November 7th 7:00pm
Terry Baum discusses her book
One Dyke's Theater: Selected Plays 1975-2014
Terry Baum and her editor, Carolyn Myers, will discuss and read scenes from Terry's anthology One Dyke's Theater; a compilation of ten groundbreaking plays about lesbian lives, written from 1975 to 2014. After the reading, Terry and Caroline will answer questions and Terry will sign copies of the book.
About One Dyke's Theater:
Terry Baum’s Dos Lesbos (1981) inspired the first anthology of lesbian plays in the history of the universe –Places, Please! (1985). The ten plays in One Dyke’s Theater span 40 years of theater about lesbian lives, from absurd farce to gripping historical drama. Baum’s pioneering works have been lauded by critics and produced all over the world. HICK: A Love Story earned “Best of Fringe” at the 2019 San Francisco Fringe Festival and “Fringe Fave” and “Fringe Encore Series Selection" at the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival.
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|November 11, 2019
7:00 pm: Time to Talk About Dying and a book of poetry called Absolution
November 11, 2019 –
Monday November 11th 7:00 pm
Fred Grewe talks about his book:
Time to Talk About Dying: How Clergy and Chaplains Can Help Senior Adults Prepare for a Good Death
This book gives advice on how to strengthen relationships, find meaning in life and feel comfortable approaching life's final chapter. It guides clergy and chaplains through how to effectively conduct "Soul Legacy" projects, in which older people reflect on what they want to leave behind for their loved ones and how they want to be remembered after they die. It enables older people to pay loved ones personal tributes and show them how important they are. By focusing on others rather than the self, it provides comfort for loved ones as well as the senior adult, prevents loneliness and negative feelings about ageing, and helps adults gradually become comfortable with the challenges of approaching the end of life.
and Nancy Bonazzoli
with her book of Poetry
These deeply personal and transcendent poems will appeal to all who have ever questioned life deeply through the means of suffering, introspection and transformation. Absolution explores the journey from doubt and pain to acceptance, communion, and growth both in wisdom and in Love. This book includes such necessary themes as pain, illness, dying and death, fear, acceptance, love and prayer, bliss and ecstasy, and provides a refreshing perspective on the relationships between nature, self/other, and The Divine.
|November 12, 2019||November 13, 2019||November 14, 2019
7:00 pm: Non-Official Cover Confessions
November 14, 2019 –
Thursday November 14th 7:00 pm
David Oas talks about his book
Non-Official Cover Confessions
On the Berkeley campus December 2, 1964, the counter culture was born and swept across the nation that left America divided to this day. Historical events cause the separation of three bonded students who hold competing, slow burning opinions on civil rights, racism and poverty, as well as the hot, hot debate over the expansion of American troops in Vietnam. Which is it? Win the war or get out, March for Peace, or join the CIA? Herein lies a story of secrets, love, and war.
|November 15, 2019||November 16, 2019||November 17, 2019|
|November 18, 2019
7:00 pm: Book Restoration Unveiled
November 18, 2019 –
Monday November 18th 7:00 pm
Sofia S. W. Bogle talks about her book
Book Restoration Unveiled
If your bookshelf is a lifeboat for civilization, what are you saving? More books than ever before are being “downsized” out of existence and broken books are the most vulnerable passengers. Book Restoration Unveiled contains never before shared information on the who, what, when, where, and why of book restoration. Through engaging personal stories, illustrations, and interviews, a shadowy topic is illuminated so that all book lovers can find their way. Join us for a celebration of books old and new!
|November 19, 2019||November 20, 2019||November 21, 2019
7:00 pm: Literary Libations: What to Drink with What You Read
November 21, 2019 –
Thursday November 21st 7:00 pm
Amira Makansi talks about her book:
Literary Libations: What to Drink with What You Read
Want to know what to drink with all your favorite books?
A bubbly, boozy French 75 with The Great Gatsby. A luscious Chocolatini with Bridget Jones's Diary. Old vine California Zinfandel with The Grapes of Wrath. Lager (by the pitcher, from your local dive) with Fight Club. Refreshing citrus shandy with Their Eyes Were Watching God. And don't you dare open Dracula without a Bloody Mary near at hand!
Now book lovers everywhere can raise the perfect toast to Shakespeare, Austen, Kerouac, Woolf, and more. With drink pairing recommendations for nearly 200 classic and contemporary works of fiction, including non-alcoholic pairings for kids and young adult books, Literary Libations is a necessary addition to bookshelves and bar tops everywhere.
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