Josie Iselin (The Curious World of Seaweed) at Bay Model Visitors Center Auditorium in Sausalito

Tuesday Jan 28 2020 - Tuesday Jan 28 2020  7:00 PM
Bay Model Visitors Center Auditorium  2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA  map

Josie Iselin will appear at Bay Model Visitors Center Auditorium in Sausalito to discuss her fascinating book, The Curious World of Seaweed.

Marine algae like seaweed and kelp help oxygenate the ocean, create habitat for other organisms, and from the base of a critical food web for life on Earth. In her new book The Curious World of Seaweed, artist Josie Iselin combines essays and imagery to explore seaweed and kelp from the Pacific coast. She will discuss how her interest in art and science brought her to study seaweed and introduce a few women scientists who were crucial in broadening our understanding of the oceans. She will also share her imagery of seaweeds collected from California’s coastline and beaches. Iselin uses a flatbed scanner and computer for generating imagery and exhibits large-scale fine art prints at select galleries and museums.

This event is open to the public. Admission is free. REGISTRATION IS RECOMMENDED as there is a high level of interest! You can reserve a seat via Eventbrite here: SAVE MY SEAT

Donations are encouraged and appreciated, $10 general, $5 students. Donations support education programs that build an appreciation for whales, dolphins, and porpoises, and research grants which help the next generation of marine scientists deepen understanding of threats to cetaceans and find solutions to protect and conserve them.

For more information, see here: https://www.acs-sfbay.org/events/2020/1/28/josie-iselin-the-curious-world-of-seaweed

 

Josie Iselin (The Curious World of Seaweed) at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

Thursday Jan 30 2020   7:00 PM
Aquarium of the Pacific  100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA  map

Josie Iselin will be featured as a guest speaker at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach to discuss her fascinating book, The Curious World of Seaweed.

Marine algae like seaweed and kelp help oxygenate the ocean, create habitat for other organisms, and from the base of a critical food web for life on Earth. In her new book The Curious World of Seaweed, artist Josie Iselin combines essays and imagery to explore seaweed and kelp from the Pacific coast. She will discuss how her interest in art and science brought her to study seaweed and introduce a few women scientists who were crucial in broadening our understanding of the oceans. She will also share her imagery of seaweeds collected from California’s coastline and beaches. Iselin uses a flatbed scanner and computer for generating imagery and exhibits large-scale fine art prints at select galleries and museums.

For more information: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/the_curious_world_of_seaweed/

 

Gary Noy (Hellacious California!) at the Sierra Writers Conference in Rocklin

Friday Jan 31 2020   TBD
Sierra College--Rocklin Campus  5100 Sierra College Blvd, Rocklin, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Hellacious California!, will offer a workshop entitled The Utility and Importance of Research in Writing for the Sierra Writers Conference on January 31, 2020, at the Sierra College – Rocklin Campus.

A Sierra Nevada native, Gary Noy has taught history at Sierra Community College since 1987. His books include Distant Horizon: Documents from the 19th Century American West (1999); Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues (2014); Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss and Luck (2017), Hellacious California: Tales of Rascality, Revelry, Dissipation, Depravity and the Birth of the Golden State (Heyday Books and Sierra College Press), and more.

The Sierra Writers Conference is an annual event providing inspiration and craft progression activities for area writers and Sierra College students through lectures, panels, Q &A, workshops, and networking opportunities.

Registration required in advance. For more information on the Conference or to register, click on the Sierra Writers website at www.sierrawriters.org or visit the Sierra College website at www.sierracollege.edu

Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi (Wherever There’s A Fight) at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Saturday Feb 01 2020   6:00 PM
Oakland Asian Cultural Center  388 9th St. #290 , Oakland, CA  map

Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi, authors of Wherever There’s A Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, will be speaking at the Opening Reception for the exhibit “Art of Survival: Surviving the Turmoil at Tule Lake” at the OACC on February 1st from 6 PM-8 PM.

Ten years after the initial publication of the first-ever account of the struggle to develop and protect social justice in a bellwether state, the award-winning Wherever There’s a Fight is as relevant as ever for “navigating the slogan-riddled civil rights issues of the day” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). ACLU veterans Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi tell the sweeping story of how freedom and equality have grown in California, from the gold rush right up to the precarious post-9/11 era, despite waves of fear, bigotry, exploitation, and ignorance. The swiftly paced yet detailed narrative covers many disparate struggles for equity, but from each case a pattern emerges: whether fighting for workers’ free speech rights, protesting the Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, asserting the right of people with disabilities, or challenging race- and ethnicity-based legislation, it is Californians themselves who transform lofty ideals into practical realities through activism and legal action. Wherever There’s a Fight paints vivid portraits of these change makers, from well-known figures like Fred Korematsu and Dolores Huerta to people who in this book finally receive the attention they deserve; and it shows how these pushes for progress have reverberated far beyond the Golden State.

For more information, see the OACC exhibit website.

RSVP for the Opening Reception here.

Josie Iselin (The Curious World of Seaweed) at REI Mountain View

Thursday Feb 06 2020   7:00 PM
REI Mountain View  2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View, ca  map

Join Josie Iselin at REI Mountain View as she discusses her work, The Curious World of Seaweed

Marine algae are the supreme eco-engineers of life: they oxygenate the waters, create habitat for countless other organisms, and form the base of a food chain that keeps our planet unique in the universe as we know it. In this beautiful volume Josie Iselin explores both the artistic and the biological presence of sixteen seaweeds and kelps that live in the thin region where the Pacific Ocean converges with the North American continent–a place of incomparable richness. Throughout the writings are historical botanical illustrations and Iselin’s signature portraits of each specimen that reveal their vibrant colors–whether rosy, “olivaceous,” or grass-green–and whimsical shapes. Iselin posits that we can learn not only about the seaweeds but also from them: their resilience, their resourcefulness, their poetry and magic. Josie will describe her path as an artist into the science of seaweed and share a few seaweed stories from her newest book, highlighting why and how these foundational organisms succeed in their ocean niche.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

Register here to reserve a space: https://www.rei.com/events/93996/the-curious-world-of-seaweed/259285

Josie Iselin (The Curious World of Seaweed) at REI Santa Rosa

Friday Feb 07 2020   7:00 PM
REI Santa Rosa  2715 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA  map

Join Josie Iselin at REI Santa Rosa as she discusses her work, The Curious World of Seaweed

Marine algae are the supreme eco-engineers of life: they oxygenate the waters, create habitat for countless other organisms, and form the base of a food chain that keeps our planet unique in the universe as we know it. In this beautiful volume Josie Iselin explores both the artistic and the biological presence of sixteen seaweeds and kelps that live in the thin region where the Pacific Ocean converges with the North American continent–a place of incomparable richness. Throughout the writings are historical botanical illustrations and Iselin’s signature portraits of each specimen that reveal their vibrant colors–whether rosy, “olivaceous,” or grass-green–and whimsical shapes. Iselin posits that we can learn not only about the seaweeds but also from them: their resilience, their resourcefulness, their poetry and magic. Josie will describe her path as an artist into the science of seaweed and share a few seaweed stories from her newest book, highlighting why and how these foundational organisms succeed in their ocean niche.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

Register here to reserve a space: https://www.rei.com/events/93996/the-curious-world-of-seaweed/259285

Berkeley Public Library Foundation’s Annual Authors Dinner with Laura Atkins, Obi Kaufmann, and Richard Schwartz

Saturday Feb 08 2020  
Berkeley City Club  2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

The Foundation’s Annual Authors Dinner is a unique cultural event that honors authors and spotlights the Bay Area’s literary tradition. For one magical night in February, over 300 people gather for this glamorous gala featuring a lively meet-the-authors reception, an epicurean meal seated with one of our honored authors, and a festive program introducing all 24 authors. Guests take home lasting memories and a celebrated author’s book.

The evening’s hosts include Emmy Award winner Linda Schacht Gage, Pulitzer Prize-winning author T.J. Stiles, and San Francisco Chronicle columnist and author Vanessa Hua. Heyday authors Laura Atkins (Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, Biddy Mason Speaks Up), Obi Kaufmann (The State of Water, The California Field Atlas), and Richard Schwartz (The Man Who Lit Lady Libertywill be honored at the event.

The Foundation raises funds to benefit all five locations of the Berkeley Public Library by supporting innovations, building improvements, and literacy projects for all ages. This is all made possible thanks to authors, sponsors, and donors who support the beloved annual Authors Dinner. More details and tickets here.

Josie Iselin (The Curious World of Seaweed) at REI San Francisco

Tuesday Feb 11 2020   7:00 PM
REI San Francisco  840 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA  map

Join Josie Iselin at REI San Francisco as she discusses her work, The Curious World of Seaweed

Marine algae are the supreme eco-engineers of life: they oxygenate the waters, create habitat for countless other organisms, and form the base of a food chain that keeps our planet unique in the universe as we know it. In this beautiful volume Josie Iselin explores both the artistic and the biological presence of sixteen seaweeds and kelps that live in the thin region where the Pacific Ocean converges with the North American continent–a place of incomparable richness. Throughout the writings are historical botanical illustrations and Iselin’s signature portraits of each specimen that reveal their vibrant colors–whether rosy, “olivaceous,” or grass-green–and whimsical shapes. Iselin posits that we can learn not only about the seaweeds but also from them: their resilience, their resourcefulness, their poetry and magic. Josie will describe her path as an artist into the science of seaweed and share a few seaweed stories from her newest book, highlighting why and how these foundational organisms succeed in their ocean niche.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

Register here to reserve a space: https://www.rei.com/events/93996/the-curious-world-of-seaweed/259287

Elizabeth Pepin Silva & Lewis Watts (Harlem of the West) at San Francisco Public Library–Main Branch

Wednesday Feb 12 2020   6:00 PM
Main Library--Latino/Hispanic Community Room  100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA  map

Elizabeth Pepin Silva and Lewis Watts will be at the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library to discuss their book Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era, newly republished by Heyday. This event is free and will take place in the Latino/Hispanic Community Room.

In the 1940s and 50s, a jazz aficionado could find paradise in the nightclubs of San Francisco’s Fillmore District: Billie Holiday sang at the Champagne Supper Club; Chet Baker and Dexter Gordon jammed with the house band at Bop City; and T-Bone Walker rubbed shoulders with the locals at the bar of Texas Playhouse. The Fillmore was one of the few neighborhoods in the Bay Area where people of color could go for entertainment, and so many legendary African American musicians performed there for friends and family that the neighborhood was known as the Harlem of the West. Over a dozen clubs dotted the twenty-block-radius. Filling out the streets were restaurants, pool halls, theaters, and stores, many of them owned and run by African Americans, Japanese Americans, and Filipino Americans. The entire neighborhood was a giant multicultural party pulsing with excitement and music. In 220 lovingly restored images and oral accounts from residents and musicians, Harlem of the West captures a joyful, exciting time in San Francisco, taking readers through an all-but-forgotten multicultural neighborhood and revealing a momentous part of the country’s African American musical heritage.

For more information, see the SFPL website.

Josie Iselin (The Curious World of Seaweed) at REI Concord

Wednesday Feb 12 2020   7:00 PM
REI Concord  Diamond Blvd Ste B100, Concord, CA  map

Join Josie Iselin at Concord as she discusses her work, The Curious World of Seaweed

Marine algae are the supreme eco-engineers of life: they oxygenate the waters, create habitat for countless other organisms, and form the base of a food chain that keeps our planet unique in the universe as we know it. In this beautiful volume Josie Iselin explores both the artistic and the biological presence of sixteen seaweeds and kelps that live in the thin region where the Pacific Ocean converges with the North American continent–a place of incomparable richness. Throughout the writings are historical botanical illustrations and Iselin’s signature portraits of each specimen that reveal their vibrant colors–whether rosy, “olivaceous,” or grass-green–and whimsical shapes. Iselin posits that we can learn not only about the seaweeds but also from them: their resilience, their resourcefulness, their poetry and magic. Josie will describe her path as an artist into the science of seaweed and share a few seaweed stories from her newest book, highlighting why and how these foundational organisms succeed in their ocean niche.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

Register here to reserve a space: https://www.rei.com/events/93996/the-curious-world-of-seaweed/259288

Elizabeth Pepin Silva & Lewis Watts (Harlem of the West) at Mechanics’ Institute

Thursday Feb 13 2020   6:30 PM
Mechanics' Institute--4th floor meeting room  57 Post St, San Francisco, CA  map

Cosponsored by Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

Black History Month Event

In the 1940s and 50s, a jazz aficionado could find paradise in the nightclubs of San Francisco’s Fillmore District: Billie Holiday sang at the Champagne Supper Club; Chet Baker and Dexter Gordon jammed with the house band at Bop City. The Fillmore was one of the few neighborhoods in the Bay Area where people of color could go for entertainment. In 220 lovingly restored images and oral accounts from residents and musicians, Harlem of the West captures a joyful, exciting time in San Francisco, and reveals a momentous part of the country’s African American musical heritage.

Special Jazz performance with Sam Peoples (son of Fillmore musician Sammy Peoples) on keyboard and Jacore Baptiste on electric guitar.

Register now by using the form on the Mechanics’ Institute website or by calling 415-393-0101.

More information here: https://www.milibrary.org/events/harlem-west-san-francisco-fillmore-jazz-era-feb-13-2020

Elizabeth Pepin Silva & Lewis Watts (Harlem of the West) at San Francisco Public Library–Western Addition

Saturday Feb 15 2020   2:00 PM
San Francisco Public Library--Western Addition Branch  1550 Scott St, San Francisco, CA  map

Elizabeth Pepin Silva and Lewis Watts will be at the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library to discuss their book Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era, newly republished by Heyday. This even is free and will take place in the Latino/Hispanic Community Room.

In the 1940s and 50s, a jazz aficionado could find paradise in the nightclubs of San Francisco’s Fillmore District: Billie Holiday sang at the Champagne Supper Club; Chet Baker and Dexter Gordon jammed with the house band at Bop City; and T-Bone Walker rubbed shoulders with the locals at the bar of Texas Playhouse. The Fillmore was one of the few neighborhoods in the Bay Area where people of color could go for entertainment, and so many legendary African American musicians performed there for friends and family that the neighborhood was known as the Harlem of the West. Over a dozen clubs dotted the twenty-block-radius. Filling out the streets were restaurants, pool halls, theaters, and stores, many of them owned and run by African Americans, Japanese Americans, and Filipino Americans. The entire neighborhood was a giant multicultural party pulsing with excitement and music. In 220 lovingly restored images and oral accounts from residents and musicians, Harlem of the West captures a joyful, exciting time in San Francisco, taking readers through an all-but-forgotten multicultural neighborhood and revealing a momentous part of the country’s African American musical heritage.

For more information, see the SFPL website.

Elizabeth Pepin Silva & Lewis Watts (Harlem of the West) at Alibi Bookshop in Vallejo

Sunday Feb 16 2020   4:00 PM
Alibi Bookshop  624 Marin St., Vallejo, CA  map

Elizabeth Pepin Silva and Lewis Watts will be appearing in person at Alibi Bookshop in Vallejo to discuss and sign their book Harlem of the West.
In the 1940s and 50s, a jazz aficionado could find paradise in the nightclubs of San Francisco’s Fillmore District: Billie Holiday sang at the Champagne Supper Club; Chet Baker and Dexter Gordon jammed with the house band at Bop City; and T-Bone Walker rubbed shoulders with the locals at the bar of Texas Playhouse. The Fillmore was one of the few neighborhoods in the Bay Area where people of color could go for entertainment, and so many legendary African American musicians performed there for friends and family that the neighborhood was known as the Harlem of the West. Over a dozen clubs dotted the twenty-block-radius. Filling out the streets were restaurants, pool halls, theaters, and stores, many of them owned and run by African Americans, Japanese Americans, and Filipino Americans. The entire neighborhood was a giant multicultural party pulsing with excitement and music. In 220 lovingly restored images and oral accounts from residents and musicians, Harlem of the West captures a joyful, exciting time in San Francisco, taking readers through an all-but-forgotten multicultural neighborhood and revealing a momentous part of the country’s African American musical heritage.
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Lewis Watts (Harlem of the West) at East Bay Booksellers

Tuesday Feb 18 2020   7:00 PM
East Bay Booksellers (formerly DIESEL)  5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA  map

Lewis Watts will be at East Bay booksellers to discuss his and Elizabeth Pepin Silva’s book Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era, newly republished by Heyday. This event is free and no registration is required.

In the 1940s and 50s, a jazz aficionado could find paradise in the nightclubs of San Francisco’s Fillmore District: Billie Holiday sang at the Champagne Supper Club; Chet Baker and Dexter Gordon jammed with the house band at Bop City; and T-Bone Walker rubbed shoulders with the locals at the bar of Texas Playhouse. The Fillmore was one of the few neighborhoods in the Bay Area where people of color could go for entertainment, and so many legendary African American musicians performed there for friends and family that the neighborhood was known as the Harlem of the West. Over a dozen clubs dotted the twenty-block-radius. Filling out the streets were restaurants, pool halls, theaters, and stores, many of them owned and run by African Americans, Japanese Americans, and Filipino Americans. The entire neighborhood was a giant multicultural party pulsing with excitement and music. In 220 lovingly restored images and oral accounts from residents and musicians, Harlem of the West captures a joyful, exciting time in San Francisco, taking readers through an all-but-forgotten multicultural neighborhood and revealing a momentous part of the country’s African American musical heritage.

For more information: https://www.ebbooksellers.com/

Josie Iselin (The Curious World of Seaweed) at REI Corte Madera

Wednesday Feb 19 2020   7:00 PM
REI Corte Madera  213 Corte Madera Town Ctr, Corte Madera, CA  map

Join Josie Iselin at REI Corte Madera as she discusses her work, The Curious World of Seaweed

Marine algae are the supreme eco-engineers of life: they oxygenate the waters, create habitat for countless other organisms, and form the base of a food chain that keeps our planet unique in the universe as we know it. In this beautiful volume Josie Iselin explores both the artistic and the biological presence of sixteen seaweeds and kelps that live in the thin region where the Pacific Ocean converges with the North American continent–a place of incomparable richness. Throughout the writings are historical botanical illustrations and Iselin’s signature portraits of each specimen that reveal their vibrant colors–whether rosy, “olivaceous,” or grass-green–and whimsical shapes. Iselin posits that we can learn not only about the seaweeds but also from them: their resilience, their resourcefulness, their poetry and magic. Josie will describe her path as an artist into the science of seaweed and share a few seaweed stories from her newest book, highlighting why and how these foundational organisms succeed in their ocean niche.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

Register here to reserve a space: https://www.rei.com/events/93996/the-curious-world-of-seaweed/259289

Elaine Elinson (Wherever There’s A Fight) at Los Altos Library

Thursday Feb 20 2020 - Thursday Feb 20 2020  7:00 PM
Los Altos Library  13 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA  map

Elaine Elinson, author of Wherever There’s A Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, will be at Los Altos Library to discuss how freedom and equality have grown in California from the gold rush to the current post 9-11 era. She was the communications director of the ACLU in Northern California and editor of the ACLU News for more than two decades.

Ten years after the initial publication of the first-ever account of the struggle to develop and protect social justice in a bellwether state, the award-winning Wherever There’s a Fight is as relevant as ever for “navigating the slogan-riddled civil rights issues of the day” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). ACLU veterans Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi tell the sweeping story of how freedom and equality have grown in California, from the gold rush right up to the precarious post-9/11 era, despite waves of fear, bigotry, exploitation, and ignorance. The swiftly paced yet detailed narrative covers many disparate struggles for equity, but from each case a pattern emerges: whether fighting for workers’ free speech rights, protesting the Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, asserting the right of people with disabilities, or challenging race- and ethnicity-based legislation, it is Californians themselves who transform lofty ideals into practical realities through activism and legal action. Wherever There’s a Fight paints vivid portraits of these change makers, from well-known figures like Fred Korematsu and Dolores Huerta to people who in this book finally receive the attention they deserve; and it shows how these pushes for progress have reverberated far beyond the Golden State.

For more information, see the library website.

Josie Iselin (The Curious World of Seaweed) at REI Berkeley

Wednesday Feb 26 2020   7:00 PM
REI Berkeley  1338 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

Join Josie Iselin at REI Mountain View as she discusses her work, The Curious World of Seaweed

Marine algae are the supreme eco-engineers of life: they oxygenate the waters, create habitat for countless other organisms, and form the base of a food chain that keeps our planet unique in the universe as we know it. In this beautiful volume Josie Iselin explores both the artistic and the biological presence of sixteen seaweeds and kelps that live in the thin region where the Pacific Ocean converges with the North American continent–a place of incomparable richness. Throughout the writings are historical botanical illustrations and Iselin’s signature portraits of each specimen that reveal their vibrant colors–whether rosy, “olivaceous,” or grass-green–and whimsical shapes. Iselin posits that we can learn not only about the seaweeds but also from them: their resilience, their resourcefulness, their poetry and magic. Josie will describe her path as an artist into the science of seaweed and share a few seaweed stories from her newest book, highlighting why and how these foundational organisms succeed in their ocean niche.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

Register here to reserve a space: https://www.rei.com/events/93996/the-curious-world-of-seaweed/259290

Elaine Elinson (Wherever There’s A Fight) at Campbell Library

Monday Mar 09 2020   7:00 PM
Campbell Library  77 Harrison Ave, Campbell, CA  map

Elaine Elinson, author of Wherever There’s A Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, will be at Campbell Library to discuss how freedom and equality have grown in California from the gold rush to the current post 9-11 era. She was the communications director of the ACLU in Northern California and editor of the ACLU News for more than two decades.

Ten years after the initial publication of the first-ever account of the struggle to develop and protect social justice in a bellwether state, the award-winning Wherever There’s a Fight is as relevant as ever for “navigating the slogan-riddled civil rights issues of the day” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). ACLU veterans Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi tell the sweeping story of how freedom and equality have grown in California, from the gold rush right up to the precarious post-9/11 era, despite waves of fear, bigotry, exploitation, and ignorance. The swiftly paced yet detailed narrative covers many disparate struggles for equity, but from each case a pattern emerges: whether fighting for workers’ free speech rights, protesting the Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, asserting the right of people with disabilities, or challenging race- and ethnicity-based legislation, it is Californians themselves who transform lofty ideals into practical realities through activism and legal action. Wherever There’s a Fight paints vivid portraits of these change makers, from well-known figures like Fred Korematsu and Dolores Huerta to people who in this book finally receive the attention they deserve; and it shows how these pushes for progress have reverberated far beyond the Golden State.

For more information, see the library website.

John Tateishi (Redress) at Book Passage Corte Madera

Wednesday Mar 18 2020   7:00 PM
Book Passage (Corte Madera)  51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA  map

Join John Tateishi to celebrate the publication of his book, Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations.

This is the unlikely but true story of the Japanese American Citizens League’s fight for an official government apology and compensation for the imprisonment of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Author John Tateishi, himself the leader of the JACL Redress Committee for many years, is first to admit that the task was herculean in scale. The campaign was seeking an unprecedented admission of wrongdoing from Congress. It depended on a unified effort but began with an acutely divided community: for many, the shame of “camp” was so deep that they could not even speak of it; money was a taboo subject; the question of the value of liberty was insulting. Besides internal discord, the American public was largely unaware that there had been concentration camps on US soil, and Tateishi knew that concessions from Congress would only come with mass education about the government’s civil rights violations. Beyond the backroom politicking and verbal fisticuffs that make this book a swashbuckling read, Redress is the story of a community reckoning with what it means to be both culturally Japanese and American citizens; how to restore honor; and what duty it has to protect such harms from happening again. This book has powerful implications as the idea of reparations shapes our national conversation.

 

Elaine Elinson (Wherever There’s A Fight) at Cupertino Library

Wednesday Mar 25 2020   7:00 PM
Cupertino Library,  10800 Torre Ave, Cupertino, CA  map

Elaine Elinson, author of Wherever There’s A Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, will be at Los Altos Library to discuss how freedom and equality have grown in California from the gold rush to the current post 9-11 era. She was the communications director of the ACLU in Northern California and editor of the ACLU News for more than two decades.

Ten years after the initial publication of the first-ever account of the struggle to develop and protect social justice in a bellwether state, the award-winning Wherever There’s a Fight is as relevant as ever for “navigating the slogan-riddled civil rights issues of the day” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). ACLU veterans Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi tell the sweeping story of how freedom and equality have grown in California, from the gold rush right up to the precarious post-9/11 era, despite waves of fear, bigotry, exploitation, and ignorance. The swiftly paced yet detailed narrative covers many disparate struggles for equity, but from each case a pattern emerges: whether fighting for workers’ free speech rights, protesting the Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, asserting the right of people with disabilities, or challenging race- and ethnicity-based legislation, it is Californians themselves who transform lofty ideals into practical realities through activism and legal action. Wherever There’s a Fight paints vivid portraits of these change makers, from well-known figures like Fred Korematsu and Dolores Huerta to people who in this book finally receive the attention they deserve; and it shows how these pushes for progress have reverberated far beyond the Golden State.

For more information, see the library website.

Obi Kaufmann at the Lindsay Wildlife Experience

Saturday Mar 28 2020   6:00 PM
Lindsay Wildlife Experience  1931 1st Ave, Walnut Creek, CA  map

See California’s rivers, lakes, mountains, wildlife and more through the unique visual lens of artist, illustrator and naturalist Obi Kaufmann, author of the bestselling “The California Field Atlas,” and the recently released “The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource.” Kaufmann is one of Lindsay Wildlife’s Conservation Icons and will be at Lindsay 6 p.m., Saturday, March 28.

Having set aside a career as a gallery artist to capture the state’s trails, parks and wildlife in luminous watercolor, Kaufmann combines his prose and visuals in fascinating books that serve as interpretive guides to California’s precious resources. He has worked as an art critic, a tattoo artist, and creative storyteller for the Oakland-based Juniper Ridge wild craft fragrance company.

Kaufmann is one of eight speakers participating in Lindsay’s 2019-2020 Conservation Icons speaker series. Now in its third year, the series aims to educate, entertain, inspire change and foster respect for the planet we share. This event is part of the Subscription Series ticket package which can be purchased here.*

*Subscription tickets are only for the seven presentations held at Lindsay Wildlife Experience.

Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

For more information: https://lindsaywildlife.org/events/march-2020-conservation-icons-obi-kaufmann/

Josie Iselin (The Curious World of Seaweed) at The Image Flow in Mill Valley

Saturday Mar 28 2020   11:00 AM
The Image Flow Photography Center  401 Miller Ave, Suite A, Mill Valley, CA  map

Josie Iselin (The Curious World of Seaweed) has been offering workshops in cyanotype printing with seaweed specimens for over three years. This class on creating cyanotype prints with seaweed offers a fun, easy and rewarding experience in printmaking using the cyanotype process.

The cyanotype process, also known as the blueprint process because of its deep blue color, was first introduced in the early 1800s. Anna Atkins was one of the first people to put the cyanotype process to use and in the mid-1800s became the first person to produce and photographically illustrate a book using cyanotype printing.

Josie will describe the work of Anna Atkin’s first photographically illustrated book, British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, as well as her own work using the scanner and algae, as an introduction to the 3-hour class. Participants will also learn a bit about the seaweeds themselves and a bit of the history of their ecology.

Josie provides coated papers, loads of specimens to use in the cyanotype printing process as well as demonstrations and suggestions.

For artists and scientists, this cyanotype class is rewarding. Experimentation is encouraged, no mistakes are possible in cyanotype art!

Workshop presented by The Image Flow Photography Center, providing photography classes, custom printing services, and studio rentals.

$105.00

More information and registration here: https://theimageflow.com/photography-classes/cyanotype-prints-workshop-marin-san-francisco/

John Tateishi (Redress) at Skylight Books in Los Angeles

Friday Apr 10 2020   7:30 PM
Skylight Books  1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA  map

John Tateishi will be at Skylight Books in Los Angeles to discuss and sign his book, Redress: The Inside Story of the Successful Campaign for Japanese American Reparations.

This is the unlikely but true story of the Japanese American Citizens League’s fight for an official government apology and compensation for the imprisonment of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Author John Tateishi, himself the leader of the JACL Redress Committee for many years, is first to admit that the task was herculean in scale. The campaign was seeking an unprecedented admission of wrongdoing from Congress. It depended on a unified effort but began with an acutely divided community: for many, the shame of “camp” was so deep that they could not even speak of it; money was a taboo subject; the question of the value of liberty was insulting. Besides internal discord, the American public was largely unaware that there had been concentration camps on US soil, and Tateishi knew that concessions from Congress would only come with mass education about the government’s civil rights violations. Beyond the backroom politicking and verbal fisticuffs that make this book a swashbuckling read, Redress is the story of a community reckoning with what it means to be both culturally Japanese and American citizens; how to restore honor; and what duty it has to protect such harms from happening again. This book has powerful implications as the idea of reparations shapes our national conversation.

This event will take place in the store on Friday, April 10, 2020 at 7:30 PM.

For more information, see the Skylight Books event page here.

Gary Noy (Hellacious California!) at Auburn Rotary

Tuesday Jun 02 2020   12:00 PM
Elks Lodge  195 Pine St., Auburn, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Hellacious California!, will read from and sign copies of his book for the Auburn Rotary Club.

Hellacious California tours the rambunctious and occasionally appalling amusements of the Golden State: gambling, gun duels, knife fights, gracious dining and gluttony, prostitution, fandangos, cigars, con artistry, and the demon drink. Historian Gary Noy unearths myriad primary sources, many of which have never before been published, to spin his true tall tales that are by turns humorous and horrifying. Whether detailing the exploits of an inebriated stallion, gambling parlors as a reinforcement and subversion of racial norms, armed skirmishes over eggs, or the ins and outs of the “Spirit Lover” scam, Noy expertly situates these stories in the context of a live-for-the-moment society characterized by audacity, bigotry, and risk.

Open to Auburn Rotary members only. https://auburncarotary.com/

Gary Noy (Hellacious California!) at The Book Seller in Grass Valley

Friday Jun 12 2020   6:00 PM
The Book Seller  107 Mill Street, Grass Valley, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Hellacious California!, will sign copies of his book for The Book Seller in Grass Valley.

Hellacious California tours the rambunctious and occasionally appalling amusements of the Golden State: gambling, gun duels, knife fights, gracious dining and gluttony, prostitution, fandangos, cigars, con artistry, and the demon drink. Historian Gary Noy unearths myriad primary sources, many of which have never before been published, to spin his true tall tales that are by turns humorous and horrifying. Whether detailing the exploits of an inebriated stallion, gambling parlors as a reinforcement and subversion of racial norms, armed skirmishes over eggs, or the ins and outs of the “Spirit Lover” scam, Noy expertly situates these stories in the context of a live-for-the-moment society characterized by audacity, bigotry, and risk.

Open to the public. For more information, visit The Book Seller website at www.thebookseller.biz/welcome

 

 

John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren (How to Teach Nature Journaling) at Book Passage Corte Madera

Sunday Jun 14 2020   4:00 PM
Book Passage Corte Madera  51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA  map

John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren present their rigorously tested, beautifully illustrated guide, How To Teach Nature Journaling. This event will be introduced by Amy Tan, who also wrote the foreword to this book.

Expanding on the philosophy and methods of The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren have developed the first-ever comprehensive book devoted to helping educators use nature journaling as an inspiring teaching tool to engage young people with wild places. In their workshops Laws and Lygren are often asked the how-tos of teaching nature journaling: how to manage student groups in the outdoors, teach drawing skills (especially from those who profess to have none), connect journaling to educational standards, and incorporate journaling into longer lessons. This book puts together curriculum plans, advice, and in-the-field experience so that educators of all stripes can leap into journaling with their students. The approaches are designed to work in a range of ecosystems and settings, and are suitable for classroom teachers, outdoor educators, camp counselors, and homeschooling parents.Full-color illustrations and sample journal pages from notable naturalists show how to put each lesson into practice. Field-tested by over a hundred educators, this book includes dozens of activities that easily support the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards—and, just as important, it will show kids and mentors alike how to recognize the wonder and intrigue in their midst.

Gary Noy (Hellacious California!) at the South Lake Tahoe Library

Tuesday Jun 16 2020   6:00 PM
El Dorado County Library--South Lake Tahoe Branch  1000 Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Hellacious California!, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the South Lake Tahoe Friends of the Library at the South Lake Tahoe Branch of the El Dorado County Library.

Hellacious California tours the rambunctious and occasionally appalling amusements of the Golden State: gambling, gun duels, knife fights, gracious dining and gluttony, prostitution, fandangos, cigars, con artistry, and the demon drink. Historian Gary Noy unearths myriad primary sources, many of which have never before been published, to spin his true tall tales that are by turns humorous and horrifying. Whether detailing the exploits of an inebriated stallion, gambling parlors as a reinforcement and subversion of racial norms, armed skirmishes over eggs, or the ins and outs of the “Spirit Lover” scam, Noy expertly situates these stories in the context of a live-for-the-moment society characterized by audacity, bigotry, and risk.

Free and open to the public.  For more information, visit www.eldoradolibrary.org/

John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren (How To Teach Nature Journaling) at The Foster in Palo Alto

Saturday Jul 11 2020   7:00 PM
The Foster  940 Commercial Street, Palo Alto, CA  map

John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren present their rigorously tested, beautifully illustrated guide, How To Teach Nature Journaling at The Foster in Palo Alto on Saturday, July 11 at 7 PM.

Expanding on the philosophy and methods of The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, John Muir Laws and Emilie Lygren have developed the first-ever comprehensive book devoted to helping educators use nature journaling as an inspiring teaching tool to engage young people with wild places. In their workshops Laws and Lygren are often asked the how-tos of teaching nature journaling: how to manage student groups in the outdoors, teach drawing skills (especially from those who profess to have none), connect journaling to educational standards, and incorporate journaling into longer lessons. This book puts together curriculum plans, advice, and in-the-field experience so that educators of all stripes can leap into journaling with their students. The approaches are designed to work in a range of ecosystems and settings, and are suitable for classroom teachers, outdoor educators, camp counselors, and homeschooling parents.Full-color illustrations and sample journal pages from notable naturalists show how to put each lesson into practice. Field-tested by over a hundred educators, this book includes dozens of activities that easily support the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards—and, just as important, it will show kids and mentors alike how to recognize the wonder and intrigue in their midst.

For more information and registration, visit The Foster’s events page.

Gary Noy (Hellacious California!) in Nevada City

Thursday Jul 16 2020   7:00 PM
The Sierra Presbyterian Church  175 Ridge Road, Nevada City , CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Hellacious California!, will sign copies of his book for the Nevada County Historical Society in Nevada City.

Hellacious California tours the rambunctious and occasionally appalling amusements of the Golden State: gambling, gun duels, knife fights, gracious dining and gluttony, prostitution, fandangos, cigars, con artistry, and the demon drink. Historian Gary Noy unearths myriad primary sources, many of which have never before been published, to spin his true tall tales that are by turns humorous and horrifying. Whether detailing the exploits of an inebriated stallion, gambling parlors as a reinforcement and subversion of racial norms, armed skirmishes over eggs, or the ins and outs of the “Spirit Lover” scam, Noy expertly situates these stories in the context of a live-for-the-moment society characterized by audacity, bigotry, and risk.

Free and open to the public. For more information, visit https://www.nevadacountyhistory.org/

Gary Noy (Hellacious California!) at the California State Library, Sacramento

Thursday Jul 23 2020   6:00 PM
California State Library, Room 500, Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building  914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Hellacious California!, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for “A Night at the State Library” at the California State Library, Sacramento.

In 1855 an ex-miner lamented that nineteenth-century California “can and does furnish the best bad things,” including “purer liquors…finer tobacco, truer guns and pistols, larger dirks and bowie knives, and prettier courtezans [sic]” than anywhere else in America. Lured by boons of gold and other exploitable resources, California’s settler population mushroomed under Mexican and early American control, and this period of rapid transformation gave rise to a freewheeling culture best epitomized by its entertainments. Hellacious California tours the rambunctious and occasionally appalling amusements of the Golden State: gambling, gun duels, knife fights, gracious dining and gluttony, prostitution, fandangos, cigars, con artistry, and the demon drink. Historian Gary Noy unearths myriad primary sources, many of which have never before been published, to spin his true tall tales that are by turns humorous and horrifying. Whether detailing the exploits of an inebriated stallion, gambling parlors as a reinforcement and subversion of racial norms, armed skirmishes over eggs, or the ins and outs of the “Spirit Lover” scam, Noy expertly situates these stories in the context of a live-for-the-moment society characterized by audacity, bigotry, and risk.

Doors open at 5 PM. Program at 6 PM. Free and open to the public.

Seating is limited.  Online reservation is required to obtain a ticket.

For more information and to RSVP, visit the California State Library at www.library.ca.gov