Obi Kaufmann at Rakestraw Books

Friday Jul 19 2019   7:00 PM
Rakestraw Books  3 Railroad Ave, Danville, CA  map

Join Obi Kaufmann, author-illustrator of the #1 best-selling California Field Atlas, as he returns to his hometown of Danville for a talk about his newest book, The State of Water.

Make your reservations by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337. More info here.

Literary Luncheon with Obi Kaufmann

Thursday Jul 25 2019   11:30 AM
Orinda Books  276 Village Sq, Orinda, CA  map

Join us as we welcome Obi Kaufmann to our Literary Luncheon series! He visits to discuss his new book, The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource.

$25 General Admission includes a copy of the book and lunch (with wine!); register here.

Heyday Hootenanny

Sunday Jul 28 2019   7:00 PM
Heyday  1808-A San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

Come one, come all to the Heyday headquarters for a very special event. Jim Page and David Gans will play songs into the summer night with special guests Barbara Dane and Pablo Menendez.

$25 suggested donation; RSVP to Emmerich Anklam at Doors at 6:00 p.m. Concert at 7:00 p.m.

The Battle for People’s Park, Berkeley 1969 and People’s Park Today

Tuesday Jul 30 2019   6:00 PM
California Historical Society  678 Mission St, San Francisco, CA  map

Join us for the last in a series of events that commemorate the 50th anniversary of Berkeley’s People’s Park. Tom Dalzell, author of The Battle for People’s Park, Berkeley 1969, will join us for a presentation on the history of the park and the tumultuous events that took place there in May of 1969. After the presentation, join a discussion with a diverse set of panelists including Michael Delacour.

$5 General Admission; reserve your tickets here. More info here.

Obi Kaufmann at the Marin Arts & Garden Center

Wednesday Jul 31 2019   6:00 PM
The Studio at Marin Art & Garden Center  30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, CA  map

Join Obi Kaufmann, author-illustrator of the #1 best-selling California Field Atlas, for a talk about his newest book, The State of Water.

$15 admission; click here to register.

Obi Kaufmann at Mono Lake

Saturday Aug 03 2019   5:00 PM
Mono Lake Committee Info Center & Bookstore  51365 US-395, Lee Vining, CA  map

Join Obi Kaufmann, author-illustrator of the #1 best-selling California Field Atlas, for a talk about his newest book, The State of Water.

The Curious World of Seaweed Launch Party

Monday Aug 05 2019   7:00 PM
Bookshop Santa Cruz  1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA  map

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes Josie Iselin for a discussion and signing of her beautiful new book, The Curious World of Seaweed—a deep dive and exploration into a somewhat neglected corner of our coastal natural history. Iselin brings together the contemporary and the historical into a fabulous volume that tells the tale of sixteen iconic seaweed and kelp.

This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins. If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please email by August 3rd, 2019. More info here.

6th Annual Catamaran Writing Conference with Josie Iselin

Tuesday Aug 06 2019   3:00 PM
Stevenson School  3152 Forest Lake Rd, Pebble Beach, CA  map

At 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, Josie Iselin will present a talk titled Science and Nature Writing at the 6th annual Catamaran Writing Conference. Enjoy optional daily guest lectures open to all registered participants and Day Pass holders. Topics are related to the craft of creative writing, giving attendees a chance to experience craft topics outside the focus of their small group writing workshops. Craft talks are one hour each, with a a portion of the hour devoted to discussing questions raised by participants. The craft talks will be presented by professional authors, poets, editors, and agents all working in literary field.

Registration required. More info here.

Josie Iselin at Point Reyes Books

Saturday Aug 10 2019   7:00 PM
Point Reyes Books  11315 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, CA  map

Photographer and wrier Josie Iselin joins us to discuss her new book, The Curious World of Seaweed, which features sixteen visually rich narratives of our iconic West Coast seaweeds and kelps.

Free and open to the public; more info here.

About the book

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. Each species receives a detailed description of its structure, ecological importance, and humans’ scientific inquiry into it, told in scientifically illuminating yet deeply reverent and inspired prose. Throughout the writings are historical botanical illustrations and Iselin’s signature, Marimekko-like 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.

Summer Stride: The Curious World of Seaweed with Josie Iselin

Thursday Aug 15 2019   6:30 PM
Sunset Branch Library  1305 18th Ave, San Francisco, CA  map

The Curious World of Seaweed: Stories from the Pacific Coast by Josie Iselin (Heyday) intertwines art with science to tell the natural and cultural history of sixteen iconic kelps and seaweeds from our coast. Her contemporary scans of marine algae are combined with historical lithographs and herbarium pressings to create a visual treasure trove to accompany the history of the students of this obscure corner of our ocean universe—many pioneering women scientists—and explanations of how these extraordinary organisms succeed in a world so different from our own.

This is local artist Josie Iselin’s eighth book. She is the author of Beach StonesBeach: A Book of Treasure, and An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed, a visual primer on seaweed and kelp. Her artwork is on view at Autographed copies will be available.

This is a Green Stacks event sponsored by the San Francisco Department of the Environment. More info here.

Art & Nature at the Top of the Tower

Friday Aug 16 2019   5:30 PM
Salesforce Tower - Floor 61 (Ohana)  415 Mission St, San Francisco, CA  map

Join Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) for an exclusive event at the top of the Salesforce Tower. We will celebrate the nature-inspired art of incredible local artists and writers Jane Kim, Thayer Walker (aka Ink Dwell), and Obi Kaufmann. Enjoy a spectacular view of the city, live music, great food, drinks, and beautiful artwork. Meet and mingle with the artists, and buy signed copies of their books The Wall of Birds and The State of Water. This fun, casual party will be a great way to connect with other people who care about protecting land on the San Francisco Peninsula. You’ll have the chance to learn more about the 77,000 acres of local lands that POST has protected and find out how you can get involved in our conservation efforts!

$30 donation; click here to register and for more information. Please note: Due to security at the venue, you must provide the first name, last name and email address of each guest that will be attending. Government issued photo ID will be required before entering.

2019 Seaweed Symposium with Josie Iselin: Our Kelp, A Seaweed Conversation

Friday Aug 16 2019   5:30 PM
Downtown Discovery Center  338 N Main St, Fort Bragg, CA  map

Larry Knowles, owner of Rising Tide Sea Vegetables, and author/artist Josie Iselin will talk about the kelps of the local Mendocino Coast and in particular the threatened kelp forest. They are both passionate advocates for the marine algae and kelp of our near shore waters and will thrill you will stories from their experiences and work in the intertidal ecosystems of our area.

Limited space. Pre-registration required. Email for full details; more info here.

Obi Kaufmann at Book Passage

Saturday Aug 17 2019   1:00 PM
Book Passage  51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA  map

Join Obi Kaufmann, author-illustrator of the #1 best-selling California Field Atlas, for a talk about his newest book, The State of Water.

Click here for more info.

2019 Seaweed Symposium with Josie Iselin: Art & Algae, Cyanotype Workshop

Sunday Aug 18 2019   11:00 AM
Downtown Discovery Center  338 N Main St, Fort Bragg, CA  map

We will begin with a history of this process and its relationship to algal collectors of the Victorian era. Josie Iselin will bring her own extensive collection of dried seaweed and will hopefully use specimens collected on Saturday morning.

Limited space. Pre-registration required. Email for full details; more info here.

Obi Kaufmann at Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation

Thursday Aug 29 2019   6:30 PM
Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation - Heron Hall  900 Sanford Rd, Santa Rosa, CA  map

Obi Kaufmann’s lively presentation about how science and art can work together to deliver a powerful message of hope comes as an antidote to the miasma of despair that seems to pervade most popular discourse regarding the natural world of California and beyond. In the newly released State of Water, a follow-up to his best-selling book The California Field Atlas, Kaufmann turns his artful yet analytical attention to the Golden State’s single most complex and controversial resource: water. Interspersed throughout with trail paintings of animals that might survive under a caring and careful water ethic, Kaufmann shows how California can usher in a new era of responsible water conservation, and—perhaps most importantly—how we may do so together. Join us in beautiful Heron Hall for a dive into a unique exploration of water, the resource that supports life as we know it and from which the Laguna Foundation bases all of its conservation, education and restoration efforts.

$14 donation; click here to register and for more info.

Obi Kaufmann at The Book Catapult

Saturday Aug 31 2019   3:00 PM
The Book Catapult  3010-B Juniper St, San Diego, CA  map

Acclaimed artist and author Obi Kaufmann (The California Field Atlas) will be at The Book Catapult on Saturday, August 31 at 3:00 p.m. to discuss and sign his latest book, The State of Water.

More info here.

Arts & Culture: Obi Kaufmann

Wednesday Sep 04 2019   6:30 PM
Berkeley City Club  2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

Join Obi Kaufmann, author-illustrator of the #1 best-selling California Field Atlas, for a talk about his newest book, The State of Water.

BCC members only; more info here.

Obi Kaufmann at Poet and the Bench

Sunday Sep 08 2019   3:00 PM
Poet and the Bench  11 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA  map

Join Obi Kaufmann, author-illustrator of the #1 best-selling California Field Atlas, for a talk about his newest book, The State of Water. More details TBA.

Bay Currents with Josie Iselin

Tuesday Sep 10 2019   7:00 PM
St. Alban's Episcopal Church  1501 Washington Ave, Albany, CA  map

Join us as artist and naturalist Josie Iselin introduces her new book, The Curious World of Seaweed. Focused on ecology, this book brings to life the ways that these colorful and varied marine algae are vital to life on the Pacific’s edge. Botanical drawings as well as Josie’s unique and stunning art work will make this talk as beautiful as it is fascinating.

Bay Currents talks, on Bay Area natural history and environmental issues, are on second or third Tuesdays at the St. Alban’s Parish Hall. Refreshments 7:00 p.m.; talks 7:30 p.m. Talks are free, but seating is limited. Full fall schedule here (PDF).

Wild Wonder: Nature Journaling Conference 2019

Thursday Sep 12 2019 - Sunday Sep 15 2019 
William Penn Mott Jr. Training Center  , Pacific Grove, CA  map

This multiday event will gather people who are passionate about nature, art, science, curiosity, and wonder—to share ideas, learn from each other, support each other, inspire each other, and have fun together in nature’s beauty.

The program begins Thursday with 4:30–6:30 p.m. check-in and an evening program from 8:00–9:30. From Friday through Sunday there will be classroom sessions and field trips, all of which will be available for registration (Eventbrite will connect registrants with, so you can manage your own classes and waitlists; note that you must register for classes, you cannot just show up, due to limited availability). Nearly 20 instructors and nature guides will be presenting at 80+ session-hours of programs and field trips!


The planning team is deeply grateful that so many wonderful teachers and naturalists are able to join us for this event and share their ideas and experience with you.

  • Deb Brady
  • Andrea Dingeldein
  • Stephanie A. Dole
  • Christine Elder
  • Fiona Gillogly
  • Catherine Hamilton
  • Roseann Hanson
  • Hannah Hinchman
  • Obi Kaufmann
  • Mattias Lanas
  • John Muir Laws
  • Clare Walker Leslie
  • Emilie Lygren
  • Abby McBride
  • Marley Peifer
  • Mark Simmons
  • Emily Underwood
  • Laurie Wigham
  • David Wimpfheimer

$385 per person, with some discounts available for students/volunteers; register on Eventbrite. Click here for more information about the conference.

Richard Schwartz at the Commonwealth Club

Monday Oct 14 2019   6:00 PM
The Commonwealth Club  110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA  map

The Circle of Stones author Richard Schwartz will speak to the Commonwealth Club about the amazing presence of ancient Native American life and villages that are still amongst us but unknown. The talk will take place on Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Kim Bancroft at the San Francisco Public Library

Sunday Nov 03 2019   2:00 PM
San Francisco Public Library  , San Francisco, CA  map

As part of the San Francisco Public Library’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) events, we welcome Kim Bancroft, who will discuss her writing and editing process, and her literary roots. Bancroft will discuss two of her literary endeavors which explore the stories of two publishing leaders: The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher and Literary Industries: Chasing A Vanishing West, which written by Hubert Howe Bancroft and edited for a modern reader by Kim Bancroft. Kim will also discuss her most recent book project, Archived Women: The Writing Wives of H.H. Bancroft, in which she tells the story of two women through their letters and journals.