The Battle for People’s Park, Berkeley 1969

Thursday Jun 27 2019   7:00 PM
Book Passage Corte Madera  51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA  map

Join The Battle for People’s Park, Berkeley 1969 author Tom Dalzell for a presentation on a landmark Sixties event. Free and open to the public; more info here.

Herb Walk with Obi Kaufmann

Saturday Jun 29 2019   9:00 AM
  1207 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA  map

Author of the best-selling and award-winning California Field Atlas, Obi Kaufmann will make a return appearance in Ojai on Saturday, June 29, on the statewide book tour for his next published work, The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource. Obi’s February 2018 visit here included a nature walk, painting demonstration, and book signing. It was a sold-out event. This time we are stretching our legs to get to a free-flowing stream in Matilija Canyon, a fitting place to learn about his latest book. The hike will be a fairly easy walk of one mile each way with one creek crossing. As we did last time, we will return to a downtown Ojai lecture space for the afternoon. The indoor session will include an on-the-spot, live painting in the watercolor-and-calligraphy style of the book’s illustrations.

This event will go on rain or shine with an added indoor morning session in case of rain. Registrants will receive confirmation and updates by email.

$30 adults, $25 seniors 62-up, $15 students 13-17. Registration info here.

Obi Kaufmann at Diesel in the Brentwood Country Mart

Sunday Jun 30 2019   3:00 PM
Diesel, A Bookstore  225 26th St #33, Santa Monica, CA  map

Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Obi Kaufmann to the store to discuss and sign The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource. Joining him in conversation will be Marc Weingarten, author of Thirsty: William Mulholland, California Water, and the Real Chinatown. Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store.

Free and open to the public; more info here.

Obi Kaufmann at Gualala Surf Market

Thursday Jul 04 2019   10:00 AM
Gualala Surf Market  39250 CA-1, Gualala, CA  map

Come celebrate the 4th of July with Obi Kaufmann on his book tour celebrating the launch of his latest book, The State of Water. Obi will be passing through Gualala and hanging out for a bit at the Surf Market, signing copies of the latest work. There will be plenty of copies of Obi’s new book available and he will be offering exclusive, limited editions of his art as well.

Obi Kaufmann at Point Reyes Books

Friday Jul 05 2019   7:00 PM
Point Reyes Books  11315 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, 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.

Free and open to the public; donations welcome. More info here.

Eel River Recovery Project Benefit featuring Obi Kaufmann

Saturday Jul 06 2019   3:00 PM
Round Valley Public Library  23925 Howard St, Covelo, CA  map

Author-artist Obi Kaufmann will be at the Round Valley Public Library to give a presentation and sign copies of his new book, The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource. More details TBA.

For more info click here.

Obi Kaufmann at Northtown Books

Sunday Jul 07 2019   2:30 PM
Northtown Books  957 H St, Arcata, 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.

Obi Kaufmann at Wild Love Apothecary

Friday Jul 12 2019   5:30 PM
Wild Love Apothecary  115 South Topanga Canyon Blvd, Ste A, Topanga, CA  map

Come hang out with author and artist, Obi Kaufmann, as we celebrate the publication of his new book, The State of Water. More details TBA.

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.

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.

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.

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.