Andrew Tonkovich at Literary Orange: A Celebration of Authors, Readers, and Libraries

Saturday Apr 01 2017 - Saturday Apr 01 2017 
Newport Beach Marriott   900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA  map

Join co-editor of Orange County: A Literary Field Guide, Andrew Tonkovich, at Literary Orange for a panel discussion with Gustavo Arellano, Stephanie Brown, Victoria Patterson, and moderated by Tom Zoellner.  Literary Orange is Orange County’s premier literary event featuring headlining authors and thought-provoking keynote addresses. The day offers attendees and fans the opportunity to listen and engage with an exciting array of authors, have books signed, ask questions, and learn about the writing process. Included are morning refreshments, a delicious lunch, and a yummy dessert.

Ticket prices:

$70.00 for early bird registration, before March 1, 2017

$80.00 after March 1, 2017

$85.00 the day of the event.

Go here to register and get more information: https://literaryorange.org/reg/ 

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up with National Japanese American Historical Society

Saturday Apr 01 2017   11:00 AM
MIS Historic Learning Center, Building 640   640 Old Mason St Presidio of San Francisco , San Francisco , CA  map

Fred Korematsu challenged the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans when few others did. A new children’s book, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, explores this civil rights hero’s life and its relevance today. Join authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi to learn about Fred’s lifelong fight for justice. They will read excerpts from the book, talk about the larger historical context, and lead a discussion about what people can do today to speak up for justice. This event is for children, families, teachers, librarians, and anyone who wants to join.

 

News from Native California 30th Anniversary Party

Saturday Apr 01 2017   2:00 PM
Autry Museum   4700 Western Heritage Way - Griffith Park, Los Angeles , CA  map

Experiencing 30 years of cultural renewal

Join News from Native California for a celebration of thirty years of publication at Heritage Court at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles.

-Featuring tribal singers and dancers from across Southern California

-Food from Crossroads West & Chia Café Collective

-Attendees to receive a copy of the News from Native Californiaspecial 30th Anniversary commemorative issue.

We would like to thank the Tribal Alliance for Sovereign Indian Nations for sponsoring this event.

Andrew Lam in conversation with Siel Ju and Brynn Saito

Friday Apr 07 2017   7:00 PM
Diesel, A Bookstore  5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA  map

DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Siel Ju to the store to discuss and sign her novel-in-stories, Cake Time, on Friday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m. Joining her in conversation will be fellow Red Hen Press poets, Brynn Saito and Andrew Lam, both finalists for California Book Awards.

Siel Ju is a Korean American writer who grew up in Kenya and now lives in Los Angeles. Cake Time was the winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Fiction Manuscript Award. She is also the author of two poetry chapbooks: Feelings Are Chemicals in Transit and Might Club. Her stories and poems have appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Missouri Review (Poem of the Week), The Los Angeles Review, and Denver Quarterly, among others. She holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and is the editor of Flash Flash Click, a weekly email lit zine for fast fiction.

Brynn Saito is the author of The Palace of Contemplating Departure, winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press and finalist for the 2013 Northern California Book Award. Her work has been anthologized by Helen Vendler and Ishmael Reed; it has also appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Ninth Letter, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Pleiades. Brynn is the recipient of a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship, the Poets 11 award from the San Francisco Public Library, and the Key West Literary Seminar’s Scotti Merrill Memorial Award. Recently, Brynn served as the Kundiman Writer-in-Residence at Sierra Nevada College. Born and raised in Fresno, California, Brynn currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Andrew Lam is the author of Birds of Paradise Lost, finalist for the California Book Award, Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, which won the 2006 PEN Open Book Award, and East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres. He was a regular commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered” for many years, and was the subject of a 2004 PBS documentary called My Journey Home. His essays have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, The LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, The Atlanta Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Mother Jones, and The Nation, among many others. His short stories have been widely taught and anthologized. He lives in San Francisco.

For more information, visit the Event Facebook page.

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty Launch Event

Saturday Apr 08 2017   5:00 PM
Berkeley Library North Branch  1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA  map

Join Richard Schwartz for the launch of his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty at the Berkeley Library North Branch!  The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty chronicles the life of Actor M. B. Curtis, who had achieved overnight success in Sam’l of Posen, a groundbreaking play that transcended the common stereotypes of Jewish characters current at the time, and who funded the lighting of the the Statue of Liberty. Actor, producer, real estate developer, promoter, hotelier, benefactor, and murder suspect, Curtis reached the highs of celebrity and fame as well as the lows of failure, illness, and a faltering career. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty rescues his story from the dusty archives of forgotten history and reexamines an actor whose creativity and cultural influence still resonate today.

Learn more about Richard’s inspiration for the book and the life of M. B. Curtis at the launch event! Free and open to the public.

Lost Worlds at the Fremont Main Library

Tuesday Apr 11 2017   6:00 PM
Fremont Main Library  2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont, CA  map

Join Sylvia Linsteadt, author of Lost Worlds of the San Francisco Bay Area for a talk on the many microcosms that once flourished in the San Francisco Bay Area: from the farthest reach of the Russian Empire at Fort Ross, to acres upon acres of apricot blossoms in what is now known as Silicon Valley, to the Coney Island of the West on the Alameda shoreline, to San Francisco’s bohemian Barbary Coast.

Free and open to the public.

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty at Pegasus

Wednesday Apr 12 2017   7:30 PM
Pegasus Books   1855 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, CA  map

Join Richard Schwartz for a talk on his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty chronicles the life of Actor M. B. Curtis, who achieved overnight success in Sam’l of Posen, a groundbreaking play that transcended the common stereotypes of Jewish characters current at the time, and who funded the lighting of the the Statue of Liberty. Actor, producer, real estate developer, promoter, hotelier, benefactor, and murder suspect, Curtis reached the highs of celebrity and fame as well as the lows of failure, illness, and a faltering career. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty rescues his story from the dusty archives of forgotten history and reexamines an actor whose creativity and cultural influence still resonate today.

Free and open to the public.

The Mission Launch Party

Thursday Apr 13 2017   6:00 PM
The Grand Theater  2665 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA  map

Join us for a book launch event like no other, celebrating the people, cultures, and artists that make the Mission District a community. In his latest photography book, The Mission, Dick Evans captures the pulse of life in the Mission District, the San Francisco neighborhood known for its murals and Latin American culture—and more recently for its rapid gentrification. Intimate, colorful images depict a place filled with diverse residents, stately Victorian houses, hand-painted store signs, Carnaval dancers, Día de los Muertos celebrants, political activists, and its namesake, Mission Dolores (here juxtaposed against portraits of Native people and indigenous cultural objects). On April 13, 2017, we will celebrate the release of Evan’s book with a ceremonial blessing from Carla and Desiree Munoz of the Ohlone tribe, words from Roberto Hernandez, the King of the Mission, Susan Cervantes of Precita Eyes, muralist Juana Alicia, and Dick Evans himself. Books will be available for purchase and signing by Dick Evans after the program.

Doors open at 6 PM

Program begins at 6:30 PM

Book Signing at 7:30 PM

A $10 donation at the door is suggested to help continue the culturally rich work of the artists and performers who have made this project possible.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit Eventbrite.

Game Changers at Sacramento Rotary Club

Tuesday Apr 18 2017   12:00 PM
Dante Club  2330 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento, CA  map

Author Steve Swatt will present on his CHS Book Award-winning book, Game Changers, which examines California’s history through the prism of twelve elections that forever changed the state. Free and open to the public.

Oil Painting Plein Air Demonstration at Albany Hill

Saturday Apr 22 2017   2:00 PM
Albany Hill  , Albany, CA  map

SOFC_interiorAre you curious about oil painting landscapes and nature? Come up to the top of Albany Hill on Earth Day for an hourlong demonstration of oil painting methods for painting beautiful local landscapes, by Laura Cunningham, artist and author of A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California.

Beginners welcome, this is a demo to show you the basic materials and starting methods for painting a landscape in oil colors outdoors, using traditional methods. For Earth Day we will also discuss environmentally-friendly and non-toxic materials for painting. You will see some of the techniques I used to paint many of the illustrations in my books, and see samples of a new manuscript I am working on about oil painting. The wildflowers should be out and you can see 360-degree views of the Bay Area from this unique natural vantage point nestled in an urban setting. Future workshops about oil painting in the Bay Area will be announced.

Free event!

Directions: From San Pablo Ave in Albany go west on either Marin/Buchanan, Solano, or Washington St. After 4 blocks go right (north) on Cerrito St and follow to T-intersection with Hillside Ave. Go left (southwest) on Hillside, then immediately right on Taft Ave. Follow Taft to the end at the top of Albany Hill. From I-80, take Buchanan St. exit to Albany, go east on Buchanan, left (north) on Jackson (before Gill Tract Farm), 2 blocks to Washington, go left (west) on Washington 1 block, right (north) on Cerrito St and follow to T-intersection with Hillside Ave. Go left (southwest) on Hillside, then immediately right on Taft Ave. Follow Taft to the end at the top of Albany Hill.

In cooperation with Friends of Albany Hill

The Bay Area Through Time with author Laura Cunningham

Sunday Apr 23 2017   10:30 AM
SF Botanical Gardens Library  1199 Ninth Ave, San Francisco, CA  map

Join us at the San Francisco Botanical Garden Library for a special storytime as naturalist Laura Cunningham presents her children’s book, The Bay Area Through Time. Learn all about the fascinating natural history of the Bay Area’s landscapes, plants, and animals as we travel back in time hundreds of millions of years! We’ll also make some art inspired by our Ancient Plant Garden.

Free and open to the public, for kids.

 

Wherever There’s A Fight at the California State Library

Tuesday Apr 25 2017   12:00 PM
California State Library  900 N Street, Sacramento, CA  map

Join Stan Yogi and Elaine Elinson for a talk at the California State Library on their book, Where There’s A FightWherever There’s a Fight captures 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. The book tells the stories of the brave individuals who have stood up for their rights in the face of social hostility, physical violence, economic hardship, and political stonewalling.

Presidio Dialogues – Letters from the Camps: Voices of Dissent

Thursday Apr 27 2017   6:00 PM
Presidio Officers' Club  50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco , CA  map

Using original letters from the internment camps of WWII, now preserved at California Historical Society, this interdisciplinary presentation focuses on Japanese Americans who spoke out during and after internment.

Contemporary descendants, writers, and performers will read from the letters and share their responses, including: Stan Yogi author of Wherever There’s a Fight and Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, Elaine Elinson author of Wherever There’s a Fight, John Crew of the ACLU, and Bonnie Akimoto, actress of 30 years, most recently in the play Beneath the Tall Tree at TheatreFirst in Berkeley. Additional readers to be confirmed soon.

For more information visit Eventbrite.

Where on Earth Launch Event

Thursday Apr 27 2017   5:00 PM
San Francisco Botanical Gardens  1199 9th Ave, San Francisco , CA   map

Join Nancy Connor, Demi Bowles Lathrop and Barbara Stevens for launch event celebrating the reprint of their beloved book, Where on Earth: A Guide to Specialty Nurseries and Gardens in California at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens. Ever since its initial publication in 1993, this guide to California’s specialty plant nurseries has been an invaluable tool for gardeners and landscapers, and it is now available in an expanded and completely revised edition. Organized by geographic region, each listing provides essential information, including address, contact information, hours, plant offerings, and a detailed description of the facility and its owners. Whether you’re searching for antique roses on the foggy North Coast, water-wise succulents and native shrubs around Los Angeles, or a palm doctor for your sickly cycads in the Central Valley, this book gives current, detailed advice for plant lovers to see, shop, and savor.

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP on Eventbrite.

Gold Rush Stories at the South Lake Tahoe Library

Saturday Apr 29 2017   3:00 PM
South Lake Tahoe Library  1000 Rufus Allen Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, 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.

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

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up at West Portal Library

Saturday Apr 29 2017   11:00 AM
West Portal Library Branch  190 Lenox Way, San Francisco, CA  map

Fred Korematsu challenged the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans when few others did. Fred Korematsu Speaks Up explores this civil rights hero’s life and its relevance today. Join authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi to learn about Fred’s lifelong fight for justice. This event is for children, families, teachers, librarians, and anyone who wants to join.

Free and open to the public.

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up at Western Addition Library

Saturday Apr 29 2017   3:00 PM
Western Addition Library Branch  1550 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA  map

Fred Korematsu challenged the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans when few others did. Fred Korematsu Speaks Up explores this civil rights hero’s life and its relevance today. Join authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi to learn about Fred’s lifelong fight for justice. This event is for children, families, teachers, librarians, and anyone who wants to join.

Free and open to the public.

ABC Oakland Book Launch at Oaklandish!

Saturday Apr 29 2017   5:00 PM
Oaklandish  1444 Broadway (between 14th and 15th), Oakland, CA  map

A is for Aviary, a home for the birds; B is for Broadway, from College to Third. C is for Cranes standing tall in the sky; D is for Dogs, wagging tails, saying “hi!” Join Michael Wertz, author of ABC Oakland, for a fun-filled evening of music, merriment, and rainbow illustrations at his book launch at Oaklandish! This enchanting picture book highlights landmarks and themes that exemplify Oakland’s unique culture, from the myriad food trucks on International Boulevard to the giant redwoods that stretch up to the sky. Michael Wertz’s bold, whimsical prints and jaunty text reflect the city’s energetic and wonderfully diverse atmosphere. Bursting with civic pride, ABC Oakland encourages children and adults alike to explore the possibilities that “the Town” has to offer.

Free and open to the public.

Walking Tour of the Peralta Park Neighborhood

Saturday Apr 29 2017   1:00 PM
  1316 Albina St. , Berkeley, CA   map

Richard will lead participants on a whirlwind tour of the dream development of immigrant actor M. B. Curtis. Curtis took an out-of-the-way piece of property on a hill in North Berkeley and transformed it into a development for the ages. He named streets after his wife (Albina) and the stage character that catapulted him to overnight fame and riches (Posen) as well as many others. The whole town gathered to watch the excitement of the building of the hotel and no one was said to refuse an invitation to one of Curtis’ lavish parties. See where his dreams materialized and grew and disappeared and how his presence still affects us today.

Meet at the front of 1316 Albina St., Berkeley, at 1:00 p.m. Call Builder’s Book Source for Reservations. 510-845-6874. Tour tickets $20 or $10 with a purchase of book.

Gold Rush Stories at The Book Seller in Grass Valley

Sunday Apr 30 2017   1:00 PM
The Book Seller   107 Mill Street, Grass Valley, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will sign copies of his book for The Book Seller in Grass Valley.

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

Gold Rush Stories at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Colma

Saturday May 06 2017   11:00 AM
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park   Park Headquarters, 310 Back Street, Colma, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.

Open to the public.  For more information, visit the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park at www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=484

Orange County at Rancho Santa Margarita Library

Saturday May 06 2017  
Rancho Santa Margarita Library   30902 La Promesa , Rancho Santa Margarita , CA  map

Join Lisa Alvarez and Andrew Tonkovich, the editors of Orange County: A Literary Field Guide, as they discuss the acclaimed literary fertility of Orange County. In this literary field guide, more than sixty writers—some well known, others emerging—lead readers on a tour that begins at the coast and heads inland over the Santa Ana Mountains, through the canyons, and into the cities of Anaheim, Irvine, and Orange in search of vistas of truth.

Free and open to the public. Time TBD.

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty at the Martinez Historical Society & Contra Costa County Historical Society

Saturday May 06 2017   1:00 PM
Shell Alumni Clubhouse  1700 Pacheco Blvd, Martinez , CA  map

Join Richard Schwartz for a talk on his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty chronicles the life of Actor M. B. Curtis, who achieved overnight success in Sam’l of Posen, a groundbreaking play that transcended the common stereotypes of Jewish characters current at the time, and who funded the lighting of the the Statue of Liberty. Actor, producer, real estate developer, promoter, hotelier, benefactor, and murder suspect, Curtis reached the highs of celebrity and fame as well as the lows of failure, illness, and a faltering career. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty rescues his story from the dusty archives of forgotten history and reexamines an actor whose creativity and cultural influence still resonate today.

Free and open to the public.

Orange County at Katie Wheeler Library

Sunday May 07 2017   TBD
Katie Wheeler Library  13109 Old Myford Rd, Irvine, CA  map

Join Lisa Alvarez and Andrew Tonkovich, the editors of Orange County: A Literary Field Guide, as they discuss the acclaimed literary fertility of Orange County. Readers to be announced. In this literary field guide, more than sixty writers—some well known, others emerging—lead readers on a tour that begins at the coast and heads inland over the Santa Ana Mountains, through the canyons, and into the cities of Anaheim, Irvine, and Orange in search of vistas of truth.

Free and open to the public.

Gold Rush Stories in Grass Valley

Monday May 08 2017   12:00 PM
Casa Las Katrinas restaurant  10100 Alta Sierra Dr, Grass Valley, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Retired Public Employees of California, Nevada County Chapter 078 (RPEA).

Open to the public; lunch reservations are required. For more information, contact Kitty Vaars at kittyvaars@bellsouth.net.

Gold Rush Stories for a Night at the State Library

Wednesday May 10 2017   6:00 PM
California State Library  900 N St, Sacramento , CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation featuring the seekers, dreamers, and scoundrels who made the California Gold Rush the biggest event of 1849. From tales of those who flocked from around the globe to California inspired by visions of gold, to the historical figures who made California what it is today, Noy will illuminate on brutality, tragedy, humor and prosperity as lived by those who experienced it. The presentation will be held on the fifth floor.

 

Gold Rush Stories Launch in Rocklin

Friday May 12 2017   7:00 PM
Sierra College Natural History Museum, Sewell Hall  5000 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Sierra College Natural History Museum Lecture Series.  This event is the official Sierra College book launch for Gold Rush Stories.

Open to the public with admission donation; for more information, visit www.sierracollege.edu/about-us/beyond-the-classroom/nat-hist-museum/.

The Mission at the California Historical Society

Wednesday May 17 2017   6:00 PM
California Historical Society  678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA  map

The Mission District’s famous public murals are works of art that depict Latin American culture, resistance to political oppression, passion for environmental justice, and outrage at gentrification. Join Dick Evans, photographer and author of The Mission; Carla Wojczuk creator of These Walls Speak: PLACA; and Susan Cervantes, founder ofPrecita Eyes Muralists Association for a panel discussion featuring the Mission’s history and culture and the artists who have created these colorful neighborhood compositions.

A Q&A and book signing follows the discussion.

Tickets are $5. To purchase tickets and to get more information, visit CHS’s website.

Orange County at Brea Library

Saturday May 20 2017   11:00 AM
Brea Library   1 Civic Center Circle , Brea, CA  map

Join Lisa Alvarez and Andrew Tonkovich, the editors of Orange County: A Literary Field Guide, as they discuss the acclaimed literary fertility of Orange County. Readers to be announced. In this literary field guide, more than sixty writers—some well known, others emerging—lead readers on a tour that begins at the coast and heads inland over the Santa Ana Mountains, through the canyons, and into the cities of Anaheim, Irvine, and Orange in search of vistas of truth.

Free and open to the public.

BART at South San Francisco Public Library

Sunday May 21 2017   3:00 PM
South San Francisco Public Library  840 W Orange Ave, South San Francisco, CA  map

In the first-ever history book about BART, longtime agency spokesman Michael C. Healy gives an insider’s account of the rapid transit system’s inception, hard-won approval, construction, and operations, “warts and all.” Written with a master storyteller’s homey wit and sharp attention to detail, Healy recreates the politically fraught venture to bring a new kind of public transit to the West Coast. What emerges is a sense of the individuals who made (and make) BART happen. From tales of staying up until 3:00 a.m. with Bill Stokes and Jack Everson to hear the election results for the rapid transit vote to weathering scandals, strikes, and growing pains, this look behind the scenes of an iconic, seemingly monolithic structure reveals people at their most human—and determined to change the status quo.

Free and open to the public.

Gold Rush Stories at Pegasus Books In Berkeley

Wednesday May 24 2017   7:30 PM
Pegasus Books  2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation featuring the seekers, dreamers, and scoundrels who made the California Gold Rush the biggest event of 1849. From tales of those who flocked from around the globe to California inspired by visions of gold, to the historical figures who made California what it is today, Noy will illuminate on brutality, tragedy, humor and prosperity as lived by those who experienced it.

ABC Oakland PJ Party at Diesel, just for kids!

Friday May 26 2017   7:00 PM
Diesel   5433 College Ave , Oakland, CA  map

A is for Aviary, a home for the birds; B is for Broadway, from College to Third. C is for Cranes standing tall in the sky; D is for Dogs, wagging tails, saying “hi!” On May 26  Michael Wertz, author of ABC Oakland, will host a fun-filled Oakland PJ Party at Diesel Book’s Oakland location! Kids are encouraged to come ready to party in their PJs and excited for cookies and milk. Teddy bear or plushie plus-ones are always welcome.

This enchanting picture book highlights landmarks and themes that exemplify Oakland’s unique culture, from the myriad food trucks on International Boulevard to the giant redwoods that stretch up to the sky. Michael Wertz’s bold, whimsical prints and jaunty text reflect the city’s energetic and wonderfully diverse atmosphere. Bursting with civic pride, ABC Oakland encourages children and adults alike to explore the possibilities that “the Town” has to offer.

For more information go to Diesel Book’s Website.

ABC Oakland at Laurel Books!

Saturday May 27 2017   2:00 PM
Laurel Books  1423 Broadway, Oakland, CA  map

A is for Aviary, a home for the birds; B is for Broadway, from College to Third. C is for Cranes standing tall in the sky; D is for Dogs, wagging tails, saying “hi!” On May 27 Michael Wertz, author of ABC Oakland, will host a fun-filled family-friendly event at Laurel Books!

This enchanting picture book highlights landmarks and themes that exemplify Oakland’s unique culture, from the myriad food trucks on International Boulevard to the giant redwoods that stretch up to the sky. Michael Wertz’s bold, whimsical prints and jaunty text reflect the city’s energetic and wonderfully diverse atmosphere. Bursting with civic pride, ABC Oakland encourages children and adults alike to explore the possibilities that “the Town” has to offer.

Free and open to the public.

Gold Rush Stories at the California Historical Society

Thursday Jun 01 2017   6:00 PM
California Historical Society   678 Mission Street, San Francisco , CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the California Historical Society.

For more information, visit www.calhist.org. More information on ticketing to come.

Gold Rush Stories at the Auburn Rotary Club

Tuesday Jun 06 2017   12:00 PM
Auburn Rotary Club   195 Pine Street, Auburn, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation featuring the seekers, dreamers, and scoundrels who made the California Gold Rush the biggest event of 1849. From tales of those who flocked from around the globe to California inspired by visions of gold, to the historical figures who made California what it is today, Noy will illuminate on brutality, tragedy, humor and prosperity as lived by those who experienced it.

RSVP for the event here: http://auburncarotary.com/

Gold Rush Stories at Auburn Recreation District

Wednesday Jun 07 2017   6:00 PM
Canyon View Community Center  471 Maidu Dr, Auburn, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Auburn Recreation District in Auburn. Fundraiser for the Youth Fund of the Auburn Recreation District.

Open to the public. Admission donation. For more information, visit AuburnRec.com.

Gold Rush Stories at the Avid Reader

Friday Jun 09 2017   7:30 PM
The Avid Reader Bookstore  617 Second St, Davis, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book at the Avid Reader Bookstore in Davis.

Free and open to the public; for more information, visit www.avidreaderbooks.com.

Gold Rush Stories at the Sonoma Historical Society

Saturday Jun 10 2017   2:00 PM
Sonoma Community Center   276 East Napa Street, Sonoma , CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Sonoma Historical Society, featuring the seekers, dreamers, and scoundrels who made the California Gold Rush the biggest event of 1849. From tales of those who flocked from around the globe to California inspired by visions of gold, to the historical figures who made California what it is today, Noy will illuminate on brutality, tragedy, humor and prosperity as lived by those who experienced it.

For more information, visit www.depotparkmuseum.org

Gold Rush Stories at Sierra Renaissance Society in Cameron Park

Friday Jun 16 2017   1:00 PM
Cameron Park Community Center  2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Sierra Renaissance Society in Cameron Park.

Open to the public. For more information, visit http://srsedc.com/

Gold Rush Stories at the Historic North Star House in Grass Valley

Sunday Jun 18 2017   2:00 PM
Historic North Star House  12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley , CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the North Star House Conservancy at the Historic North Star House in Grass Valley.

Open to the public. For more information, visit the North Star House Conservancy at https://thenorthstarhouse.org

The Mission at South San Francisco Public Library

Wednesday Jun 21 2017   6:00 PM
South San Francisco Public Library  840 W Orange Ave, South San Francisco , CA  map

Join Dick Evans, author of The Mission for a talk at the South San Francisco Public Library. If you have ever walked through San Francisco’s historic Mission District, you’ve surely seen the colorful murals that pepper the streets of this dynamic, culturally rich neighborhood. But have you ever wondered what the story is behind each image?

Open to members and non-members.

Gold Rush Stories in Truckee

Thursday Jun 29 2017   6:00 PM
Sierra Bible Church  11460 Brockway Rd, Truckee, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the SBC Trailblazers in Truckee.

Open to the public; for more information, visit www.sbctruckee.com/trailblazers.

Gold Rush Stories in Chicago Park/Peardale

Wednesday Jul 05 2017   12:00 PM
Peardale-Chicago Park Fire Station Community Room  15057 Highway 174, Grass Valley, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Chicago Park Garden Club in Peardale-Chicago Park.

Free and open to the public; for more information, visit http://californiagardenclubs.com/ChicagoParkGardenClub.

Gold Rush Stories at the Mechanic’s Institute

Thursday Jul 06 2017   6:00 PM
Mechanic's Institute Library  57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation featuring the seekers, dreamers, and scoundrels who made the California Gold Rush the biggest event of 1849. From tales of those who flocked from around the globe to California inspired by visions of gold, to the historical figures who made California what it is today, Noy will illuminate on brutality, tragedy, humor and prosperity as lived by those who experienced it.

Open to the public: $15 for non-members, free for members and friends of Heyday.

For more information, visit www.milibrary.org

Gold Rush Stories at University Press Books

Tuesday Jul 11 2017   5:30 PM
University Press Books  2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley , CA  map

This volume explores the deeply human stories of the California Gold Rush generation, drawing out all the brutality, tragedy, humor, and prosperity as lived by those who experienced it. In less than ten years, more than 300,000 people made the journey to California, some from as far away as Chile and China. Many of them were dreamers seeking a better life, like Mifflin Wistar Gibbs, who eventually became the first African American judge, and Eliza Farnham, an early feminist who founded California’s first association to advocate for women’s civil rights. Still others were eccentrics—perhaps none more so than San Francisco’s self-styled king, Norton I, Emperor of the United States. As Gold Rush Stories relates the social tumult of the world rushing in, so too does it unearth the environmental consequences of the influx, including the destructive flood of yellow ooze (known as “slickens”) produced by the widespread and relentless practice of hydraulic mining. In the hands of a native son of the Sierra, these stories and dozens more reveal the surprising and untold complexities of the Gold Rush.

Free and open to the public, more information on University Press Book’s Website.

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty at the Lafayette Historical Society

Sunday Jul 16 2017   1:00 PM
Lafayette Historical Society   3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette , CA   map

Join Richard Schwartz for a talk on his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty chronicles the life of Actor M. B. Curtis, who achieved overnight success in Sam’l of Posen, a groundbreaking play that transcended the common stereotypes of Jewish characters current at the time, and who funded the lighting of the Statue of Liberty. Actor, producer, real estate developer, promoter, hotelier, benefactor, and murder suspect, Curtis reached the highs of celebrity and fame as well as the lows of failure, illness, and a faltering career. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty rescues his story from the dusty archives of forgotten history and reexamines an actor whose creativity and cultural influence still resonate today.

Free and open to the public.

Gold Rush Stories at the Nevada County Historical Society

Thursday Jul 20 2017   7:00 PM
Sierra Presbyterian Church  175 Ridge Road, Nevada City, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation and sign copies of his book for the Nevada County Historical Society in Nevada City.
Free and open to the public; for more information, visit www.nevadacountyhistory.org/.

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty at the Berkeley Public Library

Saturday Jul 22 2017   1:00 PM
2090 Kittredge St  Berkeley, CA,  

Join Richard Schwartz for a talk on his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty chronicles the life of Actor M. B. Curtis, who achieved overnight success in Sam’l of Posen, a groundbreaking play that transcended the common stereotypes of Jewish characters current at the time, and who funded the lighting of the Statue of Liberty. Actor, producer, real estate developer, promoter, hotelier, benefactor, and murder suspect, Curtis reached the highs of celebrity and fame as well as the lows of failure, illness, and a faltering career. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty rescues his story from the dusty archives of forgotten history and reexamines an actor whose creativity and cultural influence still resonate today.

Free and open to the public.