CANCELED: Obi Kaufmann at the Point Arena Public Library

Sunday Feb 25 2018   2:00 PM
Coast Community Library  225 Main St, Point Arena, CA  map

Artist, poet, and naturalist Obi Kaufmann brings his number-one, best-selling California Field Atlas to the Coast Community Library in Point Arena on Sunday, February 25, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Obi will give a brief presentation about the book, demonstrating how to best read and enjoy this groundbreaking work, and will also expound his concept of Geographic Literacy and its vital quality to the fight to defend California’s natural world. Obi will not only be offering personalized, signed copies of the book, but will also make available a selection of his recently made original watercolor trail paintings.

Free and open to the public.

CANCELED: Obi Kaufmann at the South Lake Tahoe Library

Tuesday Feb 27 2018   6:00 PM
South Lake Tahoe Library  1000 Rufus Allen Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA  map

Artist, poet, and naturalist Obi Kaufmann brings his number-one, best-selling California Field Atlas to the South Lake Tahoe Library. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of hand-painted maps and wildlife renderings and based on his decades of walking the backcountry of California, The California Field Atlas is a phenomenal testimony to the natural world of Golden State unlike anything that has come before. Full of character and color, The California Field Atlas has quickly become a new classic, being hailed as a “gorgeously illustrated compendium” (Sunset) that “will provide you with a greater appreciation for the state’s ecological jewels and landmarks. Kaufmann’s writing offers us hope during this trying time for conservationism and climactic pushback” (San Francisco Chronicle). Obi will be presenting the book with a short presentation and Q&A session, and then will offer signed copies for sale. Read his essays and check out his art at www.coyoteandthunder.com and follow him on Instagram @coyotethunder and on twitter @obikaufmann.

Free and open to the public. For more information, visit the South Lake Tahoe Library’s website.

Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute at Auntie’s Bookstore

Tuesday Feb 27 2018   7:00 PM
Auntie's Bookstore  402 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA  map

Join Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus, coeditors of Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitutefor a talk on sex workers’ rights during the Progressive Era and how Alice’s story is relevant to the modern day sex workers’ rights movement.

Alice compiles, for the first time, the serialized memoirs of “Alice Smith,” a sex worker from Spokane, Washington, who shared her story with a San Francisco newspaper in 1913. A selection of letters to the editor from other working class women and prostitutes are included in this richly illustrated volume. Editors Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus tackle the ways in which Progressive Era politics, changing gender roles, suffrage, labor, and a modernizing media shaped Alice’s world, connecting her story to current feminist and sex worker struggles. New research reveals that most of “Alice’s” story takes place in Spokane and across the Pacific Northwest. Anderson and Angus are visiting Spokane to continue their research and to share this important piece of Western history.

Free and open to the public; more information here.

Greg Sarris at the Mechanics’ Institute

Wednesday Feb 28 2018   6:30 PM
Mechanics' Institute  57 Post St, San Francisco, CA  map

Greg Sarris presents How a Mountain Was Made. Author of the award-winning novel Grand Avenue, Sarris turns his attention to his ancestral homeland of Sonoma Mountain in Northern California. In sixteen interconnected original stories, the twin crows Question Woman and Answer Woman take us through a world unlike yet oddly reminiscent of our own: one which blooms bright with poppies, lupines, and clover; one in which Water Bug kidnaps an entire creek; in which Rain is a beautiful woman who keeps people’s memories in stones. Sarris infuses his stories with a prose stylist’s creativity and inventiveness, moving American Indian literature in a new and emergent direction.

General admission $15; FREE for friends of Heyday and the Mechanics’ Institute. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Mechanics’ Institute’s website.

 

Richard Schwartz at the Laurel Book Store

Saturday Mar 03 2018   5:00 PM
Laurel Book Store  1423 Broadway, Oakland, CA  map

Join Richard Schwartz for a talk on his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady LibertyThe 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.

San Francisco History Days

Saturday Mar 03 2018 - Sunday Mar 04 2018 
San Francisco Mint (The Old Mint)  88 5th St, San Francisco, CA  map

On the weekend of March 3–4, the Old Mint becomes a pop-up museum of San Francisco history featuring more than 80 exhibitors. Join community historians, archivists, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, educators, re-enactors, and other history enthusiasts—notably Heyday authors Ivy Anderson, Devon Angus, and Richard Schwartz—for a community open house at this historic site.

March 3, 11:00 a.m.—Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus, coauthors of Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute

March 4, 2:00 p.m.—Richard Schwartz, author of The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis

Free and open to the public; more information here.

Obi Kaufmann at the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center

Saturday Mar 03 2018   10:00 AM
Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center  590 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA  map

Artist, poet, and naturalist Obi Kaufmann brings his number-one best-selling California Field Atlas to the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. All proceeds of books sales will go to the Anza-Borrego Foundation and its mission to preserve and protect Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of hand-painted maps and wildlife renderings and based on his decades of walking the backcountry of California, The California Field Atlas is a phenomenal testimony to the natural world of the Golden State and unlike anything that has come before. Full of character and color, The California Field Atlas is quickly becoming a new classic, being hailed as a “gorgeously illustrated compendium” (Sunset Magazine) and that “…it will provide you with a greater appreciation for the state’s ecological jewels and landmarks. Kaufmann’s writing offers us hope during this trying time for conservationism and climactic pushback” (San Francisco Chronicle). Obi will be presenting the book with a short lecture and then offer signed copies for sale.

Obi Kaufmann at the Boots Ball Fundraiser

Saturday Mar 03 2018   2:00 PM
Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center  401 Tilting T Dr, Borrego Springs, CA  map

Join us in your “desert dressy” and finest hiking boot fashion for an afternoon of fun while we explore visions of the next fifty years for Anza-Borrego Foundation. Enjoy live music, food by Kesling’s Kitchen, and a silent and live auction. Special guest Obi Kaufmann: poet, artist, and advocate for wilderness defense and conservation.

Tickets are $51 each. For more information, visit Anza-Borrego Foundation’s website.

Obi Kaufmann at Folio Books

Monday Mar 05 2018   7:00 PM
Folio Books  3957 24th St, San Francisco, CA  map

Artist, poet, and naturalist Obi Kaufmann presents his #1 bestselling California Field Atlas at the 11th annual Noe Valley WORD WEEK festival. Based on decades of exploring the backcountry of the Golden State, Kaufmann’s lavishly illustrated atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California. His book blends science and art to illuminate the multifaceted array of living, connected systems like no book has done before, and outlines the epic narrative of the California backcountry, which holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come. Come listen and (re)invigorate your love of art and the natural world!

More information here.

Obi Kaufmann at Copperfield’s Books–Sebastopol

Friday Mar 09 2018   7:00 PM
Copperfield's Books  138 N Main St, Sebastopol, CA  map

Growing up in the East Bay, Obi Kaufmann spent most of his weekends mapping Mount Diablo’s creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. Based on decades of exploring the backcountry of the Golden State, Kaufmann’s lavishly illustrated atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California. His book blends science and art to illuminate the multifaceted array of living, connected systems like no book has done before, and outlines the epic narrative of the California backcountry, which holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come.

Free and open to the public. To RSVP and for more information, visit Copperfield’s website.

Obi Kaufmann at Authors on the Move

Saturday Mar 10 2018   5:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Sacramento  1209 L St, Sacramento, CA  map

Authors on the Move: Read Beyond Your Fears marks our sixteenth year of bringing together over forty distinguished California authors and their recently published books for an evening of literary delight. Click here for this year’s cohort of California authors, which includes The California Field Atlas author Obi Kaufmann. We are thrilled  to present this year’s keynote speaker, Sasha Abramsky, whose recently published book, Jumping at Shadows; The Triumph of Fear and The End of The American Dream, is a searing account of America’s most dangerous epidemic: irrational fear. Sasha Abramsky is a New York Times best-selling author and resides in Sacramento, California.

Beth Ruyak, of Capital Public Radio’s Insight, will be our Mistress of Ceremonies and Pat Hume of David Sobon Auctions will be our auctioneer. Guests will enjoy a champagne reception, a four-course meal from the Hyatt Regency’s farm-to-fork menu, unlimited wine, conversations with three regional authors at their table, a keynote presentation by Sasha Abramsky, and a live auction which features opportunities to win one-time author experiences. The Avid Reader Bookstore will offer all titles for purchase the night of the event.

We are also pleased to announce an enhanced audio solution to the challenge of the noise when all tables are engaged in dialogue with their authors. This event just keeps getting better while creating more and more support for our Library’s Summer Reading Program and the Foundation’s operations. Purchase your tickets and/or tables today! To inquire about sponsorships or other event matters, call April Javist at (916) 836-3556 or email at april@saclibraryfoundation.org.

Richard Schwartz at The Reutlinger

Sunday Mar 11 2018   2:00 PM
The Reutlinger  4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville, CA  map

Join Richard Schwartz for a talk on his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady LibertyThe 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.

Obi Kaufmann at the Restore Hetch Hetchy Annual Dinner

Saturday Mar 17 2018   6:00 PM
Berkeley City Club  2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

The Restore Hetch Hetchy 2018 Annual Dinner is on March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day). Headlining this year’s event will be two very special guests, Lee Stetson and Obi Kaufmann. Poet, painter, and naturalist Obi Kaufmann will be signing his book, The California Field Atlas. This lavishly illustrated 550-page book is a compendium portfolio of hand-painted maps, drawings, paintings and poetry based on Obi’s travels across the Golden State. It takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California, revealing its myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories.

Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite (fee required), or simply calling Restore Hetch Hetchy at (510) 893-3400.

Greg Sarris and Robert Aquinas McNally at Book Passage

Sunday Mar 18 2018   4:00 PM
Book Passage  51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA  map

Join authors Greg Sarris and Robert Aquinas McNally for a conversation about their books, How a Mountain Was Made: Stories, and The Modoc War: A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America’s Gilded Age.

Praise for The Modoc War:  A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America’s Gilded Age

“Well-paced with vividly drawn characters and exciting, dramatic prose, Robert Aquinas McNally has written the most thoroughly researched and historically accurate narrative history of the Modoc War to date. A tour de force of historical storytelling, The Modoc War is an insightful exploration of one of America’s most important but forgotten Indian wars.”— Boyd Cothran, author of Remembering the Modoc War: Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence

“Robert McNally’s history of the Modoc War, convincingly told from engrossing start to finish, tells the story of an American tragedy, but not without powerfully illustrating the nobility and endurance of the people who suffered it.”—Greg Sarris, chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and author of Grand Avenue and Watermelon Nights

Praise for How a Mountain Was Made

“These are charming and wise stories, simply told, to be enjoyed by young and old alike—’stories need us if they are to come forth and have life too.’”—Kirkus Reviews

“Stunning…. Neither an arid anthropological text nor another pseudo-Indian as-told-to fabrication. Instead, Sarris has breathed new life into these ancient Northern California tales and legends, lending them a subtle, light-hearted voice and vision.”—Scott Lankford, Los Angeles Review of Books

Presented by Book Passage and Alta. Free and open to the public. Visit Book Passage’s website for more information.

Richard Schwartz at Orinda Books

Sunday Mar 18 2018   1:00 PM
Orinda Books  276 Village Sq, Orinda, CA  map

Join Richard Schwartz for a talk on his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady LibertyThe 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.

Greg Sarris and Robert Aquinas McNally at Copperfield’s Books–Santa Rosa

Saturday Mar 24 2018   7:00 PM
Copperfield's Books  775 Village Ct, Santa Rosa, CA  map

Join authors Greg Sarris and Robert Aquinas McNally for a conversation about their books, How a Mountain Was Made: Stories, and The Modoc War: A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America’s Gilded Age.

Praise for The Modoc War:  A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America’s Gilded Age

“Well-paced with vividly drawn characters and exciting, dramatic prose, Robert Aquinas McNally has written the most thoroughly researched and historically accurate narrative history of the Modoc War to date. A tour de force of historical storytelling, The Modoc War is an insightful exploration of one of America’s most important but forgotten Indian wars.”—Boyd Cothran, author of Remembering the Modoc War: Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence

“Robert McNally’s history of the Modoc War, convincingly told from engrossing start to finish, tells the story of an American tragedy, but not without powerfully illustrating the nobility and endurance of the people who suffered it.”—Greg Sarris, chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and author of Grand Avenue and Watermelon Nights

Praise for How a Mountain Was Made

“These are charming and wise stories, simply told, to be enjoyed by young and old alike—’stories need us if they are to come forth and have life too.’”—Kirkus Reviews

“Stunning…. Neither an arid anthropological text nor another pseudo-Indian as-told-to fabrication. Instead, Sarris has breathed new life into these ancient Northern California tales and legends, lending them a subtle, light-hearted voice and vision.”—Scott Lankford, Los Angeles Review of Books

Greg Sarris at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum

Wednesday Mar 28 2018   7:00 PM
Petaluma Historical Library & Museum  20 4th St, Petaluma, CA  map

Greg Sarris presents How a Mountain Was Made. Author of the award-winning novel Grand Avenue, Sarris turns his attention to his ancestral homeland of Sonoma Mountain in Northern California. In sixteen interconnected original stories, the twin crows Question Woman and Answer Woman take us through a world unlike yet oddly reminiscent of our own: one which blooms bright with poppies, lupines, and clover; one in which Water Bug kidnaps an entire creek; in which Rain is a beautiful woman who keeps people’s memories in stones. Sarris infuses his stories with a prose stylist’s creativity and inventiveness, moving American Indian literature in a new and emergent direction.

Suggested $5 donation. More information here.

Obi Kaufmann at the Alameda Library

Saturday Apr 07 2018   1:00 PM
Alameda Free Library  1550 Oak St, Alameda, CA  map

Growing up in the East Bay, Obi Kaufmann spent most of his weekends mapping Mount Diablo’s creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. Based on decades of exploring the backcountry of the Golden State, Kaufmann’s lavishly illustrated atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California. His book blends science and art to illuminate the multifaceted array of living, connected systems like no book has done before, and outlines the epic narrative of the California backcountry, which holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come.

Free and open to the public.

Richard Schwartz at the El Cerrito Hillside Festival

Saturday May 05 2018   2:00 PM
  Regency Ct, El Cerrito, CA  map

The El Cerrito Trail Trekkers put on their annual bash and each year Richard Schwartz presents an outdoor talk on Native American life before and after contact in the El Cerrito vicinity and beyond. Learn about the many shellmounds, life in the hills, the natural world, the use of annual burning, and many more windows into the area’s first people. To find hillside meeting place, start at the southernmost trailhead on Regency Court, the one that has a trailhead sign. Follow the signs or flags to the meeting place with amazing bay views and a chance to travel back to a world worth knowing.

Visit the El Cerrito Trail Trekkers’ website for more information.

Obi Kaufmann at Copperfield’s Books–Santa Rosa

Friday May 11 2018   7:00 PM
Copperfield's Books   775 Village Ct, Santa Rosa, CA  map

Growing up in the East Bay, Obi Kaufmann spent most of his weekends mapping Mount Diablo’s creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. Based on decades of exploring the backcountry of the Golden State, Kaufmann’s lavishly illustrated atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California. His book blends science and art to illuminate the multifaceted array of living, connected systems like no book has done before, and outlines the epic narrative of the California backcountry, which holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come.

Free and open to the public.

What is a perfect field guide, and why don’t we already have them?

Saturday May 12 2018   TBD
Sedgwick Reserve - Clarke Hall  3566 Brinkerhoff Ave, Santa Ynez, CA  map

Details TBD.

Richard Schwartz at Book Passage

Saturday May 19 2018   1:00 PM
Book Passage, San Francisco  Ferry Building, San Francisco Bay Trail #42, San Francisco, CA  map

Join Richard Schwartz for a talk on his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady LibertyThe 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.

Richard Schwartz at the East Bay Media Center

Sunday May 20 2018   TBA
East Bay Media Center  1939 Addison St, Berkeley, CA  map

Join Richard Schwartz for a talk on his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady LibertyThe 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. In this talk Richard will discuss Curtis’s pioneer efforts in the silent movie industry.

Open to the public. Time TBA but will likely start around 2:00 or 3:00 p.m.

Richard Schwartz at the Alameda Museum

Thursday May 24 2018   7:00 PM
Alameda Museum  2324 Alameda Ave, Alameda, CA  map

Join Richard Schwartz for a talk on his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady LibertyThe 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.

Open to the public. The Elks Lodge parking lot will be open. Doors at 6:30; lecture begins at 7:00.

Richard Schwartz at the Peninsula JCC

Monday Jun 04 2018   2:00 PM
Peninsula Jewish Community Center  800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City, CA  map

Join Richard Schwartz for a talk on his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady LibertyThe 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 for JCC members; $4 suggested contribution for non-members.

Obi Kaufmann at Copperfield’s Books–Calistoga

Saturday Jun 23 2018   1:00 PM
Copperfield's Books  1330 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA  map

Growing up in the East Bay, Obi Kaufmann spent most of his weekends mapping Mount Diablo’s creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. Based on decades of exploring the backcountry of the Golden State, Kaufmann’s lavishly illustrated atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California. His book blends science and art to illuminate the multifaceted array of living, connected systems like no book has done before, and outlines the epic narrative of the California backcountry, which holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come.

Free and open to the public.