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.

Obi Kaufmann at Book Passage, Corte Madera

Sunday May 27 2018   1:00 PM
Book Passage, Corte Madera  51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, 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. Obi will be giving a short presentation followed by a Q&A session and will be signing copies of the book as well aa offering a exclusive prints of his watercolor trail paintings.

Free and open to the public. More info here.

Obi Kaufmann at Forager Tasting Room & Eatery

Saturday Jun 02 2018   6:00 PM
Forager Tasting Room & Eatery  420 S 1st St, San Jose, CA  map

Join Peninsula Open Space Trust in welcoming artist, writer, and California naturalist Obi Kaufmann to San Jose! POST will be hosting a gathering at Forager Tasting Room with a talk by Obi about his new, groundbreaking book, The California Field Atlas. There will be live music, and appearances by other local artists who focus on land and nature. Meet other local art and open space lovers and have an early opportunity to purchase a signed copy of Obi’s book! The California Field Atlas illuminates the vast array of life in California through beautiful artwork. Obi’s masterpiece is a compendium of over 300 hand-painted maps that details the local topography.

Free and open to the public. All guests who register in advance on Eventbrite will recieve a custom POST bandana designed by Obi Kaufmann! More info here.

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 Towne Center Books

Thursday Jun 07 2018   7:00 PM
Towne Center Books  555 Main St, Pleasanton, 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.

Obi Kaufmann at Copperfield’s Books–Calistoga

Saturday Jun 09 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; more information here.

Richard Schwartz at the Railroad Book Depot

Saturday Jun 09 2018   1:00 PM
Railroad Book Depot  650 Railroad Ave, Pittsburg, 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. More info here.

In Defense of Japanese American Rights, Part 1

Saturday Jun 09 2018   2:00 PM
Berkeley Public Library  2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA  map

During the 1940s, all too few white Californians opposed President Roosevelt’s executive order that removed and incarcerated all people of Japanese descent living on the west coast. Local historian Chuck Wollenberg will discuss some of those principled Californians in two programs at the Berkeley Public Library. In this—the first of two episodes—Wollenberg will speak on his new book, Rebel Lawyer: Wayne Collins and the Defense of Japanese American Rights, covering the career of the San Francisco civil rights attorney who argued the most important Japanese American legal cases. Collins was not a saintly hero, but a real person with great strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, he was an enabler of Nikkei activism, paving the way for the powerful Japanese American redress movement that won monetary reparations for victims of the executive order.

Free and open to the public; more info about this event here. Part 2 info here.

Richard Schwartz at The Reutlinger

Monday Jun 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.

Life after Manzanar with Naomi Hirahara

Saturday Jun 16 2018  
  , Chicago, IL  map

Naomi Hirahara will present her new book Life after Manzanar. From the editor of the award-winning Children of Manzanar, Heather C. Lindquist, and Edgar Award winner Naomi Hirahara comes a nuanced account of the “Resettlement”: the relatively unexamined period when ordinary people of Japanese ancestry, having been unjustly imprisoned during World War II, were finally released from custody. Given twenty-five dollars and a one-way bus ticket to make a new life, some ventured east to Denver and Chicago to start over, while others returned to Southern California only to face discrimination and an alarming scarcity of housing and jobs. Hirahara and Lindquist weave new and archival oral histories into an engaging narrative that illuminates the lives of former internees in the postwar era, both in struggle and unlikely triumph. Readers will appreciate the painstaking efforts that rebuilding required, and will feel inspired by the activism that led to redress and restitution—and that built a community that even now speaks out against other racist agendas.

Location and start time TBA. Cosponsored by Japanese American Service Committee.

In Defense of Japanese American Rights, Part 2

Saturday Jun 16 2018   2:00 PM
Berkeley Public Library  2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA  map

During the 1940s, all too few white Californians opposed President Roosevelt’s executive order that removed and incarcerated all people of Japanese descent living on the west coast. Local historian Chuck Wollenberg will discuss some of those principled Californians in two programs at the Berkeley Public Library. In this—the second of two episodes—Wollenberg will discuss the Berkeley-based Fair Play Committee and its leader, Berkeley activist Ruth Kingman. Kingman engaged in effective lobbying, even in Washington D.C., on behalf or Japanese Americans. But she was also forced to make some serious compromises. Ultimately, she credited the Nikkei themselves for her political success.

Free and open to the public; more info about this event here. Part 1 info here.

Rebel Lawyer Launch Party

Thursday Jun 21 2018   6:30 PM
California Historical Society  678 Mission St, San Francisco, CA  map

Join us for the launch of the California Historical Society Book Award’s newest book prize winner, Rebel Lawyer: Wayne Collins and the Defense of Japanese American Rights with author Charles Wollenberg. This event is free, but reservations are recommended. Visit CHS’s website for more info and to reserve tickets.

Life after Manzanar at the Japanese American National Museum

Saturday Jun 23 2018  
Japanese American National Museum  100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA  map

Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist will present their new book, Life after Manzanar, at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). From the editor of the award-winning Children of Manzanar, Heather C. Lindquist, and Edgar Award winner Naomi Hirahara comes a nuanced account of the “Resettlement”: the relatively unexamined period when ordinary people of Japanese ancestry, having been unjustly imprisoned during World War II, were finally released from custody. Given twenty-five dollars and a one-way bus ticket to make a new life, some ventured east to Denver and Chicago to start over, while others returned to Southern California only to face discrimination and an alarming scarcity of housing and jobs. Hirahara and Lindquist weave new and archival oral histories into an engaging narrative that illuminates the lives of former internees in the postwar era, both in struggle and unlikely triumph. Readers will appreciate the painstaking efforts that rebuilding required, and will feel inspired by the activism that led to redress and restitution—and that built a community that even now speaks out against other racist agendas.

Start time TBA.

Richard Schwartz at Britt-Marie’s

Sunday Jun 24 2018   3:00 PM
Britt-Marie's Restaurant  1369 Solano Ave, Albany, CA  map

Richard Schwartz and Builder’s Booksource will present a cozy Sunday joint event at fabled Albany restaurant Britt Marie’s. Bar and food available for the open-to-the-public event. Richard will give an illustrated talk on the life and times of M. B. Curtis right there in Albany and Berkeley.

As the Statue of Liberty stood unlit and unloved by American politicians in 1886, one of her saviors was creating a theatrical sensation at New York’s Fourteenth Street Theatre. 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, was basking in public accolades at every curtain call when he came to Lady Liberty’s aid. Curtis’s rise to the top of his profession and his resulting fall from grace is a dramatic arc that rivals anything created for the stage. 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.

Life after Manzanar/Moving Walls with Naomi Hirahara and Sharon Yamato

Thursday Jun 28 2018   6:00 PM
J-Sei  1285 66th St, Emeryville, CA  map

New stories on what happened to Japanese Americans after WWII with writer Naomi Hirahara and filmmaker Sharon Yamato

Given twenty-five dollars and a one-way bus ticket to make a new life, some ventured east to Denver and Chicago to start over, while others returned to Southern California only to face discrimination and an alarming scarcity of housing and jobs. In Life After Manzanar, Naomi Hirahara and Heather C. Lindquist weave new and archival oral histories into an engaging narrative that illuminates the lives of former internees in the postwar era. Moving Walls: American Nightmare to American Dream, a documentary by Sharon Yamato, is the story of what became of the barracks built to house 11,000 Japanese Americans at Heart Mountain concentration camp and who lives in the structures today. Join us for an engaging conversation with Naomi Hirahara and Sharon Yamato on their work and the compelling stories that draw them in to discover more insights on resettlement and the post-World War II era.

6:00–8:00 p.m.

Obi Kaufmann: An Inventory of Conservation at the California Native Plant Society

Thursday Jul 05 2018   7:30 PM
California Native Plant Society–Yerba Buena Chapter  1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA  map

Obi Kaufmann brings his best-selling CALIFORNIA FIELD ATLAS to the CNPS Yerba Buena Chapter and will be delivering a new presentation.

An Inventory of Conservation
How Geographic Literacy works to address California’s Ecological Health

The greatest tool we have in defending the natural world, its biodiversity and its ecology, is an informed citizenry. By employing new modes of storytelling and nature-first narratives that promote geographic literacy, we find inroads to transform popular thinking on our continued human residency in California and beyond. Public policy is beginning to respond to a cultural upwelling of desire to atone and remediate our wasted paradise, to protect and to restore our largely squandered legacy of land and environmental stewardship. As evidenced by the successes of hugely popular land trust organizations and local non-governmental organizations that continue their work to safeguard the living portfolio of our unique and endemic systems, we can see a shift in our society’s priorities, a remaking of cultural identity—one where California is not a thing that belongs to us, but rather we are a community that belongs to it. Transcending political polarization, Californians are coming together to address long-standing, problematic, often-tragic grievances to the land and its living systems on a local and regional level. The list of projects in play, this geographic inventory of conservation from the Klamath River to the Salton Sea, from the Sierra Nevada to the Central Coast, is as extensive as it is exciting. New visions of conservation and post-environmentalism are emerging in response to evolving values and represent a new kind of hope for our endangered ecology. How do we build a path forward so that we leave California at the end of the 21st century in better shape than we left it at the end of the 20th?

Obi Kaufmann is a naturalist, a painter and the author of the best-selling California Field Atlas. A systems-thinker by inclination, Obi’s cartography balances ecology and aesthetics as driving and orienting forces across California’s largest, living networks of earth, air, fire, and water.  An avid conservationist, Obi Kaufmann regularly travels around the state speaking on issues of ecological restoration and preservation to such groups as the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildland center, the Mojave Desert Land Trust, the Anza-Borrego Foundation, the Mono Lake Committee, the Peninsula Open Space Trust, and Friends of the River in Coloma.

Birds of Berkeley at the Berkeley Public Library

Saturday Jul 14 2018   4:00 PM
Berkeley Public Library  2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA  map

Local author Oliver James will visit the Library to discuss his new book, Birds of BerkeleyOliver was born in Berkeley in 1991. He started watching birds in his backyard on Colusa Avenue at age five and never turned back. Since then he has competed in national birding tournaments, worked as a birding tour guide, and joined ornithological research teams from Peru to Alaska. He graduated from Berkeley High School in 2009 and Wesleyan University in 2014 with a degree in biology and environmental studies. James is also the author of A Field Guide to the Birds of Wesleyan (Wesleyan University Press, 2014). This event will be held in the 3rd Floor Community Meeting Room.

Free and open to the public; more info here.

Richard Schwartz at the Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism

Sunday Jul 15 2018   10:30 AM
Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism  801 Bering Dr, Houston, TX  map

Richard Schwartz will do a teleconference PowerPoint presentation on M. B. Curtis’ tours of the South and his influence on the nation as to immigrants, Jews, and drummers. As the Statue of Liberty stood unlit and unloved by American politicians in 1886, one of her saviors was creating a theatrical sensation at New York’s Fourteenth Street Theatre. 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, was basking in public accolades at every curtain call when he came to Lady Liberty’s aid. Curtis’s rise to the top of his profession and his resulting fall from grace is a dramatic arc that rivals anything created for the stage. 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.

10:30 a.m. Central Time (9:30 a.m. Pacific Time). Details on how to tune in to follow soon.

Richard Schwartz at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Tuesday Aug 07 2018  
Andorra Branch, Free Library of Philadelphia  705 E Cathedral Rd, Philadelphia, PA  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 Philadelphia City Institute

Wednesday Aug 08 2018   6:30 PM
Philadelphia City Institute  1905 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA  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.