Sunday, December 14, 2008
Martinson is bringing snacks based on the recipes in the book ... and we will of course provide the wine for our guests over 21. Some recipes that make my mouth water include Salmon Rillette, Roquefort Souffle in Phyllo Cups w/ Apple, and an Onion Tart from Alsace.
Also this week . . .
On Wednesday, December 17, at 3:00 p.m. we're joined by the folks at KinderMusik for our story time. This is a great way to get the kids moving!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wednesday, Nov 19 2008, 3:00P
Story Time with Guest Reader Leah Davies
THIRD THURSDAY WORDS .... swing baby, swing! with jazz singer Teresa Ross
George Wright :: Book Discussion & Signing
Book Club Discussion ... LOVING FRANK ... discussion is open to any and all
Friday, November 7, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
As is always the case, I am up against the wall and rushing to finish the book in time for the discussion. And this is why I struggle with book clubs in general … I rarely choose to read a book that large groups are interested in reading, perhaps because I am, in no small measure, obstinate. So when compelled—shall we say—to read a book as part of a group "project" I fall woefully behind. I always have three to four books going at once and somehow manage to move the required reading to the bottom of the stack. All of which makes me a very, very bad candidate for book club leader … I fully admit this. So after this month Deirdre takes over book club duties and I'm happy to hand it over to her; and I'm quite sure everyone will be much happier with her as leader/organizer as opposed to me. I'll likely participate in discussions, but I think (I know) she is much more congenially suited to a book club than me.
With all of that said, I think Deirdre does have some good ones in the queue for the coming months, including:
* LOVING FRANK (November)
* HANNAH'S DREAM (December, with author Diane Hammond joining the discussion)
* CHURCH OF THE DOG (early 2009, with author Kaya McLaren visiting the store on May 28!)But back to THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE. So many people have read the book, and any and all are welcome to join in the discussion. Don't get me wrong ... I am not panning the book. I'm just being a grump who wishes the book was perhaps 100+ pages shorter. It's a very ambitious first novel, and one that deserves much of the attention it is receiving. The supernatural and suspenseful elements of the book make me think it is well suited to people who liked THE LIFE OF PI. Very different books, but there's something there that connects the two somehow. If you can pull through the first 100 pages, you will undoubtedly go on to finish the book ... but in my opinion it's getting through those first 100 that provides the challenge. Some editing could have been done. It was likely a skilled editor that once said something along the lines of "in every fat book there is a thin book trying to get out." THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE is a good read that could have been made even better if that thinner book had been allowed to come through.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
LeGuin weaves a story that imagines Lavinia's life as a young girl, her courting by that asshole Turnus, her eventual marriage to Aeneas--which leads to the war between the Trojans and the Latins--and on to the end of her life.
I do like feminine takes on old tales ... such as Marion Zimmer Bradley's MISTS OF AVALON ... but LAVINIA is more than a "feminist" tale. As one reviewer stated: "The three characters [Lavinia, Latinus, Aeneas] together embody the Roman belief in fate as it relates to the virtue of pietas (dutifulness, spiritual awareness, a deep listening for and acceptance of the truth at the heart of the matter)." It is a novel for anyone interested in classic mythology, and of course for anyone fascinated by the story of the Trojan War.
I don't think having read THE AENEID is essential, but it would certainly enrich the experience. For a translation, I'd suggest Robert Fagles's, which is now out in paperback.
ANYWAY ... book club discussion Monday night (9/29) at the store at 6:00. Wine flows freely, of course.
Monday, August 11, 2008
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Thursday, August 14 ... Join us at 7:00 p.m. for a reading and release party celebrating Jonathan Ludwig's first chapbook of poetry and short stories, FALSE STARTS, FRAGMENTS & FALSEHOODS. Ludwig's chapbook is published locally by THROWBACK BOOKS ... you may have seen the article about THROWBACK in the August 9 Bend Bulletin. Ludwig is a member of the 2006 and 2007 Bend Poetry Slam Teams. Either everything in this new chapbook is a lie or the title is--it is tough to tell. The content is difficult to believe: buying bits of a woman's body, making molotov cocktails for our generation out of Hostess Pink Snowballs and chopsticks, late night bottles of booze that have more of a social life than the author. But each becomes difficult to discount after reading these maybe-autobiographical stories. Typed in the font of a classic Oliver No. 5 with its butterfly falling keys, these textured stories will have you rereading each cryptic line to try to find a lie or a truth within it. This is a FREE event, open to all. Guests over 21 can enjoy complimentary wine or beer; those under 21 are welcome to soda or water.
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Thursday, August 21 ... THIRD THURSDAY WORDS in the store at 7:00! This Thursday we're lucky to have in a team of talented local poets: Pete Lovering, John Martin, Judy Montgomery and Ellen Waterston. They will read nothing but short poems (their own and others’), from haiku to limerick to sonnet. Peter is celebrating the publication of a new hand-produced book of haiku, INNERVOICE/OPEN SPACE. John, inspired by a month-long poetry residency at Caldera, will read new work and poems from his chapbook, NICK OF TIME. Ellen will read from her prize-winning chapbook, I AM MADAGASCAR, and give us a taste of work from her soon-to-be-published new book of poems. And Judy, just returned from a poetry getaway, will read some of her new (short!) poems and work from her recent chapbook, PULSE & CONSTELLATION. Join us—and if you'd like, bring a short poem (yours or one of your favorites) to read aloud! This, also, is a FREE event and open to all. Guests over 21 can enjoy complimentary wine or beer; those under 21 are welcome to soda or water.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
To make sure that you get your hands on a copy of BREAKING DAWN give us a call to reserve your copy. You can pick it up at midnight or the next day. But to win the signed copy of THE HOST you do need to be present on August 1 when we announce the winner just before midnight.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Taken from the book's website:
A public defender’s dedicated struggle to rescue two innocent men from the recent Kafkaesque practices of our vandalized justice system
“Our government can make you disappear.” Those were the words Steven Wax never imagined he would hear himself say. In his twenty-nine years as a public defender, Wax had never had to warn a client that he or she might be taken away to a military brig, or worse, a “black site,” one of our country’s dreaded secret prisons. How had our country come to this? The disappearance of people happens in places ruled by tyrants, military juntas, fascist strongmen—governments with such contempt for the rule of law that they strip their citizens of all rights. But in America?
Under the current Bush administration, not only are the civil rights of foreigners in jeopardy, but those of U.S. citizens. Wax interweaves the stories of two men that he and his team represented: Brandon Mayfield, an American-born small town lawyer and family man, arrested as a suspected terrorist in the Madrid train station bombings after a fingerprint was incorrectly traced back to him by the FBI; and Adel Hamad, a Sudanese hospital administrator taken from his apartment to a Pakistani prison and then flown in chains to the United States military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Kafka Comes to America reveals where and how our civil liberties have been eroded for a false security, and how each of us can make a difference. If these events could happen to Brandon Mayfield and Adel Hamad, they can happen to anyone. It could happen to us. It could happen to you.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
JULY 17, 7:00 p.m. … THIRD THURSDAY WORDS, featuring local artist, writer, performer and spoken word master JASON GRAHAM, aka MOSLEY WOTTA. Join us for what’s sure to be a great performance. I really encourage you to give this event a go. Graham is phenomenal performer and was featured in The Bulletin earlier this year. Those over 21, come on down and enjoy complimentary wine or beer … those under, we’re happy to share Coca Cola, tea or water.
JULY 19, 2:00 p.m. … I will be at the Tower Theatre selling TODD PARR’s books in conjunction with his STORY STARS presentation for the Deschutes Public Library. I'll be selling at the table before as well as after, when Todd will also be at the table to sign books. His many colorful children's books include the Otto series (OTTO GOES TO THE BEACH, OTTO GOES TO BED, etc.) as well as others, including READING MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD and a perennial favorite with the three- to five-year-old set, UNDERWEAR DO'S AND DON'TS. Tickets to this event are free, but are required, so be sure to pick up yours at the library.
JULY 21, 6:00 p.m. … Federal public defender STEVEN T. WAX is in the store to discuss his book KAFKA COMES TO AMERICA: FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE IN THE WAR ON TERROR, A PUBLIC DEFENDER'S ACCOUNT. Wax masterfully delivers a harrowing story of the erosion of civil liberties after the September 11 terrorist attaches in a powerful testimony that reads like a thriller. Wax’s book follows the story of two men he represented, both victims of post-9/11 conterterrorism measures.
And at the end of the month we have our BOOK CLUB (JULY 28 at 6:00 p.m.). Our book for July is the Oscar Wilde classic THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. Reading this you can see why it was scandalous at the time (it first appeared in Lippincott’s Magazine in 1890). Immerse yourself in a classic and join us on the 28th for a good discussion and some wine. Speaking of classics, I finally watched the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice last night. While I’m not usually a fan of movies adapted from books, I must say it’s a delight to see Mr. Darcy come to life!
Top sellers in the store … moving fast are David Sedaris’s WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES, David Wroblewski’s THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE, Jhumpa Lahiri’s UNACCUSOMED EARTH, Salman Rushdie’s THE ENCHANTRESS OF FLORENCE, Richard Bartlett’s MATRIX ENERGETICS: THE SCIENCE AND ART OF TRANSFORMATION, William P. Young’s THE SHACK, and Stephenie Meyer’s TWILIGHT and NEW MOON, which are likely moving in anticipation of the fourth book in Meyer’s TWILIGHT series.
Speaking of the TWILIGHT series … that fourth book in the series, BREAKING DAWN, is released on August 2. We have a few cases coming in and will do a midnight selling for those of you who just cannot wait to get your hands on a copy! So, fans, mark your calendars for August 1 at 11:00 p.m., when we open the doors late for Meyer fans! We can begin selling the book at midnight. If you would like to reserve your copy just give us a call or send an e-mail.
Want to see your name in print?? Just fill out a CUSTOMER RECOMMENDATION and share your favorite books with the community! We have the little shelf tags in the store and would love to hear what you’ve read and loved .... just stop on in to pick one up.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Most of all, THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING YOUR INDEPENDENT RETAILERS AND RESTAURANTS.
Friday, June 27, 2008
I’m very excited about this … on Thursday, June 19, we kicked off THIRD THURSDAY WORD here in the store. This will be a monthly event featuring a regional poet or writer. So mark your calendars for every third Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Graciously kicking it off for us on the 19th was c.vance, host of the Bend Poetry Slam and author of the new chapbook of poetry and short stories, The Alley Flowers Bloom. We of course have his books in stock … it’s a bargain at $5, people! Support a local writer. For THIRD THURSDAY WORD in July (7/17) we have Jason Graham coming in. Jason is a local artist/poet/musician … you may have read the article about him in the Bulletin back in January. Join us on July 17th for an evening of spoken word and perhaps a glass of wine or beer …
Another one to mark on your calendar … on Monday, July 21 at 6:00 author Steven T. Wax comes to Camalli to discuss his new book Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror, A Public Defender’s Inside Account. Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say about the book (you also may have heard Wax on OPB a couple of weeks ago):
Federal public defender Wax masterfully delivers a harrowing story of the erosion of civil liberties after the September 11 terrorist attacks in a powerful testimony that reads like a thriller. Wax follows the stories of two men he represented, both victims of post-9/11 counterterrorism measures. The first---American citizen and fellow lawyer Brandon Mayfield---was arrested by the FBI as a suspect in the Madrid train station bombings in 2004, after the FBI claimed that a latent fingerprint found on the scene matched Mayfield’s. The second story revolves around Adel Hamad, a Sudanese-born hospital administrator arrested in Pakistan while doing refugee relief work. Imprisoned for six months in “a fetid hell” for alleged connections with al-Qaeda, Hamad was hooded and shackled and transferred to Guantánamo Bay, where he has languished for the past four years. With considerable finesse, the author narrates these two gripping stories in alternating chapters through each stage of his clients' cases. Wax offers personal insight and professional outrage; his is a powerful voice that deserves to reach all Americans.
On Monday, JUNE 30, the Camalli Book Club discusses our June pick, Stef Penney's The Tenderness of Wolves (6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.). Join in for the discussion or just be honest about it, say you didn't read the book, and join us for a glass of wine, anyway ... that's okay, too! Our July pick is The Thirteenth Tale.
We went on a brief hiatus, but will resume story times starting Wednesday, July 2, at 3:00. Because of summer schedules, we are unable to do morning story times for awhile. Here’s the story time schedule for July:
- Wednesday, July 2, 3:00 p.m., Theme: The Moon
- Tuesday, July 15, 3:00 p.m. … special story time! Join us as local authors/illustrators June Atsuko Martel and Sandy Beelmann share their new children’s book, In My Day. June will also do a paper craft with the kids after the story. In My Day follows two children, one in Japan and the other in America, through a typical day in the early 1900s. It’s a charming book. Again, support your local authors!
- Wednesday, July 16, 3:00 p.m., Theme: Gardens
- Wednesday, July 23, 3:00 p.m., Theme: Trucks
Monday, June 16, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 6:00pm-7:00pm … local authors and landscapers Fred Swisher and Sarah Whipple have recently released their book, 55 Myths, Tips & Secrets: Bend’s Essential Guide to Landscaping. Anyone who tries to garden in this town is well aware of the challenges involved. So come on down Tuesday night for a booksigning and discussion that will shed some light on some of those myths, tips and secrets.
Wednesday, June 18, 3:00-3:30 ... story time! Our theme this week is BIRDS.
Thursday, June 19, 7:00pm-whenever … landscaping of the mind. Bend Poetry Slam host c.vance is in the store for a reading/performance. He recently released a collection of poems and stories: the alley flowers bloom…. This Thursday kicks off the store’s Third Thursday poetry/spoken word events, officially titled Third Thursday Word. In July for Third Thursday we’ll have Jason Graham, aka MOsleyWOtta/MoWo. We very much enjoy c.vance's work, but just want to give everyone the head's up that there are some 'adult' themes and language.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
SUNDAY, 6/8, at 4:00 ... come in for a reading and signing by Portland-based author TREVOR SCOTT. A former Air Force officer and the author of more than a dozen books, Scott will stop in at Camalli for a reading and discussion centered on his books’ themes of espionage and intrigue. Scott’s most recent book, BURST OF SOUND, was called “highly entertaining” by the Midwest Book Review and “very exciting” by WP Book Reviews. Scott joined the Navy just shy of 18, working on the dangerous flight deck of aircraft carriers as an aviation ordnanceman on cruises to the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Letting an 18-year-old loose on the streets of the world was an excellent training ground for his future career as an international thriller writer. Done with the Navy after four years, Scott attended the University of Minnesota, earning a degree in English and journalism. He soon rejoined the military as an Air Force officer. He was stationed first in Missouri in a communications squadron supporting Minuteman II ICBMs. Then he moved on to a Ground-Launched Cruise Missile unit in Germany for three years during the crumbling of the Berlin Wall and the fall of communism, where he participated in joint exercises with the German Army and Air Force, and escorted Soviet inspection teams in compliance with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
SO ... Scott's visit will be of interest to all kinds of folks. And if you're a budding writer yourself, come on in and ask questions! It's the best way to learn about publishing process.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
THE HOST, by Stephenie Meyer. Author-signed first edition, first printing. New hardcover. Price: $45.00.
FLOTSAM, by David Weisner. Author-signed first edition, first printing of his Caldecott Medal winner. New hardcover. Price: $50.00.
BUDDHA: A STORY OF ENLIGHTENMENT, by Deepak Chopra. Author-signed first edition. New hardcover. Price: $60.00.
ELDEST, by Christopher Paolini. Author-signed first edition, first printing. New hardcover. Price: $95.00.
LIFE OF PI, ILLUSTRATED EDITION, written by Yann Martel and illustrated by. Author- and illustrator-signed first edition, first printing. New hardcover. Price: $29.95.
We also have in stock signed copies of local author and naturalist Al St. John's OREGON'S DRY SIDE: EXPLORING EAST OF THE CASCADE CREST; Brian A. Connolly's novels for the 8 - 12 set, including WOLF JOURNAL, HAWK, and NOT FAR FROM TOWN; and Judy Montgomery's poetry collections RED JESS and PULSE & CONSTELLATION.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 10:00 a.m. ... ANIMALS story time
Thursday, May 29, 6:00 p.m. ... book club discussion for THEY POURED FIRE ON US FROM THE SKY
Sunday, June 8, 4:00 p.m. ... author Trevor Scott in store to discuss his books
Tuesday, June 17, 6:00 p.m. ... local landscapers/gardeners Fred Swisher and Sarah Whipple in store to discuss gardening in the high desert.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
THURSDAY, May 29 @ 10:00 a.m. (Theme: Animals)
WEDNESDAY, June 4 @ 3:00 p.m. (Theme: More Animals)
As always, story times last approximately 30 minutes (including a craft after the stories). Our schedule may change during the summer, where we may cut back to two story times a month ... it will depend on turnout in the next couple of weeks.
Check back or call (323-6134) for story time details.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Te recuerdo como eras (I Remember You as You Were)
by Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)
I remember you as you were in the last autumn.
You were the grey beret and the still heart.
In your eyes the flames of the twilight fought on.
And the leaves fell in the water of your soul.
Clasping my arms like a climbing plant
the leaves garnered your voice, that was slow and at peace.
Bonfire of awe in which my thirst was burning.
Sweet blue hyacinth twisted over my soul.
I feel your eyes traveling, and the autumn is far off:
grey beret, voice of a bird, heart like a house
towards which my deep longings migrated
and my kisses fell, happy as embers.
Sky from a ship. Field from the hills:
Your memory is made of light, of smoke, of a still pond!
Beyond your eyes, farther on, the evenings were blazing.
Dry autumn leaves revolved in your soul.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
I’m about to take a long drive … down to
So this time I may do one or two books on CD and some music. I’m thinking about listening to a personal hero, Joseph Campbell … perhaps The Hero with a Thousand Faces. I’m also considering a good classic, such as
Decisions, decisions. Regardless of what I listen to, it will be a great trip. A weekend spent with life-long girlfriends, sharing a hotel room and laughing into the wee hours. It’s hard for any book to beat that.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Many people (us included) are anxiously awaiting that warmer weather, whether it's to dig our fingers in the dirt or to sip a glass of wine on the deck. If you're itching to get your home ready for a new season there are (of course) some books you may want to consider. Architect Sarah Susanka's books bring to light a new way of thinking about what makes a place feel like home—characteristics that many people desire of their homes and their lives, but haven't known how to verbalize. Her books include The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live, Outside the Not So Big House: Creating the Landscape of Home, and one of my favorites, The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters. For your yard, local landscapers and gardeners Fred Swisher and Sarah Whipple offer up 55 Myths, Tips and Secrets: Bend's Essential Guide to Landscaping. Fred and Sarah were in the store last month, but they'll be back again with more tips and answers to local gardening dilemmas.
Shaping Up in Spring
Some might consider doing a little spring cleaning beyond their homes. I spoke with a customer today who goes through a multi-day fast at the start of every spring ... a body spring cleaning, if you will. If you're looking to do some personal spring cleaning, consider joining Camalli on Friday, April 11 at 6:00 when Lorette Simonet-Jones discusses her book, Kiss Your Fat Goodbye. By no means a slim-down-quick book, Lorette's book focuses on helping people develop the healthy attitudes that allow them to achieve the health and fitness they deserve. Lorette is a yoga instructor, health educator, and weight managment expert.
We had a great discussion on Monday that started with Philippa Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl and eventually branched off into all sorts of thought-provoking topics. Eventually we got around to naming our April pick: Bernhard Schlink's The Reader. Originally published in Germany, Schlink's book explores the difficulties of comprehending the Holocaust as experienced by the generations growing up afterward—and whether it can be understood through language alone. We will discuss The Reader on Monday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. Remember … EVERYONE is welcome to join us!
Here are the April Story Time dates:
Thursday, April 3, 10:00 a.m. ... theme: DOGS
Wednesday, April 9, 3:00 p.m. ... theme: SPACE
Thursday, April 17, 10:00 a.m. ... theme: PENGUINS & PUFFINS
Wednesday, April 23, 3:00 p.m. ... theme: TINA'S PICKS
Thursday, May 1, 10:00 a.m. ... theme: TRAINS
Story times are approximately 30 minutes long, and that includes craft time.
Recent Releases and Top Sellers
Perhaps you heard the interview on NPR … Kurt Vonnegut's son discussed his Dad's posthumous release, Armageddon in Retrospect. It was officially on sale today and was snapped up immediately (but of course more are now in)! Also out and receiving a lot of attention given the recent uprising in Tibet is Pico Iyer's The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. Saturday's article in the Bulletin has renewed interest in Molly Gloss's novel, Hearts of Horses, and it's moving back onto the bestseller table. If you're a mystery lover, look for this year's Edgar Award nominees, including Benjamin Black's Christine Falls; Tana French's In the Woods; Vincent Bugliosi's Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy; Kevin Wignall's Who is Conrad Hirst?; and Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union. Also off the shelf as soon as it landed … Red Bird: Poems by Mary Oliver
Speaking of Poetry . . .
April is National Poetry Month! National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets as a month-long, national celebration of poetry. So celebrate! Pick up an anthology, a classic, or something brand new. And remember … Camalli posts new poems weekly (sometimes bi-weekly) outside the front of the store. These poems are by locals whenever possible (hint, hint: submit your poems!) and are BEAUTIFULLY illustrated by our lovely artist and bookseller, Britanny Zendejas.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
In the store we celebrate St. Patty's ... and Britanny's birthday ... as we celebrate most things: with a book! Tina is in the midst of four books: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, and How to Be Happy All the Time by Yogananda. Note that A NEW EARTH and THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL will be discussed as part of the store's book club, which is open to anyone and everyone. We will discuss A NEW EARTH on Thursday, March 20 from 5:30-6:30, and THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL on March 31 from 6:00-7:00.
Deirdre just finished A Thousand Splendid Suns and is now reading A New Earth. Remy is reading the graphic novel, Persepolis, and Jonathan is reading the graphic novel Maus as well as Port Townsend, a history of the Washington port town.
We have two more story times scheduled for March: March 20 at 10:00 a.m. and March 26 at 3:00 p.m. For our March 26 story time we will have in a guest reader, preschool teacher Marcee Zendejas. Our story time with Karen Kassy and her dog Splash was great! Splash was a perfect gentleman with all the kids. Tina's dog, Bodhi, is often at the story times as well, but even at 110 pounds Bodhi looks like a mini-lab compared to Splash!
There's still time to register for Karen Castelbaum's inspiring series of "playshops," which are designed to help you drink from the inner wellsprings of creativity, imagination, and curiosity through guided work and art play. This three-part series features: THURSDAY, MARCH 20 - Alluring Activity: The Art of New Beginnings ... THURSDAY, APRIL 3 - The Gifts You Bring to the World ... and THURSDAY, APRIL 17 - The Muse is "IN": Living with Vision & Zest. Each workshop goes from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The cost for each session is $25.00, and Karen is donating 10% of all proceeds to the Kid's Center. Karen is a counselor, artist, & expressive arts facilitator who loves fooling around with words and images. Contact the store for more information or to register.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
There's still time to take part! Bestselling local author, national journalist and writing coach Linden Gross will conduct a series of five one-hour workshops geared towards helping aspiring writers get published. The series, conducted at the store, will cover the following topics: (1) Getting Started, (2) Breaking into Magazines, (3) Getting a Book Deal, (4) Writing that Grabs the Right Kind of Attention, and (5) The Ins and Outs of Publishing vs. Self-Publishing. The How to Get Published workshop series will be conducted on five consecutive Wednesday evenings, starting tonight at the stpre, from 5 - 6 p.m. Linden's fee is $25 per workshop or $100 for the series of five. Contact us for registration information. Walk-in registrants are welcome.
Release your creative spirit! Join Karen Castelbaum for an inspiring series of "playshops" designed to help you drink from the inner wellsprings of creativity, imagination, and curiosity through guided work and art play. This three-part series features: THURSDAY, MARCH 20 - Alluring Activity: The Art of New Beginnings ... THURSDAY, APRIL 3 - The Gifts You Bring to the World ... and THURSDAY, APRIL 17 - The Muse is "IN": Living with Vision & Zest. Each workshop goes from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The cost for each session is $25.00, and Karen is donating 10% of all proceeds to the Kid's Center. Please call about a sliding price scale if cost is an issue. Karen is a counselor, artist, & expressive arts facilitator who loves fooling around with words and images. Contact the store for more information or to register.
We have two books going on this month, and everyone and anyone is invited to join the discussions. First up is the Oprah pick, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, which we will discuss on Thursday, March 20 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (NOTE TIME CHANGE FROM 6:00 to 5:30).
SECOND BOOK ... the March pick for the store is The Other Boleyn Girl, which is of course now out as a film. I have many customers who count this as one of their favorite reads ever, so it seems like an appropriate time to delve in. We will discuss The Other Boleyn Girl on March 31 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 6 at 10:00 a.m. ... all Dr. Seuss!
Wednesday, March 12 at 3:00 p.m. ... special story time with guest reader and local author of Health Intuition, Karen Kassy. Karen will read from the children's picture book Seaman's Journey, which tells the tale of a Newfoundland dog who traveled with Lewis & Clark on their journey. Karen will bring her own Newfoundland, Splash, for the reading. Karen is a health intuitive and all-around great spirit. The story time will be fun for kids and grownups.
Thursday, March 20 at 10:00 a.m. ... Super Silly Stories
Wednesday, March 26 at 3:00 p.m. ... Super Silly Stories II. For this story time we're looking for anyone who might want to be a guest reader. Tina will be out of town.
Tina is in the midst of four books . Tolle's A New Earth, Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl, Yogananda's How to Be Happy All the Time, and Richard Yates's Revolutionary Road. I'm amazed by Revolutionary Road, a modern American classic that on one hand I wish I would have read long ago, but on the other hand it's such a pleasure to be so swept away by something for the first time. New in hardback or paperback . check out Aryn Kyle's The God of Animals, just in in paperback, as is Peony in Love, Lisa See's latest since Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Recent hardcover releases to check out include John Burnham Schwartz's The Commoner, Geraldine Brooks's People of the Book, and Life Class by Pat Barker. Do you have a book-contemporary or classic-that you love, and that you'd love to tell others about? Write a recommendation and we'd be happy to place it with your book selection in the store. Just stop by and ask for the Customer Pick card.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
10:00 a.m. . . . Aaargh, matey, it's Pirate Story Time! After reading some books and swabbin' the decks, my hearty mateys will be makin' hats and eye patches.
5:30 p.m. . . . Ladies, join us for a discussion and Q&A with naturpathic physician Dr. Azure Karli. Dr. Karli is focus on menopause and bio-identical hormones. Now’s you chance to pepper an expect with questions! Join us for a fun and informative discussion while you enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine.
ALL DAY LONG . . . it's Deirdre's birthday!
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Other upcoming events . . .
February 7 . . . Story Time at 10:00 a.m.; theme is transportation
February 8 . . . Judith Montgomery @ 6:00 p.m., reading from her latest poetry chapbook, Pulse and Constellation
February 13 . . . Story Time at 3:00 p.m.
Outside the store, mark your calendars for February 21, when Word Cafe once again takes place at COCC at 7:30. This event features poetry and fiction performed featuring Brad Hills new repertory group as well as a unique reading of poetry interpreted by dance and accompanied by live music. The performances will be followed by readings by featured local authors--including Suzanne Burns (see below) and an open mic.
On FEBRUARY 4 we begin Creative Consciousness. The idea for this program was taken from local resident Karen Castelbaum, who places an information box (real-estate style) in front of her house. Every month she places a poem in the box for people to take. We're using the idea (thanks Karen!) with Creative Consciousness. Each week we'll feature a new poem, literary passage, or piece of art (changing each Monday). On Monday the 4th we begin with a wonderful piece of poetry by Bend resident Cassie Moore, with original art by our own Britanny Zendejas. The poem and art are beautiful together, so be sure to stop by sometime after the 4th to pick one up! These are FREE, and you can pick up your piece of Creative Consciousness from the flyer box outside the front door of the store. If you'd like to submit your own work just e-mail us! We want this to be a community-centered project.
Also upcoming in the store ... local author Suzanne Burns will read from her wonderful new chapbook, Double Header. Check back in for date and time! Also look for upcoming author visits from Wayne Kee, author of the narrative poem Song of the Snake Wars . . . and Fred Swisher & Sarah Whipple, authors of 55 Myths, Tips & Secrets: Bend's Essential Guide to Landscaping.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
BOOK SUGGESTIONS: We've had some great special orders and book club picks recently. One book club is reading Ursula K. LeGuin's translation of Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching. It's one of the best selections yet, as it's unique and filled with simple & beautiful wisdom . . . and I was completely surprised to find this version from LeGuin. Another unique selection is Persepholis: The Story of a Childhood. This graphic novel tells the story of a young girl's life under the Islamic Revolution. If you've never looked through a graphic novel, we highly recommend you take a few minutes to browse a few. These are kids' comic books ... many graphic novels are sophisticated tales accompanied by amazing art. They certainly warrant a look.
The Devil and Miss Prym: A Novel of Temptation, by Paulo Coehlo, is another pick from a local book club. Coehlo's book is a parable of a community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear—as it struggles with the choice between good and evil. Another club is reading Coehlo's Veronika Decides to Die.
If you're looking for a classic for your club pick, consider Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary. One of my personal favorites, this tale of adultery in the provinces certainly deserves another look following any requisite high school reading. The "Madame" here is Emma Bovary, the wife of a doctor who is less than satisfied with the banalities of her provincial life. She embarks on adulterous affairs and comes to a tragic end. She would be the most desperate of the desperate housewives. Other classics to look at again: The Scarlett Letter, Fahrenheit 451, Invisible Man, Atlas Shrugged, Lolita, Under the Volcano . . . so many!
Friday, January 4, 2008
Story Times continue to be wild and fun! Here's the January schedule:
- Thursday, January 10, 10:00 a.m. - Folk/Fairy Tales
- Wednesday, January 16, 3:o0 p.m. - Folk/Fairy Tales
- Thursday, January 24, 10:00 a.m. - Tina's Favorites
- Wednesday, January 30, 3:00 p.m. - Tina's Favorites
We're closing in on our discusson of Dara Horn's The World to Come. We'll meet on Thursday, January 10 at 5:30 p.m. here at the store. EVERYONE is welcome. If you can think of one discussion ahead of time that'd be great. I know I'll be re-reading the last two chapters of the book before we meet . . . what happens at the end will certainly help propel a spirited discussion! We'll also need to decide on our next read. Books in consideration include (all in paperback):
- The Known World, by Edward P. Jones
- The Autumn of the Patriarch, by Gariel Garcia Marquez
- Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy
- Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl
- Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates