Literary events for week of Sept. 22
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 2:24 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 22
Haiku Poets, 24th Annual Two Autumns Reading, 1 p.m: Poets include Gregory Longenecker, Eve Luckring, Carolyne Rohrig, and Ce Rosenow. Fort Mason, Room 260 Building C, San Francisco. Details, www.hpnc.org.
Monday, Sept. 23
Gary Kamiya, “Cool Gray City of Love,” 7 p.m: An exuberant combination of personal insight, deeply researched history, in-depth reporting, and lyrical prose to create an unparalleled portrait of San Francisco. Each of its 49 chapters explores a specific site or intersection in the city, from the mighty Golden Gate Bridge to the raunchy Tenderloin to the soaring sea cliffs at Land's End. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, bookpassage.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 24
Redwood Writers read their stories and poems, 6 p.m.: Redwood Cafe, 8240 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a reservation.
David Bedrick, “Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology,” 7 p.m: Utilizing in-depth research and analysis, this volume debunks the quick fixes and simplistic explanations of Dr. Phil McGraw. Discussing sixteen specific episodes of the Dr. Phil show, the book provides alternative perspectives on such topics as lying, judging, labeling, dieting, anger, shame, addictions, relationships, domestic violence, race, and gender. Copperfield's Books, 138 North Main St., Sebastopol, 823-2618, copperfieldsbooks.com.
Wednesday, Sept. 25
Class on mystery writing, 1 p.m: Mystery writer Bill Moody teaches, Creating a Mystery Character, first of 4-week class. Readers' Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 939-1779, www.readersbooks.com
Get Lit series, Corkscrew Wine Bar, 7 p.m: Glen David Gold, Nayomi Munaweera, and Laura E. Davis. 100 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. More details, facebook.com/GetLitReadings.
Thursday, Sept. 26
Judy Halebsky, 7 p.m.: The author of "Sky=Empty" and notable poet will read from her works, followed by an open mic. Art Center Ukiah, 201 South State St., Ukiah. Details, coloredhorse.wordpress.com/category/calendar/mendocino-poetry
Molly McCarthy, “The Accidental Diarist,” 7 p.m: In an appealing history of the daily act of self-reckoning, Molly McCarthy explores just how vital daily planners are to those who use them. From their origins in almanacs and blank books through the nineteenth century and on to the enduring legacy of written introspection, McCarthy has penned an exquisite biography of an almost ubiquitous document that has borne witness to American lives in all of their complexity and mundanity. Readers' Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 939-1779, www.readersbooks.com.
Dr. Ellen Cutler, “Clearing the Way to Health and Wellness: Reversing Chronic Conditions by Freeing the Body of Food, Environmental, and Other Sensitivities,” 7 p.m: Dr. Ellen Cutler presents BioSET(R), an innovative technique that offers hope for those for whom other treatments have failed. It provides an empowering new explanation of allergies and sensitivities as the cause of chronic illness, as well as a groundbreaking approach to overcoming them. Copperfield's Books, 138 North Main St., Sebastopol, 823-2618, copperfieldsbooks.com.
Friday, Sept. 27
Eben Alexander, “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife,” 7 p.m: Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then, Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human—shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Dr. Yountville. Info, 944-9900 or by visiting www.lincolntheater.org
Saturday, Sept. 28
Kirk Schneider, “The Polarized Mind,” 7 p.m: Dr. Kirk Schneider explores why and how estranged killers, corporate swindlers, bullheaded ideologues, and notorious leaders and their followers have become repeatedly polarized throughout history, why it’s problematic – even dangerous, and how we can begin to understand and undo it. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, bookpassage.com.
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