Santa Cruz Good Times

Saturday
Feb 06th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

April Showers Bring Bestselling Authors

booksHemp, birds, and the alimentary canal—oh my! Bookshop Santa Cruz rolls out a slew of noteworthy book events

Bookshop Santa Cruz will be teeming with activity this April, as more than a dozen renowned authors are scheduled to stop by in promotion of their latest books. From poetry, to short stories, to nail-biting novels, to informative nonfiction, there’s an author event for every reader to enjoy.

Take a look:



ae GulpApril 2

Mary Roach, “Gulp”
Without curly orange hair, a magical school bus, and a name like “Ms. Frizzle,” you’d be hard-pressed to make the alimentary canal sound interesting. That is, unless you’re Mary Roach. The bestselling author, known for her side-splitting science writing, manages to do just that in her new book, “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.” Within its pages, Roach explores the tubular passage that extends from the mouth to the rear in a way that is somehow both interesting and entertaining. To do so, readers go on location to a pet food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal.

April 11

Emma Donoghue, “Frog Music”
Inspired by the still-unsolved 1876 murder of Jenny Bonnet in San Francisco, “Frog Music” is a historical drama told from the perspective of Blanche Beunon, a young French burlesque dancer, prostitute, and friend of Bonnet, who witnessed her murder. The latest from bestselling author Emma Donoghue—known for her wildly popular book from 2010, “Room”—“Frog Music” is one page-turner you don’t want to miss.

April 16

Sheila Himmel and Fran Smith, “Changing The Way We Die”
In our modern society, talking about death is somewhat taboo. And yet, it’s an event that everyone faces at some point in their lifetime. Rather than continue to dodge the subject, award-winning journalists and co-authors Sheila Himmel and Fran Smith have tackled it head on in their newest book, “Changing The Way We Die.” Meant to serve as a resource for anyone who wants to be prepared to face death, the book offers a broad look at the hospice landscape through stories of real patients, families, doctors, and the corporations that increasingly own the market.

ae hempApril 21

Doug Fine, “Hemp Bound”
Once the 4/20 festivities have come to a close, another often misunderstood plant will enter the spotlight at Bookshop Santa Cruz. In his new book, “Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution,” comedic investigative journalist and bestselling author Doug Fine embarks on an eye-opening journey with the innovators who are testing, researching and pioneering hemp’s applications for the 21st century. The book explains how hemp may help end dependence on fossil fuels, heal farm soils damaged by monocultures, and bring more taxable revenue into the economy than marijuana.

April 23

David Sibley, “The Sibley Guide to Birds: Second Edition”
When “The Sibley Guide to Birds” was released in 2000, author and illustrator David Sibley quickly established himself as one of the world’s leading experts on birding. The book is considered to be the most comprehensive guide to birds on the market, and now, Sibley has unveiled the highly anticipated second edition. The follow-up offers expanded and updated information, new paintings, new and rare species, and a new eye-catching design.

April 24

Barbara Ehrenreich, “Living With a Wild God”
Award-winning columnist, essayist and author of the pot-stirring “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,” Barbara Ehrenreich has just released a memoir, entitled “Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth about Everything.” After uncovering a journal she had kept during her adolescence, Ehrenreich set out on a part-philosophical and part-spiritual journey to explore those teenage musings and, ultimately, find herself. “Living With a Wild God” documents that quest and its results.


ae barkbookAuthor Lorrie Moore dishes on her newest book of short stories, ‘Bark’

It’s been 15 years since Lorrie Moore released her beloved collection of short stories, “Birds of America.” Her follow-up, “Bark,” features eight tales of love, loss, death, friendship, politics, and parenting—all of which illustrate American life: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Moore’s poetic writing style, combined with her unique sense of humor and thought-provoking meditations on relationships, make “Bark” a must-read.

 

 

 

Here’s what she had to say about it:

GOOD TIMES: Do you feel as though your writing style has evolved since “Birds of America”?

Lorrie Moore: One can always hope and pray. But I don’t go back to old work and compare and contrast. So I don’t really know.

Did you write the stories in “Bark” individually and then group them together? Or did you write them with the purpose of featuring them in the same book?

“Bark” comprises 10 years of stories. They are all individually conceived of and prompted. But then put together—I suppose as siblings, if that makes sense. If there’s a family resemblance it’s both unintentional and inevitable.

Which of these stories is your favorite?

I always like the story that seems most overlooked. I have an idea which story that might be but am not precisely sure.

Some of the soul-searching in this book feels too real to be fiction. Do you see yourself in your characters?

No, I don’t see myself in certain characters, but I do draw from my own well a bit.

One line from the story “Subject to Search” that really stood out was “regrets are stupid, crumpled-up tickets to a circus that has already left town.” Do you agree with that statement?

I try never to agree or disagree with fictional characters but just let them have their moments and utterances.

While there are a lot of deep, sometimes depressing, themes covered in the book, there is also a lot of wisdom, humor and irony. How do you find a balance and maintain perspective in your own life, between the hard times and the good?

That is going to be my next book! So I can’t give it away just yet.

How did you settle on the title “Bark”?

I wanted an image that was both resonant and that ended in K. 


Join Lorrie Moore for a reading, signing and audience Q&A at Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

On the Run

Is there hope for California’s salmon?

 

Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey

Monday, Feb. 8, is Aquarius new moon (19 degrees) and Chinese New Year of the Red Fire Monkey (an imaginative, intelligent and vigilant creature). Monkey is bright, quick, lively, quite naughty, clever, inquiring, sensible, and reliable. Monkey loves to help others. Often they are teachers, writers and linguists. They are very talented, like renaissance people. Leonardo Da Vinci was born in the year of Monkey. Monkey contains metal (relation to gold) and water (wisdom, danger). 2016 will be a year of finances. For a return on one’s money, invest in monkey’s ideas. Metal is related to wind (change). Therefore events in 2016 will change very quickly. We must ponder with care before making financial, business and relationship changes. Fortune’s path may not be smooth in 2016. Finances and business as usual will be challenged. Although we develop practical goals, the outcomes are different than hoped for. We must be cautious with investments and business partnership. It is most important to cultivate a balanced and harmonious daily life, seeking ways to release tension, pressure and stress to improve health and calmness. Monkey is lively, flexible, quick-witted, and versatile. Their gentle, honest, enchanting yet resourceful nature results often in everlasting love. Monkeys are freedom loving. Without freedom, Monkey becomes dull, sad and very unhappy. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), the Chinese official title of Marquis (noble person) was pronounced ‘Hou,’ the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. Monkey was thereby bestowed with auspicious (favorable, fortunate) meaning. Monkey years are: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016.  

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of February 5

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Wine and Chocolate

West Cliff Wines gets its game on, plus a brand new chocolate cafe on Center Street

 

How would you stop people from littering?

Teach them from the time that they’re small that it’s not an appropriate behavior. Juliet Jones, Santa Cruz, Claims Adjuster

 

Dancing Creek Winery

New Zinfandel Port is a ruby beauty

 

Venus Spirits

Changing law could mean new opportunity for local spirits