Saturday, October 20, 2007

November Calendar

Here's what I know so far about the November Calendar. As soon as the facilitators send me the details of their meetings, I will post them here.

The East Bay Group is officially formed.

Yikes...looks like we need to start an additional East Bay Group in March, which will meet in wheel chair accessible locations. Let me have your name if you are interested! Write to

Enjoy your reading. Cynthia K

Rebel Readers
Next book is Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
November 14 at 6:30 at a Member's House
This group is complete

Tuesday Evening Book Nuts
Next book is The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
November 27 at 6:30 at Duboce Park Cafe
This group welcomes new members

Can't Fail Group
Next book is Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck
October 20 at a member's house
Next books are Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison,
and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
This group is complete

Discovery Group
Next books are Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy,
and Truth and Beauty by Ann Pachett
October 25 at 6:30 at a Members House
This group is complete

East Bay Group
First Book is Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
November 25 at 4pm at a member's house
This group is already complete

New East Bay Group
This group will meet in wheelchair accessible locations.
First meeting will be in March.
Contact me at if you would like to be in this new group.

New SF Group
Contact me at if you would like to be part of this group.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

November 14 Valerie Miner Featured Speaker

After Eden is an elegant, provocative novel, whose dramatic plot examines issues of home and homelessness in a rural California valley. After Eden tackles a range of contemporary dramas such the devastating fires that threaten the West every year and fraught definitions of community.
Throughout the novel, Miner juxtaposes varying cultural definitions of wilderness and trespassing and home. Characters include Pomo Indians; Euro-American ranchers and vintners; Mexican American migrant laborers.
The story follows Emily from her arrival in the Valley where she plans to relax in her cabin, far away from her “real” life as a city planner in Chicago. The sudden death of her partner causes Emily to examine personal commitments to work, family and home. During this disturbing and restorative period of personal reflection, she also comes to understand in a deeper way the inter-cultural complexities of life in the Valley.
After Eden traces Emily’s story as it moves from loss to renewal for both the individual and the community. A decidedly feminist view of the New West, After Eden weaves lyrical prose with a different look at “family values” and what it really means to be human.

Valerie Miner is the award-winning author of thirteen books. She teaches at Stanford University and travels internationally, giving readings, lectures and workshops.

Join us for another great reading in our monthly speaker's series.
Cynthia K.