We are thrilled to introduce the new owners of Point Reyes Books, Molly Parent and Stephen Sparks. Experienced booksellers and heartfelt bibliophiles, they met seven years ago at Green Apple Books in San Francisco where they both worked.
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
These words by poet Mary Oliver will be at the forefront of our thinking as we begin our next chapter on January 1, 2017. We've spent the past fourteen years growing and cultivating Point Reyes Books which will soon have new owners. The experience has enhanced our lives far more than we could have anticipated.
As we move on, we look forward to deepening our connection to the natural world. We hope to experience and foster greater creativity, vitality, and awareness. We want to nurture community, compassion, inclusion, spiritual practices, and healing in ourselves and others. Especially now, in light of the presidential election, we believe it’s imperative that we also become more actively engaged in protecting human and civil rights and the environment and encouraging others to do the same. We intend to do some of this work through Black Mountain Circle (BMC), the nonprofit we created two years ago to explore the interconnection between story, spirit, and nature.
We have committed a portion of the revenue from the sale of Point Reyes Books to strengthen and expand Black Mountain Circle. Because you are a longtime friend of the bookstore, we invite you to follow and support this new effort by reading our monthly BMC enews, attending programs and events, and consider making a tax-deductible gift. We've created a crowdfunding campaign to raise $30,000 by December 31 which will lend support to Black Mountain Circle’s 2017 programs (partial list below).
We are filled with great anticipation and excitement about how our "wild and precious" lives will unfold in the coming years, tempered now by what our communities and nation face in this uncertain political climate. We need BMC's programs now more than ever. If you have feedback or questions, contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kate and Steve
Black Mountain Circle 2017 Programs Geography of Hope
The Geography of Hope conference is considered one of northern California’s most exceptional literary festivals, featuring conversations with noted writers, poets, artists, activists, and naturalists.
•“Ancestors & the Land: Our Past, Present & Future,” March 17 to 19, 2017. Honoring ancestral connections to West Marin and other landscapes leading to dialogues between generations and cultures to help us reconnect to place and restore balance to Mother Earth. Spiritual Ecology
•Ecological renewal, sustainability, and right action depend on our examining our underlying attitudes and beliefs about the earth, recognizing our responsibility for the planet, and cultivating spiritual awareness.
•Daylong retreats in West Marin and monthly speaker series in Oakland.
•Weekend retreats for millennials will immerse up to 100 environmental activists and students (ages 18 to 30 years old) in spiritual ecology awareness practices, service, and community-building. Money & Spirit
Though we use it every day, we know so little about how we truly feel about money. Break the taboo of talking about our inner relationship with money, both as individuals and societies.
•“Giver, Receiver & Gift” webinar series beginning in February, combines Buddhist, psychological, and spiritual perspectives about money led by San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) Abiding Abbess Linda Ruth Cutts and Kate Levinson. Sponsored by SFZC.
•“Women, Money, Spirit” conference on Saturday, April 29, at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Explore money through the lens of spirit, psychology, social justice, race, religion, finance, and philanthropy. Death, Dying & Grief
How we approach the inevitable—our loved one’s passing and our own—can instruct us on how to live our lives.
•Annual Grieving Ritual with psychotherapist and author Francis Weller.
•Daylong retreat with Stephen Jenkinson from the Orphan Wisdom School.
•“Making Friends with Death” workshops with Devi Weisenberg and Rev. Elizabeth River.
•End-of-life conversations with authors and practitioners. Book Groups, Publications & Special Projects
Ongoing author events and book groups and support for local literary publications.
•Conversations with writers on the intersection of story, spirit, and nature.
•“Aging as a Spiritual Practice” book group led by Rev. Elizabeth River, beginning in January. The next book is David Whyte's Consolations.
•Fiscal sponsorship of literary projects including the West Marin Review, Inverness Almanac, and Mount Vision Press.
At Point Reyes Books
1. A Man Called Ove / Frederik Backman
2. Commonwealth / Ann Patchett
3. My Brilliant Friend / Elena Ferrante
4. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry / Frederik Backman
5. The Secret Chord / Geraldine Brooks
1. The Hour of Land / Terry Tempest Williams
2. When Women Were Birds / Terry Tempest Williams
3. Inverness Almanac #4
4. West Marin Review #7
5. Emotional Currency / Kate Levinson
Book Angels Will Fly Again
Starting November 18
We invite you to become a Book Angel this holiday season beginning November 18. Through this annual program, more than 6,000 books have been distributed over the past 14 years to local kids, ages one to fourteen, who don’t have many books of their own. Visit Point Reyes Books and purchase a book from a selection specially chosen by local teachers and librarians. Or make a donation to this important program at the counter.
2017 Geography of Hope
Registration Opens December 1 Ancestors & The Land:
Our Past, Present & Future
The 2017 Geography of Hope Conference (GOH) takes place on March 17 to 19, in Point Reyes part of the traditional homelands of the Coast Miwok Indians. As native people here and throughout America and the world have taught us, we can best care for the land by knowing its history, by cherishing its stories, and by actively working to protect it. GOH hopes to stimulate a conversation honoring ancestral connections to this and other landscapes—whether Native American, European, African, Asian, Hispanic, or elsewhere—that will lead to dialogues between generations and cultures to help us reconnect to place and restore balance to Mother Earth. Presented by Black Mountain Circle. Watch for details.
Black Mountain Circle
Some of Steve and Kate’s time in the coming years will be focused on programs presented through their nonprofit Black Mountain Circle, exploring the interrelationship of story, spirit, and nature. If you’d like to be informed of upcoming events, subscribe to the Black Mountain Circle mailing list.
Show Your Support
Stephen Sparks and Molly Parent look forward to welcoming you as customers when they take ownership of Point Reyes Books on January 1, 2017. In the meantime, you can show your support by donating to their Indiegogo crowdfunding site, or by renewing your existing Community Supported Bookstore (CSB) membership or opening a new one.
New Broadside Commemorates Terry Tempest Williams Event
Point Reyes Books has published a beautiful new broadside printed by Richard Seiber Letterpress with a quote from Terry Tempest Williams and art by Tom Killion to commemorate a farewell event held on October 22. The evening—a benefit for Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Mesa Refuge, and Black Mountain Circle—celebrated Kate and Steve's 14-year stewardship of the bookstore and the centennial of the National Park Service. You can purchase the broadside at the bookstore or at our website.
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