Le West Marin ReviewAugust 7, 2014
Le West Marin Review
Oui, c’est vrai! West Marin Review Vol. 5 is now being sold in Paris at the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore, but you don’t have to go that far. Point Reyes Books and other independent booksellers have good supplies, but they’re going fast…WMR’s been on the Marin IJ nonfiction bestseller list for weeks!
And don’t forget the deadline for submissions to Vol. 6 is September 1.
Eat Your Heart Out with Steve and Kate
Consider joining Steve and Kate at one or more of these tasty benefits for organizations they support.
- August 12: West Marin Review, dinner and reading with Peter Coyote
- September 20: Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Dinner on the Pacific Plate
- October 25: West Marin Community Services, benefit for our local food pantry
- November 1: Heyday Books, 40th Anniversary Gala
It’s Not Uncommon
Every little town should have a little park. And now, thanks to a crew of dedicated local volunteers, including Steve, Point Reyes does, too. A vacant lot has been transformed into The Point Reyes Commons. Check out the picnic tables, native plants, young fruit trees, honor farm stand, and occasional exhibits in the little yellow house. Make a contribution for the ongoing upkeep of the Commons. And use those trash cans! Keep Point Reyes beautiful.
Women and the Land
As we plan for our 2015 Geography of Hope Conference, we’re inspired by reading the summer issue of News from Native California which, like our upcoming conference, is all about Women and the Land. Fascinating reads about a teenage girl’s dream of equal education, about Abalone Woman, about conserving culturally important land in Indian Country, and much more.
Point Reyes Farmers Market Opens this SaturdayJune 26, 2014
We’re happy to be a co-sponsor of our wonderful Point Reyes Farmers Market once again this year. It opens for the season this Saturday, and we can’t wait to greet our farmer friends and all of the other vendors who make our market so special. See you there?
A Black Mountain Circle of Spirit, Story, and Place
For a long time we have dreamed of creating an organization outside the bookstore to explore the relationships between the arts, spirit, story, and place. We are excited to announce the establishment of the Black Mountain Circle, a California non-profit organization. Black Mountain Circle will serve as the fiscal sponsor for our literary journal the West Marin Review, our bi-annual Geography of Hope Conference, and an expanded set of programs hosted at the Point Reyes Presbyterian Church, including author events, retreats, films, book groups, and writing workshops for youth and adults. Black Mountain Circle events in this enews include the book groups led by Elizabeth River and Pat Holt, the day-long retreat with Robin Kimmerer and Jaune Evans, and the film series described in the next item. We hope you will join the Circle by attending these and future events.
Award-winning Indie Films
Come to Point Reyes!
One of the first projects of the Black Mountain Circle is a new monthly film series bringing award-winning documentaries to Point Reyes Station. The films—rarely seen outside international film festivals—will explore the threads that connect culture and ecology expressed through both artistic and human lens. Each screening is followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and special guests, and we’re looking forward to engaging and thought-provoking discussions. Series curated by West Marin filmmaker Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and Sausalito Film Festival Co-founder Allison Faust.
No More Book Bullying!
We try to keep the bookstore afloat by offering what Amazon can't provide—personal service, a commitment to our community and the people in it, and an ever-changing collection of new and used books selected with our customers in mind. We also try to avoid Amazon bashing. But there's been much news lately about Amazon's bullying practices and predatory pricing and demands for more fees from publishers. In case you missed it, Hachette Book Group is being punished for standing up for themselves in their negotiations with Amazon.
We want to express our deep gratitude to Hachette for taking such a courageous stand! We know it's sometimes inconvenient, but there are lots and lots of reasons to support independent bookstores! The act of purchasing books from independent bookstores has ripple effects into the economy. Not only are you keeping cultural centers alive in our communities, you are helping authors, publishers, and employees avoid mistreatment by Amazon. Read about it in the New York Times (http://nyti.ms/Tpb0Yy, and http://nyti.ms/1l7JxRz) and in the New Yorker (http://bit.ly/1mrmmqd).
Mapping a New
Geography of Hope —Women and the Land
Inspired by our 2015 Geography of Hope Conference co-chairs Kathleen Dean Moore and Robin Kimmerer, we’ve chosen a name and theme for our next conference: “Mapping a New Geography of Hope—Women and the Land.” With their guidance and your participation, we look forward to exploring new geographies, ideas, and visions of hope of every sort. The gathering will feature writers of poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction, deepening our understanding of the relationship between people and place from the feminine perspective. Subscribe to our enews and follow us on Facebook where we’ll be posting details of the upcoming conference.
West Marin Review
Benefit at Saltwater
We didn’t think the West Marin Review steering committee could get any happier than they were at this summer’s launch of Volume 5 of the award-winning journal at Toby’s Feed Barn, left to right: Myn Adess; Madeleine Corson; Doris Ober; Steve Costa; Ellen Serber; Mark Caballero; Suzanne d’Coney.
But that was then…
Now they’d like to give a shout out for the West Marin Review benefit dinner at Saltwater in Inverness on August 12. A fabulous meal, convivial company, a view of Tomales Bay, and (wait for it!) a Surprise Guest, all to support the creation of Volume 6. Do come. Tickets will be available soon at saltwateroysterdepot.com. And don’t forget the deadline for submissions of prose, poetry, and art for Volume 6 is September 1.
2015 Geography of Hope Conference Co-chairs NamedMay 30, 2014
We haven’t settled on the name of our next GOH yet, but wanted to let you know the theme: women and the land! Expect nature writing at its best, but also expect fire, grit, fierceness, and a commitment to restoring the earth from brilliant writers Robin Wall Kimmerer and Kathleen Dean Moore who will chair the event. They’ll lead the gathering of writers and readers at our fifth conference to be held on March 13-15, 2015. Come for the writing. Stay for the transformation.
The Once and Future California Bookstore Day
We joined with independent bookstores all over the state on May 3 to celebrate California Bookstore Day. Each store commemorated the day in its own unique style. At Point Reyes Books, it was cookies, book giveaways, and an impromptu sidewalk-singalong with Tim Weed and Debbie Daly. This is sure to become an annual event!
We celebrated our birthday by installing a new sign created by graphic designer, local resident, and bookstore customer Barry Deutsch.
(Pictured: Kate and Steve with staffer Helen Strodl.)
They Never Get BoredApril 1, 2014
Point Reyes Books owners Kate Levinson and Steve Costa devote time each month to serving on local nonprofit boards. Here’s a taste of projects they’re working on for two groups that are dear to their hearts:
West Marin’s Got Talent!
Kate invites you to a Talent Show to benefit West Marin Community Services on May 10 at 6 p.m. at the Dance Palace Community Center. A Red Carpet and Local Talent Spectacular and good food, too. Tickets at Point Reyes Books, Zuma, and online.
He Must Trust
Steve chairs a strategic planning task force for the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. They’re working on a three-year plan to expand their great educational programs, create a Trails Trust, and more.
Grieving CircleFebruary 7, 2014
In light of Francis Weller's recent powerful grief workshop and the death of community member Ron Powell, we’re hosting a monthly Grieving Circle at Point Reyes Presbyterian Church. The bookstore is offering at cost Francis' book Entering the Healing Ground: The Sacred Work of Grief.
Please join us for our first Grieving Circle on Wednesday, March 12, 7:00pm.
New Year, New Sale!January 16, 2014
We’re taking 20% off all calendars and 40% off many books now through January 31.
Boho AwardNovember 11, 2013
Point Reyes Books has been honored with an annually given North Bay Bohemian Boho Award.
Bookstore's 10th AnniversaryJune 1, 2012
Here is the full 20 minute interview of Kate and Steve reflecting on the bookstore's 10th Anniversary with George Clyde of KWMR.
Bookstore E-Store Might CloseMarch 26, 2012
More than a year ago, Point Reyes Books established a virtual e-storefront on our website, ptreyesbooks.com. There, you can search for books in print, read descriptions and reviews, and order and purchase books that you can either pick up at the store or have shipped directly to you or another recipient. During this first year, the traffic at the e-store has been minimal, and we will spend the next two months evaluating whether offering the service warrants the monthly cost. If traffic at the e-storefront does not pick up, we will ask customers to email or call in their special orders. VISIT
Fourth Annual Food for Thought Series kicks-offMarch 26, 2012
In partnership with Marin Organic, the bookstore has scheduled a dynamic set of food talks and events for 2012. Scheduled authors will speak about food sovereignty, agricultural issues, urban farming, food policy, and food issues in general. This year's authors include Tracie McMillan, Dan Imhoff and Ken Cook, Langdon Cook, Joel Salatin.
2012 Soul Food Series BeginsMarch 26, 2012
Each year, the bookstore hosts a series of talks, conversations, and workshops on spirituality, philosophy, myth, and psychology in collaboration with The New School at Commonweal, Elephant Mountain Sangha, Dharma Friends of West Marin, Point Reyes Presbyterian Church, Spirit Matters, and Yoga Toes. This year's series begins February 24th, with Meredith Sabini, author of The Earth Has a Soul: Jung on Nature, Technology and Modern Life. Six other noted authors have been scheduled for the coming months:
Meredith Sabini, Angeles Arrien, Joanna Macy, Eric Alan,
Kay Lindahl, Lewis Richmond, Robert N. Bellah.
Community Supported Bookstore (CSB) ProgramMarch 26, 2012
By the end of 2011 the bookstore's newly established Community Supported Bookstore (CSB) program had met its year-end goal of signing up 200 members-203 people, in fact, have become members. We are very grateful to those who have responded to this major effort to support the future of our business, and it's already making a difference with needed cash flow during these winter months. If you have not yet become a member, please consider investing in the bookstore's future by doing so. Our new goal is 200 new members-for a total of 400 members-by the end of 2012. For more details and to become a CSB member, VISIT.
Emotional CurrencyNovember 4, 2011
Great News! Ten Speed/Random House informed co-owner Kate Levinson that her book, Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money, has gone into a second printing. Those who have not read it can ORDER NOW.
Slow Money CatalogNovember 4, 2011
Point Reyes Books served as the bookseller at the recent Slow Money National Conference that attracted over 800 participants. The bookstore has created an online Slow Money Catalog which features all of the book titles that we offered at the conference, plus many others of interest to slow money activists. MORE
Support the bookstore by ordering these books and other books through our e-store.
Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself'November 4, 2011
"Marin's greatest poetry reading ever?" A question raised in a headline and article in the Pacific Sun regarding the epic reading of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself involving 52 readers led by Robert Hass, organized by Eric Karpeles, and sponsored by the bookstore and the New School at Commonweal. LISTEN
Jane Hirshfield benefit for the West Marin ReviewNovember 4, 2011
On Saturday, December 3 at 4:00pm poet Jane Hirshfield will read from her most recent book of poetry, Come, Thief as a benefit for the West Marin Review, an award-winning literary and art journal published by Point Reyes Books and friends and neighbors. MORE
If unable to attend order a signed first edition
8th Annual Wild Book ShowNovember 4, 2011
Gallery Route One (GRO) and the bookstore are hosting the 8th Annual Wild Book Show at GRO from November 5 - December 10 Twenty five handmade books, using materials from the "wilds" of Point Reyes, are being exhibited and sold through a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the local Artists in the Schools program.
Community Supported BookstoreNovember 4, 2011
The bookstore announced its new Community Supported Bookstore (CSB) program on October 19 at the Michael Ondaatje event, as a major effort to support the future of our business. The program, described in a wonderful article in the Point Reyes Light, has been met with much enthusiasm, 35 members signing up since the event. For more details or to become a member visit our website. MORE
2011 Food for Thought series AnnouncedJune 13, 2011
For the third year Marin Organic and the bookstore will host a series of events with noted food authors. The 2011 schedule offers eight events including; Anna Lappe, Diet for a Hot Planet; Chad Robertson, Tartine Bread; and world renowned environmentalist Dr. Vandana Shiva.
Kate's Launches Book TourJune 13, 2011
The launch for Kate's book, Emotional Currency, was a wonderful event at Toby's Feed Barn. Since then she has visited lots of other indie bookstores in the Bay Area and the Southwest, and has scheduled trips to the Midwest, Los Angeles, Northwest and more Northern California locations. Readers' responses to the book have been very positive but we need your help in spreading word about Emotional Currency. Please let your friends and family know about the book! Upcoming events are listed on her website, www.emotionalcurrency.com, with more being scheduled all the time. If you haven't purchased a copy ORDER NOW.
Bookstore e-Store offers Google eBooksFebruary 27, 2011
Point Reyes Books now offers one of the largest ebook collections available through our partnership with Google. You can order virtually any ebook, for reading on nearly any device, through the Bookstore's newly expanded e-store, giving you the most flexible way to buy eBooks while supporting the bookstore. Shop for your next ebook HERE.
Soul Food SeriesFebruary 27, 2011
Upcoming events the bookstore is co-sponsoring as part of it's monthly soul food series.
Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad, Thursday, February 24, 7:00pm at Presbyterian Church.
Clare Cooper Marcus, author of Iona Dreaming: The Healing Power of PlaceSunday, March 13, 3:00pm at Presbyterian Church.
Marguerite Rigoglioso, author of Virgin Mother Goddesses of Antiquity, Sunday, April 10, 3:00pm at Presbyterian Church.
Patricia Damery, author of Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation, Thursday, May 12, 7:00pm at Presbyterian Church.
Soul Food Series is co-sponsored by the bookstore, Elephant Mountain Sangha, Point Reyes Dharma Friends, Point Reyes Presbyterian Church, Spirit Matters, and Yoga Toes
Sculptor David Best Installs "Our Lady of the Harbor"February 26, 2011
Renowned sculptor David Best of Petaluma directed a crew February 19 in the installation of "Our Lady of the Harbor," an artwork he created for the Geography of Hope Film art program, which will serve as a memorial for community children who have died. Best's work is one of a dozen outdoor public art pieces created by Marin and Sonoma artists to be displayed throughout Point Reyes Station until May 31, all of them reflecting the GOH theme of "Reflections on Water." Map and location of all GOH art exhibitions and installations is available at bookstore.
2011 Geography of Hope ConferenceFebruary 26, 2011
The 2011 Geography of Hope Conference, March 18-20, 2011, delves into this year's theme of "Reflections on Water" and features Conference Co-chairs, poets Brenda Hillman and Robert Hass, along with splendid writers from around the country (and Paris!), including William Least Heat-Moon, Michael Ondaatje, Tom Farber, Eddy L. Harris, Julia Whitty, Peter Gleick, Philip Fradkin, Malcolm Margolin, Tim Palmer, ecopoets Evelyn Reilly and Jonathan Skinner, Linda Spaulding and others. The weekend is filled with discussions...readings...field trips... spirited conversations...outdoor public art...a group art show at Toby's Gallery... And because this is West Marin...great food, too!
Weekend Registration includes field trip, meals seven panels: $250.00
Indvidual field Trip, panel and Dinner/Panel packages tickets available
For ongoing updates, visit Geography of Hope Conference on Facebook.
200 Book Angels Appear at BookstoreJanuary 20, 2011
More than 200 Book Angels appeared at the bookstore this holiday season and purchased 300 books for area children. The books were wrapped and delivered through West Marin Community Services, West Marin and Bolinas Schools, and Papermill Creek Children's Corner. A deep thanks to all the Angels who purchased books at the store or who made contributions to this, our favorite project .
2011 Geography of Hope Conference Registration Opens January 22January 20, 2011
The 2011 Geography of Hope Conference, March 18-20, 2011, delves into this year's theme of "Reflections on Water" and features Conference Co-chairs, poets Brenda Hillman and Robert Hass, along with splendid writers from around the country (and Paris!), including William Least Heat-Moon, Tom Farber, Eddy L. Harris, Julia Whitty, Peter Gleick, Philip Fradkin, Malcolm Margolin, Tim Palmer, ecopoets Evelyn Reilly and Jonathan Skinner and others. The weekend is filled with discussions...readings...field trips...spirited conversations...outdoor public art...a group art show at Toby's Gallery... And because this is West Marin...great food, too! MORE
To volunteer, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (indicate interest in conference, film events, or both).
For ongoing updates, visit Geography of Hope Conference on Facebook.
2011 Geography of Hope Film FestivalJanuary 20, 2011
The Inaugural Geography of Hope Film Festival, this year focused on the conference theme of water, runs February 25-27, 2011 and presents more than 25 documentaries, features, animations, and much, much more, along with panel discussions with filmmakers on science, art, ecology, spirituality...and water.
Tickets at inticketing.com.
Complete program available NOW.
Opening Night features the film, THE RIVER WHY, an independent feature that artfully reveals through water metaphors a young man’s search for self-discovery in the Oregon wilderness, based on the novel of the same name. The film cast includes Zach Gilford, William Hurt, Amber Heard, Kathleen Quinlan, William Devane, and Dallas Roberts. It was produced by Kristi Denton Cohen of Peloton Productions based in Marin County and is directed by native San Franciscan Matthew Leutwyler. A gala party follows the screening, with live music and Northern California’s best food and wine—altogether a scintillating, fun, and inspiring opening night launch to a weekend not to be missed. MORE
West Marin Review Vol. 3 Release Party, Reading and Art ShowJanuary 20, 2011
Join contributors and friends of the West Marin Review to celebrate the release of Volume 3. Much of the art included in the volume will be on exhibit at the Red Barn in at the Point Reyes National Seashore Bear Valley Headquarters, and many of the prose and poetry contributors will read during the party. The award-winning literary and art journal, is published by Point Reyes Books, Tomales Bay Library Association, and volunteer editors and designers. ORDER
Kate's Book EndorsedDecember 11, 2010
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD and author of Kitchen Table Wisdom, has endorsed Kate's book, Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money (Ten Speed/Random House), saying: "This is not just the best book about women and money that I have ever read, it is the best book about money. Beautifully written, wise, accessible, practical and profoundly healing. I wish Kate had been my mother. Or my big sister. It would have changed my whole life. Don't make another decision about money until you have read it. Then read it again." Kate's book arrives in April.
2011 Geography of Hope Film Festival & Conference: "Reflections on Water"December 11, 2010
The Inaugural Geography of Hope Film Festival, February 25-27, 2011, presents documentaries, features, animations, and much, much more, along with panel discussions with filmmakers on science, art, ecology, spirituality...and water.
The 2011 Geography of Hope Conference, March 18-20, 2011, features poets Brenda Hillman and Robert Hass, along with splendid writers from around the country (and Paris!), all delving into this year's theme of "Reflections on Water."
PLUS: panel discussions...readings...field trips...spirited conversations...outdoor public art...a group art show at Toby's Gallery. And because this is West Marin...great food, too!
Program details and registration begin January 1.
To volunteer, contact: email@example.com (indicate interest in conference, film events, or both).
For ongoing updates, visit Geography of Hope Conference on Facebook.
e-Storefront OpensDecember 11, 2010
Point Reyes Books is pleased to announce our new e-storefront! If you love the convenience of shopping online, go to shop.ptreyesbooks.com to search for books in print, read descriptions and reviews, and order and purchase books. You can either pick up your order at the store or have it shipped directly to you (or another recipient). We will defray some of your shipping cost with a store credit worth 10% of the price of books you have shipped from an online purchase. This is an easy way to support the store and our activities, whether you live locally or elsewhere. Go to shop.ptreyesbooks.com and shop to your heart's content.
Kate's Book Has A CoverNovember 5, 2010
Co-owning the bookstore allows for shameless promotion of Kate's book, Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money (Ten Speed/Random House), which will be released in April of 2011. A cover design has been selected for the book and is publicly on view for the very first time in this newsletter! (Yet another benefit of your receiving our newsletter.) Kate will kick off a national book tour at a release reading and party on April 16th, 2011 at Toby's Feed Barn. Mark your calendar! We are encouraging as many bookstore friends to pre-order the book in order to build some momentum for creating a Northern California bestseller!
US Poet Laureate W.S. MerwinNovember 5, 2010
The New School at Commonweal and the bookstore are honored to host U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin, reading his poetry and in conversation with Eric Karpeles, Sunday, February 13, 2011 at the Commonweal Gallery. Reservations are required. MORE
Become a Book AngelNovember 5, 2010
Each year bookstore customers become Book Angels by purchasing books that are given to local children who have few books in their homes. Book Angels gifted books to more than 250 children last year. We sponsor this project in collaboration with West Marin Community Services annual holiday gift program, who, along with the schools in Tomales and Bolinas, help us select the children to receive books. Beginning on Saturday, November 17th we will have a selection of books in the bookstore for you to choose from. If your angel wings can't get you to the store, please mail us a check or make an online payment through PayPal below.
West Marin Review Volume 3 ArrivesNovember 5, 2010
Volume 3 of the West Marin Review, the award-winning literary and art journal published by Point Reyes Books, Tomales Bay Library Association, and a volunteer group of friends will be available for sale at the bookstore beginning Thanksgiving weekend. All are invited to a special evening of Volume 3 Review contributors on December 3, from 5-7:30 pm during the Point Reyes Path of Lights, the annual community holiday kick-off celebration.
Robert Reich BenefitNovember 5, 2010
The bookstore hosted a benefit for the Mesa Refuge Writers' Retreat in Point Reyes featuring Robert Reich in conversation with Peter Barnes. 200 people attended and $4000 was raised for the important nurtuing of writers that the Mesa offers. A recording of the evening is available to download on your ipod or your computer. LISTEN
Online Bookstore Opens SoonNovember 5, 2010
Last month we surveyed newsletter subscribers to see if we should establish a online bookstore on our website where customers could search for books in print, access descriptions, and order and purchase books and either pick up at the store or have shipped directly to you. The response was overwhelming encouraging! Beginning in mid-November we will offer this service as a way to increase sales, help insure our long term future, and offer those of you who live in other parts of the Bay Area and elsewhere to support the store and our activities. We will send you an special announcement as soon as it's live.
Geography of Hope Film FestivalOctober 1, 2010
Geography of Hope Inaugural Film Festival
February 25, 26, and 27, 2011 at The Dance Palace
The third Geography of Hope Conference, “Reflections On Water,” will present a Film Festival of a variety of films (documentaries, features, animations, and so on) on related topics, including science, art, ecology, and so on. MORE
Kate's Book Tour Launches at Toby's April 16, 2011-Save the Date!October 1, 2010
Join bookstore co-owner Kate Levinson for a release party of Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money (Ten Speed/Random House) - April 16, 2011 at Toby's Feed Barn. Mark your calendar!
Sea of Creativity FestivalOctober 1, 2010
Point Reyes Books is co-sponsoring two of many events during this month-long music, poetry, and art festival produced by Point Reyes Music Center Director, Joyce Kouffman:
Sunday, October 3 - 3:00-4:15pm, Toby's Gallery:
A Gyre of Ocean Story: Insights and inspiration from the marine realm.
Science, arts, and stewardship of the oceans, with special guests Julia Whitty, author of Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of our Wild Ocean; oceanic conservationist Michael Stocker; musician Joyce Kouffman; naturalist Claire Peaslee. And reception for artists Fariba Bogzaran, Connie Mery, Kate Olds, Christine DeCamp, Toni Littlejohn, and Nancy Stein.
Friday, October 15, 7:00pm AND Saturday, October 16, 5:00pm, Toby's Gallery
"Fierce Unruly Joy", exquisite poetry by award-winning poet Linda Pastan with Spoken Word Jazz performance: Joyce Kouffman, Mary Watkins, Tami Pallingston
MORE at www.joycejazz.com
Don't Miss the Unique Point Reyes Experiences AuctionOctober 1, 2010
The Point Reyes National Seashore Association's inaugural fundraising dinner and auction, Dinner on the Pacific Plate, takes place Saturday, October 9th (Steve is the event chair). Even if you don't plan to attend the dinner, you can visit the auction site to bid on some unique Point Reyes experiences: dinner for 6 at the Lighthouse catered by Manka's, a private poetry reading for 20 with Robert Hass at the Olema Druids Hall Bed and Breakfast living room, two nights at Nick's-and more. AUCTION
We Need Your Help!!!October 1, 2010
With the explosion of e-books and Amazon book sales, independent bookstores such as ours are fighting for our lives. To watch such eminent bookstores as Cody's in Berkeley and Stacey's in San Francisco close down was a blow to independent thinkers and readers. Closer to home, our West Marin Think Local First survey earlier this year showed that 40 percent of local people buy their books either on Amazon or over the hill-a disheartening statistic, to say the least. We'd like to turn that around. We are considering subscribing to a service through which you could order any book in print on our website and it would be delivered to you directly. Could you take 60 seconds to fill out a three-question survey so we know whether this offering would be useful?
Farmers' Market Author EventsSeptember 4, 2010
The Point Reyes Farmers' Market takes place from 9 am to 1 pm every Saturday through early November at Toby's Feed Barn. The bookstore has been a sponsor of the market for the past eight years. Cooking demonstrations take place at 10:00 am.
COOKING DEMO SCHEDULE
Upcoming cookbook authors:
September 25 Mollie Katzen - her latest cookbook is, Get Cooking: 150 Simple Recipes to Get You Started in the Kitchen
October 2 Patty James - author of, More Vegetables, Please! Over 100 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Eating Healthy Foods Each and Every Day
October 23 Kim O'Donnel - author of The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook
Dinner on the Pacific PlateSeptember 4, 2010
Steve is serving as the chair for the Point Reyes National Seashore Association's inaugural fundraising event, Dinner on the Pacific Plate, Saturday, October 9th in Bear Valley. The event includes hikes, great food and an auction, avalable both on-line and live, for some unique Point Reyes experience's including a dinner for 6 at the lighthouse catered by Manka's. MORE DETAILS
Soul Food, an on-going series of talks, conversations, and courses on spirituality, philosophy, myth, storytelling and psychologySeptember 4, 2010
Kim Rosen, author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words
Jacob Needleman and John Gouldthorpe: Living the Question - The Work of Jacob Needleman Study Group
Michal Levin, author of The Pool of Memory: Autobiography of an Unwilling Intuitive
Ravi Nathwani and Kate Vog, editors of Mala of the Heart, 108 Sacred Poems
Martin Shaw of the West Country School of Myth and Story, year long storytelling course, Tasting The Milk of Eagles: Myth, Wilderness and the Life Not Yet Lived
Michael Meade, author of Fate and Destiny, The Two Agreements of the Soul
Soul Food series is co-sponsored by the bookstore, Elephant Mountain Sangha, Point Reyes Dharma Friends, Point Reyes Presbyterian Church, Spirit Matters, and Yoga Toes
Bookstore 8th AnniversarySeptember 4, 2010
Point Reyes Books celebrates its 8th anniversary at Toby's Feed Barn on Saturday, September 4 at our benefit event for the West Marin Review. An unimaginable number of people and books have passed through our doors during these eight years and we have shared many wonderful and inspirational moments with many of you and our incredible staff Dawn, Helen and Lisa. We couldn't be happier about all that has been created from our impulsive act to run a bookstore. We are deeply grateful to those who support us by purchasing books. Given the increasing challenges in the publishing and bookselling world, our future depends on your most valued loyalty.
Goldstein ConversationAugust 6, 2010
Buddhist teacher Joseph Goldstein on July 25 was in conversation with Chris Desser at a benefit sponsored by the bookstore for the Insight Mediation Society. Listen to this enlightening conversation.
Bookstore Public Art MobilesAugust 6, 2010
Wendy Earl, a long time customer of the store has been most recently channeling her love of books to craft book constructions of all shapes and sizes in venues both public and private. Wendy installed two 'mobiles' here at the bookstore of the works of authors who have had bookstore readings. Wendy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spirituality SeriesAugust 6, 2010
Upcoming events the bookstore is co-sponsoring as part of it's monthly spirituality series.
Conversation on The Red Book with Jane Reynolds, PhD, on Sunday, August 15 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm at the Point Reyes First Presbyterian Church.
Kim Rosen, author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words
An Evening of Mystical Poetry, Music and Inspiration, Friday, September 3, 7:30 pm,
The Poetry Dive, a One Day Workshop on Saturday, September 4, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Both Rosen events take place at the Presbyterian Church.
Michal Levin, author of The Pool of Memory: Autobiography of an Unwilling Intuitive, Thursday, September 9th, 7:00 pm at Presbyterian Church.
Ravi Nathwani and Kate Vog, editors of Mala of the Heart, 108 Sacred Poems, Thursday, September 23, 7:00 pm at Presbyterian Church.
Michael Meade, author of Fate and Destiny, The Two Agreements of the Soul, Thursday, December 9, 7:00 pm, location TBA.
Spirituality Series is co-sponsored by the bookstore, Elephant Mountain Sangha, Point Reyes Dharma Friends, Point Reyes Presbyterian Church, Spirit Matters, and Yoga Toes
West Country comes to West CountryAugust 6, 2010
As a result of our recent successful storytelling event, Out of the Village and Into the Forest, the bookstore and Martin Shaw of the West Country School of Myth and Story in England are sponsoring a year long course on the power of myth and story. Participants will meet on a quarterly basis, Friday evening through Sunday late afternoon. We are poised to begin this first year course the weekend of September 24,25,26, but we need a core group of at least 20 to sign up, commit to, all four weekends otherwise we cannot fly. The cost for each weekend would be approximately $200.00, give or take a few. So please strap on the wings, the snowshoes or saddle up those ponies to let us know you are on board. For more information contact bookstore staff person Lisa Doron at email@example.com.
Geography of Hope Call to ArtistsJuly 17, 2010
Artists are invited to respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) for outdoor public art installations and and a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for individual artwork at Toby's Feed Barn Gallery, as part of the Geography of Hope Conference. The Toby's Gallery Show RFQ is limited to Marin County artists and will be exhibited during March 2011 and the public art RFP is limited to Marin and Sonoma artists and will be on display throughout Point Reyes Station for three months. The RFP and RFQ are available on bookstore website under Geography of Hope
Philosophy Study GroupJuly 17, 2010
The bookstore is hosting a study group, Living The Question, with Jacob Needleman and John Gouldthorpe. With Jacob's guidance the study group will explore three of his early books, A Sense of the Cosmos, Lost Christianity, and The Heart of Philosophy. The group will meet on a bi-weekly for two months. All interested are invited to an information meeting on Tuesday, August 3 at 7:30 pm at the bookstore. For more information email John at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bookstore Sponsored BenefitsJuly 17, 2010
The bookstore will host four benefit events in the coming weeks:
Joseph Goldstein in conversation with Chris Desser on July 25th at the Dance Palace, a benefit for the Insight Meditation Society.
Alice Waters in conversation with Kitchen Sister Davia Nelson on August 7th at Toby's, a benefit for the Point Reyes Farmers' Market.
Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman on September 4th at Toby's, benefiting the West Marin Review's Volume 3 printing fund.
Kelly Corrigan, author of The Middle Place, on September 11th at Toby's to benefit Commonweal.
West Country comes to West CountryJuly 17, 2010
As a result of our recent successful storytelling event, Out of the Village and Into the Forest, the bookstore and Martin Shaw of the West Country School of Myth and Story in England are announcing a year long course on the power of myth and story. Participants will meet for a weekend on a quarterly basis, with an information/ orientation gathering the weekend of September 24-25th.
Visit www.schoolofmyth.co.uk for a description of Martin's courses. For more information contact bookstore staff person Lisa Doron at email@example.com.
2010 Food for Thought Kicks OffJune 12, 2010
Nutritionist Marion Nestle kicked off the 2010 Food for Thought series, co-sponsored with Marin Organic, on May 29. Eight other noted food writers will participate in events over the summer; on June 27 Deborah Madison, chef and cookbook author and her brother, Mike Madison, a farmer and author, will be in conversation with Wendy Johnson. The talk is free, with a benefit dessert reception following the talk in the Flower Power garden. Tickets for Alice Waters in conversation with Davia Nelson, of the Kitchen Sisters, on August 7, are now available along with a pre-event dinner prepared by Osteria Stellin. This is a benefit for the Point Reyes Farmers' Market.
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Bookstore Talks Available as PodcastsJune 12, 2010
Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughn Lee spoke to an audience of over 150 people on May 28 as part of the bookstore's Country Arts and Lectures series. Audio's of this talk and future talks are now available to download as podcasts or can be listened to through our website. The next conversation with be between Joseph Goldstein and Chris Desser on July 25. LISTEN or DOWNLOAD.
Farmers' Market OpensJune 12, 2010
The Point Reyes Farmers' Market opens every Saturday in front of Toby's Feed Barn. It takes place from 9 am to 1 pm every Saturday through early November. The bookstore has been a sponsor of the market for the past eight years. In addition, Steve is the chair of the Steering Committee and Kate helps arrange for cookbook authors to present some of the weekly cooking demonstrations.
COOKING DEMO SCHEDULE
Regenerative Design Institute PartnershipJune 12, 2010
Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture will conduct a workshop on Sunday, June 27 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm at the Dance Palace. Toby will discuss Local Resources for Permaculture Gardens in Rural and Urban Environments. This is the first of many events the bookstore hopes to co-sponsor with the Regenerative Design Institute at Commonweal in Bolinas.
Spirituality Author Series BeginsJune 12, 2010
The bookstore is beginning a series of monthly talks by authors of books on topics related to spirituality. The first talk is by Susan Moon, on June 24 at the Point Reyes Presbyterian Church on Hwy 1 above town. Co-sponsors of the series include Elephant Mountain Sangha, Point Reyes Presbyterian Church, Point Reyes Dharma Friends, Spirit Matters, and Yoga Toes.
Coleman Barks and Caroline Casey in One Weekend!June 12, 2010
It seems too good to be true, but the bookstore is hosting a major storytelling event June 18 and 19 that will include Coleman Barks; on June 20, Caroline Casey will conduct a "trickster workshop" at the Dance Palace, as well as a talk at Toby's Feed Barn on the evening of June 21st. The Casey events are co-sponsored with Marin Organic and Toby's Feed Barn.
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Steve Elected to Heyday BoardMay 12, 2010
Heyday, founded by Malcolm Margolin in 1974, is an independent, nonprofit publisher and unique cultural institution.
Heyday promotes widespread awareness and celebration of California's many cultures, landscapes, and boundary-breaking ideas. Through well-crafted books, public events, and innovative outreach programs they are building a vibrant community of readers, writers, and thinkers.
Benefit Meals Scheduled with Osteria StellinaMay 12, 2010
The bookstore and Marin Organic have scheduled three benefit meals as a part of Food for Thought, a series of eight events this summer with authors who write about food.
All the meals catered by Osteria Stellina, our acclaimed local restaurant owned by Christian Caiazzo. MORE
Point Reyes Books Seeks Investors for West Marin Review Vol: 3May 12, 2010
Point Reyes Books seeks investors to help meet printing costs for Volume 3 of our award-winning art and literary journal, West Marin Review. Your donation toward our goal of $10,000 is an investment in community literacy and art. For a copy of the Review's Business Plan contact Steve; to purchase a copy of the Review visit the bookstore or www.westmarinreview.org
Kate's Book Available April 2011May 12, 2010
Kate is nearly done writing her book, Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money, which will be released by Ten Speed/Random House April 2011. Watch for news of a big release party next spring!
Think Local BlogsMay 12, 2010
Local writer Jonathan Rowe and Huffington Post writer and author Toby Barlow have each recently written excellent blogs on Think Local First themes. We strongly encourage you to take a look at Jon's, Why Local Owners, and Toby's, Save Your Town from the Robot Armies: Think twice before buying online rather than from your local stores.
Bookstore Seeks Facebook FansApril 9, 2010
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Our New Web SiteMarch 9, 2010
Thanks to the great work of Inverness designer Ulrich Weeren and Mill Valley writer and communications consultant Susan Ives the bookstore has a newly designed website. The site includes many new features: video and audio Webcasts; featured books; bookstore events; local happenings; and a photo gallery. You’ll also find news about town. We’ve made it easier for you to order books and merchandise online. Thank you for supporting Point Reyes Books and other local businesses.
T.C. BoyleMarch 6, 2010
T.C. Boyle's appearance at the Dance Palace on February 27 was the third in bookstore's on-going Country Arts and Lectures series. This event and all future events in the series are being videotaped and available on our website.
Congratulations, Amber!March 5, 2010
Amber Menzies and Ruben Margolin have a beautiful little girl, Neko Skye Margolin, born on February 6. Amber is a former bookstore staff person and coordinator of the 2009 Geography of Hope conference.
The bookstore raised $3,000March 5, 2010
for the Tomales Bay Library Association through the our Country Arts and Lectures event with Robert Hass and Michael Ondaatje.
David Whyte Benefit Reading Sells OutSeptember 17, 2009
Poet David Whyte read from his new book, The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self & Relationship to a sell-out audience at Toby's Feed Barn on August 1.