God-Shaped Hole, a love affair worth reading

The book, God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo, has crossed my path several times over the past year, mostly as a must-read from some of my favorite authors (I’m looking at you, Tarryn Fisher). Someone else mentioned it this past week, and I finally decided to download the dang thing and read [...]

By | October 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

San Francisco Clown Conservatory founder holding book talk in Corte Madera

Sometimes, clowns get a bad rap. But Jeff Raz is definitely changing that. The former Cirque du Soleil star, actor, and educator is founder of the Clown Conservatory in San Francisco, as well as the Medical Clown Project, which helps bring a bit of therapeutic relief in the form of [...]

By | January 30th, 2019|0 Comments

SSU professor holds murder mystery class ahead of new book

Mysteries: One of the best-selling genres, and one that stands the test of time — most can’t resist the allure of a classic whodunit. Sonoma State University professor Jonah Raskin has delved into this world, a bit of shift from his other books, which include “Marijuanaland: Dispatches from an American [...]

By | January 29th, 2019|0 Comments

A young aspiring journalist chases her dreams amid war in local author’s new novel

When we first meet Claire Meacham, she’s already breaking the status quo. She’s the protagonist in Rincon Valley author Michelle Ule’s newest novel, “A Poppy in Remembrance.” It’s the beginning of World War I, and throngs of British men are swarming the London streets, “in a line more than a [...]

By | December 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Delve into Damnation in this Bay Area writer’s paranormal western

Let me start with this: Damnation is one awful place. Imagine being stuck within a few square blocks of dilapidated buildings, an apocalyptic scene all around you. All around you is dust and more dust, stuck in the wildest west. Walk down the road to leave, and you end up [...]

By | October 31st, 2018|0 Comments

10 classic stories to get you in the spooky spirit (and to use as decor)

As soon as I see leaves changing color, I begin to crave a certain type of novel. You know — the ones that match the aura of the gray, foggy mornings and delve into darker themes. When I was a poor college student, I often ended up digging out my [...]

By | September 25th, 2018|0 Comments

5 ways to organize your bookshelf

  For book lovers, your bookshelf is a sacred space — it's where these treasured possessions rest when we're not using them to visit another world for a while. But if your books are randomly placed, not only can they be difficult to find, but it may not be as [...]

By | September 12th, 2018|0 Comments

‘Kinetic Kompendium’: A Sonoma County artist’s colorful chronology

Imagine a giant, colorful monster rolling toward you in the middle of the street. Don’t freak out -- it’s just a work of art. More specifically, it’s Kinetic Sculpture Racing. And next to the monster? A dozen or more equally colorful creations, all racing to win. And you can see [...]

By | May 1st, 2018|0 Comments

“Not Quite Happily Ever After” a story set in Sonoma County

Sonoma County author Heidi Freestone has published her second novel, “Not Quite Happily Ever After,” a story set in Sonoma County that tells what happens after the fairytale ending.

By | April 9th, 2018|0 Comments

‘The Secret Life of Mrs. London’ revealed

Read the fascinating story of Jack London's second wife, Charmian, and the secrets she kept, in Sonoma author Rebecca Rosenberg's debut novel.

By | March 15th, 2018|0 Comments