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Live! from the Library presents an imaginative “meet and greet” with one of history’s most famous women. Beloved and despised, belittled and adored, Eleanor Roosevelt faced tragic losses and challenges as a child and as a young woman. Despite hardships, she went on to become a passionate advocate for human rights. Bay Area actress Laurie Strawn will bring Eleanor’s story to life, sharing the former First Lady’s personal history along with the remarkable life and times that Mrs. Roosevelt lived in.
While a company member at Sierra Repertory Theater in Sonora, Laurie was asked to create a one woman show about Eleanor Roosevelt. Thus, Brave Little Nell-the Eleanor Roosevelt Story, was born. She has performed in theaters throughout the Bay Area for more than 15 years, including at Berkeley Playhouse, Hillbarn Theater, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, and Diablo Theatre Company. Laurie lives in San Francisco with her husband, Lee Strawn, a gifted singer, actor and voice teacher, and their daughter, Julia, a budding actress herself.
Elise Hooper, Author of “Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, The Woman Who Revealed the Real America”
Live! from the Library welcomes Elise Hooper, author of Learning to See, the new historical fiction about Dorothea Lange, the pioneering documentary photographer who captured iconic images of the Great Depression and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Learning to See reveals the ambitious woman behind the camera who risked everything for art, activism, and love. Lange arrived in San Francisco in 1918 and soon after made a name for herself as the owner of a prestigious and stylish portrait studio. By the early 1930s, amid personal and economic upheaval, she took to the road with her camera, creating images that would inspire, reform, and define an era.
Hooper is also the author of The Other Alcott, a historical fiction about art, ambition, and the real women behind the March sisters in Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women. Although a New Englander by birth, she lives with her husband and two young daughters in Seattle and teaches literature and history.
Adventures in Produce, from Nasturtiums to Nettles
With spring planting season around the corner, Live! from the Library offers inspiration — and audience samples — designed to inspire you to be a more adventurous gardener and cook. Emily Murphy loves to grow purslane and Thai basil in her Marin County garden. Laura McLively loves to create recipes for sea beans and fiddleheads. These two nationally respected experts explain why the Bay Area is one of the best places in the world to grow and cook with unusual fruits and veggies. In addition to sharing their passion, they’ll share tips, secrets, recipes and some hilarious stories about their walk on the wild side of the produce aisle.
Emily Murphy: The author describes “Grow What you Love: 12 Food Plant Families to Change your Life,” as “a love story disguised as a book.” The Mill Valley botanist, organic gardener and teacher learned to love growing and “food-making” at the side of her Italian grandmother, whose family homesteaded in the Sonoma Hills. She strives for simplicity and believes that almost anything can serve as a planter. She has made numerous appearances at gardening programs and demonstrated her philosophy recently on “The Today Show.
Laura McLively, RD: When Laura was a freshman at UC Berkeley she discovered the Berkeley Bowl grocery store and became a fan for life. After graduating with a degree in nutrition, she started the “My Berkeley Bowl” blog creating recipes for the store’s vast inventory. A local publisher was so impressed they approached her about a cookbook. “The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook” was published in 2018. She recently demonstrated her recipe for “Lemongrass Coconut Ice Cream” at the Google kitchen.
2018 Past Events
WWI Armistice Centennial: A Commemoration in Poetry & Song
November 6, 2018
Gregory Crouch, author of The Bonanza King
October 10, 2018
In Conversation with Donia Bijan, author of The Last Days of Cafe Leila
January 10, 2018
Divided We Stand: Testing the Resilience of Our Democracy
March 14, 2018
California Symphony – Fresh Ink: New Music
May 2, 2018
Little Women: The 150th Anniversary of an American Classic
May 23, 2018
Festival Opera – For Singing Out Loud!
June 20, 2018
Live! from the Library, produced by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, features free public lectures, literary events, and cultural programs at the Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley libraries. Program sponsors are the East Bay Times, Friends of the Walnut Creek Library, and Minuteman Press, Lafayette. Programming is also made possible by donations to the Foundation’s Annual Fund. View past programs on ourVideo page.Contra Costa TV airs past programs Sundays at 8 p.m. Visit their website for channel info.
The views and opinions expressed in any program are those of the speaker/persons and do not reflect the views of the Walnut Creek Library Foundation.
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