Adventures in Produce: The Rewards of Growing and Cooking Weird Fruit and Veggies 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019  | 7:00-8:30 pm
Oak View Room | Walnut Creek Library  – REGISTER>
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.
Come early to enjoy samples of shiso limeade, flower-topped cookies and other innovative treats. Copies of their beautifully designed and photographed books will also be for sale.

2019 Past  Events 

Elise Hooper, Author of “Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, The Woman Who  Revealed the Real America”    

Wednesday, February 13, 2019  | 7:00-8:30 pm
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. 


Brave Little Nell—The Eleanor Roosevelt Story

January 16, 2019

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

LiveLive from the Library! 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 our Video page.  Contra Costa TV airs past programs Sundays at 8 p.m. Visit their website for channel info.  

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