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Poetry Live! with Tess Taylor and Rachel Richardson

October 19, 2016   Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library – REGISTER>
Tess Taylor web cropAn evening with Tess Taylor on her new book of poetry, Work & Days, and Rachel Richardson on her new book, Hundred-Year Wave

Work & Days, Tess Taylor’s second book of poetry, examines the pleasures and anxieties of small scale farming in the era of climate change. In a cycle of 28 poems, it traces her experience several years ago working on a small New England farm, where she worked for a year. Taylor’s first collection of poetry, The Forage House, was a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award. She is a resident of El Cerrito.

richardson2Rachel Richardson is the author of two books of poetry, Copperhead and Hundred-Year Wave. Infused with her family’s maritime history and her self-described all-encompassing role as a new mother, Hundred-Year Wave, her newer collection, references the classic tale of Moby-Dick, borrowing Ahab’s grand quest for the white whale to tell a contemporary story about the wilderness of suburban motherhood. She is a resident of Berkeley.

The evening will be moderated by Cheryl Dumesnil, who is the author of two poetry collections, Showtime at the Ministry of Lost Causes, forthcoming in November 2016, and In Praise of Falling, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. A freelance editor, writer, and writing coach, she is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and

Bruce Farrell Rosen, Author of “Bombed in His Bed: The Confessions of Jewish Gangster Myer Rush”

November 9, 2016   Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library – Registration opens Sept. 28

Bruce-Rosen-150x150bombed in his bed book coverIn his new book, Bombed in his Bed, Bruce Farrell Rosen recounts the fascinating story of his uncle, international Jewish gangster Myer Rush, who died twice but survived to exclusively tell his tale to his nephew.

Bruce Farrell Rosen, a financial investment officer as well as an award-winning writer, is also the author of If You Ever Need Me, I Won’t Be Far Away, a spellbinding memoir of growing up, coming of age, learning to understand the decisions we make in life, and finding joy amidst the hardships and challenges. The father of two sons, he lives and works in San Francisco.

Past Events 2015-16


A Conversation with T.J. Stiles, author of “Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America”

November 16, 2015  Monday, 7:00-9:00 pm Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library



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