Thursday, April 26, 2012
Thanks to everyone who made it to Tosca Cafe last week, on very short notice, to witness the verbal hurricane that is Bobby Keys - a truly special night was had by all! Imagine, if you weren't among the lucky dozens in attendance, of kicking-back in a red naugahyde booth and gently sipping a famous 'House Cappuccino', while the Rolling Stones' sax man (that's right The Rolling Stones) regaled you with tales from more than 50 years on the road. . . Amazing!
You better believe that Bobby Keys (a native Texan) has the gift of gab; tales poured forth all evening, some hysterical, others touching: Keith Moon chasing his butler around the yard with a hovercraft, secret recording sessions with Gram Parsons and Keith Richards in the latter's basement studio, and tender remembrances of Levon Helm, John Lennon and sadly, many others.
Bobby's booming voice comes through perfectly in his recent memoir from Counterpoint Press, Every Night's a Saturday Night, which was what brought us all to Tosca last Tuesday in the first place. Well, that, and to hopefully witness a television thrown through a window. . .
If you missed it, you still have a chance to get to get your hands on a SIGNED COPY, which isn't exactly the same thing as downing White Russians with the man, but I do what I can. And by all means, check-in with our event calendar, or follow us on Facebook, just don't miss the next one!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Each year, the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association honors the best books written or illustrated by Northern California authors and artists. With input from booksellers representing 200 stores in the region, here are the 2012 awards.
- FICTION: Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
- NON-FICTION: A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres
- FOOD WRITING: Mourad: New Moroccan by the Richmond District's own Mourad Lahlou
- POETRY: Of Indigo and Saffron by Michael McClure
- REGIONAL: The Left Coast by Philip and Alex Fradkin
- CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK: The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon and Jake Parker
- MIDDLE GRADE: One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin
- TEEN LIT: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
Click through on any title for more info, and congrats to the local authors and artists who keep producing such good books for Green Apple to sell.