Spill It Sister!
5:00 PM17:00

Spill It Sister!

Grab a girlfriend and go after your dream life…with glass in hand! Enjoy an evening of wine tasting and conversation with relationship expert Joey Garcia and wine & rom-com writer Christina Julian, women devoted to living their best life and helping you live yours. You’ll leave with new wisdom, a new favorite wine, and three ways to create a new reality.

Participants will discover how to identify their superpowers and launch their goals through the comradary and support of the group. In addition to Christina and Joey, Feast it Forward founder, Katie Hamilton Shaffer will moderate a scintillating panel about female empowerment alongside inspiring fierce female vintners; Faith Armstrong (Onward + Farmstrong Wines) and Brook Hester (Lightning Wines). Wines available at tasting bar for purchase. Please spread the word/share with anyone who might be interested!

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7:00 PM19:00



Journalist and author Michael Scott Moore traveled to Somalia on a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting to research a book on piracy.  He was abducted by a local gang of pirates in January 2012 in the town of Galkayo.  The various gangs holding Moore subsequently demanded $20 million for his release.

American officials and the German Foreign Ministry collaborated on negotiations with the pirates until Moore was freed on September 22, 2014.  It took 977 days for Moore to be released after a $1.6 million dollar ransom was paid.

Join us as Moore talks about his experiences and his just-published memoir, “The Desert and the Sea,” that recounts his harrowing ordeal amid topics such as foreign policy, religious extremism and the costs of survival.

Moderated by Rabbi Niles Goldstein, this is the first in a series of three personal and professional conversations – under the theme “The Road Less Traveled” -- with men and women from around the country who have pursued careers and lived lives that are noteworthy and unconventional in ways not typical of the mainstream.

Presented by the Napa Center for Thought & Culture

Congregation Beth Shalom, 1455 Elm St., Napa

$25/all seats / Tickets:  NCTCNapa.Eventbrite.com

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Napa Bookmine Presents Rebecca Solnit
7:00 PM19:00

Napa Bookmine Presents Rebecca Solnit

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REBECCA SOLNIT is one of the Bay Area's preeminent intellectuals. She is a writer, historian, and activist and the author of twenty books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster, including a trilogy of atlases and the books Men Explain Things to MeA Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in DisasterA Field Guide to Getting Lost; and River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award). A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a columnist at Harper's.

We are beyond thrilled to bring Rebecca to the gorgeous Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center Main Theater, where she will present her latest work, Call Them By Their True Names.  

There will be a birthday party in the lobby from 7-8pm with giveaways, food, and fun! Rebecca begins speaking at 8pm.

$25 (entrance to event + copy of book) 
$20 (entrance to event) 
$10 (with Student ID)


Praise for Call Them By Their True Names:

“A searing and super smart call-to-arms that takes on a range of social and political problems in America—from racism and misogyny to climate change and Donald Trump—Call Them by Their True Names features Solnit’s signature wit, humor, honesty, and incisive commentary, and beneath it all, a focus on progress and hope.”

Poets & Writers

“Solnit [is] a powerful cultural critic: as always, she opts for measured assessment and pragmatism over hype and hysteria.”
Publishers Weekly

If you're not familiar with Rebecca's work, check out Paul's favorite articles below to get a taste!

An interview with her about books: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/16/books/review/rebecca-solnit-by-the-book.html

An interveiw about growing up in California:


A characteristically nuanced take on the death of John McCain:


On the #MeToo backlash:


An essay on the intersection between misogyny and capitalism:


In praise of libraries and forests:


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