How to Write a Page Turner // Jordan Rosenfeld
Jun
1
4:00 PM16:00

How to Write a Page Turner // Jordan Rosenfeld

Napa Bookmine and the Napa Valley Writers are partnering on this event for writers.

Every author wants to write a story that grabs a reader from page one, hooks them, and doesn't let them go until it's early in the morning; that quality that best describes this type of craft is tension. Written by a proven instructor of the craft, How to Write a Page-Turner is the only craft book to that cover just tension and suspense-from every conceivable angle.

Infuse Your Fiction with the Powerful Tug of Tension!

Tension is the heart of conflict, the backbone of uncertainty, the hallmark of danger. It keeps readers guessing and characters on their toes. When you've got tension in place, stories leave readers breathless and wanting more. When it's missing, scenes feel inconsequential, plots drag, and characters meander.

Learning the craft of writing can sometimes feel like a paint by numbers approach--connect compelling character A to plot event B. To avoid writing that's formulaic, predictable, and slow, How to Write a Page Turner will help you sew the threads of tension tight for an unforgettable story. You'll learn how to:

  • Recognize the essential tension elements of danger, conflict, uncertainty, and withholding, and add them to your fiction

  • Create levels of tension in your characters through flaws, dialogue, power struggles, and more

  • Build tension at energetic markers throughout the plot

  • Use intimate imagery, strong sentences, and well-chosen words to build tension in exposition

While this book walks you through the key areas that need tension building, from character to plot, it also delves deeper, analyzing exceptional examples from contemporary fiction's most gripping page-turners. So as you dive into the inner conflicts of a character's deepest psyche, to the mechanics of how you reveal information to the reader, you'll also discover how to craft a story your readers can't put down!

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 Pam Houston // Deep Creek: An Earth Day Fundraiser for the Napa RCD
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Pam Houston // Deep Creek: An Earth Day Fundraiser for the Napa RCD

Napa Bookmine is proud to donate 10% of the proceeds from this event's book sales to the Napa County Resource Conservation District, in celebration of Earth Day, 4/22/19.

At 31 years old, fresh off a tour promoting her first collection, Cowboys Are My Weakness, Pam Houston had “no job, no place to live except my North Face VE 24 tent.”

On an impulse and a good instinct, she spent her royalties on a 120-acre ranch near Creede, Colorado. It was more than she could afford, and required more maintenance than she could manage. And yet, twenty-five years later, it’s the piece of land that’s defined the largest part of her life. Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country tells the remarkable story of “that girl who dared herself to buy a ranch, dared herself to dig in and care for it, to work hard enough to pay for it, to figure out what other people meant when they used the world ‘home.”’ In its chapters, Houston spends her days walking along the fences on her property, watching leaves on the aspens ignite into an eruption of fall colors, and caring for the animals on her ranch. Houston’s audacity and generosity are on full display as she cares for an elk calf abandoned by its herd and sleeps outside to comfort her old hound. Deep Creek raises concern about the many ways we endanger the natural world’s delicate balance, and nature’s enigmatic powers to survive and to save.

Encompassing Houston’s childhood, her adventures, and her details of everyday life at the ranch, Deep Creek is, above all, a testament. In holding on to her ranch, Houston carved a life to support her spirit and her talents, and discovered that she could be the cowboy of her own story. “I know,” she explains, “that when I claimed these 120 acres they also claimed me. We are each other’s mutual saviors.”

“There is so much beauty, wisdom, and truth in this book, I felt the pages almost humming in my hands. I was riveted and enlightened, inspired and consoled. This is a book for all of us, right now.” —Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

“This book is endlessly wise, funny, and full of heart. To say that its clear-eyed, doom-laden—yet loving—message is important and timely would be an understatement. It is unapologetically sincere, utterly moving.” —Tommy Orange, author of There, There

Pam Houston is the author of the novels Contents May Have Shifted and Sight Hound, the short story collections Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat, and A Little More About Me, a collection of essays. Her stories have been selected for volumes such as The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The 2013 Pushcart Prize, and The Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA Literary Award for contemporary fiction, the Evil Companions Literary Award, and multiple teaching awards. She cofounded the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers, is a professor of English at UC–Davis, and teaches in the Institute of American Indian Arts’ low-residency MFA program and at writer’s conferences around the country and the world.

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Poetry Crawl at Napa Bookmine
Apr
13
5:00 PM17:00

Poetry Crawl at Napa Bookmine

Join poets, Jeremy Benson, Nan Cohen, Iris Jamahl Dunkle for a Poetry Crawl presented by Napa Valley Book Festival in partnership with the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference as the official City of Napa Celebration for Arts in April.

Listen to poetry, support local wineries, and learn about applying for the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, a summer workshop for poetry and prose writers. Free.

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Poetry Crawl at Rebel Vintners
Apr
13
4:00 PM16:00

Poetry Crawl at Rebel Vintners

Join poets, Rebecca Black, Caroline Goodwin, Georgina Marie for a Poetry Crawl presented by Napa Valley Book Festival in partnership with the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference as the official City of Napa Celebration for Arts in April.

Listen to poetry, support local wineries, and learn about applying for the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, a summer workshop for poetry and prose writers. Free.

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Poetry Crawl at Feast it Forward
Apr
13
3:00 PM15:00

Poetry Crawl at Feast it Forward

Join poets, Maya Khosla, Judy Halebsky, Kathleen Winter for a Poetry Crawl presented by Napa Valley Book Festival in partnership with the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference as the official City of Napa Celebration for Arts in April.

Listen to poetry, support local wineries, and learn about applying for the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, a summer workshop for poetry and prose writers. Free.

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NB + Napa Library // Hidden History of Napa Valley, Alexandria Brown
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

NB + Napa Library // Hidden History of Napa Valley, Alexandria Brown

Napa Valley is known for its wine and winemakers, but just beneath the fertile soil lies another, more complex version of its history.

Uncover the story of Napa’s first Chinatown—once home to nearly five hundred immigrants—that dwindled to fewer than seventeen residents before the last buildings were razed in the early twentieth century. Meet the small but determined group of African American farmers and barbers who called Napa home and the indomitable May Howard, a successful businesswoman and brothel owner. Learn about the Bracero Program that kept many of Napa’s wineries, including Krug, Beaulieu and Stag’s Leap, thriving during World War II.

Join author Alexandria Brown as she explores these lesser-known stories of the ordinary people who helped shape Napa Valley.

Alexandria Brown grew up in Napa and attended Mills College, San Jose State University and Adams State University. She has a MS in library and information science and an MA in U.S. history. She was the head of the Research Library at the Napa County Historical Society and is currently on the board. She is a high school librarian and writes for Tor.com. In everything she does, diversity, equity and inclusion are at the forefront. Alexandria lives in the North Bay with her pet rats and ever-increasing piles of books. She can be found on Twitter (@QueenOfRats) and on her blog (www.bookjockeyalex.com).

Hidden History of Napa Valley (Paperback)

By Alexandria Brown

$21.99

ISBN: 9781467138994

Availability: On Our Shelves Now

Published: History Press - March 4th, 2019

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Spill It Sister!
Oct
18
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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AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL SCOTT MOORE
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL SCOTT MOORE

AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL SCOTT MOORE

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
Oct
11
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.

TICKET INFO: 
$25 (entrance to event + copy of book) 
$20 (entrance to event) 
$10 (with Student ID)
BUY TICKETS HERE!

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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:

https://lithub.com/rebecca-solnit-on-skipping-high-school-and-california-culture/

A characteristically nuanced take on the death of John McCain:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/01/john-mccain-was-complex-his-legacy-warrants-critical-discussion

On the #MeToo backlash:

https://lithub.com/rebecca-solnit-on-the-metoo-backlash/

An essay on the intersection between misogyny and capitalism:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/12/sex-capitalism-incel-movement-misogyny-feminism

In praise of libraries and forests:

https://lithub.com/rebecca-solnit-on-a-childhood-of-reading-and-wandering/

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