Past Sense: How the Past Informs the Present with authors James D. Houston, Eric Martin and Sandy Tolan. Jim Foster moderates.
book group expo is the first event of its kind that delivers a two day salon experience designed especially for book lovers.
Book group members and avid readers have a chance to meet some of their favorite authors, discover a literary treasure or three that they've never heard of before, and meet and connect with people in other book groups - or start a new one.
Jim Foster's Conversations on the Coast, now in its fifth year, features one-on-one interviews with America's best-known authors. Jim's approach is similar to Studs Terkel--he makes his guests comfortable, and lets them talk about their work. Writers rave about Jim's style, his preparation, and his insight.
James D. Houston
James D. Houston is the author of eight novels of which Bird Of Another Heaven is the most recent. Among his nonfiction works is Farewell To Manzanar, co-authored with his wife Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston. He is a winner of two American Book Awards and the Humanities Prize.
Eric Martin is a novelist whose most recent work is The Virgin's Guide to Mexico. Raised in Maine, he was educated in Austin, Durham, Barcelona and Quito. He has worked on vineyards, beer trucks, tobacco fields, and in homeless shelters. The recent recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, he is the author of the novels Luck, and Winners, which was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. He lives in San Francisco.
Sandy Tolan is associate professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC and the author of three books, including “The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East,” and the just-released “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land.”