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Thank you so much for choosing to be here!

still cannot believe we are celebrating Chapter Three of book group expo! As a community, I think you have me convinced that this crazy notion of b ringing together book lovers – avid readers and book group members – in way that we can connect with each other and with authors, might not be such a cra z y idea after all! The responses to last year’s experience were tremendous.Thank you! We have worked very hard to integrate your comments and suggestions for this next phase of book group expo . . . Chapter Three! For those of you who have been with me since the beginning — peeking over my shoulder, wo n d e ring what I was up to, as well as active ly sitting at the table with me as we planned — you know that I was not quite sure how this would evolve. What I did know, was that it would be an experience worth creating. As a team, we knew that we wanted to bring some of what was happening in book clubs and reading groups in living rooms, dining rooms and libra ries into a more public space. We still do. Chapter Three continues to deliver on that commitment. And to our new attendees, we are glad you are here! And thrilled that you have found us! Be sure to stay connected with us! It is impossible to name all of you who have helped bring book group expo to where we are at this moment. I have had tremendous e-mail “conversations” with many of you! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and stories and, most import a n t ly, your appreciation and excitement for book group ex p o.These are important conversations to me – and for m e. In the flurry of creating and taking care of the details, you keep me grounded in what book group expo is about for me. So keep reaching out! And I will keep responding. Many of you have heard before that this is a passion project in progress. book group expo seems like the right thing to do with the right people at the right time! It is your support and your participation . . . your input and your enthusiasm . . . that will continue to keep these pages turning! This experience truly is created for you — so engage this idea like you might a good book. Keep anticipating. Keep wo n d e ring. And know that it is a long — though very good – book. (and for those in my book group, there are even pictures!) Also know that Chapter Four will be here before we know it. (Uh-oh — I better get bu s y ! ! ) Thank you so very much for choosing to be a part of this adventure with me — with us! I cannot imagine it any other way.Thank you. And . . . E N J O Y !

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A Sense of Place – map of book group expo



Literary Salons - overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Saturday Salon Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Sunday Salon Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Sponsors, Partners and Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Authors & Moderators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-21 Literary Salon Schedules - at a glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23 Authors & Moderators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-29 Details about book group expo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Marketplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-35 book group expo Supporters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

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bookgroupexpo L I T E R A RY S A L O N S Y O U R b o o k g ro u p e x p o E X P E R I E N C E We hope this Program Guide will give you all the information you need to have a wonderful time. Please don't hesitate to address any questions, concerns, or suggestions to our burgundy-aproned volunteers. And remember, no one at this gathering is allowed to have a bad time! THE CONCOURSE: This is where you register, get your book bag or have a cappuccino and where you can relax or gather at any of our seating areas.

REGISTRATION: (including Lost & Found and Information) is open as follows: Saturday, October 25 9:00am - 5:30pm / Sunday, October 26 9:30am - 5:30pm

THE MARKETPLACE: Located in the Convention Center's Exhibit Hall 2.This is where we have select vendors waiting for your to peruse their displays (and make purchases!) as well as where we will feature several wine and food tastings. Be sure to sign up for the raffles over the two days (books, wine, chocolate and other wonderful treats). All of the Author Signings will occur in the Marketplace.

THE LITERARY SALONS: The concept of the literary salon was born in 17th Century France and referred to a gathering of educated women who wished to amuse one another, refine their taste, and increase their knowledge through conversation and readings. In paying tribute to tradition and in keeping with the stimulating social atmosphere of the modern book group, our authors will not be performing the usual readings, but will discuss specific topics with one another, the moderator, and the audience‌so enjoy the salons as you would your book group. Salon C is in Exhibit Hall 2 and Salons A and B are located across the hall at the Hilton. Follow the signs!

AUTHOR SIGNINGS: All Author Signings take place in the Marketplace. Signings will be 12:15P and 4P both days.The authors who participated in Morning Literary Salons will sign at star ting at 12:15P and Authors in the Afternoon Literary Salons will sign at 4P. All titles will be available all day at the Books Inc. booth as well as directly outside of each Literary Salon. Authors will be sitting for signings at tables in the Marketplace. If you wish your books to be personalized, it will be easier if you use a post-it note (at the sales tables) to write the correct spelling of the name of the person you wish the author to inscribe to, and stick it to the cover of the book. We expect many of you will want your favorite authors to sign copies of their books. In consideration of others, please limit the numbers of books for signature.Your fellow readers will appreciate your consideration.

By all means, enjoy these two days! It has been our pleasure to be a part of the creation ✒ Ann Kent

Susanne Pari

Kathi Kamen Goldmark

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Author Signings for Morning Literary Salons are from 12:15 - 1:30 pm in the Marketplace 10:00 - 11:00 Opening Salon SALON C WRITE OR WRONG: THE UNRELIABLE NARRATOR DEFINES VIRTUE One person's morality is another person's evil. How do we know our principles are virtuous? And how can we be so sure that people who seem evil are that different from us? Authors Andre Dubus III, Diana Spechler, Susanne Pari 11:15 – 12:15 SALON A MANAGING YOUR MOTHER: OR IS SHE MANAGING YOU? Characters who are burdened by the choices their mothers have made. Authors Margaret Cezair-Thompson, Julie Klam, Christina Meldrum, Maud Carol Markson SALON B HISTORICAL FRICTION: CHARACTERS IN CONFLICT How does historical fiction help us understand what is happening in our world today? Authors Maggie Anton, C.W. Gortner, Jeanne Kalogridis, Gail Tsukiyama, Julie Robinson SALON C COME TOGETHER: SELF-DISCOVERY THROUGH FRIENDSHIP Friendships that profoundly and immeasurably alter us and our lives. Authors Annie Barrows, Ron Carlson, Kate Jacobs, Deborah Copaken Kogan, Frances Dinkelspiel 1:10 - 1:30 SALON C - BRIAN COPELAND PERFORMANCE The award-winning author of Not a Genuine Black Man: My Life as an Outsider gives us a taste of his one man show of the same name, the longest running solo show in San Francisco history 8

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Author Signings for Afternoon Literary Salons are from 4 - 5:30 pm in the Marketplace

1:45 - 2:45 SALON A - SECRETS OF THE SUBURBS: THIS IS NOT THE LIFE I ORDERED Trees, birds, flowers, grass—Ah! The perfect place to raise a family! Uh...not so fast. Authors Janelle Brown, Brian Copeland, Marisa de los Santos, Susan Ito SALON B - FOODIES: WRITERS EAT, EATERS WRITE Mouth-watering fiction. How do these writers use food as a metaphor for other issues? Authors Erica Bauermeister, Nicole Mones, Bich Minh Nguyen, Jason Headley SALON C - WHICH WITCH IS WHICH: COVENS AND OTHER CLIQUES What are the lessons we can learn from our historically malevolent attitude toward witchcraft? Can this attitude of fear, ignorance, and a thirst for control be found in our societies today? Authors Brunonia Barry, Kathleen Kent, Erika Mailman, Kemble Scott 3:00 - 4:00 SALON A - GET SHORTY: THE POWER AND PLEASURE OF SHORT PROSE Who says short prose is not for book groups? A single story or a single essay can launch a thousand thoughts and discussions. Authors Catherine Brady, James D. Houston, Victoria Zackheim, Audrey Ferber SALON B - MAKING A DIFFERENCE: ANY WAY YOU CAN These authors take philanthropy and innovation to new levels —intellectually and sociologically. And they do it in a way that all readers can enjoy and understand. Authors Susan Freinkel, Paola Gianturco, Moira Gunn, Masha Hamilton, Cynthia Lee Katona SALON C - NOW THAT YOU’RE GONE: GRIEF SEEKS SOLACE How are we touched by the death of a loved one? What does grief do to us? How can literature help us? Authors Julia Glass, Ann Packer, Irvin Yalom, Lauren John

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Author Signings for Morning Literary Salons are from 12:15 - 1:30 pm in the Marketplace

10:00 - 11:00 Opening Salon SALON C GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN: AN INSPIRATIONAL CELEBRATION SPONSORED BY HARPERONE Gospel music from Sharon D. Henderson and Friends, a light breakfast, and a diverse group of inspirational authors with messages of optimism, faith, and hope. Authors Kristin Billerbeck, Van Jones, Garth Stein, Sam Barry 11:15 – 12:15 SALON A WEDLOCKED: THE INTIMACIES AND INTRICACIES OF MARRIAGE Three novels that test their characters’ commitments to marriage. Authors Sylvia Brownrigg, Joshua Henkin, Jennie Shortridge, Leah Garchik SALON B THE LIAR’S CLUB: LET ME TELL YOU A STORY The art of masterful storytelling—how is it done and what is its power? Persuading the reader to willingly follow you anywhere and believe anything you say. Authors Rabih Alameddine, Selden Edwards, Michelle Richmond, Julie Robinson SALON C COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA: REGRETS AND REINVENTIONS All was great and wonderful until… Authors Diane Hammond, Haidar Ala Hamoudi, David Sheff, Jane Ganahl 1:10 - 1:30 SALON C - REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY PERFORMANCE How many ways can Shakespeare be played? Well, this way will be the funniest you've ever seen.


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Author Signings for Afternoon Literary Salons are from 4 - 5:30 pm in the Marketplace 1:45 - 2:45 SALON A - THIS AMERICAN LIFE (AND DEATH): HOW WE HAVE LIVED America and Americans are ever-changing. But how can we know where we're going if we don't know where we've been? Authors Herbert Gold, Mildred Armstrong Kalish, Marilyn Yalom, Lauren John SALON B - MAKIN’ WHOOPEE: LET US COUNT THE WAYS Sex, of course. On various planes. Authors Karen Abbott, Douglas Abrams, Melanie Abrams, Mary Roach, Ellen Sussman SALON C - WHERE THERE’S A WILL... SHAKESPEARE IN THE 21 CENTURY Shakespeare still influences writers and readers, even as he becomes more challenging to understand. No worries. Learn about King Lear by comparing him to Robert Mondavi. Find out about the Bard's extravagantly-plotted murders through the deeds of a modern killer, and search for a 400-year-old lost manuscript. Authors Jennifer Lee Carrell, Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor, Julia Flynn Siler, Kirsten Brandt ST

3:00 - 4:00 SALON A - ALL ABROAD! LIVING AND WRITING ELSEWHERE Instead of coming to America, these authors left America, taking the pioneering spirit with them. They came back with stories to delight, entertain, and enlighten us. Authors Zöe Ferraris, Jana McBurney-Lin, John Nathan, David Corbett SALON B - WOMAN, BE WISE: STRONG WRITING, STRONG WOMEN How strong are our characters compared to ourselves? Do we write what we hope to be or what we really are? And how can strong female characters inspire us to be stronger? Authors Terry McMillan, Toni Mirosevich, Elizabeth Strout, Kathi Kamen Goldmark SALON C - TEN DAYS AND COUNTING! ELECTIONS, PAST AND FUTURE The nature of democracy, its possibilities, and the hilariousness of people who strive for it. Authors Will Durst, Jeff Golden, Susan Griffin, Sedge Thomson

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bookgroupexpo S P O N S O R S, PA RT N E R S & F R I E N D S book group expo wishes to express thanks to all of the sponsors, partners and friends who have joined us in this adventure. Your support has been invaluable! It is an absolute joy for book group expo to have the support of friends and partners – you saw our vision, believed with us and joined us. Thank you! To every publisher that said, “You’ve got it!” and joined with us – as a sponsor and as an avid supporter – thank you! And to the authors, well – thank you for your openness and generosity in creating this stellar weekend. We all thank you! For those of you in attendance, please remember that these sponsors and partners help make these amazing two days possible. Please support them as they have supported us (and you!) And support your local independent bookstores in every way you possibly can . . . we do! PUBLISHERS CIRCLE


Hachette Book Group USA Penguin Publishing Group Random House Publishing Group – Reader’s Circle HarperOne Book Club Girl Bantam Dell Publishing St. Martin’s Press – Reading Group Gold Harper Collins

Reading Group Choices The Great Books Foundation All Ears Audiobooks

COMMUNITY PARTNERS San Jose Repertory Company eWomen Network San Jose – Kristy Rogers



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bookgroupexpo S P O N S O R S, PA RT N E R S & F R I E N D S Special thanks to Kepler’s, Book Shop Santa Cruz, Book Smart, Borderlands Books, Capitola Book Café, Leigh’s Favorite Books and other independent book stores who have supported and promoted book group expo. We appreciate it! It’s impossible to thank eve ryone – but we are certainly determined to try!

SPECIAL THANKS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Penguin Group, USA Steinbeck Center Algonquin Books Literary Affairs PEN American Center Kepler’s Books & Magazines Unbridled Books Terra Communications Barbara Pina Patty Walters Laura Hill Lauren Delp Howard Wall Trish Fullerton Lauren Zina John

Louise Crawford Elena Morera Jane Reeder Ann’s book group Laurel Fields Suzanne Wickham Julie Robinson

Kristy Rogers Tamera Walters Cindy Hill Patty Walters Marilyn Riedel Jennifer Hart Maxine Goulding

And to the hundreds of others who bothered to pay attention . . . and chose to help . . . we are so very appreciative. You are community – and that is what book group expo is about.

Thank you.

BUSINESS PARTNERS AND FRIENDS Creation Ground Media California Special Occasions

Magnificent Gifts MFinity Wines Lighthouse Travel

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bookgroupexpo AU T H O R S & M O D E R ATO R S KAREN ABBOTT is a native of Philadelphia, where she worked as a journalist. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller Sin in the Second City. She is working on her next book, a portrait of the legendary Gypsy Rose Lee and Depression-era America. (SUNDAY 1:45 PM, Salon B)

DOUGLAS CARLTON ABRAMS is a former editor at HarperCollins. The Lost Diary of Don Juan was a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller and is being published in 30 languages. His next novel is coming out in 2009. (SUNDAY 1:45 PM, Salon B)

MELANIE ABRAMS teaches writing at UC Berkeley and received her MFA from UNC Greensboro. She is married to the novelist Vikram Chandra. Her novel, Playing, has been acquired in Italy, France, Germany, India, and Israel. (SUNDAY 1:45 PM, Salon B)

RABIH ALAMEDDINE is the author of The Hakawati, a novel that the New York Times called “powerful enough to transcend the mountain of polemic, historical inquiry, policy analysis, and reportage that stands between the Western reader and the Arab soul”. Rabih’s previous works are Koolaids,The Perv, and I, the Divine. (SUNDAY 1:15 AM, Salon B) MAGGIE ANTON is the award-winning author of Rashi's Daughters, historical novels set in the household of the great medieval Jewish scholar, whose daughters studied Talmud when these sacred texts were forbidden to women. (SATURDAY 11:15 AM, Salon B) ANNIE BARROWS is the co-author of the best-selling novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. She is also the author of the popular Ivy and Bean series as well the children's novel The Magic Half. (SATURDAY 11:15 AM, Salon C)


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bookgroupexpo AU T H O R S & M O D E R ATO R S BRUNONIA BARRY best-selling author of The Lace Reader, is a native of Massachusetts and lives in Salem with her husband and dog, Byzantium. She studied literature and creative writing at Green Mountain College in Vermont and at the University of New Hampshire. (SATURDAY 1:45 AM, Salon C) SAM BARRY is a marketing and promotions manager at HarperOne, a division of HarperCollins. He co-authors “The Author Enablers,” a column in BookPage. He also plays harmonica and keyboards in the band Train Wreck and with the all-author rock band, The Rock Bottom Remainders. (SUNDAY 10:00 AM, Salon C) ERICA BAUERMEISTER love of slow food and slow life was cemented by her two years of living in Italy with her husband and children. She has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Washington. The School of Essential Ingredients is her first novel. (SATURDAY 1:45 PM, Salon B) KRISTIN BILLERBECK is a best-selling, Christy-nominated author, credited for bringing Christian Chick Lit to life with her Ashley Stockingdale Series. She is a graduate of San Jose State University and a fourth-generation Californian. (SUNDAY 10:00 AM, Salon C)

CATHERINE BRADY is the author of two short story collections and a biography. She is the recipient of the 2002 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for Curled in the Bed of Love, and her work appeared in Best American Short Stories 2004. (SATURDAY 3:00 PM, Salon A)

KIRSTEN BRANDT is an award winning director and playwright. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director of San Joe Repertory Theatre. From 1999-2005 she was the Artistic Director of San Diego’s leading experimental theatre company Sledgehammer. (SUNDAY 1:45 PM, Salon C)

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bookgroupexpo AU T H O R S & M O D E R ATO R S JANELLE BROWN is a journalist based in Los Angeles. Formerly a senior writer for Salon, she currently writes for the New York Times, Vogue, and Self, among other publications. All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is her first novel. (SATURDAY 1:45 PM, Salon A)

SYLVIA BROWNRIGG is the author of five books of fiction. Her recent novel, Morality Tale, was described as “divinely deadpan” in the New York Times and as a "witty parable of marriage” in The San Francisco Chronicle. Her new novel, The Delivery Room, is just being published. (SUNDAY 11:15 AM, Salon A) RON CARLSON is the award-winning author of four story collections and four novels, including his acclaimed latest, Five Skies. His stories appear regularly in Harper’s,The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He is the director of the MFA Creative Writing program at the University of California, Irvine. (SATURDAY 11:15 AM, Salon C) JENNIFER LEE CARRELL is the author of Interred with Their Bones and The Speckled Monster. She holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard University, and has directed Shakespeare plays for Harvard’s Hyperion Theatre Company. (SUNDAY 1:45 PM, Salon C)

MARGARET CEZAIR-THOMPSON is the author of The Pirate’s Daughter and the acclaimed novel, The True History of Paradise. Her work has appeared in publications such as Elle and The Washington Post, and is informed by her Jamaican background. She teaches literature and creative writing at Wellesley College. (SATURDAY 11:15 AM, Salon A) BRIAN COPELAND is an award-winning writer, comedian, television host, radio personality, and actor. His memoir, Not a Genuine Black Man, is a Silicon Valley Reads selection for 2009, and his one-man show of the same title was the longest-running solo show in San Francisco history. (SATURDAY 1:10 PM, Salon C and 1:45 PM, Salon A) 16

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bookgroupexpo AU T H O R S & M O D E R ATO R S DAVID CORBETT is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: The Devil’s Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), and the Edgar-nominated Blood of Paradise. (SUNDAY 3:00 PM, SALON A)

MARISA DE LOS SANTOS is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Belong To Me and Love Walked In. She lives with her husband and their two children in Wilmington, Delaware. (SATURDAY 1:45 PM, Salon A)

FRANCES DINKELSPIEL spent more than 20 years in the newspaper business. Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, the story of her great great grandfather, is her first book. Her well-known blog, Ghost Word, is about the Bay Area’s literary scene. (SATURDAY 11:15 AM, Salon C) ANDRE DUBUS III is the author of, most recently, The Garden of Last Days. His other books of fiction include House of Sand and Fog, a National Book Award Finalist and Oprah Book Club Selection. His writing has received many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and a Pushcart Prize. (SATURDAY 10:00 AM, Salon C) WILL DURST is an award-winning comedian, radio talk show host,TV producer, commentator, and now the author of the acclaimed The All-American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing. (SUNDAY 3:00 PM, Salon C)

SELDEN EDWARDS a graduate of Princeton and Stanford, is a former English teacher and was headmaster of several prestigious private schools during his career in education. He lives near Santa Barbara, California. The Little Book is his first novel. (SUNDAY 11:15 AM, Salon B)

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bookgroupexpo AU T H O R S & M O D E R ATO R S AUDREY FERBER’S short stories have been anthologized. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News. She teaches writing at UC Extension in San Francisco. (SATURDAY 3:00 PM, Salon A)

ZOË FERRARIS’S novel, Finding Nouf, is informed by the time she lived in Saudi Arabia after the first Gulf War with her thenhusband and his extended family. She has an MFA from Columbia University and currently lives in San Francisco. (SUNDAY 3:00 PM, Salon A)

SUSAN FREINKEL is a science writer whose work has appeared in Discover, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian, and the New York Times. She is the author of the eloquent book, American Chestnut:The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree. (SATURDAY 3:00 PM, Salon B)

JANE GANAHL a journalist for 25 years, is the author of Naked on the Page: The Misadventures of My Unmarried Midlife. She is also the editor of the anthology Single Woman of a Certain Age, and co-founder of the Litquake Festival. (SUNDAY 11:15 AM, Salon C)

Having rocketed from pre-hip Brooklyn to the post-hip HaightAshbury district, LEAH GARCHIK has been a San Francisco Chronicle columnist since she was a toddler. Real Life Romance is based on the Overheard portion of her column. (SUNDAY 11:15 AM, Salon A)

PAOLA GIATURCO is the author/photographer of four illustrated books, including Women Who Light the Dark. Her work has been exhibited at the US Senate, the United Nations, and The Field Museum. She has co-taught executive institutes about women and leadership at Stanford University. She lives in Mill Valley. (SATURDAY 3:00 PM, Salon B) 18

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bookgroupexpo AU T H O R S & M O D E R ATO R S JULIA GLASS won the National Book Award for Three Junes and is the author of The Whole World Over. She lives with her family in Massachusetts. Her most recent novel is I See You Everywhere. (SATURDAY 3:00 PM, Salon C)

HERBERT GOLD was born and raised in Cleveland, but rose to national fame with his roman à clef Fathers. Both a longtime chronicler of and participant in the Beat movement, he lives in San Francisco. His new memoir is Still Alive: A Temporary Condition. (SUNDAY 1:45 PM, Salon A)

JEFF GOLDEN’S passion for expanding political boundaries comes from intertwining careers in politics (County Commissioner, state policy work), journalism (documentary TV producer, NPR host, political columnist) and mediation. He is the author of Unafraid: A Novel of the Possible. (SUNDAY 3:00 PM, Salon C) KATHI KAMEN GOLDMARK’S novel is And My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You. She is a contributor to Single Woman of a Certain Age. She co-authors "The Author Enablers," a monthly column in BookPage. Kathi is the founder of the all-author rock band the Rock Bottom Remainders; producer of the radio show West Coast Live; and Author Liaison for book group expo. (SUNDAY 3:00 PM, Salon B) C.W. GORTNER author of The Last Queen, is half-Spanish by birth, holds an MFA in Writing, with an emphasis in historical studies, and has taught courses on powerful women in the Renaissance. (SATURDAY 11:15 AM, Salon B)

SUSAN GRIFFIN latest book, Wrestling with the Angel of Democracy: On Being an American Citizen, is about the inner life of democracy. Named by the Utne Reader as one of a hundred important visionaries for the new millennium, she has written nineteen books, including The Private Life of War, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. (SUNDAY 3:00 PM, Salon C)

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bookgroupexpo AU T H O R S & M O D E R ATO R S DR. MOIRA GUNN is the host of “Tech Nation” and “BioTech Nation,” heard on NPR and produced at KQED in San Francisco. This former NASA engineer-turned-journalist has set her sites on biotech and the issues it involves: social, ethical, economic, political and more. Welcome to Biotech Nation is her first book. (SATURDAY 3:00 PM, Salon B) MASHA HAMILTON is the author of the acclaimed novels Staircase of a Thousand Steps,The Distance Between Us, and The Camel Bookmobile, which independent booksellers called an excellent book club selection. She has lived and reported from the Middle East, Moscow, Africa, and Afghanistan. (SATURDAY 3:00 PM, Salon B) DIANE HAMMOND’S new novel is Hannah’s Dream. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels Going to Bend and Homesick Creek. She is the recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission literary fellowship. (SUNDAY 11:15A, Salon C)

HAIDER ALA HAMOUDI grew up speaking fluent Arabic and visiting Baghdad every year. His debut book is Howling in Mesopotamia: An Iraqi-American Memoir. He is a Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh. (SUNDAY 11:15 AM, Salon C)

JASON HEADLEY is the author of Small Town Odds, a BookSense Recommendation and one of Barnes and Noble's Best of 2004. He also writes "Around Normal," a weekly storytelling column available on his website. (SATURDAY 1:45 PM, Salon B)

JOSHUA HENKIN is the author, most recently, of the novel Matrimony, which was a 2007 New York Times Notable Book. He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College and Brooklyn College. (SUNDAY 11:15 AM, Salon A)


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bookgroupexpo AU T H O R S & M O D E R ATO R S JAMES D. HOUSTON is the award-winning author of eight novels, most recently Bird of Another Heaven, about the last Hawaiian king. His long-awaited prose collection, Where Light Takes its Color from the Sea, was published in April. (SATURDAY 3:00 PM, Salon A)

SUSAN ITO is the editor of A Ghost At Heart's Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption. Her work has appeared in Growing Up Asian American, CHOICE, The Bellevue Literary Review, Hip Mama, and Making More Waves. She is a columnist and editor at the online journal Literary Mama,. She writes a blog at (SATURDAY 1:45 PM, Salon A) KATE JACOBS is the New York Times best-selling author of The Friday Night Knitting Club. She has worked for Redbook, Working Woman, and Family Life, among other publications. Her latest novel is Comfort Food. (SATURDAY 11:15 AM, Salon C)

LAUREN ZINA JOHN author of Running Book Discussion Groups, is the founder of The All Seasons Book Group, an organization that produces book talks, author events, literary tours, and corporate and non-profit team-building events. She is also the in-house librarian for book group expo. (SATURDAY 3:00 PM, Salon C and SUNDAY 1:45 PM, Salon A) VAN JONES is an award-winning human rights activist, founder of Green For All, and author of The Green Collar Economy. He recently worked with Congress to pass the Green Jobs Act, authorizing legislation to fund thousands of jobs that positively impact the environment. (SUNDAY 10:00 AM, Salon C) MILLIE ARMSTRONG KALISH’S first book, Little Heathens, about her childhood on an Iowa farm during the Depression, was published when she was 85.The New York Times called it one of the Ten Best Books of 2007. (SUNDAY 1:45 PM, Salon A)

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bookgroupexpo S AT U R DAY, O C T O B E R 2 5 , 2 0 0 8 10:00 - 11:00 SALON C

Opening Salon Write or Wrong: The Unreliable Narrator Defines Virtue

11:30 - 12:30 SALON A

Managing Your Mother: Or Is She Managing You?


Historical Friction: Characters in Conflict


Come Together: Self-discovery Through Friendship

12:15 - 1:30


Author Signings for Morning Literary Salons

1:10 – 1:30


Brian Copeland Performance from Not a Genuine Black Man: My Life as an Outsider

1:45 – 2:45


Secrets Of The Suburbs: This Is Not the Life I Ordered


Foodies: Writers Eat, Eaters Write


Which Witch Is Which: Covens and Other Cliques


Get Shorty: The Power and Pleasure of Short Prose


Making a Difference: Any Way You Can


Now That You’re Gone: Grief Seeks Solace


Author Signings for Afternoon Literary Salons

3:00 – 4:00

4:00 - 5:30


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bookgroupexpo S U N DAY, O C T O B E R 2 6 , 2 0 0 8 10:00 - 11:00 SALON C

Opening Salon Go Tell It On The Mountain: An Inspirational Celebration S p o n s o red By Harperone

11:15 – 12:15 SALON A

Wedlocked: The Intimacies And Intricacies Of Marriage


The Liar’s Club: Let Me Tell You A Story


Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda: Regrets And Reinventions

12:15 - 1:30


Author Signings for Morning Literary Salons

1:10 – 1:30


Reduced Shakespeare Company Performance

1:45 – 2:45


This American Life (And Death): How We Have Lived


Makin’ Whoopee: Let Us Count The Ways


Where There’s A Will… Shakespeare In The 21st Century


All Abroad! Living And Writing Elsewhere


Woman, Be Wise: Strong Writing, Strong Women


Ten Days And Counting! Elections, Past And Future


Author Signings for Afternoon Literary Salons

3:00 – 4:00

4:00 - 5:30

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bookgroupexpo AU T H O R S & M O D E R ATO R S JEANNE KALOGRIDIS is the author of The Borgia Bride and I, Mona Lisa, both historical novels set in the Italian Renaissance. Her newest novel, The Devil’s Queen, is forthcoming in 2009. She lives in California with her beloved consort, George, and two Labradors. (SATURDAY 11:15 AM, Salon B)

CYNTHIA LEE KATONA is a professor of literature, the author of Book Savvy, a reviewer for the Dow Jones Online Review, and a nationally published travel photographer. (SATURDAY 3:00 PM, Salon B)

KATHLEEN KENT is a tenth generation descendent of Martha Carrier, hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692.Thus, her novel The Heretic’s Daughter. She lives in Dallas. (SATURDAY 1:45 PM, Salon C)

JULIE KLAM’S debut novel is Please Excuse My Daughter. After attending NYU Film School and interning on “Late Night with David Letterman,” she earned an Emmy nomination for her writing at VH1’s “Pop-Up Video”. (SATURDAY 11:15 AM, Salon A)

DEBORAH COPAKEN KOGAN is the author of Shutterbabe, the best-selling memoir of her years as a war photographer. Her latest novel is Between Here and April. She lives in New York with her husband and three children. (SATURDAY 11:15 AM, Salon C)

ERIKA MAILMAN latest novel is The Witch’s Trinity. While writing it, she learned her ancestor was twice accused of witchcraft in 1600s Massachusetts—contrary to expectations, she was acquitted both times and died of natural causes! (SATURDAY 1:45 PM, Salon C)


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bookgroupexpo AU T H O R S & M O D E R ATO R S MAUD CAROL MARKSON is the author of the novel When We Get Home, and the forthcoming novel, Looking After Pigeon. She has taught writing at the University of New Hampshire and Cabrini College. (SATURDAY 11:15 AM, Salon A)

REED MARTIN is best known for his work as a writer and performer with the Reduced Shakespeare Company. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Umpire Training School, and Ringling Brothers Clown College. He is the co-author of Reduced Shakespeare. (SUNDAY 1:10 PM, Salon C and SUNDAY 1:45 PM, Salon C) JANA MCBURNEY-LIN lived in Asia for fifteen years, contributing to publications in seven countries. Her awardwinning first novel is My Half of the Sky. (SUNDAY 3:00 PM, Salon A)

TERRY MCMILLAN is the critically-acclaimed, award-winning author of six novels: Mama, Disappearing Acts, Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, A Day Late and a Dollar Short, and The Interruption of Everything. (SUNDAY 3:00 PM, Salon B)

CHRISTINA MELDRUM is the author of Madapple, a literary mystery. Madapple was a Vanity Fair “Hot Type” pick and received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. Kirkus Reviews spotlighted Madapple in its special edition: “Fresh Fiction: 35 Promising Debuts.” (SATURDAY 11:15 AM, Salon A) TONI MIROSEVICH is an award-winning poet and author of the nonfiction collection Pink Harvest, which explores life’s shifting, tilting moments and encounters. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. (SUNDAY 3:00 PM, Salon B)

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bookgroupexpo AU T H O R S & M O D E R ATO R S NICOLE MONES’S bestselling, prizewinning novels Lost in Translation, A Cup of Light, and The Last Chinese Chef are read in eighteen languages. She contributes nonfiction to Gourmet,The Washington Post, the L.A.Times and the New York Times Magazine. (SATURDAY 1:45 PM, Salon B)

JOHN NATHAN is an author, translator, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, and cultural critic who has devoted forty years to removing the cloak of enigma that surrounds the Japanese. In Living Carelessly in Tokyo and Elsewhere, he portrays with candor and wit the travails of an outsider seeking to discover himself in an alien land. (SUNDAY 3:00 PM, Salon A) BICH MINH NGUYEN fled Saigon with her family in 1975 and settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her work has appeared in Gourmet, People, and the Chicago Tribune. Her memoir, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, received the 2005 PEN/Jerard Fund Award. She teaches at the University of Indiana. (SATURDAY 1:45 PM, Salon B) ANN PACKER is the author of two best-selling novels, Songs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen's Pier, which received a Great Lakes Book Award and the Kate Chopin Literary Award. She lives with her family in San Carlos, CA. (SATURDAY 3:00 PM, Salon C)

SUSANNE PARI is the author of The Fortune Catcher, a novel about Iran and America. She has written for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and NPR, among others. She is a literary host, interviewer, and the Program Director for book group expo. (SATURDAY 10:00 AM, Salon C)

MICHELLE RICHMOND is the author of the novel Dream Of The Blue Room,The Year of Fog and the story collection The Girl In The Fall-Away Dress, which won the Associated Writing Programs Award for Short Fiction. No One You Know is her third novel. (SUNDAY 11:15 AM, Salon B)


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bookgroupexpo AU T H O R S & M O D E R ATO R S MARY ROACH is the author of the New York Times best-sellers Stiff:The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. Her latest book is Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. Roach’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, NPR, Wired, GQ, and Outside. (SUNDAY 1:45 PM, Salon B) JULIE ROBINSON is the creator of Literary Affairs, a book group organization that takes readers "Beyond the Book." Julie runs 30 book clubs per month, leads literary salons with celebrated authors, organizes VIP cultural experiences, and creates Literary Tours. Her love of the classics has made Julie's Luncheon Lecture Series one of the hottest tickets in Los Angeles. (SATURDAY 11:15 AM, Salon B and SUNDAY 11:15 AM, Salon B) KEMBLE SCOTT is the author of the best-selling novel SoMa, a tale of sex and the city – San Francisco style. He has three Emmy awards for his work in television news. (SATURDAY 1:45 PM, Salon C)

DAVID SHEFF books include Beautiful Boy, Game Over, China Dawn, and All We Are Saying. His article for the New York Times Magazine, “My Addicted Son,” won an award from the American Psychological Association for “Outstanding Contribution to Advancing the Understanding of Addiction.” (SUNDAY 11:15 AM, Salon C) JENNIE SHORTRIDGE is the best-selling author of novels that readers and reviewers call wise, funny, sexy, and heartbreakingly real. Her latest book—Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe—follows the journey of a runaway middle-aged good girl gone “bad.” (SUNDAY 11:15 AM, Salon A)

JULIA FLYNN SILER is the author of the New York Times best-seller, The House of Mondavi:The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty. She spent twenty years as a journalist, several of them as a foreign correspondent. The House of Mondavi began as a story for the Wall Street Journal, was nominated for a James Beard Foundation award, and was a finalist for a Gerald Loeb award for distinguished business reporting. (SUNDAY 1:45 PM, Salon C)

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bookgroupexpo AU T H O R S & M O D E R ATO R S DIANA SPECHLER received her MFA from the University of Montana and was a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, Moment, Lilith, and elsewhere. Who By Fire is her first novel. (SATURDAY 10:00 AM, Salon C)

GARTH STEIN is the author of three novels:The Art of Racing in the Rain, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets which won a 2006 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award, and Raven Stole the Moon. (SUNDAY 10:00 AM, Salon C)

ELIZABETH STROUT is the author of Olive Kitteridge, the best-seller Abide with Me, and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize. (SUNDAY 3:00 PM, Salon B) ELLEN SUSSMAN Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex, was published in 2008. She is also the author of Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave, and the novel, On a Night Like This. (SUNDAY 1:45 PM, Salon B)

SEDGE THOMSON is the interviewer par excellence of the radio show West Coast Live! whose guests have ranged from Arianna Stassinopoulos to Arianna Huffington, Doris Lessing to Stephen King. He is renowned for his ability to draw people out, for his humor, and his perspicacity. (SUNDAY 3:00 PM, Salon C) AUSTIN TICHENOR has several different careers going in the hopes one will take off. He plays Guys in Ties on TV when he’s not writing, performing, producing, or hosting podcasts for the Reduced Shakespeare Company. He is the co-author of Reduced Shakespeare. (SUNDAY 1:10 PM, Salon C and SUNDAY 1:45 PM, Salon C) 28

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bookgroupexpo AU T H O R S & M O D E R ATO R S GAIL TSUKIYAMA is the best-selling author of six novels, including Woman of the Silk,The Samurai’s Garden and her latest, The Street of a Thousand Blossoms. Tsukiyama is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award. (SATURDAY 11:15 AM, Salon B) IRVIN D. YALOM, M.D. is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University. In addition to several textbooks, he has written Love's Executioner, When Nietzsche Wept, Lying on the Couch, and The Schopenhauer Cure. His latest book is Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death. (SATURDAY 3:00 PM, Salon C) MARILYN YALOM is a senior scholar at Stanford University and the author of Blood Sisters: The French Revolution in Women’s Memory, A History of the Breast, A History of the Wife, Birth of the Chess Queen, and The American Resting Place: Four Hundred Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds. (SUNDAY 1:45 PM, Salon A) VICTORIA ZACKHEIM is the editor of The Other Woman and For Keeps, author of the novel, The Bone Weaver, and writer of the documentaries Tracing Thalidomide:The Story of Frances Kelsey and More Than A Lord’s Daughter. (SATURDAY 3:00 PM, Salon A)

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bookgroupexpo D E T A I L S LIBRARY CARD BADGES: Your badge allows you full access for the day(s) for which it

was purchased (single day or two day pass). Badges are not transferable. If you lose your badge, check at the Registration area to see if it was turned in. You will need your badge to re-enter the event should you go off-site. LOST & FOUND: book group expo and official representatives are not responsible

for lost, damaged or stolen property. If you have lost an item, however, please check with the Lost & Found desk at Registration. If you find anything, please turn it in to a volunteer or bring it to the Lost & Found desk at Registration. FOR INFORMATION:

book group expo is proud to have volunteers available to assist you at the show.Volunteers can direct you to the Salons, rest rooms, Registration, and the Marketplace.They can also help you with schedules and general show information.You can identify volunteers by the burgundy bookseller aprons they are wearing while on duty.


have several options available to help sustain your energy throughout the show.The cost of food and beverages are not included in the price of your show ticket. The Hilton restaurant, City Grille, is located on the Lower Level. A café will be open on the Concourse during the lunch hour to provide hot and cold meals. Relax, sit down, and enjoy your food while in the company of your fellow book lovers. A snack station, located on the Concourse, will offer cold beverages and packaged snacks for quick bites while running between literary salons. An espresso cart is located on the Concourse as so you can keep the caffeine flowing all day!


want book group expo to be your show – your experience. To help us serve you better, please provide your comments and feedback to the staff at Registration, or send an email to us at If you have not already done so, make sure to give your email address to the team at Registration to keep you posted about next year’s book group expo.


Some of our salons will be recorded for podcasting and videocasts.This information will be available on the book group expo website 10 – 14 days after the event. Be sure to check back at to see what is available --- or, better yet, sign up to stay up-dated through


For any kind of emergency services (Fire, Medical, Police) dial extension 3500 from any conference phone or notify a book group expo volunteer or staff member. You may see an off-duty San Jose Police Officer at the show.This Officer is here to protect people and property. Please comply with any requests from the Officer on duty.


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Exhibitor Name San Jose Repertory Theatre Barefoot Books Putting Up Reading Partners

201 202 203 203 204

Quantum Education Blurb Delish Jewelry Mackerilla Design Women’s Independent Cinema

301 302 302 302 303 304

Hachette Book Group Magnificent Gifts Mfinity Wines Jeanne's Fudge Additional bge Enthusiasts SF Bag Lady

401 402 403 404

NSA/NC Pro-Track Rozenhart Family Chiropractic Glimmerdream California Arts Council

Booth 501 503 504 505 506 507 508 509 510 511 601 603 604 605 606 607 608

Exhibitor Name Books Inc. Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Yes,The Secret Works Living Green Marketplace The Great Books Foundation Roman Paradigm Massage Three Girls Media Santa Clara County Library Lift Your Spirits Home Transformations Essential Bodywear All Ears Audiobooks Joan’s Travel Adventure Luv’s Brownies Kushlani Hall Book Club Girl/HarperCollins Book-Club-in-a-Box South Bay Writers

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ALL EARS AUDIOBOOKS At All Ears Audiobooks, we offer all the best books for rent and sale - book group expo authors, bestsellers, mystery, classics - you name it! We love connecting people with books they may have missed, as well as new releases from favorite authors. We look forward to seeing you at our store located at El Paseo de Saratoga Shopping Center in West San Jose. In the mean time, stop by booth 601 and let us help you get started - extending your reading through listening! 408-370-7003


BAREFOOT BOOKS At Barefoot Books, we celebrate art and story that opens the hearts and minds of children from all walks of life, inspiring them to read deeper, search further, and explore their own creative gifts. 707-762-7037


BLURB Blurb is a company and a community that believes passionately in the joy of books – reading them, making them, sharing them, and selling them. With Blurb, anyone can create a book.


BOOK CLUB GIRL/HARPERCOLLINS Book Club Girl is a blog dedicated to sharing great books, news and tips with book clubs everywhere, and also hosts a monthly chat between readers and authors. For more, visit


BOOK-CLUB-IN-A-BOX Bookclub-in-a-Box is an innovative product for the discussion and appreciation of literary fiction. Our in-depth reading guides for current and classic fiction go beyond the usual list of questions and author information. They are well organized and easy-to-use, affordable and entertaining. The guides, which include relevant background and/or historical information, focus points, themes, writing style and more, are designed to stimulate and assist any discussion. 866-578-5571


ADDITIONAL bge ENTHUSIASTS book group expo supports a variety of activities and events both locally and across the country. Please review the information shared on this book group expo endorsed table and support their efforts and good work!


BOOKS INC. The West’s Oldest Independent Bookseller since 1851. California’s Book Group Headquarters.Ten Bay Area Locations: Laurel Village, Opera Plaza, the Marina and the Castro in San Francisco, Alameda, Burlingame, Palo Alto and Mountain View and everywhere at Book group discounts, in store book groups, book recommendations and more!


CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL The California Arts Council encourages participation, appreciation and support of the ar ts, thereby advancing California through the Arts and Creativity. Builds the strength of arts organizations and supports arts programs for all citizens. 916-322-6555


DELISCH JEWELRY Delisch jewelry features original designs, hand-made in California from specially selected, beautiful freshwater pearls, tumbled gems and vintage-style beads and crystals. Playful, classy and fresh, this is the jewelry you will just have to have! 831-458-3130

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ESSENTIAL BODYWEAR When was the last time you had a bra fitting? The team from Essential Bodywear, Maggie Roberge, Ebonye Davys and Virginia Rivera will help you get properly fitted in a great fitting bra. You can look 10 lbs lighter! Maggie 408-744-1607 Ebony 408-551-8726


GLIMMERDREAM Creating beautifully unique jewelry for women for whom jewelry is a passion is what Elle Schroeder lives for. Marketing her work under 'Glimmerdream' - playfully opulent hand-crafted jewelry,' Elle has something for every taste and pocket-book whether you're looking for one-of-a-kind or limited edition designs. 408-998-2598


HACHETTE BOOK GROUP Hachette Book Group USA is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest publisher in the world. Hachette Book Group USA’s product lines include adult, illustrated, religious, children’s and audio books under the Little, Brown and Company, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Grand Central Publishing, FaithWords, Center Street, Orbit,Yen Press and Hachette Book Group Digital Media imprints. Its bestselling authors include Ansel Adams, Sherman Alexie, Marc Brown, David Baldacci, Jimmy Buffett, Michael Connelly, Nelson DeMille, Malcolm Gladwell, Lisi Harrison, Robert Kiyosaki, Brad Meltzer, Joyce Meyer, Stephenie Meyer, Walter Mosley, James Patterson, David Sedaris, Anita Shreve, Nicholas Sparks, and Cecily von Ziegesar.


JEANNE'S FUDGE Rich, creamy, dark chocolate fudge! The purpose of Jeanne's Fudge is pleasure — the pleasure of a special treat for yourself or the pleasure of giving an elegant, small gift.To learn more, log onto our website or email Jeanne at 650-579-7261


JOAN’S TRAVEL ADVENTURE Great travel ideas every day! New Orleans in Spring and Book Lover Tours all year. Thanksgiving in Paris, New Year’s in Vienna, China in March and Cruise 'n Read Groups. 708-806-7230


KUSHLANI HALL Unique, Artistic Fine Jewelry. Designed and handmade by an award winning artist for the one who has an eye for the unusual. 408-942-5087


LIFT YOUR SPIRITS HOME TRANSFORMATIONS Enhancing your home using what you own - We specialize in Interior, Redesign Color Consultations and Home Staging - refining your style in fresh creative uplifting ways. 650-384-0569


LIVING GREEN MARKETPLACE In a world that is requiring us to choose green, alternative products to heal our bodies and our planet, founders Hannah DuVon and Diane Moriconi were inspired to star t Living Green Marketplace.They have made it their business to select fine products that provide a beautiful, healthy lifestyle living in harmony with Mother Nature. Stop by booth # 505 to learn more! 408-241-0794

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LUV’S BROWNIES Luv’s Brownies is the Home of the Original Heart-Shaped Brownie. Aundrea Lacy is the founder & owner of this award winning online bakery. Aundrea’s latest book Brownie Points explains how she built the business and how she overcame her challenges. Most recently, Ms. Lacy was acknowledged by Rachael Ray stating "some of the best brownies I have ever tasted.” 408-881-0759


MACKERILLA DESIGN Mackerilla Design's fun and functional handbags, totes, "Project" bags and backpack "Cruzers," all with that unmistakable Mackerilla style. All handmade in Santa Cruz, CA. 831-458-3401


MAGNIFICENT GIFTS The Destination for Great Gifts, Favors, and Event Solutions. Holiday gift-giving as easy as 1-2-3: 1. Select the gift (or give us a budget to customize). 2. Provide recipient names and addresses. 3. Provide your gift message. Relax - We do the rest. 877-574-1336


MFINITY WINES Winemaker: Ron Mura. 2006 Best of Show Winner - Red Wines, San Francisco Bay Wine Competition. Low in Sulfites and Histamines - a healthy wine!


NSA/NC PRO-TRACK Increase your success as an author. Prove you can sell books. Pro-Track teaches writers to be in-demand speakers who can market! For more information, contact Karen WalkerTunoa, Program Director, at (707) 542-8114 or 707-542-8114


PENGUIN GROUP (USA) INC. Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of the internationally renowned Penguin Group, the second-largest English-language trade book publisher in the world. Penguin Group (USA) publishes under a wide range of prominent imprints and trademarks and possesses perhaps the world's most prestigious list of best-selling authors and a backlist of unparalleled breadth, depth, and quality.


PUTTING UP Putting up author, Steve Dowdney operated South Carolina’s premier small batch cannery. His book includes safe canning practices and 65 of his best recipes. 843-729-7952


QUANTUM EDUCATION Quantum Education’s mission is to discover the most exciting and innovative new energy medicine technologies and therapies available today for healing the body, mind and spirit, and make these available to a wide audience of people.To learn more about us log onto and to learn more about Dr. Lark’s Hormone Revolution log onto 888-236-9730


READING PARTNERS Reading Partners is a non-profit dedicated to empowering students through one-on-one literacy tutoring in underserved public schools. For volunteer information, please call 408-945-5720.

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ROZENHART FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC We are wellness doctors who can guide you to create wellness in your life through being fit, eating right and thinking well! 408-979-9999


ROMAN PARADIGM MASSAGE Do you suffer from a nagging pain in your shoulders, neck or back? Our San Jose massage therapy facility specializes in Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, and Trigger Point Therapy. We get the tension and knots out! We are located near Santana Row. Book your appointment online and enjoy the benefits of a 100% money back guaranteed massage service. 408-726-2363


SAN JOSE REPERTORY THEATRE San Jose Repertory Theatre performs in a dynamically shaped, state-of-the-art 525-seat theatre in the heart of downtown San Jose. As Silicon Valley’s premier regional theatre, the Rep annually presents six main stage productions of stimulating classic and contemporary work, some of the finest actors and artists in the nation and an amazing array of educational and community outreach programs. Don’t miss the world premiere of THE KITE RUNNER opening March of 2009! 408-367-7290


SANTA CLARA COUNTY LIBRARY Santa Clara County Library System has libraries in the California cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill and Saratoga. We have book club kits, staff picks, email readers’ advisory lists and more!


SF BAG LADY SF Bag Lady has the most sought after handbags, duffels, totes and wallets at drastically reduced prices.


SOUTH BAY WRITERS South Bay Writers is the largest branch of the California Writers Club. We meet in Sunnyvale. We have a monthly guest speaker and weekly open mics. Everyone is welcome. 408-730-9622


THE GREAT BOOKS FOUNDATION The Great Books Foundation publishes anthologies of classic and contemporary literature for serious book groups and promotes Shared Inquiry™, a Socratic, text-based discussion method. 312-332-5870


THREE GIRLS MEDIA Three Girls Media Inc. specializes in cost-effective publicity for Small Business. The boutique Silicon Valley firm created the country’s first All-Inclusive, Nationwide Media Campaigns with GUARANTEED press results. 408-929-8068


WOMEN’S INDEPENDENT CINEMA Independent Cinema, a unique Film and Doc DVD Club, specializing in ‘Indie’ films, invite you to join and start up your own film club –Today. DVD delivered to your home.


YES, THE SECRET WORKS "Yes! The Secrets Work! reveals the key to unlocking your hidden treasures, discovering yourself and your potentials, and living a HEALTHY and HAPPY LIFE with PURPOSE." 888-361-9473

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bookgroupexpo S U P P O R T E R S At book group expo, we understand the value of community and community support.The community of book group expo brought us to Chapter Three! And will support us as we plan for Chapter Four.Thank you to the businesses below who have supported us. We ask you to support them as well. Please reach out to them. Do business with them. And thank them for supporting book group expo! And thank them for supporting book group expo! Kristy Rogers eWomenNetwork. 408-288-8484

Lauren Delp Cardea 408-314-2112

Chrystal Bougon Bliss Connection 408-826-9087

Adam Helweh Secret Sushi 408-786-9556

Jen Jaciw Lone Star Transportation 408-263-1583

Maxine Goulding California Special Occasion

Trishann Couvillion Fire Eyes Photography 415-425-2733

Shawn Parola All The Buzz 408-504-3703

Kaycee McKenzie McKenzie Event Management 408-778-0488

Anna Killion/Erin Boettner Mixed Palette 408.279.4150

Jane Reeder A Practical Gal & Company 408-243-2104


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book group expo 2008 program  

Program guide for the book group expo 2008.

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