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Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes acclaimed historian Walter Stahr to the store to discuss and sign his new biography, Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man, on Sunday, November 4th at 3pm.William Henry Seward was one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century. Progressive governor of New York and outspoken U.S. senator, he was the odds-on favorite to win the 1860 Republican nomination for president. As secretary of state and Lincoln's closest adviser during the Civil War, Seward not only managed foreign affairs but had a substantial role in military, political, and personnel matters. Some of Lincoln's critics even saw Seward, erroneously, as the power behind the throne; this is why John Wilkes Booth and his colleagues attempted to kill Seward as well as Lincoln. Seward survived the assassin's attack, continued as secretary of state, and emerged as a staunch supporter of President Andrew Johnson, Lincoln's controversial successor. Drawing on hundreds of sources not available to or neglected by previous biographers, Walter Stahr sheds new light on this complex figure, as well as on pivotal events of the Civil War and its aftermath.Walter Stahr is the author of John Jay: Founding Father, a biography of America's first Supreme Court Chief Justice. He lives in Exeter, New Hampshire, and Vienna, Virginia.
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Diesel, A Bookstore in Malibu welcomes contributors to The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 8 to the store on Sunday, November 4th at 3pm. Join this group of intrepid female writers featured in the award-winning series The Best Women's Travel Writing. Contributors Bridget Crocker, Sarah Katin, Abbie Kozolchyck, Kimberley Lovato and Mary Jo McConahay will be joined by Editor Lavinia Spalding for a lively presentation of inspiring travel tales. Bridget Crocker is an adventure guide, outdoor travel writer and mother. She has led remote river expeditions and guided first descents down many of the world's greatest river canyons in far-flung regions of Zambia, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica, India and the Western United States. She is a contributing author to Lonely Planet guidebooks and her writing has been featured in The Best Women's Travel Writing 2011 and magazines including National Geographic Adventure, Trail Runner, Paddler and Outside. Read more about her travels at www.bridgetcrocker.com and on her blog, The Adventures of Little Mama. Sarah Katin has been a television host in Korea, professor in Japan, tree house dweller in Laos, house painter in New Orleans, sangria swiller in Spain, dragon hunter in Indonesia, and fishmonger in Australia. A soon to be two-time contributor to the The Best Women's Travel Writing series, she has recently retired (pending her success as an unemployed screenwriter) from her teaching position in South Korea. These days you can find her hard at work on her latest screenplay in her L.A. office (the cushy chair by the window at Starbucks) or in Costa Rica bathing baby sloths. You just never can tell about these things. Abbie Kozolchyk, a New York-based writer and editor, has contributed to National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, the San Francisco Chronicle, Outside, World Hum, Conde Nast Traveler, Forbes Travel, Traveler's Tales and a variety of women's magazines. She is also the Beauty and Travel Editor at Every Day with Rachael Ray. Visit her at www.abbiekozolchyk.com. Kimberley Lovato has written about travel, lifestyle and food for National Geographic Traveler, Executive Travel, AFAR, Delta Sky, Condé Nast Traveller (UK), Easy Jet Traveller, b.there, Ryan Air, and online at frommers.com, hotel-scoop.com, gadling.com and leitesculinaria.com. Her culinary travel book, Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves: Culinary Adventures in the Dordogne, won the coveted Lowell Thomas Award this year, given by the Society of American Travel Writers, as did her personal essay “Lost and Liberated,” included in the Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 8. See her website at www.kimberleylovato.com. Mary Jo McConahay's travel memoir, Maya Roads, One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest, is a National Geographic Traveler Book of the Month and has been named Best Creative Nonfiction Book of the Year, 2012 Northern California Book Awards. An award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker, and inveterate traveler, Mary Jo has written for the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Sierra Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vogue and many others. Her reporting and travel writing appears in seven anthologies, including Laura Flanders' The W Effect, Bush's War Against Women. She wrote and co-produced the prize-winning PBS documentary, Discovering Dominga. Visit her at www.maryjomcconahay.net and www.mayaroads.com. Lavinia Spalding is editor of the 2011, 2012, and 2013 editions of The Best Women's Travel Writing. She is the author of Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler, chosen one of the best travel books of 2009 by the L.A. Times, and With a Measure of Grace, the Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant. A regular contributor to Yoga Journal, her work has appeared in a wide variety of print and online publications, and is forthcoming in The Best Travel Writing Volume 9.
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Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland presents another installment of the always excellent Poetry Flash, this time with Kathleen Fraser and Laura Walker, on Sunday, November 4th at 3pm.Kathleen Fraser's new book of poems is movable TYYPE. Robert Glück says, "Kathleen Fraser never takes a shortcut. In movable TYYPE she asks again, What can a poem be and do?" Fraser has published fourteen poetry collections and seven limited-edition artists' books in collaboration with painters. She has also been a seminal influence in Bay Area poetry as director of The Poetry Center and founder of The American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University, and co-founder and editor of HOW(ever), a journal of innovative poetry by women. Laura Walker's new book of poems is Follow-Haswed. Kathleen Fraser says, "Laura Walker's poems take us directly to the prescient heart of poetry....Her poems begin at Follow and pull through to Haswed, [from Vol. VI of the Oxford English Dictionary], with precarious tipping forward into found meanings....This is an unforgettable book in the highest tradition of breakthrough art." Walker's previous collections are bird book, rimertown/an atlas, and swarm lure.