“Insider Tips for Navigating the Publishing Process” with Brenda Knight — May 18th, 2014

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From the outside, book publishing can seem mysterious, but from the inside it is really quite simple.

Twenty-two-year publishing veteran Brenda Knight will teach you how to sell yourself and your book idea, who you are really selling, the importance of “comp titles,” how to craft the perfect proposal, and trend tracking. “I have acquired over one thousand books in my career, including a few New York Times best sellers. One of the great joys in my life is to help authors get their work into print and published successfully,” says Knight.

Brenda Knight started her career at HarperCollins, where she fell in love with publishing. Today she is the publisher of Cleis Press and founder and publisher of Viva Editions, an imprint of Cleis Press.

Knight is also the author of Women of the Beat Generation, which won an American Book Award, and The Grateful Table: Blessing, Prayers and Graces for the Daily Meal.

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“Learning from Leonardo” with Fritjof Capra on November 17th

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We are so proud to host world-renowned physicist and author Fritjof Capra at our November Meeting!

Leonardo da Vinci, the great master painter and genius of the Renaissance, has been the subject of hundreds of scholarly and popular books. However, there are surprisingly few books about Leonardo’s science. Moreover, many authors who have discussed his scientific work have looked at it through Newtonian lenses, which has often prevented them from understanding its essential nature.

In this lecture, Fritjof Capra will present a novel interpretation of Leonardo’s science–from the perspective of twenty-first-century scientific thought. Studying Leonardo from this perspec- tive allows us to appreciate his unique synthesis of science and art, and the great relevance of his legacy to our time.

Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., physicist and system theorist, is the author of seven international bestsellers, including The Tao of Physics, The Web of Life and The Hidden Connections. His new book, Learning from Leonardo is being published by Berrett-Koehler and is coming out in November 2013. He is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley. He is on the faculty of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program of UC Berkeley and also teaches at Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies in England. His website is www.fritjofcapra.net


Our featured member author is John Putnam, who will be telling tales from the California Gold Rush.