Special Event at DIESEL -- The Larkspur Book Club Pioneers discuss "All the Light We Cannot See"

At DIESEL, Join the Discussion of the Larkspur Book Club Pioneers

On Wednesday, December 2, at 7 pm, the Larkspur Book Club Pioneers meet to discuss All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The event is free and all are welcome to attend!

The paths of a blind French girl and a German boy collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

Friday Night Jazz -- Lorca Hart Trio

Come enjoy Friday Night Jazz, featuring the Lorca Hart Trio

The son of drumming titan Billy Hart, Lorca Hart has proven himself to be a superb drummer in his own right. His trio features Josh Nelson on piano and Edwin Livingston on bass. Lorca can be heard on recordings by Hugh Masekela, John Heard, Justo Almario, Ronald Muldrow, Dave Pike, Phil Ranelin, the Cross Hart Jazz Experience, and the Lorca Hart Trio.

Special Event at DIESEL -- Kids' Pajama Party with Jim Averbeck

At DIESEL: Kids' Pajama Party with author Jim Averbeck

Friday, December 4 at 6 pm

Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author Jim Averbeck will be here to read you a bedtime story. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies and get your books signed. Then head home for bed.

Sophia has one true desire for her birthday. But she has Four Big Problems in the way: Mom, Dad, Uncle Conrad...and Grand-mama. Will her presentations, proposals, and pie charts convince them otherwise? Turns out, all it takes is one word.

Jim Averbeck made his picture-book debut with In a Blue Room. He lives in San Francisco. 

Our Kids' Pajama Party Series is held on the first Friday of every month.

Special Event at DIESEL -- Gallery showing, discussion & book signing with Tom Killion

At DIESEL, a gallery showing by Tom Killion, who also discusses & signs "California's Wild Edge"

Saturday, December 5, 1 pm

DIESEL is pleased to present a special one-day gallery showing of art by Tom Killion on December 5. Tom will also discuss and sign copies of "California's Wild Edge: The Coast in Poetry, Prints, and History." All art will be for sale during this event. 

"California's Wild Edge" captures the beauty of the California coast from Mendocino, Point Reyes, and the San Francisco Bay down through Carmel, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, and Santa Monica. Woodcut artist Tom Killion's prints combine exquisite color with dynamic composition to portray the coast's ever-changing moods and diverse formations: storm tides crashing at Point Lobos, serene moonlit coves at Mendocino, fog encircling the Golden Gate Bridge. Deepening our experience are poetry and prose from Gary Snyder, as well as selections from Native Californian traditional stories, accounts of travelers, and poems by Jane Hirshfield, Robert Hass, and Jaime de Angulo. "California's Wild Edge" will delight anyone who has seen (or wants to see) the meeting of land and sea.

Tom Killion was born and raised in Mill Valley, on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais. The rugged scenery of Marin County and Northern California inspired him from an early age to create landscape prints using linoleum and wood, strongly influenced by the traditional Japanese Ukiyo-ë style of Hokusai and Hiroshige. He studied History at UC Santa Cruz, where he was introduced to fine book printing by William Everson and Jack Stauffacher. Killion is currently working on landscape prints including treescapes, coastal and mountain views. His studio is located on Inverness Ridge near Point Reyes.