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Becoming Story, Writing the Land: Obi Kaufmann and Greg Sarris on California Dreaming

East Bay native Obi Kaufmann (The Coasts of California) spent his early years escaping into the mountains, mapping untamed wilderness. Tribal leader and author Greg Sarris (Becoming Story: A Journey among Seasons, Places, Trees, and Ancestors)…
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I Am Smoke

In these parts we know about smoke, right? You might be surprised by how much more there is to learn! In his new book I Am Smoke, Henry Herz invites readers to discover smoke’s history and power throughout civilization, from its role in communications…
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Let It Grow

Spring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate than by planting a garden? In this session, we’ll hear Sacramento author JaNay Brown-Wood read her new picture book Miguel’s Community Garden. Then horticulturist and educator Riz Reyes…
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Women in the Wild

Three intrepid adventurers who have scaled mountains—and, for that matter, moved them—will show us why women belong in the wild. A survivor of severe trauma in childhood, mountaineer Silvia Vasquez-Lavado (The Shadow of the Mountain) grew…
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Rebecca Solnit on Orwell’s Roses

Did you know that 1984 author and journalist George Orwell had a passion for cultivating roses? Learn all about it from Rebecca Solnit, one of our most revered journalists and thinkers, whose own creative and activist journey was shaped by Orwell's…
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Engaging with Evolution

From the emergence of COVID variants to the origins of Homo sapiens, the process of evolution underlies all biology. Yet only about half of American adults agree that humans developed from earlier species. In this session, Dr. Lisa White, Director…