Sunday, August 18, 2019

Florey's Book Club: 'Regeneration' August 22nd!



Florey's welcomes you to our book club!

***Thursday, August 22nd, 7:00pm-8:30pm***

Come by for a chat about our August book, 'Regeneration' by Pat Barker.

About the book:

In 1917 Siegfried Sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified "mentally unsound" and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. William Rivers, set about restoring Sassoon's "sanity" and sending him back to the trenches. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man's mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim.

About the author:

Pat Barker has earned a place in the first rank of contemporary British writers with such novels as Union Street, Regeneration (shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Booker Prize and chosen by the New York Times as one of the four best novels of 1992), The Eye in the Door (winner of the 1993 Guardian fiction prize), The Ghost Road (winner of the 1995 Booker Prize), and Noonday. Pat Barker lives in Durham, England.

---Next month: 'The Power' by Naomi Alderman---

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We hope to see you!

Florey's Book Club
***Thursday, August 22nd, 7:00-8:30pm***
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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Friday, August 09, 2019

Exploring the story of Ruth & Naomi through writing & discussion w/ Nitza Agam



Florey's Books invites you to a writing workshop exploring the story of Ruth and Naomi through writing and discussion:
"For where you go, I go." Facilitated by Nitza Agam, poet and author, and Simcha (Susan) Greenspan, Bay Area arts specialist, calligrapher, and educator.

***Saturdays, August 17th, 24th, and 31st. 1:00-2:30pm***

In three sessions we will explore the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi and focus on the famous quote Ruth says to Naomi as they are about to embark on their journey as women alone. " For Wherever You Go, I will Go." ( Ruth 1:16) What does it mean to pledge our loyalty as women to another woman? What might it have meant back then? Who do we identify with in that story of two women, a mother in law, and her daughter? Are we that daughter or the mother? Or both? How does this pledge of loyalty define Ruth apart from being a wife or a mother? To follow Naomi, Ruth must abandon or thought she had abandoned any hope of marriage or motherhood. We will explore our own roles as mothers or daughters, daughters in law, mothers in law, and the autonomous self.

We will examine the text and use our own lives to respond to this ancient and universal story of two women.

Led by Nitza Agam, poet and author ( Scent of Jasmine, Love Letters to my mother) as well as various articles and essays in magazines and in The SF Chronicle.

Bring a journal and yourself. Possible sources will be used to aid us in our thinking and in our writing.

Come to one session, or all three!

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We hope to see you!

***Saturdays, August 17th, 24th, and 31st. 1:00-2:30pm***
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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Writers Open Mic, July 13th at Florey's!



Florey's Books invites you to the Pacifica Writers Open Mic.

***Saturday, August 10th, 2-4pm***

The Pacifica Writers Open Mic is open to all readers and writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Come and share your work, or just listen and enjoy.

Feel free to bring snacks or drinks to share.

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We hope to see you!

Pacifica Writers Open Mic:

***Saturday, August 10th, 2-4pm***
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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Saturday Story Time at Florey's.



Florey's Book Co. invites you to Saturday Story Time!

***Saturday, August 10th, 10am-11am***

Bring the little ones to hear fun children's stories read by Nicole & Patrick Sayres.
The event is free of charge and open to the public.
Saturday Story Time occurs the second Saturday each month.

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We hope to see you!

***Saturday, August 10th, 10am-11am***
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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Tarot Dream Stone Group w/ Cyndera Quackenbush



Florey's Books invites you to an event with Cyndera Quackenbush, of Story Through Stone.

***Wednesday, August 7th, 7:00-8:00pm***

Tarot Dream Stone is a friendly local Pacifica study group that explores tools of imagination and intuition that stem from dreams, tarot cards and natural imagery. The group welcomes questions, curiosity, and individual insights. Beginning in January 2019, the group began studying the Fool's Journey of the Major Arcana of the Tarot and will continue the exploration of each card archetype in order: February - High Priestess, March - Empress, April - Emperor, May - Hierophant, June - Lovers, July - Chariot. Group is guided by Cyndera Quackenbush, local storyteller and card reader.

Every First Wednesday, 7-8pm, Free/Donation

For more information, see her site:

www.storythroughstone.org

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We hope to see you!

***Wednesday, August 7th, 7:00-8:00pm***
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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

August 2019 Events at Florey's Book Co.



Florey's invites you to our special events this month!

Remember that you can get more information on each event as it approaches on our sites:

http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

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Our special events this month:

-Ruth & Naomi Writing Workshop (3 sessions)
Three free workshops exploring the mother-daughter
biblical story of Ruth and Naomi through text,
creative writing, and art expression
Led by author & poet Nitza Agam
-RSVP required: nitzaagam@aol.com
Saturdays, Aug. 17th, 24th, 31st, 1:00-2:30pm

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Please note our ongoing events:

-Monday Meditation Group
A guided meditation with Bruce Tassi and Amy Hanley
Mondays, 7:30-9:00pm

-Tarot Dream Stone Study Group
Hosted by Cyndera Quackenbush of Story Through Stone
Explore tools of imagination and intuition
that stem from dreams, tarot cards and natural imagery.
www.storythroughstone.org
Wednesday, August 7th, 7:00-8:00pm

-"Fiber Fridays", Knitting, Crochet, any sort of string craft,
Fridays, 6:00-8:00pm All varieties of string and fabric craft are welcome!

-Saturday Storytime! Children's event,
the second Saturday each month, August 10th, 10:00-11:00am
Bring the little ones and enjoy a fun story!

-Writers Open Mic
Come and share the joy of writing, reading, and poetry!
Saturday, August 10th, 2:00-4:00pm

-Pacifica Book Club
Get to know your neighbors, read and discuss the book of the month.
This month: 'Regeneration' by Pat Barker
All are welcome to join!
Thursday, August 22nd 7:00-8:30pm

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As always, we hope to see you!

Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Special Annoucement - Vacation closing July 30 & 31.



Please note, Florey's Books will be closed July 30th and 31st, 2019 for a family vacation.

We will resume normal hours August 1st. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank to all our friends and patrons, we hope to see you soon.

Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day! (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Discovery of the Golden Gate & S.F. Bay: Myths & Facts w/ Ken Miles - July 27th!



Florey's Books welcomes local speaker and author Ken Miles as he discusses,
The ’Discoveries’ of the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay,Exploring the Silent Pages of History and More.

***Saturday, July 27th, 2pm-4pm***

About the presentation:

Who first “discovered” the Golden Gate and its hidden secret, the San Francisco Bay? Is this another story like Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America in 1492? Hear what Ken Miles has to say about the “discoveries” of the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay.

For many years Ken Miles interest in Spanish explorations of early California grew as he read about and studied Native American history and cultures. As he read various accounts about early Spanish explorations in Alta California, he found there were often minor errors and omissions here and there and wondered why there were often different accounts provided for the same historical events. He found the pages of history are like pieces of a puzzle that had fallen to the floor and later reassembled, missing pieces here and there, and some pieces placed where they don’t belong. Why were some obvious chapters of history omitted? Could it be the authors preferences or biases that influenced how they viewed history, or could it be from errors or omissions when citing firsthand accounts, secondhand or thirdhand accounts? Could it be the errors made when translating notes and diaries written in older Spanish dialects (Castilian, Andalusian, Catalonian, or other dialects), or from Spanish into English?
This is an investigative study that searches for answers, an attempt to place the missing puzzle pieces where they belong. This is a story primarily about the Spanish explorers, also known as “conquistadors”, and Spanish Franciscan missionaries, of what took place, when and where and by whom. This story is also the indigenous people of coastal Alta California, Spanish ships of the Spanish Manila and China Galleon, pirates, expansion of the dreaded Russian and English empires, and possible visitations to Alta California by other non-indigenous people. Why did they all come to Alta California?
Gaspar de Portola, an aristocrat born in Spain, was selected by the King Carlos III of Spain in 1767 to be the Governor of Baja and Alta California and to lead an overland expedition to Alta California to establish presidios and missions at San Diego and Monterey, thus securing Alta California from Russian or English control. Portola led the expedition to Alta California during 1769-1770. Additional expeditions were later lead by Captains Fages, Rivera and De Anza, each to further define what Portola’s expedition missed or failed to accomplish. There are many important people covered in this story, and included in this partial list: Capt. Sebastian Vizcaino; English pirate Francis Drake; King Charles III of Spain; Viceroys Croix; Viceroy Burcareli; Visitor-General Don Jose de Galvez; Captain Fernando de Rivera y Moncada; Lt. / Capt. Pedro Fages; Capt. Batista de Anza; Lt. Gabriel Moraga; Lt. Miguel Costanso; Sgt. Jose Francisco Ortega; Father-President Junipero Serra; Padre Crespi; Padre Palou; and Padre Font.

At the top of Sweeney Ridge is the site of the National Monument commemorating the Gaspar Portola Expedition Sighting of the San Francisco Bay in 1769. This year will be the 250th year anniversary since that first sighting. Ken has read many accounts and documents that paved the way and surrounded this event, subsequent events resulting in intended and unintended consequences. This is story that should be told. Ken is ready to tell you the story and hear your thoughts.

About the speaker:

Ken has lived in Pacifica for the past 45 years. Born and raised in San Francisco, Ken Miles lived much of his early life within earshot of Ocean Beach and the sounds of the great Golden Gate foghorn. He grew up listening to fascinating tales about his ancestors who came over the Sierras by wagon train to settle the countryside of Northern California during the Gold Rush days, and about those that sailed from the Azores around the Horn to toil in the fertile fields of the Big Island of Hawaii. The adult family men serviced either in the merchant marine or Navy. It was natural then to enlist in the Navy to see the world where he experienced being a sailor in foreign ports, learned the ropes and seamanship, and received special training in the applied sciences and technical skills in radiation safety for the repair of naval nuclear reactors. This advanced training and experiences were the launching pad for his lifelong career in civilian life.

Returning home, Ken studied biology and the sciences at San Francisco State, earning a bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Systematics, and attended graduate studies in Biology, while working at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Lab alongside researchers and physicists. Sometime later, he joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a radiological health and medical device investigator and specialist. His job required extensive travel around the country, Canada, Europe and Asia to inspect manufacturing facilities and to determine whether the companies’ manufacturing and testing operations, products and labeling complied with FDA and international regulations and standards. Managers and staff were interviewed, and records reviewed to determine whether the firm was following required regulations. The work of the FDA investigator involved cross-comparing written procedures, actual production and test reports, statements people made versus actions and procedure, statements to assess compliance with FDA and international requirements. After 30 years of government work, Ken retired and started a consulting business that including extensive business travel to Europe and Asia. The left side of Ken’s brain was well employed.
Now for the right side of Ken’s brain. Following the Navy, he continued traveling several years like a gypsy throughout Europe, Soviet-bloc countries, and parts of North Africa and the Middle East, staying off the beaten tourist track, yet spending enough time to visit museums to see the great arts, archeological sites, folk festivals, famous battle grounds and historic sea ports. Maps and books on history were Ken’s bibles. His lifelong hobbies include hiking, skin and scuba diving, fishing, being “on the water”, learning about early historical event and indigenous cultures, collecting Native American art and artifacts, and being involved in local environmentalist activities. Ken, along with Ferd Simon and Jan Dutton, were founders of Pacificans United to Save Our Hills (PUSH), a grass-roots group which from 1976 to 1984 worked with the community and various politicians to place Pacifica’s Sweeney Ridge into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area / U.S. Parks system.

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We hope to see you!

***Saturday, July 27th, 2pm-4pm***

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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day! (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Florey's Book Club: 'Frenchman's Creek' July 25th



Florey's welcomes you to our book club!

***Thursday, July 25th, 7:00pm-8:30pm***

Come by for a chat about our July book, 'Frenchman's Creek' by Daphne du Maurier.

About the book:

Jaded by the numbing politeness of Restoration London, Lady Dona St. Columb revolts against high society. She rides into the countryside, guided only by her restlessness and her longing to escape. But when chance leads her to meet a French pirate, hidden within Cornwall's shadowy forests, Dona discovers that her passions and thirst for adventure have never been more aroused. Together, they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory, one which bestows upon Dona the ultimate choice: sacrifice her lover to certain death or risk her own life to save him. Frenchman's Creek is the breathtaking story of a woman searching for love and adventure who embraces the dangerous life of a fugitive on the seas.

About the author:

Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel Rebecca made her one of the most successful writers of her time. Alfred Hitchcock's adaptation of the book won the Best Picture Oscar in 1940. He later used her material for The Birds. In 1969, du Maurier was created a Dame of the British Empire.

---Next month: 'Regeneration' by Pat Barker---

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We hope to see you!

Florey's Book Club
***Thursday, July 25th, 7:00-8:30pm***
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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Walking the World 3 - Book event with author Terrence Kero!



Florey's Books welcomes author Terrence Kero as he discusses his new book, "Walking the World 3".

***Saturday, July 20th, 2pm-4pm***

About the book:

Who Discovered America?

Walking the World 3, Book Three of Terrence Kero’s groundbreaking trilogy about human migration, tells the story of how hunter-gatherer clans left Africa some 80,000 years ago, eventually migrated to Siberia, and walked across the Bering Land Bridge to North America during the last ice age, 12,000 to 24,000 years ago. Over the millennia, the Americas were populated by these ancient clans, the ancestors of today’s indigenous tribes. The novel opens in 2015, when Hanna Koskinen, an anthropologist and expert in human migration, presents two papers at an international conference on the first migrations from Africa to Europe and to Asia. In attendance is James Wellington, chair of the Anthropology Department at Stanford University, who is impressed and offers Hanna a postdoctoral fellowship to research the first migrations to the Americas. It is a difficult decision for her, because she is teaching at a university in Thailand so that her son, Chaat, can be close to his Thai grandparents, but she finally accepts. During her initial research at Stanford, she finds DNA data identifying the hunter-gatherer clans that first migrated to the Americas, but there are conflicting theories about when those first migrations occurred. That is the riddle Hanna must solve. Interspersed with the narrative of her research and her budding romance with James Wellington are stories imagining the heroism and tragedies of those first people and their descendants, along with revelations about unexpected connections between Hanna’s family and Indian tribes in Mississippi and Brazil.

About the author:

Terrence Kero, a retired electronic engineer holding patents in computerized speech recognition and high-speed networks, turned to writing historical novels more than ten years ago. His research and his journeys took him back to the earliest history of human migration to Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Among the hundreds of Native American tribes today, he has focused in this book on six tribes; the Choctaw, Ojibwe, Sioux, Seminole, Chumash, and Tupi, all proudly carrying on their heritage from the ancestors who were the first people to leave Africa and arrive in the Americas in the longest migration in the history of the world. Born in Moose Lake, Minnesota, he currently lives in Pacifica, California, with his wife, Takoma.

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We hope to see you!

***Saturday, July 20th, 2pm-4pm***

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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day! (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Writers Open Mic, July 13th at Florey's!



Florey's Books invites you to the Pacifica Writers Open Mic.

***Saturday, July 13th, 2-4pm***

The Pacifica Writers Open Mic is open to all readers and writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Come and share your work, or just listen and enjoy.

Feel free to bring snacks or drinks to share.

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We hope to see you!

Pacifica Writers Open Mic:

***Saturday, July 13th, 2-4pm***
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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (8pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo