Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 2017 Poetry at Florey's!



Florey's Books invites you to our ongoing poetry event!

***Saturday, May 27th, 7:30-9:30pm***

The featured poets this month are Walker Brents, III and Marvin R. Hiemstra.

From Sherri:

It's time for an announcement of this month's poetry reading. I am delighted to say that we will welcome Walker Brents, III and Marvin R. Hiemstra as our featured poets, and I hope you will all consider joining us. It's going to be a unique and memorable evening! Please also bring, if you can, drinks, snacks or supplies (cups, napkins, plates) for the table. You are invited to share your own, or a favorite poet's work at open mic (3 minutes, please).

NOTE: Traffic on the coast has gotten considerably heavier in the last few years. Especially if the weather is good, allow a little extra time to get to Florey's.

About the featured poets:

Walker Brents III is storyteller/artist-in-residence at Berkwood Hedge School in Berkeley. Here he accesses narrative forms of a great many times and places, within each of which a literary germ awaits its revelation as an open secret.
For some fifteen years he has provided a once-a-month series of speech-performances covering various poetic, mythical, and literary subjects at Bird and Beckett Bookstore, as an offering to its Cultural Legacy Project. He also relates stories from the ancient epics at the Asian Art Museum. His book, Mirage Farm, was published in 2005.
As to his poetry, he holds to the subliminal tents of late 20th century symbolist/surrealist/abstract-expressionist styles, in all their idiosyncratic variations, shaped by the blowing winds of modernism in its "pre" and "post" forms. Which is to say his inheritance is free-verse American vernacular poetry, which assimilates back into itself, through each practitioner, all it seems to cast off.
The timeless element comes in with the suggestion of myth, of myth as a presence. What is myth as a presence? A visitation of awareness, awareness of the magnetic core of perception and experience, awareness of the analog which gives each its texture, an awareness expressible as text, as speech or upon the page.
Poetry: a mystery tradition in honor of the engendering alphabet. Were I a laconic cowboy, I might sum all this up in saying: "My poems don't rhyme, ma'am, but some of them do."

Marvin R. Hiemstra was born a noisy Leo in the Year of the Rabbit and delighted the tiny Iowa prairie grass frogs with slam bang versions of Shostakovich’s Preludes before his feet could reach the pedals. Poet, social critic, founding Editor-in-Chief of the Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review, and green man advocate, Marvin, recent work in Caveat Lector, Amsterdam Quarterly, The Satirist, and the North American Review, publishes and appears around the world. “What I hold closest to my heart is Marvin’s reminder of ‘the importance of human affection in this totally terrifying 21st Century!’ ” Shawn Pittard, The Great American Pinup. “Whimsical poet/humorist Hiemstra shares his thoughts and observations on society: a very agreeable addition to contemporary American literature.” Library Journal.

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We hope to see you!

Poetry at Florey's:

***Saturday, May 27th, 7:30-9:30pm***
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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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pacifica Book Club: 'Lamentation' May 23rd at Florey's!



Florey's welcomes you to our book club!

***Tuesday, May 23rd, 7:00pm-8:30pm***

Come by for a chat about our May book, 'Lamentation' by Joe Clifford.

About the book:

In a frigid New Hampshire winter, Jay Porter is trying to eke out a living and maintain some semblance of a relationship with his former girlfriend and their two-year-old son. When he receives an urgent call that Chris, his drug-addicted and chronically drunk brother, is being questioned by the sheriff about his missing junkie business partner, Jay feels obliged to come to his rescue.
After Jay negotiates his brother’s release from the county jail, Chris disappears into the night. As Jay begins to search for him, he is plunged into a cauldron of ugly lies and long-kept secrets that could tear apart his small hometown and threaten the lives of Jay and all those he holds dear.

Powerful forces come into play that will stop at nothing until Chris is dead and the information he harbors is destroyed.

About the author:

From homeless junkie to successful author, Joe Clifford has dedicated his life to education and the craft of writing and helping other ex-junkies find a voice and a platform for their creative energies. He is the author of several acclaimed books, including Lamentation and December Boys in the Jay Porter series. He earned his MFA from Florida International University in 2008, before returning to the Bay Area, where he currently lives with his wife and two sons.

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We hope to see you!

Pacifica Book Club
***Tuesday, May 23rd, 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

Saturday, May 13, 2017

California Jesus - book event with author Mike Marinacci, May 20th at Florey's!



Florey's Books welcomes local author Mike Marinacci as he discusses his book, "California Jesus: A (Slightly) Irreverent Guide to the Golden State's Christian Sects, Evangelists and Latter-Day Prophets".

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

About the book:

California, long a Mecca for eccentric cults, has also hosted more than its share of unusual and unorthodox Christian evangelists and sects. From pre-Gold Rush days to the 21st Century, visionaries seeking to revive or transform the Faith have flocked to California’s shores, or have emerged from its environs as native sons and daughters. Their often-idiosyncratic crusades have influenced not only Golden State history and culture, but Christianity as a whole.

California Jesus tells the little-known yet fascinating stories behind the people and groups that populate Californian Christendom, including:

• The Children of God — Born on the Huntington Beach boardwalk, this “Jesus People” hippie-ministry turned to prostituting its members and molesting its children in the name of Christ

• Bebe and C. Thomas Patten — married evangelists, these Oakland-based Pentecostal preachers scammed penniless Okie immigrants and major banks alike for millions

• Joe Jeffers — a renegade Baptist minister who started a murderous religious war between his followers and a rival’s, made headlines in lurid L.A. sex scandals, and claimed that “Yahweh” had stashed several billion dollars for him in the constellation Orion

• The Metropolitan Community Church — Gay L.A. evangelist Troy Perry challenges homophobia with a hugely controversial, and much-attacked sect that ministers Christ’s love to sexual “outsiders”

• Church of the Holy Family — film-star Mel Gibson’s schismatic, secretive Malibu parish, which claims to be literally more Catholic than the Pope

• Holy Mountain — a huge, bizarre, ever-growing folk-art monument in the Imperial Valley desert built by an aging drifter to glorify God’s love, that’s now become an international tourist destination
• And many, many more!

Filled with captivating anecdotes about the state’s most colorful and controversial Christian pastors and sects, and accompanied by many rare photos and illustrations, California Jesus illuminates this absorbing yet little-discussed aspect of both state history and culture, and the Christian experience. Believers and doubters alike, as well as anyone interested in the Golden State’s unique spiritual heritage, will find this work hard to put down.

About the author:

Mike Marinacci is a scholar of religious history, spending over 25 years studying American spiritual groups and leaders, especially the unorthodox sects and figures who have emerged in the Golden State.

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We hope to see you!

***Saturday, May 20th, 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, May 06, 2017

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



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

***Saturday, May 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, May 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

Saturday Story Time at Florey's!



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

***Saturday, May 13th, 10am-11am***

Bring the little ones to hear fun children's stories read by Nicole & Patrick Sayres and friends.
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, May 13th, 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

Friday, April 28, 2017

May 2017 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

Florey's provides free Wi-fi internet access!

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Our special events this month:

-"California Jesus"
Book event with author Mike Marinacci
A slightly irreverent guide the Golden State's
Christian Sects, Evangelists & Latter-Day Prophets
Saturday, May 20th, 2-4pm

-Grieving the Loss of Your Pet
A class led my Marti Joslyn, Intuitive Animal Communicator
http://www.allcreaturespeak.org/
Saturday, May 27th, 2-4pm
--A $20 donation is suggested by Ms. Joslyn--

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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

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

-Saturday Storytime! Children's event,
the second Saturday each month, May 13th, 10-11am
Bring the little ones and enjoy a fun story!

-Writers Open Mic
Saturday, May 13th, 2-4pm
Come and share the joy of writing, reading, and poetry!

-Pacifica Book Club
Get to know your neighbors, read and discuss the book of the month.
This month: 'Lamentation' by Joe Clifford
All are welcome to join!
Thursday, May 23rd 7:00-8:30pm

-Local Forum - discussion group
Engage in conversation on a monthly topic.
All are welcome to join!
Thursday, May 25th, 7:30-9:00pm

-Poetry at Florey's
Featured poets, followed by an open mic. Share your poems, or just listen.
Saturday, May 27th, 7:30pm

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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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 2017 Poetry at Florey's!



Florey's Books invites you to our ongoing poetry event!

***Saturday, April 29th, 7:30-9:30pm***

The featured poets this month are Lisa Rizzo and Sherri Rose-Walker.

From Sherri:

I hope you have been celebrating National Poetry Month by writing, reading or reciting poetry at every available opportunity! Please also come to an evening of celebration, and the sweet harmony of poetry. We will be celebrating the sixth(!) anniversary of the Poetry at Florey's series, Poetry Month, and Shakespeare's birthday (the 23rd, it is thought).

Lisa Rizzo (who has a new book of her work), and I will be your featured poets, and we hope you will join us. This is my one perfect chance to read the poem I wrote for Shakespeare, so I will! if you have anything written for or inspired by the Bard of Avon, do bring it to share! You are, of course, welcome to share poetry on any theme at open mic (3 minutes, please), or come simply to revel in the alphabetic labyrinth. Please also bring, if you can, snacks, drinks, or supplies (napkins, plates, utensils) for the table (this help is SO much appreciated).

About the featured poets:

Lisa Rizzo is the author of Always a Blue House (Saddle Road Press, 2016) and the chapbook, In the Poem an Ocean, (Big Table Publishing, 2011). Her work also has appeared in such journals as 13th Moon, Calyx Journal, and Naugatuck River Review. Two of her poems received 1st and 2nd prizes in the 2011 Maggi H. Meyer Poetry Prize competition. She can be reached online at lisarizzopoetry.com.

Lisa spent 23 years teaching middle school English/Language Arts. Now she works as an instructional coach, helping teachers improve their reading and writing instruction. Born in Texas, raised in Chicago, Lisa moved to the Bay Area 36 years ago. Even though she has almost settled down, she still travels as often as she can.
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Sherri Rose-Walker is a life-long poet who wrote her first poem, a limerick, at the age of seven. Her poetry is principally concerned with deepening the inner life of the Feminine, and seasons of the soul. Her work has been published in the We'Moon datebook and wall calendars, San Francisco Peace and Hope (and is included in the print edition of the 2014 issue), and Marin Poetry Center Anthologies. She has two chapbooks, Two Trees and Celtic Ray. She hosts a monthly poetry reading series in Pacifica, and can be reached at sherrirose-walker@hotmail.com

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We hope to see you!

Poetry at Florey's:

***Saturday, April 29th, 7:30-9:30pm***
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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

Grieving the Loss of Your Pets with Marti Joslyn, Apr.29th at Florey's




Florey's welcomes Marti Joslyn, Intuitive Animal Communicator as she leads an animal grief class.

***Saturday, April 29th, 2-4pm***

About the class:

Grieving the Loss of our Pets

At the end of every year we often remember those loved ones who have died. Sometimes we don’t know how to acknowledge our Animal Family as well. Bring your tender hearts and be with others who wish to share their experiences in a safe, compassionate, joyful and confidential space. In this time together you will learn ways to connect with your Animal’s Spirit as well as how to move through the Grieving process.

Bring pictures or objects for the Altar to honor your sweetly departed.
Bring Water to drink during class.

About Ms. Joslyn:

Marti Joslyn is an Animal Communicator. She has worked with animals all her life, in many different capacities. She works with all types of animals from the domestic to the exotic. She has honed her skills as a compassionate and empowered communicator. From her many years of experience, Marti understands that all animals have information to communicate from their unique perspective. Marti's lifelong journey, respecting and understanding animal wisdom, is available to assist you. Phone Readings are available upon request.

--A $20 donation is suggested by Ms. Joslyn--

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For more information, see her site:
http://www.allcreaturespeak.org/
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We hope to see you!

***Saturday, April 29th, 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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Local Forum: 'Young at Heart', April 27th at Florey's!



Florey's welcomes you to our discussion group!

***Thursday, April 27th, 7:30pm-9:00pm***

We will be meeting to discuss the topic: Growing Up & Staying Youthful.

From Nico:

This is a topic I've personally been mulling over in my mind for the past year or so. I'm 24, and the kids I work with think that's ancient! Its funny to me because they have no idea what life has in store for them, and I'm sure 30 year olds look at me and say the same thing, and so on, and so on...

Growing up is tough, but the key to going through it with a sense of grace lies in staying youthful (and no, that does not mean plastic surgery!) The magic wonder of life only loses its magic and wonder when you choose not to believe in it anymore.

This is a discussion that doesn't really require research; more so, a reflection of one's own life.
If you need a place to start, here are some things to consider:

When was the moment I realized that I had to start being an adult?
What things have I found fun throughout my life?
If I didn't know when I was born, what age would I feel in my head?

And if these questions don't help you much, then please--in the privacy of your own home-- I suggest you sip a glass of wine, smile, and think back on those fond memories in your life to this song: Frank Sinatra- Young at Heart

Looking forward to learning with you all!

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We hope to see you!

Local Forum
***Thursday, April 27th, 7:30-9:00pm***
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Florey’s Book Company
2120 Palmetto Avenue
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10 am to 6 pm every day! (8 pm Fridays)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Pacifica Book Club: 'The Night Trilogy' April 25th at Florey's!



Florey's welcomes you to our book club!

***Tuesday, April 25th, 7:00pm-8:30pm***

Come by for a chat about our February book, 'The Night Trilogy' by Elie Wiesel.

About the book:

Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1958, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel writes of their battle for survival and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day. In the short novel Dawn (1960), a young man who has survived World War II and settled in Palestine joins a Jewish underground movement and is commanded to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage. In Day (previously titled The Accident, 1961), Wiesel questions the limits of conscience: Can Holocaust survivors forge a new life despite their memories? Wiesel's trilogy offers insights on mankind's attraction to violence and on the temptation of self-destruction.

About the author:

Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) is the author of more than fifty books, including "Night," his harrowing account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps. The book, first published in 1955, was selected for Oprah's Book Club in 2006, and continues to be an important reminder of man's capacity for inhumanity. Wiesel was Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and lived with his family in New York City. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

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We hope to see you!

Pacifica Book Club
***Tuesday, April 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