Friday, December 06, 2019

Coastside Detectives: Foundations - Book event with author Matthew F. O'Malley!



Florey's Books welcomes author Matthew F. O'Malley as he discusses his new book, "Coastside Detectives: Foundations".

***Sunday, December 15th, 1:00pm-3:00pm***

About the book:

Following the fiery attacks that decimated the offices and homes of the Coastside Detectives, Mike Mason finds himself in the unusual positon of being on unsteady ground. Searching for a place to call home and for a purpose in life while struggling with his own paranoia, Mike Mason is lured back onto the streets of San Francisco where he explores new income opportunities as detective Marilyn Jackson pieces together a fresh clue to an old crime. Investigations into missing persons unexpectedly point to Mike’s nemesis while a call from an old friend sends Mike onto a high seas chase that ends in gunfire and his interrogation by government officials. In Coastside Detectives: Foundations, Mike Mason is hunted by government agencies as he chases his nemesis and the groundwork is set for a new level of global terror. This is the fifth book in the Coastside Detectives series.

About the author:

Matthew F. O’Malley is a native of San Francisco and currently lives in Pacifica. The towns and countryside along the coast provide the backdrop for the Coastside Detective series. A detective novel, film noir, and classic radio mystery buff, he is the author of several books and collections of short stories.

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We hope to see you!

***Sunday, December 15th, 1:00pm-3:00pm***

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Florey's Book Co.
2120 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-8811
Open 10am to 6pm every day (10am to 8pm Dec. 9th-24th!)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Writers Open Mic, December 14th at Florey's!



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

***Saturday, December 14th, 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, December 14th, 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 (10am to 8pm Dec. 9th-24th!)
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, December 14th, 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, December 14th, 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 (10am to 8pm Dec. 9th-24th!)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Vote for Wellness, with Lorna Rodriguez-Wong



Florey's Books invites you to an event with Lorna Rodriguez-Wong.

"Vote for Wellness"

***Tuesday, December 10th, 7:00-8:00pm***

About the event:

This is the Year to “Vote for Wellness”
Lorna will discuss energy exercises from a recent Energy Medicine class as taught by Donna Eden and Prune Harris. She will cover Young Living’s current and newly released products, as they celebrate 25 years young.

About the host:

Lorna Rodriguez-Wong is a seeker of a healthy lifestyle that is effective. She will venture to address various modalities for the mind, body and soul. Since each and every one of us are uniquely different, her approach is to open the discussion on what alternatives are available. Her recent studies have included Energy Medicine with Donna Eden and Prune Harris, BodyTalk with MaryAnn Gutoff and Dreambuilder with Lauren Broilier. She has been a Young Living member since 2013. She also has a desire to introduce others to a healthier lifestyle by incorporating the use of essential oils into their daily life.

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We hope to see you!

Vote for Wellness, with Lorna Rodriguez-Wong

***Tuesday, December 10th, 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 (10am to 8pm Dec. 9th-24th!)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Friday, November 29, 2019

Drop-in Card Readings w/ Cyndera Quackenbush



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

***Wednesday, December 4th, 7:00-8:00pm***

Awaken your essence, Align with your Purpose, Know your Story! Story Through Stone Reflection Card Readings connect you to the source of your wisdom through a process of intuitive imagination and playful storytelling. The past is placed within a new perspective, meaning is found for present circumstances, and possibilities for your future's greatest good are considered with clarity. Bring a life question that you would like to explore in a safe and nonjudgmental space.

-Donation requested for reading-

Cyndera Quackenbush, MA is a gifted and compassionate guide that supports you in a process of play, storytelling, and reflection. Readings resolve complicated life questions with clear next steps.

For more information, see her site:

www.storythroughstone.org

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We hope to see you!

***Wednesday, December 4th, 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 (10am to 8pm Dec. 9th-24th!)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

December 2019 Events at Florey's Book Co.



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

***Holiday Hours! Open 10am to 8pm December 9th-24th***

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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-Christmas and New Year's Day
*Florey's will be closed both days.*
Wednesday, Dec. 25th & Wednesday Jan. 1st

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Our special events this month:

-'Coastside Detectives: Foundations'
Book event with local author Matthew F. O'Malley
The newest volume of his popular detective series.
Sunday, December 15th, 1:00-3:00pm

-Special Holiday Poetry Reading & Open Mic
Featuring Pacifica Poet Laureate Camincha and
San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto
Saturday, December 28th 2:00-4:00pm

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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

-Drop-in Card Readings (by donation)
Hosted by Cyndera Quackenbush of Story Through Stone
Explore tools of imagination and intuition
that stem from dreams, cards, and natural imagery.
www.storythroughstone.org
Wednesday, December 4th, 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!

-Natural health event with Lorna Rodriguez-Wong
Health and diet practices to keep you well!
Tuesday, December 10th, 7:00-8:00pm

-Pacifica Book Club
Get to know your neighbors, read and discuss the book of the month.
This month: No book this month, Holiday party instead!
All are welcome to join!
Thursday, December 12th 6:00-8:00pm

-Saturday Storytime! Children's event,
the second Saturday each month, December 14th, 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, December 14th, 2:00-4:00pm

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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 (10am to 8pm Dec. 9th-24th!)
http://www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/FloreysBookCo

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Notorious San Francisco - Book event with author Paul Drexler!



Florey's Books welcomes author Paul Drexler as he discusses his new book, "Notorious San Francisco: True Tales of Crime, Passion, and Murder".

***Saturday, November 23rd, 2:00pm-4:00pm***

About the book:

San Francisco, a city founded in part by criminals, was once one of the most dangerous cities in America. Its Barbary coast was called “a unique criminal district that was the scene of more viciousness and depravity, but it possessed more glamour, than any other area on the American continent.”

“Notorious” brings back the glamorous depravity and noir atmosphere that made it the premier location for murder thrillers like “The Maltese Falcon,” “Vertigo,” and “Zodiac.”

This book contains more than 20 compelling tales of serial killers, deadly women, con-men, masters of escape, and unsolved mysteries. San Franciscan criminals were as colorful as the city they inhabited. Take William Thoreson, a murderous millionaire who hid the nation’s largest private armory in his Pacific Heights mansion. Then there’s Isabella Martin, the murderous “Queen of Grudges” who tried to poison an entire town, or Ethan McNabb and Lloyd Sampsell, the “Yacht Bandits,” who used a luxurious sloop as a getaway vehicle for their dozens of bank robberies.

Most of these unusual cases are largely unknown and have never appeared in book form. Included are cases that are still mysteries today, including the mysterious tale of the Zodiac Killer, complete with a new analysis and a startling new theory on the murder.

About the author:

PAUL DREXLER has been writing about San Francisco crime since 1984. He worked for years with the late Kevin Mullen, retired Deputy Chief of the San Francisco Police Department. Paul designed and co-produced SFPD Homicide, the interactive award-winning true crime video game that has been used to teach police procedures. His column, "Notorious Crooks," appeared regularly in the Sunday San Francisco Examiner.

He has taught crime history at San Francisco State, and appeared on the Discovery ID Network show Deadly Women as an expert on San Francisco murderesses, and on Spike TV as an expert on the Zodiac Killer. Paul also directs Crooks Tours of San Francisco, which offers walking crime tours of Chinatown and the Barbary Coast. In July 2017 Paul received the Oscar Lewis Award from the San Francisco History Association for his writing on San Francisco.

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We hope to see you!

***Saturday, November 23rd, 2:00pm-4:00pm***

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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

Florey's Book Club: 'Crossing to Safety' November 21st!



Florey's welcomes you to our book club!

***Thursday, November 21st, 7:00pm-8:30pm***

Come by for a chat about our November book, 'Crossing to Safety' by Wallace Stegner.

About the book:

Called a “magnificently crafted story . . . brimming with wisdom” by Howard Frank Mosher in The Washington Post Book World, Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.

About the author:

Wallace Earle Stegner (February 18, 1909 – April 13, 1993) was an American novelist, short story writer, environmentalist, and historian, often called "The Dean of Western Writers". He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 and the U.S. National Book Award in 1977. He wrote fourteen novels, seventeen works of non-fiction, and several collections. 'Crossing to Safety' was his final published novel.

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We hope to see you!

Florey's Book Club
***Thursday, November 21st, 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

Vote for Wellness, with Lorna Rodriguez-Wong



Florey's Books invites you to an event with Lorna Rodriguez-Wong.

"Vote for Wellness"

***Tuesday, November 19th, 7:00-8:00pm***

About the event:

This is the Year to “Vote for Wellness”
Lorna will discuss energy exercises from a recent Energy Medicine class as taught by Donna Eden and Prune Harris. She will cover Young Living’s current and newly released products, as they celebrate 25 years young.

About the host:

Lorna Rodriguez-Wong is a seeker of a healthy lifestyle that is effective. She will venture to address various modalities for the mind, body and soul. Since each and every one of us are uniquely different, her approach is to open the discussion on what alternatives are available. Her recent studies have included Energy Medicine with Donna Eden and Prune Harris, BodyTalk with MaryAnn Gutoff and Dreambuilder with Lauren Broilier. She has been a Young Living member since 2013. She also has a desire to introduce others to a healthier lifestyle by incorporating the use of essential oils into their daily life.

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We hope to see you!

Vote for Wellness, with Lorna Rodriguez-Wong

***Tuesday, November 19th, 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

Monday, November 04, 2019

The Emancipation of Emily Rosenbloom - Book event with author Elinor Gale!



Florey's Books welcomes author Elinor Gale as she discusses her new novel, "The Emancipation of Emily Rosenbloom".

***Sunday, November 10th, 2:00pm-4:00pm***

About the book:

The Emancipation of Emily Rosenbloom is 50-something's Bridget Jones Diary. Masterfully written in the archetype of the female antihero, this debut novel unfolds with a wicked sense of humor, even when you're shouting, "Emily, don't do it!" The pages of this novel are populated with unforgettable characters--Dr. Rothman, the invisible psychiatrist; Emily's intuitive and exasperating mother in Florida; and Raspberry, the wonder dog. Highly recommended when you want to forget about the world and just laugh.

About the author:

Elinor Gale has been a writer, observer of human nature, and lover of the English language since childhood. An inveterate eavesdropper, she has woven her curiosity about human behavior into her work as writing teacher, editor, and creator of humorous yet poignant fiction and poetry. Her essays, poetry, and articles have been published in print and online. Elinor moved to the Bay Area from New England 20 years ago. She lives in San Francisco with her partner and his chubby Burmese cat.

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We hope to see you!

***Sunday, November 10th, 2:00pm-4:00pm***

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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

Writers Open Mic, November 9th at Florey's!



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

***Saturday, November 9th, 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, November 9th, 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, November 9th, 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, November 9th, 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

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Tarot Dream Stone Group w/ Cyndera Quackenbush



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

***Wednesday, November 6th, 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. The 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, November 6th, 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

November 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:

-Please note we will be closed Thursday, November 28th!-

-'The Emancipation of Emily Rosenbloom'
Book event with local author Elinor Gale
A light-hearted novel of midlife rediscovery.
Sunday, November 10th, 2:00-4:00pm

-'Notorious San Francisco'
Book event with San Francisco author Paul Drexler
True Tales of Crime, Passion and Murder
Saturday, November 23rd, 2:00-4:00pm

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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, November 6th, 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, November 9th, 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, November 9th, 2:00-4:00pm

-Natural health event with Lorna Rodriguez-Wong
Health and diet practices to keep you well!
Tuesday, November 19th, 7:00-8:00pm

-Pacifica Book Club
Get to know your neighbors, read and discuss the book of the month.
This month: 'Crossing to Safety' by Wallace Stegner
All are welcome to join!
Thursday, November 21st 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

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Florey's Book Club: 'Sold on a Monday' October 24th!



Florey's welcomes you to our book club!

***Thursday, October 24th, 7:00pm-8:30pm***

Come by for a chat about our October book, 'Sold on a Monday' by Kristina McMorris.

About the book:

2 CHILDREN FOR SALE

The sign is a last resort. It sits on a farmhouse porch in 1931, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs and broken dreams. It could have been written by any mother facing impossible choices.

For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family's dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication. But when it leads to his big break, the consequences are more devastating than he ever imagined.

For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family's dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication. But when it leads to his big break, the consequences are more devastating than he ever imagined.

Inspired by an actual newspaper photograph that stunned the nation, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and the unexpected paths that bring us home.

About the author:

Kristina McMorris is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her background includes ten years of directing public relations for an international conglomerate as well as extensive television experience. Inspired by true personal and historical accounts, her novels have garnered twenty national literary awards, and include Letters from Home, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, The Pieces We Keep, and The Edge of Lost, in addition to novellas in the anthologies A Winter Wonderland and Grand Central. Her latest novels, Sold on A Monday was released September 2018. A frequent guest speaker and workshop presenter, she holds a BS in international marketing from Pepperdine. She lives with her husband and two sons in Oregon.

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We hope to see you!

Florey's Book Club
***Thursday, October 24th, 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

Sunday, October 13, 2019

The Discovery of Sweeney Ridge - presentation by Ken Miles - Oct. 19th!



Florey's Books welcomes local speaker and author Ken Miles as he discusses,
the Discovery of Sweeney Ridge.

***Saturday, October 19th, 2pm-4pm***

About the presentation:

This presentation, in a sense, is a continuation of the Ken’s July 27th presentation about the first “discoveries” of the Golden Gate and its hidden secret, and the San Francisco Bay by non-indigenous people, but includes more facts and information than his earlier presentation. This is a presentation about the first European undocumented and documented sightings of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate (aka “discoveries”), unintentional consequences, a brief review of the historical literature, intentional misrepresentations, and lastly, the current hoopla about Portola’s sighting of the bay 250 years ago. Please join us and hear what Ken Miles has to say about the “discoveries” of the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay.

For many years Ken Miles interests 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?

Ken will provide a brief narrative about the first overland explorations of Alta California made by the Portola Expedition of 1769, Pedro Fages and Francisco Rivera’s explorations of the Bay Area during 1770 to 1774, and lastly the De Anza Expedition of 1774-76 to establish a mission and presidio at or near San Francisco.
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.
Ken’s latest presentation covers the unintentional consequences resulting from the colonization of coastal Alta California by the Spanish military and church, followed by the Mexican government during the “Mexican Period of 1820-1844” and by the Americans when they took over California during the late 1840s.
Furthermore, a review of the of the historical literature of the early to mid-20th century uncovered apparently intentional misrepresentations of historical events regarding, the “discoveries” of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate entry to the Bay, as provided by several historians, which will be discussed during Ken’s presentation. Also, the presentation will talk about the various festivals and celebratory events of Portola’s “discoveries” from 1909 to today.
And lastly, Ken will talk about the struggles, twists and turns to save Sweeney Ridge, the site where curtain historians agree the Portola Expedition sighted the San Francisco Bay on Nov. 4th, 1769, and in incorporation into the U.S. Park’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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 full of surprising facts about historical events that occurred long ago and not so long ago, and 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.

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We hope to see you!

***Saturday, October 19th, 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