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Ravenna Author Events

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RAVENNA - Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato

Sep 22 2014 7:00 pm

Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy—like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter—a friend.


Mike Curato has the fortune of possessing a designer’s brain, an illustrator’s heart, and an artist’s vision. You can find him on any given day walking around the city eating a cupcake (or thinking about it).

ISBN-13: 9780805098259
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9/2014

RAVENNA - Book Club Meeting

Sep 24 2014 7:00 pm

Every last Wednesday of the month our book club meets to discuss a book and eat cookies. Each month the selected title is 20% off for all, and everyone is welcome to attend the discussion. 

ISBN-13: 9780393326093
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 9/2004

RAVENNA LUNCHEON - The Dog by Joseph O’Neill

Oct 1 2014 1:00 pm
Oct 1 2014 2:30 pm

We're very pleased to resume our author luncheon series this fall. These afternoon
luncheon events feature a reading and Q&A by a notable author in the
relaxed and intimate setting of Ravenna Third Place Pub, with lunch
provided by Vios Cafe. Previous authors have included Ann Patchett,
Ishmael Beah, and Anthony Doerr.

The author of the best-selling and award-winning "Netherland" now gives us his eagerly awaited, stunningly different new novel: a tale of alienation and heartbreak in Dubai. 

Distraught by a breakup with his long-term girlfriend, our unnamed hero leaves New York to take an unusual job in a strange desert metropolis. In Dubai at the height of its self-invention as a futuristic Shangri-la, he struggles with his new position as the "family officer" of the capricious and very rich Batros family. And he struggles, even more helplessly, with the "doghouse," a seemingly inescapable condition of culpability in which he feels himself constantly trapped--even if he's just going to the bathroom, or reading e-mail, or scuba diving. A comic and philosophically profound exploration of what has become of humankind's moral progress, "The Dog" is told with Joseph O'Neill's hallmark eloquence, empathy, and storytelling mastery. It is a brilliantly original, achingly funny fable for our globalized times.

Praise for The Dog:

"Pitch-perfect prose... Clever, witty,
and profoundly insightful, this is a beautifully crafted narrative
about a man undone by a soulless society." 

- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"With consummate elegance, The Dog
turns in on itself in imitation of the dreadful circling and futility
of consciousness itself. Its subplots go nowhere, as in life. But,
unlike life, its wit and brio keep us temporarily more alive than we
usually allow ourselves to be."

-- Lawrence Osborne, The New York Times Book Review

TICKETS REQUIRED - $40 Each ticket includes a copy of The Dog and lunch provided by Vios Café. Tickets can be purchased in-store or by phone at (206) 525-2347.


The Dog (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780307378231
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon, 9/2014

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RAVENNA - Time is Cows by Tanya Pergola

Oct 7 2014 7:00 pm



When American sociologist and wellness expert Tanya Pergola first visited Tanzania and Maasailand, she became startlingly aware that she was in a place and with people who could teach her something profound. She sensed that lodged within the colorful and beautiful rituals and ceremonies of the indigenous Maasai people were gems of wisdom that could be harvested and shared as antidotes for our increasingly complex, stressful, and often enigmatic modern lives.

Dr. Pergola undertook a ten-year apprenticeship with Maasai traditional healers, led by her guide Lekoko Ole Sululu, in exchange for implementing sustainable development projects in Tanzania. InTime is Cows she shares the mind-body-spirit medicine of the Maasai, the proud pastoral people of East Africa.

In a voice that is at once crystal clear and spiritually alive - one that thousands around the world have already come to know in her talks and classes on wellness, yoga, and nature healing - her insight, inspiration, and empathy are present on every page as she shares her own knowledge and the wisdom of the Maasai compassionately and wholly.

Enriched with photographs, stories and suggested practice tips, Time is Cows is a handbook to help you simplify your life as you uncover its profound meaning.


About the author:

Born in the United States, Tanya holds a PhD in Sociology and Social Psychology. She is a Chopra Certified Vedic Master and has apprenticed with traditional Maasai healers in East Africa for over ten years.


RAVENNA - The Running Revolution by Nicholas Romanov and Kurt Brungardt

Oct 14 2014 7:00 pm



From a two-time Olympic coach who has trained the running elite, an
essential guide for all runners seeking to go faster and farther without
injury. Christopher McDougall's Born to Run--and the wildly popular
natural running trend it sparked--changed the way we think about
running, but it has also prompted many questions: Have we been running
the wrong way? And, have we been running in the wrong kind of shoe? What
is the safest type of foot strike? How many types are there? And what
is a foot strike anyway? No existing guide has clearly addressed these
concerns--until now. The Running Revolution provides both beginning and
experienced runners with everything they need to know in order to safely
and efficiently transition to and master a safer and more
biomechanically efficient way of running that is guaranteed to improve
performance and minimize wear and tear on the body. More than a
one-size-fits-all guide, The Running Revolution will provide readers
with clear instructions that they can easily integrate into their unique
running histories in order to run safely, intelligently, and
efficiently for many years to come.

ISBN-13: 9780143123194
Availability: Not in Stock- Coming Soon, Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Books, 9/2014

RAVENNA - What Is Found, What Is Lost by Anne Leigh Parrish

Oct 15 2014 7:00 pm

Freddie was raised on faith. It's in her blood. Yet rather than seeking solace from the Almighty when she loses her husband of many years, she enters a state of quiet contemplation until her daughter, and then her sister, each come home with a host of problems of their own, and her solitude is brought to an end. As Freddie helps her daughter and sister deal with their troubles, her own painful past a wretched childhood at the hands of an unbalanced, pious mother begins to occupy her thoughts more than ever, as does Anna, the grandmother she s always wished she d known better. Freddie feels that she and Anna are connected, not just through blood but through the raising of difficult daughters, and it s a kinship that makes her wonder what unseen forces have shaped her life. With all that to hand, a new family crisis rears its head and it forces Freddie to confront the questions she s asked so many times: What does it mean to believe in God? And does God even care?" 

About the author: 

Since 1982, Anne Leigh Parrish has called Seattle, Washington home. A native of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Anne spent her high school years in Princeton, New Jersey, and then made her way west.

Anne graduated from the University of Colorado, then moved once more to Seattle to attend graduate school at the University of Washington. After earning her MBA, Anne realized her first and only love was writing, which she has pursued relentlessly for many years. 


ISBN-13: 9781938314957
Availability: Not in Stock- Coming Soon, Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: She Writes Press, 10/2014