2 authors host readings at The Open Book | TheUnion.com

2 authors host readings at The Open Book

Two authors will host special readings this weekend at The Open Book in Grass Valley.

Pesach Stadlin will share his illuminating work, Sustainable Bliss, at 9 p.m. Saturday. Louis Flint Ceci will discuss and sign copies of Not Just Another Pretty Face at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Open Book is at 671 Maltman Drive in Grass Valley.

Stadlin in his performance will offer a book reading, sacred song, and native flute music. He said that Sustainable Bliss “is a spiritual adventure book for shifting our inner and outer world into the Garden of Eden. It is a celebration of the great mystery and questions about the great ‘what’s going on.’ Rooted in ancient wisdom traditions, it has been called a worldly ‘Be Here Now’ for seekers of all stripes. The short essays in Sustainable Bliss bring us into extraordinary adventures, from a redwood tree-sit to life in a riverside Guatemalan orphanage to wartime in Israel, running for cover from searing shards of missile-rain, and learning to pray for peace.”

Moving to Sunday afternoon, Not Just Another Pretty Face publishers say this book “will appeal to readers interested in LGBT literature, pairing stories and poems with photos of male go-go dancers. The photographs in this anthology move beyond stereotypes. They take the dancer from the dance, place him in a new context, and invite us to explore the unexpected. The models are whimsical, haunting, playful, ominous. They are not mere icons, but stories waiting to be told. The authors take us far beyond the beat of the go-go bar into the charged intersection of expectation and reality. Take a minute to fall into these photographs, these stories. You will be surprised.” Ceci will be offering the book at the event for $20, a discount of $10 off the regular price.

Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters will be serving food and drinks during the events.

Pesach Dahvid Stadlin is Spiritual Director of Eden Village Camp. For many years he worked for the Elijah Interfaith Institute and Board of World Religious Leaders and, prior to that, the Teva/Nature Learning Alliance. He is a Jerusalem Peacemaker, song leader, and spiritual wilderness guide. PesachStadlin.com

Louis Flint Ceci’s poetry has been published in Colorado North Review, and his short stories and essays in Diseased Pariah News. His autobiographical short story, “The Tree and the Cross,” appears in the anthology Queer and Catholic, edited by Amie M. Evans and Trebor Healey (Routledge, 2008).

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