Upcoming Events


Tuesday, August 25 — “Golden State Misadventures”

Author Han Vance will read from his upcoming book, “Golden State Misadventures,” and discuss his travels throughout turn-of-the-millennium California, upon which his memoir is based.

“Golden State Misadventures” is a quest book about a man traveling California after an early midlife crisis. Many interesting lifestyle innovators of California present themselves as unique characters in the story, as the protagonist journeys up and down the state in an effort to reinvent himself.

Vance bills himself as an American Culture Reporter and is a widely-read journalist, award-winning poet and regular on talk radio. His first release on Silver Stone Press was a poetry book called “ATL Fire”, and he appeared at several East Coast locations in support of it.


Monday, August 31 — “Cuba: Island Nation in Transition”

Bruce Hale, an international trip leader with the Sierra Club,  presents “Cuba: Island Nation in Transition,” with slides and narrative  describing  his trip there in December 2014. The trip covered both  eastern and western parts of the island. His group experienced Cuba in a way different from standardized, off-the-shelf  tours.  Then, two days after Hale’s return to the U.S., President Obama announced that  he is re-establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries! The program will depict Cuba before changes accelerate.

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Tuesday, September 8 — “Infinite Light: A Photographic Meditation on Tibet”

Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist and documentary photographer, Marissa Roth, says that her latest book, “Infinite Light: A Photographic Meditation on Tibet”, is her love letter to Tibet. She photographed there with the last of the Kodachrome film and created this visual journey comprised of 72 images that unfurl in a color sequence akin to the colors of Tibetan prayer flags.

About the Author:

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Marissa Roth is an internationally published freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer.  She has worked on assignment for various prestigious publications including The New York Times, and was part of The Los Angeles Times photography staff that won a Pulitzer Prize for Best Spot News Coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.

Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and a number of images are in museum, corporate and private collections. A commissioned portrait project by The Museum of Tolerance/ Simon Wiesenthal Center, to photograph the Holocaust survivors who volunteer there, “Witness to Truth,” is on permanent exhibition at the museum. “One Person Crying: Women and War”, Roth’s 30-year personal photo essay that addresses the immediate and lingering impact of war on women in different countries and cultures around the world, is currently a travelling exhibition.

“Infinite Light: A Photographic Meditation on Tibet” is also a current project, and the book – with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama – was released in April 2014.

She has 3 additional books to her credit, “Burning Heart: A Portrait of The Philippines”, “Real City: Downtown Los Angeles Inside/Out”, and “Come the Morning”, a children’s book about homelessness.

Marissa Roth is based in Los Angeles.



Monday, September 28 — “Journey through the Caribbean”

Dave Garfinkle has visited virtually all of the Caribbean islands including popular St. Martin, St. Lucia, Grenada, Jamaica, Puerto Rica, and Barbados. Most recently, he visited some of the less frequented islands including the arid southern islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao; lush St. Vincent; rural Anguilla; volcano-devastated Montserrat; very luxurious St. Barts; the volcano cone island of Saba; and the US and British Virgins. Tonight, he’ll take us on a tour of some of his favorite Caribbean locales.