"What is a Living Book?" Mary Lynch, City Librarian explains Ojai Library's newest program-launching in April-that enables Ojai residents to "check out" actual people, similar to the way one might check out a book from the library. The new program matches "readers" with individuals who are "living books" for a pre-determined time on library premises, allowing the reader to share the life and/or talents of the "living book".
"The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls presented by Ojai writer Sharon MaHarry. This is a poignant and evocative memoir by a woman who triumphed over the challenges of being raised by parents who suffered from alcoholism, mental illness and chased away the grind of poverty with flights of magical thinking
"The Art of Hearing Heartbeats" by Jan-Phillips Sendker read by Lisa Luckenbach. A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, spanning the decades between the 1950s and the present
"Torn by God: A Family's Struggle with Polygamy" with Ojai author Zoe Murdock. A novel based on lher childhood experience with polygamy, Murdock will discuss current developments in the mainstream Mormon Church ( including Mitt Romney's run for the presidency) and explore unsettling developments in the FLDS, still under the control of Warren Jeffs from his prison cell.
"So, You Want to Write a Book!" with Ojai author Patricia Fry. Nearly 80% of authors fail in the marketplace today. Fry busts popular myths and shares insider secrets to writing and producing a more successful book. Come with an open mind and the desire for a successful publishing experience.
"Mark Twain: The Cranky Prophet" presented by Ojai Quarterly publisher Bret Bradigan
"The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying" by Sogyal Rinpoche read by Sequoia hamilton, Director of Arts and Lectures at World University