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SUNDAY (Dec 1)
Sim Van der Ryn, “Designs for an Empathic World,” 1 p.m., In Design for an Empathic World Van der Ryn shares his thoughts and experience about the design of our world today. With a focus on the strengths and weaknesses in our approach to the design of our communities, regions, and buildings he looks at promising trends and projects that demonstrate how we can help create a better world for others and ourselves. Architects, urban designers, and students of architecture will all enjoy this beautifully illustrated book drawing on a rich and revered career of a noted leader in their field. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, bookpassage.com.
MONDAY (Dec 2)
Casey Fitzsimmons and Haiku poet Kate Godsey, A-Muse-ing, 6:45 p.m., Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma. Open mic sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. For updates: facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays
MONDAY (Dec 2)
Amy Tan, “The Valley of Amazement,”7 p.m., Amy Tan's The Valley of Amazement is a sweeping, evocative epic of two women's intertwined fates and their search for identity, that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village. Spanning more than forty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement resurrects pivotal episodes in history: from the collapse of China's last imperial dynasty, to the rise of the Republic, the explosive growth of lucrative foreign trade and anti-foreign sentiment, to the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreign “Shanghailanders” living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II. Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, copperfieldsbooks.com.