The Odd Mondays Series opens its eighth season at The Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez Street
Music by guitarist Steve Stein and Refreshments will open the program, and a signing will follow the readings.
Peter Neil Carroll will read from his poetry collection, “Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem”, just published by Higganum Hill Books, and Jeannette Ferrary from her memoir, “Out of the Kitchen: Adventures of a Food Writer.” The fact that these Belmont residents are long-time partners adds a certain spice to the event.
“’Riverborne’ traces the erosion, confluences, and-inevitably-growth that is available to men of awareness, even as the Mississippi River itself erodes and gives promise to our continent and society. It is a remarkable book, a leaning back into the time when poetry was both literature and timeless social commentary.
“Here in 'Riverborne' is a slow building power that can splinter and reshape us in the heart of our country, where the New Madrid fault will someday reassert itself in the heartland of our country, as it did in 1811 and 1812 when the waters rolled backward as they will again. This is a book well worth reading and keeping on your shelf, and an experience well worth keeping in your mind." -- from a review by Jared Smith,
Laced with references to Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” the poem revisits the glories and tragedies of America’s past as the men take an encore road trip down the Mississippi Valley’s small towns and natural environments. The reminiscence is fittingly cut short as the journey halts prior to reaching New Orleans by the floods and devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Jeannette Ferrary, a food writer for "The New York Times" and author of “M.F.K. Fisher and Me,” tells the story of her life as it relates to food. This is the journey from a girl’s ambivalence about food (“women’s work”) to a career immersed in cuisine, including the changes she went through over feminism, career, food, marriage, divorce, child-raising, work, and play. All along the way, food played an important part of her life, as heritage and legacy, as symbol, as nourishment, and as pleasure. The book contains many recipes as well as portraits of many of America’s most famous chefs.
Peter Neil Carroll is a former creative writing teacher at the University of San Francisco and former editor of the San Francisco Review of Books. He is the author of “Keeping Time: Memory, Nostalgia, and the Art of History.”